This Kickstarter is for the complete 104 page full colour comic mini-series by artist Eric Zawadkzi [THE DREGS and ETERNAL], Sebastian Piriz [DARK BEACH, ONCE UPON A TIME MACHINE 2] and writer Ryan K Lindsay [BEAUTIFUL CANVAS and the award-winning NEGATIVE SPACE] as a PDF/Digital Omnibus re-release.
This series was first released by Monkeybrain Comics in 2014 and available via ComiXology, though that partnership has now lapsed. The tpb collection is out through IDW, but the digital rights still belong to us so we thought we should repackage it into a newer, better, faster, stronger version for people who might want to find it in pixels and cannot.
As such, this isn't just the miniseries, but this is a wild and massive Digital Omnibus Edition that's going to collect a whole mess of other stuff. If you are a process junkie, or interested in more than just the story on the page, then this is most definitely for you!
This series was also the first collaboration of the team behind this year's huge graphic novella release from Black Mask Studios, ETERNAL. The book that got amazing reviews and showcased what this pair can do, so get into HEADSPACE and see where they both started.
“The concept is brilliant and executed with such skill that’ll you’ll barely find time to take a breath. The pacing is perfect and the world building is insane. It’s as good as first issues get, and it sows the seeds of an infinitely more interesting world to come. I can’t wait to see issue 2.”
WHAT'S THE STORY?
HEADSPACE is about Shane Garretty, the sheriff of Carpenter Cove, who comes to realise his town is exceptionally weird, and may not exist in the reality he thought it did. *SPOILERS* the town is in the mind of a killer, and Shane has no idea how he got in, or how to get out.
But if he's in the mind of a killer, then perhaps he can create some positive change for the world.
Then, actually out in the real world, the killer with the town in his mind goes on the run.
What ensues is a wild ride that's like a Philip K Dick story if adapted by John Carpenter. The book might be about responsibility, and the choices we make, but it's also got dog-headed bartenders, spontaneous tidal waves, and a boat made out of dead bodies.
"Lindsay has created a world where anything can happen. He has asked and answered that age-old philosophical question, “what if God is crazy?””
WHAT EXTRAS WILL BE IN THE DIGITAL OMNIBUS?
We want to provide something here that's insanely special and helpful and wonderful and a Must Read experience. As such, you can find the following things in the Digital Omnibus:
All 8 issues - this was digital first, and each issue was a 12 page affair, with the whole story clocking in at 104 pages
All 9 covers - each issue had a cover, as did the TPB - you can have 'em all
All back matter - the OG issues all had this gorgeous back matter that we poured our hearts into, and I don't think it's cheating to only ever offer it again here - there were pin ups by some wildly creative and talented peeps we'll list below, and there were essays from our editor Dan Hill that will open your mind, and make your life better
All scripts - I will throw in all 8 scripts, because those might be fun to read :]
All annotations - I write annotations on the issues I publish, so we'll include those here, too - they are me diving into what we were trying to do, whether we did it or not, and why the rest of the creative team are mad geniuses
The Pitch Package - we'll also attach the original pitch package I took to ECCC 2013 and shoved into hands and you can see where we started, and where things ended - warning: not many people have seen these pages!
What else would you like to see in here? Drop me a line and we can see, perhaps.
Okay, we're very well funded and so here's where we give a little back [or a whole lot back]. So far the campaign has unlocked the following Stretch Goals, and you can find the download links in the Campaign Updates.
There are 2 comics and 3 ebooks, and one more of each coming soon when we hit $3k.
and now we're chasing:
THE PLEDGE LEVELS
We wanted to keep this simple, and we wanted to get people excited, so the main pledge level was an easy one to create.
$5 - HEADSPACE DIGITAL OMNIBUS EDITION
Yep, just $5 and you'll get the whole damn thing. The story, all the extras, all the pretty horses. It's good value, but it's also a beast of a file. It'll be well over 300 pages for you to enjoy.
Plus, this file will only be available through this campaign at this price.
$10 - LETTERED PIN UPS
I will letter one of the pin ups with a special line or caption and email the one-of-a-kind jpg for your eyes only.
These are usually weird, superfun, and a great way to get a piece of my writing just for you! This is also a great way to support us with a few extra coins because you respect how low we made the entry level price of the Digital Omnibus :]
$20 - AUDIO COMMENTARY PODCAST SERIES
I'll record a series of discussions about the book - from inception, through each issue, and how I feel about it now. It'll probably be 4 episodes, but we can see in the end what it runs, I'm setting a 4 ep minimum, but am happy to naturally go over :]
LISTEN TO RKL HERE, where I talk about BEAUTIFUL CANVAS, to get an idea of the madness you'll be unleashing!
$50 - CARPENTER COVER NOIR SKETCH by RKL
I will illustrate a weird and wonderful noir sketch of Carpenter Cove, which basically means any character/location I want, and I'll send you the art in the mail [postage included]
$75 - RKL ANNOTATED SCRIPTS x 3
I will print the script for HEADSPACE #1 and write in red pen thoughts, and border doodles as I watch tv, and hopefully some decent craft/process based introspection.
Considering how long ago I wrote this script, I'll be very interested to see my own thoughts on it.
$100 SEBASTIAN PIRIZ PIN UP, own choice x 6
Sebastian Piriz is such a damn good artist, and his pin ups rock, so I'm envious of everyone that gets in on this good stuff right here!
You can commission him here to draw up a character for you on an A4 sized sheet
$140 ERIC ZAWADZKI PIN UP, own choice x 6
Eric Zawadzki is a phenomenal artist and his original inked works are a thing of beauty. I should know, I bought a Daredevil piece that features Elektra, Bullseye, Kingpin, Gladiator, and Typhoid Mary, and it's one of my favourite things in my office.
You can commission him here to draw up a character for you on 11x17 paper
There are only 6 available, so strike on this offer fast.
$300 - ERIC ZAWADZKI FULL COLOUR COMIC COVER, & inks to you x 3
Eric's cover game is a thing of beauty - stunning, visceral, beautiful. He's a dynamic addition to any creative team and here you can commission his skills for a decent price and he'll illustrate and colour a cover for your own book.
ALSO, Eric will then send you the original art for you to keep.
A steal at this price, and there will only be 3, so make sure you don't sleep on this one. Here's some Eric cover art to get you thinking!
Still need convincing?!
“Headspace is one of those mind fuck comics."
THE CREATIVE TEAM
Art Phenom. Illustrator on this year's ETERNAL, and last year's THE DREGS, both from Black Mask Studios. Canadian.
Inked Pleasure. Illustrator of DARK BEACH, and featured in ONCE UPON A TIME MACHINE 2, and once did some of the finest Nick Fury work in a Holiday Special.
Colourist Maestro. She's worked her magic on a multitude of titles, including ESCAPE FROM NEW YORK at Boom, SPELL ON WHEELS at Dark Horse, and THE WILDS at Black Mask Studios.
Palette Pleaser. Has been crushing it on the colours lately for REDNECK at Skybound, RETRUN TO WHISPER at Vault Comics, and GRAVETRANCERS at Black Mask Studios.
Editor Supreme. I take him on all my projects from BEAUTIFUL CANVAS at Black Mask Studios, to DEER EDITOR via Kickstarter, to METROPO with Magnus Aspli.
RYAN K LINDSAY
Word guy. I've written ETERNAL with Eric Zawadzki at Black Mask, as well as BEAUTIFUL CANVAS at Black Mask Studios, the award winning NEGATIVE SPACE at Dark Horse Comics, and was in the DC Talent Program Writers Workshops for 2016.
And the whole squad brought it together, we promise:
“Headspace has one of the most satisfying endings I’ve seen in years. Lindsay crafted an emotionally draining adventure through the mind of a killer that’s unlike anything you’ll see on the stands today. It’s huge in scope and earnest as all Hell.”
~~~~~FIRST DAY BACKER PARTY~~~~~
To say thank you to everyone who already follows me, and came into the campaign early, which helps spread the word, I want to thank you all and reward you all, so here's the deal: all first day backers will get downloads at the end of that day for:
THE GHOST ENGINE ogn download - by Eric Zawadzki and Danny Djeljosevic
If there's one thing I love, it's stretch goals.
Stretch Goals will be digital downloads and will release in direct messages, from me to you, throughout the campaign, and in selective tiers.
Stay tuned for their announcements in the coming days :]
10 PAGE PREVIEW
Here are the first 10 pages of the book. We hope you dig.
Opening sequence is pretty ace, right? Wondering if we can stick the landing?
“The whole HEADSPACE team deserves some accolades here for one of the best indie series we’ve seen in some time.”
And from there, good friends, well, anything can happen :]
And if you've scrolled this far, enjoy some quotes of support from some of your favourite creators!
And the original house ad we ran back in the day!
Risks and challenges
This comic is 100% made and completely ready to deliver.
I have also previously run 6 successful comic Kickstarter campaigns, raising ~$20,000 across 3 years on this platform, I've yet to fail, and I always deliver. Sometimes I even over-deliver by rolling out unlocked rewards and stretch goals just because you're amazing.
The only problem is me going all Billy Walsh on it, which probably won't happen.
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