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A post-apocalyptic western with a supernatural twist, inspired by Stephen King's The Dark Tower.
A post-apocalyptic western with a supernatural twist, inspired by Stephen King's The Dark Tower.
157 backers pledged $4,137 to help bring this project to life.

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FOREWORD (OR JUST SCROLL DOWN FOR THE PREVIEW!)

Some of you might be wondering, how come you're running a Kickstarter campaign if Issue #1 is already on preorder? And I won't blame you, you really can just preorder #1 at RatsAndCrowsPublishing.com ;-)  By the way, if you have already preordered the book on the website, you will get a special present for any pledge you make!

But we've had so much love and support for Masks sent our way that we decided not to stop there, and put Issue #2 in to production right away! So I ask you: why stop on Issue #1? Preorder both issues through this campaign and get double the awesomeness, plus some amazing perks to go! 

Let us make this adventure for you, full of mystery and action, of deep lore and supernatural beings, of Masks and Maskless!

THE PHILOSOPHY

Imagine watching a movie. A standard 90-minute film. Only instead of just watching it all in one sitting, you watch 5 minutes at a time, once a week, paying $3.99 for each segment. That's how we feel about most mainstream comics. You pay your four bucks for 22 pages of a story with 8 pages of ads, and an inevitable cliffhanger at the end. 
Now, imagine watching a TV show. Still once a week, but at least you get 45 minutes of story, and often each episode has a complete arc with enough going on to be entertaining and satisfying all by itself. 
And that's our approach to "Masks": 45 pages an issue, a complete story, which is still a chapter in a bigger adventure. A book that you can read and be satisfied, yet ready for the adventure to continue.

THE STORY OF "MASKS"

Our story takes place in 2066, a century after civil wars and riots have brought the world down to rubble. All people have been divided into Maskless – honest and open, what you see is what you get, – and while nobody remembers exactly where the Masks come from or how they even appear, one thing is for sure – people who wear them are hiding something, and never are what they appear to be. Now, a Bookkeeper must embark on an adventure to find a way to bring the world back into balance. Only is it even possible?

"Masks" is largely inspired by Stephen King's The Dark Tower, and is a post-apocalyptic western, with a supernatural twist.

The Bookkeeper arrives
The Bookkeeper arrives

 

Masked Chief and Healer
Masked Chief and Healer

 

A Maskless girl
A Maskless girl

 

The Bookkeeper
The Bookkeeper

 

SYNOPSIS OF THE BOOK | MASKS #1 (PERFECT BINDING)

In 1965, an unexplained phenomenon divided the people in two. Maskless – honest and direct, what you see is what you get, and Masks – shady and never trustworthy, never what they seem to appear. The ensuing conflicts brought the world down to rubble in a matter of decades.

A century later, in 2066, a Bookkeeper roams the desert that used to be called California, looking for a book that is said to get rid of Masks, to bring peace and balance to the world. Only can it? Can anyone? To answer these questions, the Bookkeeper has to find the book. And so, the journey begins.

Masks Issue 1 Cover
Masks Issue 1 Cover

Here's a little preview of MASKS #1

Page 1
Page 1

 

Page 2
Page 2

 

Page 3
Page 3

 

Page 4
Page 4

 

Page 5
Page 5

 

Page 6
Page 6

ISSUE #1 INCLUDES:

Between the cover and the credits, you will get 45 pages of a fascinating story by Daniel Warner, with gorgeous artwork of Matias Zeballos. The first issue has a complete story arc, and is a great intro into the world of Masks. At the end of the book it there's a bunch of special features, including concept art, sketches and "the making of". 

Issue #2 is still in the making, but it follows the same philosophy: 45 pages, complete story, extra materials.

CREATIVE TEAM

Daniel Warner, writer and creator
Daniel Warner, writer and creator

Yours truly is a full-time ghostwriter by day, and full-time regular writer by night – short stories, romance novels, comic books, that sort of thing. "Masks" has been in the making for the past three years, and I'm extremely proud to finally be able to welcome you into the world! 
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Matias Zeballos, artist, illustrator
Matias Zeballos, artist, illustrator

From an early age I discovered my passion for art. And I have linked my life to art in training and studying my skills properly. With much effort attempt to beat me every day to be a better professional and meet my goals. matiaszeballosart.blogspot.com

REWARDS

LVL 1 ($1)
Masks Artwork Collection 

LVL 2 ($6) 
Artwork Collection Digital Copy Of Masks #1 OR #2

LVL 3 ($10)
Artwork Collection
Digital Copy of MASKS #1
Digital Copy of MASKS #2 (Spring 2017)
Digital Copy of MASKS Novella Trilogy
Digital Copy of Matías Zeballos MASKS Sketch & Art Book

LVL 4 ($15) Artwork Collection
Digital Copy of MASKS #1
Digital Copy of MASKS #2 (Spring 2017)
Digital Copy of MASKS Novella Trilogy
Digital Copy of Matías Zeballos MASKS Sketch & Art Book
Digital Copy of The Quest - A Supernatural Thriller Novella
Digital Copy of SANE6 #1
Digital Copy of SLIME! #1

LVL 5 ($20) 
Artwork Collection
Digital Copy of MASKS #1
Digital Copy of MASKS #2 (Spring 2017)
Digital Copy of MASKS Novella Trilogy
Digital Copy of Matías Zeballos MASKS Sketch & Art Book
Digital Copy of The Quest - A Supernatural Thriller Novella
Digital Copy of SANE6 #1
Digital Copy of SLIME! #1
A Physical Copy of Masks #1 OR #2

LVL 6 ($25) 
Artwork Collection
Digital Copy of MASKS #1
Digital Copy of MASKS #2 (Spring 2017)
Digital Copy of MASKS Novella Trilogy
Digital Copy of Matías Zeballos MASKS Sketch & Art Book
Digital Copy of The Quest - A Supernatural Thriller Novella
Digital Copy of SANE6 #1
Digital Copy of SLIME! #1
Physical Copy of MASKS #1
Physical Copy of MASKS #2 (Summer 2017)

LVL 7 ($35) 
All of the above + Physical Copies of SANE6 #1 and SLIME! #1 

LVL 8 ($45) 

All of the above + MASKS Exclusive Art Print Set 

LVL 9 ($60) 
All of the above + MASKS Exclusive Poster

LVL 10 ($80)
All of the above + MASKS T-Shirt!

LVL 11 ($135) 
All of the above + An exclusive MASKS Collector Figure 

MASKS UNIQUE ($350) 
You get all the perks, plus a recurring CHARACTER BASED ON YOU! (Issue #3 onwards)

Risks and challenges

Issue #1 is 100% complete! The only challenge we will face after this project is funded is getting the book printed and shipped by the dates expected.
Issue #2 is in active pre-production – the script is complete, and we're working on the layouts.

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    MASKS LVL.3 |

    Just look at the goods!

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    I mean, look at all this goodness!

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    • Digital Copy of MASKS Novella Trilogy
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    MASKS LVL.5 |

    Now you're on your way to becoming a Bookkeeper!

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    • Digital Copy of MASKS #2 (Spring 2017)
    • Digital Copy of MASKS Novella Trilogy
    • Digital Copy of Matías Zeballos MASKS Sketch & Art Book
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    Now you're on your way to becoming a Bookkeeper!

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    • Artwork Collection
    • Digital Copy of MASKS #1
    • Digital Copy of MASKS #2 (Spring 2017)
    • Digital Copy of MASKS Novella Trilogy
    • Digital Copy of Matías Zeballos MASKS Sketch & Art Book
    • Digital Copy of The Quest - A Supernatural Thriller Novella
    • Digital Copy of SANE6 #1
    • Digital Copy of SLIME! #1
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    MASKS LVL.7 |

    All hail the Bookkeeper!

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    • Artwork Collection
    • Digital Copy of MASKS #1
    • Digital Copy of MASKS #2 (Spring 2017)
    • Digital Copy of MASKS Novella Trilogy
    • Digital Copy of Matías Zeballos MASKS Sketch & Art Book
    • Digital Copy of The Quest - A Supernatural Thriller Novella
    • Digital Copy of SANE6 #1
    • Digital Copy of SLIME! #1
    • Physical Copy of MASKS #1
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    MASKS LVL.8 |

    But it's not only books we trade in, is it?

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    • Digital Copy of MASKS #2 (Spring 2017)
    • Digital Copy of MASKS Novella Trilogy
    • Digital Copy of Matías Zeballos MASKS Sketch & Art Book
    • Digital Copy of The Quest - A Supernatural Thriller Novella
    • Digital Copy of SANE6 #1
    • Digital Copy of SLIME! #1
    • Physical Copy of MASKS #1
    • Physical Copy of SANE6 #1
    • Physical Copy of SLIME! #1
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    MASKS LVL.9 |

    This is where exclusives start piling up...

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    • Artwork Collection
    • Digital Copy of MASKS #1
    • Digital Copy of MASKS #2 (Spring 2017)
    • Digital Copy of MASKS Novella Trilogy
    • Digital Copy of Matías Zeballos MASKS Sketch & Art Book
    • Digital Copy of The Quest - A Supernatural Thriller Novella
    • Digital Copy of SANE6 #1
    • Digital Copy of SLIME! #1
    • Physical Copy of MASKS #1
    • Physical Copy of SANE6 #1
    • Physical Copy of SLIME! #1
    • Physical Copy of MASKS #2 (Summer 2017)
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    • MASKS Exclusive Poster
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    MASKS LVL.10 |

    The package is almost full, if you get what I mean...

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    • Artwork Collection
    • Digital Copy of MASKS #1
    • Digital Copy of MASKS Novella Trilogy
    • Digital Copy of Matías Zeballos MASKS Sketch & Art Book
    • Digital Copy of The Quest - A Supernatural Thriller Novella
    • Digital Copy of SANE6 #1
    • Digital Copy of SLIME! #1
    • Physical Copy of MASKS #1
    • Physical Copy of SANE6 #1
    • Physical Copy of SLIME! #1
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    MASKS LVL.11 |

    You are hereby a Collector.

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    • Artwork Collection
    • Digital Copy of MASKS #1
    • Digital Copy of MASKS #2 (Spring 2017)
    • Digital Copy of MASKS Novella Trilogy
    • Digital Copy of Matías Zeballos MASKS Sketch & Art Book
    • Digital Copy of The Quest - A Supernatural Thriller Novella
    • Digital Copy of SANE6 #1
    • Digital Copy of SLIME! #1
    • Physical Copy of MASKS #1
    • Physical Copy of SANE6 #1
    • Physical Copy of MASKS #2 (Summer 2017)
    • Physical Copy of SLIME! #1
    • MASKS Exclusive Art Print Set
    • MASKS Exclusive Poster
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    MASKS CAMEO

    Be part of history and get a box of awesome stuff for it!!

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    • CAMEO – Get killed by The Bookkeeper
    • Digital Copy of MASKS #1
    • Artwork Collection
    • Digital Copy of MASKS #2 (Spring 2017)
    • Digital Copy of Matías Zeballos MASKS Sketch & Art Book
    • Digital Copy of MASKS Novella Trilogy
    • Digital Copy of SANE6 #1
    • Digital Copy of SLIME! #1
    • Digital Copy of The Quest - A Supernatural Thriller Novella
    • MASKS Exclusive Art Print Set
    • MASKS Exclusive Poster
    • MASKS T-Shirt
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    MASKS CUSTOM

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    • Artwork Collection
    • Digital Copy of MASKS #1
    • Digital Copy of MASKS #2 (Spring 2017)
    • Digital Copy of MASKS Novella Trilogy
    • Digital Copy of Matías Zeballos MASKS Sketch & Art Book
    • Digital Copy of SANE6 #1
    • Digital Copy of SLIME! #1
    • Digital Copy of The Quest - A Supernatural Thriller Novella
    • MASKS Exclusive Art Print Set
    • MASKS Exclusive Poster
    • MASKS T-Shirt
    • Physical Copy of MASKS #1
    • Physical Copy of MASKS #2 (Summer 2017)
    • Physical Copy of SANE6 #1
    • Physical Copy of SLIME! #1
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    MASKS UNIQUE

    Be part of history and get a box of awesome stuff for it!!

    Includes:
    • Digital Copy of MASKS #1
    • Digital Copy of MASKS #2 (Spring 2017)
    • Digital Copy of Matías Zeballos MASKS Sketch & Art Book
    • Digital Copy of MASKS Novella Trilogy
    • Digital Copy of SANE6 #1
    • Digital Copy of SLIME! #1
    • Digital Copy of The Quest - A Supernatural Thriller Novella
    • MASKS Collector Figure
    • MASKS Exclusive Art Print Set
    • MASKS Exclusive Poster
    • MASKS T-Shirt
    • Physical Copy of MASKS #1
    • Physical Copy of SANE6 #1
    • Physical Copy of SLIME! #1
    • Physical Copy of MASKS #2 (Summer 2017)
    • Artwork Collection
    • YOU ARE IN THE BOOK! (a recurring character based on you)
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