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Issue 1 of an extended sci-fi miniseries about one young man's dream to make it to Mars, by any means necessary!
Issue 1 of an extended sci-fi miniseries about one young man's dream to make it to Mars, by any means necessary!
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Overview

Illegal Alien is a new, twelve-issue miniseries created and written by Paul Axel and illustrated by Megan Fitts. Currently, five scripts are completed, and art for issue one is currently in production. This Kickstarter campaign is to raise the funds to produce and publish the first issue, both digitally and in print. Illegal Alien is a hard science fiction miniseries that speaks to the human drive to test oneself and discover new frontiers. Add in a commentary on modern society and our potential future, and you've got the makings of a story that's out of this world!


Story

Illegal Alien takes place in the early 23rd century, long after humanity has weathered the ravages of climate change. Juan Bruni is a young man from Caracas, Venezuela. Juan, like the rest of the world, lives without want in an urban paradise. However, Juan earns for more - he wants to emigrate to the furthest reaches of the human frontier: Mars. But access to Mars is strictly limited by the world governments, and Juan may not be their "ideal" candidate. When you don't quite fit the mold, how can you achieve your dreams? That's what Juan is going to find out, as he vows to reach the Red Planet by any means necessary!


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Meet the Team

Paul Axel is the creator and writer of Illegal Alien. When not writing comics, he is a high school history teacher in Chicago. You might have read his previous work, such as the historical crime drama Rotten Roots, or one of his short stories in Alterna's IF Anthology, or Bad Kids Press' Fractured Continuum, which is where he first worked with...

Megan Fitts, an illustrator and writer of all things fantastical, as well as the creator of comics I Am Nora and My Roommate the Dungeon Master. When not creating the next epic fantasy, Megan is seen around the Kansas City area drinking coffee and getting lost in YA fiction.


Budget

We believe in transparency, especially when it comes to crowdfunding. All the money we raise will go towards production, printing, rewards, and fees. Issue One of Illegal Alien will be 20 pages long.

Here's a breakdown of our budget:

  • Production: $1,400
  • Printing: $294
  • Fees: $149.40
  • Contingency: $156.60

What is "contingency"? Well, those funds are to be used for any unforeseen costs - say, if the price of shipping or printing suddenly increases. Any extra funds we raise will go back into printing. Of course, there will be some awesome stretch goals if we surpass our initial $2,000 goal, but let's cross those bridges when we come to them.

Risks and challenges

We are fully committed to this project, and have spent months refining the story and getting it ready for all you fine folks. This project WILL happen, but your donations will make our dream a reality faster - and isn't that what Kickstarter is really all about?

As far as any potential challenges, there is always the risk of missing production deadlines. However, we have already begun the process of drawing and lettering our pages (as you can see), and at our current rate of production, we hope to have the first issue available digitally by late June, 2018.

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    Every little bit helps. For your donation, you will receive a credit on our special thanks page at the back of Issue One.

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    You're coming along for the ride from the comfort of your computer! For your donation, you will receive a digital copy of Issue One, as well as a credit on our thanks page.

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    You're gonna hold the journey in your hands. At this level, we're happy to send you the physical copy of Issue One, a digital copy, and credit on our thanks page.

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    Starbase Operator

    This one is a special for comic book shop owners! For donating, we will happily send you five (5) copies of Issue One for your shop, and a special thank you on our thanks page! There are only 10 spots for this awesome offer, so act fast!

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    Mission Specialist

    It's not enough for you to travel to the stars - you've got to do it in style. For your donation, you will receive a copy of Issue One with a special variant cover, a digital copy of the comic, and your name on the thanks page!

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    Starship Designer

    This reward is for people who have minds open to great possibility. You'll receive a special sketch cover variant of Issue One, a digital copy, and a space on our thanks page!

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    Art in the Stars

    There's beauty in the void of space. For your generous donation, you will be able to commission a piece by our artist, Megan! You will also receive a variant cover version of Issue One, a digital version, and a spot on our thanks page!

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    The Face of Exploration

    Your reputation for going above and beyond precedes you! For donating at this level, your face will make a cameo appearance in Issue One. You will also receive a variant cover version of Issue One, a digital version, and a spot on our thanks page!

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Funding period

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