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The Optimistic Science Fiction returns with a giant sized 32 page conclusion to the first arch of the series!
The Optimistic Science Fiction returns with a giant sized 32 page conclusion to the first arch of the series!
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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 cryo-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 it for yourself. 

Art by Charles Tan
Art by Charles Tan

  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.  

Sweeney Boo -  Sweeney is a comic artist and illustrator living in Canada. Ladies and fashion are two of her favorite things to draw. 

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

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

You can follow the project closer at - @Goldrushcomic.

                                                A look at pages from the first four issues. 

  $12,000 Goal - Added

I asked fans want reward they would want if we hit $12,000, and they said more content! So if we hit that goal I will create and add 7 more pages to the comic, in the form of finishing up the web comic story that started in ATGR #4! 

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 Comics!

The reason we are all here, right? The previous 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. However, Issue #5 is going to be a Giant Sized 32 pages! Printed in super high quality, using PrintNinja!


 Variant Cover

"Freewheelin" Cover, by Sweeney Boo
"Freewheelin" Cover, by Sweeney Boo

Art Print

"Touch of Green" by Garrett Richert
"Touch of Green" by Garrett Richert

Stickers

A 3 inch round sticker, featuring a phrase you will see in After the Gold Rush #5. Plus, it's just a really good message! 


Custom Art Commission! 

See your self drawn into one of the Titan Explorer or Cryo Suits! Your commission can be drawn by Elli or Isaac, and will be delivered a few months after the Kickstarter ends. You will get the digital copy, and an art print copy as well. 


Scientist of the issue - Ada Lovelace

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  and writer, Ada Lovelace who's mind and work enabled us to solve some of the early problems of computing. 

The art is by the very talented  ROK-MO  a great artist and person you should follow. Check out his Twitter Here

You may exchange the art print, for an art print of Ada if you wish! 

Reward Tiers 

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, #3 and #4 are already printed. #5 is already in the work, so we just need the funds to fairly pay the art team and print/ship the book.

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    After the Gold Rush #5 - Digital Download. 35 pages of Science Comics, plus extras.

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    You get all of After the gold Rush so far. ATGR #1-#5.
    Over 130 pages of science comics!
    Full PDF copies of the series.

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    • After the Gold Rush #2 - Printed and Shipped
    • After the Gold Rush #3- Printed and Shipped
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    Get all the limited edition variant covers of After the Gold Rush!
    The variant of ATGR #2, all THREE variants of ATGR#3, both variants for ATGR #4, and the variant cover for #5. Also includes a non variant copy of ATGR#1.
    All signed by Miles Greb.
    That is eight comics total!

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    Get one Scout Paper Doll, hand made by Austin Shyu. Only two ever made, I will have one, and you will have one.
    Also includes the Variant cover by Sweeny Boo, and the Art print by Garrett Richert!
    Books will be signed.

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    You will be added to the comic! There is a rather notable interaction with a guard in After the Gold Rush #5. This level will get you in the comic as the guard. You will also get the page printed out as an art print,so you will have it to keep.

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