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A prodigal sidekick comes back to solve the murder of his mentor. But will he take over his mentor's mantle? Or become his own man?

WHAT OUR STORY IS ABOUT... 

STRAY is the story of Rodney Weller, formerly known as the Rottweiler, sidekick to the great Doberman...his mentor. It’s been five years since he’s worn a costume and taken to the rooftops, but he’s back to solve the murder of the person who trained him. In the end, if he survives, he’ll have to decide if he wants to take over his mentor's mantle, or become something...someone, new. The story is about redemption and finding your own identity in the world...about honoring your past, but forging a new present. 

Stray Page 5
Stray Page 5

WHAT WE ARE TRYING TO DO... 

This Kickstarter’s goal is to successfully fund the first issue of our creator owned comic book, STRAY. The entire series has been written, editorially supervised, and now ready for art production. New Paradigm Studios, who are publishing Vito’s book, World War Mob, has optioned to pick up the series and solicit to the direct market. This is where you come in. As backers you will help us with all the art and production costs needed to finish this creator owned book. As you can see, we are well on our way into producing the book, and we will add more pages as they are completed (inks, colors and letters).

Stray Sourcebook Entry
Stray Sourcebook Entry

STRETCH GOALS:

$8,000 (Funding Goal): We Did It! As a reward, everyone receives a FREE digital download of the Stray theme song by VARYUS WAISE (heard in our video). 

$10,000: Everyone who pledges $20 PRODUCER PACK WILL GET 3-POSTCARD SET including the final cover by STEPHANE ROUX, art by SEAN IZAAKSE and DARWYN COOKE!

$12,500: Issue #2 of STRAY is OFFICIALLY FUNDED! EVERYONE receives digital PDF of issue #2. Cover by SHAWN McGUAN!

$15,000: (??? TO BE ANNOUNCED AFTER $12,500 GOAL IS REACHED???) 

$18,000: (??? TO BE ANNOUNCED AFTER $12,500 GOAL IS REACHED???) 

$20,000: (??? TO BE ANNOUNCED AFTER $12,500 GOAL IS REACHED???) 

THANK YOU FOR YOUR SUPPORT! 

YOU CHOOSE THE COVER…

Stephane Roux Cover Roughs
Stephane Roux Cover Roughs

As part of this campaign, we want you to be a part of the process of choosing the EXCLUSIVE cover for the STRAY Kickstarter variant issue. The amazing STEPHANE ROUX (Star Wars, Zatanna) will be doing THREE rough designs for different cover layouts for YOU, our backers, to VOTE on. Below are the cover roughs and as we wrap up, everyone who PLEDGES a certain amount will have a chance to VOTE for their favorite cover. 

Rewards Strip
Rewards Strip
Example of the Shawn McGuan Single Character Commission
Example of the Shawn McGuan Single Character Commission
Stray - 3D Rendering for Statue (available as a $300 Reward Tier)
Stray - 3D Rendering for Statue (available as a $300 Reward Tier)

UNLOCKED ART PREVIEWS

$4000.00 Unlock - Astrea, the Star Maiden
$4000.00 Unlock - Astrea, the Star Maiden
$4500.00 Unlock - The Doberman and the Rottweiler
$4500.00 Unlock - The Doberman and the Rottweiler
$5000.00 Unlock - Cover Sketch (Blue Line)
$5000.00 Unlock - Cover Sketch (Blue Line)
$5500 Unlock - S.A.M., Stray's pet/sidekick
$5500 Unlock - S.A.M., Stray's pet/sidekick
$6000 Unlock - Titan, the universal protector
$6000 Unlock - Titan, the universal protector
$6500.00 Unlock - Alternate Cover Sketch (Blue Line)
$6500.00 Unlock - Alternate Cover Sketch (Blue Line)
$7000.00 Unlock - Pin-Up by Marc Thomas (Blue Line)
$7000.00 Unlock - Pin-Up by Marc Thomas (Blue Line)
$7500.00 Unlock - Custom STRAY Action Figure by Viet Huynh (@comedianviet)
$7500.00 Unlock - Custom STRAY Action Figure by Viet Huynh (@comedianviet)
$8000.00 Unlock - WE DID IT! Stray Page 6 (WIP)
$8000.00 Unlock - WE DID IT! Stray Page 6 (WIP)

WHO WE ARE…

Vito Delsante (Writer/Creator) - Vito Delsante is a comic book writer/graphic novelist. He’s written for DC Comics, Marvel Comics, Image Comics, AdHouse Books, and Simon & Schuster, among others and his stories have been reprinted in other countries. He's written well known characters, such as Batman, Superman, Scooby-Doo, Wolverine and even Albert Einstein. He lives in New York City with his wife, Michelle, his daughter, Sadie, and his dog, Kirby. Visit him online at http://incogvito.com/.

Sean Izaakse (Artist/Creator) – Sean Izaakse is an up and coming comic book artist based out of South Africa. Known for his clean lines and keen character design, Sean can currently be seen on Dynamite Entertainment’s Pathfinder and Pathfinder: Goblins. Sean can be found online at http://sean-izaakse.deviantart.com/

Stephane Roux (Kickstarter Cover Artist) - Stéphane Roux is a French comic book artist who is known mostly in America for his cover work for Marvel Comics and DC Comics. He has worked on such titles as Birds of Prey, Zatanna, Savage She-Hulk, and Star Wars: Agent of the Empire, among many others. 

Ross A. Campbell (Color Artist/Prologues) - Ross A. Campbell is a debuting comic book colorist born in Scotland and educated in France. In addition to working with Sean on Dynamite's ongoing comic book adaptation of Paizo's award-winning RPG Pathfinder and Pathfinder: Goblins. Ross has also worked for Image Comics and UDON Studio. His work can be found at http://ross-a-campbell.deviantart.com

Simon Gough (Color Artist/Main Story) - Simon Gough is a UK based comic book colourist and illustrator. Working on titles such as the IDW G.I.Joe comic line, and as main colourist on the Snake Eyes solo series, with further credits in Transformers and Micronauts. You can find Simon online at http://spidermanfan2099.deviantart.com

New Paradigm Studios - founded by 3D artist/designer Brandon Perlow, New Paradigm Studios (NPS) is a young publishing company established to change the existing paradigms of comic book storytelling. NPS is committed to publishing cutting edge titles that break the norm and shift away from experiencing the conventional. 

Brandon Perlow (Publisher) - has worked in the visual effects industry since 1996. Working on such movies as X-Men, X-Men 2, 2Fast and 2Furious, Apocalypto, Zack Snyder’s 300, National Treasure and David Fincher’s Zodiac, Brandon has always had an eye for quality storytelling. His true passion has always been with comics so when the opportunity and timing presented itself, Brandon founded New Paradigm Studios. 

Justin F. Gabrie (Senior Editor) – Justin has a long career working in comics and licensing as an editor, penciler, writer, colorist and content specialist for companies such as Marvel, Sega and Archie Comics. Among the titles Justin worked on: Marvel’s Punisher books in the 90s -- including War Journal and War Zone, as well as events like Suicide Run and Punisher/Batman: Deadly Knights -- to Marvel's recent runs of What If? -- including issue #200. For Archie Comics: Archie Meets The Punisher, Mirage Studios’ Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Year of the Turtle and eight years of Sonic The Hedgehog comics and spinoffs, which led to a licensing position at Sega. Before joining NPS, “JG” recently worked as Marvel's Director of Publishing & Editorial Operations / Managing Editor. 

Zack Rosenberg (Assistant Editor) – Zack is a young professional in the comic book industry. Having worked under the tutelage of C.B. Cebulski, head Talent Scout and Editor at Marvel, Zack brings along his on point expertise from his training at Marvel Entertainment, Cartoon Network Studios, and Penguin Group (USA) to the New Paradigm Studios wheelhouse. Zack is also currently writing his own projects, soon to be announced. 

KEY POINTS… 

• The physical investment reward copies printed in this Kickstarter will only be printed for this campaign as a Kickstarter exclusive. NOWHERE ELSE. Plus all physical STRAY copies will be signed by writer Vito Delsante. 

• Not to mention we have a slew of other exciting investment returns that include being drawn in one of our premiere titles and original artwork done by Sean Izaakse. 

• STRAY will be a four issue arc that once funded will be solicited to be sold in stores. 

WHERE DOES THE MONEY GO… 

Money earned will go to covering fees, production, postage, and printing of the exclusive Kickstarter issue. Any leftover money will be used to fund the remaining issues in the arc as well as extra reward incentives for you, our backers. The first goal of this campaign is to create a special product for our fans and if the demand is high enough the additional funds will then go into producing the rest of the series. 

Risks and challenges Learn about accountability on Kickstarter

We expect very light risks and challenges as most of the work -- the real leg work -- has already been completed as the entire series has been written. Sean already has a strict art production schedule set it place, so expect this book to be done by June 2014. We plan to keep you all aware with constant updates and availability to answer any and all questions.

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