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Tuesday, August 6, 2013

SABER: THE KICKSTARTER PROJECT!


SABER: THE KICKSTARTER PROJECT!

I’M NOT ONE TO JUMP ON THE KICKSTARTER BANDWAGON VERY OFTEN, BUT THIS TIME OUT I’M ON FULL FORCE ... MY BUDDY (AND ALL-ROUND STORYTELLING GENIUS) DON MCGREGOR IS KICKSTARTING A PREQUEL PROJECT FOR ONE OF HIS MOST ICONIC CHARACTERS ... SABRE!

SABRE, THE MOST EXPLOSIVE HERO IN COMICS, RETURNS IN A THRILLING SCIENCE FANTASY ADVENTURE BY DON MCGREGOR AND TREVOR VON EEDEN

SABRE – IN OUR TIME AND OUR PLACE… HE’S NEEDED MORE THAN EVER!

PER THE KICKSTARTER CAMPAIGN:

Writer Don McGregor (legendary writer of Black Panther, Killraven, Nathaniel Dusk, Lady Rawhide, Ragamuffins, Detectives, Inc., the original Sabre and many more series) joins with the equally legendary Trevor Von Eeden (Green Arrow, Batman, Thriller, The Original Johnson) to deliver the return of the "Most Explosive Hero in Comics", Sabre.

It’s swordplay!  Flintlock lasers!  Robot stallions!  Nocturnal Trackers! 
It’s honor!  It’s passion!  It’s love! 
It’s lust!  It’s corruption.  It’s ideals!

It’s all in one disturbingly entertaining epic!

PAGES 2 AND 3 FROM SABRE: THE EARLY FUTURE YEARS, WITH
ART BY TREVOR VON EEDEN AND COLORING BY GEORGE FREEMAN

Don McGregor created Sabre and, with Paul Gulacy, produced one of the first American graphic novels in August 1978 with Sabre: Slow Fade of an Endangered Species. When Sabre and his unique future world were conceived, Don and Paul were doing popular work for Marvel Comics. But Sabre would not fit in the Marvel Universe. The world of Sabre was very different from the world that Don was exploring in "War of the Worlds" and Paul on Master of Kung Fu. 

When Jim Salicrup was at Mad Genius Associates, he was working on the idea of producing a weekly newspaper on comics. When Don told him about Sabre they discussed doing the series in weekly installments. However, both Don and Jim decided the project was too ambitious to be told in that format, and Don began thinking of doing Sabre as a "graphic album" ( the term "graphic novel" was not yet in popular usage in 1976) in an 8½" by 11" size on heavy paper stock.Slow Fade of an Endangered Species was published to critical acclaim and received several reprintings - including as the first two parts of what would turn out to be a 14-issues series published by Eclipse Comics between 1982 and 1985, with art by Billy Graham and Jose Ortiz. Unfortunately, the 1980s Sabre ended before McGregor's ambitious 600+ page graphic novel "The Decadence Indoctrination" could be concluded.

Though that series was cancelled, McGregor could not let go of Sabre or his fictional world. In 2006, he wrote a new 190 page Sabre graphic novel, "The Early Future Years", which told the origin story of Sabre, his great love Melissa Siren, and many of the supporting characters from the original series. Don wrote the series to be new reader friendly and packed the comic with action and adventure aplenty, along with romance (in every sense of the word), bizarre menaces and delightful action.

At the 2012 San Diego Comic-con, project producer Jason Sacks approached Trevor Von Eeden about producing the art for Sabre: the Early Future Years. When Jason explained the project to Trevor, the artist was excited to take it on; subsequently, he's described Sabre as "one of the most exciting books that I've ever been involved with", and we think you can see his excitement from the quality of art that he has delivered for this project so far. Frankly, everybody who's seen Trevor's art for this book has been blown away by the quality of material that he's producing for this book.

Lettering for this book will be done by industry veteran Jon Babcock, and if our stretch goals are reached, the book will be colored by another industry legend, George Freeman. You can see George's colors accompanying this page. Trevor recommended George because the two creators have been completely in sync on many projects in the past.

SABRE: THE EARLY FUTURE YEARS PAGES 4 AND 5

We're looking to raise $17,000 to help produce the first 40-page chapter of Sabre: the Early Future Years. If we reach our goal, we have ambitious stretch goals for the project, including color for the book and production of additional chapters in the book. We have plans to complete the 190-page book if we raise enough money.

SABRE: THE EARLY FUTURE YEARS PAGE 35

As you can see, we have a bunch of great premiums to offer, including digital graphic novels, physical copies of the graphic novels, sketches, original art and much more! Best of all, if we meet our stretch goals and are able to offer more pages in the book, you'll get the full Sabre: the Early Future Years - whether it's 40 pages or 190 pages!

SABRE: THE EARLY FUTURE YEARS PAGE 42, WITH
ART BY TREVOR VON EEDEN AND COLORING BY GEORGE FREEMAN

On behalf of Don, Trevor, George and everyone else involved with this project, thanks for looking at our Kickstarter. We would really appreciate your support for this project ...

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1 comment:

  1. Thanks so much for posting about this! We all really appreciate your support and enthusiasm in helping to make this dream a reality

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