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She’s fit. She’s fun. She’s a super-genius adventurer and the world’s most-watched media personality. She is STAR.
She’s fit. She’s fun. She’s a super-genius adventurer and the world’s most-watched media personality. She is STAR.
283 backers pledged $12,626 to help bring this project to life.

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STAR: 72-page Trade-paperback Series Launch!

Just over 8 years ago I started a comic project with a question–what would our media personalities look like in the not-too-distant future given current trends in tech and media? My answer is this series.

Front cover and 1 of 2 poster options available
Front cover and 1 of 2 poster options available

This isn't just some social-science thought experiment, tho'–it's first and foremost an action-adventure story with loads of action. And adventure. With some really dark satire thrown in for good measure.

Trade paperback wraparound cover design
Trade paperback wraparound cover design

 Why Kickstarter for Star?

I believe in this story and this is the single-best place to launch. There are expenses involved with finishing & releasing a book of this size–finished inks, colors & letters, as well as the printing, shipping & fulfillment. And promotion–I’ll allocate a large portion of any sizable amount over the funding goal to promoting Star for the series moving forward.

I’ve covered the costs of making the book thus far–creative, models, research, lettering the first two sections, etc.–I simply need a hand to get it out into the world.

To that end, and because this is a book about Pop Culture, I’ve dug into my archive from the last 20+ years of making art for popular culture to create some unique backer rewards. I’ve also been lucky enough to have some dear friends who’re popular artists of all sorts–visual, literary & performance–offer up some goodies.

Now only Stretch Goals remain!
Now only Stretch Goals remain!

Pages from the book!

Here're some pages from the third part of the book–a tailor-made Kickstarter preview.

 Characters!

Star couldn't be the world's most-watched person without other people in the world, so here are some of them.

Design comp of trade paperback
Design comp of trade paperback

Risks and challenges

In the spirit of "Underpromise and Overdeliver," I've put the delivery date further into the future than I expect to hit. (My real expectation is to deliver in June.)
I've got quotes from multiple resources on which I'd have to rely to wrap this project–it's simply just a matter of having the funds to pull the trigger.
So pledge with confidence–I got this.
(Barring an ELE-level meteor strike, of course. That might throw a wrench into things.)

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    PROXY WATCHER
    Truest thanks & your name in the thank you section of the book.

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    DIGITAL DELIVERY WATCHER
    Previous Rewards PLUS: PDF download of Kickstarter-exclusive pilot issue.

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    MILDLY-INTERESTED WATCHER
    Previous Rewards PLUS: a signed Star postcard. Includes shipping within the US (International orders add $15 for shipping).

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    MONTHLY WATCHER
    Previous Rewards PLUS: a 3" Star button sticker. Includes shipping within the US (International orders add $15 for shipping).

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    CURIOUS WATCHER
    Monthly Watcher Rewards PLUS: Kickstarter-exclusive trade paperback, signed & numbered. Includes shipping within the US (International orders add $15 for shipping).

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    TUNED-IN WATCHER
    Previous Rewards PLUS: Silver-age backer board with a backer-board sketch. Includes shipping within the US (International orders add $20 for shipping).

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    THE POSTER CHILD
    Previous Rewards PLUS: the Kickstarter-exclusive 13" X 19" Star poster (choice of color or B&W). Includes shipping within the US (International orders add $25 for shipping).

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    THE DEEPER CHARACTERS
    Previous Rewards PLUS: the Kickstarter-exclusive character sheets for Star and Angel. Includes shipping within the US (International orders add $25 for shipping).

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    ORIGINAL POSTER CHILD
    The Poster Child Reward Level PLUS: your Kickstarter-exclusive 13" X 19" Star poster is hand-detailed. Guaranteed one-of-a-kind item. Includes insured shipping within the US (International orders add $25 for shipping).

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    SCAM WATCHER
    Poster Child Reward Level PLUS: 256-page hardcover of Scam, FCBD edition of Scam & 11 X 17 poster of my Crosswords pinup. Includes shipping within the US (International orders add $25 for shipping.)

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    THE SIGNED HOGAB
    The Deeper Characters Reward Level PLUS: my last remaining copy of House of Gold and Bones #1 with variant cover signed by Corey Taylor & me. (There are less than 50 of these in the world signed by us both.) Includes insured shipping within the US (International orders add $25 for shipping).

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    PEEK BEHIND THE CURTAIN
    Tuned-in Watcher Reward Level PLUS: an additional copy of the Kickstarter-exclusive trade paperback that's personally marked-up and annotated with vellum overlays and pages from the mockups I made. You'll get to see some of the thought processes that went into making the book personalized just for you
    (International orders add $25 for shipping).

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    COMMISSION WATCHER
    Tuned-in Watcher Reward Level PLUS: 8.5" X 11" single-figure simple line commission of any character. Includes insured shipping within the US (International orders add $30 for shipping).

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    COMMISSION WATCHER II–THE SEQUEL
    Tuned-in Watcher Reward Level PLUS: 8.5" X 11" single-figure simple line commission of any character. Includes insured shipping within the US (International orders add $30 for shipping).

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    THE MOVIE PROPS
    Tuned-in Watcher Reward PLUS: The items used in creating the Kickstarter pitch video. Includes insured shipping within the US (International orders add $30 for shipping).

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    PAGE-SEEKING WATCHER
    The Poster Child Reward Level PLUS: choose from selected pieces of Star art; various interior pages will be made available on a first-come, first-served basis. Includes insured shipping within the US (International orders add $30 for shipping).

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    CARICATURED WATCHER
    The Poster Child Reward Level PLUS: get your name and likeness in the book. Contributors at this level get their names and a line-art caricature of themselves in the thank you section of the Kickstarter-exclusive edition of Star along with the original caricature art. Includes insured shipping within the US (International orders add $30 for shipping).

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    THE HOGAB ORIGINAL
    Select any single page from remaining interior original art pieces from House of Gold and Bones. Includes insured shipping within the US (International orders add $30 for shipping).

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    COMMISSION WATCHER PLUS
    Tuned-in Watcher Reward Level PLUS: 11" X 17" single-character ink-on-bristol commission of any character. Includes insured shipping within the US (International orders add $30 for shipping).

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    THE VORK WATCHER #1
    The Poster Child Reward Level PLUS: Original art from The Guild: Vork page 10 by Darick Robertson & Richard Clark. Includes shipping within the US (International orders add $25 for shipping.)

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    THE VORK WATCHER #2
    The Poster Child Reward Level PLUS: Original art from The Guild: Vork page 10 by Darick Robertson & Richard Clark. Includes shipping within the US (International orders add $25 for shipping.

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    THE RON MARZ VIEW & REVIEW
    The Poster Child Reward Level PLUS: a one-on-one critique and edit of your comic pitch/script. This is a rare opportunity to get master class feedback and input from one of the comic industry's leading authors/editors.
    Arrangements for going over the material made on a case-by-case basis, either via Skype or in-person.
    Star materials ship by July; materials review to take place no later than September (International orders add $30 for shipping).

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    THE IMMERSIONIST
    The Poster Child Reward Level PLUS: immerse yourself in the story and get original art. I've got three loosely-defined characters whose recurring roles within the zero-issue story are defined. You'll get to choose which character you want to be based on the character bio and story description, give the character a name and face and get a piece of original art in which the character appears. Includes insured shipping within the US (International orders add $25 for shipping).

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    THE GEORGE CARLIN COUNTER CARD
    The Deeper Characters Reward Level PLUS: an 11 X 16 counter card from George Carlin's 2001 show Complaints & Grievances–the poster art for which I painted–signed by George Carlin. Includes insured shipping within the US (International orders add $30 for shipping).

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    THE FRED
    The Poster Child Reward Level PLUS: rock-star artist Fred Harper will cook you up a pinup! Ink on bristol, single character & simple environment. Includes insured shipping within the US (International orders add $30 for shipping).

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    THE MOLLY CRABAPPLE
    The Poster Child Reward Level PLUS: 4" X 4" ink and watercolor portrait painting of STAR by international superstar author and artist (also my dear friend) Molly Crabapple. Includes insured shipping within the US (International orders add $30 for shipping).

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    HOGAB #1 VARIANT
    The Original Poster Child Reward Level PLUS: original painting for the variant cover of House of Gold and Bones #1. 16.5" X 25.5" oil on cradled panel. Includes framing & insured shipping within the US (International orders add $50 for shipping).

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    THE MICK
    The Original Poster Child Reward Level PLUS: the original painting of Sir Michael Philip Jagger. 24" X 29", acrylic on cradled panel. Includes framing & insured shipping within the US (International orders add $50 for shipping).

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    CREATE YOUR OWN WATCHERS
    Tuned-in Watcher Reward Level PLUS: I will create your comic for you. I'll take your story for a 20-page comic plus cover, draw it for you & assemble a team to edit, ink, color & letter it. I'll then deliver a print-ready PDF that you can take to any printer to have your own comic made to order. Includes insured shipping within the US (International orders add $20 for shipping).

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    CREATE YOUR OWN SUPREME
    Tuned-in Watcher Reward Level PLUS: I will create your comic for you AND have 1,000 copies delivered. Same idea as above but also includes delivery of actual printed units. Includes insured shipping within the US (International orders add $200 for shipping). (Added time for printing delivery).

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