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The Last West imagines a world in which all cultural and technological innovation has ground to a halt... and only one man knows why.
The Last West imagines a world in which all cultural and technological innovation has ground to a halt... and only one man knows why.
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Welcome to our Kickstarter for The Last West RELAUNCHED: Volume One!

As we said in the video above, if you helped support our first campaign: thank you! We hope you find our new, improved, retooled campaign worthy of your support once again. 

If you're new to The Last West, here's the deal in a nutshell:

Evan Young and Lou Iovino, guys who write stories and love comic books, want to create a new comic. It's called The Last West and it's about all technological and social advancement having stopped in 1945, and one man's quest to discover why.

It's what would happen if you put Chinatown and Lost together and made the result into a Vertigo-type comic book. It's a smart and fun bit of alternate history noir, and we need your support to finish it.

Want more details about the story?

Watch the video, we explain it all!

Want a sneak peek of the opening scene?

Keep scrolling!

Want to know our STRETCH GOALS?

Keep scrolling! They're under the rewards!

This Kickstarter campaign will help us get the funds we need to wrap up Volume One, which encompasses the first 5 issues of this planned 10-issue series. Your funding will go to the art team for their roughs, pencils, inks, colors, and letters.

You may have noticed that this is indeed our second go-around on Kickstarter since we canceled our first drive a few months ago. So, what's new and what's different?

- We've got a publisher now! We didn't when we started our first campaign, which is why we canceled it and restarted this one. It's Alterna Comics.

- We have a schedule now! We didn't before. We start with the digital release of issue 1 in November.

Like last time, we've got rewards that let you join in the fun of our project. The rewards are described on the right and below, so find one you like and please consider lending us your support. You can contribute $5 for a print copy of the first issue, or $35 for the Absolute Last West Volume One, or $350 for an original board, or... really, it's whatever you choose!

For more details about the art team, the rewards, and a sneak peek at the story, read on.

And if you'd like even more details, check out our previous Kickstarter campaign here. There's a ton of info still there for all to read.

And if you want to read a fantastic letter explaining why you should support The Last West, from Dr. John Barber, PhD, then click here to be convinced.

And thank you again for your support!

Sincerely,

Evan & Lou

You've met Evan and Lou. Here are the rest:

Novo Malgapo, artist. Has penciled Grimm's Fairy Tales, Wonderland, and Charmed.

Liezl Buenaventura, colorer. Has worked with various publishers and independents, including Zenescope Entertainment, Arcana Studios, and Ronin Studios.

Kel Nutall, letterer. Kel has lettered for HarperCollins, Big Dog Ink, Devil's Due, and many in between. He's also written the original graphic novels Nothingface and Island Tales.

Kody Chamberlain, cover artist. Kody's extensive credits include work for Marvel Comics, DC/Wildstorm, HarperCollins, Image Comics, IDW Publishing, 12 Gauge Comics, BOOM! Studios, and Digital Webbing Press.

And here's just a slightly closer look at the t-shirt, the poster, and the bottle:

And now, for a sneak peek at...

A final disclaimer: We are in no way affiliated with Wired, Steven Levy, or Jay Walker, although we wouldn't mind.

Risks and challenges

Things happen. People get sick, people get married and have kids, life events force issues that draw our attentions and efforts elsewhere. Rest assured that every one of us is fully committed to this project, and it's only the most dramatic unforeseen acts of nature that will get in our way.

Comics take work, and one of the risks of creating comics with a team of specialists is that delays at any one step in the process have a knock-on affect downstream. A delay in roughs will push back the pencils, which pushes back the inks, then the colors, and so on. Delays happen throughout the world of comics, and we will do everything we can to try to avoid them. Part of our publishing schedule -- bimonthly starting in November 2013 -- is geared to help us avoid this at all costs.

Bottom line? We know how to make comics happen.

Evan made The Forgotten happen, a 4-issue limited series and a trade paperback: pencils, inks, letters, printing, shipping, going to cons, promoting, advertising, websites, on and on. Same with The Carrier, a much more ambitious project in many ways. Years of work from an art team who lived in Brazil, coordinating payments, pages flying back and forth... then nine months of development to make the iPhone/iPad application work. And all the same stuff re: promotion, building a webpage, exhibiting, etc etc. The effort required is very large in the world of independent comics.

There are many things that can happen that would be out of our control, but we will do our absolute best to manage. We're professionals and this is our passion.

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    An autographed print copy of ISSUE #1. This edition of issue 1 is exclusive to Kickstarter and will be signed by Evan and Lou and shipped to you!

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    The AUTOGRAPHED ISSUE #1 AND #2 BUNDLE PACK, exclusive to Kickstarter! These will be signed by Evan and Lou and shipped to you!

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    A digital pdf of ISSUES #1, #2, #3, AND #4, each emailed to you before they're available to the rest of the public!

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    Autographed, print copies of ISSUES #1, #2, AND #3, exclusive to Kickstarter, signed by Evan and Lou and shipped to you!

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    A digital pdf of THE TRADE PAPERBACK: VOLUME ONE, which will collect The Last West issues 1-5, emailed to you before it's available to the rest of the public!

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    Autographed, print copies of ISSUES #1, #2, #3 AND #4, exclusive to Kickstarter, signed by Evan and Lou and shipped to you!

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    A digital pdf of THE TRADE PAPERBACK: VOLUME ONE, WITH EXTRAS! This will collect The Last West issues #1-5, but will also include our chock-full-of-amazing-goodness "Digital Extras Pack."

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    An autographed, print copy of THE TRADE PAPERBACK: VOLUME ONE, which will collect The Last West issues #1-5, OR each individual floppy issue from #1-5. (Specify which you would like, the trade paperback or the individual issues). These will be signed by Evan and Lou and shipped directly to you!

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    A super-rad, cottony, LAST WEST T-SHIRT. See our project description for what it looks like. Available in S-M-L-XL.

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    A super-awesome Kody Chamberlain-drawn LAST WEST POSTER. See our project description for what it looks like.

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    An autographed, print copy of THE ABSOLUTE TRADE PAPERBACK: VOLUME ONE, INCLUDING ALL EXTRAS! This will collect The Last West issues 1-5, but will also include all of our behind-the-scenes extras! Character spins, chunks of script, roughs, pencils, commentary... This is the "Absolute Edition" and is exclusive to this Kickstarter!

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    An autographed, print copy of THE TRADE PAPERBACK: VOLUME ONE, WITH EXTRAS, plus a digital pdf of THE ENTIRE SCRIPT. Our 500-plus page monster of a script is the heart and soul of this entire project, and this will be the only time we give it away to anyone!

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    One of the true gems of our entire reward system... at $75, you will get an official (and empty, in keeping with the Kickstarter rules) COLLECTIBLE WEST BOURBON BOTTLE, plus a signed, printed copy of THE TRADE PAPERBACK: VOLUME ONE. See our project description for the details.

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    AN ORIGINAL ART BOARD FROM ISSUE ONE. Novo Malgapo has donated his entire series of original boards for Issue One to this campaign. First-come, first-served until all 22 pages are gone!

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    PORTFOLIO OR SCRIPT REVIEW. Are you a comic book creator? Do you draw, or write, or do both, and are you looking for honest feedback from people who've been there? This is the reward for you. You send us your stuff, we'll read it or look at it, and we'll send you our unbiased opinions. Easy as pie.

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    SKYPE WITH THE CREATORS. Jump onto a one-hour Skype session with Evan and Lou and talk about whatever floats your boat. Your projects, comic books, comic book scriptwriting, technology, storytelling, mobile comics, you name it. We'll review you're portfolio or your comic script too, if you're interested. Plus you'll get the other cool stuff: the signed Trade Paperback, a poster, a t-shirt, and the West Bourbon bottle.

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    BE DRAWN AS A BAD GUY. We'll have you drawn as one of our bad guys, most likely one of the men in the Russian spy network who are chasing after the secrets of the West family. We'll guarantee that your character has at least one speaking line in the series. Plus you'll get the other cool stuff: the signed Trade Paperback, a poster, a t-shirt, and the West Bourbon bottle.

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    BE DRAWN AS A WEST. We'll have you drawn as an actual member of the West family, and will guarantee that your character has at least one speaking line in the series. Plus you'll get the other cool stuff: the signed Trade Paperback, a poster, a t-shirt, and the West Bourbon bottle.

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    PRETTY MUCH EVERYTHING. For $1,945, a reward that represents the year in which all progress stopped in The Last West, Evan and Lou will give you pretty much all we have to give. We will draw you into the comic as a significant character. We'll fly you out to Washington, DC, and we'll meet up with you for a tour of the Smithsonian Air & Space Museum. We'll grab lunch or dinner with you, and some drinks, and we'll talk about comics and technology and whatever else you want to talk about. Plus you'll get the other cool stuff: the signed Trade Paperback, a poster, a t-shirt, and the West Bourbon bottle.

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