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A scifi noir comic that follows Gordo, a blackmarket photographer, as he attempts to uncover the truth of why there is no longer a sun.
A scifi noir comic that follows Gordo, a blackmarket photographer, as he attempts to uncover the truth of why there is no longer a sun.
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WE MADE GOAL #2!!!

WOOOOOO! Thank you guys so much! We made it to $3000 with nine days left to go. 

As we enter the final week of our campaign, we're going for one last big push. If we meet our 3rd goal of $4000 we can cover all of our printing/shipping costs, the inking costs for issue #2, AND the coloring costs for issue #2. That would be so so sweet.

We have added one new reward, a really great reward if I may say so myself. For $75 you can get a COMMISSIONED PIECE OF ART from one of our artists; Sebastian Piriz or Ray Jones. You decide what you want them to draw and they'll draw it for you. Spiderman fighting Donald Trump? Your dog taking a nap on the couch? Sure thing! We'll make an 11x17 print and send it to you.

Some samples of their work:

Sebastian Piriz
http://sebasp.deviantart.com/

Ray Jones
http://jonesray.com/

You'll also get all of the rewards below that, including posters, the physical comic, the behind the scenes look, etc.

Thanks x1000 for supporting our comic. We love you. We're in love with you.

 WE MADE OUR PRINTING GOAL!

Thank you so much to everyone who helped us reach our goal in only 2 DAYS! There's nearly a month left and we're confident we can reach our next goal: $3000. If that goal is met, we'll be releasing another BONUS REWARD!

We've had requests for signed copies of the book, so we've added a NEW REWARD! For $25 you'll get both covers of Dark Beach #1 SIGNED BY THE CREATORS.

If we make Goal #2 we'll add even more rewards including MORE POSTERS!

Thank you so much guys! We know there are a ton of indie comic readers out there and we're stoked that people are connecting with our story!

THE STORY

Gordo dreams of a sun he’s never seen.

Earth has been floating aimlessly through space for several hundred years. When the radiation emanating from the Old Sun began killing life across the planet, human civilization pooled its resources to launch ourselves away from it. A large habitat was built on the coast of Iceland, powered off the geothermal energy emitted by the Earth’s core. The city within this giant dome became known as New Reykjavik, where the human race would survive the harshness of deep space.

Or so the story goes. That is what the New Reykjavik Corps of Engineers (NRCE), the only entity resembling a government in this communist-like society, has been teaching people for centuries. It’s what Gordo has been told his entire life. Except in his dream, the Old Sun is exploding.

Gordo listens to his homemade police scanner, waiting to be alerted of crimes as soon as they are reported, specifically homicides. He races to the crime scene on his hand assembled motorcycle before the police can arrive. He takes photos of the scene and delivers them to his journalist friend Duke. In exchange, Duke provides Gordo with a liquid drug called Ghost Choker, to which Gordo has become wistfully addicted.

But Gordo has stumbled upon an odd murder scene, rife with symbolism of the Old Sun. For the first time, Gordo decides to dig a little deeper, his curiosity fueled by his recurring visions of the Old Sun.

THE PREVIEW

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THE CHARACTERS

Gordo the Ghost gave up his ambitions years ago after dropping out of college where he was studying photo-journalism. He works at jobs assigned to him by the NRCE Department of Labor, using his off-time to take crime scene photos which he sells to the press. Until he comes across a homicide riddled with symbolism of the Old Sun, the Old Sun which has been haunting his dreams. For the first time, Gordo decides to dig deeper.

Duke W. Lawrence may be Gordo's only friend. They were college roommates, but unlike Gordo, Duke actually graduated and persued his career in journalism, landing a job at the New Observer. Gordo is his source for crime scene photos which he secretly exchanges for a drug called Ghost Choker.

Lilith Junge is the owner of The Mayflower. A sun club modeled after an old wooden ship. Her younger sister Eve is connected to a group of Old Sun conspiracy theorists. She calls them the Sun Freaks. As hard as she tries to stay out of her sister's affairs, when Gordo comes around asking questions, she's pulled into the world of massive government conspiracies.

Eve Junge is the rebellious little sister of Lilith and the leader of the Sun Freaks. She's been in hiding since the other members of the group were found dead. Eve holds the answers that Gordo is looking for.

Julyus Ethel is a mysterious well dressed man who gives Gordo a good beating. He also has a state-of-the-art greenhouse, a rarity in the post-sun world. That's all you need to know about Julyus.

The Sun Freaks is the group created by Eve as she uncovered truths of the Old Sun. When one of them was murdered, the remaining members went into hiding.

NRCE is the New Reykjavik Corps of Engineers. They built the habitat that all of humanity currently lives in. And they're the only ones who can run it. But they don't exactly run it well. The power is faulty, the police are corrupt, and they suppress any history of what the Earth was like before we left the Old Sun.

THE PAST

Dark Beach was an idea cooked up by Michael J. Ruiz-Unger. It was the basis of badass sci-fi noir story, but didn't yet have the full plot mapped out.

That's when Tucker Tota jumped on board and over several months the story was fleshed out into a limited series comic. The script for issue #01 was written and then the big question, what now?

A script and an outline can be pitched to publishers, but it's pretty much a crap shoot. So we decided to produce the comic ourselves, with money from our own pockets and dedicating whatever time we could to finding the right artist for the job.

After receiving art samples from dozens of artists, there was one Argentinian dude who totally had the style we needed for this story. His name is Sebastián Píriz and he has been blowing us away with his work.

After getting a few pages from Sebastián, the search began for a colorist. But it didn't take long. Ray Jones was the first artist to submit a colored page and our search was over. Ray took the Dark Beach vibe to a whole new level.

Our good friend Patrick Hart, who helps us with anything design related, mocked up a couple logo ideas. We narrowed it down to one and now it's the official Dark Beach logo (the one on this page).

THE FUTURE

So issue #1 is officially done. Woooo! We've decided to launch this Kickstarter to spread the word about the book and give everyone a chance to grab some original art, behind the scene looks, and other cool perks.

We've set up a facebook, tumblr, twitter, and instagram, so follow us if you want to stay up to date. Of course, we will be posting updates here on Kickstarter as well. We will be sharing new pages, new artwork, works in progress, and anything that doesn't give away too much of the plot.

THE CREATORS

Michael J. Ruiz-Unger & Tucker Tota have worked together on many projects over the years. From music videos to commercials to prank calls. More recently they made the Kickstarter-funded short film DINO BLOW, which played at multiple film festivals including Fantasia Film Festival in Montreal. This is their first foray into comic books.
michaelruizunger.comtuckertota.com

Sebastián Píriz is a comic book artist living in Buenos Aires, Argentina. He is the regular artist for Demon Archives and has had his work published by Boom and IDW.
sebasp.deviantart.com

Ray Jones is an Illustrator and Graphic Artist living in Brooklyn, New York. He is a graduate of SVA’s highly competitive Illustration as Visual Essay program. He has exhibited work in galleries in New York, San Francisco and LA. Ray has also worked commercially for Sony UK, Esquire Russia, The New York Times, Bloomberg Businessweek, The Seattle Stranger and National Geographic among others. He is currently a Visual Arts Educator at The Harlem School of the Arts.
jonesray.com

Patrick Hart is a musician, composer, graphic designer, web programmer, and amateur ultimate frisbee player.
patrickhart.org

REWARDS

$5 - Digital Copy of Issue #1
Receive the full-color 28 page single issue in PDF, CBR, or CBZ. Delivered Immediately after the kickstarter has completed.

$7 - Behind the Scenes Look
A 20 page collection of artist sketches, script pages, alternate colors and more. Get an exclusive glimpse at the nuts and bolts behind the final product.

$10 - Physical Copy of Issue #1
You'll get a copy from the very first printing of Dark Beach #01. The print order will be made right after the Kickstarter is complete, so it should be about a month before we have physical copies to send out. We re super excited to finally hold this baby in our hands!

$15 - Variant Cover
Get a physical copy with a limited variant cover.We freaking love this artwork which was made by the amazingly talented Brian Butler. Check out more of Brian's work here: http://www.theupperhandart.com

$20 - Both Covers
Get both the original and variant cover of issue #1.

$30 - The Full Script
Read the full original script for Dark Beach #1 and see how it went from word on a computer to art on the page. It will be sent in PDF format.

$50 - Dark Beach Poster (18" x 24")
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$100 - Get Drawn into Issue #2
Our artist will use your likeness for a background character in Dark Beach Issue #02. See your face printed into comic book form forever.

$300 - Name a Character in Issue #2
We'll let you name a supporting character in the second issue. Come up with cool character name, or use your own name.

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Dark Beach #01 is complete. The funds raised will cover printing and shipping costs to everyone who orders a physical copy.

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    Get both Covers of Dark Beach #1 SIGNED by the Creators.

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    11" x 17" Poster

    A framable poster of the Dark Beach #1 Cover. You choose between the original cover by Sebastian Piriz or the variant by Brian Butler.

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    BOTH 11" x 17" Posters

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    Commissioned Artwork from one of the Dark Beach artists: Sebastian Piriz or Ray Jones. You tell them what to draw. They'll draw it. 11x17 print.

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