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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.

Robert, Megan, and Crank
Robert, Megan, and Crank

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.

Shaw and Aaron
Shaw and Aaron

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.

Hunted by angels!
Hunted by angels!
John Halcyon
John Halcyon

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.

Heaven knows, we can deliver!
Heaven knows, we can deliver!

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!

John, Shaw, & Aaron
John, Shaw, & Aaron

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.

Quarterly Installments
Quarterly Installments

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.

Penciled Page
Penciled Page
Inked Page
Inked Page
Colored Page
Colored Page

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.

Sketches by Megan Levens
Sketches by Megan Levens

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!

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    HEAVENLY THANKS: Personalized thank-you e-mail from the author and artist, plus a Backer Hall of Fame listing (including your website's url) in all digital and print editions of the book.

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    DIGITAL INSTALLMENTS: Why wait for the full-length book to be done? Follow the story as it unfolds: receive PDFs of the book in 4 installments as they are finished, plus a PDF of the full-length book when it's done. Also, receive everything at the $3 level. Estimated delivery: November 2013 (installment 1), February 2014 (installment 2), May 2014 (installment 3), August 2014 (installment 4 & full PDF).

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    DIGITAL INSTALLMENTS PLUS STAGES OF CREATION: See how each page develops from pencils to finishes! Receive PDFs of the book in 4 installments as they are finished, PLUS bonus PDFs of all pages in each stage of production: pencils, inks, and colors. Plus, receive everything at the $7 level. Estimated delivery: quarterly installments begin November 2013.

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    SCRIPT PLUS DIGITAL INSTALLMENTS: Interested in seeing how a graphic novel is born? Receive a PDF of the full original manuscript, plus everything at the $20 level. (Same delivery schedule as $20 level, plus manuscript delivery September 2013.)

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    UNSIGNED PAPERBACK: Limited edition paperback (unsigned) plus everything at the $15 level. Estimated delivery: quarterly installments begin November 2013, paperback ships August 2014.

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    RANDOM B/W SKETCH CARD + UNSIGNED PAPERBACK: Receive a black and white sketch card of a random character by the book's artist, MEGAN LEVENS...plus everything at the $25 level. Estimated delivery: quarterly installments begin November 2013, paperback & sketch card ship August 2014.

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    SIGNED PAPERBACK: Limited edition paperback signed by the author, Robert T. Jeschonek, plus everything at the $15 level. Digital quarterly installments start Nov. 2013.

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    COLOR SKETCH CARD + SIGNED BOOK: Receive a color sketch card of a random character by the book's artist, Megan Levens, plus everything at the $35 level. Estimated delivery: book and card ship August 2014, digital quarterly installments start Nov. 2013.

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    GRAPHIC NOVEL SECRETS BUNDLE: The secrets of making graphic novels in one great bundle! Receive everything at the $35 level, plus bonus PDFs of all pages in each stage of production (pencils, inks, and colors)...plus PDFs of the HELL'S TREASURE manuscript and four giant e-book compilations of comic book scripts by Robert T. Jeschonek: 7 COMIC BOOK SCRIPTS, 7 MORE COMIC BOOK SCRIPTS, 7 COMIC BOOK SCRIPTS STRIKE AGAIN, and THE DREAM LORD AWAKENS. Estimated delivery: September 2013 (manuscript PDF and script compilation e-books), digital quarterly installments start Nov. 2013, paperback ships August 2014. (E-books available as PDF, EPUB, or MOBI files. Specify which format you prefer.)

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    SIGNED BOOK + E-BOOK BONUS: Receive everything at the $35 level, plus 20 e-books (comic book scripts, scifi, fantasy, mystery, you name it) from Pie Press, written by HELL'S TREASURE author Robert T. Jeschonek. Estimated delivery: e-books ship September 2013, digital quarterly installments start Nov. 2013, paperback ships August 2014. (E-books available as PDF, EPUB, or MOBI files. Specify which format you prefer.)

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    SIGNED BOOK + E-BOOK BLOWOUT! Receive everything at the $35 level, plus 50 e-books (comic book scripts, scifi, fantasy, mystery, you name it) from Pie Press, written by HELL'S TREASURE author Robert T. Jeschonek. (E-books available as PDF, EPUB, or MOBI files. Specify which format you prefer.) Estimated delivery: e-books ship September 2013, digital quarterly installments start Nov. 2013, book ships August 2014. (E-books available as PDF, EPUB, or MOBI files. Specify which format you prefer.)

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    CUSTOM B/W SKETCH: Receive a random custom black and white 9 x 12" sketch by artist MEGAN LEVENS, plus everything at the $35 level. Sketch ships September 2014, paperback ships August 2014, digital quarterly installments start Nov. 2013.

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    BLEEDING COOL SPECIAL. For one weekend only, in honor of the Bleeding Cool website, pledge at this level and receive a limited edition signed, black-and-white edition of the finished Hell's Treasure paperback. This edition, which will not be available anywhere else at any time, will include a special black-and-white Bleeding Cool cover featuring a Rich Johnston-inspired angel and images from the U.K., birthplace of Bleeding Cool. Plus, receive everything at the $15 level. PLEDGE BY MIDNIGHT, EASTERN STANDARD TIME, ON SUNDAY, JULY 28, 2013 TO RECEIVE THIS EXCLUSIVE OFFER.

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    T-SHIRT: Receive an official t-shirt featuring the cover image plus everything at the $35 level. Shirt ships September 2014, paperback ships August 2014, digital quarterly installments start Nov. 2013.

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    ARTIST SIGNED SKETCH EDITION: Receive a limited edition paperback signed by the artist, Megan Levens, including one-of-a-kind random black and white pen sketches on multiple pages. Plus, plus everything at the $7 level.

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    ILLUSTRATED CAMEO: Receive a limited edition paperback signed by author Robert T. Jeschonek that features you in an illustrated, non-speaking cameo role in the story...plus everything at the $7 level, plus a personalized thank-you POSTAL LETTER (not e-mail!) from the author and artist. (Your illustrated cameo will appear in all editions and copies of the book.)

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    CUSTOM COLOR SKETCH: Receive a random custom color 9 x 12 sketch by the book's artist, Megan Levens...plus an official t-shirt, a personalized thank-you postal letter from the author and artist, and everything at the $35 level. Digital quarterly installments start Nov. 2013.

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    ILLUSTRATED CAMEO SPEAKING PART: Receive 2 copies of the limited edition paperback signed by the author that FEATURES YOU IN AN ILLUSTRATED CAMEO SPEAKING PART in the story...plus an official t-shirt, a personalized thank-you postal letter from the author and artist, and everything at the $15 level. (Your illustrated cameo will appear in all editions and copies of the book.) Digital quarterly installments start Nov. 2013.

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    COMMISSIONED ILLUSTRATION: Artist Megan Levens will create a special, one-of-a-kind, personalized commissioned illustration (penciled, inked, and digitally colored) of up to three characters of your choosing especially for you.(We reserve the right to reject what we determine to be objectionable content.) Plus, you'll receive everything at the $35 level, an official t-shirt, and a personalized thank-you letter. Digital quarterly installments start Nov. 2013.

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    THE KITCHEN SINK: Get everything but the kitchen sink at this level! Includes the following: three copies of the limited edition paperback signed by BOTH THE AUTHOR AND ARTIST (AVAILABLE ONLY AT THIS LEVEL!); apersonalized commissioned illustration (penciled, inked, and digitally colored) of up to three characters of your choosing (no objectionable content, please) created especially for you by artist Megan Levens; an illustrated cameo speaking part in the book;an official t-shirt; a PDF of the full book; PDFs of the book in 4 installments as they are finished, along with PDFs of all pages in each stage of production; a PDF of the HELL'S TREASURE original manuscript; PDFs of the giant comic book script compilations from the graphic novel studies bundle; a cover pinup print; a black and white sketch card; a color sketch card; a custom black and white sketch; a custom color sketch; and a special edition paperback signed by the artist, featuring one-of-a-kind random black and white pen sketches on multiple pages. Digital quarterly installments start Nov. 2013.

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    ALL HELL BREAKS LOOSE: All the HELL'S TREASURE swag and goodies from the $1,000 tier (except the limited edition signed by both the author and artist), plus THE COMPLETE WORKS (SO FAR) OF AUTHOR ROBERT T. JESCHONEK. This includes all 93 Pie Press e-books and 13 trade paperbacks by Robert T. Jeschonek; copies of limited edition paperback Advanced Reader Copies of MY FAVORITE BAND DOES NOT EXIST and A PINSTRIPED FINGER'S MY ONLY FRIEND; plus RARE SIGNED EDITIONS of EVERY PROFESSIONALLY PUBLISHED BOOK featuring the work of Robert T. Jeschonek (so far). This will include (but is not limited to) the following: TANNHAUSER: RISING SUN, FALLING SHADOWS (novel, Fantasy Flight Games); MAD SCIENTIST MEETS CANNIBAL (hardcover story collection, PS Publishing); POSTSCRIPTS Hardcover Anthology number 8, 12, and 13 (also from PS Publishing); STAR TREK: STRANGE NEW WORLDS volumes III, V, and VI (from Pocket Books/Simon and Schuster); STAR TREK: NEW FRONTIER: NO LIMITS (Pocket Books); STAR TREK: VOYAGER: DISTANT SHORES (Pocket Books); STAR TREK CORPS OF ENGINEERS: OUT OF THE COCOON (Pocket Books); FUTURE AMERICAS, CRIME SPELLS, and THE TROUBLE WITH HEROES (short story anthologies from DAW Books); and much more. Not to mention a COMPLETE, SIGNED SET OF THE ULTRA-RARE FLOOD CITY COMICS #1-5! Estimated delivery: August 2013 (Pie Press e-books, paperbacks, and Flood City Comics set), September 2014 (graphic novel paperback plus prints, sketch cards, sketches, and sketch edition of paperback), plus digital quarterly graphic novel installments start November 2013.

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    BEHOLD THE SEQUEL! (BEFORE ANYONE ELSE) (ONLY AT THIS LEVEL). If you are generous and committed enough to pledge at this level, we will take a giant step toward achieving our dream stretch goal: creating and publishing the sequel to HELL'S TREASURE, titled HELL'S POWER. The script is already written. If you donate at this level, we will send you a paper copy, bound like a paperback book, signed by both the author and artist. You will also receive everything from the $5,000 tier...and a personal Skype call (or in-person meeting, depending on where you live) from the author to discuss the book (or any of his work). Estimated delivery: September 2014 (sequel script paperback, Skype call, graphic novel paperback, prints, sketch cards, sketches, and sketch edition of paperback), plus digital quarterly graphic novel installments start November 2013.

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