(Remember: credit cards are not charged until the project funds on November 14th, so please pledge early! You can always adjust your pledge before the end. Oh, and domestic shipping is always FREE for my comics!)
I am very proud of the videos I have put together for my previous Kickstarters, so I wanted to include this one to entice those of you that are new to the series. You can check out my other trailers in the Updates Section.
ALL 4 ISSUES ARE AVAILABLE!
You can continue your journey with Issue 4 or start from the beginning by grabbing all 4 issues. If you are new to the series, fret not. We have both digital and physical reward options to catch you up on the story!
These are not your typical 22-26 page comics. Each issue ranges from 32-40 pages. These 4 Issues together are over 140 pages of beautiful artwork by Katrina E. Kunstmann with a story exploring the limits of human consciousness, multiple existences, and life after death. You can catch up on the full series digitally and make your eyes bleed with joy for just $7.00!
READ ISSUE #1 NOW!
As a special treat, and as a show of confidence in the series, you can Read Issue #1 for FREE throughout the campaign. I implore you... give the series a chance. Read Issue 1 and I promise you will want to dive into the rest of the series and help us complete this story.
PRESS & REVIEWS
- Geeks A Gogo Review of Issues 1-3 - "The story's slow reveals and twists made me feel as if the story would work very well as a Christopher Nolan film, and as of issue three, it's worthy of being put into a movie of that caliber."
- Comic Unkown Review of Issue #2 - "The more pages that are turned, the more the art absorbs the readers into the Alter-Life world."
LIMITED EDITION POSTER PACKS
5 Mini posters of ALL Variant Covers so far, and a few other badass posters including an exclusively designed 8 x 12 signed by Katrina E. Kunstmann. These are all I have left of most of these posters!!
ONLY 5 OF THESE ARE AVAILABLE!
INKTOBER REWARDS ARE HERE! (10/23)
These are ONE-OF-A-KIND pieces that Katrina is putting together for us. The Inktober tiers will include all of the VIP rewards as well, so you will get Issue 1-4 and the Variant if you are so inclinded.
Note: If you are a longtime fan and just want the art, you can grab the reward and let me know, I can always ship less books if you already have the first 3.
10/30 - REMAINING INKTOBER REWARDS ARE NOW DISCOUNTED! You don't get all of the add-on goodies with the new bundles, but you can now grab an inktober Tier for just $100!
Mind was contributed by Marcelo Biott, a Chicago comic artist I am currently working with on a WWII Ghost Story titled: NOOK. You can read more about the series at the Village Comics Patreon Page.
Watercolor by Kunstmann
Two pieces to be shown together as one, featuring Jake reaching with the tree of souls in the background, connecting into screens showing Deb and Audrey reaching back. This piece is one of kind and will be yours exclusively! Rendered with watercolor, gouache, micron liners, and gold acrylic ink. It's available in an "Watercolor Reward Package" or first come first serve as a $300 Add-On. Katrina typically charges $400-$450 for something of this quality!
This is a tragic tale of a man named Jake. He is an average guy who has dreams of being a successful writer.
Reeling from the recent loss of both his wife and daughter and ready to give up on his dreams and his existence, Jake decides to take his own life.
Through this action, he discovers that he cannot die. Again and again he returns and every time he does, the world around him is slightly different...
Issue 4 - The Beginning of the End (spoilerish)
With the mystery revealed, a new perspective will be explored. Jake's brother, Robert has been searching for him. Longing to tell him the truth about what happened the fateful night of the accident that changed everything. Alter-Life is real, and it is the last hope for Jake to see his family again.
The Issue 4 Variant Cover was created by Josh Siegel of modHERO. I have to admit, I have been a huge fan of his work for a number of years, and I'm super excited to get a chance to have his beautiful artwork grace the pages of Alter-Life.
Check out more of Josh's amazing artwork at http://joshsiegelwebsite.com/
Want more cool stuff and things? Simply add $5 to your order for each add-on, and be sure to message me with which add-ons you would like.
- Mandala 5" Vinyl Die-Cut Sticker
- Cyber-Mandala 5" Vinyl Die-Cut Sticker
- Nosferatu/Alter-Life Pinup (Exclusive to this Kickstarter)
This Nosteratu-inspired pinup above was created by my friend and fellow comic book nerd, Jim Terry. He is an amazingly talented Chicago artist, and wanted to contribute something special to the series. Make sure you check out his amazing work at: http://www.woundedbutdangerous.com
- ZED Issue #1 (24 Pages)
Print edition of the first issue! ZED is a post-post apocalyptic buddy-roadtrip-zombie-superhero comic series, set in a world recovering from a recent outbreak. (Creative team is Thusat/Kunstmann)
Read more about ZED at the Village Comics Website.
Kunstmann Commissions Available!!
There are an extremely limited number of Kunstmann commissions available for backers.
Backers of the highest tier get ONE digital commisson of the following specs: Full color, soft cell shading or painterly; full background, two characters, or a character and a machine like a car or motorcycle or tank etc. Rendered at 600 dpi, 8x12 inches.
ISSUE 5 - YOU NEVER KNOW
All of the add-ons and goodies I have to offer will be available during the campaign in one form or another. I have one simple, yet lofty stretch goal. Making Issue 5.
I have never exceeded my goal by very much, but if we can drum up enough support and find some new fans, it may be possible. If we can hit $8,000 before November 14th, I will add Issue 5 into the mix.
Everyone will get the Digital Version of Issue 5 as a PDF, and ALL physical backers will get 5th issue in print.
(This can only happen if we hit $8,000)
BACK EARLY! You are not charged until the campaign is complete and only if the campaign is successful.
CHOOSE WISELY. If you want to toss in $100 but you don't want all of the items in the $100 tier, you can choose any other reward tier that is equal to, or lower than the amount you want to pledge. So, if you really want to help the project, pledge high and choose a lower rewards package!
CH CH CH CHANGES! you can always change your pledge amount during the campaign. If you backed at $10, but decide you want that Variant cover once it's revealed, feel free to up your pledge amount and choose your new reward!
We need $5,000 for production, printing, and shipping. $500 was donated via the Village Comics website prior to launch, so our goal is only $4,500!!
$3,000 - Art (32 page, Full Color/Lettering)
$1,000-$1,300 - Printing (Issues/Variants/Other Rewards)
$250 - Shipping/Shipping Materials
$450 - 10% Kickstarter Fees
Any additional funding will go directly into production for Issue #5. If we raise $8,000 or more, Issue 5 will be added to all rewards. (PDF for Digital, Print for Physical)
Creator and writer of Alter-Life, ZED, and the Patreon-Exclusive series, The Nook. A former filmmaker turned comic book creator. Looking to bring unique and exciting stories to the vast world of the independent comic industry.
Brief Biography: http://www.villagecomicbooks.com/bio
A native Californian with an everlasting love for lines and words, she currently works as a gun for hire, wrangling lines for concept art, story-boarding, comics, and book covers.
A Very Special Thank You goes out to ZIYAD SAALIK AHMAD for providing the music for the short teaser trailer in the kickstarter video.
If you want to check out more of his work, you can find him here:
Risks and challenges
This is the final push!
Issue 4 is the last large hill for us to climb. If we can fund this, we will move on to creating a Kickstarter for Issue 5 and the FULL TRADE EDITION for the next campaign.
Single issues are a hard sale to many readers, so we are going to do everything we can to get to that full trade.
Risks are Minimal, as we have done single issues many times before. We know what we are doing, we work with quality printers with quick turn-around, and I hope we have proven, with our track record, that we can deliver the goods!Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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