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A modern, post-apocalyptic webcomic with an engaging storyline and a unique new twist incorporating photographs and audio.

Our project, The Cullective, will consist of 12 episodes, available on a monthly basis for one year - (Season One). It is a modern, post-apocalyptic webcomic with an engaging storyline and a unique new twist incorporating photographs and audio. These episodes will be available for download from our website starting June 1, 2012, once our goal is met. We also have plans for an active blog as well as news and updates on various social networking sites.

Hey KickStarter Fans,

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I’m Deke Cloyd; founder of The Cullective… a webcomic like no other that is out there today.

I would love to tell you that I didn’t just dream this up, but … I actually did.

About 8 years ago I had a dream - more like a nightmare. I woke up violently, my heart beating like mad, and scared out of my mind. It was so out of the norm for me that I scrambled to find paper and something to write with, so I could remember what I had dreamed.

Anyone who knows me will tell you I am no writer; this is the reason this idea/dream sat in a folder in my filing cabinet so long. It was only after doing a housecleaning of my office a while back that a friend of mine came across the one page scribbling I did that night. She asked me what it was, I told her, and she asked if she could read it. I reluctantly said yes.

After reading through it, she suggested we send it to another friend of ours in Phoenix – a real writer. Later that day we called him, explained what this was all about, and asked if he would look it over. A few days later he called back and asked two questions: First, what if this were the beginning story in a comic? And, would I have any problem with him re-writing some of it so that it could follow a proper plot and story line?

I said sure, go ahead.

A week or so later he sent over an “Episode One” for us to review. I can remember it like it was yesterday. The hair on the back of my neck was standing up when I was only half way through this story, because it was uncanny how accurate it was to my dream.

We called and told him how wonderful and engaging it was to read. He was very pleased and asked, “So what are we going to call this comic?”

Call it? I had no idea what to call it. To me it a was just a story about a group of people who escaped catastrophe, and slowly found each other, realizing they had something very unusual “in common”. They were also the ones that the Mange (the bad guys), were doing everything possible to “get rid of.” They were each the “culls” in this society and were drawn to each other by a common force.

Hence the name… The Cullective.

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Not only… are the stories interesting and unpredictable… but each episode is scripted and rehearsed, using actual characters. These are then photographed and converted into unique stylized images.

And YES … you can view this on your iPad, Nook, Kindle and many other e-book readers as well as your computer AND… you will be able to see the entire image, as well as zoom, scroll and move from one section or page to the other with ease.

THE COOLEST PART… The Cullective will have the ability to be audio enabled - if desired.

Not only can you READ this comic, but also you can press the “Audio” button and actually HEAR the characters voices, hear the background music, hear the sound effects, etc.

Our thought is, you’ll think this is a pretty cool way to enjoy a webcomic!

WATCH the video above to see for yourself !!!

There will be a NEW EPISODE EACH MONTH just like a comic book!

You’ll be given a link, and for JUST .99 cents an episode, you can view it as many times as you want.

Of course we will have a very active blog, and we will be on all of the social networking sites. This just could be the beginning of the NEXT CULT FOLLOWING. (Oh my . . . )

We have very cool stickers, coffee mugs, t-shirts, hoodies and special edition jackets, all with The Cullective Logo and more… as part of our rewards to anyone who helps us to make this happen. And YES . . . for those who are paying “really close attention”, we have a very unique SECRET COLLECTABLE that can be seen in the first live episode. These will go out ONLY to the people who pledge at this $100 level as an “added” bonus.

We will continue to use this bonus “collectible” as part of our episodes on a permanent basis.

We hope that we can count on a KickStarter fan following, and give The Cullective the launch it deserves.

And for all those people who are wondering about our music . . . All of the MUSIC for each of The Cullective episodes is provided exclusively by the unique sound of DEAD SERIOUS LOVERS… their music is a perfect fit for this story and our team to work with. If you like their music, be sure and visit their website. We think they are AWESOME!!!

http://www.deadseriouslovers.bandcamp.com

Well… that’s it.  We are ready to start working on the first 12 episodes… all we need is your help to make it happen!

Any questions or comments?  Email us at info@thecullective.com. We’ll be glad to tell you more about the world of The Cullective and what’s to come!

And stay tuned to KickStarter… we’ll be adding information, FAQ’s, additional pics, and maybe other info as time goes, as we do our best to make our goal and get this off the ground . . .

The Cullective Team

http://www.thecullective.com

     - - -  For international orders, please add an extra $10 for shipping - - -

FAQ

  • Each episode will typically have 24 to 36 pages . . . just like an actual traditional comic book.

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  • Yes, we do . . . and in full costumes which are custom designed for each character and actor. By combining traditional art with actual images, the options for impactful frames and pages are increased greatly for the reader.

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  • Yes, the Cullectives do have "Super Powers" that they each discover at different times. Each power is not only unique, but moderately believable as well. We do everything possible to make the viewer "believe and feel an actual part" of individual characters.

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  • The meaning of the logo and where it came from is revealed in the first full episode. There is a good reason for this design and why each of the Cullectives are intimately engaged in what this is. They each discover that this symbol, as much as they hate it at times, is crucial to staying alive and finding the others.

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  • Funny you should ask this. We are starting to do this here this next week. And yes, as mentioned in the video, they are all VERY cool . . .

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  • Sorry . . . thats a little secret of ours. One of our guys spent a LOT of time, making this very involved process . . . "just right". If we told ya . . . we'd have to throw you to the Mange. (ha)

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  • As you can imagine . . . this is VERY appealing to school age kids. We are implementing a program which allows students to be directly involved in the process and production of this project. We ONLY allow these students to be involved in this, when they are (1) attending school regularly and (2) have their grades up. We talk to and meet with the teachers regularly to insure the success of this cooperative venture. So far . . . it is showing hight success and the students who are currently involved are VERY excited and actively involved. And yes . . . they are expected in today for more work. And for those who always bring this up . . . Yes we have all of this completely cleared with both the school and the parents, as well as all paperwork done through the school. We do thing, "by the book"

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  • Several from our team are working on several new projects, which are directly ties into this project. I think you will be very impressed to see what is on the horizon that few people know about yet. Secret? Heck yeah its a secret !!!!!!!!

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  • Yes, everyone has been asking for this, so we will have both of these available on the website here down the road a piece. Af course, we have to make our goal first . . .

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    THE VIRTUAL HUG - A Cullective “Virtual Hug”, saying our warmest thank you, thank you, thank you for supporting our project.

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    YOUR NAME IN LIGHTS - Your name (or company name) in the credits as part of the original backers (financial founders), of The Cullective, This will be shown at the end of each episode for an entire year and could be the most affordable advertising that you or your company could ever invest in. Just think, if this gets really popular and millions of people a day view this. Oh my !!! - “your name in lights” . . .

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    YOUR NAME IN LIGHTS / BOLD - All of the above, AND your name (or company name) in bold / highlighted font for an entire year. This is so that THESE backers, stick out from the rest. Hey . . . its the least we can do for you.

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    THE STICKERS - All of the above, AND a few of our “super - cool” collector stickers. They are awesome for school lockers, notebooks, covering your ugly white microwave, your bathroom mirror, or to wrap around your coffee mug while watching the next three episodes of “The Cullective.” Yes, they are WAY cool.

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    THE UBER T-SHIRT - One of the collectors edition - “The Cullective” T-Shirts, along with a few of our collectable stickers. These are 3 color logo’d t-shirts and are very modern in design. Yes, they will get all your friends to ask where you got it and what “The Cullective” is. And yes, you should tell them, so they can get one too.

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    THE JITTERS - One of the limited / collectors edition custom logo’d “The Cullective” coffee cups. These are what the cast and crew uses daily and are very cool. Oh yes . . . and a handful of our collectable stickers as well. Hell . . . we might even throw in some coffee so you will know what we all drink every day.

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    THE HOODIE - One of the limited edition - “The Cullective” Hoodies, along with a few of our collectable stickers. These 3 color logo’d Hoodies are also very modern in design and will get all your friends to ask where you got it and what “The Cullective” is. And no, you should not tell them, as these are for a very limited number, prior to the release of the first episode. (ha)

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    THE COMPLETENESS PACK - One Hoodie, one T-Shirt, one 8 x 10 Photo of the original cast (limited edition / signed) and a few of our killer The Cullective Stickers. And yes . . . we are throwing in a “little secret surprise” as well. This will “set you up” as a real “The Cullective” Groupie for sure. *Hint - this little surprise will be shown in the first released episode. If you look “real close” you might be able to figure it out. And yes . . . there are a very limited number of these.

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    THE CULLECTIVE PACK - One Hoodie, one T-Shirt, one 8 x 10 Photo of the original cast (limited edition / signed) and a few of our killer The Cullective Stickers. In addition, for those who want to be a little above the other backers . . . we are including a copy of the original first script and signed 8 x 10 photographs from each of the original characters. Oh . . . and we are throwing in an extra Hoodie for being such a loyal supporter (yes, two Hoodies total). Keep in mind . . . this extra Hoodie is NOT for grandma to keep warm by the TV while watching Jerry Springer.

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    THE ADVERTISER - We will use your name (or company name) in an upcoming episode of The Cullective and make sure to brand it like crazy to all subscribers when they read (and listen) to the story. As you wear one of your The Cullective Hoodies (yes 2 are included), you can rest assured that the storyline will include this name several times for all to witness and remember. Would this be killer branding, or what? (and for all you wackos out there, no inappropriate names please - we are not going to support a funky named porn store or the like) Oh yeah . . . two T-Shirts too. And just to be clear . . . we reserve the right to eliminate any name or company name that we feel is inappropriate or does not fit the “feel and flow” of The Cullective storyline. Yes, your pledge will be returned or exchanged for an alternative reward.

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    THE ARTSY / FARTSY - We will make you a custom “limited edition” canvas print of any single page from the first episode. This puppy will be sized to a whopping 30 x 40” and be custom mounted, stretched over 1” stretcher bars and coated for protection. And yes . . . you will be able to sit back and look at this awesome piece of art, while wearing one of our limited edition / custom embroidered Dry Duck Jackets that only the cast and board members are allowed to wear. Of course, you will want to show this canvas off to your friends, so we will throw in another one so they can enjoy this with you. (Yes, thats 2 jackets)

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    THE RED CARPET - You can be an actual character in an upcoming episode of The Cullective. Would this be a WAY cool birthday present or what? OMG!!!!!!!!! Obviously, this will be arranged for and coordinated in advance and all airfare, lodging, meals and transportation as well as other requirements for the backer, are the responsibility of the backer. Yes, not only will your name (or character name) be in lights, but your ugly mug will be as well. (kidding -) And of course . . . we will have a little surprise gift basket of goodies for you to take home when we are done shooting the episode. You will be very set as a “one of a kind - The Cullective Groupie” for sure.

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    THE GOLDEN TICKET - Not only does this include being an actual character in an upcoming episode of The Cullective as stated in the pledge above . . . it also includes airfare, meals, lodging and transportation (one person only). “Applies only to residents of the continental United States.” This ultimate reward ALSO includes a seat on the first year’s board of directors. You will be invited to join monthly conference calls and vote (yes, everyone has an equal vote), on all the decisions regarding future characters, shoot locations, special powers, script ideas and changes, voices, unexpected twists and all the other cool stuff that we commonly do to pull off making this project a success. This also includes the limited edition / custom embroidered Dry Duck Jacket that only the cast and board members are allowed to wear. Yes, they truly are “one of a kind” and highly impressive jackets. (People try to steal them all the time)

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