Oathbound: Bound to Succeed!

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“In Oathbound, epic fantasy and spaghetti western collide in a story of love, loss, family, and redemption.”

Having known about this project (and seen the beautiful promotional artwork) before I was approached to join the creative team as the book’s editor…it was an easy decision to say ‘yes.’ I was only more impressed once I’d read the script and met the rest of the creative team (Kevin Cuffe, Paul Gori, Hedwin Zaldivar, Micah Meyers, Paula Goulart, and Ramon Hitzeroth). But, the main selling point was that Kevin, just like me, is a Faith No More fan. That guarantees he has good taste.

The project’s Kickstarter has been live now for a little over 3 weeks, yeah I know, I know. I’ve been busy dammit! Be that as it may, I’d like to share some of the beautiful artwork, touch on a few of the reward highlights, and hopefully get you to click  on the link below. (Seriously, even if you just ‘Share’ it, I thank you!)

The Setting

The epic nature of Sword & Sorcery and the style of a Spaghetti Western collide to create a world where a six-shooter or a spell can change a man’s destiny. Oathbound’s alternate history begins in 1849 when the world is forever changed by the discovery of a gateway that unleashes magic and monsters into the Old West.

The country has been torn apart by back-to-back wars. The South has emerged victorious in the recent Civil War, leading to the general enslavement of the mythic races, with Elves being the most prevalent among the enslaved.

The Story

Cole Jamison is a man haunted by his past. He was once an outlaw, beholden to no one and nothing. That was 20 years ago. Now he’s a father and things have changed. As a dedicated parent, he has set aside his past to raise and protect his daughter. But he discovers that his past mistakes can, and will, affect her future. A dark pact, forged years ago, pulls them back into a life Cole has struggled to leave behind.

Viola, Cole’s 15-year-old daughter, is a half-elf with latent magical abilities in a world that has enslaved Elves and fears magic, stacking the odds against her. It is Cole’s former obligations and Viola’s desire to learn about her Elven heritage, that inevitably leads them on a dangerous journey.

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The campaign has been successfully funded, and quite a few Stretch Goals have been unlocked. Here is a list of the extras our backers are receiving…

$7001 Reward- UNLOCKED! – To celebrate the successful funding of our Kickstarter campaign, we will post a set of blooper videos of writer Kevin Cuffe failing in his attempt to make the KS video. Not even the crew have gotten to see these yet, but we convinced him to release them as a fun “Thank You” to you all. Videos are uploaded daily!

$7050 Reward- UNLOCKED! – Every backer with a physical pledge (hard copies of the book) can now also get the PDF version of their books for free.

$7100 Reward- UNLOCKED! – Every backer with a physical pledge (hard copies of the book) will now also receive free stickers with their rewards. Free swag, y’all!

$7250 Reward- UNLOCKED! – All physical copies of issue #1 will now be bagged & boarded before shipping. Now, your beautiful book will come safely tucked away from the big, cruel, world!

$7300 Special Bonus Reward- UNLOCKED! – Writer Kevin Cuffe has a lot of irons in the fire. Oathbound is one that’s been a long time coming, but the recently released The Elvis Adventures #1 is ready to be unleashed upon the world! The Elvis Adventures is written by Kevin Cuffe & Bob Frantz, with art by Rachel Ordway, and letters by our own Micah Myers.

“The Elvis Adventures is a pulpy space romp in the vein of Flash Gordon seen through the lens of Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy. The series is a 1970’s disaster film on a killer LSD trip. It’s the perfect marriage of unadulterated silliness, bone-crunching kung fu fights and lots of giant monsters! Join the King and members of the infamous Memphis Mafia as they embark on a smash hit singing, karate kicking, alien smashing adventure to save mankind.”

The Elvis Adventures #1
The Elvis Adventures #1

Sounds both fun and odd as hell, right? That’s the whole point! And now you will ALL get to experience this awesome book. EVERY backer will receive a free PDF version The Elvis Adventures. How’s that for awesome?! You just scored a free comic book!!!

Thanks to the TEA crew for chipping in on our Kickstarter. We hope there are many more issues of The Elvis Adventures!

$7350 Reward- UNLOCKED! – All physical copies of issue #2 will now be bagged & boarded before shipping. Now, your beautiful book #2 will also come safely tucked away from the big, cruel, world! What a deal!

$7500 Reward- UNLOCKED! – A Classic Spaghetti Western homage poster unlocked! Artist Paul Gori was so excited about this reward idea, he started drawing it before we’d even confirmed it was going to be a Stretch Goal! The poster will be based off o Sergio Leone’s 1968 epic Spaghetti Western, Once Upon A Time In The West. This film surprisingly cast Henry Fonda as the villain and Charles Bronson as his nemesis.

Here is the original poster…

And here is Paul’s Oathbound revamp…

'Once Upon A Time In The West' homage poster design by Paul Gori.
‘Once Upon A Time In The West’ homage poster design by Paul Gori.

Paul’s remake of this poster already looks fairly epic in its own right!

These will be available to all backers, and we are considering adding them (for free!) to pledge levels over a certain amount. (*Yet to be determined, but we are considering making a sliding scale that reduces the amount for a qualifying pledge based on the total raised.)

Rewards Yet To Be Unlocked

$7750 – REWARD – Character Card Series #1, Part:1 “The Good Guys”

We are proud to announce the Oathbound Character Card Series. This set of custom cards features one of four characters from the Oathbound story. They are full color (both sides) cards with the character’s image on one side and a character bio (including gaming STATS) and flavor text on the other!

Series #1 features Cole, Viola, Skullface & Solomon Wolfe.

This Stretch Goal, “The Good Guys” unlocks the Cole & Viola cards of Series #1. As the main protagonists, it was the logical place to start. The next cards unlocked are Skullface & Solomon Wolfe, our main antagonists (which isn’t 100% accurate, but we need to save some of the surprises).

$8000 – REWARD – The ‘Oathbound Bible’

The Oathbound Bible is a mélange of information about the Oathbound world. The book will consist of stories about the world history, war stories, character biographies, and other information as to why the world is the way it is.

This supplement will be printed as either an ashcan or an 8-page comic in its own right. The determining factor for printing will be based on the final size of the book’s interior content. Color work for the book will be done in the same manner as the ‘Become A Legend’ example below.

$8250 – REWARD – Character Card Series #1, Part:2 “The Bad Guys”

We are proud to announce the Oathbound Character Card Series. This set of custom cards features one of four characters from the Oathbound story. They are full color (both sides) cards with the character’s image on one side and a character bio (including gaming STATS) and flavor text on the other!

Series #1 features Cole, Viola, Skullface & Solomon Wolfe.

This Stretch goal unlocks the Skullface & Solomon Wolfe cards of Series #1, completing the set. As the story’s main ‘bad guys,’ we really wanted them in the core card set. There is another full set of cards to be unlocked, so keep those pledges coming!!!

$8500 – REWARD – Sorah Suhng – Pinup

Comic artist SorahSuhng has contributed art and logo designs for such projects as Iron Man: Legacy of Doom, X-O Manowar: Birth, Iron Man: The End and the upcoming Hercules: Twilight of a God mini-series for Marvel Comics.

We are super excited to have one of her pinup’s in our book! (Paul is especially excited to see what her version of Viola will look like!)

Here is some of her incredible work…

 

Reward Highlight: “Become A Legend”

This reward holds a special place in my heart. It has 4 opportunities to become part of the Oathbound story, its history, and its canon. Each pledge will receive their very own comic book delivered to their door. This comic book will be unique, an honest-to-god-one-of-a-kind.

It is an 8-page (NOW IN COLOR!!!) story featuring the backer and one of the 4 characters from the KS-Exclusive prints/covers. In the story, you will interact or affect the life of that character in some meaningful way.

How? We don’t even know yet! Why? Because the stories will only be written once we know which character the backer wants, and a little info about the backer themselves. We don’t have stories prepped and ready. There will be no shoehorning you into a premade story.

No, the idea behind this was to create something original. Something…special. And I think we did just that.

There are four characters that backers can choose from. Those characters are…
  • Young Cole
  • Shadowman
  • Cole’s Raptor
  • Fucunda Luna, the bounty hunter

 

Each of these characters will only be used ONCE. So, the first person who backs this reward gets the pick of the litter, so to speak. Once that character is chosen, it will be removed from the list. But fear not, there are no bad options! Each one has an interesting story to tell and room for you to be part of that story.It is our hope that we get to create all of these stories, and at some point (either as a standalone book or in the trade paperback) be able to share these stories with our fans. So, not only will you get an original one-of-a-kind comic book. But, your story will also hopefully get it’s time in the spotlight as well (along with the other stories).Well, I hope you enjoy this reward as much as I do. If you do, consider pledging and grabbing the character you want to be featured in a story with. You won’t be disappointed.
Here is an example of the ‘old timey’ coloring style we are planning to use on these books.
'Old-timey' Coloring Example

And lastly, I’d like to show you just how beautiful the prints that are available for this campaign really are…

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If that isn’t enough to convince you to back this project, there is a LOT more on the kickstarter (including a book preview and many over cool rewards), located HERE.

Art the World! (With Indie Comics!)

-Savage1

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