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A murder mystery in a clandestine building with page structures that play with time built for fans of LOST & THE BLACK MONDAY MURDERS.
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SKYSCRAPER is a procedural crime story from Ryan K Lindsay and Mitchell Collins that weaves in elements of the weird putting it somewhere between THE BLACK MONDAY MURDERS, LOST, and PAPER GIRLS.

When the VP of KDP flies out the top floor and dives into the pavement out the front, there are a lot of questions to answer. Enter: Keene, an independent contractor brought in to help figure out how and why she died. What unfolds is a mystery spanning decades that becomes less about why one woman dies and more about why a building would conspire to make it happen.

This 24 page one-shot utilises a central conceit that can only work in comics - every single page is framed exactly the same way, it’s a front shot of the KDP building, but different panels and tiers of the page can jump around through time. Collins’ expressive and intricate inkwork delivers us characters and moments through zoomed panels and cutaway areas so each page jumps around in time to build a truly epic story.

This comic is nearly completely finished and ready to deliver.

NEWSPAPER SIZED PRINT STOCK

This comic is something special. The detail and care Collins put into every page needed more than the US standard sized comic could hold. You deserve to be able to spread this out and drink it in, so we’ve decided to print this as an extremely oversized edition. At over twice the size of a regular comic, this is more like a newspaper in your hands.

The nature of the size means the comic will be folded to be posted to you, but this isn’t a CGC affair anyway, this is the kind of thing you rattle with your hands with every read, the kind of thing you share with your mates, and the kind of thing that deserves to live.

We hope you agree.

DIGITAL OPTIONS

There is a digital option for this comic, if you want to take it in as a PDF, but you will naturally forego that size element that makes this something special - unless you read it on an iPad Pro, or perhaps an interactive tv screen. 

FIRST DAY BACKER PARTY

For those who back in the First 48 Hour Window, well, do I have some goods for you.

Early believers get their hands on some extra digital swag, where you'll be instantly linked to:

  • A PDF of BEAUTIFUL CANVAS #1 [art by Sami Kivela], and
  • 2 PDFs of my short comics about a prison for supervillains and a guard with size manipulation powers, LITTLE MAN IN THE BIG HOUSE [art by Paul Tucker, and Francesco Iaquinta]

PLEDGE LEVELS

$4 - Building Schematic

A PDF of the comic with the script in a separate document.

$10 - Talking Building

A PDF of the building with a speech balloon or caption poorly lettered on, downloaded as jpeg, and emailed to you. Also includes the PDFs for the comic and the script.

$15 - ~EARLY BIRD~ Foundation Stone

AUSTRALIA ONLY

The first 50 in get a massive discount on a print copy of the comic, mailed to you, with Free Postage. Also includes the PDFs for the comic and the script.

$20 - Foundation Stone

AUSTRALIA ONLY

A print copy of the comic, mailed to you, with Free Postage. Also includes the PDFs for the comic and the script.

$25 - ~EARLY BIRD~ Foundation Stone

INTERNATIONAL ONLY [outside Australia]

The first 50 in get a massive discount on a print copy of the comic, mailed to you, with Free Postage. Also includes the PDFs for the comic and the script.

$30 - Foundation Stone

INTERNATIONAL ONLY [outside Australia]

A print copy of the comic, mailed to you, with Free Postage. Also includes the PDFs for the comic and the script.

$50 - RKL Building Sketch

Ryan K Lindsay [the writer] will complete a sketch of the KDP Building and post it to you. Also includes the print comic [mailed to you], and the PDFs for the comic and the script.

$50 - Mitchell Collins Sketch

Mitchell Collins will illustrate an inked sketch of a character of your choice on A4 paper and mail it to you. Also includes the print comic [mailed to you], and the PDFs for the comic and the script.

$50 - Annotated Scripts

A print copy of the SKYSCRAPER script, with stains and red pen annotations by Ryan K Lindsay. Also includes the print comic [mailed to you], and the PDFs for the comic and the script.

$80 - Retailer Pack

AUSTRALIA ONLY

10 copies of the comic for your store, postage included.

$100 - Retailer Pack

INTERNATIONAL ONLY [outside Australia]

A print copy of the SKYSCRAPER script, with stains and red pen annotations by Ryan K Lindsay. Also includes the print comic [mailed to you], and the PDFs for the comic and the script.

Now, you need to trust me, you want more Mitchell Collins art in your life!

Here are some examples of pin ups he's done.

STRETCH GOALS!

UNLOCKED! $6000 - You get a free pdf of STAIN THE SEAS SCARLET from me and Alex Cormack, as well as a pdf of my second D&D Adventure: ESCAPE FROM WEN KROY

UNLOCKED! $7000 - Mitchell Collins and I got busy straight after this comic, so we've been slinging a new pitch around, and you can see the pdf of this new book, TREE - it's like Veronica Mars meets John Constantine.

$8000 - You get a free pdf of FATHERHOOD, a one-shot I made with Daniel Schneider years ago, and, AND, I'll also include an "RKL Motivational Comics Quote" in every parcel on paper and in my awful handwriting!

$9000 - You get free pdfs of these two short comics: TO SQUID AND DIE IN LA with Boy Akkerman, and BEFORE THE CHERNOBYL JOB with Alfie Gallagher

$10,000 - If we double our total, I will include a print copy of INK ISLAND [my all ages one-shot with Craig Bruyn] in every single parcel. That's right, more paper in your parcel, more comics for your hands.

These are our exciting Stretch Goals, so we hope you are pumped to bring others in, share the link, talk about the project and what excites you about it, and hopefully we'll hit all of these goals.

CREATIVE TEAM

Ryan K Lindsay - I wrote this funk, and maybe you’ve read other books by me like the Kickstarter successes; DEER EDITOR, INK ISLAND, EIR, and/or STAIN THE SEAS SCARLET. I’ve also worked with Vertigo, Dark Horse, IDW, ComixTribe, and Black Mask to release comics like ETERNAL, NEGATIVE SPACE, BEAUTIFUL CANVAS, CHUM, and HEADSPACE.

Mitchell Collins - Mitch Collins is an Australian comic book artist. He loves to tell all sorts of stories, bringing pictures to the words. His credits include being part of Gestalt Comics TALGARD and featuring in the upcoming UNDAD VOL 3 and this comic here. He also works in storyboarding for short films, animations, UI & UX concepts. When MItch isn’t working, he usually enjoys a nice cold one and a cigar out by the pool.

Simon Robins - Simon's keen interest in comics was sparked by 2000AD as a young teen and has grown consistently since. He graduated from the Victorian College of the Arts with a Bachelor of Fine Arts majoring in photography where he created sequential photographic collages for his final porfolio and RMIT with a Masters of Design focusing on the visual communicative power of comics. Changing his career direction from design to comic book colouring, his career in comics started a little later than many. Simon draws on the skills and experienced gained from two decades working in the design and photographic industries to inspire his comic book colouring. Now a professional colourist he has worked with both mainstream and independent publishers/creators. Outside of comics he maintains sanity by screaming in a grindcore band, frequently cheats death on a mountain bike, is endlessly inspired by his wife and two daughters and takes solace in long walks on the beach with his slightly mad mutt Macey.

Simon--Ryan--Mitchell

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Risks and challenges

This comic is 100% getting made and completely ready to deliver. Inks are all done, colours are rolling in, and we'll do letters during the month of the campaign.

I have also previously run 7 successful comic Kickstarter campaigns, raising over $20,000 across 4 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.

Everything else should be apples.

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    Epic RKL Collection Trove

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