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Quandary is an 'Orwellian' story set 20 years in the future. After 30 years of war, the wheels of a revolution begin to turn.

Every person who contributes $11 or more will receive every PDF issue of Quandary as they are released. (I can't edit the reward text on the right, so I figured I'd tell you this way.)

What is QUANDARY? 

Quandary is a digital comic of a story that takes place twenty years in the future. In this future, we all live in a 'police state'. We've been at war in the Middle East, where hundreds die every day, for the last thirty years. Protesters in the 'We the People' movement are regarded as terrorists, hunted down and executed for challenging the system. Basic rights are being stripped away, one mandate at a time. Then, one event—an accidental death―inadvertently sets in motion the wheels of a revolution, and tyranny begins eroding from within.

If Quandary were a mixed drink, the recipe would be:  2 parts George Orwell's 1984, 2 parts 'life as we know it', and 1 part Occupy movement.

Here's a sneak peek of one of the pages!  (click image to enlarge)

Noah and Cadence: characters revealed in issue #2. (click image to enlarge)

Another sneak peek at issue #1


Why raise funds for a digital comic?

Aside from printing costs, there is no financial difference between a digitally published comic and a printed one. ISBN numbers still have to be registered, creative contributors still need to be compensated, files continue to require hosting, and the importance of promotional materials remains. If successful, this Kickstarter will offset the cost of all of these items, ensuring that publish-ready issues meet a monthly deadline. 

Provisionally, we are saying that Quandary will appear over nine issues that are around twelve pages each. The primary Artist, Ken Frederick, will be responsible for illustrating the bulk of these issues. However, three issues will feature the work of guest artists. A few more guest artists will contribute to creating promotional art. This project is a labor of love for Ken and me, so we both will be working, unpaid.


Will this digital comic also be printed? 

Yes! Issue #1 will be printed inside the Kickstarter Exclusive ‘Making of Quandary’ magazine, along with information and images from the development process, concept art, and more!

Furthermore, the series, when complete (est. 8/2013), will be printed in full and bound into both a softcover and hardcover edition available for purchase on Amazon, as well as at various comic shops in the NYC/NJ area.


So, who'
s the creative team? 

Writer:  Janine Frederick (Hudson Valley Zombie Apocalypse Graphic Novel, Awaken, Aleksander Christov) Janine's Web site

Main Artist:  Ken Frederick (Hudson Valley Zombie Apocalypse Graphic Novel, The Forgotten Dead, Aleksander Christov) Ken's Web site

Guest Artist:  Gabriel Bautista (Illustrator: Elephantmen, Jesus Christ: In the Name of the Gun; Colorist: All-Star Western, Will Eisner's The Spirit) Gabriel's Web site

Guest Artist:  Silvio dB (Eagle Awards New Talent Competition Winner; Illustrator: The Time of Reflection, Meridien City) Silvio's Web site

Guest Promo Artist:  Tom Feister (Illustrator: GI Joe, DC Comics, Dark Horse Comics, Lucasfilm, Marvel Comics ) Tom's Deviant Art page

Guest Promo Artist:  Richard P. Clark (Illustrator: HBO, Wall Street Journal, Playboy, DC Comics, Dark Horse, Blind Ferret Entertainment, and more.) www.zippystudio.com

Guest Promo Artist:  Ian Dorian (Phoenix #0, Marvel & DC sketch cards, Awaken) Ian's Web site

Guest Promo Artist:  Igor Glushkin (Illustrator:  Lady Gunns, Isolation) Igor's Web site


That's pretty cool!  Tell me about the REWARDS.

Sure thing! As you can see on the right, there are several different reward levels to accommodate all different pledge opportunities. Each reward description is specific in what it includes, so please don't worry about having to remember what the the lower-end rewards were in order to get an accurate picture of what your reward will be. No 'researching'. This is Kickstarter . . . not a term paper.

We've been able to collaborate with some amazing people over the past two years. They have shown their support of our Quandary project by offering their time, talents, and handiwork―all to help us meet our fundraising goal. Now a lucky few contributors will be able to have a one-of-a-kind oil painting by Richard P. Clark, a few budding comics writers will get to have a 22-page script reviewed by an IDW-published comics professional, and a few others will have the opportunity to be heard by an audience of about a hundred thousand with my friends, Ming and Mike, on a SmodCo podcast! If those rewards don't suit you, we have some classic reward items—sketches, prints, and a 'making of' magazine, to name a few—to offer as well.

UPDATE:  Celebrate Independence!  Every contributor gets a free PDF of the independently produced one-shot zombie apocalypse-themed comic called THE FORGOTTEN DEAD.  This comic was penciled and inked by Ken Frederick, main artist on Quandary, and written by Chris Murphy, friend & supporter!THE FORGOTTEN DEAD tells the story of the Museum of Modern Art's curators' last ditch efforts to save some of the world's most treasured and all-but-forgotten masterpieces before the museums perimeters were breached by the undead.

UPDATE (6/29):  New T-shirt reward launched at the $35 level! 
($35 reward includes T-shirt, 11 x 17 Kickstarter exclusive print, 'Making of Quandary' magazine, PDF of issue #1, and a mention of thanks on the Quandary web site.)

Please note: If your reward needs to be sent outside the US, please add $5 to to your contribution to help with the added shipping cost. Thank you so much!


What happens if this Kickstarter raises more than $2,500?

The original Kickstarter goal of $2,500 is sufficient only to offset the total cost of putting this project together. By no means will it cover the project in its entirety. If we happen to exceed our Kickstarter goal, then the funds in excess of $2,500 will be put toward the remaining costs of developing this project. 

If the Kickstarter goal is greatlyexceeded and the current estimated project costs are more than paid by what's raised here, then the available funds will be put toward our wish list items: hiring a dedicated colorist, having a consulting editor, enlisting additional guest artists, producing the aforementioned hardcover and softcover editions of the completed series, and giving the creative team a bonus.

Thank you for your consideration, support, and generosity!

Some art!
Some art!
Page breakdown for page two of issue #1.
Page breakdown for page two of issue #1.

More art to come... stay tuned!  :-)

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    Love Kevin Smith's SmodCo? Love talking about comics? Have a project to promote? Skype in for an hour as a special guest on SmodCo's Smorning Show podcast with Ming Chen and Mike Zapcic (of AMC's Comic Book Men)! You will also receive a PDF of issue #1 and a mention of thanks on the Quandary website.

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    NEW REWARD: Thinking of starting your own Kickstarter but need some tips and guidance? Skype one-on-one with Janine Frederick (writer of Quandary and driving force behind this Kickstarter) to pick her brain about preplanning, organizing, and marketing your Kickstarter. Janine would like to share what she has learned with you. This reward also includes the following items that will be available starting November: an 11x17 promotional Kickstarter-edition print, signed and numbered, a signed and numbered copy of limited Kickstarter-edition ‘Making of Quandary’ magazine, a PDF of every issue of Quandary (delivered monthly), and a mention of thanks on the Quandary Web site.

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    NEW REWARD: COMIC ART PORTFOLIO REVIEW From Chris Sotomayor (Illustrator, Comic book Colorist, former Editor) You will be invited into a 20-minute one-on-one Adobe Connect session to have five pages of your sequential art reviewed and critiqued by a tried and true industry professional. If you really want to know if your art's got moxie, a portfolio review is the way to go! (Please note: This professional art critique does not preclude a promise of future work in comics) This reward also includes the following items that will be available starting November: an 11x17 promotional Kickstarter-edition print, signed and numbered, a signed and numbered copy of limited Kickstarter-edition ‘Making of Quandary’ magazine, a PDF of every issue of Quandary (delivered monthly), and a mention of thanks on the Quandary Web site.

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    11x17 single figure with limited environment commission painted in oil on panel, by Richard P. Clark; Signed and numbered, Limited Kickstarter-edition 'Making of Quandary' magazine; a PDF of every issue of Quandary; a mention of thanks on the Quandary website.

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    The SWEET AND SOUR Reward: The writer, Janine Frederick, will bake you a box of homemade cookies (approximately 2 dozen) and will ship them to your house. You can choose any type of cookie you would like, as long as they're the kind that will travel well in shipping! Please specify if you would prefer that your cookies be vegan and/or gluten-free. After the cookies arrive, you will receive a phone call from Janine where she will yell at you for approximately five minutes. You will also get two Quandary T-shirts, the first 11x17 promotional Kickstarter-edition print, the first Limited Kickstarter-edition 'Making of Quandary' magazine, a mention of special thanks on the Quandary website, and a PDF of every issue of Quandary. Also, shortly after the entire series has concluded, you will receive one of the first five signed and numbered copies of the collected hard-cover edition with a specially dedicated sketch on the inside back cover. (Sorry -- my Dad gets the very first one!)

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