Frenemies is COMPLETELY FINISHED AND READY TO PRINT - the brand new FIRST EDITION of an epic four part story from critically acclaimed writer Monty Nero (Titan, Marvel (X-men, Hulk), Delcourt) and superstar artist Yishan Li (Dark Horse (Hellboy, Buffy), DC (Blue Beetle), Image (Paradox Girl). If you imagine Saga meets X-files with a sprinkling of Raiders Of The Last Ark in space you won't go wrong.
Gaze in wonder as our heroes traverse the galaxy unearthing mysterious artefacts from alien tombs, pursued by the most dangerous creatures in the galaxy!
Cai - a mischievous Chinese language expert and sexual adventurer - with a terrifying secret
Jamelia - an angelic bisexual genius, unwilling to compromise in the face of annihilation
Carlton - an irascible Professor of Mathematics desperately searching for his lost son.
Hunter - a rich, bi, sporty, US entrepreneur whose motivations are as dark as his family history.
Minerva - a wildly eccentric English explorer, Professor of Art History, and lesbian punk revolutionary.
Sunny - a brilliant, shy, South Korean child prodigy questioning his whole identity
Delphine - an icy French cosplay princess with a lust for science, social climbing, and deception
Each of these characters is busy at Camford University when their lives are transformed by a mysterious alien artefact uncovered within the ancient halls. This triggers the hunt for a LEGENDARY PLANET which once dominated our solar system, the site of incredible knowledge which could save our world - or destroy it.
Only one character can succeed and inherit the alien's knowledge and riches - but their rivalry increases when they're telepathically bound together. Given the wealth of alien and human adversaries trying to kill them, they're forced to cooperate to ensure one of them succeeds. But who will it be?
Frenemies was born of a love for classic movies like Close Encounters, Raiders of The Lost Arc, and Star Wars updated to reflect a more diverse reality, celebrating LGBTQ and straight characters from China, South Korea, Europe and America. It's witty, quickfire, dialogue and thrilling action is rooted by seven conflicting personalities - sometimes friends, sometimes enemies - brilliantly realised by Yishan Li. Yishan's undoubtedly one of the best character artists and storytellers in comics, which is why she's doing so much great work for Image, Top Cow, Dark Horse, DC and many others.
Right here, right now - it's the only time to get these special rewards that prove you were here from the start! There are special rewards for founding backers, including signed character bookplate art prints of ALL SEVEN amazing characters by the incredible Yishan Li. Now, as Yishan lives in China and Monty lives in Scotland getting the signature of both creators on these took a special trip to the UK to arrange. Which is why there are only 10 signed copies of Delphine and Jamelia, 15 signed copies of Minerva and Cai, and 20 signed copies of Hunter, Sunny, and Carlton. These are incredibly rare and will not be printed again, let alone signed by both creators. As Founding Fans of the series, you will own something truly special.
There are also two different variant covers (limited to 50 each) - two unique foil variants (1 of the Delphine variant and 2 of the group variant) - and an All Character Collectors Level which is available to just one backer.
Issue 1 backers get a unique chance to be founding fans. Founders are entitled to a special Founders Membership collectors art card and get unique extra-value Frenemies pledge levels from next issue on, as well as their name in the pantheon of first edition Founders printed within each comic. These come with every level from the Founding Fan Doodle Edition upwards. It's our way of rewarding readers who back every issue.
And if you're a completely new backer, you can also get every copy of Death Sentence Liberty ("a masterwork" Popmatters) the smash hit comic starring bisexual superhero Verity Fette aka Artgirl.
There are some brilliant regular stretch goals lined up, which will be unveiled as the campaign unfolds.
SECURED!! £5000 - Founding Fan upgrade. All Founding Fans to receive double-sided custom character art on their Founding Fan Collector's Art Membership Cards! SECURED!!
SECURED!! £6000 - Supercool Princess Leia print for all levels at £12 (Digital Deluxe) and higher!! SECURED!!
CURRENTLY AIMING FOR £7000 - 10 more pages of content!!! This will be a digital add on for ALL BACKERS.
NOTE: All art prints are US comic sized bookplates unless otherwise stated. 'Digital only' backers receive stretch goal rewards digitally.
When the campaign launched every Founding Fan received the same Frenemies Art Membership Card to go with their character specific prints. Now each Founding Fan will get a second piece of artwork on the flip side of their Art Membership Cards, showing the character they've chosen, to go with the original Frenemies/Cai art on the front. Backers at the All Character level will get to nominate a character for the flip side in their surveys. And the art looks fantastic on 400gsm card with a silk finish!
These character choices are important, because only one character can ultimately find The Lost Planet. If you chose that character on this campaign, you'll get a unique bonus reward when the story concludes!
Social Media Stretch Goals
We're trying out lots of new stuff on this campaign. One other thing we'd like to try is social media stretch goals. For instance, if we can get Frenemies RT'd 100 times we'll give EVERYONE on the campaign a free Ripley from Aliens print.
If that sounds good, here's a link to the tweet for you to RT. This is the one that needs to get past 100 by the end of the campaign!
We know not everyone's on twitter, but this way many kickstarter backers can proactively help the comic and increase their rewards. Other types of stretch goals you often just have to sit there and hope the total goes up, but here you can do something real by spreading the word to people who may well enjoy the same thing your enjoying!!
That's what I love about Kickstarter. It's stuffed full of people simply sharing their enthusiasm for great comics.
Once again, here's the link to RT. Get clicking! https://twitter.com/montynero/status/1133290800895406080
These are the different reward levels we'd be honoured to send to you. Most have already been printed and prepared for posting or e-mailing.
£3 Pure Digital
£5 Print Edition
£10 Art Print Edition
£12 Digital Deluxe
£15 Founding Fan Edition
£20 Carlton Founding Fan Edition (Only 14 available!)
£20 Sunny Founding Fan Edition (Only 14 available!)
£20 Hunter Founding Fan Edition (Only 14 available!)
£25 Minerva Founding Fan Edition (Only 9 available!)
£25 Cai Founding Fan Edition (Only 9 available!)
£30 Delphine Founding Fan Edition (Only 4 available!)
£30 Jamelia Founding Fan Edition (Only 4 available!)
£55 Deluxe Cover Variant Founding Fan (33 available!)
£95 All Characters Founding SuperFan (Just 4 sets available!!!)
£125 Art Commission Founding Superfan (Only 15 slots available)
Art lovers - this is your level! An original art commission just for you, plus everything in the Deluxe Variant Cover Founding Superfan Edition apart from the script. Artwork is created in Oils, Acrylic, Ink, or any combination of all 3.
£245 Ultimate All Character Founding Superfan (1 of 1)
There can only be one ultimate superfan! An original art commission by Monty on an ultra rare blank cover FOIL EDITION of Frenemies #1 (1of 2) plus all this amazing stuff.
£395: Legendary Yishan Li Founding Superfan
There can be only one Ultimate Yishan Superfan!! An amazing hand drawn original character art commission by Yishan Li to your specification PLUS a signed Monty doodle of whichever character you choose inside each issue, the COMPLETE SET of ALL SEVEN unsigned character art prints, plus Yishan and Monty's signature on the bookplate art print, plus a rare signed Delphine cover variant (1 of 50), a blank cover variant, and printed copy of the script to issue 1 signed by Monty AND A UNIQUE SIGNED CAI Variant Cover of Issue 1 (1 of 1).
£695: The Montynero Experience (1 of 1)
An incredibly unique experience! This comprises you on the next issue of Frenemies (and you get to keep the original art) plus two awesome days hanging with Monty in his regular haunts in Dundee (bars, cafe, castle, beach, plus V&A Design Museum, Comic Shop and Studio, ) PLUS everything in the All Character Founding Fan Edition except with a unique Delphine foil cover (1 of 1) variant, and includes a TOP SECRET behind the scenes look at Monty's past and present comics for Marvel, DC, Titan, Delcourt and others. It also INCLUDES UK travel and accommodation. This will be the fourth Montynero Experience and it's always been the most rewarding level by far.
Just to be clear this does not include travel costs to the UK from abroad.
Risks and challenges
The comic is COMPLETELY FINISHED and I've already printed test copies. The first print run will commence as soon as the survey's are collected and the FOUNDING BACKERS are added to the Hall of Fame at the back of the comic.
I learnt loads doing previous Kickstarters which means the rewards are all simple to create and things I've made before. The printer is very experienced and regularly prints all my other comics and art prints, and people often comment on the high quality of the comics they produce.
I've interviewed lots of creators who have run successful Kickstarter campaigns to discover all the potential problems and factored those into my plans. I've also spoken to the Post Office, and had them weigh each different type of reward with the relevant packaging. I'm as well prepared as I can be, and will be taking time off work to make sure everything ships on time.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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