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Undad: a treatise on depression, a complex family drama, and a rip-roaring zombie gorefest, all with a self-aware streak of dark humour
Undad was published in 2015 by Deeper Meanings Publishing, and was a finalist in the 2015 Australian Shadows Awards!
Undad was published in 2015 by Deeper Meanings Publishing, and was a finalist in the 2015 Australian Shadows Awards!
90 backers pledged AU$ 5,313 to help bring this project to life.

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More than just another zombie story.

Undad is about the challenges of being a husband/father while being (literally) dead inside. Stretch goals for extra issues now active!

Undad has been funded! Thanks to the generosity of all of Undad's awesome backers, Issue 2 has officially entered production. We've now raised enough funds to get Issue 3 and Issue 4 produced as well.

For just a $5 pledge, you can get 160 pages of Undad!

Now that the first stretch goal has been reached, here's what will happen:

  • Undad Issue 3 and Issue 4 will be made as part of this campaign. 
  • New reward tiers will unlock, including additional your-likeness-in-the-book tiers, and an Undad trade paperback option.
  • All pledges of $5 or more will be 'upgraded' for free to include digital copies of Issue 3 and Issue 4 of Undad (an extra 80+ pages).
  • All backers who pledged $30 will be given the opportunity to switch their reward to a trade paperback version collecting all four issues together for an additional $5. All higher pledges receiving paperbacks will be automatically upgraded for free.

A chance encounter with a ragged homeless man leaves Brett Buckley with deep teeth marks in his arm. Shortly thereafter, he discovers within himself a sudden ravenous hunger for living flesh. Unable to control these urges, he consumes the hamster that belongs to his son’s class...

Undad Issue 1 is complete and, for the duration of the Kickstarter campaign, can be read for free here: http://shanewsmith.com/undad/ 

Brett’s young son is trying to understand what it means to die. Whether life can continue after death. Brett is still shaken by his sudden transformation, and is unwilling to even attempt to answer the question. Set against flashbacks that show the final days of his own father’s life, Brett wrestles with issues of life and death, and realises that he has never come to terms with the notion of human mortality.

Issue 2 has officially entered production. The artwork will be produced by Diego and Andrea Lopez Mata.

It’s a month since he became undead, and Brett is beginning to starve. He fears that his hunger might lead him to become a danger to his family. In addition, he is mortified to discover that his condition has rendered him impotent, and that his daughter is starting to get serious with her boyfriend...

Issue 3 will enter production shortly. The artwork will be produced by Joseph Canave.

For three months, Brett has been trying to track down the hobo who turned him undead. For three months, he has managed to keep his secret from his family and friends. It all begins to unravel when he wakes up and can’t feel his leg. But when the truth finally comes out, an even more chilling fact rises to the surface: Brett’s hobo has been hanging out near the kids’ school, and is scouting for his next feed...

Issue 4 will enter production shortly. 

Easter is approaching, and Brett is going through a crisis of faith, the first one he has ever had. His kids both have difficult questions for him that once upon a time he could have answered easily, but now struggles with. Lost in existential crisis, he heads into his church after hours for answers, but finds only more questions.

This bonus issue of Undad takes place between Issues 3 and 4, and will only be produced if the funding for this campaign reaches $7500. Artist TBC.

SAMPLE ART

Undad Issue 1, Page 1
Undad Issue 1, Page 1
Undad Issue 2, Page 1
Undad Issue 2, Page 1
Artwork by Anthony Salinas
Artwork by Anthony Salinas

THE CREATIVE TEAM

SHANE W SMITH is an Australian graphic novelist who has been writing since he could hold a pen. He has a Bachelor's degree in Creative Writing, and a number of published graphic novels, including the 2013 Aurealis Award finalist Peaceful Tomorrows. His oddest achievement is getting a comic published in a refereed academic journal in 2007.
Website: http://shanewsmith.com/
Twitter: https://twitter.com/Shane_W_Smith
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/ShaneWSmith.Author

Shane is the writer of every issue of Undad, and the artist for Issue 1 and Issue 4.

ANDREA LÓPEZ MATA and DIEGO LÓPEZ MATA are a comic book dream team. They are accomplished painters, sculptors and portraitists who have two graphic novels under their belt, as well as a range of artwork and sculptures commissioned by museums. They draw inspiration from the etchings and engravings of Rembrandt and Doré when inking comics.
Website: http://www.comicslopezmata.blogspot.mx/
Portfolio: http://diegolopezmata.daportfolio.com/
Portfolio: http://diegolopezmata.deviantart.com/gallery/

Andrea and Diego are the artists for Issue 2 of Undad.

JOSEPH CANAVE was born in Davao city, Philippines. He is a graphic designer and a graduate of Architecture at Ateneo de Davao University. He got his first shot at indie comics with Paperclip Komics' IV (Four).He has also worked on an adaptation of Nicholas Grabowsky's horror novel, Red Wet Dirt, and on The Father Keeper with writer John Graham, and Modern Hood for writer Keith Robinson. He is now currently drawing manga for Red Core Studios' SIN by A.J. Fulcher.
Website: http://joseph-canave.darkfolio.com/
Portfolio: http://redeye83.deviantart.com/

Joseph is the artist for Issue 3 of Undad.

ANTHONY SALINAS has been drawing ever since he could hold a crayon. He attended the Illinois Institute of Art and graduated with a BFA with a major in Media Arts and Animation. He has been working as a professional for 8 years as a character designer, animator, illustrator and digital painter, and for the last 2 years as a 2d artist for a video arcade development company in Illinois, U.S.A.
Website: http://anthony-salinas.blogspot.com/
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/anthonysalinasart/
Etsy:
https://www.etsy.com/shop/artofanthonysalinas/   

Anthony will be the cover artist for every issue of Undad that is funded under this Kickstarter campaign.

REWARDS FOR BACKERS

No matter whether you have $1 or $100 to invest, there's something here for you. For just $5, you can get 80 pages of Undad comics. For just $40, you can get an additional 1500 pages of Shane W Smith comics.

TIMEFRAME

Work has already begun on the artwork for Issue 2 of Undad. I will be funding this out of my mortgage, and will recover the funds from the Kickstarter pledges. As work has started before the end of the campaign, this should shorten the production schedule, which is good news for everyone.

All reward tiers will be filled as soon as possible. Digital content will be released on a staggered schedule, as it becomes available. Physical goods will probably be held over and shipped together in one package, unless there is a significant delay with one item or a surplus of funds to cover extra postage.

I've entered a tentative goal of May 2015 for both digital goods and paperbacks. In all likelihood this is a significant overestimation, though if all the stretch goals are reached, the production of the additional issues may push out the reward fulfillment dates a little.

CONCLUSION

Feel free to ask any questions, either here or by emailing me at shane@shanewsmith.com.

And don't forget you can read Issue 1 of Undad for free on my website.

Thank you very much for checking out this project. I hope I have convinced you that Undad is worth funding, and that I am capable of putting this book together. It can't be brought to un-life without your help, though, so please make a pledge.

Risks and challenges

I am a focused and committed person with an extensive publishing history, the budget has been fairly carefully calculated, and I am in pretty good physical health (touch wood), so there is really only one major risk with this project that I can see: that the artwork for the funded book will not be produced on schedule. I have faith in my artists, as they were hired for (in addition to their talents) their professional approach to their work.

I will be monitoring the progress of the book throughout, so there shouldn't be any last-minute surprises. There is a chance that an expected delay will impact delivery dates for rewards, but the consequences are unlikely to be more severe than that. The book will still be made, and delivered, and I'll be doing everything I can to ensure that it happens on time.

In all these cases, I will be in constant communication with backers, and intend to be as open and forthcoming about revised delivery dates as possible. I want to get this right, and I want everyone to walk away happy.

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    The exclusive unearthed diary of Brett Buckley, documenting his changes and containing photos, documents, and plenty of meaty subtext (limited to 100 worldwide). This tier is also entitled to free upgrades if stretch goals are reached. This tier also includes all rewards from the $30 tier.

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