About this project
Stretch Goal #1!
£150 - Set of 5 exclusive Sinners Trading Cards
We're so pleased we've reached our initial funding target! Thank you! For our first stretch goal we've put together a fantastic offer. If the campaign reaches £1350, we will send an exclusive set of 5 Sinners trading cards to every backer who has pledged £6 or more (this is because this is the minimum pledge with postage already required). The cards will be based on characters from Issue 1, namely:
The Girl Who Shines
The cards will be full colour, double sided, with the Issue 1 cover on the back, and a picture of the person/thing the card is about on the front, with extra information about the person/thing too! These are very exciting! I'll post up the designs in the next 24 hours! There will be new cards with each issue.
SINNERS is an original ongoing, mature reader, comic series about a young Hispanic girl named Hope, who, in Issue 1, wakes up dead - and that's only the start of her problems.
Escaping from a crime scene, Hope gets given the job of driving a Limo by a mysterious man who knows too much about her, who then opens the trunk and gets sucked into it!
Now she must drive the Limo, and with a little help from the GPS, do a job that she doesn't want to do; gather the sinners.
Issue 1 is a 32 page, full colour, comic. beautifully drawn and printed. It will sit proudly on its own or within your comic collection!
In this world of endless Sinners, our reward levels offer a brief interlude, and allow us the chance to become a little more saintly (in the eyes of the Sinners Comic Book team, anyway!).
Please note the Digital Media Pack includes a PDF version of comic!
Below you will see images describing the different levels.
More Details on Specific Rewards
Vintage Postcard Original Hand-Drawn Sketch
Kickstarter exclusive! For £20, as well as getting a signed edition of the comic/Digital Media Pack/"Hope is Dead" Buttons/mention on the Role of Dishonour, you will get a vintage style postcard with an original sketch of Hope, drawn by our artist RHStewart! He'll even sign it too! As will I, because otherwise I just feel left out! Plus, we'll add your address to the address part of the postcard if you'd like us to!
And add another £5, and we'll get Hope to write you a message on the reverse! Limited to 20!
The artwork for the t-shirt is shown below. It's called "Dreams of Hope". It's available in the usual sizes, and we'll be sending out a request for your desired size at the end of the funding.
Here are some excellent examples of our artist RHStewart's personalised commissions, available from £150.
Issue 2 - Before a Fall
A number of the rewards are to do with Issue 2, so I thought I'd give you a quick synopsis of it. Issue 2 is called "Before A Fall", and deals with a young Roadie for a band who's just a little too big for his boots. A lot of the Roadie's narrative takes place on the bands tour bus, so the names and likenesses mentioned in the Rewards will be members of this bus.
As for Hope, Issue 2 finds her looking for food, picking up the Roadie, and wanting to ask some more questions of someone before she delivers her first sinner. Stopping at a gas station to make a call, the attendant recognises the car and refuses to help Hope in any way.
Paraphrase Me Buttons
There are three badges/buttons that you'll receive. One word from the phrase "Hope is dead" will appear on each. This will allow you to wear them as a paraphrase of your choice (as long as it's made up of those three words)! Should we get to the stretch goal phase, then I'll be introducing another phrase for you to corrupt!
You've sinned. Stop protesting (and why are you not protesting?), you know it and I know it. It kind of links us all. Some of them are big sins (shame on you), and some of them are the everyday sins that have become part of your life.
They're nothing, right? They're secrets, right? No-one will ever know?
Unless you're Hope, and you drive a special Limousine that knows everyone's darkest secrets. Its job is truly endless. Remove a sinner, and move on to the next one.
But that's not all. Who is Hope? Why was she chosen? How did she die? Where is Danny, her (sort of) boyfriend? Who is the shining girl watching her?
There are many questions that need answering, and over 12 issues, the shocking answers are revealed. Hope is a Sinner, she admits it, and one day, she's going to make you admit it, too.
Issue 1 is finished. All 32 pages of striking pictures are complete, and it's now ready to be printed. One great way of doing this is to use Kickstarter to generate the money needed for printing by creating a type of pre-ordering project. You pay for your copy of the comic, and that money goes directly into printing and shipping the comic book to you.
Not only that, but it spreads the message about the comic, and starts generating great interest! Plus we can create some extra special rewards just for you! Every single penny/cent/etc raised in this Kickstarter goes straight back into the Sinners Comic Book. Issue two (and three and four) is written, and ready for illustration. Some of the rewards you see are about getting your name and likeness into Issue 2. It's a unique opportunity to be part of something great!
Simon Birks - Writer
I'm Simon Birks. I write stuff. I DON'T draw (don't ask, it's not pretty). Which is a shame.
And also not a shame. Because if I could draw, I wouldn't have met RHStewart (Sinners sequential artist) and Lyndon White (Sinners Cover Artist & Letterer). Boy, can these people draw. And they're very nice people too!
But I don't just write comics (though there are three more in the works as I write). I write screenplays also, and am proud to say that a movie I co-wrote (The Search for Simon - watch it on Blinkbox!) not only won best screenplay, but was described as "A Triumph!" by Terry Jones, and "Very Silly!" by Michael Palin. It doesn't get any better than that! I also wrote a six part sitcom called Last Contact which featured Norman Lovett (Holly from Red Dwarf). I've also written plays, comedy sketches, a novel and a couple of novellas for The Doctor Who Project.
I also act a bit, because why have any spare time?
RHStewart - Illustrator
Name is Roy, I was born and raised in London uk, and I now reside in Leeds uk. I have a Degree in Graphic Design & Illustration and my first published Sequential art was for Blue Water comics’ Vincent Price Presents in 2009, I was then asked to come back and illustrate a 4 issue Miniseries 'Roger Corman’s Death Sport Games'. In the succeeding years I have contributed to a number of anthologies including a successfully funded Kickstarter 'DeadRoots' and Afterlife's ‘Silver Screen’ for Big Punch Studio's , The British Showcase Anthology and Kuruz. In 2010 I collaborated with BE Active’s transmedia production 'Collider' providing the ‘flashback’ art for the 6 issue series which has now been made into a Emmy nominated feature film. May 2013 my Aleister Crowley Biography for Markosia was published as a paperback and was later released as a Limited edition Hardback at Thought Bubble comic convention in November 2013.
Lyndon White - Cover Artist & Letterer
Lyndon works as a freelance illustrator, designer and comic artist. He has worked on a diverse set of books including Where were you?, Pinnacle, Disconnected Press Vol3, Cosmic Fish, Mission Invent and the Nickolas Flux series.
Sinners Origins Story
Sinners started off (and still resides as) eight separate short film scripts. I wrote the first one many years ago, and pitched it to directors. One of the directors, Dan Thorens, loved it, and together we developed the next seven scripts along the lines of the seven deadly sins.
As with a lot of film projects, the costs involved in creating the effects on a short film can be prohibitive in the making of it. Fortunately, the same effects can cost a lot less when drawn in a comic.
It took a couple of years to find the right artist to suit the mood of the book. It's a noir type story, and it was only after walking around many comic-cons (yeah, like I minded!) that I found RHStewart's work.
Thankfully he loved the story, and over the past few months, Issue 1 has been developed. When another Comic-Con friend and artist Lyndon White agreed to do the cover and the lettering the team was truly complete. These guys really know how to draw, and have created something incredibly special and professional.
Risks and challenges
As mentioned, Issue 1 is complete! Writing, drawing and lettering all done! This Kickstarter is a way to pre-order the comic, and generate ongoing interest in Sinners. If we get all our funds, the comic gets printed, the other rewards get produced and it all gets sent to you with a pretty bow! (I lied about the pretty bow.)
So, risks are truly minimal! Bar Hope paying us a visit in the Limousine and all of existence ending, you're going to get your book!
Of course, if any setbacks occur, we'll let you know immediately, and make alternative plans quickly and efficiently.
As also mentioned, Issues 2, 3 & 4 are all written (and the other issues are in screenplay form), awaiting illustration. Sinners is a 12 part story that'll have you enthralled till the end. And then there's bound to be the spinoffs!Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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