The Wardenclyffe Horror is a 92 page graphic novel set in New York, 1908, a mostly unremarkable year. It follows Nikola Tesla and Mark Twain through the events of a horror story that explores what happens when fringe science goes horribly awry.
Want to know more? See for yourself: Robert has been kind enough to include a few pages for your perusal, below (click on each picture for a larger version):
The story is already finished, and the script written. When this project is successfully funded, art production shall start immediately at four or five pages a week. Twenty weeks later, the art will be complete and it will be off to the printers; a few weeks after that, they will arrive on our doorstep, and we will start sending them out to you, our loyal backers.
Want to buy more copies?
- If you are pledged at the $24 level and above, you can buy additional copies for $18.
- If you are pledged at any level that grants you an art print, you can get an additional art print for $5.
There are worse problems to have. Money in excess of our goal will go to improve the book. Currently The Wardenclyffe Horror is a black and white novel; we didn't choose this option just because it is cheap - we chose it because the style really complimented the subject matter as exemplified by books like Alan Moore's From Hell and Jhonen Vasquez's Johnny the Homicidal Maniac. That said, an exceptionally successful Kickstarter will leave a lot of room in our budget to grow and experiment.
We have several stretch goals in mind for the following levels of funding:
- At 100% the project is funded.
- At 150% we will include a limited-edition bookplate with every copy (and our artist gets a raise).
- At 200% we will include a bookmark with every copy (and our artist gets a raise).
- At 250% we will add limited color to the comic, making it a two-color print, reminiscent of Sin City.
- At 300% and beyond, well - we'll see...
Christopher Avery is a practicing anthropologist working in the fields of design and technology. In his spare time he writes comics and speculative fiction. He does most of his writing on trains, where he spends an inordinate amount of time.
David Winchester writes creatively in his spare time, but pays his bills by working with wind turbines. He loves his day job, but would love to see more of his projects shared with like minded strangers.
Robert Rath is an illustrator-designer-author-art director-dog walker living in Montana. He's illustrated many children's books and graphic novels. A few have even won awards. Previous clients include Lucasfilm, The History Channel, Scholastic Books, Pelican Press, Toys R Us, and many others.
Risks and challenges
Even the best planned project has risks, lets take a look at some of ours:
What if the artist quits/dies/is sucked into another dimension?
We chose an artist with a great work history to minimize any risks relating to his reliability. If he was struck by lighting it would delay us, and we would mourn his passing (or envy his new super powers), but it would not stop the project.
What if there are unexpected costs that exceed the amount of funds raised?
We pay for the rest out of pocket. Having all the estimates for the various pieces of the project minimizes this risk, but at the end of the day the book will still be finished and delivered - no matter what!
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