About this project
Thank you, backers, for helping us exceed the initial fundraising goal! The extra money will go back into continuing work on the webcomic, and toward future PROTEGE projects. For the final week of the campaign, I've set up a couple stretch goals:
PROTEGE is an espionage action/thriller graphic novel that I've been releasing online for free. Now that the first five-chapter story arc is wrapping up, I'm raising funds to print a trade paperback.
PROTEGE is the story of Coltrane Wallace, an over-the-hill operative with a license to kill, whose life is changed forever when he and his partner Devin Edwards cross paths with a young assassin codenamed Allumette.
The world of PROTEGE is one of high-tech gadgets, international intrigue, aging operatives, shadowy data-miners and deadly assassins. It's a world of shoot-outs, explosions, and double-crosses -- but also some plot-twists that veer away from typical action-genre stuff.
THE GRAPHIC NOVEL:
The PROTEGE print edition will feature the awesome black-and-white art of Juan Romera (STRANGE NATION), over 128 pages of story, background content, and more:
An amazing cover by Keith Burns (THE BOYS, THE SHADOW/GREEN HORNET):
And an exclusive back-up story with art by Kay (COMPLEX):
In addition to the graphic novel, there's some cool rewards you can grab!
Limited! Original art by Juan Romera! 2.5 x 3.5" sketch cards of the PROTEGE character of your choice:
Limited! Original art by Juan Romera! 8 x 10" commission of a PROTEGE character of your choice:
ART PRINTS: Four different full-color 8 x10" giclees by Juan Romera to choose from.
DOG TAGS: Two dog tag variants with engraved backs to choose from, by the cool folks at Optimystical Studios. 24" ball chain included.
PERSON OF INTEREST FILE: everyone pledging at the $100 level will get a unique DSI dossier and fictional espionage background, written by me.
If you'd like to make an add-on, simply go to MANAGE YOUR PLEDGE, up your pledge the amount of the add-on, and I'll confirm your choice in the post-Kickstarter survey.
The current add-ons are:
- JUAN ROMERA ART PRINTS: $8 each / $15 for two
- DOG TAGS: $15 each
- KEITH BURNS COVER PRINT: $10
If you have an add-on you'd like to see, please let me know in the comments!
Risks and challenges
I've gone to great lengths to make sure the risks with this Kickstarter are minimal. All the art is finished. I'm currently remastering the lettering and designing the print edition.
Unless there's some crazy disaster with any of the vendors I'm using to print the book and the rewards, making the June delivery date should be no problem. And if there is, I'll let my backers know immediately.
I take my work, and this book, very seriously. I am really excited to see the print edition of PROTEGE become a reality, and even more jazzed to get this book into your hands!Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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