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Help fund an action-packed new comic series from writer Tom Merritt of TWiT and comic artist Len Peralta of Geek A Week.
Help fund an action-packed new comic series from writer Tom Merritt of TWiT and comic artist Len Peralta of Geek A Week.
300 backers pledged $17,547 to help bring this project to life.

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"What divides America? Can we overcome our differences?   This Fall on ABN, find out! 10 Americans, from all walks of life--, from different backgrounds-- different viewpoints- forced to live together in a self-sufficient biodome, cut off from the rest of the world. They’ll strive to meet the challenges of working together AND Survive the Challenges of --THE COMMITTEE. Will they stand united or Fall... Divided.  THE TEN.  This FALL Only on ABN..."

TenState is a comic book series about a fictional TV reality show called "The Ten" that goes terribly wrong. It will be told in ten separate 10 page black and white installments. We are asking for money to fund the first three issues of the series. If we make the initial goal, we will add stretch goals for five issues and finally, the whole 10 issue season. Tom and I have sketched out a basic story arc for season one, but we have fleshed this out to at least four seasons. We are treating this comic as an episodic television series in the vein of Lost, The X-Files and The Walking Dead, but with the bite-sized presentation of a webseries.

We have completed a teaser issue of the story to give you an example of what Tom and I are going for. Go ahead and download it and read it for yourself:

Download The TenState Teaser Comic Here!
Download The TenState Teaser Comic Here!

We are looking to fund the first season of content. Our hope is to release the digital issues of TenState as they are completed. Back us, and you'll get the first three issues as downloadable PDFs or as an actual hardcopy physical 35 page comic book. If we meet our initial goals, we would love to be able to create the whole season of TenState - 10 issues total- comprising a FULL SEASON of content.  So the best case scenario will be a full-size graphic novel with over 100+ pages of content!

Now, putting together a full comic book is A LOT of work, especially since I am doing all the pencils, inks and layout for each issue. For the past year, I've been working diligently on the Bill Corbett (Rifftrax/MST3K) written graphic novel "Super Powered Revenge Christmas" and I've learned the ropes about what it takes to design a great book. It's a daunting task and we need your help to make this happen. Tom and I are thrilled to be able to work on this project together, and we feel we have a really great story to tell, but we don't want this project to get lost into the "to-do" pile.

Tenstate Cover
Tenstate Cover

A LITTLE BACKSTORY:

After the November election, I was sitting in my car, listening to the news reports and looking at the landscape of the country and realizing just how divided we are. The chasm between us seems to widen overtime and I found it all rather unsettling. I started thinking about what it would be like if our differences were really put to the test, if we were all forced to work together and it was made mandatory to cooperate. I thought that perhaps there was a story in there somewhere, but I'm not nearly adept as a writer to figure it out or to make it happen.

So, that's about as far as it got for me.

That's when I called my friend Tom Merritt. Tom and I have been wanting to work on a project with one another for awhile. But we never really got one going because of our schedules.

I called Tom on a Sunday afternoon with the basic premise I had in my head and within an hour, Tom had a basic structure laid out. What if these diverse elements of our current society were forced to work together in a reality show format? What if these people were furthermore fighting some other unseen, all-knowing forces? And what if they were utterly alone?

That's how TenState was born.

STRETCH GOALS:

In order to meet our goal, we've created a lot of really cool backer rewards for this project which includes exclusive sneak previews, of the comic as it's being made, variant covers, original art and of course your chance to be added to the TenState mythology, either as an ancillary character or just a mention on a poster or plot point. There's even an opportunity to be listed as an EXECUTIVE PRODUCER of the project, if you're willing to back us at the $10K level. Phew!

Another great reward we are hoping to offer is a variant cover version of the book painted by the ultra-talented comic artist Dave DeVries.  Dave has been a friend for a while now and he was the first person I thought of when I thought variant cover versions.  We met though his project The Monster Engine and I've always admired Dave's visceral, engaging style. He's been a cover artist for Marvel and DC and he has also worked on various video game projects, comics and trading cards.  We're so excited to have Dave on board.  Check out some of his work here:

Dave DeVries - Variant Cover Artist!
Dave DeVries - Variant Cover Artist!

We are also offering 8.5 x 11sized prints of the original TenState concept art that I created for the project.  These were the very first drawings I ever did for the project and they include my scrawled notes to Tom.  Take a look:

TenState Concept Drawings!
TenState Concept Drawings!

Still not convinced?  Here are just a few words about our teaser issue:

ADVANCE PRAISE FOR TENSTATE:

"I seriously love it." - CJ Harrison

"GREAT premise! Super art, well-paced...left me wanting to read an entire graphic novel! I WANT MORE! NOW!" - John Kovalic, Dork Tower

"TenState is really compelling.... I look forward to reading more." Storm DiCostanzo,  Paul and Storm

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Obviously, Tom and I are extremely jazzed to be able to tell this story and I am personally excited to create this amazing new world and mythology for these characters. Please consider backing us so we can bring this comic series to life. 

Thank you for your support!

Risks and challenges

Both Tom and I have been involved with several different successful Kickstarters. I personally have run and fulfilled three of my own. I've learned a lot of fulfillment and promises and I know how important it is to stay on top of all of it. The printer I have chosen for this project is stateside and someone I trust. It may cost a bit more, but I know their quality and I can trust the phsical rewards will look stunning.

Last year, I was involved with a very successful comic-based Kickstarter with Rifftrax/MST3K's Bill Corbett titled "Super Powered Revenge Christmas". I've learned a lot about creating a traditional comic book by fulfilling that project (I am currently working on completing that graphic novel.) Working on Bill's project has taught me that I love working on comics and I'm anxious to work on more.

I have shared my knowledge with Tom on creating a comic and I feel confident that he and I could shepard this through successfully.

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    APPLICANT: Your name will be listed in the credits at the back of the digital version of issue #1 of TenState

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    PROPAGANDA: Your choice of one of the ten concept drawings of the main characters of TenState autographed by Len Peralta + your name in the digital credits.

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    COSPLAY: Get the Official TenState T-shirt in either orange or blue with YOUR LAST NAME on the nametag (just like the actual players in the game!) + your name in the credits. (US backers, please add $7 for shipping and handling. Non US backers will be automatically charged $20 for shipping and handling)

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    DOWNLOAD: A downloadable PDF version of each issue of TenState as it is completed. Each issue will be 10 pages long. Also, your name will be in the digital credits.

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    BACKSTAGE PASS: You'll get EXCUSIVE ACCESS to the issues of TenState before anyone else gets a chance to see it. This includes pencil sketches, inking sessions and access to streaming drawing lessons with Len Peralta + your name in the digital credits.

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    HARD COPY: You'll get a printed version of the first season of
    TenState with a new cover by Len Peralta + early access and your name in the credits. (DISCLAIMER: The book will be at least 35 pages, but if we meet all our stretch goals, it could be more than 120 pages! So the more we are funded, the longer book you get.)

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    COSPLAY+DOWNLOAD: A downloadable PDF version of each issue of the first season of TenState as it is completed, your name in the digital credits + the Official TenState T-shirt in either orange or blue with YOUR LAST NAME on the nametag (just like the actual players in the game!) (US backers, please add $7 for shipping and handling. Non US backers please add $20 for shipping and handling)

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    VARIANT COVER: A printed version of the first season of TenState with a new LIMITED EDITION variant cover by artist Dave DeVries (The Monster Engine) + early access + your name in the credits.

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    HARD COPY "PLUS": A hard copy of the first season of TenState with the the normal run cover, early access + your name listed as a backer + your choice of one of the concept posters autographed by Len Peralta.

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    COSPLAY+HARD COPY: A printed version of the first season of TenState with a new cover by Len Peralta + early access and your name in the credits. (DISCLAIMER: The book will be at least 35 pages, but if we meet all our stretch goals, it could be more than 120 pages! So the more we are funded, the longer book you get.) + the Official TenState T-shirt in either orange or blue with YOUR LAST NAME on the nametag (just like the actual players in the game!) (US backers, please add $7 for shipping and handling. Non US backers please add $20 for shipping and handling)

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    "THE TEN" PACKAGE: A hard copy of the first season of TenState (normal run cover), early access, your name in the credits, + ALL 10 8.5 x 11 character concept posters autographed by Len Peralta.

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    NORMAL AND VARIANT: One copy each of the first season of TenState with both cover versions + early access + name in credits.

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    CONFESSIONAL: A special one page black and white digitally downloadable custom print drawn by Len Peralta of you auditioning for TenState
    telling what challenge you had to do and why you lost out to one of
    "The Ten" finalists. You were so close too! You
    can even write what you're character says in the confessional after
    getting kicked off. (Word count limits will apply) You'll also get a hard copy of TenState with the normal run cover, early access + your name in the credits.

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    PLACEMENT: You will be written into the first season of TenState! It
    could be a poster on a wall, the name of a location or a sign on a
    building. We don't know yet - we haven't written it! You'll also receive a hard copy with normal run cover, your choice of ONE of the character concept posters autographed by Len
    Peralta, early access + name in the credits.

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    CAMEO: Become a walk-on character in TenState! Tom and Len will create an ancillary character based on your or a loved one. The character may
    or may not be essential to the plot, but they will appear in at least one frame of an issue. You'll also get the hard copy of TenState with the normal run cover. early access, all 10 concept posters autographed by Len Peralta + backer credit.

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    COMMITTEE: Tom and I will fly to your location (within the continental US) and take you and one friend to a nice lunch. This would be a great opportunity to talk one on one with a writer and artist about your creative project, or maybe even try to get some inside information about upcoming plot points of TenState (Ha! Good luck!) You'll get a copy of the both versions of the book, all 10 posters signed by both Tom and I, early access + your name featured prominently in the backer credits. (Travel dates and meeting time must be mutually agreeable for all parties and schedules.)

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    PRODUCER: At this level. you will be listed as an Executive Producer of TenState (because really, if you can afford this level, you will have a HUGE hand in making this project happen.) You'll get everything listed above, access to our brainstorm sessions and notes and a unique role in the shaping of TenState.

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