PARIS 2119: a deadly, dystopic romance

Created by Neurobellum Productions

Black Mirror meets Blade Runner in this deluxe graphic novel by Zep and Dominique Bertail with exclusive variant cover by Peach Momoko.

Latest Updates from Our Project:

Advance proofs are in... and they're GORGEOUS...
3 months ago – Tue, Sep 15, 2020 at 12:55:02 AM

Hi Everyone!

We got a very special package in the mail from the printer today... advance copies of the book arrived! And it turned out SWEET!

Campaign exclusive edition (left) and standard retail cover (right)

We couldn't be more thrilled with how it turned out. It is definitely a SPECIAL edition of a special book!

We've coordinated the printing and signing of the book plates with Zep and Dom now. By the time Dom has finished all the sketches, they'll send the whole batch back with sketches. As it stands, we're still on track to have everything ready to start fulfillment by the end of October!

We'll keep you posted as more cool stuff shows up!

Backer sketches! (Spoiler alert if you're one of the lucky recipients...)
3 months ago – Sat, Sep 12, 2020 at 12:17:41 PM

Hey everyone!

Dominique has been working on the backer sketches for those of you who pledged at that exclusive level, and I gotta say... wow, you all SCORED! He's pouring a ton of love into these!

Spoiler alert if you're one of those lucky backers and don't want to see yours ahead of time, but these are just too pretty not to show off with the rest of the community!

We'll post more as they come in!

Our next project is now live! ASTER OF PAN - a post-apocalyptic graphic novel by Merwan
3 months ago – Wed, Aug 26, 2020 at 02:44:07 AM

Hi everyone,

Just a quick note to share the link to our next Kickstarter project, ASTER OF PAN! It launched at 10am this morning and was fully funded in the first 90 minutes!

"It's like THE HUNGER GAMES meets DODGEBALL as if animated by Katsuhiro Otomo."

The gallery-quality 8.5"x11” hardcover edition of this 200-page work of art will feature a campaign-exclusive variant cover by celebrated illustrator PEACH MOMOKO (@peachmomoko60). This variant and any additional stretch goal items will only be available through this campaign. (The standard retail edition featuring Merwan’s original cover will also be available as an add-on after the campaign.)

READ THE FULL 8-PAGE OPENING PROLOGUE SEQUENCE HERE!

(More pages will be added to this link throughout the campaign!)

So hop over to the campaign today to see more, including the trailer video and a link to sample pages. This amazing book is really something you have to see to believe! Don't worry -- this will have NO BEARING ON OUR DELIVERY OF PARIS 2119! This is how we fill time while Paris is printing... we prep another awesome book for you! Everything is on track and looking great...

Get ready for more!
3 months ago – Thu, Aug 20, 2020 at 06:07:06 PM

Hi everybody!

It has been a very busy week here (for very exciting reasons we'll get to in a second), and even Dominique has been busy with the original sketches for those lucky backers who pledged at that tier. Here's a peek at two of them that Dominique shared with us just last night:

You lucky 20 really are getting something special! We can't wait to see the rest ourselves, and will share them here if/when we get more preview pics from Dominique as he works through the list...

We also got the Collectible Coins in from the mint!

These things are solid and HEFTY! (Don't worry, our shipping weight estimates won't change, so the rates set in Backerkit won't change either...) They did a pretty amazing job converting Peach's flat 2D drawing into a sculpted 3D bas relief. We're already talking with them about doing more coins for future projects...

...and speaking of future projects...

...what are these "very exciting reasons" for our "very busy week"?

Well, to cut straight to the chase: we're doing it again...

ASTER OF PAN: a post-apocalyptic graphic novel by Merwan

We are so incredibly stoked for this project and campaign, we can't even put it into words... ASTER OF PAN is THE HUNGER GAMES meets DODGE BALL in a lushly painted, action-packed 200-page hardcover blockbuster by writer/artist/animator Merwan.  It has all of the adrenaline and feels of a big-budget sci-fi action film, with a hand-painted watercolor style that mixes the best of Katsuhiro Otomo, Naoki Urasawa, and Tim Sale.

And we've even teamed up with PEACH MOMOKO again for another gorgeous, exclusive variant cover:

Original variant cover by Peach Momoko, exclusive to Kickstarter.

Believe us when we say "THIS BOOK WILL BLOW YOU AWAY AND BECOME YOUR MOST FAVORITE GRAPHIC NOVEL EVER." We say that because it is ours. And we've got so many favorites (including PARIS 2119...)

So head over to www.asterofpan.com to pre-register (for a bonus reward) today, and then come back next Tuesday morning for the launch and debut of the trailer video! We really would love your support on this one!

Wait, wait, wait... another Kickstater? Already? 

Well... yes. Let us explain...

As we mentioned in the PARIS 2119 campaign, the publishing landscape has changed dramatically in the past 6 months. Traditional distribution channels have narrowed, brick-and-mortar store traffic is greatly reduced, and many of the old ways of getting books into readers' hands have dried up. Not entirely, but significantly enough to have a real impact on smaller, indie publishers such as us. By reaching out directly to the consumers through our webstore and Kickstarter, we have a chance to fill in some of that financial gap created by this pandemic. 

Sure, but why so soon?

Short answer: why not?  Production and fulfillment are part of our normal business model, and we routinely have multiple titles in various stages of production. Adding an exclusive variant and promotional campaign for a handful of the most interesting, top-tier titles doesn't add that much more to the basic equation. We truly have no concerns about meeting all of our promises and making sure all of our backers are satisfied. 

We're looking ahead at a slate of some amazing new books that we think the discerning Kickstarter audience will absolutely love, so yes -- we will be running more campaigns after this one. Each book will have a different style and story, and may appeal to different types of readers, but they all have that premium "Magnetic quality" stamp of approval, so you know they will all be something very special.

Are we worried about burning ourselves out? Nah. These titles energize us. Seeing them find new fans feeds our soul.

Are we worried about burning out our followers? ... a little? I mean, some of you will hopefully come back for more while some of you might not. But we also hope each title will bring in new followers. So while hopefully our pace won't be too much for those of you who want to ride this train from station to station, we understand that there will be new passengers for each trip.

You do too much. You're not Superman...

Thanks, Aunt May. But really, as we mentioned, we're doing most of this work behind the scenes anyway. By offering these exclusives and extras to the eager Kickstarter audience, we better justify all of that hard work that might otherwise have a hard time finding an audience.

So check out the project reveal over at BLEEDING COOL, or the pre-reg landing page at www.asterofpan.com, or the pre-launch landing page here on Kickstarter.

We really, really, really would love your support on Day One!

Surveys out!
4 months ago – Wed, Aug 12, 2020 at 10:58:25 AM

Hey everyone!

Real quick update to let you know that all of the Backerkit surveys have now gone out to EVERYBODY. So check your email over the next day or so for that notification with your unique link, arriving from "Neurobellum Productions" (but sent by Backerkit.com). If you haven't seen it yet, check your spam folder. If you haven't gotten it by the end of this week, message us and we'll look it up for you directly.

We've also applied the first batch of Backerkit credit to those of you who pre-registered as part of our pre-launch promotional landing page. If you missed out on that early offer, you can still earn .50$ in Backerkit credit by filling out our post-mortem interest survey here: 

https://forms.office.com/Pages/ResponsePage.aspx?id=lQHFkzC8RU6aH12UVxrldIs-XU76zD9KkP_HGnWJsytUN1hKMDlVU1NBVlVDV1BIOTZUUUZGRzRCTy4u

About 30% of you have answered those questions so far, but we'd love to get as many answers as possible to get the clearest, most complete snapshot to learn from for next time. So please take just a few minutes to follow the link and reply!

One other thing:

You may have noticed that the Kickstarter page has taken on a slightly different look, with a "pre-order" button now available. This is so that others who may have missed the campaign can still hop on board and pick up a copy. They missed out on a bunch of the exclusive backer bonuses (like the coin, etc), but we'll happily welcome anyone and everyone into the fold!

So if you'd like to bring some friends or family to the project, feel free to direct them to PARIS2119.com -- that simple URL will link straight to the KS page where they can get caught up on all the coolness.

Okay -- we gotta get back to work on the next batch of cool stuff now... 

Have a great week, everyone!