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About this project

It is The Future. In the years following World War III, a collapsed Soviet Union drags the European Union into an economic whirlpool while the United States reels from the destruction of its Pacific coast in a nuclear campaign that cost 80 million lives. Megacorporations have risen to help re-develop these irradiated zones; the first settlement is called Metropolis One, built in the remnants of Los Angeles.

Life in Metropolis One is stable until the arrival of a terrorist named Deity Marvelous, a woman who threatens to destroy every human male from the chromosome up with a destructive new virus called the MAle NEgation And TERrorizing Agent or MANEATER. The Metropolis One Police Department springs into the action, sending gifted young detective Ram Crasher to investigate. Can Crasher stop Marvelous from unleashing the virus and destroying mankind? 

Origins

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MANEATER has an interesting origin. For many months - and for absolutely no reason - I dreamt of a storyline that would fit a movie based on Penny Arcade's Automata. Inspired by Christopher Nolan's The Dark Knight, I built a story around a rogue, seemingly unstoppable agent of evil and set it on a bed of science-fiction that I grew up with - from Star Trek to Blade Runner and Galaxy Rangers framed in a universe tinged with Cold-War-gone-Hot themes. I developed MANEATER for many months, pondering the best way to bring this story to life and decided on a five-issue comic/graphic novel. I also have a passion for strong female characters and decided both the series' protagonist and antagonist should both be women; the misandrynous plot simply unspooled from there.

From modern pop to new wave, music also has a continuing role in shaping MANEATER. If you're a Spotify subscriber, you can click here to listen to the continually-evolving MANEATER playlist.

Characters

Because the graphic novel is being created as five separate issues first, backers won't have to wait long for rewards to start rolling in. We anticipate it will take 6-8 weeks to complete each comic and we will send it to you as soon as possible. These will be special digital editions available DRM-free and only to our backers. After a month of release, these individual issues will become available through a variety of digital comic outlets, but in an obviously less-special arrangement. (We're saving the fourth comic panel for a special Level 5 or 6 backer who closest fits the qualifications of a main character. It could be you! *points*)

Early production draft, page 1
Early production draft, page 1
Early production draft, page 2
Early production draft, page 2

Writer/Designer N "Nick" PFEIFER - @TerranCEO - writes for FleshEatingZipper and loves science-fiction, X-COM: UFO Defense, and the newest Big Black Delta album. He's been a freelance designer for over a decade and has the terribly unexciting habit of pointing out bad kerning. Back in The Day, he used to animate on Newgrounds and created a little film called Zero Wing.

Artist C R "Cody" Meyer - @Orzene - has been drawing since he was three years old. When he doesn't dream of cyberpunk and Deus Ex, he works for commissions and fun. You can see a lot more in his portfolio, but his skills speak for themselves:

Costs

ALL BACKERS will receive the MANEATER DIGITAL ACCESSORY PACK. Here's what's inside:

  • FIVE Production Podcasts to be recorded around the time of each new comic's release. They'll be SPOILERTASTIC and WONDERFUL. LEVEL 3 backers and up get theirs a week early and LEVEL 5 backers will be able to participate in them!
  • High-resolution copies of all five character action shots (including the one as-yet determined)
  • High-resolution copies of all five character covers (including the one as-yet determined)
  • Digital wallpapers

The chart below highlights our reward tiers and all the cool stuff that comes at each level.

VIDEO CREDIT: All images and IPs belong to their respective holders. Music by Ben Anderson

Risks and challenges

MANEATER's story is complete, but the hard work - making a complete, 120-page full-color graphic novel - is the journey ahead. As with all things creative, this time may fluctuate. While we don't anticipate any shift in the timetables for better or worse (although preferably for the better!), it's entirely possible they may slip as we create MANEATER: The Fall Of Mankind just the way we like it.

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    ===LEVEL 1: BACKER===

    Receive a SPECIAL THANKS credit in every standalone edition of MANEATER as well as the FIRST ISSUE digitally as a month-long exclusive.

    Includes MANEATER DIGITAL ACCESSORY PACK.

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    ===LEVEL 2: HACKER===

    Receive a SPECIAL THANKS credit in every standalone edition of MANEATER as well as ALL FIVE ISSUES plus the COMPLETE GRAPHIC NOVEL EDITION of MANEATER digitally as a month-long exclusive.

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    ===LEVEL 3: BENEFACTOR===

    All previous rewards PLUS the PRODUCTION PODCASTS as a WEEK-LONG EXCLUSIVE and a BENEFACTOR credit in every standalone edition of MANEATER.

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    ===LEVEL 4: CREATIVE===

    All LEVEL 3 rewards PLUS you will be able to contribute a 10-word string (to be evaluated on a case-by-case basis) that we will fit somewhere in the MANEATER graphic novel, whether as dialogue or an in-world element, and you will be credited for ADDITIONAL WRITING.

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    ===LEVEL 5: HEAVY BOSS===

    All LEVEL 1-3 rewards PLUS we will include your likeness in the graphic novel and you will be credited as a MODEL.

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    ===LEVEL 6: COMMISSIONER===

    All LEVEL 1-4 rewards PLUS an EXECUTIVE PRODUCER credit and a LIMITED RUN HARDCOVER "Executive Producer" EDITION signed by us. We will also arrange to include you in one of our five PRODUCTION PODCASTS via Skype!

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