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The 52 page first issue of Super! is in the last phase of production. Help take us home!

What is Super!?

Super! is an original superhero comic set in a universe where Supers are commonplace. It’s a comic that proudly goes against the dark, serious tone that’s over saturated the comic market throughout the past few years. Instead, it offers readers a fresh, lighthearted, and fun experience, with each issue packed to the brim with laughs and high octane super-powered action.

The first issue is fifty-two pages of pure awesome. It's got bar-fights, robots, mimes, and monsters... and that's only within the first twenty pages. Tired of having superheroes sit around eating fish sandwiches? We are! 

Check out a few pages below: 

Pg 1, with lettering removed.
Pg 1, with lettering removed.
Pg 8, with lettering removed.
Pg 8, with lettering removed.

Why are we running a kickstarter? 

Our goal is $2,500 because that is the amount of resources we will need to complete the color work for the first issue.

All rewards include a physical copy of the fifty-two page first issue, and all of them besides the first $5 reward tier will include a signed copy.

"REPRESENT!" T-shirt design:

"REPRESENT!"
"REPRESENT!"

"SKETCH COMMISSION" Examples:

"SKETCH COMMISSION" example: Spiderman and Batman
"SKETCH COMMISSION" example: Spiderman and Batman
"SKETCH COMMISSION" example: One Piece
"SKETCH COMMISSION" example: One Piece
"SKETCH COMMISSION" example: Rorschach and the Question
"SKETCH COMMISSION" example: Rorschach and the Question

ORIGINAL CATCH ART" 

"ORIGINAL CATCH ART" example
"ORIGINAL CATCH ART" example

In this video, I'll cycle through all of the Catch Art reward pieces and describe them in a more detail. These pictures were taken with a camera phone, so the quality isn't amazing, but we thought it was important that the only copy of these pictures in black and white that would be available would be the one that you would own. 

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"THE MEGA SKETCH" example: The Scarecrow
"THE MEGA SKETCH" example: The Scarecrow
"THE MEGA SKETCH" example: Mr. Freeze
"THE MEGA SKETCH" example: Mr. Freeze

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"Gain Superpowers" Reward Example
"Gain Superpowers" Reward Example

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"ORIGINAL POSTER COMMISSION" examples:

"ORIGINAL POSTER COMMISSION" example: Hellboy
"ORIGINAL POSTER COMMISSION" example: Hellboy
"ORIGINAL POSTER COMMISSION": The Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse
"ORIGINAL POSTER COMMISSION": The Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse

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FAQ:

Why don't you raise the money yourselves? It's called a JOB!

We know. When we're finished with our jobs, we start working on our comic, and time is not the only thing we've sacrificed. Our money is in Super! along with our blood, sweat, and tears. Should this kickstarter campaign be unsuccessful, we will continue to move forward towards our goal, it'd just be at a much slower pace.

Why do you call coloring your final step before publication? What about lettering?

The lettering for issue one is already complete!

Have you contacted a publisher? 

We've started the process... cross your fingers for us!

How do I find out more about your book?

Check out our website at http://www.unlikelyheroesstudios.com/ 

Are any of the non-Super! art pieces used as examples for sale?

Nope, the pictures used in the examples were all commission pieces and no are no longer in our possession. If you want to buy 'em, you'd have to track down their owners and make them an offer.

Disclaimer: 

All licenced characters, as seen above in commission sketches, are owned by their respective creators and companies. Batman, Rorschach, the Watchmen, The Question, the Scarecrow, Mr. Freeze are owned by DC / Time Warner. Spider-Man is owned by Marvel. Hellboy is owned by Mike Mignola and Dark Horse comics.

FAQ

  • The $25 reward tier is the only reward tier where we factored in the costs of the shirt. Please add $5 to orders (and let us know when you're finished what it's for) and we'll send one your way!

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  • To help offset the costs of international shipping, please add $2 "Get the book."

    For international orders of the "Signed book" reward tier, we can send you a digital copy of each issue as it is released, and then mail you your signed issues of 1-6 after the release of issue 6, and then issues 7 - 12 after the release of issue 12. That way, we can keep the cost of the reward down, you'll still be able to read the comics as they're released, and you'll get all of your signed books. If that's acceptable, please add $10
    to the cost of that reward.

    (The post office told us it'd cost $7 per issue to mail them internationally, so if you really want the signed copies as they're released, add $80 to that reward.)

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  • This is not a comic for kids - just for BIG kids - and it'll most likely be rated for teens upon its publication.

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    "GET THE ISSUE - DIGITAL COPY" Backers who select this reward tier will receive a high quality digital copy of the comic. So if you read your comics on an Ipad... or a fake Ipad... and you just want the comic, this is the reward for you. *note - if you already backed the "get the issue" reward and would rather have a digital copy sent to you, let us know and we'll change it!

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    "GET THE ISSUE!" An physical print copy of the fifty-two page first issue.

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    "SIGNED COPY!" A print copy of the 52 page first issue, signed by Zachary Dolan (creator / pencils / inks / writer), Justin Piatt (writer / letterer), and Tara Kappel (pencils / inks).

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    "REPRESENT!" The first ever Super! tee shirt. This tier also includes a signed copy of the 52 page first issue. Represent the best comic in the universe and then rub it in your hipster friend's faces when you prove to 'em that you were with us from the very start!

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    "Special Early Bird SIGNATURE Subscription!" Backers of this reward will receive twelve issues of Super!, all of them signed. While it's true that we'll be signing some copied of our first issue for the other tier rewards, this will be the only opportunity to get any of the next eleven issues signed outside of a comic book convention.

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    Ultra limited edition variant cover of issue one - only available through kickstarter. Signed and numbered.

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    "SKETCH COMMISSION" Backers of this reward tier will receive a Sketch commission of your favorite character, drawn by Zachary Dolan. Check out the two examples of this in the description! Sketches will be standard 8 1/2 x 11. This tier also includes a signed copy of the 52 page first issue.

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    "ORIGINAL CATCH ART" Backers of this reward tier will receive one original Super! catch art pieces, ink over pencils, signed. By "original" we don't mean it's an original character. We mean it's the actual original penciled / inked art piece. Which specific piece you will receive out of the 25 will be chosen at random. We've made a video in which I'll display all 25 of these rewards and explaining them in greater detail. This tier also includes a signed copy of the 52 page first issue.

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    "Assistant Producer Credit" Backers who select this reward will get credited in Issue One as Assistant Producer.

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    "APPEAR IN SUPER!" Backers who select this tier will have their likeness appear in one of our comics! See the examples of this reward in the description! This tier also includes a signed copy of the 52 page first issue. *Note: Backers who select this Reward Tier will receive their signed copy of the first issue at the time of Super!'s release (estimated November), but they will appear in another issue of Super! (as the pencils are already completed for the first issue!) All backers will be notified of which issue they will be appearing in and where it'll be.

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    Custom Super! Cover Variant - You get the original 11 x 17 pencil page of your alternate cover, plus your comic with your custom cover - your choice of character / background. We‘re treating this like a commission piece, but these donors will also receive a unique book with their specialty cover.

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    "GAIN SUPER POWERS!" Backers who select this reward will provide us with pictures (presumably of themselves) and gives us their vision of what super powers they'd like to have, and they'd receive and original sketch of their Super! This reward is much like the "APPEAR IN SUPER!" reward, where a backer provides us with pictures and gets something in return, only there are two big differences. "APPEAR IN SUPER!" backers are guaranteed to appear in an issue of Super! and will not receive a custom sketch, whereas those who select "GAIN SUPER POWERS!" will receive an original pencil sketch of their characters and have their characters featured in a gallery on our website, but we can't feature them in Super! We'd actually treat it like a work-for-hire character design job, and would only be able to use the created characters with permission of the owner. This tier also includes a signed copy of the 52 page first issue.

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    "THE MEGA SKETCH" Backers for this reward will receive a detailed Sketch, drawn by Zachary Dolan. The sketch on this tier will take several times the amount of work as the sketch from the "SKETCH COMMISSION" reward. Check out the examples of this in the description. This tier also includes a signed copy of the 52 page first issue, which will be sent upon publication.

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    "ORIGINAL POSTER COMMISSION" One insanely generous backer is going to get hooked up with a custom poster sized art piece, fully rendered, original pencils on illustration board by Zachary Dolan. Check out the examples of this. There's only one of these being offered because if we took any more than that, we'd never get Super! off the ground! This tier also includes a signed copy of the 52 page first issue.

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