Licensed Heroes follows Tempest as he tries to live out his dream of becoming a famous adventurer. Along the way, he is joined by his friends and teammates, Eagle and Sarah. Every step of the way they're beset with common, everyday problems that we've all experienced at one point in our lives. Overall, the feel of the comic is a crispity, crunchity, high fantasy shell, surrounding a warm, gooey, slice-of-life comedy center.
The idea for the comic stems from a time when the author and artist were both either unemployed or underemployed. Elaine, the artist, joked that they should move to a fantasy world; one where they could get money by simply killing monsters. Ben, the author joked that, given their luck, they'd still be unemployed and underpaid. Elaine, highly amused with the potential scenarios of "a day in the life of a hero," mocked up a few comics about Tempest within the week. And so Licensed Heroes was born!
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What's better than one webcomic? Two webcomics! Modest Medusa is also running a kickstarter and we've decided to offer you a special deal. If you back both of our kickstarters at the 25 dollar level (or higher) you'll receive a special print (sample above). This art is a collaboration between both comics. Get a great reward for backing two great kickstarters! Remember: Modest Medusa Kickstarter and our kickstarter, both at 25 dollars or more and receive a print version of the above art for free!
Ben Hsu and Elaine Tipping are a creative team who've been working together for nearly a decade. Ben concentrates on the writing and scripting aspects of comic creation, whereas Elaine focuses on the art and visual aspects.
Including Licensed Heroes, they have two collaborative projects together, Dubious Company being the first. Between the two of them, they've had four successful kickstarters and they're hoping to make Licensed Heroes their fifth!
Congratulations! We've reached the point where we can begin revealing stretch goals!
Goal 1: $4500 - Sarah's Back-story revealed! We will include in the comic a short story detailing why Princess Sarah decided, of all things, to become an adventurer.
Goal 2: $5500 - Character Bios Included! We will include short character bios for each of our heroes with the book. These will include basic profile data and new art of them in various poses.
Goal 3: $6500 - A full Hero Bran commercial (in comic form) will be included in the book. Why do Sarah and Tempest like Hero Bran cereal so much? How nutritious is it? These questions may or may not be answered in the super hilarious commercial that we're writing!
Goal 4: $7500,- .Traditional Story! To prove our heroes aren't just bouncing from terrible job to terrible job we'll include a more traditional (albeit short).adventure of theirs in the book. This will be drawn in the more common comic book style as opposed to Licensed Heroes' usual 4-panel style.
Goal 5: $8500 - The comics come early! If we reach this goal, all kickstarter backers will be able to view the Licensed Heroes comics we have planned for this June (June 2014) early. At the start of June, we'll post all of June's comics at a specific website, and send all of you backers (and just the backers) the link (and password), so you'll get to see all the comics for June 2014 before anyone else in the world!
More to come!
As said, we're super excited to be producing this volume! This comic is by far my favorite comic to write, and I'm sure Elaine is having as much fun drawing it. Looking forward to your support!
~Ben & Elaine
Alright, we've got the first bit of art release for this project. This is one of the posters for the 60 dollar reward level. We've only got the line art right now, but we'll release the other poster, and colored versions of both of them soon enough.
Hey, you know what goes great with webcomics? More webcomics!
That's right, we're offering copies of our other comic, Dubious Company as part of this Kickstarter. In case you were wondering, Dubious Company is a rousing comedy-adventure about an incompetent Sky Pirate who becomes best friends with an alcoholic, cat-girl ninja. And you can get the physical volumes through this kickstarter. We have two volumes available and by adding on 15 dollars to any reward level that involves shipping (levels 25 dollars or higher) you'll receive your choice of either Volume One or Volume Two of Dubious Company. Increase your pledge amount by 30 dollars and you'll receive both volumes. This is a great deal for our books that we only offer at select times, so if you love our comics, you should take advantage. (Note: We've added reward levels to reflect this offer, please DO NOT pick the reward levels, instead increase your pledge by either 15 dollars or 30 dollars more than your selected reward level. We'll take it from there).
Okay, we've got the line art for our second poster done, and I think you guys will really like this one. A little peak into what our heroes do during their free time.
We have the colored version of the first poster.
Super happy with the way this one turned out. Remember, this is for the 60 dollar level.
Second poster done for the 60 dollar reward level! If you look closely, you can see a few of our other works in the background! Remember both of these are available at the 60 dollar reward level!
Risks and challenges
Previously, we'd encountered issues with printers and producers for our various rewards. This time we've narrowed down the rewards to things we know we have competent and affordable printers for. This means slightly more digital distribution, but overall I think this will allow for higher quality products.
A secondary concern is the shipping costs. Due to rising cost of international shipping from the US, we've had add a shipping fee onto our international backers. It saddens us greatly that we've had to do this, and I hope you all understand.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
I'm an Early Bird Backer, but I had to lower/raise my backing, do I still qualify for the special reward?
That depends. When we check for who qualifies for the Early Bird Reward at the end of the project we'll be checking for two things: 1.) You backed us within the first 48 hours, 2.) You're currently at a reward level that warrants shipping.
So, if you started at the 10 dollar level, but you increase your pledge to 25 or higher before the end of the Kickstarter, you'll qualify for the Early Bird Reward.
However, if you started at the 25 dollar level (or higher), but you've had to drop down to the 10 dollar level when the Kickstarter ends; then I'm sorry, but you won't qualify for the Early Bird Reward (though please email us, and we'll try to work something else out instead...that doesn't require shipping things).
Elaine doesn't have time to do elaborate landscapes and such (and if she did it would drastically raise the price of that reward level), so instead we're offering to put your hero on the background of a single color. That way, they won't be posing in a pure white void. The overall effect should look something like this: http://triaelf9.deviantart.com/art/Tink-430580748
What's the difference between the Generic E Class License at the 35 dollar level and the Personalized C Class License at the 80 dollar level?
In terms of the Licensed Heroes Universe, E Class Licences are a dime a dozen. All you need to do is go down to your local International Department of Adventurers (IDA) office and fill out the paperwork (as well as give them the appropriate processing fee). In terms of the real world, the E Class License is going to be rather simple. More than likely it'll contain your Hero ID Number, some legal jargon, a place for you to sign, and the IDA logo. Quality wise, it'll be similar to a social security card or a high quality business card.
The C Class License is much harder to get. You have to have either graduated from an accredited Heroing Academy (as Tempest has done) or started as an E Class Hero and been sanctioned by an adventuring guild to take on more dangerous quests (and getting a guild to sponsor you is a quest chain in itself). If you get sanctioned by a guild, then you are allowed to take a test to move up to a D Class License. From that point you have to preform a requisite number of quests (the guild is in no way required to give you any quests). If you complete the required number of quests, you'll be allowed to take another test (again, after applying for permission from your sponsor guild) to obtain your C Class License. Yeah, most people just go to school.
In terms of real life quality, the C Class License will be much more intensive. As with the E Class License, it will contain your Hero ID Number, some legal jargon, a place for you to sign and the IDA logo. But it will also contain some information about your physical identifying features (eyes, height, weight, etc. (these don't have to be real)). It will also have your preferred method of dealing with conflict (sword, magic, fire, diplomat, etc.). If possible we'll have an identifying photo (or our version of an identifying photo). And, while we can't print on hard plastic, we'll definitely have them laminated.
No, Elaine and I never intended those to be actual reward levels, Kickstarter just doesn't really have any other way of displaying that type of offer. So to reiterate, I'm sorry, but the 15 and 30 dollar reward levels are not part of any cumulative offer, you must add 15 or 30 dollars on top of your existing pledge to get either of the two Dubious Company books.
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