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Twenty years after the downfall of humanity, the Earth is a dangerous place.

The story takes place some 20 years after the downfall event featured in the video below.

Civilization may have fallen, but mankind is not out.

More nomadic, scratching out a living however they can find a way. Yet, the world is still full of life.

There are even a few strongholds scattered about, doing their best to conceal their presence from outside forces.

All of this is living in the shadow of the invaders themselves. Once the population of Earth was cowed, the alien ships landed taking the form of massive fortress-cities. Even after 20 years, however, very little is known about who or what these beings are or why they came to Earth in the first place. Our heroes are forced to deal with many dangers as they traverse this new landscape.

However, alien monsters, zombie-creating parasites, mysterious assassins, bandits, and a superior intelligent alien presence are just the beginning.

The Main Characters

Our main character is a true fish out of water. Katrine O'Connell is a modern woman who went to work one day in 2253 and then awoke into a world gone mad.

Downfall is the story of how she got where she is, and what she does to deal with this new world.

A man with nothing, not even a name, has grown up in this new world. He was a young child when the downfall event happened. His life since has not been an easy one. Read a ten-page promo of him at the official Downfall website, www.downfallthecomic.com.

However, living as he has is what gives him the skills he needs to survive in this hostile world.

Mix all these elements together, and you have a wonderful stage in which to tell a dynamic story.

An Added Bonus!!!

As an added bonus, each backer who pledges at the $30 level or higher will now get a DVD with all four episodes of the flash animated comic with the printed graphic novel when it is released in July of 2013!

Each episode is a fully flash animated, voice acted video with both music and sound effects, just like you watched in the video above.

Downfall is a collaborative project between renowned fantasy artist Jason Engle www.jaestudio.com and author Maxwell Alexander Drake www.maxwellalexanderdrake.com.

Jason Engle has been working in the publishing and entertainment industry for many years, and has contributed art to such brands as Star Wars Galaxies, World of Warcraft CCG, Game of Thrones, Legends of Norrath, Magic the Gathering, Dungeons & Dragons, and many, many others.

Maxwell Alexander Drake is the author of the award winning Genesis of Oblivion saga, and teaches writing in many venues across the country. Read the first five chapters of this saga at www.genesisofoblivion.com

By trade, Jason is an illustrator, not a comic artist. Drake is a novelist, not a traditional comic writer. This allows us both to bring a unique perspective to this project, giving the artwork a fresh look, and telling a story that is a bit different from your traditional comic as well.

As fans of the medium, we appreciate an epic story with long reaching arcs where the characters are the focal points of the story.

We will produce the story as one 32-page digital comic every quarter, combining those into a physically printed 128-page graphic novel set for release every July. However, depending on how much interest this project gets, we may end up doing issues more rapidly. I hope you have been intrigued by what you have seen here so far and decide to support us with this project. We have tons of great rewards if you pledge to back us.

Thank you again for your time.

Reward/Pledge Levels

The Memorial Walls - $1

For those who want to leave their mark on the world, long after the alien invaders have destroyed us, this is your chance. By pledging just a buck, your name will be listed in the back of the printed Graphic Novel on a wall of your choice, depending on what you plan to do when the end draws near. Your choices are:

“People who made stupid signs welcoming the visitors from outer space and were the first to die when the aliens attacked.”

“People who freaked out when they learned aliens were coming to Earth, stocked up on survival gear vowing to fight to the bitter end, and died soon after those who made the stupid signs.”

“People who figured we were all dead when the aliens arrived, so they partied their asses off right up until the very end and were too drunk to know when they died.”

The Wanderer - $12

You will get a digital version of all four issues that will make up the Graphic Novel emailed to you every three months or so as they are released.

Plus: Your name will go on your choice of one of the three walls above.

The Wastelander - $30

You will get the printed Graphic Novel when it is released in July of 2013. *If you live outside of the U.S., please add $10 for shipping.*

Plus: You will also get the four digital issues emailed to you as they are released and your name on one of the three walls.

An Added Bonus!!!

As an added bonus, each backer who pledges at the $30 level or higher will now get a DVD with all four episodes of the flash animated comic with the printed graphic novel when it is released in July of 2013! 

Each episode is a fully flash animated, voice acted video with both music and sound effects, just like you watched in the video above.

The Outlander - $40 (Limit 250)

In addition to getting the printed Graphic Novel when it is released in July of 2013, you will also receive the limited edition signed and numbered “Zero Issue.” *If you live outside of the U.S., please add $10 for shipping*

Plus: You will also get the four digital issues emailed to you as they are released and your name on one of the three walls.

The Vault Scion - $60 (Limit 250)

In addition to getting the printed Graphic Novel when it is released in July of 2013, and the limited edition signed and numbered “Zero Issue,” you will also get a signed and numbered 16X20 Photo Print. *If you live outside of the U.S., please add $10 for shipping* 

Plus: You will also get the four digital issues emailed to you as they are released and your name on one of the three walls.

The Road Warrior - $80 (Limit 200)

In addition to getting the printed Graphic Novel when it is released in July of 2013, the limited edition signed and numbered “Zero Issue,” and a signed and numbered 16X20 Photo Print, you will also get the “Art of Downfall Folio.” This folio is being produced for kickstarter backers only! *If you live outside of the U.S., please add $10 for shipping*

Plus: You will also get the four digital issues emailed to you as they are released and your name on one of the three walls.

The Books of Eli - $100 (Limit 200)

In addition to everything above; the Graphic Novel, “Zero Issue,” 16X20 Photo Print, and the “Art of Downfall Folio,” you will also get a signed, limited collector’s edition hardback of Maxwell Alexander Drake’s Farmers & Mercenaries – Book One of the Genesis of Oblivion Saga. *If you live outside of the U.S., please add $20 for shipping*

Plus: You will also get the four digital issues emailed to you as they are released and your name on one of the three walls.

The Brotherhood of Steel - $200 (Limit 10)

In addition to the printed Graphic Novel, the “Zero Issue” and the “Art of Downfall Folio,” your name will be immortalized forever in comic book history in the Downfall universe (i.e., as a street sign, billboard, business name, etc.) You also get an original 4X6 sketch drawn by Jason Engle. *If you live outside of the U.S., please add $20 for shipping*

Plus: We will upgrade the Photo Print size to 24X30, throw in the first two books of Maxwell Alexander Drake’s Genesis of Oblivion Saga in Collector’s Edition Hardback, and you will still get the four digital issues emailed to you as they are released and your name on one of the three walls.

The Immortal - $300 (Limit 5)

In addition to the printed Graphic Novel, the “Zero Issue” and the “Art of Downfall Folio,” the first two books of Maxwell Alexander Drake’s Genesis of Oblivion Saga, and the 24X30 Photo Print, your image will be immortalized forever in comic book history in the Downfall universe as one of our minor characters. (You will have to sign a model release form for this.) *If you live outside of the U.S., please add $20 for shipping*

Plus: We will upgrade the original sketch that Jason Engle draws to 8.5X11 and you will still get the four digital issues emailed to you as they are released and your name on one of the three walls.

The Student - $600 (Limit 3)

In addition to the printed Graphic Novel, the “Zero Issue” and the “Art of Downfall Folio,” the first two books of Maxwell Alexander Drake’s Genesis of Oblivion Saga, the 8.5X11 Original Sketch by Jason Engle, and the 24X30 Photo Print, you will also get 10 hours of one-on-one personal creative writing instruction over Skype from Maxwell Alexander Drake. You would pay $1,000 alone for this training from a professional book doctor and a published writer who teaches writing at some of the larges venues in the country. Drake will read your manuscript or comic, then give you feedback and advice, helping you fine-tune your work, with the goal of it getting published. *If you live outside of the U.S., please add $20 for shipping*

Plus: You will still get the four digital issues emailed to you as they are released and your name on one of the three walls.

The Ultimate Fan Package - $4,000 (Limit 2)

Ever wanted to attend Comic-Con San Diego, but could never get a ticket? What about going as one of the elite? Well, now is your chance! Yes, you get everything listed above – the printed Graphic Novel, the “Zero Issue,” the “Art of Downfall Folio,” the first two books of Maxwell Alexander Drake’s Fantasy Saga, the 8.5X11 Original Sketch from Jason Engle.

But you also get a (mostly) Expense-Paid trip to Comic-Con International in San Diego for the 2013 show where we will be launching the Downfall Graphic Novel. This will include round-trip airfare from any major airport in the continental U.S. to San Diego, hotel room and a five-day pass to the event. You will not only get to enjoy all that Comic-Con has to offer, but you get to hang out with both Drake and Jason as well.

As an even greater bonus, we will upgrade your print to a framed canvas print with artwork that Jason will do exclusively for this reward level. So only 2 of these canvas prints will ever be made!

Plus:You will still get the four digital issues emailed to you as they are released and your name on one of the three walls.

Stretch Goals

If we manage to meet our goals, we have plenty of stretch goals in mind. Everything from an upgraded Graphic Novel, to everyone getting printed individual issues instead of digital. We even have a stretch goal level that will allow us to create each issue as a 30-minute flash-animated webisode!

We will put more information about our stretch goals if we achieve them.

Thank you for your time and support,

Drake

Risks and challenges Learn about accountability on Kickstarter

As you can see from the above videos and images, Jason and I are already neck deep in this project. Issue one is almost finished, and we are already working on issue two. As far as we are concerned, this project is going to market. The difference will be "how" we go to market. And that is all up to this kickstarter project. If we get the funding, we will be producing a high-quality, full-color graphic novel that we will release through bookstores and comic shops around the country. If we do not, we will be producing the same, just in smaller print quantities and a more limited release.

That being said, things can happen. Both Jason and I are full-time at what we do - he as an illustrator, me as a writer. The project could be delayed by something as simply as illness, or as complex as one of us getting hired to work on a large, time-consuming project. Both of us have scheduled work for the next year, so we feel this is a minimal risk. However, we plan on doing regular updates on this site, as well as digitally releasing each issue as they are ready.

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