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The world is barren. The open is dangerous. The only person you can trust is Esme Ford. Welcome to Project-Nerd Publishing's Barrens.
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We survived the apocalypse and have made it to the Barrens. In other words, every single one of you is awesome and has helped us hit our goal. Thank you! Now it's time to stretch!

Stretch Goals:

At the $2500 level, all backers will receive an exclusive 11 page preview to our fourth title, Clock Puncher, also by CW Cooke. And every backer receiving a physical perk will get a pair of post cards.

At the $3500 level, all backers gain exclusive access to progress and online artwork including wallpapers and digital prints. And every backer who pledged more than $15 will receive a Barrens Fun Pack featuring buttons, stickers, and a 4x6 print.

At the $4500 level, all backers receiving a physical perk get a bonus mini-poster from a to-be-determined artist. And every backer that pledged more than $25 will get the physical copy of the 11 page preview of our fourth title, Clock Puncher.

At the $5500 level, all backers will receive a digital prequel mini-comic focusing on Esme Ford and her team. We're also putting character pinups from various artists in the comic, and if you pledged more than $25 you'll get at least one pinup as a print.

The Campaign

Project-Nerd Publishing is proud to partner with writer and co-creator CW Cooke as well as artist Bryan Timmins on our first original comic publication, Barrens...

The world is barren. Just a few major cities remain and they are inhabited by the wealthy. With their money, they survived the warfare... the virus. But others survived too.

Those who won't serve the wealthy live in the barrens, surviving on their own. But with how dangerous the barrens can be, the wealthy actually need the filthy. Hired escorts are paid handsomely to bring the wealthy from one city to another. Protecting them on the journey. Others are paid to act as mercenaries, task forces, and more.

Of all the professionals, the amateurs, and even the chumps cheating the customers...one person stands out. Her name is Esme Ford.

Barrens, which is debuting as a three-part mini series, is set in post-apocalyptic America where the world’s population has dwindled due to virus and warfare. The remaining cities are well protected, inhabited by the wealthy, and spread out across the country. When these wealthy need something taken care of without question, they hire Esme Ford, because when the Barrens are involved, Esme Ford is the only one you can trust.

Cover featuring the Barrens team by series artist Bryan Timmins.

Releasing quarterly through 2016, Barrens brings an entirely new world of opportunity to the comic industry.

Esme Ford is the leader of a small group of escorts called The Barrens. They are not escorts in the general sense, but they are hired assassins and body doubles who escort the wealthy through the open, take care of insurrections, and do anything else necessary to get a job done.

What was once the midwest United States is now just large swaths of land controlled by warriors and gangs and warlords. Esme Ford's team is tasked with getting in and out of the Barrens without being seen and tasked with getting rid of one target. The problem is the target is a ten year old boy named Yoshi. When they arrive, Ford is the first to find Yoshi and she makes the immediate decision that she will not complete the job even though the others probably will.

And that’s when the tough decisions must be made.

The Characters...

Esme Ford is independent, strong, smart, self-reliant, and ready to make the difficult decisions.

The Team... 

The Barrens is a five member team well known for what they do. They escort the rich from one city to another. They get rid of threats and enemies of others for a cost. They function more efficiently than anybody else in what is now a wasteland.

Barrens is unlike anything else there. With a strong female character thriving in a post-apocalyptic world, Barrens will take you on a journey of what one woman must do to protect what she sees as the future.

Sweet ride! Vehicle designed by artist Bryan Timmins for the upcoming series. Are you ready for this post-apocalyptic ride?

Variant cover designed by artist Andrew Tarusov.

This campaign will kick off a great series. Following issues of Barrens will not be crowdfunded, so it's important we get a good estimate of interest with these early pre-orders on top of using Kickstarter to get the word out about this new and awesome series.

Cosplay Variant Cover features Erin Lei as Esme Ford photographed by WeNeals Photography and Retouching.

Like all projects, there are variables which need to be covered. As you can see from the chart below, we're using the majority of the funds to get you the goods and the rest to cover the work and fees.

55% to Creating the Book - We hope to physically print and ship these great comics to you all across the country.

30% to Perks - All the additional perks will have to be printed and shipped.

10% to Staffing - It takes a great team to deliver a project like this.

5% to Fees - Crowdfunding fees, credit card fees, and even additional fees on getting the work done.

Barrens is created by Erin Lei, CW Cooke, Bryan Timmins, and Iggy Michniacki, and is the first original series from Project-Nerd Publishing.

CW Cooke (WORDS, LETTERS): CW is a writer who has been working in comics since 2007. Working in independent comics for various different publishers including Action Lab, Big Dog Ink, and most recently, Devil’s Due, who published his hit series, Solitary. He has written a bit of everything from superheroes to romance to horror, and is more than pleased to help present you with this story; the story of Esme Ford and her team in a strange new world.

Bryan Timmins (ART, COLORS): Bryan is a Freelance Illustrator and Animator. He’s had lifelong interests in comics, animation, music, movies, and motorcycles. His work can be seen in comics, commercials, animated series, and Major League Sports stadiums. He lives outside Kansas City with his wife and 2 children.

Project-Nerd Publishing team members include Founder & CEO Iggy Michniacki, Publishing Coordinators Jarrod Bridgeman and Don Winsor as well as Manager of Acquisition Galo Gutierez.

Learn more about Project-Nerd Publishing at pnpublishing.com.

What do you get when you support the Barrens campaign?

THANK YOU
You can’t put a price on gratitude, but we just did. Give us any money and we’ll tell you thanks across our social media platforms.

DIGITAL READ
Get the first issue of Barrens in digital format (PDF) because reading is good for you.

THE COMIC
For just $7 ($5 for comic + $2 shipping), you get the first issue of Barrens. Yes, our brand new and awesome comic is yours.

THE BLACK & WHITE COMIC
We want you to get Barrens exactly how you like it, so if you're a fan of Black and White here's the option for you. The limited edition black and white comic is color free and features a black and white virgin cover.

THE COSPLAY COVER
Is cosplay your thing? This version of Barrens #1 includes a special cover featuring Erin Lei as Esme Ford photographed by WeNeals Photography.

THE VARIANT COVER
You want Barrens #1, but want a special edition cover, limited to just 25 copies? This is the version of the comic you should pick up.

PRINT A: THE COVER
That first cover is epic and we want you to have it in a much larger size. How about an 11x17 print? We thought that would work for you.

PRINT B: THE VARIANT COVER
Just love that variant cover? So do we. That’s why it’s also available right here as an 11x17 print.

PRINT C: THE COSPLAYER
An 11x17 print of Erin Lei as Esme Ford as photographed by WeNeals Photography and Retouching. A real life comic book character on your wall.

BARRENS BUNDLE
Don’t limit yourself to the comic book when you can also get your choice of one of the prints and an awesome Barrens sticker. Comic, print, sticker for the win!

PRINT 3-PACK
Have some extra wall space? Why not grab all three prints that are available. C’mon, don’t limit yourself to just one.

A BARRENS T-SHIRT
Because you don’t have enough shirts with awesome female characters on them, we’re adding one to your collection (max size 2XL).

A PNP T-SHIRT
If the Barrens themed shirt isn't your look, we have two great options for the Project-Nerd Publishing fan (max size 2XL).

THE COSPLAY BUNDLE
Bundle up with Erin Lei… kinda. Get the variant Cosplay Cover of the comic, the cosplay print, a print from Erin Lei’s store, and a photo she takes just for you with a customized message.

ALL 4 COVERS BUNDLE
The collector in you wants all four covers of the first issue of Barrens, and the collector in us is obliging. Get all 4!

BARRENS ULTIMATE BUNDLE
Bundle up with the variant cover, the t-shirt, the sticker, and a print of your choice. That’s a bundle that will keep you warm.

THE SKETCH COVER (NEW!)
Get Barrens #1 with an awesome sketch cover that Bryan Timmins will draw on for you. Yes! Any character you want on the front.

Newly added special perk thanks to BLEEDING COOL:

THE BLEEDING COOL BUNDLE
For $75, you’ll be able to get the bundle only available because of Bleeding Cool and all the help they do in getting the word out for Kickstarters. You get every single version of the comic (that’s the standard, the black/white version, the cosplay variant, and the special Kickstarter variant), a print of choice, and two t-shirts (Barrens & PNP; Max 2XL).

VIEWER'S CHOICE (NEW!)
We've added a new drawing perk. This level gives you the choice of being drawn in the comic as a non-speaking character or for Bryan Timmins to do a custom 8.5x5.5 sketch for you. Plus you get the comic!

ORIGINAL BARRENS ARTWORK
This issue of Barrens is groundbreaking, and you can now claim an original piece of it. Just 5 pieces of original artwork will be available, don’t miss out.

THE ORIGINAL COVER
Bryan Timmins' original artwork for the cover of issue #1 is available here, and we promise it’s something you all want, but only one of you can have. (NOTE: Original artwork is in black and white as color is done digitally).

AD SPACE: LIFE OF ISSUE
Advertise your awesome brand in Barrens. Not just for this printing, but any time issue #1 of Barrens is reprinted. Yes, your ad will remain in the comic... FOR-EV-ER!

DRAWN AS A CHARACTER
Always been your dream to be in a comic book? Well now you can be a recurring (limited), speaking character in Barrens.

CREATIVE TEAM CHAT
This isn’t CW Cooke and Bryan Timmins first rodeo; no. They know how to make a comic book. So if you have questions, want feedback on your comic book, or just want to hangout with them you can get a 1-hour Skype call with the duo.

AD SPACE: ENTIRE STORY ARC
Advertise your awesome brand in Barrens beyond issue #1. Just like the single issue ad, but your brand stays in front of the fans for the entire 3-part mini series.

In our previous campaign people were curious how they could add additional items to their perks. We hope to make it really simple for you.

To claim additional perks below simply add the dollar figure to the pledge you have and then add it to your comments in the final survey once the campaign is finished. For example, if you buy the artwork for $100 but want a comic too, you can make your pledge for $107.

Barrens #1 Comic - Add $7
Barrens #1 Print - Add $10
T-Shirt (Any Style) - Add $25

Risks and challenges

Like any projects we have done or are going to do, there are a number of challenges. Luckily Project-Nerd Publishing is more than just a single individual promising you these great works, but an entire team taking care of every aspect of this project. If somebody becomes incapacitated, we have other individuals who can step in and fill the role. We are extremely passionate about what we do, and have spent years planning this first wave of comics.

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    THANK YOU
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    THE COMIC
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    THE COSPLAY COVER
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    PRINT A: THE COVER
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    PRINT B: THE VARIANT COVER
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    PRINT C: THE COSPLAYER
    An 11x17 print of Erin Lei as Esme Ford as photographed by WeNeals Photography and Retouching. A real life comic book character on your wall.

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    THE BLACK & WHITE COMIC
    We want you to get Barrens exactly how you like it, so if you're a fan of Black and White here's the option for you. The limited edition black and white comic is color free and features a black and white virgin cover.

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    THE VARIANT COVER
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    BARRENS BUNDLE
    Don’t limit yourself to the comic book when you can also get your choice of one of the prints and an awesome Barrens sticker. Comic, print, sticker for the win!

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    PRINT 3-PACK
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    A BARRENS T-SHIRT
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    THE COSPLAY BUNDLE
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    ALL 4 COVERS BUNDLE
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    BARRENS ULTIMATE BUNDLE
    Bundle up with the variant cover, the t-shirt (max 2XL), the sticker, and a print of your choice. That’s a bundle that will keep you warm.

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    THE SKETCH COMIC
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    THE BLEEDING COOL BUNDLE
    For $75, you’ll be able to get the bundle only available because of Bleeding Cool and all the help they do in getting the word out for Kickstarters. You get every single version of the comic (that’s the standard, the black/white version, the cosplay variant, and the special Kickstarter variant), a print of choice, and two t-shirts (Barrens & PNP; Max 2XL).

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    ORIGINAL BARRENS ARTWORK
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    VIEWER'S CHOICE!
    We've added a new drawing perk. This level gives you the choice of being drawn in the comic as a non-speaking character or for Bryan Timmins to do a custom 8.5x5.5 sketch for you. Plus you get the comic!

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    CREATIVE TEAM CHAT
    This isn’t CW Cooke and Bryan Timmins first rodeo; no. They know how to make a comic book. So if you have questions, want feedback on your comic book, or just want to hangout with them you can get a 1-hour Skype call with the duo.

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    AD SPACE: ENTIRE STORY ARC
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    THE ORIGINAL COVER
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    DRAWN AS A CHARACTER
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