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BUILT FROM HUMAN PARTS is a comic/prose/audio anthology   about finding purpose, fearing the future, and handling consequence.
BUILT FROM HUMAN PARTS is a comic/prose/audio anthology   about finding purpose, fearing the future, and handling consequence.
BUILT FROM HUMAN PARTS is a comic/prose/audio anthology about finding purpose, fearing the future, and handling consequence.
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BUILT FROM HUMAN PARTS is an anthology magazine that explores various aspects of humanity through the lens of the modern or near modern world - stories firmly grounded in reality even if that particular reality is one that is still up and coming. VOLUME ONE features tales of people struggling to find their purpose in the present, people dealing with the consequences of their pasts, and people preparing for an unexpected future. The stories vary wildly from very down to earth and grounded stories to very bizarre science fiction tales. 

 

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The first issue features 2 comics, 4 prose stories with illustrations, and 1 audio drama narration. One of my goals is to get the resources to record two more dramatic recordings of stories.

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THE STORIES

BUILT FROM HUMAN PARTS: PURPOSE & CONSEQUENCE is a print collection of 6 stories, each with a writer and artist, and a single narrator dramatic reading of one of the included stories.  

"Denying Passage"
Cameron Callahan/Dylan Canfield
Bits of a news broadcast shown between the other stories where husband/wife team relay exclusive information they have received from a source (Their field reporter son) regarding a string of murders.

"Mr. Nickname"
William A. Couper/Seb Fowler
A journalist who secretly works under multiple pseudonyms lands an interview with a successful business man with a tangled past.

"Regret"
K. Patrick Glover/Dextra Hoffman
A spy novelist visits his childhood home town after an unfortunate atrocity occurs.

"The Flick of the Wyvern's Tale"
Steve Toase/William Cunningham
A prominent art Collector returns to his home after an evening out to discover his home has been Invaded and a special portion of his collection disturbed. Dramatic reading of this story, performed by Natalie Culbreth, will also be made freely available.

"Jumpcut Memory"
Paul Grimsley/Katherine Nurmi
A scratch-head's perception of the world fragments and alters as a he becomes aware of the reality of his life and purpose.

"Afterimage"
Steve Ormosi/Edwin den Ouden
A moment of exploration into the value of what is "real"  and the areas of technology that allow us to mold what that means.

For the duration of the campaign I will be posting an update each Monday and Friday focusing on one of the stories - telling you about the creators, their story, and giving prose and artwork previews. On Wednesdays I will post an update related to some of the other aspects of the project, as well as share with you the full text and dramatic reading of one of the stories along with my experience creating something like that.

Voice actress Natalie Culbreth and recording engineer Daniel Treharne
Voice actress Natalie Culbreth and recording engineer Daniel Treharne

WHO I AM

I'm Cameron Callahan. I grew up watching cartoons and reading comic books. In December 2008 I found myself unemployed and decided to devote all of my free time to making silly comic books that featured robots and lizard creatures. Early 2009 saw me moving out to the desert at the request of my mother, to help with some family issues. During this bizarre, isolated time in the desert I finished a 32 page comic book of short stories starring Primus, a naive but well meaning robot with lizard creatures for parents. Over the next few years I wrote and doodled two other print issues that have somehow been purchased from people all over the world. I also have had short comics printed in zines/anthologies put together by others. In 2016 I successfully Kickstarted a paperback collection of the first three Scrambled Circuits minicomics, featuring commentary to go along with the stories.

Just a few months after I decided I wanted to doodle, my comics were briefly talked about on the (now defunct) ART & STORY podcast (Listen Here). I had a short comic in an issue of the zine anthology Candy or Medicine that was reviewed on The Comics Journal website where I was called an "artist to watch" (Read Here) by reviewer Rob Clough. Rob would later do a more in depth review of the first four Scrambled Circuits issues on his own site (Read Here).

WHAT I'M MAKING

For many years I have wanted to explore the anthology format. Through different mediums I have always enjoyed this format for it's flexibility in story telling. Whether on television, old time radio plays from the 50s, or the many printed prose and comic anthology series, I have just always been enchanted by them and slowly over time I found myself building a vision of what I wanted to do in the format. Then in October of 2016 I went to a group of creative people I have known for years and I rambled to them about what I wanted to make.

It was about an hour after being hired for a seasonal position that I went to this group. I have a full time job that (barely!) covers bills and the general cost of living. This second job was sought out for the sole purpose of ensuring I could handle all of the expenses a project like this would cost. A project that involves over a dozen contributors, scattered geographically all over the planet, as well as also some audio drama recording as well. These expenses are things like software/services, artist payments for art/stories/voice acting, renting a room for recording, dialog editing/sound engineering, etc. 

When that seasonal job ended I got a permanent second job to pay for this project. And now it is done. This first one is, at least.

PLEDGE LEVELS & REWARDS

Every pledge level has US shipping factored in already. No surprise costs after you pick your tier and you can always adjust your amount/tier any time before the campaign ends!

BUILT FROM HUMAN PARTS #1 PDF ($5/$3 early supporter)

  • PDF of the finished product!

BUILT FROM HUMAN PARTS #1 PRINT ($20/$15 early supporter)

  • Print copy of the finished book sent you with some other minicomics and goodies tossed in. Books will be signed by me, to you!

DIGITAL CONTRIBUTOR BUNDLE ($25)

  • PDF of the finished Built From Human Parts #1 book!
  • PDF of my previous book, Scrambled Circuits: Crude Beginnings!
  • A collection of PDFs of the work of other contributors! This looks to be four additional books right now, 2 short story collections and 2 artbooks plus high res files you can use to print out any of the poster options available!

YOUR CHOICE OF EXCLUSIVE KICKSTARTER T-SHIRT OR POSTER ($25)

  • PDF of Built From Human Parts #1!
  • Choice of T-Shirt design that will only be available as part of this campaign! Each one will feature artwork from one of the stories on the front along with a quote from the story!
  • OR an 18x24 inch matte poster print sent to you!
  • More info on poster and shirt designs available in this update.

 

 

DIGITAL CONTRIBUTOR BUNDLE + T-SHIRT ($45)

  • PDF of the finished Built From Human Parts #1 book!
  • PDF of my previous book, Scrambled Circuits: Crude Beginnings!
  • At least four other story collections and artbooks from other contributors, with more to come!
  • Choice of T-Shirt design that will only be available as part of this campaign! Each one will feature artwork from one of the stories on the front!
  • The companion zine, Constructing Human Parts, filled with early concepts/sketches, stuff that didn't make it to the final book, etc.

BUILT FROM HUMAN PARTS #1 IN PRINT + T-SHIRT ($40)

  • Print copy of the finished book sent you with some other minicomics and goodies tossed in. Books will be signed by me, to you!
  • Choice of T-Shirt design that will only be available as part of this campaign! Each one will feature artwork from one of the stories on the front!
  • The companion zine, Constructing Human Parts, filled with early concepts/sketches, stuff that didn't make it to the final book, etc.

Print Book + 1 Exclusive T-Shirt + Hand Painted Mug or Plate ($100)

  • Print copy of the finished book sent you with some other minicomics and goodies tossed in. Books will be signed by me, to you!
  • Choice of T-Shirt design that will only be available as part of this campaign! Each one will feature artwork from one of the stories on the front!
  • The companion zine, Constructing Human Parts, filled with early concepts/sketches, stuff that didn't make it to the final book, etc.
  • A completely food safe plate or coffee mug, hand painted by me, featuring characters and panels from stories in my comic series, Scrambled Circuits. These will be limited since the time commitment to create one is significant on me. These will be delivered to backers as quickly as possible, although, you will get any other items in your tier quicker. These will also only be offered to US residents, unfortunately. The goal is for each one to have a unique design and be documented with pictures or video as it is painted and goes through the firing/glazing process.

 

Digital Contributor Bundle + 1 Exclusive T-Shirt + Hand Painted Mug or Plate ($100)

  • PDF of the finished Built From Human Parts #1 book!
  • PDF of my previous book, Scrambled Circuits: Crude Beginnings!
  • Aleast four other story collections and artbooks from other contributors, with more to come!
  • Choice of T-Shirt design that will only be available as part of this campaign! Each one will feature artwork from one of the stories on the front!
  • The companion zine, Constructing Human Parts, filled with early concepts/sketches, stuff that didn't make it to the final book, etc.
  • A completely food safe plate or coffee mug, hand painted by me, featuring characters and panels from stories in my comic series, Scrambled Circuits. These will be limited since the time commitment to create one is significant on me. These will be delivered to backers as quickly as possible, although, you will get any other items in your tier quicker. These will also only be offered to US residents, unfortunately. The goal is for each one to have a unique design and be documented with pictures or video as it is painted and goes through the firing/glazing process.

Risks and challenges

The project at the time of the campaign launch is completed with the exception of two illustrations and some lettering for one of the comics. I have successfully ran and fulfilled a campaign before that was similarly for a comic book so I have a good grasp on what will be required of me to come through and deliver a great book to everyone.

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    Print copy of Built From Human Parts, choice of 1 of the exclusive T-Shirts, and a hand painted plate or mug personally decorated by Cameron. Each mug or plate will feature characters or scenes from his comic series, Scrambled Circuits, and will come with pictures of the item as it is painted. These take significant time to create and therefore will be delivered separately from other rewards.

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