GATES OF MIDNIGHT
GATES OF MIDNIGHT
A comic book that pits Raven, a combat medic recently returned from Afghanistan, against creatures from another world.
A comic book that pits Raven, a combat medic recently returned from Afghanistan, against creatures from another world. Read more
About this project
What the heck is Gates of Midnight?
THE FIRST COMIC BOOK SERIES FROM KYMERA PRESS, WOMAN-OWNED, WOMAN-RUN!
Who’s producing it?
Kymera Press, one of the few woman-owned comic book publishers in the industry.
What do we want money for?
To publish comics that are written and drawn by women, to be loved and cherished by folks of all sexes. We know there’s a lot of talent out there that’s not being tapped because the good ol’ boys have the keys to the treehouse—BUT THE GATES ARE WIDE OPEN AT KYMERA. Our first comic book series is the thriller GATES OF MIDNIGHT, written by acclaimed TV writer Debbie Lynn Smith, drawn and inked by Amelia Woo, lettered by Jessica Jimerson, colored by Mirana Reveier, edited by Valerie D'Oriazio and funded with the hard-earned bucks of two women from the savage hell pits of the TV industry—Debbie Smith and Maggie Field. They agree that TV’s awesome, but comics are better, and they’ve put up the money to start Kymera like the wild women they are. But, just like back in TV Land, they want to pay their talent--all the crazy-creative women who are clamoring to put out the best in comics everywhere—and that’s where you come in. In this crashed economy, who on earth would start a new comic book company? Kymera, that’s who!
Yeah, but what are you funding?
The first four issues of GATES OF MIDNIGHT, a supernatural thriller that pits Raven, a combat medic recently returned from Afghanistan, against creatures from another world, are finished. We want to do four more so we can collect them into a graphic novel.
And after that, NYT bestselling author Nancy Holder, winner of five Bram Stoker awards, wants to scare you silly with Victorian horror adaptations from the bloody pens of those brooding Brontes, Mary “Mother of Frankenstein” Shelley, and…wait for it…Louisa May Alcott!
And then there's a tale of triplet sisters with unusual and unwanted powers that reinvents the ancient Greek myth of the Furies that our editor Valerie D'Oriazio is waiting to bring to life.
So bring out your dead…presidents…and let’s get this party started! Here are our levels and here’s the swag you get, in addition to the best karma money can buy!
Okay, let’s talk about the loot (although you can read all about it in the column to your right!)
$5: Your name will appear on the THANK YOU page in the Graphic Novel!
$15: You will receive Kickstarter-only WALLPAPER from Issue #1 of Gates of Midnight!
$25: DOG TAGS inspired by our heroine, Raven, a combat medic.
$35: Soft cover copy of the Gates of Midnight graphic novel.
$50: Signed print copies of Issues 1-4 of Gates of Midnight
$75: The Graphic Novel of GATES with a VARIANT COVER exclusive to Kickstarter!
$100: Lunar Calendar - This unique, Kickstarter-only, award is a signature piece connected to GATES OF MIDNIGHT. Just like Raven, you’ll be ready for the monsters when they come through the gate at each NEW MOON! Original graphics will enhance illustrations from the comic to make this your preferred calendar for 2015 and a collector’s item forever!
$250: Signed, bound, and illustrated GATES story by Barbara Hambly OR unique hand-crafted NECKLACE by Stacy Archangel (featuring GATES’ characters) OR signed copies of Barbara Hambly’s complete James Asher series of novels.
$500: LIMITED EDITION collection of signed covers and character sketches from GATES Issues #1-8 OR submit your original comic to Kymera Press for possible future publication! D Lynn Smith, Maggie Field, our GATES editor Valerie D’Orazio and TWO OTHER COMICS PROFESSIONALS TO BE NAMED will review your completed comic and provide detailed comments. One – or more – may be published by Kymera Press! Note: a signed release form will be required.
$1,000: 3-D collectible of first Gates’ Graphic Novel VARIANT COVER! When we say 3-D we mean a cover printed on a 3-D printer. Visit here to see what we’re talking about.
$5,000: Your name and/or likeness will appear in a future GATES/Kymera Press project! Note: a signed release form will be required.
Let's talk about our stretch goals, what we'll do if we can blow through our initial goal:
$75K - Four issues of one of the three projects listed above!
$150K - MORE Gates of Midnight and four issues of ALL THREE of the electrifying projects listed above.
$250K - ALL-WOMEN'S COMIC CON!
We think we’ve told you everything you could want or need to know, but just in case we haven’t, please contact us with any questions. You can reach us here at Kickstarter, or on our website, or on Facebook or Twitter.
We thank you for visiting us here, and hope we’ve entertained, amused or intrigued you. That’s the goal…ALWAYS!
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Risks and challenges
Debbie Smith, the creator of GATES OF MIDNIGHT and my partner in Kymera Press, has successfully worked with impossible deadlines throughout her career in television. I, too, am deadline driven and have spent a lot of time ensuring that financial issues wouldn't impact our ability to deliver on what we promise. That's why our goal is as high as it is. We already have two completed issues of GATES; the third is with our colorist; the fourth is with our pencilled/inker; Debbie is writing Issue #5. Our artists are professionals with numerous credits, including Amelia Woo who drew and colored the national ply bestselling graphic novel of Patricia Briggs' MOON CALLED. I KNOW we can deliver the rewards on time, too. In fact, I think we can deliver sooner than I've said we will, because I'd rather impress you by being early than disappoint you by being late. - Maggie FieldLearn about accountability on Kickstarter
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