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Welcome to HYPE - a 52 page graphic novel written by Jimmy Palmiotti & Justin Gray the writers of Harley Quinn, Powergirl and Jonah Hex
Welcome to HYPE - a 52 page graphic novel written by Jimmy Palmiotti & Justin Gray the writers of Harley Quinn, Powergirl and Jonah Hex
778 backers pledged $27,588 to help bring this project to life.

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Welcome back to Paperfilms 9th Kickstarter project : HYPE

Amanda Conner cover
Amanda Conner cover

UPDATE:  STRETCH GOAL #1:  If we hit $29k by the end of the campaign (yes, it is a stretch but we can do it!), everyone that backs the project will get a free digital copy of one of our other creator owned projects TATTERED MAN.  This is a great stand alone book by HYPE creators Jimmy Palmiotti and Justin Gray.  So that's right, anyone backing gets a copy if we hit $29,000 so help spread the word!

HYPE is a 52 page action packed thriller with heart that offers a twist of the traditional superhero genre. It is a graphic novel written by Justin Gray & Jimmy Palmiotti featuring the art of JAVIER PINA and  and ALESSIA NOCERA and design and lettering by BILL TORTOLINI. 

HYPE becomes aware.
HYPE becomes aware.

The Basics: Fans of our past work and kickstarters like DENVER , SEX & VIOLENCE AND THE RESISTANCE are in for a treat as we offer an intensely dramatic character driven  sci-fi story that explores what it would really take to create a living being that can only experience life an hour a day. 

Hype in action.
Hype in action.

The art is gorgeously illustrated by JAVIER PINA, who you might know from his work featured in Suicide Squad, Manhhunter, Swamp Thing and Birds of Prey for DC comics, among others. His art is complimented by the lush digital painting of ALESSIA NOCERA, who worked on our last successful Kickstarter ABBADON. Also featured is a dynamic and beautiful cover by award winning illustrator AMANDA CONNER digitally painted by the amazing PAUL MOUNTS. Special reward catagories feature a limited edition mystery cover by award winning illustrator DAVE JOHNSON .

Amanda and Hype alone time.
Amanda and Hype alone time.

This entire square bound SOFTCOVER book is a total of 52 pages plus extras , printed on the best paper stock available right here in the USA. We need to raise the amount featured to cover production [ Art, color, lettering, design, covers] , handling and the distribution costs involved in producing an original graphic novel this big and beautiful.

HYPE: In the beginning.
HYPE: In the beginning.

Hype is a character-driven thrill ride combining science fiction, action and a sense of wonder with a touch of romance and escapist fantasy.

Hype in action 2
Hype in action 2

STORY: 

Noah Haller is HYPE, a last resort secret weapon for the United States Military, a man who can only be awake for a single hour on any given day. The genetic and medical enhancements that give him his superhuman abilities force him to undergo complete cellular regeneration – like being rebuilt or reborn every 23 hours. Hype is a wonderfully flawed character. His massive intellect lacks experience, context and nuance. He is initially like a computer full of information and capable of solving complex problems, but lacking in emotion and abstract thought to solve small ones. 

Hype responds to sensory aspects of his environment with indifference. He has attention to detail but misses the “big picture” and social cues.Being awake only one hour a day leaves very little time to cultivate an emotional relationship with anyone including his handlers. That changes when he meets Amanda Marr, a brilliant scientist and psychologist hired to help Hype find a balance between being super and being human.Unfortunately for Hype and Amanda, his training is cut short when a shadowy terrorist group is poised to unleash a deadly pathogen that threatens to destabilize the world governments. 

 Hype is an action packed thriller with heart that offers a twist of the traditional superhero genre.

Risks and challenges

The Kickstarter for HYPE exists not only to raise funds to put together the book and album, but to create an EXCLUSIVE Kickstarter project that is unique in a few ways. We will be using Print-On-Demand structure to create an exclusive limited and signed editions of the book based solely on the amount of orders we receive which will then be printed in the America by American companies.

This Kickstarter project will be the only place to get this specific edition and unique signed edition.

Eventually we plan to publish the book elsewhere for retailers with a different cover and contents, but till that time in the future, it will only be available here for our Kickstarter supporters! As you can see with the pledge list there are several choices on how you can make HYPE a reality and share this amazing story and art.

We will be adding more tier rewards as the pledge drive goes along, as well as stretch goals once, God willing, the original goal has been funded.

Many of you are returning customers who have supported us in the past and have received your Kickstarter pledges mostly ON TIME and hopefully have appreciated our communication throughout the project. For those who are returning for another adventure, we thank you from the bottom of our collective hearts.

For those new to this project and our books, we want to say we treat each and every person like a close friend, reply to your messages and do our best to make sure you have a positive and rewarding experience worth your time and generous backing. We are proud of our work, the artists and designers we collaborate with and especially proud of the fine women and men that support our ventures.

Because of that, we offer a big THANK YOU to everyone out there from all of us at PaperFilms and our creative partners on this project, the crew at Adaptive studios.

Feel free to visit us on social media or via our website, www.paperfilms.com and www.adaptivestudios.com for more about each company!

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    THE DIGITAL BOOK: For this pledge amount, you get a digital download version of the Kickstarter edition of HYPE , and our undying love and gratitude for backing the project.

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    TWO DIGITAL VOLUMES: For this amount you get the digital download version of HYPE and the digital download of DENVER and our undying love and gratitude. This is the best deal on the page. This is for those that might have missed Denver when it came out

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    WRITERS SPECIAL: See how the leap from words to pictures happens. For this amount you get the digital download version of HYPE as well as the original script of HYPE. if anything you get a to see what we gave our poor artists to work with and see how they imagined the script. This is a must have for anyone trying to break into the business as well.

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    PAPERFILMS BUNDLE: You get the digital HYPE, ABBADON, and DENVER. Three of our kickstarters and a few days of reading, unless you are a speed reader.

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    THE ACTUAL GRAPHIC NOVEL!!!: You get a limited KICKSTARTER ONLY exclusive HYPE square bound graphic novel featuring the AMANDA CONNER cover. This will be a limited edition of the book. We are only printing this version for Kickstarter pledges and limiting it to the number of pledges we receive. This will be done Print on Demand [ POD] This will be the only place to get this book and it will come SIGNED BY JIMMY PALMIOTTI . A digital download also comes with this. AND! You will have your name posted on our special thank you list inside the book! Impress your friends who have told you that you will never amount to anything. We know better, but they have to see it in writing.

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    DOUBLE SIGNATURE EDITION: Same as above,the $24 tier- but with both AMANDA CONNER and JIMMY PALMIOTTI signing the cover of this edition.

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    THE AMANDA CONNER Signature PRINT edition. Limited to 100.
    You get the HYPE Graphic novel plus a signed and numbered same size Print of the cover by the amazing AMANDA CONNER. The graphic novel itself will be signed by Jimmy Palmiotti and Amanda Conner as well. A digital download also comes with this. AND! You will have your name posted on our special thank you list inside the book! Impress your friends who have told you that you will never amount to anything. We know better, but they have to see it in writing.

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    HYPE copy plus past Kickstarter mini-prints:

    Missed out on some prints from our past Kickstarters? Maybe get a signed Amanda Conner print? Or how about a beauty from Jimmy Palmiotti signed? That's right, you'll get a regular print copy of HYPE (the standard cover), your name in the back for thanks, a digital download of HYPE and then we scrounge up 2, that's right, 2, signed mini-prints from our previous Kickstarter campaigns, and throw them in the package! This can be from QUEEN CRAB to DENVER to SEX & VIOLENCE. It'll be a surprise to us as well!!

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    THE LIMITED EDITION DAVE JOHNSON TOP SECRET COVER EDITION. This edition is an exclusive MYSTERY cover that DAVE JOHNSON has done LIMITED ON THIS TIER TO ONLY 150 copies. The cover comes SIGNED by Jimmy Palmiotti, only available here on this Kickstarter. That's right, only 150 of these Signed covers will be available anywhere. You also get the digital download of the HYPE book. AND! You will have your name posted on our special thank you list inside the book! Impress your friends who have told you that you will never amount to anything or use it to get an ex jealous.

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    MULTI BOOK PACKAGE: You get the double signature edition of Hype by Palmiotti & Conner, as well as a Palmiotti signed trade book of THE LAST RESORT by Palmiotti and Gray and a signed mystery trade of our choice, also signed by Jimmy Palmiotti and Amanda Conner.A digital download also comes with this. AND! You will have your name posted on our special thank you list inside the book! Impress your friends who have told you that you will never amount to anything. We know better, but they have to see it in writing.Thats a lot of reading folks! Sorry guys and gals, U.S. only on this reward.

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    DOUBLE DIP: THE LIMITED EDITION DAVE JOHNSON TOP SECRET COVER EDITION plus REGULAR COVER of HYPE. This tier gets you 1 copy of the MYSTERY cover that DAVE JOHNSON and 1 copy of the regular HYPE cover SIGNED by Jimmy Palmiotti, only available here on this Kickstarter. That's right, only 25 of this tier will be available. You also get the digital download of the HYPE book. AND! You will have your name posted on our special thank you list inside the book! Impress your friends who have told you that you will never amount to anything or use it to get an ex jealous.

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    SKYPE THERAPY LEVEL: In this level you get 1/2 hour face to face time with Jimmy Palmiotti, to discuss your art, your writing or just chat about whatever you like. Pick his brains with over 25 years in publishing and over 50 years on the planet, he must have some knowledge you may need. With this pledge level, you get the signed HYPE book by Jimmy and AMANDA CONNER and you get two mystery graphic novels signed by the both of them. This is only limited to 6, so act now. How this will work is a time will be agreed on by both parties after the kickstart campaign is done and once set, the session will begin. The books will be sent out later, and you will also get your name on the inside of the book.

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    THE BIG 12! TAKING CARE OF A BIG GROUP multiple copy pledge: You get 11 copies of the Amanda Conner cover HYPE , all signed by AMANDA CONNER and JIMMY PALMIOTTI, and one copy of the dave Johnson cover book signed by Jimmy. TOTAL 10 COPIES. as well, you also get the digital copy of the book and our undying love.

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    MONOLITH EDITION: You get a copy of the hardcover trade book THE MONOLITH with an exclusive one of a kind, beautifully hand drawn illustration of the big guy done by Jimmy Palmiotti on the inside cover. This is limited to 10. As some of you know, the feature film is in development by Lionsgate as we speak and these books are going fast. With this you get the regular signed edition of Hype by Amanda Conner and Jimmy as well as the digital copy. ADDED BONUS: You get a signed Amanda Conner convention sketch book.

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    MONSTER PACK: You get 25 signed copies of HYPE by Amanda Conner and Jimmy Palmiotti and 5 copies of the Dave Johnson variant. With this you get a set of 5 Painkiller Jane " The price of Freedom" Icon trade books, also signed by Amanda Conner and Jimmy Palmiotti. Thats 35 books total, all signed...as well, you get the digital version of Hype and your name in the thank you section. Think of how many people you will make happy with this one.

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Funding period

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