A graphic novel about mind hacking, drugs, punk rock and body disposal. Read more
This project was successfully funded on August 1, 2013.
About this project
Caustic Soda: A Year Future Narco Romance is a comic book series written by Shane Roeschlein and illustrated by Daniel Crosier. Caustic Soda is an action-driven graphic novel set in San Diego, CA in a speculative future where a war for control of the border has erupted between the unified narcotics syndicates of Mexico and the Paramilitary Security Corporation, Agility.
The narrative follows the work of the Arnelle Liquidation Associates, a group of freelance assassins whose base of operations is a punk rock club called The InterZone, where they dispose of their victims.
The dangerous work performed by the kill-for-hire team affects both sides of the conflict, blurring the lines of loyalty, friendship and love.
Protagonist Anton Nevona is an analyst for Agility Inc. and a liaison to the Arnelle Liquidation Associates, brokering targeted kills for the highest bidder. He also has a unique skill, using his Ouroboros ocular implant he can hack into a persons brain, reveal information and gain access to memories. Despite a simmering addiction to an entheogenic stimulant called bLoom (which filters his perceptions and effects his actions), Nevona finds himself implicated in a terrorist attack and accidentally amputates his thumb in the middle of a Department of Homeland Security raid, all before breakfast.
Daniel Crosier illustrates the comic by hand, using ink and graphite on birch wood panels.
Cover artist Sonny Kay has incorporated imagery and themes inspired by the narrative, rendering a powerful and striking cover.
Our book is 100% creator owned and funded. Our goal is to print and publish Caustic Soda - A Year Future Narco Romance as a complete 76-page graphic novel.
The money raised from the Kickstarter campaign will go toward production, printing and shipping and will also supplement creation of the rewards and fulfillment for our contributors. Our contributors will receive some incredible items from an array of artists including, Daniel Crosier (birch panel pages from Caustic Soda), Sonny Kay (Art Print of cover), BobRob Medina (custom, woodblock print Loteria Character Cards) and Joe Triscari (collectors edition t-shirt).
Remember, Kickstarter is an all-or-nothing system, if we don't get 100% funded in the allotted time frame, Caustic Soda - A Year Future Narco Romance won't be made. This crowd sourced art patronage using kickstarter has supported many amazing projects, from comics to films to handy little pieces of tech like the Makey Makey (arduino WIN!).
Shane Roeschlein is a writer living in San Diego, CA. His short stories have appeared in the Journal of Experimental Fiction, Fiction International, Pacific Review, and Black Scat Books. His short story, Genesis was nominated for the 2012 Pushcart Prize. He is also a contributor at Noisey.com and a columnist for wholebeastrag.com.
Dan Crosier is an illustrator, filmmaker and artist from Denver, CO. Crosier is known for wood burning & mixed media comic art, illustrating Bartholomew of the Scissors, as well as writing and illustrating Vincent Price Presents and the Distortions Unlimited. Crosier also writes the Show Devils books featuring the sideshow performers the Enigma and Serana Rose.
Sonny Kay is best known for his visual art contributions and cover album art for bands such as The Mars Volta, RX Bandits and Le Butcherettes and most recently and notably as creative director for independent record label, Sargent House.
Gary Lain is the editor of Caustic Soda. He lives in San Diego, CA. He has published fiction and non-fiction in Fiction International, Review of Contemporary Fiction, American Book Review, Brooklyn Rail, Texas Review, Belphegor, Crash Test, Journal of Experimental Fiction.
Letterer Zach Meyer, is a web nerd living and working in Austin, TX. When he isn't trying to build the biggest and best websites or apps on the planet, he is given chances to leverage his background in layout, print, and graphic design on indy comics as a measure of fun guided by his friend Dan Crosier.
Caustic Soda - A Year Future Narco Romance is a graphic novel, with high quality, square bound, card stock cover and news print interior pages, available in English and Spanish.
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Risks and challenges
Challenges we may face after our project is successfully funded may include but are not limited to production delays, printing issues, shipping problems.
We intend to overcome these challenges by anticipating and addressing issues as they arise and communicating any delays to our contributors. Should a delay occur we will ship the available items first.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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Instant Gratification Station! You get “The First One’s Almost Free!” A 5-page digital ‘preview’ of Caustic Soda: A Year Future Narco Romance. Immediate download of 5-page comicbook in your choice of PDF, CBR or CBZ. No DRM, no encryption, just plain files optimized for on-screen reading. Available in English and Spanish.Estimated delivery:
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The Mark: Assassin's Loteria bookmarker screenprinted on card stock with art by BobRob Medina. Print edition of Caustic Soda – A Year Future Narco Romance graphic novel with high quality, square bound, card stock cover by Sonny Kay with glorious news print interior pages.Estimated delivery:Ships anywhere in the world
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The InterZone: Keep your brew frosty with the InterZone Adult Beverage Can Kozie designed by Muana Fanai while sticker bombing your neighborhood with Caustic Soda stickers, plus a thank you listing in the credits. Print Edition of Caustic Soda – A Year Future Narco Romance. Also includes collected digital series 1, 2 and 3 of Hello, The War is Here.Estimated delivery:Ships anywhere in the world
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Barrio Star: Collection of Loteria character cards; El Catrin, La Estrella, El Venado, and El Paraguas designed by artist, BobRob Medina. Each woodblock carving corresponds to one of the characters from the book. Print and Digital editions.Estimated delivery:Ships anywhere in the world
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Sicario: Art print poster of the cover for Caustic Soda – A Year Future Narco Romance, designed by visual artist, Sonny Kay. Graphic novel print edition signed by Shane Roeschlein and Daniel Crosier plus digital editions, Kozie and stickers. Exclusive to Kickstarter.Estimated delivery:Ships anywhere in the world
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El Venado: Caustic Soda T Shirt (tri-blend American Apparel), screen-printed and designed by Joe Triscari of Moonlight Speed PLUS print edition and digital series, Kozie and stickers.Estimated delivery:Ships anywhere in the world
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The Loteria “Collectors Set”: T-shirt, cover art print, a complete set of “Loteria” cards. Kozie, stickers, bookmarker, plus SIGNED print and download of digital editions of Caustic Soda – A Year Future Narco Romance.Estimated delivery:Ships anywhere in the world
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Year Future: Caustic Soda cover “variant” card stock screen print by Moon Light Speed, signed and numbered, digital series, stickers, Kozie, T Shirt, Loteria Cards.Estimated delivery:Ships anywhere in the world
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¡No pasarán!: Hello the War is Here, Part 1 special edition comic book with variant cover, signed by author Shane Roeschlein and artist Daniel Crosier. Print and digital editions. Caustic Soda T Shirt. Loteria Prints. Art print of cover. Kozie. Loteria cards.Estimated delivery:Ships anywhere in the world
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Retail: Need some narco romance for your shop? 5 print editions of Caustic Soda - A Year Future Narco Romance plus collectors edition bookmarker, stickers and an art print of the cover.Estimated delivery:Ships anywhere in the world
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Patron: Framed, birch panel from the graphic novel, signed by Daniel Crosier plus signed screen print of cover, set of Loteria Cards, T Shirt, Print and digital editions, stickers, Thank You credit.Estimated delivery:Ships anywhere in the world
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The Alchemist: YOU, your likeness recreated as a character in a future issue to be processed in a barrel of caustic soda by the Alchemist, plus all of the radness above.Estimated delivery:Ships anywhere in the world
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La Familia: Join Dan and Shane for a night on the town and guided tour of San Diego region during San Diego Comic Con OR in Denver during DenverCon. San Diego includes a meal at Shane’s favorite restaurant and a live concert at the Casbah. Optional foot massage by Shane. PLUS all of the above. *Does not include airfare, accommodations or tickets to San Diego or Denver Comic Con.Estimated delivery:Ships anywhere in the world
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La Familia Suerte: Join Dan and Shane for a night on the town and guided tour of San Diego region during San Diego Comic Con 2014 (tix included) OR in Denver during DenverCon 2014 (tix included). San Diego includes a meal at Shane’s favorite restaurant and a live concert at the Casbah. Optional foot massage by Shane. PLUS all of reward items listed above. *Does not include airfare, accommodations.Estimated delivery:Ships anywhere in the world
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El Musico: A one-of-a-kind Taylor GS Mini guitar with a custom Caustic Soda illustration on the top by artist Daniel Crosier. Includes signed print and digital editions, t shirt, fine art print, koozie, stickers, etc.Estimated delivery:Ships anywhere in the world
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