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Volume One of a 6-issue miniseries about family, betrayal, and murder through 400 years of American history!
Volume One of a 6-issue miniseries about family, betrayal, and murder through 400 years of American history!
Volume One of a 6-issue miniseries about family, betrayal, and murder through 400 years of American history!
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UPDATE: STRETCH GOALS!!

$4,700 - An easy one. If we hit this goal, we will produce a variant cover for the physical version of Rotten Roots. All Kickstarter recipients of the physical version will receive the variant cover! -- MET 10/22!

$5,000 - At this goal, we will include five extra pages of sketches and historical background to the digital and physical versions of Rotten Roots. Awesome art, and the chance to learn something? Who can resist? -- MET 10/22!

$6,600 - If we reach this goal, we will be able to pay for a colorist! All digital copies of Rotten Roots will be in beautiful color! -- MET 11/14!

$7,000 - At this goal, we can afford to print Rotten Roots in color! All versions of Volume 1 will be colorized!  

To sweeten the deal, for every $300 we raise beyond the initial $4,600 goal, we will include some sort of neat artifact/souvenir from Osprey City for everyone who bought a copy of Rotten Roots. Digital-only donors will receive digital versions, while those who will receive physical copies of the book will receive physical copies of the artifact/souvenir!

Rotten Roots is a new, six-issue comic miniseries created and written by Paul Axel with illustration by Renée Majkut. Currently, the scripts for all six issues are finished, and Issue One art is currently in production. This Kickstarter campaign is to raise the funds to produce and publish the first three issues, both digitally and as a 78-page trade paperback. Rotten Roots is a neo-noir crime story mixed with U.S. historical fiction. Scheming, betrayal, murder, and the rise to power of one particular family are all central to the plot. Have we got a tale for you...

Rotten Roots takes place in the fictional locale of Osprey City, on the upper portion of Cape Cod in Massachusetts. Founded by Separatists (also known as Pilgrims) in 1625, the town of Osprey grows over the course of 400 years (and six issues) from a small colonial village of 300 residents to a modern-day city of 450,000.

Our story begins when Detective Mark Robles, recently transferred to the Osprey City Police Department, is assigned to investigate the murder of Harold Wood, patriarch of the powerful Wood family, a clan with its roots stretching back to Osprey's colonial days. In the course of solving who killed Harold Wood and why, Detective Robles uncovers the pernicious and vicious history of the Wood family...

Character Sketch
Character Sketch
Roots Drawing in White
Roots Drawing in White
Det. Mark Robles
Det. Mark Robles
An osprey, symbol of this fine city!
An osprey, symbol of this fine city!

Paul Axel is the creator and writer of Rotten Roots. Paul has a Bachelor's and Master's in History, and has been a life-long reader of comic books. One day, after being fun-employed for a while (as history majors are wont to do), he decided to combine his two loves and try his hand at writing a comic book.

Turned out, people really liked the script of the first issue! Through the judicious and not-unwarranted advice of the fine (and good-looking) folks at Comicazi and Bad Kids Press, Paul was introduced to the highly-talented...

Renée Majkut! After being introduced to Paul and Rotten Roots through mutual friends at Bad Kids Press, Renée quickly became inspired by the story’s historical settings and the brooding characters that she would have the chance to explore.

Some days a painter, and sometimes anything at all, Renée's work on Rotten Roots marks her debut entry in the realms of comics and illustration.

We believe in transparency, especially when it comes to crowdfunding. All the money we raise will go towards production, printing, Kickstarter rewards, and fees. We've already pulled enough funds together to pay for half of Issue One - we're relying on you to bring us the rest of the way home! Our first issue will be 24 pages, with Issues Two and Three clocking in at 22 pages a piece. This means the physical print of Volume One will contain 68 pages of original story!

Here's a breakdown of our budget:

  • Production (story art & covers): $3,200.00
  • Printing (physical TPB copies): $452.40
  • Kickstarter rewards: $200.00
  • Fees (10%): $385.24
  • Contingency (10%): $385.24
  • That comes to a total of $4,622.88.


    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 $4,600 goal, but let's cross those bridges when we come to them.

$4,700 - An easy one. If we hit this goal, we will produce a variant cover for the physical version of Rotten Roots. All Kickstarter recipients of the physical version will receive the variant cover!

$5,000 - At this goal, we will include five extra pages of sketches and historical background to the digital and physical versions of Rotten Roots. Awesome art, and the chance to learn something? Who can resist?

$6,600 - If we reach this goal, we will be able to pay for a colorist! All digital copies of Rotten Roots will be in beautiful color!

$7,000 - For just $400, we can afford to print Rotten Roots in color! All versions of Volume 1 will be colorized!

To sweeten the deal, for every $300 we raise beyond the initial $4,600 goal,  we will include some sort of neat artifact/souvenir from Osprey City for everyone who bought a copy of Rotten Roots. Digital-only donors will receive digital versions, while those who will receive physical copies of the book will receive physical copies of the artifact/souvenir!

$1: WELL-WISHER - Every little bit helps. For your donation, you will receive a credit on our special thanks page at the back of Issue One/back of the TPB.

$2: DIGITAL FRIEND - As thanks for your donation, we will send you a beautiful wallpaper, drawn by Renée Majkut, for your computer! You will also be credited on the special thanks page.

$5: PEN PAL - Let's keep in touch with three Rotten Roots postcards, straight from Osprey City, MA, a neat sticker, and the wallpaper and credit!

$5: MEMBER - As an esteemed member, we are pleased to send you the digital version of Issue One of Rotten Roots, as well as the wallpaper and credit!

$10: ASSOCIATE - Our valued associates will receive the Deluxe Digital Edition of Issue One, which includes maps, character sketches, and more. You will also receive the wallpaper and credit.

$15: ENTHUSIAST - In return for your enthusiasm, you will the Deluxe Digital Edition of Issue One, a sweet cover poster, wallpaper, postcards, a sticker, and credit! How cool is that?

$15: DIGITAL CHAMPION - You are a true champion, and as such, we would like to give you digital editions of Issues One through Three, and an exclusive wallpaper only available to Digital Champions such as yourself! You'll also appear on the credits page.

$20: PROMOTER - As a promoter for Rotten Roots, we'll give you the goods to get the word out. You'll receive the Deluxe Digital Editions of Issues One though Three, a cover poster, three postcards, stickers, a wallpaper, and special credit!

$20: SPECIAL PROMOTER - Not only a promoter, but a special one! You will receive the Deluxe Digital Editions of Issues One through Three, a wallpaper, special credit, and a limited print by artist Renée Majkut. Limit of 50.

$25: ADVOCATE - Your advocacy for our project is deeply appreciated, and in return, we'd like to give you the physical TPB, Digital Editions of Issues One through Three, a wallpaper, and special credit.

$40: SPECIAL PARTNER (ART) - As a special partner, we will send you the physical TPB, Deluxe Digital Editions of Issues One through Three, postcards, stickers, wallpaper, credit, and an exclusive print by artist Renée Majkut. Limit of 25.

$40: SPECIAL PARTNER (WORD) - As a special partner, we will send you the physical TPB, Deluxe Digital Editions of Issues One through Three, postcards, stickers, wallpaper, credit, and a chance to chat via Skype or Google Hangout with the creator and writer, Paul Axel. Limit of 10.

$50: CONTRIBUTOR - Valued contributors will receive the Deluxe TPB, which comes in special packaging and includes exclusive add-ins, and Deluxe Digital Editions of Issues One through Three. You will also receive credit on our thanks page.

$50: SPECIAL CONTRIBUTOR - Every special contributor will have their name appear in Rotten Roots, and you will receive the Deluxe TPB and Deluxe Digital Editions of Issues One through Three. You will also receive credit on our thanks page. Limit of 10.

$60: DONOR - Our donors will receive the Deluxe TPB and Deluxe Digital Editions, postcards, an exclusive sticker only available to the Donor level and up, and - of course - credit!

$60: PRINT DONOR - Our print donors will receive the Deluxe TPB, Deluxe Digital Editions, the exclusive sticker, postcards, credit, and an exclusive print by Renée Majkut! Limit of 10.

$60: SPECIAL DONOR - Special donors will receive the Deluxe TPB, Deluxe Digital Editions, the exclusive sticker, postcards, credit, and a script for your very own minicomic (10 pages or less) written by Paul Axel, who will chat with you about what you would like written! Limit of 5.

$100: PATRON - Your patronage is gratefully accepted, and in recognition, your face will appear in Rotten Roots! You will also receive the Deluxe TPB, Deluxe Digital Editions, the exclusive sticker, postcards, and credit. Limit of 10.

$200: SPONSOR - Thank you, so very, very much. In return for your sponsorship, we will give you the Deluxe TPB and Deluxe Digital Editions, your choice of a print by Renée Majkut, a cover poster, postcards, all the stickers, and credit. Limit of 5.

$200: SPECIAL SPONSOR - For your generous donation, you will receive the Deluxe TPB, Deluxe Digital Editions, and a custom, commissioned work of art by Renée Majkut! Limit of 4.

$500: BENEFACTOR - Our generous benefactors will receive everything at the Sponsor level, and your name and face will appear in Rotten Roots (not necessarily together)! Limit of 5.

$1,000: PHILANTHROPIST - You may not be a billionaire, genius, or playboy (or maybe you are), but you certainly are a philanthropist! In return for your generosity, we will give you everything from the Benefactor level, Executive Producer credit at the front of the book, and (if you're in the Boston area) dinner with the writer and artist. NOTE: Executive Producer credit confers no ownership rights or creative control over story, characters and intellectual property. Limit of 3.

Risks and challenges

We are fully committed to this project, and have spent the past year and change 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 early March, 2015.

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