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  After the Gold Rush is a return to optimistic Science-Fiction. It follows Scout, the last scientist, as she returns to Earth to find it in a state of wilderness. She grew up on one of Saturn's moons, Titan, learning to  become a biologist and a chemist. However, something went wrong and she has been in cyro sleep for some time. Eventually, she lands on her ancestral home of Earth and instead of the Star Trek like utopia she was expecting...she encounters a lush and natural Earth. 

I would say more...but you simply must read for yourself. 

 

Art by Barry Blankenship
Art by Barry Blankenship

 

 

  It is good to have warnings, but it is better to have goals. Science-Fiction is full of important stories warning us about the dangers of our hubris. That is a useful lesson, but it shouldn't be all we use the genre for. I grew up watching Star Trek, a show about exploration, progress, and ethics. While it didn't always nail the details, it cared about science and reason. After the Gold Rush is my small attempt to return some of those ideas to modern Science-Fiction. This comic is also about the value of skepticism, and explaining what that means. Too often, skeptics are synonymous with cynics. I want to show what skepticism is really about - caring about what's true.  

 

 

 

Miles Greb - Creator & Writer - Former Bob Dylan impersonator who's obsession with Star Trek is annoying to everyone.  

Elli Puukangas - Pencils & Inks - Freelance illustrator from Finland, living in the UK. Loves rats and all things Victorian.

Mikael H. - Colorist - A comic artist from Finland living in an ivory tower in the middle of a city, surrounded by figurines and stuff for drawing.  

Andrew Pierce - Editor - Lovable goof. Escaped Kipling protagonist.  

Jamie Me - Lettering - Letterer who spends his time wearing pajamas called a 'gi' while learning the art of Brazilian Jiu Jitsu.  

Barry Blankenship - Cover Artist & Logo Design - Amateur cursing cat ventriloquist.  

Isaac La Russa - Lead Artist & Concept Artist - Based in Illinois, he wears motley flannels and owns two ungrateful cats.

Meescha D - Wannabe Artist - She tries hard at most things but ultimately ends up daydreaming 90% of her day about Sasquatch romance novels.

Ben Rodgers - Assistant Editor - Historian of historical biographies, at least he was historically.  

You can follow the project closer at - @Goldrushcomic.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Page 1 of After the Gold Rush #4.
Page 1 of After the Gold Rush #4.

 

 

Art by Isabel Davidson, from the new Webcomic run!
Art by Isabel Davidson, from the new Webcomic run!

 

 

Scout, The Last Scientist. A Biologist, explorer, and total dork.
Scout, The Last Scientist. A Biologist, explorer, and total dork.

 

The Axman, exiled in the woods. Befriends Scout.
The Axman, exiled in the woods. Befriends Scout.

 

Pre, an Astrologer and farmer. Lover of dogs and moping around.
Pre, an Astrologer and farmer. Lover of dogs and moping around.

 

Pre's Dog. He is cute.
Pre's Dog. He is cute.

 

Gutenberg, and his flock. After the Gold Rush #4 will be his first full appearance.
Gutenberg, and his flock. After the Gold Rush #4 will be his first full appearance.

 

The Judge of the Valley. She's a bit harsh.
The Judge of the Valley. She's a bit harsh.

 

Pre has many brothers and sisters. She likes them alright.
Pre has many brothers and sisters. She likes them alright.

 

New Characters, no spoilers.
New Characters, no spoilers.

 

Same thing ;)
Same thing ;)

 

 Comics!

The reason we are all here, right? The books are each 22 page, with a fully illustrated profile of a famous scientist, a few pages of the web-comic prequel series, and the Peer Review science section. Printed in super high quality, using PrintNinja! 

A mock up of the best comic I have ever written - After the Gold Rush #4
A mock up of the best comic I have ever written - After the Gold Rush #4

 

The series so far, ATGR #1,#2, and #3.
The series so far, ATGR #1,#2, and #3.

 

The Three "Album Cover" Variants of ATGR #3.
The Three "Album Cover" Variants of ATGR #3.

 

Clovis, Espers, and the variant cover of ATGR #2.
Clovis, Espers, and the variant cover of ATGR #2.

 Stickers and Buttons!

The three Scout Stickers! Cute huh!?
The three Scout Stickers! Cute huh!?

The buttons and stickers have the same art. :)

Art Prints! 

A preview of the art prints. There are many options, you get to choose what one you want!
A preview of the art prints. There are many options, you get to choose what one you want!

 

The large size HQ art print! Also, many options to choose from. Including all the cover art!
The large size HQ art print! Also, many options to choose from. Including all the cover art!

 There are many more art print options! All of the covers, or variant covers can be chosen as art prints. So if you see something you like, you can have it on your wall! 

Variant Covers! 

We have two limited print run variant covers. 

The first is by Natasha Alterici, of Heathen fame. It's part of our Album Cover variant series, and riffs on Nirvana's In Utero

 The second is by local Seattle Artist Meescha Dare. She works in a beautiful traditional medium. It gives her piece a unique look!

 

  Scientist of the issue - Katherine Johnson

Every issue of After the Gold Rush, we take a moment to focus on some of the real heroes of human  progress- scientists. This issue we chose to focus on the brilliant mathematician, Katherine Johnson, who's mind and work enabled us to touch the stars, and come back home safely. 

The art is by the very talented Christopher Knight, a great artist and person you should follow. Check out his Twitter here! 

"Katherine Johnson" By Christopher Knight.
"Katherine Johnson" By Christopher Knight.

 T-Shirt

The most requested reward was a new ATGR T-Shirt, so here it is! Shirts will be in varied sizes, that will be selected post-Kickstarter. They are a great way to show your love of Science comics, and of course everyone's favorite skeptic-space-biologist, Scout!

Modeled by Eric Manix, of "The out of the Fridge Podcast"
Modeled by Eric Manix, of "The out of the Fridge Podcast"

Reward levels! 

 

 

  The budget for #4 is a little higher then the previous chapters. This is so I can increase pay for the art team, plus hire a few more artists for the variant covers. Below is an approximation for a normal issue of After the Gold Rush's costs. However additional art costs are higher then on the chart below. But this shows the scale of the costs. 

 We will be printing the book with PrintNinja, so these will be of amazing quailty. 

 

 

 I try my very best to promote science for the common good with After the Gold Rush. Hopefully it does some good. But I wanted to take a moment and give a huge thank you to groups that are out there fighting the real fight. One group in particular I am inspired by is the "Science Moms." They are an empathetic and informed voice against the disinformation on the internet. 

They have made a wonderful film that explain some of the pseudo-science that targets mothers, and you should really check it out! 

Risks and challenges

I have ran several successful Kickstarters, and all of them have made the promised product and got it into backers hands. However, It is arrogant to assume that means risks are totally removed. There is always the possibility of a catastrophic event effecting a core creative member, or some unforeseen fiscal problem.
However, #1, #2, and #3 are already printed. #4 is getting close to being finished, so we just need the funds to fairly pay the art team and print/ship the book.

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