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What if Hitler escaped Nazi Germany at the end of WWII? Two men will sacrifice everything to hunt down history's greatest villain.
What if Hitler escaped Nazi Germany at the end of WWII? Two men will sacrifice everything to hunt down history's greatest villain.
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CHASING HITLER:

Stretch Goal added 2/23/16 - LAST WEEK STRETCH GOAL! Now that we are fully funded we are adding a variant cover stretch goal at $9,000 for the last week of the Kickstarter! The interior team of Jethro Morales and Marie Enger are going to create a limited variant cover of Chasing Hitler #1. If we hit the stretch goal, the variant cover will be added to any backer package over $35 at NO CHARGE. So anyone backing the Bleeding Cool package or higher will get BOTH the regular Greg Smallwood cover AND the Jethro/Marie cover.

WHO AM I?:

My name is Hayley Nitz.  I am a 16 year old high school Junior.  I am a Silver Award recipient Ambassador Girl Scout, avid reader, and fan of comic book movies. 

Character Designs by Greg Smallwood
Character Designs by Greg Smallwood

ORIGIN:

The concept for Chasing Hitler started in American History class when we learned Hitler’s body was never identified after World War II.  I found it interesting and started playing "what if he survived" with my Dad. That lead to research and seeing where Hitler could have gone to escape Germany and how. I started crafting a plausible fictional story based on actual accounts.

Cover Inks by Greg Smallwood
Cover Inks by Greg Smallwood

STORY:

The story starts late April 1945. The war is almost over in Europe as the Allies close in on Berlin. Hitler is attempting to hold the Third Reich together, but he painfully realizes Germany has lost. He decides to go into hiding and attempt to build a Fourth Reich. Enter our main characters – Major Alex Taylor and Major Conner Walsh– sent by the US and British to confirm his death. When they aren’t convinced Hitler actually died at the Fuhrer Bunker, the chase begins.

Cover Colors by Greg Smallwood
Cover Colors by Greg Smallwood

WHY A COMIC?

Since I am not a writer, we turned to my Uncle, Jai Nitz. He has been a comic book writer for 15 years. I asked him if this looked like an interesting idea and he felt it was worth a shot.

Uncle Jai helped assemble a team of professional artists to bring the the story to fruition:

Penciler Jethro Morales (Green Hornet), colorist Marie Enger (Pistolwhip), letterer Chris Crank (Toshiro), and cover artist Greg Smallwood (Moon Knight).

I have been selling garage sale items and doing odd jobs to raise a modest starting budget.  We have a complete story written, a cover, and some of the art. Our goal is $6,600 to cover the expenses of paying the creative team, printing the book, and distributing it to the world.  We think we have some very attractive giveaway items to fit every budget. We hope you will support this idea and spread the word.

BACKER BONUSES!

Check out these great pencils by Jethro Morales!  Wanna see more?

Once we have 25 BACKERS we will release the INKS of these 5 pages.  GOAL ACHIEVED!

Once we have 50 BACKERS we will release the COLORS of these 5 pages.  GOAL ACHIEVED!  Replaced the inked pages.

Once we have 100 BACKERS we will release the LAYOUTS for the entire issue!  GOAL ACHIEVED!

Once we have 115 BACKERS we will release the just received PENCILS for the entire issue!  Penciled pages will replace the layouts.  GOAL ACHIEVED!!!

Colors by Marie Enger
Colors by Marie Enger
Colors by Marie Enger
Colors by Marie Enger
Colors by Marie Enger
Colors by Marie Enger
Colors by Marie Enger
Colors by Marie Enger
Colors by Marie Enger
Colors by Marie Enger
Pencils by Jethro Morales
Pencils by Jethro Morales
Pencils by Jethro Morales
Pencils by Jethro Morales
Pencils by Jethro Morales
Pencils by Jethro Morales
Pencils by Jethro Morales
Pencils by Jethro Morales
Pencils by Jethro Morales
Pencils by Jethro Morales
Pencils by Jethro Morales
Pencils by Jethro Morales
Pencils by Jethro Morales
Pencils by Jethro Morales
Pencils by Jethro Morales
Pencils by Jethro Morales
Pencils by Jethro Morales
Pencils by Jethro Morales
Pencils by Jethro Morales
Pencils by Jethro Morales
Pencils by Jethro Morales
Pencils by Jethro Morales
Pencils by Jethro Morales
Pencils by Jethro Morales
Pencils by Jethro Morales
Pencils by Jethro Morales
Pencils by Jethro Morales
Pencils by Jethro Morales
Pencils by Jethro Morales
Pencils by Jethro Morales

Risks and challenges

Our only risk or challenge is funding. We have started production of the comic with my initial budget, but need Kickstarter to raise the funds to complete the project.

The talent team are all professionals in comics and our deadlines are reasonable.

Delays in shipping and printing may occur due to unforeseen elements outside our control. If that happens, I will communicate in a timely manner so everyone is informed and up to date.

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    DREAM THIEF PLUS REWARD

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    Deadpool Weekend Package!!!
    Hello, CHASING HITLER Kickstarter fans and supporters! It's DEADPOOL WEEKEND! Marvel's Merc with a Mouth was created in 1991 by Rob Liefeld and Fabian Nicieza and he's making his big screen debut tonight, 25 years later. To celebrate, our friend and Deadpool artist, John Lucas has drawn 4 exclusive original Deadpool sketches for the Chasing Hitler Kickstarter! With the Deadpool Weekend reward you get all the Chasing Hitler goodies AND an original Deadpool sketch.
    Check out the crazy kooky goodness of joltin' Johnny Lucas on Twitter (@himwhatjolts) or on his Facebook Artist Page (https://www.facebook.com/JohnjoltinJohnnyLucas/?fref=ts). Much thanks to our good friend John Lucas.

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    We're getting close to our goal, folks! So to help us over the finish line, we're adding a few new CHASING HITLER rewards. One is the EL DIABLO reward. You get all the goodies of the $55 level PLUS the ultra-rare first appearance of El Diablo from DC's new SUICIDE SQUAD movie signed by Jai Nitz. These six comics would cost you over FOUR HUNDRED DOLLARS at Mile High Comics. You get them as part of your reward! (LIMIT 1)


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