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MIXMANCER Kickstarter LAUNCHES

We are live, ladies and gentlemen. It’s been a long time coming, but the MIXMANCER Kickstarter is finally here!

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With the help of my friend and editor Yannick Morin, I finished writing MIXMANCER back in the summer of 2013. Afterwards, my collaborators Carlos Trigo, Andrew Crossley, and Nic Shaw brought it to life just in time for Emerald City Comic Con in March ’14. I ended up doing a very small print run and pitching it around to various publishers. Since then, MIXMANCER has just been hanging around, waiting for me to make a decision on how to bring it to a wider audience. Things finally came together when I saw what an amazing job Ryan K Lindsay did with his Kickstarter campaign for Deer Editor. (A book that is infinitely better than its Kickstarter campaign, as if that weren’t obvious.) And as MIXMANCER deals with themes of digital sampling and remixing, what better way to share it with the world than a (mostly) digital Kickstarter? (The obvious answer here would be to give it away for free online, but that would undermine my entire existence and deprive my comics-making slush-fund of needed duckets, yo!)

So here we are. It’s going to be a fun 30 days as we try to raise $1k for our little hip-hop sci-fi comic book mashup. This is a book that couldn’t be done at a traditional publisher, and in order to spread our devious meme we’re relying on the largess of complete strangers with incredibly good taste. People like you! And just as the book features various pieces of pop-culture spilling out of its innards, so too does the campaign have something for everybody. We’ve got a digital version of the book for just $2, as well as remixed interior pages, print copies, defaced works of art, talking pinups, and superstar commissions. This is the jam!

We do realize, however, that one person’s favorite tune can annoy the hell out of other people. If this doesn’t sound like your kind of thing, no problem. But maybe somebody in your social circle would totally be down with a Kool Keith / Swamp Thing-inspired one-shot. Every mention or share on social media can help us reach those potential readers, and we’re grateful for all the help we can get.

As one last bit of inspiration, I’ll leave you with something I heard long ago in the Parliament of Trees:

All our stories…are subtly…different…yet the underlying…pattern…remains constant

That’s what MIXMANCER is all about.

If you’re interested in the underlying pattern, please check out our subtly different story over on the campaign page.

Thanks!

 

 

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MIXMANCER REMIX PLEDGE LEVELS

 MIXMANCER – a 24-page hip-hop sci-fi one-shot, influenced by your favorite pieces of trivial pop-culture! Written by Chris Lewis. Art by Carlos Trigo. Colors by Andrew Crossley. Letters by Nic Shaw. Edits by Yannick Morin.
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In my last update I talked about the main digital rewards on offer in our Kickstarter, and today I’m going to drop the details on some funky remixes. Let’s get it on!

$50 – DEFACEMENT MIX – limited to 10

I’ll send you a physical copy of the book, remixed with the help of wite-out, glued-on pictures, cut-out ransom note letters, and probably gobs of glitter. Includes the EXTENDED MIX and SCRIPT SELECTOR PDFs.

This is going to be BIG fun! And time consuming. Actually, I’m quite scared about this reward level, as I’m sure I’ll want to spend way more time on these than I possibly have. But the Mix is strong in me, and I’ve already got some ideas for themes and visuals that are going to make these things pop. I’m also open to requests, so if you are dying to see your favorite Hollywood actress duke it out with an Italian soccer star, I will make that happen!

$175 – MIX AND MASHUP

A guest artist will re-imagine one of the interior pages and send you the original art. Includes the EXTENDED MIX and SCRIPT SELECTOR PDFs.

I’ve got a bunch of highly talented artists ready to reinterpret every page of the script. Help get some money in their pockets, and you’ll be the proud owner of a brand new page of original artwork.

And now we’ve come to my big dream. If we can get 24 backers at this level, I’ll get all the pages colored, have Nic Shaw drop some new letters down, and put together a digital remix version of the book for EVERY SINGLE BACKER! It’s Mixmancer Redux, baby!

I wanted to share some info on commissions and original artwork, but the sheer amount of insanely talented people on board is just too big for this post. More to come. In the meantime, I’ll leave you with this bit of wisdom:

“Flesh…speaks

Wood…listens”

That’s no joke.

January 19th. The Mix is on.

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MIXMANCER KICKSTARTER CAMPAIGN

Hip-Hop meets Sci-Fi in the greatest mashup since The Grey Album! Written by Chris Lewis. Art by Carlos Trigo. Colors by Andrew Crossley. Letters by Nic Shaw. Edits by Yannick Morin.

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MIXMANCER is a 24-page one-shot about a superhero DJ who hunts down a memoir-gone-wrong to a local bookstore. There, he must remix pop-culture in order to fight an extra-dimensional thought-virus, spiky pink tentacles, and self-help fundamentalists!

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We are bringing MIXMANCER to Kickstarter because, frankly, there is no better way to distribute a book that has been described (by no one) as a Swamp Thing / Kurt Vonnegut lovechild. For only $2 you can witness the birth of a new pop-culture avatar, humanity’s last hope in its battle against cultural stagnation and the same old story you’ve heard a million times before.

The campaign will launch on January 19th, so please help spread the word. The more backers we have at the beginning, the higher our visibility will be on Kickstarter. This will obviously increase the chances that other readers will make their way to the Mixmancer mashup.

As we approach the launch date, I’ll be posting more information about the various reward levels here and at mixmancer.tumblr.com, as well as sneak peeks of the artwork. Speaking of, here’s a look at Tony Gregori and Jasen Smith’s lovely MIXMANCER pinup.

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Smack it up. Flip it. Rub it down. Oh no!

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It’s Villalobos Time

 

Just received this amazing image from the extremely talented Ramon Villalobos. What a nice guy to work with! There’s a funny story behind this picture. Remind me to tell it to you some time (tease)!

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DRONES 5

And just so you don’t think we’re slacking off, here’s a peek at the cover to issue 5. Issue 4 is almost lettered and will go live in the next few weeks. Thanks for your patience! 5-copy-3

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DRONES 4

The pencils for DRONES #4 are now finished! Here’s a preview of Bruno’s beautifully insidious cover. Or is it insidiously beautiful? I don’t know. While I’m doing the research you can check out DRONES 1-3 for free right here. My favorite page from issue three just went live today. It’s a real hootenanny! Let me know what you think via Facebook, Twitter, or at chris (at) epigamics (dot) com. Thanks!Screen Shot 2013-04-05 at 12.45.40 PM

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Drones #3

DRONES-03-ltrd-page-1-smallOk. It was late, I was tired, and I just wanted to spread the word that Drones #3 was finally finished and available for digital download. So what did I do? I posted a shabby little screen shot and a link. I know, I know. After all the hours spent to get to this point. After more than a year of rewrites, redraws, retries, replies. After blood has literally been spilled on these pages…

I post a screen shot. And a link.

When Drones #3 deserves a party.

I mean, seriously, have you seen a better cover this month? Between Bruno’s deceptively spoiler-ish artwork and E.T. Dollman’s color choice for the logo, I think it’s our best design yet. Well, at least the best cover we’ve made public. The cover to issue four makes this thing look like sloppy joe.

What else is there to celebrate?

How about Wahad’s new suit? New suit

Bob’s banana?

Bob's Banana

 This epic stare down?

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She-Who-Must-Not-Be-Named?

You know who

Another beautiful pinup by our very own Cabral?

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Smokin’ Huqtar by Joe Lalich?

Joe Lalich

(Ok, I’m still using screenshots. Big deal. Get the digital release here if you want the big goodness.)

So, you see, there was much more to share than my original post. I hope you now have a better idea of all the love the Drones team has put into this book. If you want to support us, please check out www.dronescomic.com where we’ll be posting one page each day until the story is complete! For those of you who absolutely must. have. Drones. now. please download issues 1-3 over at DriveThruComics.

Thanks for reading.

Oh. Bruno just sent me some pages from issue four. It’s going to look like this:

Issue 4

I’m excited…

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Page a Day

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Going to change things up here a bit. Click on the Drones page or the thumbnail on the right to head over to drones.epigamics.com, where I’ll be posting a new page every day. The site is still under construction so expect it to get a lot shinier as the month progresses. Or not. The main thing is that the pages will keep coming. Hope you enjoy!

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Thought Bubble

Quick update: I’m off to Thought Bubble this weekend to introduce some new people to DRONES! No table, but I’ll be wandering like a maniac. I also just received this amazing pinup in the mail from Silvio DB, with colors by our very own Cabral. Just something to get you in the mood for issue three. E.T. Dollman is hard at work on the lettering, and we should be good for a digital release in the next two weeks. In other news, Bruno just got back after a whirlwind tour of the New York Comic Con and his old San Fran haunts. Whatever geek flu he got at the convention is gone and he’s working on the layouts to issue four as we speak. Can’t wait to see the new tricks he’s learned.

Peace!

 

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Big News II

 

 

 

 

 

 

New interview up at Ain’t It Cool News!

I had a blast talking to The Dean, and I really enjoy how he refers to himself as an @$$hole. I need a better nickname…

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