About this project
UPDATE: New giclee and stretch goal added!
We've added a stretch goals section at the bottom of the page. Our first goal is $4,000, and if we reach it, everyone who pledges at the $10 level or higher will receive an 8.5"x11" Lady Liberty print. This image is also now available as an 11"x17" giclee, available in the $85, $100, and $115 pledge levels, or a la carte.
For nearly three years, we've been publishing The Specialists as a webcomic, one page at a time. It's an alternate-history take on WWII, in which the Nazis develop superhuman Übermenschen using dark occult powers and eugenics. The Allies respond by harnessing the Power of the Atom to create supersoldiers of their own.
In Chapter 1, we meet Max Finkelstein, a boy genius racing against the clock to get his combat robot, "The Golem," ready in time for its big demonstration. If he can make it work, he could help turn the tide of the war. But as the deadline approaches, Max may have to resort to desperate measures. Meanwhile, in Germany, Hartmann Loewe escapes from a Nazi lab, mutated by their genetic experiments. No longer quite human, he's seeking the help of the Allies to save his twin brother from the same fate.
In Chapter 2, Max travels to Washington D.C. and meets his heroes, The Specialists. But it soon becomes apparent that there are darker truths hidden behind the heroic facade of his comic books.
Now that our first two chapters are done, we want to make them available in print to sell at conventions and through our site. But we can't do it without you! By contributing to this campaign, you'll not only earn the rewards listed below, but you'll help us bring The Specialists to print!
Who are we?
We are Al Fukalek (say "few-COLIC") and Shawn Gustafson. We've been collaborating on various projects for over twenty years. Shawn writes the stories and Al brings them to life on the page. The Specialists is our largest and most ambitious project to date!
We've got a bunch of great rewards for you. These items are included in the pledge levels described below, or as a la carte add-ons. To choose a la carte items, just add the appropriate amount to your pledge, and we'll send out a questionnaire at the end of the campaign in which you can tell us what you want.
Al created this dynamic image of the Bombardier in flight exclusively for backers of this Kickstarter campaign. It's included in all pledge levels of $10 or more, and it'll never be available again, so don't miss your chance to get one!
64 and 60 pages, respectively, these volumes are printed in full color and measure 6"x9". Combined, they contain over 110 pages of story, plus additional material giving you a deeper look into the alternate history of The Specialists.
Our PDFs contain everything that our print books do, plus an extra optional layer with commentary from Al and Shawn. (Download codes for PDFs will be emailed within about a week of the end of this campaign.)
These 11"x17" posters were inspired by real WWII propaganda and are printed on heavy, UV-coated paper. Both the $45 and $85 pledge levels include all three posters, or you can add them a la carte. Just add $10 to your pledge for one poster, and $5 for each additional poster.
We have two high-quality, 11"x17" prints to choose from: the Kickstarter exclusive Bombardier print, or our new Lady Liberty print. All giclees will be signed by the artist, Al Fukalek, and the Bombardier prints will be numbered. One giclee is included in the $85, $100, and $115 pledge levels, or you can purchase them a la carte by adding $50 to your pledge. (Note that the Lady Liberty print is not exclusive to this campaign.)
Own a piece of artwork created by the artist of The Specialists! Al will draw one character of your choice (it doesn't have to be a character from The Specialists) with minimal background. A 2.5"x3.5" sketch card is $10. An 8.5"x11" pencil drawing is $20, and for $35, you get a digitally colored version, along with the original pencils. Custom artwork is included in the $85, $100, and $115 pledge levels, or a la carte. You can give us the details of your drawing in the questionnaire we send out after the campaign is over. If you'd like a larger or more complex drawing, contact us for a quote. (Note that any orders that include custom art may take a few extra weeks to fulfill.)
We've put together a variety of pledge levels to accommodate any budget. Each level is a better value than the last!
This digital-only level gets you both of our PDFs, with optional commentary from Al and Shawn, for just $6. This is a 25% savings over our upcoming online store!
For $10, you get our exclusive 8.5"x11" Bombardier print.
For $15, you get the exclusive 8.5"x11" Bombardier print and both PDFs.
For $20, you'll get your choice of one of the two print books and the exclusive 8.5"x11" Bombardier print, and we'll throw in the matching PDF for free!
For $30, we'll send you both books and the exclusive 8.5"x11" Bombardier print. Plus, you'll get both PDFs for free!
For $45, you get both books, in print and PDF, the exclusive 8.5"x11" Bombardier print, and all three of the propaganda posters. This is a $5 savings over getting these items a la carte!
At the $85 level, you get the whole kit and kaboodle! Both books, in print and PDF; the exclusive Bombardier print, both in the 8.5"x11" size and the signed and numbered giclée; and all three of our propaganda posters. This is a $15 savings over getting all these items a la carte! We've also added a sketch card to this pledge level, for a total savings of $25! (The sketch card is not listed in the pledge levels on the right.)
For $100, you get everything from the $85 level, but instead of a sketch card, you get an 8.5"x11" pencil sketch. This is a $20 savings over the a la carte prices!
For $115, you get everything from the $100 level, plus a digitally colored copy of your pencil sketch. This is a $20 savings over the a la carte prices!
Now that we've met our funding goal, we've started adding some stretch goals. If we can meet these extra goals, we'll add new items to our pledge rewards.
Risks and challenges
The risks on this project are minimal. All of the artwork and comic pages have already been created. All that's left is printing, and we're working with a reputable printer who has provided us excellent service in the past. But in the unlikely event that something does go awry, we'll do everything in our power to make it right as quickly as possible. In our nearly three years of publishing The Specialists online, we've never missed an update, and we're not going to leave you hanging now!Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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