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STANDSTILL #2 The Second Chapter of the mature readers Sci-fi Horror Comic Book that follows the survivors of a global pandemic.
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At its core, Standstill is the bastard love child of the Americana survival horror genre and a romantic Greek tragedy. The dramatic table is set here in the opening chapter when you are introduced to Mason and Luna, two young people very much in love, but that love is going to be tested under unimaginable circumstances over the course of their story. I say their story because Standstill is big enough to sustain multiple storylines over time and that’s how I’ve been writing it. As it progresses from chapter to chapter, the story is visceral, emotional, and, in some cases, not for the faint of heart.

Over 7 billion people live on planet Earth. What if 6 billion of them suddenly and inexplicably stopped moving – like toys that ran out of batteries. What would happen if the world came to a… Standstill.

 

 

Hi, my name is Justin Gray. I’m an author, graphic novelist, super backer and have been a part of 12 successful kickstarter campaigns. I wanted to tell you about a survival horror-scifi comic that artist Jimmy Broxton and I are creating called STANDSTILL. 

 This summer we launched a campaign for our first issue of the series and – thanks to hundreds of gracious supporters here on kickstarter – we almost doubled our funding goal. We’re back with issue 2, which has a higher page count and exclusive alternate covers by John Broglia and Darick Robertson. You can read more about these incredibly talented artists below. 

 

 

Standstill began with a simple yet terrifying idea – what would happen if 90% of people in the world suddenly stopped moving? They were alive, paralyzed and prisoners in their own bodies. That is a very dark beginning but then I wondered where would you go from there? What kinds of people would be left and what would the world become. We all have some experience with apocalyptic fiction – it’s everywhere in many different forms. However, it doesn’t always include all the crazy things and real dangers that could take place. 

You might be thinking I have some pretty dark stuff going on in my mind. Yes, okay, but this stuff gets there because I live between a famous prison and a nuclear power plant. I regularly hear emergency warning system tests. Every year I get a large packet of information about what to do in a real emergency, which ALSO inspired one of the pledge rewards below. 

Broxton and I are using the Kickstarter platform because we want to build an audience and progress toward finding the right publisher to help us move to retail stores. There’s a huge comics community on Kickstarter with open minds and diverse tastes who enjoy supporting creators and helping them bring their ideas to life. 

Broxton’s art and storytelling are top notch and it takes a great deal of time and craft to do what he does so brilliantly. With your help, Kickstarter allows me to raise the funds to pay these artists and cover production and printing.   

 

A NEW PLEDGE LEVEL HAS BEEN ADDED

Signed Amanda Conner Print
Signed Amanda Conner Print

 If you see something from the campaign that isn't included in your selected reward tier send us a message on Kickstarter and we'll be happy to help with your add-on during the campaign through an over-pledge.

 EVERY BACKER OF THE ALTERNATE COVER TIERS FEATURING EITHER JOHN BROGLIA OR DARICK ROBERTSON OR BOTH GETS THE TRIFOLD/PINUP SEEN BELOW

I live sandwiched between a major prison and a nuclear power plant so every year I get a strategic planning guide on what to do in the event of a nuclear accident. I have yet to get a brochure on what to do if people escape from the prison, which has happened before. As a result, I was inspired to create a survival brochure for you guys based on the Standstill that also doubles as a frameable art print from John Broglia's variant cover! John was also kind enough to provide the illustrations for the interior. This is a two-sided brochure where the interior is full of information and illustrations and the flip side is the Dottie Pinup. 

 If you missed the first campaign, you can pick up both printed issues of Standstill and the three mini-prints illustrated by Broxton. 

 The John Broglia Alternate Cover

 

 

Risks and challenges

The estimated delivery date for the second issue of Standstill and the rewards is January 2018 and Justin & Broxton will do everything in their power to deliver on time. However, please keep in mind that this is a projected date. Unexpected delays can occur during the production and shipping of any product.

We know sometimes packages disappear or arrive much later than even I imagined. Some have been literally eaten by family dogs.

The money raised will go towards compensating the talented artists, covering printing and distributing the finished comic as well as Kickstarter fees. In the event we exceed our goal, the additional funds will go toward the added cost for the extra rewards as well as production on issue #3 should we be so lucky!

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    DIGITAL SURVIVOR

    You get a PDF copy of issue #2 plus the script delivered anywhere in the world! Be among the first to read the second chapter of STANDSTILL.

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    PRINTED ISSUE #2 OF STANDSTILL

    Be among the first to own and read a SIGNED copy of the black and white, survival horror/sci-fi STANDSTILL #2.

    To my friends and supporters outside of the US, a package more than quadruples in cost when I send books to your wonderful countries. Except for Canada where it triples. As a result, have to charge much more than I'd like just to cover this insane shipping predicament, which is very unfortunate and unfair for everyone involved.

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    STANDSTILL DIGITAL BUNDLE

    If you are NEW to STANDSTILL and want to catch up on the story you can get digital copies of STANDSTILL #1 & #2 plus the digital deluxe bonus material made for issue #1.

    This is a great reward for backers that live outside of the U.S. to combat the astronomical cost of shipping.

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    STANDSTILL PRINT BUNDLE

    If you are new to STANDSTILL and want to catch up on the story, you can get a SIGNED PRINTED copy of both STANDSTILL #1 & #2 with the BROXTON COVERS.

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    Sci-Fi Digital Bundle #1

    You get a digital PDF copy of STANDSTILL #1&2 and the script as it was written!

    You also get a digital copy of Justin Gray's: Filthy, Human Overlords, an action-packed and quirky collection of science fiction stories. You can visit a future where people sell their bodies to medical science or join an archeologist as he leads a team of explorers who fearlessly investigate alien ruins on distant worlds. Discover what happened to the extraterrestrial theme park in Alvord, Iowa or join a group of eccentric alien hunters based in Brooklyn, N.Y.

    274 PAGES

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    Three Mini Print Combo Pack

    You get copies of STANDSTILL #1 & #2 (Broxton covers) PLUS three original mini art prints illustrated by series artist Broxton.

    If you want a variant cover for issue #2 instead of the standard Broxton Cover please specify which artist you would like and add $5 to your overall pledge.

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    Standstill Super Digital Bundle!

    In addition to digital copies of Standstill #1 & 2 you get a Digital copy of DELETE #1, the post-cyberpunk action thriller by Justin Gray and Jimmy Palmiotti with art by Harley Quinn artist John Timms!

    But there's MORE the EXCLUSIVE first look Digital Ashcan preview of BILLY THE KIT, the foul-mouthed, supernatural western talking animal comic by Justin Gray and artist Barry McClain Jr. If you enjoyed Jonah Hex then you definitely want to check out Billy The Kit.

    International shipping is very frustrating, time-consuming and unfair so I wanted to create a digital-only package that was special for people whose only opportunity to read Standstill is digital.

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    John Broglia Exclusive Dottie Cover

    Issue #2 with the Kickstarter exclusive alternate cover by artist JOHN BROGLIA illustrating the character of Dottie. Kickstarter is currently the only place you can get this cover.

    This pledge level comes with the TRIFOLD SURVIVAL GUIDE/DOTTIE PINUP!

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    The Exclusive Darick Robertson Cover

    Issue #2 with the Kickstarter exclusive alternate cover by artist DARICK ROBERTSON illustrating the character of MASON.

    You also get the Trifold survival Brochure that doubles as a Dottie Pinup!

    Kickstarter is the only place you can get this cover.

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    Alternate Cover Bundle #1

    You get issue #1 with the Broxton Cover and issue #2 with the exclusive John Broglia cover.

    You also get the Kickstarter exclusive trifold survival guide and Dottie pin-up!

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    Alternate Cover Bundle #2

    You get issue #1 with the Broxton Cover and issue #2 with the exclusive Darick Robertson cover.

    You also get the Kickstarter exclusive trifold survival guide and Dottie pin-up!

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    Spread the Love

    Spread The Love

    5 SIGNED copies of STANDSTILL issue #2 (BROXTON COVER) you can share the apocalypse with friends!

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    Alternate Cover Bundle #3

    You get issue #2 with BOTH exclusive covers by DARICK ROBERTSON AND JOHN BROGLIA!

    You also get the Kickstarter exclusive trifold survival guide and pin-up!

    Add $5 to your pledge amount for a copy of STANDSTILL #1 BROXTON COVER.

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    Forager with Amanda Conner Signed Print

    In addition to the Broxton cover of Standstill #2 and the Trifold/Pinup, you get a paperback copy of the All-Ages Graphic Novel FORAGER.
    Two parents try to save their marriage by taking their six-year-old daughter, Ellie, on a week’s vacation aboard a luxury Star Liner orbiting Earth and Mars. Ellie is a precocious child who also happens to fall somewhere on the Asperger’s spectrum.

    Soon after reaching orbit, Ellie begins hearing voices from what she calls angels, claiming they are “coming for our world.”

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    The Blind Loot Crate

    You get Standstill #1 & 2 Broxton Covers Signed by Justin Gray plus a mystery box of comics and graphic novels, both softcover and hardcover.

    I still have a bunch of trade paperbacks and hardcovers from DC Comics. The contents of the box exceed the pledge level.

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    Darick Robertson's Original Cover Art

    Comics legend Darick Robertson, whom you may know from Transmetropolitan, The Boys and Happy among many others, generously offered his cover as a pledge incentive. This exclusive original piece of art is done in traditional media.

    It comes with Standstill #2 featuring Darick's cover and the trifold brochure/pinup by John Broglia.

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    Original Broxton Art Bundle

    ONE OF A KIND BROXTON KICKSTARTER EXCLUSIVE SUPER BACKER PACKAGE - A BLACK AND WHITE PRINT, AN EXCLUSIVE COLOR PRINT AND THE BLACK AND WHITE ORIGINAL ART SEEN BELOW FEATURING DOTTIE. YOU ALSO GET PRINTED COPIES OF ISSUE 2 FEATURING ALL 3 COVERS AND THE TRI-FOLD SURVIVAL GUIDE/DOTTIE PIN-UP BY JOHN BROGLIA.

    THESE PRINTS WILL BE DIFFERENT IN SIZE AND PRINTED ON DIFFERENT PAPER FROM THE MINI-PRINTS. THE ORIGINAL BLACK AND WHITE LINE ART IS 11.5 X 16.5

    THE REASON WHY THIS IS SO SPECIAL:

    BROXTON DOES NOT SELL HIS ART TO THE PUBLIC MAKING THIS AN EXTREMELY RARE OPPORTUNITY. HE ONLY GIFTS HIS ART TO PEOPLE AND HE HAS ONLY DONE THAT 3 TIMES. THE PROUD OWNER OF THIS ORIGINAL ART WILL BE PART OF AN EXCLUSIVE GROUP AND IT WILL SHIP ANYWHERE IN THE WORLD. BECAUSE BROXTON IS IN THE U.K. AND I AM IN THE U.S. THE PRINTS WILL SHIP SEPARATELY FROM THE BOOKS OR ITEMS HANDLED ON MY END.

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