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Science returns to a world that has forsaken it. A comic inspired by science, skepticism, and atheism.
The Kickstarter for printed copies of #2 is now live. Click below
The Kickstarter for printed copies of #2 is now live. Click below
654 backers pledged $14,767 to help bring this project to life.

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    We saw the sun rise, and called it God. We saw it move, and called us Center. Then stories, and myths, and happy little comforts- but they held us. Bound and in stupor we crept. Until, we learned the beauty of being wrong. It swept away the spell of firmament, until we finally gazed down upon our suspended world. We moved far, building, and changing other worlds. Slowly, did we do this, for the oceans and valleys of our world ill prepared us for the utter cold and licking heat of Space. And the dull, chill, quiet .   

     But still longing for a voice, the old melodies rang like brass bells in the minds of the lonely few. Contact made, a deal struck, and the lonely would return to their myths. Calamity and Choir. And so ended science, and the love of being wrong..  

     But such a legacy was not without its artifacts. A child was born on a satellite - our furthest reach from home. Ignorant to the dire transaction the world had made, she returns sleeping in her capsule. Science, meet the Choir.

Scout, first born of Titan.
Scout, first born of Titan.

Too cryptic? OK, I'll give away a bit more. After the Gold Rush tells the story of the Titan-born Scout, as she returns to her ancestral home of Earth. The first issue is a little more Twilight Zone than the rest of the series. But, like science, After the Gold Rush starts with a mystery. So that's all for now! 

As we have it planned, the story unfolds over twenty five issues. ATGR #1 will be 22 pages, for the main story. With several pages of special features. We plan on doing a series of paper issues, digital issues, and trade paper backs later on. But, this Kickstarter is to get that all rolling!   

Isaac La Russa, Miles Greb, and Michael Shephard
Isaac La Russa, Miles Greb, and Michael Shephard

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

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

Michael Shepard - Colorist -  Very much like Mario Paint for SNES, but far more useful.

Andrew Pierce - Editor - Lovable goof and word-launderer. Escaped Kipling protagonist. 

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

Michelle Man - Guest Artist - Former New Yorker, current San Fransisco-ER? Kinder towards plants and other people's animals than probably anyone she's met.

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

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

Poster Team -  David Hovey and Chris Lewis Lee.

You can follow the project closer at - @Goldrushcomic

Scout, Biology nerd.
Scout, Biology nerd.

    After the Gold Rush has three major goals. The first is to tell a good story, that will matter. None of our other aspirations will manifest without a rich narrative. The motivations for ATGR are much more - but they are nothing without a rich narrative. 

    At a con last year, I saw some wonderful and a few worrying trends in comics. The wonderful was the focus on perspectives from many different sub-cultures. I am a huge fan of Silver Age books; the early Marvel books created the artistic dialect for most the medium. The good of this precedent is the optimistic Sci-Fi expansionism, heroic deeds, and fantastic ideas. The bad, was that these wonderful stages lack diversity in their actors. This is now changing in Comics. But while I saw this inclusion for so many groups, I did not see a single book that was openly created by or for atheists, skeptics, and the hard science crowd.

    The worrying trend is fear. Science has been playing the role of the atom bomb again, instead of the moon-lander. Tomorrow will be dark, there will be zombies, the buildings around you will be empty, you will be scavenging, the robots are coming, there is no help, the future will crush us, technology will twist and defame us – The end is now. No! This is not how it’s going to be. I grew up watching Cosmos and Star Trek, and that’s the future I see. That is what I want to bring back.

ATGR #1, page 2.
ATGR #1, page 2.
ATGR #1, page 10. Amazing color work by Michael Sheppard
ATGR #1, page 10. Amazing color work by Michael Sheppard
                                  
Scout's Cyro Suit, and other explorers.
Scout's Cyro Suit, and other explorers.
Chemical Synthesizer! Bet you wish you had one.
Chemical Synthesizer! Bet you wish you had one.
The Beagle II, the ship that took us to Titan.
The Beagle II, the ship that took us to Titan.
Gutenberg, and his "readership".
Gutenberg, and his "readership".
The Axman
The Axman
ATGR #1 will be printed by Print Ninja, so you know the book will look good.
ATGR #1 will be printed by Print Ninja, so you know the book will look good.
        

This Kickstarter will fund the completion of After the Gold Rush #1. There will be digital copies available ad nauseam, but we are printing a little over 1200 copies with Print Ninja

The rest of the funds will go to shipping, fees, printing posters, scarfs, etc. 

If we make extra cash, after all the fees, shipping costs, and all that lame stuff it will go toward Issue #2, a booth at ECCC, and other means of promoting the book. 

An important canid friend you will have to meet in Issue #3!
An important canid friend you will have to meet in Issue #3!

Now to the fund part! We have the book, three wonderful posters, hand crocheted scarfs, custom drawings, and more! 

Due to the high cost of shipping internationally, only some levels are available for our international fans. Of course, the digital version of the book is accessible to all peoples from all planets. Except to Cardassians! 

If all goes according to plan, we should be shipping books out late December, to mid January. I will update will all relevant info here as dates approach. 

Posters

Posters will be printed 18 x12, with a glossy finish, on a quality stock. They will have a  white border to making framing options easier. The posters are also shipped with bags and boards, within a firm bubble mailer.  

Chris Lewis Lee Poster
Chris Lewis Lee Poster
Art by David Hovey
Art by David Hovey
                                                         
Cover art poster, by Barry Blankenship
Cover art poster, by Barry Blankenship

 Titan Explorer Scarf

This scarf is hand crouched, and very limited. It features the logo from Earth's first manned exploration to Saturn's moon TitanAs well as the books initials on the other side. 

Hand Made, and fictionally from the famous Beagle II mission.
Hand Made, and fictionally from the famous Beagle II mission.

One-of-a Kind Inks

You will get the only copy! 

A commission from Jen Hickman, not otherwise associated with ATGR
A commission from Jen Hickman, not otherwise associated with ATGR

 Update - Good News for Backers!

We are now funded! This is great news, and I am so thankful for everyone's support we are adding a little extra for many of our backers. For our first 250 backers of the Carbon Level or higher will receive a 4x4 inch sticker of Scout! It looks like this!

All backers of the Carbon Level and higher will now be getting digital versions of Issue #2 and #3.

 We would like to give a special thanks to The Skeptics' Guide to the Universe. They have been a major inspiration for us to be more active in skepticism, science, and secular outreach. 

https://www.theskepticsguide.org/

If you don't know them, check them out!
If you don't know them, check them out!

 Questions?  

   For any detailed explanations of any reward tier or item, feel free to contact us here, on Twitter, or our websites contact page. This section will be updated with an F.A.Q as questions pour in.

Risks and challenges

This is my first comic. I have spoken with experts, read all the blogs, and gone to panels on creating comics to learn the ropes. But this is my first go around.
I have made a budget, lined up my artist, know all the costs, and have put the work in. But, even preparedness can sometimes be bested by inexperience. I am confident I won't let this overcome the project, but this book is about reason and truth, so I will be honest.

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    I will write and play you a song about all that you have done to help spread science education. It will be shared on all our social networking sites.

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