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ENHANCED - A Cyberpunk Graphic Novel

Created by Simone Masina / ENHANCED

Are you a Edgerunners & Ghost in the Shell Fan? ENHANCED is for you! A 80+ Full Color Book of Exciting Action Scenes, Epic Storylines and Stunning Artwork Printed on top-quality paper and embellished with UV Soft Touch Cover, ArtBook included. Soft, Hard, and Limited Edition Variant Covers available.

Latest Updates from Our Project:

THE TEST RUNS OF THE OFFICIAL AND VARIANT COVERS ARE HERE...AND THEY ARE CRAZY 🔥🔥🔥
about 1 year ago – Wed, Apr 05, 2023 at 07:48:10 AM

To all of our supporters, we are thrilled to deliver on our promise of more frequent updates in the coming weeks, as we work diligently to reach our goals. 

Our collaboration with Skillpress typography has been intense, and we are excited to share the final outcome of the holographic 3D technology that will ENHANCE (LOL) the look of your front covers. Check the Video (and Subscribe to our official YTube channel, if you already didn't)

CUSTOM PACKAGING!

We have some extra exciting news to share! We are currently testing different types of packaging to ensure your valuable rewards arrive home safely. After rigorous testing, we were thoroughly impressed with the quality of Stickermule's custom padded envelopes. Stickermule is a renowned company in the industry and already produces all our merchandise. Therefore, we will most likely be using their personalized envelopes for your rewards. It's worth noting that customizing 1000 envelopes with this level of quality comes at a high cost, but we're willing to invest in every aspect of ENHANCED to ensure the best experience for you.

TO ALL THE "ART COLLECTOR" BACKERS

Another piece of significant news to share is that those who backed "The Art Collector" reward (which had an overwhelming number of supporters) will soon receive an email within the next 48 hours. This email will request you to select your preferred page from the remaining available ones, as each unique art page will be replicated only once, making the owner the sole possessor in the world. Therefore, make sure to keep an eye on your inbox and get ready for some exclusive art collection!

LAST DAYS TO PRE-ORDER VOLUME 1!

Surely you have one or more friends who would like to order a copy of the coolest Cyberpunk comic of the moment (ours) but haven't done so yet. It's now or never, the Pre-Order Store is closing shortly, because we're going to print soon! 

Reach out our Store HERE !!!

Truly yours,

Stefano, Barbara & Simone



TIMELINE UPDATE 🧐 - EXTRA CHAPTER PREVIEW 🥸 - CREDIT CARD ALERT ⛔ - SEE YOU AT GARDACON 2023 🍻
about 1 year ago – Fri, Mar 24, 2023 at 10:10:19 AM


SEE YOU AT GARDACON 2023

We are thrilled to announce that on Saturday, March 25th, we will be attending the prestigious Gardacon (Garda Lake), one of the largest industry show in Italy, as guests. We have been invited by Gardacon to conduct a workshop on our triumphant Kickstarter experience, and we are excited to seize this opportunity to showcase the most exquisite pages from volume 1. To make our presentation even more spectacular, we will be on the Pop stage with a massive ledwall at our disposal, and if luck is on our side, we might even have a physical copy of the book to share with our audience.

Here's some exciting news for our fans: we plan to offer free sketches to those who purchase ENHANCED during the day. Stefano will be drawing quick sketches of our beloved main characters for those who have already pre-ordered ENHANCED. For those who Pre-Order directly from us at Gardacon, we will also have Stefano draw you a quick sketch with one of the main characters. Although we understand that the fair can be chaotic, we will do our best to accommodate as many people as possible.

PLEASE PAY ATTENTION --- Pending credit card charges

Backerkit reports to us that errors remain in some Backer's shipping payments.

Best to reiterate: if we cannot receive the payments on time, we will not be able to send you the rewards. In general these are either amounts not available on the card, or missing authorizations on your part. Remember that payment is made in the EU so your card must be authorized for charges in this region of the world. If you are among the few who still have not been able to pay the shipping charges and do not know how to solve it, please write to us at [email protected] and we will be happy to solve the problem with you. Please do not hesitate to write to us, we will go to press and ship shortly!

 ...AND THE EXTRA CHAPTER ARE DONE!

I'll keep it short, ENHANCED is coming along so well that i'm sorry these are the last pages of volume 1. To be precise, here are two excerpts from the extra chapters added thanks to the stretch goals reached. These are definitely "cliffhanger" chapters, that introduce important characters and events that will be featured in volume 2, and they are sure to leave you hanging on the edge of your seat. I personally believe that these two panels are highly successful, unsettling, and impactful.

From the Bonus Chapter 1
From the Bonus Chapter 2

A FEW UPDATES ABOUT TIMELINE

Starting today, we're excited to announce that our updates will be more frequent and regular. We are in the final stages of fine-tuning all the practical details, and are taking it one step at a time to ensure that everything is perfect. The pages are complete, and the colors are nearly finished. To make sure that the English translation is top-notch, we have enlisted the expertise of an American Editor (shoutout to Vince!). Additionally, our graphic designer is paying close attention to every detail to ensure that no face is cut in half during the printing process LOL.

We're working tirelessly to meet the deadlines we've set for ourselves, but above all, we want to make sure that ENHANCED is delivered to you in the best possible way. Our goal is to provide you with an unforgettable cyberpunk experience, just as much as it is for us. We appreciate your support and patience, and can't wait for you to get your hands on ENHANCED.

Truly yours,

Stefano, Barbara & Simone

IMPORTANT UPDATE! 🔥🔥🔥 ENHANCED is coming to life (and it looks amazing 😍) + Charging Credit Cards for BackerKit Orders/Shipping Costs!
about 1 year ago – Tue, Mar 07, 2023 at 07:53:04 AM

Hey Cyber-Backers, We've got some exciting news to share with you!

It's time to charging Credit Cards!

Just wanted to give you a little heads up that we plan to charge cards for shipping costs, add-on items you purchased or any additional funds you may owe through BackerKit on Monday, March 13, 2023

This charge will appear on your bank statement as < ENHANCED STRIPE>. Please make sure that you have the correct card information on file. If any issues arise with your payment you’ll receive an email letting your know to correct your payment information.

If you need to review payment information, you can return to your survey by clicking the link in your survey email or requesting your survey link under "Lost your survey?" on our BackerKit project page at https://enhanced-a-cyberpunk-graphic-novel.backerkit.com/

Hot off the press: ENHANCED pages are insane!

Skillpress, one of the top national companies for comic book printing, recently sent us previews of the ENHANCED pages, and the quality is simply insane! The 80-plus pages that make up ENHANCED Vol.1 will be printed on 170gr heavy matte paper, showcasing the stunning visuals and colors of our Cyberpunk world. The blacks are deep and convincing, while the neons are bright and eye-catching, making for a truly immersive reading experience.

Special Reward Surveys

In the next few days, all backers who reserved autographed sketches will receive an email from Backerkit asking for your preferences - it's going to be easy and fun! 

We'll then contact all supporters who reserved original pages to decide together which page will be your unique piece. We've shortlisted about ten pages, so you won't spoil the whole story. We can't wait to share this unique opportunity with you.

Timeline

As you already know, the unexpected success we've had means we've added a lot of extra material to ENHANCED, including extra chapters and an art book. Stefano has practically drawn all the pages, and Barbara has almost finished coloring them. Due to the importance of the work, we've hired a professional graphic designer to check the layout, a native speaker editor to supervise the English language version, and an assistant colorist to take care of the flat colors. We want to deliver to you a product that won't disfigure next to the comics of the top publishing houses in your library. We'll do our best!

Splash Page from Chapter 9!

We'll update you soon, but in the meantime, please make sure your credit cards are okay so we can expedite the final processes. 

Take care of yourselves and have fun, we're really excited about ENHANCED!

Simone, Stefano & Barbara

ENHANCED the Graphic Novel

February Excitement: Production Progress, Backstage Footage, YouTube Launch, and More 🔥🔥🔥
about 1 year ago – Thu, Feb 09, 2023 at 08:22:59 AM

Greetings Cyber-Backers,

It's February and we've got some sizzling updates to share with you!

First of all, the production of our comic book is on fire! We've been tweaking every detail to make sure it's the best it can be. From the type of paper to the cover materials, we've got it covered. We're also finalizing relationships with shipping partners and manufacturers of the goodies (pins, postcards, stickers, etc...). Huge shoutout to you for being so awesome and completing the BackerKit survey, it's making our job a whole lot easier!

 NEW PAGES PREVIEW! 

Page 39 WIP "Downtown"

And for those of you who want to take a closer look at the magic behind the scenes, we've got some brand-new backstage footage for you! Get ready to be transported into the heart of ENHANCED creation process with exclusive sketches, finished pages, and all the hard work that goes into making a comic book. 

Page 48 INK "The Diary"
Page 14 WIP "The Labs"

Don't forget that you can find all the previews in full HD on our official BEHANCE page HERE

MIRKA ANDOLFO'S VARIANT IS COMPLETE

And the cherry on top, we're unveiling the final version of our special guest artist variant cover, illustrated by the talented Mirka Andolfo. This cover brings Andrea to life in a whole new way, and we're confident that it will be a true collector's item for fans of the comic book.  Didn't you add it to your rewards and want to do it now? Surveys are locked, but write to us and we will be happy to add a copy to your order. (write us at [email protected])

And for those of you who are near Bologna, both Mirka and Barbara will be guests at the Artist Alley of the Nerd Show on February 11th and 12th. Check the NERD SHOW Official Website HERE

Join (and Enjoy) our YouTube Channel

We've also launched a new YouTube channel that will be the hub for all our video-related contents. From cinematic teasers to live drawings, we'll be providing you with a constant stream of information and entertainment. Make sure to hit that subscribe button so you don't miss a single update! Subscribe to our Channel HERE

PROJECTS YOU CAN'T MISS

Last but not least, we've got a recommendation for you! If you're into spooky tales, creatures hiding under the bed, and all things Italian, you won't want to miss the new 100% Made in Italy project on Kickstarter called Folklore. It's an art book dedicated to the monsters of Italian Popular Folk and is a must-have for anyone fascinated by the darker side of stories.

Want more? Check the campaign HERE 

 SPEAK SOON GUYS!

Thanks again for your support and for being a part of this journey with us. We couldn't have made it this far without you, and we're excited to share even more updates and exciting news with you in the future. Any questions? Write us here or at [email protected]

Stay awesome,

Simone, Stefano & Barbara

ENHANCED The Graphic Novel

Free Wallpaper + Survey Reminder + New Backstage Stuff!🔥🔥🔥
over 1 year ago – Mon, Jan 16, 2023 at 07:52:06 AM

Hey NetRunners! 

Hope to find you well! 

We have some tasty previews for you as well as the link where you can download Sybilla's Wallpaper  (one of the many strech goals unlocked) Have you already reserved the book dust jacket with this fabulous artwork by Stefano Di Pietro? If you haven't, there is still time to add it to your reward via your Backerkit surveys. 

...and talking about the Surveys:

A small percentage of you (less than 10%) still have not replied to the email received from Backerkit. 

Please, do it.

Soon, very soon (around January 23), we will be locking backer orders from kickstarter so if you haven't filled out your survey yet, please do so as soon as possible otherwise it will be impossible to send you your rewards!

If you have still not received anything, I remind you that you can request it again at this link or write to [email protected] and we will make sure to fix it!

Do you need help through the Survey? Let me post again the video tutorial i made for you

Enjoy your Free ENHANCED Wallpaper

You have asked us for several, so we will slowly give you the desktop and mobile wallpapers of ALL variant covers. In the meantime, please help yourself and enjoy Stefano's beautiful artwork, already sized just right to be your new PC/Mac background image

Download the free Sybilla Wallpaper HERE

 New tasty page previews for you!

Every time I think the most beautiful ENHANCED page has already been made, new ones come along and I must, with pleasure, change my mind. Not to mention Stefano's incredible line, I love how Barbara's palette gradually changes, accompanying our characters from the warm Japanese garden in their descent to the cold NOVA labs where the Replicants are created.

And you, which of the two page do you prefer? The warm one or the cold one?


 Do you like HD? Check our BEHANCE page! 

So many of you, filling out the polls we sent you following your pledge, let us know that it would be wonderful to preview the panels in real HD. We are therefore pleased to invite you to our BEHANCE page, where the drawings can be uploaded without compromising quality. 

You can find our BEHANCE page HERE

And that’s it for this update. As always, thank you so much for checking in and may you have an awesome January 😊!

Simone, Stefano & Barbara

ENHANCED the Graphic Novel Team