Hello, and welcome to The Patrons Kickstarter Campaign! The Patrons is a neo-noir sci-fi comic book series. Set in Shepherd's Rest, a mega-city on the edge of an endless wasteland. With crime, corruption, and a brewing revolution, the world is balancing on a knife-edge. It's up to a lone soldier to decide which way it will fall.
The goal of this Kickstarter is to raise funds for issue #1 of The Patrons - 23 full color, masterfully illustrated pages (NOW 48 PAGES BECAUSE OF STRETCH GOALS). There will be three versions of issue #1. STANDARD, VARIANT, and NOIR. Variant and noir editions are unique to kickstarter and will not be available elsewhere. Any additional funds raised will go directly toward the production of further issues of the series.
The Patrons is illustrated by Gary Inloes and written by William Johnson and Anthony Scott. Two years ago, we quit our full time jobs to make this dream real, and response online has been amazing. We’re super excited to bring the world of The Patrons to life, but we need your help. Below you can find a deeper description of the story, find comic page samples, rewards that we are offering, and more. If this is a project that you are interested in, please support our campaign and tell your friends about it.
Because of the support we've gotten from the Kickstarter community, we have the privilege to add stretch goals to our campaign.
After plague, famine, and civil warfare brought earth’s population to the brink of extinction, the Patrons provided salvation. They offered food, shelter, and technology to the survivors. All the world’s natives congregated to their city, and the earth began to flourish once again.
However, as society reformed, so did its sins. Crime and corruption was rampant in the city’s slums, so the Patrons constructed walls to keep the natives at bay. Allowing only citizens with a pure Patron bloodline to pass through their gates.
The Patrons tells the story of Elliott, a low-born Patron soldier, and a mysterious assassin who hunts him. Exposed to life on both sides of the wall, Elliott must learn to live with the violence of native crime lords and the sadistic nature of the Patron’s Ministry of Affairs.
But the further he gets pushed into a world of back-alley murders and political corruption, the more he questions which side he should be fighting for. After a leader of a cult resistance gives him a way to atone for his sins, Elliott must choose between loyalty to the Patrons, and the lives of the survivors of families that he destroyed.
The Noir Editions is a black and white throwback to a time of great detective fiction of the 40s.
This isn't simply a black and white filter placed on the final images. Each panel is hand tailored to the aesthetic and includes voiceover from Elliott (the protagonist). The Noir edition will be a different experience and include additional insights into the story.
We love comic stores and are offering this special Kickstarter version of the book to retailers during the campaign. We treat retailer backers just like other backers in that they receive their rewards before the book is available anywhere else.
If you are a retailer, please email email@example.com for more info.
Risks and challenges
This is our third project on Kickstarter. We haven't been mistake free, but each project's lessons have built upon the last. We are very confident that the risks in making our book are very low, and we will be able to deliver all rewards in a timely manner.
That being said, this Kickstarter is production and print, that's a big project. And the bigger the project, the more chance there is for things to go wrong. Our team will work around the clock to fix these issues, and as a backer we will always keep you in the loop as to what is going on.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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