The Synthetics #1 is a 56-page comic featuring three bizarre stories of robot life, in which we see how different robots' lives intersected with a robot revolt on Mars.
The comic is written by Julian Darius and illustrated by Steven Legge (Necropolitan) and Andre Siregar (Kimot Ren, The Lost Fleet). It's colored by Donovan Yaciuk, Steven Legge, and Fahriza Kamaputra. It's lettered by Darius and Legge.
Here's how the contents break down:
We begin with "Gladiators," a 27-page story focused on Ripshot, the champion in the robot gladiator arena, and Clawburst, his next opponent. Oh, and Nibbles, Ripshot's assistant / pet.
When the robot revolution intervenes, these gladiators have to figure out where they stand. The story is wild, with lots of twists, and goes to bizarre and unexpected places.
It's probably the most Kirbyesque thing Julian Darius will ever write! Steven Legge illustrated the hell out of it, combining innovative page layouts with panels teeming with wild robot designs! Donovan Yaciuk colored the story.
Our second story is "How I Spent the Robot Revolution," a 10-page tale focused on a Martian family trying to survive the robotic carnage. Unfortunately, the family's apartment is sentient and trying to kill them! Steven Legge illustrated and colored this one, making these bizarre situations really come alive.
Our final story is "His Name was Journey 1," a 9-page story focused on a humble bot built to supervise construction projects. After the revolution, he designs buildings for robots, trying to break free of organic design. He winds up creating the robots' equivalent of a god. The story's illustrated by Andre Siregar and will be colored by Fahriza Kamaputra.
The issue also includes a bunch of sketch pages, featuring the crazy robotic designs of Legge, Darius, and Siregar.
It's a big, trippy issue featuring three unconventional tales of robotic life and awesome design work!
We normally don't do print editions of our comics, but we just thought it would be fun to see this big, debut issue of The Synthetics in print. It's just such a cool issue, and it works on its own, despite technically taking place within the larger Martian Universe (which also includes Martian Comics, Kimot Ren, and Lazarus, the Forever Man). 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 creator Julian Darius.
Most of the revenue will go to pay printing and shipping costs. Anything beyond that will will go to help us pay our artists.
We've tried to keep it simple.
If you just want our 56-page first issue in digital, you can get it for $4.
If you want The Synthetics #1 in print, you can get that -- in a signed-and-numbered limited edition(!) and with a complementary digital copy -- for $12.
For $29, you can get the complete collection of all our comics, up to and including The Synthetics #1, in digital (a $58 value).
For just $8 more ($37 total), we'll add The Synthetics #1 in print to this same digital set of all our comics!
Finally, we've got just a few copies remaining of past printed comics and goodies: a signed-and-numbered TPB of Martian Comics #1-3, a signed-and-numbered Martian Comics #5, and postcards of the covers to Martian Comics #1 and #5. We'll give these to you, along with The Synthetics #1 in print and the entire digital library of comics, for $74.
We're offering a couple of bonus books for our early adopters, plus more free stuff if we hit our stretch goals!
TIME EXPIRED: Everyone who pledged by the end of Tuesday, 23 January, Central U.S. time, will get a free PDF of Julian Darius's 428-page non-fiction book Classics on Infinite Earths: The Justice League and DC Crossover Canon, which is a huge walk-through of Justice League history and DC's company-wide crossovers.
TIME EXPIRED: Everyone who pledged by the end of Tuesday, 30 January, Central U.S. time, will get a free PDF of Julian's non-fiction book about Mai, the Psychic Girl.
UNLOCKED! -- STRETCH GOAL #1: If we hit $1700, everyone pledging will receive a free digital download (a $6 value) of the documentary film Grant Morrison: Talking with Gods, directed by Patrick Meaney. This critically acclaimed feature-length film, released in 2010, features extensive interviews with Grant Morrison and studies both his life and his comics career.
UNLOCKED! -- STRETCH GOAL #2: If we hit $2200, everyone pledging will receive a free digital download (in DRM-free PDF and CBZ formats) of Martian Comics #12. This special anniversary issue is even longer than The Synthetics #1. It features the issue-length next chapter of the title's main serial, "The Girl from Mars," which is in the middle of a huge study of American history and is currently focused on the assassination of Robert Kennedy from the perspective of an alien arms dealer. But Martian Comics #12 also includes its cover story, "The Dinosaurs of Mars!", a wild tale of Martians' obsession with dinosaurs, including parks on Mars where dinos thrive and play.
The issue also includes "I Dream of Hell," in which Martians try to possess a medieval man with a very different worldview than their own. Rounding out the anniversary issue are two beautiful pin-ups by Marlena Mozgawa Lenamo.
The issue is written by Julian Darius, with art by Sergio Tarquini, Sara Nietto, Mansyur Daman, and Cloves Rodrigues. Steven Legge (who drew most of The Synthetics #1) also drew a special page with a robot dinosaur on Mars! Colors will be by R.L. Campos and Fahriza Kamaputra. The issue's cover is by artist Jason Muhr and colorist Andrei Tabacaru, the artistic team behind the indy hit Voracious.
Martian Comics #12 should be available about a month after The Synthetics #1 is delivered.
UNLOCKED! -- STRETCH GOAL #3: If we hit $2700, everyone pledging will receive a free PDF of Voyage in Noise: Warren Ellis and the Demise of Western Civilization, by Julian Darius and Kevin Thurman.
We'll also give everyone pledging a free download of Martian Comics #13, which features two stories. The first, illustrated by Andi Supriyono, is set during World War II. The second, illustrated by Cloves Rodrigues, is the beginning of a longer story that explores the Martian mythological underworld and its ruling goddess. The cover is by Marlena Mozgawa Lenamo.
UNLOCKED! -- STRETCH GOAL #4: If we hit $3200, everyone pledging will receive a free download of the feature-length documentary film Warren Ellis: Captured Ghosts, directed by Patrick Meaney.
We'll also give everyone a free download of Martian Comics #14, which continues the story of the Martian underworld from the previous issue. It's illustrated by Cloves Rodrigues, with a cover by Rodrigues and painter Roni Setiawan.
STRETCH GOAL #5: If we hit $3700, everyone pledging will receive a free download of the feature-length documentary film Diagram for Delinquents, directed by Robert A. Emmons, Jr. It explores Fredric Wertham and the crusade against comics in the 1940s and 1950s, during which comics were burned across America.
We'll also give every backer a free download of Martian Comics #15, the conclusion of the Martian underworld story. It's illustrated by Cloves Rodrigues, with a cover by Marlena Mozgawa Lenamo.
The free books and movies will be available shortly after the Kickstarter campaign concludes. Since they're still in production, the free comics may take a bit longer, but we expect each to be available around a month after the previous one. So about a month after you receive The Synethetics #1, you should receive Martian Comics #12, and we expect each additional issue to be available around a month after the previous one. Of course, if we're done early, we'll message you with the download link right away!
Thank you for your support of this weird robot comics project! And thank you for spreading the word of 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
Julian Darius has been involved in eight previous Kickstarters (all were successfully funded) and will make sure everything stays on track. We at Martian Lit take our commitments seriously and know our reputation is always on the line.
Delays can always occur with artwork, coloring, and lettering, but the issue is nearly ready and we're confident we can hit our estimated delivery date. We'll communicate clearly with our backers if any problem should arise.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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