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By Chad Beninati
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About

The Goal

Handicape is a graphic novel about a superhero in a wheelchair (more on that later).

I need your help to get Handicape printed in fancy-pants hard bound books. After more than four years and many hours of hard work and dollars spent on art, advertising and people-fuel, the only thing left is to make final edits to the text, format the pages for press, and get these things printed and shipped.

When all is said and done, Handicape will be printed in a 7"x10" hardbound book with full color pages and some extra content. Right now, it looks like it will be about 90 pages, but I'll have a final number once the final edit is done, and the extra content has been finalized.

The Creators

Chad. That's me. I've been writing, producing and publishing comics and graphic novels for about five years now through my independent publisher Red Tempest Media. You should check those out.

Handicape is the first full graphic novel that I've written, and I'm super pumped to see it finally come out.

The illustration is by the hand of the talented Dante Ginevra (see more of his art below, with some preview pages of Handicape.). I've had the opportunity to work with Dante over the last few years on Handicape as well as some smaller comic projects, and it's been a great experience the whole way.

The Cover Image
The Cover Image

The Backstory

Several years ago, I was taking a summer van ride with a friend to see the latest superhero movie. I was driving and my friend, in a wheelchair, rode passenger side. As the conversation wandered through topics of movies and heroes, an image and a single word came to mind. The image was one of a guy in a wheelchair with a superhero’s cape. The word: Handicape.

It was more than a year later, after finishing work on The Lost City, Chico X and other Red Tempest comics, and that image and word kept coming to mind. Handicape. But what sort of hero would he be?

Over the years, I continued working on Handicape: drawing the logo and some concept sketches, and piecing together the story. Then, in late 2012, those pieces fell into place. A superhero in a wheelchair, whose power was controlling anything with electricity—specifically, he would be a computer hacker.

The Story

(Note: The best way to see what Handicape is all about is to read it for free online at www.handicapehero.com. Woohoo!)

In 2005, three high school friends (Ethan, Simon and Andrew) are ready to embrace the new adventures of life after school.

But only weeks before graduation, a string of mysterious events turns their plans to dust. Andrew gets expelled for breaking-and-entering (but he's sure there's a conspiracy against him). Simon gets news that he's suddenly being sent to private tutoring in England. And Ethan is left alone.

High School Friends
High School Friends

2011. Six years later, the mysterious events from high school come around in an unexpected way to bring the three back together. Small town corruption may not be as small as it seems. They could hardly know they are in the middle of a struggle for power that has been going on for over five-hundred years.

Once friends and now almost strangers, a test of mind and body and ultimately, trust, will be the best chance of restoring their friendship.

The Rewards

Check out the reward tiers that include:

  • The Hardback Handicape Graphic Novel
  • Handicape Digital Download
  • Handicape T-Shirt
  • Handicape Poster
  • Handicape Video Game*
  • Stickers
  • Magnets
  • And more...
Handicape Rewards
Handicape Rewards

 *The Handicape Video Game is a mini-game for Mac or PC. Play as Handicape, unlocking puzzles and hacking computer boxes.

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My Publishing Company Red Tempest Media
My Publishing Company Red Tempest Media

 I publish comics through my independent publisher Red Tempest Media. Learn more about these books at www.redtempest.net.

Risks and challenges

This isn't my first rodeo. (My first rodeo was a sixth grade field trip.)
I've published four other books before Handicape, so I won't be going in blind.

That being said, there's always some back-and-forth with the printer to get just the right binding, paper, colors, etc. And then there's shipping over the big pond (Pacific), with customs, and the occasional unpredictable weather and/or dock strikes.

So do keep in mind that the final in-hand date for you may have some flexible elements, but I'll do my best to get these books prepped and sent ASAP.

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    ONE HARDBACK BOOK

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    ONE AUTOGRAPHED HARDBACK BOOK

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    BOOK and VIDEO GAME COMBO

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    BOOK and T-SHIRT COMBO

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    BOOK and POSTER COMBO

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    AUTHOR BOOK BUNDLE

    - Autographed Hardback Deluxe Graphic Novel

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    My Other Comic Books
    - Lost City of Tachino (25 page, full-color comic)
    - Chico X (25 page, full-color comic)

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    PUBLISHER BOOK BUNDLE

    - Autographed Hardback Deluxe Graphic Novel

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    My Publisher (Red Tempest) Comic Books
    - Lost City of Tachino (25 page, full-color comic)
    - Chico X (25 page, full-color comic)
    - Pending Issues (50 page, full-color, perfect bound)
    - Gladiator (50 page, b&w comic)

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    BOOK, POSTER, T-SHIRT and VIDEO GAME

    - Autographed Hardback Deluxe Graphic Novel
    - Handicape Poster (11.3'' x 17.3'')
    - Handicape T-Shirt
    - Handicape Mini Game Download (Mac/PC)

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    - Handicape Magnet
    - Handicape Pixel Character Sticker
    - Handicape Sticker
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    PUBLISHER BOOKS, POSTER, T-SHIRT and VIDEO GAME

    - Autographed Hardback Deluxe Graphic Novel
    - Handicape Poster (11.3'' x 17.3'')
    - Handicape T-Shirt
    - Handicape Mini Game Download (Mac/PC)

    (plus)
    My Publisher (Red Tempest) Comic Books
    - Lost City of Tachino (25 page, full-color comic)
    - Chico X (25 page, full-color comic)
    - Pending Issues (50 page, full-color, perfect bound)
    - Gladiator (50 page, b&w comic)

    (plus)
    - Handicape Magnet
    - Handicape Pixel Character Sticker
    - Handicape Sticker
    - Handicape Bookmark
    - Final edit digital download (PDF).
    - High resolution desktop background

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