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Matinee Eclectica is a collection of short comics showcasing the work of Ryan Schrodt and a wide array of talented independent artists.

I was six years old when I was first exposed to the wondrous world of American comic books. I was hooked immediately and knew in that instant that I would someday be a comic book writer. In the twenty-two years since that day, I have dreamt relentlessly of seeing my creations published in all of their four-color glory. With your help, I would like to make this dream a reality.
 
MATINEE ECLECTICA is the next step in my realization of that dream. This collection will feature a wide array of short comics that I have written, all expertly drawn by some of the most exciting independent artists in the comic book industry. The comic will be diverse and engaging, covering a wide variety of genres and styles.
Confirmed stories in this 40+ page collection include:
 
"GOING ROGUE" with artist Steve Ott and Lisa Lamb - An ancient alien race has created the first perfect human clone...who has her sights set on America. (Sci-Fi)
"IN HER SERVICE" with artist Steve Ott - A young girl has spent the last several years in service of a mysterious countess, completely unaware of the her mistress's horrible secret. (Horror)
"ASSUMPTION: THE COWARD" with artists Ben Anstrom, Peter Palmiotti, and Ben Carbanero - Town coward RJ Morris has had enough of the bully Ben Hansen, but when push comes to shove can he defend both his honor and his family? (Western)
"ASSUMPTION: HONEST NED STRIKES" with artist Ryan Lee - The ruthless Honest Ned and his band of marauders have been robbing small towns all across the west, but just who is Honest Ned and what secret is he keeping from his own crew? (Western)
"THE ROAR" with artist Nick Justus - No one believes in battered ex-boxer Rory "The Monster" MacAllan, but there is something that brings him back to the ring after years away. (Sports)
"OUT OF THIS WORLD" with artist Kelly Tindall - Lonley hearts often find love on the internet, but for one cyber-nerd, love isn't the only thing lurking in a chatroom. (Sci-Fi)
"SPARROW: FIRST FLIGHT" with artist Dennis Budd - The first day on the job is usually easy, but for Hannah "Sparrow" Harper, her first day as a superhero is anything but! (Superhero)

"BETTER TO BURN OUT" with artist Greg Hillsman - What lengths would you go to in order to jam with deceased rock and roll heroes? (Horror) "AUTOMATED" with artist Kyle Shold - Jeremy has just woken up from a coma after 27 years and is surprised by how automated civilization has become. (Sci-Fi) "WHEN ANIMALS ATTACK" with artist Guy Allen - For a young comic book creator, his great new ideas might have dire consequences. (Sci-Fi/Humor)

 
The comic will also include pin-ups from superstar artists Tracie Mauk (FIGHT! webcomic), Josh Howard (DEAD @17), Victor Santos (MICE TEMPLAR) and Moritat (ELEPHANTMEN, THE SPIRIT). The cover will be drawn by critically acclaimed artists Joe Eisma (MORNING GLORIES) and Misty Coats (SKULLKICKERS). Production assistance and logo design will be provided by artist Ryan Lee. The variant cover will be provided by artist Guy Allen.
 
With your contributions, I will be able to hire the remaining art teams, print the comic, and promote it at various conventions this summer. Any funds raised beyond our goal will go towards printing more copies of the anthology and promoting it at additional comic book conventions.
 
Every creator needs a foot in the door to make it in the comic book industry. For me and the contributing artists, Matinee Eclectica will be that opportunity.
This space will be updated as more information becomes available on this project!

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    SIGNATURE REWARD (US) You'll receive a copy of Matinee Eclectica signed by writer Ryan Schrodt, shipped anywhere in the continental US. Your name will also be listed in an acknowledgements section in the finished comic.

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    SIGNATURE REWARD (Worldwide) You'll receive a copy of Matinee Eclectica signed by writer Ryan Schrodt, shipped anywhere in the world. Your name will also be listed in an acknowledgements section in the finished comic.

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    "NOT AN ARTIST" REWARD Writer Ryan Schrodt will create an original full-color sketch for you (keep in mind, he's just a writer!). Your contribution will also be acknowledged in the comic and you'll receive a signed copy of Matinee Eclectica.

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    STARRING ROLE REWARD You can star in Matinee Eclectica! If you select this reward, your likeness will be drawn into a story for the comic! You will also recieve special recognition in the acknowledgements for your contribution and a signed copy of the comic! You will need to send a full-color photo for reference to writer Ryan Schrodt as soon as possible to have your likeness drawn into the book!

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    MANATEE ELECTRICA REWARD Be one of the few, the proud, the owners of the special limited edition "Manatee Electrica" variant edition of Matinee Eclectica! Your contribution will also be acknowledged in the comic and you'll receive a signed copy of Matinee Eclectica.

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    SKETCH REWARD One of the fantastically talented Matinee Eclectica contributing artists will create a one-of-a-kind original sketch just for you! Your contribution will also be acknowledged in the comic and you'll receive a signed copy of Matinee Eclectica.

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    ORIGINAL ART REWARD While most of Matinee Eclectica was created digitally, a few artists will be working traditionally and one of the original art pages could be yours! Your contribution will also be acknowledged in the comic and you'll receive a signed copy of Matinee Eclectica.

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    ADVERTISER REWARD One page of Matinee Eclectica will be reserved for you! You can use this space to advertise your business, your comic, or your organization. You must provide the art, which is subject to final approval from the Matinee Eclectica creative team. Your contribution will also be acknowledged in the comic and you'll receive a signed copy of Matinee Eclectica.

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    MORITAT - ORIGINAL ART REWARD Superstar artist Justin "Moritat" Norman will be providing a pin-up for the comic and the original art belongs on your wall! Your contribution will also be acknowledged in the comic and you'll receive a signed copy of Matinee Eclectica. Moritat's work can also be seen in The Spirit from DC Comics and Elephantmen from Image Comics.

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    JOSH HOWARD - ORIGINAL ART REWARD Josh Howard is one of the most exciting artists in the comic industry today and he was kind enough to contribute a pin-up to Matinee Eclectica. The original art would be a fine addition to any fan's collection! Your contribution will also be acknowledged in the comic and you'll receive a signed copy of Matinee Eclectica. Josh is the creator of the Dead @17 franchise, Lost Books of Eve, and Black Harvest, all published by Image Comics.

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    JOE EISMA - COVER ART REWARD As the interior artist on the critically-acclaimed Morning Glories, Joe Eisma is one of the most buzzed-about artists in the comic book industry. Don't miss out on this chance to own the original art from his Matinee Eclectica cover! Your contribution will also be acknowledged in the comic and you'll receive a signed copy of Matinee Eclectica.

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    CONVENTION SPONORSHIP REWARD Send Matinee Eclectica to a comic book convention by sponsoring our table! You will receive a special thank you in the comic and a signed copy of both Matinee Eclectica covers. Plus, as a special thanks, you will be sent two dozen cookies, freshly baked by writer Ryan Schrodt's amazing wife and a signed copy of Clint Magazine #5, which featured Schrodt's professional debut!

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    THE BIG REWARD This is the big one! Your likeness will be drawn into one of the stories, you will receive three sketches from contributing artists, an original art page, a signed copy of Clint Magazine #5 (the professional debut of writer Ryan Schrodt), and a copy of both Matinee Eclectica covers signed by everyone that contributes to the comic. You will also recieve a special thank you in the comic and two dozen cookies of your choice (baked by Schrodt's wife) will be sent to you via overnight shipping to ensure freshness.

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