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Plasma Burn: a biopunk comic by Ben Jelter

Maya, a newly minted member of rebel group Uplift, tries to survive a future full of cyborgs, mutants, and bio-engineering.

Plasma Burn: a biopunk comic by Ben Jelter

Maya, a newly minted member of rebel group Uplift, tries to survive a future full of cyborgs, mutants, and bio-engineering.

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About

THEMES

Plasma Burn is a story about trying to keep a group of idealists together against an all-powerful foe. One of the main themes of the series is our relationship to technology. Technology always improves with time, but what purpose will it serve? 

The story investigates how the rapid deployment of new technology affects privacy, class segregation, security, prisons and propaganda. 

 STORY

Maya is now a full-fledged member of a rebel group called Uplift. In this book, she is trying to have a real impact as a member of the group while navigating its internal politics. Her android friend Synth has a lot of faith in her, but can she win over the rest of the team? 

The book focuses on a high-stakes mission to take out a critical part of the enemy's infrastructure. A lot of planning and preparation go into the mission. Will they be able to pull it off?

 THE BOOK

Plasma Burn will be 175+ pages of sci-fi action! It will be printed in black and white, perfect bound, with a color cover. The pictured cover design is not final but I plan on doing a Kickstarter-exclusive limited edition cover for the books that are ordered through Kickstarter!

Some of the concept art for the book
Original ink drawing example

THE CREATOR

Ben Jelter has been self-publishing comics since 2008. Plasma Burn will be his fourth comic book. His comics include The Tumor (2008) Moscow 38 (2011) Heliosphere: Future Shock (2016) and with your help... Heliosphere: Plasma Burn!

Ben lives in San Francisco and enjoys sci-fi (of course) retro games, minimalism, history, science, and 90s animation. When he was a child he aspired to be either an astronaut or a comic book artist and picked the low-hanging fruit to his eternal regret.

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Risks and challenges

I am proud to say that I have successfully fulfilled four Kickstarter campaigns in the past. Two of those were comics like this one, so I expect to be able to fulfill the goals. If I suffer some sort of serious illness or other critical problem that doesn't allow me to finish the book or mail out the rewards, I plan on refunding the money I received from the backers.

My current progress on the art as of starting the kickstarter is that 116 pages of the book are 100% complete. If the art takes much longer than expected it is possible that the book could be delivered after my goal of 6/2020 but I don't think that's likely. Thank you so much for your trust and support!

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