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CARMEN is a political thriller which merges the action genre in a slow-burning manner that will keep readers intrigued until the end.
57 backers pledged AU$ 2,101 to help bring this project to life.

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CARMEN is a political thriller which merges the action and sci-fi genres in a slow-burning manner that will keep readers intrigued until the very end…

So what is CARMEN about?

Format: 20 sequential pages, full colour.

Synopsis: 

Who can you really trust? We live in a world where politicians spin intricate webs of lies as a part of their job description. But nobody is prepared for what happens when those lies are more dangerous than anyone could have imagined.

Carmen, in the grips of grief for her boyfriend, discovers she is hunted by the Government and now must find out why.

Lucas, who served with Carmen’s deceased boyfriend in the U.S Marine Corps, goes AWOL, forced by dark secrets to retreat to the relative safety of his family farm in Kansas.

Here's a page out of CARMEN #2, illustrated by Matty Taylor.
Here's a page out of CARMEN #2, illustrated by Matty Taylor.

Why Kickstarter?  

To be simply put; Kickstarter allows for issues of CARMEN to be released at a more regularly occurring rate. Creating comic books is by no means a cheap endeavor. But in saying that, asking you wonderful folk for assistance when we need a helping hand aids us in building a sense of accomplishment that we wish to share with our backers. Using Kickstarter to self-publish gives the creative team the opportunity to release the comic book the way we wish to release it. Using this campaign we also hope to gauge the interest of readers nationally (Australia) and internationally (the rest of the world). If you would like to see the comic book completed as an ongoing series then please make a pledge.

What your support does: All money raised will go directly into the production of CARMEN and to give backers some awesome rewards!

What’s in it for you?

Rewards we have include having your own recurring character in the ongoing series, having your likeness put into ISSUE 2 and character sketches from Matty Taylor. Need more? You can also have your store/club/comic book series advertised in the book.

ADD-ONS

Here you can find all the optional purchases that are available in addition to the contents of your pledge. If you would like an add-on item simply use the "Manage Pledge" button in the top right corner of the page. Increase your pledge by the amount of the add-on(s) that you want. 

Read the ADD-ON tutorial here: http://kck.st/19dUOl5

And here are the STRETCH GOALS

Meet the CREATIVE TEAM

Myself (Mike Speakman) creator and writer of CARMEN. This comic book series marks my debut into the comic creation scene, and I couldn't be more excited.

Matty Taylor is one bearded giant who happens to be the epitome of Australian talent; specialising in the colouring and cover illustrations for CARMEN. His colours add an element of grittiness to the already moody setting of the story. He is also known for his work designing merchandise for various musical groups and artists. Speaking of music and talent, Matty is the bassist for Melbourne-based metal band, Winterun. Matty is coming on board as artist as of issue #2. 

Tom Orzechowski is coming on board as letterer for CARMEN #2. Orzechowski is a lettering veteran best known as the letterer of the Silver Age X-Men titles. 

Tom's other credits include: Uncanny X-Men (1975-1992), Spawn (1992-present), Conan, Captain America, Avengers, Wolverine, Justice League, Aliens vs Predator and many more!

Risks and challenges

We are aiming for almost all rewards to be delivered to backers in April/May, 2015. The art is being completed during the course of the campaign so that once finished, it can be sent off to our letterer to do their thing. Once done, the comic gets sent to our layout designer to be made into a beautiful book that you'll be reading.

Once the campaign is complete; updates will be sent out on a regular basis to keep backers in the loop with the schedules for the comic book.

In the event that issues arise, we will let everyone know. The last thing that we want is for backers to be kept in the dark. By backing this campaign, you're a part of the team and thus, you deserve to know if we come across any obstacles.

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    Pledge AU$ 5 or more About $4

    DISHED UP DIGITAL:
    A DIGITAL copy of Carmen #2.
    Your name listed as a contributor in the publication (Carmen #2) and our online sites (Facebook and Tumblr).

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    DIGITAL DOUBLE TEAM:
    A DIGITAL copy of Carmen #2 and a DIGITAL copy of Carmen #1. Your name listed as a contributor in the publication (Carmen #2) and our online sites (Facebook and Tumblr).

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    DIGITAL PACKAGE:
    A DIGITAL copy of Carmen #2 and a DIGITAL copy of Carmen #1. A DIGITAL sketchbook which will include concept art, thoughts, character design and more. 4 x DIGITAL postcards. Your name listed as a contributor in the publication (Carmen #2) and our online sites (Facebook and Tumblr).

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    Pledge AU$ 50 or more About $36

    BE AN EXTRA:
    A character of your name and likeness will appear in Carmen #2, a FIRST EDITION PRINT copy of Carmen #2, posted to your door. Your name listed as a contributor in the publication (Carmen #2) and our online sites (Facebook and Tumblr).

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    Pledge AU$ 50 or more About $36

    CREATIVE TEAM SESSIONS:
    5 x 30 minute online development sessions with the creative team behind Carmen, this will include discussions about the origins of Carmen, the writing process, the art direction, Q and A and more. A DIGITAL copy of Carmen #2 and a DIGITAL copy of Carmen #1. Your name listed as a contributor in the publication (Carmen #2) and our online sites (Facebook and Tumblr).

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    Pledge AU$ 100 or more About $71

    CORPORATE EXPENSE:
    A QUARTER-PAGE advert of your business or comic series in the interior back cover of Carmen #2, 1 x first edition PRINT copy of Carmen #2 and a DIGITAL copy of Carmen #1. Your business listed as a contributor in the publication (Carmen #2) and our online sites (Facebook and Tumblr).

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    Pledge AU$ 100 or more About $71

    SUPPORTING CAST MEMBER:
    A character of your likeness will appear in Carmen #2 with a SMALL TALKING PART, a FIRST EDITION PRINT copy of Carmen #2, posted to your door. A DIGITAL copy of Carmen #1. Your name listed as a contributor in the publication (Carmen #2) and our online sites (Facebook and Tumblr).

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    Pledge AU$ 150 or more About $107

    MAIN CAST MEMBER:
    A character of your likeness will appear in a minimum of 2 issues of Carmen starting with Carmen #2 with a BIG TALKING PART, a FIRST EDITION PRINT copy of Carmen #2, posted to your door. A DIGITAL copy of Carmen #1. Your name listed as a contributor in the publication (Carmen #2) and our online sites (Facebook and Tumblr).

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    CORPORATE EXPENSE TOO:
    A FULL-PAGE colour advert of your business or comic series as the back cover of Carmen #2, 1 x FIRST EDITION PRINT copy of Carmen #2, a DIGITAL copy of Carmen #1. Your business listed as a contributor in the publication (Carmen #2) and our online sites (Facebook and Tumblr).

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Funding period

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