The legendary Green Lantern Emerald Twilight creative team of writer Ron Marz and artist Darryl Banks join forces again to tell a story of World War 2 heroism and adventure in HARKEN'S RAIDERS. The project also includes the first collection of Darryl Banks' artwork, BLACK BOOK: THE ART OF DARRYL BANKS!
Famed for creating Green Lantern Kyle Rayner, writer Ron Marz and artist Darryl Banks are again teaming for a tale of heroes facing long odds and implacable enemies. Measuring roughly 9x13 inches HARKEN'S RAIDERS is a 64-page hardcover classic World War 2 adventure created by Army vet Allen Cordrey, as Captain Harken leads a crack Special Operations Executive team of American commandos behind enemy lines. The mission: retrieve a German scientist who holds the key to stopping the Nazi war machine, and safely escort him to England. The problem: everything goes wrong, and Harken's men find themselves in the fight of their lives!
Offered along with HARKEN'S RAIDERS is the first career-spanning art collection from comics master Darryl Banks. BLACK BOOK: THE ART OF DARRYL BANKS contains more than 100 pages of artwork and commentary culled from Darryl's files. Measuring roughly 8.5x11 inches, the hardcover volume features classic comic images, sequential pages, private commissions, and much more, most of it never published before. This the next volume in the ongoing Black Book Series by Ominous Press.
Masterminded by Prime Minister Winston Churchill in 1940, the Special Operations Executive branch conducted espionage, sabotage and reconnaissance missions in occupied Europe. Captain James Harken, on loan from the U.S. military, has assembled a team of American operatives to execute sensitive missions behind enemy lines.
This mission, retrieving a valuable German scientist in Finland and bringing him and his secrets to England, is supposed to be an easy in-and-out affair. But when their transport is attacked by German fighters and their airdrop is compromised, their milk run turns decidedly sour.
Harken's team must not only engage the enemy, but also race against the clock to get to the extraction point. And the very fate of the war effort may depend upon their success!
Acclaimed artist Darryl Banks is most closely associated with his creation Kyle Rayner, who took over the mantle of Green Lantern following the landmark "Emerald Twilight" storyline. Staying with the title for nearly a decade, Darryl left an indelible mark on the iconic franchise. But Darryl's career has spanned a multitude of comics publishers, as well as commercial projects and private commissions. Now, for the first time, an expansive array of Darryl's work is being gathered for a career retrospective in BLACK BOOK: THE ART OF DARRYL BANKS. The hardcover volume contains more than 100 pages of rare artwork and commentary. This is the fifth volume in the Ominous Press Black Book Series.
Harken's Raiders S.O.E. Patch and Challenge Coin
We are proud to present the custom designed Harken's Raiders S.O.E patch and challenge coin to our backers, and lovers of memorabilia. Each is designed to reflect and pay homage to military S.O.E. units like the one emblazoned on the pages of the Harken's Raiders original graphic novel. The patch measure 4" in diameter and the challenge coin is sized at a gorgeous 1.5".The challenge coin features a special unofficial member of the Harken's team, Alfie, because what's a World War 2 story without a bulldog? Both the S.O.E. patch and challenge coin can be pledged for in the Care Package reward tier as well as others. Additionally, both will be featured as add-ons and can be added to your pledge via BackerKit after the campaign ends, or at any time during the campaign.
Amrit Birdi Variant Cover
Renowned Assassin's Creed cover artist and artist of the explosive Username graphic novel series, Amrit Birdi, has created this exclusive Harken's Raiders variant cover for our Kickstarter backers. Gorgeously illustrated on toned paper, this variant is in limited supply, so be sure to claim your copy before it's too late!
Craig Cermak Variant Cover
Perhaps best known for his work on Red Team with legendary writer Garth Ennis, Craig has illustrated a host of classic characters including Elvira, Voltron, and the incomparable Bettie Page. An homage to Mike Zeck’s classic Punisher cover, this variant can be claimed for a pledge of $45. But act fast, as supplies are limited to just 100 copies!
Ron Marz Ominous Press Combo
A little something special for fans of Ron Marz. Backers who pledge at this $50 or more level will get physical copies of both Harken’s Raiders AND the recently released oversized graphic novel Beasts of the Black Hand created by Paul Harding, penned by Ron Marz, and illustrated by Matthew Dow Smith.
Ron Marz Ominous Press Trio
Love Ominous Press and Ron Marz? Missed out on our previous Kickstarter campaigns? No problem! Backers who pledge at this $75 or more level will get physical copies of Harken’s Raiders, Ominous Press’s Demi-God created by Bart Sears, penned by Ron Marz and illustrated by Andy Smith AND the recently released oversized graphic novel Beasts of the Black Hand created by Paul Harding, penned by Ron Marz, and illustrated by Matthew Dow Smith. Get them all at once and save a few bucks!
Darryl Banks Print Set
For the art lovers among you! For a pledge of $95 or more, you’ll get a set of FIVE masterful prints created by Darryl Banks featuring his creations Parallax and Kyle Rayner. Also included are a digital copy of the Harken’s Raiders original graphic novel as well as physical copies of both Black Book: The Art of Darryl Banks and Harken’s Raiders.
"Black Book: The Art of" Collection
The ultimate art lover’s reward! Backers who pledge $100 or more will receive physical copies of Ominous Press’s entire “Black Book” collection including Black Book: The Art of Bart Sears, Black Book: The Art of Andy Smith, Black Book: The Art of Jim Starlin, Black Book: The art of Graham Nolan, and Black Book: The Art of Darryl Banks. As the series continues this is the quickest way to own them all!
Ron Marz Silver Surfer #75
For a pledge of $125 or more, you can own a stellar collectors copy of Ron Marz’s classic cosmic Silver Surfer #75 signed by creative team Ron Marz and Ron Lim! As an extra bonus, your signed books will come complete in a Vault System featuring the industry’s first re-openable case provided by our partners at Sleeping Giant. Backers who pledge at also receive physical copies of both Harken’s Raiders and Black Book:The Art of Darryl Banks! Limited to 25 copies!
The Emerald Twilight Bundle
The perfect reward for any Green Lantern fan! This is your chance to get your hands on pristine collectors copies of classic Green Lantern issues #49, #50, and #51 signed by The Emerald Twilight creative duo Ron Marz and Darryl Banks. As an extra bonus, your signed books will come complete in a Vault System featuring the industry’s first re-openable case provided by our partners at Sleeping Giant. Backers who pledge at this level will also receive physical copies of both Harken’s Raiders and Black Book:The Art of Darryl Banks. Limited to 25 sets!
Darryl Banks Original Sketches
It’s time to score some original artwork by the legend, Darryl Banks. For a pledge of $250, 10 lucky backers will own a one-of-a-kind original inked sketch of a single character of their choice, by Darryl, measuring 8.5”x11” AND a copy of both the Harken’s Raiders original graphic novel and Black Book: The Art of Darryl Banks. Get them while they last!
A Part of the Team
Become a part of the action! For a pledge of $300 or more, four backers will get drawn into the Harken’s Raiders original graphic novel! Backers at this level will also receive hardcover copies of both Harken’s Raiders and Black Book:The Art of Darryl Banks as well as the Harken’s Raiders SOE patch and branded challenge coin.
Darryl Banks "Drawn-In" Page
For a pledge of $500 or more, ONE lucky backer will have themselves drawn into Harken’s Raiders AND they’ll get the original page to boot! Of course, this backer will also get physical copies of both Harken’s Raiders and Black Book:The Art of Darryl Banks. They’ll also receive the Harken’s Raiders SOE patch and branded challenge coin.
Harken's Raiders Original Inked Cover
Available now is the original Harken’s Raiders inked cover by Darryl Banks! Measuring a full 11 inches by 17 inches, the Harken’s Raiders cover can be claimed for a pledge of $1,000 or more, and of course comes with physical copies of Harken’s Raiders and Black Book: The Art of Darryl Banks, as well as the Darryl Banks Print Set and the Harken’s Raiders official S.O.E. Patch and Challenge Coin!
Ron Marz Writes Your Script
A truly unique offering! Legendary comics scribe Ron Marz will write a comic script of your choosing, working from your outline, up to 20 story pages. For a pledge of $2,000, Ron Marz will bring his decades of comics experience to bear on your story, working closely with the backer to bring their storyline to fruition. One revision pass is included in the reward. Note that no artwork is included in this reward. This level also includes physical copies of both Harken’s Raiders and Black Book: The Art of Darryl Banks.
Darryl Banks Original Cover Commission
This is the chance of a lifetime! Have the cover to your comic illustrated by master comic artist Darryl Banks! A pledge of $2,500 secures Darryl's services to draw a cover of your choice, and includes the original, 11-by-17 inked art! You will, of course, also receive physical copies of both Harken’s Raiders and Black Book: The Art of Darryl Banks.
Harken's Raiders Pin-up Gallery
The Harken’s Raiders Pin-up Gallery will come standard in every digital and physical copy of Harken’s Raiders at no extra cost. It includes pin-ups by renowned artists Jennifer L Meyer, Richard Clark, David Delanty, Matthew Waite, Jeff Johnson, and Peter Krause!
Upon reaching $20K, we unlock an exclusive eight-page backup story starring Alfie the bulldog in his own heroic adventure! Writer Ron Marz, colorist Ross Hughes, and letterer Buddy Beaudoin will be joined by Avengers artist (and dog lover!) Sean Izaakse! The eight-page story will be included in both the hardcover and digital editions of Harken’s Raiders if the $20K barrier is surpassed.
Allen Cordrey is an Army veteran, publisher at Vanbreed Studios, and the creator of Harken’s Raiders.
Writer Ron Marz has long, acclaimed runs on Silver Surfer, Green Lantern, and Witchblade, among others, to his credit, and co-created Green Lantern Kyle Rayner.
Darryl Banks has been a professional illustrator for three decades, leaving his mark on the comics industry with his co-creation of Green Lantern Kyle Rayner.
Dee Cunniffe is an acclaimed colorist, with credits including Redneck at Skybound, and Her Infernal Descent and Lost City Explorers at Aftershock.
Ross Hughes worked for the space program for a dozen years, then turned to comic coloring, working for publishers including DC, Image, and IDW.
South African artist Sean Izaakse was quickly snapped up by Marvel, where he has drawn Avengers, Thunderbolts, Deadpool, and Champions, among others.
Hassan Otsmane-Elhaou is an Eisner-nominated writer, letterer, filmmaker, and the creator of the video series Strip Panel Naked and the magazine PanelxPanel.
Craig Cermak is a Kubert School graduate, with comic credits including Red Team and Voltron Year One, as well as a wide array of covers.
London-based Amrit Birdi is a highly sought-after illustrator of graphic novels, games, storyboards, commercial art, and concept art for television and film.
Buddy Beaudoin is Project Coordinator for Ominous Press/Sleeping Giant, as well a letterer and designer.
Sean HusVar is CEO of Sleeping Giant and Publisher of Ominous Press, an entrepreneur, photographer, and creator.
Ominous Press :
Sean HusVar(CEO, Publisher)
Ron Marz (Editor-in-Chief)
Bart Sears (Chief Creative Officer)
Andy Smith (Art Director)
Jason Spooner (Social Media / Advertising Director)
Sleeping Giant :
Sean HusVar (CEO, Executive Producer)
Chris Scioli (Project Co-Manager)
Kim Reganato (Operations Manger)
Buddy Beaudoin (Project Coordinator)
Jim Gribbins (Camera Operator/Video Editor)
Contact Us: Click the icon for Ominous Press, and then the Contact button. We are here to make your experience smooth and problem free. You can also give us a call at (855) 743-4650!
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Risks and challenges
The vast majority of work on Black Book: The Art of Darryl Banks and Harken's Raiders is already complete. Most of the art is in hand, meaning that only the editing, production, and printing phases of the project remain. Editing and production are already in process, and are expected to be complete shortly after the Kickstarter campaign ends.
Assuming we are successfully funded, both books will be sent to press shortly after the campaign's conclusion. Proofing, printing, and shipping to our offices will take a few weeks, and then fulfillment can begin. Delays due to unforeseen circumstances are always possible, but we anticipate a smooth process and on-time delivery.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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