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CON HOT - The Weird & Wonderful World of Comic Con

Love comic con? Love comics, cosplay and crazy hijinks? Are you... CON HOT? Then this is the ongoing comic book series for you.

CON HOT - The Weird & Wonderful World of Comic Con

Love comic con? Love comics, cosplay and crazy hijinks? Are you... CON HOT? Then this is the ongoing comic book series for you.

£162
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Funding Unsuccessful
The project's funding goal was not reached on Wed, July 15 2015 3:27 PM UTC +00:00

About

After a long day of selling comics at the MCM Comic Con, Sajan and Karim were in the pub pitching ideas for their next series.

Then it hit us like a lightning bolt from the gods. A comic book concept so awesome it was burnt into our beer sodden brains. 

And that comic book was... CON HOT™.

Mock up of CON HOT™ #1
Mock up of CON HOT™ #1

Each 28-page issue of the series will be split into two parallel stories, both taking place at the fictional home of UK geekdom, the splendiferous Avalon Comic Con.

By contributing to this campaign you will be supporting the publication of vol.1 of the series, which encompasses CON HOT™ issues #1-4.

Now if you've heard the words CON HOT™ before it's probably in the context of the Urban Dictionary's definition of the term.

The Urban Dictionary's definition of CON HOT™
The Urban Dictionary's definition of CON HOT™

Kind of sucks, right? 

Well then it's a good thing we believe in the total opposite. 

Because anyone who's ever been to comic con knows that you couldn't find a more diverse, strange and completely awesome crowd of people if you tried.

CON HOT Art by Shane Melisse.
CON HOT Art by Shane Melisse.

 So we're taking CON HOT™ back, and using it as the inspiration of our new ongoing series, all about the lives of cosplayers, comic book fans and everyone in-between.

CON HOT™ vol.1 will focus on the following two storylines.

LOVE IN THE TIME OF COMIC CON is a tale of passion, romance and cosplay.

It follows the trials and tribulations of Randal Lee, the wildly successful creator of the comic book character Queen O’ Hearts.

Jaded by the trappings of his success, Randy has come to hate his own creation and wants nothing more to do with her.

But that all changes when Randy finds himself falling for the Queen O’ Hearts number one fan. Cosplay enthusiast and masked crimefighter - Charlotte Monday.

Randal Lee, creator of the Queen O' Hearts.
Randal Lee, creator of the Queen O' Hearts.
Charlotte Munday a.k.a. Queen O' Hearts.
Charlotte Munday a.k.a. Queen O' Hearts.
Queen O' Hearts concept sketch.
Queen O' Hearts concept sketch.
Queen O' Heart Concept Sketch by Siobhan Alcaide
Queen O' Heart Concept Sketch by Siobhan Alcaide
     

CON QUEST is an epic story inspired by the likes of Conan, Slaine and just a dash of Dungeons & Dragons.

Marty Mistri is a cynic, hipster, and too cool for comic con. Or at least he likes to think he is. 

But whatever else he may be, Marty is a good big brother, which is why he finds himself chaperoning his kid sister Sam around the Avalon Comic Con.

When Sam is targeted by a notorious cyber bully, a mysterious figure known only as the Con Troll, Marty finds himself drawn into a perilous quest to track down the twitter terrorist.

Along the way he'll gather a ragtag team of people cosplaying as dwarves, elf-lords and genre-defying cyborgs, all fellow victims of the Con Troll and desirous of revenge.

Together, this motley crew will face unknowable evil, and put an end to his reign of terror forever.

Marty Mistri concept sketch.
Marty Mistri concept sketch.
Who is the Con Troll?
Who is the Con Troll?

Here at CON HOT™ HQ we've gathered together a team of amazingly talented comic book creatives.

KARIM FLINT is a screenwriter, journalist and comic book publisher based in the UK. In 2014 he co-founded Limehouse Comics, whose first book TO ARMS! was featured as part of the British Library's Comics Unmasked exhibition and the Lakes Arts Festival. 

Karim is currently developing projects for both TV and film, but at his core he'll always be a true comic book fanboy, which is why he's so excited about working on a book that celebrates all things comic con and geek related.

Karim interviewing Felicia Day of Supernatural, Dr. Horrible's Sing-A-Long Blog & The Guild.
Karim interviewing Felicia Day of Supernatural, Dr. Horrible's Sing-A-Long Blog & The Guild.
Karim's first anthology, the TO ARMS! graphic novel (cover by Tim Hassan).
Karim's first anthology, the TO ARMS! graphic novel (cover by Tim Hassan).
Karim with John Noble of Fringe, Sleepy Hollow & Batman: Arkham Knights.
Karim with John Noble of Fringe, Sleepy Hollow & Batman: Arkham Knights.

SAJAN RAI is a prolific comic book creator, and founding member of the Backwards Burd publishing collective. His creator owned titles include Brocko 'N FrensPetty Beach and F**K You Kitty Jenkins.

Sajan has exhibited his work at pretty much every major comic book in the UK, so he  really knows his audience when it comes to reaching out to the comic con crowd. He'll be doing the lions share of the art in issue #1, but as the series go on you can expect to see art from a lot of his very talented friends.

Sajan Rai @ the MCM London Comic Con
Sajan Rai @ the MCM London Comic Con
Sajan Rai's creator owned book Brocko 'N Frens.
Sajan Rai's creator owned book Brocko 'N Frens.
Sajan Rai's creator owned book Petty Beach.
Sajan Rai's creator owned book Petty Beach.
An amazing page from Sajan Rai's Petty Beach.
An amazing page from Sajan Rai's Petty Beach.

SHANE MELISE is a relatively newbie to the comic publishing scene, but you couldn't tell from his work. He's previously collaborated with both Karim and Sajan on TO ARMS! and F**K You Kitty Jenkins, and will providing additional artwork for the CON HOT™ series.

Shane Melisse signing copies of F**k You Kitty Jenkins @ GOSH Comics London.
Shane Melisse signing copies of F**k You Kitty Jenkins @ GOSH Comics London.
Sajan Rai & Shane Melisse's previous book F**K You Kitty Jenkins, published by Backwards Burd.
Sajan Rai & Shane Melisse's previous book F**K You Kitty Jenkins, published by Backwards Burd.
        

Look at all the amazing things you can get for supporting team CON HOT™.

£3 = CON HOT™ #1 Digital Edition

  • Be the first to get your hands on this amazing book, emailed to you on the day of publication.

£5 = Signed CON HOT™ #1 & Digital Edition

  • A true collectors item, signed by the creators of the book.

£8 = CON HOT™ #1, Petty Beach #1 & Brock 'N Frens #1 Digital Editions

  • A bumper pack of amazing digital comic books.
Digital Edition bumper pack.
Digital Edition bumper pack.

£12 Signed CON HOT™ #1 & CON HOT™ #1, Petty Beach #1 & Brock 'N Frens #1 Digital Editions

  • So many comic books your brain may just melt.

 £15 = Signed CON HOT™ #1, Digital Edition, CON HOT™ Vinyl Sticker & CON HOT™ Button Set

  • An amazing collection of merch for the true connoisseur of CON HOT™ awesomeness.

£20 = All of the Above & CON HOT™ & Limited Edition Bookplate Set

Lots of goodies for you, plus a spectacular set of bookplates made solely for this campaign (Reward limited to 200).

£40 = All of the Above & Limited Edition CON HOT™ T-Shirt

Mock up of the team CON HOT™ t-shirt.
Mock up of the team CON HOT™ t-shirt.
  •  Join the CON HOT™ army and wear this very special shirt with pride. Remember, you are CON HOT™ (Reward limited to 100).

£60 = All of the Above & Digital Commission 

  • An incredible piece of digital artwork from the awesome Sajan Rai (Reward limited to 25).
Example #1 - Digital Commission from Sajan Rai.
Example #1 - Digital Commission from Sajan Rai.
Example #2 - Digital Commission from Sajan Rai.
Example #2 - Digital Commission from Sajan Rai.

 £100 = All of the Above & Original Art Commission

  • An incredible piece of boutique art, tailored by Sajan Rai to your specifications (Reward limited to 10).
Example #1 - Original Art Commission by Sajan Rai.
Example #1 - Original Art Commission by Sajan Rai.
Example #2 - Original Art Commission by Sajan Rai.
Example #2 - Original Art Commission by Sajan Rai.

£150 = All of the Above & Be Drawn in CON HOT™ #2 

  • Be forever immortalised in ink in the second issue of the CON HOT™ series (Reward limited to 5, estimated release date of CON HOT™ #2 Nov 2015).

£200 = All of the Above & CON HOT™ #1 Original Pages

  • Own a piece of history, pages from the first issue of the soon to be classic CON HOT™ series (Reward limited to 5).

£1000 = All of the Above, Queen O' Hearts Life Sized Cut-Out & Guest of Team CON HOT™ at the LFCC 

  • Come meet our creative team at the London Film & Comic Con (Reward limited to 1, you must be 18+ years old to be eligible to claim, accommodation and travel to LFCC not included).

Here's how we're going to bring CON HOT™ from our Machiavellian minds to your front door. 

The majority of the money we hope to raise will go towards funding CON HOT™ #1, which we aim to follow with issues #2 - 4 before the end of the year.

Both Sajan and Karim are no strangers to the small press scene, and have experience in producing books of this sort. 

So they're confident in their ability to see this project through to completion with the following cost breakdown.

 IF WE HIT £4000 WE WILL...

  • Publish CON HOT™ vol.1 (issues #1-4) as a perfect bound graphic novel.
  • CON HOT™ vol.1 will include additional artwork, pages and a bonus story.
  • Any additional material produced will be sent as a bonus digital book to our contributors.

IF WE HIT £5000 WE WILL...

  • The Backwards Burd Band will produce a special LP of CON HOT™ inspired tracks.
  • All contributors will receive a downloadable copy of the album.

IF WE HIT £7000 WE WILL...

  • Guess what guys, we're also animators. So if we reach this stretch goal then we'll produce a short CON HOT™ animation.
  • All contributors will be sent a downloadable copy of the animation.

IF WE HIT £10,000 WE WILL...

  • CON HOT™ is hitting the road, and bringing our own brand of awesomeness to a US comic con.
  • Any of contributors who come visit us on our world tour will receive free gifts, as well as the chance to hang with team CON HOT™.

Risks and challenges

The biggest worry is not getting CON HOT™ #1 done in time to ship to our valued contributors, and to be ready for our planned real world launch at the London Film & Comic Con in July.

But as experienced comic book makers Sajan and Karim are uniquely equipped to tackle this challenge.

Being a co-founder of the Backwards Burd comic book collective Sajan knows how to shepard a comic book from initial concept to finished product. And with his background in screenwriting Karim is used to working to a tight deadline, within a high pressure creative environment.

Last year Karim co-published his first graphic novel, the comic book anthology TO ARMS! This book was crowdfunded through the website www.indiegogo.com, and was shipped successfully to all of the contributors to the project.

Additionally, Sajan's Backwards Burd book "F•*k You! Kitty Jenkins!" on kickstarter was successfully shipped, delivered to it's buyers.

So between the two of them Sajan and Karim have got what it takes to this project through to completion.

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    Signed CON HOT™ #1 & CON HOT™ #1, Petty Beach #1 & Brock 'N Frens #1 Digital Editions.

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    All of the Above & CON HOT™ Limited Edition CON HOT™ Poster.

    Don't miss out on this bumper collection of CON HOT™ goodies.

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    All of the Above & Original Art Commission.

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    All of the Above & Be Drawn in CON HOT™ #2.

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    All of the Above & CON HOT™ #1 Original Pages.

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    All of the Above, Queen O' Hearts Life Sized Cut-Out & Guest of Team CON HOT™ at the LFCC.

    Come meet our creative team at the London Film & Comic Con (you must be 18+ years old to be eligible to claim, accommodation and travel to LFCC not included).

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