THE VILLAIN is an independent graphic novel that tells the story of what happens when the *wrong* guy in high school gets super powers. Hint: Mayhem.
"It's a book asking, 'What if super powers go to the wrong guy?' Steve Earnhart, the man behind the noir-tastic HARD-BULLIED COMICS book is responsible for this fun premise and he doesn’t waste any time diving into the action. This first issue is definitely worth checking out. Fun characters, cool powers, and nice indie art; THE VILLAIN takes super hero convention and flips it on its @$$." - Ambush Bug, Ain't it Cool News.
"The Villain" is a 100 page full color graphic novel by co-creator, writer, and letterer Steve Earnhart, co-creator and artist Pat Loika, colorists John and Bernadette Joseco, with a logo by Chris Maze. The Villain graphic novel will debut at San Diego Comic-Con International 2010.
All funding received from generous Kickstarter contributors will be put towards printing, shipping, and promotion, with the lion's share going towards printing. We released the now-sold-out debut issue of THE VILLAIN at San Diego Comic-Con International 2009 to fantastic feedback, and our original plan was to release three more single issues to complete the debut arc, then follow up with a graphic novel collecting them in a single edition. However, as any independent publisher can attest: printing a short run of full color, standard 22-page comics is simply not cost-effective. In fact, one could say it's cost-prohibitive. So in order to capitalize on our momentum and keep costs down as low as they can be we hit the accelerator and knocked out the entire arc - 70 more pages (total page count around 100). We're absolutely thrilled with the results and are really looking to make a splash at San Diego CCI this July, but the bottom line is this:
To do it right, we need your help.
We are offering some wonderful donor incentives, including signed copies of the The Villain graphic novel when it's back from press, donor-selected original art pages from the book (11 x 17 - ideal for framing), original and finalized character design pages, the chance to order a full color custom sketch from villainous artist Pat Loika (see LOIKAMANIA for a glimpse at his fantastic work), downloadable sketchbook with character designs and layouts, and much, much more. Every contributor's name will appear on a MOST WANTED list in the final published book itself as well, with notoriety based on donation level. SCOURGE OF HUMANITY and INTERGALACTIC DESPOT-level contributors will even have the option of having their photos printed, mugshot-style on the list. Rest assured, your villainy will be immortalized in print.
West Beverly Hills High School football star, bully, and all-around creep Nick Nason thought he had it all going into senior year; scholarship offers were coming in, the hottest chicks were lining up, and he was feared and respected by all the right people. It's always something we didn't even realize was missing that completes us, though, so when Nick wakes up after a particularly brutal night of partying and brawling to discover he somehow got super powers, he knows that his life has truly just begun. Will he change his ways and use these newfound gifts for the betterment of mankind?
He's gonna be baddest super villain who ever lived.
Both Pat and I thank you immensely for your support!
Have a question? If the info above doesn't help, you can ask the project creator directly.
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THUG PACKAGE: Get your fingers in the game by throwing a buck at our project. In addition to building your rep as an up-and-comer, all contributor names will appear in print on a MOST WANTED list in the finished graphic novel, but it is up to you to determine your level of notoriety. A dollar will get your name under the THUG rank. Hey, at least there's room for growth.
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ENFORCER PACKAGE: You've earned a little juice out there on the streets and have taken your first step up from the bottom rung of the ladder. Congrats, kiddo - you're going places. This package earns you a downloadable sketch and character design book on PDF, and your name under the ENFORCER rank on our MOST WANTED list.
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PROFESSIONAL PACKAGE: You've done the jobs with precision and discretion, and the quality of your work has made you a favorite amongst the hierarchy of our organization. Keep it up and you'll be headed straight to the top. This package earns you a signed copy of THE VILLAIN graphic novel, a downloadable sketch and character design book on PDF, and your name under the PROFESSIONAL rank on our MOST WANTED list.
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SHOT-CALLER PACKAGE: You're in charge now, and that's just the way you like it. No more sullying your hands busting heads out on the streets - You're in the boardroom making the big decisions now. This package earns you a custom sketch (character specified by you) from artist Pat Loika, a signed copy of THE VILLAIN graphic novel, a downloadable sketch and character design book on PDF, and your name under the SHOT-CALLER rank on our MOST WANTED list.
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WARLORD PACKAGE: Beatdowns? Bank jobs? Organized crime? Bah! Your gig is mass destruction, mayhem, and leaving your own indelible mark on society by any means necessary, so make us proud and do it in style. This package earns you an 11 x 17 original final character design page (you specify - first come, first serve), a custom sketch from artist Pat Loika, a signed copy of THE VILLAIN graphic novel, a downloadable sketch and character design book on PDF, and your name under the WARLORD rank on our MOST WANTED list.
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SCOURGE OF HUMANITY PACKAGE: Planetary domination, the entire human race rightfully bowed at your feet, and any reward you choose for the effort - The spoils of conquest. This package earns you the right to pick any page from the graphic novel and we'll send you the 11 x 17 pencilled and inked original, an 11 x 17 original final character design page (you specify - first come, first serve), a custom sketch from artist Pat Loika, a signed copy of THE VILLAIN graphic novel, a downloadable sketch and character design book on PDF, and your name AND PICTURE (if you want) under the SCOURGE OF HUMANITY rank on our MOST WANTED list.
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INTERGALACTIC DESPOT PACKAGE: Taking over the Earth was child's play. Taking over the universe, though? Quite a challenge...for about two minutes - The amount of time it took you bring the entire galaxy to it's knees with your usual aplomb. Now? Time to celebrate a job well done with the best steak around. This package earns you a $100 gift card to Mastro's Steakhouse in Beverly Hills (CA locations include Thousand Oaks, Costa Mesa, and Newport Beach, with additional locations in Vegas, Scottsdale, and soon-to-be Chicago), the right to pick any page from the graphic novel and get the original 11 x 17 pencilled and inked original, an 11 x 17 original final character design page (you specify - first come, first serve), a custom sketch from artist Pat Loika, a signed copy of THE VILLAIN graphic novel, a downloadable sketch and character design book on PDF, and your name AND PICTURE (if you want) under the INTERGALACTIC DESPOT rank on our MOST WANTED list.