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Hi there! My name is Damian S Simankowicz. And I would like you to to pledge support to my comic book miniseries, Sage Escape: Transhuman.


I’m a comic book creator, writer and artist. And for as long as I can remember I’ve loved Sci-Fi.  For years I developed futuristic characters and plots that eventually evolved into a story called Sage Escape. The plot revolved around a cybernetically enhanced young woman, Sage, who is on a mission to protect humanity as we colonise deep space.



Sage Escape
was an epic tale that begged me to be realised. So in 2012 (with the help of some close friends) I launched a first issue at Supanova.


The experience was exhilarating. From there we launched a Facebook page, and website. And I committed myself to making the first major story arc of the series. Which sounds great. The reality is that the first story arc actually spans 3 miniseries: it has a large cast, locations set across the universe, numerous alien races and a fairly intricate plot (see what I mean by epic?).


So after Supanova, I spent the next 12 months writing, drawing, inking and colouring the first miniseries, Sage Escape: Mars Gambit. In 2014 Mars Gambit was picked up by ComiXology.



12 more months of intensive work resulted in the second miniseries, SageEscape: Equinox. Which was released on ComiXology in 2015.



Which brings us to 2016. After 4 years of working 5 days a week + weeknights + some weekends (not even joking) on Sage Escape, I’ve completed 2 miniseries and am part way through the 3rd miniseries, Transhuman.



I’m so close to completing the first major story arc, and have taken this as far as I can. But I cannot produce the rest without the help that this campaign can provide. So I’m hoping this can be the road to completion.



Reviews For Sage Escape

Loved it. Simankowicz is creating a huge world in only a few issues. www.all-comic.com

 If you are looking for a wild sci-fi ride this is the series to jump on. www.comicbooked.com

 This is my kind of mental! www.fanboysanonymous.com

Mars Gambit #3 is very strong in that introduces interesting new characters. www.wethenerdy.com

  It will leave you wanting more. www.nerdsinbabeland.com









How The Funds Will Be Used

62% The main goal of this campaign is to fund the completion of the inks and colours for the miniseries, Sage Escape: Transhuman.


8% goes to Pozible for hosting the campaign + this covers transaction fees.


10% is split amongst the Sage Team, which covers websites updates, graphic design, marketing meetings, proof reading, brain storming sessions, admin, etc.


20% of the budget is used to create and mail out pledge rewards.


Target: A$2500


Stretch goal 1 = $3000 (partial marketing budget)


Stretch goal 2 = $3500 (marketing budget complete)


If we go beyond our target goal and into stretch goal territory, the percentage that was going to finishing the art will be used for the promotion of the online release of Sage Escape: Transhuman. This includes making press kits, contacting reviewers and blogs, placing ads and creating social media content. The other percentages (8% and 10%) continue to go to Pozible for hosting the crowd funding campaign and the Sage Team to assist with all the work they do to help make this series a reality. 


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The Challenges

The artwork for Sage Escape becomes more detailed with each mini series. There’s a huge amount of work that goes into each page. Every image is hand drawn in pencil, then scanned in. Inks and colours are drawn and painted in Photoshop with a tablet and pen. The proof reading and refining also takes considerable time, as each member of the Sage Team reviews the work and gives feedback. It takes skills, dedication and determination. But we’re on the downhill run and the completion of this first major story arc is in sight.


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on 29th Jun 2016 at 11:00am. The payment portal is closed now.
AU$15 +SUPPORT THE REBELThis includes a digital download of the new miniseries, Sage Escape: Transhuman. Plus your name listed on the website, Facebook and in the comic.
2 Chosen | Unlimited AvailableEst. delivery is November 2016
AU$15 +NEW CONVENTION PRINTSFirst time available! A4 colour prints from Damian S Simankowicz’s new pop culture convention collection. Choose from 1)Arcee, 2)The Wreckers, 3)Megatron, 4)Galvatron, 5)Chromia & Ironhide, 6)Friday 13th. $15 per print. A one-off postage fee covers all prints (also covers Super Rare Prints)! Select how many copies you want and leave us a message saying which images to send.
19 Chosen | Unlimited AvailableEst. delivery is November 2016
AU$15 +SUPER RARE PRINTSRare Superhero and Cosplay art by Sage Escape’s Artist. Available ONLY here. Choose from A) Spider-Man, B)Inside Out’s Disgust (Taylored Chicken), C)Power Girl (Variable), D)Spider-Woman (Vicky-Vic). $15 per print. A one off postage fee covers all prints delivered with tracking (also covers New Convention Prints)! Select how many you want and leave us a message saying which images to send.
6 Chosen | Unlimited AvailableEst. delivery is November 2016
AU$25 +THE EPIC STORY REWARDThis includes the entire Sage Escape series so far: all 3 miniseries (Escape From Earth, Equinox and Transhuman) as digital downloads. Plus your name credited on the website, Facebook page and in the comic.
5 Chosen | Unlimited AvailableEst. delivery is November 2016
AU$50 +THE SAGE MEGA PACKThis includes the entire Sage Escape series so far: all 3 miniseries (Escape From Earth, Equinox and Transhuman) as digital downloads. Plus your name credited on the website, Facebook and in the comic. You also get a rare hardcopy of the original first issue (now out of print) and Sage Escape T shirt (all sizes available but limited in numbers, first in first served) and CD soundtrack.
3 Chosen | 47 AvailableEst. delivery is November 2016
AU$100 +BECOME AN ALIENThe entire Sage Escape series so far: all 3 mini-series as digital downloads. Plus your name listed on the website, Facebook and in the comic. And become one of the aliens in the new story: Supply us with several good photo references. Then choose from by-passer, police officer or business man/woman.
8 Chosen | 7 AvailableEst. delivery is November 2016
AU$250 +INTERSTELLAR GOODNESSThis includes the entire Sage Escape series so far: all 3 mini-series as digital downloads. Plus your name listed on the website and Facebook page. A personal letter of thanks from the creator. And an original, one off artwork (full colour) of any Sage Escape character on white background (printed and posted).
3 Chosen | 7 AvailableEst. delivery is November 2016
AU$350 +All GoneFRIENDLY CORP DOMINATIONThis includes the entire Sage Escape series so far as digital downloads. Plus your name listed on the website and Facebook page. A personal letter of thanks from the creator, signed by the Sage Team. And an original, one off artwork with 1 to 4 Sage Escape characters (full colour with background), printed and posted.
1 Chosen | 0 AvailableEst. delivery is November 2016