This project's funding goal was not reached on September 9, 2013.
About this project
SABRE – In our time and our place… He’s needed more than ever!
Writer Don McGregor (legendary writer of Black Panther, Killraven, Nathaniel Dusk, Lady Rawhide, Ragamuffins, Detectives, Inc., the original Sabre and many more series) joins with the equally legendary Trevor Von Eeden (Green Arrow, Batman, Thriller, The Original Johnson, Black Lightning) to deliver the return of the "Most Explosive Hero in Comics", Sabre.
It’s swordplay! Flintlock lasers! Robot stallions! Nocturnal Trackers!
It’s honor! It’s passion! It’s love! It’s lust! It’s corruption. It’s ideals!
It’s all in one disturbingly entertaining epic!
Digital comics for everyone!
To help get this project over the top, we're now offering digital copies of both the original Sabre graphic novel from 1978 - the one that started it all - and the new Sabre graphic novel from 2013 - to everybody who pledges $5 or more to this project. That means whether you pledge $5 or $500 to Sabre: the Early Future Years, you'll receive copies of this book that you can load onto your iPad, Kindle or Nexus tablet to enjoy wherever you go and show off your great taste to all your friends.
Never fear, those of you who pledged at the $12 level. We'll be throwing in- for the first time ever - digital copies of Don's Detectives Inc graphic novels for those of you who pledged at this level. This incentive will only be available for people who either pledge at $12 or add the $12 level to their selection - and only until the project ends on Monday, of course!
Now with new bonuses - including free comics - and new incentives!
All U.S. backers who pledge for print copies of Sabre: the Early Future Years between now and the $17,000 goal will receive two free floppy comics of our choice by either Don or Trevor! This incentive applies to all backers who have already donated as well as any new backers. We're looking into how we can add similar incentives for digital contributors and hope to announce that soon. Every time we exceed our stretch goals, we'll add a new comic to the freebie stack. If we hit our first incentive goal, all early supporters will receive three comics; if we hit our fourth, all early supporters will receive four free floppies by either Don or Trevor. Yay, free comics!
Also, many of you have asked for more signed hardcopy comics and books as pledge items. We're adding the "Super Thriller" set at the $75 level, to receive copies of all eight issues of the legendary Thriller autographed by Trevor Von Eeden along with a copy of the hardcover Sabre: the Early Future Years Book One. We only have ten sets at this level so pledge quickly.
We've also found a warehouse cache of the hardcover Sabre: Slow Fade of an Endangered Species 30th anniversary hardcover, which collects the full original Sabre graphic novel along with commentary by Don McGregor, excerpts from the original script and much more. The "Sabre Goes Hard" pack is also available for $75. We only have fifty sets at this level so pledge quickly.
Some of you have asked out our Stretch Goals, so here they are!
If we hit $22,000, the book will be colored in full by the great George Freeman
If we hit $33,000, we'll publish the first three chapters (68 pages) of Sabre: the Early Future Years!
If we hit $49,000, we'll publish the first half (96 pages) of Sabre: the Early Future Years!
If we hit $65,000, we'll publish the first 128 pages of Sabre: the Early Future Years!
If we hit $80,000, we'll publish the first 152 pages of Sabre: the Early Future Years!
And if you fans are extremely generous and we hit the $100,000 mark, we'll create the entire Sabre: the Early Future Years!
Best of all, no matter what you pledge, you'll receive the full Sabre: the Early Future Years Book One - whether it ends up being 40 pages or 190 pages.
Don McGregor created Sabre and, with Paul Gulacy, produced one of the first American graphic novels in August 1978 with Sabre: Slow Fade of an Endangered Species. When Sabre and his unique future world were conceived, Don and Paul were doing popular work for Marvel Comics. But Sabre would not fit in the Marvel Universe. The world of Sabre was very different from the world that Don was exploring in "War of the Worlds" and Paul on Master of Kung Fu.
When Jim Salicrup was at Mad Genius Associates, he was working on the idea of producing a weekly newspaper on comics. When Don told him about Sabre they discussed doing the series in weekly installments. However, both Don and Jim decided the project was too ambitious to be told in that format, and Don began thinking of doing Sabre as a "graphic album" ( the term "graphic novel" was not yet in popular usage in 1976) in an 8½" by 11" size on heavy paper stock.Slow Fade of an Endangered Species was published to critical acclaim and received several reprintings - including as the first two parts of what would turn out to be a 14-issues series published by Eclipse Comics between 1982 and 1985, with art by Billy Graham and Jose Ortiz. Unfortunately, the 1980s Sabre ended before McGregor's ambitious 600+ page graphic novel "The Decadence Indoctrination" could be concluded.
Though that series was cancelled, McGregor could not let go of Sabre or his fictional world. In 2006, he wrote a new 190 page Sabre graphic novel, "The Early Future Years", which told the origin story of Sabre, his great love Melissa Siren, and many of the supporting characters from the original series. Don wrote the series to be new reader friendly and packed the comic with action and adventure aplenty, along with romance (in every sense of the word), bizarre menaces and delightful action.
At the 2012 San Diego Comic-con, project producer Jason Sacks approached Trevor Von Eeden about producing the art for Sabre: the Early Future Years. When Jason explained the project to Trevor, the artist was excited to take it on; subsequently, he's described Sabre as "one of the most exciting books that I've ever been involved with", and we think you can see his excitement from the quality of art that he has delivered for this project so far. Frankly, everybody who's seen Trevor's art for this book has been blown away by the quality of material that he's producing for this book.
Lettering for this book will be done by industry veteran Jon Babcock, and if our stretch goals are reached, the book will be colored by another industry legend, George Freeman. You can see George's colors accompanying this page. Trevor recommended George because the two creators have been completely in sync on many projects in the past.
We're looking to raise $17,000 to help produce the first 40-page chapter of Sabre: the Early Future Years. If we reach our goal, we have ambitious stretch goals for the project, including color for the book and production of additional chapters in the book. We have plans to complete the 190-page book if we raise enough money.
Here is the special Kickstarter variant cover that we're offering by Craig Hamilton:
Here is the special Kickstarter variant cover that we're offering by Brian Stelfreeze:
As you can see, we have a bunch of great premiums to offer, including digital graphic novels, physical copies of the graphic novels, sketches, original art and much more! Best of all, if we meet our stretch goals and are able to offer more pages in the book, you'll get the full Sabre: the Early Future Years - whether it's 40 pages or 190 pages!
On behalf of Don, Trevor, George and everyone else involved with this project, thanks for looking at our Kickstarter. We would really appreciate your support for this project.
Risks and challenges
Trevor is well down the road towards completing the first 40-page section of the story - heck, it's hard to hold him back from working on what he calls "the best script I've worked on in years." The script is already complete, a publisher is lined up, and the rest of the creative team is on board. We're hoping to have the first 40 page segment complete before Christmas 2013, with additional sections of the story following quickly.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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