About this project
I've had a request from a backer for some Add-Ons, and I'm glad to accommodate my backers as best I can. Check out the Project Update 10 for Add-On options, or contact me directly to help you build a custom reward tier.
Stretch Goal #1 - $2,400
It's been a long two weeks, but today we finally hit the project goal, and well ahead of the project end date. Thanks to all of you, the Stalker: Donning the Mask Graphic Novel will be a reality in a few short month.
Our first stretch goal is the follow up comic to the Stalker series. It's been 19 months of Stalker, and it's time to see some of the broader world she lives in, the heroes, the villains, the threats. Gateway Legends #1 takes us on a journey through three short stories in a 32 page comic with creative talents including Wilfredo Torres, Sara Richard and Jamal Igle.
Our first story, illustrated by Wilfredo Torres, introduces super spy, Nightwind. When supervillan genius, Overlord, dies, his high tech villainy is up for grabs and Nightwind has to stop it from falling into the wrong hands. Introduces Chicago based super-team, the Vigilance Committee.
Our second story takes us back to New York and the Guardians who were introduced in Stalker #4. Also illustrated by Wilfredo Torres, the Guardians investigate when children start to go missing on Christmas Eve. Guest appearance by Stalker.
The last of our three stories introduces the Watchtower Division of the Massachusetts State Police. This team deals with the weird, the super-powered, and the occasionally really unlucky burglars, as in this case where some jewel thieves learn it's not a good idea to mess with Gargoyle. Drawn by Jamal Igle, this is one of Jamal's earliest works, from 1996, though it is only reaching publication now, through this Kickstarter.
As you can see from the art samples, Gateway Legends is already quite far along and needs just a little more work to have it ready for publication. Specifically, the gargoyle story needs to be colored and lettered.
I've set a Stretch Goal which will allow me to color those seven pages and get a small print run for convention sales. The goal must also cover the increase in rewards costs and Kickstarter fees. For this, $900 should cover those costs.
For my Backers I have a few extras if we reach goal. First off, those original Jamal Igle pages make a great new reward tier. These are some of his first professional work, before Marvel, before DC, while he was still "the Geek King" roaming the convention floors looking for a gig. If you're a Jamal fan, these are definitely collectibles.
Next, anyone already getting a digital reward, will, if the stretch goal is reached, get a PDF of the Gateway Legends #1 book when it's complete.
Anyone getting a shipped reward will get the original ashcan comic of the Gargoyle story, Watchtower #0 produced by my old Living Legends Entertainment. These were produced late at night at a Kinkos in Albany New York for the 1996, CANCELLED New York Comic Spectacular, then one of the largest cons in the country and shut down by the fire marshal as we stood outside waiting to get in. A true garage comic.
At the $40 or higher level? You'll get the final, printed Gateway Legends #1 comic, including all three stories.
So, it's time to start over, new goal, new rewards, new comic. Let's finish Gateway Legends #1 and expand the Gateway Comics Universe.
Original Project - Goal Reached!!
When Carrie’s parents are murdered, she decides to take on her mother’s legacy as the masked crime fighter, Stalker.
I needs your help to print Stalker: Donning the Mask, Graphic Novel. This is a 116 page Graphic Novel including the first four issues of Stalker as well as a 22 page bonus story available only in the Graphic Novel.
23 years ago, in the early days of the masked hero, Stalker and her partner, Public Defender fought crime in the city, but now, Stalker has been murdered and her daughter takes up the mantle of Stalker to carry on her mother’s legacy and seek justice for those responsible for her parents’ deaths.
When the truth about the night her parents died comes out, though, an angry and betrayed Stalker must look back at her life and the events that brought her here and decide what that means for her future.
Starring Carrie Stane (aka Stalker)
Guest stars Peter Cannon (aka Public Defender), Lecretia Cannon (aka Black Fury) and Veronica Maccino (aka Stalker),
Introducing the Guardians: Revolver, Eclipse, Argent, Sidekick and September..
These are some of the heroes of the Gateway Universe.
The first chapter takes us back 23 years, to 1988. Carrie’s mother is the original Stalker, working along side Public Defender.
Six years ago, Carrie’s parents were murdered. Learn what happened and how Carrie came to take on the mask.
Just 10 months ago, Carrie took on her first case as Stalker, working along side Public Defender and Black Fury. She learns that being a superhero isn’t all fun and games. There is a real price to be paid for this choice.
Tonight, Stalker comes face-to-face with those responsible for her parents murder and learns a secret that has been kept from her for all these years by her mentor, Public Defender, a secret which will force her to decide what direction to take in her life.
Stalker: Donning the Mask is written by Bradley Potts and illustrated by Trevor Von Eeden.
Exclusive Graphic Novel Content, in 1995 the first Stalker comic was created, Written by Bradley Potts, Penciled by Danny Fahs. See an early version of Stalker and her world in this 22 page, previously unpublished story.
Where the money goes: Your backing would enable me to print 100+ copies of Stalker: Donning the Mask to send off to backers with some leftover to sell at conventions along with incentives, shipping, shipping materials, and, of course, the Amazon fees (5% off the top, plus credit card fees.)
I've provided a number of rewards tiers, ranging from $1 to $200. Rewards include things like online shout outs at all tiers, digital comics, print comics, prints, and even original comic art pages. Most tiers are cumulative with the tiers below, but check the descriptions.
Online Shout Out - All supporters, of any level, will be announced to my Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn followers and my weekly newsletter, nearly 2,500 strong altogether. I'll be happy to mention your own creative effort/webpage so long as it's Safe For Work content. I'll also list you on a special Supporters page on my home website.
Digital Comics - Many tiers include digital comics. These will be delivered as PDFs as soon as the campaign is successfully completed and funds received from Amazon. This typically takes about two weeks after the campaign closes.
Depending on your reward tier, titles offered include Stalker #1, the 20 page first chapter of the Donning the Mask story, In Search of Justice, a ten page story featuring Public Defender and Black Fury available exclusively as a Kickstarter reward, and the complete Donning the Mask Graphic Novel.
Physical Book Rewards - Of course, this campaign is meant to bring a Donning the Mask Graphic Novel to print, and that is the reward most of you are looking for. Depending on reward tier, you may receive an first print copy of Stalker #1, signed by myself, or the complete Donning the Mask Graphic Novel. For those completionists amongst you, you can get the complete library, the four original comic issues AND the Graphic Novel.
Stalker: Donning the Mask, Special Edition - The Special Edition features cover art by Shelby Robertson, comes with the 10 page In Search of Justice included and a print of the cover art. Any reward tier which includes the standard edition can be upgraded to the Special Edition for $10.
Art Prints - Drawn from the Donning the Mask artwork, I have a selection of eleven different art prints. Add a print to your rewards package for $10, additional prints for only $5.
Original Art - For my collectors of original art pieces, the original Trevor Von Eeden pages from Donning the Mask, penciled and inked by this comic legend. I have three covers available and 78 interior pages. Obviously, I only have one of each page. Also, 22 pages of original pencils by the late Danny Fahs from the bonus 1995 Stalker story, First Night. First come first serve as far as selecting which page you want as your reward.
Stalker Mask - This one of a kind reward is a full size, hand crafted leather Stalker mask. It was crafted for a cosplayer that was going to join me as Stalker at local conventions, but now I'm offering it as part of this Kickstarter. It's a unique piece of Stalker memorabilia, so grab it quick and start your own Stalker cosplay outfit.
THE CREATIVE TEAM:
Bradley Potts: Writer/Creator/Letterer: Based in St Louis, Brad has been an avid reader of superhero fiction for 30 years. Having developed the story and character of Stalker for nearly a quarter century he now brings together a team of artists to bring this thrilling story to you.
It was the summer of 1982. I rode my bike down to the local drug store one evening and laid down 60 cents for Daredevil #188, and that was the beginning of so many things. From that point on, I was a certified superhero junky, Filling my room and home with thousands of comics, old and new.
It was also the birth of something else, the writer in me. It started by taking my original Dungeons & Dragons character and… drawing comics about them. At the time, I thought I wanted to become a comic artist. Art failing me, I turned to proses, cranking out hundreds of pages of never published Fantasy stories.
Late in 1990, though, a new character came out of my imagination. Not a fantasy warrior or wizard, but a modern day hero in a costume. A young woman with no powers, just a drive to do what she had failed to do before, protect others as she’d been unable to do for her mother.
Over the next 20 years, the character was refined, her life and adventures chronicled until finally, I wrote a script that I intended to draw as a comic book, Stalker: Donning the Mask. Fortunately for us all, I instead chose to hire professional artists. Meet the rest of the team.
Trevor Von Eeden – Pencils and Inks: The legendary Trevor Von Eeden started at DC Comics in the late 70s as the youngest artist ever hired by DC and one of their first black artists. His credits include Black Lightning, Batman, Black Canary and Green Arrow.
Blake Wilkie – Colorist: Mobile Alabama based colorist, Blake Wilkie, brings over 16 year’s experience to the pages of Stalker. Past credits include work for West End Games and Run Amok Games and he was 2014’s featured artist at Mobicon.
George Freeman – Colorist: George is an award winning Canadian artist who began his career on the Canadian comic, Captain Canuck. Inducted into the Canadian Comic Book Creator Hall of Fame, other credits include Green Lantern, Aquaman, Jack of Hearts, Avengers and Batman.
Sara Richard – Cover Artist: Sara is a brilliant young artist from New Hampshire. Her art graces the covers of IDW’s My Little Pony series, but her first comic cover credit is here on Stalker #1. She also provided the artwork for the Eisner Award nominated children’s book “Kitty and Dino.”Danny Fahs – Penciller: Danny Fahs provided pencils for the first Stalker comic, created, but never published, in 1995. Danny is best known for his work for Antartic Press with comics like Ninja High School in the early 90s. Danny is no longer with us, having passed away after long illness, but I’m proud to present as part of this Graphic Novel one of his last, previously unpublished works.
SEE WHAT OTHER PEOPLE SAY ABOUT STALKER: DONNING THE MASK
Beautiful backgrounds and a hero in battle greet you as you open this comic. Stalker is drawn intense. Her facial expression clearly illustrates that…
Watching as Carrie goes from young teenage girl to hardened crime fighter is a journey you will be sure to want to go on. Carrie does have what it takes.
Stalker is pure fluid motion as she attacks. The last page is one fantastic must see pose of Stalker. This hero is one intense beauty.
Stalker is definitely a character with lots of potential. She has the makings of a great hero. Both the writing and art bring out the best in her character. This is a comic to watch. – Richard Vasseur, Jazma Online (Full Review)
Stalker is a story of vengeance but with an interesting twist. Generally comic books do not spend a lot of time on back story in the first issue but Potts does. This makes the characters more multidimensional and interesting than is usual for comic books.
Stalker inhabits a complex universe. The art has some unique features. There are a high number of panels per page and I am sure this is a deliberate effect from an experienced artist like Von Eeden. This dense panel format gives the reader a sense of walking through a labyrinth and this effect matches the narrative of the story nicely. The use of borderline monochromatic coloring in certain pages and certain collections of panels adds to the visual drama of the comic book.
There is an almost Tarantinoesque quality to the street scenes. The action scenes are dramatic. The Stalker is portrayed visually as having a balletic fighting style that is in contrast to the more brutal fighting style of the men in this universe. This is a gritty street level universe that Batman and Black Canary would understand and Von Eeden’s prior work with those titles shows.
Overall, The Stalker is a good read and I look forward to the next issue of the plot arc Donning the Mask that has started with issue #1. – Hugh Fox III (Full Review)
I met Bradley Potts, writer of Sunday Superheroes, at Wizard World St. Louis. His charismatic personally drew me in right away. I promised to check out Sunday Superheroes and write about it if I enjoyed it. Well, I am enjoying it it thoroughly. I read all thirteen pages and can’t wait until next Sunday’s edition. - Larry Little, Geekycool,com (Full Review)
So, once we reach our goal, what then? What's next for Gateway Comics?
STRETCH GOAL #2 - STALKER #5!! I have the draft script done already and am busy editing and revising it. I've recruited the talented Shelby Robertson for primary art duties. In this 24 page adventure, Stalker is back on the prowl. What at first seems like a simple case of Trafficking soon explodes and she has a run in with her first supervillain. Funds to be used for primary artwork. If achieved, Sunday-Superheroes will immediately begin publishing TWICE A WEEK, through the end of Stalker #5 and all $10 tier or higher contributors will receive a digital copy of the new book. Goal Amount [LOCKED]
STRETCH GOAL #3 - [LOCKED]
Risks and challenges
The biggest hurdle for any comic project is working with the artists and getting the art for the book done in a timely manner. Unexpected issues, failure of artists to deliver promised work, greater than expected expenses all hold great challenges for many comic book projects.
The good news is that all art for the graphic novel is already completed. Stalker #1-4 are complete and in print already as single issues. Artwork for the bonus story is also already completed. The book is ready to go to the printer as soon as the campaign is successfully completed.
The next hurdle is delivery of rewards. Printing of the books, packaging of rewards and shipping them to contributors. I have endeavored to budget sufficient funds in the campaign to handle all the shipping requirements.
I have been printing and selling comics at conventions for over a year, so I see no issue with printing. As soon as the books are printed, I'll get those and the other rewards shipped. I will be sending out updates at least once a week throughout the reward portion of the campaign to keep contributors informed of my progress.
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