Breathtaker

Give the breath of life to BREATHTAKER
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Breathtaker is a critically acclaimed Harvey Award-nominated graphic novel, first published by DC Comics and Vertigo in the early '90s. The award-winning, world-famous artists / creators Mark Wheatley (Jonny Quest, Frankenstein Mobster, EZ Street, Insight Studios & more) and Marc Hempel (The Sandman, Disney Adventures, Heavy Metal & more) are offering you the opportunity to pick up a new, improved, and remastered edition of this long out-of-print book. And then they want to continue their groundbreaking story of love, death, passion, and the journey toward redemption. But for all of this to happen they need your help. And for that you will not go home empty-handed! Now is your chance to give the breath of life to Breathtaker.



Siren. Temptress. Man-eater. Call Chase Darrow what you want, but whatever the label, the truth is that she is the Breathtaker: a nice young woman who possesses the power to love a man to death. Chase Darrow might be the only real, living example of a succubus. Breathtaker is part horror story, about a woman with the power to drain men of their very life force ... part romance, because her lovers are her willing victims ... part crime story, as Chase is on the run from a government that has branded her a criminal ... and part superhero story: she is pursued by The Man, a popular television and merchandising figure who also happens to have extraordinary powers and abilities that he is using to hunt down and capture Chase in an effort to boost his sagging Nielsen ratings. Story and painted, color art by Mark Wheatley and Marc Hempel.

Since Breathtaker was first published, it has influenced quite a few comics and creators. It is often found on the reference shelves of popular animators, including Genndy Tartakovsky (Dexter's Laboratory, Samurai Jack), who contacted Marc to tell him so. Fans who read the book become advocates who go around insisting that everyone should read it!

For ages, the comics industry has celebrated books that had a reach beyond our usual territory. Breathtaker has been at the head of the pack, being featured in highly attended museum shows across the United States. It all began at the Norman Rockwell Museum as a large portion of their very popular show, LitGraphic: The World of the Graphic Novel. From there, the Breathtaker comic pages, paintings, script pages, and development roughs went on to the Toledo Museum of Art, the Huntington Museum of Art, the James A. Michener Museum, the Munson-Williams-Proctor Arts Institute, and the Fitchburg Art Museum.


Marc Hempel and Mark Wheatley have an impressive track record working across the media, with many awards and nominations.

Marc Hempel is best known for his collaboration with Neil Gaiman on "The Kindly Ones" story arc in The Sandman, as well as his critically acclaimed work with Mark Wheatley on the titles BreathtakerMars, and Blood of the Innocent (soon to be a major motion picture). His own creations Gregory and Tug & Buster have been nominated for Eisner and Harvey awards, and his humor anthology Naked Brain was named Best Comic Book in the Baltimore City Paper's Best of Baltimore 2003 issue. Hempel's art has also appeared in Marvel FanfareEpic IllustratedHeavy MetalJonny QuestTarzan the WarriorClive Barker’s HellraiserFlinchMy Faith in FrankieThe DreamingLucifer, and Disney Adventures. More recently, Marc has produced CD art for the Nashville band Swamp Rat, drawn an episode of the online strip Munden's Bar for ComicMix.com, illustrated a 21-page Escapist story for Dark Horse Comics, and has contributed to both MAD Magazine and Nickelodeon Magazine. He is the recipient of the Speakeasy Award and the Inkpot Award.


Mark Wheatley holds the Eisner, Inkpot, Mucker, Gem and Speakeasy awards and nominations for the Harvey Award and the Ignatz Award. His work has been repeatedly included in the annual Spectrum selection of fantastic art, and has been exhibited in private gallery shows, The Norman Rockwell Museum, Toledo Museum of Art, Huntington Art Museum, Fitchburg Art Museum, James A. Michener Art Museum, and the Library of Congress, where several of his originals are in the LoC permanent collection. He has designed for Lady Gaga, created set pieces for The Black Eyed Peas, contributed designs to ABC’s Beauty and the Beast and CBS's Super Clyde. Several of his original graphic novels have been optioned for motion pictures, with Blood of the Innocent currently in pre-production. His graphic novel creations include Return of the HumanEZ StreetLone JusticeMarsBreathtakerBlack HoodPrince NightmareHammer of the GodsBlood of the InnocentFrankenstein MobsterMiles the MonsterSkultar, and Titanic Tales. His interpretations of established characters such as Tarzan, Baron Munchausen, Jonny Quest, Dr. Strange, The Flash, Captain Action, Argus, and The Spider have brought them to life for a new generation of readers. He has written for TV, illustrated books, designed cutting-edge role-playing games, hosted a weekly radio program, and was an early innovator of the online, daily comic strip form.



Your perks will be exceptional! Please read the rewards list closely, as we are piling on the benefits and would hate for you to miss out on anything. If you help us to go beyond our goal, every additional dollar will go toward value added features for the remastered Breathtaker, including additional pages of material. If we reach our stretch goal, Mark and Marc will create the long asked for The Man™comic book story that is talked about in the context of the Breathtaker graphic novel. But, also, they will forge ahead with the long-awaited Breathtaker sequel.

The incredible Breathtaker perks include :





The full title of the original graphic novel is Breathtaker: Love, Death, Sex, Power.

Over the years it has become shorthand to just call the book Breathtaker. But now it's important that you are aware of its full title, because the very first presentation Mark and Marc made to editor Mike Gold at DC Comics included the promise of a sequel … one that was planned to take place about 20 years later. No one ever imagined it might take over 20 years to finally create that sequel. That’s right – once  Breathtaker Remastered is ready, Marc and Mark will begin work on the next Breathtaker story!

SOURCE MATERIAL

Much of the original art for Breathtaker is retained in storage at Insight Studios. Also, art collectors are being asked for scans of the small number of pages that are in their hands. The hunt for missing original pages is ongoing. Please contact us if you have an original color page or know of collectors who have color Breathtaker pages.

PUBLISHER

Negotiations have just completed for one of the largest publishers in the world to print and distribute the finished, remastered book.  Once the remastered book is delivered to the publisher, they will get it into as many sales outlets as possible around the world. But a tremendous amount of work must be done before that can happen.

The real work is only just beginning … and this is where your help will be so necessary. At the time Breathtaker was originally published, graphics computers were the size of a car and very expensive – way beyond the budget for this graphic novel. So Mark painted the pages in watercolor and gouache on ⅛-inch thick board. The line art was transferred to giant film positives and an unholy art sandwich was sent to the color separator for printing.

The next step was absolutely horrific for any artist! When the separator got the color art boards, they had to strip the surface layer of paper from the board so that they could wrap it around a spinning drum scanner. That’s right – they were ripping the art boards, and stretching the paper in the process! The results were okay to good, but never perfect. And in the years since, the paper and the film have changed sizes so that they do not match today. The pages are being carefully re-scanned and will be digitally manipulated to finally get a perfect marriage of the line art and painted color. In a number of cases the art is being retouched by Mark Wheatley, to remove damage and dirt, and even – in a few frightening instances – repair pages that were torn in half when the original color separator wrapped it around that scanning drum! The remastered Breathtaker will finally present the art as it was always intended. Nearly as much time is being invested in this process as it took to create the work in the first place! But it is worth the effort to finally get it right.

Marc and Mark always reach for higher and higher goals with each new project; remastering Breathtaker is no different. They intend for this book to be the very best it can be. They will include piles of the original script pages, development work, Marc’s pencils and line art, private commissions, marketing art, and other cool, behind-the-scenes material – even some new work!

Once this campaign funds, production will begin on the remastering of the original Breathtaker. After commissions are out of the way, Marc and Mark will use any remaining funding to get started on the sequel.


WHERE THE MONEY’S GOING

REMASTERING WORK ON BREATHTAKER: LOVE, DEATH, SEX, POWER – more than 200 pages of scanning and extensive art repair and restoration, as well as outreach efforts to gain access to some of the missing original art.

NEW CONTENT – creation of new covers, text features, additional art

LAYOUT/DESIGN – for the book and the additional and added features in the remastered edition

POSTAGE/PRINTING COSTS FOR PREMIUMS

CROWD FUNDING COMMISSIONS

STRETCH GOAL - $60,000

The Man™ comic book story. Mark Wheatley and Marc Hempel will create the actual overblown, Marvel-style The Man™ comic book that is shown as an object in the context of the original Breathtaker graphic novel.

RISKS AND CHALLENGES

While the core material for Breathtaker Remastered already exists, the restoration work is nearly as demanding as the original creation, and requires the eyes and hands of an artist to get the work done. None of this is all that risky, as long as the artists, Marc Hempel and Mark Wheatley, are healthy and able to take the time to do this work as it should be done. Mike Gold, editor for the original series and a producer on the sequel has said, “There are plenty of comics pros who wish Mark would slow down. He turns out great work and doesn’t worry editors about missed deadlines.”

The publisher will get the finished book about 6 months after the closing of this fundraiser, if our goals are met. The solicitation cycle for a book to reach market is about 12 months; that’s where we get our estimate of 14-18 months for publication.

If any unforeseen issues should arise, we will keep donors informed of any and all changes in our production timeline.

    

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    THIS TIME IT'S PERSONALIZED

    Original head sketch on Wheatley & Hempel signed bookplate for BREATHTAKER REMASTERED and your name printed in the book! Plus $15 and $35 reward levels! DELIVERY – estimated 14 – 18 month to market

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    BRIDE OF THE FOREST PDF

    One dollar for an illustrated horror story by Mark Wheatley! See the cover art in the campaign description to the left. In PDF format!

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    BREATHTAKER CLASSIC

    PDF of the original printed book collection and seven Hi-Rez Digital wallpaper images that will make you love your computer!

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  • $35USD
    BREATHTAKER SIGNATURE EDITION

    Wheatley & Hempel signed printed copy of BREATHTAKER REMASTERED Plus $15 reward level! DELIVERY – estimated 14 – 18 month to market

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  • $40USD
    BREATHTAKING CAMEO PIN

    Add some macabre charm with this lovely creature. Resplendent with her orange rose, she's a breathtaking accent. Metal. 2" x 2 3/4" Shipping FREE in US. Delivery via priority mail within 6 months. Also includes PDF of the original printed book collection and seven Hi-Rez Digital wallpaper images that will make you love your computer!

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  • $47USD
    BREATHTAKING CAMEO PIN INT'L

    Add some macabre charm with this lovely creature. Resplendent with her orange rose, she's a breathtaking accent. Metal. 2" x 2 3/4" International shipping FREE. Delivery within 6 months. Also includes PDF of the original printed book collection and seven Hi-Rez Digital wallpaper images that will make you love your computer!

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  • $60USD
    BREATHTAKER SIGN. ED. INT'L

    Wheatley & Hempel signed printed copy of BREATHTAKER REMASTERED Plus $15 reward level! Costs for international shipping included. DELIVERY – estimated 14 – 18 month to market

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  • $80USD
    PERSONALIZED INT'L

    Original head sketch on Wheatley & Hempel signed bookplate for BREATHTAKER REMASTERED and your name printed in the book! Costs for international shipping included.

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  • $95USD
    BELOVED READER REWARD

    Five PDF graphic novels by Mark Wheatley and Marc Hempel – TUG & BUSTER, NAKED BRAIN, EZ STREET, BLOOD OF THE INNOCENT and MARS. Signed copy of BREATHTAKER REMASTERED w/ bookplate sketch, Marc Hempel “DRAWING BREATHTAKER” video series, BREATHTAKER wallpapers – all previous rewards! DELIVERY – downloads - printed BREATHTAKER REMASTERED estimated 14 – 18 months to market

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  • $120USD
    BELOVED READER REWARD INT'L

    Five PDF graphic novels by Mark Wheatley and Marc Hempel – TUG & BUSTER, NAKED BRAIN, EZ STREET, BLOOD OF THE INNOCENT and MARS. Signed copy of BREATHTAKER REMASTERED w/ bookplate sketch, Marc Hempel “DRAWING BREATHTAKER” video series, BREATHTAKER wallpapers – all previous rewards! Costs for international shipping included. DELIVERY – downloads - printed BREATHTAKER REMASTERED estimated 14 – 18 months to market

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  • $200USD
    ORIGINAL WHEATLEY SIN

    8.5” x 11” commission sketch by Mark Wheatley, single figure, inked. DELIVERY – via Priority Mail – expected delivery within 6 months LIMITED to 15

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    ORIGINAL HEMPEL SIN

    8.5” x 11” commission sketch by Marc Hempel, single figure, inked. DELIVERY – via Priority Mail – expected delivery within 6 months LIMITED to 15

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    Estimated delivery: May 2014
  • $350USD
    ART ORGY HEMPEL

    11” x 17” commission sketch by Marc Hempel, single figure, inked in simple background setting. + all digital rewards DELIVERY – via Priority Mail – expected delivery within 6 months LIMITED to 10

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    COLOR ART ORGY WHEATLEY

    11” x 17” commission sketch by Mark Wheatley, single figure, inked and painted with watercolor in simple background setting. + all digital rewards DELIVERY – via Priority Mail – expected delivery within 6 months LIMITED to 10

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    Estimated delivery: March 2014
  • $550USD
    ORIGINAL HEMPEL COMIC ART

    Original page of comic art TUG & BUSTER, signed by Marc Hempel. Limited to 20 DELIVERY – via Priority Mail – expected delivery within 6 months Pages are displayed in the GALLERY for this campaign. Check the GALLERY tab and make your choice by the number of the page. First come, first choice. These pages of original art are all one-of-a-kind. You will be contacted for your page selection in the order that donations are made.

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    Estimated delivery: May 2014
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    ORIGINAL WHEATLEY COMIC ART

    ORIGINAL WHEATLEY COMIC ART Original page of comic art from FRANKENSTEIN MOBSTER, signed by Mark Wheatley. Limited to 20 DELIVERY – via Priority Mail – expected delivery within 6 months Pages are displayed in the GALLERY for this campaign. Check the GALLERY tab and make your choice by the number of the page. First come, first choice. These pages of original art are all one-of-a-kind. You will be contacted for your page selection in the order that donations are made.

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  • $700USD
    BREATHTAKING FAN - HEMPEL

    BREATHTAKING FAN - HEMPEL 11” x 17” Commission with up to two figures, background and color - Signed Copy of the book with bookplate sketch, and all digital rewards including PDF SUPER FAN PACKAGE, Marc Hempel “DRAWING BREATHTAKER” video series, and BREATHTAKER wallpapers. LIMITED to 4 DELIVERY – via Priority Mail – expected delivery within 8 months

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    Estimated delivery: July 2014
  • $700USD
    BREATHTAKING FAN – WHEATLEY

    11” x 17” Commission with up to two figures, background and color - Signed Copy of the book with bookplate sketch, and all digital rewards including PDF SUPER FAN PACKAGE, Marc Hempel “DRAWING BREATHTAKER” video series, and BREATHTAKER wallpapers. LIMITED to 4 DELIVERY – via Priority Mail – expected delivery within 8 months

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  • $1,000USD
    LIVING THE DREAM

    Spend a Comic-Con with Mark Wheatley. Have dinner, hang out at the booth, and arrange for a commission. Includes a signed BREATHTAKER with sketch, and all digital rewards. Limited to 2014 SAN DIEGO COMIC-CON and the 2014 BALTIMORE COMIC-CON. Bonus – the BCC includes Marc Hempel! LIMITED to 4 participants per con. Con selection is 1st come, 1st choice. Incidental expenses, including costs of convention membership and food are the responsibility of participant. Only one convention per payment.

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    Estimated delivery: September 2014
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