There is diversity among comic book readers, but not in comics. Lets change that. Acropolis is here to represent you.
For those of you contributing $100 or more, you will be given special V.I.P. Access Passes to Project: Acropolis. What does this mean? You get to see everything before it hits the public! Get to know our characters, our universe--see concept art and behind the scenes footage on the project!
“Growing up in Auburn, Alabama in the '90s, there was a total black/white social divide, sure, but it's not like black people didn't exist. That's what it feels like sometimes, reading superhero comics…” – David Uzumeri, Why We Need Minority Heroes in Superhero Comics
Acropolis is a graphic novel project that has targeted the comic book industry’s weakness and developed a cure known as diversity and equality. Acropolis is about making sure YOU are represented; that YOU are able to relate and empathize with a character that looks just like you.
” The new Ultimate Spider-Man, who will have the almost impossible task of replacing the late Peter Parker (easily one of Marvel Comics most popular characters), took off his mask and revealed himself to be a young, half-black, half-Latino kid by the name of Miles Morales.
… It’s about a black kid in D.C., a Dominican kid in the Bronx or a young Mexicano from California being able to read a comic and come away from it saying, “I can be Spider-Man.” Generations of minority comic-book fans before this day, couldn’t say such a thing.” — David Betancourt, Miles Morales & Me: Why the New Biracial Spider-Man Matters
I have grown tired of finding characters of American Indian heritages codenamed Totem, Black-Moon or Red Wolf whose abilities go no further than being spiritually tied to animal spirits and deities for example; and find it hackneyed that women in comics are becoming more overly sexualized to sell titles.
“…Before Maryam was born I just sort of laughed off
the more questionable portrayals of women in comics. It didn't affect me
personally; I'm an adult, I know my own worth. But it kills me that there are
so few comics I'd feel comfortable sharing with her. Or with any kid for that
matter... Whenever we've got kids under 14 in the house and they start
rummaging through my comics collection, I have to dive in and make sure they
don't innocently pick up some superhero book and run into what amounts to
softcore porn. Never before did it occur to me how bizarre that is -- having to
keep a kid away from comics.” –G. Willow
Wilson, Female Super-Hero Characters and Sex: Creators Explain How Comics Can
This is not about forcing minorities and women into mainstream comics. It’s about taking the world we live in, adding a superhero dynamic, and bringing it to life in the form of comic books.
“I don't want to read comics about superheroes --
or about the future -- or even about an imaginary, heroic alternate fantasy world
where that's the case, particularly since it goes against everything I find so
appealing about the genre. It's not that I need my heroes to be perfect. I just
want the world they live in, and the people they are, to represent the reality
outside my window, and the reality I've experienced throughout my life.” – David
Uzumeri, Why We Need Minority Heroes in Superhero Comics
Acropolis is about expansion, about change, and most of all, reviving a culture that has been in existence for over 70 years.
“Besides, by writing characters of all races we as creators are expanding the market which helps the overall comic book community and expands our market.” –Eddrick Dejaun, Black Writers & Characters in Comics
Acropolis is where you will find race and gender not impacting the character, but the character impacting the race and gender. We are not defined by the color of our skin or sex, but who we are as an individual.
“Before that, I was reading GCPD (Gotham City Police Department). The cast was so astonishingly diverse. Hispanic (One main character being a hispanic lesbian), Black, Irish, mixed, etc with a level of culture understanding and recognition that I’m completely unaccustomed to seeing (especially considering this was written by two Cis-gendered white males). And it was all in a police precinct too, and everyone was treated with respect, from the writers, and when culture was brought into it, it made sense, and it meant something.” –versipelles, Tumblr
What is the money for?
The current Kickstarter goal amount will make or break this project. Two years ago I purchased a used Wacom tablet as it was all I could afford at the time. As of today, the scratches on the surface of the tablet are causing more complications and frustrations than what I am willing to put up with. As lead artist on this project, my production is extremely limited. It is imperative that I finish concept art on all characters and places within the next several months. The proceeds will be used to purchase necessary equipment and software for this project. As a one man band (for the time being), my productivity is crucial!
Why should I pledge for this project?
I am confident and investing 100% of my trust and faith into this project. I believe this is what is needed to revive the current state of the comic book industry and superhero culture. The industry has found itself becoming mundane and set in its ways. It is time for change. We need innovation; innovation in the way superhero stories are told, the way characters are written and created, and the way we respect fans and avid readers of these books and intellectual properties.
What’s in it for me?
Since Acropolis is still under a heavy NDA to protect the property, I can only provide illustrations of two main characters: Tremor and Bolt from the actual project. I realize that this is not enough of a reward, so I have taken the time to put together a few packages for those contributing larger dollar amounts! Please be sure to check them out!
The NDA is in place to lock down and protect the property. Its as simple as that. We do not want to release anything prematurely, nor do we want to risk the IP becoming a victim of infringement. Everyone on the project is under contract to keep a tight lip. When we are ready to start releasing more solid information on characters, the universe, the graphic novel, etc., those will become available for you all to read and enjoy!
To fundraise for the equipment and software needed to complete the project for our projected year. We are seeking to speed up production and it is imperative that we get what we need in order to do so.
That should go without saying that we will be returning to Kickstarter sometime within the near future to gather more funds for production costs and all other costs within.
Absolutely not. It is about giving superhero culture and the comic book industry substance. It is about allowing characters of various races, genders, religions, and sexualities to have the same level of iconism as the majority of Caucasian male heroes have. We want to take the best of three profound franchises and bring you superhero tales like you have never seen them before. We are committed to delivering a journey as epic as the Lord of the Rings, as immersive and character-driven as Harry Potter, and as dynamically layered and told as The Dark Knight.
We cannot promise the same success as those three franchises, but we are definitely willing to try. We are about treating superheroes and the fans that love them with respect and integrity. We are going to take this genre back to its roots and reboot a thread in pop culture that has survived for 70 years.
Its about to get Real.
You talk about diversity, but we don't see much beyond 2 Black and 2 White characters who are all male. What gives?
Those are the characters we are able to release to the public at this time. Two of the characters have been in development for over 20 years and are at their prime. The other two are fairly new, but have been reworked and refined to match the caliber of the others.
You will see other characters within the near the future once they are complete.
Remember: This Kickstarter is not to fund production costs, but rather fund the costs to give our pre-production momentum so we can get to post-production costs. This also goes back to our NDA. The reason why we are under lock and key is because we have characters, places, and things changing constantly. A character can go through several revisions in the course of just a few days as does the story for Volume One of the first book.
Again. Once we move out of pre-production, we promise you will see more of the project come to light!
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