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A space-faring comic of adventure and self-discovery filled with robots and heists.

Tin

A space-faring comic of adventure and self-discovery filled with robots and heists.
A space-faring comic of adventure and self-discovery filled with robots and heists.
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103 backers pledged $4,172 to help bring this project to life.

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UPDATE 10/10: Buone notizie a tutti! I'm super excited to announce that a translated Italian version of Tin is in the works and will be available digitally at the same time as the English version! 

UPDATE 9/23: In case you're wondering what the 3D model looks like for the reward tier, scroll to the bottom where I've pasted a picture!

UPDATE 9/22: Welcome Bleeding Cool readers! If the project raises $200 in the next 4 days (ends 9/26), we will add an additional poster option! You can see the design now (by Benjamin Berman featured in the Bleeding Cool article)

What You're Getting Into...

Have you even wanted to see a delusional droid from Star Wars arguing with Portal's GLaDOS? Well this is close.

Tin is a story which begins aboard a ship piloted by two robots who constantly debate whether a robot can be an adventurer. Can a maintenance robot be a fully fledged adventurer? 

That is until they stumble on an derelict pod containing an unidentified woman. Rob, a janitor robot embraces the chance to be the adventurer that he’s always built himself up to be. However the mysterious woman shares a name with someone already onboard the ship. Identity crises notwithstanding, there will be heists, death, self-discovery, and most importantly adventure.

You can read what we have so far on ClunkerSpace where pages of the first issue will be released weekly as funds allow. 

 The Story So Far...

This particular story began on a subway in New York. I started typing dialogue on my phone and the next thing I knew I was evaluating artist proposals from around the world.

I found Manuela Soriani (an incredible artist from Italy) and things immediately fell into place. Her style and dedication are incredible. However falling into place has a cost. I'm able to continue funding the comic with my money but incredibly slowly. I'm hoping that with all of your help we can print the first issue and begin working on the next one immediately!

We have lot's planned and we'd love to be able to tell this story to you.

For a while now I've been slowly funding this project myself. First some character sheets, then a few pages, all done little by little every paycheck. At this time the first issue is entirely written and Manuela is currently working on its tail end. It will take some time for everything to be polished as this is currently only supported by me. However with wads of cash at my disposal I can give them to Manuela and a print shop and Issue 1 will be done in no time and we could even start Issue 2!  


We've been featured with Bleeding Cool and Comic Vine which was incredibly humbling and exciting. Geek Out Show was awesome enough to feature Ilya in a September podcast.

 What Backing Means:

  • Backing this project will let me almost immediately start printing the first issue. WITH REAL PAPER!
  • Backing this project will get me enough funds ball it up and throw it at my amazing artist, so that the pages for the first issue can be perfectly polished. 
  • Once published, the comic will be sent to those people who helped me fund this project.
  • A few samples will be taken around the comic shops in New York City and sent to publishers to gauge interest.
  • We will immediately begin working on the second issue (it's already written!).
  • With enough exposure it would be incredible to get the attention of a publisher to be able to give Tin a wide release 
  • All the money will be used to produce content for Tin. If there is some left over it will be used for the continual production of the series.

 Reach For It!

Reach goals are awesome. Here are the exciting ones we've been able to come up with (just to be clear, they compounding, meaning the second reach goal is the amount on top of the first goal):

Reach 1: Letter Me Timbers!

I do my own lettering! Magical right? NO! No it isn't! I think it could look much better. Just because I know photoshop doesn't mean I should be allowed to use it. With this stretch goal I can hire an amazing letterer. With textual polish Tin will have both the art and lettering of a professional comic book!

Reach 2: To Comic-Con! (2015)

I've gone to New York Comic-Con as a casual observer the last few years and Artists' Alley has always been my favorite part. I love walking around the creator tables and getting to meet the people behind the covers. With this first reach goal I would be able to attend Comic-Con as a contributor as well as supply all of the awesome materials used in it (posters, banners, giveaways). If this goal is reached and anyone who helped out at the Kickstarter at any level attends: please please stop by so I can hug you. (NY Comic-Con tickets are notoriously difficult to get but we will do our best!)

Reach 3: To Comic-Con Cont.! (2015)

A Comic-Con booth in Artists' Alley would be amazing.. what would be EVEN more amazing is a Comic-Con booth in Artists' Alley PLUS the shipment of a certain Italian artist to the United States to attend Comic Con with me. Flyin' ain't cheap! 

Reach 4: Issue #2!

This is the doozy. Meeting this reach goal will help us make enormous headway into the production of the second issue. Any amount of money raised over this number will be used to give copies of the second issue to anyone who received a copy of the first (funds permitting). You heard it here first folks!

3D Model!

P.S. Don't feel obligated to contribute if you're short on cash! If you'd like to see this project made, help by supporting our Facebook and Twitter. A subtitled version of the Kickstarter video can be found on YouTube.

Risks and challenges

As with any project of any size, there is potential for failure. There should always be a healthy sense of scrutiny before deciding to back a project on Kickstarter. Afterall, this is not an investing platform. You should only back those projects that you truly believe in.

Having said that, this project will be made no matter what. If the Kickstarter fails, I'll continue producing this comic, one page at a time as my paychecks from my day job come in. So if you're even a little interested in the story, it will be told. However with everyone's help I believe it can be told without taking years.

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    18"x24" poster, signed by the artist Manuela Soriani. Hang it up on a wall or on the ceiling! The possibilities are limitless! (+ digital copy of the first issue)

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    Skype workshop: Have an idea? The beginnings of an idea? The author of Tin would love to chat with you for an hour or so and help you with your idea with recommendations, comments, or critiques!

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    A real, full color, 3D printed model of Rob and A.L.I.C.E (feel free to add a 1 foot extension cord so it can't rise up and overthrow humanity).

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    Your likeness features as a minor role in the ongoing story.

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