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CA$ 380 pledged of CA$ 1,500 goal
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By Jeff Pacitto
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The Original Cast of Characters from Apocoliptic Dreams
The Original Cast of Characters from Apocoliptic Dreams

We're bringing our flagship series back with issue 13 of Apocoliptic Dreams, a 28 page black and white comic with fresh new exciting stories that serve as a great starting point for new readers.

20 years ago 3 high school friends had a dream of making comic books, and they turned that dream into a reality by forming Outer Edge Comics and publishing their own creations in a zine-sized book called Apocoliptic Dreams.

Some original covers and artwork from the original mid-90s 12 issue run.
Some original covers and artwork from the original mid-90s 12 issue run.

Outer Edge Comics was a staple of the indie comics scene in Toronto in the mid 1990s, following in the footsteps of other great localized indie comics of the time. Unfortunately, after a few brief years, life got in the way and our flagship title Apocoliptic Dreams ceased production with issue 12.

It's been 20 years since our first book hit the shelves, and what better way to jump back into the game than with a 20th anniversary spectacular, taking original fans right from the end of issue 12 to present-day, and introducing new fans to characters through new open story lines.

Our First Convention, October 1994
Our First Convention, October 1994

It's also been 20 years since we attended our first comic convention, and that convention is now called FanExpo and is celebrating their 20th anniversary this year, so we thought what better way to celebrate our return than to rejoin the convention scene and celebrate our 20th along with their 20th at FanExpo in Toronto this coming August 2014.

Gunslinger title-page from Apocoliptic Dreams #13
Gunslinger title-page from Apocoliptic Dreams #13
A few images from the new Apocoliptic Dreams #13
A few images from the new Apocoliptic Dreams #13

The good news is that the stories for issue 13 have all been finished, all writing, penciling, & inking have been done.  The cover artwork and layout process has begun, so everything is pretty much ready to go and humming along at a smooth rate.  We've also started cleaning up the artwork from the original Apocoliptic Dreams #1 so we can give newcomers a glimpse into where we've come from.

Before and After of a page from the Apocoliptic Dreams Redux
Before and After of a page from the Apocoliptic Dreams Redux
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So what's the money for?  Well, we're doing this project as a labour of love, and the funds will be used for securing a booth at the 20th anniversary Fan Expo show as well as printing the rewards, namely the new Apocoliptic Dreams #13, touched up AD1, and Gunslinger and Shadow Weaver anthology collections.

Risks and challenges

As we said before, issue 13 is almost completely done already, and the reissue of issue 1 is about 1/3 of the way complete. The graphic novels collecting the Gunslinger and Shadow Weaver stories are also well underway, so creating the materials for printing is not a problem, as it's almost all already done.

Having published our own book for over 4 years means we know what we're doing, and are able to meet deadlines and work with printers, and in our personal professional lives since Outer Edge Comics had stopped publishing, we've worked closely with printers on our projects for other industries, so we know the business well enough to get the product printed and ready to ship.

We don't have much experience with shipping, however, can't see a big hurdle to climb on that one, as the post office will do plenty of hand-holding to get our books packed and processed and sent off to each and every backer.

So really, there's virtually no risk or challenge to the fulfillment of this project, so you should pledge with confidence knowing that once we hit our goal, you will be getting your book(s)!

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    Save the trees and get a PDF copy of Apocoliptic Dreams #13 delivered right to your inbox before it's available in hardcopy! You'll also get your name listed on our website as a backer.

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    Do you have an iPad? Do you want a copy of Apocoliptic Dreams #13 to enjoy on it? A very select 50 of you will receive a download code for the latest issue of Apocoliptic Dreams.

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    Here's the big boy! The hardcopy of Apocoliptic Dreams #13, delivered right to your door, and signed and numbered by the creative team! A PDF copy and delivery within Canada is included at this level.

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    Looking for a little something extra with your hardcopy? We'll provide a little sketch of any character of your choosing (within reason) along with our signatures. A PDF copy and delivery within Canada is included at this level.

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    Going Dark level - get the original Shadow Weaver stories, reissued in 4 regular sized comics, signed by the creative team. PDFs of each issue and shipping within Canada is included at this level.

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    How about a little history lesson? You will get a physical copy of the Apocoliptic Dreams #13 as well as a physical copy of Apocoliptic Dreams #1 REDUX. That's right, you get a glimpse into the past with a retouched version of issue one from 20 years ago! Both books will be signed by the creative team. A PDF copy of both books and delivery within Canada is included at this level.

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    Gunslinger aficionado, are you? Well here's your chance to get the entire run of Gunslinger stories from his original Apocoliptic Dreams run, as well as some never-before-published stories, in one collected graphic novel. A PDF copy and delivery within Canada is included at this level.

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    Is Shadow Weaver more your cup of tea? Get the entire run of Shadow Weaver stories from his original Apocoliptic Dreams run, as well as some never-before-published stories, in one collected graphic novel. A PDF copy and delivery within Canada is included at this level.

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    The Digital Anthology - Looking for our entire history in one volume? Roughly 500 pages collecting every thing Outer Edge Comics completed (and some incomplete projects) over their 4 year run in one single PDF, including all issues of Apocoliptic Dreams, both Necronomicon issues, reprints of the images and text from the Creator's Universe Card Set, Calendar, unpublished sketches, and two incomplete, unfinished, unpublished stories.

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    Everything Digital!
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    Art Commission level - pledge at this level and we'll pencil and ink any character of your choosing and send you out both the digital version and a signed print of it.

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    The Anthology - Looking for our entire history in one volume? Roughly 500 pages collecting every thing Outer Edge Comics completed (and some incomplete projects) over their 4 year run, including all issues of Apocoliptic Dreams, both Necronomicon issues, reprints of the images and text from the Creator's Universe Card Set, Calendar, unpublished sketches, and two incomplete, unfinished, unpublished stories. Includes the PDF version.

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    Something Old, Something New - The entire Outer Edge Comics Anthology, as mentioned above, as well as the new issue #13 that continues the stories while reinventing them for a new generation. Includes PDF versions of both books.

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