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Monsters, cops, government agents, a cheeky Brit and a beautiful woman! An exciting modern genre-mix told in a pulp magazine style.

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As America slogged through the Vietnam Conflict, the United States Army looked for an advantage. Enter the Circle, a group of the allies' brightest scientific minds. Their task: create perfect soldiers, specimens beyond the limits of nature. The results were...monstrous. The project was shut down and wiped from memory.

Fast forward over 40 years and the Circle has resurfaced as a designer, recreational narcotic that turns its users into ten foot tall ravenous monsters. Inspector Willam McCabe has followed the swath of destruction from the London underground to the affluent neighborhoods of Los Angeles. Now McCabe must partner with LA Detective Evelyn "Eve" Morgan to stop the drug from spreading as the body count rises. But the government has come to finish the cover up they started decades ago. Will Eve and McCabe get swept under the rug with everything else? And is their partnership a coincidence of circumstance or is there a darker link in their past?

Let's take this ride together and find out!

For those of you that came in late (all you young'ens), pulp fiction is not just a Quentin Tarantino movie. The pulps were cheap fiction magazines published from 1896 through the 1950s. In the great lineage of fiction periodicals, they were the successor of the penny dreadfuls, dime novels and short fiction magazines of the 19th century. They're also considered the predecessor to modern comics and graphic novels since they often featured illustrated novel-length stories of heroic characters.

Okay, okay. Boring history lesson over.

I know you're saying "But Brian, what does this have to do with The Circle?" Well smarty-pants, The Circle is going to be a modernization of the old pulp format. A modern mating of prose and illustration. Not quite a typical graphic novel with sequential art and not a paperback novel. It's an opportunity for me to utilize my years of graphic design experience co-mingled with my love of illustration.

"Talk is cheap, dude. Let's see the goods. I want to know what it's going to look like."

I figured you'd say that. Which is why I've provided the handy sample below!

Text on interior sample pages is placeholder (Lorem Ipsum)
Text on interior sample pages is placeholder (Lorem Ipsum)

So, what's next?

Action! Sci-Fi! Horror! Comedy! Romance! Exclamation points! (Be honest. It was the exclamation points that sold you, wasn't it?)

I started writing the script for The Circle back in 2005 with the help of my good friend Peter Mahoney. It was originally written as a screenplay but the intention was always to make it into a comic book or graphic novel. The final draft was finished in 2007 and some art and design was started. But I never knew how I would get it published or get it out there. So it got put on the back-burner as I took other freelance jobs or did things to pay the bills. Then I discovered Kickstarter a few months ago and it's opened up a whole new world. Now ANYTHING seems possible!

Please note that this could be considered a MATURE READERS book. It's somewhere between PG-13 and R. Your easy ratings guide for the book:

  • Blood, violence and gore (Probably nothing you wouldn't see on a primetime network procedural TV show, ie. CSI, Criminal Minds, Castle, etc)
  • Language (You've heard these words before, maybe when your dad hit his thumb with a hammer. This is not at the level of a Joe Pesci movie)
  • Sex and nudity (We're not talking Caligula here but there will be some skin shown, both male and female)
  • Drug use (duh)
  • Mature themes (I don't really know what that means but I'm just covering all my bases)

Now we're getting to the good stuff. Let's take a quick rundown of what you're getting:

The Book: Softcover, trade paperback style. Perfect bound with 140+ pages, containing 7 chapters with each chapter having its own intro splash page. Pin-up gallery in the back featuring some of my artist friends as well. (please let me know in the rewards survey if you would like it signed or personalized)

Temporary Tattoos: Show your support with a logo tattoo (2"x 3") or show your love for Eve by getting matching tattoos (2"x 2")!

Rubber Bracelet: 1/2" wide, silicon wristband with the text "Circle Engineering District: Test Subject". Light blue color shown is approximated.

Prints: All 6"x 9" and 12"x 18" prints are on premium coated 80lb, gloss cover stock. The metallic prints are printed on a cover stock with a metallic coating that gives it a pearlescent sheen. They look great and have been a big hit for me at conventions. (please let me know in the rewards survey if you would like them signed or personalized)

All 4 styles are available in 6"x 9" and 12"x 18"
All 4 styles are available in 6"x 9" and 12"x 18"

Updates during the campaign will include a step-by-step look at the creation of the movie style poster!

"Inception" print only available in Metallic!
"Inception" print only available in Metallic!

Catalog Prints: Go on over to my website and take a look around. The 12"x 18" prints are on premium coated 80lb, gloss cover stock. I've got Sports, TV, Movies, Comics and various other subject matter available on there.

See more examples at www.odysseyart.net
See more examples at www.odysseyart.net

Trading Cards: Glossy, full color, 18 card set. The cards will feature character art and bios as well as promotional art. 6 of the cards will have art on the back that connects to form a larger image.

Sketch Cards: Grayscale or with touches of color. Any character you would like (within reason)

Classified File: This is almost all the information the government has on the Circle project. It was originally thought that all of these files were burned, but a handful survived. It includes photos and bios of the known and suspected participants and other varied information. If you receive one of these, please be on alert. The government may come to get it back...

Kidding! It's all just fun stuff including some exclusive art.

Standee: 24" scale, laser diecut cardboard character standees. They will each come with their own folding stand.

Headshot Commissions: Your favorite character or celebrity (within reason), in a fully rendered color illustration. I will send you a digital file as well as a hard copy in either 8"x 10" or 12"x 18", your choice.

See more examples at www.odysseyart.net
See more examples at www.odysseyart.net

First of all, if we reach any of these, I'm going to get emotional. Can't help it, that's just how I am and I will be so grateful to all of you that it will be inevitable. I promise to not send a video update so you don't have to see me get teary.


$15,000 (LOCKED)

Sticker: All pledges of $10 and up will receive this full color, die-cut vinyl sticker of The Circle logo.

$19,000 (LOCKED)

T-shirts: All pledges of $75 and up will receive this exclusive Kickstarter campaign t-shirt, with the slogan "I gave evolution a boost!" on the back.

To add an add-on to your Kickstarter pledge, follow these steps:

Go to the top of the Circle Kickstarter page and press the Manage Your Pledge Button. (If you have not pledged yet it will say Back this Project.) Increase your pledge in the Pledge Amount box by the total of the add-ons you want to add.

Do not change the tier you are currently pledged at, unless you also want to change it while you are on this screen. You will then need to add the total of your add-ons onto the amount of the new tier you chose.

After the end of the Kickstarter campaign you will receive a survey that will allow you to explain how you would like the add-on money assigned, the size of T-shirts, etc.

Note: All add-ons require a $25 pledge level (LAPD Level) or above.

TATTOO SET-- Worldwide add $5 per set

RUBBER BRACELET-- Worldwide add $5 per bracelet

6" X 9" PRINTS-- Worldwide add $10 per print (please specify which style you want in the survey)

TRADING CARD SET (18 CARDS)-- Worldwide add $15 per set

12" X 18" PRINTS-- Worldwide add $20 per print (please specify which style you want in the survey)

THE BOOK (SOFTCOVER)-- US add $20 per copy/International add $30 per copy

11" X 17" METALLIC PRINTS-- Worldwide add $30 per print

24" CARDBOARD CHARACTER STANDEES-- US add $50 per standee/International add $60 per standee (please specify which character you want in the survey)

24" X 36" MOVIE POSTER PRINTS-- US add $70 per poster/International add $85 per poster

LOGO STICKER-- LOCKED

T-SHIRTS-- LOCKED

Risks and challenges

Let's face it. Real life always gets in the way of our dreams. But the people that achieve their dreams are the ones that overcome those obstacles. And if it's not hard to do, is it worth doing?

Make no mistake, this is going to be hard and very time-consuming. I'm responsible for every aspect of this project from start to finish. There is no team to help out. I am the team. (huh, for once there is an "I" in team) The script is done but all told this is going to take close to 200 pieces of fully painted art. That's a lot! I have a full time job (see my bio) but I'm determined to get this done. I'm not accepting any other freelance work or commissions. This will be the only drawing I'll be doing until it's done. Not only do I want to get this done and released, but I want to deliver something to you that you'll enjoy. Something that you'll tell your friends about and they'll tell their friends and.....sorry, getting ahead of myself. Got to get it done first.

Another risk is that this is for mature readers, as stated above. Some people might be sensitive to that and not be interested. I don't feel like I'm including anything that you haven't seen before and if I am, let me be the one to introduce you to it!

Here's hoping the biggest obstacle is getting orders for more books than I originally print.

If you have any questions, please don't hesitate to contact me. Thank you!

Some useful links:
http://kickingitforward.org
http://www.kicktraq.com/projects/610222222/the-circle-a-modern-twist-on-a-classic-format/

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FAQ

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    CIVILIAN LEVEL- A heartfelt thank you and your name listed in the back of the final, finished book.

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    GOOD SAMARITAN LEVEL- A personalized, hand-signed, full color postcard of thanks. Plus your name listed in the back of the final, finished book.

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    POLICE RECRUIT LEVEL B- A digital PDF copy of the first chapter of the book (of 7 total chapters, akin to one issue). 3 trading cards chosen at random from the set. Plus everything in the Good Samaritan Level (the postcard and the name in the back of the book).

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    POLICE RECRUIT LEVEL A- A digital PDF copy of the first chapter of the book (of 7 total chapters, akin to one issue). Set of 2 temporary tattoos. Plus everything in the Good Samaritan Level (the postcard and the name in the back of the book).

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    GOLDEN-HEARTED HACKER LEVEL- For those of you that are never without your mobile device of choice. The final book as a digital PDF, plus everything in the Good Samaritan Level (the postcard and the name in the back of the book).

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    POLICE ACADEMY GRADUATE LEVEL B- A 6"x 9" hand-signed mini-print (4 to choose from) and the temporary tattoo set. Plus the final book as a digital PDF and everything in the Good Samaritan Level (the postcard and the name in the back of the book).

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    POLICE ACADEMY GRADUATE LEVEL A- 6 trading cards and the temporary tattoo set. Plus the final book as a digital PDF and everything in the Good Samaritan Level (the postcard and the name in the back of the book).

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    LAPD LEVEL- This is it! The reason we're all here. The final, full color, perfect bound softcover book. Plus everything in the Golden-Hearted Hacker Level (the PDF of the book, the postcard and the name in the back of the book) and a digital mini-print (4 to choose from). Additional shipping costs for the London PD Level for International Backers.

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    LAPD OFFICER LEVEL B- The book, the mini-print, the 3 trading cards, the thank you postcard and your name in the back of the book. Additional shipping costs for the London PD Constable Level for International Backers.

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    LAPD OFFICER LEVEL A- A branded rubber bracelet plus the book, 6 trading cards, the thank you postcard and your name in the back of the book. Additional shipping costs for the London PD Constable Level for International Backers.

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    LAPD DETECTIVE LEVEL B- A full sized 12"x 18" print (4 to choose from). Plus the book, the tattoo set, the thank you postcard and your name in the back of the book. Additional shipping costs for the London PD Inspector Level for International Backers.

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    LAPD DETECTIVE LEVEL A- The book, the mini-print, the rubber bracelet, the tattoo set, 9 trading cards, the thank you postcard and your name in the back of the book. Additional shipping costs for the London PD Inspector Level for International Backers.

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    LAPD SERGEANT LEVEL A- This is one of my favorites. A sweet, shiny, hand-signed 11"x 17" metallic print. These things look awesome! Plus you get the book, the digital version of the book, the thank you postcard, the rubber bracelet and your name in the back of the book. Additional shipping costs for the London PD Chief Inspector Level for International Backers.

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    LAPD SERGEANT LEVEL B- The full 18 trading card set. Plus you get the book, the digital version of the book, the thank you postcard, the rubber bracelet and your name in the back of the book. Additional shipping costs for the London PD Chief Inspector Level for International Backers.

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    LAPD LIEUTENANT LEVEL A- You get everything from the LAPD Detective Level A (the book, the mini-print, the rubber bracelet, the tattoo set, the thank you postcard and your name in the back of the book), plus a full sized 12"x 18" print (4 to choose from) and the full trading card set.

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    LAPD LIEUTENANT LEVEL B- You get everything from the LAPD Detective Level B (the 12"x 18" Circle print, the book, the tattoo set, the thank you postcard and your name in the back of the book), plus the rubber bracelet and any large sized (12"x 18") print from my website catalog (www.odysseyart.net)

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    LAPD CAPTAIN LEVEL A- Everything from LAPD Sergeant Level B (the full 18 trading card set, the book, the digital version of the book, the thank you postcard, the rubber bracelet and your name in the back of the book), plus the metallic print and the mini-print of your choice.

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    LAPD CAPTAIN LEVEL B- Everything from LAPD Sergeant Level B (the full 18 trading card set, the book, the digital version of the book, the thank you postcard, the rubber bracelet and your name in the back of the book), plus a sketch card of the character of your choice and a full size 12"x 18" print (4 to choose from).

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    US ARMY MAJOR LEVEL- Everything from LAPD Captain Level A (the full 18 trading card set, the book, the digital version of the book, the thank you postcard, the rubber bracelet, the metallic print, and your name in the back of the book), plus the set of four mini-prints.

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    US ARMY LIEUTENANT COLONEL LEVEL- Everything from the US Army Major Level (the full 18 trading card set, the book, the digital version of the book, the thank you postcard, the rubber bracelet, the metallic print, set of four mini-prints and your name in the back of the book), plus a sketch card of the character of your choice and two 12"x 18" prints (both can be from The Circle or you may choose one from my website catalog)

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    US ARMY COLONEL LEVEL- Everything from the US Army Lieutenant Colonel Level (the full 18 trading card set, the book, the digital version of the book, the thank you postcard, the rubber bracelet, the metallic print, set of four mini-prints and your name in the back of the book, plus a sketch card of the character of your choice and two 12"x 18" prints both can be from The Circle or you may choose one from my website catalog) plus a classified document folder featuring various art, bio files and other exclusive goodies.

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    US ARMY MAJOR GENERAL LEVEL- Everything in the US Army Colonel Level (the full 18 trading card set, the book, the digital version of the book, the thank you postcard, the rubber bracelet, the metallic print, set of four mini-prints and your name in the back of the book, plus a sketch card of the character of your choice and two 12"x 18" prints both can be from The Circle or you may choose one from my website catalog and the classified document folder) plus a 24"x 36" movie style poster to display over your mantle or bed to show your ultimate support!

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    US ARMY LIEUTENANT GENERAL LEVEL- Everything from the US Army Major General Level (the full 18 trading card set, the book, the digital version of the book, the thank you postcard, the rubber bracelet, the metallic print, set of four mini-prints and your name in the back of the book, plus a sketch card of the character of your choice and two 12"x 18" prints both can be from The Circle or you may choose one from my website catalog, the classified document folder and a 24"x 36" movie poster) and a full set of all four 12"x 18" prints

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    US ARMY GENERAL LEVEL- Everything from the US Army Lieutenant General Level (the full 18 trading card set, the book, the digital version of the book, the thank you postcard, the rubber bracelet, the metallic print, set of four mini-prints and your name in the back of the book, plus a sketch card of the character of your choice and two 12"x 18" prints both can be from The Circle or you may choose one from my website catalog, the classified document folder, a 24"x 36" movie poster and a full set of all four 12"x 18" prints), plus any two large prints from my website and a 24" diecut cardboard standee of your new favorite hero! (either Eve or McCabe)

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    DEVIANT MONSTER LEVEL- Everything from the US Army General Level (the full 18 trading card set, the book, the digital version of the book, the thank you postcard, the rubber bracelet, the metallic print, set of four mini-prints and your name in the back of the book, plus a sketch card of the character of your choice and two 12"x 18" prints both can be from The Circle or you may choose one from my website catalog, the classified document folder, a 24"x 36" movie poster and a full set of all four 12"x 18" prints, any two large prints from my website and a 24" diecut cardboard standee) plus a second copy of the book and two additional sketch cards.

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    THE INNER CIRCLE LEVEL- Get drawn into the book! You will appear in the background or in a crowd scene of the final book. Just be careful, out here there be monsters. You don't want to become a chalk outline or blood stain on the sidewalk! You also get a print of the page you appear on and everything in the Deviant Monster Level (the full 18 trading card set, the book, the digital version of the book, the thank you postcard, the rubber bracelet, the metallic print, set of four mini-prints and your name in the back of the book, plus a sketch card of the character of your choice and two 12"x 18" prints both can be from The Circle or you may choose one from my website catalog, the classified document folder, a 24"x 36" movie poster and a full set of all four 12"x 18" prints, any two large prints from my website and a 24" diecut cardboard standee, a second copy of the book and two additional sketch cards)

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    U.S. DEPARTMENT OF SPECIAL OPERATIONS LEVEL- I will do a fully painted, digital headshot of the celebrity or character of your choice. See examples to the left. Please allow extra time for the head-shots as I'd like to finish the book first. Plus you get everything from the Deviant Monster Level (the full 18 trading card set, the book, the digital version of the book, the thank you postcard, the rubber bracelet, the metallic print, set of four mini-prints and your name in the back of the book, plus a sketch card of the character of your choice and two 12"x 18" prints both can be from The Circle or you may choose one from my website catalog, the classified document folder, a 24"x 36" movie poster and a full set of all four 12"x 18" prints, any two large prints from my website and a 24" diecut cardboard standee, a second copy of the book and two additional sketch cards).

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    A STAR IS BORN LEVEL- You will be a drawn into the book as a very important character! This character is essential to the plot and has multiple scenes. Please be prepared to provide multiple reference photos so I can portray your likeness accurately. You will also get your own trading card with character bio and a print of your choice from the pages you appear on. Plus everything from the Deviant Monster Level (the full 18 trading card set, the book, the digital version of the book, the thank you postcard, the rubber bracelet, the metallic print, set of four mini-prints and your name in the back of the book, plus a sketch card of the character of your choice and two 12"x 18" prints both can be from The Circle or you may choose one from my website catalog, the classified document folder, a 24"x 36" movie poster and a full set of all four 12"x 18" prints, any two large prints from my website and a 24" diecut cardboard standee, a second copy of the book and two additional sketch cards).

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