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Four unlikely people will have to become the heroes we need if Earth is going to survive this alien invasion.
Four unlikely people will have to become the heroes we need if Earth is going to survive this alien invasion.
268 backers pledged $9,941 to help bring this project to life.

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The Goal

The goal of this Kickstarter is for us to be able to self-publish Phileas Reid Knows We Are Not Alone. It will be a 100-page, fully colored graphic novel.  Based on the success of this first book, we will shop future volumes around to comic publishing companies.

THE STRETCH GOAL!!  

We've made it to $8,500!!  With days to spare!  That covers all of our publishing costs!  You guys are amazing!  This book is going to be great, but if we're able to come up with $10,000, we'll be able to make it hardcover book.  Let's go for ten!

The Story

Phileas Reid was once a household name.  He was an American hero.  Every school boy and girl knew him as "one of the men who built the atomic bomb."  Phileas, however, was never able to take pride in the work he had done.  "We saved the world, perhaps, but at what cost?"  Nearly twenty years have passed and Phileas has just published a book:  We Are Not Alone.  While the world thinks he's gone crazy, having plummeted from respected mind to mad scientist, Phileas thinks it's absolutely crazy to pretend that we're alone in the universe.  

Charlotte Hughes, a reporter for The News Tomorrow, hasn't decided if she thinks Phileas is crazy or not.  What she does know is that if Phileas is right, that would change everything.

Marshall doesn't have much of a choice but to tag along on all of his mom's crazy adventures.  He's only ten years old and doesn't have anyone else to look after him -- not that he's complaining.  He inherited his father's desire for truth and justice and his mother's insatiable curiosity.

The story really begins with our fourth hero, Teinan Breen.  She's a fourteen year-old girl from Io (the inner most of Jupiter's four Galilean moons) who, in an effort to have even just a little bit of control over her life, runs away from home and decides to hide on Earth.  

Here's hoping no-one saw her crash land.  Here's hoping her people don't come looking for her and our military misjudges it as an alien invasion and begins a war between our two worlds.

Teinan crash lands on Earth.  She's not from around here and two worlds are going to collide to try and find her.

Phileas Reid Knows We're Not Alone is an all-ages graphic novel with its sights set on action and adventure, but that doesn't mean the book isn't without a message:  You are not alone.  Wherever you are, whoever you are, no matter what age you are, people have gone before you and people are with you now.  Just because you feel alone, doesn't mean you are.  This knowledge is supposed to be comforting, but it's also a challenge.  You not being alone in the world also means your way of doing things and your way of thinking things isn't the only way.

The Team

Scott Fogg (writer/creator) - A lifelong daydreamer, Scott grew up in Narnia, Metropolis, Hill Valley, Sherwood Forest, Battle School, and on Tatooine and Gallifrey.  He was the only non-mutant student at Xavier's School For Gifted Youngsters, but dropped out after being an exchange student at Hogwarts and discovering that what he really wanted to be was a storyteller (Professor Snape was furious but Professor Lupin was very supportive).  Knowing no better way to hone his storytelling skills, he went to film school.  He went on to write every play, web series, short and feature length film he could, including the award-winning Blue, 20Q, and Secret of the Cave.  Scott can be heard on the Movies You Should Love podcast as well as The Last Cast and The Next Chapter.  He currently resides in Chattanooga, Tennessee with his wife, Kelly, their daughter, Amelia, their two dogs, Gwen and Mister Tumnus, and their three cats, Desmond, Scarlett, and Penelope. 

Marc Thomas (artist) -  Marc L. Thomas is an award-winning professional illustrator and designer at Florida State University. Marc's illustrations can be seen at the Official Handbook of the Marvel Universe Redux Edition, in pinups for various comic projects in production as well as at his own website and tumblr blog. Marc can also be found knocking about his own geek-centric website, Ungrownups.com as well as co-hosting their monthly podcast. Marc's formed his unique art style based on his artistic influences, who range from Mike Mignola and Dave Bullock, to Michael Avon Oeming and Darwyn Cooke. Marc currently lives in Tallahassee, Florida with his wife, two sons and English bulldog named Joker.

Dean Trippe (color artist/character design/covers) -  Dean Trippe created Butterfly, co-founded Project:  Rooftop, co-hosts The Last Cast podcast, created Something Terrible, rambles on Twitter, posts awesome things on Tumblr and has an e-mail account.

Vito Delsante (letterer) - Vito Delsante is a comic book writer/graphic novelist.  He's written for DC Comics, Marvel Comics, Image Comics, AdHouse Books, and Simon & Schuster, among others and his stories have been reprinted in other countries.  He's written well known characters such as Batman, Superman, Scooby-Doo, Wolverine, and even Albert Einstein.  He lettered Liberator for Black Mask Studios, the web comic Prisoner of None, and the forthcoming World War Mob.  He lives in New York City with his wife Michelle, his daughter, Sadie, and his dog, Kirby.  Visit him online at http://incogvito.com/.

Pin-Ups & Fan Art

"Phileas Reid" by John Broglia
"Phileas Reid" by John Broglia
"The Invasion" by Del Hewitt Jr
"The Invasion" by Del Hewitt Jr

 Follow Phileas online at  http://phileasreid.tumblr.com/ and/or https://www.facebook.com/OfficialPhileasReid

Risks and challenges

There's little to no risk involved with a project like this. There are, however, two very large challenges in our way. They are both financial in nature.

There's a number of ways this story could be told. While we could tell this story online, a page or panel at a time, we believe the best way to tell this story is as a graphic novel. While not the most expensive way we could tell the tale of Phileas Reid, it isn't without its upfront costs. From making sure the artists are properly compensated to publishing fees, making a graphic novel that we can be proud of is expensive enough that it's unattainable without a little help from our friends.

Should we be able to pool our resources together enough to make this book a reality, the biggest challenge will be for us to balance and manage our time to stay on schedule. All four of us have day jobs because all four of us have families to provide for and bills to pay. The money we put together from Kickstarter won't be going towards any of that, so it's not like we're going to be able to quit our day jobs and make comic books full time -- yet. So, if this Kickstarter is a success, it will mean, for all intents and purposes, that the four of us will have two full-time jobs (and families who -- for reasons that escape our imagination -- want to see us from time to time).

The first problem has the potential to be unsolvable. We can't do it without you. The second problem is easily solvable, it just means we'll be seeing fewer movies in theaters and even less sun that we usually do. We'll have to create a schedule and stick to it, balancing our jobs and our friends and family in a healthy but productive way -- honestly, it's exactly the kind of challenge we've been wanting for some time now.

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    A BLEEDING COOL SPECIAL!! You get the book. You get a digital copy of the book. You get your name printed on the "thank-you for making this happen" page AND, because you're so bleeding cool, we're throwing in a limited edition print of our cast of heroes. Marked, numbered, and signed by Scott Fogg and Marc Thomas. There will only be a hundred of these in the entire universe.

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    CO-HOST A PODCAST! Scott Fogg co-hosts a podcast called Movies You Should Love with Loren Small. Usually. Just this once, while Loren's not looking, you can co-host the podcast with Scott and discuss some of your favorite movies with him, the Internet, and all the worlds. You'll also receive a digital copy and physical copy of the book. (Must have Skype!)

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    SUPERHERO SKETCH!! Dean Trippe will draw a superhero of your choice! You'll also receive a physical copy of the book, our eternal gratitude, a dashboard wallpaper and a digital copy of the book with your name under a big, fat "thank-you for making this happen" for all the worlds to see!

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    BE AN EXTRA! A lot of people inhabit our world. The same can be said for the world of Phileas Reid. You are one of the former. How would you like to be one of the latter? You will appear somewhere, on panel, in this book! Maybe you'll be running in terror! Maybe you'll be enjoying a scone! Either way, you'll be in the book! You'll also receive the wallpaper, the digital copy, and a physical copy of the book.

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    CONTACT THE FUTURE! Both Scott Fogg and Dean Trippe have a connection with a couple of guys (well, a couple of ex-guys) who have been sending broadcasts from the distant future back to us here in the 21st century. We'll put the three of you in touch and let you broadcast your apocalypse survival strategy throughout all of space and time. We'll also make sure you get a physical copy and digital copy of the book. (Must have Skype!)

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    SUPERHERO REDESIGN! Comic fashionister Dean Trippe will redesign a superhero of your choosing! Bask in the warm glow of a high quality piece of digital art while you read your physical and/or digital copy of the book.

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    THE GRAFFITI ARTIST! While the teacher's not looking, Marc Thomas will draw in your book! He'll surprise you with one of the characters from "Phileas Reid Knows We Are Not Alone!" You'll also get the digital copy of the book, but the picture will only appear in your physical copy.

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    THE ART COLLECTOR! You might not be able to define art, but you know it when you see it -- and so will everyone who you bestow the honor of visiting your house. Marc Thomas will craft for you an 8x10 pen and ink piece of art of the hero of your choosing. While you sit smugly* under your piece of superhero art, enjoy a copy of PHILEAS REID KNOWS WE'RE NOT ALONE, which we will gladly include with the original art.

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    BE A GOOD GUY! There are a handful of brave souls who are daring to do the right thing. Are you one of these people? Here's your chance to work side-by-side with Phileas Reid, have conversations with him and, who knows, maybe save the world! As a reward for being a do-gooder, we'll send you a complimentary digital and physical copy of the book, so that you may share your daring deeds with your descendants.

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    YOU'RE NOT FROM AROUND HERE, ARE YOU? It's time for you to stop lying to everyone. It's time to admit to the universe the truth about yourself: You are from another planet. We'll show everyone your true glorious form, stripping away your puny Earthling disguise. We'll also reveal your real, alien, name. You'll also be bestowed with a physical and digital copy of the book and will be thanked for your bravery on the "thank-you for making this happen" page.

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    ORIGINAL JOHN BROGLIA ART. Like that pin-up by John Broglia of Phileas, Charlotte, Teinan and Marshall? It can be yours -- and we're not talking about a print of it (high quality as that would be). You'll be receiving he original pen and inked piece of art. You'll also get everything from the "PHYSICAL COPY OF THE BOOK" level.

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    BE AN EXTRA! ON THE COVER!! Dean Trippe is doing our cover. He's mapping out a tapestry of sci-fi action that will start on the cover, wrap around the spine, and fill the back. Where you will appear will be up to Dean's design discretion. Who knows? Someone might by the book just because they see you on the cover and they're like, "hey. I wanna know more about THAT character." Boy are they going to be disappointed. But you won't be! Because you'll be on the cover with Phileas, Charlotte, Marshall and Teinan! And probably some explosions. Who knows? You'll also get everything from the "PHYSICAL COPY OF THE BOOK" level.

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    THE PITCH! Trying to get into comics? Having a hard time with it? Let us help! We can't guarantee success, but we'll certainly try! The creative team behind PHILEAS REID will help you put together your five-page pitch! Scott will consult with you on the script and story! Dean will do a lead character sketch! Marc will do a pin-up! Vito will letter it for you! All this and a copy of the book, too!

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    LET'S BE BAD GUYS! Yes, it costs more to be a bad guy. The world doesn't need more bad guys. But if you're so bound and determined to be a bad guy, we'll let you! And we'll give you a physical copy of the book, a digital copy of the book and a big ol' "thank-you for beating us up" on the credits page! All in the hopes that you'll stop being a bad guy!

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