"The world used to be beautiful. It grew and thrived, content with its own pace, until superheroes arrived and ruined it. Now I, the strongest of them all, will remedy the devastation we caused. I will do it by destroying the last remnants of those who arrogantly called themselves heroes, while thinking themselves gods. They called me a machine. They should have called me their reckoning."
"What makes me a hero?
Was I in the right place at the right time, a victim of a cosmic roll of the dice?Or was I chosen for greatness? Did the gods above thrust this responsibility upon me, or is it already inside, something only the worthy are able to tap into? These are the questions I find myself asking in my new life.
A few years ago, a group of friends who enjoyed writing got together and started working on a few collaborative projects, including both books and comics. The comics ended up on the shelf for a while, because we're writers, not artists, and who reads comics with no art?
Well, thanks to the help of Scattered Comics Studio (www.scatteredcomicsstudios.com), we have artists ready and willing to help. That's where you, the Kickstarters, come in.
We're raising money to get the first issue for two of our potential series, Machine and Centurion, completed and ready for digital and print distribution through our new 4thRealm Comics imprint. Our comics will primarily be released digitally, but we'll have print copies available for special occasions, including as rewards for this Kickstarter project, but print copies will be rare enough that every single one will be considered a collector's item.
Machine and Centurion both exist in a shared world, and will cross over on a regular basis. More importantly, though, is that our vision as writers is for this comic universe to eschew the conventions of traditional comic book worlds, where stories are rehashed, characters never grow, and no one ever really dies. And we do that through one simple rule - this universe has an end. That's right, we have an ending in place. It's already planned, and we know how and why it happens. Because of that, we have the freedom of letting our characters grow through natural character arcs, and letting the experiences they go through change them in meaningful, and sometimes drastic ways. We think that makes their story more interesting, more dramatic, and ultimately, more compelling. At the4threalm.com, a good story is our top priority, and that will show in everything we publish.
Our hope is that with Machine #1 and Centurion #1 as part of our catalogue, we can sustain both series as well as add additional ones as we grow, including:
Last Man Protocol - the story of the last hero left in a world completely overrun by villains.
No More Humans - after Vampires, Werewolves, Zombies and Yetis gang up to wipe out humanity, they realize that the only people they have left to fight... is each other.
The timeline for this project is probably somewhere in the range of 3-4 months. The character sketches are already done, as are the covers (shown below). The scripts are ready, written in a typical panel layout form, and the only thing left to do is to get them to the artist. A typical page will take somewhere from 3-5 days based on past experience with this studio, so a 20 page comic can be completed in approximately 10-12 weeks, although we'll tack on a few extra weeks in our estimates just to be safe.
Once the issues are complete, it may take another few weeks to get them online for purchase/viewing, but some of that time is dependent on 3rd parties. I can assure you that we'll be posting them as soon as we can, hopefully to coincide with the other books we're releasing through the website (www.the4threalm.com, in case you missed it earlier).
Some sketches and artwork are posted below, but you can see much more at the website, using the below two links:
Hopefully, there are no risks in this project. We already have everyone lined up to complete the work, from writing all the way to finished pages. And we'll be distributing the books digitally at first, most likely through Graphicly.com, although we'll explore other avenues as well. And our partners with ScatteredComicStudios.com can help us with traditional print publishing as well, which we'll utilize for signed copies at our shows/conferences in the spring.