Rebirth explores the evolution of humanity and its relationship with technology as the two merge in the future.
Enjoy a promo trailer made (using concept art) exclusively for this kickstarter! Music for intro (above) by DJ Algoreythm and music for trailer (below) by Simon Hunter.
First, a little about the story... Rebirth is set in the future and deals with topics like mortality, individualism, the advancement of technology, religion, love and the list goes on. Rebirth is designed as a work of serial fiction. I have 3 major story arcs mapped out, but currently I am focused on the first, titled The Dark Water Society. In the story, you follow the main character, Bishop, as he works on stopping a new anti-cyber terrorist group from tearing apart the cybernetic industry.
This is an intricate plot with many twists and conspiracies, a ton of action and cool futuristic tech, held together with the story of a man settling into his world and discovering who he really is and what he wants out of life. Even though it has heavy subjects, flashy tech, and explosions, it is still a story rooted in human emotions.
What is this story about?
This first story focuses on Bishop’s inner struggle to accept that he and his world are changing rapidly. He is still dealing with the fact that his arms and right leg were replaced with cybernetic prosthetics after a rough mission overseas. This led him to leave the military and go into a special unit of law enforcement. To be clear, Bishop is a pretty messed up guy at the start. He is detached from the world around him and experiences blackouts and hallucinations. He believes the cyber implants are being rejected by his body and that he is loosing his mind in the process. Most of this conflict is handled internally and our physical external foe in this story is the Dark Water Society, and they don’t hold back, so bring on the action!
Dark Water is a newly formed anti-cyber group that has taken the protest to another level. They are religious fanatics focused on the destruction of the cybernetic industry at large. The anti-cyber movement was once a nonviolent protest, attempting to push congress to pass bills prohibiting or restricting cyber use, and to hold these companies under a microscope, but with Dark Water things got messy.
So far, I have mapped out the story arcs and worked out the timeline. I have written the first story. I have designed and mapped out the city in which the story takes place, created the cast of characters, designed the weapons and gear and put together a 30 page story bible with all the details. I have a ton of concept art, including large, full detail paintings and early sketches. I have started painting on the pages of book #1 for a couple weeks but have fallen on troubled times in my production. My equipment is really old and worn out and my personal finances are depleted. So, I now turn to you for support in finishing this project in a timely manner. I don’t want to lose the momentum I have, so instead of waiting out the bad times, I am hoping to push through them with your help. I plan to release book #1 in January of 2013.
Here is a kickstarter exclusive sneak peak at the artwork (not yet lettered) for the first 3 pages of Rebirth: The Dark Water Society book #1! This is a scene in which Dark Water uses sonic charges to blast their symbol on the face of a cyber company's financial building. All artwork by Alexander Cutri
With the money that is raised here, I will be able to upgrade my hardware and software to greatly improve my production time and quality. It will also cover production costs, kickstarter fees, as well as the rewards offered. If the full funding goal of the project is not met then your card will not be charged and the campaign will have failed (kickstarter is an all or nothing deal). If the goal is met and surpassed, I will use additional funds to further promote the project, add new bonus rewards and continue on to the next story! Thank you so much for taking the time to check out Rebirth and I look forward to bringing you some kick ass original sci-fi!
Check out all the reward tiers on the right. Just to be clear, you will receive the reward listed in your pledge tier AND all the tiers before it excluding limited things like characters. For example if you get the Membership Pack #3 you don't get 2 characters and a billboard, just the one returning character. Or if you get the Activist Pack #1 you will get the printed book shown as well as the digital wallpaper pack, digital copy of the first 2 books as released and the Making of Rebirth digital book. I hope I didn't make that confusing... Additional charges apply to non-US shipping.
* There are are total of 4 $500 packs... leaving just 1 available!
Images shown for rewards are taken from existing concept artwork and are used only as examples. Final covers are yet to be painted!
See you in the future!
Risks and challenges Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
The real risk is all in the timing... I WILL complete this series and the only real question is how long will it take. As mentioned before, I have already started production of book #1 and currently have 9 pages completed! This puts about a third of the book in the finished pile and I have more pages sketched with some inked and ready for paints! So I am already making progress and hope to soon speed things up....
The challenge is in the current production. Using software that is old and out of date on a computer that is even older has made work difficult to say the least. Long render times, limited tools, and a poor screen to look at makes the job of a digital artist frustrating at times. So with this kickstarter campaign, I hope to bring my resources up to current standards and kick my production into overdrive!
Have a question? If the info above doesn't help, you can ask the project creator directly.