Written by Kyle Winters, Illustrated by Amanda Goebel
Operation Penumbra: Vol. 1 takes place in North Africa in March of 1943. The U.S. Army has just suffered an embarrassing defeat at the hands of the Desert Fox, Erwin Rommel and the German Afrika Korps during the Battle Of Kasserine Pass. Following the defeat, General George S. Patton (“Ol’ Blood and Guts”) was brought in to turn the Army around and make it the world class fighting force it once was.
The book begins when our main characters are sent out on patrol to recon a suspected German radio position that was attacked by an American P-40 Warhawk earlier that day. When they locate the still smoking mud brick building, they come across a horrific sight inside: damaged and destroyed radio equipment amongst carnage and viscera scattered around the room. Their shock is interrupted by the screams of their comrade and machine gun fire coming from outside. They rush to his aid and find a Sand Walker -- a scorpion the size of a Sherman tank-- attacking their friend. This isn’t the war they’d seen in film reels, and it was just the beginning.
In Operation Penumbra the Axis powers have discovered how to weaponize creatures of folklore and mythology against the Allies. Soldiers have been found massacred in their foxholes and whole Commando units have disappeared never to be heard from again. Not only does this give the German army an advantage in combat, but also the crushing blow to Allied morale would be devastating.It has fallen on the shoulders of General Patton and his secret unit, the First U.S. Army Group, to deal with the growing threat.
Successfully raising the $15,000 will allow us to put the best possible book in your hands. The funds will go toward three main areas:
Art. Paying an artist what they deserve is expensive, but when you have an artist as talented as Amanda Goebel, it is worth every penny.
Printing. Printing a book that feels good in your hand and is a joy to read doesn't come cheap. Operation Penumbra: Vol. 1 will be printed in full color, on high quality paper, and in the U.S.A. This will be the second softcover book that we have had printed by Keness, a printing company based in Pittsburgh, PA. Their quality is amazing, their service is impeccable, and they’re a blast to work with.
Your awesome rewards. The rest of the funds will be used to create all of your awesome rewards and ship them out to you in a timely manner.
Triptych Books was founded in 2010 by Kyle Winters and Mike Andersen with the goal of producing quality comics without compromise. In that same year we successfully raised over $10,000 and launched our first comic book project, Trigger Men. We then began releasing our new series while touring around to various comic book conventions up and down the West Coast. Since then we have created 200 plus pages of Trigger Men and compiled them into a single softcover volume. We have attended conventions from Seattle to Phoenix, Kyle has given numerous panel talks at those conventions, and was invited to speak about his experiences at the CSU Fullerton Creative Writing program's industry professional night.
Website Thank You: We’ll thank you by name on a special section of our website. Without your support we wouldn’t be able to do any of this and showing our thanks publicly is the least we can do. You can even give your friends the link to show them just how caring you really are!
Backer Only Updates: We’ll keep you updated and informed right here on Kickstarter with updates that only backers can see! There will be interviews, we will show concept art, sneak peeks of the book throughout production, and a whole lot more.
DRM-free PDF: A DRM-free digital version of Operation Penumbra Vol. 1 that you can read when and wherever you please! We'll be using DriveThruComics to deliver the digital comics to everyone who has pledged. This will allow you to have a copy saved in your library and always have access to it whenever you'd like!
FUSAG Patch: An honest to goodness, real life patch with the First U.S. Army Group’s emblem. Fasten it to whatever garment you’d like and join Patton!
Printed Edition: This is the print version of the book in all its dead tree glory! It will be over 100 pages, full color, stuffed with extras and in softcover format. A little extra scratch will get your copy signed!
Book Thank You: You will be thanked by name in the printed edition of the book along with all of the other generous backers at this level and above!
Character Prints: We’ve created ten 8.5“ x 11” prints featuring the main Allied and Axis characters and creatures as rewards! They’re going to be printed on heavyweight cardstock and are more than suitable for framing. Depending on the reward level you choose you either get to pick one print to call your own, a set of 5 (either Axis or Allies), or --the best of both worlds!-- you can get all ten! Now, that sounds mighty fine to us.
T-shirt: An awesome shirt in the classic Army Green with the Operation Penumbra Logo on it! Who knows, we might even have a few more shirt designs waiting in the wings. Printed in the U.S.A.
Unique Hand-Drawn Sketch: Ever wanted a custom sketch from an amazing artist? Well now is your chance! Operation Penumbra artist, Amanda Goebel, will sketch whatever your heart desires (within reason of course), sign it, and then we’ll send it off to you! It’ll be on paper that won’t burst into flames when you touch it, or color from age, and is perfectly suitable for framing.
Your Likeness Drawn Into the Book (Soldier or Ghoul): Have you ever wanted to be an Allied soldier or a monstrous Ghoul? With this reward you can choose to be either of these (your choice) and you will be drawn into a scene! You’ll also get a print of your character signed by the artist and writer.
Canvas Acrylic Painting: Operation Penumbra Artist Amanda Goebel will create an awesome canvas painting for you! It will be on a 20 x 24 inch canvas, acrylic paint, and hand painted with care. You and Amanda will work together on a unique painting of your choosing!
Your Likeness Drawn In As A Recurring Character: With this reward you will have your likeness drawn in as a recurring character that will exist throughout the series. You may be an ally to the main characters, or you may be working against their every move. You’ll also get a print of your character signed by the artist and writer.
Every Piece Of Triptych Books Products Ever: This one pretty much explains itself…You will get a copy of everything we have made or ever will make! EVER!
Awesome Vacation: We’ll fly you out to California for a three-day, two-night weekend spent with the Triptych Books crew! We will have fun visiting a WWII museum of your choosing (from a list we will provide), eating tasty food, exploring the city, and generally having a good time!
Risks and challenges
There are numerous risks when it comes to creating any product. Bringing together a group of individuals that are spread out over long distances can be difficult for any company, but this isn't our first rodeo. For years we have worked with artists from all over, dealt with printing companies, and have successfully published over 200 pages of printed comic book material. We have experienced most of the problems a publisher can face, and even though we might face new ones, we feel that we are confident, capable, and prepared to tackle whatever comes our way.
MASTER SERGEANT: [Unique Hand Drawn Sketch (Signed) + T-Shirt + Both Sets of Character Prints (Hero and Villain) (Signed) + Printed Edition (Signed) + Book Thank You + FUSAG Patch + DRM-free PDF + Website Thank You + Backer Only Updates]
FIRST SERGEANT: [Your Likeness Drawn Into The Book (ALLIED SOLDIER) + Print of Your Likeness (Signed) + Hand Drawn Sketch (Signed) + T-Shirt + Both Sets of Character Prints (Hero and Villain) (Signed) + Printed Edition (Signed) + Book Thank You + FUSAG Patch + DRM-free PDF + Website Thank You + Backer Only Updates]
SERGEANT MAJOR: [Your Likeness Drawn Into The Book (AXIS GHOUL) + Print of Your Likeness (Signed) + Hand Drawn Sketch (Signed) + T-Shirt + Both Sets of Character Prints (Hero and Villain) (Signed) + Printed Edition (Signed) + Book Thank You + FUSAG Patch + DRM-free PDF + Website Thank You + Backer Only Updates]
MAJOR GENERAL: [Canvas Acrylic Painting (Signed) + Your Likeness Drawn Into The Book (ALLIED SOLDIER or AXIS GHOUL) + Hand Drawn Sketch (Signed) + T-Shirt + Both Sets of Character Prints (Hero and Villain) (Signed) + Printed Edition (Signed) + Book Thank You + FUSAG Patch + DRM-free PDF + Website Thank You + Backer Only Updates]
FIELD MARSHALL: [Your Likeness As A Recurring Character + Print of Your Likeness (Signed) + Hand Drawn Sketch (Signed) + T-Shirt + Both Sets of Character Prints (Hero and Villain) (Signed) + Printed Edition (Signed) + Book Thank You + FUSAG Patch + DRM-free PDF + Website Thank You + Backer Only Updates]
SUPREME ALLIED COMMANDER: [Amazing Vacation + Every Piece of Triptych Books Products Ever + Hand Drawn Sketch (Signed) + T-Shirt + Both Sets of Character Prints (Hero and Villain) (Signed) + Printed Edition (Signed) + Book Thank You + FUSAG Patch + DRM-free PDF + Website Thank You + Backer Only Updates] (U.S. ONLY)