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A young woman must travel to the darkest corners of the earth to reclaim her lover's soul, stolen by nightmarish creatures.

The story focuses on a huntress named Mercy Barlowe, who falls in love with the daughter of a local reverend. When the romantic nature of their relationship is discovered, the reverend cries heresy and vows to see both women tried as witches. Mercy escapes, but the reverend's daughter is sentenced to burn. The agony and torment of the burning lures wicked creatures from the darkness, who attack the village and steal the souls of the dying women. Mercy vows to track the evil beings to the ends of the earth and vanquish them to reclaim her lover's soul, even if it means taking on dark powers of her own.

Anathema is a limited series which, when completed, should come out to between 250-300 pages. I will release the story in individual twenty four page issues until the tale has been told. Those of you who have taken to math learnin' know that this equates to roughly ten or eleven issues total.

MEET THE ARTISTS!

To help bring Anathema to life, I scoured the known world for talented artists. In my search, I have managed to put together what I feel is the greatest artistic team in the history of comics. I might be slightly biased, but I love these guys and their work more than I could ever hope to describe. Here's a little background on each of them:

John Statema is an artist from Kenosha, Wisconsin. John has drawn comics for many publishers, including Marvel, DC, and Malibu, starting in the mid 1980's.  His work has appeared in G.I. Joe, The Avengers, The Incredible Hulk, Superman, and many others.

Jorge Maese is a colorist and painter from Monterrey, Mexico. He has worked for many companies in the comics and gaming industries, including Marvel, Fantasy Flight Games, Paizo, and many others. He is the co-founder of the independent graphic design company, Graphikslava.

WHERE'S THE MONEY GOING?

I have started the production of the first issue using what very limited resources I could muster. I endeavor to create a quality product that stands out in the sea of comics, and if I hope to realize this dream, I'm going to need some more funds. Here's a breakdown of where the money will be allocated:

  • $200 per page for pencils, colors, and lettering x 24 pages = $4,800

  • The remaining $1,200 will be used toward the cost of printing.

Yeah, that's it. Making a quality comic is NOT cheap. As you can see, I've chosen to forgo any payment for myself as the writer. Seeing this dream project in print and in the hands of people around the world will certainly hold more worth than any amount of money.

WHAT'S IN IT FOR ME?

Aside from the knowledge that you've made my horrible little heart swollen with joy, you can take your pick from a treasure trove of awesome rewards! Feast your eyes on the sidebar to the right for a breakdown of the booty!  I will be adding rewards in the future, such as original page art and possibly even a cameo in the story, so keep an eye out for that!

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    Jorge Maese will paint a digital portrait of any character of your choosing! Comic heroes, horror movie monsters/villains, you name it and he'll render it! And, of course, you will receive a signed copy of the comic and your name in the acknowledgements!

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    A digital painting (printed and framed) by the artist Jorge Maese. The painted image can be anything you desire! Your imagination is the limit on this one! In addition, you will receive a signed copy of the book mailed to your door, your name in the acknowledgements section, a limited edition poster of the cover art by Jorge Maese, an Anathema t-shirt, and a canvas messenger bag with the Anathema logo screenprinted onto the flap, for carrying your comics and such!

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    A one of a kind collaborative piece from Alan and Jorge featuring the characters of Anathema. You will be the only person in the world to own this piece of art, as it will never be printed elsewhere. The piece will be signed by Jorge, Alan, and myself, so it will have traveled across the world before arriving at your doorstep. Accompanying this rare piece of art will be a signed copy of the comic with your name printed in the acknowledgements!

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