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Artist Dave Dorman and author Mike Bawden bring you stories of action and adventure that re-define pulp magazines for the 21st Century!
Artist Dave Dorman and author Mike Bawden bring you stories of action and adventure that re-define pulp magazines for the 21st Century!
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We're long-time fans of comics, science fiction, fantasy and role playing games - but we both have a particular affinity for the early 1900s pulp novels and magazines. 

As we've worked on re-developing Dave's long-time passion project (The Wasted Lands) over the last five year, an idea struck: Why put all the responsibility for creating art-intensive graphic novels on Dave? 

As grand as these sequential art projects are (just look at Dave's RAIL), they take time and lots of money to produce - and that means we have to choose a few stories among many, leaving much of the story of The Wasted Lands untold.

So why not find another way to tell the REST of the stories we've created? 

And what is the best way to tell the action-packed, adrenaline-pumping stories? 

In pulp magazines. 

"Amazing Tales of The Wasted Lands" boldly updates the pulp magazine for you, today's reader. All of the stories contained in each issue take place in Dave Dorman's Wasted Lands - an incredibly fertile world filled with history AND mystery. 

The diverse world Dave has created enables us explore all of the various pulp fiction genres, mashing them up in new and unexpected ways! We know you'll find the stories both familiar and unexpected, and that you'll enjoy the twists and turns we take with common tropes of pulp fiction.

This Kickstarter will be the first of many. Our long-term goal is to produce an issue of Amazing Tales of The Wasted Lands every two months - and to pre-sell issues of it via Kickstarter and our Wasted Lands website, helping us cash-flow the printing and distribution costs. 

Unlike other projects we've seen and backed on KS in the past, we felt we needed to be well into our production process before we made an appeal to fans to back this project. 

And that time is now. 

Yes, this is a self-publishing venture. While we've been working "on spec" to create these stories and art for this first issue, we need your help to cover printing and distribution costs. Without your help, we cannot share these great stories with you. 

All six stories featured in the first issue are written (stories for Issues #2 and #3 are already outlined). We will complete production by mid-September and release final, proofed files to our printer no later than October 1st (also, Dave Dorman's birthday!). We expect to start shipping materials to backers on or before November 1st. 

We have set this campaign to last 4 weeks. We will provide production updates throughout the campaign. You'll be seeing videos of Dave Dorman painting feature illustrations for the magazine's stories, and videos of Mike Bawden revealing some of the secret characters and mock ads created for backers who support this project at those levels.

***UPDATED: July 31, 2107: We have established three stretch goals based on the number of backers we amass as a part of this first Kickstarter Campaign. The amount each backer contributes to the campaign is irrelevant. We will honor the stretch goal, regardless.

Goal #1:
If we can get 200 people to back this project, we will include an "Amazing Tales" collector's pin with every order we fulfill. Be sure to wear it to a comic con Dave or Mike attend and you'll receive a special "thank you" gift for your on-going support of our project.

Goal #2:
If we can get 500 people to back this project, we will include a collectible, silver-colored coin embossed with the seal of Mortal City (the largest metropolis in The Wasted Lands). 

Goal #3:
If we can get 1,000 people to back this project, we will include a collectible, gold-colored coin embossed with the Unity seal of the Outlands (the stronghold of Freemen in The Wasted Lands).

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There will be six stories in the first issue of "Amazing Tales of The Wasted Lands" - each featuring unique characters you'll only find in the imagination of a team like illustrator Dave Dorman and writer Mike Bawden.

No Time For Gratitude
Mortal City's most misunderstood detective - the one they call Iguana - must rescue the infant son of a local bigwig, only to find out he's in as much danger as the child. From gunfights on rooftops to slugfests on subways, this story has it all: action, adventure, a beautiful woman AND a flying monkey with a chronic gun problem.

It's a chippy, hard-boiled, detective story with a sci-fi twist that can only exist in a place like Dave Dorman's Wasted Lands.

The Impossible Job
Join M. d'Cease, Mortal City's exotic (some say odd) forensic coroner, who loses her job when the Enigma Squad (an elite, crime fighting division of the MCFP*) is terminated only to find adventure and peril lie just around the corner. 

Is it possible for her day to get any worse? The answer, apparently, is "yes." Together, we find out that nothing is really "impossible."

*MCFP = Mortal City Force Police

Into the Rift
Maxamilian Collier searches his past to understand how his grandfather (the famed historian and archeologist Daniel Collier) was lost while exploring the the enormous canyon known as The Rift.

It's an adventure in the tradition of Doc Savage and other great jungle adventure stories as young Max and his grandfather's friends ("The Midlands Historical Society") risk life and limb on an adventure that could change The Wasted Lands forever.

The Light Angels (from The Iron Wars)
The Light Angels (from The Iron Wars)

The Iron Wars
Read first-person journal accounts of Iron Wars veterans compiled by historical journalist Timothy Jonn. During his research and subsequent reporting, Jonn uncovers insights into the turmoil that now wracks The Wasted Lands - and puts himself at risk by doing so.

Inspired by stories of heroism by actual Medal of Honor recipients, the battles and firefights recounted in the stories of these vets recount the honor and heroism of the individuals while reflecting the horrors of a war fought for all the wrong reasons.

Showdown at Pine Bluff
Edgar "Edge" Wallace - a member of the legendary Riders of the Outland Plains - must track down his own history to save a small town from a crew of Hollow Men.

You'll see why "Edge" is known as the greatest Rider in the history of the Outland Plains as he uses a combination of his wits, toughness and sheer guts to overcome impossible odds.

The League of Heroes
In a time before our contemporary stories of The Wasted Lands, there was a band of heroes who made one last, desperate effort to save civilization. Their exploits are the thing of songs in the Northern Wild.

We sing it for you here.

Risks and challenges

This intellectual property is owned by Dave Dorman and Mike Bawden, protected by copyright and self-published. There are no outside third parties required for approvals prior to release or distribution of materials.

Dave Dorman is a commercial illustrator and, at times, is busy producing art for corporate clients and private commissions. This may occasionally limit his availability for appearances. Similarly, Mike Bawden, works full time as a public relations/marketing executive at his own PR firm, so client obligations can affect his availability for appearances, or instantaneous replies to queries.

Dave Dorman is now in the final stages (shipping/fulfillment) of his most recent Kickstarter project, Captain Nemo.

Amazing Tales of The Wasted Lands printing will be done off-shore (South Korea) to minimize costs for lower order quantities. The expected production and shipping time from the printer is 22 days. We are allowing for 30. But some events--like Mother Nature's interference--are beyond our control and could delay scheduled deliveries. If this happens, we will notify backers via Kickstarter.

We will add more answers to Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ's) as they are received once the campaign is in full swing.

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    E-MAZING ARTWORK

    Not sure you need a pulp magazine in your life, but you love Dave Dorman's artwork? Here's a simple solution.

    You'll receive a link to a set of Wasted Lands configured to work as a screensaver on your computer.

    But wait, that's not all ...

    You'll also receive our monthly e-newsletter "The Mortal City Monitor", which will keep you abreast of developments in the fictional world of Dave Dorman's Wasted Lands and preview upcoming stories appearing in future issues of "Amazing Tales."

    It's all a simple way for us to say "thanks" for your support on this project - and for you to dip your toe into the Wasted Lands without getting pulled under by a sea monster, flying monkey or a gun-wielding, walking corpse.

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    • A Wasted Lands screensaver package (original Dave Dorman artwork)
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    FOR THE LOVE OF PULP

    You'll receive a monthly e-newsletter "The Mortal City Monitor", which will keep you abreast of developments in the fictional world of Dave Dorman's Wasted Lands and preview upcoming stories appearing in future issues of "Amazing Tales."

    In addition to that, you'll receive a copy of "Amazing Tales of The Wasted Lands #1" - our inaugural issue of our bi-monthly pulp magazine.

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    THE PULP CONNOISSEUR

    You'll receive a monthly e-newsletter "The Mortal City Monitor", which will keep you abreast of developments in the fictional world of Dave Dorman's Wasted Lands and preview upcoming stories appearing in future issues of "Amazing Tales."

    In addition to that, you'll receive an autographed copy of "Amazing Tales of The Wasted Lands #1" - our inaugural issue of our bi-monthly pulp magazine - signed by both celebrated artist Dave Dorman and author Mike Bawden. You'll also receive a letter of authenticity.

    Includes:
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    • An autographed copy of "Amazing Tales of The Wasted Lands #1".
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    COLLECTORS' EDITION I

    You'll receive a monthly e-newsletter "The Mortal City Monitor", which will keep you abreast of developments in the fictional world of Dave Dorman's Wasted Lands and preview upcoming stories appearing in future issues of "Amazing Tales."

    In addition to that, you'll receive an autographed copy of "Amazing Tales of The Wasted Lands #1" - our inaugural issue of our bi-monthly pulp magazine - signed by both celebrated artist Dave Dorman and author Mike Bawden. You'll also receive a letter of authenticity.

    We'll also send you a set of 6, 5" x 7" prints of each feature illustration from the first issue of "Amazing Tales."

    Includes:
    • Complimentary e-newsletter subscription.
    • An autographed copy of "Amazing Tales of The Wasted Lands #1".
    • A letter of authenticity.
    • Six 5 x 7" prints of feature paintings from "Amazing Tales #1"
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    FOR THE TRADE ONLY I

    Limited to comic book shops, libraries and book stores only, please.

    Receive ten copies of "Amazing Tales of The Wasted Lands #1" for re-sale.

    USA Only.

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    FOR THE TRADE ONLY II

    Limited to comic book shops, libraries and book stores only, please.

    Receive twenty copies of "Amazing Tales of The Wasted Lands #1" for re-sale, one autographed copy of "Amazing Tales of The Wasted Lands #1."

    You'll also receive a set of six, mini-posters measuring 5" x 7" each. Each poster is a reproduction of the feature art created by Dave Dorman for issue #1 of "Amazing Tales."

    USA Only.

    Includes:
    • 20× "Amazing Tales of The Wasted Lands #1" Pulp Magazine
    • Six, 5"x7" mini-posters, featuring art from "Amazing Tales #1"
    • An autographed copy of "Amazing Tales of The Wasted Lands #1".
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    COLLECTOR'S EDITION II

    You'll receive a monthly e-newsletter "The Mortal City Monitor", which will keep you abreast of developments in the fictional world of Dave Dorman's Wasted Lands and preview upcoming stories appearing in future issues of "Amazing Tales."

    You'll also receive an autographed copy of "Amazing Tales of The Wasted Lands #1" - our inaugural issue of our bi-monthly pulp magazine with a custom remarque sketch by Dave Dorman. You'll also receive a letter of authenticity.

    We'll also send you a set of 6, 5" x 7" prints of each feature illustration from the first issue of "Amazing Tales."

    Includes:
    • Complimentary e-newsletter subscription.
    • An autographed copy of "Amazing Tales of The Wasted Lands #1".
    • An original remarque by Dave Dorman in the magazine.
    • A letter of authenticity.
    • Six, 5"x7" mini-posters, featuring art from "Amazing Tales #1"
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    GET PULPED

    You'll receive a monthly e-newsletter "The Mortal City Monitor", which will keep you abreast of developments in the fictional world of Dave Dorman's Wasted Lands and preview upcoming stories appearing in future issues of "Amazing Tales."

    In addition to that, you'll receive an autographed copy of "Amazing Tales of The Wasted Lands #1" - our inaugural issue of our bi-monthly pulp magazine complete with a original remarque by Dave Dorman in the magazine. You'll also receive a letter of authenticity.

    We'll also send you a set of 6, 5" x 7" prints of each feature illustration from the first issue of "Amazing Tales."

    But the point of this item is for you to become a character in The Wasted Lands who will make an appearance in a story published in either "Amazing Tales of The Wasted Lands #2" or "Amazing Tales of The Wasted Lands #3". After a brief email conversation with author Mike Bawden, he'll write a character profile for you, review it with Dave Dorman and incorporate your character into an upcoming story.

    You will also receive a complimentary copy of that magazine when it publishes along with a letter of thanks from Mike and Dave.

    Includes:
    • Complimentary e-newsletter subscription.
    • "Amazing Tales of The Wasted Lands #1" Pulp Magazine
    • An autographed copy of "Amazing Tales of The Wasted Lands #1".
    • A 14 x 20", full-color promotional poster for "Amazing Tales #1"
    • An original remarque by Dave Dorman in the magazine.
    • A letter of authenticity.
    • Six, 5"x7" mini-posters, featuring art from "Amazing Tales #1"
    • A unique character profile who will appear in a future issue
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    FOR YOUR FAVORITE LIBRARY

    You'll receive a monthly e-newsletter "The Mortal City Monitor", which will keep you abreast of developments in the fictional world of Dave Dorman's Wasted Lands and preview upcoming stories appearing in future issues of "Amazing Tales." In addition to that, you'll receive a copy of "Amazing Tales of The Wasted Lands #1" - our inaugural issue of our bi-monthly pulp magazine which will include a quarter-folded, promotional poster for that issue.

    But best of all, legendary artist Dave Dorman and author Mike Bawden will fly to your city for an overnight stay and make a presentation on "world building" and pulp fiction at your favorite local library. One hundred copies of "Amazing Tales of The Wasted Lands #1" will be given away at the event.

    All costs are covered in the fee. (DISCLAIMER: Final arrangements are subject to a review of airfare and hotel costs - if costs exceed $2,000, some accommodations will be made or the contribution will be refunded in full).

    (USA and Canada only)

    Includes:
    • A letter of authenticity.
    • 100× "Amazing Tales of The Wasted Lands #1" Pulp Magazine
    • An autographed copy of "Amazing Tales of The Wasted Lands #1".
    • Complimentary e-newsletter subscription.
    • World-building presentation by Dave Dorman and Mike Bawden
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