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Help us make a science fiction concept art book featuring the sci-fi artwork of graphic novel series Carpe Chaos.

Click here for a video with much more of the interview with Eric.

The Intro

Welcome to our Kickstarter page! I'm Jason Bane, and together with Eric Carter, Anthony Cournoyer, Daniel Allen, Joe Slucher, and many others I've worked to create Carpe Chaos, the free web-based sci-fi graphic novel series published on CarpeChaos.com. But what you don't see in the comics is all of the artwork we produced when we were creating the universe. We actually spent several years building the universe before we began making comics, and like Eric said in the video we've been searching for a way to show it off. 

Eric, Anthony, and I at Wizard World Chicago, surrounded by concept art!

After running tables at conventions, making a DeviantArt gallery, starting a wiki on our site, tweeting preview images on Twitter, and everything else... we're figuring out that organizing everything into a comprehensive concept art book is the best way to show people our humungous universe. 

The Book

So we want to create a concept art book called "The Art of Carpe Chaos." We've got a ton of material, we've got graphic designer Christopher Kosek to help us, and we've got a $7,500 quote from a printer. Whether we get 250 books or 1000, the price doesn't change much because most of the printing costs are for getting everything set up to print in the first place. 100% funding means a print run for us! Here's a rough idea of what the front and back covers will look like:

The book itself will be about 150 pages, and if we raise more than 100% of our goal then we'll be able to expand it because we have enough material to fill 300 pages or more. The book will have as much awesome stuff as we can cram into it, including:

  • The designs for the Porgs, Kaeans, Turikasul, Xotron, and Embarnik, as well as our more minor races like the Garnams, Astavers & Dovars, Breydolans, and more
  • The clothing and costume concepts for all of the species that, you know, wear clothes
  • The weapons concepts, plus other miscellaneous technology like respirator masks and local transportation vehicles
  • The scenes we've painted for the different environments and the creatures that inhabit them
  • The architecture styles of the different races, both modern and ancient
  • The different spaceship designs we've made for each of the races. We have over 100 and you can see many of them in the video, and below:
  • Space environments like starscapes, planets, and the 4th-dimensional travel network known as "the tubes"
  • A bonus 4-page comic featuring the Embarnik that won't be released on CarpeChaos.com for some time
  • Artwork from many of our posters, prints, and comics

The Rewards

Firstly, anyone that gives $25 or more will get their name added to the credits page in the final book for their support.

The different reward levels are explained in the column to the right, but here are some details about the different stuff we have to show our appreciation to our backers:

  • PAPERCRAFT MODELS: Pieca and Nate are the two main characters from our comic Jailing Fortune, and we made them into papercraft models! Pieca the Porg is complete, and the model for Nate the Kaean is in progress.
  • T-SHIRTS: We have two T-shirt designs. We'll email you to ask which designs and sizes you want. We have the following sizes available: S, M, L, XL, XXL, and XXXL.
  • BOOKMARKS: We have 5 bookmark designs that we made to give out at shows, and they look pretty slick! Each set of 5 bookmarks will include one of each design.
  • ALIEN PIN-UP PRINTS: Each print is an 11x14 glamour shot of one of the aliens from Carpe Chaos. These are just preview thumbnails.
  • WALLPAPER POSTERS: If you want a Carpe Chaos wallpaper for your desktop you can have one for free! Just click here. Boom. Done. But we're also making posters out of them, and they'll measure approximately 30 x 17 inches.
  • LANDSCAPE PRINTS: These three landscape prints detail (from top to bottom) the homeworlds of the Turikasuul, Kaeans, and Porgs. They measure 30 x 22 inches and they're incredibly detailed. They look amazing at their full size!
  • CARPE CHAOS: IGNITION: This was the first book we made and we're running a little low on copies, which is why the reward level that includes them is capped at 15. It's over 100 full-color pages of the first comics we made.
  • MADE-TO-ORDER SKETCH CARDS: Anthony Cournoyer, the most senior and most prolific artist working on Carpe Chaos, has done sketch cards at some of the shows we've attended. They've been pretty popular! Unfortunately he's so busy working on our next big comic that we can't offer too many of these (he's basically doubling the amount of time he works to get his next comic done faster). The minimum pledge to get one is $250.
  • THE BOOK ITSELF: In the picture above a Kaean is holding Carpe Chaos Ignition because we don't have a picture of what the concept art book will look like yet! But once it's done, a copy of the book is the most important reward!

The "Stretch Goals"

If we're lucky enough to exceed our funding goal the first thing we'll do is make the book longer. We have enough artwork to make this book 300 pages instead of 150, but we would need more than $7,500 to make that happen. After that, who knows? We would think of something cool, for sure. But right now I'm just hoping we can make our goal of $7,500.

Thanks for reading our Kickstarter campaign!

-Jason

Note About The Video

Brian Bauer produced our Kickstarter video for us. Anton Patzner's music was used in the video, with permission.

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    DIGITAL DILETTANTE — We will email you a digital copy of the final book as a PDF. Not only that, we'll also email you our Pieca and Nate papercraft models as PDFs so you can print them out and build them!

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    DIGITAL WITH A SHIRT — Everything in the DIGITAL DILETTANTE package plus a Carpe Chaos T-shirt and a set of 5 Carpe Chaos bookmarks. This includes shipping to anywhere in the United States! Add $5 for international shipping.

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    YOU GET A BOOK — Everything in the DIGITAL WITH A SHIRT package plus a copy of the book itself! This includes shipping to anywhere in the United States! Giving $20 or more also means your name will be added to the credits page of the book. Add $5 for international shipping.

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    YOU GET TWO BOOKS — Like the YOU GET A BOOK package except you get 2 books, 2 T-shirts, 2 bookmark sets, and your choice of any of our posters/prints (excluding the comic scrolls). This includes shipping to anywhere in the United States! Add $10 for international shipping.

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    TWO BOOKS AND IGNITION — Everything in the YOU GET TWO BOOKS package plus a second posters/print of your choice (excluding the comic scrolls) and a copy of Capre Chaos Ignition, our first printed compilation of comics. This includes shipping to anywhere in the United States, but you can add $10 for international shipping. We only have a few copies of Ignition left, which is why this reward is capped at 15.

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    SUPER SUPPORTER, T-SHIRTS — We'll email you the PDFs of the book and both papercraft models. Then we'll physically mail you 3 Carpe Chaos bookmark sets, 2 copies of the actual book itself, and *6* t-shirts! This includes shipping to anywhere in the United States! Add $10 for international shipping.

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    SUPER SUPPORTER, ALIEN PIN-UPS — We'll email you the PDFs of the book and both papercraft models. Then we'll physically mail you 3 Carpe Chaos bookmark sets, 3 Carpe Chaos T-shirts, 2 copies of the actual book itself, and one of each of our 10 different alien pin-up prints. That's 2 Porgs, 2 Kaeans, 2 Turikasuul, 2 Xotron, and 2 Embarnik prints, each 11 x 14 inches. The Xotron and Embarnik prints won't be shown on CarpeChaos.com for a while but YOU get them early! This includes shipping to anywhere in the United States! Add $10 for international shipping.

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    SUPER SUPPORTER, WALLPAPERS — We'll email you the PDFs of the book and both papercraft models. Then we'll physically mail you 3 Carpe Chaos bookmark sets, 3 Carpe Chaos T-shirts, 2 copies of the actual book itself, and one of each of our 6 different 16:9 desktop wallpapers as posters. The wallpapers are free to download, but you'll get each of them as a high-quality 30x17-inch poster to hang on your walls! This includes shipping to anywhere in the United States! Add $10 for international shipping.

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    SUPER SUPPORTER, LANDSCAPES — We'll email you the PDFs of the book and both papercraft models. Then we'll physically mail you 3 Carpe Chaos bookmark sets, 3 Carpe Chaos T-shirts, 2 copies of the actual book itself, and one of each of our 3 different 30x22-inch alien landscape prints. The landscapes depict the homeworlds of the Porgs, Kaeans, and Turikasuul, and each is incredibly detailed. This includes shipping to anywhere in the United States! Add $10 for international shipping.

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    SUPER DUPER SUPPORTER — This reward is a combination of all of the SUPER SUPPORTER reward packages, plus a fourth bookmark set. We'll email you the PDFs of the book and both papercraft models. Then we'll physically mail you 4 Carpe Chaos bookmark sets, 6 Carpe Chaos T-shirts, 2 copies of the actual book itself, each of the 10 alien pin-up prints, each of the 6 wallpaper posters, and each of the 3 alien landscape prints. Anthony Cournoyer will also create and sign a unique 4x6 marker-on-paper sketch of anything you want from the Carpe Chaos universe. This includes shipping to anywhere in the United States! Add $20 for international shipping.

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    I LOVE CARPE CHAOS — Everything included in the SUPER DUPER SUPPORTER package plus a third copy of the book, a fifth set of bookmarks, and our two comic scrolls. The Moments of Elation scroll is 7.5 feet long, and the Strength in Numbers scroll is 11.5 feet long! We'll also send you one of our thirteen remaining numbered alien pin-up prints. We made 100 of these prints (20 for each of our 5 alien races) when we were starting out but we haven't yet given all of them away. We've got 13 left, 10 Kaeans and 3 Embarnik, so if you give us this huge amount of money we want to make sure you get something special to commemorate your incredible support. This includes shipping to anywhere in the world!

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