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EVERY STRETCH GOAL UNLOCKED! \o/
I couldn't be more thrilled to announce we've hit every Stretch Goal we had planned!!! Here's my most sincere thank you to every single backer, until next time, folks!
THIS IS THE REDHEAD
And this is the Kickstarter campaign to print a brand new book in The Few and Cursed saga - this time an anthology by a team of top comic book creators.
(Previous comics and the critically acclaimed anthology series 321: Fast Comics featuring Red's first appearance are available too - scroll down for details)
Share THIS POST RIGHT HERE on Facebook and at 250 shares every backer of The Chronicles of The Few and Cursed pledging for a print copy of the book will get the art below printed as a gorgeous glossy Mini-Print added to their rewards!
And that's on top of the already unlocked Stretch Goals:
Yes, we've been hitting STRETCH GOALS which means your pledge will come with extra and collectible freebies!
PICK YOUR COVER AND JOIN US IN OUR QUEST \o/
WHAT IS THE FEW AND CURSED?
It's a creator-owned comic book series about people trying to survive a world where most of the water on the planet disappeared in a mysterious apocalyptic event.
Because it all happened in 1840, the few survivors left have been stuck in this Old West setting for the last seventy years.
AND WHO IS THE REDHEAD?
She is a Curse Chaser. After the world ended, the doors to the supernatural have opened and it's up to Red to balance the scale.
Yep, that's right. Monsters, legends, demons, folklore, etc. The supernatural. We've introduced Red and a couple of curses in the original comics The Crows of Mana'Olana, a six-part mini-series that had the first three issues crowdfunded right here on Kickstarter.
Now it's time to go beyond the Redhead and her adventures to explore this post-apocalyptic universe and a few other curses and characters.
THAT'S PRETTY AWESOME AND I LOVED THE VIDEO! BUT THE TOP ARTISTS WENT BY TOO FAST. CAN YOU LIST THEM ALL HERE?
We're going to have (at least - scroll down for Stretch Goals!) seven brand new stories by seven artists, seven colorists and one inker.
All the previews below are actual panels from Chronicles of The Few and Cursed:
The Team-Ups of Artists & Colorists:
LUKE ROSS - Darth Maul, Star Wars: Force Awakens, Captain America, Spider-Man
LUIS GUERRERO - Doctor Who, Assassin's Creed, Deadly foes of Spider-Man
PEDRO MAURO - Adam Wild: Lagos (Ed. Sergio Bonelli), L 'Art du Crime (Ed. Glenat)
MARCO LESKO - Doctor Who, Assassin's Creed, Robotech
JOSÉ LUIS - Superwoman, Conan Exiles, Unity (Valiant)
ANDREW DALHOUSE - Teen Titans, The Huntress, The Flash
ARTHUR MEDEIROS - The Few & Cursed, Nerd Collect
TIAGO BARSA - Monsters, W-Man (Ed Benes Studio), Waterdogs (Ape Entertainment)
GERALDO BORGES - Batman & Robin Eternal, Grayson, Angel (Dark Horse)
VINICIUS TOWNSEND - Vampirella, Battlestar Galactica
FELIPE WATANABE - Invincible Iron Man, Justice League, Cyborg, Jiin
NATÁLIA MARQUES - The Shadow (Dynamite), Justice the Avenger, (Dynamite)
SAM HART - The Coldest City, Robin Hood, Messenger: The Legend of Joan of Arc
WESLLEI MANOEL - Kiss (Dynamite), Scar (creator-owned)
ADRIANO DI BENEDETTO (inker) - X-Men Gold, Nova, Spider-Man
THAT'S SOME TEAM! WHAT ABOUT THE STORIES AND CHARACTERS? WHO'S IN THESE CHRONICLES? IS THERE A NEW REDHEAD STORY?
Yes, there is. But just one. As much as we all love Red, this book is all about introducing new characters and new places.
The Chronicles will further develop some characters from The Crows of Mana'Olana as much as it will introduce new players.
Here's a complete list of the seven stories:
Exodus - We visit Persia to see the fall of Kermanshah - Jewel of the Rub' Al Khali Gulf - to a terrible and ancient demon. This story introduces a bit of Persian mythology in a revamped way.
From the Ashes - A sequel to the previous story: we follow the Persian Ruler in an exciting escape from his homeland. The whole story is an non-stop chase sequence.
The Great Robbery - Jebediah Younger is a main character in The Crows of Mana'Olana at the age of 94. Fifty years before though he was a train robber until his latest heist went terribly wrong.
The Eye of Horus - The only story featuring the Redhead. We tag along for a new adventure in Egypt as she battles a cult deep in a tomb for the Eye of Horus.
Scarlet Dream - His greatest dream was to find the Fountain of Youth and live forever. But some dreams can turn into curses... a pirate story featuring a major future character named Captain Bartholomew Eamus.
Street Rat - In a shark cemetery in the Australian Outback, a young girl must leave innocence behind and fight for her own life.
No Cheating - Meet Alistair Fairweather, a quick-draw cowboy who just won't accept any cheating.
And here's a little bit on the characters featured in the stories above:
And now, some of the new faces:
I'VE NEVER READ ANY OF THE FEW AND CURSED COMICS AND I HAVE NO CLUE WHO THE REDHEAD IS.
Then welcome to The Few and Cursed universe!
The Chronicles are the perfect entry point into the series. There is no need for prior reading, every story has it's own beginning, middle and end. And although we do setup a lot of characters and challenges that will be part of the main series, you can just pick up this book and enjoy it!
Come on up and discover a whole new world that blends together Western, Fiction, Supernatural and lots of adventures.
And if you are interested in getting issues 1 thru 3 of The Crows of Mana'Olana mini-series, all of the books are available right here separately or in bundles and you can check out some of the interior art from Fabiano Neves, Dinei Ribeiro, Ivan Nunes, Marcio Menyz and Tiago Barsa below:
AWESOME! AND WHAT HAPPENS IF WE GO OVER THE INITIAL GOAL, DO YOU HAVE ANY STRETCH GOALS PLANNED?
Yeah, we do, we've got some amazing stuff planed:
THAT'S GREAT! I HOPE WE GET TO REACH ALL THE STRETCH GOALS PLANNED! QUICK QUESTION, WHAT IS THAT GOLD SIGNATURE SERIES CARD?
Something we started on The Few and Cursed #2 campaign and went on to do it again for The Few and Cursed #3. Remember those collectible trading cards from the 90's?
That's what we did! We're working on a set of 9 trading cards with exclusively commissioned art and the artists' signature printed with gold foil in the back.
So far we've produced four cards - they are available as add-ons although in limited supply - in a series of nine and because the card for this campaign will be #5, it will be printed in a Metal high-end thick cardstock.
YOU'VE INTRODUCED THE ARTISTS BUT WHO WRITES THE STORIES?
That would be me. I'm 33 years old and I have been working pretty much exclusively with comics since 2013. I have a background in film making, got my Master's degree at Chapman University and wrote and directed my first feature-length film in 2012, A Bullet With No Name.
My first comic book series was The Lost Kids: Seeking Samarkand epic adventure. It was an adaptation of a feature screenplay I wrote while at Chapman and working at producing companies like Arad Pictures, Weed Road and Misher Films.
Trying a different approach to comics, I came up with the short narrative challenge "321": comic book stories with 3 pages, 2 characters and 1 twist ending. The 321: Fast Comics (both volumes available right here as part of rewards packages or add-ons) series was Kickstarted right here in 2015, and featured stories from every genre you can think of with a myriad of top-name artists attached to them.
On top of The Few and Cursed I also have another creator-owned series in the works, Classified, a spy thriller. Earlier this year I completed two original graphic novels. Too Good to Be True (recently kickstarted) is a dramedy about a wannabe comic book artist that meets his inspirational Hollywood crush.
Choices: A Hero's Tale is a graphic novel about a young guy that wants to be the world's first real superhero. It's inspired by the comics from the 50s and 60s when superheroes were just fun.
Recently I also got the opportunity of writing a Planet of the Apes short story for comic book app Madefire and Fox.
Phew! I hope that's good enough :D
COOL, THANKS FOR INTRODUCING YOURSELF! NOW LET'S TALK REWARDS AND ADD-ONS, WHAT YOU GOT FOR ME?
Our main dish is obviously the print copies of The Chronicles of The Few and Cursed in both their different covers:
You can add the Variant Kickstarter Exclusive book or extra copies of the book to any tier, scroll down for details.
We also have all three issues of The Few and Cursed main series - The Crows of Mana'Olana - available in bundles or separately.
The Few and Cursed co-creator's art book is also available as an add-on and comes signed by Fabiano!
And last but not least... PRINTS! They come in a large A3 size (11.69 x 16.53 inches) matte high-end paper. The prints come in bundles of 3 or 7 and there won't be any substitution so please make sure you are getting the ones that caught your eye.
They are available at higher tiers or can be added on to any pledge as below:
Set of 3x prints - $30 + Shipping (we use hard Mailer Tubes)
Set of 7x Prints - $60 + Shipping (we use hard Mailer Tubes)
A few things to keep in mind:
*Every book or comic mailed comes signed by me (Felipe Cagno)
*You can switch from the regular cover to the variant one at any tier - just add $10 to your pledge
*Every reward tier includes YOUR name in our "Thank You" section (regardless of the tier you pick, we are very grateful to have you joining us on this saga!)
*Also included in every tier is a digital copy of The Chronicles of The Few and Cursed (downloadable PDF or Comixology Redemption Code).
*Packages that offer The Few and Cursed: The Crows of Mana'Olana also include digital copies (downloadable PDF or Comixology Redemption Code).
HOW DO ADD-ONS WORK?
- Add up the total of your choices (plus shipping if it applies)
- Click "Manage Your Pledge" in the upper right corner (green button)
- Add the total of your Add Ons to your pledge amount in the next screen in the lower right button "Change your pledge". You don't need to change the tier you've selected
- You are done! Later you'll get a backer survey or direct message from to double-check your extras
- Thank you!
$10 - Upgrade your regular cover book to the exclusive variant
$25 - Add an extra copy of The Chronicles of the Few and Cursed REGULAR cover to any tier (+$3 shipping within the US or $10 internationally)
$35 - Add The Chronicles of the Few and Cursed VARIANT exclusive to book to any tier (+$3 shipping within the US or $10 internationally)
$10 – Set of 4 exclusive and collectible cards (Limited Supply) given to backers in previous campaigns
$25 - Fabiano Neves Art Book (+$5 shipping or +$13 internationally)
$30 - Set of 3x large format Prints (+$7 shipping within the US or +$12 internationally)
$60 - Set of 7x large format Prints (+$7 shipping within the US or +$12 internationally)
*Important notice: All the items above are included in several reward tiers as I tried to cover every choice. Before adding them on, check out all our rewards, some of them might even offer better prices ;)
EVERYTHING SOUNDS GOOD! WHAT ABOUT YOUR BUDGET AND SHIPPING, CARE TO TALK A LITTLE ABOUT THEM?
Fabiano and I are all about 100% transparency and we believe you deserve to know where your money is going to.
All of the money raised by Kickstarter will be used towards three things: Prodution, Printing, Shipping and Fees.
Here’s a breakdown of our costs:
- Production - $4,227.00
- Printing - $2,733.00
- Shipping - $2,500.00 (rough estimate based on previous campaigns)
- Shipping supplies - $300.00
- Fees (10% Kickstarter) - $1,072.23
- Other costs including travel, ISBN code, etc - $962.34
Total - $11,794.57
Any additional funding over our goal will first cover whatever is left from the above and all the extras like collectible cards, pin-ups, magnets, etc and production of future books of The Few and Cursed saga.
I'm also substantially raising our shipping supplies budget to give our Shipping process yet another upgrade.
We already pack and mail our rewards using hard cardboard photo mailers plus dust-free clear plastic bags and comic book sized card-boards.
For tiers that include 321: Fast Comics books, Fabiano Neves Art Book and/or commissions, bubble mailers will be used sandwiched by cardboards.
Our primary goal is to entertain you and release the series entirely through Kickstarter. It all starts with YOU and YOUR support so thanks so much for sticking with us :D
THANK YOU SO MUCH FOR ALL THE INFO, I LOOK FORWARD TO PLEDGE AND BACK THIS!
Risks and challenges
This will be my 7th Kickstarter campaign, 18th crowdfunding if you count my experience with a similar platform in Brazil, and by now I can say I have a pretty good handle of what to expect prior, during and after a lengthy campaign.
I love crowdfunding, it's an excellent opportunity to get in direct touch with readers and fans. If you have any criticism, feedback or question, I'm always around whether it's through Kickstarter's inbox or at firstname.lastname@example.org
I'd like to point out the book is done, all that is left is to ready the print files and actually go to print. By the time this Kickstarter is done the book will already have been released in Brazil.
The delivery schedule shouldn't suffer any delays except due to extraordinary circumstances (like monsoon season in Asia or being held up in customs, yeah, it could happen).
My biggest challenge is always shipping. I'm always looking for ways to make your packages arrive as safely as possible and in a timely manner. It's not easy... I've actually made friends with my local post-office dealing with such a difficult logistic but I feel I've made improvements and there is always room for growth.
For this campaign I plan on streamlining the logistics for some of our higher-end reward tiers offering prints instead of original art. Everything will be ready for shipping by January 2018.
All in all I'm glad you are here and thanks so much for backing!
- (37 days)