Exactly one week ago, I was staring nervously at my computer screen. We were about to launch the Escape From Jesus Island Kickstarter campaign. Twenty years of story work, a year of production and several months of Kickstarter research and design all came down to this. If the campaign is successful, we can release our comics in full-color print, as it should be. If not, a devastating, public failure and humiliation.
The suspense didn’t last long. Within seconds of launch, Joseph Schmalke claimed one of the signed and numbered copies of Issue 1 with an alternate cover. Next was Big Gore, from the metal band Coffin Syrup, whose pledged earned him the coveted Death By Damien reward. One after another, the pledges rolled in.
15 new cast members have been added to our story this week. Two will be killed by Damien, two by Mother Superior and five fans have signed on to be killed by the horde. Two Kickstarter supporters will be turned into mutants who dish out a little carnage. Three fans will appear as heads on Pariah and another as The One Who Got Away, a ReGen Corp guard who plays a role in the End Times.
Backers have claimed Kickstarter-exclusive artwork, T-shirts and alternate versions of Issue 1. After one week, we have reached 90% of our main funding goal.
There are still lots of cool rewards up for grabs, including…
5 opportunities to die in print (comes with a signed copy of your death page).
2 opportunities to be killed by Goliath, the biggest mutant on the island.
8 opportunities to be transformed into a Mutant who appears in the comics.
You can be even Mother Superior or Inquisition, two of the biggest badasses on Team Damien.
We also have a Kickstarter-exclusive version of Issue 1 with an alternate cover. Only 100 of these collector’s items are being printed and 20 have already been snatched up. A $50 pledge gets you your copy, along with signed copies of Issues 2-3 and a signed 8″x10″ of the character of your choice.
All in all, it’s been a ridiculously successful first week and we’re looking to keep the momentum rolling. Please share the Escape From Jesus Island campaign with your friends and help us realize our extremely ambitious plans for this story. Once we hit our main funding goal, we start working on stretch goals and that means free bonus rewards for our backers. Character stickers, bonus issues, trading cards and more!