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Funding for this project was canceled by the project creator on Nov 5 2018

About

The Undad series. Photo by Valerie Khoo.
The Undad series. Photo by Valerie Khoo.

More than just another zombie story, Undad is about the challenges of being a husband/father while being (literally) dead inside.

Brett Buckley was a normal family man once. When he unexpectedly turned undead, he found himself struggling to regain the love and respect of his wife and kids. While balancing his horrific cravings against his need to be a good role model for his children, Brett learned that honesty is the only glue that can bind a family together.

Undad was written entirely by me and my wife Katie Walsh-Smith, with a different artist or art team attached to each chapter of the series.

From Undad chapter 2. Art by Diego and Andrea Lopez Mata.
From Undad chapter 2. Art by Diego and Andrea Lopez Mata.
From Undad chapter 3. Art by Joseph Canave.
From Undad chapter 3. Art by Joseph Canave.
From Undad's bonus chapter. Art by Paul Schultz.
From Undad's bonus chapter. Art by Paul Schultz.
From Undad chapter 5. Art by Team Diaverik.
From Undad chapter 5. Art by Team Diaverik.
From Undad chapter 6. Art by Dima Derzhavin.
From Undad chapter 6. Art by Dima Derzhavin.
From Undad chapter 7. Art by Deborah Carita Holland.
From Undad chapter 7. Art by Deborah Carita Holland.

The Undad books are by far my most popular books to date, and also my best received, as the series was shortlisted for both the Australian Shadows Award and the ACT Writing and Publishing Award (the first comic to make this shortlist).

The books have been funded by two successful Kickstarter campaigns, and a grant from Creative Partnerships Australia. They've been showcased in articles and features all over the internet.

Readers have been asking me for years whether there would be a third volume of the book (even after Santa Clarita Diet hit the airwaves).

That's where this campaign comes in.

Just the other day we received word from artsACT that Undad Volume Three will be funded by a generous grant.

The grant will cover the page rates paid to the writing and art team for the book. But it won't be covering incidental costs, such as publication fees, artist auditions, and a few other minor costs. That's where this Quickstarter campaign comes in.  

At this stage, we're looking to hire four artists to produce work for Undad Volume Three. Ideally, I'm hoping to receive applications from at least a hundred (we're nearly there already), and commission sample artwork from at least twenty, in order to make this final decision.

We're looking to assemble a crack team of artists who want to work on the next volume of Undad. This process involves a paid audition, where artists create a custom piece of Undad artwork as their application.

What we're funding with this Quickstarter is the production of a digital Undad artbook and a series of prints featuring this custom art. The artbook will contain all the custom Undad art produced in the past, as well as all the artwork commissioned as a result of this campaign.

This artbook will also feature a wealth of behind-the-scenes content alongside the artwork, including interesting trivia, notes about the production process, script samples, and much, much, more.

Here's a sample of what's been produced to date (audition art for Undad and Undad Vol 2), along with all the different visual styles that Brett Buckley has worn over the course of the series.

My name is SHANE W SMITH, and I'm an Australian graphic novelist who uses genre to explore and uncover some of the deeper meanings of human experience. Four of my graphic novels have been shortlisted in awards, including the fan-favourite Undad.

I've got a Bachelor Degree in creative writing, I'm the first Australian from any discipline to be invited to Kickstarter's Drip program, and I might be the only person in the world to get a comic published in a refereed academic journal.

Earlier this year, I delivered my millionth comic page into the hands of my fans. My awesome (and growing) fanbase is incredibly supportive of my work. I'm so appreciative: we only crushed this milestone because of you.

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Submissions are open right now for artists wishing to join the Undad creative team. We'll be making announcements here about every piece of custom art we commission for this project.


Artists commissioned so far

Check out this stunning brand new Undad artwork from artist Ryan Vogler!
Artwork by Ryan Vogler
Artwork by Ryan Vogler


+BONUS REWARD FOR SUPERFANS

If you back this campaign (at any level) and have:
  • backed one of my previous campaigns; or
  • back Undad Volume Three when we launch it on Kickstarter in 2019; or 
  • support me on Patreon or Drip...
...then you are a SUPERFAN. 
And as an expression of my gratitude, you'll receive a lengthy digital audio commentary for Undad Volume Three.


This commentary will run for a minimum of forty-five minutes, and will cover topics like themes, creative processes, writing and artwork processes, publishing trivia, answers to FAQs re the book, and much more. 

I might even see if I can rope some of the creative team into sharing their insights on tape!  

This is an exclusive offer for my superfans who are coming back to support my work for a second (or third [or more-th]) time! You guys take really good care of me, and I'm going to do the same for you. 

Let's recap

The Undad artbook campaign offers a whole bunch of exciting and exclusive perks.

  • Awesome artwork. You'll receive access to dozens of custom Undad artworks. 
  • Meet the artists. We'll be showcasing the work of individual artists as the campaign progresses. 
  • Behind the scenes. A peek behind the curtain at the audition stage of an exciting new project. 
  • Have a say. You'll be given a chance to select your favourite works, a decision that might affect the final decision of the creative team. 
  • From the ground up. Your support at this early stage of the Undad Volume Three process helps us put together the very best creative team our money can buy, which means a better product in the end. We all win.
     
Thank you very much for checking out this campaign to bring the Undad artbook to (un)life. 
Undad is very near and dear to me. It's a comic that wears its heart on its sleeve (and its other sleeve, and down the front of its shirt). It's the most meaningful look at family relationships that I've written to date. 

I'm incredibly excited to bring this project to you, and am more than happy to answer any questions you might have. This book can't exist without your help, so if you'd like to see it come to life, please click the green Back This Project button.

Risks and challenges

This is my seventh Kickstarter project, and by far the simplest in terms of fulfilment. Funding the project means we'll have the money on hand to pay artists for their work. I'm confident that delivering rewards to backers will be no issue - we'll probably even do the usual Shane W Smith thing and over-deliver!

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    Pledge AU$ 1 or more About US$ 0.73

    Dad and Loving It

    One digital Undad print, selected at random and sent to your inbox.

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    • Digital Undad print
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    Wanted Dad or Alive

    The Undad artbook in PDF format, featuring (at least) forty individual high-res pieces of Undad artwork.

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    Grave New World

    The Undad artbook in PDF format, featuring (at least) forty individual high-res pieces of Undad artwork.

    Undad Vol 1 and Vol 2 PDFs.
    Exclusive Undad journal PDF.

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    Zombody to Love

    The Undad artbook in PDF format, featuring (at least) forty individual high-res pieces of Undad artwork.

    Physical print of one Undad print.

    Undad Vol 1 and Vol 2 PDFs.
    Exclusive Undad journal PDF.

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    • Physical Undad print
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    Caught Dead-Handed

    The Undad artbook in PDF format, featuring (at least) forty individual high-res pieces of Undad artwork.

    Physical prints of 10 pieces of Undad artwork.

    Undad Vol 1 and Vol 2 PDFs.
    Exclusive Undad journal PDF.

    Includes:
    • 10× Physical Undad print
    • Undad Vol 1 (220 pages PDF)
    • Undad Vol 2 (230 pages PDF)
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    Deadicated Fan

    The Undad artbook in PDF format, featuring (at least) forty individual high-res pieces of Undad artwork.

    Physical prints of all Undad artwork produced under this campaign (at least 20).

    Undad Vol 1 and Vol 2 PDFs.
    Exclusive Undad journal PDF.

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    • 20× Physical Undad print
    • Undad Vol 1 (220 pages PDF)
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