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A 28-page sci-fi comic book. When these seasoned soldiers deserted the war, they never expected to find themselves trapped in a zoo.
A 28-page sci-fi comic book. When these seasoned soldiers deserted the war, they never expected to find themselves trapped in a zoo.
A 28-page sci-fi comic book. When these seasoned soldiers deserted the war, they never expected to find themselves trapped in a zoo.
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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:

Menagerie Variant Cover A [Color In Progress, Ready May 5th]
Menagerie Variant Cover A [Color In Progress, Ready May 5th]
Menagerie #01 - Variant Cover B [Admira Wijaya]
Menagerie #01 - Variant Cover B [Admira Wijaya]
Menagerie #01 - Variant Cover C [Sean Damien Hill, Color in Progress]]]
Menagerie #01 - Variant Cover C [Sean Damien Hill, Color in Progress]]]
Menagerie #01 - Standard Cover [David Bautista & Sean Lee]
Menagerie #01 - Standard Cover [David Bautista & Sean Lee]
HELP US CONTINUE...?
HELP US CONTINUE...?

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.

$4500 Stretch Goal
$4500 Stretch Goal

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.

$5500 Stretch Goal
$5500 Stretch Goal

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.  

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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.

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    DIGITAL PACK

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    • PDF Menagerie Issue 01
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    [EARLY] BIRD IN THE HAND

    A printed copy of Menagerie plus the Digital Pack!

    Includes:
    • Menagerie Issue 01
    • Menagerie Kickstarter Exclusive Postcard
    • Menagerie Bookmark
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    BIRD IN THE HAND

    Printed, Signed Copy of Menagerie, the bookmark, the postcard, and the Digital Pack.

    Includes:
    • Menagerie Issue 01
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    MOST POPULAR

    Get the Printed Variant Cover, the Limited Edition Kickstarter Postcard, and the Bookmark, along with the PDF copy before it hits the printer.

    Includes:
    • Menagerie Issue 01 - Variant Cover A
    • Menagerie Issue 01
    • Menagerie Bookmark
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    RARE VARIANT COVER B

    Get the Printed Variant Cover B, the Limited Edition Kickstarter Postcard, and the Bookmark, along with the PDF copy before it hits the printer.

    Includes:
    • Menagerie Issue 01 - Variant Cover B
    • Menagerie Issue 01
    • Menagerie Bookmark
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    THE TIMOTHY LOOT LOCKER

    You'll get the first issue of Menagerie (Regular Cover) along with Alt Control Delete #1 (Regular Cover) along with a Menagerie Bookmark and Postcard.

    Wondering where this tier got its name? Well, let's just say it exists thanks to Timothy.

    Includes:
    • ACD Issue 01
    • Menagerie Issue 01
    • Menagerie Bookmark
    • Menagerie Kickstarter Exclusive Postcard
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    SEARCH AND RESCUE

    Get the Menagerie Postcard, a limited edition Kickstarter Postcard and the signed printed copy of Menagerie Issue #01.

    We'll also throw in a Signed Copy of Alt Control Delete #1 (Eddie Nuñez Cover)

    Includes:
    • ACD #01 - Variant Cover A by Eddie Nuñez (22 pages)
    • Menagerie Issue 01 - Variant Cover A
    • Menagerie Issue 01
    • Menagerie Kickstarter Exclusive Postcard
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    BOX OF ANOMALIES

    Menagerie Issue 01, plus the FIRST TWO Variant Covers: A & B.

    You'll also get a printed copy of Alt Control Delete #1 with cover by Eddie Nuñez plus the Menagerie Bookmark & Postcard.

    Includes:
    • Menagerie Issue 01 - Variant Cover B
    • ACD #01 - Variant Cover A by Eddie Nuñez (22 pages)
    • Menagerie Issue 01 - Variant Cover A
    • Menagerie Issue 01
    • Menagerie Kickstarter Exclusive Postcard
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    VARIANT COVER COLLECTION

    Trying to keep it simple, but you all know exactly what you want and aren't afraid to ask.

    You'll get all Variant Covers of Menagerie, the Menagerie Bookmark and Postcard and the digital rewards.

    Includes:
    • Menagerie Issue 01
    • Menagerie Issue 01 - Variant Cover A
    • Menagerie Issue 01 - Variant Cover B
    • Menagerie Issue 01 - Variant Cover C
    • Menagerie Bookmark
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    PANDORA'S BRAIN

    Go behind the comics and have a skype session with the creator to talk business, comics, film, storytelling or any other aspect of entertainment for 30 minutes! Feel free to use this time to get some unfiltered advice about the process or to pick the creator's brain a bit for your own project.

    You'll also get a copy of the book, signed by Ramón, the bookmark and postcard.

    Includes:
    • 30 Min Skype with the Creator
    • Menagerie Issue 01 - Variant Cover A
    • Menagerie Issue 01
    • PDF Menagerie Issue 01
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    DEATH CAMEO

    So you want your beautiful face to live on forever in a gorgeous comic book?

    Your likeness will be used to model a character in Issue 01 that dies a terrible death in a future issue of Menagerie.

    You also get two printed signed copies of Menagerie Issue 01 and the Digital Rewards.

    Includes:
    • Be Featured as a Support Character in Issue 01. Die later.
    • Menagerie Issue 01
    • Menagerie Bookmark
    • Menagerie Kickstarter Exclusive Postcard
    • PDF Menagerie Issue 01
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    STAR ROLE, RARE VARIANT & EXEC PRODUCER

    Have yourself or a friend drawn in as a character with a speaking role in Menagerie Issue #1. This is a speaking role that will come back in Issue #2 & #3

    Additionally, you'll receive a signed one-of-a-kind Kickstarter exclusive print of your own character's sketched concept art along with a brief bio about your character.

    You'll also receive a limited edition copy of the script signed by Ramón with a personalized note, the bookmark, the postcard, a signed copy of Menagerie #1, Variant Cover A by David Bautista & Sean Lee, the VERY LIMITED Variant Cover B, and an early PDF digital release of the comic.

    The icing on the cake is you also get Executive producer credit on the book.

    Includes:
    • Character with a Speaking Role in Menagerie Issue 01
    • Original Character Concept Sketch
    • Executive Producer Credit in Menagerie Issue 01
    • Menagerie Issue 01 - Variant Cover A
    • Menagerie Issue 01 - Variant Cover B
    • Menagerie Issue 01
    • Menagerie Bookmark
    • Menagerie Kickstarter Exclusive Postcard
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    COLLECTOR'S CACHE & EXEC PRODUCER

    You've done it.

    We owe you a great debt - so we'll repay you the only way we know how: immortalize you in print. We'll make a great comic with your face in it. A character with your likeness will be featured with a speaking role in Menagerie #01. Your character will also make another appearance in Issue #2 with a few more lines.

    You'll get Executive Producer credit for Issue #01 of Menagerie too. After all, you're shelling out a little extra to make sure this book gets finished.

    You're saving us a lot of time in getting this story complete. You're officially our hero, so we will also give you our undying appreciation and lots of cool stuff for as long as we keep creating it.

    You'll be gifted with a one-of-a-kind collectible, to be revealed upon the closing of the Kickstarter. Maybe it's a figurine or perhaps a statuette, a plush pillow, or a coffee mug with your character's face.... who knows?

    We can promise you this: It will be something you can proudly put on a collectibles shelf and it will be the only one of its kind! Ever!

    You'll also get Issue #01 Regular Cover, Variant Cover A, a few Menagerie Bookmarks & some Exclusive Postcards!

    Includes:
    • Menagerie One-of-a-Kind Collectible
    • Character with a Speaking Role in Menagerie Issue 01
    • Original Character Concept Sketch
    • Executive Producer Credit in Menagerie Issue 01
    • Menagerie Issue 01 - Variant Cover C
    • Menagerie Issue 01 - Variant Cover B
    • Menagerie Issue 01 - Variant Cover A
    • Menagerie Issue 01
    • Menagerie Bookmark
    • Menagerie Kickstarter Exclusive Postcard
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