NOTE: The $35 autographed book tier is sold out. However, you can still get an autographed copy from any of the higher tiers!
Final Push! BONUS If We Reach $15k!
This is it, the final 24 hours of the Golem Kickstarter. We've made it past the $13,000 mark, which is amazing, but we still have more to do. If we can get to $15,000, all backers at the $20 & up rewards will get to read a prequel comic book story.
And, as added bonus, if we can get to $15k before time ticks down, we'll add this story to the print edition for all those at the $30 and higher tier.
How can you help? You can increase your pledge (there are great rewards to be had!) and spread the word.
Thank you to everyone who has supported Golem. We've reached our initial goal of $8k! We're not finished yet. We want to make Golem the best book possible and also make this a great experience for our supporters.
How can you make certain to score some of these unlockable rewards? You can increase your pledge (and select a higher reward) and/or spread the word to get more people to back Golem. The more backers we get, the more goodies you earn,
- $8,000 - UNLOCKED - Bonus Autographs from the Artist and the Colorist ($35 tier & up)
- $10,000 - UNLOCKED - Free Bookmark ($30 tier & up)
- $11,000 - UNLOCKED - Bonus Print from Laura Schumacher ($55 tier & up)
- $12,000 - UNLOCKED - Making of Golem Digital Book ($20 tier & up)
- $13,000 - UNLOCKED - Audio Guide App with Director Commentary (All backers)
- $14,000 - Script Book Upgrade with Artist Layouts Included ($45 tier and all tiers $100 & up)
- $15,000 - Digital Prequel Story ($20 tier & up)
- $16,000 - Magnetic Paper Doll of Danya with Three Changeable Outfits ($40 tier & up)
- $18,000 - Three Digital Prequel Stories ($20 tier & up)
- $20,000 - Prequel Stories Added to Trade Paperback ($30 tier & up)
- $25,000 – Hardcover Upgrade ($30 tier & up)
*Note: Digital prequel stories are eight-page comic book versions of the eBook short stories given to $20 & up tiers.
Golem Bonus Print ($55 tier & up) with art by Laura Schumacher
Golem Bookmark with art by Kristofor Durrschmidt
Have a special reward bonus request? Tell us in the comments!
Golem is a graphic novel created and written by Hilary Goldstein (that's me!) with art by Giovanni P. Timpano (G.I. Joe: Infection), colors by Laura Schumacher, and covers by Garry Brown (Incorruptible).
My goal is to use Kickstarter to complete all four issues and publish an exclusive 100-page version of the graphic novel only for backers. This version will have added content not available in other editions and backers will be the first to read this epic revenge tale.
If you'd like to help, please back this project and tell your friends and followers on Twitter and Facebook.
They framed her for the murder of the President, executed her husband in front of her, and nearly took the life of her infant son. Big mistake. Exiled from America, Danya Ben-El'azar and her six-year-old son Jonah have become the international mercenary team known only as Golem. With sword and pistol, mother and son travel the world hunting the people who ruined their lives.
There's a famous Jewish legend about a monster, called a golem, built from the clay of the Earth. Once a command is written on its forehead, it will stop at nothing to see it carried out. Danya adopts the spirit of the golem, and when she writes those Hebrew letters on her forehead, becomes an unstoppable monster. But when the costume is off and the letters are wiped away, she's burdened with feelings of inadequacy as a mother and the sense that she's trapped by her own hunger for revenge.
The story focuses on the relationship between Danya and her son, Jonah. Danya is overwhelmed by her singular obsession with revenge. Jonah doesn't have the same world view, doesn't feel that need to punish. This puts them at odds throughout the story as the opportunity arises to finally get vengeance, but at a great cost.
Where the Money Goes
The base goal of this Kickstarter is $8000, which covers the cost for the artist, colorist, and the covers. If we can manage that, we'll be able to produce all four issues and collect it into a trade. That's really just the beginning though, as there are other costs I'm currently going to take on with what little money I have in the bank (including printing costs). Every cent earned is going right back into this project.
If we reach our first goal, I'll be able to produce a print run of a Kickstarter exclusive edition of the 100-page TPB. If you back this project for $30 or more, you're guaranteeing yourself a copy of the book! If we get past $8k, I'll start laying out some stretch goals.
First thing's first, though. We have to get to $8000. If this project doesn't reach $8k none of the money comes through and the comic book won't be finished. So please, help if you can.
Thank you for your help in making this comic book a reality!
Here's a cool reward all backers receive. You will have access to exclusive updates of layouts, pencils, inks and designs of new pages as the book is created beyond what will be shared with anyone else. You'll get insight into the creative process as well.
Page 4 from layouts to colors.
The TPB is expected to be ready by April 2013 at the latest. Some rewards will be available and delivered before then. A few of the key rewards:
$30 - Exclusive Kickstarter TPB (Plus eBook short story trilogy prequel)
This version is only available through Kickstarter and includes bonus material not in any future printing.
$40 - Choice of Prints (Plus a copy of the TPB)
After the Kickstarter is complete, you'll receive a survey to pick either the artist's print or a print of the cover.
Art Print by Giovanni P. Timpano (Yes, it will be colored)
Cover print by Garry Brown
$50 - Sketch from Me (Warning: I have no artistic talent)
Your beautiful book will include a unique attempt at recreating a scene from Golem drawn by yours truly. I can't draw, so these will be epic! See the incredible example below!
$60 - Sketch from Series Artist Giovanni P. Timpano (and the book too!)
Or you can get a sketch from the artist, who actually knows what he's doing.
$80 - Golem T-Shirt (Sizes S-XL), also available in all later tiers!
$100 - Ultimate Combo Pack!
Can't decide on one reward? The combo pack scores you pretty much everything below it. That's a signed copy of the TPB, author sketch, two art prints, the script book (all four issues + commentary!), PDF of the series, eBook short story prequel, and a guest appearance in one of my dreams.
$400 - Original Notes (One backer only!)
I change lots about my stories even as the art is coming in. Only one person will know the earlier versions of Golem with all of my notes. This includes colored notecards I used to order the plot. There's an entire issue in notecards that was scrapped. What happened in that issue? One way to find out.
$1000 - Be a Victim
Danya kills a lotta folks in this book. You could be one of them. That's right, your likeness will be put into the comic to die by Danya's hands. You'll get the original art for the page featuring your demise and get all kinds of other goodies (prints, script book, t-shirt, etc.).
Yes, all reward tiers $35 and above include an autographed copy of the book.
Yes. I'll critique anything up to about 15,000 words.
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