In some incredibly awesome news, our 6th Kickstarter campaign, DENVER, has been reached its goal in less than one week! This is such great news and all goes out to all our faithful backers and fans. We’ve posted up some great stretch rewards on the project page and hope that you have time to check the new options out:
But not only is the funding great, we’re thrilled at the additional press that has been generated for the project. Some great, new interviews have been making their ways around the web from 13th Dimension to Ain’t It Cool News:
And as we try to say all the time, we couldn’t do any of this without all your support and loyalty. Each and every one of you are just the best. Any support, comments or extra plugging of the project and all our efforts are fully appreciated!
As the DENVER campaign continues to roll on, we were thrilled to see coverage of the project be spotlighted at USA Today.
This continues to showcase the power of DENVER and how more outlets are becoming interested in the project. While we haven’t fully reached the goal yet, there is time for everyone to be involved still. If you are interested, please, head over to the campaign site and contribute. We’d love for you to be involved and you can rest assured, like all our past Kickstarter campaigns, we package and handle every reward tier ourselves. So if you back it, we fulfill it ourselves. That is the only fair thing to do. Yes it is hard work and we fully appreciate your patience but we feel that it is our obligation to give our 100% to the project. You’re all worth it!!
Thanks again everyone!
What a day it has been! Our newest Kickstarter project, DENVER, has been making the rounds via the web in a tremendous way. We’re thrilled to see the support of the project to this point and want to continue to encourage everyone to support if they can but more importantly thank each and every one of our backers to this point for helping up try to make this project possible. We understand it is a reach and a goal we’ve never had to ask for before, however, we’re putting a lot more into this project from a page count perspective, variation of tier offerings, presentation, unique rewards, everything in the hopes of giving our fans a neat package.
Main project page: https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/1397702842/denver-a-72-page-mature-audience-original-graphic
We wanted to quickly summarize some of the press announcements from the last day (and there is more coming in the future from some big sources) about DENVER so we hope you get the opportunity to check them out.
Look for more press this week by following us on Facebook or on Twitter (@paperfilms1)!!
Again, we can’t show our appreciation more (well, we can and will if we every see any of you glorious people at a convention)!!! You are all the best!!
Well folks, the time has come to stop teasing and share with you an unique effort we’re planning with our newest (and 6th overall) Kickstarter project, DENVER. This is a different project from us, not in the sense of the story, but the approach we are taking with this book (see some of the notes, as this will have a soundtrack, multiple prints, etc.).
Below you will find the press release for DENVER, some preview pages and the link to participate in the campaign. If you have participated in the past, or new to our projects, you know we take 100% pride in delivering each and every backer their money’s worth. So if you can participate, we’d love to see you on board! If you do participate, we’d also love to see you help us spread the love around by posting some of the upcoming interviews, PR push and the Kickstarter itself. We’ve made the home page banner a direct link to access the DENVER campaign so worse case, just send them to the PaperFilms website.
Thanks again everyone! Your support of our madness is never forgotten!!!
DENVER Campaign: https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/1397702842/denver-a-72-page-mature-audience-original-graphic
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PaperFilms Launches Sixth Graphic Novel Kickstarter Campaign for DENVER original graphic novel and soundtrack
February 10, 2014 — PaperFilms announced today a Kickstarter campaign to fund the original graphic novel DENVER, written by New York Times bestselling writers Jimmy Palmiotti and Justin Gray and illustrated by Pier Brito. The story is set after the world’s oceans have risen, most of humanity has perished and only one city has survived the disaster: the mile high city of Denver, Colorado. Max Flynn, a loyal Coast Border Guard, protects America’s last city and regulates new citizens seeking refuge there–until an extreme group of individuals brings betrayal and blackmail and Max is forced to go against everything he has stood for in order to save the woman he loves.
DENVER is a Kickstarter Exclusive, 72-page Mature Audiences graphic novel and the sixth Kickstarter campaign for PaperFilms. Palmiotti, Gray and frequent contributor Amanda Conner (Harley Quinn) launched PaperFilms in 2012 to create a company for “creators skilled in world building, screenwriting, intellectual property development, video game development, illustration, editorial experience and much more” as part of their efforts to own and develop their own characters for various media, while also nurturing a community for like-minded comic book creators. The company has successfully funded five books for Kickstarter: QUEEN CRAB, FORAGER, WEAPON OF GOD, RETROVIRUS and SEX AND VIOLENCE.
DENVER is another creative collaboration for fan favorite writers Palmiotti and Gray who have co-written comics for Marvel, DC and Image. The Kickstarter campaign features prints by Connor, award-winning cover artist and regular PaperFilms contributor Dave Johnson (100 BULLETS), as well as John Cebollero (DEEP DRAG), graphic designer Dan Panosian (JOHN TIFFANY) and Palmiotti. Additionally, Connor will provide a secret variant cover for DENVER pledges. The book is lettered and designed by PaperFilms regular Bill Tortolini.
While many of creators participating in the DENVER campaign are regular PaperFilms contributors, there are also some very notable new creative voices. DENVER is the first American graphic novel illustrated by Pier Brito. “During New York Comic Con, we were looking for someone that could capture the book’s epic scope and world-building, and at the same time express Max Flynn’s emotional journey in the story,” said Palmiotti. “After one look at Pier’s portfolio, we told him we had the perfect project for him. His storytelling skills are amazing and his work on this book was everything we were looking for.”
This Kickstarter campaign will be the first PaperFilms graphic novel to have a soundtrack inspired by the book. “I had been wanting to work with Jimmy Palmiotti and Justin Gray for quite some time, so when they asked me to come on board to compose music inspired by DENVER I couldn’t have been more excited,” said film and multimedia composer Hans Karl. “The story is intense and enthralling, and the early preview pages of art by Pier Brito are stunning! The world these three have created for DENVER is all at once scary, enticing and surreal.”
“Hans Karl and I met a few times at the Long Beach Comic Con over the years and we would swap stories about our favorite music and comics we enjoyed,” said Palmiotti. “With DENVER, we had the idea of creating an original soundtrack based on the art. Hans was given the script and art and went to work creating what we think is the perfect accompaniment to the book. Like the city itself, presented in the graphic novel, the choice of sound and music is both haunting and beautiful. I also wanted an original song for the ending of the soundtrack and we approached singer songwriter Carrie Johnson to see what she could do. Together, they knocked it our of the park and we are able to offer the soundtrack to the backers of the Kickstarter campaign to accompany the book.”
“Our goal with DENVER is to evolve, challenge ourselves, and take risks with the material,” said Gray. “It’s a visually stunning book. I can’t stop looking at Pier’s artwork and can’t wait to introduce his work to an American audience.”
Pier Brito was born in Uruguay in 1974. He has worked as an inker for Marvel Comics (Daredevil, Silver Surfer, Sabretooth & Mystique), DC Comics (LOBO) and various other publishers in Europe and South America. In 2011, Spanish publisher Glenát released CONTRARRELOJ, a time travel-themed comedic graphic novel which Brito illustrated. In July 2014 Brito’s graphic novel LOGOUT will be released for the Spanish audience. He currently lives and works in Amsterdam.
Justin Gray is an accomplished author who has written for every major American comic book publisher. In addition to writing graphic novels and comic books, he has also contributed to several best-selling video games, animated properties, and children’s fiction. Outside of the publishing world, Justin has been a fossil hunter, micro-photographer specializing of 20 million year old insects and plants preserved in amber, and an advocate for Victims Assistance of Westchester, a not-for-profit organization that assists victims of crime.
Hans Karl is a film and multimedia composer. His music can be heard in documentaries, animated shorts, indie films, commercial jingles and various other creative media projects. In addition to his scoring work, he has also released several albums in various music genres. Currently, he has been creating a collection of original music library tracks. Hans Karl resides in Los Angeles. Reach him at: www.hanskarlmusic.com
Jimmy Palmiotti is a multi-award-winning writer and comic artist and the co-founder of Event Comics, Black Bull Media, Marvel Knights, and Paperfilms, where he currently partners with Amanda Conner and Justin Gray. Together they have created and co-created: MONOLITH, 21 DOWN, THE RESISTANCE, and THE TWILIGHT EXPERIMENT for DC Comics as well as THE NEW WEST, THE PRO, GATECRASHER, BEAUTIFUL KILLER, ASH, CLOUDBURST, TRIGGER GIRL 6, SPLATTERMAN, THRILL SEEKER, TRAILBLAZER, BALLERINA, and the TV series, PAINKILLER JANE. Palmiotti’s other comics work includes POWER GIRL and JONAH HEX for DC Comics, THE LAST RESORT for IDW Publishing, BACK TO BROOKLYN for Image Comics, SPARTACUS for Devils Due, and TIME BOMB for Radical Comics. He has NEW WEST in development at New Regency films. He is currently writing ALL-STAR WESTERN and BATWING for DC Comics’ the New 52, in addition to co-writing the # 1 best-selling HARLEY QUINN comic series with his wife and frequent collaborator Amanda Connor. He has successfully funded five graphic novels via Kickstarter through Paperfilms.
In some exciting news, the movie rights to Painkiller Jane were recently optioned by Solipsist Films. There will be more news about this in the future but this is exciting news for the PaperFilms team. Bleeding Cool has a bit on the news:
In addition to the great Painkiller Jane news, be sure to follow the full crew on Twitter: @PaperFilms1 account. We have some exciting news that will be rolling out both here and on the Twitter and Facebook account in the upcoming week. An unique effort for our next project is well under way and we’d love to see you a part of it.
And as always, new items are always being added to the Store site, so make sure you head over and check it out: https://www.paperfilms.com/shop/
We are super thrilled to see Harley Quinn #2 roll out from the press yesterday and for the most part, the reviews have been positive. The book was always meant to be a fun effort and a chance to show the character some long, lost justice. We’re working extremely hard to show a “fun” Harley. You win some, you lose some, we’re just hoping people try.
Here is a short list of reviews from recent days:
In other news, we’re prepping for shipping out all of the Forager print copies to all of the backers. It is a long process and we’re extremely pleased with the final print version of the book and the limited edition prints. We appreciate everyone’s patience on getting these out. Some unfortunately hiccups caused some delays. Ones we’re fully responsible for and take ownership of.
And we have recently added the new Painkiller Jane: Price of Freedom series up on both Kindle and on our Store site for you to purchase digitally. We hope you give them a try.
Again, we appreciate everyone’s support on each and every project we do!