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My name is Rich Tommaso. I've created a slew of original comics for Image, Dark Horse Comics, IDW, Top Shelf, and Fantagraphics Books. The one thing I never got the chance to do in my 25-year career was to create a magazine. A slick comics magazine, very much in the spirit of METAL HURLANT. A periodical filled with comic serializations of the sci-fi/fantasy/western variety. Three classic genres I've never really approached before.

Publishers today are fickle when it comes to producing a series like this--featuring multiple comics and in a magazine-sized format. So I've decided to do it here, all by myself...

Welcome to my new comics magazine, BLACK PHOENIX. Here at this Patreon page you will get to see a magazine unfold, cover to cover. It will feature: each volume's cover, long-running and short-form comics, single page illustrations, fake movie, toy, and beer ads. Contents pages, indicia pages, check lists, articles, interviews, cut-out subscription ads, and of course, a back cover illustration--basically, everything that would normally go into an illustrated magazine of this sort. Here you'll read installments of ZIPPER DICK FRYER, a strange, sci-fi epic by the talented cartoonist, VALIS. And a medieval monster-apocalypse tale called, THE OGRE by the cartoonist known as ELMEER. A hard-boiled, traditional, western drama, GALOOT! by famed cartoonist, RIFIFI. And, the second volume of my spy adventure series, SPY SEAL : FLIGHT OF THE GOLDEN BELLS. Those and many more will be featured here. New and unpublished comics material from the illustrious cartoonists mentioned above, who, incidentally, are all one in the same. Now, an entire issue will take me more than just a month to complete--it will be like an issue every 4 months. But, every week you can expect to see about 2-4 pages of material.
Tiers
Materials Donation
$1 or more per month

If you can, drop me a donation each month to help get me on my way and help me to pay for pens, pencils, rulers, rubber erasers, artist tape, t-squares, etc.

Art Department Intern
$3 or more per month

You get to see preliminary art, penciled pages, discarded art, and watercolor sketches. It'll be just like you're interning with the production staff at BLACK PHOENIX.

Art Director Division
$5 or more per month

You get to see preliminary art, penciled pages, discarded art, and watercolor sketches, PLUS: Articles on comics and other art discussions from yours truly. ALSO: You get to see finished inked pages before they are fully colored (or painted). Now you're looking over the new art that's come into the production department.

Editor-In-Chief Status
$7 or more per month

You get to see everything! Namely, Finished Comic Pages - which will be in full-color. You'll also get to see finished, full-color handmade ads, contents pages, and covers. Preliminary art, penciled pages, discarded art, finished pencils, inks, watercolor sketches, articles on comics and art discussions from yours truly. Now you're overseeing these finished pages and marking them ready-for-print! ALSO: Every time I complete a 48-52 page issue (about every 4 months), you'll get a PDF of that magazine!

Gold Member Real-Life Subscriber!
$12 or more per month

You get to see all of the pieces that go into this online magazine! Pages in full-color, fake ads, covers, etc. PLUS, you get to see preliminary art, sketches, finished pencils, inks, painted sketches, articles on comics and art discussions from yours truly. Of course, the finished 4-color pages as well. SPECIAL BONUS: By socking away your very generous $12 every month, those accumulated funds will be used to publish an actual physical copy of the magazine. Each time an entire issue is completed (about 42-50 pages of material, which will take me at least 4 months to complete), YOU, gold member, will be sent a glossy, full-color, high-quality, 9 X 12"  printed copy of BLACK PHOENIX magazine! These magazines will not be available anywhere else--not in any store--they will be printed individually for Gold Member Subscribers only! NOTE: Shipping outside of the U.S. is expensive, so if you're in Canada or Europe, you'll want to pledge between $14-$16 a month, if you're in Australia or New Zealand you'll want to pledge somewhere between $18-$20 a month.

Diamond Member - Art Collector Status
$75 or more per month

You get to see pages in full-color, covers, etc. You get to see preliminary art, sketches, finished pencils, inks, painted sketches, articles on comics and art discussions, etc.. Plus, of course, the finished 4-color pages as well. SPECIAL BONUS: YOU, Diamond member, will be sent a glossy, full-color, high-quality, 9 X 12"  printed copy of BLACK PHOENIX magazine! These magazines will be printed individually for Gold and Diamond Member Subscribers only! MEGA SPECIAL BONUS: Every 4 months, you  get to own ONE page (or TWO strips of SPY SEAL) of original artwork from that season's BLACK PHOENIX issue ( make sure to message me asap about which page you'd like to own and I'll let you know if it's available! ) Original artwork sizes range from 7" X 11" to 10" X 15" and up to 12" X 19"! NOTE: Shipping outside of the U.S. is expensive, so if you're in Canada or Europe, you'll want to pledge between $75-$80 a month, if you're in Australia or New Zealand you'll want to pledge somewhere between $80-$90 a month.

Goals
100% complete
If enough people go for this, those folks will get to see and hold an actual, physical, beautifully-printed copy of this magazine. This would be the ultimate goal for this exciting project.
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My name is Rich Tommaso. I've created a slew of original comics for Image, Dark Horse Comics, IDW, Top Shelf, and Fantagraphics Books. The one thing I never got the chance to do in my 25-year career was to create a magazine. A slick comics magazine, very much in the spirit of METAL HURLANT. A periodical filled with comic serializations of the sci-fi/fantasy/western variety. Three classic genres I've never really approached before.

Publishers today are fickle when it comes to producing a series like this--featuring multiple comics and in a magazine-sized format. So I've decided to do it here, all by myself...

Welcome to my new comics magazine, BLACK PHOENIX. Here at this Patreon page you will get to see a magazine unfold, cover to cover. It will feature: each volume's cover, long-running and short-form comics, single page illustrations, fake movie, toy, and beer ads. Contents pages, indicia pages, check lists, articles, interviews, cut-out subscription ads, and of course, a back cover illustration--basically, everything that would normally go into an illustrated magazine of this sort. Here you'll read installments of ZIPPER DICK FRYER, a strange, sci-fi epic by the talented cartoonist, VALIS. And a medieval monster-apocalypse tale called, THE OGRE by the cartoonist known as ELMEER. A hard-boiled, traditional, western drama, GALOOT! by famed cartoonist, RIFIFI. And, the second volume of my spy adventure series, SPY SEAL : FLIGHT OF THE GOLDEN BELLS. Those and many more will be featured here. New and unpublished comics material from the illustrious cartoonists mentioned above, who, incidentally, are all one in the same. Now, an entire issue will take me more than just a month to complete--it will be like an issue every 4 months. But, every week you can expect to see about 2-4 pages of material.

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Tiers
Materials Donation
$1 or more per month

If you can, drop me a donation each month to help get me on my way and help me to pay for pens, pencils, rulers, rubber erasers, artist tape, t-squares, etc.

Art Department Intern
$3 or more per month

You get to see preliminary art, penciled pages, discarded art, and watercolor sketches. It'll be just like you're interning with the production staff at BLACK PHOENIX.

Art Director Division
$5 or more per month

You get to see preliminary art, penciled pages, discarded art, and watercolor sketches, PLUS: Articles on comics and other art discussions from yours truly. ALSO: You get to see finished inked pages before they are fully colored (or painted). Now you're looking over the new art that's come into the production department.

Editor-In-Chief Status
$7 or more per month

You get to see everything! Namely, Finished Comic Pages - which will be in full-color. You'll also get to see finished, full-color handmade ads, contents pages, and covers. Preliminary art, penciled pages, discarded art, finished pencils, inks, watercolor sketches, articles on comics and art discussions from yours truly. Now you're overseeing these finished pages and marking them ready-for-print! ALSO: Every time I complete a 48-52 page issue (about every 4 months), you'll get a PDF of that magazine!

Gold Member Real-Life Subscriber!
$12 or more per month

You get to see all of the pieces that go into this online magazine! Pages in full-color, fake ads, covers, etc. PLUS, you get to see preliminary art, sketches, finished pencils, inks, painted sketches, articles on comics and art discussions from yours truly. Of course, the finished 4-color pages as well. SPECIAL BONUS: By socking away your very generous $12 every month, those accumulated funds will be used to publish an actual physical copy of the magazine. Each time an entire issue is completed (about 42-50 pages of material, which will take me at least 4 months to complete), YOU, gold member, will be sent a glossy, full-color, high-quality, 9 X 12"  printed copy of BLACK PHOENIX magazine! These magazines will not be available anywhere else--not in any store--they will be printed individually for Gold Member Subscribers only! NOTE: Shipping outside of the U.S. is expensive, so if you're in Canada or Europe, you'll want to pledge between $14-$16 a month, if you're in Australia or New Zealand you'll want to pledge somewhere between $18-$20 a month.

Diamond Member - Art Collector Status
$75 or more per month

You get to see pages in full-color, covers, etc. You get to see preliminary art, sketches, finished pencils, inks, painted sketches, articles on comics and art discussions, etc.. Plus, of course, the finished 4-color pages as well. SPECIAL BONUS: YOU, Diamond member, will be sent a glossy, full-color, high-quality, 9 X 12"  printed copy of BLACK PHOENIX magazine! These magazines will be printed individually for Gold and Diamond Member Subscribers only! MEGA SPECIAL BONUS: Every 4 months, you  get to own ONE page (or TWO strips of SPY SEAL) of original artwork from that season's BLACK PHOENIX issue ( make sure to message me asap about which page you'd like to own and I'll let you know if it's available! ) Original artwork sizes range from 7" X 11" to 10" X 15" and up to 12" X 19"! NOTE: Shipping outside of the U.S. is expensive, so if you're in Canada or Europe, you'll want to pledge between $75-$80 a month, if you're in Australia or New Zealand you'll want to pledge somewhere between $80-$90 a month.