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A trade paperback to collect all 4 color issues of my comic series, OPPOSITE FORCES. To include a bonus sketchbook, and more.

Hello, and thank you for checking out my Kickstarter Project for my comic, "Opposite Forces".  In a nutshell, this project is a printing project to compile all four COLOR issues of my comic series from the early 2000s, plus all the covers, pinups (many in color for the first time), and never before seen sketches all under one "roof" or trade paperback.  In ADDITION, I am going to include a rare two page story drawn by me (in color for the first time), a separate development/sketcbook section for a TV VERSION pitch I've created (redesigning the characters, making them younger and in high school), as well as a mini flip book in the corner of never before seen animation I created of Marty and Alexis (in COLOR!).  JAM PACKED, right?  I know, I'm excited to hold it too!

SOME HISTORY of Opposite Forces:  I wrote and drew this series over about 4 or 5 years in the early 2000s.  It was a real labor of love for me.  My buddy and I started a comic company to self-publish our own creations called Funnypages Press.  This first story arc (issues 1-4, reproduced in this Kickstarter) was originally printed in BLACK AND WHITE with a press run of only a couple thousand.  They are very rare to find (though I have a few left that I am offering in one of the incentive tiers to the right).  Around 2005 or so, ALIAS Publishing (now long gone) offered to reprint issues 1-4 in COLOR for the first time.  I created all new covers for that run and we had a talented artist (Cedric Hohnstadt) INK issues 3 and 4  (which I had drawn much more roughly), along with the covers.  Joshua Ray did an excellent job coloring all four issues and the covers.  So, between the two print runs, there were two versions of the interior art (black and white/ color) and 8 different covers created for the combined runs.  AND, all "celebrity" pinups and covers that I had made for the black and white (Funnypages Press) version were NOT reproduced for the COLOR (Alias) version.  SO- this is why I wanted to finally compile the BEST of all the versions, have some of the pinups colored for the first time, AND add extra content like the sketchbook sections to create THIS AWESOME TRADE PAPERBACK!  It's the ULTIMATE OPPOSITE FORCES BOOK!  

What will the money be used for?  Well, largely, the printing of the book, the art prints, paying some colorists, a graphic artist to put the book together and color the animation drawings, my 15 year old daughter wants something for helping to ship stuff and help shoot my video, Amazon and Kickstarter fees (that's up to 10% right there), and Shipping (this could be about 20-25% of the costs too).  IF we go over the goal, I do plan on ADDING A FEW "REACH" GOALS.  Maybe Hardcover?  Maybe adding more pages to the sketchbook sections?  Maybe both or more?  We'll see.  

PS- Send me a note if you have any ideas of other incentives that you'd like to see.  I may add some as we go!

NOTE: I HAVE CHANGED MY MIND and have added a PDF version of the book to the $35 and up levels.  Since this Kickstarter is IN PROGRESS, I don't feel it is right to add a lower level tier with JUST the PDF version of the book.  It would be unfair to those that have already purchased the book.  If you have backed at the $20 level and still ALSO want the PDF version, then I suggest you UPGRADE to that level.  I hope this helps those that enjoy both digital and book form versions of this book.  

ALSO, this new PDF version of the book will ALSO go to EVERYONE that is ABOVE the $35 tier.  I can not change the wording of the tiers once the Kickstarter has begun, so this is the best way I know how to get that word out.   "Always be backing!"

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And here's some images of what you are getting in some of the INCENTIVES on the right:

HERE'S THE BOOK COVER:

A couple sample interior pages from the 80+ page story:

Issue 1, page 13
Issue 1, page 13
Issue 1, page 14
Issue 1, page 14

The book will include tons of alternate covers, pinups, and sketchbook pages too!

There's even a never before seen animation I created of Marty and Alexis running toward the camera.  It is being colored and put in the corner of the sketchbook section as a flip book!  Here is an example of one of the frames from the Alexis level!  (The Marty and Alexis original animation artwork from this animation is a part of some of the incentives on the right!)

One drawing from the Alexis level of the run cycle (NOTE: the original artwork is NOT in color)
One drawing from the Alexis level of the run cycle (NOTE: the original artwork is NOT in color)

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AND for some of the incentive tiers there are EXTRAS like:

Page samples of the Tom Bancroft SUPERHEROES PDF Sketchbook
Page samples of the Tom Bancroft SUPERHEROES PDF Sketchbook

Here is the original artwork for the $250 tiers- The Marty Fan and The Alexis Fan:

NOTE: These are two SEPARATE tiers.  You only get ONE piece of original art, not both.
NOTE: These are two SEPARATE tiers. You only get ONE piece of original art, not both.
Cover art is hand inked and Print art is in pencil
Cover art is hand inked and Print art is in pencil

Risks and challenges Learn about accountability on Kickstarter

I will be working with a very well known printer in China. They are high quality and have printed many Kickstarter projects along with great "art of" books for many well-known comic artists. Obviously, there can be challenges to working with any company abroad, so some shipping delays can always happen. My shipment deadline in each backing tier is just a guess of when I might get the comic back from the printer (usually 3 months) and get all of them together and shipped out to you. Assume 4 months, I guess. My 15 year old daughter will be working with me (so she can raise a little money for overly sexy swim suits for summer- dang it!) to help ship and fulfill all the incentives. That can always be problematic but I have 4 daughters so working with ONE sounds easy. Shouldn't be a problem we can't handle by bringing MOM in to get things done. I will do my best to get quality packing materials to ship all the incentives. I live in fear of the postal service, so that should help us all here. Also, my time is limited because of many work commitments, but I am planning on making this as much of a priority as possible to accomplish all the shipping, emails, and art commissions to everyone's full pleasure.

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    An email Thank You note from Tom Bancroft on behalf of himself, the artist contributors, the colorists, graphic designers, and family members that will benefit from those 2 smackers.

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    A specially made “Tom Bancroft’s Superhero Art” sketchbook PDF (link emailed to you) featuring sketches and color images of superheroes/ heroines (mostly Marvel and DC characters) that Tom has done for years for pleasure and never profit. (None of these sketches will be in the Opp. Forces book)

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    YOU GET THE BOOK! This is the Opposite Forces Trade paper back that is described to the left and in the well-made video. Autographed by Tom Bancroft (No PDF sketchbook included)

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    YOU GET THE BOOK! This is the Opposite Forces Trade paper back that is described to the left and in the well-made video. Autographed by Tom Bancroft, Plus the PDF Superhero sketchbook.

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    YOU GET THE BOOK! This is the Opposite Forces Trade paper back that is described to the left and in the well-made video. Autographed by Tom Bancroft, PLUS the PDF Superhero sketchbook AND a PDF VERSION of the book!

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    You get the BOOK, autographed by Tom and an EXCLUSIVE 8 ½ x 11” Opposite Forces PRINT, also signed by Tom. Plus the PDF Superhero sketchbook.

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    You get the BOOK, autographed by Tom, with a HEAD SKETCH of either Alexis, Marty, Bopper, or Captain Dynamo. Plus the PDF Superhero sketchbook. (Artist picks the character to save his sanity)

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    OPPOSITE FORCES COLLECTORS PACKAGE- You get the BOOK, autographed by Tom, with a HEAD SKETCH of either Alexis, Marty, Bopper, or Captain Dynamo. All 4 issues of the original first print, Black and White version of Opposite Forces 1-4 (from 2000-2004), an Opp. Forces mini-poster, Plus the PDF Superhero sketchbook. (Artist picks the character to save his sanity: poster will be shipped folded.)

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    SKETCH COMMISSION- You get the BOOK, autographed by Tom, with a HEAD SKETCH of Alexis in it AND and an original sketch commission of a character of your choice in pencil on 8 ½ x 11” paper. Plus the EXCLUSIVE 8 ½ x 11” Opposite Forces PRINT and the PDF Superhero sketchbook.

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    MARTY FAN- You get the BOOK, autographed by Tom, with a HEAD SKETCH of Marty in it AND the ORIGINAL ART for the NEW MARTY sketchbook page used in the book! AND one of the animation drawings from the Marty Run Cycle used in the animation for the flip book.Plus the EXCLUSIVE 8 ½ x 11” Opposite Forces PRINT and the PDF Superhero sketchbook.

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    ALEXIS FAN- You get the BOOK, autographed by Tom, with a HEAD SKETCH of Alexis in it AND the ORIGINAL ART for the NEW ALEXIS sketchbook page used in the book! AND one of the animation drawings from the Alexis Run Cycle used in the animation for the flip book. Plus the EXCLUSIVE 8 ½ x 11” Opposite Forces PRINT and the PDF Superhero sketchbook.

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    COLOR ORIGINAL ART COMMISSION: You get the BOOK, autographed by Tom, with a HEAD SKETCH of either Alexis, Marty, Bopper, or Captain Dynamo (YOUR CHOICE). AND a COLOR piece of original art commission of your choosing (1 or 2 characters depending on complexity, no nudity or violence) Plus the EXCLUSIVE 8 ½ x 11” Opposite Forces PRINT and the PDF Superhero sketchbook.

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    ULTIMATE ANIMATION FAN! You get the BOOK, autographed by Tom, with a HEAD SKETCH of either Alexis, Marty, Bopper, or Captain Dynamo. BOTH character design books by Tom Bancroft: “Creating Characters with Personality” and “Character Mentor” signed by Tom. A original drawing of an animation character of my choice (hint- “DRAGON! DRAGON! I don’t do that TONGUE thing!”) on 8 ½ x 11”, AND one of the animation drawings of the MARTY OR ALEXIS Run Cycle used in the animation for the flip book. (my choice dependent upon which character is available), Plus the EXCLUSIVE 8 ½ x 11” Opposite Forces PRINT and the PDF Superhero sketchbook.

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    COMMISSION and LIVE CHAT!- A COLOR Commission original art of YOUR CHOICE (on 8 ½ x 11” paper) AND a LIVE SKYPE session with Tom Bancroft for a half hour. (Talk about whatever and/or have him review your portfolio, give one on one lessons, etc.) Also, You get the BOOK, autographed by Tom, with a HEAD SKETCH of either Alexis, Marty, Bopper, or Captain Dynamo (YOUR CHOICE) and the PDF of the SUPERHERO SKETCHBOOK.

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    Ultimate Original Art collector!- You get the Original inked artwork for the COVER of the trade (on 8 ½ x 11” paper) AND the ORIGINAL DRAWING used to make the EXCLUSIVE PRINT. Also, You get 3 COPIES OF THE BOOK, autographed by Tom, with a HEAD SKETCH of either Alexis, Marty, Bopper, or Captain Dynamo (YOUR CHOICE), THREE signed copies of the print (to give to friends) and the PDF of the SUPERHERO SKETCHBOOK.

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    ORIGINAL CHARACTER DESIGN- Tom will design a professional character design for your project! (ONE character only.) This will include multiple rough sketches (different versions) of the char. based on your descriptions/needs, some revisions, a final,"Display" pose of the character, and a 4 view orthographic model sheet of the final design. (Color model, expression sheets, etc. are extra and can be worked out later). ALSO- You get 2 COPIES of the BOOK, autographed by Tom, with a HEAD SKETCH of either Alexis, Marty, Bopper, or Captain Dynamo (YOUR CHOICE) in each and the PDF of the SUPERHERO SKETCHBOOK.

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    EDUCATIONAL LECTURE: For teachers, students and schools. Tom will create a LIVE SKYPE character design workshop for an animation club/ group/ class to last between 1-1 ½ hours. ALSO- You get 10 COPIES of the BOOK, autographed by Tom, with a HEAD SKETCH of either Alexis, Marty, Bopper, or Captain Dynamo (YOUR CHOICE) in each! AND (one copy) of BOTH character design books by Tom Bancroft: “Creating Characters with Personality” and “Character Mentor” signed by Tom.

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