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Lee and Kaluta's 176-page, sci-fi noir Graphic Novel, set in the Starstruck Multiverse.

We're funded! Harry Palmer Starstruck is happening!

You will be getting a Full Color Book! 

We said originally that we would need $69,000 to have the book painted in full color and to have the books printed ourselves. Over the past few days, donations have picked up. We've also had inquiries from publishers. So, we tell you now that we will deliver that color book, possibly printing books ourselves, possibly working with a publisher!

Still, the closer we get to the original $69,000 goal, the more options we have. Options are good! And we'd really like the option to continue on to the next book after this one. You can give us the choice!

Scroll down past the project description to see our stretch goal incentives!
Scroll down to see pictures of some of our rewards!

Harry Palmer and Friends float above the Vale of Tiers, as the Wax Museum burns.
Harry Palmer and Friends float above the Vale of Tiers, as the Wax Museum burns.

What does a guy do when his pleasure droid goes missing?

And not just any pleasure droid, but an extremely rare droid who happens to be a dead ringer for his long-lost love! Follow tough-guy bartender, Harry Palmer—ex-rebel, ex-mercenary “proldier”—as he combs Rec 97, a perilous, planet-sized, vacation station in search of love. Does he seek a living woman, now a fading memory from his past, or this woman’s simulacrum, the last in a line of alluring Erotica Ann Droids? 

As Harry navigates the station’s levels—following clues and fending off enemies—from ritzy Blue Heaven, through the Vale of Tiers, and finally deep into the station Gutters, he must also delve into his own past to do battle with his personal demons. During his search, our Bartender-Hero finds as many questions as he does answers. 

What do androids believe about the nature of the soul, and are they right? Is it wrong to buy life from another sentient being, in order to extend your own lifespan? How much of a man has to be artificial before he stops being human? And if half of your memories are no longer your own, can you still claim to be yourself? 

But Harry’s not all talk and no action. He takes on rogue androids and vicious life-dealers, sexy pleasure droids and their alien pimps, double agents working for evil twins. He dodges flying blaster beams, uses cool sci-fi gadgets, abets kid con artists, gets the goods on Space Brigade brass, and runs afoul of a stunning seductress who just might be the death of him! 

Harry has waited patiently for us to finish his story, since the Marvel/Epic run of Starstruck, back in the 1980s. Due to the labor-intensive nature of the very detailed artwork, this has not been possible until now. Our choice would have been to either sign away our rights, or to starve to death while completing the work. Now, thanks to Kickstarter, we have the chance to deal directly with you. You get a beautiful book of sequential art, we get to eat while creating it!

Starstruck: Harry Palmer Quick Links:

What Came Before - Art From the Book - Reward Images

Creators of the Multiverse! 

Starstruck is the long-time obsession of actress-turned-writer Elaine Lee and renowned fantasy artist Michael Kaluta. Its creators share a black sense of humor, a love of the odd and arcane, and a shocking willingness to butcher sacred cows. 

An EMMY-nominated actress and writer of comics, animation, plays, prose and audio scripts, Lee is best known for her comics Starstruck and Vamps. She is a producing partner with AudioComics, a company making professional, full-cast “audio movies” inspired by stories from comic books, graphic novels and genre fiction, and whose production Titanium Rain was just nominated in two categories for the 2013 Audie Awards. 

SPECTRUM Grand Master and winner of numerous art awards, Michael Kaluta is equally well known as an illustrator, sequential artist, and cover artist. Working in comics, Michael is best known for his work on The Shadow and Madame Xanadu, as well as his covers for Books of Magic, Conan and House of Mystery. Other notable work includes his beautiful illustrations for Thea von Harbou’s Metropolis and covers for Glenn Danzig’s albums. 

http://starstruckcomics.com/about/the-creators/ 

"So, what's in the book?"

  • 176 pages of Starstrucky goodness, including 140 pages of sequential art, plus gallery, glossary and special features to immerse you deeply in Harry's corner of the Multiverse. 
  • A terrific science fiction story about what it means to be human, even when you’re not quite sure you are human. 
  • 60 pages of Harry Palmer’s 140 page-plus story will be reprinted from the Marvel/Epic Startruck series, episodes #2 and #3, but the pages will be expanded from within with exciting flashbacks of Harry's former life as a rebel soldier and mercenary "proldier."
  • 80 brand new story pages, detailing Harry’s past—as a rebel fighter in the revolution and a proldier fighting for Cyberforms in the Droid Wars—then taking us further into his very strange future. Yes, 80 never-before-seen pages of Kaluta’s unforgettable art… beautifully painted, if we meet our secondary goal. 
  • More action, adventure and intrigue! More dirt on the private lives of androids and clones! The scoop on “Running in Place,” the most popular, most dangerous, and most addictive means of life extension in the Starstruck Multiverse. 
  • Your book will be printed in stunning black & white, if we make our basic goal, in glorious, all-new, fully-painted, digital color, if we make a bit more. (Help us find donors, you'll get an upgraded book and additional rewards. It’s up to you!)
  • And so you won’t be kept waiting too long, everyone who pledges enough to receive the book, will also receive PDFs of each chapter, approximately 22 pages in length, as the chapters are finished! 
A Penciled Page Awaiting Ink.
A Penciled Page Awaiting Ink.

"What rewards can I get for my credit, gelt, cabbage, macoy?"

Besides the pleasure of knowing you have helped to launch the latest chapter of a groundbreaking comics masterpiece, a chapter that can only exist through your backing, here are some of the exciting rewards we are offering those who pledge: 

And there's more!

  • PDFs of the book, chapter by chapter, as it is completed. 
  • Page-by-page Creator's Commentary, as Audio Download. 
  • Limited edition Kaluta print, "The Emissary" 
  • Skype interview with the creators. Ask them anything! 
  • Portfolio or script review from Michael, script review or acting coaching from Elaine. (via Skype) 
  • Dinner with the Creators in New York City and a visit to Michael’s studio. 

"What will my money be used for?"

Harry Palmer: Starstruck is planned as a 167 page, 8 x 12", Hardcover Graphic Album, scheduled to be completed December of 2013, though printing and shipping will move us into early 2014. So far, 60 pages of the story have been scripted, penciled, inked and lettered. The rest of the story—80 pages—has been plotted and partially scripted, so the majority of the money will go to Michael Kaluta, to allow him to finish penciling and inking the book.

We also want to be able to hire the most talented letterer possible. And if our donors supply the needed funding for color, we’ll also hire a top-notch color artist and the digital painting on the 60 completed pages will begin right away. The rest of the money will go to layout, printing and shipping books, taxes and fees, and for making the T-shirts, patches and other nifty incentives.

Anyone pledging at a level high enough to get the book will be receiving a high quality, limited edition, signed and numbered, hardback copy of Harry Palmer: Starstruck.

What the Critics and Pros say about Starstruck... 

Publisher’s Weekly: “This brain-bending SF epic is the type of book that once devoured, demands to be passed on to another unsuspecting reader with a meaningful look and a wistful sigh. It is not however the type of read that lends itself well to actually being pinned down in a description any longer than, ‘you must have this’.”

Clive Barker: (author, director, Hellraiser, Weaveworld): “I was, and am, a huge fan of Starstruck, which I think was one of the most brave and elegant experiments in comic book story-telling.” 

Johnny Bacardi, Pop Dose: “Simply one of the best comics series I’ve ever read, full of Elaine Lee’s Altmanesque storytelling style, challenging and never inclined to spoon-feed the reader; featuring clever dialogue and memorable characters. And on top of that, it’s illustrated by one of the modern masters, Michael W. Kaluta, who’s never been better… A+“ 

Mike Carey: (The Unwritten, X-Men Legacy, Lucifer) Favorite comic book of all time? “Starstruck, by Lee and Kaluta.” 

John Hilgart, The Comics Journal: “And so you can become immersed in Starstruck in a different ways. You can sift for clues, move back and forth among pages, checking, verifying, assembling. Or you can simply give yourself over to it, and sink into each deeply imagined and beautifully rendered scene and character.”

Greg Burgas, Comic Book Resources: “I read this, I love it, and I soak up the art. Kaluta is masterful, with amazing detail, exciting scenes of explosions and chases through space... I don’t know if I’ve mentioned how very funny this comic is.” 

“IT’S A TOUGH GALAXY, BUT SOMEBODY’S GOTTA PAY FOR IT.
IT MIGHT AS WELL BE YOU!”

Stretch Goal Incentives

Here are a few of the Stretch Goal Incentives any that backer who has pledged at least $35 to get the book will receive, as we hit important milestones on our way to the $69,000 Full-Color Book:

  • $47,000 a Kalif Bajar postcard - Unlocked!
  • $49,000 a Brucilla the Muscle postcard - Unlocked!  
  • $51,000 a Verloona Ti postcard - Unlocked!  
  • $53,000 a Rah El Rex postcard - Unlocked!  
  • $55,000 a Limited Edition Print of Llyn Hunter’s Harry Palmer - Unlocked!  
  • $57,000 a Bronwyn of the Veil postcard - Unlocked!
  • $59,000 a Dwannyun of Griivarr postcard - Unlocked!   
  • $61,000 a Brucilla disguised as a Krabian Slave postcard - Unlocked!
  • $63,000 Harry Palmer: Starstruck in glorious color! - Unlocked!
  • $65,000 PDF of the whole Book in Michael’s exquisite black line - Unlocked! 
  • $67,000 a Glorianna and Harry postcards, to complete a set of 12 - Unlocked! 
  • $69,000 a limited Edition Print of Lee Moyer’s Glorianna   
  • $71,000 a "Hand for Each Hand" Droid Wars Mission Patch.

Above $71,000 Shhhh! We’re thinking! More story pages? Gallery pin-ups by your favorite artists? Our only limit is your generosity.

Llyn Hunter's "Harry" and Lee Moyer's "Glorianna"
Llyn Hunter's "Harry" and Lee Moyer's "Glorianna"

About the "print reward" artists:

Llyn Hunter has worked for just about every large animation studio as a storyboard artist for animation and has won Emmy's for Animaniacs, Pinky and the Brain and Curious George. She also illustrates for fantasy roll playing and collectable card games, and publishes her own work through Bobcat Publishing.

Lee Moyer is not only our digital painter for the Starstruck Deluxe Edition, his award-winning illustrations have been featured in Communication Arts, The Society of Illustrators Annual, D'Artiste, Design Graphics Magazine and many Spectrums. Check out his two Literary Pin-Up calendars!

We'd like to thank the following people for helping us with this campaign.

Zac Palmarini and Brennan Lee Mulligan for creating the video. 
Dwight Dixon for the use of his music, originally created for the Starstruck play.
Lee Moyer and Tym Stevens for painting the artwork.

And we'd also like to thank YOU for considering our Kickstarter!

Risks and challenges Learn about accountability on Kickstarter

You aren't taking any real risk with us. We're professionals who know everything we need to know to get this done. There are only three reasons why you wouldn't receive your incentives: 1) one or both of us contracts a rapidly progressing fatal illness, 2) technological civilization crumbles; 3) all employees of the postal service go postal.

That said, is it possible that some mishap could delay the arrival of your book or other incentives? Sure. We can't predict perfectly smooth sailing. But we can promise to get your rewards to you, as soon as is humanly possible.

There is also a slight risk that we will make our basic goal, but not make enough to hire a color artist to fully paint the book. If we make some, but not all of the extra money, we will continue to take pre-orders through our website, while Elaine, who has worked as a comic colorist, flat-colors the pages. We would then hire an artist to do the painting over her flats. (Elaine flatted most of the art you see on this page, including the cover.) Let me assure you that, even though the black and white book would be beautiful, we very much want to send you a full color book and will do everything in our power to make that happen. You can help us with that, by spreading the word about our Kickstarter.

Also, we understand that it's hard to wait for the rewards you so richly deserve, so everyone who donates at a level that gives them our book, will receive PDFs of the pages, chapter by chapter, as we complete them. Sort of like getting those 22-page comics each month. You'll see our progress and you won't have to wait for the book to start reading the story.

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    One of two beautifully detailed Harry Palmer: Starstruck desktop wallpapers by Michael Kaluta, and Your Name on the book's "Thank You" page. You'll also receive our profound gratitude and the warm glow of righteousness that results from the knowledge that you have helped a modern masterpiece of sequential art to reach the buying public.

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    A PDF download of Harry Palmer: Starstruck - "Old Proldiers Never Die," either delivered to you in chapters, as it's completed, or as the finished digital book. Plus Kaluta's fantastic art for your desktop and Your Name on the book's "Thank You" page.

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    One of two Creators' Commentary audio downloads, your choice. "Harry's Wars" takes you page-by-page through Harry Palmer: Starstruck, with humorous anecdotes and story background. "Masters of the Multiverse" moves page-by-page through the Starstruck Deluxe Edition. We'll even sing you the Amercadian Space Brigade anthem!

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    Your very own pristine, signed and numbered copy of Harry Palmer: Starstruck "Old Proldiers Never Die." Plus, the wallpaper, your name on the book’s “Thank You” page, and PDF downloads of the book's chapters, as they are completed, so you won’t have to wait until the book arrives to begin the story!

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    Your choice of either 1) our "When Harry Met Annie" T-shirt, depicting our bartender hero and his cybernetic love, or 2) a limited edition "Verloona Rolls the Bones" T-shirt, featuring Harry's seductive nemesis.

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    Your gorgeous, signed and numbered copy of Harry Palmer: Starstruck. Plus, a digital download of the page-by-page Creators' Commentary, "Harry's Wars." Also, the stunning wallpaper, your name on the book’s “Thank You” page and PDF downloads of Harry Palmer: Starstruck chapters, as they are completed.

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    The Harry Palmer: Starstruck Goodie Bag! Containing your incredible copy of the Book, a digital download of the "Harry's Wars" Commentary, a Tri-Clone invasion Mission Patch, and a PDF download of a Galactic Girl Guide Cookie box (assembly required). Plus, the wallpaper, your name in the book, and PDF downloads of all Harry Palmer: Starstruck chapters. Goodies will be added to this category, if we meet our stretch goals.

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    Your sure-to-be treasured, signed and numbered copy of Harry Palmer: Starstruck comes with an original Kaluta sketch inside the front cover. Any character of your choosing. Plus the incredible wallpaper, your name in the book, and PDF downloads of all Harry Palmer: Starstruck chapters

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    An "only with this Kickstarter" Sailor's Grave T-shirt, mermaid & treasure chest on the front, recipe for a Double Death Commando on the back. Plus, an exquisite copy of Harry Palmer: Starstruck, a Tri-Clone invasion Mission patch, and a PDF download of a Galactic Girl Guide Cookie box, as well as the incredible wallpaper, your name on the book’s “Thank You” page, and PDF downloads of all Harry Palmer: Starstruck chapters, as they are completed.

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    A copy of the 360-page, IDW, Starstruck Trade Paperback, containing all the stories that came before Harry’s tale AND a brand-spankin'-new, signed and numbered copy of Harry Palmer: Starstruck. Plus, two Creators' Commentary audio downloads: "Harry's Wars" takes you page-by-page through Harry Palmer: Starstruck, and "Masters of the Multiverse" through the Starstruck Deluxe Edition. Plus, wallpaper, name in book, and PDF chapter downloads!

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    Three spectacular signed and numbered copies of Harry Palmer: Starstruck, plus the Creators' Commentary audio download, "Harry's Wars," which takes you page-by-page through through the story. And Kaluta's incomparable art for your desktop, the PDF downloads and Your Name in the book.

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    Domestic Retailer incentive pack: receive 5 signed and numbered copies of Harry Palmer: Starstruck. And your name and the name of your shop will appear on the book's "Thank You" page. Includes shipping. Qualified retailers only, please.

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    For theatrically inclined Starstruck fans! A hard-to-find, 8.5 x 11" trade paperback of the original Starstruck play, containing pin-up art by Michael Kaluta and photos of the first New York production. Plus, a reproduction of the play poster. Plus, the new actor's edition of the updated play, just released by Broadway Play Publishing. Plus, a download of the wild and wacky Starstruck “audio movie” from AudioComics! Plus the wallpaper, "Thank You," the PDF download and a signed and numbered copy of the book.

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    A limited edition Kaluta print "The Emissary," matted for framing, depicting Vercadian Protector Android, VEEP 7, swimming with gilled gal empaths in the waters of Aguatunesia. Plus your very own unfathomably wonderful, signed and numbered copy of Harry Palmer: Starstruck. And the stunning wallpaper, your name in the book and PDF downloads of all Harry Palmer: Starstruck chapters.

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    Be a character in Harry Palmer: Starstruck! One of the brave visitors to the infamous Rec Station 97 will be drawn in your likeness. Will you be a vicious life-dealer, a Sister of the Cosmic Veil, an alluring pleasure droid, a bold Brigader, or a member of Glorianna's private "Beastie" guard? As well as appearing in the book, you'll also get all rewards on the $75 level.

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    Five astonishing Kaluta Art Prints from Glimmer Graphics Prints, the first 4 signed and numbered: She's Leaving Home, Freder's Dream, Legolas Draws The Bow, Black Gate, Bilbo's Birthday Party. Plus the luscious signed and numbered print "Carol" by Jeffrey Jones.

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    KALUTA DRAWING! Since no one has pledged for the Skype interview, Michael will instead do a drawing of YOU skyping with the Starstruck creators, from somewhere in the Starstruck multiverse.

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    An original drawing by renowned fantasy artist Michael Kaluta. Not a quick sketch, a drawing. Your choice of any one or two characters. Along with your drawing, you'll receive one perfect signed and numbered copy of Harry Palmer: Starstruck

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    Either 1) your script read and critiqued, or your portfolio reviewed by renowned fantasy artist Michael Kaluta, or 2) your script read and critiqued, or an acting coaching session via Skype, with Starstruck writer and EMMY nominated actress, Elaine Lee. And all rewards from the $75 level.

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    One-of-a-kind item! Kalif Bajar's Blaster, wielded by the actor who played the sinister villain in the two NYC productions of the play. This is the weapon that inspired the look of the blaster in the comics. Kalif's blaster comes with a vintage Starstruck play poster, signed by Lee and Kaluta, as well as the wallpaper, PDF, and a signed and numbered copy of the book.

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    One-of-a-kind item! Eeeeeeeeeluh the Mystic Nyt’s costume helmet, designed by Michael Kaluta, built by award-winning fantasy artist Charles Vess, and worn by both the actors who portrayed the gilled gal empath in the two New York productions of the play. The helmet comes with limited edition Kaluta print, "The Emissary" and a vintage Starstruck play poster, signed by Lee and Kaluta, as well as the wallpaper, PDF, and a signed and numbered copy of the book.

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    One-of-a-kind item! Erotica Ann’s helmet, with silky white hair attached, designed by Michael Kaluta, built by award-winning fantasy artist Charles Vess, and worn by the actor who portrayed Erotica Ann in the two New York productions of the play. The helmet comes with a vintage Starstruck play poster, signed by Lee and Kaluta, as well as all rewards on the $75 level.

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    One-of-a-kind item! Dwannyun of Griivarr’s screw-top helmet (that inspired our Galactic Girl Guide helmets), designed by Michael Kaluta, built by Charles Vess, and worn by the actor who portrayed Dwannyun in the two New York productions of the play. The helmet comes with a vintage Starstruck play poster, signed by Lee and Kaluta.

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    Brucilla's flight helmet, designed by and built by Michael Kaluta. The helmet comes with a vintage Starstruck play poster, signed by Lee and Kaluta, as well as all rewards on the $75 level,

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    An original drawing by celebrated fantasy artist Michael Kaluta, depicting YOU with any one character of your choosing. Along with your drawing, you'll receive one flawless signed and numbered copy of Harry Palmer: Starstruck.

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    Collectors only! Brucilla’s Krabian Slave helmet, designed by Michael Kaluta, built by Charles Vess, and worn by the actor who portrayed Brucilla in the second New York production of the play. Bru’s helmet, part of the disguise she wore in order to board Verloona’s living ship, comes with a vintage Starstruck play poster, signed by Lee and Kaluta.

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    KALUTA DRAWING! Since no one has pledged for the dinner with the creators, Michael will instead do a drawing of YOU having dinner with the Starstruck creators, somewhere on Rec Station 97. Plus, you'll get your beautiful copy of the book.

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    Be a star in Harry Palmer: Starstruck! One of the book's featured characters will be drawn in your likeness! Your character will have lines, will appear over a number of panels, and may even be given a death scene! Will you be an alien pawn shop owner? One of two Brigaders on shore leave who OD on android life-force? Plus all the rewards that appear on the $75 level.

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