Congratulations to all BACKERS! We hit our Goal and Stretch Goal!
You did it! This makes us feel great, appreciated, and loved! We are so grateful for your support. <3 Not only did we reach our $5000 goal, but also our stretch goal!
ACHIEVED - Stretch Goal - $5500 - High Quality Cover of Volume 2
At Wizard World Chicago I had the opportunity to meet an incredible artist, Tristan Thompson of Tristarr Art. He has agreed to craft the unique cover for Volume 2 as a stretch goal for this Kickstarter, and he's provided a quick sketch of the movie-poster concept, which I've included below. In addition to this, I've also included a sample of his awesome work! As you can see, his talent is obvious, and the cover to Volume 2 will be an incredible piece of art. Since we reached $5500, we unlocked this awesome piece and every tier will receive a high-resolution digital copy of this new cover to do with as you please!
BONUS #1 - this is for all backers -- a GIANT POSTER-SIZED digital file of the new, fancy, amazing cover of RIGHTEOUS for Volume 2 by Tristan Thompson of Tristarr art! This poster-sized version will be a large high-resolution file (as opposed to a cover file), allowing you to print out an incredible poster for yourself or your friends!
BONUS #2 - this is for all backers who chose a tier that delivers a physical copy to their doorstep -- A free signed copy of Issue #1 as a pack-in. This is the limited edition printing from the first successful Kickstarter campaign in 2017 (which is printed on the inside cover.) There are only a few of these left, and no more copies of RIGHTEOUS will ever be printed with my previous name (Kevin Sheller) in the credits.
What is RIGHTEOUS?
RIGHTEOUS is a growing independent comic series about a greedy corporate analyst who contracts a supernatural disease that causes him to go out of his way to help others instead of earning money for himself. As his world collapses around him, Daniel discovers that every time he helps someone, they get it, too.
The series has now been in production for a little over two years, and has 8 finished issues (chapters) at the time of this writing, with chapters 9 and 10 nearing completion.
What is this Kickstarter for?
With this Kickstarter,we are funding the printing of Volume 2, offering Volume 1 for sale online for the first time, and covering our artist expenses for the rest of this year and early 2019 -- which has recently become a necessity.
After the help of our first Kickstarter, I’ve been able to fund the rest of production using my own savings/earnings -- because getting this story out there with a chance to change the world has been my life's mission. A transition has occurred, however. After more than 21 years, I am no longer a Producer in the video game industry, so I turn to you, my dedicated fans, enlightened souls, and believers in a better world. We need your help to fund the chapters required to finish Volume 2 and keep us sustained for the upcoming chapters of Volume 3!
Here's a breakdown of how we plan to use the funds generated from the Kickstarter.
Why is RIGHTEOUS being created?
We want to change the world by changing the way people look at entertainment. At the end of every hard day, so many people turn to movies, TV shows, books, and video games to relax and distract their minds. Our goal is to provide entertainment that gives them what they want, but also gives them a diagram to a better life.
We realize there is a transformation already happening, and that's why RIGHTEOUS is resonating with more and more of you. When you stop and think about it, the majority of our entertainment choices revolve around deadly conflict, murderous intentions and dystopian futures. The time has come to surround ourselves with the world we want to see, not the world we want to avoid!
In RIGHTEOUS, our main character struggles against the status quo and he’s armed with a powerful contagion that awakens anyone it infects. This approach not only gives us a glimpse of what an enlightened civilization might look like, but it also creates an obvious conflict point because our society is currently reliant on a selfish approach to survival -- backed by the illusion of scarcity.
To put it simply, our goal is to change the world, one comic page at at a time!
Who are We?
I am Xane Daniel (formerly Kevin Sheller), creator, writer, and producer for RIGHTEOUS. Previously, I was a producer in the video game industry for more than 21 years. In that role I oversaw storytelling, art direction, and the process for creating successful consumer entertainment. I'm also a Lightworker, using my own energy healing modality to help people overcome negative self-talk and guide them to a happier life. It's obvious to me that I've been channeling much of the story's script over the last two years, and I'm convinced that everything that has happened in my life has led me to craft this story.
I couldn't do it alone, however! An amazing International team of artists has come together to make this series come to life, and they all have plenty of comic industry experience to their names!
- Joseba Morales - Illustrator (Spain)
- Gab Contreras - Colorist (Peru)
- Jaymes Reed - Letterer (United States)
- Neal D. Anderson - Cover Artist (United States)
- Roberto Cloma - Flatter (The Philippines)
Who is the Target Audience?
RIGHTEOUS has mass market appeal. There are many movies, shows, and books that Righteous draws from -- specifically those that introduce an element of the unexplained supernatural to the everyday world. Films like Liar, Liar and comics like The Walking Dead are perfect examples and often referenced while I craft the story.
A group that seems particularly drawn to Righteous are those who have become awakened to the realization that we are all in this together, and that we succeed as a human collective and fail as one, too.
This is also a story created by a Lightworker, for Lightworkers. Sometimes even the best of us can get caught up in the fear and hopelessness that we inadvertently absorb from those around us (and the media.) Hopefully this story can offer a break from those worries and negative thought patterns to provide some simple but effective reminders that are so easy to forget.
This wide audience appeal is well-represented; Comics Reviewers, Utopian Advocates, and Spiritual Figureheads all love RIGHTEOUS...
The Business Side of RIGHTEOUS
Adding another successful Kickstarter to our resume will help with the overall status of the series, especially since it has proven that it has longevity. Ten chapters and 2 years is something to celebrate! We will now be pulling out all the stops to get RIGHTEOUS to a point that it is completely self-sufficient, and this Kickstarter is a big step in that direction.
Also, each year, more conscious entertainment is flowing into the mainstream -- shows like Enlightened, Kevin Maybe Saves the World, and New Amsterdam are seeing unprecedented success. That makes RIGHTEOUS ripe for a TV or movie license. As we continue to grow our following and keep the story going, it will be a no-brainer to be signed by an industry that is always searching for more properties and licenses with which to create the next big thing. Should you join the Executive Producer for Life tier, you'll always be in the discussion as we move RIGHTEOUS into the future!
Let's do this together!
Let's end with some Select Pages that Represent the Essence of RIGHTEOUS
Check out the RIGHTEOUS website here:
Thanks again, from all of us on the RIGHTEOUS team!
Risks and challenges
There are very few risks with this project. Chapters 6-8 are already complete. Chapter 9 has been illustrated and only a handful of pages need to be colored and lettered. The first 8 pages of Chapter 10 have been illustrated at the time of this writing, so we're all set. From an experience standpoint, I have printed graphic novels and distributed rewards after the first Kickstarter.
Only the Volume 3 tier could have some associated risk. If support for RIGHTEOUS wanes or dissipates, then we could pause the series until capital can be raised. This seems unlikely, but it is possible. Should that be the case, I'd be willing to work with you to send physical copies of whatever chapters we DO complete, or allow for you to wait until we get things moving again.
We've been doing this for two years, so if anything happens to derail our progress, it would be something catastrophic and unforeseen.
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