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A savage collection of pulp horror and other weird tales! 152 pages of totally unique dark stories await you! Collects Obscura # 1-4.
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Tired of cookie cutter comics? So are we. That's where 'OBSCURA: Collected Edition' comes in! 152-pages of pulp horror and other weird tales in an anthology-style collection! Our book is home to 18 unique tales ranging from the first fish in space to the last family alive in the Zombie Apocalypse...and everything in between. Unpredictable and totally refreshing. Inspired by surrealist ideals and obsessed with pushing the boundaries, Obscura stands as a unique oddity in the world of comics. 

Collects 'Obscura' Volumes 1-4.

Click here for an advance review of the book!

 "Brown and D.N.S are burning bright in the world of indie comics with their dynamic, fertile creativity. Obscura satisfies with its tight plots and darkly atmospheric art, leaving readers feeling uneasy. Which is a grandly good thing." -Erica Crockett, author of 'Chemicals'.

"In boxing it's the uppercuts that get the highlights. But it's the jabs and body blows that win the match. The stories in Obscura are quick jabs which knock you off balance. They're devastating body blows which take your breath away. You'll survive reading Obscura, but you won't forget the hits you took reading it."   -Kevin Joseph, author of 'Tart' and 'Underwars'.  

"A wild ride through the weird, the depraved and the obscene, the tales of Obscura will sit gently with you after hours, crawling into your brain hole like a festering worm - rendering all thoughts of sleep or inner peace inert." - Daniel Horowitz, author, 'Lord of the Twin Lands'

"Obscura does everything you want from a modern era horror anthology. It uses its art to build an aura of unease and to compliment the inventive stories within. Haunting, beautiful stuff!" -Carl Smith, author of 'The Horror of Loon Lake'

"Obscura is horrifying in the best way possible. The stories and art linger long after you put it down, sneaking back up on you when you least expect it, like a nightmare you just can't shake." -Kris Peterson, thegravyage.com

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Here, you won't find guys in capes, played out super villains twirling their mustaches, story lines that require to buy 20 books to keep up or movie tie-ins. What you will find is fresh, original material made by people with no agenda other than to deliver unique, entertaining comics. In Obscura, you'll never know what's coming next. That is our vision and that's where you and Obscura: 'Collected Edition' comes in.

Obscura: Collected Edition Cover
Obscura: Collected Edition Cover

Obscura: Collected Edition collects 'Obscura' volumes 1-4 which were all self published in limited print runs and sold out over the course of a year. What can you expect from the book, you ask? 

Everything and anything!

The general format of the single issue versions of the book is 3-4 short stories, a introduction from our very own narrator and a small pinup gallery per issue. Imagine pulp comics mingling with 'weird tales' and you're getting closer. The stories contained within range from avant garde to experimental to dark comedy to traditional horror tales...nothing is off limits or taboo. Rest assured, each tale contains that unique, no holds barred, Fifth Dimension Comics flavor our readers have grown to love.

Obscura was created by David M. Brown and D.N.S. who needed an outlet for stories to crazy to publish anywhere else. They were joined by letterers Philip Nolte, Robin Jones and Sean Fagan. A couple guest spots were given to indie friends Jason Ford, Shannon Gretzon and Felipe Anguiano. The result is this incredibly unique book we hope to bring to you all. 

Kickstarter Exclusive Art Print by D.N.S.!

 
Kickstarter Exclusive Art Print!
Kickstarter Exclusive Art Print!

Stretch Goals? We've got your stretch goals...

Stretch Goals
Stretch Goals

I know, I know, what makes comics fun is the art, right? You want to see, I get it.

Page from 'Jonesy', art by D.N.S.
Page from 'Jonesy', art by D.N.S.
Page from the tale, 'Blue Pigs'. Art by D.N.S.
Page from the tale, 'Blue Pigs'. Art by D.N.S.
Page from Bill and Lenny pt. 1. Art by D.N.S.
Page from Bill and Lenny pt. 1. Art by D.N.S.
Page from 'Family A.D.' Art by D.N.S.
Page from 'Family A.D.' Art by D.N.S.
Page from 'The Strange Loves of Dr. Ives'. Art by D.N.S.
Page from 'The Strange Loves of Dr. Ives'. Art by D.N.S.
Page from 'Automations'. Art by D.N.S.
Page from 'Automations'. Art by D.N.S.

As you can see, the art in this book is worth the price of admission all by itself.

CONTENT

Inside this beautiful book, you'll find the following stories:

  • Tales of the Tentacle parts 1&2 (A bitter man and his monkey companion go to war over a stolen artifact). 
  • Everything Ends (A man literally brings death to Death's door).
  • Seed (A woman discovers that motherhood isn't all it's cracked up to be).
  • Family A.D. (The story of the last human family on earth after the zombie apocalypse).
  • Lies Told In Silence (We watch the demise of the ultimate sinner).
  • Patient Clem (The real story of everyone's favorite drowning victim).
  • The Gifted (Does a giant baby mix with a giant lizard? Find out).
  • Automations (A love letter to the horrifying reality of modern life).
  • Blue Pigs (Find out what really happened in Dallas on that cold November morning of '63).
  • Flicker Rate (The story of the first, and only goldfish in space).
  • Suckle My Child (You'll never look at breast feeding the same way again).
  • The Strange Loves of Dr. Ives (A strange thing when the living desire the dead...stranger still when the dead desire the living).
  • Pure Imagination (Imagine a physics class taught by the devil).
  • Jonesy (A madman holds kidnapped children in his attic. Jonesy is a sadistic, murderous clown. This should be fun).
  • Be The Best (A wicked fastball and a brutal vendetta).
  • Old Fashioned (A mind bending tale that reminds us, "life is but a dream").
  • Next Years Ghost (a beautiful, haunting piece written by John Reppion).

REWARDS

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All funds raised will go towards the printing of the books, shipping the rewards and manufacturing of the rewards. Obscura: Collected Edition will be printed professionally using off-set printing. The book will be every bit as professional as anything the big two put out.

Thank you all so much for your support! 

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    AHHH! DIGITAL MONSTERS!

    PDF digital copy of 'Obscura: Collected Edition' (152 pages).

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    DOUBLE DIPPER

    PDF digital copies of 'Obscura: Collected Edition' (152 pages) and the 5d Comics horror anthology 'The Wisdom of Fools' (100 pages).

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    *EARLY BIRD - DEAD MARKER EDITION*
    You'll receive a physical copy of Obscura: Collected Edition (152 pages) plus a spent marker which was used by series artist D.N.S. in the creation of the art for the book! A truly unique collectible!

    You'll also receive a randomly selected mini print by artist D.N.S. All mini prints come #'d to 10 and are signed by the artist.

    You'll also get an exclusive Obscura
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    Plus the PDF copy of 'Obscura: Collected Edition'.

    ***Pledging at this level and up will include you in any stretch goals we meet!

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    THIS IS THE REWARD YOU'RE LOOKING FOR

    'Obscura: Collected Edition' in glorious trade paperback! This 152 page edition features 18 stories and never before seen pinups and extras! Your book will come signed by writer David M. Brown.

    You'll also receive a randomly selected mini print by artist D.N.S. All mini prints come #'d to 10 and are signed by the artist.

    In addition to the book, you'll get a Kickstarter exclusive Obscura bookmark.

    You'll also receive the PDF copy of 'Obscura: Collected Edition'.

    ***Pledging at this level and up will include you in any stretch goals we meet!

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    ONE OF US, ONE OF US

    Class up any event in your very own Fifth Dimension Comics T-shirt! It's black, short sleeved and features our 'arc reactor' logo. Please specify size.

    You'll also receive a randomly selected mini print by artist D.N.S. All mini prints come #'d to 10 and are signed by the artist.

    You'll also receive a PDF digital copy of 'Obscura: Collected Edition'.

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    PRINT AND A BOOK

    Pledge here to snag a Kickstarter exclusive 8 x 10 inch Obscura print by series artist D.N.S.! You'll also receive a physical copy of 'Obscura: Collected Edition' (152 pages) signed by writer David M. Brown.

    In addition, you'll get a Kickstarter exclusive Obscura bookmark.

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    TWO IS BETTER THAN ONE

    Get two books! You'll receive 'Obscura: Collected Edition' TPB (152 pages) and 'The Wisdom of Fools' TPB (88 pages)! Both will come signed by writer David M. Brown.

    In addition to the books, you'll get a Kickstarter exclusive Obscura bookmark.

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    READ it and WEAR it.

    Pledging here will get you a signed, physical copy of 'Obscura: Collected Edition (152 pages) and a Fifth Dimension Comics 'Arc Reactor' T-Shirt in any size!

    You'll also get the Kickstarter Exclusive Obscura bookmark.

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    SKETCHED UP

    Make your copy of 'Obscura: Collected Edition' one of a kind! Main series artist D.N.S. will do a sketch of a character from the book on the inside cover! The book also comes signed by writer David M. Brown and artist D.N.S.!

    In addition to the book, you'll get a Kickstarter exclusive Obscura bookmark.

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    RELEASE THE HOUNDS

    Pledge here and get all three of the graphic novels Fifth Dimension Comics has ever published!

    'Obscura: Collected Edition' (152 pages)

    'The Wisdom of Fools' horror anthology TPB (88 pages)

    'Chewler' TPB (82 pages) (from 5d Comics/Exspastic Comics).

    All come signed by writer David M. Brown.

    You'll also get the exclusive print and the exclusive Obscura bookmark.

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    DEAD BEATS!

    Be one of four people to pledge here to have your likeness (or a person of your choosing) appear as 1 of 4 dead bodies in an exclusive 5d Comics print by artist D.N.S.! We can promise you that it will be VERY gruesome and your face will be featured prominently.
    You will co-star in the print and receive an 11 x 17 inch copy printed on archival paper. This is a print that will be available at our con appearances in the coming year (in 8x10) so many people will own an image of you in all your dead glory!

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    ORIGINAL GANGSTA

    Here is your opportunity to grab an original page (pencil/pen/marker/ink) from the Obscura series! Artist D.N.S. has generously opened his vault and now you can own his original work! We'll pick your page from our very favorites and have D.N.S. sign it for you.

    You'll also receive 'Obscura: Collected Edition' TPB signed by writer David M. Brown. Plus the Kickstarter exclusive bookmark.

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    BOOK AND COMMISSION COMBO

    Don't miss your chance to get yourself a beautiful, frame worthy commission from artist extraordinaire, D.N.S.! You pick the character and D.N.S. will draw it, ink it and sign it.

    In addition to that, you'll get the 'Obscura: Collected Edition' TBP signed by writer David M. Brown. Plus you'll get the Kickstarter exclusive bookmark.

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    HEY....LOOK!

    Pledge here to take out a full page advertisement in Obscura: Collected Edition! Advertise your new project, store, band or anything you want.

    We will require a 7 x 10.5", 300 DPI of your advertisement within a week of the Kickstarter closing. Please have this ready asap to avoid complications.

    You'll also receive a copy of 'Obscura: Collected Edition' TPB signed and a digital copy.

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    PAINTING AND A BOOK!

    Here is your chance at another one-of-a-kind item! Pledge here and receive an 8 x 10 original painting titled 'Waking' by artist D.N.S.! (see below for image) It comes pre-framed and is signed by the artist. The piece features Frankenstein and evokes a somber mood.

    You'll also receive a physical and digital copy of 'Obscura: Collected Edition' signed by David M. Brown.

    You'll also receive the bookmark and a random mini print!

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    I'M READY FOR MY CLOSE UP

    Ever wanted to be in a comic book? Here is your chance to appear as the MAIN CHARACTER in an upcoming story! You (your likeness and name) will be the lead in a 10-page story in an upcoming issue of Obscura...spoilers: YOU'RE GONNA DIE HORRIBLY! We will need reference photos of you for this. Issue will be out around July/August.

    You will get the Obscura issue in which you appear, a page of original art from the story (staring you!), a copy of 'Obscura: Collected Edition' TPB, exclusive Obscura print and the exclusive bookmark. Book comes signed by writer David M. Brown.

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    ONE-OF-A-KIND

    Pledge here to receive a handmade Zombie bust! Crafted by the hands of series artist D.N.S., this one of a kind collectible stands 7.5 inches tall and around 4 inches wide! It features a sickening, rotting zombie portrait! This is a top shelf item is the first collectible available from the brand new 'Fifth Dimension Collectibles' line! Only one will ever be made! Comes signed by artist/sculptor D.N.S.! Don't miss out on this!

    You'll also get a copy of 'Obscura: Collected Edition' TPB, exclusive print, and exclusive bookmark. The book will come signed by writer David M. Brown.

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    CONSULT THE MAGI

    Looking to make a comic but have no idea where to start? Pledging here will get you one on one, step by step help from writer David M. Brown and artist D.N.S.! You'll be guided from concept all the way to finished comic. Your comic will be 8-10 pages in length and you are not limited by genre, your story idea can be anything from traditional to experimental, horror to tear jerking drama...it's up to you!

    D.N.S. will create the art for your project and Brown will assist with writing/plotting. Your story will then appear in an upcoming issue of Obscura! After that, it's yours to do with as you please!

    You will receive a digital copy of your comic and a physical and digital copy of the Obscura issue your story appears in. Your name will appear in the credits as 'Creator/Story by/Writer' depending on your level of involvement.

    So you are getting your comic made and published!!!

    **Fifth Dimension Comics retains the rights to reprint and reproduce your created story in the confines of the issue of 'Obscura' in which it is printed.**

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