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BLANK: The new Graphic Novel Series (Book 1 of 7) "A Virus for the Virus" for PUBLICATION & MOVIE/GAME DEVELOPMENT

Blank - The Graphic Novel on Kickstarter

This is The Brothers of The Silence, a.k.a. Ian and Implovious, coming to you from the dungeon where we’re constructing Blank — the GRAPHIC NOVEL SERIES / Movies / Games (download the complete first chapter here: Chapter 1 - A Virus for the Virus). This is our first BIG PROJECT since breaking with our publishing house. It’s finally time to attach the electrodes and bring our monster into the living world!  We invite you to become a backer and make yourself a part of this project.

BLANK IS A SUPERNATURAL ADVENTURE STORY — the stuff of Hollywood blockbusters. A beleaguered hitman discovers he is mankind’s last hope. The only problem: he’s already dead! In the next world he must fight increasingly menacing monsters to make his way back to this world so that he can vanquish the terror threatening to destroy all mankind. The story has tons of monsters, a ghost, a megalomaniacal psycho killer, a love story, warring families of two cults, beautiful assassins, an extinction-level virus and much more. It is truly an adventure franchise on an epic scale.

We’re real people. We need help.

WE’RE SUCCESSFUL CREATORS. We’ve been published six times by Barnes & Noble’s publishing division. Implovious’ illustrations have appeared in Sports Illustrated and Variety, including an Emmy Awards campaign for David E. Kelley Productions. Blank is the first graphic novel in history to have launched in real-time on Facebook and Twitter. We already have a fanbase of over 100,000 beautiful people — about the population of Savannah, Georgia, and bigger than 52 countries. Book One is called “A Virus For The Virus” and has 200 pages and several posters already developed. It’s the start of something BIG. But we need your help! Blank is an epic story that MUST BE TOLD.

BLANK ON KICKSTARTER is the next natural step for us. Generally a publisher would be responsible for a $200,000+ media budget, a $100,000 printing bill, their own overhead, sales staff, warehousing and distribution expenses, leaving very little left over for the authors. This time, we want to do it differently. Your pledge will help us bypass that entire web of inflationary costs and inefficiencies. This is the future of publishing. The future begins with you.

WITH YOUR HELP, we can make this into the next big thing! Pick a reward. We’ve made it fun. You can choose to get an unlimited reward or a Limited Edition Reward, most will be signed and numbered. We’ve got rewards on either path for every budget, from $1 to $10,000 (the Kickstarter limit). You’ll get recognition, books, art and so much more! But mostly what you’ll get is our thanks for your support and our commitment to bring you the best story ever.

Choose your reward exclusivity.                                   It’s your choice.

We’ve crafted our launch as a “Kickstarter Exclusive” with unique rewards that you will only be able to get on Kickstarter during this project and then they’ll be gone forever. 

Some of you will choose Unlimited Rewards. All rewards for those who choose “Unlimited Rewards” have no quantity limits, but include special art exclusive to this project on Kickstarter until the funding period ends.

Some of you will choose Limited Edition Rewards. “Limited Edition Rewards” are signed, numbered and branded with special art, and are exclusive to this project here in limited quantities on Kickstarter until the funding period ends.

Spread the word.                                                 Support the Arts & Humanities.

Thanks to all who help and support us. We love you and we promise that however large or small your participation, it definitely makes a difference in the final product we produce.

We’re only as good as our network of friends. As soon as you support this kickstarter, PLEASE TELL EVERYONE YOU'VE DONE IT, AND SPREAD THE LINK FAR AND WIDE. Thank you for supporting the arts & humanities with your Kickstarter donation. 

We’ll leave you with some random pages from Book One: A Virus For The Virus.

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    SIREN REWARD — Be included in the List of the Dead. Your name immortalized and etched into electronic stone on our Online List of the Dead, published forever on the Blank website. Yay! Plus exclusive advance notification of all Blank flash mob and other happenings, and our undead thanks!

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    APHRODITE REWARD — Make your desktop the envy of the digital world with your Blank Kickstarter Desktop. Get the Blank desktop image that’s only available through Kickstarter. << See a pic of desktop on the left. And, of course, you’ll grab that Siren Reward, and our undead thanks!

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    HYDRA REWARD — Be known as a supporter of Blank with an exclusive Blank Kickstarter Sticker. Get the Blank sticker that’s only available through Kickstarter. << See a pic of sticker on the left. And, of course, you’ll grab the Aphrodite and Siren Rewards, and our undead thanks! (DON'T FORGET TO ADD SHIPPING: In the U.S. add 0.45¢ for shipping / and $2.00 Internationally)

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    MEDUSA REWARD — Blank (Book One – A Virus for the Virus) PDF. Just $10 will unlock over 200 pages of fantastic story! <<See sample pages at the bottom of the left column. This Kickstarter version includes pics of us, handwritten scribbles and early sketches from the dungeon (be very afraid). And, of course, you’ll grab the Medusa, Hydra, Aphrodite and Siren Rewards, and our undead thanks! (In the U.S. add 0.45¢ for shipping / and $2.00 Internationally) DOUBLE DOWN: if we double our Kickstarter project goal, every level except for the first three, receives an additional 8-pages of beautiful bonus backstory art!

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    MINOTAUR REWARD — Exclusive Blank Book One Kickstarter Poster (Signed/Numbered). You have to see these! Each 22” x 16” poster depicts a character from Blank. You pick the poster you want! <<See sample poster on the left. **** Each poster is signed by Ian LeWinter and Implovious, and numbered (so get your order in now for the lowest numbers!) **** And, of course, you’ll grab the Medusa, Hydra, Aphrodite and Siren Rewards, and our undead thanks! (In the U.S. add $6.00 for shipping / and $12.00 Internationally) DOUBLE DOWN: if we double our Kickstarter project goal, every level except for the first three, receives an additional 8-pages of beautiful bonus backstory art!

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    APOLLO REWARD — Exclusive Blank Kickstarter 3-D Poster with Glasses. It is a gorgeous 3-D anaglyph poster! <<See sample 3-D poster to left. We promise an awesome 3-D experience … layer after layer of mythological madness — the depths are endless as the river Styx! And, of course, you’ll grab the Medusa, Hydra, Aphrodite and Siren Rewards, and our undead thanks! (DON'T FORGET TO ADD SHIPPING: In the U.S. add $6.00 for shipping / and $12.00 Internationally) DOUBLE DOWN: if we double our Kickstarter project goal, every level except for the first three, receives an additional 8-pages of beautiful bonus backstory art!

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    CENTAUR REWARD — Exclusive Blank Signed, Numbered Art Cell. An action-packed art cell from the graphic novel Blank — Book 1: A Virus For The Virus! **** Each high-quality, full-color cell is signed by Ian LeWinter and Implovious, and numbered (so get your order in now for the lowest numbers — first-come basis!) **** And, of course, you’ll grab the Medusa, Hydra, Aphrodite and Siren Rewards, and our undead thanks! (DON'T FORGET TO ADD SHIPPING: In the U.S. add 6.00 for shipping / and $12.00 Internationally) DOUBLE DOWN: if we double our Kickstarter project goal, every level except for the first three, receives an additional 8-pages of beautiful bonus backstory art!

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    CYCLOPS REWARD — Exclusive Blank Kickstarter T-Shirt. This giant of a T-Shirt is so cool, it will bring a tear to your lone eye! It features your favorite graphic novel — Blank, of course! <<See sample pic to left. Be sure to give us your T-Shirt size. You’ll also grab the Minotaur, Medusa, Hydra, Aphrodite and Siren Rewards, and our undead thanks! (In the U.S. add 7.00 for shipping / and $13.00 Internationally) DOUBLE DOWN: if we double our Kickstarter project goal, every level except for the first three, receives an additional 8-pages of beautiful bonus backstory art!

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    ATLAS REWARD — Exclusive Blank (Book One) Softcover Book (Limited Availability of 250). From the watery mental depths of Ian and Implovious comes the Founder's Softcover Edition of Blank — Book 1: A Virus For The Virus! **** Each full-color, 200+ page, softcover book is signed by Ian LeWinter and Implovious, and numbered (so get your order in now for the lowest numbers — first-come basis!) **** THIS IS THE FUTURE OF PUBLISHING!! <<See sample book to left. And, of course, you’ll grab the Medusa, Hydra, Aphrodite and Siren Rewards, and our undead thanks! (In the U.S. add 5.00 for shipping / and $11.00 Internationally) DOUBLE DOWN: if we double our Kickstarter project goal, every level except for the first three, receives an additional 8-pages of beautiful bonus backstory art!

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    HERCULES REWARD — Exclusive Blank (Book One) Hardcover Book (Limited Availability of 100). Enjoy this powerfully bound Founder's Hardcover Edition of Blank — Book 1: A Virus For The Virus! **** Each full-color, 200+ page, hardcover book is signed by Ian LeWinter and Implovious, and numbered (so get your order in now for the lowest numbers — first-come basis!) **** THIS IS THE FUTURE OF PUBLISHING!! <<See sample book to left. And, of course, you’ll grab the Medusa, Hydra, Aphrodite and Siren Rewards, and our undead thanks! (In the U.S. add 5.00 for shipping / and $11.00 Internationally) DOUBLE DOWN: if we double our Kickstarter project goal, every level except for the first three, receives an additional 8-pages of beautiful bonus backstory art!

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    SCOTT BROWN SPECIAL REWARD — He asked for it, he got it. Specially tailored to Scott Brown's specification. YOU GET the Exclusive Blank (Book One) Hardcover Book and the Exclusive Blank (Book One) Softcover Book. Each of these books is a Founder's Edition of Blank — Book 1: A Virus For The Virus! **** Each full-color, 200+ page, book is signed by Ian LeWinter and Implovious. You also get an Exclusive Blank Signed Art Cell and an action-packed art cell from the graphic novel Blank — Book 1: A Virus For The Virus! **** Each high-quality, full-color cell is signed by Ian LeWinter and Implovious. (DON'T FORGET TO ADD SHIPPING: In the U.S. add $12.00 for shipping / and $22.00 Internationally)

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    MANTICORE REWARD — The “All of the Above” Reward! That’s right, you get everything. The Exclusive Blank (Book One) Hardcover Book. The Exclusive Blank Signed and Numbered Art Cell. The Exclusive Blank (Book One) Softcover Book. All of these beautiful pieces are signed by Ian LeWinter and Implovious, and numbered (so get your order in now for the lowest numbers — first-come basis!) **** THIS IS THE FUTURE OF PUBLISHING!! You’ll also grab the Cyclops, Apollo, Minotaur, Medusa, Hydra, Aphrodite and Siren Rewards, and our undead thanks! (DON'T FORGET TO ADD SHIPPING: In the U.S. add 20.00 for shipping / and $40.00 Internationally) DOUBLE DOWN: if we double our Kickstarter project goal, every level except for the first three, receives an additional 8-pages of beautiful bonus backstory art!

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    POSEIDON REWARD — Blank, The Action Figure, is here… and only 12 will be made. Blank is 6” fully articulated, hard resin composite in full 24-bit color sprung straight from the graphic novel with a hip-removable trench coat and forehead bullet holes confirming that mankind’s champion is already dead. Each Blank figurine comes signed by Ian LeWinter and Implovious, and numbered (so get your order in now for the lowest numbers — first-come basis!) **** THIS IS THE FUTURE OF PUBLISHING!! <<See sample to left. You’ll also grab the Atlas (signed and numbered), Medusa, Aphrodite, Hydra and Siren Rewards, and our undead thanks! (In the U.S. add 18.00 for shipping / and $32.00 Internationally) DOUBLE DOWN: if we double our Kickstarter project goal, every level except for the first three, receives an additional 8-pages of beautiful bonus backstory art!

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    HADES REWARD — YOU are Blank, The Action Figure (or if you prefer, Alecto, the beautiful assassin)… and only five will be made, each a one-of-a-kind, never to be replicated figure. From photos of your face and head we composite your face onto John Blank, add two bullet holes (optional) and it becomes your responsibility to save mankind. Blank is 6” fully articulated, hard resin composite in full 24-bit color born straight from the graphic novel with a hip, removable trench coat and forehead bullet holes confirming that mankind’s champion is already dead. Each Blank figurine comes signed by Ian LeWinter and Implovious, and numbered (so get your order in now for the lowest numbers — first-come basis!) **** THIS IS THE FUTURE OF PUBLISHING!! <<See sample to left. You’ll also grab the Atlas (signed and numbered), Medusa, Hydra, Aphrodite and Siren Rewards, and our undead thanks! (DON'T FORGET TO ADD SHIPPING: In the U.S. add 18.00 for shipping / and $32.00 Internationally) DOUBLE DOWN: if we double our Kickstarter project goal, every level except for the first three, receives an additional 8-pages of beautiful bonus backstory art!

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    GAIA REWARD — Exclusive Blank Signed, Numbered, Framed Double-Page Print (Limited Availability of 100). Receive one of only 100 exclusive framed and signed double-page spreads from Book One. When the spread is selected it will become “Closed” and remain one-of-a kind, in perpetuity. **** Each full-color, two-page spread is signed by Ian LeWinter and Implovious, and then closed (so get your order in now to choose your preferred consecutive pages — first-come basis!) Spreads can be viewed and chosen at http://www.facebook.com/BlankTheGraphicNovel. Go to the "photo" section, and look in the "Gaia" folder. Select any spread that says "open".**** You’ll also grab the Hercules (signed and numbered), Cyclops, Apollo, Minotaur, Medusa, Hydra, Aphrodite and Siren Rewards, and our undead thanks! (DON'T FORGET TO ADD SHIPPING: In the U.S. add 20.00 for shipping / and $40.00 Internationally) DOUBLE DOWN: if we double our Kickstarter project goal, every level except for the first three, receives an additional 8-pages of beautiful bonus backstory art!

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    ZEUS REWARD — Non-Speaking Role in Blank // PLUS One Day at Comic-Con in San Diego! Live forever in the pages of Blank. You pick from any of six pre-selected minor characters. Once you pick, that choice is no longer available. We draw you (or your designated person) into the place of the chosen character and your image WILL end up in the final published version of Blank! What’s more, Ian and Implovious will fly you and a friend from anywhere in the continental U.S. to San Diego, put you up in a swanky hotel for one night (fun!) and spend a whole day with you at Comic-Con 2013. You’ll also grab the Hercules and Centaur Rewards, each signed by Ian LeWinter and Implovious, and numbered (so get your order in now for the lowest numbers — first-come basis!) Also in the Hardcover Book, after spending the time together at Comic-Con, Don and I will write you a personal dedication. You'll also get the Cyclops, Apollo, Minotaur, Medusa, Hydra, Aphrodite and Siren Rewards, and our undead thanks! (US shipping costs are included) DOUBLE DOWN: if we double our Kickstarter project goal, every level except for the first three, receives an additional 8-pages of beautiful bonus backstory art!

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    OLYMPIAN REWARD — Producer Credit and a Speaking Role in Blank // Professional Preview Night and Opening Day at 2013 Comic-Con in San Diego! Live forever in the pages of Blank. You pick from any of two pre-selected minor characters, with speaking roles in the graphic novel. Once you pick, that choice will no longer be available. We draw you (or your designated person) into the place of the chosen character. You pick one spread — we sign it, frame it and send it to you. Your image WILL end up in the final published version of Blank! What’s more, Ian and Implovious will fly you and a friend from anywhere in the continental U.S. to San Diego, put you up in a swanky downtown hotel for two nights (fun!) and take you to Comic-Con 2013 for Professional Preview Night and Opening Day. You’ll get the Poseidon, Hercules, and Centaur rewards, each signed by Ian LeWinter and Implovious, and numbered (there are only two of these rewards available and the hardcover books will be 1/250 and 2/250, first come basis). Also in the Hardcover Book, after spending the time together at Comic-Con, Don and I will write you a personal dedication. You’ll also grab the Cyclops, Apollo, Minotaur, Medusa, Hydra, Aphrodite and Siren Rewards, and our undead thanks! (US shipping costs are included) DOUBLE DOWN: if we double our Kickstarter project goal, every level except for the first three, receives an additional 8-pages of beautiful bonus backstory art!

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    TYPHON REWARD — This is the Corporate Brand Placement Reward. Have your brand drawn into the pages of Blank. We will draw your product imagery and/or logo into the pages of Blank in at least two different spreads, as is appropriate to the story and associated imagery. The Brothers of the Silence will work hand-in-hand with you to find the most interesting and engaging solution. Our graphic novel pages are sent to over 100,000 active social media subscribers every three days. Your brand should be a part of that! Contact us for more information.

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