Joshua Black is a comic book project by Creator/writer/artist Martin Dunn and Co-Creator/artist Roberto Duque.
Joshua Black is a 10 issue comic book, and future graphic novel about 17 year old Joshua Black who becomes a living deity. His ancestry is that of Jesus of Nazareth. His adventures are full of dark humor, insane action and horror. His story is brought to light with help from a great supporting cast of Angels, Demons, False gods and more. Joshua Black is going to be one fun read and we think you'll really enjoy it.
Rights Reserved. Written by Martin Dunn, Art by Roberto Duque.
Joshua Black cover by Mandy Mau
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Welcome to our Kickstarter campaign! Now down to the basics...
What is Joshua Black about?
- In this section, we'll talk about the book itself. If you're not interested in that right now, skip down.
Seventeen year old Joshua Black once thought that he was just as normal as anyone else. What he never realized was that he was destined to become a great leader, a revolutionary, and a Martyr...
His future, however, is not what it was predetermined to be. Joshua Black is a son of God, his bloodline shares ties to that of Jesus of Nazareth. Joshua Black is next in line in the "Hierarchy of Christ".
Now, he is a teenage God, free to push his will onto a world that has always been cruel to him. Heaven is without a ruler, prayers are going unanswered, and Angels are unaccounted for. Satan knows God is roaming the earth and that he has a mortal soul that can be corrupted!
This is the Story of Joshua Black and of how he destroyed the world...
What is Joshua Black like?
Joshua Black is a fantasy/adventure/horror story. It is written in the same vein as Buffy the Vampire Hunter, Harry Potter, Hellblazer (aka Constantine), and Dylan Dog. The story is written with a Judd Apatow spin on dark humor and brings over the top ideas and concepts to life.
What we need the funds for?
We are raising $7,000 to complete art production, publish a monthly run of 10 issues, and also publish a deluxe hardcover edition collecting the entire series in one volume. A chunk of this will go towards art duties, including guest cover artists and Roberto Duque's work on interiors. Monies raised will also fund travel expenses for Robert, allowing him to make some conventions here in the states (he's Canadian, give him a break, eh!). At least half of this covers high quality papers and printing costs. Martin gets zero (0) dollars until everyone has been paid and you have gotten your copies.
The entire run will be paid for by the Kickstarter campaign. Whatever issues we don't distribute directly to you, our Kickstarter supporters, will be sold in person during our worldwide 2012-2013 convention tour, through a website managed directly by us, and Diamond Distributors (meaning in all of your local comic shops). Based on our success here, we anticipate publishing the TBP in time to be launched at next years Orlando Mega Con.
Joshua Black #1 is already in the works. The full series will be published over a potential release of every 4-6 weeks, or roughly one issue every month. We hope to start publication this summer, and with your help, we know it will be a success.
The guy who is drawing this thing.
Always being told he had a knack for art and illustration, Roberto dreamed of being a comic book artist. As the years went by and the stresses of old age and responsibilities arose, art was put on the back burner. So, instead, he applied at art schools and architecture classes. When those didn't pan out, he went to the Southern Alberta Institute of Technology to study Television Production.
Roberto majored in Television writing, producing and directing. He directed news programs, wrote segments in talk and debate shows and co-produced the SAIT sports awards ceremony. A few commercials he wrote made it to air on a local Medicine Hat station.
As projects and shows went into various stages of production, other members got wind of his artistic talents. He then began storyboarding short films, music videos and local commercials. This brought out the art bug again and Roberto dived back into his first love: Comic Books!With experience in storyboarding and storytelling in his back pocket, he had the tools he needed to create his own graphic novels. Roberto has written a sitcom pilot, syndicated comic strip and various graphic novel ideas waiting to share with the world. After great success at his first artist alley table at the 2011 Calgary Comic & Entertainment Expo and sharing his portfolio to major publishers as Marvel, DC and Image, his determination to succeed is stronger than ever.
Joshua Black will hopefully be Roberto's first published comic book work and won't be his last.
The man who came up with all this stuff. He is writing and inking it, too.
Martin Dunn was born in Winchester, Kentucky and grew up in Florida. Music and Professional Wrestling have played a significant role for the majority of his adult life.
Martin has been subject of a 2009 documentary titled, "The Rise and Fall of Pro Wrestling eKlipse" in which his promotion PWe was the main subject by wrestling website wrestling911. He has went on to promote Modern Arts Grappling and has participated as an active pro wrestler for several promotions in the United States since 2000.
In music, as a producer and performer, he has worked with the likes of Young Jeezy, Pall Wall, Cam'Ron, Juelz Santana, UGK, and Twista. In 2010, Martin left music to pursue a new artistic outlet: graphic and comic art.
In comics, Martin has recently done work for Creature Entertainments "The Zombie Years", and has done some freelance inking and writing for Marvel Comics. His current projects, in addition to Joshua Black, include "Old World 50", a post apocalyptic web comic, "Shattered", a graphic novel with artist Mandy Mau, and "Aftermath", a story about a fallen superhero.
Martin lives in Hudson, Florida with his girlfriend (Brandy), 4 kids (Alex, Trinity, Brooklyn, and Evie) and 5 dogs (Zelda, Dexter, Luna, Rosco, and Rudo). He loves video games, movies, and collecting comic book artwork.
OKAY, SO WHY ARE WE ON KICKSTARTER?
We're self-publishing these 10 issues, plus a deluxe hardcover collection. #1 is already underway! We are raising $7,000 to cover the art production, conventions, publication and distribution of the comic.
Now, $7K may seem like we are swinging for the fences. Well, to be honest, we are. Our budget comes in a little higher than that, and we want to give you, the supporters and fans the BEST possible products. Our goal is simply to see our works come to life and your help is appreciated.
Thank you so much and please spread the word.
Have a question? If the info above doesn't help, you can ask the project creator directly.
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Funding Unsuccessful This project reached the deadline without achieving its funding goal on May 14, 2012.
Mar 15, 2012 - May 14, 2012 (60 days)
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Access to our "Founders Group" updates where we'll give you behind the scenes information on the project, as it happens and keep you in the loop on exclusive offers. You'll also get a "Thank You" credit on our killer website and your name in the back of our book! All that for a dollar's pledge of support! Help us spread the word, far and wide!Estimated delivery: Oct 2012
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Get the first issue, PDF version of Joshua Black #1 before it goes to print! It's a great way to be a part of lending a hand and show your support. This reward includes the "Founders" reward, too, so join us in getting this incredible project Kickstarted!Estimated delivery: Oct 2012
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A video or recorded message by one or more of Joshua Black's creators, for yourself, your website, or your social network. Also makes an awesome holiday greeting for a loved one, or a sound byte for your project, video blog, radio blog or business; just let us know what you want us to say (we reserve the right to deny anything undignified or illegal). This is an unlimited reward, so have at! Yep, you get everything from the lower tier rewards, too.Estimated delivery: Oct 2012
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Personalized autographed page of Joshua Black art on an 11x17 printed page. Plus, everything from the lower tier rewards, too.Estimated delivery: Oct 2012
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Get a numbered & signed print of the Joshua Black cover! This reward includes all of the lower tier rewards.Estimated delivery: Oct 2012
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A full PDF subscription to Joshua Black, hot off the editor's desk! You get all the issues in PDF format direct to your inbox, as we make them and before they go to print. Plus, a Thank You on the Special Credits page of the actual book as well as the "Founder" Reward Tier.Estimated delivery: Oct 2012
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Limited Edition signed and numbered issue #2 with an exclusive cover (TBD). This reward includes the "Founder" Reward Tier.Estimated delivery: Oct 2012
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We have thrown down these limited, numbered and signed, Joshua Black 11x17 original art prints for your collectible pleasure. Plus, you'll also get the "Founder" Reward Tier, so you can stay in the loop.Estimated delivery: Nov 2012
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Limited Edition signed and numbered issue #3. This reward also includes the previous issues #1 & #2, and Founder Rewards!Estimated delivery: Dec 2012
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Limited Edition signed and numbered issue #4. This reward also includes the previous issues #1, #2 & #3 and Founder Rewards!Estimated delivery: Jan 2013
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Limited Edition signed and numbered issue #5. This reward also includes the previous issues #1, #2, #3, & #4 and Founder Rewards!Estimated delivery: Feb 2013
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If you're really with us and want to get every issue hot off the press, go for this Limited Edition Bundle! You'll get ALL 10 issues, numbered and signed by the creators AND illustrator, including the PDF subscription, and all $15 tier rewards and below!Estimated delivery: Mar 2013
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Get yourself a spiffy 1/2 page, full color ad in our first book for your own project, business or store. Now, we're talking primo website real estate. This reward includes the "Founder" Reward Tier.Estimated delivery: Jun 2012
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Get yourself a spiffy full page, full color ad in our complete book for your own project, business or store. You're pretty much a kingpin on our website. This reward includes the "Founder" Reward Tier.Estimated delivery: Jun 2012
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The creators will personally come to your store, convention or signing event, anywhere in the U.S. We'll get there, hang out, sign stuff, sport your swag and hand you all of the lower tier rewards we have available. Dates are negotiable.Estimated delivery: Jan 2013