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Kickstart AZTECA, a full color and--with your help--motion webcomic and graphic novel. What's a little blood sacrifice between friends?

Hello Kickstarter! We've reached our goal but we're still driving pledges for our web comic slated for release on Dia de los Muertos 2010!

PROJECT UPDATE: Donate at the $5 level and get a first edition PRINTED copy of Issue #1, plus an AZTECA poster! Donate at the $75 level or higher and get a personalized sketch by the AZTECA artists, Jhazmine Ruiz and Andre Frattino, along with an e-copy of the full-color graphic novel!

The story.

AZTECA is a story set in present-day Mexico, about a vigilante killer, Nicho, who believes he can succeed where the Aztecs failed and stop the world from ending in 2012. The Aztecs got it wrong. Instead of sacrificing innocent human victims, Nicho hunts evil men and other criminals in Mexico, murdering a new one each month in ritualistic human sacrifice corresponding to the ancient Aztecan calendar. Nicho’s beliefs are a mix of Catholic mysticism and ancient Aztecan lore, but his ultimate motivation is to find and kill the man who controls the most ruthless gang on the northern Mexican border: the leader of the Cárdenas drug cartel, El Serpiente. This is a hard-core story of vigilante justice and magical realism--think _Dexter_ meets Garcia Marquez.

Revenge fantasy based on a real-life problem.

AZTECA is a dark, multi-layer story about a vigilante character, Nicho, driven insane by an insane situation. Very recently a spotlight has begun to shine on the problem of crime, corruption, murder and mayhem in the borderland between the U.S. and Mexico. Human life is merely grist for the mill for the poisoned industries of drugs and human trafficking at the heart of the problems there. It’s a war in which literally thousands of people have died already. And, of course, consider that the world is ending...the meso-American calendar is set to end in 2012. What would you do if you thought you could stop it?

A comics series in multiple formats.

We've already put almost a year's worth of sweat equity into AZTECA: the script is finished and the digital version of the book is in production and almost complete. The final project will be a web event with twelve non-interactive motion comic webisodes and a 100-page full-color graphic novel.

Why do we need your help?

Funding from Kickstarter will be used for web production of the motion comic already in production and then toward printing costs. We’ve mapped every penny of our $2500 goal and how it will be applied to the remaining costs we must cover to launch AZTECA on November 2. Hosting and web development are already in play—half of our goal is benchmarked for motion comic design. The remainder will be put toward printing costs of the book and posters.

To stay square with the universe, we’ve asked only for the bare bones amount still needed to meet our launch date for AZTECA. A successful campaign on Kickstarter ($2500) will guarantee that the planned webisodes will launch in full motion glory and ensure a high quality first run for the small handful of people who are essentially pre-ordering the book. But if we can exceed our goal, so much more will be possible. Plans are already in the works to AZTECA on a magical Comic Convention tour in 2011. We need you to make it happen!

Every contribution matters--and comes with a reward. Even $1!

Every person who kicks in just $1 toward our Kickstarter goal will get Issue #1 of AZTECA:Ciudad Paradiso. But there is more—so much more. Please view our different pledge levels and rewards to your right. Special thanks are built in to every level, and we will keep you posted as to our progress. In fact, if you watch closely, you may just see new rewards built into this project as our countdown continues!

Follow us on Kickstarter to keep up on our updates! Pages, sneak peeks, special messages to Backers—all of it is here and more is to come! Also, I introduce you to the members of the fantastic artistic team responsible for bringing Nicho and AZTECA to life, up and coming comics artists whose names you WILL read again. For now, special thanks to Jhazmine Ruiz (penciler), Andre Frattino (ink/color), Jason Longo (logo design) and Melissa Ruzicki (video queen). These are tremendous artists, working like demons and for peanuts to make AZTECA real.

Thank you, everyone, for your support!
AZTECA

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    PDF copy of the first four chapters of AZTECA: Ciudad Paradiso. In addition, all Kickstarter Backers will receive email updates regarding the project's progress through 2012, plus exclusive first-looks at all upcoming AZTECA merch, webisodes and pre-order copies of the electronic or full color paperback versions of the book.

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    PRINTED COPY of AZTECA: Ciudad Paradiso Issue #1, and a poster! Also receive email updates regarding the project's progress through 2012, plus exclusive first-looks at all upcoming AZTECA merch, webisodes and a chance to pre-order copies of the electronic or full color paperback versions of the book.

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    Color PDF e-copy of AZTECA (the complete story) via email and an illustrated set of bookplates and stickers.

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    Special thanks on our website, plus an illustrated bookplate, sticker set and a first run paperback copy of Book One, AZTECA: Ciudad Paradiso, the full color graphic novel.

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    Special thanks on our website, a first run print copy of AZTECA: Ciudad Paradiso with personalized message and illustrated bookplate and stickers, plus an AZTECA T-shirt with your choice of the official logo or the limited edition retro-skulls logo.

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    TEAM JHAZMINE Art-lovers Backer Bonus! Personalized and signed sketch by AZTECA artist Jhazmine Ruiz, plus a full-color PDF e-copy of AZTECA: Ciudad Paradiso.

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    TEAM FRATTINO Art-lovers Backer Bonus! Personalized and signed sketch by AZTECA inker and Flagler's Few artist Andre Frattino, plus a full-color PDF e-copy of AZTECA: Ciudad Paradiso.

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    Special thanks on the website and an entry in our List of Esteemed Backers, to be published in both the PDF and Paperback versions of AZTECA, along with a copy of each. Your choice of T-shirt (book logo or retro skulls), and a numbered diptych print of both the AZTECA cover art and a color page from the book, signed by the artists.

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    Behind-the-Scenes Bonus Backer: Limited-edition version of AZTECA, page-by-page art AND script, with the writer's production notes. This version of AZTECA will be printed and bound, signed by the author. Personalized bookplate included, plus an entry in our List of Esteemed Backers on both the website and in print.

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    Special thanks in both web and print version of AZTECA, along with a copy of each. Your choice of T-shirt, plus a framed limited edition diptych print of cover art and one page from the book that includes an illustrated book plate with a personal message of thanks. BONUS: full size "movie" poster announcing the AZTECA Web Event slated for 2012.

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    Behind-the-Scenes Double-Bonus Backer: Limited-edition version of AZTECA, page-by-page art AND script, with the writer's production notes. This version of AZTECA will be printed and bound and include an illustrated bookplate, signed by the author. You will also receive special thanks in both the web and print version of AZTECA, plus a limited edition diptych print of cover art and one page from the book.

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    Special thanks in both web and print version of AZTECA, as well as a rolling credit in every webisode of AZTECA. You get a copy of AZTECA paperback, your choice of T-shirt, framed limited edition diptych, an AZTECA "movie" poster announcing the AZTECA Web Event slated for 2012. We will also send a bonus copy of the paperback with personalized bookplate plus a T-shirt to a friend, wrapped and delivered via post. BONUS: Backers at this level can choose to receive a Nicho sugar-skull bobblehead --OR-- an emailed list of Comic Con events we will be attending across the country in 2011; say the word and your Saturday pass to the Con is on us (San Diego, New York and Mid-Ohio are on the list!)

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    Seriously, because if you're in it to win it, I will have a bottle of Crystal Head Vodka (or 1921 Tequila Blanco, your choice) delivered to you, along with: a signed and framed movie poster; framed dyptich with a special illustrated message from all of the artists on the team; two T-shirts with the AZTECA design of your choice and a Nicho sugar-skull bobblehead. You will also receive two paperback copies of AZTECA with special acknowledgement on the site, in the book, and a full screen credit frame in every webisode! (MUST BE 21! Shipping outside the U.S., please add 10% for shipping cost.)

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