Hell's Treasure: Fantasy Graphic Novel by DC Comics Writer
Hell's Treasure: Fantasy Graphic Novel by DC Comics Writer
Communicating with architecture! Battling angels for Heaven's keys! Shaw's quest begins in a graphic novel by an award-winning writer.
Communicating with architecture! Battling angels for Heaven's keys! Shaw's quest begins in a graphic novel by an award-winning writer. Read more
About this project
A "Win-Win" Project: Prize Guaranteed!
This is now a "win-win" project! Every backer (who does not cancel his or her pledge) is guaranteed to receive a prize, whether the project meets its goal or not. This will be a special surprise prize, not necessarily the same prize listed with your pledge level on the Hell's Treasure launch page...but it will still be super-cool! Where else can you find a prize guarantee like this?
The Walls Have Ears...and Voices, Too!
What if you could talk to buildings, and the buildings talked back? What if Heaven was humanity's rightful home, and only you could tear down its walls?
These are the questions that drive Shaw Serling, the young heroine of my graphic novel, Hell's Treasure. But the biggest question of all is this: Will you help bring Hell's Treasure to life? If the answer is yes, prepare to receive some awesome rewards.
Go, Team Hell's Treasure!
Bring together one award-winning writer (that's me, Robert Jeschonek), one rising star artist (Megan Levens of Somewhere in Between) and one hard-hitting letterer (the man called Crank!), and you've got the perfect team to make Hell's Treasure an unforgettable book.
Here's The Story
I'm dying to share this project with the world. It's all about Shaw, a teenage girl who can communicate with architecture--everything from buildings to bridges--and make it do her bidding.
Her power can't save her parents from dying in a car crash...but maybe she can bring them back. A boy named Aaron, with powers of his own, takes her on a quest to seize the keys to Heaven.
Angels fight like hell to stop them. Only boy genius John Halcyon, an exile from Heaven, knows the secret behind their struggle: that Heaven is humanity's rightful home, and Shaw is destined to tear down the walls keeping out the human race.
Why Kickstarter, Yo?
Hell's Treasure has almost come to life several times in the publishing world...but "almost" isn't good enough anymore. Publishers might be reluctant to take a chance on something this new and fresh, but you have the power to make this book a reality.
Team Hell's Treasure Wants You!
And if you join the Hell's Treasure team, you won't be disappointed. Megan is a fabulous artist, currently working on projects for several high profile publishers. Crank is a wizard with lettering and has got one hell of a resume (Hack/Slack, Battle Pug, It Girl and the Atomics).
As for me, I've written for DC Comics (most recently, "Gotham Eye View" in Legends of the Dark Knight #52). I've written over 100 books, e-books, and audiobooks, including official Star Trek and Doctor Who fiction. My rock 'n' roll fantasy My Favorite Band Does Not Exist won the Forward National Literature Award and was named a Top 10 First Novel for Youth by prestigious Booklist magazine. Not to mention, I run my own publishing company, Pie Press. What all this means is that I know how to write a great graphic novel, and I know how to publish and ship it like a pro.
What To Expect When You're Expecting Our Book
We're going to do this book right, because we know you wouldn't have it any other way. That means you'll get the full, finished graphic novel in your hot little hands in August 2014. It will take until then for Mighty Megan and Captivating Crank to pencil, ink, color, and letter all 145 pages of this epic tome!
But fear not! If you back Team Hell's Treasure at the $15 level or above, the time will fly, because we'll ship quarterly installments straight to your e-mail inbox. You'll get to watch the graphic novel take shape before your very eyes.
And if you pledge $20 or more, your quarterly installments will include bonus PDFs of all the latest pages in each stage of production: pencils, inks, and colors. So the time until the book's completion will keep you right in the heart of the action, watching as this project comes to life.
Dough, Bread, Moola, Cold Hard Cash
Shaw Serling communicates with buildings, but you're the one with the real power here. Because Hell's Treasure will only come to life with your backing.
Over half the original goal amount will go to pay Megan, a professional artist who does quality work. She depends on her art to put food on the table; if I don't pay her a decent rate per page, she literally can't afford to do the work. Crank will get a piece of the pie, too, for the same reason, and so will I. The rest of the proceeds will fund the production and shipping of the books and rewards.
You'll see the money right there on the pages, and in the awesome rewards. Remember, you get what you pay for.
Get Your Swag On!
If you love rewards, you've come to the right place. Because yes, we're bringing the swag! Megan's already sharpening her pencils to whip up limited edition sketch cards, one-of-a-kind custom sketches, and holy-crap-is-that-ever-cool signed editions of the book tricked out with sketches on multiple pages. Not to mention the illustrated cameos and illustrated cameo speaking roles that will appear in every edition and copy of the graphic novel. And that's not all! We've also got t-shirts, bundles of e-books, stacks of paperbacks...even the full manuscript of the sequel, Hell's Power. Remember, all our rewards are exclusive to Hell's Treasure Kickstarter backers.
Did Somebody Say Stretch?
When it comes to stretch goals, we've got big plans. Any funding above our goal amount will go toward new Hell's Treasure projects for you to enjoy...but if we stretch far enough, our wish list will really kick into gear. We hope you'll unlock the whole list, which we'll reveal as the project raises more money. But we can tell you this much: the sequel's already been written, and it won't shut up about making it into print!
Artwork from the Book
Interested yet? Take a look at these tantalizing sample pages from the book. They were all penciled, inked, and colored by Megan Levens and lettered by the one and only Crank. Get a load of the high quality product you can expect from the Hell's Treasure team.
Risks and challenges
We never know what curve balls life is going to throw at us. Just like Shaw in Hell's Treasure, anyone could face the biggest challenges at any time...and they could put a very big crimp in our best-laid plans. So if a member of Team Hell's Treasure meets up with an unexpected roll of the dice during the next year, it could alter our delivery schedule for the graphic novel and rewards. If that happens, we promise to do our best to come up with alternate arrangements to deliver the book and rewards to you in as timely a fashion as possible. And we promise to keep you in the loop throughout the process so you'll know exactly what to expect and when. Because you'll be a member of Team Hell's Treasure, and we take care of our own!Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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