About this project
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!
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:
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.
"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!
"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.
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
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.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
You can see images of the T-shirt designs and other rewards at this link:
If you'd like to acquire two or more of our incentive packages, just choose the more expensive package--or the one with a limited number-- calculate the additional cost of the other rewards you would like and add that to your total pledge. Then send us a message and we will send you directions for confirming your big, fat, combo incentive package, at the end of the campaign.
I'm donating for two incentive packages that have an item that is the same in both packages. Can I substitute a different item?
As long as we don't get crazy with it. (Can't trade for the PDF chapters, or we'd be here all cycle.) We can certainly trade for something that is like for like; the "Harry's Wars" commentary for a "Masters of the Multiverse," for instance. Once you've pledged, send us a message and, if we can reach accommodation, we will give you instructions for making the old switcheroo happen.
Easy to answer! Bound in.
One of your updates said you were adding the "Secret History of Starstruck" PDF to the $65 level Goodie Bag incentive. Where is it?
We said it and we mean it. But Kickstarter doesn't let you change the level on offer, once someone has pledged at that level. However, we WILL be sending the "Secret History of Starstruck" PDF, with sketches, outtakes and secrets of Starstruck's creation to every backer who donates at that level.
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