â€œIn 2013, Christ WILL return. A lot.â€
Thatâ€™s the message from the upcoming Apocalyptic comic book series, Escape From Jesus Island, which reached more than half of its fund-raising goal in the projectâ€™s first two days on Kickstarter.
Escape From Jesus Island is an original, full-color, digitally painted comic book series about an attempt to clone Jesus that goes a little off the rails. ReGen Corporation eventually succeeds in its quest, but only after creating scores of hideously deformed near-Jesus freaks and a monstrous twin brother, Damien. When the Vatican hears of Christâ€™s return and sends an elite Black Ops extraction team to ReGenâ€™s remote island testing facility, all Hell breaks loose.
Written by filmmaker Shawn French (â€œThe Wrong Houseâ€) and illustrated by Mortimer Glum, Escape From Jesus Island is a twisted retelling of the prophecies from the Book of Revelation. Christ, Antichrist, a legion of cannibalistic mutants and, as the series progresses, global carnage complete with the Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse.
In the projectâ€™s first two days on Kickstarter, 13 of the 34 opportunities for supporters to appear in the comic book have already been claimed. â€œIt was our goal from the start to bring the fans into the project as much as possible,â€ said French. â€œWeâ€™ve had Facebook contests where fans got to vote on character names and help design mutants. Now weâ€™re offering a chance to actually be in the story.â€
Roles available to Kickstarter supporters range from the Kill Me level, which will result in a supporter dying a horrible death in the comics, to major recurring characters in the series. Up for grabs are the Antichristâ€™s bodyguard, Inquisition, the mysterious Mother Superior, and Pariahâ€”the seven-headed Beast of Biblical Mythology (five heads remaining to be claimed).
Other rewards include Kickstarter-exclusive artwork, signed and numbered copies of Issue 1 with an alternate cover, trading cards, and opportunities to design a creature who appears in the story.
â€œThe Jesus Island team is obviously thrilled about the reception weâ€™ve received right out of the gate from the Kickstarter community,â€ French said. â€œIâ€™ve been obsessed with this story since first writing it back in 1994. To finally be this close to unleashing the Jesus Island story on the world is a dream come true.â€
You can check out the EFJI Kickstarter campaign at:
www.kickstarter.com/projects/1254797765/escape-from-jesus-island-comic-book-series Much more information is available at www.JesusIsland.com and www.Facebook.com/JesusIsland