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AN IRISH MOBSTER. HIS VICIOUS BOSS. AND A COUPLE 'O BAD DUDES WHO ARE ABOUT TO HAVE AN EVEN WORSE NIGHT.

Here's our interview with the Tallahassee NPR affiliate:

We wanted HIT! to be a traditional superhero story! But set in the gritty world of any Martin Scorsese film. Our superhero, Connor Connolly, is an Irish brute and an unstoppable force within the South Irish mob. The super villain: Patrick O'Reilly, a mean son of a gun and the head of the Irish Crime Family in Boston. Patrick is ruthless and vicious, but he's a shrewd business man and knows how to operate in the seedy underbelly where he lives. We've always loved superhero and mafia stories and wanted to combine the classic super hero vs. villain story line with the world of gangsters.

Character Concept Art - Drawn by our cover artist Dustin Infinger
Character Concept Art - Drawn by our cover artist Dustin Infinger
Character Concept Art - Drawn by our cover artist Dustin Infinger
Character Concept Art - Drawn by our cover artist Dustin Infinger
Character Concept Art - Drawn by our cover artist Dustin Infinger
Character Concept Art - Drawn by our cover artist Dustin Infinger

Our story begins in Arkansas, where Connor Connolly is dispatched by Patrick to kill two targets living in an inconspicuous suburban neighborhood. Connor is given an address and an address alone; no names, no descriptions, nothing. But being the loyal and ruthless soldier he is, Connor does as he is told. That is, until he discovers the targets he was sent to kill are a part of his past that he thought he had long since abandoned. Now Connor must find a way to deal with a life that he thought he escaped and figure out who he can trust in a business where your best friend wouldn't think twice about putting a bullet in your head.

Here's a look at a page of the comic, from script to art!
Here's a look at a page of the comic, from script to art!

HIT! is scripted as a six issue story arc. This Kickstarter goes to raising money to produce Issue 1. We need an initial $3,000, at least, to start printing Issue 1, advertise it and distribute it. The plan is to have this Kickstarter project launch the entire series. Every dollar we make off of Issue 1 will go into Issue 2 and every dollar from Issue 2 will go to Issue 3 and so on.

Sample Panel - Drawn by artist Daniel Hooker (Final book will be in color)
Sample Panel - Drawn by artist Daniel Hooker (Final book will be in color)
Sample Panel - Drawn by artist Daniel Hooker (Final book will be in color)
Sample Panel - Drawn by artist Daniel Hooker (Final book will be in color)

If we reach our KickStarter goal, we have a very regimented plan for distributing our comic. We are based in Tallahassee, FL and have already spoken with all of our local comic shops and they are excited to carry a local indie book. We are also going to reach out to local shop in the surrounding areas (Gainesville, Jacksonville, Orlando, etc.). Once we debut our comic, we will hit the Con Circuit hard, promoting and selling HIT!.

This is a very ambitious project and we need all the help we can get! So please, tell your friends, family and strangers on the sidewalk! You can send people to our twitter at @Gentleman_Baby or our Facebook Page. Or you can send them to this very page! 

Layout of an early page of the comic (Inking and coloring to come!)
Layout of an early page of the comic (Inking and coloring to come!)

We ask for help from each and everyone of you, with one heartfelt promise: If you donate even a dollar, you will help realize our wildest dreams (and be a part of a pretty kick ass comic, if we do say so ourselves!).

MORE ARTWORK!!!

Our artist Daniel just sent me some more artwork. Take a look!

Connor's St. Hubert charm. St. Hubert is the Patron Saint of Hunters
Connor's St. Hubert charm. St. Hubert is the Patron Saint of Hunters
"St. Hubert, help us remember the death of the wild animal that died, so we may live."
"St. Hubert, help us remember the death of the wild animal that died, so we may live."
An updated picture of Miriam and her hand cannon!
An updated picture of Miriam and her hand cannon!
What could possibly come between this happy family???
What could possibly come between this happy family???

STRETCH GOALS

As you know, our goal is $3,000. However, if we are to exceed this goal, we want to pile on the rewards for all of our faithful donors. So here are our stretch goals:

STRETCH GOAL #1: $4,000 

Every donor of $15 or more gets a copy of HIT! with variant cover art. Every donor of less than $15 gets a PDF copy of Issue 1.

STRETCH GOAL #2: $5,000

Every donor gets a PDF copy of the script for Issue 2 as well as a print of character concept art for Jerry, a mysterious character who appears in Issue 2.

STRETCH GOAL #3: $6,000

Every donor will receive a print of character concept art for Joey "Lips" McGee, Connor's most formidable foe who first appears in issue 3. In addition, we will have a drawing for all donors who are willing and able to do the following: one fan will be chosen to help promote HIT! at a Florida comic-con. This will include a ticket to the event as well as up to two nights in a hotel (maximum $100 a night).

STRETCH GOAL #4: $7,000

The Official HIT! Production Book. We will pull back the curtain and create a book that will include early drafts of the script (with notes), character concept art, panel sketches and a bevy of other things that show how HIT! has gone from script to comic.

COVER CONCEPTS

Risks and challenges Learn about accountability on Kickstarter

We have tried to be meticulous in our planning, but we know there are always setbacks!

Right now myself and my artist have planned to have our comic available by Free Comic Book Day 2013 (that's the first week in May) at the very latest!

Our artist on this project is a new father and is often preoccupied by his young Gentleman Baby. But we planned for that and he is working on illustrating the comic as we speak!

As far as distributing the comics, we have been worried about obstacles in the form of the dreaded OBSCURITY!!! Yes, we're afraid no one will know what HIT! is! In order to address this problem, we've already begun a promotional campaign in Tallahassee and we're building a presence in the social media realm. In addition, all of our local comic shops are in full support of this indie comic and will not only sell but promote and get the word out.

FAQ

  • The easiest way is to contribute $35 or more to the Kickstarter project and we'll mail right to your front door!!! When the time comes we will also make the comic available online, both digital and you'll be able to order a physical copy. Also, we'll be touring Florida, hitting up as many cons as we can. Finally, we plan on circulating the comic to various comic shops. All of the shops in Tallahassee have agreed to carry our book and we plan on expanding that to Orlando, Jacksonville, Tampa, Atlanta and other areas in our region.

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    In addition to every previous reward, you will get an eBook of the HIT! Production Book. We will be assembling a book that shows the steps of creating the comic, as well as the transition from script to final copy. You will be able to download this for your personal e-Reader.

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    Every previous reward plus you get to hide an Easter Egg in the comic. What does that mean? It means we will hide an image of something important to you within the comic. This reward does not apply to all rewards above it. ONLY BACKERS OF THIS REWARD TIER CAN CLAIM THE REWARD. So if there’s a picture you love, or a piece of jewelry, or a family pet, or something you’d like to see, we will draw that thing into a panel of the comic. JUST FOR YOU! (Easter Egg must be approved.) NOTE: AGAIN, THIS REWARD CANNOT BE CLAIMED BY ANYONE WHO CLAIMS ANY HIGHER REWARD TIERS. ONLY DONORS AT THE $110 LEVEL CAN CLAIM THIS REWARD.

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    In addition to every other reward you also get a SKYPE CONVERSATION WITH THE GENTLEMAN BABY CREW. We'll sit down and chat with you about anything. Want us to critique some art? Want to talk about comics? Want to tell us about your kids? We'll talk about it! In addition, we will use your Skype conversation in a retrospective video about the production of our comic that we will put on our website after the comic is released. NOTE: THIS REWARD ONLY APPLIES TO THIS REWARD TIER. THOSE WHO CLAIM REWARDS ABOVE THIS REWARD, WILL NOT BE ABLE TO ACCESS THIS REWARD.

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    Get HIT! Package That's right, for this donation, not only do you get every previous reward but you also get to be assassinated! Send in a picture of yourself and our lovable hitman Connor will be taking you out in issue 1. Because of the logistics of this reward, we must limit it to one person and it must be an adult male. But don't worry ladies and children, you can get this reward to and in return we'll assassinate a brother, father, boyfriend, husband, etc.

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    Genteman Baby For a Day In addition to every other reward you get to sit at the Gentleman Baby Comics at a Florida Comic Convention (the date and exact location is TBD as we have not worked out our con schedule yet). Your admission to the con will be paid for and you will get two nights in a hotel. You will also be able to sit at the Gentleman Baby Comics table and hand out flyers and talk to fans. Gentleman Baby Comics will not be responsible for minors. In addition we must remind you that this reward covers admission to the con, two nights in a hotel and you being a guest at our table. You are welcome to do any extracurricular activities associated with the con or city, but Gentleman Baby Comics will not be responsible for anything other than what is described above.

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    Every reward plus a trip to San Diego Comic Con! If I get this much money I'm going to promote HIT! at THE Comic Con and you're coming with me (Just kidding, you don't have to put up with me)!!! This generous donation gets you a plane ticket to San Diego and admission to the SDCC! As well as as much HIT! swag as you can carry to help me promote at the big event. Gentleman Baby Comics will not be responsible for minors. In addition we must remind you that this reward covers admission to the con, two nights in a hotel and you being a guest at our table. You are welcome to do any extracurricular activities associated with the con or city, but Gentleman Baby Comics will not be responsible for anything other than what is described above.

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