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A teleporting thief-for-hire takes on more than she & her team could ever expect in this mythic/sci-fi action graphic novel.
A teleporting thief-for-hire takes on more than she & her team could ever expect in this mythic/sci-fi action graphic novel.
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LIFTED: OF GODS & THIEVES COVER by UKO SMITH
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Sara Jackson leads a trio of art and antiquities thieves-for-hire, a job made easier by her limited ability to teleport. A pair of disgraced FBI agents pursues the thieves in a global game of cat-and-mouse as they fulfill their clients’ special requests.  

All the while, as Sara and her crew take on these heist attempts, she unwittingly plays a pivotal role in a confrontation between gods, one that could lead to—or prevent—worldwide devastation.

Art by John Rodriguez. Colors by Eric White. Letters by Justin Birch.
Art by John Rodriguez. Colors by Eric White. Letters by Justin Birch.
Art by John Rodriguez. Colors by Eric White. Letters by Justin Birch.
Art by John Rodriguez. Colors by Eric White. Letters by Justin Birch.
Art by John Rodriguez. Colors by Eric White. Letters by Justin Birch.
Art by John Rodriguez. Colors by Eric White. Letters by Justin Birch.
Art by John Rodriguez. Colors by Eric White. Letters by Justin Birch.
Art by John Rodriguez. Colors by Eric White. Letters by Justin Birch.
Art by John Rodriguez. Colors by Eric White. Letters by Justin Birch.
Art by John Rodriguez. Colors by Eric White. Letters by Justin Birch.
Art by John Rodriguez. Colors by Eric White. Letters by Justin Birch.
Art by John Rodriguez. Colors by Eric White. Letters by Justin Birch.
Art by John Rodriguez. Colors by Eric White. Letters by Justin Birch.
Art by John Rodriguez. Colors by Eric White. Letters by Justin Birch.
Art by John Rodriguez. Colors by Eric White. Letters by Justin Birch.
Art by John Rodriguez. Colors by Eric White. Letters by Justin Birch.
Art by John Rodriguez. Colors by Eric White. Letters by Justin Birch.
Art by John Rodriguez. Colors by Eric White. Letters by Justin Birch.
Art by John Rodriguez. Colors by Eric White. Letters by Justin Birch.
Art by John Rodriguez. Colors by Eric White. Letters by Justin Birch.

The Kickstarter for Lifted: Of Gods & Thieves is for a 108-page original graphic novel that combines science-fiction, action, and mythological elements. If you imagine combining movies such as The Score and The Thomas Crown Affair, with a touch of Clash of the Titans, that's what we are attempting to do with this story. 

A sample of some of the work that's been done. Art by John Rodriguez. Colors by Eric White.
A sample of some of the work that's been done. Art by John Rodriguez. Colors by Eric White.

The money pledged towards this graphic novel will fund the production and printing of the softcover edition of this graphic novel as well as other Lifted related limited-edition items in the reward tiers, shipping, and handling costs, Kickstarter fees, credit card processing fees, and taxes.

Creator: Shawn Pryor 

I'm the creator and co-writer of the all-ages graphic novel mystery series CASH & CARRIE, writer of KENTUCKY KAIJU, and writer and co-creator of the football/drama series FORCE

In my free time, I enjoy reading, cooking, listening to streaming music playlists, and talking about why Zack from the Mighty Morphin Power Rangers is the greatest Black superhero of all-time.

Lifted is a project that has been years in the making and I look forward to sharing it with you.

Co-Creator: Keith Cunningham

Keith is a writer, cartoonist, and animator. He is best known for being the screenwriter of the independent feature film Sweetmint, creator of the webcomic called Stale Popcorn and the anthology comic Strange Places.

Writer: Chris Murrin

Chris is an editor at FX Networks, and also a comic editor and sometimes writer on Ghoul Scouts and Athena Voltaire from publisher Action Lab Entertainment.

Artist: John Rodriguez

A graduate of the School of the Art Institute of Chicago with a Bachelor’s degree in Fine Art, John, who also goes by JAR, has always had a passion for working in the comic book industry and is the artist of the "comic novella" titled SPLIT.

JAR is also a graphic designer and photographer. Both skills have helped him tremendously with page layouts that guide the eye and framing scenes cinematically within a comic panel.

Cover Artist: Uko Smith

Uko is an illustrator, storyteller, and instructor at the Columbus College of Art & Design. Concept Artist Credits include IDW, LUCASFILM, HASBRO, HEAVY METAL, DC, MARVEL, and SKYSTORM.

Colorist: George Gant

George is a cartoonist, illustrator, comic book colorist, and letterer. He is also the creator of the webcomics The Reset Button and On The Grind.

Colorist: Eric White

Eric is a graphic designer and spent years doing coloring flats for the bigger comic book publishers, LIFTED is Eric's last coloring work as he is hanging up his color-for-hire tools and moving on to his own creative endeavors.

Letterer: Justin Birch

Justin's lettering prowess can be found in comics such as Miraculous, Princeless: Raven the Pirate Princess, Princeless: Raven the Pirate Princess Year Two, the IF Anthology, and numerous other titles. 

Risks and challenges

This is my fourth Kickstarter project. The previous Kickstarter's that I've run have been fulfilled and completed, and I do my best to make sure that everyone receives their rewards.

While all creative projects have their share of challenges and issues, I make sure to keep all backers informed if any problems surface. I have a good grasp on what it takes to handle and manage a Kickstarter project and understand that your pledges mean something and I plan on fulfilling them.

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    PHONE WALLPAPER & DIGITAL PREVIEW

    Get a Phone Wallpaper of LIFTED: OF GODS & THIEVES featuring the artwork of Uko Smith and a digital PDF preview edition of LIFTED.

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    THE DIGITAL EDITION

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    THE DIGITAL DELUXE EDITION

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    SOFTCOVER OGN & DIGITAL EDITION

    Get a soft-cover print edition of LIFTED: OF GODS & THIEVES OGN, A LIFTED mini-poster, a digital copy of the LIFTED: OF GODS & THIEVES OGN and the Phone Wallpaper.

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    SOFTCOVER OGN & DIGITAL DELUXE EDITION

    Get a soft-cover print edition of LIFTED: OF GODS & THIEVES OGN, A LIFTED mini-poster, a digital deluxe copy of the LIFTED: OF GODS & THIEVES OGN and the Phone Wallpaper.

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    SUPER DIGITAL BUNDLE

    Get a digital deluxe copy of the LIFTED: OF GODS & THIEVES OGN which includes bonus material such as scripts, concept artwork, etc., along with digital collections of KENTUCKY KAJIU, CASH & CARRIE: BOOK ONE, FORCE: VOLUME ONE, EXO-1 & THE ROCKSOLID STEELBOTS and the LIFTED Phone Wallpaper.

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    • KENTUCKY KAIJU PDF
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    LIMITED EDITION LIFTED T-SHIRT BUNDLE

    Get a limited edition LIFTED T-Shirt featuring the artwork of Uko Smith. T-shirts will be produced for backers only.

    You will also receive a soft-cover print edition of LIFTED: OF GODS & THIEVES OGN, A LIFTED mini-poster, a digital deluxe copy of the LIFTED: OF GODS & THIEVES OGN and the Phone Wallpaper.

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    THE ULTIMATE LIFTED BUNDLE

    Get a limited edition LIFTED T-Shirt featuring the artwork of Uko Smith. T-shirts will be produced for backers only as well as a limited edition LIFTED STICKER SET.

    Get a digital deluxe copy of the LIFTED: OF GODS & THIEVES OGN which includes bonus material such as scripts, concept artwork, etc., along with digital collections of KENTUCKY KAJIU, CASH & CARRIE: BOOK ONE, FORCE: VOLUME ONE, EXO-1 & THE ROCKSOLID STEELBOTS and the LIFTED Phone Wallpaper.

    Includes:
    • Limited Edition LIFTED T-Shirt
    • Phone Wallpaper
    • Two LIFTED Stickers
    • Soft Cover OGN Edition of LIFTED
    • LIFTED mini-poster
    • LIFTED Deluxe Edition Graphic Novel PDF
    • KENTUCKY KAIJU PDF
    • CASH & CARRIE: BOOK ONE PDF
    • FORCE: VOLUME ONE PDF
    • EXO-1 & THE ROCKSOLID STEELBOTS PDF
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    JOHN RODRIGUEZ COMMISSION BUNDLE!

    Get One 11x17 B&W Pencil and Ink Commission by LIFTED Artist John Rodriguez! Add $25 for each additional character.

    You will also receive a soft-cover print edition of LIFTED: OF GODS & THIEVES OGN, a LIFTED mini-poster, a digital deluxe copy of the LIFTED: OF GODS & THIEVES OGN and the Phone Wallpaper.

    Includes:
    • One 11x17 B&W Pencil and Ink Commission by Artist John Rodriguez
    • Phone Wallpaper
    • Two LIFTED Stickers
    • LIFTED Deluxe Edition Graphic Novel PDF
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    STEVE BRYANT COMMISSION BUNDLE!

    Get One 11x17 Single Figure B&W Pencil and Ink Commission by Athena Voltaire Creator and Artist Steve Bryant!

    You will also receive FIVE Autographed 11x17 Athena Voltaire Prints by Creator and Artist Steve Bryant, a soft-cover print edition of LIFTED: OF GODS & THIEVES OGN, a LIFTED mini-poster, a digital deluxe copy of the LIFTED: OF GODS & THIEVES OGN and the Phone Wallpaper.

    Includes:
    • One 11x17 B&W Pencil and Ink Commission by Artist Steve Bryant
    • 5 Autographed 11x17 Athena Voltaire Prints by Artist Steve Bryant
    • Phone Wallpaper
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    UKO SMITH COMMISSION BUNDLE!

    Get One 11x14 Single Figure Commission with background from LIFTED Cover Artist Uko Smith. The commission will be penciled, with graytone markers, ink, and acrylic on 11x14 Strathmore 400 series paper.

    You will also receive Uko Smith's latest sketchbook, FULL CIRCLE, a soft-cover print edition of LIFTED: OF GODS & THIEVES OGN, a LIFTED mini-poster, a digital deluxe copy of the LIFTED: OF GODS & THIEVES OGN and the Phone Wallpaper.

    Includes:
    • One 11x14 Original Commission From Artist Uko Smith
    • One Copy of Uko Smith's FULL CIRCLE Sketchbook
    • Phone Wallpaper
    • Two LIFTED Stickers
    • LIFTED Deluxe Edition Graphic Novel PDF
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    ORIGINAL COVER ULTIMATE BUNDLE!

    Get the Original Cover Artwork for LIFTED, by Artist Uko Smith! The original cover is in gray tone markers, ink, and acrylic on 11x14 Strathmore 400 series paper.

    You'll also receive all preliminary/concept cover work by Artist Uko Smith, as well as a limited edition LIFTED T-Shirt.

    Get a digital deluxe copy of the LIFTED: OF GODS & THIEVES OGN which includes bonus material such as scripts, concept artwork, etc., along with digital collections of KENTUCKY KAJIU, CASH & CARRIE: BOOK ONE, FORCE: VOLUME ONE, EXO-1 & THE ROCKSOLID STEELBOTS and the LIFTED Phone Wallpaper and stickers.

    Includes:
    • Original LIFTED Cover Artwork by Artist Uko Smith
    • All Preliminary Concept Cover Work by Artist Uko Smith
    • Limited Edition LIFTED T-Shirt
    • Phone Wallpaper
    • Two LIFTED Stickers
    • Soft Cover OGN Edition of LIFTED
    • LIFTED mini-poster
    • LIFTED Deluxe Edition Graphic Novel PDF
    • KENTUCKY KAIJU PDF
    • CASH & CARRIE: BOOK ONE PDF
    • FORCE: VOLUME ONE PDF
    • EXO-1 & THE ROCKSOLID STEELBOTS PDF
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