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The print edition of the acclaimed fantasy miniseries, plus a classic one-shot and bonus stories by some of today's hottest artists!
The print edition of the acclaimed fantasy miniseries, plus a classic one-shot and bonus stories by some of today's hottest artists!
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Past the Last Mountain is four-issue geopolitical fantasy comic about Kate the faun, Willa the dragon, and Simon the young troll boy, who find themselves on the run from the United States Government. You can read the first issue for free right now by going to www.paulallor.com/ptlm.

The original mini-series is completely done, and ran on Comixology earlier this year, published by Comics Experience. With your help, we are very excited to collect it in print!

Written by Paul Allor (Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles), with art and colors by Louie Joyce (Mishmash) over layouts by Gannon Beck (Space Corps), Past the Last Mountain is an exciting and emotional adventure story about the importance of hope and the power of kindness in an unkind world.

In addition to the original Past the Last Mountain mini-series, the book includes Orc Girl, a one-shot fantasy comic with art by Thomas Boatwright. Set in the same universe as Past the Last Mountain, Orc Girl is a sweet coming-of-age story that acclaimed comics writer Gail Simone called “funny, charming, bittersweet and moving; a perfect little comic, realized brilliantly.”

But that's not all! Along with Past the Last Mountain and Orc Girl, the book features twenty short comics drawn by twenty different artists, all set in the Past the Last Mountain universe. Basically, it's a mini-series, a one-shot and an anthology, all in one incredible book.

Past the Last Mountain artists and colorists include:

In addition to the book, everyone who pledges at the print level or higher receives this awesome print by series co-creator Louie Joyce.  

For a bit more, you'll also receive these amazing prints from contemporary watercolor painter Jody Edwards, who shows us how fantasy creatures might be painted if they were just an ordinary part of our everyday lives. And let's be honest -- these would look amazing on your wall.

For those who prefer to wear their art, we have two T-shirt designs available. The logo of the Westfield Penal Preserve, where these creatures live until their big escape; and a look at Simon the Troll Boy preparing for battle. 

These high-quality, silk-screened T-shirts are comfortable as heck, and are perfect for any situation, from a backyard barbecue to a comic convention to your cousin’s wedding. 

 We also have many other awesome rewards, including a digital book that contains the script for every issue and short story; a script critique by me; and original art by Louie Joyce, including a variant cover for your own comics project. 

You can learn more about each of these rewards on the right. And if you would like to customize a reward or discuss add-ons, please don't hesitate to reach out.

As you can tell, Louie and I are very proud of Past the Last Mountain, and we’re certain you’ll love it as much as we do. To support this incredible book, please look through the rewards and make your pledge now. Then, share this campaign with your friends, family and enemies over social media. Thank you for helping us make this awesome book a reality.

The first issue is available in its entirety at www.paulallor.com/ptlm, and the first eight pages are available below. We will also add pages from the PTLM shorts, throughout the campaign.

 

Paul Allor is a comic book writer, letterer and editor based in North-Central Indiana. He has worked on properties ranging from Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles to Guardians of the Galaxy to Bravest Warriors, as well as critically-acclaimed creator-owned books such as Tet, Past the Last Mountain and Strange Nation. He also writes Imagine a Chair, a weekly column on the craft of writing comics. You can reach him at paul@govtcomics.com, or follow him on Twitter @PaulAllor.

Louie Joyce is an Australian illustrator and comics creator. His illustration work has been exhibited internationally and his comics include The Many Harold Holts of Space & Time, Little Red, Astral and self published books MISHMASH & HODGEPODGE. His short comic The Corner Store was nominated for a 2014 Ledger Award and won the Ace Comics & Games 2013 Best Short Australian Comic prize. You can see more of his work at louiejoyce.com, get in touch with him at louiejoyce.art@gmail.com or follow him on Twitter @LouieJoyce.

 

Risks and challenges

There are always risks, but with both Past the Last Mountain and Orc Girl complete, and a crew of consummate professionals working on the shorts, we have very little doubt that this book will be in your hands quite soon. Unless a dragon attacks our printer.

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    ISSUE #1 DIGITAL

    A high-resolution, DRM-free PDF of Past the last Mountain Issue #1, along with the short comic "Prisoners," with art by Chris Evenhuis, and "Apex," with art by Eoin Marron and colors by Rebecca Nalty.

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    DIGITAL COMBO PACK

    A high-resolution, DRM-free PDF of the Past the Last Mountain trade paperback, as well as other books by the creative team: Clockwork, Strange Nation Issue #1, Space Corps, and Mishmash. More than 300 pages of digital content.

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    PRINT COPY + CREATURE PRINT

    This is it! A print copy of the Past the Last Mountain trade paperback, including the original mini-series, the critically-acclaimed one-shot Orc Girl and more than 80 pages of Past the Last Mountain shorts drawn by a crew of extraordinary artists.

    INCLUDES

    -- A copy of the 224-page Past the Last Mountain trade paperback
    -- A copy of the CREATURE PRINT by Louie Joyce
    -- the DIGITAL COMBO PACK

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    WATERCOLOR NATURE PRINT

    All previous rewards, plus your choice of one Watercolor Painting print by acclaimed nature artist Jody Edwards. These gorgeous paintings show fauns, goblins dragons and trolls in their natural habitat, and would look amazing on your wall.

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    -- A copy of the 224-page Past the Last Mountain trade paperback
    -- One WATERCOLOR PAINTING PRINT by Jodie Edwards
    -- A copy of the CREATURE PRINT by Louie Joyce
    -- the DIGITAL COMBO PACK

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    PRINT COPY WITH LOUIE HEAD SKETCH

    The standard $30 pledge, PLUS a head sketch by Louie Joyce, drawn into the book, of one of our main characters. To receive this, you can also add $10 to ANY reward above the $30 level.

    INCLUDES

    -- A copy of the 224-page Past the Last Mountain trade paperback
    -- A copy of the CREATURE PRINT by Louie Joyce
    -- the DIGITAL COMBO PACK
    -- A HEAD SKETCH by Louie Joyce

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    THE T-SHIRT

    The book and Creature Print, plus your choice of either the Westfield Logo or Simon the Troll Boy T-shirt. These are high quality silk-screened T-shirts, appropriate for a backyard barbecue, a day on the con floor or a formal wedding. Just trust us on that last one.

    INCLUDES

    -- A copy of the 224-page Past the Last Mountain trade paperback
    -- Your choice of a WESTFIELD or SIMON THE TROLL BOY T-shirt
    -- A copy of the CREATURE PRINT by Louie Joyce
    -- the DIGITAL COMBO PACK

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    FOR CREATORS! A DIGITAL SCRIPT BOOK

    In addition to the book. print and digital combo pack, you'll also get a DIGITAL SCRIPT BOOK featuring the original scripts of all four Past the Last Mountain issues, the Orc Girl one-shot and all of the shorts. This book will also feature a conversation on comics scripting between Paul Allor and fellow comics writer Ryan Lindsay, in which they dig deep into the craft of writing, tips for breaking in, and living that comics life (along with probably making fun of each other quite a bit).

    INCLUDES

    -- A copy of the 224-page Past the Last Mountain trade paperback
    -- The DIGITAL SCRIPT BOOK
    -- A copy of the CREATURE PRINT by Louie Joyce
    -- the DIGITAL COMBO PACK

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    DRAGON PAINTING #2

    A gorgeous dragon painting by artist Jody Edwards! See the rewards section on the left for more information.

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    -- A copy of the 224-page Past the Last Mountain trade paperback
    -- An original Dragon watercolor painting by Jody Edwards
    -- A copy of the CREATURE PRINT by Louie Joyce
    -- the DIGITAL COMBO PACK

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    FAUN PAINTINGS

    A gorgeous faun painting by artist Jody Edwards! See the rewards section on the left for more information.

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    -- A copy of the 224-page Past the Last Mountain trade paperback
    -- An original Faun watercolor painting by Jody Edwards
    -- A copy of the CREATURE PRINT by Louie Joyce
    -- the DIGITAL COMBO PACK

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    ORIGINAL CREATURES ART

    An original CREATURES SKETCH (with your choice of creature) by Past the Last Mountain artist Louie Joyce. Louie will make you a unique and gorgeous 11 by 17 drawing of whatever fantasy creature most tickles your fancy.

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    -- A copy of the 224-page Past the Last Mountain trade paperback
    -- Original CREATURES ART by Louie Joyce
    -- A copy of the CREATURE PRINT by Louie Joyce
    -- the DIGITAL COMBO PACK

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    ALL FOUR WATERCOLOR PRINTS

    A complete set of Jody Edwards' extraordinary watercolor nature prints, featuring fauns, goblins, dragons and trolls in their natural environment.

    INCLUDES

    -- A copy of the 224-page Past the Last Mountain trade paperback
    -- All four WATERCOLOR PRINTS by Jody Edwards
    -- A copy of the CREATURE PRINT by Louie Joyce
    -- the DIGITAL COMBO PACK

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    THE T(WO)-SHIRT

    The book and Creature Print, plus both the Westfield Logo and Simon the Troll Boy T-shirts. These are high quality silk-screened T-shirts, appropriate for a backyard barbecue, a day on the con floor or a formal wedding. Just trust us on that last one.

    INCLUDES

    -- A copy of the 224-page Past the Last Mountain trade paperback
    -- The WESTFIELD T-shirt
    -- The SIMON THE TROLL BOY T-shirt
    -- A copy of the CREATURE PRINT by Louie Joyce
    -- the DIGITAL COMBO PACK

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    PAUL ALLOR CREATOR OWNED PACK

    For folks who love creator-owned books! In addition to Past the Last Mountain, you'll also receive signed copies of Paul Allor's other creator-owned trade paperbacks: Tet, a critically acclaimed war story with artist Paul Tucker; Strange Nation, a wild and wacky sci-fi story with artist Juan Romera; and Clockwork, a collection of twelve short comics with different artists.

    INCLUDES

    -- A copy of the 224-page Past the Last Mountain trade paperback
    -- A copy of the CREATURE PRINT by Louie Joyce
    -- the DIGITAL COMBO PACK
    -- The TET trade paperback
    -- The STRANGE NATION trade paperback
    -- The CLOCKWORK anthology

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    DRAGON PAINTING #1

    A gorgeous dragon painting by artist Jody Edwards! See the rewards section on the left for more information.

    INCLUDES

    -- A copy of the 224-page Past the Last Mountain trade paperback
    -- An original Dragon watercolor painting by Jody Edwards
    -- A copy of the CREATURE PRINT by Louie Joyce
    -- the DIGITAL COMBO PACK

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    FOR CREATORS: PAUL ALLOR SCRIPT CRITIQUE

    A script critique by Paul Allor of your original comic-book script, for up to a 22-page comic. This written critique will be followed up by an in-depth Skype call to discuss further.

    Paul is a professional comic-book writer who has critiqued hundreds of scripts during his time on staff at Comics Experience, and the writer of Imagine a Chair, a weekly column on the craft of writing comics. He is also an editor whose credits include Sheltered at Image Comics and Rex, Zombie Killer at IDW Publishing.

    INCLUDES

    -- A copy of the 224-page Past the Last Mountain trade paperback
    -- A copy of the CREATURE PRINT by Louie Joyce
    -- The DIGITAL SCRIPT BOOK
    -- the DIGITAL COMBO PACK

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    GET EVERYTHING!

    The book, all the prints, all the T-shirts and all the digital rewards!

    INCLUDES

    -- A copy of the 224-page Past the Last Mountain trade paperback
    -- Both the WESTFIELD and SIMON THE TROLL BOY T-shirts
    -- All four WATERCOLOR PRINTS by Jody Edwards
    -- A copy of the CREATURE PRINT by Louie Joyce
    -- The DIGITAL SCRIPT BOOK
    -- the DIGITAL COMBO PACK

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    PAUL ALLOR TMNT PACK

    Past the Last Mountain writer Paul Allor is best known for his work on the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles comic books. Through this reward, Turtles fans (and anyone else) can receive signed and personalized copies of nearly all of Paul's published TMNT work, along with a special TMNT story written just for them, along with Past the Last Mountain and merch!

    INCLUDES

    -- A copy of the 224-page Past the Last Mountain trade paperback
    -- A copy of the CREATURE PRINT by Louie Joyce
    -- the DIGITAL COMBO PACK
    -- SIGNED COPIES of the trade paperbacks for TMNT: MUTANIMALS, TMNT: TURTLES IN TIME and TMNT: UTROM EMPIRE. Paul will sign and personalize each of these copies with individualized messages -- and will even sketch in them (badly) if you'd like
    -- SIGNED COPY of TMNT: UNIVERSE VOL. 1. Same signing and personalization as above, but shipped upon release in 2017
    -- A random TMNT 5" FIGURE from Paul's personal collection
    -- A UNIQUE TMNT STORY written by Paul Allor, about the character of your choice. This will be a 1,000-word (or more) prose story, and will be unlicensed fan fiction for your own use and enjoyment. If you'd like, this story can also be written directly into your trade paperbacks, in four mini-chapters.

    This item is listed as shipping to the United States only. If you are in another country and would like it, please reach out, and we will price shipping for you.

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    RETAILER EDITION!

    Get 10 copies of the print book. It will have a cover price of $25.

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    LOUIE JOYCE ART FOR YOUR PROJECT

    Get a COMMISSION by Louie Joyce on one of your creator-owned properties. You will have full permission to reprint it in your comic, use it in marketing materials or use it as a variant cover. It's up to you.

    INCLUDES

    -- A copy of the 224-page Past the Last Mountain trade paperback
    -- An ORIGINAL COMMISSION by Louie Joyce
    -- A copy of the CREATURE PRINT by Louie Joyce
    -- the DIGITAL COMBO PACK

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    JODY EDWARD ORIGINAL ART REWARD

    Get the original artwork for all four of Jody's incredible nature prints! Gorgeous watercolor renditions of a faun, goblin, troll and dragon in their natural habitat.

    INCLUDES

    -- A copy of the 224-page Past the Last Mountain trade paperback
    -- ORIGINAL WATERCOLOR ART for all four of Jody Edwards' nature prints
    -- Print copies of all four paintings
    -- A copy of the CREATURE PRINT by Louie Joyce
    -- the DIGITAL COMBO PACK

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