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
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.
- 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.
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
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!
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!
- 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!Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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