Interceptor first appeared in Stormchasers #5, as part of a new group of heroes introduced in that issue. While his look had grabbed people's interest, they immediately drew comparisons to another shield slinging comic book avenger. It was not until Unstoppable Origins #1, did they learn that his shield was tied to the sword Excalibur and Arthurian legend. This layer of dimension to Interceptor is explored in this issue, as well as some of the secrets to his shield.
The Stormchasers was the first comic book to be produced by Unstoppable Comics. It is our flagship title, a team book along the lines of Avengers and Justice league, but more importantly it is the centerpiece of everything that happens in the Unstoppable Comics Universe. Within the pages of the Stormchasers we learn of the EVO's that defend the earth. EVO's is a term for those in humanity that have taken the next step in evolution (plus we can't use the word mutant). Some gain their gifts by accident, science, birth or magic like Interceptor . Of those that have taken the next step in evolution, some are viewed as being cursed, some feel they are blessed. There are those that use their gifts for sinister purposes and then there are The Stormchasers. The Stormchasers are EVO's that have chosen to use their gifts to defend the world from those that want to use their powers to burn it.
For those of you that have never heard of Unstoppable Comics, we are a small comic book production company based in New York. Our comic books are based on modern day heroes that wear capes and costumes, and exist in a shared universe. We are not trying to reinvent the wheel, at Unstoppable Comics we just want to tell interesting stories from a new perspective. We do not have the big budget that most companies have, so we creatively introduce the characters of our shared universe within the pages of The Stormchasers. Each story arc brings in new characters, and those that gain interest get a spotlight in the Unstoppable Origins series, or get their own title such as Dragonstorm. We want to make the characters under the masks look like the people we grew up with, and treat it with dignity. For the past couple of years we have been hitting conventions up and down the east coast from Boston to Puerto Rico and back, and in that time adding to our catalog of titles.
The creative team on Interceptor #1, consists of Brandon Easton, (writer) Russ Leach (illustrator), Michael Summers (colorist) and JayDee Rosario (letterer). Brandon is a screen writer who has worked on animated series such as Thundercats, and Tranfromers: Rescuebots. He is also an accomplished comic scribe working on titles like Watson and Holmes and Armarauders, and is a 2014 Eisner award nominee. Russ has been with Unstoppable Comics for a while now having illustrated issues #5,#6 and #7 of the Stormchasers, along with the Stormchasers #1:redux (which was our first successful kickstarter) Not to mention he has illustrated Unstoppable Origins #2, #3 and #4. Michael Summers has been with Unstoppable Comics almost from the beginning. He has colored every issue from Unstoppable Comics with the exception of the original Stormchasers #1. JayDee Rosario is the publisher of Unstoppable Comics as well as the letterer, and has lettered every issue since the Stormchasers #2.
The budget breakdown is pretty simple. All the artwork, coloring, and lettering is done for Interceptor #1, all we are looking for is funding to print the comic book. So all of the money that is raised will go to printing and shipping with the exception of the fees that are taken by Kickstarter and Amazon. Once the money has changed hands to us the comic book will be sent to the printer. Two weeks from that point (baring any problems) we should receive the books and ship them out. So expect to see the comics in your home within 3-4 weeks of the end to this Kickstarter campaign. If we go past our goal any money raised will go towards production costs of another issue from Unstoppable Comics.
Kickstarter offers us opportunities to expand our reach to readers that we have not met due to travel limitations, or because we are not featured on many of the popular news sites. This is not our first kickstarter campaign. Having failed in our first attempt we learned some valuable lessons, and are now applying it to this campaign. As for those that already know and support us, Kickstarter allows these fans (or Unstoppable Ones as I call them) to help us spread the word. This in turn gets us to produce more of the material they are growing to love.
Kickstarter also allows us the opportunity to manage our printed copies. Through this we only print what is ordered on kickstarter, plus another hundred copies or so. The reason we are doing this is to maintain the issue as a collectible, and to have as incentives for the next kickstarter and conventions.
Here are some preview pages to Interceptor #1
Risks and challenges
There are always risks and challenges in everything we do. As a comic book publisher I have experienced printing and shipping delays, creative differences, and people dropping out of a project mid production. These are things that have happened and will always happen. That is why I have tried to limit as many of the x factors on this Kickstarter as possible, by starting first with an art production team that is knows and has worked with each other for years. As I said earlier the book is already made, all we have to do is print it up. Aside from that, I hope our library speaks for itself in regards to the quality of our comic books.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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