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B. Van RandallBy B. Van Randall
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B. Van RandallBy B. Van Randall
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About

THERIANS: The Awakening (A Motion Comic)

Brought to the Americas during the human trafficking trade, Therians are a unique race of shape-shifting pre-humans, each more powerful than ten men. Governments around the world have forced them underground, secretly monitoring their existence and brainwashing them to have zero consciousness of their true history. 

The only hope for their liberation lies within the will of a mute, teenaged Therian boy named Abin Best. But will he choose to take on the responsibility to help his people regain their rightful place as Gods among men?

My name is B. Van Randall. I am the writer, creator, director and producer of the Therians: The Awakening graphic novel and motion comic series.  Like the main character of Therians: The Awakening, Abin Best, I am from and currently reside in Detroit, MI.

Abin Best in Detroit, MI
Abin Best in Detroit, MI

I am the founder of Strait City Productions (a film and production company) as well as Verse Comics USA (a comic book publishing company).  To see more of my work please take a moment to visit www.VerseComicsUSA.com and www.TheGhettoNerd.com. If you want to learn more about me please feel free to check out my EPK by clicking this link: [B. Van Randall Electronic Press Kit

In 2016, my team and I completed Volume 1 of my graphic novel titled Therians: The Awakening.   

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In 2017, we began turning the completed graphic novel into an animated motion comic.   

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Due to budget constraints we were only able to animate the first chapter of the seven chapter volume.  Audiences in different cities loved what we put together for the first chapter and many inquiries have been made asking when the next chapters will be completed.   

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The first chapter also made its way onto Cartoon Connect's YouTube Channel and is being streamed to over 1 million people!  

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Cartoon Connect on YouTube

Since we are posting the videos online for free and earning very little revenue from it at the moment, we have decided to turn to crowdfunding as a way to help us finish producing the series. 

 "Therians: The Awakening" has been described by online audiences, as well as audiences in New York and Michigan, as a riveting and compelling film.  This fantastical historical fiction not only seeks to entertain but to also enlighten.

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With your help we will be able to continue producing this project.  Chapters 2 through 7 bring the story to the not too distant future when Therians have been seamlessly and deceptively assimilated into modern day society.  Unwittingly awaiting to be liberated by the 13th son.   

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We are looking to raise $3,500.00 in order to animate chapter 2.  In the event that we successfully reach this goal we will continue to push to raise money to produce chapters 3, 4, 5, 6, and 7.  These later chapters will be stretch goals for us.

Your contributions will go toward the following:

  • Animation
  • Voice Talent
  • Production Crew
  • Music
  • Sound Engineering
  • Marketing and promotion of the final project

Our goals will be as follows:

  • Goal #1 = $3,500 (Completion of Chapter 2 Animation)
  • Stretch Goal = $9,700.00 (Completion of Chapter 2 and 3 Animation)
  • Stretch Goal 2 = $15,500.00 (Completion of Chapter 2, 3 and 4 Animation)
  • Stretch Goal 3 = $21, 500.00 (Completion of Chapter 2, 3, 4 and 5 Animation)
  • Stretch Goal 4 =  $27,300.00(Completion of Chapter 2, 3, 4, 5, and 6 Animation)
  • Stretch Goal 5 = $30,600.00 (Completion of Chapter 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, and 7 Animation)

We have really put a lot of blood, sweat and tears into bringing Therians to the world. 

We humbly ask that you help us to continue making this vision a reality.  

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Thank you! 

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Therians; The Awakening (Issue 1 of Volume 1)
Therians; The Awakening (Issue 1 of Volume 1)
Therians; The Awakening (Issue 2 of Volume 1)
Therians; The Awakening (Issue 2 of Volume 1)
Therians; The Awakening (Issue 3 of Volume 1)
Therians; The Awakening (Issue 3 of Volume 1)
Therians; The Awakening (Issue 4 of Volume 1)
Therians; The Awakening (Issue 4 of Volume 1)
Therians; The Awakening (Volume 1) - All 4 Issues in one
Therians; The Awakening (Volume 1) - All 4 Issues in one
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Verse Comics Tee being offered as a reward. (T-shirt is a mock up. Final print may vary slightly from sample image shown.)
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"Therians" Inspired, 3D artwork by Rhayven J. @rhayvenj_digital
"Therians" Inspired, 3D artwork by Rhayven J. @rhayvenj_digital

Risks and challenges

One of our main risks and challenges is going to be our ability to stay on a strict production schedule for animation. As well as meeting the deadlines for delivering some of our rewards. Some of our rewards will require time because they are being custom made, which can be quite challenging.

Finding and casting the right voice actors will be a bit of a challenge as well. But we are up for the challenge. We have solved our issues before by casting international voice actors for key roles.

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    We will also provide you with the PDF of Therians: The Awakening (Issue 1 of Volume 1).

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    With this contribution you will receive a heartfelt thank you and shout out on the Therians and Verse Comics USA Facebook pages. You will also receive a PDF copy of “Therians: The Awakening (Vol. 1)”. When we have completed all of the animations you will receive early access to watch the film via a private link before it is streamed to the general public.

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    You will receive a heartfelt thank you and shout out on the Therians and Verse Comics USA Facebook pages as well as the Verse Comics USA Instagram account. You will also receive a PDF copy of “Therians: The Awakening (Vol. 1)” and a PDF copy of “Therians: The Awakening (Issue 5)” when it is completed and released. In addition to all of this you will receive early access to watch the next chapters of the motion comic via a private link weeks before it is released and streamed to the general public.

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    By taking advantage of this awesome perk you will receive a heartfelt thank you and shout out on the Therians and Verse Comics USA Facebook pages as well as the Verse Comics USA Instagram account. In addition you will receive an autographed copy of “Therians: The Awakening (Vol. 1)” in paperback. In addition to all of this you will receive early access to watch the next chapters of the motion comic via a private link weeks before it is released and streamed to the general public.

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    New Graphic Novel From B. Van Randall

    For a limited time get an autographed copy of Therians: The Awakening (Vol. 1) & Issue 5 as well as an autographed copy of B. Van Randall's new graphic novel titled Resurgent: The Rise of Lazarus.

    Also receive early private access to view the motion comic before it is streamed to the general public.

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    • Autographed Paperback Copy of "Therians: The Awakening (Vol. 1)"
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    With this amazing reward you will receive a heartfelt thank you and shout out, alongside a photo of you, on the Therians and Verse Comics USA Facebook pages as well as the Verse Comics USA Instagram account. You will also receive an autographed copy of “Therians: The Awakening (Vol. 1)” in paperback. We appreciate you believing in our project before anyone else in the world does and to show our appreciation we will give you early access to watch the next chapters of the motion comic via a private link weeks before it is released to the general public for viewing. To top it all off we provide you with the entire “Therians: The Awakening” soundtrack in MP3 format.

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    • Autographed Paperback Copy of "Therians: The Awakening (Vol. 1)"
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    Hand Written Notes!

    This is a unique reward. It will allow you to take a look at the thought process behind "Therians."

    So with this contribution you will receive a heartfelt thank you and shout out, alongside your photo, on the Therians and Verse Comics USA Facebook pages as well as the Verse Comics USA Instagram account. You will also receive an autographed copy of “Therians: The Awakening (Vol. 1)” in paperback and a copy of “Therians: The Awakening (Issue 5)” in paperback. You will receive early access to watch the next chapters of the motion comic via a private link weeks before it is released to the general public for viewing

    For a little nostalgia you will be given photo copies of handwritten notes, composed by the author of the Therians series.

    We are also throwing in the entire “Therians: The Awakening” Soundtrack in MP3 format.

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    • Photo of you & Thank you on Therians and VCU Facebook pages
    • Photo of you & Thank you on VCU Instagram page
    • Autographed Paperback Copy of "Therians: The Awakening (Vol. 1)"
    • Autographed Paperback Copy of "Therians: The Awakening (Issue 5)"
    • Early private access to the new motion comic chapters.
    • Photo copies of handwritten notes
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    30-Minute Video Chat

    This reward offers everything listed in the "Handwritten Notes" reward as well as access to a 30-minute group video conference with the creator of Therians and the production team.

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    • Photo of you & Thank you on Therians and VCU Facebook pages
    • Photo of you & Thank you on VCU Instagram page
    • Autographed Paperback Copy of "Therians: The Awakening (Vol. 1)"
    • Autographed Paperback Copy of "Therians: The Awakening (Issue 5)"
    • Early private access to the new motion comic chapters.
    • Photo copies of handwritten notes
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    Art by Rhayven J.

    We are so ecstatic and happy to announce our partnership with Rhayven J. With this reward you will be able to get your hands on a Rhayven J. original 8 x 10 inch, full color, 3D rendered,"Therian" inspired print stretched over wood framing. A great piece to hang in a fun room or theater room! You will be able to pick one from 13 different prints and it will be shipped to you. The prints will feature characters from Volume 1.

    You will also receive a personalized "Thank You" on the Verse Comics USA Instagram and Facebook account.

    We will even throw in the PDF version of "Therians: The Awakening (Vol. 1)"

    And do not forget you will receive early access to watch future episodes of the motion comic before the general public!

    Includes:
    • Personalized "Thank you" on the Verse Comics USA Instagram & FB.
    • Digital PDF version of "Therians: The Awakening (Vol. 1)"
    • Early private access to the new motion comic chapters.
    • 8x10 Rhayven J. original 3D art on canvas w/ wood frame.
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    Become a Character!

    You will receive a heartfelt thank you & shout out, alongside your photo, on the Therians and Verse Comics USA Facebook pages as well as a heartfelt thank you, shout out and follow from the Therians Instagram and Twitter account. We will also provide you with an autographed copy of “Therians: The Awakening (Vol. 1)” in paperback & a copy of “Therians: The Awakening (Issue 5)” in paperback. Receive the early access private link to watch the next chapters of the motion comic before they are made available to the general public for viewing.

    Of course we will throw in the photo copies of the handwritten notes of the author.

    You will also have your face and likeness included as a character in one of the future official episodes of "Therians: The Awakening (A Motion Comic)" or in one of the animated promotional shorts for the motion comic.

    Additionally you will receive an embroidered VCU baseball cap, a VCU T-shirt and access to a 10-minute video conference and more.

    Includes:
    • Photo of you & Thank you on Therians and VCU Facebook pages
    • Thank you & Follow on Instagram and Twitter
    • Autographed Paperback Copy of "Therians: The Awakening (Vol. 1)"
    • Autographed Paperback Copy of "Therians: The Awakening (Issue 5)"
    • Early private access to the new motion comic chapters.
    • Photo copies of handwritten notes
    • Your face or likeness in an episode or promo video
    • Embroidered Verse Comics USA Baseball Cap
    • Verse Comics USA T-Shirt
    • Therians: The Awakening (A Motion Comic) MP3 Soundtrack
    • 10-Minute one on one video chat with creator and team
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    Feature Your Business!

    "Feature Your Business!" is very similar to "Become A Character!" The major differences are as follows:

    With this reward you will be able to have your business featured in the artwork of one of the future official episodes of "Therians: The Awakening (A Motion Comic)" or in one of the animated promotional shorts for the motion comic.

    We will also give you the following merchandise: 2 embroidered Verse Comics USA baseball caps | 2 Verse Comics USA T-shirts | 1 Therians: The Awakening Poster

    You will have access to a 15-minute one on one video conference with the creator of Therians and the production team.

    And of course we will throw in the entire “Therians: The Awakening” Soundtrack in MP3 format.

    Includes:
    • Photo of you & Thank you on Therians and VCU Facebook pages
    • Thank you & Follow on Instagram and Twitter
    • Autographed Paperback Copy of "Therians: The Awakening (Vol. 1)"
    • Autographed Paperback Copy of "Therians: The Awakening (Issue 5)"
    • Your face or likeness in an episode or promo video
    • Your business featured in an episode or promo video
    • 15-minute one on one video conference with the creator and team
    • Early private access to the new motion comic chapters.
    • Photo copies of handwritten notes
    • Therians: The Awakening (A Motion Comic) MP3 Soundtrack
    • Verse Comics USA T-Shirt
    • Embroidered Verse Comics USA Baseball Cap
    • An official 11" x 17" Poster
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    A Threat Original

    This reward features everything that is included in the "Feature Your Business" reward. Additionally you will receive an original 8.5" x 11" original Therians themed hand painting by Jarel Threat with this reward.

    Includes:
    • Photo of you & Thank you on Therians and VCU Facebook pages
    • Thank you & Follow on Instagram and Twitter
    • Autographed Paperback Copy of "Therians: The Awakening (Vol. 1)"
    • Autographed Paperback Copy of "Therians: The Awakening (Issue 5)"
    • Early private access to the new motion comic chapters.
    • Your face or likeness in an episode or promo video
    • Your business featured in an episode or promo video
    • Photo copies of handwritten notes
    • An official 11" x 17" Poster
    • Therians: The Awakening (A Motion Comic) MP3 Soundtrack
    • Embroidered Verse Comics USA Baseball Cap
    • Verse Comics USA T-Shirt
    • 15-minute one on one video conference with the creator and team
    • 8.5" x 11" Jarel Threat Therians themed original painting
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    Collection of Art by Rhayven J.

    With this reward you will be able to get your hands on the entire 13 piece Rhayven J. original 8 x 10 inch, full color, 3D rendered,"Therian" inspired collection of prints. Each stretched over wood framing. This collection will look great hanging on a wall in your home or office! Each of the thirteen 8 x 10 in prints will feature a character or scene from the Therians story. This specially priced collection is over USD $300.00 in savings by getting it now through Kickstarter!

    You will also receive a personalized "Thank You" on the Verse Comics USA Instagram and Facebook account.

    We will even throw in the PDF version of "Therians: The Awakening (Vol. 1)"

    And do not forget you will receive early access to watch future episodes of the motion comic before the general public!

    Includes:
    • Personalized "Thank you" on the Verse Comics USA Instagram & FB.
    • Digital PDF version of "Therians: The Awakening (Vol. 1)"
    • Early private access to the new motion comic chapters.
    • 13× 8x10 Rhayven J. original 3D art on canvas w/ wood frame.
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    YOU as a Threat Original!

    This reward features everything that is included in the "Feature Your Business" reward. Additionally you will receive an original 8.5" x 11" that depicts YOU as a Therian. This will be a hand painting by Jarel Threat.

    Includes:
    • Photo of you & Thank you on Therians and VCU Facebook pages
    • Thank you & Follow on Instagram and Twitter
    • Autographed Paperback Copy of "Therians: The Awakening (Vol. 1)"
    • Autographed Paperback Copy of "Therians: The Awakening (Issue 5)"
    • Early private access to the new motion comic chapters.
    • Your face or likeness in an episode or promo video
    • Your business featured in an episode or promo video
    • Photo copies of handwritten notes
    • An official 11" x 17" Poster
    • Therians: The Awakening (A Motion Comic) MP3 Soundtrack
    • Embroidered Verse Comics USA Baseball Cap
    • Verse Comics USA T-Shirt
    • 15-minute one on one video conference with the creator and team
    • A Painting of YOU as a Therian!
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