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
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!
Receive an exclusive Digital Wallpaper Package!
Pack includes multiple wallpapers for your tablets, computers, and smart phones that will be delivered via email just before release of book #1.
Citizen Pack #1-
Receive an early release - Kickstarter exclusive - digital version of book #1(pdf) sent via email! This copy of book #1 will include extra content exclusive to kickstarter participants and looks amazing on tablets.
Citizen Pack #2-
Add in a 25+ page digital book on the making of Rebirth with character bios, concept artwork, and a look behind-the-scenes at the creation of this action sci-fi series. Sent via email at same time as book #1 delivery.
Citizen Pack #3-
Receive a digital subscription for the first two books in this story arc! A digital copy of Book #2 will be delivered, via email, upon completion throughout 2013. All digital books for kickstarter participants will include extra content not found in later distributed versions.
Activist Pack #1-
Add on an early release printed book shipped to your home! Be among the first to hold a physical copy of Rebirth! These first editions will include exclusive content not found in later prints. Add $10 for non-US shipping
Activist Pack #2-
Special collectable character trading cards! Exclusive artwork and special character info included in a small card set. Also get your printed book #1 signed by the creator/writer/artist of Rebirth! Add $10 for non-US shipping
Activist Pack #3-
Add on a signed printed copy of a special 20+ page book from the creator, describing his techniques for digital painting! This book shows every step of the art process and is great for any fan of the art or aspiring artist out there! This book is comprised of random art and is not specific to Rebirth so there is a ton of cool and different things to enjoy. Add $10 for non-US shipping
Elite Pack #2-
Receive a signed Hard Cover special edition print of book #1 with variant cover art! This is a high quality hard bound book with cover slip and is a true collectors' item. Add $20 for non-US shipping
Membership Pack #1-
Make a cameo! Become a walk on character and be featured in the book! You send a photo and your name and you will be plugged into the future world of Rebirth as a supporting character or background extra. The creator is subject to final approvals on names so please don't waste time with obscene requests (keep it PG-13). There is no guarantee that the character will get dialogue but they will be noticeable and not just a person in a crowd. The first 10 pledges will be selected so get in early and secure your place in the future!
Membership Pack #2-
Buy a Billboard! That's right, purchase a billboard in the futuristic city of Rebirth. Make a shout out to a friend or loved one, promote your business, or just throw a picture up there. The billboards will be drawn and painted to fit into the visual look of the book and will stand out in the backgrounds. These are huge digital displays on the side of buildings everywhere in the city. Again, the creator has final approval so keep it PG-13. The first 20 pledges will be selected so get in early and secure your billboard in the future!
Membership Pack #3-
Get plugged in! Become a character that plays a larger roll with multiple appearances throughout the series. Your character will be made in your likeness with your name and will play a part in the overall plot. This is an opportunity to become a lasting character in the series with a guarantee of appearing in 3 books! Who knows, you could end up being the key to everything! Again the creator has final approval so keep it PG-13 with the name. The first 2 pledges will be selected so get in early and secure your role in the future!
Become the ultimate participant with both a returning character and your own billboard! Also include 2 exclusive full size (24x36) signed poster prints! Add in 4 extra, regular prints, of book #1 all signed by the creator. Receive a special thanks credit in book #1! First two pledges will be selected so get in early and secure your role in the future!