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About this project

Born of dark magic and eugenics, the Nazi Übermenschen have brought Europe to its knees. Only Allied super-science stands between the Third Reich and total world domination, but only if eight exceptional people can overcome their differences and learn to fight as a team.

We've been publishing The Specialists on our website for over five years. Now we're collecting the first four chapters of our ongoing story into a deluxe hardcover book, but we need your help! Have you done your part... for VICTORY?

Shawn & Al
Shawn & Al

Al Fukalek (pronounced "few-COLIC") is a graphic designer from Cleveland, Ohio. Shawn Gustafson is a computer programmer from Westminster, Colorado. We've been collaborators since we first met in college, over twenty years ago. The Specialists is only the latest -- and greatest -- of our creations.

The Omnibus

The book will be a handsome, large-format, hardcover volume, printed on heavy paper. In addition to the comic itself, we're packing it with bonus material, much of which has never been seen before, and an introduction by Ron Fortier, writer of Terminator: The Burning Earth and countless other comics and novels.

Limited Edition Bookmark

All levels that include the Omnibus will also include this limited edition Question Mark bookmark. It will measure approximately 2"x7" and will be hand-signed by both Al and Shawn.

Art Prints

We've commissioned illustrations from six incredibly talented artists. These will be available as 8x10" prints, printed on heavy stock and UV-coated.

One art print of your choice is included at the $20 pledge level, and each successive level adds one more.

Baron Crossbones, by Jordan Kotzebue, creator of Hominids
The Bombardier, by Sean Tiffany, creator of Oilcan Drive
The Brute, by Marcus Muller, creator of King of the Unknown
Captain Victory, by illustrator Jeff Herndon
Lady Liberty, by Max Forward, co-creator of 3 Minute Max
Lightning Lass, by Erin Mehlos, creator of Next Town Over

Exclusive Golem Poster

This 11"x17" poster features the Golem facing off against Baron Crossbones' reanimated corpses and will only be available to this Kickstarter campaign! It will be printed on heavy, UV-coated stock. All pledge levels of $70 or more include a copy of the poster.

If we reach $14,500, we'll commission DC, Marvel, and Milestone artist Arvell Jones to draw an 8-page Bombardier story, bringing the book's total page count to 292!

The Omnibus is going to be a big, heavy book — over three pounds! And that means that shipping is not going to be cheap. We've explored various strategies to minimize the shipping cost, but in the end, we weren't able to get around the simple fact that we're shipping a heavy object. Within the US, we can use Media Mail to reduce the cost, but unfortunately, that's not an option for international backers.

Because shipping is going to be a challenge on this project, and because it will vary wildly depending on where you live and what rewards you get, we decided not to include shipping in our pledge levels. Instead, we will charge backers for shipping after the campaign is over. (This will happen as part of the survey process.) We can't be sure exactly how much this will cost, but the following estimate will give you some idea. Please keep in mind that these are only estimates, based on current rates, and rates could change between now and when the rewards are shipped. (Note that all pledge levels of $70 or more require a poster tube in addition to the main package.)

  • US: $8-$10 (+ $3 for poster tube)
  • Australia / New Zealand: $34 (+ $10 for poster tube)
  • Canada: $24 (+ $9 for poster tube)
  • France: $34 (+ $10 for poster tube)
  • Germany: $34 (+ $10 for poster tube)
  • Italy: $34 (+ $10 for poster tube)
  • Mexico: $30 (+ $9 for poster tube)
  • UK: $34 (+ $10 for poster tube)
Shipping for the PRINT VETERAN pledge level will be approximately $5 in the US and $10 to $20 for international backers.

Denver and Cleveland area backers note: We will be looking into doing book signings at local comic shops where you can pick up your rewards, and therefore avoid shipping costs. We'll post more information as these arrangements come together.

Risks and challenges

We've completed work on the book and other rewards, so all that's left to do is have them printed. We're working with PrintNinja, who has a proven track record, so the chances of delays or other problems with this project are very small. But there's always a chance.

Some of our stretch goals involve commissioning artwork from third parties, and that work has not yet begun. We've factored some time into our estimates to account for this, but it's possible that it could take longer than anticipated. There's also a chance that we could encounter delays in the printing or shipping process.

We promise to keep you informed about the progress of the project, especially in the event of any delays. Our first Kickstarter campaign was fulfilled within one day of our projection. We've been publishing The Specialists on our web site for over five years, and we've never missed an update. We're not going to let you down now!

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    Pledge $1 or more About $1.00

    EVERYTHING HELPS!
    You'll have our sincerest gratitude as well as an exclusive desktop wallpaper, and we'll list your name in the book's backer credits.

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    DIGITAL ONLY
    For those who only want digital rewards. You'll get...

    *PDFs of all four chapters
    *PDF of extra material from the Omnibus
    *Exclusive desktop wallpaper
    *Your name listed in backer credits

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    PRINT VETERAN
    For backers of our previous campaign who only want the new chapters. You'll get...

    *Chapter books 3 & 4
    *One 8x10" art print of your choice
    *All digital rewards

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    OMNIBUS - EARLY BIRD
    Be one of the first to pledge and get the omnibus bundle for $5 off! You'll get...

    *The Specialists Omnibus 1 book
    *TWO 8x10" art prints of your choice
    *Limited-edition book mark
    *All digital rewards

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    Pledge $30 or more About $30

    OMNIBUS
    The big book plus bonus materials! You'll get...

    *The Specialists Omnibus 1 book
    *TWO 8x10" art prints of your choice
    *Limited-edition book mark
    *All digital rewards

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    SKETCH CARD BUNDLE
    Get custom art from the artist of The Specialists! You'll get...

    *The Specialists Omnibus 1 book
    *THREE 8x10" art prints of your choice
    *Limited-edition book mark
    *All digital rewards

    AND...
    *A custom-drawn sketch card by Al Fukalek

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    GOLEM BUNDLE
    Get the Kickstarter-exclusive Golem poster! You'll get...

    *The Specialists Omnibus 1 book
    *FOUR 8x10" art prints of your choice
    *Limited-edition book mark
    *A custom-drawn sketch card by Al Fukalek
    *All digital rewards

    AND...
    *The Kickstarter-exclusive Golem poster

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    PENCIL SKETCH BUNDLE
    Upgrade your artwork! You'll get...

    *The Specialists Omnibus 1 book
    *FIVE 8x10" art prints of your choice
    *Limited-edition book mark
    *The Kickstarter-exclusive Golem poster
    *All digital rewards

    AND...
    *A custom 9x12" pencil sketch by Al Fukalek

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    Pledge $110 or more About $110

    COLORED SKETCH BUNDLE
    Add some color to your art! You'll get...

    *The Specialists Omnibus 1 book
    *ALL SIX 8x10" art prints
    *Limited-edition book mark
    *The Kickstarter-exclusive Golem poster
    *All digital rewards

    *A custom, digitally colored 9x12" illustration by Al Fukalek (includes the original pencil sketch)

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    DELUXE ART BUNDLE
    Own a piece of The Specialists! You'll get...

    *The Specialists Omnibus 1 book
    *ALL SIX 8x10" art prints
    *Limited-edition book mark
    *The Kickstarter-exclusive Golem poster
    *A custom, digitally colored 9x12" illustration by Al Fukalek (includes the original pencil sketch)
    *All digital rewards

    AND...
    *The original pencil art of a comic page of your choice (check availability before your pledge is collected).

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    MAXIMUM ART BUNDLE
    If you want something truly unique, this is the bundle for you. You'll get...

    *The Specialists Omnibus 1 book
    *ALL SIX 8x10" art prints
    *Limited-edition book mark
    *The Kickstarter-exclusive Golem poster
    *A custom, digitally colored 9x12" illustration by Al Fukalek (includes the original pencil sketch)
    *The original pencil art of a comic page of your choice (check availability before your pledge is collected).
    *All digital rewards

    AND...
    *The original pencil art for the exclusive Golem poster

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