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How far would you go to keep your family SAFE? A bold new comic take on the horror genre in breathtaking color!
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A hearty welcome from team SAFE!
A hearty welcome from team SAFE!

The SKINNY

Hello and thanks for checking out SAFE. My name is Justin Zimmerman, and this marks the 4th time I've brought an independent comic project to Kickstarter. So far, success! But I'm going bigger and bolder with this one, and I'm hoping you'll join me for another ride.

Locally and professionally printed. Perfect bound. Wraparound exclusive cover. Tons of digital extras. Signed prints galore. My first color project. My first project featuring a guest essay, and by "Grand Theft Auto V" star Steven Ogg, no less. With the art wrapped, 100% of the proceeds straight to the production of the book.

And a 60-day window because I want SAFE to spread like an insanely infectious zombie plague across the entire world.

The INTERVIEWS

Updated as the campaign progresses...

BROKEN FRONTIER

NERDLIFE

NERDOPHILES

BLEEDING COOL

NERDLOCKER

CINEMAJAW

ZIPPERFISH

The ART

Some examples of interior and poster art that will be melting your eyeballs should you back SAFE. You'll notice that these are not repeats from the video...

Page 4. Zimmerman, Brown and Grigsby.
Page 4. Zimmerman, Brown and Grigsby.
Page 7. Zimmerman, Brown and Grigsby.
Page 7. Zimmerman, Brown and Grigsby.
Poster 3. Brown, Grigsby and Zimmerman
Poster 3. Brown, Grigsby and Zimmerman
Ogg versus zombie, featured with his essay in the book. Perkins, Grigsby and Zimmerman.
Ogg versus zombie, featured with his essay in the book. Perkins, Grigsby and Zimmerman.
An old friend. Brown, Grigsby and Zimmerman.
An old friend. Brown, Grigsby and Zimmerman.

The REVIEWS

SAFE's already snagged some advance praise.

“Every time I thought SAFE was going one way, it slapped me in the face and went the other! Beautiful storytelling! I had to pick my jaw up off the floor." - Decapitated Dan, Comic Related

"Justin does the seemingly impossible with SAFE: he creates a fresh take on zombies while simultaneously taking the genre back to its Romero roots." - Mike Lawrence, Dark Horse Presents, Amp!

"SAFE features gorgeous artwork and an edgy and compelling script. The twists will keep you up all night!” - Walter Lovett, Witinradio

“SAFE is relentless. 5 out of 5 stars.” - Dan Morrill, Comics Forge

"Zombies, action, and suspense aside, SAFE is a story with a heart. It's the bigger questions that had me - the 'what would I do's?'” - Steven Ogg, “GTA V,” “He Never Died”

The NAMED

EVERYONE who contributes to SAFE, regardless of amount, will be included. Your names will be represented with the book in what I hope will be a fun and truly unique way.

The PRINTER

It's important to me to print locally and as sustainably as possible, and that's why I'm happy to announce I'll be making SAFE with printing partners Stevens Integrated Solutions. This will be the best book I could possibly bring to your door, with incredible paper, a spot-uv cover, unbelievable color for each of our approximately 50 (and hopefully more) pages, etc. And I will be there every step of the way.

We're already running tests!
We're already running tests!

The WEB

SAFE is on Facebook, with separate photo albums created for you to preview interior art, posters, early designs, behind-the-scenes photos, etc. Come check it all out HERE.

The OTHERS

Russ and I have been down the ol' Kickstarter road a couple times before. He illustrated THE KILLING JAR in its entirety, and drew two stories and several covers and posters for my ensemble book, OTHER WORLDS. If you missed both successful campaigns, take a look at the links above and the pics below. Both books are available as backer rewards. You can see for yourself while Mike Lawrence (of Amp! fame) calls us, "A match made in hell."

The Killing Jar cover. Brown, Jacobs, Zimmerman and MacKinnon.
The Killing Jar cover. Brown, Jacobs, Zimmerman and MacKinnon.
The Killing Jar color process. Brown, Zimmerman and MacKinnon.
The Killing Jar color process. Brown, Zimmerman and MacKinnon.
Other Worlds poster. Brown and Zimmerman.
Other Worlds poster. Brown and Zimmerman.
Other Worlds interior. Brown.
Other Worlds interior. Brown.

The DELIVERY

Domestic packages will be sent USPS Priority. This means insurance and tracking. Regardless of destination, books will be bagged, backed, overpacked and loaded for bore.

The STRETCH 

Oh BOY do I have stretch goals. Pages upon pages of director's cut material for a bigger book, new limited edition lobby cards, buttons, film and more. But one step at at time...

Cover pencils. Galusha.
Cover pencils. Galusha.

The END

People have told me that zombie projects are played out. That socially-oriented topics are boring. That independent comics can never match the quality of their mainstream counterparts. I'd like to prove them wrong. I'd like to create an amazingly printed, locally produced, incredible zombie comic that George Romero would read between takes on his next flick.

If you'd like to help, I'll see you out there.

jcz

Zombie Zimmerman by gregarious Grace Allison.
Zombie Zimmerman by gregarious Grace Allison.

Risks and challenges

Folks, I've delivered several Kickstarter books on time and on budget. I've printed my books locally every time and have a great relationship with multiple local printers. I am communicative throughout the process and take my responsibility to my backers 100% seriously. I see no issues with delivering SAFE in a timely and professional manner.

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    AUDITION: You get access to the many backer only progress updates and behind-the-scenes notes as we forge ahead with SAFE.

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    THE THING: A high resolution DRM-free PDF of SAFE.

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    THE STUFF: A high resolution DRM-free PDF of SAFE. A PDF of the original SAFE script, warts and all. A digital download of Jarrod Whittington's master mix of the song featured in the SAFE trailer. A 16:9 screensaver. And a high resolution DRM-free PDF of Other Worlds #4, the first official collaboration of Zimmerman, Brown and Grigsby.

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    DEAD RINGERS: Every digital reward (script, muzak, Other Worlds #4, screensaver), plus a cold, crisp copy of SAFE on pristine printed prestige paper! Not enough? How about an EXCLUSIVE signed and numbered Ogg lobby card signed by the series creator?

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    THE OTHERS: Every digital and physical SAFE reward above. PLUS a copy of Justin's genre graphic novel collection OTHER WORLDS (which features SAFE artists Russ and Matt) and an OW lobby card, both signed.

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    THE KILLING: Every digital and physical SAFE reward above. PLUS a copy of Justin's graphic novel THE KILLING JAR (which features SAFE artist Russ) and a 24-page full color TKJ Annual, both signed.

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    PEEPING TOM: So you want to see everything? All digital and physical SAFE rewards described above. PLUS every physical OTHER WORLDS and THE KILLING JAR reward, including both supersized graphic novels!

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    RUSTLE THE RUSSELL: You love SAFE. You love THE KILLING JAR. You love OTHER WORLDS. You love Russell Brown's work in all three. Well, not only do you get ALL SAFE, TKJ and OW rewards outlined above, but you also get a hand-picked ORIGINAL piece of art from THE KILLING JAR drawn by the indomitable RB himself and signed by the series creator! You'll need more copies of the book to brag to your friends about too, so we'll throw in an extra 2!

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    2001 MANIACS: Everything above (yup, including an original piece of TKJ art) PLUS you'll be drawn as a zombie attacking our SAFE hero. You'll receive 5 high quality signed and numbered 11 x 17 posters of said image to distribute as you see fit, high resolution TIFF and JPEG files of the image, and an exclusive signed 11 x 17 SAFE poster as well! You'll need more copies of the book to brag to your friends about too, so we'll throw in an extra 4!

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    RE-ANIMATOR: Everything above (except the 2001 MANIACS tier). The books, the original TKJ art, the physical and digital rewards. But what's REALLY exciting is that the series creator will hand-pick and sign an original piece of SAFE interior art for you. You'll need more copies of the book to brag to your friends about too, so we'll throw in an extra 9!

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    BRIDE OF RE-ANIMATOR: Everything in the RE-ANIMATOR tier, plus the series creator will hand-pick and sign an original piece of SAFE poster art along with the interior pages from both SAFE and TKJ. You'll need more copies of the book to brag to your friends about too, so we'll throw in an extra 9!

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