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A brand new comics anthology exploring the psychology of VILLAINS in sixteen gorgeous original stories!
A brand new comics anthology exploring the psychology of VILLAINS in fifteen gorgeous original stories!
A brand new comics anthology exploring the psychology of VILLAINS in fifteen gorgeous original stories!
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For everyone who likes to explore the dark side, VERTOSCOPE is an all-new original comics anthology that specializes in beasts, villains, and shadows. From the ravenous werewolf to the schoolyard bully, VERTOSCOPE seeks to tell stories that bypass shiny heroes and get behind the lens of those who do wrong. Editors and comic artists Nechama Frier and Ten Van Winkle are proud to unveil this graphic novel anthology featuring twenty-two creators presenting sixteen psychological shorts focused on the theme “antagonist as protagonist”.

Creators are often encouraged to the point of tedium to create protagonists that are likable, relatable, and possessed of redeeming qualities. Those are the basics. But sometimes, having a complex, realistic character takes you in a direction opposite of “good guy”. VERTOSCOPE is for a particular kind of reader that chases that complexity. This anthology is brought to you by creators who have sat through dozens of movies, books, and comics falling in love with the despicable characters. We don't hate the hero or happy ending, but straightforward stories about a good person are easy to find. VERTOSCOPE is for readers who crave the challenge of understanding someone immoral, and who exorcise their own demons by watching someone else live them out. They allow space for the darkness inside of them and grow from investigating it through fiction.

The VERTOSCOPE anthology will be a 200 page softcover graphic novel that intimately explores a diverse set of villains from a range of genres. There are countless stories for readers who want to watch a hero become the best version of themselves. For those who want to see the best of the bad, there's VERTOSCOPE.

The VERTOSCOPE stories are brought to you by:

[Riven Seal, Lesser Key Sudios]
[Riven Seal, Lesser Key Sudios]
Ama's VERTOSCOPE story "Witchweed"
Ama's VERTOSCOPE story "Witchweed"
[Out of the Woods]
[Out of the Woods]
Ashley's VERTOSCOPE story - "The Devil's Pupil"
Ashley's VERTOSCOPE story - "The Devil's Pupil"
Emilee's VERTOSCOPE submission "Tails"
Emilee's VERTOSCOPE submission "Tails"
ENOCH's VERTOSCOPE submission "The Bear and the Jester"
ENOCH's VERTOSCOPE submission "The Bear and the Jester"
[Justice is Nocturnal, Fickle Red, WAKE, Wolf Wears Wool]
[Justice is Nocturnal, Fickle Red, WAKE, Wolf Wears Wool]
Team FATE's VERTOSCOPE submission "Bear My Teeth"
Team FATE's VERTOSCOPE submission "Bear My Teeth"
[DATES, Red Riding Wolf]
[DATES, Red Riding Wolf]
Grace's VERTOSCOPE submission "Taming You"
Grace's VERTOSCOPE submission "Taming You"
[Vestige]
[Vestige]
[Dietroit]
[Dietroit]
H. Preece and A. Lee's VERTOSCOPE submission "The Wonderful World of Wasps"
H. Preece and A. Lee's VERTOSCOPE submission "The Wonderful World of Wasps"
[Camodad]
[Camodad]
[Fresh Romance, Filthy Figments, Smut Peddler]
[Fresh Romance, Filthy Figments, Smut Peddler]
Sarah W Searle and Hannah Krieger's VERTOSCOPE submission "Breakfast in Bed"
Sarah W Searle and Hannah Krieger's VERTOSCOPE submission "Breakfast in Bed"
[Knights Errant, Starling, Smut Peddler]
[Knights Errant, Starling, Smut Peddler]
Jenn Doyle and Ursula Wood's VERTOSCOPE submission "Coping Mechanism"
Jenn Doyle and Ursula Wood's VERTOSCOPE submission "Coping Mechanism"
[Beaver Teeth, The Cave, Oh Joy Sex Toy]
[Beaver Teeth, The Cave, Oh Joy Sex Toy]
Mady G's VERTOSCOPE submission "The Devil's Dentist"
Mady G's VERTOSCOPE submission "The Devil's Dentist"
[Godsend, Sleep of Reason, Spera]
[Godsend, Sleep of Reason, Spera]
[Red Rabbit, Smut Peddler]
[Red Rabbit, Smut Peddler]
Nechama's VERTOSCOPE submission "C-259"
Nechama's VERTOSCOPE submission "C-259"
[Riven Seal, Lesser Key Studios]
[Riven Seal, Lesser Key Studios]
One of Two's VERTOSCOPE submission "Tincture"
One of Two's VERTOSCOPE submission "Tincture"
[The Toad King]
[The Toad King]
Sey Vee's VERTOSCOPE submission "The House of the Immaculate"
Sey Vee's VERTOSCOPE submission "The House of the Immaculate"
[Bloody Roger, Masks, Disconnect]
[Bloody Roger, Masks, Disconnect]
[Final Arcanum, Runewriters, Mouthful of Toast]
[Final Arcanum, Runewriters, Mouthful of Toast]
Stowell/Stober/Shazz's VERTOSCOPE submission "Striker"
Stowell/Stober/Shazz's VERTOSCOPE submission "Striker"

Our initial goal of $20,000 dollars will cover a 1000 copy print run of VERTOSCOPE plus payment AND the first $50 bonus for each contributing team.

Here's the breakdown:

VERTOSCOPE Estimated Fees
VERTOSCOPE Estimated Fees
  • $22,000 - Each contributing team gets a $100 bonus!
  • $24,000 - FIRST STRETCH GOAL - print run goes from 1000 to 3000, and each contributing team gets a $150 bonus!
  • $26,000 - Each contributing team gets a $200 bonus!
  • $28,000 - Each contributing team gets a $250 bonus!
  • $30,000 - SECOND STRETCH GOAL - an additional story by CHRIS KINDRED will be added to the anthology, plus all artist bonuses go up to $300!

Artist bonuses will increase (with no limit) each $2,000 the campaign makes! The more the campaign makes, the more our artists make - this is all about rewarding our creators for their beautiful art!

$10 - PDF - an ebook of VERTOSCOPE.

$25 - VERTOSCOPE - both an ebook and softcover copy of the VERTOSCOPE anthology.

*NEW* $35 - JOANNA ESTEP MINI PRINTS - an ebook and softcover copy of the VERTOSCOPE anthology, PLUS a set of four dark mini prints (4x6) by Joanna Estep!

*NEW* $50 - JOANNA ESTEP PRINTS - an ebook and softcover copy of the VERTOSCOPE anthology, PLUS Joanna Estep's four prints in portrait (8x10) size!

$60 - RETAIL SPECIAL - an ebook and FIVE softcover copies of VERTOSCOPE - we will verify that you are associated with a retail location before shipping.

*Updated* $60 - STRIKER Inks - A PDF and softcover copy of VERTOSCOPE - PLUS an original page of Shazzbaa's "STRIKER" inks, selected at random.

STRIKER Inks
STRIKER Inks

*NEW* $100 - TAILS - A PDF and softcover copy of VERTOSCOPE - PLUS an original page of Emilee McGlory's VERTOSCOPE submission "Tails", selected at random.

$100 - C-259 - A PDF and softcover copy of VERTOSCOPE - PLUS an original page of Nechama Frier's VERTOSCOPE submission "C-259", selected at random.

$100 - STRIKER Pencils - A PDF and softcover copy of VERTOSCOPE - PLUS an original page of Steph Stober's "STRIKER" pencils, selected at random.

STRIKER Pencils
STRIKER Pencils

$100 - BEAR MY TEETH - A PDF and softcover copy of VERTOSCOPE - PLUS an original page of team FATE's VERTOSCOPE submission "BEAR MY TEETH", selected at random.

*NEW* $125 - EMILEE MCGLORY COMMISSION - A PDF and softcover copy of VERTOSCOPE - PLUS a custom commission from EMILEE MCGLORY. These will be 8.5x11 ink drawings, mailed to the commissioner.

Emilee Commission Example
Emilee Commission Example

$125 - SEY VEE COMMISSION - A PDF and softcover copy of VERTOSCOPE - PLUS a custom commission from SEY VEE. These will be full color, created digitally and delivered as 8.5x11 high-resolution files to the commissioner.

Sey Vee Commission Example
Sey Vee Commission Example

$125 - GRACE PARK COMMISSION - A PDF and softcover copy of VERTOSCOPE - PLUS a custom commission request from GRACE PARK. These will be 8.5x11 ink drawings mailed to the commissioner.

Grace Commission Example
Grace Commission Example

$125 - SOLTIAN COMMISSION - A PDF and softcover copy of VERTOSCOPE - PLUS a custom commission request from NECHAMA ["SOLTIAN"] FRIER. These will be 6x9 watercolor paintings mailed to the commissioner.

Nechama Commission Example
Nechama Commission Example

$110 - RETAIL SPECIAL DOUBLE DOWN - a PDF and TEN softcover copies of VERTOSCOPE. This offer is only available to retailers, we will verify your shop association before shipping.

$1,000 - COMICS ROYALTY- A PDF and softcover copy of VERTOSCOPE - PLUS a five-page COMIC commission request from NECHAMA ["SOLTIAN"] FRIER. The pages will be black and white with gray tones, and includes a full-color watercolor cover, with all original art shipped to you. Nechama is an accomplished comics professional who specializes in not only the spooky but the smutty, so NOW'S THE TIME TO LET YOUR IMAGINATION RUN WILD.

Risks and challenges

While this is the first Kickstarter campaign Ten and I have put together, this is not our first fulfillment of a group-funded and collaborative project. We have carefully researched our funding and time-frame needs based on quotes from the printer we plan to use, shipping methods worldwide, and advice from other highly successful self-publishers. Typical problems that can arise might occur in printing, damage to shipments, and above all, unexpected delays.

If any delays DO occur, Ten and I will make sure to notify all affected backers about what caused the delay and what the new estimated delivery date will be. Under no circumstances will we allow communication to drop, or fulfillment of a promised reward to be disregarded. As long as the campaign is fully funded, Ten and I see that as a contract between ourselves as the editors and you as the backer to make sure the promised fulfillment is delivered in good condition.

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