Band of Bards has announced its debut release, Final Gamble, a dark social commentary about the grip of predatory society. Created and written by Bobby Singer with art by Jorge Santiago Jr., colors by Harry Saxon, and letters by George Gant, Final Gamble is live on Kickstarter.
‘Gambling addict Danny Lin, and disgraced MMA fighter Jasmeet Khanna have both fallen on hard times. Owing an enormous amount of money to a loan shark named Mandy, they are offered the chance to save themselves by winning the money they need—in a game of poker against her. Unable to work together, the two men are easily defeated.
As a result of their defeat, the two become prisoners of The Mercury Society, a group composed of the richest and most powerful people in the world. In this unforgiving Hell, people are forced to fight to the death in an elite gamble for their souls.’
“When I was writing Final Gamble, I had Jorge’s art specifically in mind, and actually getting him to draw the book was a dream come true,” said Singer. “Working with him has been both an honor and a pleasure. Band of Bards believed in me and my story when other publishers wouldn’t and for that, I’ll always be grateful. Tim Stolinski and Chris Benamati are great guys to work with, and I’m so glad they’re taking a chance on me and my funky gambling comic!”
“This was a really fun and interesting project to take on,” added Santiago Jr. “It’s been a great challenge to convey stress and tension in these situations where the doom is far more terrifying than the current moment. As a fan of gambling stories, I think this will be a great story for people who enjoy watching characters walk the tightrope of success and failure!”
Backer rewards are pretty standard fare, beginning at the five dollar level for digital copy of the book. From there, rewards escalate through physical copies of the book, digital copies of the script, character design PDFs, backer names listed on a Thank You page, logo stickers, trading cards, and a pitch consult with Band of Bards.
You can check out the campaign right here.