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A 130 page trade paperback collection of Dream Crasher Volume 1, collecting chapters 1-4 into a single affordable volume.
A 130 page trade paperback collection of Dream Crasher Volume 1, collecting chapters 1-4 into a single affordable volume.
A 130 page trade paperback collection of Dream Crasher Volume 1, collecting chapters 1-4 into a single affordable volume.
109 backers pledged $5,133 to help bring this project to life.

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STRETCH GOAL: $7000  

This will allow us to double our print run (1000 copies) as well as include a free Dream Crasher bookmark with every physical reward. We are also open to any ideas you might have for extras we could include. Just send an email to stealingfirecomics@gmail.com.

This Project  

We are collecting the first four chapters of Dream Crasher into a single printed 130+ page Volume One. After successfully Kickstarting the print edition of Chapter 1 in March 2016, we went on to self-funded small print runs of Chapters 2 & 3. We will be digitally releasing Chapter 4 with this Kickstarter and later on comiXology. With Chapter 4, our story completes the first of three major arcs. In addition we are including the digital edition of Chapter 5 with every reward tier, which will be released this coming winter.

Dream Crasher is a story about survival and creating a new world from the ashes of the old. It was also inspired by a very real experience of grief. Beneath its dystopian exterior, Dream Crasher is about finding the last bit of light in a world that's gone dark and protecting it with every fiber of our being. Even when the powers that be are stacked against us. Even when the cause seems hopeless.

Dream Crasher Volume One [Not Final Cover]
Dream Crasher Volume One [Not Final Cover]

The Story

Following a bizarre cataclysmic event, a group of children struggle to survive in the world filled with angry ghosts, beasts made from human parts, and interdimensional parasites.

Excerpt from #4: Dearest, the Shadows
Excerpt from #4: Dearest, the Shadows

Our story opens with Amalie: a girl who lives alone with a strange beast she calls Creature. She doesn't know what Creature is or where he came from, but she knows that he has her Papa's eyes. The two have been working together since The Long Winter started, but everything changes one day when Creature brings home something that Amalie hasn't seen in a long time: a living human boy.

Excerpt from #1: Creature's Keeper
Excerpt from #1: Creature's Keeper

Praise for Dream Crasher:

"Like a nightmare dipped in a candy shell"
- Ben Beaury, GeeksOUT

“Dream Crasher is a truly unique piece of art.”
- Comicbooked.com

“The start of a fascinating new horror series.”
- PlayNicePlayNow (PN2)

“When it comes down to the action sequences… there’s truly no bounds to Olsen’s work.”
- For the Love of Indie

Excerpt from #2: The Land Vomits Ghosts
Excerpt from #2: The Land Vomits Ghosts

Primary Rewards

Primary Reward Tiers
Primary Reward Tiers

*Signed Copies are price higher primarily due to the fact that Daniel and Reed live on opposite sides of the country (Brooklyn and Seattle, respectively). It's a little bit tricky to coordinate and usually means shipping those signed books twice.

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Convention Exclusives: You need to find our table at Rose City Comic Con or Baltimore Comic Con in order to collect the full reward for this. Just show us your confirmation email.

Convention Exclusive Rewards
Convention Exclusive Rewards

Unique Proofs and Original Art Rewards: As these are all unique, there is only one available for each reward level. All original artwork can be signed upon request. See below for details on the original painting commissions.

Unique Rewards - Proofs & Original Art
Unique Rewards - Proofs & Original Art

FOR ORIGINAL PAINTING COMMISSIONS - There is no limit on the number of backers. Commissions can be any size up to 11x17 on heavy weight paper. Your choice of Watercolor, Acrylic, or simply pen and ink. Any questions, just message us: stealingfirecomics@gmail.com.

For a large scale preview of the posters and original art, please scroll down to the Posters & Original Art section.

Our Story:

We (Daniel and Reed) have been friends since High School, and first had the idea to make Dream Crasher back in 2010. It took years of careful planning and perseverance to complete the first chapter, which was published digitally in June 2015. Despite numerous personal and creative setbacks along the way, we have created something we are incredibly proud of. We have been sharing our story with the world one convention at a time. This next step will allow us to enter the graphic novel market while we continue publishing 2 chapters a year until we're finished.

Reed and Dan at Saratoga Comic Con
Reed and Dan at Saratoga Comic Con

In My Own Words: Daniel
In the summer of 2011, Reed and I were on track for releasing Chapter 1 in early 2012. The first chapter was drawn and painted and the second chapter had been started. We still hadn’t thought about lettering, logos, or print budgets - but we had momentum. Then everything came to a screeching halt when my boyfriend died.  

The unexpected trauma, the weight of the grief, and the subsequent depression and healing all took their toll in various ways. It was more than 6 months before I was able to return to the project again, and it would be another year before I finished the next chapter. This was in no small part because I gained a whole new perspective on what I was making happen to Amalie.   I was following Kurt Vonnegut’s sixth rule to a T. I was being a sadist and making awful things happen to my main character, but I hadn’t given a second thought to how it was affecting her. I hadn’t thought about how she processed the world around her, or who she was because of it. Through my own grief, I understood her on a whole new level. In many ways, Amalie is a representation of how strong I wish I could be. She’s a survivor, but she makes it look easier than I know it to be.

Dan working on the Chapter 1 Lettering
Dan working on the Chapter 1 Lettering

 

While Dream Crasher is a bleak dystopian tale on it's surface, I began to think of this new world less like a graveyard and more like fertile soil. It’s not a story about the world that’s been destroyed. It’s about the new world taking root in its place. It’s about the children who have an opportunity to shape it. Beyond the horror of the present, there is hope. There is a future worth fighting for.  

Ultimately Reed and I made the decision to completely redo the artwork for Chapter 1. It set us even further back, but I can confidently say that we have a better comic because of it. Reed’s patience, understanding, and empathy throughout this project has been instrumental in my sticking with it. There were plenty of opportunities to give up quietly and walk away, and yet we stuck with it. I can’t thank him enough for that. We’re still pushing on, and I believe now more than ever we will see it through to the end.  

Excerpt from #4: Dearest, the Shadows
Excerpt from #4: Dearest, the Shadows

In My Own Words: Reed  The Dream Crasher story, and Chapter 1 in particular for me, personally represent that relentless monastic fortitude that I have continuously needed to be happy and achieve what I have so far in my life. It is about recognizing the excuses for not drawing after a long day of biking to work and packing CSA boxes with your best friend, but knowing that an excuse does not ink a page, and that I can always sleep later. I hope you enjoy what we have here, it is just the tip of one colossal nightmarish iceberg.

Reed working on the Chapter 1 Prototype
Reed working on the Chapter 1 Prototype

 

Our Budget

Goal: $4500
This will cover a full print run of 500 copies plus the production costs of making the book (lettering the fourth chapter,* book design, copyediting, and commissioning original art) and shipping rewards to our backers.

*Lettering costs for Chapter 1-3 were covered by our first Kickstarter.

Creature tours the New York City subway.
Creature tours the New York City subway.

Stretch Goal: $7000
This will allow us to double our print run (1000 copies) as well as include a free Dream Crasher bookmark with every physical reward.

We will unveil further stretch goals upon making this one, but the possibilities include: funding the production of Volume 2, original sketch cards for backers $35 and higher, Stealing Fire t-shirts, and even a hardcover edition. We may even ask you (backers and potential backers) what you would most like to see. But in the meantime we'll try not to get too far ahead of ourselves.

Excerpt from #3 Welcome Home
Excerpt from #3 Welcome Home

Posters & Original Prints

Keep in mind some available as both posters and original paintings, some are available as only one or the other.

Creature's Keeper

--Poster - $55 Tier
--Original Piece - $100 Tier

Creature's Keeper
Creature's Keeper

The Land Vomits Ghosts
--Poster - $55 Tier
 --Original Piece - $100 Tier

The Land Vomits Ghosts
The Land Vomits Ghosts

The Dreamer's Parasite
--Poster - $55 Tier
--Original Piece - $100 Tier

The Dreamer's Parasite
The Dreamer's Parasite

Dearest the Shadows
--Poster Only - $55 Tier

Dearest, the Shadows
Dearest, the Shadows

Welcome Home 
--Original Artwork Only - $100 Tier

Welcome Home
Welcome Home

Volume One
--Original Artwork Only - $100 Tier

Volume One - Original Painting
Volume One - Original Painting

Creature in a Red Dress
--Canvas Painting (by the author) - $100

Creature in a Red Dress
Creature in a Red Dress

Signed Original Proofs

Chapter 2 - Original Proof Copy.
Distinguishing characteristics: Internal pages darker than final copies, missing Keness logo on the back.

Chapter 2: The Land Vomits Ghosts
Chapter 2: The Land Vomits Ghosts

Chapter 3 - Original Proof Copy. Distinguishing characteristics: Back inside cover has a while line from an empty text block we forgot to remove.

Chapter 3: Welcome Home
Chapter 3: Welcome Home

Volume 1 - Original Proof Copy
Distinguishing characteristics: It's not made yet so we can't promise any distinctive mistakes. We do our best to get everything right the first time. That being said, the probability is that we won't get it perfect with the first try.

Dream Crasher: Volume One
Dream Crasher: Volume One

Music by Danny Zenith

The music you hear playing in the background of our video was made by none other than Danny Zenith. If you dig it, he's releasing while we are running this campaign. You check out more of his music on soundcloud.

Stealing Fire Comics

Stealing Fire Comics
Stealing Fire Comics

Stealing Fire is a name derived from the myth of Prometheus and his act of bringing fire to humankind. It is a metaphor for taking what is needed but not given; for challenging the power dynamics of our present and envisioning new ways forward. It's about eating from the tree of knowledge even though it is forbidden; accepting that banishment from paradise is more honorable than ignorance. We're writing with pictures and drawing with words to rattle the cage of a complacent world.

The imprint Stealing Fire Comics was created to launch Dream Crasher in 2015. It was always intended to be a vehicle for multiple creative endeavors, and 2018 will be a year for such things. The first of these was Soulless Golem (Stealing Fire #1), which is available now in our gumroad store

Excerpt from Soulless Golem
Excerpt from Soulless Golem

Souless Golem is the first of an annual zine series (Stealing Fire #1, if you will). The Soulless Golem drawings began after white supremacist Richard Spencer gave a speech likening non white humans to soulless golems. Drawing on Judaic mysticism and witchcraft, as means of us collectively conjuring a force (golem in this case) to fight back against oppression. The drawings are in direct respond to the Trump administration and the rise of hate as mainstream.

Risks and challenges

This is our second Kickstarter. All of the artwork has been completed for the story. All that's left to be done is the book design itself, which we already have scheduled.

We are doing a print run of 500 (1000 if we hit our stretch goal). By doing a small print run we are able to work within a more reasonable budget, but run the risk of the full amount being a bit small after rewards are distributed.

We are also shipping heavier books this year. We have less rewards than last time, so the process should be a lot simpler after we send the surveys out. Getting everything packaged and weather proofed while being economical can be a challenge in itself, but we are prepared and already have most of the materials.

Although the book is longer, the parts are almost the same as our last Kickstarter, and we were successful. There are stil plenty of challenges, but we have a road map and past experience to guide us.

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    Digital #1 + New Zine

    NEW - For just $1 we will send you a digital copy of our first chapter, plus a pdf of a new zine featuring 2 short comics by Daniel & Reed.

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    If you attend Rose City Comic Con or Baltimore Comic Con, select this tier and find our table. Show Daniel or Reed your backer confirmation email, and we will give you a print copy of Chapter 1 right on the spot.

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    Original Painting: Land Vomits Ghosts

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    Original Painting: Creature's Keeper

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    Original Painting: Dreamer's Parasite

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    Original Painting: Creature in Red Dress

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Funding period

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