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Mike VogelBy Mike Vogel
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Mike VogelBy Mike Vogel
First created
$1,356
pledged of $15,000pledged of $15,000 goal
27
backers
0seconds to go
Funding Unsuccessful
The project's funding goal was not reached on Wed, November 12 2014 8:01 AM UTC +00:00

About

Do you ever wish you could communicate with comic book characters in real life? We're hoping create Phrenic Clone Assassin, an interactive comic enhanced with alternate reality games that lets you communicate directly with characters over email, text messages, phone calls, and Twitter. 

One of the actors in Phrenic, Steve Mattsson, used to write comics for DC, Marvel, and Dark Horse. He contacted his friend, the legendary comic artist Paul Gulacy about drawing Phrenic Clone Assassin. Paul has drawn The Dark Knight, Wolverine, Black Widow, Catwoman, and many more

So this comic is part of a short film too?

Yes, here's a preview of one of the clone assassinations...

Will there be a print version of the comic?

It's possible to get a "ashcan print" version by supporting our campaign (see the Ashcan Print perk). You can also get an autographed print of the cover.

Ashcan Comics are the rarest of the rare for comic book collectors.
Ashcan Comics are the rarest of the rare for comic book collectors.

Maybe you'd like an autographed cover, sort of like this one....

One of our perks is a 11x17 print that will be autographed by DC/Marvel legend Paul Gulacy
One of our perks is a 11x17 print that will be autographed by DC/Marvel legend Paul Gulacy

Why is there a cover if the comic hasn't been made?

We commissioned the cover to be drawn and colored in order to show the quality we expect the final comic to have. We even had a photoshoot! Paul Gulacy drew the cover and it was colored by Grace Allison--both did amazing!

Paul Gulacy takes a reference photo of Kirsten Foe and Steve Mattsson
Paul Gulacy takes a reference photo of Kirsten Foe and Steve Mattsson

What are alternate reality games?

We created an ARG for this Kickstarter. You can interact with Anya, the Clone Assassin, by texting "I need your services" to her phone: 971-717-2850 or tweeting to her at @ikillclones (we don't do anything with your number other than let Anya reply to you).

There are different types of alternate reality games (ARGs). Phrenic is planning an ARG designed to blur the line between the comic and reality. You'll be communicating with the characters and getting new pieces of the story through these interactions. Two examples of ARGs we've done already for Phrenic include: @PhrenicDoll Tweet Your Own Adventure and the Life Identical Genetic Enhancement Screening

Zoe Trapp screens you for genetic enhancements over video chat (then tells you what's REALLY going on over personalized emails and videos).
Zoe Trapp screens you for genetic enhancements over video chat (then tells you what's REALLY going on over personalized emails and videos).

Will the clues in the final comic be as obvious as the ones in this campaign?

The clues we're planning for the Clone Assassin comic will be woven into the story to be discovered by curious and attentive readers. There won't be prompts announcing what to do like there is in this campaign.

What are the stories and movies mentioned in the rewards?

We've already filmed one episode of the clone assassin killing four of the twelve clones. There is also a complete short story featuring Anya that provides hints about her past and how she got involved killing clones.

Frank Taylor (Steve Mattsson) aims a gun in the Clone Assassin episode
Frank Taylor (Steve Mattsson) aims a gun in the Clone Assassin episode
Anya (Kirsten Foe) in the Clone Assassin episode
Anya (Kirsten Foe) in the Clone Assassin episode
Phrenic cards and a pin. We've already got four character cards and plan four more as rewards. Maybe they'll have ARGs too? (Photo by @argmuseum)
Phrenic cards and a pin. We've already got four character cards and plan four more as rewards. Maybe they'll have ARGs too? (Photo by @argmuseum)

Is it possible to just read the comic without texting and emailing?

Yes! The final comic will tell an entire story on its own. The interactive elements enhance the story and characters, but you are not required to interact in order to read the main plot and ending. 

Interact with the clone assassin over phone calls, text messages, email, or Twitter. (It will be more fun, we promise.)
Interact with the clone assassin over phone calls, text messages, email, or Twitter. (It will be more fun, we promise.)

Where will your donation go?

In order to make this interactive comic a reality, we need to pay artists and colorists, web developers and transmedia storytellers. There are also hard costs tied to the services that make communicating with fictional characters a reality.

Phrenic Clone Assassin cover colored by Grace Allison
Phrenic Clone Assassin cover colored by Grace Allison

How do I donate and pledge support?

Just click the green “Back This Project” button in the upper right-hand corner. You will be asked to enter your amount and select a reward. From there, you will go through the Amazon checkout process. You must finish the Amazon checkout process for your pledge to be recorded. Then, spread the word about the Phrenic Clone Assassin interactive comic on Facebook and Twitter. Help us find other people who love interactive comics and alternate reality games! Tell them they can help get this cool new project made! Every little bit truly helps. With your generosity, I believe we can do it. Stay Involved! We need your help to spread the word!

Is funding really all or nothing?

Yes it is! Every Kickstarter project must be fully funded before its time expires or NO MONEY CHANGES HANDS. And it is a great way for us to discover if there is true support for this comic before we begin drawing a single panel. If we don't make our goal, we don't get to make the Phrenic Clone Assassin comic.

OFFICIAL SITE FOR PHRENIC: http://phrenicworld.com
PHRENIC iOS APP: https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/id573340275?mt=8
PAUL GULACY (Artist): http://gulacy.com
GRACE ALLISON (Colorist): http://gracifer.com/

Original cover artwork by Paul Gulacy
Original cover artwork by Paul Gulacy

Risks and challenges

This project relies on expertise from a variety of creative fields: writing, drawing, coloring, filmmaking, coding. Not to mention managing technical infrastructure that allows the clone assassin to receive and reply to a variety of messages. This is an ambitious project and honestly a lot could go wrong. But if you're familiar with Phrenic, you know we tirelessly pursue our creative goals and always find a way around or through technical obstacles. We want to create a brand new type of comic experience and, if we're fully funded, we're confident nothing can stop us from doing just that.

Our backers are our priority. You'll get updates through the entire creative process and we'll do everything possible to fulfill rewards on time.

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    STAY IN TOUCH WITH THE CLONE ASSASSIN! Do you want to stay in touch with this cool project? We've got less than 24 hours left and probably won't make our goal. Pledge $1 (that you'll probably never have to pay) and get updates that will include stories, videos, games, and more!

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    *** SHORT STORY PREQUEL *** You'll get a short story prequel, a social media thank you, and behind-the-scenes updates.

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    *** SHORT FILM SEQUEL *** You'll get a short film featuring the clone assassin, plus... a short story prequel, a social media thank you, and behind-the-scenes updates.

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    *** DIGITAL DOWNLOAD OF PHRENIC CLONE ASSASSIN COMIC *** You'll get a digital copy of the Phrenic Clone Assassin interactive comic! Plus, you'll get a short film featuring the clone assassin, a short story prequel, a social media thank you, and behind-the-scenes updates.

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    *** AUTOGRAPHED PRINT COPY OF THE COVER *** We'll send you an autographed print copy of the final cover signed by DC and Marvel artist Paul Gulacy. Plus, you'll get a digital copy of the Phrenic Clone Assassin interactive comic! Plus, you'll get a short film featuring the clone assassin, a short story prequel, a social media thank you, and behind-the-scenes updates.

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    *** CHARACTER CARDS + DIGITAL DOWNLOAD OF PHRENIC CLONE ASSASSIN COMIC *** Receive all 8 character trading cards. Some may have hidden ARGs!? Plus, you'll get a digital copy of the Phrenic Clone Assassin interactive comic! Plus, you'll get a short film featuring the clone assassin, a short story prequel, a social media thank you, and behind-the-scenes updates.

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    *** ASHCAN EDITION *** An ashcan edition is a hand-assembled comic used to establish a copyright for a particular title. Usually, only a few copies were produced, most of which were tossed in the trash after they served their purpose, hence the name "ashcan". They are the rarest of the rare for comic book collectors and this will make a very cool collectible.

    Plus, you'll get a digital copy of the Phrenic Clone Assassin interactive comic! Plus, you'll get a short film featuring the clone assassin, a short story prequel, a social media thank you, and behind-the-scenes updates.

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    *** GENETIC ENHANCEMENT KIT *** Some of the clones Anya kills have enhanced DNA. We'll send you a personalized genetic enhancement kit (which we are probably legally obligated to say is not really a genetic enhancement kit but more of a custom physical prop for an alternate reality game). You'll get a digital copy of the Phrenic Clone Assassin interactive comic! Plus, you'll get a short film featuring the clone assassin, a short story prequel, a social media thank you, and behind-the-scenes updates.

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    *** YOUR LIKENESS IN THE COMIC! *** Your likeness in the final comic! We'll ask for a photo of you in a specific pose. Then Paul Gulacy will draw you as a background character in the story (security guard, lab assistant, clone in a pod, etc). You'll get a digital copy of the Phrenic Clone Assassin interactive comic! Plus, you'll get a short film featuring the clone assassin, a short story prequel, a social media thank you, and behind-the-scenes updates.

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    *** ORIGINAL COVER SIGNED BY PAUL GULACY *** The original drawing of the Clone Assassin cover? It's yours! Signed by DC and Marvel artist Paul Gulacy. Plus, you'll get a digital copy of the Phrenic Clone Assassin interactive comic! Plus, you'll get a short film featuring the clone assassin, a short story prequel, a social media thank you, and behind-the-scenes updates.

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Funding period

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