Radical Comic Book Series: 1980's – Mutants – Time Travel – Surfing – Venice Beach. Will have print, pdf, and iOS app version!
ISSUE #1 LIVE FEED:
INKED & LETTERED SHEETS:
... more pages coming soon!
SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA SURFER BATS:
Issue #1 - Surf's Up: The Beginning
What the hell is a SURFER BAT?
Woahhh! Chill out dude! The Southern California Surfer Bats are the heros of my new comic book series! Play the KICKSTARTER VIDEO for the theme song summary of what it's all about.
What is it similar to?
I'd say the best description of the Southern California Surfer Bats is a mash up of Back to the Future, Gargoyles, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, and Battle Toads.
Why do the Southern California Surfer Bats have a Kickstarter project?
This project was created to fund the production costs of the first issue (origin story) of the Southern California Surfer Bats comic book. This is one issue of a 3 part mini-series that will be combined later into a single graphic novel. There will be spin off series based on each issue.
- ISSUE #1 - Origin story of the heros and villains (play Kickstarter video for the synopsis)
- ISSUE #2 - Time travel adventures collecting stuff they need to repair their spaceship
- ISSUE #3 - The Surfer Bats time travel back to their home planet to battle the TBD to try and save their home planet
Why do you need my money?
We are hoping to give you a killer comic book in a multitude of formats in exchange for helping us raise enough money to:
- Pay for first run printing expenses so we can get a copy of the comic book to all the comic book stores int he US and get into Diamond Comics distribution services to reach the masses.
- Pay the $1000 Comic Con booth fee so we can host a booth at Comic Con 2013 and give away free comic books, gear, and video games!
- Help create Standees (cardboard cut outs of the Surfer Bat characters) for photo ops at appearances.
- STRETCH GOALS: 8-Bit Video Game of the Southern California Surfer Bats.
I'm still CONFUSED!! What is the comic book ACTUALLY ABOUT!??
Ok, Ok, I know it's a mouthful, but check it out!
Here is the series synopsis:
One late night in 1989, a 28 year old surfing bodybuilder from Venice Beach discovers three alien-mutated bats in an underground cavern. Together they experience action-packed comedic adventures on the their surfboard time machines while collecting materials to repair their spaceship, as well as, fix time ripples and other havoc created by the evil Dr. Sinclair and his goons. After the spaceship is finally repaired and Dr. Sinclair has been put away for good, they discover their captain had survived the crash and joins them on a mission to travel back and save their home planet.
Who the hell are you?
Woah dude, you're still pretty grouchy, but hey no prob. Here's a little about me...
My name is Ryan Shepard and I am the creator and writer of the Southern California Surfer Bats comic book series. My 9-5 job may be a Theme Park Engineer, but this project is my 5-9 and I'm very passionate about it!
Why do you even want to make this weird @$$ comic book?
It combines all of our favorite things - mutants, time travel, surfing, fighting, engineering, Venice Beach, the 1980's, aliens, spaceships, etc., into one bad @$$ adventure.
The goal of this project is to provide an experience for the reader to escape from a stressful or boring time and take a short fun time travel adventure via one of these comic books!
You aren't even a real artist!?
I've been drawing and dreaming my whole life, does that not make me an artist? What is art? Anyways, don't worry, I hired a professional artist. I rough pencil out the comic book and lay it out on paper as I envision it. Next, the amazing stylized artist Ian Crowe (www.iancrowe.com), turns my ideas, scripts, and pencil sketches into a radical comic book.
I will use print-on-demand services for producing regular prints, have pdfs versions available through the website, and a downloadable iOS app version in the App Store. All versions are planned to have a free version with advertising and an upgradable (for a small fee) version that is ad-free.
The funds raised will cover illustration and production costs.
The more funds that are raised, the more comics we can produce.
ORIGINAL CONCEPT DEVELOPMENT ART-
Promoting the comic book at local comic shops!
Free Surfer Bat decals for iphones, ipads, laptops, car bumpers, etc.
Have a question? If the info above doesn't help, you can ask the project creator directly.
pledged of $6,000 goal
seconds to go
Funding Unsuccessful This project reached the deadline without achieving its funding goal on August 7, 2012.
Jun 8, 2012 - Aug 7, 2012 (60 days)
Pledge $1 or more
Get a special thanks shout out on twitter!Estimated delivery: Aug 2012
Pledge $5 or more
You get a RADICAL pdf version of the comic book!Estimated delivery: Oct 2012
Pledge $10 or more
You get COOL decal sheets of the Surfer Bats and the Surfer Bats logo (can be used on phones, laptops, etc) PLUS the pdf version of the comic book!Estimated delivery: Oct 2012
Pledge $15 or more
You get an AWESOME digital iPAD version of the comic book! Will have pre-zoomed panel-to-panel swiping options, some audio, and possibly some animation. Also, may include additional bonus content.Estimated delivery: Oct 2012
Pledge $25 or more
You will get a print copy of the comic book with the cover signed by the creator/writer Ryan Shepard and the radical illustrator Ian Crowe.Estimated delivery: Oct 2012
Pledge $35 or more
You get COOL decal sheets with the Surfer Bats and the Surfer Bats logo (can be used on phones, laptops, etc), plus an autographed hard print copy and digital download (both pdf and iOS) of the comic book.Estimated delivery: Nov 2012
Pledge $50 or more
You will get all of the previous rewards plus a signed 8-1/2" x 11" color drawing of your favorite character. Choices include the Surfer Bats (Seth, Horus, Bastet, or all three together), friends (Slater, Jenny, or both together), or the bad guys (Dr. Sinclaire, Light Weight, Mongol, or all three together).Estimated delivery: Oct 2012
Pledge $150 or more
SURFER BAT GEAR! Get 1 free gift from the Southern California Surfer Bats merchandise store www.zazzle.com/socalsurferbats plus all of the previous rewards. Choices include ipad covers, laptop skins, t-shirts, hats, and more!Estimated delivery: Oct 2012
Pledge $250 or more
BECOME A PART OF THE COMIC BOOK! Get your name in the comic book on a special thanks/shout out page. When this project evolves and becomes a major phenom, you will show that you backed it from the beginning because YOU KNEW COOL WHEN YOU SEEN IT! The price is steep, because we want to make your names as BIG as possible! We will maximize the space on the page based on the number of names. It could be a giant page thanking just YOU! To top is off, we will post your name on the THANKS PAGE on the official SoCalSurferBat.com webpage!Estimated delivery: Oct 2012
Pledge $500 or more
You get an autographed (by the Creator and Illustrator) personalized color caricature drawing of you time traveling with the Surfer Bats - Plus all previous rewards!Estimated delivery: Oct 2012
Pledge $1,000 or more
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BECOME AN HONORARY TIME TRAVELER! Choose a specific time travel date or location as a destination that will be included in the time travel adventures in ISSUE #2! (Plus all previous rewards)Estimated delivery: Jun 2013
Pledge $2,500 or more
LEARN THE ROPES! Always wanted to make a comic book? You have a great idea? You just want to draw one but don't have a story? Don't think you have the talent, time, skill? THIS REWARD IS FOR YOU! I will show you how we made it happen with this personal one-on-one seminar via Skype. Plus all rewards wanted from #1 thru #8.Estimated delivery: Nov 2012