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The entire Act One of the epic sci-fi comedy, collected in a 288-page hardcover!
The entire Act One of the epic sci-fi comedy, collected in a 288-page hardcover!
The entire Act One of the epic sci-fi comedy, collected in a 288-page hardcover!
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Hi, I'm Dave Kellett, and I'm making a hardcover collection of my sci-fi comic, DRIVE. I've been creating the story at DriveComic.com, and it's entirely free to read (go try it!). And now, it's time to collect the full Act One into a gorgeous, 288-page hardcover. 

DRIVE is my favorite kind of sci-fi: Hilarious characters in a serious story. A mashup of "Hitchhiker's Guide" and "Dune," if you will. 

It's placed in a Second Spanish Empire — a galactic empire — which finds itself staring down a war with an alien race called "The Continuum of Makers". Humanity has built its empire using technology stolen from the Makers, and these creatures want it back with an almost religious fervor. In the brewing war, it's clear that humanity will lose — and lose badly — unless they can find some advantage in battle. That hope arrives in the form of a tiny, mysterious creature who can drive a starship like no one's ever seen. Now all humanity needs to do...is find 10,000 more pilots just like him. But no one knows where he's from.

 

The 288 page hardcover book will be 8.5"w x 9"h (21.6cm x 22.8cm) and gorgeously printed. The hardcover includes a fancy, built-in ribbon bookmarks, super classy "End-Papers," five short stories added in, as well as never-before-seen concept art, protective shrink-wrapping for transit -- and even comes with five bonus digital goodies, including STRIPPED, the comics documentary: An iTunes #1 documentary! 

Here's a quick guide to help you decide what rewards you'd like for backing the project! First: Ask yourself if you want digital eBook, a softcover book, or an awesome hardcover with all the bonus stuff...then go from there! 

 

This Kickstarter is about the production of a book — so all backers at all tiers $10 and up will be getting a copy of the DRIVE book: Be it digital, softcover or hardcover.

In addition to the book, higher tiers will also be receiving awesome items such as...

 

We've flown through the Kickstarter goal and THIRTEEN stretch goals. What does that mean for you? It means your book has magically gotten better and better, while the price stays the same. Check it out, below... 

 

FULFILLMENT SHIPPING will be be handled by the professionals at Topatoco.com — who handle millions of dollars in orders every year. Also, they're really kind people: Which is just a nice life bonus.


We're charging exactly what it costs us for shipping and handling, but alas...if you live in Australia, New Zealand or Canada, shipping costs are what they are. Surprisingly, though, we were able to get really good shipping rates to the European Union: So hooray for that!

 

Directed by: Fred Schroeder 
Edited by: Ben Waters 
Music:- "Quirky Dog" Kevin MacLeod (incompetech.com) Licensed under Creative Commons: By Attribution 3.0 License http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0/
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- "Mars: The Bringer of War," by Holst, performed by the Air Force Band

Risks and challenges

This is my 3rd Kickstarter, and my 13th book, so I'm feeling confident about this project. But I do know that unexpected hiccups can pop up along the way. Should any problems or delays arise with the DRIVE book, backers can expect to be kept well-informed with regular updates until the problem is fixed.

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THE BOOK ITSELF is being produced at one of the best book printers in the world, so the quality should be really nice. And because I want this book to be perfect, I'm going to be watchin' production like a hawk: A nervous, nervous, anxiety-prone hawk.

ADDITIONAL BACKER REWARDS are all being produced by vendors I’ve worked with before, and I’ve been very happy with the quality of their work.

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    THE VIDPACK

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    LA FAMILIA

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    THE IMPERIAL CITIZEN

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    • Artist-signed bookplate from Dave Kellett
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    *(Note: The Kickstarter is your only guaranteed way to get the hardcover. Spare/extra copies might be available afterwards, but there's no guarantee of that)

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    PATREON SPECIAL #1

    This special tier is a "thank you" to my patreon.com/drive supporters, avail only on 8/29! (Compare to THE DRIVE CORPS)
    You get:
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    • Artist-signed bookplate
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    • Plus! Bonus Metallic Drive AllKey Card!

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    PATREON SPECIAL #2

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    • Hardcover book
    • Artist-signed bookplate
    • All 3 Drive Magnets
    • Laser-Cut Steel Keychain!
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    THE MACHITO

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    THE DOUBLE CITIZEN

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    THE CAPTAIN

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    • Laser-Cut Steel Keychain
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    THE ADMIRAL

    You get:
    • Hardcover book
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    • Laser-Cut Steel Keychain
    • All 3 Drive Magnets
    • All 8 of Dave's numbered SHELDON books. SHELDON won the 2016 Silver Reuben Award for cartooning, and was twice nominated for the Eisner Award for "Best Humor"!
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    THE EMPEROR

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    • Hardcover book
    • Artist-signed bookplate
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    • All 3 Drive Magnets
    • All 8 of Dave's numbered SHELDON books
    • eBook
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    • THE COOLEST THING: Receive 1 of only 30 Drive original art pages still held by the artist. These pages are rare: Early in the strip, Drive transitioned to being drawn digitally, so these inked pieces are the last of the last! Drawn with archival inks on 11x14" Bristol Vellum paper, they're gorgeous when framed up. [PROCESS NOTE: Once the Kickstarter closes, you'll be able to pick *your* original strip based on who pledged first to this category. So pledge early to get one you want!]

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    THE GIFTED EMPEROR

    The huge DRIVE fans at WebcomicsInterviews.com would like to sponsor one EMPEROR level, and kindly *gift it away* to a randomly chosen Kickstarter backer at a lower level! The lucky backer will be chosen after the Kickstarter closes, from among all names at all backer levels.

    Huge thanks to the Drive fans at WebcomicsInterviews.com!

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