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UPDATED STRETCH GOAL!
$98 to $39k. If we can reach $40k and 500 backers we will honor the stretch goal! (That's 69 backers at even $1 and $1098 in 3 hours!
NEW! Add on months - See comments tab for details!
STRETCH GOAL ADDITION
In addition to what was promised before, we are adding
BASIC EDITION option for signature from Steve only PREMIUM EDITION option for personalization from Steve and/or Baron
BEST PACKAGE UNDER $50 IS BASIC 1 MONTH
Even if you are unsure about this project, you can't argue with this package for a mere $25. Looking for 1,000 backers that want to get more than they pay for.
LE paper (folded twice for 8½x11" size), LE print (8½x11"), Digital issues, First dibs on original art , & Extras
STRETCH GOAL ADDITIONS Nexus #1 Paul Gulacy cover print, Print signed by Gulacy, Baron, and Rude, Upgraded paper stock Print upgraded to 11x17" Paper only folded once to 11x17" size Paper signed by Rude on request
New International and Convention Options Added!
View the comments tab for details. 7 free shipping options added!
Almost there! If you're not sure about the newspaper, take a chance on 1 month. With 1,000 backers we will send everyone a TRIPLE SIGNED print of the Nexus #1 cover! Each package is worth DOUBLE what we're charging for it. We pack value, integrity, honesty, hard work, and great art into everything we do. Strip #1 is actually 4 pages I posted all 4 pages for backers only but here is a sneak of page #1
6 months of strips are all ready for the colorist. We're ready to rock and roll and start shipping amazing boxes to some amazing people.
SHIPPING: We will be packing your papers well against damage and all packages are insured. We can also hold papers and mail every 6 months instead of monthly. You will still receive the digital papers and we can bill international backers when we ship for the most accurate shipping cost.
Use the COMMENTS to ask us anything!
If we hit 1,000 backers then the Nexus #1 cover will be signed by Baron, Gulacy, and Rude, and given as a bonus to ALL MAILED TIERS OVER $20. Every $5 pledge counts so tick tock - spread the word!
EXCLUSIVE OFFER - If you pledge at any 1 month level you will have the option to continue your subscription on a month to month basis and be guaranteed a spot.
-Upgraded paper for the Newspaper Only and Basic Editions -Retailers will receive an extra 5 papers with their package (total of 10 per month!) -We will add 2 more pages to the paper for a monthly total of 10 pages!
- Funding needed for 1 year budget
-Print included in Basic and Premium package is Paul Gulacy's Nexus #1 cover Gulacy has generously agreed to SIGN for all premium backers along with Baron and Rude for the only TRIPLE SIGNED PRINT (Retailers receive 5!)
-Retailers receive an additional 5 papers (total of 15 per month)
-We'll add 2 more pages for a total of 12 per month
$150,000 - PARTY TIME
-We'll be flying Baron and Gulacy to Phoenix to triple sign the Nexus #1 cover print. Pizza party anyone? Yes, you will probably have to take time off work and fly into Phoenix for this amazing, once in the lifetime opportunity.
-We'll add the Nexus Family Portrait (shown under Appearance Edition) as an oversized print for all annual PREMIUM EDITION backers as a print with option to upgrade for all other backers. VOOTIE!
-Retailers will receive yet another 5 copies for a total of 20 every month!
$200,000 - suggest something awesome!
Madison, Wisconsin, 1981.
An unexpected publishing event collided with the status quo of the major comic book publishers.
The creators of this event were Mike Baron and Steve Rude -- the comic book was called Nexus.
One part victim, one-part hero, Nexus is forced by his dreams to act as executioner of the most violent mass-murderers in the galaxy.
Artist Steve Rude’s classically-styled artwork pushed the boundaries of graphic storytelling, earning him every major industry award.
In 1998, after nearly one-hundred issues of Nexus, Rude released “The Moth”; a circus daredevil who supplemented his act by moonlighting as a freelance bounty hunter.
Now, after 35 years in the comic book industry, in the style of once hugely popular newspaper comic strips, Rude is excited to announce the revitalization of “nexus” and “the moth”
From the entire team here at Rude Dude Productions, we appreciate your pledge.
We’re excited to bring something rare and unique to the comic book industry. A weekly newspaper strip with a mailed subscription! Our goal is to engage readers with superlative story and art from two of the most lauded practitioners currently working in comics, and to also give subscribers a unique experience from the moment the package arrives in the mail.
We will launch this project with a brand new story from the award-winning comic Nexus, which will be chronicled in 35 individual strips, released one strip per week. When our Nexus storyline is completed, it will be followed one week later with a brand new and equally long-running story featuring the Moth!
We plan to partner with a local high school to enable us to ship monthly subscriptions out quickly. The school has a number of educational travel opportunities for students including trips to Costa Rica, a West Coast College Tour, and Washington DC. Rude Dude will make a donation to the school to be divided among travel accounts for students who come out and help. We hope to enable students that may not otherwise be able to afford travel to see the world.
Here’s the fantastic creative team for both Nexus and the Moth:
The goal is $30,000 which covers expenses for 3 months.
The budget is broken down below with estimated costs of nearly $113,000 for the year. This is assuming 500 subscriptions total mailed monthly for 12 months in the US. Creator cost is around $36,000; postage/shipping/supplies is $65,000 and Kickstarter/Credit Card fees around $12,000.
NEXUS and THE MOTH
NEXUS: One part victim, one-part hero, Nexus is forced by his dreams to act as executioner of the most violent mass-murders in the galaxy. CLICK HERE for more information on Nexus!
THE MOTH: a circus daredevil who supplements his act to score extra cash as a freelance bounty hunter. CLICK HERE for more information on the Moth
There are 5 basic editions (scroll down for further details).
• Digital only,
• Newspaper only,
• Basic Edition,
• Premium Edition, and
• Retailer Edition
Special Editions include:
• Original Art Edition, and
• Anniversary Appearance Edition
All levels come with the option of 1 or 12 month subscriptions. 1 month subscriptions will have the exclusive option to continue at the same rate with the same benefits. Annual subscriptions have extra benefits that you can only receive as a Kickstarter backer with a 1 year prepaid subscription.
We expect Nexus to run for approximately 8-9 months to then be followed by the MOTH.
The strips will be offered online for FREE (with the option to “buy us a coffee”) or for a minimal charge to download as well as downloadable through Comixology. Printed newspapers will be printed the month after digital release collecting all the strips released the previous month. (i.e., Nexus digital released weekly in September will be collected in an actual newspaper mailed out in October). Paper will be at least 8 pages with extra bonus material not included in the digital release.
When the entire Nexus run is completed we do have plans to collect it into an oversized book.
We are limiting the initial release to the number of Kickstarter backers. This means that subscriptions will initially NOT be available to the public.
• Receive your digital file via PDF a week before public release
• Guarantee a printed newspaper as the print run will initially be limited
• Exclusive extras
• First to be notified of Nexus Strip original art for sale
• Exclusive option for TShirt and lithographs
• Behind the scenes progress and exclusive sneak peeks
• Priority Shipping w/Tracking included for US orders
• Cool stretch goal exclusives
EXCLUSIVE T-SHIRT offered with every 1 year subscription. Shirts are made and produced in the US and are available in a variety of sizes up to 3XL.
LIMITED EDITION NEXUS STATUE LITHOGRAPH, included FREE with the BASIC and PREMIUM 12 month subscriptions. Size is 28" x 22" (that's huge!). It will ship separately in August.
EARLY BIRD! The first 25 backers at each printed level can get their favorite package at a discount!
DIGITAL EDITION: Will receive a digital download a week ahead of public release.
NEWSPAPER ONLY: Will receive a paper newspaper delivered the month following digital release. This is a KICKSTARTER EXCLUSIVE option. Paper sent via USPS FIRST CLASS mail with an option to upgrade to Priority. Paper will be at least 8 pages with exclusive printed extras. Annual subscribers receive a free Kickstarter exclusive T-shirt.
BASIC EDITION: Will receive both the digital and newspaper PLUS monthly exclusive prints.
• Digital file delivered weekly 1 week ahead of public release
• Newspaper delivered weekly
• Exclusive 8x10 print
• Exclusive first option at original art sales for art related to strips
• Package mailed out via USPS Priority Mail
• KICKSTARTER ONLY: First look and option to purchase art related to the strip
• Annual subscribers receive a free Kickstarter exclusive Tshirt
PREMIUM EDITION: Upgraded Basic Edition with everything signed (or double signed!) PLUS an extra page including the original writers script!
• Similar to Basic Edition
• Newspaper on upgraded paper and folded only once
• Exclusive 11x17 print (instead of 8x10)
• Paper signed by both artist and writer
• Print signed by Steve, writer also if subject related to series
• Extra page(s) included in this edition to include a copy of the original script
• Exclusive extras monthly to make your package extra special
• KICKSTARTER ONLY: Random original art placed in 1 premium box every month! If you win, send in a picture of you and the art and we’ll publish it in a future paper!
• Choose from any of the Editions
• At least 5 of each item in the level
• 40%+ discount for 1 month
• 60%+ discount for 1 year
• FREE SHIPPING inside the US
• Exclusive extras and promotional items include with each package
ORIGINAL ART EDITION: Everything from the PREMIUM EDITION plus original hand inked art (as shown in the video). There are 2 of these. The original that was done for the original ad then Steve replicated it for the video. I can't guarantee which one you will get because I can't tell them apart! Size is 11x17, brush inked on Bristol.
ANNIVERSARY APPEARANCE EDITION
Nexus is turning 35 in 2016! We'd love to celebrate with you! Price includes everything from the RETAILER PREMIUM EDITION PLUS Steve Rude will fly anywhere in the US to appear at your convention or store. Includes up to 1,000 promo newspapers. Please check ahead if dates are not flexible. Add add additional team members and make it a reunion!
Risks and challenges
This will be our 3rd and largest Kickstarter. We are making each Edition level as simple as possible to expedite mailing.
Steve is already more than halfway through drawing and inking the Nexus series and we plan to not release anything until the first 35 strips are penciled, lettered, inked, and with the colorist. This keeps us ahead of schedule.
Budget willing we plan to hire an accountant and overall project manager. Steve's wife is already acting personal assistant, accountant, and a dozen other duties. Having a dedicated project manager will ensure a smooth workflow.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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