UPDATE #5: ToTheArk standalone comic stretch goal added
UPDATE #4: All pledges above $5 will receive a Kickstarter exclusive art print by Jackie (a $7 tier has been added for this as well)
UPDATE #3: WE'RE FUNDED AND HIT THE FIRST STRETCH GOAL! Volume 1 tiers have now been added!
UPDATE #2: First stretch goal announced below!
UPDATE #1: For those of you that don't already have Issue 1, I've added tiers that now include it! You'll receive it as soon as the Kickstarter campaign is completed and your pledge is processed.
Hey, I’m Troy.
Back in 2009 I created and co-directed Marble Hornets, a found footage webseries on Youtube that followed a doomed student film project and the people following the trail years later. The story wrapped in 2014, exactly 5 years later (to the day!) and I’ve always wanted to come back to its world with a new story.
Unfortunately, making a whole new webseries with new characters is not something I have time for since becoming a dad about 5 years ago. So I began thinking of ways to bring it to another format.
I love comics and graphic novels, and I’ve always wanted to help create one. So I finally decided to take the plunge and work to make that dream a reality.
I’m not an artist, and every comic needs one. Luckily, I knew EXACTLY the person to ask.
Jackie Reynolds has been with the Marble Hornets fandom since the very beginning, creating amazing fan art and even designing a poster previously sold on the THAC Store. Not only that, but they have also been creating their own comic series called The Divide and I which you can read over here!
(issue 1 is already complete and can be bought here!)
I began writing Marble Hornets Issue 1 in my spare time and during weekends over the course of several months. After a few scrapped versions, I settled on a story following Jessica after the events of the Marble Hornets web series as she tries to lead a normal life. Many new characters were introduced as well, like Adam the documentary filmmaker, and Taylor, who is a technician in a local hospital.
Issue 1 released on February 25th, and the response has been amazing thus far! But it’s just the beginning, and I can’t wait to show you were it goes from here.
The printed comic
Issue 1 was originally released as a digital only pdf, with the printed version following a couple of months later. If this kickstarter is successful, each issue will have a print edition launch simultaneously with the digital edition, giving everyone both options from the get go.
Each printed comic will be 6.5”x9.5” full color with a soft matte finish for the cover. Page number will vary between each issue, but we're aiming for 40 pages on average.
In addition to this, each issue will have cover art designed by a different artist. Issue 1’s artwork was done by Trevor Henderson, who you can follow on Twitter @slimyswampghost
The next issues will continue the story of Jessica and the others as they try to overcome a new nightmare caused by The Operator, which they may not all make it out of. Issue 2 is in early planning stages, and is estimated to be available in late September or early October if this kickstarter is successful.
Where you come in!
Getting this made and printed takes a good bit of money, which is why I need YOUR help to get it done! Want to help make the continuation of Marble Hornets a reality? I would be so grateful for any amount of support you can pledge.
Hitting the 10k goal will cover all illustration and printing costs, as well as give some financial padding for any unexpected expenses.
FUNDED: At $15000, we can release all 5 issues in one book after the series wraps up
FUNDED: At $18000 all backers over $5 will receive a Kickstarter exclusive art print.
At $25000 a new standalone comic will be produced that looks deeper into the controlled madness of ToTheArk
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Risks and challenges
The whole reason I put Issue 1 together before launching this kickstarter was so I could know how doable it is. The main challenge I ran into was setting a realistic timeframe for Jackie to illustrate, which we both underestimated initially. We are now giving ourselves more time to get each issue ready and avoiding burnout. For that reason, we will be taking several weeks between each issue’s completion to recharge.
I have already secured a printer that has proven they are up to the task of getting everything printed and shipped to me in a very timely fashion, so I forsee no issues there other than the small chance of there being some kind of technical delay.
I’ve had years of experience in shipping products from the Grampo Co Store, and have figured out a pretty efficient system for packing and shipping lots of orders per day. That being said, I am still just one person, so shipping out each issue might take place over a few days instead of all at once.
Finally, there is the slim chance of some life event for either me or Jackie that can delay any issue’s release.
Of course, if any of the above things cause a delay, I will be in contact immediately with all backers with revised timelines.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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