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About this project

The 13 page story "Swamp Magic" is a FREE download here.

"The Warden Anthology" is an 80 page Hardcover Graphic Novel collecting five short comic stories illustrated by several amazingly talented artists and written by Steven Hudkins. It also includes one short prose story by Barry Reese.

The Warden is a supernatural action-adventure comic. Set at the turn of the 20th century, scientific advances are shining a light across the world, but also casting deep shadows. It is a time of rapid industrialization, but deep rooted superstitions are still pervasive. No one knows the limits of technology or the ancient magics that are slowly being forgotten.

I have personally invested over $6,000 for promotional art, cover art, script editing, and for the production of "Swamp Magic". But that has only gotten me part of the way. I am NOT trying to recoup my costs and the goal is not padded for profit. In fact, I've committed myself to personally paying for the printing run and shipping to backers which will add up to another $5000. 

Thats right, by the end of this project I could have bought a couple of cars. This truly is a passion project and I'm committed to seeing this through. However, I've taken this project as far as I can. Now I need your help to bring it home.

Most of our goal is needed just to produce the book. The bulk of the money is going straight to the creators. I'm not including my cost or time. I'm genuinely happy to work for peanuts. The last few crumbs will be paying for creating extra rewards like shirts and prints.

Pencils and Inks are scheduled to finish by the end of November, with colors being finished shortly after that. My goal is to have the book sent to the printer before January 1st. Printing can take up to 15 weeks, but the average turnaround time is 8 weeks. By the latest, your books should be shipping out by Spring 2016.

The cover is illustrated by Carlos Trigo with colors by Sean Forney
The cover is illustrated by Carlos Trigo with colors by Sean Forney

Editing by Steven Forbes

Steven is the editor-in-chief and co-founder of ComixTribe.com, whose motto is "Creators Helping Creators Make Better Comics." He can also be found writing the Daily Dose at jaycrowcomics.com.

Lettering by Nic J. Shaw

Nic is a designer/letterer/writer from Sydney, Australia. He's worked with Image, IDW, Black Mask, and a slew of self publishers. You can find him at nicjshaw.com or on twitter @NicJShaw.

Prose by Barry Reese

Barry has written for publishers like Marvel Comics, West End Games, Moonstone Books and Pro Se Productions. He's best known for his pulp adventure novels starring heroes like Lazarus Gray, The Peregrine and Gravedigger. More can be found by visiting barryreese.net

"Swamp Magic"

Illustrated and Colored by George Sellas

George Sellas is an award-winning freelance artist from the great (and tiny) state of Connecticut. His work has also appeared in a wide variety of formats, including books, comics, albums, corporate branding, more caricatures than he can count, and most recently, video games. He has worked with Oregon-based video game development studio SuperGenius on projects for Disney and Marvel. He has illustrated the works of authors such as Mark Twain, Stanley Weinbaum, and Robert E. Howard in the Graphic Classics line of graphic novels and is a featured artist under the "Reese Unlimited" imprint of pulp publisher Pro Se Press.

"The Death Waltz"

Illustrated by Jen Hickman

Jen Hickman is a Californian illustrator who drinks too much coffee and loves making comics more than most other things. She recently self-published, with writer James Maddox, a graphic novel called The Dead, and had a short story in the paranormal anthology Then It Was Dark. Jen's work can be found at umicorms.com.

Colored by Jules Rivera

Jules Rivera is a freelance illustrator specializing in all-ages illustration, comics coloring, and 2D animation. She has studied entertainment design at the Gnomon School of Visual Effects and 3Kicks Studio in Los Angeles. Her current client list includes IDW and ComixTribe. Jules has also self-published several graphic novel series including Valkyrie Squadron and Misfortune High.

"Feline Fatale"

Illustrated by Alex Cormack

Alex Cormack is an illustrator living in Tyngsboro MA with his wife, Ashley, and three cats- Danger, Destruction, and Disaster. He was an independent animator before diving into comics. He has worked with many publishers (ComixTribe, Bliss on Tap, Red Stylo Media) as well as numerous freelance writers, and has been published by Image comics and IDW. For more info please look at his website www.AlexCormack.com.

Colored by Sean Forney

Sean Forney - is a thirteen year professional illustrator/comic book artist currently working on issue #5 of Zen: Intergalactic Ninja for Devil’s Due/1First Comics and Cyberines #3 (Red Anvil Comics). His recent color work can be seen on the cover of Bloodstrike (Image Comics). Cover and interior work can also be seen in Archaea (Devil’s Due/1First Comics), Deadpooh (Comi-Kazi), and Cyberines #1 (Red Anvil Comics). Sean co-created and illustrated Scarlet Huntress #1, Scarlet Huntress #2, Scarlet’s Guide to Cryptids, and the newest anthology book, Scarlet Huntress: Tales Through Time. See more of Sean’s work on the web and request commissions at www.SeanForney.com and www.facebook.com/SeanForneyIllustration.

"Ashes to Ashes"

Illustrated by Carlos Trigo

Carlos Trigo is a comic book artist from Spain. He's been working actively for the US indie comic market since 2011. His published works include Crimson Society (Action Lab Comics), Ghoul Squad (The Higher Universe) and Mixmancer (Epigamics).

Colored by Jack Lavy

Jack Lavy is a comic book colorist from Tel Aviv, Israel. He is mostly self-taught, but is currently attending the Minshar School for Art. He's worked on several indie gigs over the past 2 years, but is most well-known for co-creating and coloring "The Aesir" with Wayne Nichols.

"Shadowboxing"

Illustrated by Sebatián Piriz

Sebastián Píriz is a sequential artist who has published works with Boom!, IDW, and Marvel, among others. He's currently the main artist of The Demon Archives.

Colored by Mat Lopes

Mat Lopes is a colorist from Brazil who got his first gig in 2011 and has been published by Vertigo, Image, IDW, Valiant and others since then. He is a self taught artist who learnt everything he knows from the amazing world of the internet. Being a good brazilian, he's crazy about soccer.

The Power of $1 - Because Kickstarter won't let us just give it away!

In the spirit of 10¢ pulps, The Warden Anthology will give you a story of your choice for only $1! I'll also send you a personalized Thank-You note on a Kickstarter exclusive postcard.

Being a backer means you'll have exclusive access to weekly Google Hangouts where we'll be discussing the scripts, getting to know each other, talking about the future of the story (Spoilers!) and whatever else you would like to know. I want to get to know you! After the project is completed, you'll receive the PDF of the story you choose, and a PDF of "The Making Of…".

The Collector's Option

While $1 gives you a once in a lifetime experience, $19 gives you a once in a lifetime product.

A 60 page Hardcover from a VERY limited print run. This is a collector's item and I will be going the extra mile to make it special. It will be of exceptional quality and worthy of it's Special Edition cover. Each book will be numbered and (optionally) signed by Steven Hudkins. This book will retail for $24.99. You'll also receive the complete PDF of the anthology.

Did I mention free shipping in the U.S.? (As if you needed more convincing, right?)

  • $1 = Zero Risk: For the cost of a large drink from McDonald's, you get up to 26 pages of art plus the bells and whistles that go with. How can you go wrong?
  • Money Back Guarantee: If within 30 days of receiving your rewards you are unhappy with the product, I'll give you a full refund. No hassle, no guilt trips. Just your money back.
  • $19 translates into $11 of savings for you: The Warden Anthology Hardcover has a M.S.R.P. of $25, along with an average of $5 shipping, means you're saving $11 with every book.
  • You have a direct line to me: Do you have a question for me? Would you like to just get to know me as a person? Do you want to know more story details? Then come meet me and hang out every week in our Google Hangouts. Or, just send me a message right here on Kickstarter. I'm on call 24/7!
  • We can't do this without you!: Even with as much time, energy, and money we've put into this project, it won't be possible without your help. Every pledge is life-changing.
  • Limited Supplies: This is a very limited print run with a Special Edition cover. Every book will be numbered. You literally can't get it anywhere else!
  • Complete Transparency: I will always be completely upfront and forthcoming with any and all details about the project. Backers will be the first to know every single piece of minutiae relating to the project.

Risks and challenges

Excluding enchanted albino gators?

Every comic project faces several challenges. Fortunately, I am working with people and companies that have excellent reputations and track records.

Every artist on this project has an established reputation of professionalism. They all have taken a leap of faith to clear their schedules after this campaign ends. This project could not be in better hands!

The team is already prepped to begin production on their respective stories. Pre-production is completed and they all have time cleared from their schedules starting as soon as the campaign ends. We're all lined up at the starting line waiting for the gun to go off!

My role will be as a project manager, coordinating with the artists and making sure we finish by or before our deadlines. Also on board is Steven Forbes, the resident drill instructor. Seriously, he was in the military! As the muscle of the group, he'll make sure everyone stays on task and on time.

Shipping will be handled either by myself or Amazon Fulfillment depending on the amount of orders to be sent out. If it is manageable by myself, then I will personally ensure it is taken care of. For large shipments, Amazon's success speaks for itself.

Unfortunately, delays are always a risk. Sometimes, art takes longer than expected because of the high quality we desire. There are a lot of gears involved in the production and fulfillment process as well. If any of those gears slow down, the whole machine slows down.

My pledge to you is this: 100% clarity. If we experience any delays or challenges, backers will be the first to know the problem and the course of action being taken to correct it.

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    THE DIME NOVEL - "Because Kickstarter won't let us just give it away!"

    You will receive a PDF of a single story (of your choice) from "The Warden Anthology", a PDF of the "Making Of", and access to weekly Google Hangouts where you can get to know the creator and talk about the future of THE WARDEN. Not to mention the completely awesome Kickstarter Exclusive Postcard with a handwritten (more like scribbled) thank-you note from Steven!

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    THE COLLECTOR (U.S. Only) - "Who knows? Maybe the first appearance of the Dangerous Dung Beetle will be worth a fortune someday..."

    You'll receive a HARDCOVER and complete PDF of "The Warden Anthology" with the Kickstarter Special Edition Cover numbered and signed by Steven Hudkins (Writer and Creator). Includes Shipping!

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    MSRP $24.99USD! (For extra copies, add $19 each.)

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    THE INTERNATIONAL (Backers outside the U.S.) - "I love your accent."

    You'll receive a HARDCOVER and complete PDF of "The Warden Anthology" with the Kickstarter Special Edition Cover numbered and signed by Steven Hudkins (Writer and Creator). Includes Shipping!

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    THE FANBOY - "You don't like comics if you don't like The Warden."

    These hardcore fans get a Kickstarter exclusive T-Shirt that will never be made or sold again! It will have an obscure reference to the comic, ensuring that you will be a part of the inside joke that no one else gets!

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    KICKING IT FORWARD - Let's share our love for comics with those who need it the most.

    I'm going to give DC/Marvel comics and superhero coloring books to children in need. I will be reading comics with them and spreading the love of the medium. Donations will be made in your name. Pictures will be posted in a project update.

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    THE REAL DEAL - As Brian May might say, "I Want It All". This package includes the shirt, all seven 11 x 17 prints, and the hardcover.

    You will also receive a personal phone call from Steven Hudkins thanking you for backing the project.

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    BULK BUY - 9 Copies of the THE WARDEN ANTHOLOGY at 66% off of the cover price!

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    THE REAL STEAL- For only $25 more than REAL DEAL, you will get the original art for a page of THE WARDEN ANTHOLOGY. Only 6 of these are being offered, so grab them while you can!

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    THE HITCHCOCK - Ever wanted a cameo in a comic? Here's your chance! 10 people will be lucky enough to be drawn into THE WARDEN ANTHOLOGY. The first backer to pledge to this reward level will be featured in multiple panels!

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    THE CREATIVE MIND - Are you a writer? Send your script to Steven and he will give you a solid written critique of the work, offering advice to take your story to the next level.

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    THE ART SNOB - You will receive the original page of Carlos Trigo's beautifully inked cover for "Ashes to Ashes". When Carlos becomes the next Jack Kirby, you'll be happy you invested.

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    THE CHARACTER ACTOR - One lucky backer will have a supporting role in THE WARDEN ANTHOLOGY. They will be featured on multiple pages and have several lines of dialogue.

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    THE LEGACY - These ultimate fans will receive signed first editions of every publication Steven Hudkins ever creates for life. Includes a piece of Original Art from THE WARDEN ANTHOLOGY. Want something unique? Send Steven a message. For $1,000 he might even take you on a whirlwind Vegas trip ending in regret, shame and marriage.

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