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Dangerous AI are locked within a virtual world. Now they've found a way out and blacklisted robotics expert Andrei is earth's last hope

What is Bleedback?

Bleedback: The End is Nigh is a thirty page full-color comic, the first in a series of five books. The team has pulled together to fund the first 30 page book. Now we need your help to make an initial print run feasible.

We've reached our goal! We're so humbled and thrilled to have received the support we have. But, with four more books to produce we're pushing hard to get Bleedback in as many hands as possible. Our goal is to raise $8,000, enough to fund the production of Bleedback #2. 

The Setting

It’s New York, 2065. Both our dependence on and fear of technology has reached a critical moment. People are playing, fighting, shagging in virtual worlds, robots have become so advanced they might eliminate us. And then comes Bleedback … when activity in the virtual world seeps into the real world with sometimes terrifying consequences. Our central character Andrei, suffers the power of Bleedback firsthand. 

The Story

The story follows Andrei, brilliant enough to captain any robotics lab but whose criminal record has barred him -- on pain of serious prison time -- from ever again wielding his gift. So he's forced to work underground as a Breaker, a specialized hacker able to crack the most sophisticated government mandated robot restraints.

A bike mechanic by day, Andrei moonlights at The Beast, New York’s hottest nightclub, where every desire can be fulfilled ... for a price. What free time Andrei has is spent keeping his daughter Angela out of the Global Revolutionary Movement (GRM) and on the right Life Path. Andrei’s comfortable life is turned upside down when a love bot he cracks goes haywire at The Beast. A shadowy military group snatches his daughter and he is hurled into the dark recesses of the global Robo slave trade.

Stretch Goals

Our $3,500 goal will allow us to print Bleedback #1 and get it into the hands of our backers. We'll invest any remaining funds towards the production of books 2 through 5.

$3,500 - Goal: We're so close to our goal just a few more dollars and our dream of getting Bleedback #1 to market is guaranteed. So thrilled!

$5,000 - The Making of Bleedback: We'll add eight pages to the digital copy of Bleedback #1, immersing you in the development process through concept, world building, and illustration. Discover where the idea for Bleedback came from, immerse yourself in the world of our story, review the dossier the government keeps on Andrei, and see the comic evolve from sketch to finished color page.

$8,000 - Bleedback #2 Funded:  To cover the production costs on the second book, the Bleedback team will need to raise an additional $4,500 (a total of $8,000) through this Kickstarter campaign. Only you can ensure we remain focused on what we do best, taking you on a captivating ride through a persuasive vision of the future.

Rewards

We've got some really exciting rewards. 

For those of you that want to add two or more rewards to your order (i.e. the physical comic and a poster) please pledge the total amount and send us a message detailing what you want. To do this click the blue "Contact Me" link in the about us widget on the right hand side of this campaign page (under the Embreate avatar).

$1+ = FOREVER THANKS

All of our supporters will be featured in a special widget on our website (embreate.com) and world building blog (electinion.com). 

$2+ = EXCLUSIVE PRODUCTION BLOG

Everyone who supports this campaign at 2$ and above will receive access to our exclusive production blog. You will be able to view up-to-the minute production notes, storyboards, character sketches and completed pages from Bleedback.

$5+ = DIGITAL COPY OF THE COMIC All supporters above 5$ will receive a digital copy of Bleedback #1.

$10 = PHYSICAL COPY OF BLEEDBACK #1 

The 30 page physical comic will be shipped with a hand numbered seal of authenticity only available through this Kickstarter campaign.

$20 = SIGNED PHYSICAL COPY OF BLEEDBACK #1 & FAME

Receive a limited edition copy of Bleedback #1 signed by the creator and your name listed on a special thank you page.

$35 = FULL COLOR POSTER featuring a scene from the world of Bleedback drawn by one of four amazing artists. Artists include...

Gabe Bridwell who's worked on over 600 pages of backgrounds for Marvel and DC, and is currently writing, inking and colouring The Happy Samurais.

Gabe Bridwell's finished poster featuring Birdie, a surveillance bug eater cracked by Andrei who are now constant companions.
Gabe Bridwell's finished poster featuring Birdie, a surveillance bug eater cracked by Andrei who are now constant companions.
Illustration by Gabe Bridwell for Happy Samurais
Illustration by Gabe Bridwell for Happy Samurais

Charles Paul Wilson III who is currently illustrating The Stuff of Legend for Th3rd World Studios. 

Sample of work by Charles Paul Wilson III
Sample of work by Charles Paul Wilson III

Mike Walton writes and illustrates the ongoing horror webcomic False Positive.

Mike Walton's finished poster design coloured by Jeremy Mohler.
Mike Walton's finished poster design coloured by Jeremy Mohler.

Jeremy Mohler, our colorist, will also be creating a poster. 

Sample of Jeremy's illustration and color work for Dream Thief.
Sample of Jeremy's illustration and color work for Dream Thief.

$100 = ALL FOUR POSTERS Receive all four posters by the artists listed above!

$50 = YOUR ART REVIEWED BY JEREMY OR GIOVANNI. Send us up to three samples of your art and Jeremy or Giovanni will provide you with a 30 minute critique via Skype. After our campaign closes we will send you an email with instructions on where to send your art and to arrange your one on one with Jeremy or Gio. Not only are they immensely talented artists but they are also experienced teachers; Giovanni teaches Production and Design for first and second year students at the Joe Kubert School of Cartoon and Graphic Art (http://www.kubertschool.edu/); Jeremy teaches Fundamental Drawing, Figure and Gesture Drawing, Storyboards, and Anatomy at the Art Institutes International - Kansas City.

$75 = COMMISSIONED ILLUSTRATION by one of our artist's depicting the character of your choosing inked on an 8 1/2 by 11" page. You send us a reference image of the character you'd like drawn and we send you an original inked page featuring them (background not included), just like the samples below.

$150 = ENTER THE WORLD Receive a full-color illustration of you as a character from the world of Bleedback drawn with a simple background. Be immortalized forever as a Love Bot pimp, an underling for the mob trading in illicit Bot Gell, an agent for the global security force (aka the Guardians), a post human Amper, an activist fighting for the Global Revolutionary Movement, or technology hating Naturalist. 

$300 = AN ORIGINAL INKED PAGE from Bleedback #1 illustrated by Giovanni Valletta. Select from a list of ten available pages. Backers at this level will chose their desired page based on a first come first served basis.  Available pages to be determined after the comic is complete - find some samples below.

$800 = AN ORIGINAL INKED DOUBLE PAGE SPREAD from Bleedback #1 illustrated by Giovanni Valletta.

Team

Scott Nihill (Producer/Writer) has worked in film, TV and gaming for ten years, he has a background as a fine art illustrator, made a popular series of docs on artists and an interactive doc he directed was nominated for a Webbie Award (flubandutter.nfb.ca). Learn more via scottnihill.com.

Riley Adams (Editor) is a TV, film & game writer who I brought in to help me construct a character-centric journey. He's worked on the CBS/CTV hit Flashpoint, and Warner Bros’ next big budget console game, Mad Max.

Giovanni Valletta (Pencil/Ink) is an up-and-coming talent who has already done fabulous work for Darkhorse Presents, and some of the biggest names in comics including Joe Kubert. Learn more at gvalletta.blogspot.com.

Inked page by Giovanni Valletta for Villians Club.
Inked page by Giovanni Valletta for Villians Club.
Giovanni's work on The White Suits written by Frank Barbiere and featured in issue 19 of Dark Horse Presents.
Giovanni's work on The White Suits written by Frank Barbiere and featured in issue 19 of Dark Horse Presents.

Jeremy Mohler (Color/Letters) has worked for Marvel and most currently, the Mortal Instruments: City of Bones comic adaptation for The Th3rd World Studios. Learn more via jeremymohler.com.

Jeremy's color work for Marvel's Secret Avengers #28
Jeremy's color work for Marvel's Secret Avengers #28

Embreate is a creators' collective producing cross platform narrative content including graphic novels, comics, films and games. Embreate brings together a diverse talent pool who share an impulse for pushing boundaries through experimentation of technology and content. Learn more at embreate.com.

Outland Entertainment is a project management company specializing in comics, games, and fiction. Outland brings talented creators together to develop innovative, high-quality artwork and stories.  Learn more at www.outlandentertainment.com and www.outlandcreative.com.

Finally, in success, we want to give back to the crowdfunding community. We are a participating member in Kicking It Forward and pledge to give 5% of any profits back to other crowdfunding projects.

Help Us Spread the Word

Like Bleedback on Facebook: facebook.com/Bleedback

Follow Bleedback on Twitter: twitter.com/Bleedback_comic.

Or joing our mailing list at embreate.com to receive up to the minute updates on our project.

And we'd be grateful if you'd share our campaign through email or your preferred social media site. 

Please back our Kickstarter project and be the first of your friends to own a limited edition copy of Bleedback.

The First Six Pages

Check out the first six pages from Bleedback #1, fully colored!

Risks and challenges Learn about accountability on Kickstarter

We’re halfway through production on the first book and the team has pulled together to fund the remaining 15 pages. With Bleedback #1 well on its way to completion our next big challenge is funding the first print run.

After printing and shipping costs are covered any remaining funds will be directed towards the completion of the series until all five books are released.

This is our first Kickstarter campaign and we look forward to fulfilling our commitment to you. Thanks for taking a look!

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