In the never-ending battle between good and evil, not even death is permanent. The Shaman, a mysterious mage with a trick permanently up his sleeve and the ability to restore life, has tasked himself with raising those on both sides of the battle from the grave. Working alongside a foul-mouthed teenage sorceress and a retired superhero bored with the life in tights, the Shaman and his adoptive family fight monsters, demons, and even the odd superhero or two if that's what gets the job done. Shaman walks the line between the living and the dead, the good and the bad. Asshole, father, nemesis, friend - no matter what he is to you, your life and death are in his hands.
We - writer Ben Kahn and artist Bruno Hidalgo (Once Upon a Time Machine) - have spent the last few years putting our hearts and souls into SHAMAN, our first creator-owned comic book. We've lived with these characters, and immersed ourselves in their world of magic and adventure, producing a complete story across five issues. We've come to Kickstarter to hopefully fund a collection of this five-part journey into mortality, magic, bad behavior, and family.But we're not the only people bringing Shaman to life. Each of these artists has also contributed covers/pinups to the book:
JG Jones (Wanted, Final Crisis)
Jim Rugg (Street Angel, Afrodisiac)
Farel Dalrymple (Pop Gun War, The Wrenchies)
Alice Meichi Li (Reading With Pictures, Elephantmen)
James Comey (Once Upon a Time Machine, Colonial Comics: New England, 1620-1750)
Rob Woods (36 Lessons in Self-Destruction, Little Nemo: Dream Another Dream)
Years ago, for reasons known only to himself, the Shaman traded away his name for the power to raise the dead. Now, he gives second chances to those who fell before their time. But there are many - heroes, monsters, and maybe even the deceased themselves - who would rather see the secrets of the dead remain buried, and will try to stop the Shaman at all costs.
Fortunately, he's not alone. LL, a foul-mouthed teenage sorceress with magic tattoos, and Zack Wu, a teleporting superhero desperate for a new lease on life, form a makeshift family around him. Together, they keep one eye on the living and one foot in the grave.
Risks and challenges
Because the initial production of the comic book is already complete, risk is low after finishing the Kickstarter campaign. There are always risks in working with a printing company, but I'll be working with trusted and reliable printers with a reputation for high quality. The biggest risk is fulfilling orders in the most timely way possible, since this is my first campaign. However, I'll be working with experienced Kickstarter veterans to ensure things run smoothly.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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