About this project
Their Job Sucks Too
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.
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.
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.)
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.
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.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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