Last Days of Kickstarter
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We are in our last four days of our Kickstarter.com campaign to raise money for Al Rio's EXPOSURE collection.  Here on Keenspot, we're going to celebrate with some unseen Al Rio-drawn, newly-colored EXPOSURE images.  It's lovely artwork.

On Kickstarter, our goal is more significant.  We've been fortunate to hit the goals we set to cover the costs of the book, incentive fulfillment, and Kickstarter's own fees.  Now, any money over and above those goals is being donated to Al Rio's widow and children.  People's memories fade fast, so I think it's imperative, if we're going to help his family with this book, we need to do it now.  

Here's the link to the Kickstarter website.  If you haven't been involved yet, please do so before time runs out! --



Last week, friend and fan Marc Heller gave us his thoughts on Al Rio and EXPOSURE.  This week, I'm thrilled to have frequent Keenspot presence TekServer offer his thoughts and words...

            Okay, I’ll be the first to admit, I was initially drawn to EXPOSURE by two things:  a recommendation by Benny R. Powell, creator of Wayward Sons, and the incredibly sexy depictions of the main characters by Al Rio.  (God rest his soul, Al was, in this reader’s humble opinion, one of the best in the world at illustrating sexy female characters, and his passing makes this world a slightly less pleasant place.  He will be sorely missed.) Once I got here and started reading, I saw a story about vampires and thought, “Oh, great, another vampire story.  Oh well, at least I can stick around for the well drawn ladies.”
            As I quickly discovered, however, EXPOSURE is not just a vampire story, and even the vampire-centered portion first adventure was done in a unique way.  As a person who is both very well read in the sci-fi/fantasy field and a 4th Degree Knight of Columbus in the Catholic church, the idea of linking the origins of vampirism to the soldiers involved in the Crucifixion and Judas Iscariot’s 30 silver pieces intrigued and appealed to me.  And, of course, at this point we were introduced to Graham Burroughs and Alan Wong, both of whom I identify with to some extent.  I am both a “big guy” and a geek myself, after all … ;)
            And then the stories went beyond vampires, into some truly intriguing and original concepts.  A ghostly presence manifesting as an image from a tattoo, searching for a matching image to identify its true love – and being dispelled, or at least put off, by finding that image on a man; mirror monsters charged with reintroducing souls lost through cameras or infant deaths; a plague of insanity and evil introduced by aliens and propagated by the original writings of Hans Christian Anderson (and rediscovered by his descendents); a little boy taking revenge for injustices done to his father by psychically making his nightmares real; and so on; hopefully I don’t need to list them all:  you’ve read all the stories before getting to this point!
            I particularly liked the mirror monster story.  This one brought together several fairly outlandish myths and legends, tying in such things as cameras stealing souls, a limbo dimension for infant souls that never got a chance at life, and some of the more obscure pre-Columbian American tribal “sacrifice” rituals.  And yet, in an odd way was one of the most “realistic”, at least in one way:  despite their best efforts, Lisa and Shawna are unable to save the victim, Mrs. Christensen.  They appease the monsters and save the lost souls, but poor Naomi is beyond their help.  Even super-sexy comic heroines can’t save them all.
            I’m sure I’m not alone in saying I can’t wait to see what’s next for the lovely ladies of ParaTech Research.  I look forward to new and unique adventures from the mind of David Campiti, and I hope we all get to see new artistic talent come on board, inspired by the legacy of the great Al Rio and eager to carry on his work of revealing what lies beyond the truth.
 
-- TekServer






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