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Cowboys, zombies, and...a samurai? A deadly mystery brews deep in the West and is about to be unleashed on an unsuspecting frontier.
Cowboys, zombies, and...a samurai? A deadly mystery brews deep in the West and is about to be unleashed on an unsuspecting frontier.
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 The Plot

The transcontinental railroad was going to bridge the East to the West and usher in a new age of prosperity along the frontier. But something's gone wrong. A crew of rail workers has disappeared, and settlements along the line are falling silent. The railroad hires Nathanial Holden and Ezekiel Grey to search for answers. What they find instead is a trail of bodies and a quiet town on the verge of annihilation.

"The dead will find no rest here..."

Frontier Graveyard: The Risen is the first graphic novel in a new horror\western series. The series’ formula is a cross between X-files and John Wayne, though this volume is more Night of the Living Dead meets Clint Eastwood meets Frankenstein. The Risen focuses on zombies terrorizing the frontier. In future stories we will expand the universe to include werewolves, vampires, and many other monsters, but first we need to get this book to press; that’s where you come in.

A story with a twist. As a former film student, our writer incorporates many classical western and zombie themes into this volume.  However, The Risen isn't just another zombies vs. cowboys story. The origins behind the outbreak have a hint of steam punk, and one of the main characters is a... samurai? Yep, that's right.

Why Kickstarter (or crowd funding in general, for that matter)? Well, like most people here, we need your help. After much research, we have determined the best way to handle a brand new creator-owned project is to print it ourselves as a graphic novel. We have found a quality printer that can provide us with a reasonable rate for a single run (ranging between 500-1000 copies). But we need approximately $3000 to fill the order. What we are asking for is only the money necessary to cover the print cost.  Our goal does not count costs of promotion or for our own time. However, as long as we can make our print costs, we’ll be able to handle the rest ourselves... though admittedly the more we raise, the more we can do in terms of promotions.  So we’d love it if you’d help us with that as well, but we’ll make do if we can just reach the goal.

Incentives

We’ve provided a wide variety of incentives all geared toward the product itself. In addition to the full graphic novel, we are also commissioning an alternative cover by veteran artist Bob McLeod, famous for helping to create the New Mutants. (See some of his work here). For those of you who might be interested, Bob will draw you onto the alternate cover as a cowboy (or cowgirl) zombie attacking our heroes. (Limited to five openings). This cover will only be available for a short, limited run, so get it while you can!

We also have original art pages available (such as the one above), and copies of our exclusive Chapter One preview printed for our first appearance at Wizard World in Austin. Each copy has a sketch of one of our characters (or a zombie) hand drawn on the back cover by our artist Profesone. See below for a couple of examples. 

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Risks and challenges

We've worked hard and planned carefully to keep the risks low. As mentioned in the video, we have everything ready except some of the colors for the last section of the book. We've also commissioned our artist for our alternative cover, but that won't be drawn until after the campaign completes. Otherwise, we're finished. We've even selected a company to print the graphic novel, received quotes, and estimated turnaround times.

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    A Frontier Graveyard desktop wallpaper, your name in the credits as a supporter, and a PDF download of the first scene (7 pages).

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    The complete graphic novel (both print and a digital PDF download) with limited print alternate cover penciled by Bob McLeod (the co-creator of New Mutants), your name in the credits as a supporter, and a Frontier Graveyard desktop wallpaper.

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    The complete graphic novel (both print and a digital PDF download), a limited edition Marvel Comics sketch card by Frontier Graveyard artist Mark "Profesone" Henry, your name in the credits as a supporter, and a Frontier Graveyard desktop wallpaper.

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    The complete graphic novel (both print and a digital PDF download), a copy of the convention exclusive (first run) preview issue with a character sketch hand drawn on the back cover by Frontier Graveyard artist Profesone, your name in the credits as a supporter, and a Frontier Graveyard desktop wallpaper.

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    The complete graphic novel (both print and a digital PDF download) with limited print alternate cover penciled by Bob McLeod (the co-creator of New Mutants), a copy of the convention exclusive (first run) preview issue with a character sketch hand drawn on the back cover by Frontier Graveyard artist Profesone, your name in the credits as a supporter, and a Frontier Graveyard desktop wallpaper.

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    An original art page from the graphic novel (artist's choice), the complete graphic novel (both print and a digital PDF download), your name in the credits as a supporter, and a Frontier Graveyard desktop wallpaper.

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    Commission an 11x17 piece of detailed art from Frontier Graveyard artist Profesone, the complete graphic novel (both print and a digital PDF download), your name in the credits as a supporter, and a Frontier Graveyard desktop wallpaper.

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    Have a zombified cowboy (or girl) version of yourself drawn into the alternative cover (to be drawn by Bob McLeod, the co-creator of New Mutants), the complete graphic novel (both print and a digital PDF download) with limited print alternate cover, your name in the credits as a supporter, and a Frontier Graveyard desktop wallpaper.

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    The original cover art (either for the convention exclusive cover or the regular graphic novel cover, artist’s choice), the complete graphic novel (both print and a digital PDF download), your name in the credits as a supporter, and a Frontier Graveyard desktop wallpaper.

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    The original splash page art from the second chapter of this graphic novel (artist's personal favorite page in pencil with total dimensions of 22 x 17 inches), the complete graphic novel (both print and a digital PDF download), your name in the credits as a supporter, and a Frontier Graveyard desktop wallpaper.

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    The original cover art for either the convention exclusive cover or the regular graphic novel cover (artist's choice), have a zombified cowboy (or girl) version of yourself drawn into the alternative cover (optional), two copies of the complete graphic novel in print and a digital PDF download (one copy of the regular and the one copy of the alternate cover) signed by the creative team, a copy of the convention exclusive (first run) issue with a character sketch hand drawn on the back cover by Frontier Graveyard artist Profesone, your name in the credits as a supporter, and a Frontier Graveyard desktop wallpaper.

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