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A cyberpunk comicbook featuring forbidden technology, alien magic, government conspiracy, and a masked vigilante who plots revolution.
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UPDATE! ACHIEVEMENT GOALS HAVE BEEN ANNOUNCED!

***UNLOCKED!*** MILESTONE GOAL - If we hit 60 total Backers for our combined physical levels, we'll add a Masque chibi sticker illustrated by David Jaxon!

STRETCH GOAL #1 - If we hit $3500 in funding, we'll add a mini-poster of Masque illustrated by Chris Pongpat!

See details below...

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"The future is there...looking back at us. Trying to make sense of the fiction we will have become." --- William Gibson, Pattern Recognition 

We're back! And so is the dystopian-age vigilante who took Kickstarter by storm!

Welcome to the future. Unknown to the general public, the last of a dying race of aliens has made a diabolical pact with a secret cadre of the world's most powerful politicians and richest entrepreneurs. One man knows the secret. He was given a scientifically enhanced super-body as part of the government's contingency plan for the aliens. He's armed with stolen alien weaponry. And he's beginning to master the aliens' cybermysticism. But his mind is damaged and he's gone rogue on an obsessive quest to stop them.

IMPORTANT NOTE: Masque #1 includes nudity. Yes, nakedness!

"The human eye is a wonderful device. With a little effort, it can fail to see even the most glaring injustice." --- Richard K Morgan, Altered Carbon

My name's John Schlim Jr. I'm a writer with a passion for comic books and this convoluted premise has been my obsessive quest for decades. Yes, decades. Elements of this story first took seed in my brain during high school, when I discovered the amazing subgenre of cyberpunk. It evolved many times over the years, further inspired by my love for dystopian fiction and comic books, influenced by my evolving political leanings, frequently revised due to changes in technology and society, but always remaining at heart a story about revolution. 

The protagonist of this story is an anti-hero, a man who cares so much about society that he doesn't care what society thinks about him, a transformed man who will use revolution to transform the world. This is the story of his desperate attempt to save humanity from itself.

And now, decades later, I finally get to share this story with the help of artist Elmer Cantada and letterer Robin Jones thanks to the generous support of Backers like YOU.

"Anything that can be done to a rat can be done to a human being. And we can do most anything to rats." --- Bruce Sterling

Cyberpunk. Dystopian. Label it however you like. Masque examines the virtues and vices that have definied humanity throughout history, now amplified in a futuristic celebration of genre fiction and comic books.

The first issue definitely raised more questions than it answered, leaving many readers bewildered. That's because the series is dripping with deception and mystery. Kickstarter Backer Rod Freund said, " WOW! I have no idea what is going on, and I love it! Haha! The worst thing about it is that it doesn't come out every month. You got me hooked on another one of your comics, well done." That sentiment was shared by other readers, who described the book as confusing but compelling. Truthfully the feedback was overwhelmingly positive!

The awesome motherload from our first Kickstarter!
The awesome motherload from our first Kickstarter!

The second issue picks up right where we left off, beginning to tease at some eagerly anticipated answers while uncovering more layers of conspiracy and raising even more questions.

Masque #2 will be a 24-page, full-color comic. We're talking high-quality offset printing just like the Big Two! Here are a few random sample pages...

Retail Edition cover by EV Cantada.
Retail Edition cover by EV Cantada.
Kickstarter Exclusive cover by Joel Cotejar and Isai Munake
Kickstarter Exclusive cover by Joel Cotejar and Isai Munake

"When you want to know how things really work, study them when they're coming apart." --- William Gibson, Zero History 

ARTIST EV CANTADA is a one-man art team on this project, handling everything from layouts to illustrations to final colors. He's worked for years as a freelance atoryboard artist and illustrator for numerous comic book publishers, including Zenescope Entertainment.

Gallery link:  EV Cantada on DeviantArt 

LETTERER ROB JONES is a writer and letterer of comic books, working with a group of misfits and miscreants under the guise of Madius Comics. He has lettered for companies such as BHP Comics, Markosia, and many other independent comics. He can often be found shouting into the abyss on Twitter - @RobJonesWrites

Portfolio link:  Rob Jones Writes 

CREATOR/WRITER JOHN SCHLIM JR is a lifelong storyteller who has worked as a journalist, editor, and advertising copywriter. He's also been published as a columnist, short story author, and comic book scripter. Most of his fiction falls into the genres of fantasy, science fiction, supernatural, or some combination thereof. His published comics work includes Dandelion (Arcana Studios), Fiendish Fables (Brain Scan Studios), Goth Ghost Girl (Ovation Comics), Masque (Ovation Comics), Infinity Agents (Ovation Comics), and a contribution to the critically acclaimed Outlaw Territory (Image Comics). His writing studio, Fablehaus, is hidden somewhere in the legendary Owlwood of New Hampshire.

Studio link:  Fablehaus Studio 

PREVIOUS KICKSTARTERS:

Masque #1 

Goth Ghost Girl #1 

Goth Ghost Girl #2 

Infinity Agents #1 

Masque is published by Ovation Comics, a publisher creating a new age in comics for print, digital, and beyond. Look for the "Standing O" on the cover of the coolest indie comics. And learn more about them at Ovation Comics 

"Technology is not neutral. We're inside of what we make, and it's inside of us. We're living in a world of connections -- and it matters which ones get made and unmade." --- Donna Haraway

Hopefully you'll be tempted by these mock-ups of some of our key rewards levels. Please take a moment to read through all of the different Backer levels on the right side of the screen and see what each has to offer. Pledge at whatever level makes the most sense for you, we'll be thrilled with any support you can provide!

Easy peasy!
Easy peasy!
HURRY!
HURRY!
Look dashing in dystopia!
Look dashing in dystopia!
Nailed it!
Nailed it!
If we can hit $3500 total funding, every Backer receives this mini-poster by artist Chris Pongpat---digital or print edition, depending on pledge level.
If we can hit $3500 total funding, every Backer receives this mini-poster by artist Chris Pongpat---digital or print edition, depending on pledge level.

Risks and challenges

Creating a budget for a Kickstarter-financed project is a spiraling descent into madness. There are countless "if this then that" scenarios which seem to breed endless costs, denying the underlying desire to make the book as affordable as possible. But the reality of independent creators producing, printing, and distributing comics themselves is an expensive challenge. Then when you factor in the production of cool rewards we want to provide to our awesome supporters, plus Kickstarter's cut and the insatiable appetite of the IRS, the budget becomes a shape-shifting monstrosity.

But we've done this before and we SUCCEEDED because of our enthusiastic Backers. After launching four successful Kickstarter campaigns, I have learned a lot about mitigating potential risks. This comic book has already been completely illustrated, it just needs your help to get into print. I have secured quotes for printing and production of all rewards. It's very important to me that you feel confident you're backing a project that will deliver as promised.

On behalf of the entire creative team, THANK YOU for helping us to express our creativity and to bring some cyberpunk noir to the comcis world!

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    Support indie creators and small press comics! This level gets you a full-color PDF of the Masque #2 comic book, a digital poster, and our eternal gratitude.

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    Cybernaut

    Get caught up on the series with this Digital Bundle that includes full-color PDFs of BOTH Masque comic books plus a PDF of the Masque #0 preview and a digital mini-poster.

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    • Full-color PDF of Masque #2
    • Full-color PDF of Masque #1
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    Alien Hunter

    If you prefer to hold your comic books in your hands and frame your prints, step up to the awesome Print Bundle! In addition to the digital rewards in previous levels, you'll also get a full-color printed copy of Masque #2 with your choice of cover signed by creator/writer John Schlim Jr, plus YOUR NAME will appear on the official "Thank You" page inside the comic. You'll also get a printed mini-poster of the cover, a new Collector Art Card, and 2 stickers.

    Includes:
    • Print edition of Masque #2 with your choice of cover
    • Your Name listed on "Thank You" page inside the comic
    • Printed Mini-Poster of Kickstarter-exclusive cover
    • Collector Art Card
    • 2 Stickers
    • Full-color PDF of Masque #2
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    Android Slayer

    We're collectors ourselves so we know that some of you are going to want BOTH covers of Masque #2! This Deluxe Level includes everything in the Alien Hunter level, plus a second copy of Masque #2 and a second Mini-Poster so that you can have both covers.

    Includes:
    • Print edition of Masque #2 with Kickstarter-exclusive cover
    • Print edition of Masque #2 with retail cover
    • Your Name listed on "Thank You" page inside the comic
    • Printed Mini-Poster of Kickstarter-exclusive cover
    • Printed Mini-Poster of retail cover
    • Collector Art Card
    • 2 Stickers
    • Full-color PDF of Masque #2
    • Full-color digital Mini-Poster of Masque #2 exclusive cover art
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    Beta Tester

    You say you're new to Masque and wish you hadn't missed the first comic? No worries! This level gets you caught up with print & PDF editions of issues 1 & 2, plus a PDF of the Masque #0 preview.

    Includes:
    • Print edition of Masque #2 with your choice of cover
    • Print edition of Masque #1
    • Your Name listed on "Thank You" page inside the comic
    • Printed Mini-Poster of Kickstarter-exclusive cover
    • Collector Art Card
    • 2 Stickers
    • Full-color PDF of Masque #2
    • Full-color PDF of Masque #1
    • Full-color PDF of Masque #0 Preview
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    Cyborg

    Power surge! You get the previous rewards (including the signed comic book with your choice of cover and the printed mini-poster) plus an amazing Masque T-shirt produced by our good friends at Rocket Fuel Only Screeprinting Company!

    Includes:
    • Masque T-Shirt
    • Print edition of Masque #2 with your choice of cover
    • Your Name listed on "Thank You" page inside the comic
    • Printed Mini-Poster of Kickstarter-exclusive cover
    • Collector Art Card
    • 2 Stickers
    • Full-color PDF of Masque #2
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    Revolutionary

    You still want 2 printed copies of Masque #2, one each of the Kickstarter-exclusive variant cover and the retail cover, but you also want the cool T-Shirt? This level is for you!

    Includes:
    • Masque T-Shirt
    • Print edition of Masque #2 with Kickstarter-exclusive cover
    • Print edition of Masque #2 with retail cover
    • Your Name listed on "Thank You" page inside the comic
    • Printed Mini-Poster of Kickstarter-exclusive cover
    • Printed Mini-Poster of retail cover
    • Collector Art Card
    • 2 Stickers
    • Full-color PDF of Masque #2
    • Full-color digital Mini-Poster of Masque #2 exclusive cover art
    • Full-color digital Mini-Poster of Masque #2 retail cover art
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    Beta Tester Max

    You can instantly go from noob to cybergroupie with print & PDF editions of Masque issues 1 & 2, a PDF edition of the Masque #0 preview, an envy-inducing T-shirt, and so much more!

    Includes:
    • Masque T-Shirt
    • Print edition of Masque #2 with your choice of cover
    • Print edition of Masque #1
    • Your Name listed on "Thank You" page inside the comic
    • Printed Mini-Poster of Kickstarter-exclusive cover
    • Collector Art Card
    • 2 Stickers
    • Full-color PDF of Masque #2
    • Full-color PDF of Masque #1
    • Full-color PDF of Masque #0 Preview
    • Full-color digital Mini-Poster of Masque #2 exclusive cover art
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    Cybermystic Master

    The ultimate package for MASQUE SUPERFANS! Check out the list below for the overload of rewards you'll bring home, plus you'll get a hand-sculpted, hand-painted POP figure of everybody's favorite cyberpunk vigilante! Artist Viet Huynh creates these unique sculpts with modeling clay applied to a Funko DIY POP figure, then paints each one. Figures will vary slightly because they're hand made.

    Includes:
    • Hand-sculpted, hand-painted Masque POP figure by Viet Huynh
    • Masque T-Shirt
    • Print edition of Masque #2 with Kickstarter-exclusive cover
    • Print edition of Masque #2 with retail cover
    • Your Name listed on "Thank You" page inside the comic
    • Printed Mini-Poster of Kickstarter-exclusive cover
    • Printed Mini-Poster of retail cover
    • Collector Art Card
    • 2 Stickers
    • Full-color PDF of Masque #2
    • Full-color digital Mini-Poster of Masque #2 exclusive cover art
    • Full-color digital Mini-Poster of Masque #2 retail cover art
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    Cybermystic Apprentice

    We also have an ultimate package for NEW Masque Superfans! Check out the list below for the overload of rewards you'll bring home, which includes print and PDF editions of Masque #1 & 2 plus the PDF edition of the Masque #0 preview. You'll also get a hand-sculpted, hand-painted POP figure of everybody's favorite cyberpunk vigilante! Artist Viet Huynh creates these unique sculpts with modeling clay applied to a Funko DIY POP figure, then paints each one. Figures will vary slightly because they're hand made.

    Includes:
    • Hand-sculpted, hand-painted Masque POP figure by Viet Huynh
    • Masque T-Shirt
    • Print edition of Masque #2 with your choice of cover
    • Print edition of Masque #1
    • Your Name listed on "Thank You" page inside the comic
    • Printed Mini-Poster of Kickstarter-exclusive cover
    • Collector Art Card
    • 2 Stickers
    • Full-color PDF of Masque #2
    • Full-color PDF of Masque #1
    • Full-color PDF of Masque #0 Preview
    • Full-color digital Mini-Poster of Masque #2 exclusive cover art
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