We've decided to keep the rewards simple and focus on the book itself with just a handful of extras. We hope you like what you see.
We just want to get to the good stuff as much as you do. That means pages and pages of glorious art + story.
The first 10 pages are finished, but we need your help to finish the 28-page first issue.
The cover is being finished in gorgeous color by the insanely talented artist PeZ and will be ready by May 1st. Production is already in high gear with page 16 in progress and all the artists agreeing to continue working while we push toward our goal.
READ THE FIRST FEW PAGES NOW:
We've finished 10 pages of the book already, but we don't want to give it all away just yet...
Right now, we REALLY want to finish the last 18 pages and print this beautiful, stylized, sci-fi adventure about a group of people determined to survive in what some would call a death trap.
It's the introduction to what we hope will continue into 120+ pages of action-packed drama in a sci-fantasy setting. The first few pages keep us grounded and closer to home in a futuristic war zone, but the adventure really kicks off on page 12...
Besides being a comic book writer and creator, Ramon is a seasoned film producer and avid tech enthusiast, who plans to bring this book to life in a more visceral way.
We're working on a way to push the boundaries of storytelling, but first we need to publish the source material: our core story.
Creator/Writer/Editor - Ramon Govea (The Walking Dead: Road to Survival, Incidentals, Memoirs of a Starseed, Alt Control Delete)
Linework - David Monge Bautista
Color - Sean Lee
Letters - Toben Racicot
What kind of zoo would be dangerous enough to pose a threat to a highly trained search and rescue unit and a group of engineers and scientists?
An interplanetary zoo...
So, let us introduce you to some of the creatures you will meet. These have been created in the style of a journal entry in a book called "The Beastiarium," and will actually be collectible as our $4000 stretch goal.
So, why launch this on Kickstarter instead of taking these initial pages straight to our publishers?
Because it works! We get to flex our creative muscles without any corporate fingers in the mix. If it's good enough, we trust that the right publishing partner will gravitate toward us.
We've successfully launched books using Kickstarter before! When Black Mast Studios was still operational, you helped us hit our goal for finishing Alt Control Delete Issue 1. So, what better way than to kick off the first issue of Menagerie here?
And where does the money go?! It's simple. For full transparency, you can see the pie chart below. It accounts for every penny of the campaign!
Regardless of how many extra pages we are able to finish, the end of our first Issue is at 28 pages, so you'll basically get the first few pages of Act 2 (aka Issue 2) for your perusal if we get more pages funded.
Get an exclusive first look at several pages ripped from the strange traveling sketchbook of Doctor Alvin Portwind.
"Dr. Al's Beastiarium," as he fondly called it, holds a catalogue of some of the rarest species in the known universe as drawn by Dr. Alvin Portwind. You probably saw some of the preliminary concept art pages above.
Another case of you get what you pay for, hitting this stretch goal allows us to finish 10 more pages, for a grand total of 38 pages of story. Our 1st Act break will still take place after the first 28 pages.
If we can break past all of these stretch goals, we'll absolutely add more.
Risks and challenges
When it comes to making comics, we've learned that it only moves as fast as the art comes. For that reason, we've already finished 10 pages of the issue with just three team members and we are happy that the process has gone VERY smoothly.
The team we have in place is never late and always motivated to put their all into their work. The only delays we foresee would be on the printing side of things, but we're confident our printer will deliver our shipment within about 3-4 weeks as usual.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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