THE LAB PRESS Presents ESSENTIALS, An Original Graphic Novel

A project in Los Angeles, CA by The Lab Press

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By Luke Arnold, Doc Wyatt, DaNi, Glenn Fabry, Jason Howard, Vince Locke, Brendan McCarthy, Andrea Mutti, M.K. Perker & Bill Sienkiewicz
Backers: 334
Average Pledge Per Backer: $99

Funded: $33,035 of $1,111
Dates: Apr 17th -> May 16th (30 days)
Project By: The Lab Press
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Latest News

Last Day!

May 16th - via:
Today is the final day of our ESSENTIALS Kickstarter campaign. It’s been a pleasure getting to share our publishing debut with you all, and we are incredibly grateful for your support. Publishing a graphic novel with six different interior artists... (Read More)

36 hours to go!

May 15th - via:
There are only 36 hours left in the campaign! We hope you’ve had as much fun with it as we have!  ***** The good folks at Smash Pages shared a preview of some of Vince Locke’s action-packed ESSENTIALS pages!  “Somehow Essentials feels deeply... (Read More)

Just a few more days!

May 13th - via:
We’re in the home stretch for our ESSENTIALS campaign, and we’re so glad to have you here with us! Thanks for helping us make this first book launch such a fun experience! **** The Comic Book Yeti’s Andrew Irvin spoke with Jason Howard about... (Read More)

The Reviews are in!

May 10th - via:
Hello again! We hope you’re having a great end of your week! Can you believe this is the last Friday of the campaign? It’s true! ***** You’ve heard us talk about how great ESSENTIALS is, but don’t just take our word for it! Zack Quaintance at... (Read More)

One More Week!

May 9th - via:
Hello and happy Thursday! Today is the second-to-last Thursday of our ESSENTIALS campaign! We just have 7 days to go! We are incredibly grateful for all of your support, and we can’t wait to get these books into your hands!  ***** ICYMI: Luke and... (Read More)

More Zombies?!?!

May 6th - via:
How was everyone’s Free Comic Book Day weekend? We hope everyone had a chance to celebrate and support their local shops. We love to see so many people getting out and celebrating this amazing medium.  ***** Last week, Alex DiVincenzo at Broke... (Read More)

Talking Toys and Tattoos!

April 29th - via:
Time flies, doesn’t it? It’s hard to believe we’re already halfway through THE LAB PRESS’ first Kickstarter campaign. Your excitement about ESSENTIALS is infectious! Thanks to all 264 of you who have pledged your support so far! We’re... (Read More)

Luke Arnold, Chris ‘Doc’ Wyatt Team for Graphic Novel ‘Essentials’

April 26th - via:
Luke Arnold (Black Sails) and Emmy-nominated writer Chris “Doc” Wyatt (Rocket and Groot) have teamed to co-write the all-new graphic novel “Essentials.” The ambitious 140-page sci-fi epic is the debut offering from The Lab Press, a new graphic novel publisher helmed by founder and CEO Nicholas Kalikow. (Read More)

Zombies, Comics, and Cosplayers!

April 24th - via:
What a week so far! We’ve been busy sharing ESSENTIALS with everyone and getting all of our publishing ducks in a row, but we wanted to take a moment to say thanks again for supporting THE LAB PRESS. ***** Daily Dead shared the first 4 pages of... (Read More)

Kickstarter EXCLUSIVE: 'Essentials' graphic novel preview

April 23rd - via:
The Essentials graphic novel is now available on Kickstarter, and today, we’ve got an exclusive look at the project! It was crafted by Luke Arnold and Doc Wyatt via The Lab Press, a new publishing outfit that focuses primarily on graphic novels. The project enlists a large group of comics artists, including Bill Sienkiewicz (who does the cover), Dani, Jason Howard, Andrea Mutti, and Glenn Fabry. (Read More)

Meet Snuggles!

April 22nd - via:
Good morning! We hope your day is going as well as ours is! Everyday we wake up to more support for ESSENTIALS!  As we enter the second week of our campaign, we’re so happy that 235 of you have already decided to come with us on this... (Read More)

Thanks for a Fantastic First Day!

April 18th - via:
It’s only been 24 hours, and more than 150 readers have already signed on to help us put ESSENTIALS out into the world. Thank you! This is an ambitious project, and we couldn’t do it without the support of our fans. ***** Yesterday, IGN shared a... (Read More)

Essential Kickstarter Spotlight with Luke Arnold and Chris "Doc" Wyatt: The Comic Source

April 18th - via:
Jace is joined by actor, author and film maker Luke Arnold and TV/Animation writer/producer Chris “Doc” Wyatt to talk all about their Kickstarter Campaign for ESSENTIALS. This is a wildly imaginative book that takes a very strange and somewhat elaborate premise and makes it imminently relatable. Also, the co-main leads of the story are so vastly different, but somehow still remain relatable as the represent different aspects of humanity we all have within us. When you add in the huge roster of talented artist you have an incredible title that deserves your attention. Check out the campaign and be sure to share it with your fellow comic readers. (Read More)

Exclusive: Feast your eyes on Black Sails star Luke Arnold's graphic novel Essentials

April 17th - via:
Today, the pirate drama Black Sails lands on Netflix. Black Sails is a cult hit show that ran from 2014 - 2017 on Starz, and I've long held that it's one of the undersung masterpieces of our recent golden age of genre television. The series takes pirates from Robert Louis Stevenson's classic book Treasure Island like Captain Flint (Toby Stephens) and Long John Silver (Luke Arnold) and imagines what actual pirate history might have looked like if they were involved. It's a hell of a ride, helped along by razor-sharp production values and performances. (Read More)

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