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The story of Captain John, a self-centered space pilot, and his sidekick Asimov, garbage can turned witty genius robot.
The story of Captain John, a self-centered space pilot, and his sidekick Asimov, garbage can turned witty genius robot.
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FULLY FUNDED in *9 days* - 250% of goal by project end. WOW - thank you SO MUCH to all my awesome backers for making this such a great experience. 

Hi Kickstarter, my name is Tom. I’m a storyteller, and I use comics to tell my stories. 

For the past 5 years I’ve been serializing the popular sci-fi comic “Marooned - A Space opera in the wrong key” online. It’s the story of Captain John, a self-centered space pilot from Earth, and his sidekick Asimov, an automated garbage can turned into a genius robot.

The central theme of the story is Captain John’s journey from hapless to heroic. Along the way he encounters :

  • An insane stowaway robot 
  • Martian scientists with no arms and martian mystics with three legs 
  • Sentient crystals that embed themselves into your head 
  • The smartest creatures in the universe - who also are the clumsiest 
  • Martian tween angst 
  • Zombie martians and their crazy dictator 
  • And a little romance - just to get started! 

Marooned is a mixture of things I loved as a kid. It's a story that I thought would be fun to read. It’s a mix of influences like Star Wars, Bugs Bunny, Calvin & Hobbes, Thunderbirds, Star Blazers and Peanuts all rolled into one. 

And John & Asimov aren't alone. There’s also Ugo, the martian leader, who is wise and helpful. Ril the orphan tween who has lots of attitude, but desperately wants a family, Zed the renegade alien, and the mysterious Captain Lian Fisher - survivor of a lost mission to Mars who has become something more than human. 

In the end, he is presented with an all-or-nothing battle where selfish behavior and foolish pride have no place, that will decide not only his fate, but the fate of everyone on Mars. Marooned is a story that is funny, but it also has heart. It’s suitable for any reader, young or old. 

In the past 5 years, I've developed a dedicated fan base that has nurtured and supported me. I want to leave them with this special book that is Marooned as it was intended to be - Marooned at its best. Not read one or two pages a week, suffocating the plot, but rather as a big, fun book of comics that you spend all day reading while munching on your favorite snacks, transported to another time and place. That’s what reading comics is all about! I also want new readers to be able to discover Marooned in this way, rather than the somewhat broken way of webcomics. 

To ensure it would be right, I spent a full year reworking the art from the beginning. I recolored, redrew, rewrote, and even added some new strips to make sure the Marooned graphic novel would be a book you can revisit again and again. It's a 280-page Omnibus extravaganza!

As a SPECIAL bonus, there will be some bonus features exclusive to the book - a special Ellie on Planet X/Marooned crossover by James Anderson! And, a short Marooned collaboration between myself and David Scott Smith, Disney artist and creator of Space Base 8! (And some other goodies, too!)

This is where you come in. The book is complete. But I need your support to raise the funds to get the book printed. Along with the book, there’s some great rewards for your support - including taking home a piece of original art, fun prints, a patch and more. I hope Marooned tickles your fancy, and that you'll support this dream project of mine. Thank you!

And now the rewards (UPDATED)!

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Risks and challenges

The project files are about 98% ready for the printer. I have all the quotes and everything is pretty much ready. I'm just one guy, so sickness or unforeseen issues could delay me, but it's not too hard to submit files to the printer from the couch.

My biggest challenge will be packaging and shipping items, but I have plenty of help for that.

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    SPECIALIST: Handwritten and signed Thank You postcard.

    I will personally write a thank you and sign a postcard featuring John and Ril embracing. It's how I feel about you, after all!

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    SPACEMAN: Digital copy (PDF) of all 3 books! The Marooned graphic novel, the "Making of Marooned" book, and "Spare Parts," the 100-page book of bonus content.

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    WARRANT OFFICER: All 3 PDFs PLUS your own printed, signed & numbered copy of the graphic novel "Marooned - A Space Opera in the Wrong Key!" 280 pages of comic goodness!

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    ENSIGN: The PDFs & the book PLUS a single panel of original artwork (signed by the artist.)

    (Note, you can request a specific character, I will do my best to accommodate you but I can make no promises.)

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    LIEUTENANT: The PDFs & the book, a single panel of original artwork (signed by the artist) PLUS your choice of one of these:

    "Spacenuts" Giclee print, "Asimov Blueprint" Giclee print, or the NFF Patch.

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    WARRANT OFFICER II: PDFs of all 3 books, Printed, signed & numbered version of the graphic novel, and printed version of the bonus book "Spare Parts."

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    COMMANDER: The PDFs & the book, a single panel of original artwork (signed by the artist) your choice of either Giclee print - "Spacenuts" or "Asimov Blueprint." PLUS the NFF patch!

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    Ensign II: PDFs of all 3 books, Printed, signed & numbered version of the graphic novel, and printed version of the bonus book "Spare Parts." PLUS a panel of original artwork signed by the artist.

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    CAPTAIN: PDFs, the book, panel of original artwork (signed by the artist), NFF patch, your choice of either Giclee print - "Spacenuts" or "Asimov Blueprint" PLUS your name printed in the book as an NFF Captain with your own made-up ship name (subject to author approval.)

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    ADMIRAL: PDFs, the book, panel of original artwork (signed by the artist), NFF patch, your choice of either Giclee print - "Spacenuts" or "Asimov Blueprint" - your name printed in the book as an NFF ADMIRAL with your own made-up ship name (subject to author approval.) PLUS an inked sketch in the front of the book.

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    CAPTAIN II: PDFs, signed & numbered Graphic Novel PLUS the bonus printed "Spare Parts" book, panel of original artwork (signed by the artist), NFF patch, your choice of either Giclee print - "Spacenuts" or "Asimov Blueprint" PLUS your name printed in the book as an NFF Captain with your own made-up ship name (subject to author approval.)

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    MARTIAN: You get EVERYTHING. The postcard, the graphic novel, the PDFs, the panel of artwork (signed by the artist), the NFF patch, BOTH prints, your name printed as an NFF ADMIRAL with your own ship name (subject to author approval) in the book, and an inked sketch in the front of the book.

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    ADMIRAL II: PDFs, signed & numbered Graphic Novel PLUS the bonus printed "Spare Parts" book, panel of original artwork (signed by the artist), NFF patch, your choice of either Giclee print - "Spacenuts" or "Asimov Blueprint" PLUS your name printed in the book as an NFF ADMIRAL with your own made-up ship name (subject to author approval.) AND an inked sketch inside the front cover.

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    MARTIAN II: You get EVERYTHING. The postcard, signed & numbered Graphic Novel PLUS the bonus printed "Spare Parts" book, the PDFs, the panel of artwork (signed by the artist), the NFF patch, BOTH prints, your name printed as an NFF ADMIRAL with your own ship name (subject to author approval) in the book, and an inked sketch in the front of the book.

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    MISSION CONTROL II: You get ALL the physical pieces, the postcard, signed & numbered Graphic Novel PLUS the bonus printed "Spare Parts" book, both prints, the patch, the cut panel (and of course the PDFs) - PLUS - As a top supporter, I will render you (based on a picture) in my cartoon style as a member of NFF Mission Control in the front of the book! You will be given a mission control title as well. PLUS I will send you the digital hi-res drawing to keep and use as you like!

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    GENIUS ROBOT: You get everything from the Martian package, PLUS - you get the original strip from strips 1, 2 or 3 (You only get ONE of the three!) First come, first serve. This will be shipped as two separate packages.

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    GENIUS ROBOT 2: You get everything from the Martian package, PLUS - you get the original strip from strips 24 or 32 (You only get ONE of the two!) First come, first serve. This will be shipped as two separate packages.

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    RETCON 1

    First, you get EVERYTHING - PDFs, both books (including the HC version of the Graphic Novel), your picture in Mission Control, both prints, the patch, the cut panel, your ship name in the back, the postcard - PLUS...

    I will "retcon" YOUR ship name into the Earth Mission control scene! Your ship name will be IN THE BOOK as a part of the story.

    (See update #14 for picture)

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    RETCON 2

    First, you get EVERYTHING - PDFs, both books (including the HC version of the Graphic Novel), your picture in Mission Control, both prints, the patch, the cut panel, your ship name in the back, the postcard - PLUS...

    I will "retcon" YOUR ship name into the Lian Test Ship scene! Your ship name will be IN THE BOOK as a part of the story.

    (See update #14 for picture)

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