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Magic and Spaceships…the Core of StarMage!

Created/Written by JC De La Torre. Art by Ray Dillon!



StarMage Kickstarter – How This Works!

KickstarterAs you folks know, StarMage is currently funding via KickStarter. Some of you might not know how this whole thing works:

Here’s the link:

Basically the way this works is you can contribute as little as $1 to whatever you want. The more you contribute, the better the reward you get for being a backer.

Better yet – you won’t be charged ANYTHING until the project is Orasmasfunded 29 days from now. If it fails to reach its goal, you will not be charged a cent.

StarMage is sci-fi fantasy geared for YA crowd – it is kid safe (no nudity/sex or gratuitous violence). Think Harry Potter in Space.

You can help one of two ways….
First: back me up!
It’s easy (especially if you’ve ever bought anything from Amazon)!
• Go to the link above.
• Click the green “Back this Project” button
• Choose your amount you feel comfortable with (again, this won’t charge for 29 days….or ever if we don’t get funded)
• Pick the reward level associated with the amount you contributed
• Check out like you would at Amazon!

Second: Help spread the word!
Maybe you’re not into comics. Maybe you don’t have kids or think sci-fi is baloney. Or you just don’t have the funds right now to contribute. That’s fine – you can still do me a huge solid by getting the world out to your peeps – co-workers, family and friends. Anyone you think might have the slightest interest. If you do the social media thing: tweet it, blog it, LJ it or FB it! The more people know about the more chance it will have to be successful.

Thanks guys! Appreciate any help you can give.

KickStarter Campaign for StarMage Has Been Cancelled.

Tristan-2Hey folks,

First and foremost I’d like to thank you to those believing in our project and contributing to the campaign. You were the backbone of our attempt to bring Darien to the masses and without you backing us, spreading the word and letting folks know about us, we couldn’t have possibly gotten as far as we did.

The cold stark reality is we’re not going to get funded. While there’s typically a flurry of johnny-come-lately’s that are added toward the end of a campaign, you have to at least be in sight of the goal for that bump to make a difference.

We’re nowhere near that right now.

I take full responsibility for that. I botched this thing something good. I made a weak video, I failed to give the rewards properly, the way I went about asking for funding was just all wrong, I wasn’t a big a pain in the backside of my friends and followers to give the campaign the bump it needed to get us at least in striking distance and so we’d get noticed by the kickstarter folks.

Then after the crickets sounded I tried to “fix” the campaign by making multiple changes and causing everything to be even more confusing.

Know this – first and foremost. Darien’s going to live. We believe in this project too darn much to let it die. Everyone I’ve shown it to believes this is something worth fighting for. Even a major comic book company has shown interest in distributing the book for us.

That means something’s there.

So we’re going to end this campaign, take a few days and regroup. We may do another revamped campaign, we may try to go digital and build a following or we’ll look at other publishers who can perhaps help us see the light of day.

Whatever we do, I hope it won’t dissuade you from offering your support once again.

Since this campaign failed, you will not be charged a single penny of your backer pledge.

Thank you again for your support and we’ll talk to you soon!

JC De La Torre

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“Harry Potter in Space” Comic StarMage Seeks Kickstarter Backers For Launch




PRLog (Press Release) – May 16, 2013 – KickStarter has had its share of comic successes but today there’s a new story being written.

JC De La Torre’s StarMage project has been released and it boasts some very interesting themes.

“Its got a Harry Potter meets the Last Starfighter vibe to it,” says De La Torre, writer and creator of the new series. De La Torre is a published author with two novels, a short story collection and three novella length e-books.

De La Torre is also co-host of the sci-fi and fantasy podcastTransmissions From Atlantis.

Star Mage is about Darien Connors, a gifted 14 year old boy who discovers that not only is he not human but he’s part of an ancient war between alien magical races. While he learns of his legacy, destiny and importance to the battle, Darien establishes bonds with new, strange friends and learns his magical craft of Kishpu.

The first series consists of all of these elements as well as setting up the mythology of the Sarru Kishpu, the world of Eridu and their enemies. We’re introduced to Darien’s three friends – Unura, Tirwa and Anthaar – each aliens with their own powers that become crucial in the end game against their hated enemy Orasmas Xul Sarrum. We’re introduced to the school – Lambdu Kishpu. We learn of the hierarchy of the royal court and parliament of Eridu. While the story starts on Earth, we will be taken to the far reaches of the galaxy, meet new races and discover strange new worlds.

The first issue was illustrated by comic industry veteran and ultra-talented Ray Dillon, whose credits include the Game of Thrones webcomic, NY Times best selling graphic novel The Last Unicorn and RL Stine’s web comic series.

Both writer and Illustrator hope to raise enough funds to secure printing of at least the first issue and possibly the entire first series with the ultimate goal of having the comic printed by a major comics publisher.

To contribute to the StarMage campaign, visit:

About JC De La Torre: the creator and writer for StarMage. JC is sequential art scripter (comic book writer) and retired fiction novelist who lives in Wesley Chapel, Florida – a suburb of Tampa. His first comic series, Star Mage, will be released in 2013 and there are also plans to turn his previous written works into the sequential art form.

De La Torre has written two well reviewed novels, Ancient Rising and Rise of the Ancients – Annuna, as well as Nightmares from Eberus – A Speculative Fiction collection. He has also released to e-book the novellas for Continuum Force and the Serial Vampire series.

He is also co-host of the Sci-Fi/Fantasy/Horror podcast Transmissions From Atlantis. He can be reached for interview requests at

About Ray Dillon: the chief illustrator of StarMage.

He’s an artist and writer in comics, film, video games, trading cards and anything else he can get into.

He married to the beautiful and talented, Renae De Liz, also a professional (and way better) artist.

ARTIST: Comics, Film, Games, Cards, Kid’s Books, Novel Covers.

CLIENTS: StarMage, Game of Thrones, Borderlands 2: Origins (2k Games, IDW), Ridley Scott’s “Prophets of Science Fiction” & “Meteorite Men” on The Science Channel, Magnolia Pictures, R.L. Stine, Cemetery Dance, Marvel, DC, IDW, Image, Dark Horse, Archie, Science Channel, Warner Bros., Topps, Upperdeck, New Line, Scary Bits Films UK.

Episode 37 – Jason Misses Rita (Plus Sci-Fi and Doctor Who stuff)

Jason is without his lovely co-host in this week’s Transmissions From Atlantis due to Rita’s nasty cold. But to help him get through the misery of being without his lady love, friends of the show Dr. Scott Vigue (Dr. Geek and Articles of the Shadow Proclamation)  and noted Writer/Swing Dancer/Gamer David Hernandez join in the fun.

This week, we’re reviewing Tom Cruise’s Oblivion and the latest episode of Game of Thrones. We also give you KHANformation on who Benedict Cumberbatch is playing in Star Trek Into Darkness. David gives us an awesome review of Evil Dead (2013) and we talk all things Who including 50th anniversary rumors, possible spinoffs and give you reviews of both Hide and Journey to the Center of the TARDIS. Finally, In Legacy Who, we continue our on going series on the Doctor with a focus on Peter Davison’s Fifth Doctor.

All this, plus much more! Links and the lineup after the jump!

Download Now!


1:29 Opening

3:51 Sci Fi News (with David Hernandez and Dr. Scott Vigue)

39:42 Horror News (with David Hernandez)

  • Review of Evil Dead

45:30 Doctor Who News (with David Hernandez and Dr. Scott Vigue)


1:37:36 – Legacy Who (with Dr. Scott Vigue)

2:01:17 Closing featuring the Beatles’ Lovely Rita Meter Maid

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