Doctor Atlantis is a steampunk adventure set during the Age of Exploration! In this alternate history mariners have proved what common folk always knew: the world is flat and the sea is endless. Traveling this oceanic frontier is Dr. Julius Fowler, acting captain of her majesty’s deep sea exploration vessel the Atlantis. A ship of wonders, the Atlantis is powered by steam and automated from stem to stern.
It is certainly impressive to Chosot, a young man lost and adrift at sea, who Dr. Fowler rescues. Not only is Chosot overwhelmed by the marvelous vessel but he is plagued by one simple question: where is the rest of the crew? A ship its size could house nearly a hundred people, so why is it empty except for Fowler?
It is a mystery that Chosot has little time to puzzle out, though, because the Atlantis has an uncanny knack for seeking out danger. From sea monsters to marauding slavers and cursed islands, Fowler and Chosot are constantly on the run from peril.
The excitement never stops in this adventure beyond the map’s edge!
Project Info and Goal:
Doctor Atlantis is written by myself (Ian Ally-Seals) an drawn by Carl Mefferd with covers colored by the fabulous Tim Durning. The series is being published by Rare Earth Comics, an independent comic company that I founded with local artists in Hartford, CT.
At this point in the production Carl has penciled and inked the first three issues of the series (the man is like a machine developed in a government lab to draw kick ass comics). The money raised by this kickstarter project will go towards the printing cost of the first issue.
We love this comic and hope may others will as well. Let’s make this kickstarter campaign a success and send Doctor Atlantis to the presses!
We are offering a ton of stellar rewards to those who back this project! You can take a look at the right of this page to see them all but here are some of the choice ones I’d like to highlight:
· Personalized sketches (pencil, ink and color depending on the pledge level). We will draw you an amazing picture of any character you want (from Doctor Atlantis or otherwise). Tell us who to draw and we’ll draw it!
· Original art button. We have a button press and we know how to use it! We’ll make a small original drawing, chop it and press it into a button.
· Original art from Doctor Atlantis issue # 1
· Rare Earth Comics T-Shirts
· Sponsorship credit in the comic book and on our website
Personal Backstory to Doctor Atlantis:
Way back in 1998 while hanging around with my friend Anna I got to know her little brother Carl, who was in middle school at the time. He was a cool little dude who loved to draw. It turned out that we both shared a love for comics and after some standard comic book talk (who would be on your X-MEN team, who would win in a fight: Batman or Daredevil?) we got to daydreaming about the comics we would like to make one day.
Before you know it we were spinning a yarn about a colossal, steam powered ship captained by an eccentric scientist. He would sail the endless ocean with his dog Edward, exploring strange new lands and fighting horrific sea monsters. When the daydreaming was done I told young Carl (retrospectively in a very condescending way) that if he ever got good enough at illustration I’d make this comic with him.
Well, thirteen years went by and… well… he got good. Very good. Carl kept his part of the bargain; it’s time for me to keep mine!
Preview Art from Doctor Atlantis:
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