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Chapter 1 of 5: American myth, postapocalyptic Western, ronin samurai tale, and the lingering hungover tinnitus of rock n’ roll.
Chapter 1 of 5: American myth, postapocalyptic Western, ronin samurai tale, and the lingering hungover tinnitus of rock n’ roll.
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Set about 15 years after the world fell apart, a nomadic physician struggles to survive in a savage frontier of the poor and powerless, trying to balance her calling as a healer with the necessity of killing for survival. As a consequence, maybe she’s become more skilled with her saber than she is with a scalpel, and she’s trying to get out from under that reputation.

In Chapter 1, Turtle Island, we follow Doc Hanover as she answers a call for medical help that takes her farther west than she’s been -- away from the violence and anarchy she knew back east and away from her past. At the feet of South Dakota’s Black Hills, she finds a surprisingly prosperous and peaceful fort, where destiny has plans for her.

The Surgeon Chapter Two: The Siege
The Surgeon Chapter Two: The Siege


Created and written by John Pence, The Surgeon has now been brought to life by the Unlikely Heroes Studios team! Zack Dolan, Laurie Foster, Eve Orozco, and Erek Foster are bringing you this .45 caliber adventure of guns, swords, fists, scalpels, laughs, and maybe a few secret tough-guy tears.

 

The initial goal of this Kickstarter is to raise funds to print The Surgeon Chapter 1 and get it into your hands, as well as produce a small pile of really cool bonus merchandise for you, the fans! We are ultimately aiming, however, to raise more money, hit our first stretch goal (12.5k), and begin production on Chapter 2 of this planned 5-issue series. The stretch goals will only get better as we go, so stay tuned during the campaign for surprises and bonus gifts!  

 

REWARD TIERS, ADD-ONS, and STRETCH GOALS ARE BELOW!

 

 

  • 27+ pages of digital goodness! 
  • Includes all previous reward tiers.
  • Books will be printed by PRINTWORK! (Canada)
  • Includes all previous reward tiers. Click HERE to see all poster options! 
  • Includes all previous reward tiers. Click HERE to see the map!
  • Click HERE to see the patch!
  • Map and patch will be carefully crafted and provided by GEEKIFY!
  • Includes all previous reward tiers. Click HERE to view examples!
  • Includes all previous reward tiers. Click HERE to see the larger page!  Click HERE to view available pages for sale.
  • Includes most previous reward tiers. Your likeness will appear in Issue 2!
  • Includes some previous reward tiers. Click HERE to view examples!
  • Includes all previous tiers except $400. The Unlikely Heroes team becomes your design squad and we make YOUR full-page ad that will appear in Issue 2!

 

 

  • Add On an 11x17 poster to any pledge for $15! Click HERE to see poster options!
  • Your book will travel all over the western hemisphere!
  • Add on an original page from Issue 1 to any pledge!  CLICK HERE to view available pages for sale.
  • Add the cover of Issue 1 to your pledge!  CLICK HERE to view available pages for sale.

 


For Stretch Goal Fulfillment, backers would receive each issue individually once it is completed and printed.

I.e.: Upon completion of this Kickstarter, backers will receive Issue 1 as soon as it is printed (it is already complete), along with all other non-stretch goal rewards.

Subsequent issues will be printed and shipped separately upon completion. Backers would receive issue updates in the Kickstarter feed. Goal amounts include printing, shipping, and aid in the production of the new issues.

 

POSTER CHOICES!
POSTER CHOICES!

 

Hanover's Map!
Hanover's Map!

 

Turtle Island Patch!
Turtle Island Patch!

 

Map and patch provided by Geekify!
Map and patch provided by Geekify!

 

Books will be printed by PrintWork (Canada)!
Books will be printed by PrintWork (Canada)!

 

Zack's CUSTOM sketch examples!
Zack's CUSTOM sketch examples!

 

Original Penciled Surgeon Page.
Original Penciled Surgeon Page.

 

Custom 11 x 17 Art Piece!
Custom 11 x 17 Art Piece!

 

 

The Surgeon Issue 2 Cover
The Surgeon Issue 2 Cover

 

 

 

Risks and challenges

This project comes with little to no risks or challenges. We have had three successful past Kickstarters and are extremely familiar with delivering rewards that people love on time!

Our initial goal consists simply of enough money to print The Surgeon Issue 1, along with a little extra to produce and ship the rewards for the other tiers!

Our stretch goals consist of further issue production and printing.

Simple and efficient! We want to get books into your hands!

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    Dangerously Digital!

    Receive The Surgeon Issue 1 as a digital reward, with more than 27 pages of slicey-dicey post-apocalyptic goodness!

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    Poster Child!

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    Seasoned Explorer!

    Receive Dr. Hanover's map (polyester canvas) of the area around the Fort of Turtle Island, and the fort's militia insignia patch -- "Word is Bond".

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    • Print copy of The Surgeon Issue 1
    • Your choice of TWO 11 x 17 exclusive posters
    • Hanover's 8.5 x 11 canvas map
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    The Custom Sketch!

    Receive a custom, 9x12 pencil sketch by Zack Dolan!

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    • PDF of The Surgeon Issue 1
    • Print copy of The Surgeon Issue 1
    • Your choice of TWO 11 x 17 exclusive posters
    • Hanover's 8.5 x 11 canvas map
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    Original Pages!

    Receive an original penciled page of your choice from The Surgeon Issue 1!

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    Includes:
    • PDF of The Surgeon Issue 1
    • Print copy of The Surgeon Issue 1
    • Your choice of TWO 11 x 17 exclusive posters
    • Hanover's 8.5 x 11 canvas map
    • Official Turtle Island patch
    • Custom 9x12 Zack Dolan pencil sketch
    • Original penciled page from The Surgeon Issue 1
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    Appear in The Surgeon!

    Appear in The Surgeon Issue 2! Your likeness will be used as a cameo in the second issue of the book.

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    • PDF of The Surgeon Issue 1
    • Print copy of The Surgeon Issue 1
    • Your choice of TWO 11 x 17 exclusive posters
    • Hanover's 8.5 x 11 canvas map
    • Official Turtle Island patch
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    • Appear in The Surgeon Issue 2
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    The Custom Art Piece!

    Receive an 11x17 custom commission from Zack - it will then be inked and colored digitally by the UHS team. You will receive the original art, one 11x17 print of the embellished art, and a high-resolution file!

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    Includes:
    • PDF of The Surgeon Issue 1
    • Print copy of The Surgeon Issue 1
    • Your choice of TWO 11 x 17 exclusive posters
    • Hanover's 8.5 x 11 canvas map
    • Official Turtle Island patch
    • Custom 11 x 17 Zack Dolan pencilled art
    • Art will be inked and colored by the UHS team
    • High-resolution file of completed art
    • One 11 x 17 print of the completed art
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    Your Ad in Our Book!

    Receive a full-page ad space in the Surgeon Issue 2 (print and digital editions). The UH Studios team will help design the ad for you, including custom art and graphic design by our team!

    Check the STRETCH GOALS to see if you get any bonus loot!

    Includes:
    • PDF of The Surgeon Issue 1
    • Print copy of The Surgeon Issue 1
    • Your choice of TWO 11 x 17 exclusive posters
    • Hanover's 8.5 x 11 canvas map
    • Official Turtle Island patch
    • Custom 9x12 Zack Dolan pencil sketch
    • Original penciled page from The Surgeon Issue 1
    • Full-page ad space in The Surgeon Issue 2 with help from our team
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