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When I told people we were doing a football story they couldn't believe we'd be so stupid (though we'd done plenty of stupid things in the past).   Comic fans just didn't like football.   Ah, but it's not just football, we'd tell them.  There's an alien in it.  A big red alien.  With horns.  And they would shake their heads sadly, or tut, or attempt to take our temperature.

By we I mean longtime Batman and Lobo favourite ALAN GRANT and I, who have been writing comics for nealy 50 years and co-created, among other things, Judge Dredd.  Rok of the Reds would be a new departure, something totally different - and, with the inclusion of an alien protagonist, full of crazy, exciting possibilities.  Who says comic fans wouldn't be able to wrap their heads round it?

In truth a few still doubt our sanity, but it has been very pleasing to see our readership steadily growing and the enthusiasm they display for the book, especially among longtime haters of any sport.  The recent news that Rok of the Reds has been shortlisted by the Scottish Book Trust for Teenage Book of the Year, 2020, is very gratifying.

So we had to do a sequel.  There was never a thought in my mind that we wouldn't.   We have the same very gifted team back with 2000AD stars DAN CORNWELL and ABBY BULMER on art and colours.  Even our letterer JIM CAMPBELL has an Eisner nomination!  

We're so confident you're going to love ROK THE GOD as much as we do that we're offering you a SNEAK PEEK.  Follow this link for a FREE digital view of Chapter 1 - 20 plus pages in glorious colour - then come and join the Rok team!

NEIL SIMS' IMPRESSIVE STATUETTE

Risks and challenges

We're confident we can complete this project on schedule and to an extremely high standard. We're all professionals - some of us for longer than we care to contemplate. Our only problem is funding, and that's where you, our backers, come in. We love ROK, we think ROK THE GOD is a wonderful story - weird, funny, thrilling, accessible to young and old. We hope you'll play your part in making it come about.

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    BOOTING UP!

    PDF of ROK THE GOD — the complete graphic novel including YOUR NAME on the "Thank You" pages. Digital version only. Let the story glow!

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    YOU'RE BOOKED!

    This is it, the real deal, hold-it-in-your-hand ROK THE GOD graphic novel, full-size, soft-cover edition! Go team! And you’ll be able to admire your name there in print with our thanks for helping the big red alien achieve divinity!

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    YOU'RE DOUBLE BOOKED!

    Not just the ROK THE GOD graphic novel, we’ll send you Rok’s first adventure, ROK OF THE REDS. 120+ pages, fully coloured. What’s bugging Kyle Dixon? How did the big red alien develop his strange love of football? Why does Lady Vorga hate her son so much? All these and many more questions you never knew you needed to know – answered!

    LIMITED OFFER – ONLY 60 AVAILABLE

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    YOU'RE BOOKED, CREEP!

    We’ll send you not only the ROK THE GOD graphic novel, but we’ll also include a genuine JUDGE DREDD SCRIPT, written and SIGNED by Dredd co-creator JOHN WAGNER and printed on his own overworked printer. See how a comic strip is put together and how little work the artist actually has to do (only kidding!).

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    BRIAN BOLLAND BUMPER BONUS!

    Yes, it’s a specially commissioned BRIAN BOLLAND variant cover. The creator of JUDGE DEATH turnsssss his supreme talents to ROK OF ARKADY. And we'll send you a separate A3 PRINT of Brian's sumptuous art.

    LIMITED EDITION, KICKSTARTER ONLY. Get aboard or get ignored!

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    SKETCHTASTIC!

    Not just the standard cover graphic novel but ALSO a fully-inked A4 SKETCH from DAN CORNWELL, star of JUDGE DREDD, 2000AD and ROK – but mainly ROK! A bus driver when ROK discovered him, DAN will be pushing the proverbial BOAT out on this one. The choice is yours – ROK, JUDGE DREDD, any other character from the great comics universe. Not only brilliant, DAN is versatile.

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    IT'S THE BIZ!

    Hold onto your bobble hats, Rok fans! Not only the ROK THE GOD graphic novel, but an exclusive KICKSTARTER ONLY A3 poster kindly donated by fellow ROK fan SIMON BISLEY. A portrait of ROK so powerful it’ll make your metatarsals quiver! Not available anywhere else!
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    IT'S THE BIZ - AND THE BRIAN!

    You’ll think you’ve truly won the cup when you receive your exclusive SIMON BISLEY POSTER and your ROK THE GOD Graphic Novel with its variant cover by BRIAN BOLLAND. And we'll still send you the separate A3 BOLLAND PRINT. Two KINGS of COMIC ART together in one premium package -- ooh! I feel faint!
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    IT’S THE BIZ – THE BRIAN – AND THE WAG!

    For the completist - not only the exclusive SIMON BISLEY POSTER and your ROK THE GOD graphic novel with its variant cover by BRIAN BOLLAND as well as the separate A3 BOLLAND PRINT - we'll also send you a JUDGE DREDD script, printed and signed by JUDGE DREDD co-creator JOHN WAGNER. It just gets better!
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    FOR THE ABSOLUTE COMPLETIST

    NOT ONLY the four goodies above, but a beautiful ROK THE GOD A3 poster by DAN CORNWELL, coloured by ABBY BULMER. Fill your world with rokkin’ Rok-shaped delights. A never-to-be-repeated offer, not even on planet Arkady.

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    FOR THE ABSURDLY ABSOLUTE COMPLETIST!

    OO-ER! Here we go already, repeating the offer we said we’d never repeat. And there’s MORE! Not only ALL the goodies above, but ALSO the STANDARD COVER version of the graphic novel. One for reading in every room in the house (provided you only have two rooms). We don’t expect anyone to take us up on this, but you know – we’re here if you need us.

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    YOU BE THE STAR

    Want to APPEAR in the ROK THE GOD Graphic Novel? Your name on a character - not just a face in the crowd, you’ll have a speaking part. We may have to alter the whole storyline to get you in, but by heck we’ll do it! We have only TWO slots available. And of course we’ll also send you the GRAPHIC NOVEL so you can see what you have to say.

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    STAND, AND DELIVER!

    We won’t just send you the Graphic Novel, we’ll name a WHOLE STAND at an OPPOSITION GROUND after you or a lucky person of your choice. But we can’t guarantee your team will beat Radford Reds. Oh, no, can’t do that…
    4 ONLY

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    SPONSORED BY…

    You’ll receive the Graphic Novel, of course, AND we’ll give PITCH-SIDE or GRANDSTAND SPONSORSHIP to you or your company at RADFORD REDS’ OWN GROUND. So while the fans are chanting for Kyle Dixon the readers will be staring at your name or logo and wondering how you got so lucky or who you bribed. Us, of course!

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    TOP OF THE WORLD, MA!

    The Graphic Novel – goes without saying – PLUS a WHOLE STAND at REDS’ GROUND named after someone of your choice. The perfect gift for yourself or a footie-loving loved one. Imagine the look of joy on the little lad or lass’s face when you show them their name up there on high. Elton John begged us – begged us – if it could be him, but we said no, sorry, it’s got to be a TRUE Reds fan. Mind you, if Elton came in with a high enough offer…
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    THE HORNED GOD

    STRICTLY LIMITED EDITION. Own a striking statuette of ROK, sculpted by the very talented Neil Blackbird Sims. The beautifully crafted statuette is nearly eleven inches tall and heavy enough to be a murder weapon in a well-known board game. It’s NUMBER 8 in a LIMITED EDITION of ONLY 13. There will be no more. And of course we’ll send you the GRAPHIC NOVEL – and we’ll even throw in a stunning ROK THE GOD A3 poster by DAN CORNWELL and ABBY BULMER, the perfect backdrop for your ROK statuette.
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    THE ORIGINAL BIZ!

    The ONE, the ONLY SIMON BISLEY drawing of ROK. The posters look great but this is THE ORIGINAL! A powerful A3 portrait of the world’s only alien footie star by one of the world’s premier comic artists that exposes a new, more visceral side to Rok of Arkady. Perfect on your wall or any wall. Elton John wanted to buy it but we said…oh, we’ve done that one. Anyway, you know what you’re getting. Big thanks to Simon for donating it - you ROK! And of course there’s the graphic novel too. We couldn’t forget that.
    BISLEY ORIGINAL - ONE ONLY

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    JOIN THE CLUB!

    Become RADFORD REDS official SHIRT SPONSOR! YOUR NAME or COMPANY LOGO on SHIRT and SLEEVES, featuring prominently throughout the GRAPHIC NOVEL and on any displays wherever ROK creators appear. Become synonymous with ROK and the REDS, share in their glory as they march resolutely toward the highest echelons of the beautiful game. And we’ll send you TEN COPIES of the graphic novel with covers of your choice, so you can share your FAME with friends and family.
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