R.E.M. is a 176 page Hardcover Original Graphic Novel in striking black and white about Michael Letto, a brilliant but paranoid neuroscientist. Since his first and only love died, he’s lived behind a series of locks, consumed with solving the mystery of sleep. Based on the principles of yoga, Michael invents a chair that enables one to attain a full night’s sleep in a matter of minutes. When his theories catch the attention of the military and a religious order that wants to use his research to attain enlightenment, a dangerous cat and mouse begins as Michael’s world deteriorates.
It's a psychological thriller with elements of science fiction and film noir. The underpinnings were inspired by my own beliefs in (im)mortality, love and faith and personal research into a sleep chamber… while the framing and look of the story was inspired by film noir from the 50’s. All limited Kickstarter copies will be signed and numbered (numbers starting based on pledge date/time). For the past two years we worked from the script stage to the final panels and lettered pages. 176 pages is a lot of ink, but this is how Zsombor takes care of business...
Feel free to read through the first 30 pages on our website!
You already hit your goal - can I still back your project?
Absolutely. The amount of support we've received so far is truly overwhelming... and Kickstarter will allow as many pledges that are given before the September 20th deadline.
Where will this extra money go?
The campaign is for printing - and it looks as if we are now able to see this through. A decent % of all funds pledged will end up going to Kickstarter fees and taxes. The bulk of it will go to shipping and fulfilling rewards. Over and above that, any extra money brings us that much closer to actually covering the total costs of the book (pencils, inks, lettering, desk-top-publishing).
It also means STRETCH GOALS are unlocked!
Who are you guys?
Hi, my name is Ryan Colucci and I have been working on a graphic novel called R.E.M. since 2007. That’s when I started writing the script. I’m originally from NY, lived in LA for ten years and am currently back in NY to be closer to my family. My first graphic novel, Harbor Moon, was printed in the spring of 2011. We received a tremendous amount of great reviews and you can see more on that here.
Zsombor Huszka is a former member of the Hungarian national fencing team… as well as an artist and BJJ purple belt based out of Budapest, Hungary. He came onboard the project in 2011 and has handled all of the artwork. While drawing the book, he put himself through school and finished his architecture degree.
Karol Wisniewski brings his unique brand of Polish awesomeness to Scotland where he currently resides. He also happened to letter the book, co-edit it and prepare it for printing.
Keeping the global theme going, I need to mention Dirty South, the Serbian-Australian DJ and record producer who composed the original music in the trailer. It is truly an honor to have him put his own amazing stamp on our work.
The book is being released through a partnership with Mark B. Newbauer and Mike the Pike Productions. They have been instrumental in getting the book off the ground and getting us to where we are at now. It’s been a long journey and now we’re almost there.
So, what's left to do?
Well, nothing, except print the book. We've already worked with a printer in Hungary, where Zsombor is based, to figure out all the particulars. We even have the wet proofs and two proofs of the actual cover itself. It is gorgeous and the quality is outstanding. And now... R.E.M. is ready for the presses!
The printing process will take about 1 month for printing and shipping to happen. I am estimating that the books will be on my floor by early October so I can start shipping them out immediately.
All shipping is included with your reward if you are in the US. If you are overseas, please adjust your rewards if that applies. If you are in Canada, there is a discount on shipping. If you are in Europe, we are going to have Zsombor send some books and prints out direct - so we're able to bring the shipping down a bit. This ONLY applies to 'R.E.M.' books and prints/commissions (not any other rewards or stretch goals). Please scroll to bottom to see chart and European/Canadian shipping costs.
Growing up, it was my dream to be a baseball player… and a comic book creator. I eventually wound up picking up a lacrosse stick and I guess that changed the course of my life, but I never gave up my love of comics.
With the help of crowd-funding (and my family) I was able to get my first book, Harbor Moon, out into the world. That campaign has been essential in getting R.E.M. off the ground and it has opened up doors that I never thought possible. By self-publishing, myself and Zsombor have been able to create the book exactly how we want from the start. We have been able to focus on what’s important to us, rather than what is important to a publisher (hint: it is the bottom line). This means we can take our time and put out a book of the absolute highest quality.
I hope the quality of the book is apparent as soon as you hold it and even more so when you open it. I strive to make a book that you can be proud to display and also happens to be a comic you enjoy reading.
It’s not an easy road to travel, and we are still learning as we go. But I love this. I wouldn’t want it any other way.
What's the deadline for donating to the R.E.M. Kickstarter campaign? September 20th at 12 Midnight (EST)
What happens if the money is NOT raised by the deadline? If our goal isn't met before the deadline, our project doesn't get any of the money, your credit card is not charged and no one gets their rewards. It's all or nothing!
Is my pledge amount publicly displayed? No. The amount will remain anonymous to everyone else.
Do I have to start a Kickstarter account? Yes, please create a Kickstarter account if you don't already have one. It's free and takes just a few seconds.
When I go to make a pledge, why does it take me to an Amazon page? Amazon is the company that processes all the financial transactions for Kickstarter.
How will you know where to send my rewards and any other necessary information (such as which Art Print or iPhone design I chose)? Immediately upon concluding a successful campaign, we will send you a message requesting the necessary information.
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If you have any questions at all, please let me know. My direct email is firstname.lastname@example.org
Thank you so much for taking the time to check out this project and for your support in bringing R.E.M. to life!
176 B&W pages in a beautiful hardcover
R.E.M. T-Shirt (4 Options)
8x10 R.E.M. Matte Art Print
11x17 Matte Art Prints (8 Options)
Japanese Dream - "Yume"
Budapest Dream - "A'lom"
Paris Dream - "Reve"
iPhone Cases (16 Options)
Coasters (4 Options)
SOMA (An actual replica sleep chair)
These rewards will be unlocked once we hit these benchmarks. Backers must pledge $20 or more for any of the FREE rewards.
$3,000 - Reward - UNLOCKED - Panel Replacement ($100). An autographed and numbered hardcover of 'R.E.M.' and Zsombor will take a page and replace a character with you or a loved one, which will be sent as an 11 x 17 matte print.
$4,000 - Reward - UNLOCKED - Personal Postcard Commission Add-On ($30).If you opted for an Art Commission, we will take your commission and turn it into a postcard. You will get the digital file as well as copies of your art on 10, 4"x6" Postcards.
$5,000 - Free Bookmark - UNLOCKED
$7,000 - Free ‘R.E.M.’ Postcard featuring Arella - UNLOCKED
$8,000 - Free 'R.E.M.' Postcard featuring Michael Letto - UNLOCKED
$9,000 - Free ‘R.E.M.’ Postcard featuring Eva - UNLOCKED
$10,000 - Leg tattoo - UNLOCKED. Ryan will put his body where his mouth is and tattoo a tree of life on the back of his leg (from the ankle to the knee).
$10,000 - Free Download of print quality 'R.E.M.' poster - UNLOCKED
$12,500 – Free Download of print quality limited edition Kickstarter ‘R.E.M.’ poster (new design only available when unlocked) - UNLOCKED
$13,000 - Free 'R.E.M.' Desktop Wallpaper #1 - UNLOCKED
$14,000 - Free 'R.E.M.' Desktop Wallpaper #2 - UNLOCKED
$15,000 - Free 'R.E.M.' Desktop Wallpaper #3 - UNLOCKED
$17,500 – Free ‘R.E.M.’ wristband/bracelets
$20,000 - Free ‘R.E.M.’ magnet. Display some mind-altering love on your fridge.
$20,000 - Reward - Locked - 'R.E.M.' Hoodie. A cotton hooded sweatshirt designed by Zsombor and inspired by the book.
$30,000 – Reward - Locked - Avatars! For an extra $5 on your pledge, Zsombor will create a social media Avatar for you (based on a picture of you or the person of your choice). Sized 250x250 pixels.
$30,000 – Free Limited Edition Book Plates! Get a collector’s edition 'R.E.M.' bookplate! (A survey will be sent out and you can opt out of this if you’d like).
$35,000 - Full back tattoo! Ryan will put his entire torso on the line and get a tattoo of the tree of life on his entire back (just like from the book). This would be in place of the leg tattoo.
$40,000 - Hardcover "Making Of R.E.M." book. Add $25 to any reward tier (under $100) to have the "Making Of" book added to your reward. If you have pledged $100 or higher then you will automatically be getting a “Making Of” book when we cross 40k. Since these would be coming at a later date, if you are an international backer who will be getting a “Making Of” book, please add an additional $5 to your shipping.
Canadian Shipping Rates
For backers in Canada, if you are ordering a copy of 'R.E.M.' please please add $16.00 to your order (not $24.00). If you are interested in 'R.E.M.' and 'Harbor Moon' then please add $20.00.
1 copy of 'R.E.M.' = $16.00
1 copy of 'R.E.M.' + 'Harbor Moon' = $20.00
Any other rewards, add-ons or stretch goals, please use the amount listed in the reward. Thanks!
European Shipping Rates
For backers in Europe, we are now able to ship copies of 'R.E.M.' direct from Zsombor. This is only for copies of 'R.E.M.' and original artwork by Zsombor - and only applies to Europe.
1 copy of 'R.E.M.' = $15.00
1 copy of 'R.E.M.' + any additional prints/original artwork = $25.00
Any Rewards or Stretch Goals outside of that would be coming from the US and the shipping rates would be what they are listed in the Rewards. If you're interested in more than one copy of 'R.E.M.' just let me know and I will let you know the actual shipping cost. Hope this helps ease the burden for all of you in Europe!____________________________________________________________
A short sequence from the book...
Risks and challenges
As long as we meet our goal, we will have the hardcover copies of R.E.M. ready for delivery in October.
For rewards such as Art Prints, iPhone designs, and coasters - they will be put into production immediately upon the conclusion of the campaign and sent out the moment they are ready.
Any original artwork (commissions, avatars, etc...) will be handled by Zsombor in the order they are pledged, and will be sent out as soon as they are ready. It is our firm belief that we will have all of them fulfilled before the Christmas holiday.
International Shipping Please add the additional shipping if your books/rewards will be sent outside of North America. For any international backer that wants to add a T-Shirt or Print to any pledge, please add $15 to the shipping amount listed for that reward. If you're unsure - just ask, I will get right back to you. Thanks!Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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