A 3 Issue Comic Book Mini Series; all new art & stories inspired by the cool, dynamic material of the Silver & Bronze Age of comics!
WHERE MY IDEA CAME FROM...
This is a dream project for me; one that's been brewing since I was a kid! The late Silver Age/ Bronze Age of comic books was my influence growing up and I LOVED it! Even as I knew, back then, that I wanted to become a professional artist drawing comic books (which I've done) I've also, recently, become aware of a slightly different, yet parallel desire I've had since I was that kid, though I didn't really know of it until now: I've wanted to draw THOSE very comic books I was reading back then! (And after talking to tons of fans over the years, I've found that there are a LOT of people who'd love to READ those types of comics again!)
And those comics had some cool things going on: • Classic, yet revitalized, Superheroes. • New Creative superheroes which included: Kung Fu warriors and Cosmic Surreal Icons. • Savage Barbarians. • High Fantasy characters. • Tales of Mystery and Horror. • and New, radical, wild cartooning! And what a period for comic creators! Classic veteran writers and artists were reaching the zenith of their powers while new, young, talented creators were emerging with exciting skills and ideas. (Both of these types of creators are my primary influence, both then and now.)
And even the comic book medium/package itself had evolved and been refined into an apex of a fascinating combination of entertainment and commerce. Not only had the characters and the stories matured into very cool art forms but even the ad pages, the news pages and letter pages had all become their own self-contained experiences of interest. This was happening at the mainstream publishers as well as the independents.
BUT ... I was born too late to join that particular time of comic book publishing as a professional artist at it's zenith, though I was a rabid follower of it all. Well, this Kickstarter-funded project (fingers crossed!) is as close to solving that particular time-travel conundrum as I can come. So, here it is:
MY PROJECT AND HOW IT'LL BECOME A REALITY...
I've created quite a few of my own characters over time and, no surprise, they all reflect my personal love for that period of creativity. (The names of just a few of them: AUGUST, MATON, LION FIST, THUNDRON, THE SPIDROID, JOHN HAWK, EAGLE KING, ONYX, AGENTS of R.A.N.C.O.R., INFINITON, TERROR WOLF, etc. etc.) They all have the fun, jazzy story thrills, funky art techniques and graphics, bright strong coloring .... these classic-style (yet new) characters will fill dazzling pages of entertaining pop culture. I'm even going to mimic the old newsprint look of paper. (While still using good quality paper and acheiving a quality printing look!) And with these characters, this is the exact type of comic book experience I plan to create, brand new, again:
A 3-Issue Comic Book Mini Series: "Magnet Comics Presents..." 52 pages (Giant Size!) each issue; enough to tell a great variety of stories as well as offer a tremendous value for everyone's money! A glorious celebration of the Silver / Bronze Age of Comics ! A new expression of that era of comics and a new continuation of that period's potential! And in a price range that will be extra-value-packed and affordable! (Possible $2 per 52 page issue .... great deal !!! )
Why a self-contained, monthly, 3 issue mini series? So I can accomplish certain things with it: (a) Have separate front covers showcasing different characters and design styles .... (b) The ability and opportunity to utilize a "Next Issue", "Continued In..." and "Coming Up In Issue #__ " theme of design and in-house company ads as part of the fun packaging. (c) The storytelling devices of paused tension between chapters. (d) The opportunity for fans to write in letters and the potential for those letters to alter some of the next issue's content. And other unforeseen benefits ...
Most of this material will come from my own hands as I've built a respectable array of skills that were honed over years and across many disciplines. (See my resume/biography) But some of it will (hopefully) come from some of the very talented people that helped forge those days, those creators who are still around and active.
There's also going to be a lot of research and use of references/resources for (re)creating that particular publishing look and style. Paper types, color schemes, printing-drawing-graphic techniques, typography choices, etc. These 3 issues are going to powerfully reflect all these unique qualities, and more, while at the same time presenting all-brand-new stories and characters and experiences. A lot of time, man hours and hand crafted skills will go into these books.
Colorful, heroic, positive, powerful, mind-stretching stories and characters that just zip through a fascinating package of awesome comic book goodness!!!! (Of course it'll be just 3 months of this for right now but who knows what the future will bring ... ! )
WHAT THE FUNDING WILL PROVIDE...
The funds raised for this will pay for all the time, work and research needed to go into producing these books at professional rates as well as the printing and distribution efforts (both traditional and leading edge) needed to reach as wide of an audience as possible. Also there will be a few select, strategic convention and comic book store appearances to promote the books, which include creating specialty promotional items for sale, give-away and display. (My plans include the debut of these 3 issues over 3 convention appearances during the main convention season of 2012.)
MY FINAL WORDS OF GRATITUDE...
So, if you are around the age where you remember these types of comic books ... or even if you are much younger but you want to experience the thrill of getting at least 3 months worth of comic books coming your way that will actually entertain you as much as any video game of download ... than this is going to be a truly worthwhile project for you to support. An experience of superhero, mystery, action-adventure comic books that haven't been available as brand new for over 35 years!
Fun, awesome entertainment you will simply LOVE to have ... that's what I believe it will be, I certainly hope you believe it, too! Welcome on to this cool train of fun; it is GREAT to have you aboard!!!
Thank you very much for your time, attention and interest!! All the best to you!!
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Funding Unsuccessful This project reached the deadline without achieving its funding goal on September 21, 2011.
Aug 22, 2011 - Sep 21, 2011 (30 days)
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For this minimum pledge, you get a free copy of one of the 3 issues in the mini-series, either mailed to you or delivered in person at any number of conventions I'll be attending throughout the year following the release of the comic books.Estimated delivery: Jul 2012
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The $1 pledge reward PLUS, in the issue, a dedication of your choice, my autograph and small head sketch of your favorite Magnet Comics character!Estimated delivery: Sep 2012
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The $1, $5 pledge reward PLUS a custom B&W sketch trading card of your favorite Magnet Comics character! AND a specialty Magnet Comics ART MAGNET ! Use it to keep your sketches up on the fridge!Estimated delivery: Oct 2012
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All previous pledge rewards PLUS a custom COLOR sketch trading card of your favorite Magnet Comics character!Estimated delivery: Nov 2012
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All previous pledge rewards PLUS a custom black and white 8.5 x 11 DRAWING of your OWN CREATED CHARACTER! AND ... a special DVD "THE MAKING OF MAGNET COMICS PRESENTS" A video that chronicles the creation process from start to finish of this unique comic book project! (Awesome education opportunity!)Estimated delivery: Nov 2012
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All previous pledge rewards PLUS a custom COLOR sketch trading card of your favorite character from ANY company or series!Estimated delivery: Nov 2012
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All previous rewards PLUS an 8.5" x 11" original pencil drawing of your favorite Magnet Comics character! And your name listed in the books as a Supporting Charter Member of Magnet Comics!Estimated delivery: Nov 2012
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All previous rewards PLUS your favorite Magnet character drawn full color 11" x 17" !Estimated delivery: Nov 2012
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All previous rewards PLUS one (1) original page of artwork from the books ! (One page per $1,000 pledge.)Estimated delivery: Oct 2012
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All previous rewards PLUS one (1) 20" x 30" fine art, full color, high quality, EXTREMELY limited giclee print (Just 10 of these giclees will ever be printed; a true one of a kind collectors peice) of a specialty same-size composite drawing of the main Magnet characters. A really majestic peice!Estimated delivery: Feb 2013
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All previous rewards PLUS my personal appearance at your school, comic book store, library, community or private group to do a detailed presentation of how I produced Magnet Comic books AND I will provide a head sketch drawing of the attending audience member's favorite character! (LImited to up to 200 audience members of any size audience.)Estimated delivery: Oct 2012