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This Kickstarter is for a print run of the first issue of an exciting new creator-owned comic book series, "Up the River"!
Fully funded & 2 stretch goals reached on the Up the River #1 comic book campaign! THANK YOU ALL!
Fully funded & 2 stretch goals reached on the Up the River #1 comic book campaign! THANK YOU ALL!
127 backers pledged $4,128 to help bring this project to life.

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The brand new creator-owned comic book series from Source Point Press, Up the River, is a 21-issue story carefully and meticulously crafted by writer Travis McIntire. As a young boy Syl witnesses the murder of his superhero father in the streets of Third City. Years later, Syl and his younger brother Arnie set out with the crew of a river boat to take him up the treacherous Hard Silt River to find answers. Set in a uniquely created post-apocalyptic future that is both horrific and fascinating, Up the River is an adventure story that puts a fresh twist on the idea of super-powered humans and a strong emphasis on character development. The comic series is penciled and inked by Stephen Sharar, colored by Sean Seal, and edited and lettered by Joshua Werner. With covers inked by Mark McKenna (X-Men, Amazing Spider-Man, Justice League, Batman)!

 *STRETCH GOALS ANNOUNCED*

  • $3,000 = Everyone at $10 tiers and above will receive a free print of the cover art (without logos) by artist Mark McKenna (Batman, X-Men, Justice League, Spider-Man), Stephen Sharar, and Sean Seal.
  • $4,000 = Everyone at $10 tiers and above will receive a free copy of Up the River #2!

The goal of this campaign is to secure the funding necessary to print, ship, and distribute Up the River #1. Any additional funds will go towards marketing Up the River to help spread the word, and towards the printing of issue #2. We’re incredibly excited about what’s been created, and we know people will love it; we just need your help to get it off the ground. :)
While we can't know the exact final costs of everything until we know how many people will go for which rewards, here is a chart showing the approximate breakdown of what the money will go to if we reach the $2,000. 

As you can see, there's a small sliver in this pie chart set aside for marketing, which is quite necessary to the future success of Up the River. But depending on which rewards people choose over others, it's quite possible that the rewards costs could overtake the money for marketing. This is why additional money made past the point of 2,000 will first go towards marketing, and then hopefully even more can go towards funding issue #2. 

 Ready to hear about the rewards? We think you guys will like them, there's some really cool stuff in here! There are 12 different tiers total, including one specifically for retailers who are interested in trying Up the River #1 out in their stores.

Here it is, your first look at the cover of the comic, penciled by Stephen Sharar, inked by Mark McKenna, colored by Sean Seal!

This is the exclusive Kickstarter variant cover! Art by Stephen Sharar and Sean Seal.
This is the exclusive Kickstarter variant cover! Art by Stephen Sharar and Sean Seal.

 Take a look, we added even more awesome digital comics to this reward!

This is the art that will be on the limited signed & numbered print.
This is the art that will be on the limited signed & numbered print.
Very rare prototype version of "Up the River" titled "Up the River 2130".
Very rare prototype version of "Up the River" titled "Up the River 2130".

Bonus! You will also receive a copy of the comic with the regular cover as well! 

Up the River artist Stephen Sharar
Up the River artist Stephen Sharar
Mark McKenna, who has worked on Justice League, X-Men, Spider-Man, Batman, The Punisher, and many many more. http://www.markmckennaart.com
Mark McKenna, who has worked on Justice League, X-Men, Spider-Man, Batman, The Punisher, and many many more. http://www.markmckennaart.com

 Bonus! you will also receive a copy of comic with the regular cover as well!

            

Risks and challenges

There won't be any obstacles in regards to the finishing of Issue #1, as it's 90% complete as we speak and getting closer to done each day. And with the funding of this Kickstarter the printing and shipping processes will not be an issue. The real obstacles that the comic book will face will be getting the word out there about it, so as to secure sales for the print run and thereby creating the funds necessary to print the next issue, and the issue after that, etc. This is an obstacle we intend to face head on. While Source Point Press is quite indie and on a shoe-string budget, we all believe in this book, and it deserves to be seen. With your help, we can spread the word about Up the River throughout social media, digital platforms, marketing and advertising, and the old-school way: through word of mouth. Great stories create great conversation, which in turn will lead to the sales necessary to ensure this title reaches its full 21 issue run so this amazing tale can be told.

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    THE COMIC!
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    EXCLUSIVE VARIANT!
    This will get you a copy of Up the River #1 with the exclusive Kickstarter Variant Cover! There will only be enough printed of this variant to cover this Kickstarter tier, and that's it! The ONLY way to get it is right here. Plus you get a download link to a PDF of the comic as well.
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    PDF BUNDLE
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    RETAILER BUNDLE
    Are you a comic book shop or book store interested in selling Up the River #1 in your store? This one is for you! (Retailers only). You will receive 5 copies of Up the River #1 shipped to you, along with a promotional poster that can be hung in your shop!
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    COMIC & ART PRINT
    Limited to 40: This gets you a copy of the comic, plus an 11"x17" numbered art print, signed by the writer and artists.
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    COMIC & SKETCH
    Here you get a copy of Up the River #1, plus a download link to a PDF version, plus a 5"x7" hand-drawn sketch of one of the characters from Up the River by one the artists on the creative team.
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    THE BIG BUNDLE!
    Limited to 35: In this bundle you'll get a copy of Up the River #1, the PDF Bundle, a 5"x7" sketch of a character from the story, and a rare "proto" version of Up the River featuring a completely different artist, signed by the writer.
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    STEPHEN SHARAR SKETCH COVER
    Limited to 10: You will receive a hand-drawn sketch cover variant of Up the River #1, with the cover art drawn by Up the River artist Stephen Sharar.
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    DAVID ANDRES (GUEST) SKETCH COVER
    Limited to 1: You will receive a hand-drawn sketch cover variant of Up the River #1, with the cover art drawn by artist David Andres (Him: The Lesser Known, Serial, The Hyperbolic Flip Conroy).
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    JOE FREYRE (GUEST) SKETCH COVER
    Limited to 1: You will receive a hand-drawn sketch cover variant of Up the River #1, with the cover art drawn by artist Joe Freyre (Michigan Comics Collective). You'll also receive a copy of the comic with the regular cover so you have one to read as well!
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    JOSHUA WERNER (GUEST) SKETCH COVER
    Limited to 2: You will receive a hand-drawn sketch cover variant of Up the River #1, with the cover art drawn by artist Joshua Werner (Jack of Spades, Zombie Rush: Riot, Source Point Presents).
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    JASON JIMENEZ (GUEST) SKETCH COVER
    Limited to 1: You will receive a hand-drawn sketch cover variant of Up the River #1, with the cover art drawn by artist Jason Jimenez (Michigan Comics Collective). You'll also receive a copy of the comic with the regular cover so you have one to read as well!
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    KATIE LUNA (GUEST) SKETCH COVER
    Limited to 1: You will receive a hand-drawn sketch cover variant of Up the River #1, with the cover art drawn by artist Katie Luna (Michigan Comics Collective). You'll also receive a copy of the comic with the regular cover so you have one to read as well!
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    TYLER SOWLES (GUEST) SKETCH COVER
    Limited to 1: You will receive a hand-drawn sketch cover variant of Up the River #1, with the cover art drawn by artist Tyler Sowles (Hank Steiner, Durontus, Tandoori Apocalypse). You'll also receive a copy of the comic with the regular cover so you have one to read as well!
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    CANDACE VIRJAN (GUEST) SKETCH COVER
    Limited to 1: You will receive a hand-drawn sketch cover variant of Up the River #1, with the cover art drawn by artist Candace Virjan (Michigan Comics Collective). You'll also receive a copy of the comic with the regular cover so you have one to read as well!
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    BRAD GISCHIA (GUEST) SKETCH COVER
    Limited to 1: You will receive a hand-drawn sketch cover variant of Up the River #1, with the cover art drawn by artist Brad Gischia (Michigan Comics Collective). You'll also receive a copy of the comic with the regular cover so you have one to read as well!
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    BJ DuVall (GUEST) SKETCH COVER
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    SETH DAMOOSE (GUEST) SKETCH COVER
    Limited to 2: You will receive a hand-drawn sketch cover variant of Up the River #1, with the cover art drawn by Tales of Mr. Rhee artist Seth Damoose (Image, Devil's Due). You will also receive a copy of the comic with the regular cover as well, so that you have one just to read!
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    GRANT PERKINS (GUEST) SKETCH COVER
    Limited to 1: You will receive a hand-drawn sketch cover variant of Up the River #1, with the cover art drawn by Grant Perkins (Image, Titan Comics, Dreamworks, ). You will also receive a copy of the comic with the regular cover as well, so that you have one just to read!
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    MARK MCKENNA SKETCH COVER!
    Limited to 2: You will receive a hand-drawn sketch cover variant of Up the River #1, with the cover art drawn by legendary Mark McKenna (who has graced such titles as Batman, X-Men, Spider-Man, Justice League, and so many more)!
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    ORIGINAL COMIC PAGE
    Limited to 10: This gets you a copy of Up the River #1 plus one of the original hand-drawn pages of the comic, penciled and inked by Stephen Sharar. Comes with a Certificate of Authenticity from the artist.
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