The Last West imagines a world in which all cultural and technological innovation has ground to a halt... and only one man knows why.
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?
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!
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 Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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.
Our t-shirt guy tells us he can only accommodate the basic men's & women's S-M-L-XL sizes.
If you fall outside that range (ES or XXL and above) then just drop us an email and we'll see what we can do.