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Unite and Take Over is an anthology of comic book stories inspired by the songs of the Smiths created as a tribute to the band.

$600 Pledge Level is no longer available

(Tuesday, August 28, 2011, 10:17PM PDT)

Although the $600 Custom Cover pledge reward is showing up as an option.  We have signed our order with the printer and have locked in the 5 current covers.  In addition to the 3 covers listened in the Kickstarter campaign.  Beach Ball Comics and CornerStoreComics and Austin Books and Comics will have custom cover books available only through their stores each limited to 300 copies.  We will post cover art as it becomes available.  If retailers want to pledge for a custom cover, we will be happy to honor that as a second printing cover, but our first print run custom covers are set.  As a consolation, I am adding a $600 pledge level that does not offer the custom cover, but does offer a slightly better discount.  With less than 500 books available from the first print run, we hope you take advantage of our Retailer Levels.

The Concept

The concept for Unite and Take Over is pretty simple.  What story plays in your head when you listen to your favorite Smiths song?  I approached some of my fellow comic book creators and asked them to create 4-8 pages stories inspired by their favorite Smiths songs.  The song acts as an inspiration, jumping off point, theme or mood for the story.  Each story varies in style and genre. 

The Plan

We are planning to premiere Unite and Take Over at Tucson Comic-con in November.  We have 13 scripts that have been approved and turned over to the artists with several more nearing completion.  As it stands, the book will have 74 pages of illustrated stories.  We are asking backers to help with the costs to print the book, license the print rights for lyrics use, purchase an ISBN barcode, and create some unique Kickstarter rewards.  International backers please add $10 to your pledge to offset the difference in the shipping costs.

The Set List

Death at One's Elbow - Glen Curren and Madame M  
Shoplifters of the World Unite - Shawn Demumbrum and Matt Goodall   
Rubber Ring - Dennmann  
Girlfriend in a Coma - JP Manzanares   
Stop Me If You Think You've Heard This One Before - Henry Barajas and Christian Vilaire 
Cemetry Gates - Libbi Rich and Eric Schock  
That Joke Isn't Funny Anymore - Emily Rich and Jenn Fuguet   
How Soon is Now? - Foo! and Sam Laggren   
Pretty Girls Make Graves - Thomas Healy and Justin Miller   
Panic - Matthew Burke and Joshua Green   
What Difference Does It Make? - Michael Kessler and Jeff Pina   
Handsome Devil – Shelby Robertson 
Suffer Little Children – John Chihak 

The Covers

Original Art Cover

Tucson Comic-con Exclusive Cover

Tne Tucson Comic-con Exclusive cover has been drawn by Jason Pedersen.  It will be sold at the Tucson Comic-con 2011 and will not be reprinted.

Kickstarter Exclusive Cover

The Kickstarter Exclusive cover was drawn by Michael Stewart.  The cover contains images of the lead singers of several Smiths tribute bands including the lead singers of Strangeways, Handsome Devilz, This Charming Band, Sweet and Tender Hooligans,The Sons and Heirs, The Smiths United, Still ill, Viva Morrissey, Louder Than Bombs, The Smiths Ltd, The Smiths Indeed and The Smyths.  This cover will have a limited run based upon the number of rewards. 

Your Support

In order for this project to be successfully, we need your support.  Not only do we need your pledges, but we need you to pass the links to our Kickstarter page to your friends.  No everyone is a fan of the Smiths (gasp), but most people know people who like independent comics, music related projects or unique storytelling.  Helping to get the word out about our project would help us as much as your pledge.  Thank you for your support.

FAQ

  • Yes. Once the pledge period is over, we send out a survey to confirm the name in the acknowledgements, address where the rewards are send, and any customization you need for signed, sketched or haikued items.

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  • Absolutely, we are hoping that fans all over the world will be interested in the project and want to support it. We have several tribute bands from the UK who are participating in the Kickstarter exclusive cover. We want to make sure that fans of the tribute bands also have the ability to order copies of that cover. We are asking international backers to add $10 to their pledge so that we can ship their book(s) U.S. Priority shipping because I’ve found that in the past items arrive quicker and in better condition shipped that way. Any amount you choose to add to your pledge will ensure that your pledge goes toward the production of the book and not international shipping charges.

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  • The cost of international shipping is not included in the reward levels. We are asking international backers to add $10 extra to their pledge in order to cover the cost of shipping the book(s) U.S. Priority shipping. because I’ve found that in the past items arrive quicker and in better condition shipped that way. Any amount you choose to add to your pledge will ensure that your pledge goes toward the production of the book and not international shipping charges.

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  • Adding international shipping to your pledge is as simple as adjusting the pledge level by the amount you wish to apply to shipping. For example, if you wish to pledge at the Level 3 pledge level for $40, you could add $10 for shipping by making your overall pledge $50.

    We are asking international backers to add $10 to their pledge so that we can ship their book(s) U.S. Priority shipping because I’ve found that in the past items arrive quicker and in better condition shipped that way. Any amount you choose to add to your pledge will ensure that your pledge goes toward the production of the book and not international shipping charges.

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