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All three volumes of Afterlife Inc. collected together for the first time in one luxury hardback edition, the Book of Life! Read more

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All three volumes of Afterlife Inc. collected together for the first time in one luxury hardback edition, the Book of Life!

Cheltenham, UK Comics
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Stretch Goals

Hey gang! Thanks to your amazing support, the Book of Life – the deluxe hardback collected edition of Afterlife Inc. Volumes 1-3 – will now be a reality! With 100% behind us, let’s see what Stretch Goals we can offer to reward all you wonderful people.

More books – SMASHED!

Every pledge that takes us further beyond 100% allows us to order even more copies of the Book of Life. This means more books to get into shops and help spread the word about Afterlife Inc. Thanks to you, we’ve already exceeded our original book order! Yay!

More pledges does mean more copies to send out to you backers, however, which in turn means a bigger order. The goal posts are always moving, but I look forward to delivering some amazing stretch goals as a small thank you for your incredible support.

£4,000 – SMASHED! – Bookmarks

The Book of Life is a pretty large book. To ensure that you never lose your place, all backers at the £10 (“EMPLOYEE”) level and above will now receive an Afterlife Inc. bookmark!

£4,500 – SMASHED! – Afterlife Inc. “Lifer” lapel badges

All backers at the £10 (“EMPLOYEE”) level and above will receive an exclusive Afterlife Inc. lapel badge. These high quality metal badges have a full-colour cloisonné finish and a diameter of 19mm. Wearing one with pride will also identify you as an Afterlife Inc. “Lifer”, someone who’s amazing support helped take the comic to an entirely new level.

The Afterlife Inc. "Lifer" lapel pin design, with examples of cloisonné badges.
The Afterlife Inc. "Lifer" lapel pin design, with examples of cloisonné badges.

£5,000 – SMASHED! – Afterlife Inc. employee ID cards

All backers at the £10 (“EMPLOYEE”) level and above will receive an Afterlife Inc. employee ID card. These high quality cardboard business cards identify you as an employee of Afterlife Inc. Useful for impressing clients and raising your social standing.

£6,000 – SMASHED! – Afterlife Inc. “The Lost Issue”

All backers at the £10 (“EMPLOYEE”) level and above will receive an exclusive digital copy of the never-before-seen “Lost Issue” of Afterlife Inc. This 22-page comic would have been issue 1 of the series. Instead, as Afterlife Inc. grew and developed in ways I could never have anticipated, this strange little comic no longer fitted in with the greater canon or mythology. Think of it as a demo tape – a test before moving on to a full album – or a vision of what might have been. DISCLAIMER! Certain pieces of dialogue may be redacted to avoid spoilers. You have been warned!

NO LONGER IN CANON - Jack meets a dinosaur in the first (worst) day of his afterlife.
NO LONGER IN CANON - Jack meets a dinosaur in the first (worst) day of his afterlife.

£7,000 – Afterlife Inc. The Game

The big one. In addition to being the chief artist of Afterlife Inc., the talented Ash Jackson is also the mastermind behind game developer Monster Robot Studios. We’ve been planning an Afterlife Inc. game for some time now, and with the Book of Life Kickstarter proving such a success, maybe we can make this project a reality too!

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Early test footage of Afterlife Inc. The Game - a work in progress!

The Afterlife Inc. game will be an RPG adventure in the style of classic Final Fantasy games and Penny Arcade’s more recent On the Rain Slick Precipice of Darkness series. Players must guide Jack and his party of loyal employees through the Empyrean – battling enemies, angels and monsters – as they uncover a deadly conspiracy running right to heart of their world. Best of all, the game will also tell a complete in-canon Afterlife Inc. story dealing with the aftermath of the events of volume 3.

If we hit this stretch goal, every backer will receive a free copy of the Afterlife Inc. game for Android or Apple devices. The focus of this Kickstarter is still the Book of Life, but with the book complete and ready to print, Ash and I can devote our time to producing another exciting chapter in the Afterlife Inc. saga – one that each and every one of you can enjoy! Developing the game will be an ongoing project, but the Book of Life will be available on a more immediate basis to keep you entertained.

Thanks for your amazing support so far, gang. Let’s see where the rest of our time on Kickstarter takes us!

Praise for Afterlife Inc.

“…a hell of a lot of fun to read and filled not only with fun ideas, but extremely creative ways of telling stories." AIN’T IT COOL NEWS

“Afterlife Inc. remains one of the most consistently imaginative, fun books on the market.” Alasdair Stuart, SFX MAGAZINE

The afterlife is under new management.

For con-artist Jack Fortune, death was just another step up the corporate ladder. As CEO of the newly modernised Afterlife Inc. Jack must now balance Big Business with the demands of his undead customers and the occasional threat from beyond time and space.

“Afterlife Inc. A Company You Can Believe In!”

The Afterlife Inc. board of directors. Art by Ash Jackson (pencils), Mike Bunt (inks) and Capucine Drapala (colours).
The Afterlife Inc. board of directors. Art by Ash Jackson (pencils), Mike Bunt (inks) and Capucine Drapala (colours).

Hi guys, Jon Lock here, writer and creator of Afterlife Inc. For three years now I’ve been publishing the ongoing adventures of Jack and Co. as they attempt to modernise the Great Beyond. First in Volume 1: Dying to Tell; next in Volume 2: Near Life; and finally in Volume 3: Lifeblood, which I successfully funded on Kickstarter back in November 2012. More info about the world of Afterlife Inc. – and even some free stories – can be found on my website: www.jonlock.com.

Volumes 1-3 of Afterlife Inc.
Volumes 1-3 of Afterlife Inc.

With the completion of this first trilogy of books, Afterlife Inc. has reached a major landmark; one I could scarcely have imagined when I started down this road. This is the end of an era for the comic, and the start of exciting new possibilities. To celebrate, I’m collecting Volumes 1-3 of Afterlife Inc. in one luxury hardback edition: the Book of Life!

The Book of Life, the collected edition of Afterlife Inc. Volumes 1-3.
The Book of Life, the collected edition of Afterlife Inc. Volumes 1-3.

The Book of Life charts the entire Afterlife Inc. story to date over 376 super-sized, full colour pages. That’s all the content of books 1, 2 and 3 plus 70 pages of special features, including pin-ups, character profiles, behind-the-scenes material, a guide to the afterlife and an exclusive never-before-seen Afterlife Inc. tale with art by series regular Jack Tempest!

A snapshot of some of the exclusive Book of Life special features: new stories, behind-the-scenes material, pin-ups, sketches and everything you could possibly need to know about the afterlife!
A snapshot of some of the exclusive Book of Life special features: new stories, behind-the-scenes material, pin-ups, sketches and everything you could possibly need to know about the afterlife!

At nearly 400 pages (and weighing in at just under 2 kilograms!) the Book of Life is a pretty substantial item, which is why I’ve turned to Kickstarter to help fund the first print run. If I reach my target, not only will I be able to supply backers with copies of the Book, but I’ll also have additional stock to take to conventions or even sell in shops.

Sample art from Volumes 1-3 of Afterlife Inc. - all featured in the Book of Life.
Sample art from Volumes 1-3 of Afterlife Inc. - all featured in the Book of Life.

The Book of Life will eventually retail at £40. Backers, however, can take advantage of a Kickstarter-only price of £35. There's also the chance to secure a copy for the limited edition early bird price of just £30!

In addition to physical copies of the Book of Life, I’m also offering PDFs, Afterlife Inc. art prints and even large scale canvas prints of YOUR page of choice from the Book of Life, blown up to A2 dimensions.

Check out the full list of rewards on the right for a chance to get hold of some Afterlife Inc. artwork, be it A4 prints or even a page of choice from the Book of Life blown up on canvas.
Check out the full list of rewards on the right for a chance to get hold of some Afterlife Inc. artwork, be it A4 prints or even a page of choice from the Book of Life blown up on canvas.

The Book of Life is 100% complete and ready to print. All I need is your help to make it a reality. Working with Afterlife Inc. these past three years has been the most incredible experience. I look forward to being able to share it with you in this definitive collection.

Thanks for the time, gang. Your support, as ever, means the world.

For regular updates on the project, feel free to follow me on Twitter or Facebook.

The Artists

Some of the amazing artists featured in the Book of Life. Please read below for a full list of contributors.
Some of the amazing artists featured in the Book of Life. Please read below for a full list of contributors.

Afterlife Inc. would be nothing without the incredible artists who have brought my words and characters so vividly to life. If you pick up a copy of the Book of Life, you can expect to see sequential art from all these insanely talented people.

Top row (L-R): Ash Jackson (Beautiful Creatures – Red 5 Comics) and Nathan Ashworth (VS Comics); Jerry Gaylord (Fanboys vs. Zombies – Boom! Studios); Roy Huteson Stewart (Aleister Crowley: Wandering the Waste – Markosia); Jack Tempest (The Locker).

Middle row (L-R): Will Tempest (Zero – Image Comics); Del Borovic (DELVE); Jade Sarson (Café Suada); Mark Pearce (Ronin Dogs).

Bottom row (L-R): Warwick Fraser-Coombe (Revenger); Grant Perkins (Dwayne Hickenbottom); Jack Davies (Alex the Abominable); Sean McSorley (Damn and Blast, Gentleman Detectives).

Not to mention pin-ups and special features from a veritable A-Team of guest illustrators.
Not to mention pin-ups and special features from a veritable A-Team of guest illustrators.

Top row (L-R): Chailey Illman, Karl Slominski, Ivan Olszevicki and Joe Jaro.

Second row (L-R): Ray Dillon, David Murdoch, Ben Wilsonham and Neil McClements.

Third row (L-R): Seb Carey & Nacho Moo, Nich Angell, Matt Rooke and Jon Scrivens.

Bottom row (L-R): Andy Bloor and Andy W. Clift.

More praise for Afterlife Inc.

“It is very rare that you find a graphic novel or indeed piece of literature that has something new to say, but I believe that Afterlife Inc. is it… Essentially, this is what comic books are all about.”  Anastasia Catris, CHAOS HOUR

“An absurdly slick and confident volume – a profoundly readable and open world full of stories and characters… Irresistible.”  Owen Watts, editor of THE PSYCHEDELIC JOURNAL OF TIME TRAVEL

“The comic is a slab of wonder, with pure imagination spread across every page. The stories, characters and settings at show here are comics in their purest form.”  Dan Hill

“SPOILER ALERT: everyone’s dead.”  Nich Angell, 7STRING and CAT & MERINGUE

Risks and challenges

The Book of Life is entirely finished and ready for printing.

To do this, I’ve teamed up with the fine folks at UK Comics, the people responsible for printing all of the Afterlife Inc. books so far. They’ve done an amazing job on the existing volumes, not to mention the test copies of the Book of Life, and I have every confidence that they can deliver a product of the highest quality. While delays in printing are always a possibility, particularly with a book of this size, I’ll be sure to keep backers informed of our progress throughout. If there are any hiccups along the way you guys will be the first to know.

Due to the Book's size and weight, shipping was always going to be expensive. To keep postage costs as low as possible for you, the backer, I've had to go for slightly slower options. The books will still be delivered in secure, reliable fashion, but please be patient if ordering from overseas. UK backers should not expect any undue delays in delivery.

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FAQ

  • The Book of Life will eventually retail at £40, but is available to Kickstarter backers for just £35. The £40 reward tier includes £35 for the book itself plus £5 for UK postage.

    Sadly, given the book's size and weight, postage costs are significant. I have, however, done my best to keep prices down by shopping around for the best possible deal. A normal purchase of the book (outside of Kickstarter, including postage) would be £45, so pledging £40 for a copy through Kickstarter saves you £5.

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    3 backers

    SUPPORTER - The eternal gratitude of the Afterlife Inc. team for helping to make the Book of Life a reality.

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    66 backers

    INTERN – A digital copy of the ENTIRE Book of Life. Includes all stories and special features in glorious HD. Available in PDF, CBR or CBZ format. Your choice!

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    29 backers

    EMPLOYEE – A digital copy of the Book of Life and a signed Afterlife Inc. print.

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    10 backers All gone!

    MANAGER – Early bird special! Get a signed copy of the Book of Life for the limited price of £30. Pledge includes UK postage. Digital copy also included!

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    88 backers

    VICE PRESIDENT – a signed copy of the Book of Life: 376 full-colour pages of Afterlife Inc. action for the Kickstarter-only price of £35! Pledge includes UK postage. Digital copy also included!

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    30 backers

    JUNIOR VICE PRESIDENT – a signed copy of the Book of Life, a digital copy AND… a set of three signed Afterlife Inc. prints! Pledge includes UK postage.

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    5 backers All gone!

    DIRECTOR – new reward! A signed copy of the Book of Life, a digital copy, a set of three signed Afterlife Inc. prints… and a custom full-colour pin-up from main series artist Ash Jackson! Let Ash’s talented hands bring your picture to life. Pledge includes UK postage.

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    2 backers

    CEO – the deluxe package! A signed copy of the Book of Life, a digital copy and a set of three signed Afterlife Inc. prints, PLUS an A2 canvas print of your page of choice from the Book of Life. Decorate your walls in the style befitting an entrepreneur of your stature!

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    2 backers

    RETAIL BUNDLE 1 – Calling all comic shops and retailers! Receive 3 signed copies of the Book of Life (normally retails at £120). Pledge includes £10 for UK postage.

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    2 backers

    RETAIL BUNDLE 2 – It’s a slightly bigger retail bundle! Receive 5 signed copies of the Book of Life (normally retails at £200). Pledge includes £10 for UK postage.

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