About this project
NEW ORIGINAL ART REWARD: Series Artist Rando Dixon's original pencils and inks (on 11" x 17" paper) for The Absentee 1 available NOW at the $65 reward tier! This WILL go fast - if you want it, jump on it!
Initial Funding Goal ACHIEVED, So We Now Go After STRETCH REWARDS (for ALL non-PDF Backers):
#1 - $2250 - The Absentee Trading Card - ACHIEVED!
#2 - $2500 - The Upyrdraug Trading Card - ACHIEVED!
#3 - $3000 - 7" x 11" Print of The Absentee 2 Cover Art - ACHIEVED!
#4 - $3500 - Four Extra Pages of Handbook-Style Bios!
The Absentee is a science-fiction horror story, the tale of a test pilot returned from an interdimensional quest for perpetual energy sources to find himself possessed by an immaterial demon. He learns to occupy the demonic form with his own consciousness and use its preternatural abilities, but, while he is away, the demon's mind controls his body...and uses it to wreak havoc in all aspects of his life.
The Absentee 1 is a 20-page, full-color comic, the first of a 6-issue limited series written by Kevin LaPorte (Clown Town, Roadkill du Jour, Last Ride for Horsemen), with line art by Randolph Dixon and colors by Kate Frizzell. We anticipate individual issues being completely produced and released within a few months of each other.
All funds raised by this Kickstarter campaign will go toward printing and distributing The Absentee 1, as well as production and fulfillment of Kickstarter rewards for YOU, our appreciated backers! Any funds remaining beyond that will add to the compensation for our artists, who, while paid an initial page rate, are certainly deserving of more, given the many hours of painstaking and devoted work they put into this project (we think you'll agree once you see the preview art below!).
THE LOYALTY REWARD
EVERY Backer of THIS campaign (non-PDF tiers) who previously backed ANY of our previous Kickstarter campaigns will also receive a UNIQUE SKETCH Trading Card for THE ABSENTEE, with actual pencil art by The Absentee artists, Randolph Dixon or Kate Frizzell!
Kevin LaPorte is the Fairhope, Alabama-based writer and co-creator of genre comics with a horror bent - Last Ride for Horsemen, Roadkill du Jour, Clown Town & The Blind Eye! The worlds Kevin creates range from dark carnivals overrun by killer clowns violently avenging abused children (Clown Town) to dying frontier towns in the Old West beset by Steampunk versions of the Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse (Last Ride for Horsemen) to the bayou territory of a lone motorcycle gangster seeking vengeance for his cursed appetite for street meat and the slaughter of his brothers-in-arms (Roadkill du Jour)!
After years of graphic design, murals and cinematic storyboarding, Rando Dixon is slamming into the sequential arts world with The Absentee!
A fresh face in the comic business, Kate Frizzell has been attending conventions for just under a year. In that time she has successfully finished colors for the first issues of both The Absentee by Inverse Press and The Kill Joy Club by Icarus Wing Productions, and a handful of smaller projects for companies like Bronco Ink and Pro Se Productions.
THE KICKSTARTER PEDIGREE
Kevin has led TWELVE previous, successful Kickstarter campaigns, including that for Roadkill du Jour 1-2; one each for his steampunk Western tale of the Apocalypse, Last Ride for Horsemen, and the inspirational tale of hurricane survival, Eyes of the Hurricane; four for his serialized horror graphic novel, Clown Town; as well as another for Ancients & Warriors: The Sketch Art of Gavin Michelli, and he organized the campaigns for Erica Heflin and Amanda Rachels' Flesh of White 1-2! We are experienced and reliable creators and purveyors of comics via Kickstarter. You will get what you pledge for and get it quickly!
Full details on each reward tier are outlined to the right, of course! We're offering The Absentee 1 in multiple versions, including a Digital (PDF) version and print versions featuring the Standard Cover, a Kickstarter-Exclusive “GOLDEN AGE PARODY” Cover, and a HUGE Treasury-Sized (9.25” x 14”) Edition!
As a special, LIMITED opportunity, Rando will also offer unique, CUSTOMIZED sketch covers featuring the demon of our story bursting from the chest of a body featuring YOUR HEAD! Yep, he'll put YOUR FACE in pencil and ink on the body of the cover, to make YOU the dreaded demon's newest victim!
Extras we've devised EXCLUSIVELY for this campaign include a set of Trading Cards featuring main characters and An 11" x 17" print by series artist Rando Dixon featuring Harper, a major character to appear in The Absentee 2!
We are also offering a very unique set of rewards to backers of The Absentee 1 - the opportunity to be written/drawn into the NEXT issue! There are several different levels, from single-panel, non-speaking crowd appearances to a villainous role with critical story implications! Each role includes the character being drawn to your facial likeness AND having your name included in a Cast Credits list printed in the book! See each individual Reward Tier for details and pick how YOU want to be a part of The Absentee! Naturally, these roles are EXTREMELY LIMITED, so reserve yours NOW!
The Absentee artists, Rando Dixon and Kate Frizzell, are each offering up a LIMITED number of 9” x 12” single-figure, limited color sketch commissions of any character of your choice as rewards, so act fast!
Risks and challenges
There are few to NO risks in the completion and fulfillment of this project. As the Kickstarter campaign launches, ALL pages are completed in terms of art. We are committed to having ALL production work completed by the time the Kickstarter campaign ends, so that only printing and fulfillment must be accomplished after funding is achieved.
Printer delays are obviously beyond our control, but we are working with a high-end, reliable company that we are confident will deliver within the prescribed timeframe for fulfillment.
Our first obligation is to you, the BACKER. Given your support and trust in us, we aim to have the creative aspect of the project COMPLETE before there is even funding in hand, to ensure you get what you paid for at the highest possible level and within the shortest possible timeframe!Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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