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.
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.
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).
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).
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 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.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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