STRETCH GOAL #2 ACTIVATED!
Well, here we are with our second stretch goal now officially behind us, and that's something we're just absolutely thrilled to announce. So, any pledge at $10 will now receive a hard copy of LAST BREATH (international backers still have to add an additional $10 for shipping, however) and any $5 pledge will now receive the PDF of the comic. Additionally, any pledges above that will now receive a LAST BREATH sticker and a PDF showing the creation of a LAST BREATH page from script plotting, to full script, to thumbnail roughs, into pencils, inks, colors, letters and the final product.
We knew coming into this Kickstarter project that we had a great story to tell with outstanding art, and we needed help to make it a reality. And we've done that, thanks to our generous backers.
We will never really be able to say thank you enough, but please know that from the bottom of our heart we know we couldn't have done this without you. Thank you, thank you, THANK YOU!
So, here we are plodding toward our third and final stretch goal. It's a big one, standing off on the horizon at $7,500. We need to average just about $70 a day over the next 14 days to make it happen.
So what will happen at that level? Well, we'll produce a second, variant cover for LAST BREATH and will include it in the packages of everyone who has pledged $50 or more. The cover will be a limited, numbered edition, and after our Kickstarter's pledges are met and our creators each given a copy, there will be no more made available.
Because $7,500 is such a stretch, we wanted to make your reward something special, and something exclusive.
Thank you to everyone who has backed us so far, and to everyone who will back us from this point forward. We appreciate every bit of support, and we are thrilled to know we will be bringing you LAST BREATH in the very near future.
Trapped 238,900 miles from home and wanting nothing more than to be able to take a full breath of air--what would you do? Give up and welcome what is to come beyond this life, or fight until the absolute bitter end?
Last Breath, a 24-page saddle stitched comic, is about a man who has to make that choice.
Hopelessness? The promise of death potentially following each and every breath. Which is his last? And what can he do about it?
With the world being torn apart before his very eyes, astronaut Jason Gustafson has no way to get home, and his oxygen is quickly depleting.
The story is one that speaks of the human spirit, and how the desire to live can push us even when we don't think we can take another step.
The creative team
Sam Eggleston is the writer of Last Breath. He has been a professional award-winning journalist and columnist since 2000 and a full-time freelance writer and editor since 2008. He has been an avid reader of comic books most of his life and has written several scripts for comics slated to publish in the next year. He also edited Mark McKenna's Combat Jacks, which was originally published in 2012.
Jason Baroody is mostly known for his work in the comic book industry. He's had several comics published, AIT/PlanetLar, Image, 5Finity/Moonstone, Sixgun Comics to name a few. He's written several articles and illustrated advertisements for multiple comics related magazines as well as film artwork for Illuminati Pictures. He’s a founding member of TEN TON STUDIOS and once worked and owned a small independent comic book publisher Disgruntled Fanboy Comics. His work can be viewed here.
Josh Oakes is relatively new to the comics industry, but you can't tell from the quality inks he turns in on each and every page. His inking work can be seen in his Deviant Art gallery.
John Hunt has been working in the comics industry as a letterer and a colorist for quite sometime. His credits begin back in 2004 when he worked on Tokyo Pop's "Girls Got Game" and as a letterer includes Marvel Super Heroes Magazine, Combat Jacks, Nurato, Seekers and more. As a colorist, you've seen his work in numerous IDW Star Trek series, the World's Deadliest Sharks graphic novel and Charmed, among others. View some of his work here.
Mark McKenna recently agreed to do the inks for the cover (example of the cover is coming soon). McKenna is a legendary inker, having more than 450 titles to his name and more than 7,000 pages. He is also an Inkwell Hall of Fame award recipient and recently launched his own titles, Banana Tails and Combat Jacks. The latter he worked on with Baroody, Hunt and Eggleston, among others. You can visit his website here.
Brian Lopez-Santos, Jason Adams, Jay De Foy, Sean Forney, Te'Shawn Dwyer and Randy Kintz have helped on this project as creative consultants and part of our support team. You can see some of the work Lopez-Santos has done here, and Rantz's work is available here. Adams work is available here, while Forney's can be viewed here. Go here to see De Foy's work and here for Dwyer.
Let's be honest here: Making a comic isn't easy, and it sure isn't cheap to bring it to life in the form of a printed book. Knowing how supportive the comic community can be on a crowd-funding site such as this, Eggleston, Baroody and Oakes made the decision to turn to the legion of comic fans out there and ask for a little help in getting their comic launched.
You have lots of choices when it comes to choosing a comic to back, but we're hoping to be able to pique your interest with a solid story, quality art and a compelling protagonist.
But why are you asking for the amount you're asking for?
Truth be told, none of us began this journey looking for a payout, and anyone in the know about the cost of creating comics can tell you that there is no room for profit being built into what we're asking for. The $4,500 will be used to cover the cost of having the pages finished (drawing, inks, gray tones, lettering) and getting a limited number of comics printed. Additionally, the costs associated with Kickstarter and Amazon payments have been built in, as well as the creation and shipping of the rewards.
Do you have any stretch goals?
Oh, for sure. If we're able to make it to $5,500, then we will have additional copies of the book printed to hopefully sell online and via local comic book stores.
If we reach $6,500, we will likely get the entire interior colored as well, and if we reach $7,000 and beyond, we will use the additional funds to begin work toward additional comic projects.
Some of the rewards
Here are a couple of the rewards that we have ready to go already.
At the request of a couple of backers, we have decided to put "add on" rewards on the list. The way this works is you add the amount of the corresponding reward (listed below) to your current pledge and then drop us a note and let us know you'd like to have an add on and which one(s).
Extra issue(s) of LAST BREATH: $10 each (unlimited) -- Larger quantities can be discussed at discount pricing, of course.
Headshot of your favorite character by Jason Baroody or Brian Lopez-Santos: $20 each (unlimited) -- This will be on 9x12 paper and is a shoulders-and-up shot of any character you choose.
Risks and challenges
With any project, there are challenges and risks. Right now our biggest challenge is getting enough money to get the remainder of the comic finished.
We don't foresee any delays on getting the comic out on time, but that's always something that looms in the air. We believe we've built in plenty of room for deadlines, however, and that the entire process should go off without too much of a hitch.
If any setbacks arise, we'll be open and honest about the delays and stay in communication with our backers via Kickstarter.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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