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A graphic novel collecting the first five chapters of the espionage thriller by Terence Anthony and Juan Romera.
A graphic novel collecting the first five chapters of the espionage thriller by Terence Anthony and Juan Romera.
58 backers pledged $2,413 to help bring this project to life.

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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.

For a (spoiler-free) preview about the story, check out this post. And if you want to read the comic before making a pledge, head on over to protegecomic.com!

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):

REWARDS:

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.

ADD-ONS!

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!

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    DIGITAL: A DRM-free PDF of the PROTEGE graphic novel, a wallpaper and a thank-you on the website.

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    THE BOOK: The actual physical Kickstarter-exclusive print edition, plus everything from the Digital tier.

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    THE BOOK SIGNED: The print edition signed by the author, your name published on a "special thanks" page in the book, and everything from the Digital tier.

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    TWO BOOKS: Exactly what it says. Get two print editions for a discounted price, plus everything from the Digital tier.

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    BOOK AND SKETCH CARD: An original 3.5 x 2.5" ink and wash sketch card of a PROTEGE character of your choice by Juan Romera, the print edition signed by the author, your name published on the "special thanks" page in the book, and everything from the Digital tier.

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    BOOK AND COVER PRINT: An 8 x 10" giclee of the Keith Burns cover, the print edition signed by the author, your name published on a "special thanks" page in the book, and everything from the Digital tier.

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    BOOK AND DOG TAG: An engraved dog tag (two designs to choose from), the print edition signed by the author, your name published on the "special thanks" page in the book, and everything from the Digital tier.

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    BOOK AND TWO ART PRINTS: Your choice of two full-color 8 x10" giclees, the print edition signed by the author, your name published on the "special thanks" page in the book, and everything from the Digital tier.

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    BOOK AND COMMISSION: An original 8 x 10" ink and wash commission of a PROTEGE character of your choice by Juan Romera, the print edition signed by the author, your name published on the "special thanks" page in the book, and everything from the Digital tier.

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    BOOK AND FOUR ART PRINTS: All four full-color 8 x10" giclees, the print edition signed by the author, your name published on the "special thanks" page in the book, and everything from the Digital tier.

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    BOOK, FOUR ART PRINTS & DOG TAG: An engraved dog tag (two designs to choose from), four full-color 8 x10" giclees, the print edition signed by the author, your name published on the "special thanks" page in the book, and everything from the Digital tier.

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    BOOK, FOUR ART PRINTS, DOG TAG & PERSON-OF-INTEREST FILE: You'll get an exclusive dossier published in the back of the book with your photo and a unique espionage background. You'll also get an engraved dog tag (two designs to choose from), four full-color 8 x10" giclees, the print edition signed by the author, your name published on the "special thanks" page in the book, and everything from the Digital tier.

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    BOOK, FOUR ART PRINTS, DOG TAG & APPEARANCE IN THE BOOK: Juan will draw your likeness in the PROTEGE world! You'll appear on a monitor as part of a shadowy international cabal -- and, who knows, maybe even show up later in the series. Besides being immortalized in a graphic novel, you'll get an engraved dog tag (two designs to choose from), four full-color 8 x10" giclees, the print edition signed by the author, your name published on the "special thanks" page in the book, and everything from the Digital tier.

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