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His art resurrected The Church. His sword sealed his tragic fate.

Our SECOND STRETCH GOAL $4,200: EIGHT cameos as Knight of Malta!
His art resurrected The Church. Ambition betrayed his secret lover. His sword sealed their tragic fate.
His art resurrected The Church. Ambition betrayed his secret lover. His sword sealed their tragic fate.
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24 full-color pages of story that kicks-off the epic biography of the artist known as Caravaggio (Michelangelo Da Caravaggio Di Merisi). 

His art resurrected The Church.
Ambition revealed his secret lover.
His sword sealed their tragic fate.

A SAMPLE PAGE by Cyrus Mesarcia, colors by Beezzz Studios:

INCENTIVES:

EVERY contribution receives:
The Bella Fe Media 24 page sampler featuring 6 pages each from our four original titles...

Supporters at this level and above, get a customized shout out on Twitter and/or Facebook, with YOUR NAME:

A supporter's Facbook and Twitter shout-out
A supporter's Facbook and Twitter shout-out

$50 YOUR CREDITED CAMEO ROLE:

$60 YOUR CREDITED CAMEO ROLE:

Steve Sievers claimed this Issue #1 cameo role, now off to our colorist!
Steve Sievers claimed this Issue #1 cameo role, now off to our colorist!
Our first Cameo already inked in a print-ready page!
Our first Cameo already inked in a print-ready page!

 $200 YOUR CREDITED FEATURE ROLE:

Dan Woren (Star Trek, Bleach, Robotech) got one of our $200 feature roles
Dan Woren (Star Trek, Bleach, Robotech) got one of our $200 feature roles

$260 FEATURE MALE CHARACTER - issue #2 &3

GONE! But more Cameo Roles added
GONE! But more Cameo Roles added

 $200 FEATURE FEMALE CHARACTER - issue #2MARIA Caravaggio's landlord and paramore appears in 13 panels over 4 pages.

Risks and challenges

TIME is the principal challenge. With full funding, this series can be produced in its entirety before July 2016 San Diego Comic-Con (perhaps MUCH sooner) and be featured at my booth #1532, where THIS year I will feature Issue #1.

I have committed the personal funds necessary to get this done on my own by the end of 2018 - BUT that's a long time to wait for a six issue series!
Hence, my appeal to you to hasten the time it will take to produce.
As in all artistic endeavors, delays can occur, but with my personal control and supervision, my experience as a producer of short film and the logistics involved, those risks are minimal.

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    A 24 page DRM-free (Digital Rights Management-free) .pdf sampler from Bella Fe Media including six pages from our four debut titles;
    A Light Before The Darkness: the biography of Caravaggio.
    Ms. Valkyrie: an action-thriller from a future where the rich live on, and the poor can die as they choose.
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    Caged Birds: in 1960s Europe, two women from different worlds fight for their freedom to love

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    Issue #1 of 6 of A Light Before The Darkness in DRM-free .pdf A KICKSTARTER EXCLUSIVE before its DRM publication on Comixology: Home to the largest selection of digital comics anywhere.
    THIS AND ALL SUBSEQUENT REWARDS INCLUDE A GRAPHIC "SHOUT OUT" ON TWITTER & FACEBOOK FEATURING CARAVAGGIO THANKING YOU PERSONALLY.

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    A first-printing issue of A Light Before The Darkness autographed by author Ken Mora. Kickstarter backers will have the premiere opportunity to acquire this first-printing, limited to 1000 issues. ALL subsequent printings will be second-printing or higher.
    THIS AND ALL FOLLOWING LEVELS INCLUDE THE DRM-FREE ISSUE #1 - A KICKSTARTER EXCLUSIVE

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    All six issues of A Light Before The Darkness in DRM-free .pdf before DRM publication on Comixology: Home to the largest selection of digital comics anywhere.
    ( this gives Kickstarter supporters at least a one month jump each issue on everyone else! )
    THE FIRST 20 BACKERS AT THIS LEVEL GET AN OFFICIAL "THANK YOU" CREDIT ON THE INSIDE-BACK COVER OF ISSUE #1 - DRM-FREE AND PRINT VERSIONS

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    ADDED INCENTIVE (last cameo in Issue #1):
    Your CREDITED Cameo Role in A Light Before The Darkness Issue #1 - (any gender, ethnicity, age, stature)
    This supporter's likeness prominent and identifiable CENTER PANEL - Panel One on page as Caravaggio, escaping to Rome, bids feature character Mario farewell.
    INCLUDES BOTH ISSUE #1 DRM-free digital .pdf
    ADD $150 + shipping and you will get the original penciled page from artist Cyrus Mesacria on 11x17in. comic-book drawing board

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    ADDED INCENTIVE:
    Your CREDITED Cameo Role in A Light Before The Darkness Issue #2 - (male, any ethnicity, age, stature)
    This supporter's likeness prominent and identifiable as an artist in the d'Aprino factory where Caravaggio first meets feature character Filide Melandroni.
    INCLUDES BOTH ISSUE #1 & #2 in DRM-free digital .pdf
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    ADDED INCENTIVE:
    Your CREDITED Cameo Role in A Light Before The Darkness Issue #2 - (any gender, any ethnicity, age, stature)
    These supporter's CLOSEUP likenesses prominent and identifiable as adoring parishioners at Contarelli Chapel at the debut of Caravaggio's Saint Matthew Triptych.
    INCLUDES BOTH ISSUE #1 & #2 in DRM-free digital .pdf
    THE FIRST supporter at this level to ADD $150 + shipping and will get the original penciled page from artist Cyrus Mesacria on 11x17in. comic-book drawing board.
    Are you a group or family? This is the ideal group cameo - BUY ALL THREE and I'll throw in the original page artwork for another $50 and I'll include the shipping!

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    ADDED INCENTIVE:
    Your CREDITED Cameo Role in A Light Before The Darkness Issue #3 - (any gender, any ethnicity, age, stature)
    These supporter's CLOSEUP likenesses prominent and identifiable as betting, cheering spectators to the legendary "tenez"sporting match between Caravaggio and his nemesis in Rome - Ranuccio Tomassoni.
    INCLUDES BOTH ISSUE #1, 2 & 3 in DRM-free digital .pdf
    THE FIRST supporter at this level to ADD $150 + shipping and will get the original penciled page from artist Cyrus Mesacria on 11x17in. comic-book drawing board.
    Are you a group or family? This is the ideal group cameo - BUY ALL THREE and I'll throw in the original page artwork for another $50 and I'll include the shipping!

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    YOUR CREDITED CAMEO ROLE in A Light Before The Darkness - CASTING: Man or Woman of any age for a prominent one-panel role at the marketplace in Milan, Italy 1588.
    Are you a Cosplayer? Dress for the part and that's how you'll be drawn!
    ADD $150 + shipping and you will get the original penciled page from artist Cyrus Mesacria on 11x14in. comic-book drawing board
    BONUS: include a child of your choice (in this panel, you're handing them a fruit from the marketplace)

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    ADDED INCENTIVE:
    Your CREDITED Cameo Role in A Light Before The Darkness Issue #2 -
    CASTING: WITNESS TO A SWORD FIGHT! (any gender, ethnicity, age, stature). This supporter's likeness prominent and identifiable in at least One panel in at least one page of intense dueling in the muddy streets of Rome with Caravaggio's nemesis.
    Are you a Cosplayer? Dress for the part and that's how you'll be drawn!
    INCLUDES BOTH ISSUE #1 & #2 in DRM-free digital .pdf
    ADD $150 + shipping and you will get the original penciled page from artist Cyrus Mesacria on 11x17in. comic-book drawing board

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    ADDED INCENTIVE:
    Your CREDITED Cameo Role in A Light Before The Darkness Issue #2 -
    CASTING: MALE BAR PATRON (ethnicity, age, stature: any). This supporter's likeness prominent and identifiable in at least One panel, and this character appears in 4 panels across two pages.
    Are you a Cosplayer? Dress for the part and that's how you'll be drawn!
    INCLUDES BOTH ISSUE #1 & #2 in DRM-free digital .pdf
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    ADDED INCENTIVE:
    Your CREDITED Cameo Role in A Light Before The Darkness Issue #2 -
    CASTING: MALE CONSTRUCTION LABORER (ethnicity, age, stature: any). This supporter's likeness prominent and identifiable in One panel, but appears in panels across two pages.
    Are you a Cosplayer? Dress for the part and that's how you'll be drawn!
    INCLUDES BOTH ISSUE #1 & #2 in DRM-free digital .pdf
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    STRETCH-GOAL INCENTIVE:
    Your CREDITED Cameo Role in A Light Before The Darkness Issue #3 -
    CASTING: FATHER VITO SVOLTA (age, stature: any). This supporter's likeness DOMINATE pages 4 & 5 where Caravaggio recovers in a hospital in Rome.
    Are you a Cosplayer? Dress for the part and that's how you'll be drawn!
    INCLUDES BOTH ISSUE #1 & #2 in DRM-free digital .pdf
    ADD $150 (FOR STRETCH GOALS - SHIPPING INCLUDED!) and you will get the original penciled page from artist Cyrus Mesacria on 11x14in. comic-book drawing board

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    STRETCH-GOAL INCENTIVE:
    Your CREDITED Cameo Role in A Light Before The Darkness Issue #3 -
    CASTING (age, stature: any): You're a bar patron and exclaim " PER L'AMORE " in a CLOSE UP toast to Caravaggio and his lover as they exit the bar on their way to Malta. This supporter's words break the palpable tension created by Caravaggio's lover has he confronts the depressed Caravaggio who is in flight from his enemies in Rome. In addition to the close-up you are visible in at least one more panel.
    Are you a Cosplayer? Dress for the part and that's how you'll be drawn!
    INCLUDES BOTH ISSUE #1 & #2 #3 in DRM-free digital .pdf
    ADD $150 (FOR STRETCH GOALS - SHIPPING INCLUDED!) and you will get the original penciled page from artist Cyrus Mesacria on 11x14in. comic-book drawing board

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    STRETCH GOAL INCENTIVE:
    Your CREDITED Cameo Role in A Light Before The Darkness Issue #3, 4 or 5 as KNIGHT OF MALTA - (males, any, age or stature)
    These supporter's CLOSEUP likenesses prominent and identifiable as a Knight in the Fortress-Island of Malta - there's a wedding reception scene, a trial for the Inquisition, a brawl at the unveiling of Caravaggio's "The Beheading of St. John" and fencing practice in the courtyards.
    INCLUDES ALL ISSUES (1-6) in DRM-free digital .pdf
    Supporter at this level to ADD $150 + shipping and will get an original penciled page from artist with your likeness by Cyrus Mesacria on 11x17in. comic-book drawing board, AND I'll include the shipping!

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    YOUR CREDITED DIALOG ROLE in A Light Before The Darkness issue #1
    CASTING: Adult Female of any age, build and stature to be the servant of the domineering Uncle Ludovico who hosts Caravaggio when he arrives in Rome.
    You will be in THREE panels over THREE pages - Two of those with lines of dialog.
    ADD $150 + shipping and you will get one original penciled page from artist Cyrus Mesacria on 11x14 in. comic-book drawing board where your likeness appears most prominent.
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    ADDED INCENTIVE:
    Your CREDITED ACTION Role in A Light Before The Darkness Issue #2 -
    CASTING: ARMED THUG IN A SWORD FIGHT! (male, any ethnicity, age: 20s-50s) This supporter's likeness prominent and identifiable AT LEAST TWO panels across two pages of the sword-fight with Caravaggio's nemesis in Rome. You needn't be in great shape, but your character will be drawn as a tough physically-fit thug, and YOU WILL BE SKEWERED BY CARAVAGGIO’S SWORD!

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    ADDED INCENTIVE:
    YOUR CREDITED FEATURE ROLE with extensive dialog and interaction with Caravaggio himself!
    THREE PAGES of YOUR LIKENESS as the sexy Maria, who is seduced by Caravaggio - and then she takes command, my-oh-my! Maria and has extensive dialog AND SEX (NOT pornographic) with him and is Prominent and identifiable as YOU in numerous panels.
    CASTING: SEXY FEMALE LANDLORD/TAVERN KEEPER: age 20s - 50s
    INCLUDES BOTH ISSUE #1 & #2 in DRM-free digital .pdf
    ADD $150 + shipping and you will get one original penciled page from artist Cyrus Mesacria on 11x17in. comic-book drawing board where your likeness appears most prominent.
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    YOUR CREDITED FEATURE ROLE with extensive dialog and interaction with Caravaggio himself!
    FIVE PAGES of YOUR LIKENESS as the domineering Uncle Ludovico who hosts Caravaggio when he arrives in Rome.
    That's at least 20 PANELS were your face will be identifiable and expressive.
    CASTING: a tall Caucasian man (or any stature, but you'll be drawn tall and imposing) - you will be depicted as a Jesuit Priest in vestments.
    ADD $150 + shipping and you will get one original penciled page from artist Cyrus Mesacria on 11x14in. comic-book drawing board where your likeness appears most prominent.
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    YOUR CREDITED FEATURE ROLE in Issues 2 & 3 with extensive dialog as the Nemisis of Caravaggio himself when in Rome - Ranuccio Tomassoni!
    THREE SCENES, in TWO ISSUES at least SEVEN PAGES of YOUR LIKENESS as the ruthless zealot whose duel with Caravaggio forces him to flee Rome.
    That's at least 20 PANELS were your face will be identifiable and expressive.
    CASTING: (20s) Male of European ancestry (you'll be depicted as a wiry sword-weilding fighter) - you will fight Caravaggio TWICE and also confront Caravaggio in an intense comic-relief game of "Tenez" (the precursor to Tennis) that sets up their final duel.
    ADD $150 + shipping and you will get one original penciled page from artist Cyrus Mesacria on 11x14in. comic-book drawing board where your likeness appears most prominent.
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    PRODUCER!
    Be the ONLY other credited producer of issue #1, along with creator/writer/editor Ken Mora. This includes mentions in press releases, interviews and publications, a bio on the future Bella Fe website page for A Light Before The Darkness and inside back cover of the issue.
    INCLUDES: A Credited Prominent Cameo Role in Issue #2 PLUS that page from artist Cyrus Mesacria on 11x14in. comic-book drawing board where your likeness appears.
    ADD $800 per issue for the same deal across all or as many of the five remaining issues you want to co-produce. (delivery of artwork depending on time to produce - separate shipping charge for each page of art)

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    PRODUCER!
    Be the ONLY other credited producer of issue #2, along with creator/writer/editor Ken Mora. This includes mentions in press releases, interviews and publications, a bio on the future Bella Fe website page for A Light Before The Darkness and inside back cover of the issue.
    INCLUDES: A Credited Prominent Cameo Role in an an issue PLUS that page from artist Cyrus Mesacria on 11x17in. comic-book drawing board where your likeness appears.
    ADD $800 per issue for the same deal across all or as many of the four remaining issues you want to co-produce. (delivery of artwork depending on time to produce - separate shipping charge for each page of art)

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