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An homage to the classic 80's action movies you loved. If you love explosions, straw huts, and guns blazing--you're in the right place!

Are you ready to board a testosterone-fueled bullet train back to the era of muscles, misogyny, machineguns and mayhem?  Sure you are!  But just in case, maybe a good old-fashioned explosion will help clear your mind! 

Ohhh yeah, that felt good and you know it!  You also know that you loved great 80's action flicks like Rambo, Commando, Action Jackson, Delta Force, Uncommon Valor, and...well, anything that wouldn't think twice about kicking you in the face then blowing up your straw hut!  SO STOP THINKING!!  You're in the right place!

Enjoy the ride, because Heavy Weapon is all of that, wrapped up into a graphic novel, and it WILL kick you in the face! 

Heavy Weapon is our personal homage to everything we ever loved about 80's action flicks.  We've made a list and we checked it thrice:

There's so much awesomeness on every page that it'll not only be hard to confine it to the pages, but there's also a high risk that it will blow your mind! You might need to wear a helmet to keep your brain-case safe...*

*Helmet not included.

Heavy Weapon was originally written with the idea of being just like a 1980's action movie - it was written to play out like a film.

This book is and has always been a culmination of everything I ever loved about 80's action movies, and there's no way - in any medium - I would settle for something half-assed.  That's why I've also decided to do something unique with this book...

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Has your mind processed that yet?  Two artists, with two renditions, but that's not all!  ...Didn't I mention wearing a helmet?  Better put it on now.

In the name of letting the readers have a choice, we'll also be providing multiple options for your reading pleasure:

First, we have the basic black & white version of each artist's rendition, separated, so you have the choice of picking one artist or the other.  It's 120+ pages of story, the meat and potatoes, and there's nothing wrong with that! 

And then there's the DELUXE versions!  Now, this is where it gets sexy... all Deluxe versions include BOTH artists' renditions in black & white, and BOTH renditions in full color all in the same book!  That's right, all 4 variations of the book in one...400+ pages!! 

On top of that, you can get softcover, hardcover, an artist gallery, and more!

(See the Rewards section below for more details on pledge levels and book versions.)

Are these truly "Limited" Editions?  Yes.  Any of the books containing a Certificate of Authenticity are surely limited.  Anything with a hardcover will likely never be printed again, especially the "Heavy" Editions.  Once those are gone, they're gone.

                Michela Da Sacco                                Batbaatar Tsolmonbayar

                        Padova, Italy                                        Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia

Michela Da Sacco has worked in comics since 2002 for various Italian publishers. She has made illustrations for fashion catalogues and an ATV/motorcycle graphics line. In 2006, she received the "Rino Albertarelli" prize from ANAFI (the Italian National Comics Association).  Now she spends time helping US indie comics publishers like me.  Her art style is gritty and dirty - a perfect match for this kind of story.

Homepage:  http://michela-dasacco-art.blogspot.com/

Batbaatar Tsolmonbayar has been drawing since he was 3 yrs old.  He pursued a professional art degree for 5 years, and graduated from The Institute of Fine Arts, Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia in 2010 with a Bachelor of Art degree.  His primary art style is "Mongol zurag" which is the traditional Mongolian art style that has been around since 1921, and consists of horseback fighters, swords and shields drawn with fine details typically seen on murals.  His crisp, clear and heavily-detailed art style lends a unique take on Heavy Weapon.

Homepage:  http://happy-morning-star.blogspot.com/

                Michela Da Sacco                                Batbaatar Tsolmonbayar

                          PREVIEW ART HERE!

12-PAGE PREVIEW HERE:  http://www.heavy-weapon.com/

Well, over the past 2 years, I've been doing my best to self fund this project.  I've scrounged every bit of free cash I could find to sink into making Heavy Weapon a reality; Sadly, the cash ran out 6 months ago.  And over the past 6 months, little by little, I've sold all but a few of my most valued possessions to continue funding the book, because I believe in it that much...but now I've hit a major roadblock: I'm out of money, and few things I still own hold no real cash value.

So, with no way to pay the artists, letterer, colorist, or printers, the book has come to a grinding halt...

And the worst part?  The book is almost done.

  • Foremost, the bulk of the money is going to printing, packaging and shipping.  With plans to do a 300-500 page book, the printing costs get exponential, and they only get more enormous with full-color pages - almost prohibitively expensive to pay out our own pockets (~$7500).
  • But first, we have to finish the primary art in black and white. Since we're almost done, that will really be a small amount of the costs (~$1000).
  • Next, the coloring. This is only slightly more expensive than the drawing since it'll be the same artists coloring it for the most part (~$3000).
  • After the art and coloring are finished, we'll get the lettering, sounds and speech bubbles done. This is probably, start-to-finish, the cheapest part. (~$1500).

Believe me. I don't want you to be disappointed in anything you're investing in...

Please see the rewards list to the right for details on the pledge levels, and feel free to ask any questions you may have about what you're getting for your money.  Below is a list of the different variations of the book that will be provided to the different pledge levels:

                                    PDF EDITIONS

  • B&W EDITION - Your choice of one artist's rendition in B&W only, no extras.  Est. 150 pages.
  • DELUXE EDITION - Includes both artists' renditions in both B&W and Full Color, no extras.  Est. 300 pages.

                                PRINTED EDITIONS 

  • B&W EDITION - Your choice of one artist's rendition in B&W only, may include extras.**  Est. 200 pages. 
  • DELUXE EDITIONS - Includes both artists' renditions in both B&W and Full Color, your softcover or hardbound depending on pledge level, galleries and extras included.**  Personalized, signed, numbered and include a Certificate of Authenticity. Est. 500+ pages.

Estimated delivery for rewards is Dec 2012, but hopefully we can get it out sooner.  It's better to overestimate the launch date than being late.

** Extras may vary between editions.  We will try to maximize the addition of a gallery and extras in all printed editions based on production costs.  Any bonus additions will be in favor of the Deluxe printed editions, but may appear in the B&W printed editions.

FAQ

  • Yes. Exactly that, to my knowledge.

    If the $12,500 goal is not met or exceeded, I get nothing...and you should get your money back. It may not even get charged at all, if I remember correctly.

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  • Oh, wow. I totally forgot to mention that!

    The book is currently being drawn with the expectation to be 8.5" x 11" for all versions, however, some printing companies only offer 8 x 10" which is about the same size and dimension, so the final products are all expected to be one of those two.

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  • Nope. If you're having your copy mailed to any of the 50 US states or APO/FPO, it's absolutely free.

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  • Please give me a reason not to...OF COURSE I DO!

    Heavy Weapon may be military fantasy, but in reality, I'm not sure what kind of red-blooded American wouldn't want to ship to US troops just because you have to take the time to fill out a customs form. That's just lazy. YES, and YES it's free.

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  • It's hard to say how many total will be printed, but right now, there are no plans to print anything more than 1000 copies total...that includes ALL versions. Now, the Draftee Editions don't have any imposed limit and may end up with some sort of continued run.

    The Limited Editions, Deluxes Editions, and pretty much anything with a CoA and hardcovers. THOSE ARE DEFINITELY LIMITED and will pretty much be a one-time run...forever. I have no plans to reprint any of the hardcovers, especially the Heavy Edition. Once those are gone, they're gone.

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    You will be getting one of only 100 copies of the LIMITED "HEAVY" EDITION HARDCOVER book! This version will come in a VERY SPECIAL PACKAGING, with EXTRAS not found in any other version!! Each copy of the HEAVY EDITION will be personalized, SIGNED, NUMBERED and include a Certificate of Authenticity!! ------------ INTERNATIONAL PLEDGES PLEASE ADD $25 FOR SHIPPING.

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    Not many people get a second chance, John! This is the LAST opportunity to own the second ONE-OF-A-KIND HAND-PAINTED OIL PAINTING (27"x41") on canvas featuring characters from the book!! No further paintings will be offered after this one. Also, you will get a printed softcover Deluxe Editon copy of the book. -- (FREE SHIPPING!!)

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    SAY WHAT?! YOU WANT TO PAY FOR THE WHOLE PROJECT? Sure, what the hell... It's a long shot out from left field, but if you've got $10,000 laying around and don't have anything better to do with it. Give it to us! In return, of course, you'll get one of each of the editions: Both B&W Editions, softcover DX, hardbound DX, Heavy Ed., a gallery drawing of you looking like a total badass (or badassette), a whole page dedcated to how awesome you are in the book, and...uhhh, you can have all of my [David] personally hand-drawn original concept art and preliminary layouts ...and PDFs of everything, of course! For some reason, that really doesn't seem like enough.

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