The idea behind this Kickstarter campaign is to create a weekly webcomic, The Eighth Day, that will feature 48 yearly pages starting with the first week of January. Those pages will be collected into individual 24-page comics and will be made available online and at conventions. Currently, it's a black-and-white comic, though we will possibly be adding in colors with a stretch goal.
The funding will be used to cover costs of creating and hosting the webcomic for all of 2016 and, hopefully, beyond. But, for certain, a full year of webcomic and the first 24 pages collected into Issue No. 1 and printed for our backers, who will get to see those first 24 pages before anyone else.
The Eighth Day was written by Sam Eggleston and is being drawn by Roberta Ingranata and lettered by John Hunt. The story is being edited by Kim Eggleston.
Ingranata and Hunt are both industry pros with Ingranata currently working on Zenescope's Robyn Hood title and Hunt having a background with several major publishers as both a letterer and a colorist.
Sam Eggleston has written several independent books, including Last Breath, Cazadora (soon to be a mini-series from Action Lab Entertainment) and Dead by Wednesday, all of which were successful Kickstarters. Kim Eggleston is also a comic writer (Dead by Wednesday) and has edited just about everything Sam has written.
The Christian bible states that God created everything over the course of six days, and on the seventh day he rested.
Science tells us that creation takes a much longer time period. That a day, quite frankly, isn't going to cut it.
Which one is right? What if they are both right?
The Eighth Day tells the story of Devani, who is living life on an Earth that has succumbed to a terrible disease that transforms those who contract it into hideous creatures that cannot be exposed to sunlight and that feed on any living thing they can catch. There are those who are immune to it, like Devani, but their numbers are dwindling and humanity stands on the brink of extinction.
The world is quiet. Where once great populations lived in cities, only a few souls still remain.
Devani doesn't think about how quiet it is. She's focused on surviving each day, collecting what she needs and staying safe indoors at night. But what she doesn't know is that the quiet -- the lack of other people around her -- is about to reveal something amazing: That we were all, indeed, created in God's image.
When it comes to Kickstarters, I have done the really complicated route and the less-complicated route and this time around I'm trying the not-complicated-at-all route.
Basically, you can get hard copies of the first comic, which would be a 24-pager that would give you a nice head start on the story (about six months ahead of the web readers), and you can get prints and other comics and even some commissions.
For the commissions, you can get work by Jay De Foy (Dead by Wednesday), Jason Baroody (Combat Jacks, Last Breath) or Brian Lopez-Santos. They all do great commission work and you can see samples of their work by following the links for each of them.
PLEASE NOTE: Commissions are for ONE character. To add a second character, it will be and additional 50-percent of the purchase. For the 9x12 full-body, for example, it's $100 for one character. For there to be two characters, it will cost $150. Drop me a note if you want more than two characters, or detailed backgrounds.
One lucky backer will also be able to get a 9x12 bust commission done by Billy Tucci (Shi, Sgt. Rock). Make sure to grab that one before it's gone because it's limited to just a single backer at the $100 tier.
UPDATE: Roberta Ingranata has made herself available for limited commissions through this Kickstarter. So, if you're a fan of hers, now is the time to strike.
If you're interested in buying more than one copy of the comic, please add $10 for every additional copy you want. If you want more than 5 copies, please contact me and we will work out a price point, depending on what you need.
I've tried to make the rewards very clear, but if you have any questions whatsoever, please don't hesitate to contact me. I'll get back to you as soon as possible.
Personally, I'm not a big fan of stretch goals -- but I know Kickstarter backers are and that's why we try to make them a reality.
$4,500 -- Digital Underground: Everyone will receive a PDF of Dead by Wednesday #1 and Last Breath.
$5,000 -- Post up: Everyone who is getting a physical reward will now also get TWO postcards based on The Eighth Day.
$5,750 -- Over the rainbow: Colored pages for the print edition of The Eighth Day #1. Colors will be by Michael Woods. Backers will be able to choose between a colored version of the print comic, or black and white.
$6,250 -- Variety is the spice of life: We'll have a variant cover created and backers will be able to choose if they want the original cover or the variant as their reward.
$7,000 -- There's always room for more: If we hit $7,000, the creative team will add four pages to the print copy that will ONLY be available in print. The webcomic won't get them.
$9,000 -- The Eighth Day #2! At this point, we'll be in a good spot to produce the second part of the story in print format. We'll also offer it up in color and in black and white and we'll be sending it to you along with issue No. 1. Please note, however, that we'd probably experience about a two month delay in getting everyone's rewards in their hands. We want to keep the quality the same from start to finish, so we'd want to give everyone ample time to make No. 2 as solid as No. 1.
Here's an example of the coloring with Page 5. Note how we're looking at a much "flatter" feel that I feel exemplifies the mood of the book:
I just want to make sure everyone is aware that this Kickstarter is running concurrently with another project I am finishing up. Dead by Wednesday was a successful Kickstarter I ran for a comic my wife and I wrote that is currently being printed and will be getting mailed out to backers in June and July. I don't foresee anything being delayed with that project, but I wanted to be able to keep moving with other projects and other creative teams so I decided to move forward with The Eighth Day while I finished up DBW.
If you have any questions about that, feel free to contact me and I'll answer them for you.
Risks and challenges
There are always challenges. There are almost always delays. There seems to always be something unexpected that comes up.
These are just the facts of Kickstarter. Projects have bumps.
However, we are in a great spot with The Eighth Day and I believe we'll not only slide through without having any deadline issues, but we'll finish up well in advance.
If any delays do come up, I'll inform all the of the backers immediately via updates, and I am always available to anyone who has any questions.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter