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Get in early on Crimson Star with this Kickstarter exclusive Collector's Edition Ashcan featuring the debut of prominent characters.
Get in early on Crimson Star with this Kickstarter exclusive Collector's Edition Ashcan featuring the debut of prominent characters.
61 backers pledged S$ 2,462 to help bring this project to life.

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Crimson Star: A Singaporean Superhero - Collector's Ashcan

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About Crimson Star

Simply put, Crimson Star is a superhero comic for Singaporeans by Singaporeans. The character, an everyman bestowed with powers he does not entirely want, isn't only faced with a new bad guy every few months or so, but also has to combat the daily struggles that most Singaporeans faced during the cusp of the decade between the late '80s and early '90s.

Crimson Star Concept Art (Front)
Crimson Star Concept Art (Front)

With 65 issues planned, and the first 3 issues being currently illustrated, by a talented team of local artists, this Kickstarter campaign is an opportunity for comic book collectors to get their hands on an ashcan containing 10 pages of the first issue featuring the first appearances of future Crimson Star Fandi, his super-powered acquaintances Starlight and Starling, and their tech-obsessed villain, Tech-0-Mech.

Starlight Concept Art
Starlight Concept Art

What's an Ashcan?

To quote Wikipedia:
During the golden age of comics, ashcan editions of comics were printed to establish copyright. They often went straight from the printer to the "ashcan". Today, "ashcans" could more accurately be described as mini or digest comics.

Over the years, however, ashcans have become somewhat of a collector's commodity. The Crimson Star ashcan will consist of completed art of the featured pages, as well as additional insight on some of the characters and, as all good comic books do, a fight scene:

Art by Loo Fang Kai
Art by Loo Fang Kai

I'm a Superman Fanboy

As everyone in the comic book world knows, this March marks the release of Action Comics #1000--80 years after the first appearance of Superman in the title's inaugural issue!

Superman has since gone on to be the subject of some of the most iconic covers, so we have prepared 2 homages (a Standard and a Variant cover) to the Man of Tomorrow with art by Hailey Hernandez.

Cover A (1500cps) & Cover B (1000cps)
Cover A (1500cps) & Cover B (1000cps)

There will also be a Blank Cover Variant for those of you who prefer to have your own custom covers!

Cover C - Blank (625cps)
Cover C - Blank (625cps)

 

Rewards

Want a better picture of what you'll be getting from pledging to this campaign? Here's our Reward Tower!

Check out our Tower of Rewards!!
Check out our Tower of Rewards!!

Stretch Goals!

Well, now that we've been fully funded, here's a little on what more can be expected:

Stretch Goal #1: $2'888

  • Another 4 pages will be added to the Ashcan (bringing the content to 16 pages)! These 4 pages will highlight and breakdown the process of comic book creating, outlining the sequence step-by-step. This'll be a fun add-on for other comic book creator-potentials.
  • And even more cool is this glow-in-the-dark Starpulse (the source of Crimson Star's powers) keychain made by the very cool MangoCats! This will be added to the rewards for all tiers a $58 and above!
Mock-up of the glow-in-the-dark Starpulse keychain by MangoCats!
Mock-up of the glow-in-the-dark Starpulse keychain by MangoCats!

 

As always, there'll be more to come--with more pledges we'll definitely include more rewards, so let's hope to achieve these stretch goals!

More to Come!

Haven't made up your mind if you'd wanna support this AWESOME project?

Well, be sure to keep an eye on this page for more information and follow this campaign for e-mail updates!

THANK YOU!
THANK YOU!

Special  thanks to Zehe and David Goh for the Sketch cover art as seen in the video! And to James Leong for the amazing piece of Crimson Star looking more patriotic than a red and white costume already made him.

 

Risks and challenges

With art already underway (along with production of the other reward items) all that remains is the cost of printing this special run of ashcans.

By the end of Feb, the content will be ready to go to print with delivery of regular (non-sketched) copies estimated to be delivered by March!

Unless, well, Trump goes nuclear.

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  1. Select this reward

    Pledge S$ 2 or more About $1.45

    My Hero

    Receive TWO copies of the Crimson Star Collector's Edition Ashcan!

    That's right, TWO--one for you and one for a person you can introduce it to and show off that you're better than them for supporting this comic series!

    Wanna get more copies for your friends and family? Every additional $1 gets you a download key for another copy.

    Hell, at $1, why not get a copy for your enemies, too?!

    Includes:
    • Crimson Star Ashcan - Digital Key
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    Pledge S$ 5 or more About $4

    Standard Cover

    This standard cover homages the 14th March 1988 edition of Time Magazine, which celebrated the 50th anniversary of Superman with cover art by John Byrne.

    Additionally, your name will appear in the "Thank you" pages of the digital edition.

    Included in this tier will be 2 download keys for the digital edition of the Ashcan.

    Includes:
    • Crimson Star Ashcan - Standard Cover
    • Named "Thanks" in Digital Edition of Ashcan
    • Crimson Star Ashcan - Digital Key
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    Pledge S$ 8 or more About $6

    Variant Cover

    This variant cover homages the single most iconic comic of all tie: Action Comics #1 with a cover by Joe Shuster!

    Additionally, your name will appear in the "Thank you" pages of the digital edition.

    Included in this tier will be 2 download keys for the digital edition of the Ashcan.

    Includes:
    • Crimson Star Ashcan - Variant Cover
    • Named "Thanks" in Digital Edition of Ashcan
    • Crimson Star Ashcan - Digital Key
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    Pledge S$ 18 or more About $13

    3-Pack including Blank Cover Variant

    Blank covers are all the rage now! If you're a fan of getting yourself a customised cover by an artist of your choice, this would be the tier for you.

    A copy of the Standard and Variant Cover editions will also be included.

    Additionally, your name will appear in the "Thank you" pages of the digital edition.

    Included in this tier will be 2 download keys for the digital edition of the Ashcan.

    Includes:
    • Crimson Star Ashcan - Blank Cover
    • Crimson Star Ashcan - Variant Cover
    • Crimson Star Ashcan - Standard Cover
    • Named "Thanks" in Digital Edition of Ashcan
    • Crimson Star Ashcan - Digital Key
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    Pledge S$ 58 or more About $42

    Official Sketched Cover Set

    Receive a Blank Cover that's already been sketched on with a character bust of your choice by one of our artists! Limited to 10 pledgers!

    A copy of the Standard and Variant Cover as well as another copy of the Blank Cover editions will also be included.

    Also, join us for an exclusive, invitation-only book launch in May! (Refreshments included, location and date TBC.)

    Additionally, your name will appear in the "Thank you" pages of the print and digital editions.

    Included in this tier will be 2 download keys for the digital edition of the Ashcan.

    Includes:
    • Crimson Star Ashcan - Custom Sketched Cover
    • Crimson Star Ashcan - Blank Cover
    • Crimson Star Ashcan - Variant Cover
    • Crimson Star Ashcan - Standard Cover
    • Crimson Star Ashcan - Digital Key
    • Crimson Star Book Launch Invitation for You and a +1!
    • Named "Thanks" in Print and Digital Editions of Ashcan
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    Pledge S$ 88 or more About $64

    HUAT AH!

    Receive 1 MORE Blank Cover that's already been sketched on by Crimson Star penciller Loo Fang Kai! This is *in addition* to the first sketch cover featuring a character bust of your choice by another one of our artists. Limited to 5 pledgers!

    A copy of the Standard and Variant Cover as well as another copy of the Blank Cover editions will also be included.

    Also, join us for an exclusive, invitation-only book launch in May! (Refreshments included, location and date TBC.)

    Additionally, your name will appear in the "Thank you" pages of the print and digital editions.

    Included in this tier will be 2 download keys for the digital edition of the Ashcan.

    Includes:
    • Crimson Star Ashcan - Custom Penciller Sketched Cover
    • Crimson Star Ashcan - Custom Sketched Cover
    • Crimson Star Ashcan - Blank Cover
    • Crimson Star Ashcan - Variant Cover
    • Crimson Star Ashcan - Standard Cover
    • Crimson Star Ashcan - Digital Key
    • Crimson Star Book Launch Invitation for You and a +1!
    • Named "Thanks" in Print and Digital Editions of Ashcan
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    Pledge S$ 188 or more About $137

    Damn, son!

    In addition to literally everything from the $88 tier, this will also have the following:

    - A retail bundle consisting of an additional 12 Standard Covers, 8 Standard Covers, 5 Blank Covers
    - A "Special Thanks" credit on the front page of the Ashcan
    - A 6" statuette of Crimson Star from the casting batch run

    Includes:
    • Retail Bundle of 25 Copies
    • "Special Thanks" Credit
    • 6" Statuette of Crimson Star
    • Crimson Star Ashcan - Custom Penciller Sketched Cover
    • Crimson Star Ashcan - Custom Sketched Cover
    • Crimson Star Ashcan - Blank Cover
    • Crimson Star Ashcan - Variant Cover
    • Crimson Star Ashcan - Standard Cover
    • Crimson Star Ashcan - Digital Key
    • Crimson Star Book Launch Invitation for You and a +1!
    • Named "Thanks" in Digital Edition of Ashcan
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    Ships to Only Singapore
    Limited 2 backers
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    Pledge S$ 248 or more About $180

    Statue & Statuette

    Due to multiple requests, this tier will include a 12" Statue and 6" Statuette in addition to everything from the $88 tier:

    Receive 1 MORE Blank Cover that's already been sketched on by Crimson Star penciller Loo Fang Kai! This is *in addition* to the first sketch cover featuring a character bust of your choice by another one of our artists. Limited to 5 pledgers!

    A copy of the Standard and Variant Cover as well as another copy of the Blank Cover editions will also be included.

    Also, join us for an exclusive, invitation-only book launch in May! (Refreshments included, location and date TBC.)

    Additionally, your name will appear in the "Thank you" pages of the print and digital editions.

    Included in this tier will be 2 download keys for the digital edition of the Ashcan.

    Includes:
    • 12" Statue of Crimson Star
    • 6" Statuette of Crimson Star
    • "Special Thanks" Credit
    • Crimson Star Book Launch Invitation for You and a +1!
    • Crimson Star Ashcan - Custom Penciller Sketched Cover
    • Crimson Star Ashcan - Custom Sketched Cover
    • Crimson Star Ashcan - Blank Cover
    • Crimson Star Ashcan - Variant Cover
    • Crimson Star Ashcan - Standard Cover
    • Crimson Star Ashcan - Digital Key
    • Named "Thanks" in Print and Digital Editions of Ashcan
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    Pledge S$ 588 or more About $428

    You love us, you really do love us!

    In addition to literally everything from the $88 tier, this will also have the following:

    - A retail crate consisting of an additional 60 Standard Covers, 40 Standard Covers, 25 Blank Covers
    - A "Co-Publisher" credit on the Credit Section of the Ashcan
    - A 6" statuette of Crimson Star from the casting batch run
    - A 12" statue

    Includes:
    • Retail Crate of 125 copies
    • "Co-Publisher" Credit
    • 12" Statue of Crimson Star
    • 6" Statuette of Crimson Star
    • Crimson Star Ashcan - Custom Penciller Sketched Cover
    • Crimson Star Ashcan - Custom Sketched Cover
    • Crimson Star Ashcan - Blank Cover
    • Crimson Star Ashcan - Variant Cover
    • Crimson Star Ashcan - Standard Cover
    • Crimson Star Ashcan - Digital Key
    • Crimson Star Book Launch Invitation for You and a +1!
    • Named "Thanks" in Digital Edition of Ashcan
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    Ships to Only Singapore
    Reward no longer available 1 backer
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Funding period

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