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Series Debut. Gene is hunted by people who move faster, live forever, and who will stop at nothing to keep their secrets, secret.

Thanks to friends, family, total strangers who are now family, and in general people who want to see great science fiction stories come to fruition, and aren't afraid to put your money where your mouth is. Genetika has reached 100% of its minimum funding goal, and it's still going strong with only 4 days left. It's onto stretch goals. I know we can achieve them!!!

Stretch Goal #1: $7,500 Genetika T-Shirts!

By popular demand, everyone said they want a custom genetika t-shirt as the stretch goal. Well, they're here! Our 1st tier stretch goal - a spiffy custom genetika t-shirt - will go out to everyone in $35 or higher reward tier, if we hit Stretch Goal #1 which is $7,500

You can help achieve the stretch goal by: 1. increasing your existing pledge level and 2. actively spreading the word to bring people onboard as backers of Genetika.

Stretch Goal #2: $8,500 Genetika iPhone Stickers!

We've got Custom Genetika iPhone (and other major brands) Stickers for you! Our 2nd tier stretch goal - custom Genetika branded phone stickers - will go out to everyone in $50 or higher reward tier, if we hit Stretch Goal #2 which is $8,500

Stretch Goal #3: $10,000 Genetika Motion Graphic Novel - On the Web!

I so hope that we can hit this stretch goal! We will produce a motion graphic version of the novel, publicly viewable on the web, by anyone. The feature length motion graphic novel will be complete with voice acting, music score, foley effects, and professional animatics style motion graphics editing. All backers get a shout out on the website if we achieve this...

Brief Synopsis

Dr. Eugene Poulos is a genetics whiz on the corporate fast track. When he stumbles across a secret group with the key to the fountain of youth among other highly advanced technologies, Gene quickly finds himself alienated from family and friends, on the run from the police, wanted by the FBI, and worst of all hunted by a group of people who see and hear farther, think and move faster, never sleep, live forever, and who will stop at nothing to maintain the privileged secrecy of their existence.

Would you risk your life, to live forever?

GENETIKA: Gene is the debut graphic novel in a series of science fiction thriller stories that deal with cloning, immortality, and the ongoing struggle for power and technology.

I've written the script and the artwork is under way and looking fabulous. The funds raised here will go to cover the costs of the artists to complete the interior pages, lettering and colors, and to first run printing costs. Every dime goes to bringing a gorgeous, entertaining story to you on the printed page, but it doesn't stop there. The initial goal is just the minimum to fund a first run. Let's hit that goal and blow straight past it. Do that and I've got some fantastic stretch goals for you that I know you'll love.

I enjoy stories that are slick and entertaining, and introduce hip new technology in the context of our emotional and moral challenges. These are the kind of pulse-pounding, though-provoking stories I will bring you again and again through the GENETIKA graphic novel series and beyond. 

Back debut graphic novel GENETIKA: Gene now, and be a part of launching this hip science fiction thriller series. Together let's bring lots more great stories into the world.

*****SPOILER ALERT*****BELOW THIS LINE*****SPOILER ALERT*****

(Visual Excerpt) DREAM SEQUENCE: PREP SCHOOL

"Genetika: Gene" includes a series of dream sequences, in which main character Gene learns new technology, addresses unresolved internal conflict, and attempts to access data trapped inside his mind. The Prep School dream sequence occurs at a point in the story at which Gene is desperately trying to recreate the formula for regenerative immortality in order to save Mia, which he has seen before but can't recall enough to recreate it. He knows the formula is buried inside deep inside his own mind, and he enters the dream state to try and retrieve it. The scene takes Gene back to his private preparatory high school upbringing, and progresses seamlessly through freshman, sophomore, junior, and senior years, as Gene dramatically changes his outward persona in order to bury his unresolved insecurities and reject who he naturally is.

The art for the 6-page sequence was created by uber-talented french comic artist, Bengal, known for his unique style of artwork which fuses western and eastern comic influences.

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Risks and challenges Learn about accountability on Kickstarter

The challenge in completing a 100+ page graphic novel, as an independent publisher, is in securing the commitment of talented artists who can stick with the book through completion. Life happens, and when artists work on a project part-time there is always the threat that the artist's higher dollar commercial projects will take precedence and push the completion date on the independently produced graphic book.

To reduce this risk I've divided up the production of GENETIKA: Gene, the graphic novel, in such a way that the main interior pages, the color dream sequences, and the cover artwork can be completed by a combination of artists. Not only does this lend itself to the storyline which calls for a style change on certain sequences, but significantly reduces the burden (and dependency) of one artist doing all the work.

FAQ

  • "Genetika: Gene, book i" is One Big Book. The screenplay is 111 pages, which will translate roughly into ~130 graphic pages in the graphic book format. I wrote it as one complete feature-length story, so we will present it to readers the way it was originally conceived. This format - the feature length graphic story - also happens to be my favorite comics format, which is certainly heavily influenced by my passion for feature length films.

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  • I composed and produced the original music for the "Genetika: Gene" trailer. Since I envision and write my stories visually, as if they are already movies, I wanted to present the trailer for the graphic novel in a way that suggests the rich immersive cinematic type experience that i envisioned while writing it. Besides being extremely fun to do, it also helps adhere to kickstarter rules, which prohibit any content that is not creator owned (or which the creator does not have rights to.) Since I wrote the trailer music especially for this promo video myself, and all of the artwork is original from the graphic novel, this avoids any potential conflicts on the copyright front.

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  • The bulk of Genetika's interior artwork is done by k l jones of rome, georgia. He uses a black and white with grayscale shading technique for his pages. The book also contains dream sequences each of which calls for a different style than the interior pages. These pages will be done in full color by various talented artists. For example the 6-page prep high school dream sequence has been completed by the french comic artist bengal, who is also doing the graphic novel cover. In all likelihood i will draw at least one of the dream sequences as well.

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  • Some of the characters in "Genetika: Gene, book i" speak Esperanto to each other. Esperanto is a constructed language, created circa 1887 with the intention of being promoted as a universal language in the interest of crossing cultural, geographic, and political boundaries. The language was designed to be easy to learn, with less vocabulary and less grammatical complexity necessary to express any particular idea. Adoption of Esperanto failed miserably, but I have resurrected the language in the graphic novel series "Genetika" to underpin the theme of a secret society living and operating among us, and as a light reference to the intention of a one world order. Read more on Esperanto here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Esperanto

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  • Genetika means genetics in Esperanto. The series deals with themes of genetics, biotechnology, cloning, immortality and the ongoing struggle for power and control of advanced technology.

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    You get all the previous rewards which include: • SIGNED EXCLUSIVE KICKSTARTER TRADE PAPERBACK • signed by the series writer-creator • PDF "first look" delivery of the graphic book • PDF Preview Prologue of GENETIKA: Akva rium • special thanks, by name, on the website • special thanks, by name, in the print version Plus as a highly cherished INSIDER BACKER, additionally, you get: + "Insider's Look" PDF of extensive Writer-Creator notes, sketches, early art versions and character sketches, mindmap outlines and explanation thereof, loglines, story variations that got nixed, and deleted scenes + PDF of the novelization (~70K words) + "Insider's Look" PDF of the ~110 page screenplay format script which guided both the novel and the graphic novel (Outside the U.S. please add $15 for shipping)

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    SIGNED EXCLUSIVE DVD of Genetika Trailer, and "PlayView" Movie Version of the Graphic Novel -featuring original music underscore - so you can play the graphic novel page for page on your television! The DVD will also include behind the scenes INTERVIEW FOOTAGE with the creators, as well as all the extras material - which you would normally receive via email - neatly organized and stored on an artistically and professionally packaged, creator signed GENETIKA EXCLUSIVE DVD. + All Previous Rewards, including the TWO SIGNED COPIES OF THE GRAPHIC NOVEL, One to Read. One to collect.

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    SIGNED, PRINTED VERSIONS OF ALL EXTRAS MATERIAL, including: "Insider's Look" 12-page printed, signed graphic short prologue "GENETIKA: Akva rium" - Printed, signed compilation of extensive writer-creator notes, sketches, early art versions and character sketches, mindmap outlines and explanation thereof, loglines, story variations that got nixed, and deleted scenes - "Insider's Look" printed, signed version of the ~110 page screenplay which guided both the novel and the graphic novel. EXCLUSIVE SIGNED NOVEL "GENETIKA: Gene" (novelization of the graphic novel) + EXCLUSIVE SIGNED NOVEL "GENETIKA: Akva rium" the story which debuts a branch of the Genetika series that occurs further in the future. EXCLUSIVE GENETIKA THEMED ESPERANTO DICTIONARY, so you can learn the language spoken by the secret society characters in Genetika. You also get an EXCLUSIVE FAVORITE PAGE T-SHIRT, printed with your favorite page from the "GENETIKA: Gene" graphic novel. Plus, you get ENHANCED THANK YOU MENTION in the book and on the website, and all the rewards of all the previous levels including the SIGNED EXCLUSIVE GENETIKA DVD, the SIGNED & SEALED COLLECTOR'S COPY of the Graphic Novel, and the SIGNED READING COPY of the Graphic Novel. Plus, I'll be thrilled, and you get the pride of being a big part of launching a very cool graphic novel series! (Outside the U.S. please add $25 for shipping all that stuff)

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    BECOME A NAMED STRIKE TEAM MEMBER THAT GETS KILLED (Sorry, I have to limit this one, otherwise I'll have to change the name of the book to "Gladiator") + ALL PREVIOUS REWARDS

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    BECOME A CHARACTER IN GENETIKA. Send your photo, and we'll draw you into one of the existing minor characters. You might end up getting killed, but you'll have a recognizable speaking, named part, and you'll survive at least 6 panels + ALL PREVIOUS REWARDS

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    GET YOUR OWN DREAM SEQUENCE IN GENETIKA. I will write a new dream sequence into the story, and write you in as an integral character in the dream sequence. You send a photo, so your character will be recognizable and named. These dream sequences will go out with the exclusive kickstarter print run of the graphic novel. + ALL PREVIOUS REWARDS

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    BECOME EXECUTIVE PRODUCER OF THE GENETIKA FEATURE LENGTH MOTION GRAPHIC NOVEL. Your generosity has allowed us to produce a feature length motion graphic version of the entire book!, and you will be credited as Executive Producer. All Backers will receive special priority access to view the motion graphic production, complete with voice acting, original score, and sound effects and they will know you made it possible. As executive producer you will receive direct access to the creatives throughout the production, and regular personal behind the scenes style updates during the entire production process, inclusion in the creative decision making process, as well as exclusive behind the scenes production artifacts such as audio/video clips, animation frames, production notes, etc. Additionally, your voice will be used in the production for the characters that were created in your image in the previous reward levels + ALL PREVIOUS REWARDS

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    Step Into The Light. GET INDUCTED AS AN ENLIGHTENED, IN REAL LIFE. What do you give the guy or gal that already has everything, and doesn't need anything? Or at least needs nothing material... Well, the chance to be enlightened is not on sale at your friendly neighborhood Walmart store. But as an "Enlightened Backer" of GENETIKA, we can show you the most incredible things and offer you that which cannot be purchased, except that well, here it can be purchased. Remember that David Fincher movie "The Game" where Michael Douglas' character's "loser" of a brother - played by Sean Penn - sets up a birthday experience for him that could never have been bought at the local mall, and one that he will never forget... That's what we'll do for you when you become an ENLIGHTENED BACKER of "Genetika: Gene, book i" In addition to ALL PREVIOUS REWARDS, we will come to wherever you are and for you or anyone you choose, we will INDUCT YOU AS AN ENLIGHTENED, for real! You - or the person you choose - will not know exactly when the induction process has started, or exactly when it ends. I will write the induction scenario tailored to that particular individual's personality and circumstances and create a tailored experience that is unforgettable. We will hire real actors to play parts and unsuspectingly enter the lives of the target individual and engage them in an experience crafted to have them "see the light," resulting in an unforgettable and life changing experience, much like Michael Douglas' experience in "The Game" gives him a new lease on life. We will photo and video document the preparation and execution of the INDUCTION EXPERIENCE and edit it into presentable form for viewing posterity. We will execute the induction anywhere within 6 months of the below mentioned delivery date. This gift is perfect for major birthdays or other event related gifts, especially for someone you know could benefit from a touch of enlightenment... We will go anywhere to create this experience for anyone, but costs for travel and lodging are not included.

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