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Scott TaylorBy Scott Taylor
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Scott TaylorBy Scott Taylor
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About

SUMMER OF '74 is the unofficial, unauthorized, "true" story of how "Star Wars" began, in a desert truckstop in California in 1974. Follow the handsome smuggler, Hansel, who drives a sweet custom van he calls "The Falcon", his best friend and co-pilot Chuey, an illegal immigrant from Guatemala who medicates with cannabis, which is why no one understands him, Lucas, the young farm boy who doesn't like farming and the smart, confident, beautiful, Princess. Her father is a wife-swapping swinger, and self-proclaimed King of Barstow. Doctor Væder, M.D.is a proctologist and a gynocologist so he's an over achiever and wants to be VICE President of the United States.   

 En Espanol: www.veranodel74.com

 Summer of '74 features action, romance, disco, a missing sex tape, time-travel and the dark side of politics – Hello Nixon! - with familiar characters you think you've met...a long time ago, but not too far away...

PRESS COVERAGE

One day in 2012, Liam and I were making food and talking about myths and cracking each other up (which we did every day).  Then he asked me "What is Star Wars when you take away the space wizards and lazer swords?"  The answer is obvious.  There's a smuggler, who drives a van...  and in that moment the SUMMER OF '74 was born.  But in some ways its been with us all along.  Liam is tragically no longer with us, and his absence is truly profound.  And yet, I still feel his curiosity and humor and he is somehow with me, re-telling these old familiar stories and still cracking me up.  Now after seven years, we are finally bringing our little universe into the world, as a graphic novel and I couldn't be more excited.

Hi, I'm S.C.V. Taylor (or "Producer Scotch").  I'm a writer and filmmaker and have produced three feature films including Kyle Rankin's THE WITCH FILES and NIGHT OF THE LIVING DEB (which was also funded here on Kickstarter).  

My partner in this new adventure is the brilliant artist illustrator and muscian, Bob Tkacik.

Kickstarter is an amazing platform to connect creators (that's us!) with fans (like YOU!) who want to play a part in the making of their own entertainment. (You do, don't you?)  This crowd-sourced graphic novel is an important first-step to launch the "Summer of '74" political satire-parody, and we want you guys to be a part of the journey.  By supporting us now and pre-ordering Book One, there are some really amazing rewards and ways that you can not only get the book, but be a part of its evolution, and be one of the very first to help birth SUMMER OF '74: BOOK ONE.

 Here are some of my favorites... 

I don't want to get ahead of myself, but if we can meet the goal and BEYOND we are going to be making even more stories, and I'd really love to give you all of that too. Stay tuned for updates and STRETCH GOALS.

So please join us and our incredible team of Super Friends and LETS MAKE IT SO!!!

Please Pledge, Like and Share.

and

THANK YOU!  

DISCLAIMER: SUMMER OF '74 is a comic parody under the definitions of "fair use" in US Copyright law, used here to both critique and comment upon modern pop-culture stories, characters and tropes themselves while also using the archetypes which appear in pop-culture to comment upon the culture that created them and on society at large, in the present and the past.  The authors of this work have no intention to, nor have they, infringe(d) upon any other artist's copyright-protected materials. 

Risks and challenges

PRODUCTION:
This project is 7 years in the making. We have written the entire series, based on a stageplay, and have nearly completed production on issue#1. Your support on Kickstarter will allow us to finish the remaining issues, color and print the books and share it with the world. I have produced 3 feature films so I know how to manage a team and deliver a product on budget.

DEADLINE:
We have built our production schedule with plenty of time to deliver in December 2019 for the two-issue book. Should we all be lucky enough to unlock the additional issue 3 and add it to Book One we should still be able to make our deadline. We will be providing regular updates after the campaign and throughout the production and printing process.

PRINTING:
We have a great relationship with an amazing printer right here in the USA, and have colleagues who have used them many times with a mind blowing quick turnaround. We have no doubts about the quality of the printed final product.

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    SUMMER OF '74 - ISSUE #1 DIGITAL

    INTERNATIONAL EDITION
    ◊ The 20 page comic is available in ENGLISH, SPANISH, FRENCH, JAPANESE, GERMAN, PORTUGUESE and NORWEGIAN.
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    SUMMER OF '74 - Book 1: DIGITAL

    SUMMER OF '74: BOOK ONE digital pdf.
    ◊ The first two chapters in the epic Summer saga. 50+ pages in color.
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    SUMMER OF '74: BOOK ONE

    ◊ The first two chapters in the epic Summer saga perfect bound in a 60+ page book, in color, signed. Your name in the book as a thanks for your support!

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    SUMMER OF'74: BOOK ONE - LIAM SCHEFF

    ◊ A special, limited edition BOOK ONE with variant cover by Liam Scheff.
    ◊ This is Liam's original promotional art from 2012. Each book will be numbered / signed by co-creator S.C.V.Taylor.

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    SUMMER OF '74: BOOK ONE - KINCAID COVER

    ◊ A special, limited edition BOOK ONE with variant cover by Jason Kincaid.

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    May the 4th Special - ALL MONTH

    May the 4th be with you!! Our love for the Fourth can't be limited to a single day.
    ◊ SUMMER OF '74 BOOK ONE, signed
    ◊ A S'74 T-shirt featuring those characters you love with a new fun twist. An 11x17 print from the variant covers or the Pin-ups (you choose).
    ◊ And we'll ship you the limited 8-page teaser comic in JULY in advance, for those of you who can't wait until the the full book ships.

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    • S'74 T-Shirt
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    Especial Cinco de Mayo - LIMITADO

    Felicidades amigos! In celebration of Mexican Independence (which is Sep. 16th) get SUMMER OF '74 BOOK ONE (English), and VERANO DEL '74 LIBRO 1: DIGITAL EN ESPAÑOL. (If the printed copy of LIBRO UNO EN ESPAÑOL is unlocked you can choose to switch books.)
    ◊ Plus a T-shirt featuring our REBEL PRINCESS, and we will ship you the limited 8-page teaser comic in JULY/JULIO in advance, for those of you who can't wait until the the full book ships.
    Virutas de embalaje!

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    IN THE SUMMER OF... '74

    SUMMER OF '74 BOOK ONE, signed.
    Get ready for summer in style with a limited edition S'74 T-shirt featuring those characters you love with a new fun twist. An Enamel pin perfect for your jeans jacket. A NIXON campaign button to show the Dark Lord some love, and a die-cut Sticker for your bumper.

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    • S'74 T-Shirt
    • S'74 Enamel Pin
    • S'74 Button - Nixon
    • S'74 Die-cut sticker
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    S'74 - ALL THE BOOKS

    Care to Share S'74 with your loved ones? Maybe you just like variety.
    ◊ Get three print copies of SUMMER OF '74 BOOK ONE: Tkacik (signed), Liam Scheff variant cover (signed/numbered) and Jason Kincaid variant cover.
    ◊ We'll throw in the digital Comic in both English and Spanish - Get the whole set!
    ◊ Plus a bonus S'74 sticker for your van.

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    • S'74 Book One - Signed
    • S'74 BOOK ONE - Liam Scheff Cover
    • S'74 Book One: Kincaid Cover
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    S'74 BOOK ONE w/ alt. Sketch Cover

    ◊ Get SUMMER OF '74 BOOK ONE, signed, and a bonus 8-page teaser comic with a Sketch Cover by Bob Tkacik. Tell us which character and Bob will draw a bust just for you. And we will send you the Sketch Cover teaser comic in summer/fall several months before Book One ships.
    ◊ If you would like a second character please add $65 ($190 total).
    ◊ Available in ENGLISH and SPANISH.

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    S'74: BOOK ONE: LIAM SCHEFF MYSTERY BOX

    ◊ A special, limited edition BOOK ONE with variant cover by Liam Scheff. This is Liam's original promotional art from 2012. Each book will be numbered / signed by co-creator S.C.V.Taylor.

    ◊ A very special T-Shirt (Liam's idea) finally realized. ◊ A paperback copy of Liam's books OFFICIAL STORIES (deconstructing modern myths) and THE TRUTH ABOUT LOVE (a novella). ◊ A copy of the 2013 stageplay signed by co-author S.C.V. Taylor. ◊ NIXON's reelection campaign button (feat. Liam's Nixon) ◊ Two random prints from Liam's drawings for the 2012 comic.

    ◊ Plus a bonus MYSTERY ITEM from Liam's boxes in the attic - it could be a print from his comic "The Geneticals", educational posters for "The Oil Alarm" or a DVD of "The Wire."

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    • S'74 Book One: Liam Scheff Cover
    • Liam Scheff's "Official Stories" book
    • Liam Scheff's "The Truth About Love" Novela
    • S'74 T-Shirt
    • 11x17 print - variant covers & pin-ups
    • S'74 Button - Nixon
    • Liam Scheff Mystery Item
    • Your name in the book
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    YOU CAN BE IN THE BOOK!

    Are you ready for your cameo?
    ◊ We'll draw you in as a background character on Main Street or Mo Isley's truck stop or a patron at Bopa Phett's Curry Palace, and immortalize you forever.
    ◊ Includes the original pencil sketch of you from artist Bob Tkacik and an 8.5x11 signed print of your page in the comic.

    Includes:
    • Your face in the book!
    • Original pencil sketch
    • Your page from the book - signed
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    YOUR BUSINESS NAME/SIGN IN THE BOOK

    ◊ We will draw your business into the book as a billboard along the highway, flyer/poster on a wall, T-shirt or vehicle (delivery truck, etc) at Mo Isley’s Desert Truckstop and Cantina.
    ◊ Includes an 8.5x11 signed print of your page in the comic.
    ◊ 4 Copies of S'74 Book One for employees, friends or gifts.
    ◊ And buy as many additional copies of Book One as you like at $20 ea. (includes shipping).

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    Original Art by Bob Tkacik + Book One

    ◊ Get an unique 11x17 art print with YOU and up to 3 characters from the S'74 Barstow-a-verse - Hansel, Princes, Chuey, maybe Doctor Xiu Hu. Its up to you. Who? No Xiu. (or 4 characters total, if you prefer not to be drawn)
    ◊ Plus get BOOK ONE with Bob Tkacik cover and one each: sticker, button, and T-shirt. (Choose from several designs.)

    Includes:
    • Personalized Digital Print - Signed
    • S'74 Book One - Signed
    • S'74 Button - Nixon
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    ADVERTISE YOUR BUSINESS IN THE BOOK

    ◊ PLACE A HALF-PAGE AD for YOUR BUSINESS in S'74 BOOK ONE in the classifieds, alongside ads for the Empire Banana Company and the Djiouwaski Salvage Yard.
    ◊ Includes an 11x17 signed print of your ad page from the comic.
    ◊ 6 Copies of S'74 Book One for employees, friends or gifts. Buy as many additional copies of Book One as you like at $20 ea. (includes shipping).
    ◊ USA only (at launch). *Other countries inquire directly for shipping rates, digital-only rates, or for the Spanish-language printed Book One (if unlocked).

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    • Your page from the book - signed
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    YOU CAN COSPLAY IN THE BOOK!

    ◊ Do you have a favorite pop-culture character? Tell us who and we'll draw YOU as some version of that character into the Barstow-a-verse. You've never COSPLAYED like this before! Depending on the character/story you could be a featured character and even interact with our main heroes. Who knows, you may become a fan-favorite with your own spin-off story.

    ◊ Includes the original pencil sketch of you from artist Bob Tkacik and an 11x17 signed print of your page in the comic.

    ◊ And get 5 exclusive collectable CHARACTER CARDS (like baseball cards) describing your backstory in the Barstow-a-verse, special skills and relationship to the main characters.

    Includes:
    • YOU get to COSPLAY in the Barstow-a-verse!
    • Original pencil sketch
    • Your page from the book - signed
    • S'74 Book One - Signed
    • Your S'74 Cosplay Character's Trading Cards
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    UNIVERSAL TRANSLATOR - Unlock Languages

    ◊ You can help us reach a worldwide audience and RECEIVE ALL THE CREDIT. Choose which language to add to our digital library and see MADE POSSIBLE BY: YOUR NAME in the credits next to the artists, creators and translators. Choose: Russian, Arabic, Farsi, Chinese, Tagalog... you tell us! (At launch digital Issue#1 will be available in Spanish, French, German, Portuguese, Japanese and Norwegian. You can also help us unlock those languages in digital issue #2 and issue #3).
    ◊ Get S'74: BOOK ONE in English and one each: sticker, button, and T-shirt.
    ◊ Plus we'll send you every version of the comic digitally in every language (even ones that unlock after your pledge).

    Includes:
    • S'74 Book One - Signed
    • Your name in the book
    • S'74 T-Shirt
    • S'74 Die-cut sticker
    • S'74 Button
    • Multiple Languages available
    • S'74 Libro 1: Digital - ESPAÑOL
    • Every Digital Comic - Mutliple Languages
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    Writers - Script Consult + Book One

    Are you a writer?
    ◊ Get a one-on-one consult of your script, comic book or book idea with S'74 Co-Creator, Writer and Producer S.C.V.Taylor. I have written over 50 scripts for TV, film and comics and produced 3 feature films. Let me help you take your script (or project) to the next level.

    ◊ Also get exclusive early access to the SUMMER OF '74 writing process, 7 years in the making, along with BOOK ONE signed, a signed copy of the script for S'74 BOOK ONE and a T-shirt.

    Includes:
    • Professional Script Consult with S'74 Co-Creator
    • S'74 Comic Script - Signed
    • S'74 Book One - Signed
    • S'74 T-Shirt
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    DRAW YOUR BUSINESS ON MAIN ST. BARSTOW

    ◊ Draw your shop into downtown Barstow, right next to the Degas Bar and Twin Sons’ Tattoo. This would make you a permanent addition to the Barstow-a-verse in future books.
    ◊ Includes an 11x17 signed print of your page in the comic.
    ◊ 10 Copies of S'74 Book One for employees, friends or gifts. Buy as many additional copies of Book One as you like at $20 ea. (includes shipping)

    ◊ We can even DRAW YOU AS THE PROPRIETOR OF YOUR SHOP or another person of your choice (like your Mom or Grandma in all her 1974 glory). To elect this upgrade please add $200 to your pledge ($800 total). And with the $800 pledge you will also get 5 exclusive collectable CHARACTER TRADING CARDS (like baseball cards) describing your backstory in the Barstow-a-verse, special skills and relationship to the main characters.

    Includes:
    • Your business in the book!
    • Your page from the book - signed
    • 10× S'74 Book One - Signed
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    100% CUSTOM VARIANT COVER

    ◊ YOUR VERY OWN VARIANT COVER. You could have a 100% custom SUMMER OF '74: BOOK ONE w/ VARIANT COVER for yourself, your comic shop, your convention, your online store, your sorority, whatever you want. This version of the book will be available ONLY to you, to do with as you please. Are you an artist? You could draw the cover. Do you have a friend who is an artist? They could draw the cover. Do you have a favorite SUMMER OF '74 pin-up? We can ask the artist if they'd be willing to have their art grace your EXCLUSIVE VARIANT COVER.

    ◊ Comes with 50 signed copies of SUMMER OF '74: BOOK ONE with YOUR COVER. You also have the option to buy as many copies as you'd like at $10 a copy. Sell them for $30.

    ◊ WHAT ABOUT BOB? If you'd like Bob Tkacik to draw and color your EXCLUSIVE VARIANT COVER design, please increase your pledge by $750. (This reward does not include original artwork.)

    ◊ Limited to 4. USA only.

    Includes:
    • 50 COPIES OF YOUR EXCLUSIVE CUSTOM VARIANT COVER
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    YOUR VERY OWN "S'74" SIDE-STORY COMIC

    ◊ Have you always wanted to be the star of your own comic book? Do you have a favorite pop-culture character? Tell us who and we'll draw YOU as some version of that character into the Barstow-a-verse and GIVE YOU YOUR OWN SIDE-STORY in a NEW 12 PAGE COMIC set during the events of SUMMER OF '74.

    ◊ Go halfsies with a friend or two. We'll create up to 3 original character designs and backstories into your unique story, which will become part of the canon of the Barstow Saga. And if its funny enough, you may find yourself in a future episode.

    INCLUDES:
    ◊ 50 copies of your 12 page full color comic.
    ◊ An original pencil sketch of the new character(s) from the artist.
    ◊ One of each item: T-shirt, sticker, pin and button.
    ◊ We'll create an exclusive collectable CHARACTER TRADING CARD with your character's backstory in the Barstow-a-verse, and send you 10 copies (give one to your mom!)

    Includes:
    • 50× Your very own side-story comic in the Barstow Saga
    • YOU get to COSPLAY in the Barstow-a-verse!
    • 10× Your S'74 Cosplay Character's Trading Cards
    • Original pencil sketch
    • S'74 Book One - Signed
    • S'74 T-Shirt
    • S'74 Enamel Pin
    • S'74 Die-cut sticker
    • S'74 Button - Nixon
    • Your name in the book
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    SUMMER OF '74: BOOK 1 (Early Bird)

    ◊ Grab the "Early Bird" discount and your copy of BOOK ONE will be signed and numbered, so your early adopter support will pay off.
    ◊ Limited to 24.

    Includes:
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    • S'74: Book One Digital
    • Your name in the book
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    May the 4th Special - LIMITED

    May the 4th be with you!!
    ◊ SUMMER OF '74 BOOK ONE, signed, with a S'74 T-shirt featuring those characters you love with a new fun twist.
    ◊ And we'll ship you the limited 8-page teaser comic in JULY in advance, for those of you who can't wait until the the full book ships.

    Includes:
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    • S'74 T-Shirt
    • Teaser Comic (8p) - signed
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    YOU CAN COSPLAY IN THE BOOK!

    ◊ Do you have a favorite pop-culture character? Tell us who and we'll draw YOU as some version of that character into the Barstow-a-verse. You've never COSPLAYED like this before! Depending on the character/story you could be a featured character and even interact with our main heroes. Who knows, you may become a fan-favorite with your own spin-off story.

    ◊ Includes the original pencil sketch of you from artist Bob Tkacik and an 11x17 signed print of your page in the comic.

    ◊ And get 5 exclusive collectable CHARACTER CARDS (like baseball cards) describing your backstory in the Barstow-a-verse, special skills and relationship to the main characters.

    Includes:
    • YOU get to COSPLAY in the Barstow-a-verse!
    • Original pencil sketch
    • Your page from the book - signed
    • S'74 Book One - Signed
    • Your S'74 Cosplay Character's Trading Cards
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