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Hilarious science-fiction graphic novel about depressed Satan and diabolical Pope. First 17 pages for FREE!!!
Hilarious science-fiction graphic novel about depressed Satan and diabolical Pope. First 17 pages for FREE!!!
Hilarious science-fiction graphic novel about depressed Satan and diabolical Pope. First 17 pages for FREE!!!
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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(...)" ~TophatMagee
"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

                                                                        

Website: www.ourfriendsatan.com
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/OurFriendSatan
Twitter: https://twitter.com/OurFriendSatan
Google+: https://plus.google.com/+OurFriendSatanProject
Kicking It Forward: http://kickingitforward.org

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.

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FAQ

  • At this moment the story spreads on around 80 pages. This number might slightly change both ways, as we're still working on it.

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  • If we'll gather required funds, then the works will be finished in may 2016.

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  • We have finished English and Polish version of the script, so the final comic book will be available in both those languages. As for other languages - we're trying to find publishers in other countries, but we cannot promise anything.

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  • Each backer with this reward will send us one or more of his photos, and we'll choose the best one, and draw a comic book style avatar with his face just for him (250x250px). Obviously it wouldn't be just his face, we'll add a lot to it, and make sure its really awesome!:)

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    SINNER LEVEL 1 / You've just bought yourself a special treatment in Hell – Satan himself will THANK YOU ON OUR FACEBOOK PAGE. That’s £1 well spent right there!

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    SINNER LEVEL 2 / Smart move. Satan is really pleased with you, so he'll give you a PACK OF DIGITAL WALLPAPERS for your computer and mobile, together with a PACK OF DIGITAL AVATARS with characters from the graphic novel, so you could use them on those social networks that you like so much.

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    SINNER LEVEL 3 / It seems Satan has misjudged you. He feels sorry, so in return YOUR NAME WILL BE IMMORTALIZED IN THE THANK YOU PAGE OF THE FINISHED GRAPHIC NOVEL and you'll get the DIGITAL ART-BOOK with all the early sketches, initial concepts, illustrations and some of ours other work. That's a pretty sweet deal, right?

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    SINNER LEVEL 4 / Wow, man. Now we're talking. There might still be a future for you here in Hell. You’re getting a DIGITAL VERSION OF THE FINISHED GRAPHIC NOVEL, so you’d have something to read during those years in torture chambers. What's more - Dominik L. Marzec will FRIEND/FOLLOW YOU ON FACEBOOK, TWITTER, AND G+ for a full year so you’d be getting all the fresh gossip directly from Hell.

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    SINNER LEVEL 5 / You wanted to impress Satan? You did it. There will be a red carpet waiting for you in Hell. In the meantime - you're getting an AUTOGRAPHED PRINT COPY OF THE FINISHED GRAPHIC NOVEL. Yeah, Hell feels generous tonight!

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    DEMON LEVEL 1 / Ohhh… You’re a cute little baby demon, aren’t you! As a token of goodwill Satan wants you to have one of those SWEET PINS shipped straight to your cradle. What's more - Dominik L. Marzec will send you HANDWRITTEN POSTCARD from Hell. Why? Because we think about you all the time, baby demon!

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    SATAN'S LITTLE HELPER BONUS LEVEL / Sweet little claws, cute bat wings, faces from the worst nightmares... That's Satan's little helpers alright! Those guys are awesome, and whenever Satan is in need they'll come. And they always wear SATAN'S SUPPORTER T-SHIRT.

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    DEMON LEVEL 2 / Now you've done it. You’ve completely overcooked this guy! There’s evil in you, I can see that, but you still have a lot to learn before we’ll allow you to grill sinners without adult demon supervision. But hey, don’t lose hope - we all have to start somewhere! You don’t believe me? Take this PRINTED COPY OF AN ART-BOOK with all the early sketches and concepts from the graphic novel. Treat it as a reminder, that every adventure starts with a first step, but if you’re persistent - you’ll earn your own whip some day.

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    POSTER SPECTACULAR BONUS LEVEL / Satan knows what's in your head - you don't have anything to put above the fireplace, right? This ENORMOUS 61x91cm POSTER will fix that problem for you.

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    - Bookmark (from the unlocked stretch goal)
    - Small 28x43cm poster (from the unlocked stretch goal) or you can exchange it for a pin.

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    DEMON LEVEL 3 / It seems that just a few days ago you were a little baby demon, and now look at those horns! You know what'll look good with them? A T-SHIRT! So choose one, and wear it proudly, teenage demon!

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    - One of our sweet pins.
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    DEMON LEVEL 4 / Question – what’s a sober demon doing in hell? Answer – well, nothing productive, that's for sure. Having that in mind, as soon as a demon matures, Satan gives him a BEER MUG. Alternatively, if you’re a busy bee, you can have this COFFEE MUG instead. The choice is yours, young demon! And don’t worry - both feature a printed logo of "Our Friend Satan", so you’re good either way.

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    - One of our sweet pins.
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    - Everything from the SINNER LEVEL.

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    DEMON LEVEL 5 / Good news - you won the Demon of the month competition! Here – take one of those ENORMOUS 61x91cm POSTERS as a reward, and hang it in your chamber. As a bonus we’ll also draw a CUSTOM AVATAR BASED ON YOUR PICTURE! Imagine - you’d be laying on your couch with an awesome poster on the wall, posting cool stuff on Facebook with bang up avatar, zipping a cold beer and chilling... That’s a nice thought, isn’t it?

    But wait… Who’s that on that screen? Is that…? Yes! It’s our beloved author, Dominik L. Marzec, and he wants to TALK WITH YOU OVER SKYPE for 30 minutes. What about? Whatever you want! He can review your comic book or drawings, give you some tips, or share some Satan’s secrets. Jackpot, baby!

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    - Everything from the SINNER LEVEL.

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    HOMUNCULUS LEVEL / Great Googly Moogly! You’ve shrinked! Its from drinking that Cthulhu Vodka isn’t it?! Man, you really need to sober up. Grill a convict, torture a sinner, you know – do something fun! Actually, I have an idea! What would you say to have a SMALL CAMEO IN THE GRAPHIC NOVEL? Yes, you heard right! You’ll send us your picture, we’ll give you nice make-over and put you in the crowd in one of the scenes! And what’s even cooler, we’ll send you an ENORMOUS 61x91cm PRINT OUT OF THAT ILLUSTRATION. Oh, and we’ll also make you OUR OFFICIAL SPONSOR, which means that you'll be named as one in the graphic novel and all the official documents! That’s a sweet deal right there, buddy!

    But... wait... I'm getting a call here... It’s Satan… He says that we should give you something extra special. Well, alright! Take a look at those SATAN’S COMFORTABLE SLIPPERS - how's that for special?!

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    - Everything from the SINNER LEVEL.

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    BEELZEBUB LEVEL / We like what you did there, a lil’ bit of red paint, and those big-ass horns. Niiiiice! Well then, there’s not much more we can offer here, you already robbed us blind. But, maybe… Hey I know - WE’LL GIVE YOU A CAMEO IN THE GRAPHIC NOVEL AS ONE OF THE DEMONS!!! Sound cool, right? And as you’re such a famous persona now, you'll need DEMON’S WHIP MADE JUST FOR YOU, so everyone would finally know what crazy stuff you’re into. And it’s about time they know! Muahahahhah!

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    - 61x91cm print-out of your cameo in the graphic novel.
    - We’ll list you as one of our sponsors in the graphic novel and the documents.
    - Everything from the DEMON LEVEL.
    - Everything from the SINNER LEVEL.

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    SATAN LEVEL / We had a good run, we shared few laughs, but no more mister nice guy. You think you have what it takes to be Satan? You’ve got the looks alright, but do you have the skills??? Oh… You do? Phew, that’s a relief! Sorry for that, as a policy we have to scare all the candidates. But its good you’ve came! You see - Germany lost a match last week and Satan is sulking in his chambers, so we need a replacement. Just put this SATAN’S BATHROBE on and sign here - now you can watch a game Satan’s style! What’s this small print, you ask? Oh, nothing important, don’t bother… Instead – take a look in the graphic novel at this important character with a smart thing to say - sign the documents and this can be you! That’s right, buddy - WE’LL DRAW A CHARACTER WITH YOUR FACE AND GIVE IT SOMETHING TO SAY IN THE GRAPHIC NOVEL! Dammit, that’s a good offer!

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    - Satan’s comfortable slippers.
    - 61x91cm print-out of your cameo in the graphic novel.
    - We’ll list you as one of our sponsors in the graphic novel and the documents.
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    - Everything from the SINNER LEVEL.

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