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A female cropduster pilot fights to save her daughter from Nazis in 1940's Texas! DOWNLOAD THE FIRST 40 PAGES FREE!

DUSTER is a 240-page graphic novel project.

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DUSTER: In the closing days of World War II, a widowed housewife turned cropduster pilot struggles to rescue her teenage daughter from a band of Nazi war criminals who crash near her small Texas farm.

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DUSTER is a gripping, compelling story. I love the characters. I love the set-up. The art gives it all a gritty, authentic look. And I'm completely, nail-bittingly, breath-holdingly on the edge of my seat -- I only got to read through the end of Chapter 4, and I can't freakin' wait to see how it all works out. Action, suspense, humanity, drama, blood, love and heroics. Micah Ian Wright's coming back to comics, and he and his partners are throwing one hell of a party. Don't miss out on this terrific book.- Kurt Busiek (Astro City)

"Biplanes + Nazis + Kick-Ass Heroine = Duster. Simple math. Awesome equation." - Greg Rucka (Queen & Country)

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Hey, everybody, Micah Wright here, creator of the popular Wildstorm Comics series Stormwatch: Team Achilles.  A few years ago I had an idea for an original graphic novel set in World War II on the American homefront--a story devoid of mutant powers, spandex bodysuits, all-powerful religious artifacts, or talking gorillas.  My writing partner, Jay Lender (writer and director of animated hits SpongeBob SquarePants and Phineas and Ferb), and I crafted a thrilling action story with a heart and soul... because Duster isn’t only about planes and Nazis, but also about forging the post-war American woman who can have a job, raise a family and make her own way in the world without any man’s permission.  It’s the story of a fundamental change in American life, illustrated through blood-and-guts action!

Once we had a script, we began looking for artists who could help us envision this world in a way that’s appropriate to the time period--not an idealized or stylized 1940s, but a well-researched, lived-in world.  What we needed were artists who could draw realistic flesh and blood characters--women who were interesting not because of the size of their bustline, but because of who they are inside. Everyday men you can identify with, not superheroes. Villains who are complex and nuanced, even if they are Nazis. We found a perfect match in Jok Coglitore (rough layouts) and Cristian Mallea (pencils & inks). 

These incredible talents have carried us halfway through the 215 page length of the book with amazing results, as you can see in the pictures scattered around this page and at the Duster Graphic Novel Facebook Page. Jay is obsessive about how much he hates computer-drawn speech balloons, so he’s drawn every speech balloon in this book by hand before lettering them. Similarly, he’s also hand-drawn all of our sound effects.

The results have been fantastic!  We love it.  We've shown what we've completed to some of our friends in the comics industry and they love it, too.  We were thrilled recently when Howard Chaykin illustrated a cover for us.  We've also secured cover commitments from John McCrea (Hitman, The Boys), and Charlie Adlard, award-winning artist of THE WALKING DEAD!

We're currently on page 131. Our goal is to use Kickstarter to complete Duster and to produce a beautiful 215 page full-color book. We need the money to pay our artists, the colorists, and the printer who's going to print and bind your personal copy of this book. Your support will keep our artists on the job for victory!

What's In It For You?

Well, for starters... there's the book! At 215 pages, it's hardbound and twice as long as the average paperback graphic novel (which typically costs $20). The book will feature excellent quality paper to show off the artwork, and will run 240 pages with all of the bonus materials we're stuffing into the appendix; extra short stories, concept art, and anything else we think of. This edition is exclusively for our Kickstarter supporters! After that, we don't know what our publication future will be. Supporters, this may be the ONLY way you can EVER get a physical copy of the book!

UPDATE: The Shirt!

Here's a rough design of what your Duster T-Shirt is going to look like:

Duster T-Shirt Mockup (Not Final)
Duster T-Shirt Mockup (Not Final)

SO HOW CAN YOU HELP DUSTER COME TO LIFE?

1. PLEDGE

Our initial fundraising goal represents the cost of producing all the artwork and coloring.  Money beyond that will go toward printing, handling and shipping.  Once that’s paid for, Jay and I may--truth be told--treat ourselves to a nice dinner.

As thanks for your generosity, we are offering a variety of exciting PLEDGE REWARDS, just like we’re PBS or something. They include signed copies of the graphic novel, digital copies of the book, t-shirts, amazing prints, options for contributors to be drawn into the book (and receive an original sketch of their character)... and ONE lucky random Kickstarter contributor will win a page of original art! If you've ever been to Comic-Con, you'll appreciate what an amazing reward this is, and EVERY contributor will be entered in the drawing, regardless of the amount they pledge.

2. SHARE

We need more than just your dollars; we need your voice.  Help us get the word out.  We beg you.  Post a link to this Kickstarter project on Facebook. Go and "Like" the Duster Facebook page. Tweet about the project using hashtag #DusterOGN.  Then tweet about Duster again.  Make your mom tweet about Duster.  Google+ Duster!  People use Google+, right?  Start an annoying email chain letter about Duster.  Walk around downtown with a sandwich board sign promoting Duster.  Scream about Duster from the clock tower of your local college, then mention Duster to the news reporters as you do the perp walk to the paddywagon.  Help us make this happen.

Kickstarter is providing us with an amazing opportunity, and we thank you, the Kickstarter community, for your time and consideration. We truly believe in the entire concept of Kickstarter, so we'd like to commit to something extra by participating in the KICKING IT FORWARD project.  We pledge to spend 5% of all the money we raise above our initial funding request for this book on helping other artists’ dream projects come true here on Kickstarter.

So there you have it, that’s our pitch. Drop us a line--we’d love to hear from you.  We’ll be sure to post updates as the project moves forward!

Thank you very much,

Micah, Jay, Jok, and Cristian

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FAQ

  • Our artists are hard at work right now to finish your copy and get it ready for the printers. We have rough layouts for pages 1-168 (out of 215) finished, and expect to have all of the layouts completed by October of this year. Our inking is finished through page 130 and moving forward, and the coloring is finished up through page 39 and should be completely finished in around 10 months. With contingencies, printing, and shipping (to us, and from us to you), we're hoping to have the book fully finished in October of 2013, possibly earlier, or (hopefully not) a little later. Obviously, we won't wait until that point before contacting you... we'll be posting updates (for donors only) including some special fun stuff we're announcing very soon. Don't worry... there is no possibility this book won't get finished... we have all worked for too long and too hard to get to this point; to abandon it now would be insanity. Costly insanity. We have thousands and thousands of our own dollars already invested in the project, so you can definitely trust us to finish it with your dollars.

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  • Awesome! We can't add you to the Kickstarter roles, but we CAN take your pre-order for a copy of the hardback (or extra copies for those of you who pledged for one, but now need an extra for a friend or loved one). Simply write us at micah@micahwright.com, stipulate the pledge level you WISHED you had bought in at, and you can commit to helping us via PayPal. :)

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  • The story is 215 pages, but due to the way books are printed (in 16-page "signatures,") the book will be 240 pages long. Part of that length will be a short story we're doing with our layout artist Jok, a "prequel" to Duster of sorts. We will also have a pinup gallery featuring art by amazing artists like Charlie Adlard, Donna Barr, Carla Speed McNeil, Pia Guerra, Hilary Barta, John McCrea, Jason Copland, CP Smith, Tomm Coker, Whilce Portacio, Carlos D'Anda, and many others! You will definitely be getting your money's worth out of this book! :)

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    ULTIMATE ASHCAN SPECIAL EDITIONS! Here at Duster, we printed black-and-white Ashcan proofs of each chapter of the book as they were fully completed and handed them out to close friends and family to look for printing errors, spelling mistakes, lettering problems, etc. These books feature temporary covers by Jay in his trademark style. Now that we're so far along in production, normally these proof copies would just be consigned to the wastebins of history, but instead we're offering them to YOU! These are the most collectible of all variations of Duster, full as they are with spelling mistakes, weird serifed capital-I's in the middle of words, jarring overprint problems, and other mistakes and errors. YOU GET: the digital copy of Duster, a signed hardback copy with your name in the acknowledgments, the t-shirt, the Howard Chaykin print, the Charlie Adlard print AND a limited-edition set of signed Ashcans! This truly is the ultimate comic collectors package! (international backers, please add $15 for shipping)

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    ROSIE THE RIVETER SPECIAL: Ladies, we've re-examined the book, and you can APPEAR IN DUSTER! We have 5 minor roles for women to appear in the graphic novel, just send us a photo and we'll draw you into the book. All of these walk-on parts are for females, ages 16-60, so I'm sorry, gentlemen, you're not eligible... A great gift for yourself, a sister, a wife or girlfriend, or any female comics fan in your life. You'll also get a DIGITAL COPY of the graphic novel, TWO SIGNED HARDBACKS WITH YOUR NAME IN THE ACKNOWLEDGMENTS, a CHAYKIN print, an ADLARD print, a T-SHIRT, and a SIGNED CHARACTER DESIGN SKETCH of your WWII Greatest Generation character by Duster artist Cristian Mallea suitable for framing!

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    Keep your eyes peeled for Nazis as you fly the skies over the American homefront in a real Stearman Kaydet biplane just like the one Jo flies in DUSTER! Either experience the thrill of biplane travel yourself, or give it as a gift to a friend or loved one... it's a once in a lifetime experience that the lucky passenger will never forget! AND you'll be helping us to complete and print Duster, AND you'll get a SIGNED HARDBACK COPY with your name in the Acknowledgements! Get yourself to either Los Angeles, Palm Springs, Sonoma, Long Beach, or San Diego, California; Tampa, St. Petersburg, Lakeland, or Key West, Florida; Chicago, Illinois; Indianapolis, Indiana; Sedona, Arizona; Prince Frederick, Maryland; Owls Head, Maine; Atlanta, Georgia; Denver, Colorado; Philadelphia, Pennsylvania; New Jersey; Chester, Connecticut; Tulsa, Oklahoma; Corpus Christi, Dallas, El Paso, or Galveston, Texas; Oahu, Hawaii; or even Gloucestershire, England; and Sydney, Australia! If all of these locations are too far for you but you STILL want to fly in a Stearman, let us know, we have a few other pilots on our list that might be closer to you.

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    THE GREATEST GENERATION SPECIAL: You can BE IN DUSTER! We have 4 minor roles for men to appear in the graphic novel, just send us a photo and we'll draw you into the book. All of these walk-on parts are for male Army Air Corps soldiers, so I'm sorry, ladies, you're not eligible... all our female roles are unique individuals with extensive speaking parts (unlike the disposable menfolk who die by the dozens)! A great gift for yourself, a brother, a boyfriend, or any comics fan in your life. You'll also get a DIGITAL COPY of the graphic novel, TWO SIGNED HARDBACKS WITH YOUR NAME IN THE ACKNOWLEDGMENTS, a CHAYKIN print, an ADLARD print, a T-SHIRT, and a SIGNED CHARACTER DESIGN SKETCH of your WWII Greatest Generation character by Duster artist Cristian Mallea suitable for framing!

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    THE DIRTBAG SPECIAL! We have TWO FEATURED SPEAKING PARTS for male American civilians. These two creeps are utterly reprehensible dirtbags who engage in a truly horrible conversation and then get killed by Nazis. Have you ever wanted to be a comic book dirtbag?! Because if so, THIS is your chance! Just send us a photo and Cristian will draw you into the book dirtbaggin' it up before getting sent to your early grave by Nazis! Show off your dirtbaginess to friends and family (if you dare!) with a DIGITAL COPY of the graphic novel, TWO SIGNED HARDBACKS WITH YOUR NAME IN THE ACKNOWLEDGEMENTS, a CHAYKIN print, an ADLARD print, a T-SHIRT, and a SIGNED CHARACTER DESIGN SKETCH of your WWII Greatest Dirtbag character by Duster artist Cristian Mallea suitable for framing!

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