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I don't know that I've hit the back button on Kickstarter faster than when getting an email about Democritus Brand and the Endless Machine. The new series from writers Cullen Bunn and JimmyZ Johnston, artist Federico de Luca, and letterer Simon Bowland mixes cosmic horror and steampunk. Yes, please.

“Democritus Brand is a new adventurer in a steampunk version of the Victorian era,” said Bunn. “Exploring the world via his state-of-the-art airship, accompanied by a host of skilled companions, Brand is an archaeologist who is seeking the truth about the steam-driven wonders that have changed the world forever. This truth, of course, is not necessarily all that pleasant.”

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In 1861... an excavation in Egypt uncovers a most unusual mummy. The body is a fusion of preserved flesh and strange steam technology, like a steam-era cyborg... but the mummy is THOUSANDS of years old. This represents a vast, alien technology that came to Earth centuries ago. Could this be how the pyramids and the Sphinx were constructed? This discovery launches a neo-industrial revolution--a burgeoning age of steam and clockworks. From advanced locomotion and flying machines... to streamlined communication... to pneumatic servants and soldiers, the steam-driven technology was meant to make the lives of the Crown's citizens easier.

But it spun out of control.

It is now 1891.

The Kickstarter campaign is to fund the release of the first two issues of the series. Overall, it's planned for six issues with more tales of Professor Brand's adventures to come. You can back this campaign with confidence as all art assets for issues 1 and 2 have been finalized. All that needs to be done now is lettering and final design before they can go to the printer so it should be a pretty quick turn around.

“We wanted to do something a little unusual with this launch,” said Bunn. “We have two full issues of art completed, so we thought it would be fun to offer the first two issues of the book at once.”

Rewards for the Kickstarter campaign include digital and physical editions of the first two issues of Democritus Brand and the Endless Machine, including a variant cover by Baldemar Rivas. The campaign runs through August 7th, 2020. At the time of this writing, it's about one third of the way to its funding goal.

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James Ferguson
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James has a 2nd grade reading level and, as a result, only reads books with pictures. Horror is his 5th favorite genre right after romantic comedy and just before silent films. No one knows why he's here, but he won't leave.
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