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Mad Max meets ALIEN, a Sci-Fi graphic novel in which a nomadic survivalist attempts to make ends meet in a future dystopia.

RUIN is a graphic novel about a nomadic survivalist trying to make ends meet in a future dystopia after humans have destroyed the civilization they worked so hard to build, leaving only a vast wasteland of primal human behavior with little hope for repair. 

Art by Ruben Rojas, RUIN #1 cover
Art by Ruben Rojas, RUIN #1 cover

It’s the year 4602 and our protagonist, Ayden, is scouring the harsh desert badlands with only a map and his three-legged canine companion, Sasha. 

His only friend is a wildly intelligent Doberman who speaks to him in pictograms and puzzles, often providing comic relief and good advice to the wayfarer. 

Ayden is on a mission to rescue his kidnapped sister from the fallen city of Ataraxis, the capital of debauchery and depravity on the Outer-Terra.

He and his companion will have to use their wits and determination to fight off hoards of sinister mutants, unbridled aliens, and only the most abhorrent characters of what’s left of the human race. Repair and rebuild are not part of this future vocabulary; it’s scavenge and survive at all costs. The foes they face, however menacing, are no match for Ayden, a hardened survivalist, and Sasha's cunning and intrinsic knowledge of her surroundings.

Sketch of Dagmar, the ruthless crime lord of Ataraxis. Dagmar is controlled by the sinister mutant fetus that resides in her makeshift plexiglas womb.
Sketch of Dagmar, the ruthless crime lord of Ataraxis. Dagmar is controlled by the sinister mutant fetus that resides in her makeshift plexiglas womb.

The friends they meet along their journey help pave the way for retribution and restore their faith in humanity.

Tirra- a bitter Pleasure Droid whom Ayden befriends.
Tirra- a bitter Pleasure Droid whom Ayden befriends.

Ray Dillon's (The Last Unicorn, Peter Pan, Game of Thrones, Treadwater) Kickstarter exclusive cover! 

Art by Ray Dillon
Art by Ray Dillon

If we exceed our funding goal, we will feature RUIN short stories, the misadventures of Ayden and Sasha, to appear in each future issue of RUIN.

Art by Arturo Lauria
Art by Arturo Lauria
Advance issue of Wicker #1!
Advance issue of Wicker #1!

We have the passion and tenacity to see this high-concept project through, but we don't have the financial backing to do it justice.  Our current goal of $5,000 will afford us the opportunity to: pay the artists, print the first issue, meet our backer rewards, and market the project to ensure success of the first issue.  Please keep in mind that this does not include funds to pay the creator for writing, lettering, marketing, and project management; this is a labor of love.  All proceeds will go back to the project to fund issue two and beyond.

 

We want RUIN to reach its highest potential, eventually creating a graphic novel of the first six issues and moving on to other volumes.  Any funds we receive above our initial $5,000 goal will go toward making this possible.  We feel confident in the story, the art, and the longevity of the project, and our soft launch is going well.  We have 2700 Twitter followers and nearly 300 Likes on Facebook, and that's without major marketing. 

We are proud to offer such enticing backer rewards!  If you like the project and want to support us (or just support creator-owned comics in general), please read the backer levels carefully on the panel to the right and donate what you can!  We promise to do our part.

Sara, Ayden's sister, is no damsel in distress.  She's fierce and cunning with a no-nonsense attitude and the fortitude to do what needs to be done.
Sara, Ayden's sister, is no damsel in distress. She's fierce and cunning with a no-nonsense attitude and the fortitude to do what needs to be done.
Firebreather - CarnEvil sideshow performer.
Firebreather - CarnEvil sideshow performer.
Bob "Cruise"
Bob "Cruise"
GROK - G.M.C.O.T.O.
GROK - G.M.C.O.T.O.
Art by Marcelo Basile
Art by Marcelo Basile
Darker Sho
Darker Sho
Ruben Rojas
Ruben Rojas

Here's a sketch card example, as described in the $15 contribution level.

Ayden sketch card
Ayden sketch card

Thank you for supporting us! If you like our project but aren't able to contribute monetarily, please spread the word via social networking. @RuinComic and Facebook.com/RUINCOMIC 

Art by Ruben Rojas
Art by Ruben Rojas

http://kickingitforward.org <-- Your pledges support other Creators! I will donate 5% of first print run profits to other Kickstarter projects. 

Thank you! 

Risks and challenges Learn about accountability on Kickstarter

Please see below for some possible obstacles we may encounter with this type of project post-funding, and the ways that we will slay them.

Not having enough funds to pay the artists to continue the project for future issues could be a problem, but won't be for us. After we complete the first issue, we are confident we will attain publishing and will have issue #1 to sell to raise funds to support issue #2 and so on. We'll sell print issues, digital, and door-to-door if we have to!

Losing Ruben (artist) to an illness or unforeseen circumstance would be catastrophic. As my co-creator he is instrumental to RUIN's style, but we could carry on with a new artist in a slightly different style if we HAD to, and ultimately the project would survive.

In the event of Darker Sho's untimely death, he has taken proper precautions and already completed the entire first volume and buried it in a time-capsule in an undisclosed location, of which only his long-time writing partner is privy to. Okay, the time capsule is a joke, but the first volume really is complete!

Some creators experience minor success and then abandon the projects that got them there, but we know that RUIN has the potential to be a series that runs for many years. We've been working at this for a year and a half already, and are 100% dedicated to this project. Our team is strong and we are going to make RUIN a success.

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    Save your print issue for your collection and receive a new (DRM free) PDF of issue #1 for your on-the-go comic needs. PDF will be emailed when available.

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    Rewards 1 and 2, and a hand-drawn RUIN related sketch card (2.5 inches wide x 3.5 inches tall) by the amazing Ruben Rojas. You're now officially a Ruinian!

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    All previous rewards, plus your name printed with special acknowledgment by the creators and signed issue #1 to include Ray Dillon cover. We can't do it without you!

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    Due to popular demand, RUIN digital reward pack! No pesky shipping rates. You'll receive, a new avatar of yourself by Ruben, sketch of Sasha with personal greeting. Exclusive advance reading of chapter one from the fiction novel adaptation of RUIN. 4602 map of the Outer-Terra wallpaper (only available here). We will scan and personalize a Sketch Card for you! PDF of character Bios and script issue #1. Sketches, weapons, vehicles NEVER POSTED before. Our new logo, wallpapers, and cell phone wallpapers! You'll also receive issues of RUIN and Wicker #1, PDF and DRM free AND the mini-comic, if we can scan it... you get it! Conveniently sent to your inbox. (limited and only available again at $135 reward level).

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    Marcelo Basile RUIN #1 with his variant cover. Marcelo, lead Wicker artist (our second project) and once assistant to the great Jorge Zaffino (1959-2003). You'll also receive an exclusive 11" x 18" poster print of new RUIN inspired Marcelo Basile art. Also we will include 4 RUIN character buttons and sticker pack.

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    All previous rewards with the added bonus of a Kickstarter exclusive mini comic by alternate artists Arturo or Philip, a RUIN sticker variety pack and Ray Dillon cover poster!

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    A PDF of the first issue, a printed and signed issue #1 (Ruben Rojas cover), individual sketch card, sticker pack and mini comic... what more is there? A signed issue #1 with variant Ray Dillon cover exclusive to Kickstarter, that's what! You'll also receive a signed limited print of Issue #1's script. But that's not all, you'll also receive an advanced signed copy of our comic Wicker #1 (Darker Sho, Marcelo Basle, Ruben Rojas).

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    Become a Ruinian! All previous rewards (excludes Digital pack) upgrade and receive Ruben avatar of yourself. You'll also receive buttons and sticker pack of your character.

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    This deal is only available here. You get everything previously mentioned, plus the opportunity to work, via Skype, email, etc with the creators Darker Sho and Ruben Rojas to create a character of your likeness or design. The character will appear in the RUINiverse and be published in an upcoming issue, along with an Easter Egg of your creation, hidden among the ruin. You'll get to keep developmental art and related notes as well. Additionally, you will receive a copy of that same issue's original script signed!

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    This reward includes the exclusive Digital Pack. You'll also receive a print issue of The Daily Ruinian (full color). This printing will include all Backer avatars and info, behind the scenes entries, characters and Bio, Outer-Terra map, two short stories; RUINer and Runner's Blade and special thanks from the Creators... and many sketches, advance peek at Issue #2 and as always, secrets.

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    You get everything below this tier. I (Darker) will get a tattoo of our character Bob "Cruise" with your custom caption! *Caption must fit in speech bubble, profanity okay, no hate speech. You will have lunch with me, play a round of mini golf and hangout while I'm tattooed if you're in or able to travel to Austin.

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    You get it ALL. You'll also be the proud owner of an original, full-size, hand-drawn art page from Issue #1. Art comes ready for framing, signed, penciled and inked. This is exclusive to Kickstarter (and super awesome). Additional shipping charges may apply.

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    You love us and support us, but this one is for the collector at heart! You'll receive all rewards and as an added bonus, you'll receive the original art page and inked cover for RUIN #1 by Ruben Rojas!

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    You receive all rewards, plus a super secret hard cover "Creator Edition" of RUIN #1 to include never before published art, personal messages, photos, sketches, making of and other behind-the-scenes treats. Only three of these will ever be made available to the public, exclusively here on Kickstarter.

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