About this project
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.
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)!
Pics of the good stuff!
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.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
Yes, every printed book is signed and numbered.
The book will be 9 x 11", roughly 280 pages. The final page count depends on certain bonus features, which are in the process of being finalized.
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