A Thief's Fortune


A project in New York, NY by Drew Ford

Status: Active

First ever complete graphic novel collection of AZTEC ACE, created by legendary comic book scribe Doug Moench, w/new cover by Dan Day!
Backers: 437
Average Daily Pledges: $1,339
Average Pledge Per Backer: $70

Funding: $30,787 of $20,000
Dates: May 30th -> Jun 29th (30 days)
Project By: Drew Ford
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Latest News


June 20th - via: kickstarter.com
Anyone who wants to help us get a bit closer to the final Stretch Goal can grab one or more of the PDFs, published by my IT'S ALIVE! imprint.  You can grab each PDF for a mere $10 each!  Below is a list of available PDFs...and unlike physical... (Read More)

Bill Sienkiewicz AZTEC ACE sketch is GONE! Joe Staton & Michael Avon Oeming sketches still available!

June 20th - via: kickstarter.com
Just another quick update to let you all know that the Bill Sienkiewicz AZTEC ACE sketch has been picked up. But don't worry, more sketches are on the way. And don't forget about the incredible sketches by superstars Joe Staton and Michael Avon... (Read More)

Here it comes...AZTEC ACE sketch #7 by Bill Sienkiewicz

June 20th - via: kickstarter.com
Here comes a sketch a LOT of you have been asking about.  We'd like to present an AZTEC ACE sketch by none other than Bill Sienkiewicz! Bill Sienkiewicz has achieved legendary status in the comic book industry, and beyond.  His eclectic art style,... (Read More)

We just hit our 2nd Stretch Goal! Now on to Stretch Goal #3!

June 19th - via: kickstarter.com
We just surpassed $30K, which means we hit our 2nd Stretch Goal!  Say hello to the addition of a ten page AZTEC ACE story by Doug Moench and Tim Sale! Now all we have to do is raise a little bit more to hit our 3rd Stretch Goal!  And with 10 days... (Read More)

Jok AZTEC ACE pin-up is GONE! Joe Staton & Michael Avon Oeming sketches still available!

June 19th - via: kickstarter.com
Just another quick update to let you all know that the Jok AZTEC ACE pin-up has been picked up. But don't worry, more sketches are on the way. And don't forget about the incredible sketches by superstars Joe Staton and Michael Avon Oeming (images... (Read More)

The Paul Gulacy sketch is gone! But sketches by Joe Staton and Michael Avon Oeming still available!

June 18th - via: kickstarter.com
Just a quick update to let you all know that the Paul Gulacy AZTEC ACE sketch has been picked up. But don't worry, more sketches are on the way. And don't forget about the incredible sketches by superstars Joe Staton and Michael Avon Oeming (images... (Read More)

Look what showed up in the mail today...AZTEC ACE Sketch #6 by Paul Gulacy!

June 18th - via: kickstarter.com
I went to my mailbox this morning, and lo and behold, an AZTEC ACE sketch by Paul Gulacy was waiting for me! Paul Gulacy has a deep connection with AZTEC ACE creator Doug Moench, as he was the artist on I don't know how many issues of MASTER OF KUNG... (Read More)

Really need everyone's help to get the word out about AZTEC ACE!

June 16th - via: kickstarter.com
Hi everyone!  I really need your help!  We now have over 20 backers who have canceled their pledges, which has lost the campaign over $1200!  If we had that money, we would be at $29,234, very close to hitting our second Stretch Goal!  As it... (Read More)

New add-ons: AZTEC ACE original single pages of art by Dan Day!

June 15th - via: kickstarter.com
For those who love original art, this add-on is for you!  A handful of you picked up an AZTEC ACE original page of art by Dan Day at an Early Bird Price.  Which pages those end up being will be selected by Dan Day.  Now we are making a different... (Read More)

We just hit 400 backers, and we are half way to our 2nd Stretch Goal!

June 13th - via: kickstarter.com
Great news!  We just hit 400 backers.  We also just went over $27,500, which is half way to our 2nd $30k Stretch Goal.  We need to raise another $2500 to hit that goal, and while it might sound like a lot, this campaign has shown me that anything... (Read More)

400 backers equals...

June 13th - via: kickstarter.com
...a free AZTEC ACE bookmark!  Below is an image of the free bookmark that all print backers will be getting for free, if we hit 400 backers.  We are only three pledges away from hitting that goal, so I think there is a free bookmark in everyone's... (Read More)


June 12th - via: kickstarter.com
A few folks asked for a better presentation of what is available in the form of add-ons, so here it is.  I will add this to the campaign page as well.  Let me know if you would like to add any of these items, or if you have any questions.  Thank... (Read More)

New add-ons: Mike Ploog goodies!

June 12th - via: kickstarter.com
Legendary storyboard and comic book artist Mike Ploog was unable to do a new AZTEC ACE sketch for this campaign.  But he very much wants to help Doug Moench with the publication of this collection, so he has offered up some pretty spectacular... (Read More)

IMPORTANT: Add-on Reminder!

June 12th - via: kickstarter.com
As we push towards the 2nd Stretch Goal, I wanted to remind everyone of the add-ons that are available, in case you wanna add something to your reward! Here is a list of the available add-ons... Add $20 for an AZTEC ACE t-shirt Add $39 for AZTEC ACE... (Read More)

New add-on: 9 Original Double Page Spreads of Art from AZTEC ACE by Dan Day NOW AVAILABLE!!!

June 11th - via: kickstarter.com
Incredible news!  In an effort to help us hit the next two Stretch Goals, Dan Day has agreed to part with several original double page spreads from a couple different issues of AZTEC ACE!  And just so you know, Dan is getting paid for each spread,... (Read More)

JUST HIT OUR FIRST STRETCH GOAL! All 15 originals covers + AZTEC ACE sketches will now be included in the collection!

June 10th - via: kickstarter.com
Sometimes things work out perfectly.  And with the event of hitting our first Stretch Goal, that's exactly what happened.  A backer picked up one of the AZTEC ACE sketches we made available, which pushed over $25K, hitting Stretch Goal #1.  And... (Read More)


June 10th - via: kickstarter.com
You have been asking for it, so here it is! I am releasing the fifth AZTEC ACE sketch, this time by comic book superstar Jeff Lemire! It all started when he won a Xeric Grant for the self published graphic novel LOST DOGS.  From there, he created... (Read More)

Free AZTEC ACE mini-print by JOK for all print backers!

June 9th - via: kickstarter.com
As promised, below is an image of the digitally colored AZTEC ACE pin-up by artist Jok, which will be turned into a mini-print, and sent for FREE to all print backers, to celebrate hitting 300 backers!  It will also be included in the AZTEC ACE... (Read More)

First look at 300 backer freebie!

June 8th - via: kickstarter.com
As a thank you to all backers for hitting 300, anyone who has a reward that needs to be shipped will receive a beautiful full color mini print, featuring an incredible AZTEC ACE pin-up by the very talented up-and-coming artist Jok! This is Jok from... (Read More)

New add-on: AZTEC ACE lapel pin (in color!)

June 7th - via: kickstarter.com
Based on your feedback, we have decided to make the AZTEC ACE lapel pin available in color. If you would like to own this pin, just add $13 to your current pledge, and send me a message letting me know. We currently have 353 backers.  Even if only... (Read More)

Doug Moench is thrilled that people still care about AZTEC ACE! Stretch Goals are up!

June 7th - via: kickstarter.com
I was on the phone today with Doug Moench, letting him know that the campaign hit it's initial funding, and that we have moved on to Stretch Goals.  I want you all to know that Doug was thrilled to hear about so many people still caring so much... (Read More)

Time Travelling With Sigmund Freud’s Disembodied Head – Aztec Ace is Finally Collected

June 7th - via: comicsbeat.com
Aztec Ace is an early 80s time travel adventure bouncing between the 23rd century and Aztec times featuring Caza (the titular Ace), the 1930s native Bridget Chronopolis who stumbles into wake, the floating head of Sigmund Freud and the villainous Nine-Crocodile. (Read More)

New add-on: Original page of TOTAL ECLIPSE art by Tim Sale (from 10 page AZTEC ACE back-up story)

June 6th - via: kickstarter.com
We have a very special add-on! Before Tim Sale worked on Grendel with Matt Wagner, Deathblow with Jim Lee, Superman with Darwyn Cooke, and Batman with Jeff Loeb (winning an Eisner Award along the way), he drew a ten page AZTEC ACE back-up story,... (Read More)

Need your feedback about AZTEC ACE lapel pin!

June 6th - via: kickstarter.com
Quick question for all of you!  If I offered an AZTEC ACE lapel pin, would you want one with colors, or simple black and white?  Images below.  Let me know.  Thanks! Best, Drew Ford (Publisher, IT'S ALIVE!) P.S. Info about 300 backer freebie... (Read More)

YOU did it! Now on to the Stretch Goals!

June 6th - via: kickstarter.com
So much is happening! We hit 300 backers, and as I was coming up with a cool freebie for reaching that number, we reached our initial funding goal! Thank you all so much. And thank yourselves...because YOU did this. It never could have happened... (Read More)

Over 80% funded! Over 250 backers! Sketches by Staton & Oeming still available!

June 5th - via: kickstarter.com
Just a quick update to say THANK YOU for getting us to over 80% funded, with over 250 backers, in only 6 days since we launched this campaign!  The response to this project has been incredible, and we still have 24 days to spread the word to as many... (Read More)

Doug Moench's Aztec Ace Collected by It's Alive! on Kickstarter

June 5th - via: bleedingcool.com
Drew Ford has launched a Kickstarter for Aztec Ace: The Complete Collection, which will collect every issue of the comic in a 500-page book. (Read More)

Less Than 48 Hours Left to grab the Early Bird Specials!

June 4th - via: kickstarter.com
This is a very important update, to remind everyone that there are less than 48 hours to grab an Early Bird Special.  If you already have an Early Bird Special, you can still upgrade to another Early Bird Special...or you can still ad-on more items... (Read More)

Almost 75% funded in less than 5 days! New skecthes coming from Matt Kindt, Michael Wm. Kaluta, CrissCross, Thomas Yeates, and more!

June 4th - via: kickstarter.com
First, THANK YOU ALL SO MUCH for helping us reach almost 75% of our funding goal in less than five days! Next, I wanted to let you know that we have been lucky enough to line up a bunch more AZTEC ACE sketches from incredibly talented folks like Matt... (Read More)

Here Comes Sketch #4 by Michael Avon Oeming!

June 3rd - via: kickstarter.com
That's right!  It's time to release the fourth AZTEC ACE sketch.  And this time we are pleased to present a sketch by the very talented, and very popular Michael Avon Oeming! Oeming has been writing and drawing comics since around the mid-1990s,... (Read More)


June 3rd - via: kickstarter.com
The AZTEC ACE sketches by original AZTEC ACE artist Ron Harris, and legendary comic book creator Joe Staton, are currently both available.  If you would like either of these incredible sketches, just add $300 to your current pledge, and send me a... (Read More)

Please help us spread the word on social media about AZTEC ACE!

June 2nd - via: kickstarter.com
Just a gentle reminder that we REALLY need your help to spread the word about this campaign.  If a real person goes on Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, or any other social media platform, and tells their family, friends, and colleagues that they have... (Read More)

AZTEC ACE Sketch #3...the legendary Joe Staton!

June 2nd - via: kickstarter.com
Great ready, because we are releasing the third AZTEC ACE sketch...this time by Eisner Award-winning cartoonist, comic book artist and children's illustrator, Joe Staton! Joe is best-known for his decades of work on DC Comics characters like Batman,... (Read More)

The Kelley Jones AZTEC ACE sketch is GONE! Ron Harris sketch still available!

June 2nd - via: kickstarter.com
Just a quick update to let you all know that the Kelley Jones AZTEC ACE sketch has been picked up.  But don't worry, more sketches are on the way.  And don't forget about the incredible sketch by original AZTEC ACE artist Ron Harris (image... (Read More)

We now have over 200 backers for AZTEC ACE! FREE Doug Moench trading card for all backers!

June 2nd - via: kickstarter.com
Great news!  In less than 72 hours from launch, we have surpassed 200 backers for AZTEC ACE!  I will be letting Doug know soon, who I am sure will be thrilled!  I am currently working on a fun freebie for hitting this incredible number.  Back in... (Read More)

Here comes sketch #2...Ron Harris!

June 1st - via: kickstarter.com
It’s time to release our second exclusive AZTEC ACE sketch. And this one holds a lot of value to this project, because this artist was one of the original creators on AZTEC ACE...Ron Harris! Harris started his comics career on the underground comic... (Read More)

50% funded in less than 48 hours!

June 1st - via: kickstarter.com
Great news! In less than 48 hours from our initial launch, we are already over 50% funded! I have run several successful campaigns in the last few years, and none of them have raised this much in such a short period of time. I have had several folks... (Read More)

Kelley Jones AZTEC ACE sketch available as an add-on...

June 1st - via: kickstarter.com
Since I first posted about the Kelley Jones AZTEC ACE sketch earlier today, we have seen over 40 new backers join the team!  And for those new 40 or so backers, you should know that we now have an AZTEC ACE sketch by Kelley Jones (known for his... (Read More)

Dan Day AZTEC ACE original pages at Early Bird pricing GONE, but Kelley Jones sketch STILL AVAILABLE!

May 31st - via: kickstarter.com
As I predicted, all the original pages of AZTEC ACE art by Dan Day at Early Bird pricing are now gone, BUT that incredible Kelley Jones AZTEC ACE sketch is somehow still available!!  If you would like to pick up this sketch, just add $300 to your... (Read More)

Two original pages of AZTEC ACE art by Dan Day have suddenly become available at Early Bird pricing!!!

May 31st - via: kickstarter.com
All five of the original pages of AZTEC ACE art by Dan Day at Early Bird pricing had been snapped up in the first 12 hours or so of the campaign.  A backer (who I have just messaged back) even contacted me, asking if there were any more at these... (Read More)

We have hit 100 backers! Time to release the first AZTEC ACE sketch!

May 31st - via: kickstarter.com
As you might have seen, we just hit 100 backers!  Because of this, we are releasing the first AZTEC ACE sketch.  This first sketch is by the incredible Kelley Jones...who just announced he will be illustrating a new BATMAN mini-series entitled... (Read More)

Over $2000 in just the first 5 hours! Thank you all so much!

May 30th - via: kickstarter.com
After just 5 hours from it's initial launch, our campaign had already raised over $2000.  Of course, this is all because of your generous and kind support.  Thank you so much! Very soon, I will be sending out an update, which explains how we will... (Read More)

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