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The year is 1868, and Dorothy Gale is lost in the weird and wild land of OZ.

ISSUE #1 of 9 tells the story of Dorothy's arrival in OZ.
The year is 1868, and Dorothy Gale is lost in the weird and wild land of OZ.

ISSUE #1 of 9 tells the story of Dorothy's arrival in OZ.
The year is 1868, and Dorothy Gale is lost in the weird and wild land of OZ. ISSUE #1 of 9 tells the story of Dorothy's arrival in OZ.
63 backers pledged $3,323 to help bring this project to life.

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WEST of OZ
is a comic book retelling of the L. Frank Baum's 1900 classic children's novel 'The Wonderful Wizard of OZ', with a wild west twist.

The Gale farm, Kansas
The Gale farm, Kansas

The year is 1868, and Dorothy Gale is lost in the weird and wild land of OZ. After being torn away from her family's Kansas farm by a mysterious storm, Dorothy is alone and lost in a strange land. She has to make her way along the old 'Golden Rail' to Emerald City, where she can collect the Wizard's bounty on a Wicked Witch and try to find her way home.

"The Wizard is said to be great and powerful, and he has offered a reward for the witch."
"The Wizard is said to be great and powerful, and he has offered a reward for the witch."

Along the way, she will cross paths with the familiar characters we all love from the original story. Issue #1 features; The Scarecrow, The Munchkins, and The Witch of the East!

The peaceful skyline of Munchkin Pueblo
The peaceful skyline of Munchkin Pueblo

Issue #1 of 9 tells the story of how Dorothy came to arrive in OZ, how she met the Scarecrow, and why they set out on the path to Emerald City.

 

   

 

amazing portraits by Cat Luong
amazing portraits by Cat Luong

 

Cover for WEST of OZ Issue #1
Cover for WEST of OZ Issue #1

 

 WEST of OZ  -  Issue #1 of 9

The goal of this project is to create a standard 30-page full-color comic book.

This includes 22 pages of story art, 4 pages for Covers, and 4 pages that will include dedications, full title credits, and the Special Thanks section.

Original artwork by Nick Winand for WEST of OZ
Original artwork by Nick Winand for WEST of OZ

All of the artwork is already 100% complete. The Colorist is toiling away at her desk on the last few pages as we speak. The lettering will be the last part of production before print, and is set to begin when the Kickstarter reaches its goal!

UPDATE: Here is a look at a few fully Colored and Lettered pages!

 


This is the first in a 9-issue comic book series. Stretch Goals and additional money will go toward funding additional issues of the comic!

WHERE DOES THE MONEY GO
Now that you have heard about the project lets talk about the money. 

Cost Projection for $2000 Goal
Cost Projection for $2000 Goal
  • Target Goal! $2,000
    We are asking for a minimum of $2,000 USD to complete this project. This amount will go directly toward paying

    Colorist: $ 450
    Letterer: $ 250
    Cover Art: $ 200

    The remainder will be used to pay for the cost of Printing, Kickstarter Reward Fulfillment, Kickstarter-related fees, and any remaining S&H fees, in that order.

    If we reach the $2,000 goal, we will be able to make a great comic and get it out to the world to see!

 

  • Break Even! $5000The largest Stretch Goal for the project is really the goal of any artistic project: to Break Even!

    If we reach $5,000, we will have made enough to pay the creators! The creation of WEST of OZ was an artistic labor of love, and it was written, story-boarded, rewritten, drawn, and inked by Co-Creators Nick Winand and Sean Benner over a year-long period.
    Artist: $2,200
    Writer: $950

    "What this Goal really means to us is that we get to follow the dream of making comics for a living. To be able to not only share our stories and art with everyone but to get paid for it would be a dream come true."
Cost Projection for $5000 Stretch Goal
Cost Projection for $5000 Stretch Goal
 
  • The Story Continues! $10,000
    A dream come true! With this level of funding, we would be able to not only finish Issue #1 of WEST of OZ, but we can begin funding production of Issue #2!

    When we created WEST of OZ, we created storyboards and script outlines for all 9 issues of the Series. These other issues already exist in the roughest form, and all that we need to make them as real as WEST of OZ #1 is the additional money to pay Creative talent. 

    With a total Creative Cost of roughly $4,000 before taxes to develop and produce an issue, $10,000 would secure the backing we need to continue the WEST of OZ story for another installment!

If we are extremely successful, every $5,00 after the $10,000 mark will contribute toward the Creative Cost of making another issue of the 9-part Series!

  • With $10,000, we can show you what happens when Dorothy and Scarecrows journey into the haunted wood!
  • At $20,000, we could get the entire OZ gang together and steaming their way along the Golden Rail toward Emerald City!
  • It will cost a total of $45,000 to tell the entire 9-issue story of the WEST of OZ saga.

When we have created all 9 Issues, we hope to seek funding for the creation of a 220-page Hardcover Collectors Edition that contains all 9 Issues of the comic, the cover art, and exclusive concept art and script excerpts.



Here are some pages from a previous comic that Writer Sean Benner and Artist Nick Winand worked on together; 

"Imperial Laundry and Monster Hunting" from a Weird West anthology
"Imperial Laundry and Monster Hunting" from a Weird West anthology

 

"Imperial Laundry and Monster Hunting" from a Weird West anthology
"Imperial Laundry and Monster Hunting" from a Weird West anthology

 

 

Risks and challenges

The bulk of production is complete, and all that remains is to polish and package it into the best comic possible. There is nearly no risk the book will not be produced if we meet our goal.

We will maintain regular communication about project goals and deadlines with Backers and keep them up-to-date through Kickstarter with Weekly Updates for the length of the Campaign, and regular updates until completion.

The only real danger is a delay related to shipping or printing, which would set the fulfillment timeline back slightly, but would not cause the project to fail.

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    WELCOME to OZ

    As a 'Thank You' for supporting the project, we will email you a digital Desktop background of the WEST of OZ cast.

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    A LETTER HOME

    Get a real postcard in the mail with a 'Thank You' from us here at the WEST of OZ team, as well as the digital Desktop background.

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    the INTERNATIONAL

    Available for order from anywhere!

    This Tier includes only digital rewards, and is meant for fans who are outside of the shipping area for this Kickstarter.

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    The DIGITAL EDITION

    Perfect for the comic collector that does not have shelf space. You get the digital Desktop Background, a postcard in the mail, and a digital (.PDF) copy of WEST of OZ Issue #1 of 9!

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    The LIBRARY EDITION

    For some, there is nothing like the reveal of the page turn or the feel of the paper. This copy of WEST of OZ will fit perfectly in your comic collection!.

    You get a physical copy of WEST of OZ Issue #1 of 9 in the mail.

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    The COMPLETE COLLECTION

    Get the Complete Collection of WEST of OZ, with both a physical and digital comic book.

    This combined Reward Tier includes the digital Desktop Background, a digital copy of WEST of OZ Issue #1 of 9, and both a physical copy of WEST of OZ Issue #1 of 9 and postcard in the mail!

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    a VISITOR in OZ

    Get a memento to help you remember your time in OZ.

    Get one (1) of the series of four (4) 8.5x10 in. full-color character Portraits of characters featured in Issue #1, by Artist Nick Winand.

    Portraits include; Dorothy, the Scarecrow, the Witch of the East, and the Witch of the North.

    The specific portrait received will be selected at random.

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    a CITIZEN of OZ

    Put your love of OZ on display with this full-color frame-ready 20x30 in. poster.

    Titled "Lonely Road", this landscape of OZ is brilliantly drawn and colored, and gives a glimpse of what await's Dorothy on her journey to the find a way home.

    In addition, you also get a digital Desktop Background, digital copy of Issue #1, a mailed postcard, and a physical copy of Issue #1.

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    a MERCHANT of OZ (VENDOR BUNDLE)

    There would be no comic books if it were not for those who sell them.

    This bundle of ten (10) physical copies of WEST of OZ Issue #1 is meant for those fine merchants that want to sell our book in their store.

    As a bonus and 'Thank You' for the support, and aide in selling those books, a 20x30 in. "Lonely Road" poster will be included.

    Includes:
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    an OZ COLLECTOR

    Because a true collector wants one of everything!

    At this Tier, you get the complete Series of 4 (4) 8.5x10 in. full-color Character Portraits by Artist Nick Winand, as well as the "Lonely Road" poster, and all of the previous rewards.

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    CARETAKER of OZ

    At this level of support you are going above and beyond what can be asked for what we are giving back.

    To personalize our 'Thanks', you will receive an original commissioned 11x17 in. piece of artwork from WEST of OZ Artist Nick Winand.

    You will get all of the rewards from the previous Tiers.

    As an additional sign of gratitude for your outstanding show of support, your name will also appear in the 'Special Thanks' section in the back of the book.

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    • Postcard from OZ
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    • Mention in the Special Thanks
    • 11x17 in. custom artwork piece by WEST of OZ artist Nick Winand
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Funding period

- (29 days)