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.
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.
The friends they meet along their journey help pave the way for retribution and restore their faith in humanity.
Ray Dillon's (The Last Unicorn, Peter Pan, Game of Thrones, Treadwater) Kickstarter exclusive cover!
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.
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.
Here's a sketch card example, as described in the $15 contribution level.
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
http://kickingitforward.org <-- Your pledges support other Creators! I will donate 5% of first print run profits to other Kickstarter projects.
Risks and challenges
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.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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