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Set in Pittsburgh, a small group of co-workers are trying to survive an apocalypse of another kind, a rabid furry doomsday.
Set in Pittsburgh, a small group of co-workers are trying to survive an apocalypse of another kind, a rabid furry doomsday.
Set in Pittsburgh, a small group of co-workers are trying to survive an apocalypse of another kind, a rabid furry doomsday.
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11/19/14 UPDATE:

FUNDED!!!

STRETCH GOAL #1: "Making Of" sketchbook pages in Issue 1.

Time is quickly running out on this campaign.  The book is funded, but I have been collecting all of the concepts and promotional art to include in a "Making Of" section of the comic.  If the donation can get to $2600, I can afford to add the extra pages.  It's a pretty big stretch goal, but I want to make sure I include all of the extra content. I thought I'd include some of the back story for how the idea came to me, and talk about where I expect the series to go in the long term.    

Sound good? Here's some more art to sweeten the deal!

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Dawn of the Furries is a survival story about a group of co-workers in Pittsburgh who make it to work one Monday only to find that the city is besieged by rabid, murderous furries.  They have to work together to survive, using only what weapons they can fashion from the items in their office.  Their goal becomes making their way to the house of the one employee that they may need the most, the crazy prepper who they all laughed at for years.

Earlier projects and Kickstarters
Earlier projects and Kickstarters

Along with Joe Pekar, I have been creating comics for years while working full time as a video game producer.  I entered into gaming in order to tell stories, but because I have transitioned into a more managerial role, I am turning to art and comics in my off hours to keep that fire burning.  Together, Joe and I have launched four issues of Brandi Bare, a new series called Hopeful Spring, and I wrote a novel called Holly, which was based in the Brandi Bare universe.

 Dawn of the Furries will  lean heavily in the ensemble cast dialogue and story, and allow me to play with my art style. The book will be done in black and white, ink and watercolor, which allows me to work quickly.  The characters and back story have been brewing in my head for almost a year. There will be reveals and relationships that grow, change, and explode as the story develops.

Reward Standees
Reward Standees

Different from the Brandi Bare comics, this series is one that I will be driving forward myself.  Joe Pekar's work will occasionally make a guest appearance, but this book is my vehicle to drive.  Joe has graciously donated the pencil work behind this pin up, which will appear in the book and as a Kickstarter Exclusive cover. See the reward list along the side.

Kickstarter Exclusive Cover
Kickstarter Exclusive Cover

I am also making available the original art for the cover. This work is watercolor and ink on cold press.  See the image below.

Cover Art
Cover Art

Like the Brandi Bare and Hopeful Spring comic books, this will be an ongoing series. I expect to be able to create up to 4 issues a year if I keep up my current pace.  Beyond physical printing of the books for sale at conventions and other shows, I will be targeting Comixology as an additional outlet to reach fans.

Stacks of pages already completed
Stacks of pages already completed

Dawn of the Furries Issue #1 is slated to be 26 pages long, but I do reserve the right to go longer if the story demands it.

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10/26/14 UPDATE: The new trailer video is up on Youtube! Please give is a view and share it out to support the campaign!

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=40GxjqwqpZU&feature=youtu.be

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Character Bios

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 UPDATE 11/5/14

New pages are continuously in production:  Here's a sneak peek.

Promotional Art
Promotional Art

Risks and challenges

I have certainly learned from my previous Kickstarter projects. The publishing, printing, and shipping processes were more laborious that I expected. With those experiences behind me, I expect that I have planned for all of the contingencies.

The one lesson that I will be working harder on during this campaign is having more regular updates for donors. I received feedback that more communication would be appreciated, and I will be reacting to that feedback during this project.

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    ART LEVEL 1 - This reward includes all of the previous award, as well as 2 standees, as shown in the video. One standee will be a cartoon-ized version of yourself, brandishing the weapon you choose to face the furry apocalypse with. The second one will be your furry form once you succumb. You can pick your animal form.

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    ART LEVEL 2 - Second Cover - At this level of support, not only will you receive all that was listed for the $25 reward, but you will also get a second copy of the book with the exclusive Joe Pekar-Kickstarter cover, shown along side.

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    ART LEVEL 3 - This level of support will earn donors the same package as the previous reward, as well as a 7"x10" inked sketch of any comic book character done by myself.

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    ART LEVEL 4 - This reward level offers the rewards from the previous level, with the addition of watercolors over the 7"x10" inked character sketch.

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    ART LEVEL 5 - This reward package includes the following: The thank you page mention, the PDF and signed physical copy of the book, the Kickstarter Exclusive cover edition, the 2 standees as mentioned in previous rewards, and your choice of the original pages of the comic book. First pledges get first pick of the pages.

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    ART LEVEL PRIME - COVER ART - This reward package is reserved for the purchase of the cover art done by myself. This work is a 10" x 14" watercolor and ink on cold press paper. This would be in addition to the 2 standees, the signed physical copy, the Kickstarter Exclusive cover edition, and PDF of the book, and the thank you page mention.

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    ART LEVEL JOE- KICKSTARTER EXCLUSIVE COVER - This reward package is reserved for the pencil work of the Brandi Bare/Dawn of the Furries piece that Joe Pekar has done. The image will be the Kickstarter Exclusive cover and included as a pin up in the book, but the pencils work that spawned the pin up is available for this support. This level also comes with the 2 standees, the signed copy of the book, the Kickstarter Exclusive cover edition, and PDF, and the thank you page mention.

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