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Eight exceptional people must overcome their differences and learn to work together to defeat the menace of the Nazi Übermenschen
Eight exceptional people must overcome their differences and learn to work together to defeat the menace of the Nazi Übermenschen
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We've unlocked our first stretch  goal, so all physical book rewards will include an exclusive bookplate! Now we're working on our second stretch goal. If we can reach $8,500, we'll add an all-new 8-page Bombardier story to the Omnibus, with art by comics veteran Arvell Jones! We're entering our final hours, so it's going to be close, but with your help, we can do it!

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 single volume packed with extras, but we need your help! Have you done your part... for VICTORY?

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 284-page paperback 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. If you want a hardcover version, just add $5 to your pledge!

Limited Edition Bookmark

All pledge levels (except the $10 digital-only level) will 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.

Three art prints of your choice are included at the $50 pledge level, and if you pledge $75, you'll get all of them! You can also add individual prints to any pledge level for $10 each.

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

     
          

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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    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

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

    *The Specialists Omnibus vol 1
    *Limited-edition book mark
    *All digital rewards

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    THE OMNIBUS
    The basic package. You'll get...

    *The Specialists Omnibus vol 1
    *Limited-edition book mark
    *All digital rewards

    Add $5 to upgrade to a hardcover book.

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    ART PACKAGE
    Add some art prints and original art! You'll get...

    *The Specialists Omnibus vol 1
    *Limited-edition book mark
    *All digital rewards
    *3 art prints of your choice
    *An original sketch card by Al Fukalek

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    MAXIMUM ART PACKAGE
    Get all the art prints and a full-sized piece of original art! You'll get...

    *The Specialists Omnibus vol 1
    *Limited-edition book mark
    *All digital rewards
    *All 6 art prints
    *An original 8x10" pencil sketch by Al Fukalek

    Add $5 to upgrade to a hardcover book.

    Add $20 to also receive a digitally colored version of your sketch.

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