Editor's note: Feel free to skip the video and just start reading here. It is poorly edited, scripted, and just kind of awkward to watch. Plus it is like 15 minutes long. Who does that? You could read this whole thing in less time.
"After barely surviving a traumatic accident, teenager Jacqueline Harper wakes up unscathed and confused. She tries to return to her normal everyday life, but suddenly her body is overcome with changes until she finds herself as… a giant bunny! Now a host to the very powers that saved her life, Jacky must take to the streets any time there is danger and come to everyone’s aid as 'the JACKRABBIT.'"
"The Outstanding Jack Rabbit #01 - A Hare-y Situation" is the first story in a line of connect works under the name Ex Dynamis Chaos [EDK] by writer Malcolm Terzich. It is the start of a potential 12 issue story arc detailing the life of Jacky Harper as she adjusts to her new role in society. The story is just supposed to fun, adventurous, and goofy. It is thematically similar to old Marvel anthologies like Amazing Fantasy, Strange Tales, or Tales to astonish, but also plays off of tropes from Magical Girl stories as well as the writer's unique brand of humor.
We have two sample pages from the comic readied for this campaign so you can get a taste for the styling of the story. Page 14 takes place as Jacky is freaking out during the initial change into the Jackrabbit.
And page 25 is in the middle of the action as she has to fight a Sha (shadowy beast of the Egyptian God Set) on a rooftop in Seattle.
The interior team includes writer and editor Malcolm Terzich, illustrator Marc Oliver, and letterer Krugos who worked to create the feel of a modernized version of the old anthology work of the big names industries to execute the story in the most appropriate manner. All 28 interior pages will fit this aesthetic and hopefully so will future issues in this story going forward with this project's success.
This campaign is only for the first issue, though any left over funds above the needed goal will be recycled into future issues. The 12 issue story is set to evolve from this origin story into "monster of the week" into an encompassing plot arc through its run. The entire story is promised to be fun, quirky, and out of this world.
Where is my money going?
So obviously the easiest part of this process is already finished: writing the story. The majority of the funds are going to the art portion of the project. The images above were created on good faith from the illustrator and letterer for the sake of selling the idea to you all, but the bulk of the work doesn't begin until the funds for the finished pages as well as the rest of the book are available. Between both of those that's nearly $3500. It is well worth it, trust us.
We also need a front and back cover for the book as well. The nice illustration above has been converted into a variant cover (which will be available as a backer bonus for those who want it), but it just doesn't fit feel or theme we desire for the main and default cover design.
So for around $500 both the front and back covers will be designed by Nathan Walkington, who has provided us with these samples.
He will be making an old-school style cover to help add to the overall feel of the book. It is a new and original story, so we want it to feel like it did when most of our favorite stories were like that.
The rest of the funds are going toward the marketing side of things. Printing the books, shipping them out, getting UPCs so they can be sold on shelves given the opportunity, and domain hosting so it can be sold online. One of the reasons this part is so important is the personal ethics we have here at EDK. We've heard of some creators that basically live off of doing a Kickstarter for every comic. Absolutely nothing wrong with that as you get comics directly to those who support and desire them. We, however, want to be able to continue and expand on the merits of our sales, so that you don't have to continuously back us (aside from buying comics you like) and that those who missed the opportunity to join the club can still purchase and enjoy the story for themselves.
It really isn't a large goal and if we manage to meet it we may even get more supporters than we need, so we'll keep adding stretch goals for every thousand dollars exceeding the initial goal.
What do I get?
$10 - The lowest backer tier is a digital copy of the comic. This is so anyone can enjoy the comic and feel like they are helping out. This will come with a zip file that contains a PDF and Kindle eBook version of the book along with any stretch goal reached that has a digital version of it. We're honestly just glad you wanted to support this work. Even physical backers will get a digital copy to hold you over until your printed version gets to you.
$25 - Here is the physical copy of the book. This gets you a traditionally printed version of the book as well as all physical copies of stretch goals that have them and all digital rewards. This is the recommended backer tier because after the initial run (around a month) of each issue the online store will only be selling the slightly lower quality Print On Demand copies. Backing for a digital reward guarantees that nice, clean, offset printing style that just feels good to hold and collect.
$35 - This will get you a printed version of the above illustration by Marc Oliver along with your comic and potential stretch goal rewards.
$50 - Here you get an offset printed comic with the variant cover as well all the lower tier physical rewards and the stretch goals. Yeah, that means you have two copies of the book, but isn't that the point of collecting? What do you just want the cover alone? That's lame.
$75 - The covers of your books are signed by writer Malcolm Terzich.
$150 - We'll ship your copies around to be signed by everyone who worked on the book (limited 100 slots)
Turn Around Time?
Since there is still plenty left to do the turn around isn't immediate. It'll take a month to run the campaign, between a month to a month and a half to get the rest of the book done, between a week to three for printing, and shipping. If all goes well the books will be to you sometime in February, but since complications are common with these things maybe expect up to a month of delay.
Don't worry, Updates will come as often as we have them. Anything from snippets of single panels (just enough not to spoil it) to added stretch goals and potential set backs that may cause delays. All of that will be posted here in the updates section, but also on the EDK Facebook Page and Discord Server where you can engage in discussion any time and even ask the creator questions directly.
There aren't many stretch goals from the start, but we'll add more as it looks like we'll be reaching them.
$10,000 [physical only] - Mr Terzich is working on a Trading Card Game for EDK as well and if this goal is met everyone with a physical backer tier will a limited edition Outstanding Jack Rabbit themed card that will only ever be available through this campaign. Even if you never plan to play it will still be a nice collectible.
$11,000 - TBA