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105
backers
27hours to go

All or nothing. This project will only be funded if it reaches its goal by Mon, November 19 2018 3:00 AM UTC +00:00.

About

Friendly Reminder: You are not charged until the end of the campaign, and you are only charged if funding is successful. (Oh yeah, and shipping in the U.S. is always FREE for my books.)

CLICK HERE TO READ ISSUE #1 FOR FREE!!

I'm so confident that you will love this series, I am giving you this first issue for free! Just click the link above and read it now! Then, come back and grab it in print along with issue 2!

GOING FULL-COLOR

Give the people what they want! It has come to my attention while some people enjoy black and white, many people would like to see this this series in color. So, Issue 2 will now be FULL COLOR!! 

In addition, if we can hit $4,000 by the end of the campaign, we will also be coloring Issue 1, and all backers who get a copy of the Issue 1, will get the colorized edition!!

FREE STUFF FOR ALL BACKERS!!

10/31 - Every single backer is now getting free access to the ZED #1 digital edition, a digital print of the Halloween Pinup by Katrina Kunstmann, and the digital special edition of ZED #2 which will include a variety of inktober pinups and variant artwork. If/when we hit out goal, everyone will also be getting a physical print of the Halloween Pinup!!

MORE FREE STUFF

11/13 - We have a huge bundle of digital goodies to announce for ALL BACKERS. All backers will now get access to the digital editions of the following comics: Angels of Hell Issue 1, WARHEAD Volume 1, Breaking Eggs Issue 1, Creature Feature Mashed Monsters: The Deep Forest Issue 1. FULL DETAILS HERE

(Bundles will be accessible after the conclusion of the Kickstarter campaign)

Update 11/10 - New Original Watercolors by Katrina have been added to the Add-on Section!

Update 11/12- Two more watercolors are up in the Add-on Section Below!!

Synposis

It lasted three years, but the outbreak is over. Most of the infected have been isolated or destroyed. The vaccine was created on day 900, and now life is getting back to normal. Cities are repopulating, and there is a long-awaited sense of calm throughout the country.

The PH-virus was relatively short lived thanks to Samuel Grace, genius scientist and the creator of the PH vaccine. His vaccine can prevent the spread of the virus, but cannot reverse it. Fortunately, Sam’s vaccine stopped the PH-virus before it decimated the world population, but the vaccine did not come without a cost. For three years Sam experimented on patient after patient, subject after subject. Creating the vaccine carried a cost of both human and post-human life. 

One such test subject was Zed.

Issue #2 Preview

Zed was a good friend to Sam. They grew up together and remained friends even though they grew apart when Sam pursued science and Zed lived the simple life of a carefree ice deliveryman.

When the outbreak hit, society went into a frenzy of destruction. By year two, there was little need for deliverymen, and Zed wanted to help in any way he could. He offered to help Sam with his search for a cure. Although he successfully created a vaccination, Sam had other motives behind his research.

In issue 2 we delve into the backstory of Sam and Zed as Bill as Zed begin their quest to find him.  They are bound to run into some crazy-ass trouble along the way. Bullets will be slung, limbs may be lost, and new villains will be revealed!

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REWARD DETAILS:

Digital Print for ALL BACKERS!! - Added 10/31

As a special thank you for all backers, we are adding this awesome digital print by Katrina Kunstmann to ALL rewards. She made this special for us, and I absolutely love it.

Issue #2 - Kunstmann Official Wrap-around Cover

Issue 2 will now be FULL COLOR!! In addition, if we can hit $4,000 by the end of the campaign, we will also be coloring Issue 1, and all backers who pledge for a copy of the first issue, will get the colorized edition!!

ZED Enamel Pin - Design by Katrina Kunstmann

1.5 inch enamel pin designed by Katrina Kunstmann
1.5 inch enamel pin designed by Katrina Kunstmann

Marcelo Biott Issue #2 Variant - Kickstarter Exclusive

Jah Pen Jump Issue #2 Variant - Kickstarter Exclusive

Get Infected!

This extremely limited reward is only available to 5 backers. We did this same tier during issue #1, and we wanted to give 5 more backers a chance to be drawn into the comic as a zombie (or zombie corpse). Here is one of the pages from issue 1 that featured 4 backers.

Producer Zombie Portraits

If you are generous enough to become a producer for ZED #2, you will not only get your name in the book as a producer, you will get your "undead" digital portrait done by Katrina Kunstmann, and it will be added to the back of issue 2!!

ZED Original Art by Katrina Kunstmann

We will be making a small number of one-of-a-kind inktober, watercolor art pieces,  and limited edition hand carved lino prints created by Katrina available to backers. These are NOT PRINTS. They are only ones of their kind, just like ZED. These will be added periodically throughout the campaign and will be first come, first serve.

Inktobers - $50 as Add-On

The artwork below is available by backing at the Inktober tier. These are 8 x 11.5 greyscale, one-of-a-kind pieces. If you would like one back and immediately send me a message claiming the art piece you want. When the artwork is no longer available, I will be marking the images "SOLD." 

ADD IT ON - If you would like one of these as an "add-on" to your current reward package, they are each $50. Just message me and add $50 to your pledge!!

Kunstmann Inktober #1 - Breakable
Kunstmann Inktober #1 - Breakable
Kunstmann Inktober #2 - Roasted
Kunstmann Inktober #2 - Roasted
Kunstmann Inktober #3 - Expensive
Kunstmann Inktober #3 - Expensive
Kunstmann Inktober #4 - Guarded
Kunstmann Inktober #4 - Guarded
Kunstmann Inktober #5 - Poisonous - SOLD
Kunstmann Inktober #5 - Poisonous - SOLD
Kunstmann Inktober #6 - Chop - SOLD
Kunstmann Inktober #6 - Chop - SOLD
Kunstmann Inktober #7 - Stretch
Kunstmann Inktober #7 - Stretch

Lino Prints - $50 as Add-On

These lovely exclusive beheaded ZED prints are up for grabs! Designed and printed by Katrina Kunstman from a hand carved linoleum plate. Only 5 available in the world!!

ADD IT ON - If you would like one of these as an "add-on" to your current reward package, they are each $50. Just message me and add $50 to your pledge!!

VILLAGE COMICS ADD-ONS

IMPORTANT: If you would like any of these included with your physical reward, simply add the amount shown to your pledge amount and message me with the name of the add-ons you would like!

Big Original Watercolors by Katrina Kunstmann - $200

These are big, beautiful watercolors. They are a little more expesive because they will require special shipping. 

PULLED APART - by Katrina Kunstmann - $200
PULLED APART - by Katrina Kunstmann - $200
SPLIT - by Katrina Kunstmann - $200
SPLIT - by Katrina Kunstmann - $200

Small Original Watercolors by Katrina Kunstmann - $100

Chicago! - by Katrina Kunstmann - $100
Chicago! - by Katrina Kunstmann - $100
HORDE - by Katrina Kunstmann - SOLD
HORDE - by Katrina Kunstmann - SOLD

Nook Part 1 - $10.00

A beautiful, magazine-sized, 32-page ghost story.

Fleeing the oppression of WWII Germany, Avery and her parents move to a remote town on the border of France. It is here she finds her new best friend, a cat named Nook. But, there is more to this cat than it seems. Read a preview HERE! 

Nook Enamel Pin - $10.00  

Alter-Life Hardcover Trade - $35.00 

In a world of seemingly infinite realities, Jake is on a quest to find his dead wife and daughter. Read the first 2 chapters for free HERE!

A 188 Page, Hardcover Special Edition of the complete 5-issue series of Alter-Life. It will include conceptual artwork, variant art from all of our other Kickstarter campaigns, a 5-page sci-fi short, and some sweet script to panel process pages. All for just $35.00! 

(If ordering from outside the United States, please include an additional $10.00 for shipping. Sorry, international shipping rates are ridiculous!!)

Stretch Goals

$4,000 - Inktober Art Section (Digital and Physical)

Inktober artwork by a dozen artists will be added as a special section in Issue #2 making this a 32 page comic! Below are 3 amazing examples of the artwork that will be added if we can reach this goal! More artwork will be revealed throughout the campaign.

$4,500 - Rental of Chrysalis (for ALL backers) 

As a special bonus, if we can hit $4,500 by the end of the campaign, we will be unlocking a rental code of the post-apocalyptic indie film, Chysalis for ALL BACKERS!. This is an awesome little zombie flick I co-produced back in my Chicago filmmaking days. 

(More to be announced!!)

Budget

Although we are funding some of the artwork, the issue will be 100% complete by the end of the campaign! Any additional funding we raise will go to improving the quality of the print and production of stretch goals. Anything beyond that will be spent to get a jump start artwork for issue 3!

 Creative Team

CALEB THUSAT

Creator/Writer

Creator and writer of Alter-Life, ZED, and Nook. A former filmmaker turned comic book creator. Looking to bring unique and exciting stories to the vast world of the independent comic industry. I have run a total of 7 successful comic book kickstarter campaigns in the past, raising a total of over $40,000.

Simply put, it is my passion to create great comics. I love the process, and I am in love with the medium. Kickstarter has played a major role in finding an audience for my stories and raising the funding to let me continue to create. Without it, and without you, I would not be able to keep creating.

Owner of Village Comics: www.villagecomicbooks.com

Village Comics Patreon: www.patreon.com/villagecomics

KATRINA KUNSTMANN

Art/Coloring/Lettering

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.

Warhead, her self published comic, can be found at at http://warheadcomic.tumblr.com/; and her other illustrations at krop.com/katrinakunstmann/ 

Risks and challenges

This is the 2nd issue of ZED, but my 8th comic book campaign. Risks are low. The issue artwork will be 100% complete by the end of the campaign! The only risks we have are the number of other projects on Kickstarter and the time of year. As long as people think this series is worth their time, we will be funded and you will get an amazing comic book delivered to you as soon as possible.

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