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An imperial probe droid on a mission stumbles upon a courageous young girl instead. A new 28 page color comic by @docpop.
An imperial probe droid on a mission stumbles upon a courageous young girl instead. A new 28 page color comic by @docpop.
An imperial probe droid on a mission stumbles upon a courageous young girl instead. A new 28 page color comic by @docpop.
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Far Away is my newest comic, and one of my favorite projects yet. It starts off in a distant war-torn galaxy. Several probes were sent out to explore new planets to search for enemy bases. Some succeeded. Most did not. 

This story follows R0-R3, a probe droid who lands on a beautiful planet, whose only sentient inhabitant is a brave young girl named Huly Ta. R0-R3 is not happy about his new travelling companion at first, but eventually a friendship forms. 

This is my third comic on Kickstarter, and my first foray into the world of science fiction. Unlike The Order of The Snail and God Hates Dinosaurs, which were each created in 24 consecutive hours, Far Away is a project I've been working on over the past year. What started off as an 8 page mini-comic about a robot, blossomed into a 28 page story about friendship and sacrifice. It's the longest I've ever worked on a comic, and I think it's the best comic I've ever finished.

To make the comic even better, I've hired San Francisco-based artist, Mike Hales, to handle all the book's colors. He did an amazing job on Order of the Snail, and I am excited to be working with him again.

The book is fully written and drawn, and Mike is more than halfway done getting it colored. Most of the Kickstarter's goal is to help pay the other artists for their work on this book, as well as to help reach the minimum quantity we need to get a good deal from the printer.

Rewards:

The basic reward is simply the Far Away comic book in PDF form. Made available as soon as the comic is finished.

If this is the first comic you've ever bought of mine, I'd highly recommend going for the $8 Digital Pack or the $36 Comics Pack. 

The digital pack (and all other levels over $8) includes digital copies of Far Away, God Hates Dinosaurs, Boof, and The Order of the Snail. If this project reaches $4,500, then I'll also add a copy of Christine Clarke's "Ensigns Massey And O'Hara Are Dead", a 24 hour comic book imagining the pseudophilosophical lives of two Star Trek red shirts.  And if the project reaches $5,800, this pack will include a copy of "Puzzled" a wonderful space comic by Mike Hales.

The $36 comics pack will include all the above pdfs, plus physical copies of Far Away, God Hates Dinosaurs, Order Of the Snail, and two bonus comics (as well as a button and sticker).

The Commemorative Coin
The Commemorative Coin
The Baseball Tee
The Baseball Tee

Risks and challenges

Aside from the two other Kickstarter comics I've run, I've printed dozens of comic and zine projects before, so I'm pretty familiar with just about anything that could go wrong when dealing with printing or shipping.

I try my best with each project to plan ahead for what could go wrong and have a plan in advance. For example, there are plenty of printers in the Bay Area, so if something happens with one, it won't be hard to find a replacement.

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    PDF copy-
    A digital copy of Far Away. Sent as a PDF as soon as the comic's colors and layout have been completed.

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    DIGITAL COMICS PACK!-
    A digital copy of Far Away plus two other comics by Doctor Popular (God Hates Dinosaurs and The Order Of The Snail) AND some other digital comics to be added throughout the campaign (see description)

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    PRINT COPY-
    A full color copy of the Far Away comic book, plus a sticker and a Far Away button.

    Also includes the pdf and all other digital downloads

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    Pledge $36 or more About $36

    THE PHYSICAL COMICS PACK!-
    Includes 5 physical comic books (Far Away, God Hates Dinosaurs, Order of the Snail, and two bonus comics), plus a sticker and a Far Away button.

    Also includes the Far Away pdf and all other digital downloads

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    Pledge $54 or more About $54

    COMMEMORATIVE COIN-
    A beautiful 1.5" coin with R0-R3, the probe droid, on one side and a tribute to Empire Strikes Back on the back.

    Also includes 5 physical comics (Far Away, God Hates Dinosaurs, Order of the Snail, and one bonus comic), plus a sticker and a Far Away button. Also includes the Far Away pdf and all other digital downloads

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    Pledge $56 or more About $56

    THE FAR AWAY FAN CLUB!-
    As a really limited reward, I'm making a small run of 3/4 sleeve Baseball shirts (retro style).

    Also includes 5 physical comics (Far Away, God Hates Dinosaurs, Order of the Snail, and one bonus comic), plus a sticker and a Far Away button. Also includes the Far Away pdf and all other digital downloads

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    Pledge $69 or more About $69

    COMMEMORATIVE COIN-
    A beautiful 1.5" coin with R0-R3, the probe droid, on one side and a tribute to Empire Strikes Back on the back.

    Also includes 5 physical comics (Far Away, God Hates Dinosaurs, Order of the Snail, and one bonus comic), plus a sticker and a Far Away button. Also includes the Far Away pdf and all other digital downloads

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    Pledge $99 or more About $99

    AN ORIGINAL PAGE OF ART FROM FAR AWAY-
    One original pen and ink art page from the comic book on a sheet of 6" x 8" acid free paper. Also includes the Far Away comic book and the pdf and all other digital downloads.

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    Pledge $150 or more About $150

    Custom 15 second paper puppet video-
    After hearing from so many folks who liked the paper puppets in the Kickstarter video, I decided to offer it as a gift. Pick an occasion or a brief message, and I'll work it into a short digital video or GIF and send it your way. (some restrictions apply, puppets would utilize characters from the Far Away comic)

    A Mother's Day video? Get Better Soon short? Graduation? A romantic sci fi video card?

    Also includes a digital copy of Far Away. If you see some other rewards you'd like, just add the cost of that level to your pledge and I'll get your details after the campaign ends.

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    Pledge $160 or more About $160

    ORIGINAL ART PAGE PLUS THE FAR AWAY FAN CLUB!-
    The original pen and ink art from the comic book on a sheet of 6" x 8" acid free paper.

    As a really limited reward, I'm making a small run of Far Away Challenge Coins and 3/4 sleeve Baseball shirts (retro style).

    Also includes 5 physical comics (Far Away, God Hates Dinosaurs, Order of the Snail, and one bonus comic), plus a sticker, Far Away button, Far Away pdf and all other digital downloads

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    A party in the Secret Alley!
    Bring up to 25 of your friends to the Secret Alley for a private party. Watch your favorite movie on our projector, celebrate a birthday party, give a speech. You decide.

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