Orb is a series about a group of LGBTs who discover that they have superpowers and are vital to a clandestine intergalactic conflict.
Orb: The Shine
In The Shine, the first chapter of Orb, Eli and Mira send Tory, a young gay New Yorker juggling a challenging career and a difficult relationship, to retrieve his troubled brother Aren from London. There, Tory meets Saj, and the three of them discover that they have superhuman abilities and that they are vital to a clandestine intergalactic conflict with the fate of the human race at stake. Only Eli and Mira are aware of the purpose for which their special abilities are intended, and it is up to them to unite and train the others with powers for the impending challenge. https://sites.google.com/site/orbseries
A scene from The Shine is depicted in the image above, which was illustrated by up and coming comic book illustrator James Turner Mohan. www.mohan-art.com
I co-created Orb and co-wrote The Shine with Jane Shepard, who is an award-winning playwright and screenwriter. Her screenplay Freak City was nominated for a Writer’s Guild Award when it was produced as a Showtime Original Movie featuring Marlee Matlin, Samantha Mathis, Peter Saarsgard, Natalie Cole, Jonathan Silverman, and Estelle Parsons. She is the writer/director of seven short films, including the 40-minute featurette Nine, which screened at festivals nationally and received an Honorable Mention Award from the Rochester Film Festival. Two collections of her stage work appear in print, Kickass Plays For Women and Meaty Monologues. www.JaneShepardArt.com
I was raised in an extremely conservative, fundamentalist Christian home in the Midwest. I knew from a very young age that I was gay and that no one around me was a role model for the type of person I would be when I grew up. I turned to comic books and television to escape from this insular world and to seek alternative examples of how to live. I was craving someone to inspire me, someone to look up to: a hero.
I read about and watched Batman and Spider-man, whose secretive duality I could identify with. There were empowered heroines, Wonder Woman and Batgirl, and heroes of color, Cyborg and Black Lightning; they were encouraging to me since being different didn’t stop them from being heroic. But an actual LGBT hero? Or even a positive LGBT role model? Nowhere to be found.
This was the seventies. LGBT characters were always villains, wacky neighbors or insane relatives.
Today, of course, LGBT characters are much more visible and diverse in all media, including comic books. However, I still feel there aren’t enough contemporary LGBT heroes, and there are even fewer LGBT teams. I hope that Orb, a series about a team of LGBT superheroes, will help fill this void.
What I Need and What You Get
A friend of mine recently used a printer here in Denver for a book he co-wrote. He has lived in the Denver area his entire life and has been involved in the publishing of several books. He said that this printer is the most reasonable in the area. The printer charges a $90 setup fee, $.03 per page and $.16 per cover. The setup fee includes both an ePublication and a print on demand version posted to all the major online retailers. If one thousand issues are pre-ordered or printed on demand, it would cost approximately $1,150 to print them using that printer.
I am using Kickstarter to raise funds only for the printing fees for The Shine, which is why the campaign goal is $1,150. I am using IndieGoGo to raise funds for the illustrator's fees. http://www.indiegogo.com/Orb (You may have click the link to the right or copy and paste the above link in your address bar.)
Please see the Rewards section above to view great perks you can receive for contributing certain amounts. If you can't afford these amounts, any contribution will be extremely appreciated and will help me pursue this goal.
Other Ways You Can Help
You can get the word out by becoming a fan of Orb on Facebook or Twitter by clicking on one of the links below and then clicking Join or Follow. You can also recommend that other people become fans and contribute here. contribute here. https://twitter.com/#!/imtomj
Orb created by Tom S. Johnson and Jane Shepard © 2008, 2011
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 December 23, 2011.
Oct 24, 2011 - Dec 23, 2011 (60 days)
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Name on Website: Your name will be listed in the Gratitude Section on the website for Orb.Estimated delivery: Jan 2012
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Free PDF of First Issue: You will be emailed a PDF of the first issue of Orb with your name listed in the Gratitude Section on the inside cover.Estimated delivery: Mar 2012
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Free Print: You will receive a free print of artwork from Orb.Estimated delivery: Jan 2012
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Holiday Card: Contribute in the name of another person as a holiday present for them, and I will send you a holiday card with art from Orb that you can give or send to that person to let them know. Or you can contribute in the name of an institution, organization or charity, and I will send you a holiday card to give or send to them. Or if you prefer for your contribution to remain anonymous, I can send you a general Orb holiday card.Estimated delivery: Dec 2012
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Name in Print and Free First Issue: Your name will be printed in the Gratitude Section on the inside cover of the first issue of Orb, and you will receive a copy of the first issue in print for free.Estimated delivery: Mar 2012
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Autographed First Issue: You will receive a free autographed copy of the first issue of Orb.Estimated delivery: Mar 2012
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A Character Based on You: I will write a character based on you that will appear in an issue of Orb! You can send me information about and a picture of yourself, and I will base a character on your profile.Estimated delivery: Mar 2012
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Full-Page Ad: If you have a business that you'd like to advertise to the LGBT and/or comic book community, you can have your own full-page ad in an issue of Orb. You'll also get a link on Orb's website. The ad must be suitable to Orb's style (which can be worked out with Orb's artistic team) and audience (i.e. LGBT friendly, environmentally friendly and PG-13).Estimated delivery: Mar 2012
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A Recurring Character Based on You or A Recurring Character You Create: I will write a character based on you that will appear in an several issues of Orb! You can send me information about and a picture of yourself, and I will base a character on your profile. You can use your real name, or you can make one up. Or you can create a fictional profile if you'd prefer; i.e. you could create a character to appear in a comic book! (The character will need to be a human being without superhuman abilities unless you can create someone that makes sense within the world of Orb. At least $2300 will need to be raised between this campaign and the IndieGoGo campaign in order to distribute this reward.)Estimated delivery: Jun 2012