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It's just a job. Hero Hourly is a 64-page graphic novel about crime fighting for minimum wage, crappy benefits, and dickhead bosses.
It's just a job. Hero Hourly is a 64-page graphic novel about crime fighting for minimum wage, crappy benefits, and dickhead bosses.
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 Their Job Sucks Too

Cover by David Dumeer
Cover by David Dumeer

What the hell is this? 

Action! Humor! We could say Hero Hourly is Office Space meets Superman, and I think we just did, but trust us when we tell you the book is its own thing. 

Hero Hourly is a 64-page color graphic novel created by James Patrick. It is a super hero tour dour force brimming with wit and people getting punched in the face and kicked in the crotch on every page. 

Don't ask for a report from someone before they've had their coffee.
Don't ask for a report from someone before they've had their coffee.

What the hell is it about? 

Welcome to Hero Hourly! If Saul thought that working as a super hero would be any different than asking, "Do you want fries with that?", he was sorely mistaken. 

Desperate for work after the market tanks, Saul ends up at a company which invented a super hero serum and didn't care that with great power comes great responsibility. They got a patent, a business loan, and turned getting cats out of trees into revenue.   

For Saul, that means shitty pay, passive-aggressive bosses, work politics, and that one son of a bitch who never carries his weight. Saul isn't Superman, he's just another rent-a-cop of the super hero world who has to  contend with everything from genetically-engineered super guerrillas to giant monsters who want to hump buildings.    

It ain't all bad, though. Along the way, Saul just may learn that we all have to start somewhere and that sometimes the best thing for a person is a hard-day's work.

Is spandex rash considered a preexisting condition?
Is spandex rash considered a preexisting condition?

What idiots made this? 

• Hero Hourly is created by the award-winning (and extremely attractive) comic book, TV, and movie writer James Patrick, who's worked on  Batman, Green Arrow, Harley Quinn, Star Trek, Angel, and his creator-owned books like Death Comes to Dillinger.  

It's drawn by the amazing Carlos Trigo, whose stunning work has appeared in everything from 2000 AD to Jetpack Bastards. See more of Carlos Trigo's work at http://www.carlostrigo.es/

It's colored by Jen Hickman, artist and colorist on books like Feathers by BOOM! Studios, The Dead, and The Monsters of Jimmy Crumb. Check out Jen's work at Umicorms.com

It has a cover David Dumeer who worked on BOOM STUDIO'S Resurrection.  More of David's work can be found at http://dumeer.blogspot.com/

And it's lettered by E.T. Dollman, an award-winning letterer. 

(Note: The colors for the preview are done by Alex Sollazo and the lettering was done by Thomas Mauer due to  the time they were produced.)  

The clock hasn't stopped. It just fucking hates you.
The clock hasn't stopped. It just fucking hates you.

Don't take our word for it.

Still not sold? Here's a taste, complete with the cover and six pages of finished art and lettering. 

This is the product, right here, and trust us when we tell you the whole book is this good. Except Panel 5 on Page 2 of Part 3, because nothing is perfect in this world. 

WARNING: THIS BOOK IS FOR MATURE AUDIENCES. 

This is not a comic for all ages.
This is not a comic for all ages.

The kickass stuff you get.

The book: 64 awesome, action-packed, funny pages of super hero employment goodness to hold in your very own hands and throw at your boss when he's a D-bag, because you can't throw digital copies at the jerk. 

The book digitally quickly.  That's right, not only are just digital copies available, you can have the books three separate parts delivered as each  is completed and so you don't have to wait for the hard copy.  Get part 1 as soon as April and read it on your device! 

Hero Hourly T-shirt. Because you can't wear a comic book and look cool!  One of our  Hero Hourly T-shirts will make you look thinner and get you hot girls. We swear. We put one on Ryan Gosling and we were amazed at what happened next.  Choose from a standard Hero Hourly or the super cool Ninja Masturbation T.  Why a ninja masturbation T? Read the preview!  

Posters, prints, sketches, commissions, original art, signed books. The very cool standard stuff that comes with any nifty difty Kickstarter project.  Prints of characters and villains, artist sketches in the book, 11x17 black and white commissions by Carlos Trigo, Jen Hickman, or (added March 1st) David Dumeer, signatures, etc. See the Rewards column for specifics.   

Example of Carlos Trigo's art. 

Example of Jen Hickman's work. 

Example of David Dumeer's work.

Original art page from the book. 

  • The super unique Hero Hourly employee folder and the kickass stuff in it:  Whoa! What the fuck is this? You get an employee folder with your name on it and really cool shit  inside. Like a Hero Hourly time card, name tag, parking pass, employee of the month parking sign, bad conduct report for things like sexual harassment for when you punched that mugger in the "no-hitting zone." 

  • Be drawn into the book: You get to be drawn into Hero Hourly as a good employee, a terrible employee, or a tacky villain! Be a lazy bastard who nobody can rely on, the one who always picks up the slack, or some guy in a shower curtain for a cape trying to be a super villain! Up to you!

Where does the money go? 

All the money goes into the very expensive production, printing, marketing, and any other costs of  Hero Hourly. Any money left over goes into producing new comics for James Patrick at 21 Pulp. Carlos Trigo, Jen Hickman, and E.T. Dollman are paid talent and receive a page rate for their work.  

Risks and challenges

Like any Kickstarter project, there are risks and challenges. These include financial mismanagement, talent dropouts, delays, poor product, and even psychological breakdowns. We promise:

• To have calculated our costs to the dollar so there are no surprises.

• All scripts are finished and we are prepared to hire and use another artist in the event of a last resort.

• To have plotted out our deadlines realistically, but to communicate in the event of minor delays and not have any major ones. So far, all initial deadlines have been met at this early stage and are an excellent gauge of what's to come.

• That everyone involved is professional, experienced, and has made professional-quality and even critically-acclaimed comics before.

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    MINIMUM WAGE: You get that warm and fuzzy feeling for donating, a PDF preview of concept, characters, and other elements from Hero Hourly, and our eternal thanks!

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    PART TIME: You get everything above, plus a DIGITAL COPY of the action-packed and super funny twenty-one-page PART 1 of Hero Hourly sent to you in April so you don't have to wait long to read it! You also get very own time card by way of a post card sent to you.

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    PROMOTED: Everything above plus DIGITAL COPY of the finished GRAPHIC NOVEL, along with digital copies of parts 1 and 2 as they’re completed in April and June so you can start reading it right away! You also get to go into the "personnel file" at the back of the book and your name gets published as part of our thanks.

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    FULL TIME: This is the real deal. Everything above, plus the super duper physical, PRINTED copy of the GRAPHIC NOVEL sent right to your door. You can still receive the digital copies in April and June as well so you don't have to wait to read it! And remember, the preview, postcard, your name published in the "personnel file" at the back of the book as well.

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    BENEFITS: Everything above - preview, postcard, your name in the "personnel file" in the book, digital copies of the book as soon as April if you select, and the physical copy of the book delivered - but now all physical items are SIGNED by James Patrick.

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    TIME AND A HALF: All the stuff above, then YOUR PICK of either an 11x17 POSTER of the cover, or two 8 1/2 x 10 PRINTS of a Hero Hourly employee and super lame villain.

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    WORK UNIFORM PACKAGE: Everything up to the BENEFITS PACKAGE, plus an amazing Hero Hourly t-shirt which will get you all the ladies.

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    OVERTIME: All the super duper stuff up to the BENEFITS PACKAGE, plus your choice of either . . .

    The mega-awesome EMPLOYEE FOLDER with your name on it and really cool shit inside. Like a Hero Hourly time card, name tag, parking pass, employee of the month parking sign, bad conduct report for things like sexual harassment for when you punched that mugger in the "no-hitting zone."

    OR ALL of the choice items from the TIME AND A HALF tier in one combination pack. That includes the poster and 2 prints.

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    MANAGEMENT: All items up to the BENEFITS PACKAGE and then all the items in the OVERTIME PACKAGE. The preview, postcard, your name in the "personnel file" in the book, digital copies of the book as soon as April if you select, and the physical copy of the book delivered, the poster, and all the prints. (Everything but the shirt)

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    SMOKE BREAK PACKAGE: A combination of everything above. This package throws the T-shirt in with the preview, postcard, your name in the "personnel file" in the book, digital copies of the book as soon as April if you select, and the physical copy of the book delivered, a signature, both the poster and all the prints, and employee file.

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    SALARY: Everything above, plus an interior sketch by Carlos Trigo inside the book, Carlos's signature, and your name published in the top-tier Boss Section of the personnel file in the back of the book.

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    CONDUCT REPORT PACKAGE: For this tier, James Patrick will read your comic or movie script or treatment or pitch, critique your work, and give you tips. This will be done by phone or webcam. You also get everything in the SMOKE BREAK PACKAGE thrown in.

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    SUPERVISOR: Everything up to the SMOKE BREAK PACKAGE, plus an 11x17 pencil and ink commission by Carlos Trigo.

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    SUPERVISOR 2: Everything up to the SMOKE BREAK PACKAGE, plus an 11x17 pencil and ink commission by Jen Hickman.

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    SUPERVISOR 3: Everything up to the SMOKE BREAK PACKAGE, plus an 11x17 pencil and ink commission by David Dumeer.

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    CORPORATE PACKAGE: All the nifty stuff up to the SMOKE BREAK PACKAGE, plus an original art page from the book signed by Carlos Trigo.

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    RETIREMENT PACKAGE: Everything up to the SMOKE BREAK PACKAGE, and you get to be drawn into Hero Hourly as a good employee, a terrible employee, or a tacky villain! Be a lazy bastard who nobody can rely on, the one who always picks up the slack, or some guy in a shower curtain for a cape trying to be a super villain! Up to you!

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