Clive Barker's statement after receiving advance pages of Escape From Jesus Island:
"May I recommend a comic by writer Shawn French and artist Mortimer Glum. It's called Escape From Jesus Island, and it has been created with immense love, commitment and vision. It's almost like seeing a hyper-intense Italian movie for the first time: your mind will be blown.
Please check them out,
Much love to you all, Clive."
Escape From Jesus Island is an original full-color, digitally painted comic book series about an attempt to clone Jesus that goes a little off the rails. The ReGen Corporation eventually succeeds in its quest, but only after creating scores of hideously deformed near-Jesus freaks and a monstrous twin brother, Damien. When the Vatican hears of Christ’s return and sends an elite Black Ops extraction team to ReGen’s remote island testing facility, all Hell breaks loose.
Written by filmmaker Shawn French and illustrated by Mortimer Glum, Escape From Jesus Island is a twisted retelling of the prophecies from the Book of Revelation. Christ, Antichrist, a legion of cannibalistic mutants and, as the series progresses, global carnage complete with the Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse.
Our writer has been working on this story for 20 years so you know we have big goals for this series. The main story is broken up into five Acts of eight issues each, for a total run of 40 issues. Each Act stands on its own, while also advancing the main story.
We also have plans for character minis and figurines, a tile-based board game, trading cards, spinoff comics, special annual one-off specials, a tarot deck and much more. We also are offering up 34 opportunities for people who support us in this vital early stage to appear in our comic!
The appearances you earn for backing this project won't get you some lame cameo as a random face in a crowd. That's crap. If you're a character in our books, you will die a horrible death and we'll send you a signed print of your death page. That is how we roll. There are even select opportunities to pick which character kills you.
Four substantial characters are also up for grabs. Would you like to be the face of the Antichrist's bodyguard, Inquisition? Or his Abbess, the mysterious Mother Superior? How about one of the faces of Pariah, the seven-headed monster known in Biblical prophecy as The Beast? Or maybe a ReGen Corp guard whose fate is intertwined with The Twins in ways he/she never could have predicted. We have some great roles available, but they are first-come, first-serve. So grab yours now!
We are already working on the beginning issues and have everything in place to succeed. Now, we could release as a digital comic on our own, but with the stunning artwork of Mortimer Glum, it would be a crime to restrict this story to computer screens.
That's where you come in...
The $8,000 goal is precisely what's required to print Issues 1-3. Our team has been, and will continue, working for free until Escape From Jesus Island is a self-sufficient and profitable project. We all believe in the long-term potential of this project and have funded everything out of pocket up until now. To be able to take full advantage of illustrator Mortimer Glum’s gorgeous digitally painted artwork, we need to print in full color, which isn’t cheap. That is why we’re asking for your help.
The printing cost of 2,000 copies of a 32-page, full-color comic is $2,140. x3 is $6,420. The balance goes toward creating and sending out the rewards you'll receive for supporting us and helping cover the cost of taxes (Kickstarter funds are considered taxable income).
None of this money goes to us. Every penny is channeled directly into printing costs, your rewards and paying Uncle Sam.
Below are the first four pages of Issue 1 of Escape From Jesus Island.
So, how does this Kickstarter thing work?
If you're not familiar with Kickstarter, here's the idea (you can read the official version here). During the next 30 days, you'll be able to pledge support for the printing cost of Escape From Jesus Island, with pledge amounts as low as $2. For your pledge, you get to select one of the rewards—listed on the right sidebar—of equal or lesser value to your pledge.
Your credit card or other account will not be charged at the time you make your pledge. You can change the amount of your pledge right up to the final deadline. Payments are handled through Amazon, so everything is safe and secure.
If the deadline comes and the goal is reached, everyone is charged their pledge amount and we get busy putting together your rewards. If the goal isn't reached, then the whole thing is called off. No one is charged, no fees applied, and everyone keeps their money. So there's no risk of putting up money only to have the printed version of Escape From Jesus Island never happen. Basically, Kickstarter is set up so no one can lose and, if the goal is reached, everybody wins!
Will I be charged any additional fees?
Nope. The amount you pledge is the amount you pay. Shipping costs to anywhere in the U.S. are included in your pledge amount. (For shipping outside the U.S., there will be an extra shipping fee added—listed on the sidebar on the right).
Can I pledge for more than one item?
KickStarter isn't set up for that, but if you'd like a T-shirt, signed print or any other listed reward added onto your pledge, send us a message and let us know what you have in mind. We're happy to accommodate.
Additional sample pages (rough drafts, final version will vary)
ACHIEVED- $8,000: WOOHOO! We've reached our goal and can now afford to print at least the first three issues of Escape From Jesus Island in full, glorious color. Much merriment ensues.
ACHIEVED- $10,000: BAG AND BOARD 'EM! We can afford to bag and board every comic book sent out as a Kickstarter reward. This allows us to help you protect the product of our hard work and your investment. As a reward, WE WILL POST THE FIRST THREE PAGES OF ISSUE 1.
ACHIEVED- $12,500: MUTANT BABIES! At the end of Act One (the first eight issues), we'll release a one-off comic featuring Jesus, Damien and the mutant horde as infants undertaking Muppet Babies-style adventures (except with a higher body count). All Kickstarter supporters at the $25 or higher tiers will receive a free PDF download of this special issue.
ACHIEVED- $15,000: EXPANDED MERCHANDISE! We'll expand the Escape From Jesus Island clothing line to include women's styles, long-sleeve shirts, hoodies and tank tops. Reward tiers will be unlocked and existing pledges can be increased to add these items to your reward.
ACHIEVED- $15,000: MUTANT COMPENDIUM! All Kickstarter supporters at the $25 or higher tiers will receive a FREE PDF MUTANT COMPENDIUM, featuring concept art of our favorite freaks from Act One of Escape From Jesus Island.
$17,500: CHRISTMAS ON JESUS ISLAND! After Season Two of Escape From Jesus Island, we will make a 32-page, one-off comic in which a young Damien teaches everyone the true meaning of Christmas... and then kills them. All Kickstarter supporters at the $25 or higher tiers will receive a free PDF download of this special issue.
$17,500: DETAILED PDF ISLAND MAP. Follow the events of Act One of Escape From Jesus Island with your own detailed map of the Malsum Island Research Center.
$20,000: ACT ONE COMPLETE! We can now afford to print the first 8 issues of Escape From Jesus Island in full, glorious color. At this point, we'll add a new reward option, allowing you to pre-order issues 4-8. As a reward for your support, all contributors of $25 or more will receive a Certificate of Absolution. That's right, you will be fully absolved of all past sins by EFJI writer (and Church of Universal Life minister since 1990) Shawn French.
$22,500: PARIAH FIGURINE! We'll release a very special mini, the Pariah figurine (above). The seven-headed monstrosity known in Biblical prophecy as The Beast will make a fantastic addition to any horror fan's collection. A new reward category will be unlocked to order Pariah. Existing pledges can be increased to add the Pariah Figurine to your reward.
$30,000: ACT ONE COMPILED! In addition to printing the entirety of Act One of Escape From Jesus Island, we'll compile it into a hard-cover edition jam packed with bonus materials and concept artwork by Mortimer Glum. A must-own for all collectors.
$32,500: BEHIND THE SCREAMS- LIFE ON JESUS ISLAND. After the completion of Act Three, we'll release a documentary-style one-off in which the mutant freaks of Escape From Jesus Island candidly discuss what it's like to be a comic book character and the challenges of working with a method actor like Damien.
$35,000: GOLIATH AND PALSY FIGURINES! Another special mini is unleashed! This time around, the mutant pals Goliath and Palsy are getting in on the fun. A new reward category will be unlocked to order Goliath and Palsy. Existing pledges can be increased to add this mini to your reward.
$40,000: ACT TWO COMPLETE! We can now afford to print the first 16 issues of Escape From Jesus Island in full, glorious color. A new reward category will be unlocked, allowing you to pre-order issues 4-16.
$45,000: JESUS AND DAMIEN FIGURINE! We'll release a third mini, this one featuring Jesus, squaring off with his homicidal freak of a brother, Damien. A new reward category will be unlocked to order the Jesus and Damien figurine. Existing pledges can be increased to add this mini to your reward.
$50,000: ACT TWO COMPILED! We'll compile Issues 9-16 of Escape From Jesus Island into a gorgeous full-color, hard-cover edition jam packed with bonus materials and concept artwork by Mortimer Glum.
$55,000: LITHE PREACHING FIGURINE! Our fourth mini will be Damien's mentor, Lithe, with the Antichrist's Unholy Bible. A new reward category will be unlocked to order the Lithe figurine. Existing pledges can be increased to add this mini to your reward.
$60,000: ACT THREE COMPLETE! We can now afford to print the first 24 issues of Escape From Jesus Island in full, glorious color. A new reward category will be unlocked, allowing you to pre-order issues 4-24.
$70,000: ACT THREE COMPILED! We'll compile Issues 17-24 of Escape From Jesus Island into a gorgeous full-color, hard-cover edition jam packed with bonus materials and concept artwork by Mortimer Glum.
$75,000: GIFT A CAMEO! Every Kickstarter supporter who earned a cameo in Act One through their pledge can GIVE AWAY A CAMEO IN ACT TWO TO A FRIEND FOR FREE.
$80,000: ACT FOUR COMPLETE! We can now afford to print the first 32 issues of Escape From Jesus Island in full, glorious color. At this point, we'll add a new reward option, allowing you to pre-order issues 4-32.
$90,000: SEASON FOUR COMPILED! We'll compile Issues 25-32 of Escape From Jesus Island into a gorgeous full-color, hard-cover book jam packed with bonus materials and concept artwork by Mortimer Glum.
$100,000: SERIES COMPLETE! We can now afford to print the entire 40-issue series of Escape From Jesus Island in full glorious color! A new reward option will be unlocked, allowing you to pre-order issues 4-40.
Risks and challenges
There is always the possibility of an extinction-level meteor strike annihilating mankind or the Antichrist returning and plunging the world into 42 months of chaos and terror, thereby making mail delivery troublesome. However, nothing short of that will derail our plans.
Our team is locked in for the full 40 issues of this series. We're already at work illustrating the early issues and everything is falling into place beautifully.
As a filmmaker, I know unforeseen problems always arise on projects, but that's never once stopped me in the past and it sure won't this time. As I write this, I'm in a full back brace due to two compression fractures of my vertebrae from a June 20 fall on a film shoot. Despite my broken back, I climbed a set of stairs and finished the scene. The show must go on.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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