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Taft Sturgeon is a 35 page sci-fi comedy with a ton of heart and laughs from creators David Crispino and Tony Gregori.
Taft Sturgeon is a 35 page sci-fi comedy with a ton of heart and laughs from creators David Crispino and Tony Gregori.
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Taft Sturgeon is a 35 page, single issue story by David Crispino and Tony Gregori, originally printed as a 6-part serial debuting in the pages of Shutter by Joe Keatinge and Leila del Duca.

Taft is an intergalactic social worker who's had enough of all the red tape and rules. He decides to go it alone, quitting his job at the United Coalition of Galaxies. Taft embarks on a solo investigation to uncover a child slaving ring in the bowels of the Planet Joom. He quickly discovers going it alone ain't all it's cracked up to be and finds some unexpected help from an underground gang of runaways.
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Taft is for fans of Science Fiction, Comedy, John Candy,  Starlight, Space Usagi and Calvin and Hobbes (specifically the Spaceman Spiff serials). 

Team: @Twitter

Writer: David Crispino @DCrispino

Illustrations: Tony Gregori @TonyGregori

Colors: Jasen Smith @Jasen_Smith

Colors: Simon Gough @Spidey2099

Letters: Nic J Shaw @Ironbark_

Letters: Rachel Deering

Rewards:

Stickers designed by Mike Riley!

Choose a die-cut sticker designed by Mike Riley.

Surfin' Taft, Bar Bendin' Ottorious, Skatin' Gelatin-Man
Surfin' Taft, Bar Bendin' Ottorious, Skatin' Gelatin-Man

Taft's first appearance in Shutter!

Shutter 23-27 and 29!
Shutter 23-27 and 29!

Comics!

Ancient Noise, Malediction of Maxwell Fitzsimmons, The Adversary
Ancient Noise, Malediction of Maxwell Fitzsimmons, The Adversary

 

Commuters Trade Paperback! 

Commuters - A dark, psychedelic comedy following Matt's adventures of waking up late, soggy seats, the tragedy of traffic, his neighbors and their robotic car, and the sinister forces behind all his road rage! Carnage and comedy fill every page. 

This trade collects all three issues of Commuters by Mike Riley and David Crispino.

Commuters sample! Click for higher resolution!
Commuters sample! Click for higher resolution!

 

Page Reward!

Tony's original linework, fully inked, 11x17 art page!

Taft Sturgeon Page 3
Taft Sturgeon Page 3

Rafer Roberts Pin-up!

Rafer's original linework for Taft's pin-up gallery!
Rafer's original linework for Taft's pin-up gallery!

Justine Jones Pin-Up!

Justine's original linework for Taft's Pin-up Gallery!
Justine's original linework for Taft's Pin-up Gallery!

 

Leila del Duca Pin-Up!

Leila del Duca's original linework!
Leila del Duca's original linework!

 

Cover Reward!

Tony's original cover design!

Taft Sturgeon Cover
Taft Sturgeon Cover

 

Commission!

Here are some incredible commission samples by co-creator and illustrator, Tony Gregori! All 11x17!

 

 

 

Pin-up Gallery! 

Some incredible artists are lending their skills! Art will be showcased throughout the campaign! Featured artists include:

Tony Gregori

Leila del Duca

Mike Riley

Justine Jones

Rafer Roberts 

Taft Pin-up by Tony Gregori and Jason Lewis
Taft Pin-up by Tony Gregori and Jason Lewis

 

Mike Riley!
Mike Riley!

 

Justine Jones
Justine Jones

 

Leila del Duca!
Leila del Duca!

 

Rafer Roberts with colors by Mike Riley!
Rafer Roberts with colors by Mike Riley!

 

Risks and challenges

Taft Sturgeon is complete and ready to be collected for this Kickstarter. I've run five successful Kickstarters; I learn something new each time and continue to grow and make subtle and effective changes to every project I work on.
Tony and I (David) have been working on projects together for a little over 3 years now and we are, if anything, consistent with problem solving and delivery.
Of course there can be unforeseen glitches, but as you know I'll be honest with you if anything happens that would impact your shipping date. I guarantee your receipt of backed items regardless of any production issues.
Thanks again for your support!

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    Taft in PDF

    You will receive a digital PDF of Taft Sturgeon!

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    Taft in Print!

    You will receive a Print and Digital copy of Taft Sturgeon!

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    Crispino & Gregori Digital Bundle

    You receive PDF copies of Taft Sturgeon, Ancient Noise, The Malediction of Maxwell Fitzsimmons and The Adversary, and your name printed on the "Thank You" page!

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    • Ancient Noise #1.PDF
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    Taft Sturgeon+Digital Bundle+Sticker!

    You will receive a Print and Digital copy of Taft Sturgeon, a Taft Sturgeon themed sticker, the Digital Bundle Rewards, and your name printed on the "Thank You" page!

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    • Taft Sturgeon in Print!
    • Taft Sturgeon.PDF
    • Taft Sturgeon themed sticker!
    • Ancient Noise #1.PDF
    • The Malediction of Maxwell Fitzsimmons.PDF
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    Retailer Tier

    Reserved for Brick and Mortar stores! Receive 5 copies of Taft Sturgeon for your shop, and your store name printed on the "Thank You" page!

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    Taft Sturgeon+Sticker Pack

    You will receive a Print and Digital copy of Taft Sturgeon, all three Taft Sturgeon themed stickers, the Digital Bundle Rewards, and your name printed on the "Thank You" page!

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    • Taft Sturgeon.PDF
    • Taft Sturgeon Sticker Pack!
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    Taft Sturgeon + Commuters Tpb

    You receive Taft Sturgeon in Print and Digital, Commuters Trade Paperback, all three Taft Sturgeon themed stickers, and your name printed on the "Thank You" page.

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    • Taft Sturgeon in Print!
    • Taft Sturgeon.PDF
    • Taft Sturgeon themed sticker!
    • Taft Sturgeon Sticker Pack!
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    Taft Sturgeon's bundle of Joy!

    You will receive Taft Sturgeon in Print and Digital, all three Taft Sturgeon themed stickers, Ancient Noise #1, The Malediction of Maxwell Fitzsimmons and The Adversary in Print and Digital, and your name printed on the "Thank You" page!

    Includes:
    • Taft Sturgeon in Print!
    • Taft Sturgeon.PDF
    • Taft Sturgeon Sticker Pack!
    • Ancient Noise #1 in Print
    • The Malediction of Maxwell Fitzsimmons in Print
    • The Adversary in Print
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    Taft Sturgeon's First Appearance!

    You will receive Taft Sturgeon's first appearance printed in the full issues of Shutter (23-27 and 29) published by Image Comics! Perfect for any collector! You will also receive a Print and Digital Copy of Taft Sturgeon, all three Taft Sturgeon themed stickers, and your name printed on the "Thank You" page!

    Includes:
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    • Taft Sturgeon.PDF
    • Taft Sturgeon themed sticker!
    • Taft Sturgeon Sticker Pack!
    • Shutter, issues 23-27 and 29
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    Taft Sturgeon Original Art Page!

    You will receive an original 11 x 17 inked art page from Taft Sturgeon by collaborator and artist Tony Gregori, along with Print and Digital copies of Taft Sturgeon, all three Taft Sturgeon themed stickers, and your name printed on the "Thank You" page!

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    • Taft Sturgeon Original Art Page!
    • Taft Sturgeon in Print!
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    Rafer Roberts Pin-Up art!

    Receive Rafer Roberts fully inked 14x17 original Pin-up art for Taft Sturgeon, as well as a Print and Digital copy of Taft Sturgeon, all three Taft Sturgeon themed stickers, and your name printed on the "Thank You" page!

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    • Taft Sturgeon in Print!
    • Taft Sturgeon.PDF
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    Justine Jones Pin-Up art!

    Receive Justine Jones fully inked 14x17 original Pin-up art for Taft Sturgeon, as well as a Print and Digital copy of Taft Sturgeon, all three Taft Sturgeon themed stickers, and your name printed on the "Thank You" page!

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    • Taft Sturgeon in Print!
    • Taft Sturgeon.PDF
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    Taft Sturgeon Cover Art!

    You will receive the original 11 x 17 Cover linework from Taft Sturgeon by collaborator and artist Tony Gregori, a Print and Digital copy of Taft Sturgeon, all three Taft Sturgeon themed stickers, and your name printed on the "Thank You" page!

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    • Taft Sturgeon Original Cover!
    • Taft Sturgeon in Print!
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    Tony Gregori Commission

    Receive a fully inked 11 x 17 commission of up to 2 characters (your choice) by illustrator and collaborator Tony Gregori, a Print and Digital copy of Taft Sturgeon, all three Taft Sturgeon themed stickers, and your name printed on the "Thank You" page!

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    • Taft Sturgeon in Print!
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    Leila del Duca Pin-Up art!

    Receive Leila del Duca's fully inked 11x17 original Pin-up art for Taft Sturgeon, as well as a Print and Digital copy of Taft Sturgeon, all three Taft Sturgeon themed stickers, and your name printed on the "Thank You" page!

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    • Taft Sturgeon in Print!
    • Taft Sturgeon.PDF
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