Duncan Jones and Alex de Campi’s Madi: Once Upon a Time in the Future Kickstarter has already been hugely successful, surpassing its goal and raising $275,000 in just two weeks – and now, the team shares that with Madi retailers tiers.
In PR from Madi publisher Z2 Comics, the team announces that retailers can place preorders now for both softcover and hardcover editions of the 260-page space epic with a 55% discount off of cover pricing with a valid Diamond account number. What that boils down to is $66/$111 (shipping not included) for five copies of the book in either edition. In the time of COVID-19, comic retailers need that support if publishers expect them to continue stocking shelves.
Moon and Mute director Duncan Jones says: “Growing up, traveling around the world, I often felt a lack of roots. But wherever I ended up, comic stores, from Forbidden Planet in London, to Golden Apple in LA, to the tiny little tucked away 2nd floor comic store whose name I can’t remember on the Rue de Bourg in Lausanne Switzerland, always felt familiar and welcoming. An extended family of comic lovers. I feel a deep affection for brick and mortar comic stores and bookstores that carry graphic novels. Alex and I wanted to go the extra mile to make it as easy and affordable as possible for that extended family to be part of our success & carry MADI on their shelves. We love you, comic stores & we want you to thrive!”
Madi: Once Upon a Time in the Future is written by Jones and de Campi with art from industry superstars including Glenn Fabry, Pia Guerra, Simon Bisley, Annie Wu, Duncan Fegredo and more, with each handling a section between 8-30 pages. Although the 260-page sci-fi graphic novel takes place in Jones’ Moon and Mute universe, it stands alone as its own story while also wrapping up the story of the “Mooniverse” through an anthology of independent stories. As mentioned when the Kickstarter campaign for Madi first launched, the book is nearly finished, and proceeds raised here will only help to boost creators’ paychecks.
Jeremy Atkins, Z2’s VP of Marketing adds: “We recognize the increased financial pressure that many retailers are under, and therefore wanted to be thoughtful in our timing of rolling out an offering to comic shops and independent booksellers. With two full weeks of new product in stores through Diamond, we hope our friends in the direct market are now able to make these purchasing decisions with confidence. In addition to a competitive 55% discount, retailers who participate in this campaign will be given the first opportunity at in store events, and all will be invited to participate in an exclusive virtual panel for these stores and their customers the week of release.”
At time of writing, the Madi: Once Upon a Time in the Future Kickstarter campaign is live for another 20 days. Check out the page now, along with those retailer tiers, and find the official description below.
Madi Preston, a veteran of Britain’s elite special operations J-Squad unit, is burnt out and up to her eyeballs in debt. She and the rest of her team have retired from the military but are now trapped having to pay to service and maintain the technology put into them during their years of service. They’re working for British conglomerate Liberty Inc as mercenaries, selling their unique ability to be remote controlled by specialists while in the field, and the debts are only growing as they get injured completing missions. We meet Madi as she decides she’s had enough. She will take an off-the-books job that should earn her enough to pay out her and her sister, but when the piece of tech she’s supposed to steal turns out to be a kid, and she suddenly blacks out… she finds herself on the run from everyone she’s ever known.