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A robot sex worker on Mars discovers stories of robot revolt and wonders if they reveal a secret desire... and robotic destiny.
A robot sex worker on Mars discovers stories of robot revolt and wonders if they reveal a secret desire... and robotic destiny.
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The Synthetics #0 (Make 100)

$2,531

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The Synthetics #0 is a 32-page color comic about an android sex worker on Mars!

After one of her customers shows her a movie about evil robots, she explores how often robots revolt against organic Martians in those Martians' own fiction... and she begins to wonder whether these stories speak to a desire for robot domination.

WARNING: SEXUAL THEMES. In terms of content, consider this comic on par with HBO dramas.

The comic is written by Julian Darius, illustrated and colored by Cloves Rodrigues, and lettered by Darius and Steven Legge.

One year ago, we offered The Synthetics #1 in print for Kickstarter's "Make 100" campaign. We were blown away by the response! So we thought we'd offer this cool prequel comic in the same format.  We're limiting the total number of printed copies to 100, in order to participate in Kickstarter's Make 100 program. Every single printed copy will be signed and numbered by writer Julian Darius.

Although this is a prequel issue, it works on its own.

The revenue, after fees, will go to pay printing and shipping costs. Everything beyond that will go to help us pay our artists.

If you just want the new Synthetics #0 in digital, you can get it for $3. Every pledge helps and means the world to us!

If you want the new issue and Synthetics #1 in digital, you can get both for $7. That's 76 pages of crazy robots doing crazy stuff on Mars, plus bonus art and extras!

If you want the new Synthetics #0 in print, you can get it --  as a signed-and-numbered limited edition(!) and with a complementary digital copy -- for $10.

If you want the new Synthetics #0 in the same limited print edition and also want issue #1 in digital, you can get that for $12.

You can get every issue we've done digitally -- Synthetics #0 plus 21 other comics (710 original pages of comics, a $76 value!) -- for just $38! And while supplies last, the first few can get this reward for a mere $28!

If you want this huge digital bundle and also the new Synthetics #0 limited print edition, you can get all of that for $45!

We've also got just a few copies remaining from last year's Kickstarter of the signed-and-numbered limited print edition of The Synthetics #1. For $65, we'll give you one, along with the signed-and-numbered limited print edition of issue #0, and the digital bundle containing all 22 comics!

Finally, for $100, artist Cloves Rodrigues will illustrate a black-and-white commission piece of your choice. You'll get the resulting art digitally, which you can use however you want, and he'll mail you the original art! Plus, you'll get the signed-and-numbered limited print edition of issue #0 and the digital bundle containing all 22 comics!

Writer and editor Julian Darius is the founder of Sequart Organization, which has promoted comics and pop culture as legitimate forms of art since 1996. He holds a Ph.D. in English and an M.A. in French. He lives in Illinois.

Artist and colorist Cloves Rodrigues has worked professionally in independent comics since 2004, including work in Martian Comics #12-15. He's 37 and lives in Brazil.

Letterer Steven Legge is a self-taught artist who likes coffee, cats, his kids, and working regularly. He colors Steve Rude's Nexus Newspaper, which will be released in book form by Dark Horse Comics later this year. 

Thank you for your support of this weird robot comics project! And thank you for spreading the word about this Kickstarter and our comics!

For more information, check out all our comics on ComiXology. Visit the official webpage for The Synthetics and join the Synthetics on Facebook. If you'd like to subscribe to our comics, you can do so on Patreon. And if you sign up for the Martian Lit mailing list, we'll give you a free PDF book!

Risks and challenges

Fortunately, the issue is ready to go, so we'll be able to send it to you very quickly, once the campaign wraps!

This is our seventh comics Kickstarter (all were successfully funded), and we'll make sure everything stays on track. We at Martian Lit take our commitments seriously and know our reputation is always on the line.

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    GET IT IN DIGITAL!

    Get Synthetics #0 in DRM-free PDF and CBZ formats!

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    SYNTHETICS #0-1 IN DIGITAL

    Get the new issue and the big first issue in DRM-free PDF and CBZ formats!

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    SYNTHETICS #0 IN PRINT (EARLY BIRD)

    Get the new zero issue in a signed-and-numbered limited print edition, made exclusively for this Kickstarter! Plus, get it in digital too!

    This special offer is only available to the first 10 backers, so get it fast!

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    #0 IN PRINT + #1 IN DIGITAL (EARLY BIRD)

    Get the new zero issue in a signed-and-numbered limited print edition, made exclusively for this Kickstarter! Plus, get both Synthetics #0 and #1 in digital!

    This special offer is only available to the first 10 backers, so get it fast!

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    SYNTHETICS #0 IN PRINT

    Get the new zero issue in a signed-and-numbered limited print edition, made exclusively for this Kickstarter! Plus, get it in digital too!

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    #0 IN PRINT + #1 IN DIGITAL

    Get the new zero issue in a signed-and-numbered limited print edition, made exclusively for this Kickstarter! Plus, get Synthetics #0 and #1 in digital too!

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    • The Synthetics #0 (digital)
    • The Synthetics #0 (print)
    • The Synthetics #1 (digital)
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    GET CAUGHT UP IN DIGITAL (EARLY BIRD)

    Get the new issue in digital, plus all 21 other comics we've published (The Synthetics #1, Martian Comics #1-14, Kimot Ren #1-2, Necropolitan #1-2, and Lazarus #0-1), all in DRM-free PDF and CBZ formats! That's 22 issues and 710 original pages of comics total (a $76 value)!

    This special offer is only available to the first 10 backers, so get it fast!

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    GET CAUGHT UP IN DIGITAL!

    Get the new issue in digital, plus all 21 other comics we've published (The Synthetics #1, Martian Comics #1-14, Kimot Ren #1-2, Necropolitan #1-2, and Lazarus #0-1), all in DRM-free PDF and CBZ formats! That's 22 issues and 710 original pages of comics total (a $76 value)!

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    GET CAUGHT UP IN DIGITAL + #0 IN PRINT!

    Get the the signed-and-numbered limited print edition of The Synthetics #0, made exclusively for this Kickstarter, AND get The Synthetics #0 and all 21 other comics we've published (The Synthetics #1, Martian Comics #1-14, Kimot Ren #1-2, Necropolitan #1-2, and Lazarus #0-1) in DRM-free PDF and CBZ formats!

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    #0 AND #1 IN PRINT!

    We have just THREE copies left of The Synthetics #1 in print, in a signed-and-numbered limited edition produced for its Kickstarter. Get it along with the new #0 issue, also in print! Plus, you'll get all our comics in digital too!

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    CLOVES COMMISSION

    Synthetics #0 artist Cloves Rodrigues will draw a black-and-white commission featuring a character of your choice! You'll get the original art and can use the image however you like.

    Plus we'll send you the new #0 issue's signed-and-numbered limited print edition... and all our comics in digital too!

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