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STAIN THE SEAS SCARLET - a sci-fi revenge one-shot about resistance, shitty robots + spacesuit noir from Alex Cormack & Ryan K Lindsay
STAIN THE SEAS SCARLET - a sci-fi revenge one-shot about resistance, shitty robots + spacesuit noir from Alex Cormack & Ryan K Lindsay
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STAIN THE SEAS SCARLET is a brutal sci fi one-shot comic about Yelena, a resistance leader on a distant planet, who plays one last hand against the shitty robots tearing her world and life apart.

This Kickstarter is for the complete 22 page full colour comic by artist Alex Cormack [SINK and OXYMORON: THE LOVELIEST NIGHTMARE] and writer Ryan K Lindsay [BEAUTIFUL CANVAS and the award-winning NEGATIVE SPACE] as a PDF/digital release.

When Yelena's planet has just about been successfully driven beneath the bootheel of the scumbag robot terraforming army, she throws a Hail Mary play. She takes the fight to them, via her diplomatic sell out sister, and she fails.

Or does she?

What comes next is a wild ride of spacesuit noir that's my take on a 70s revenge flick with our wandering hero loose in space.

This comic is 100% made and completely ready to deliver.

Alex Cormack is amazing. The world recently lost their mind over his work on SINK, with John Lees through ComixTribe, and his work on this comic is superb as he brings gristle and emotion to the page.

Hassan Otsmane-Elhaou letters with the style that's making him a stadium-filling favourite across all the continents.

Dan Hill edits his ass off to make this a better book. He is smart, has edited most of my other creator owned books, and his name is quickly becoming a signifier of sharp erudition.

And I'm Ryan K Lindsay, and I've written what were hopefully some of your favourite indie miniseries of the past few years - BEAUTIFUL CANVAS with Sami Kivela at Black Mask, NEGATIVE SPACE with Owen Gieni at Dark Horse, and HEADSPACE with Eric Zawadzki at Monkeybrain/IDW.

I have also previously run 5 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.

ALL DIGITAL, ALL THE TIME

This campaign is an all-digital, all-singing, all-dancing affair. You can purchase the PDF of StSS here, there will be no print copies available as a basic tier [kinda, maybe].

You can get the PDF, as well as upsized PDFs, audio content, and we keep it simple like this because shipping books outta Australia is a logistical nightmare, and also because with a PDF we can make it as many extra pages as we want to. So this helps both me and you.

Although, there are some actual 'irl rewards' on offer. You can buy original art, or annotated scripts, and a special Variant Cover Print Copy will be unlocked [see below for more details].

~~~~~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 wanted 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:

OXYMORON: THE LOVELIEST NIGHTMARE #1 from Alex Cormack and John Lees

HEADSPACE #1 from Eric Zawadzki and Ryan K Lindsay

CHUM #1 from Sami Kivela and Ryan K Lindsay

~~~~~~~PLEDGE LEVELS~~~~~~~

Here's the important stuff, what can you get, and how much will it set you back. NOTE: all $s are set in Aussie $s [the USA $s convert to a small number].

$2 StSS PDF Comic

You get the full 22 page comic PDF delivered straight to your inbox.

This level will receive some digital extras as we hit Stretch Goals.

$4 StSS Deluxe PDF Comic

You get the full 22 page comic PDF backed up with pages and pages of extra material: back matter, essays, lists, process material, and the full script. Perfect for the process junkies nodding along.

This level will receive most digital extras as we hit Stretch Goals.

$7 StSS Deluxe PDF Pack!

You get the full 22 page comic PDF backed up with pages and pages of extra material: back matter, essays, lists, process material, and the full script. You also get 'The RKL Scriptbook Vol. 4" feat. scripts for a variety of other projects I've written.

This level will receive ALL digital extras as we hit Stretch Goals.

$10 Talking Pin Up, and Deluxe PDF Pack!

I'll write a word balloon/thought bubble/caption onto the cover image, and I'll dirty letter it myself and JPEG it to your inbox.

Example lettered pin up
Example lettered pin up

You also get the full 22 page comic PDF backed up with pages and pages of extra material: back matter, essays, lists, process material, and the full script. You also get 'The RKL Scriptbook Vol. 4" feat. scripts for a variety of other projects I've written.

$15 Audio Commentary, and Deluxe PDF Pack!

An 'Audio Commentary' for StSS by Ryan you can listen to in realtime as you read the comic. Full of insight and wizardry, you also get the full 22 page comic PDF backed up with pages and pages of extra material: back matter, essays, lists, process material, and the full script. You also get 'The RKL Scriptbook Vol. 4" feat. scripts for a variety of other projects I've written.

Does not come with a Talking Pin Up, add $2 for that.

$50 Spacesuit Noir Sketches by RKL x 5

Ryan will sketch, and partially ink, bespoke A4 'spacesuit noir' sketches and send them directly to your door. Locked at a ceiling of 5 on offer.

Also comes with: An 'Audio Commentary' for StSS by Ryan you can listen to in realtime as you read the comic. Full of insight and wizardry, you also get the full 22 page comic PDF backed up with pages and pages of extra material: back matter, essays, lists, process material, and the full script. You also get 'The RKL Scriptbook Vol. 4" feat. scripts for a variety of other projects I've written.

This does come with a Talking Pin Up :]

$60 Annotated Scripts x 3

A copy of the StSS script, printed, with stains and red pen annotations through it by Ryan.

Also comes with: An 'Audio Commentary' for StSS by Ryan you can listen to in realtime as you read the comic. Full of insight and wizardry, you also get the full 22 page comic PDF backed up with pages and pages of extra material: back matter, essays, lists, process material, and the full script. You also get 'The RKL Scriptbook Vol. 4" feat. scripts for a variety of other projects I've written.

This does come with a Talking Pin Up :]

$100 Alex Cormack Commission: Put You In a Spacesuit x 6

Alex Cormack will draw you, or someone you love, into a spacesuit.

Also comes with: An 'Audio Commentary' for StSS by Ryan you can listen to in realtime as you read the comic. Full of insight and wizardry, you also get the full 22 page comic PDF backed up with pages and pages of extra material: back matter, essays, lists, process material, and the full script. You also get 'The RKL Scriptbook Vol. 4" feat. scripts for a variety of other projects I've written.

This does come with a Talking Pin Up :]

$140 Alex Cormack Commission: Whatever You Want x 6

Alex Cormack will draw a single character or figure of your choice.

Also comes with: An 'Audio Commentary' for StSS by Ryan you can listen to in realtime as you read the comic. Full of insight and wizardry, you also get the full 22 page comic PDF backed up with pages and pages of extra material: back matter, essays, lists, process material, and the full script. You also get 'The RKL Scriptbook Vol. 4" feat. scripts for a variety of other projects I've written.

This does come with a Talking Pin Up :]

Alex Cormack pin up
Alex Cormack pin up

 

$300 Alex Cormack is Your New Cover Artist x 1

Alex Cormack will draw a cover image for your comic, including colouring [artist discretion may be deployed depending on subject matter of the comic]. He will send you the hi-res files for your comic making pleasure, and the original art piece will also be posted to you.

Also comes with: An 'Audio Commentary' for StSS by Ryan you can listen to in realtime as you read the comic. Full of insight and wizardry, you also get the full 22 page comic PDF backed up with pages and pages of extra material: back matter, essays, lists, process material, and the full script. You also get 'The RKL Scriptbook Vol. 4" feat. scripts for a variety of other projects I've written.

This does come with a Talking Pin Up :]

Alex Cormack cover to SINK #1
Alex Cormack cover to SINK #1

 

Alex Cormack cover to OXYMORON: THE LOVELIEST NIGHTMARE #1
Alex Cormack cover to OXYMORON: THE LOVELIEST NIGHTMARE #1

~~~~~~~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.

For each milestone we surpass, Stretch Goals for different pledge tiers will unlock. The more you've pledged, the more unlocks you'll get in your inbox at each milestone - with higher pledge tiers getting all unlocked content. Make sense?

Check below for a list of the Stretch Goals, and what pledge tiers get which ones.

$3500 - Battle Reports eBook

At $2+, We'll release a PDF full of my script annotations from 2013-2015

At $4+, We'll also add on a PDF of DEER EDITOR #1 from Sami Kivela and Ryan K Lindsay

$4000 - PDF Bonanza

At $2+, NOIRVEMBER eBook - 31 essays about noir in pop culture by Ryan K Lindsay

At $4+, you'll get To Squid and Die in LA, a short comic PDF from Boy Akkerman and Ryan K Lindsay

and:

HEADSPACE #2-3 from Eric Zawadzki and Ryan K Lindsay

And at $7+, we'll unleash The RKL Scriptbook Vol.1

$4500 - More PDF MADNESS!

At $2+, you'll get LITTLE MAN IN THE BIG HOUSE x2 - short stories in PDF form from Ryan K Lindsay and artists Paul Tucker and Francesco Iaquinta

At $4+, you'll get the JAM SESSIONS ebook - discussions about comics and things by Dan Hill and Ryan K Lindsay - with a special gigantic discussion of LOST only found in this ebook!

And at $7+, we'll unleash The RKL Scriptbook Vol.2

$5000 - Unlock a Variant Cover in Print

If we hit $5k, we'll release the opportunity to buy from a small batch run of 100 Variant Cover copies we'll have printed up. They'll be signed by RKL or Alex Cormack, depending on your location, and will include an A5 Script Ashcan.

These will unlock at $30 each, which will also cover postage anywhere.

We'll also add the following downloads:

At $2+, you'll get my YMMV ebook of essays about a year in the life of a comic writer

At $4+, you'll get the complete PDF trade collection of I PLAY THE BAD GUY from Alex Cormack and Andy Arnott

 

AND, at $7+, we'll unleash The RKL Scriptbook Vol.3  

5 PAGE PREVIEW

Here are the first 5 pages of the book. We hope you dig. 

 

 

 

 

Risks and challenges

The issue is complete, the only problem is me going all Billy Walsh on it, which probably won't happen.
As for the other rewards, well, I did them all before on five other campaigns, so I know I can do them here and now.
Everything else should be apples.

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    Spacesuit Noir Sketches by RKL

    -Ryan will draw you a very special spacesuit noir sketch and send it to you [note: he is a writer]
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    back matter, essays, lists, process material, and the full script.
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    Annotated Scripts

    -A copy of the StSS script, with stains and red pen annotations through it by Ryan
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    Alex Cormack Commission: Spacesuit You

    -Alex Cormack will draw you, or someone you love, into a spacesuit in an A4 sketch and mail it to you
    22 page complete StSS PDF, and backed up with pages and pages of extra material:
    back matter, essays, lists, process material, and the full script.
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    Alex Cormack Commission: Player Chooses

    -Alex Cormack will draw a commissioned pin up of any single character of your choosing [artist discretion permitted]
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    back matter, essays, lists, process material, and the full script.
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    Alex Cormack is Your New Cover Artist

    -Alex Cormack will be your new cover artist - he'll ink and colour a cover for your own book, AND send you the original art for the cover
    22 page complete StSS PDF, and backed up with pages and pages of extra material:
    back matter, essays, lists, process material, and the full script.
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