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Welcome, sinner, to our secret circle. You're in for a hell of a ride with diabolical humour and nefarious craziness in this graphic novel about Satan suing the Pope for defamation - well, isn’t justice for all? Fasten your seat belts.
„Our Friend Satan” is a rip roaring story about Satan suffering from a midlife crisis. He spends his nights strolling around Hell in a bathrobe and drowns his sorrows in Cthulhu Vodka. He'd love to be evil like in the old days, but he has serious troubles meeting the expectations of modern people. He’s simply not bad enough for them.
When even his eager allies - Satanists - turn their backs on him, he decides to deal with this once and for all - he sues the Catholic Church for defamation and travels to Earth to clear his name in court. But quickly things get even more complicated when he meets The Pope and... well... let's just say, The Pope offers him a diabolical deal, that cannot be refused.
Curious if Satan will resist temptation? Help us make "Our Friend Satan" graphic novel, and find out. But in case you're not convinced yet - we have something extra for you. We already illustrated big part of the story and you can read it by clicking below!
So... pretty cool, right? And the full version is going to be even more awesome. More characters, more locations, more demons. We can promise you that! (and not like that time when we promised that we're going just for one beer, and came back the next day trashed – that was different, they had a freakin' karaoke, dammit) Anyway...
"This is a 5 star book. My first solid 5. I loved it and I challenge anyone (none Catholic) not to love it too." Comic Crusaders
"The art is absolutely spot on and worthy of any professional release amongst the bigger companies. It’s very funny and you can tell it’s jumped out of a Catholic country, offering all sorts of social and religious commentary (with biting sarcasm)." Down The Tubes
And check awesome response we got on this Reddit thread:
"I literally just pledged £10. Really looking forward to reading this(...)"
"Holy shit this is AMAZING(...)" ~nickgreen90
"(...)I don't often pledge but you guys seem so sincere, the story is frickin hilarious, and the artwork is so full of character(...)" ~mindzoo
"I love this. I can't wait to see more(...)" ~ltcommandervriska
"I would buy this and add it to my collection! I want more!!!!" ~JFuckingJ
Ok, now that you know the basics, we can jump a little bit deeper. Turn the music on, and let’s roll:
Do you remember when entering a comic book store was like a teleport to another dimension? Those days spent with your friends talking about your favourite characters? Do you remember space ships, adventures and heroes, that you’d share your last beer with?
Satan is just this dude, who happens to be the CEO of Hell, but besides that he’s pretty ordinary - tired, stressed, and depressed. He's basically like the bastard offspring of Basil Fawlty and the Big Lebowski. Don't judge him too harshly though, as he's got some pretty impressive numbers in his resume - over 2000 years of career, 15 billion convicts, millions of demons, top notch torture technology. But you know how it is - if you were the boss of the meanest, toughest prison of all time, it would eventually get to you too.
The diabolical Pope Urban DCLXVI is a completely different breed. He looks like he was engineered in a lab to be some kind of uber-priest. He’s a cold perfectionist, a meticulous planner. Deadly intelligent, always sharp, always ready to act. He lives on Vatican-02 space station, and he’ll use every resource the Church has, to get what he wants. And what he wants is… pretty damn scary.
Hell is the land of pain. The place of unspeakable horror and origin of all abominations. Or at least that’s one side of the story. The second is that it’s basically just like a communist work camp - Satan and his crew’s main pastime is drinking Cthulhu Vodka, watching football, and coming up with innovative and entertaining torture ideas. And what’s good entertainment for Satan, is not exactly fun for convicts. So if you happen to land there some day… Well, lets just say it would be preferable if you’d come prepared. And what better way to prepare than to read our graphic novel - it’s basically like a Hell for Dummies!
What’s that in the sky? Is it a duck? Is it a plane? Is is Superman??? No, no, no, don't be naive - there is no such thing as Superman. It’s just the Vatican-02 space station orbiting Earth! Built in the shape of a cross, using the blueprints of Saint Peter's Basylique in Rome, it quickly became the new home for the Pope and the sign of the future. Oh, and did we tell you, that it’s also a giant antenna for the army of Church’s telemarketers? Turns out religion can be a business, who knew...? And when you think about it - orbit is kind of a logical place for an enterprise like this - not only do you have a great view upon your clients, but you’re also bypassing all the traffic to heaven! Location, location, location, huh!?
If you’re not into space, then just take a look at this monstrosity! It’s the building of the Highest Court of United Earth, where most of the action takes place. It looks like an enormous game of Tetris built for giants. And we like Tetris (and giants too).
Beelzebub is Satan’s right hand man - or actually, he’s more like his horns and hooves. He is Hell's director of security, and he loves every minute of it. Whether torturing, drinking, or just being a bad ass - he's in. Oh, and he also loves Satan, and would go through hell with him! What...? You say they are already in hell? Well… That just proves the point!
Homunculus likes to snooze under the table, and come out whenever there’s something evil to accomplish. He’s a die hard fan of the German national football team, and he’s Satan’s wild card. You think he’s too short to be scary? Let me ask you this – do you remember Joe Pesci in “Goodfellas”? Exactly.
If there's something strange in Hell’s neighborhood, who Satan's gonna call? Cthulhu! (friendly tip: read it on a note from Ghostbusters theme song)! Anyway... Ah, yes - Cthulhu. He's like an institution in Hell. Loved by demons, feared by the convicts. A freakin' legend. He has it all and a lot of tentacles too.
But what’s even more important than his epic tentacles is that he makes awesome vodka. Cthulhu Vodka, is the 66.6% extract from pure evil and pain. Only the toughest can survive drinking it… But it’s the best damn vodka in Hell.
There will be a lot more of everything in the full version of our graphic novel. More Satan, more vodka, more crazy locations... Oh, and that demons you like so much - guess what! Yep! More demons too! We mean it! But you don’t have to take our word for it, buddy - choose any pledge from 25 pounds up, and you’ll get a physical copy of the finished graphic novel shipped straight to you - you’ll see for yourself!
It all started with a simple dream. A dream to make an awesome, ass kicking, science fiction movie. So we’ve gathered a crew of maniacs and together we went on a crusade. We fought bravely, but movies are expensive, and the problem was - we had no money. Fortunately - we had skills. Very certain skills. Skills that allow us to kill... errr... I mean - to draw.
So at first we only planned to make a simple storyboard to explain how we imagine the story of the movie, characters, locations. But, well, you know how it is - you start with an empty page, and suddenly you wake up couple months later with a long beard and a full color, 18 pages long graphic novel. It happened to you too, right?Anyway - at first we treated it as promotional material for the movie. But we got such an amazing feedback from our fans, that it just blew our heads. Don't get us wrong - we still plan to make this movie, big time. But we need at least a year to prepare the production, and we loved working on graphic novel so much that we decided to finish it first. For you!
We're very grateful for each pledge, so we've spent a lot of time developing the rewards for you Guys. All of them will be made with the upmost attention to details and from good quality materials. Beelzebub himself will be overseeing the production.
Graphic novel will be translated to Polish and English. Few weeks after the campaign ends we'll send you a survey in which you'd be able to indicate what language you prefer, and also - which poster you added and which t-shirt and in what size you want to receive. Please bear in mind that reward graphics are not photos, but computer generated images, so the actual item might slightly differ from the concept (but we'll try to make it as identical as possible).
If you have questions regarding add-ons - it's all explained in this update.
This project is 100% creator owned. We’re not a big company that uses Kickstarter just as a promotional platform. We’re regular people, just like you, that want to make something good and fresh, and we’ll use the money to finance the project, that we wouldn’t be able to finance otherwise.
DOMINIK L. MARZEC / author, art director, producer / He is the leader of our little cult. He lives in Polish Gotham City – Lodz – where he learned his craft and earned his battle scars. By day he's just a regular art director in Imagomedia Creative Agency, known among his friends as a ‘die hard fan of SF’ and ‘that weirdo’. But by night he becomes the brain behind the plan, Mr. go-to, Satan and Pope in one. He leads a crusade of the damned to Hellish abyss.
LUKAS LALKO / color, special effects, ink / Well, he definitely has something in him. But not heart and organs, not even a personality. More like an everlasting longing, consuming everything in its path. As a youngster he indeed was into planet-wide disintegration, but scientists proved that it's not true that he crawl up from a black hole. Now, however, all he cares about is drawing stuff, so don't worry - we're good, as long as we'll give him something to draw. And he's awesome at it too, so... double win!
MICHAEL MURAWSKI / ink, pencil / He’s like a superhero with unnatural skills of filling blank pages with crazy shapes. You should see him with his pencil box - he's like Blain in „Predator”! Sometimes we wonder if he’s still a human... or maybe… he become… the giant human shaped pencil! The first one of its kind on Earth, the forefront of invasion by the pencil-people... Nah, that cannot be... Or can it be!?
But remember when we said it all started as a movie production? So we want to give credit to all the people involved in the making of the movie - their hellish energy, creativity and support played an important role in the making of this project!
KRZYSZTOF A. JANCZAK
/ music composer
KASIA GOŁASZEWSKA / scenography
MAGDA TARKA / FX and make-up
TOMEK ZIÓŁKOWSKI / cinematographer
IREK GRZYB / editing
MICHAŁ BARYLSKI / assistant, promo videos
JAKUB ROMANOWICZ / CGI, storyboard
MARTA SIDORUK / costumes
PRZEMEK JĘDRZEJCZYK / miniatures, concept arts
LIDIA KONCEWICZ / miniatures
PIOTR SAŁKOWSKI / web developer
MICHAŁ SALAWA / website developer
MATEUSZ TAJSICH / grammar nazi, design help
PAWEŁ JUSTYNA / design help
IZABELA JULKE / screenplay translator
SARA PLUCIŃSKA / evil biddings
QUY TIEN / co-producer
MARCEL WOŹNIAK / screenplay consultant
MAGDA BRYK / good advice
PAULINA ŻELAZKO / assistant
JUSTYNA & TYTUS MARZEC / moral support
TROMBOCYT MARZEC / black fur(y)
HIROSŁAW MARZEC / insect control
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Risks and challenges
We already have the whole thing planned in details, we are in talks with publishers, who will handle the printing and distribution, and we're obtaining partners who will help us with legal expenses and other production needs, so if only we'd gather the required budget there is no way we will not finish this project. The biggest challenge we face right now is meeting the deadline, but we're pretty sure that we'll finish the work till May 2016.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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