UPDATE JULY 27: 100 Backers! Everyone gets a bookmark with the book! Also, we've added a new retailer level! Only a few days left!
UPDATE JULY 22: We've added a new reward level! We've got only 10 days left and we're still moving uphill but we're speeding up! The 10th alternate cover, and 11th cover overall has been completed. It's an EPIC cover that highlights Patriot-1's connection to Golden Age heroes of World War II! The new cover, at the new reward level of $75 is available as an 11 x 17. Don't miss out on this opportunity to get this print featuring Patriot-1 with classic characters: Uncle Sam, The Eagle, American Crusader, Yankee Girl. Captain Freedom, Pat Patriot and The Flag as part of your reward stash!
UPDATE JULY 19: We're currently at 81 backers! That's fantastic and I wish I could thank everyone personally. But we've still got some climbing to do to hit our goal and about 11 days to do it! So I was thinking, Patriot-1 is a pretty big book, it's 176 pages of story, and with all the extra content we could get up well into the 200s in terms of page count, so it'd help to have something to mark your place in the book.
Referrals are key to a successful Kickstarter campaign and the more you tell your friends, Facebook friends, Twitter followers and even your own Kickstarter backers (if you're a creator) about the project, the greater chance of success we'll have. So let's get 100 backers as soon as we can, we're heading into the homestretch, and if we can push forward, every print copy of Patriot-1 will come with a bookmark:
UPDATE JULY18: Just wanted to clarify the Rewards in the aftermath of the potato salad debacle, now that we're approaching the homestretch.
All backers starting at $12 will receive a PDF of RESOLVE: Chapter One, the 32-page webcomic that ties into Patriot-1.
All backers starting at $25 will receive the PDF of RESOLVE as well as a PDF of Chapter One of STEEL CREEK, an Eastwood-inspired Western.
We wanted to add these as an extra "thank you" for supporting us.
We've also added an "Ultimate Package" at 1,000 which includes every reward, PLUS the ability to create your own character in this universe that WILL appear in both RESOLVE and the sequel to Patriot-1.
UPDATE JULY 14: We've hit 25% and I'm eternally grateful for the support to get this book to print. We've updated some of the stretch goals to reflect new content and potential goals!
UPDATE JULY 13: We wanted to share this gorgeous commission by Patriot-1 artist Dexter Wee of the new-look Batgirl. Artists from all over the comics community have come together in support of the move by DC Comics. You can get a commission just like this one, or any character you want with a $150 pledge to Patriot-1.
UPDATE JULY 10: We've added a 9-page KICKSTARTER-EXCLUSIVE preview! Scroll down past the Rewards listing to check it out!
UPDATE JULY 8: We're initiating a potato salad counter attack for Patriot-1. All backers will receive a desktop/mobile wallpaper. For all levels $12 and above, a PDF of RESOLVE - a webcomic that ties directly into Patriot-1 will be included - you can read it for free at the link. For all levels $25 and above, you will get a PDF of the first issue of an Eastwood-inspired western "Steel Creek" as well as RESOLVE That's two additional comics, essentially for free. Support real projects and creative endeavors
Our mission is simple. Patriot-1 is a completed 176-page full color graphic novel. We've come to Kickstarter to fund a print run in order to share the book with the world.
Read the first 23 pages of Patriot-1 HERE: http://patriot1comic.com/preview/
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Patriot-1 is the story of Staff Sergeant Ken Baker, a Delta Force operator who is the lone survivor of an attack in Afghanistan. Upon escaping captivity, he finds himself embroiled in a conspiracy that results in a team from the CIA’s Special Activities Division seeking his help to unravel the mystery of “Operation Quisling.”
As the war in Afghanistan has all but ended, the conspiracy reveals a new threat, one that prompts Baker to make a unique statement in “super-heroic” fashion.
Gritty and realistic, the action-packed story not only incorporates real-world weapons, vehicles and technology but also features a unique cast of characters playing major roles throughout.
WHAT’S IN THE BOOK?
The physical graphic novel will contain the 176-page story and a gallery of 8 alternate covers. If the initial funding goal is surpassed, stretch goals include a concept art gallery/sketchbook, a section featuring the character files found on Patriot1comic.com and even upgrading to a hardcover.
$11,000: We’ll add the character files from Patriot1comic.com.
$12,000: We’ll add a concept art and sketchbook section in addition to the character files from Patriot1comic.com.
$13,500: We will add RESOLVE: Chapter One to the print edition of Patriot-1. That's an additional 32 page story that directly ties into Patriot-1.
$15,000: The three new sections, plus every copy (except the custom cover at the $500 level) is upgraded to a hardcover.
WHAT MAKES PATRIOT-1 UNIQUE?
During the Golden Age of Comics – specifically during World War II – there was an influx of patriotic and American superheroes. The Shield, Captain America, The American Crusader are a few of the more recognizable ones, and they stood up to oppression and upheld the values and morals of the time. To them, things were black and white, they weren’t dark and gritty heroes, they just did what they felt was right. Some of that is missing in today’s pop culture. Sure, Captain America is still the upstanding example of the greatest generation, but I also believe there is still room for heroes that just do the right thing without the need to be dark and brooding.
PATRIOT-1 takes this idea and applies it to modern day Afghanistan. While the character is certainly dressed overly American, he’s more concerned with standing up for what he believes in at any cost and that is what motivates the story. War is an awful thing and the face of it has changed since those heroes took on the Nazis in World War II. Patriot-1 is a new hero for the internal challenges humanity faces today. There’s a bit of Captain America, Sgt. Rock and Jack Bauer in the main character, and he’s supported by a diverse and deep cast of characters who share his moral footing.
The story also features edge-of-your-seat action. Fist-fights, fire-fights, car chases and explosions, everything you love to see in a summer blockbuster movie, only created in comic book form, and all breath-takingly rendered by Dexter Wee and Donna Gregory.
WHY DID I CREATE PATRIOT-1?
I graduated from Ithaca College in 2006 with a degree in screenwriting. I’m a storyteller, but I also love comics. It’s an art form and medium that can be one of the most creative and diverse outlets for anyone. I also possess a strong interest in the U.S. Military, specifically Special Operations Forces.
Admittedly, I never had the stones to serve, but that doesn’t waver my support for the men and women of the military – especially Special Operations. These men are real-life superheroes, and I wanted to combine these interests to create a character that stands out in today’s pop culture landscape.
I consider myself an amateur historian of World, U.S. and Special Operations history – thus it was important to me to create some level of authenticity in the action, characters and geo-political landscape of the story. If you couldn’t tell, much of my writing and this story in particular is heavily inspired by the work of the late, great Tom Clancy.
WHO IS PATRIOT-1 FOR?
Patriot-1 is for anyone who likes a good, action-packed thriller. Seriously. If you like action, adventure, conspiracies and even a little romance, this book is for you. There is some violence, but the level of violence and language meets the standards of a PG-13 movie. Any words such as ‘F’-bombs and ‘S’-words, are given the classic “#$%@” treatment.
Dexter Wee is a native of Zamboanga City in the Philippines. He is, quite frankly, the best kept secret in comics. I’m not kidding. The work ethic of this man is uncanny and his ability to craft a scene and translate script to page is on such a high level that if anything else, I hope this project – successful or not – gives him the exposure with the big publishers. I had a few artists attached to the project before Dexter, but I can’t imagine this vision brought to life and the beauty of this project without him.
The same can be said for Donna Gregory. One of my biggest hurdles throughout the life of the project’s pre-production was finding the right colorist. The most important value of my projects is quality and I was very picky to have a colorist perfectly match Dexter’s work. Donna did more that match up. She gave Patriot-1 new depth and has truly made this book stunning.
I’d be remiss not to mention the editor, Keith Dallas. For the seven years that this project has been in development, he has been there every step of the way. Keeping ideas in check, telling me what works and what doesn’t work and even reading the earliest versions of the story and offering feedback needed at every level. The end result has made me a better writer.
I believe Kickstarter to be the major player in the future of independent and small press comics. It’s an intriguing platform for both creators and readers and it’s a way for everyone to support projects from every end of the spectrum.
The book is 100% complete. I wanted to go into this with a completed project so that backers would know that they won’t have to wait long for the book. However, printing a 176 page graphic novel with extras is no small feat and there are substantial costs associated with it. Fortunately, being a publisher, I handle all my own prepress and graphics work, so all that is left is the actual print run.
To me, Kickstarter is the next best thing to meeting a reader at a convention. I wanted to connect with the audience, and with this particular project, I wanted that sense of community.
WHERE IS THE MONEY GOING?
Into the print run, shipping fees, Kickstarter fees and Amazon fees. The production of the book is finished. We're looking at a nearly 200 page book (especially if we can add the extra content) so it's roughly $7,500 for the print run we'd like to do, and then we have to calculate the Kickstarter and Amazon fees, and then shipping costs.
And honestly, the team is chomping at the bit; any funds leftover will go directly into the production of the next book. Patriot-1’s story is just beginning and we want to keep it going as long as you’ll read it.
In addition to the book, we've lined up some pretty great rewards for the various pledge levels including two additional comics in PDF form, RESOLVE: Chapter 1, a webcomic that ties in directly to Patriot-1 and the first issue of Steel Creek, an Eastwood-inspired Western, an 8 x 10 Character Key, 11 x 17 prints, an exclusive print, a limited and hand-painted CKRTLAB Vinyl figure and even a custom cover. Check out some of these rewards below:
Risks and challenges
The book is complete. If we hit our funding goal, the only risk is running a little late on shipping out the book and rewards. I want the book and the rewards to be well worth your hard earned money, so I want to ensure that everything is at the highest quality possible. I’m very open to questions, concerns etc. and will make it a priority to send out updates as often as possible, even if there is no news.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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