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Set in a dark future after a world governmental collapse, where corporate rule and cyber/biotechnology is the new way of life.
Set in a dark future after a world governmental collapse, where corporate rule and cyber/biotechnology is the new way of life.
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What is a corporation’s role in society? Can a corporation fairly govern a city? Can good and evil truly be defined? Where does humanity end and human begin? Should we manipulate our DNA to fight world change or allow nature to evolve us?

These are some of the questions we asked ourselves while writing The Threat.

The Threat is a glimpse into humanity's possible future. Set in an Asimovian world in which Bioengineering and Cyber technology are common and an unknown disease runs rampant.

After a societally devastating event in 2024, humanity must fight to survive and rebuild from the ashes of past. As the world crumbled, one man’s vision brought his society back from the brink and created a spectacular new city and a new seat of power for the United States rose in Houston, Texas.

The Threat Kids at Play
The Threat Kids at Play

A group of people trying to survive everyday life are forced to defend themselves against the new order and in doing so may become the city’s last hope of survival.

Written with an eye towards hard and predictive sciences and the speculative aspect of societal change, The Threat is an alternative sci-fi comic, all taken with common super-hero elements.

In an effort to stay in the realm of possibility we were inspired by the current leading trends in science, technology and the outermost reaches of the human imagination. There is a startling amount of scientific advancement in the world from using viruses to transmit new, healthy DNA to human cells to producing energy from the bio-luminescence of particular creatures. This science along with many other new concepts are the crux of our story and many of the powers and abilities shown in the comic are based in nature and can be explained through science.

The Threat Anitec is in Business
The Threat Anitec is in Business

Written by Mark Schmidt and Vince Chuter, with illustrations by Jose Fernandez and colors by William Anderson, The Threat is an 8 issue miniseries that we may expand on in the future by exploring more of the world.

Issues 1 - 4 were previously published and the Reboot issues will be a retelling of those issues with all new artwork, colors and some additional content.

The Threat Cybernetic Surgery
The Threat Cybernetic Surgery

Why reboot? Publishing a comic at the indie level is hard work. Each of our first 4 issues was illustrated by a different artist. In preparation for a trade we decided to reboot these issues to have the artwork maintain a consistent feel, expand on our original story, and bring each book up to 28 pages. Jose and William have both agreed to work on multiple issues, allowing us to work more closely with them to maintain that consistency and ensure that our vision is brought to the page.

The Threat Kevin's Reveal
The Threat Kevin's Reveal

Check out this video of William coloring the above page.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wQ6yVG58pxE

Just for stopping by here is a link to download the original issue 1.

Some of the rewards include an exclusive Kickstarter cover.  Here is the thumbnail version and the character concept covers.

Stratum Comics The Threat Issue 1 Special Covers
Stratum Comics The Threat Issue 1 Special Covers

Some sample pages from the original Version of Issue 1.

Stratum Comics The Threat Issue 1
Stratum Comics The Threat Issue 1

Issue 2

The Threat Comics SeriesI Issue 2
The Threat Comics SeriesI Issue 2

Issue 3

The Threat Comics Series Issue 3
The Threat Comics Series Issue 3

 Issue 4

The Threat Comics Series Issue 4
The Threat Comics Series Issue 4

Some of the rewards.

Stratum Comics The Threat Rewards
Stratum Comics The Threat Rewards

The 11x17 Prints and all of the Covers for the original versions.

The Threat 11x17 Prints and Original Issue Covers
The Threat 11x17 Prints and Original Issue Covers

Shirts

Stratum Comics The Threat Comic Series Shirts
Stratum Comics The Threat Comic Series Shirts

Add Ons

You can add several items including any of the products in our rewards to your package  excluding the limited covers. Prices including shipping.
Comics Toploaders $3.00 (If you want to have your comics protected)
11x17 Toploaders $3.00 (if you want to have your prints protected)
8.5x11 Toploaders $3.00 (for those of you who are getting commissions from Jose)
Comics $6.00 (Any Standard or Variant Cover excluding the Kickstarter Exclusive, the Character Concept Covers, or the Blank Sketch Covers)
Blank Sketch Covers $7.50
11x17 Prints $6.50 
Character Postcards $1.00 Each or $5.00 for the set
11x17 Hologram $15.00
The Threat Beer Mugs $30.00
Shirts $17.50 (Limited quantities and sizes)

Risks and challenges

Since the artwork for the project has been completed, the main issue we could run into would be delays on the printer side. Our goal of $1400 will help us help Jose get to be the first famous comic artist to live on the moon and help William with his dream of bringing his mail order Martian bride to earth, and allow us to print enough copies of the comic to fulfill our orders for the project with a few left over for conventions.

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    Get a signed copy of The Threat Issue 1 Reboot and the original The Threat Issue 1 or a sketch cover version of The Threat Issue 1 Reboot for you to have any artwork of your choosing done by your favorite artist. (No artwork is included with this reward, just the comic.) If you want we can provide you with contact information for Jose Fernandez to work directly with him to negotiate original artwork to be completed prior to shipping.

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    You will get a copy of The Threat Issue 1 Reboot and Jose has agreed to complete 10 commissions for this project. He will do an Pencil and Ink 8.5x11 bust image of your favorite character with no background. These will be sent to you in a protective toploader.

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    You will get a copy of The Threat Issue 1 Reboot and we have a special reward package for this Kickstarter. Our Colorist William Anderson has graciously volunteered his services and will color a pin up with 1 character and a simple background. this would be a great reward for an artist who is looking to have colors added to a print they want to sell or if you want to get a colored version of a commission you had done. This reward will be a digital only version of the work and provided via dropbox link.

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    Kickstarter Exclusive Bundle. With this bundle you'll get a signed copy of The Threat Issue 1 Reboot with an exclusive Kickstarter cover or your choice from a select group of possibilities from our existing character concept designs covers only available here, the original versions of The Threat Issues 1 - 4, and any of the 11x17 prints. You'll also be eligible for bonus rewards. The exclusive covers are limited to 20 each at this pledge level.

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    Kickstarter Exclusive Bundle. With this bundle you'll get a signed copy of The Threat Issue 1 Reboot with an exclusive Kickstarter cover or your choice from a select group of possibilities from our existing character concept designs covers only available here, the original versions of The Threat Issues 1 - 4, and the variant covers for issues 3 and 5, and any of the 11x17 prints. You'll also be eligible for bonus rewards. The exclusive covers are limited to 10 each at this pledge level. There are not variant covers for issues 1 and 2.

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    Retailer Exclusive Tier 3 - Our final retailer offer will be a limited release 5 pledges. Vendors will get the option to choose from 5 covers that will be exclusive to their store. The selection will be on a first come, first served basis. The first vendor that chooses this reward will get to select first. Vendors will receive 10 copies of the cover they have selected and 10 copies of the standard cover

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    You get one copy of The Threat Issue 1 Reboot, 1 blank sketch cover, 1 of each of the Kickstarter exclusive covers, one of each of the original versions of The Threat issues 1 - 4, the variant covers of issues 3 and 4, one of The Threat Frosted Mugs, and one 11x17 Print. You'll also be eligible for bonus rewards. There are no variant covers for issues 3 and 4

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    For Previous Backers You get one copy of The Threat Issue 1 Reboot, 1 blank sketch cover, 1 of each of the Kickstarter exclusive covers, one of The Threat Frosted Mugs, one 11x17 print, and your choice of either the 11x17 panorama hologram or one of our Throwback t-shirts. You'll also be eligible for bonus rewards.

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