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A single mother and her tenacious daughter fight for their freedom in a society where everyone is immortal, but few are invincible.
A single mother and her tenacious daughter fight for their freedom in a society where everyone is immortal, but few are invincible.
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We're in the home stretch now!! We still have a lot of the "early bird" specials available, but there are only 15 opportunities left to pick up ALL FIVE covers at the $100 pledge level! 

ALL FIVE COVERS
ALL FIVE COVERS

As a reminder, ALL FIVE COVERS are now included in all non-retailer pledge levels above $100 as well. (Once a level is pledged to, you cannot edit the details to add another item, but they ARE included).  

Pledge levels that include ALL FIVE covers :

$100 – all five covers, five bookplates, an original head sketch (of a character in the series) a set of art cards, a print pack, and all stretch rewards.

$125 - an original short story commission (approx. 1,000 words) by Tara Flynn, PLUS all five covers, five bookplates, an original head sketch (of a character in the series) a set of art cards, a print pack, and all stretch rewards.

$150 - a single character, torso, full color commission on sketch blank or 8x10 Bristol, PLUS all five covers, five bookplates, an original head sketch (of a character in the series) a set of art cards, a print pack, and all stretch rewards.

$250 - two character, torso, full color commission on sketch blank or 8x10 Bristol, PLUS all five covers, five bookplates, an original head sketch (of a character in the series) a set of art cards, a print pack, and all stretch rewards.

$300 - Be drawn into the book as a background character in issue #1, get a full color print of all pages you appear on, PLUS all five covers, five bookplates, an original head sketch (of a character in the series) a set of art cards, a print pack, and all stretch rewards.

$500 - An inked, 11x17 full cover quality commission, PLUS all five covers, five bookplates, an original head sketch (of a character in the series) a set of art cards, a print pack, and all stretch rewards.

And of course, the $5,000 level has TWO of each cover, as well as ALL of the original interior art and cover A for Issue #1, and a TON of extra goodies.

The bumper sticker and Elias Chatzoudis print have been added to ALL physical reward pledges of $10 or more! 

 

In the near future, civilization has been rendered immortal due to a mutated food supplement. Human biology is frozen in time, and although society has been left impervious to aging and disease, the ability to heal from even the smallest of wounds has been lost.... in all but a few.

Set in and around Los Angeles, NEW AND IMPROVED follows Mallory and her 13- year-old daughter Charlie, whose exposure to a unique batch of the supplement has given them, and a small group of others, accelerated healing powers. After Charlie is captured for inhumane testing by the government agency who claims to be searching for a cure, the single mother must find a way to rescue her daughter while evading capture herself.  

For a preview, click here!

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THE PROJECT

We are raising funds to produce issue #1 of NEW AND IMPROVED, a five issue horror/sci-fi mini-series. 

If it's a five issue series, why not fund for the whole thing?
In short - we did it for you, the backers. By focusing this Kickstarter Campaign on producing Issue #1, we were able to involve a number of other talented artists, provide a variety of rewards, and get those rewards to you sooner.. Any money we earn over the original goal will be put towards finishing the rest of the series, in single issue and/or graphic novel format.  

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TARA FLYNN (writer) - NEW AND IMPROVED is Tara's creator-owned debut, having worked mostly behind the scenes in the comic book industry for the last five years. After being introduced to Batman by the Tim Burton films, she created her own villain (The Bad Otter, the spawn of the Penguin and Catwoman) and spent the entire summer trying to drown people in the pool with her patented "Otter roll" kill move. Twenty-five years and hundreds of hours of therapy later, she has decided to write down her crazy story ideas and start bringing them to life. 

ANTHONY SPAY (art) - One of the Bad Otter's victims, he quickly became her sidekick when they got married in October 2014. (Anthony: I am not the sidekick, she is the sidekick!) An MFA graduate of Savannah College of Art and Design, Anthony spent several years as the art director for Zenescope Entertainment before deciding to go freelance to focus on his art. In addition to his interior and cover work for Zenescope, he has worked on Warhammer 40k through Games Workshop/T-Pub, and has been an artist on numerous titles under Upper Deck's Legendary Marvel banner.

LEONARDO PACIAROTTI (colors) - Argentinian born, with Italian surnames, Leo grew up watching Superman (1978) and Batman (1989) until the day he was able to devote himself to the comics world professionally! Since then, he has worked with publishers such as DC Comics (Legends of Dark Knight, with Hank Kanalz), Boom Studios (Sirens, with George Perez) and is currently working for Zenescope and Aftershock as interior colorist. As a cover colorist, he has worked for Marvel and Image Comics (with Rob Liefeld) for different collections, as well as coloring posters for films (Terrordactyl) and posters for the Paris Opera Ballet.

JIM CAMPBELL (letters) - Jim Campbell is a professional comic-book letterer, one-time writer and occasional artist. He knows more about print production than mortal man was meant to know and has also scanned more images than you've had hot dinners. Unless you're ninety years old.

Additional covers and artwork provided by:

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The Rewards sidebar lists everything that is included in each level, so be sure to read carefully when selecting your reward level. 

Most levels combine all lower tier rewards, with the exception of the Homage Cover and Elite Cover, which are not included in the commission and appearance levels (due to their limited print run). A limited number of commissions will be available as add-ons through BackerKit, as will any remaining limited variants and all other reward items. 

Logo and cover text subject to change. 

Cover A by Anthony Spay
Cover A by Anthony Spay

 

 

Cover B by Mike Capprotti
Cover B by Mike Capprotti

 

 

Cover C by Ariela Kristantina and Bryan Valenza
Cover C by Ariela Kristantina and Bryan Valenza

  

 

Homage Cover by John Burgin
Homage Cover by John Burgin

 

  

Elite Cover by Ryan Kincaid
Elite Cover by Ryan Kincaid

 

 

Series artist Anthony Spay will be offering a limited number of commissions through the Kickstarter campaign. Additional commissions may be available as an add-on through Backerkit after the campaign. 

   

 

    

 

We are proud to partner with BackerKit!!
We are proud to partner with BackerKit!!

 

The first two levels have been unlocked!!! 

 

                     

  

CREDITS
Stock Media provided by SoundIdeasCom / Pond5

"News of Sorrow" Kevin MacLeod (incompetech.com) Licensed under Creative Commons: By Attribution 3.0 License http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0/

"Nerves" Kevin MacLeod (incompetech.com) Licensed under Creative Commons: By Attribution 3.0 License http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0/

 

 

 

Risks and challenges

The interior pencils and inks for Issue #1 are almost complete, and Leo (colorist) and Jim (letters) are ready to go as soon as we hit our funding goal.

Although this is our first Kickstarter, we spent over a year in the planning stages, making sure we didn't bite off more than we could chew. This is why the baseline funding level is to cover Issue #1 only. We will be using Backerkit to assist with our fulfillment, and have a bevy of friends and family who are committed to helping us bag and board and stuff envelopes.

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    DIGITAL COPY ISSUE 1

    A digital copy of NEW AND IMPROVED #1.

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    EARLY BIRD ISSUE 1 COVER A

    A physical copy of NEW AND IMPROVED #1 Cover A by Anthony Spay and Leonardo Paciarotti, as well as the additional rewards listed below.

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    ISSUE 1 COVER A & SIGNED BOOKPLATE

    New at this level: A physical copy of NEW AND IMPROVED #1 Cover A by Anthony Spay and Leonardo Paciarotti, a signed custom bookplate, as well as the additional rewards listed below.

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    EARLY BIRD ISSUE 1 COVER B

    New at this level: A physical copy of NEW AND IMPROVED #1 Cover B by Mike Capprotti, as well as the additional rewards listed below.

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    ISSUE 1 COVER B & ART CARDS

    New at this level: A physical copy of NEW AND IMPROVED #1 Cover B by Mike Capprotti and a set of 5x7 Art Cards with art by Van Nguyen, as well as the additional rewards listed below.

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    EARLY BIRD ISSUE 1 COVER C

    New at this level: A physical copy of NEW AND IMPROVED #1 Cover C by Ariela Kristantina and Bryan Valenza, as well as the additional rewards listed below.

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    ISSUE 1 COVER C & PRINT PACK

    New at this level: A physical copy of NEW AND IMPROVED #1 Cover C by Ariela Kristantina and Bryan Valenza, a set of 8x10 Art Prints of all of the covers for N&I, as well as the additional rewards listed below.

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    10 copies of Cover A and 10 signed bookplates.

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    HOMAGE COVER & HEAD SKETCH

    New at this level: A physical copy of NEW AND IMPROVED #1 Homage Cover by John Burgin, a head sketch of one of the characters from N&I, as well as the additional rewards listed below.

    NOTE: This cover is only available at the $75, $100, and top tier ($1,000+) pledge levels!

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    ELITE VARIANT

    New at this level: A physical copy of NEW AND IMPROVED #1 Elite Cover by Ryan Kincaid, hand numbered and limited to 100, as well as the additional rewards listed below.

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    RETAILER BUNDLE B

    15 copies of Cover A, 5 copies of Cover B, 5 copies of Cover C, and 25 signed bookplates.

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    SHORT STORY COMMISSION

    New at this level: A 1,000 word (approx) short story written based on your idea, written by Tara, as well as all of the rewards listed below.

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    • Issue #1 - Elite Cover (Kincaid/Paciarotti)
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    SINGLE CHARACTER COMMISSION

    New at this level: A single character commission of your choice, 3/4 body full color, on 8x10 Bristol Board or blank sketch cover, as well as the additional rewards listed below.
    (Commission concepts subject to artist approval)

    Includes:
    • Single Character Commission
    • Issue #1 - Cover C (Kristantina/ Valenza)
    • Issue #1 - Cover B (Capprotti)
    • Issue #1 - Cover A (Spay/Paciarotti)
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    RETAILER BUNDLE C

    25 copies of Cover A, 10 copies of Cover B, 10 copies of Cover C, 5 copies of the Homage cover, and 50 signed bookplates.

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    • 10× Issue #1 - Cover C (Kristantina/ Valenza)
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    TWO CHARACTER COMMISSION

    New at this level: A two character commission of your choice, 3/4 body full color, on 8x10 Bristol Board or blank sketch cover, as well as the additional rewards listed below.
    (Commission concepts subject to artist approval)

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    • Two Character Commission
    • Issue #1 - Cover C (Kristantina/ Valenza)
    • Issue #1 - Cover B (Capprotti)
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    BE A DRAWN INTO THE BOOK

    New at this level: Your likeness will be used on 2-3 pages of NEW & IMPROVED #1, seen standing in line behind our heroine when she first appears in the issue, a full color print of one of the pages you are on, as well as the additional rewards listed below.

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    COVER QUALITY COMMISSION

    An inked, 11x17 full cover quality commission of your choosing as well as the additional rewards listed below.
    (Commission concepts subject to artist approval)

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    • 11 x 17 Full Cover Quality Commission
    • Issue #1 - Cover C (Kristantina/ Valenza)
    • Issue #1 - Cover B (Capprotti)
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    SUPER BUNDLE

    225 Cover A
    90 Cover B
    90 Cover C
    45 Homage Cover
    15 Kincaid Covers
    15 Kincaid Head Sketches
    15 Spay Head Sketches
    30 Print Sets (8 x 10)
    15 Limited Prints (11 x 17)

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    ULTIMATE REWARD

    You get the original art for Cover A by Anthony Spay, all 23 penciled interiors, plus five years worth of behind the scenes notes, as well as the additional rewards listed below.

    Includes:
    • Cover A Original Art
    • All Interior Pencils Issue #1
    • 11 x 17 Full Cover Quality Commission
    • Issue #1 - Elite Cover (Kincaid/Paciarotti)
    • Issue #1 - Homage Cover (Burgin)
    • Issue #1 - Cover C (Kristantina/ Valenza)
    • Issue #1 - Cover B (Capprotti)
    • Issue #1 - Cover A (Spay/Paciarotti)
    • Head Sketch (N&I Character)
    • 8 x 10 Print Pack
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Funding period

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