About this project
ABOUT SIDEKICKSIn a world where Super-Heroes are celebrities, egos rampage out of control. Five of Chicago’s most dependable Sidekicks are faced with the reality that despite their dedication, they will invariably be disrespected by the Heroes they work with and the citizens they protect. Taken for granted by society and ignored by the media, how much can the Sidekicks endure before they decide they’ve had enough?
SIDEKICKS is a 3-issue comic book mini-series created by Russell Brettholtz (writer) and Miguel Mendonça (artist). It follows the lives of five super-hero sidekicks as they get mistreated by their respective heroes and ignored by society at large.
SIDEKICKS - CHAPTER ONE is a 23 page, full color comic book.
MEET THE SIDEKICKS
Richard is having a bad week. Not only did his fiancée leave him two months before the wedding, but as Phantasm, he is the sidekick to Mr. Marvelous, Chicago’s most popular super-hero. Unfortunately for Richard, Mr. Marvelous suffers from an inflated ego, and pulls no punches when reminding Richard of the Hero / Sidekick dynamic: Mr. Marvelous is beloved; Phantasm is replaceable. Anyone who has ever been mistreated, underappreciated or disrespected by their boss should be able to identify with Richard.
Powers: Phantasm can create and control solid light projections.
Dan is the de facto leader of the Sidekicks group. Attractive, smart and easy going, as Mustang he is the most popular sidekick in the city. Dan is relatively oblivious to the difficulties shared by his fellow sidekicks. Dan is on course for a major life lesson as Mustang’s popularity threatens to overshadow that of Captain Celerity, the super-hero he sidekicks for (yes, I used sidekick as a verb).
Powers: Mustang can shoot plasma blasts from his hands.
Al is the youngest sidekick at 22. The recession is hitting Al particularly hard as he struggles to keep his finances above water. But when his car dies he can’t even get a loan from the Flying Fox, the hero he’s been working with for five years. A hero who also happens to be a millionaire. Al is forced to get a job at a fast food burger joint in order to make ends meet. He is living on the edge and coming dangerously close to falling off. The stress is getting to be too much for Al, as he lashes out at those he has spent years protecting.
Powers: Jolt can generate electricity and shoot electric blasts.
George is the conscience of the Sidekicks. A devout Catholic, he spends most of his free time working in a soup kitchen, feeding the homeless. George truly believes that helping people is its own reward. But when Atlas leaves the side of the hero he works with to save an innocent bystander, he gets an earful about to whom his assistance lies.
Powers: Atlas is super-strong.
Mild-mannered and cool headed, Walter is the assistant editor at the Chicago Herald newspaper. While Heroes get the front page and glowing praise, their sidekicks don’t even merit a footnote. Every day Walter is reminded of how the media ignores the sidekicks and how society in general takes them for granted.
Powers: Frostbite can freeze objects near him and shoot ice blasts from his hands.
ABOUT THE CREATORS
WRITER: Russell Brettholtz
Russell Brettholtz started reading comic books at the age of eight, when his grandmother gave him an Archie. At twelve he graduated to the X-Men which he collected for over twenty years. Russell’s road to writing comics began with X-Men fan-fiction in high school and college, and finally a story submission to Marvel (it was not published). When he realized that finding an artist and self-publishing were realistic possibilities thanks to the internet, Russell put serious effort into creating his own comic book. Sidekicks is his first full length comic book with original characters. Russell lives in New York’s capital region with his wife and two daughters.
ARTIST: Miguel Mendonça
Miguel Mendonça graduated in Design and has been doing mostly design related work. This Portuguese artist has always had a special bond with the world of illustration, the comics and art in general. He is now working more and more with comics and doing several projects in this field. His pencils can be found in Zenescope’s Grimm Fairy Tales and Oz.
An Explanation of Rewards
Thank You: Your name will be included in a "Thank You" note on our Facebook page.
PDF Copy: A PDF copy of Sidekicks - Chapter One
(plus a 12 page Bonus Story - The Super-Hero's Nightmare; Written by Russell Brettholtz and Drawn by Peter Sefcik. This Bonus Story will not be included in future releases of the Sidekicks PDF).
Physical Copy: A physical copy of Sidekicks - Chapter One
(the Cover of this copy will include the "Kickstarter Bug" which will not be on future printings of Sidekicks - Chapter One. Only Backers of this Kickstarter will receive a copy with this cover)
Printed Thank You: Your name will be included in the "Thank You" section of the comic book.
Behind the Scenes PDF: A PDF of of the script and all of the artwork that went into the creation of Sidekicks - Chapter One; Character Concepts and Bios, Rough Pencil Layouts, Final Pencils, Inks, and Colors.
Writer-Signed Copy: A physical copy of Sidekicks signed by Writer/Co-Creator Russell Brettholtz.
Advanced View PDF: As each page of artwork is created (including all stages from rough pencils to lettered pages), you will receive a PDF of that page.
Poster #1: An 11x17 poster of the cover of Sidekicks.
Poster #2: An 11x17 poster of Mr. Marvelous battling Inferno (Page 8 of the comic as seen in the 4-page preview).
Artist & Writer Signed Copy: A physical copy of Sidekicks signed by Artist/Co-Creator Miguel Mendonça and Writer/Co-Creator Russell Brettholtz. This reward is limited (not to mention costly) because of the logistical nightmare of having to ship the comics back and forth to Portuegal for the artist to sign. But it will be worth it.
Cameo Appearance: Your likeness (and maybe even your name) will appear in the book. Heck, you might even have some dialogue.
Original Art: You will receive an original page of penciled art from the comic selected by the artist.
Original Art & Cameo Appearance: Not only will your likeness (and maybe even your name) appear in the book, but you will also receive the original page of penciled art that features your appearance.
Executive Producer Credit: Your name will be listed in the credits as "Executive Producer." The Backer of this reward will also receive the original hand penciled and inked cover for Sidekicks.
WHAT IS THE MONEY FOR?
Comic books are expensive to make. I have spent the last year selling my personal comic book collection to fund this project, and I am within $1000 of being able to pay my artist to complete the entire 23 page comic.
To reach this goal I brought Sidekicks to Kickstarter. The $3000 Goal amount represents the $1000 left to pay Miguel, printing costs for the physical copies of the comic and posters, and shipping costs.
I am not keeping any money for myself. This campaign is all about the production of the comic.
When we reach $6,000 in Pledges, EVERY Backer at the $5 level and above will receive a digital copy of "The Omega Chapters - Book One" by Peter Sefcik.
Peter is the incredible artist on our back-up story, "The Super-Hero's Nightmare" and he has been kind enough to offer the first issue of his creator-owned series as a Stretch Goal Reward.
Let's reach that Stretch Goal, everyone!
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Risks and challenges
The biggest risk to the completion of this project is if anything were to happen to the artist. Once the Campaign is financed, the completion of the project will fall almost entirely on his shoulders.
Beyond that, there are the typical risks of printing cost increases, shipping cost increases and shipping delays (not to mention the unknown costs of replacing lost or damaged Backer Rewards).
I have done my best to build these unknown costs into the Pledge Goal, but there is always a risk.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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