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263 backers pledged $15,532 to help bring this project to life.

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“First Law Of Mad Science is hands-down my favorite true indie right now."

- Ain’t It Cool News

“A well-crafted science fiction epic powered by both enthusiasm and imagination”

- Broken Frontier

 “One of the best series I have found on the indie scene recently.”

- Bleeding Cool

UPDATE: First Law of Mad Science issue #6 (30 pages) has been added to our add-on section! (I'm so excited to share that brand new issue.) Scroll down for more details. 

HELLO DEAREST KICKSTARTER!

Perhaps we've met before. We're Oliver and Mike. Maybe you've seen us around at a convention or two, in the small press or artist alley area, showing off some of our sweet dance moves. If so, nice to see you again!

If we haven't met yet, nice to meet you! We're on Kickstarter looking for your help to raise printing costs for our first collected volume of First Law of Mad Science (164 pages) and for our new anthology issue (72 pages). That's over 230 pages of comics!


We want to collect the first five issues of First Law of Mad Science and our one-shot flashback issue, and present them all in a beautiful, full color paperback trade. 

Along with that, we've also assembled an amazing team of creators to tell stand-alone short stories, set in the First Law of Mad Science universe. 


We're indie creators which really means that we rely on your support. Without you, we're nothing more than two disheveled nerds with a dream (see above photo). With your help, we can make our first trade and continue to share the story that we love to tell. 

WHO ARE THESE GUYS?

First Law of Mad Science is written by Oliver Mertz (hey, that's me!) and Mike Isenberg. It's brought to life by our co-creator and artist extrodinare Daniel Lapham. Jeff McComsey provides amazing digital grayscales and elegant tones. Lonny Chant does fantastic inks on issue three. Jamie Noguchi arts up a storm with his incredible covers. (Art is a verb, right?) And finally, Oliver Mertz (me again!) adds textures and does flats under Jeff's grayscales. (Here's the process.) Mike Isenberg and Oliver Mertz (enough already!) letter the comic. 

The flashback issue, included in the trade, is illustrated beautifully by Michael S. Bracco, Jamie Noguchi, and Lonny Chant.

Ryan Brown (2000 AD, V-Wars) is the cover artist for the trade. 

Science Club Mixtape is an anthology issue set in the cyberpunk meets Lovecraftian horror universe of First Law of Mad Science. Each stand-alone story will build upon that universe and shine a light into some pretty dark corners. 

The anthology features stories written and/or illustrated by Shawn Aldridge (GoGetters, Vic Boone), Frank Barbiere (Five Ghosts, Avengers World), Michael S. Bracco (Novo, the Creators), Jason Copland (Pop, Daredevil), Stan Chou (FUBAR, Oxymoron II Anthology), Amy Chu (Sensation Comics Featuring Wonder Woman, Vertigo Quarterly), Anthony Del Col (Kill Shakespeare, Sherlock Holmes vs. Harry Houdini)Savanna Ganucheau (Toe Tag Riot), Leland Goodman (Basement Dwellers), Mike Isenberg (First Law of Mad Science, FUBAR), Daniel Lapham (Warhammer 40K, First Law of Mad Science), Conor McCreery (Kill Shakespeare, Sherlock Holmes vs. Harry Houdini), Jeff McComsey (FUBAR, Flutter), Oliver Mertz (First Law of Mad Science, FUBAR), Jamie Noguchi (Yellow Peril, The 47 Bronin), Pete Toms (POP, Sacrifice), and Sean Von Gorman (Toe Tag Riot, Pawn Shop). 

Glenn Fabry (Preacher, Hellblazer) has created a brand new illustration for First Law of Mad Science: Science Club Mixtape. Here's his take on our character R.A.I.Ch.E.L.

THE STORY

Super-scientist George Baker’s newest invention, electronic retinal implants known as “Cyber-Eyes,” are nothing short of amazing.

So amazing, in fact, and so cheap and easy to get, that some 40% of the population has gotten them within their first year on the market. But they aren’t perfect. Far from it.

When things start going inexplicably and bizarrely wrong with the original test subjects, George and his family will have to find out why, before the problem spreads and causes worldwide panic.

Along the way, they’ll uncover ancient civilizations, corporate conspiracies, sinister cults, other-dimensional creatures, awesome robots, subterranean cities, and Things Man Was Not Meant To Know.

It’s going to be a wild ride.

We've already got the first five issues done, as well as a one-shot flashback issue that we're including in the trade. Your help with printing costs will make this volume a reality. 

   

REWARDS

We've got a lot of great rewards. We hope you'll take a look at them and consider supporting us. 

All physical rewards come with an exclusive bookplate. Each bookplate will be personalized and autographed by Daniel Lapham, Mike Isenberg, and Oliver Mertz. 

All of the digital rewards will be available as downloads on ComiXology

ADD-ONS

Want more First Law of Mad Science? You can include these add-ons at any pledge level. To get these add-ons, follow these instructions: 

1. Click on the blue MANAGE button next to your pledge level on the left-hand side of this page.

2. Add the amount of your selected add-on to your existing pledge amount. Enter that new total amount in the pledge box. 

NOTE FROM KICKSTARTER'S BACKER QUESTIONS PAGE: "Note that you are not adding to your existing pledge; the amount you enter will be the total amount collected if the project is successfully funded."

3. After you've done this, send a message letting us know which add-ons you’ve selected.

That's it! Pretty easy, right?

THE BREAKDOWN

Here's what the money will be used for when we reach our goal. 

STRETCH GOALS

If we meet our initial goal (THANK YOU IN ADVANCE!), we'll unlock some exciting stretch goals. Additional funds will go toward making more comics... including new issues!

THANK YOU 

THANK YOU, THANK YOU, THANK YOU! First Law of Mad Science is a labor of love. We've been working on First Law since 2008. We've put blood, sweat, tears, money, a time machine, gum, and everything else we have into creating this comic. We wanted to create a comic that we would want to read. It means everything to us that you pick it up to read... and hopefully like it. Thank you so much for checking out our Kickstarter campaign and our comic. We hope you'll support us!

Risks and challenges

The art is already completed, so the risks are minimal. Once we reach our goal, we'll arrange printing for the trade and the anthology. Then we'll send them to you. That's it!

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    Digital editions First Law of Mad Science Vol. 1: Work Until Your Family is Sad and First Law of Mad Science: Science Club Mixtape

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    BLEEDING COOL REWARD - Everything from the $35 reward level PLUS your name on the thank you page of First Law of Mad Science Vol. 1: Work Until Your Family is Sad

    We'll also include a copy of First Law of Mad Science #6 (30 pages)

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    AMY CHU REWARD – Everything from the $45 tier PLUS a one hour session on making comics with Amy Chu (and a surprise guest artist) at the San Diego Comic Con, Baltimore Comic Con, or New York Comic Con.

    Amy will buy you a drink right outside of the convention center and you can ask anything about writing and making comics, including script advice and pitching.

    NOTE: Only available for those attending the San Diego Comic Con, Baltimore Comic Con, or New York Comic Con. Comic rewards will be mailed in October.

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    RETAILER REWARD - 8 copies of First Law of Mad Science Vol. 1: Work Until Your Family is Sad and 8 copies of First Law of Mad Science: Science Club Mixtape

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    Everything from the $55 reward level PLUS a minor character featured in First Law of Mad Science: Science Club Mixtape will be named after you

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    Everything from the $55 reward level PLUS Mike will take you out for a karaoke night on the town in NYC, during which he'll sing until your ears bleed

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