Who is the Silhouette?
The Silhouette is the newest superhero in town. She, he, they or it has been caught on camera saving people from a burning building--but who exactly are they? What are their powers? How did they become a hero? What do they stand for? We asked eight teams of creators to answer these questions with their takes on The Silhouette, and we were not disappointed.
So, again, who is the Silhouette?
The Silhouette is a time-traveling witch. Or a magical girl who's still learning to control her powers. Or maybe they're a sentient insect in a robot suit. She could be fighting anxiety while fighting the bad guys, he could be doing his best to balance his love life with his crime-fighting, or they could have the worst luck of anyone you've ever known. Maybe she's been watching over the community for decades, quietly doing her work before being caught on camera, or maybe she's just fought her way back through a portal that had trapped her in an alternate dimension. Maybe all of these things are true.
Whoever they are, they're a hero.
So then what is Who is the Silhouette?
This is the book! The anthology collects all eight possibilities for the Silhouette's identity, as well as the opening story that kicked 'em all off!
A Silhouette of the Past, by Abi Watson
Undershadow, by Brittany Thomas
In Seeming Strong, by Cindy Butor
The Six Feet of Justice! by Niina Eveliina Salmelin
Neighborhood Witch, by Ben K Evans
What can I get?
You can get the book as a PDF or a paperback, signed or plain. You can get a bundle of books for your shop, book club, classroom or gift-giving occasion. You can bring editors Tom O'Brien and Allison Bannister into your or classroom or library through skype to lead a workshop or lecture.
Where does the money go?
The initial goal pays for printing books and shipping rewards. If we reach $4500, more books will get ordered, artists will make an additional $5/page and receive more comp copies, and most of the editor's out-of-pocket costs will be covered (the base payment for artists, advertising, ISBN, etc). At $5,500, $6,250 and $7000 the page rate for artists will increase again.
We believe that cartoonists, writers, artists, and editors deserve to eat, and to be paid for their work. Based on Iron Circus' trend, all of our stretch goals go toward increasing the page rates for our contributors and getting more books into the hands of our readers.
So I get who the Silhouette is, that awesome cartoonists were involved, the pledges and the costs, but I still want to know more about this project. What was the inspiration for Who is the Silhouette?
Batman and fan artists.
Let me explain. Batman, as one of the oldest and most beloved superheroes of all time, has seen countless iterations and reimaginings. Sometimes he's gruff and gritty, sometimes he's played by Adam West, and sometimes he's a Lego, but he's always Batman.
Our collection particularly took inspiration from Neil Gaiman's Whatever Happened to the Caped Crusader, the animated short Have I Got a Story for You in Gotham Knights, and Legends of the Dark Knight, an episode of Batman: The Animated series, all of which imagine different stories to account for Batman. No one story has the whole truth and each segment offers a very different take on the character.
We love this dynamic of envisioning the same hero different ways, and decided we wanted to play with that concept with an unknown hero, open to imagination and interpretation.
Mixed in with that was our love of fan art and indie comics. Our favorite superhero fan art reimagines characters to include more people of color, to put women front and center (and into real clothes instead of bikinis), to explore queer identities and backgrounds not often spotlighted on the superhero main stage. These re-envisionings often take well-known characters and pull them out of the action and into the quiet moments in between, and gives lesser known characters the opportunity to shine. Indie comics give creators freedom and flexibility in exploring different themes and ideas, and have provided space for new and powerful stories about superheroes.
The submissions we received were funny, sad, thoughtful and charming. Although there is no perfect formula for diverse representation, we hope that the work collected here offers something different, something new, and something that reminds us all that anyone can become a hero.
Video created by Tom O'Brien. Images belong to their respective creative teams. Music is "Exciting Trailer" by Kevin MacLeod (incompetech.com) Licensed under Creative Commons: By Attribution 3.0 License http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0/
Risks and challenges
Allison and Tom previously kickstarted Allison's fantasy graphic novel Wit's End. There were a few hurdles that slowed them down during that first campaign, but ultimately they successfully printed and delivered the book. That experience has them prepared to knock this one out of the park!
90% of the comics are done, and as soon as the last edits get approved the book will be off to the printer!Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
- (30 days)