In short: It's a webcomic that ran from December of 2012 to February of 2018. Space Tales is a 12 issue story that asked the question: WHAT IF AREA 51 WERE IN FACT...A CONVENIENCE STORE FOR ALIENS?
In more complex terms: It's a science-fiction comedy that explores many of the tropes and standard-bearers of the genre with both reverence for what attracted me to the genre in the first place, and with sarcasm and humor towards the themes that tend to repeat themselves in the story form.
The plot centers around one Alan Grissom: A low level service worker who toils away as a convenience store clerk at the local gas n' go, THE LAST PIT STOP. He lives in a trailer, has no friends, hates the customers as well as his immediate supervisor, and has an oddball cast of co-workers that run the gamut of personal quirks.
Sounds like a lot of people in jobs they hate! Except the Last Pit Stop is smack-dab in the middle of Area 51 and many of Alan's coworkers and customers are from parts other than Earth. It's the story of finding out that the proof-positive knowledge of life in the Universe other than man, does not necessarily add up to being an awe-inspiring hopeful event.
I hope with the proceeds to turn this 12-part web comic series into a full-fledged trade paperback much like I did my previous series, including: THE PARANORMALS, THE PISTOLEERS and ADAM AND EVE: BIZARRE LOVE TRIANGLE IN THE ZOMBIE APOCALYPSE. Pretty straight forward.
When done. I will have roughly 360 pages of story, plus creator commentary, bonus art and other accoutrements for readers to sink their teeth into and collectors to savor, not to mention some other fun rewards ranging from prints, original comic boards and even an opportunity to be drawn into the trade as either a human or alien EMPLOYEE OF THE MONTH!
Language?! But fair enough! On top of getting some awesome rewards. On top of snagging a copy of an internationally acclaimed webcomic series with some nifty bonus features, YOU are doing your part to promote a more genre-oriented, creative, and intellectually diverse comic book medium!
You are telling the industry that you are tired of the two company near-monopoly on what kind of story comics can tell. You are telling the fat cat comic moguls that you want more stories with pot-smoking, foul mouthed alien store clerks, time-traveling hobos, galactic despots having hissy fits over their favorite flavored frozen beverage being out of stock, fanboy laments, talking cat super soldiers, and sentient trailer park parasite family squabbles in your sequential narrative. YOU DEMAND QUALITY FOR CRIMINEY'S SAKE!!!
Man, you ask a lot of questions! But it's my job to provide such answers, and the answer is YES!
First let's start with the ADD-ONS: Add-ons are simply if you want more than one of something or something not specified on your package deal, but the next tier is a bit too pricey for you or doesn't fit your requirements. So, for a small increase in your pledge, you can pick up an extra book, prints, stickers and so on. If you do up your pledge, just let us know on the survey that you receive after this crowdfunder that you want such goodies added to your grab bag. Oh lookee! Here is a list below of some such add-ons!
$5: PACK OF 4 IMPOSSIBLE SPACE TALES OF THE LAST PIT STOP LOGO STICKERS OR MINI PRINTS
$7: IMPOSSIBLE SPACE TALES OF THE LAST PIT STOP (Saul Bass Style) Webcomic Print.
$15: ADDITIONAL COPY OF IMPOSSIBLE SPACE TALES OF THE LAST PIT STOP (Standard Edition)
$20: ADDITIONAL COPY OF IMPOSSIBLE SPACE TALES OF THE LAST PIT STOP (Kickstarter Exclusive Photo cover edition)
And here are our amazing stretch goal levels that we inserted into this here crowdfunder. We will be including these goals in both PAPER EDITIONS and PDF EDITIONS of Space Tales if we hit them. They include:
$2300- We will add a pinup by CHRIS FLICK (Capes N Babes) to the TPB Art Gallery http://www.capesnbabes.com/
$2600- We will add a pinup by INDI MARTIN ( Tortoise & Hare Creations, Dissolution) to the TPB Art Gallery www.tortoiseharecreations.com
$3000- We will ad a pinup by JAMAR NICHOLAS (Leon: Protector of the Playground) to our TPB Art Gallery http://jamarnicholas.blogspot.com/
$3400- We will add a BRAND NEW BONUS LOST CHAPTER to the Trade Paperback! (Paper versions only) http://www.21sandshark.com/impossiblespacetales
$3800- We Will add a pinup by TIM SHINN to the TPB Art Gallery: (DC Comics, Green Arrow, Deadman https://timshinn73.deviantart.com/
$4200- We Will add a pinup by DREW MOSS to the TPB Art Gallery (Dark Horse, IDW) http://drew-moss.tumblr.com/
$4500- We will add a pinup by ROBERT HACK to the TPB Art Gallery (Archie Comics, Doctor Who, IDW) http://roberthackstudios.com/
-What will the retail price of the Trade Paperback be post Kickstarter? - While we do not have a final price yet, we are looking at a $25-27 MSRP for general post-Kickstarter sales.
- How many interior pages will the TPB have? It depends on stretch goals being reached. But we are estimating between 350 and 360 pages.
-Is the comic BLACK AND WHITE or COLOR?- The interiors are all black and white with color covers.
-What is the difference between the Standard and Alternate versions of the book? The Standard version will have a the Astronaut Cover I drew. The Alternate version will sport a photo cover, keeping in line with previous Space Tales covers. The alternate cover will ONLY be available through this Kickstarter.
-Will the PDF version of the book include the stretch goal bench marks?- Yep!
-When do you expect to ship out rewards? I am shooting to have the book ready in time for FREE COMIC BOOK DAY. So roughly early to mid May. The art for all 12 issues is already complete, save the Kickstarter-exclusive Employee of the Month section and the stretch goals, including the Lost Chapter.
- I upped my pledge level and wanted to get an ADD-ON. How do I go about doing that? We will be sending out post crowdfunder surveys. You will be able to specify your add-ons at that juncture.
- Do you ship internationally? Yes. Though it will be a bit more expensive to do so.
Well! You can go check out the first 11 issues plus the preview to the 12th and final issue by going to...http://www.21sandshark.com/impossiblespacetales
Risks and challenges
The biggest risk on my end is not making our initial target goal. This would certainly hinder the book getting made and would have to revise budget and time tables. The biggest risk or challenge should we hit target goal is trying to meet our deadlines. Fortunately, most of the work is already complete, with the story art and lettering finished. Mostly its inserting the bonus material and grammatical editing that will be our biggest challenge on that front.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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