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A comic universe where stories are great, heroes are heroes regardless of gender, and no porn-styled costumes. #GenderEquality
A comic universe where stories are great, heroes are heroes regardless of gender, and no porn-styled costumes. #GenderEquality
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STRETCH GOAL UPDATE:

Now that we've funded, we're going to try and hit $8,000! What will this bring us? After Kickstarter takes their percentage, we should have enough to create a second issue! 

What I've done to help this along is bring down the costs of some of the higher priced items. I've also put in a couple of new rewards, like a picture of you drawn in with the Red Lance team, and having a street in Centerpoint named after you!

I thank you so much for what you've done to this point. Hopefully you'll spread the word, to help us reach out next level!

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Creator and writer Gary Bloom is author and dreamer of the long-running science fiction ebook series Olympus Union. Illustrator Myke Allen is a well-trained, long practicing digital artist who has worked on numerous comic projects. Together, they're working to introduce new heroes for a new generation.

The world needed a comic book with gender equality, but needed more than that. The big companies are knee-jerking to retrofit and rehash well-heeled characters, often to the dismay of their fans. What Red Lance seeks to do is start from scratch: brand new heroes for a new generation, not retooling beloved creations of the early 20th century. Stories where the action is packed, the tales are intriguing, but ensuring that women are well-developed characters, as much as the men, and no one was dressed like a porn star! Strong women, built to the proportions of actual women, and acting in concert with the men, not being saved by them. I admit that this is a passion project originated because of my baby daughter. It's about gender equality, but it's also about great comics!

Red Lance is a comic book featuring a team of four heroes: Cinderhawk, Bricker, Raceway and Stonefish. Two men, two women, led by a strong female, and all struggling with their own human issues. The heroes of this world do not have infinite powers; heroism has a shelf-life.

We'll be bringing in interesting villains as well. Taking on intriguing personalities, powers, motivations and even creations, the line between good and evil will blur. In some cases, our villains will even think of themselves as heroic.

 What will we use the money for? Art and promotion are the largest portions of the spend, as well as money built in for rewards. If we surpass our initial goal, we'll just look to keep adding more and more issues! What you're helping do with your money is making a small change in the world, and showing young girls and boys a different mentality on heroes.

Why am I doing this? My feeling is that, if we had a little gender equality in the comic books... and that's what little girls AND boys get used to as their role models... they'll grow up to assume gender equality is... just how it should be.

Risks and challenges

The greatest challenge to this will be acceptance of the market for strong female heroes, without the overshadowing of omnipotent male heroes. There will be no Superman here. Heroes are flawed, powers are finite, and characters are based on actual human beings. Put simply: if the world decides not to accept gender equality, it might not accept these heroes.

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    Every dollar counts. If you give us two of yours, you'll have our undying gratitude! You'll also have a wonderful sense of accomplishment, helping bring something new into the world!

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    We'll tweet a thank you for backing us (will want your Twitter handle to do it, of course), and give you a free copy of one Olympus Union e-book Jeremy Hunter.

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    Back cover thank you + Olympus Union ebooks - First, we'll add your name to the back cover as a "thank you" page in the first issue of Red Lance. Next, we'll give you a free copy of the Olympus Union ebook Jeremy Hunter.

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    Digital Comic for Issue #1 - you'll get a digital copy of the first issue of Red Lance as a PDF.

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    Red Lance computer wallpaper, pus a Digital Comic for Issue #1 - you'll get a digital copy of the first issue of Red Lance as a PDF.

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    Red Lance + Olympus Union gift pack - you'll receive a digital copy of Red Lance issue #1 plus Olympus Union ebook Jeremy Hunter, plus the original Olympus Union trilogy "The Jovian Wars"

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    18" x 24" Red Lance poster (US residents only) plus a digital copy of issue #1 as a PDF.

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    Have a street in Centerpoint named after you! We'll take your family name, build a 2-4 paragraph bio on your relationship to Centerpoint, add it to the Red Lance website, and place your name on a street in the Centerpoint map. You may end up as a street or even an Avenue, but either way, you'll be a part of Red Lance! You'll also receive a digital copy of Issue #1 (and Issue #2 if we fund to it), as well as the Olympus Union: Jeremy Hunter ebook.
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    Be drawn in as an extra! Actually become a character in Red Lance comic book issue. No guarantee of where you'll show up in the book, or what will happen to you. Also, a digital copy of issue #1 as a PDF.

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    Get killed in a Red Lance comic book issue! Be drawn in as an extra that is killed off by one of the characters in the comic book! Also, a digital copy of issue #1 as a PDF.

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    Be drawn in as an extra AND get a street named after you in Centerpoint! Actually become a character in Red Lance comic book issue. No guarantee of where you'll show up in the book, or what will happen to you.
    IN ADDITION to being drawn in, Have a street in Centerpoint named after you! We'll take your family name, build a 2-4 paragraph bio on your relationship to Centerpoint, add it to the Red Lance website, and place your name on a street in the Centerpoint map. You may end up as a street or even an Avenue, but either way, you'll be a part of Red Lance! You'll also receive a digital copy of Issue #1 (and Issue #2 if we fund to it), as well as the Olympus Union: Jeremy Hunter ebook.
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    Connect with the creator + get Red Lance and Olympus Union creative! Participate in a Google Hangout or Skype session with creator Gary Bloom for up to 30 minutes. Ask whatever questions that you like about the creation of Red Lance, the heroes, or even Olympus Union. Also, get a digital copy of issue #1 as a PDF, plus ebook "Olympus Union: Jeremy Hunter" and the "Jovian Wars" e-book Trilogy.

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    Get killed in a Red Lance comic book issue AND have a street named after you in Centerpoint! Be drawn in as an extra that is killed off by one of the characters in the comic book!
    IN ADDITION Have a street in Centerpoint named after you! We'll take your family name, build a 2-4 paragraph bio on your relationship to Centerpoint, add it to the Red Lance website, and place your name on a street in the Centerpoint map. You may end up as a street or even an Avenue, but either way, you'll be a part of Red Lance! You'll also receive a digital copy of Issue #1 (and Issue #2 if we fund to it), as well as the Olympus Union: Jeremy Hunter ebook.
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    Become a hero! We'll draw you up as a hero likeness, write a bio background for you, and possibly include you in a later Red Lance comic book! We'll send you a digital copy of the character, along with posting it on the Red Lance website and Facebook page. All rights for character name and bio will belong to the Red Lance comic line. You'll also get a digital copy of issue #1 as a PDF, plus ebook "Olympus Union: Jeremy Hunter" and the "Jovian Wars" e-book Trilogy.

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    Connect with the creator + get Red Lance and Olympus Union creative AND have a street named after you in Centerpoint! Participate in a Google Hangout or Skype session with creator Gary Bloom for up to 30 minutes. Ask whatever questions that you like about the creation of Red Lance, the heroes, or even Olympus Union. Also, get a digital copy of issue #1 as a PDF, plus ebook "Olympus Union: Jeremy Hunter" and the "Jovian Wars" e-book Trilogy.
    IN ADDITION Have a street in Centerpoint named after you! We'll take your family name, build a 2-4 paragraph bio on your relationship to Centerpoint, add it to the Red Lance website, and place your name on a street in the Centerpoint map. You may end up as a street or even an Avenue, but either way, you'll be a part of Red Lance!
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    Have your entire family drawn in as extras! Actually have your family (no more than 5 people) become characters in a Red Lance comic book issue. No guarantee of where you'll show up in the book, or what will happen to you. Also, a digital copy of issue #1 as a PDF.

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    Have your entire family drawn in as extras! Actually have your family (no more than 5 people) become characters in a Red Lance comic book issue AND have a street named after you in Centerpoint. No guarantee of where you'll show up in the book, or what will happen to you.
    IN ADDITION Have a street in Centerpoint named after you! We'll take your family name, build a 2-4 paragraph bio on your relationship to Centerpoint, add it to the Red Lance website, and place your name on a street in the Centerpoint map. You may end up as a street or even an Avenue, but either way, you'll be a part of Red Lance! You'll also receive a digital copy of Issue #1 (and Issue #2 if we fund to it), as well as the Olympus Union: Jeremy Hunter ebook.
    Please note: street name, family name within the comics and history will become property of Red Lance, with no royalties or additional payout.

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    A digital image of you drawn in with the Red Lance team, signed by artist Myke Allen - use it as your Facebook profile, post it on your blog, or anywhere else you like! You'll also get a digital issue of #1, as well as issue #2 if we fund to it! You'll also get the ebooks "Olympus Union: Jeremy Hunter" and the "Jovian Wars" e-book Trilogy.

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    We'll introduce you as a main character (non-powered, non-hero) into Red Lance. Guaranteed to appear in at least Issue #1, with commitment to appear in up to three issues if we get funded that far (and further if we choose). Your likeness and name will appear, written in. Name and likeness will remain property of Red Lance from there on out.

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    We'll let you help choose the real name / alter ego of the villain Vycia. While we'll protect the integrity and spirit of the character (and no copyright violations or profanity)... we'll let you name her - yes, even if you want your name! The name, of course, will remain the property of Red Lance. Also, get a digital copy of issue #1 as a PDF, plus ebook "Olympus Union: Jeremy Hunter" and the "Jovian Wars" e-book Trilogy.

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    We'll let you help choose the real name / alter ego of the villain Cataclysm. While we'll protect the integrity and spirit of the character (and no copyright violations or profanity)... we'll let you name her - yes, even if you want your name! The name, of course, will remain the property of Red Lance. Also, get a digital copy of issue #1 as a PDF, plus ebook "Olympus Union: Jeremy Hunter" and the "Jovian Wars" e-book Trilogy.

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