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With 80% of homo sapiens migrating to one spot on the globe, a failing med student must save, or maybe destroy, humanity. Printing #1!
With 80% of homo sapiens migrating to one spot on the globe, a failing med student must save, or maybe destroy, humanity. Printing #1!
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As we wrap up this incredible campaign I'm really not sure how to sum it all up. This was my first Kickstarter and I prepared for a long time and worked hard to ensure it was successful. But still, I had no idea what to expect when I clicked the "Launch" button while in the car after dropping our son off at camp on June 23. Well, we funded in seven hours thanks to the support of close friends and family, and from there  kept rolling as the word spread to likeminded comics fans turned on by this medical coming of-age-story in an end-of-the-world setting.

Exceeding our goal ensures this book will be printed, and with extra funds we have a leg up to work on the rest of the series. Thank you for your faith and encouragement. None of this would have happened without YOU!

After we finish the production cycle and fulfillment, it will be on to Book 2!

You can follow everything at my website: http://pitdocpress.com

The Project

By the Time I Get to Dallas is a graphic novel about a young man struggling to become a doctor in the midst of an apocalyptic public health crisis. When 80% of the human race starts migrating to a single point on the globe, failing medical student Rudy Deckart sets out across the disintegrating US to rescue his girlfriend, become a doctor, confront a murderous militia using the migration to start a new world order, and find a cure for the migration impulse that will save, or maybe destroy, humanity.  

By the Time I Get to Dallas is a 200-page story divided into five books. Written by a practicing emergency physician from a point of view unique in comics, and drawn by seasoned comics artists,  Dallas weaves themes from medicine, neuroscience, philosophy, politics and religion (not to mention martial arts and hot air ballooning) while staying fast paced with plenty of humor and a light touch.  

Dallas is written for thinking readers ages 20-90 with an eye for intelligent, character-driven adventure grounded in the real (end-of-the) world. It is a medical coming-of-age story wrapped in an epic, apocalyptic adventure that is dark, funny, thrilling and unlike anything you’ve seen in a comic book before. 

Features

  •  By the Time I Get to Dallas: Book One is 32 full-color pages drawn by an amazing team of artists. That's 10 pages longer than your average off-the-shelf comic.
  • Printed on 80-lbs satin interior pages and 100-lbs satin cover pages for a substantial, dare we say classy book you can be proud to show your friends who thought comics were just for kids. 
  • All copies signed by the writer.
  • Collectable first printing of Book One of the planned five-book series.
  •  Limited edition wraparound Horror Cover variant by Neal Anderson
  • Digital Deluxe PDF download included with every physical order

The Creative Team     

What People are Saying  

Why am I doing this?! 

Since first grade I’ve wanted to write a book and hold it in my hands. It's taken a long time to get there, but I've got this story I can't get out of my head, so it’s time to make this book real.   I want to share the experience of becoming a doctor by wrapping Rudy’s story in an epic, apocalyptic adventure.


Why Kickstarter?

I am using Kickstarter to fund an offset print run of at least 1,000 copies of By the Time I Get to Dallas: Book One. Extra funds will allow a larger print run, help defray the cost of art production (artists were paid up front), and allow work on Book 2 (already underway.) 

In addition to raising funds, I’m using the Kickstarter platform to build an audience within its large and active comics making community, establish credentials as a comics creator, and build a structure to crowdfund production of the rest of the Dallas series.  

What will the funds be used for?

Funds are for printing, shipping to backers, and extra inventory for sale in stores, online shops, and conventions. The cost of art production is not included in the funding goal; I've paid the artists per page as they work, it is a sunk cost not reflected in the budget. The book is about 80% complete already: line art and color are done, lettering half finished. The book will be ready for printing by the end the summer.  

Donating for legal aid--$300 raised and counting!

This story was never meant to be political; in my mind it is more about free will, consciousness, tribalism and humanism than it is about migration. However, since I started writing eight years ago, immigration both along the US southern border and across the world has become a far more explosive and polarizing topic. Scenes I wrote about the treatment of fictional Travelers that I thought were over the top have ended up paling in comparison to real events, with families separated and children thrown in cages. I will donate 5% of gross earnings from this campaign to RAICES (Refugee and Immigrant Center for Education and Legal Services),  a legal aid service based in Texas that helps separated families, detained families, unaccompanied minors, and others who are seeking asylum in the United States. 

Book One Preview  

Rudy's awfully confident... Want the next four NSFW pages and additional behind-the-scenes content? Click below to download an extended free preview!

The Prequel: The Trinity Project

Click to check The Trinity Project webcomic
Click to check The Trinity Project webcomic

 Deep in the Texas dirt, the bones of the dead wait for someone to tell their story. 

The Trinity Project is an ongoing webcomic, written by Colin Devonshire and drawn by Jacinto Jimenez Jimenez, delving deeper into the mystery of the Dallas migration. The Trinity and Dallas stories will eventually meet and explode your mind. The webcomic in print is available as a reward! 


What's next on the way to Dallas? Book Two!

Yup, the story is written and we already have some finished pages. Murder, massacre,  planes crashing into Charlestown, Rudy stealing a superyacht--nobody said getting to Dallas would be easy. A sneak preview printed mini-book is available as a reward!


The Rewards 

Satisfaction Guaranteed

I admit, I've never launched a comic book before. So why invest your time and money on this crazy project? Because I guarantee I'll get this comic out and into your hands and that it will be high quality, start to finish. If you don't like it, send it back within 30 days and I'll refund you!

The Plan

  • 6.24-7.22 Kickstarter Campaign
  • 7.15: Book 1 color complete
  • 8.7: Funds received
  • 8.7: Donation to RAICES
  • 8.10: Postcard fulfillment out
  • 8.15: Book 1 lettering complete
  • 9.15: Book 1 to the printer, digital rewards sent 
  • 9.22: All other print material to printer
  • 11.30: All material back from printer
  • Early December: Shipping party!
  • Early 2020: Conclave with Creators on a date TBD

Thank you for checking out this project!

The artists and I have put a huge amount of time, effort and love into making this story great, and we can’t wait to share it with you. Thank you for getting this far down the page to see what it's all about. So now what?

Please back us!

Check out the rewards tiers, see what grabs you and click on that sucker! If you want to  upgrade your pledge to a higher level reward you'll be able to until the campaign is complete. There will be additional rewards unlocked at various points during the campaign to keep things interesting, and other fun updates besides. Let's get this book done! And thank you again!

Risks and challenges

I am a frequent Kickstarter backer and I appreciate a well run campaign that keeps you up to date and gets its rewards out in a timely manner.

While I’m a first time Kickstarter creator, I have put a huge amount of “skin in the game” to make sure the comic gets out the door. The book is almost complete and the artists are paid as they complete their pages; the Kickstarter funds are only for printing and fulfillment. With Book One in the can already, there is very little risk in getting the book printed and in your hands.

For extra credit, I have been a dedicated student of the Tyler James COMIXLAUNCH course, a well established method of comics crowdfunding campaign execution and fulfillment. I highly recommend it!

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    The Normal

    You're staying home, but you'll be thinking about us...

    Your name printed on the inside back cover of the physical copy and PDF of Book One. Don't worry, you can still buy a copy later!

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    The Planner

    You’ve always wanted to go to Dallas. Read about it on your iPad…Book 1, 32 full-color pages, no frills, no fuss.

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    The E-Traveler

    The modern Traveler never leaves home--the complete By the Time I Get to Dallas experience in one deluxe download!

    Featuring the 32-page full color Book 1 with both covers, Book 2 sneak preview (see what happens next! 9 full-color pages!), The Trinity Project prequel (see what happened before! 15 full-color pages from the webcomic with art by Jacinto Jimenez!)--a total of 56 pages of original story! Plus behind the scenes extras: Book 1 script, line art and character design, pitch material, and more!

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    The Penpal

    Somebody in Dallas loves you! Get a 4"x6" glossy postcard with art by Juanfran Moyano on both sides, with a personalized message from the writer, and postmarked from Ground Zero just outside Dallas, TX. We’ll release an original postcard with each book of the series, so start your collection now!

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    The Traveler

    You’re on your way to Dallas with this gorgeous hard copy of Book 1 to guide you. 32 high quality full-color pages with the Epic Cover by our heroes, series artists Juanfran Moyano and Jay Moyano. Includes a glossy bookmark in case you get distracted.

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    • Book 1 with Epic Cover - signed by writer
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    The Variant

    Book 1 with the freaky limited run Horror Cover variant featuring wraparound art by guest artist Neal Anderson. Good luck sleeping after staring at this one!

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    • Book 1 with Horror Cover variant - signed by writer
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    The Traveler with Two Faces

    Is this story EPIC or is it HORROR? With these covers, it's BOTH. A two-pack with the Epic Cover AND the Horror Cover wraparound variant.

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    • Book 1 with Epic Cover - signed by writer
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    The Researcher

    Deep in the dirt of Texas, the dead wait for someone to tell their story. This tier features for the first time in print the Dallas prequel, The Trinity Project: Volume 1. With art by Jacinto Jimenez, this a 16 page full-color mini book follows a young archaeologist, Gabriella, as she makes a grisly discovery.

    Includes:
    • The Trinity Project Volume 1 mini-book
    • Book 1 with Horror Cover variant - signed by writer
    • Book 1 with Epic Cover - signed by writer
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    The Rudy

    You don’t know if you're a Traveler or just a dude with issues--you're gonna need all this awesome stuff to figure it out! This tier collects ALL the existing Dallas material in printed form, so you can get ahead of the hordes.

    Features a Book 2 preview minibook: 9 full color pages from the middle of Book 2, where Rudy meets his team, gets squashed by a jumbo jet, and steals a yacht!) Why do we have pages from the middle of book 2 already? Long story, but it’s cool!

    Includes:
    • Book 2 preview mini-book
    • The Trinity Project Volume 1 mini-book
    • Book 1 with Horror Cover variant - signed by writer
    • Book 1 with Epic Cover - signed by writer
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    Bananas for Dallas

    The banana doesn’t fall far from the tree. Ezra Devonshire, age 10, is the solo creator of his own original comic book, The Adventures of Banana Man. Follow the thick skinned, selfless, wisecracking, and possibly Freudian Banana Man as he gains superpowers in a deep space explosion, only to find himself stranded on Earth and locked in a legal battle with his soon-to-be arch-nemesis, Evil Lawyer! Written, drawn and lettered by Ezra and professionally printed in a black-and-white manga sized book. The ultimate tier for family and close friends of Colin and Ezra.

    Includes:
    • The Adventures of Banana Man #1 by Ezra Devonshire, age 10
    • Book 2 preview mini-book
    • The Trinity Project Volume 1 mini-book
    • Book 1 with Horror Cover variant - signed by writer
    • Book 1 with Epic Cover - signed by writer
    • Personalized Postcard from Dallas
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    Rock over Dallas!

    Commission an original song by Colin’s band! Leckerphonics (Colin Devonshire and Jason Finestone) have been recording original rock music for 10 years, but they dabble in anything from hip hop to country (the intro video music is their first apocalyptic death-trance tune.) You do as much as you want: choose a style, theme, title, even lyrics if you like. We do the rest, record it and give you the master to use however you like. Got a website, a product, or your own Kickstarter coming up? Use this tune. Custom ring tone? Sure. Always wanted an original song about your mom, or your dog, or a body part? Here’s your chance. Includes all physical rewards through the Bananas for Dallas tier.

    Includes:
    • Commissioned original song by the rock band Leckerphonics
    • Book 1 with Epic Cover - signed by writer
    • Book 1 with Horror Cover variant - signed by writer
    • Book 2 preview mini-book
    • The Trinity Project Volume 1 mini-book
    • The Adventures of Banana Man #1 by Ezra Devonshire, age 10
    • Personalized Postcard from Dallas
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    The Medical Student

    Hey, that’s you, right there on Page 32! Wow you look young!

    Your likeness, drawn by the amazing yet forgiving Juanfrancisco Moyano, is included in the Medical College of Bunker Hill class picture featured in the Book 1 epilogue, page 32. Join Rudy and your friend Colin in comic-rendered form! Medical colleagues, this would be an amazing reward for you. And we’ll make you whatever age you like…

    Includes:
    • Your likeness in Book 1 in the medical school class picture
    • A high quality blowup print of the page, signed by the writer
    • Book 1 with Epic Cover - signed by writer
    • Book 1 with Horror Cover variant - signed by writer
    • Book 2 preview mini-book
    • The Trinity Project Volume 1 mini-book
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    Conclave with Creators

    Colin has learned a lot, often the hard way, about getting creative projects moving despite the crush of life's demands. Meet with a small group of likeminded folks to talk strategies for getting our creative projects off the ground, while Colin slings refreshments. Hosted by the writer at a time to be mutually agreed upon in Boston.

    Includes:
    • Conclave with Creators brainstorming night
    • Your likeness in Book 1 in the medical school class picture
    • A high quality blowup print of the page, signed by the writer
    • Book 1 with Epic Cover - signed by writer
    • Book 1 with Horror Cover variant - signed by writer
    • Book 2 preview mini-book
    • The Trinity Project Volume 1 mini-book
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    • Deluxe PDF Download
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    The Badass

    Your likeness featured in multiple panels as the Krav Maga instructor training with Rudy and punching him hard in the liver! OOF! Show everyone what a badass you are without breaking a sweat. Without a doubt the COOLEST reward available.

    Includes:
    • Your likeness featured as the Krav Maga instructor
    • A high quality blowup print of the page, signed by the writer
    • Conclave with Creators brainstorming night
    • Book 1 with Epic Cover - signed by writer
    • Book 1 with Horror Cover variant - signed by writer
    • Book 2 preview mini-book
    • The Trinity Project Volume 1 mini-book
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    • Deluxe PDF Download
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