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Help us fulfill our friend's last request by completing his cyborg comic book epic, with cover art by Green Lantern artist Billy Tan.
Help us fulfill our friend's last request by completing his cyborg comic book epic, with cover art by Green Lantern artist Billy Tan.
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We still have 24 hours to go! Don't miss your chance at some great rewards and original artwork! Any funds above our goal will go towards publishing additional issue of Jason Coffee’s Warhawks. 

WHAT IS WARHAWKS?

Jason Coffee’s Warhawks is a comic book series based on the writing of our dear friend Jason Coffee, a young sci-fi writer who died in 2008. It tells the story of the Warhawks, a heroic team of machine-enhanced soldiers who battle against their villainous cyborg counterparts, Maelstrom. As they clash, our heroes question their purpose and the morality of using lethal force to maintain the peace. If you're wondering what it's like, think Avengers & X-Men with a heavy dose of 1980's G.I. Joe!

Warhawks creator Jason Coffee
Warhawks creator Jason Coffee

Before he died, Jason was working his way up through the trenches of Hollywood. He was an assistant on numerous sci-fi televisions shows including Babylon 5 and Roswell, evaluated scripts for James Cameron, and had just written an episode of the documentary series, The Universe. He passed away at the age of 33, after surgery to remove a tumor from his brain. Jason was buried in a Spiderman t-shirt and a hat that simply said: WRITER.

Jason's last request was that somehow, in some fashion, his voice be heard. 

That's our mission with this project...to begin fulfilling Jason's dying wish by publishing Issue One of Jason Coffee's Warhawks.

Character designs for the Warhawks. The main character (in red) is Jefferson Caesar AKA Weapon. The Warhawks reflect Jason's desire to create a multi-racial team of superheroes.

Character designs for Maelstrom, including their red-caped mastermind, Centurion.

Issue One tells the story of Weapon, the Warhawks' Field Commander, who must stop a pair of Maelstrom’s henchmen as they set out on a terrorizing spree, while struggling with his promise not to use lethal force.Headhunter, a former Warhawks team member, joins Maelstrom, bringing with him the inside knowledge to defeat his old friends. Meanwhile, Timothy, the wheelchair-bound son of Warhawks' mad scientist creator Dr. Pendragon (now in a robotic body that resembles a walking tank) becomes the Warhawks' newest member just in time to face Maelstrom's next attack...

CREATING THE COMIC

Jason left behind dozens of short stories and a stack of unproduced screenplays, including Warhawks. Too massive to produce as a feature film, we realized that Warhawks would work perfectly in Jason’s other beloved medium – comic books.

Brothers Todd and Wade Carney adapted the movie screenplay into comic book format. The story from the screenplay will eventually fill seven issues, but our first goal, and the purpose of this Kickstarter campaign, is to produce and distribute Issue One.  

With the help of the amazing Marvel artist Billy Tan, who drew the cover, and his brother Mike Chiang, who designed the characters, Warhawks has begun to take shape. Joel Gomez, the former Wildstorm staff artist and assistant to Jim Lee, has signed on as the interior artist for Issue One and has already started work on the issue.

WE ARE EXCITED TO SHARE WITH YOU A JUST COMPLETED FIVE PAGE PREVIEW OF ISSUE ONE (Artist: Joel Gomez, Colorist: Rex Lokus, Letterer: Joshua Reed):

Warhawks #1 - Page 5
Warhawks #1 - Page 5
Warhawks #1 - Page 6
Warhawks #1 - Page 6
Warhawks #1 - Page 7
Warhawks #1 - Page 7
Warhawks #1 - Page 8
Warhawks #1 - Page 8
Warhawks #1 - Page 9
Warhawks #1 - Page 9

REWARDS UPDATE

LIMITED QUANTITY $25.00 REWARD JUST ADDED 

In addition to a PDF of the comic and companion, you will get a Warhawks postcard with an original signed head sketch on the back of a Marvel or DC character as drawn by our artist Joel Gomez.

Joel has also completed his drawing of the villainous Muse (see below). She is still available as a print at the $105 level. Or, you can choose Warhawks hero, Weapon. 

At the $350 level, Joel is also offering commissions of any single character from any comic book universe in the style of this drawing from his portfolio:

At the $400 level, get original one-of-a-kind Warhawks page art:

Sample image only. Each backer at this level will receive a different, one-of-a-kind page from Warhawks Issue One.
Sample image only. Each backer at this level will receive a different, one-of-a-kind page from Warhawks Issue One.

ALSO, CHECK OUT THE BILLY TAN SIGNATURE REWARDS

We have comic books signed by Billy and also cool signed X-Men Apocalypse prints.

THE GOAL IS WITHIN REACH!

We want you to be confident that our team can deliver on our promises to you, and fulfill our mission. At the end of last month, with the help of Mark Roslan and Josh Reed from Aspen Comics, and also our artist Joel Gomez, we completed a 5-page preview of Warhawks for distribution at WonderCon in Los Angeles. This was a great dress rehearsal for the completion, printing, and promotion of the final book.

Jason Coffee's Warhawks promotional preview edition
Jason Coffee's Warhawks promotional preview edition

Over three days at WonderCon, we distributed 500 copies of the book and talked with hundreds of people about Warhawks.  It was a great experience!

Team Warhawks at WonderCon 3/31/13: Anna, Steve, Amy, Wade, Doug, Todd (not pictured)
Team Warhawks at WonderCon 3/31/13: Anna, Steve, Amy, Wade, Doug, Todd (not pictured)

With your help, the Warhawks team can complete the interior artwork of the comic book, print and distribute issue one, and bring Jason’s vision to a wider audience in the form of comic book conventions, the website, and publicity. Every contribution helps get us one step closer to fulfilling Jason's last wish by sharing Warhawks with the world! 

Risks and challenges

The biggest risk is that we don't have a famous creator or characters with a built in audience. We have to build our fan base from scratch. That's why we have turned to Kickstarter. We like that we can spread the word about Jason's life and work around the world while simultaneously raising funds for the project.

With your help, Jason Coffee's Warhawks can come to life.

All images © 2013 Gertha Coffee

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    1. PDF copy of Warhawks Issue #1 and your name on our Special Thanks page of the Warhawks Comic blog.

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    1. PDF copy of Warhawks Issue #1 and your name on our Special Thanks page of the Warhawks Comic blog.

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    1. Print copy of Warhawks Issue #1 and your name on our Special Thanks page of the Warhawks Comic blog. 2. Print copy of The Warhawks Companion, including rough sketches, script pages, and the team's thoughts on the adaptation process. 3. Small Warhawks poster.

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    1. Print copy of Warhawks Issue #1 and your name on our Special Thanks page of the Warhawks Comic blog. 2. Print copy of The Warhawks Companion, including rough sketches, script pages, and the team's thoughts on the adaptation process. 3. (1) Warhawks T-shirt, Small Warhawks poster.

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    SPECIAL JOEL GOMEZ SIGNATURE LEVEL - Print copy of Warhawks Issue One PLUS an original 11x17 Character Print of either Warhawks good guy Weapon or Maelstrom bad girl Muse (your choice) drawn by issue one artist Joel Gomez. Comic book and print both signed by Joel. And, your name on the special thanks page of our website

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    Everything at the $100 level plus one print of either the Warhawks or Maelstrom group shot (your choice) SIGNED by Mike Chiang.

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    THE BILLY TAN X-MEN AGE OF APOCALYPSE SIGNATURE LEVEL
    X-Men Age of Apocalypse Print signed by our cover artist Billy Tan, plus a print copy of Jason Coffee’s Warhawks issue one, a small Warhawks poster, and your name on the special thanks page of our website.

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    One for you, one for a friend! 1. (2) Print copies of Warhawks Issue #1 and your name on our Special Thanks page of the Warhawks Comic blog. 2. (2) Print copies of The Warhawks Companion, including rough sketches, script pages, and the team's thoughts on the adaptation process. 3. (1) Warhawks T-shirt, (1) Large Warhawks poster.

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    SPECIAL JOEL GOMEZ SIGNED ORIGINAL ARTWORK LEVEL – Everything at the $100 level plus you get to own a piece of one-of-a-kind character line art by issue one artist Joel Gomez. This original signed 9x12 drawing will feature either Warhawks good guy, Weapon or Maelstrom bad girl, Muse. Only one will be available of each, so this will be truly unique work of art. Plus, get a signed copy of Warhawks Issue One and your name on the special thanks page of our website.

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    JOEL GOMEZ COMMISSION LEVEL - Our artist Joel Gomez has worked for Marvel and DC, and now he is working for you! He will draw you a 9x12 SIGNED pencil-and-ink of any single character of YOUR CHOICE from any comic book universe. Also includes a print copy of Warhawks Issue One signed by Joel, a Warhawks T-Shirt, and your name on the special thanks page of our website.

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    WARHAWKS ORIGINAL ARTWORK LEVEL - Own a ONE-OF-A-KIND page of original 11x17 inked art from Jason Coffee’s Warhawks Issue One SIGNED by artist Joel Gomez. Think about it, when Warhawks takes off as a franchise, you will own one of the first pages ever drawn! Also includes a print copy of Warhawks Issue One signed by Joel, a Warhawks T-Shirt, and your name on the special thanks page of our website.

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    One for you, one for a friend! 1. (2) Print copies of Warhawks Issue #1 and your name on our Special Thanks page of the Warhawks Comic blog. 2. (2) Print copies of The Warhawks Companion, including rough sketches, script pages, and the team's thoughts on the adaptation process. 3. (2) Warhawks T-shirt, (2) Large Warhawks poster. Either 1 poster or 1 copy will be signed by Billy Tan.

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    One for you, one for a friend! 1. (2) Print copies of Warhawks Issue #1 and your name on our Special Thanks page of the Warhawks Comic blog. 2. (2) Print copies of The Warhawks Companion, including rough sketches, script pages, and the team's thoughts on the adaptation process. 3. (2) Warhawks T-shirt, (2) Large Warhawks poster. 1 poster AND 1 copy will be signed by Billy Tan.

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    Premiere Reward A: 1. (2) Print copies of Warhawks Issue #1 and your name on our Special Thanks page of the Warhawks Comic blog. 2. (2) Print copies of The Warhawks Companion, including rough sketches, script pages, and the team's thoughts on the adaptation process. 3. (2) Warhawks T-shirt, (2) Large Warhawks poster. 1 poster AND 1 copy will be signed by Billy Tan. 4. Dinner with members of the Warhawks team (Los Angeles ONLY).

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    Premiere Reward B: 1. (2) Print copies of Warhawks Issue #1 and your name on our Special Thanks page of the Warhawks Comic blog. 2. (2) Print copies of The Warhawks Companion, including rough sketches, script pages, and the team's thoughts on the adaptation process. 3. (2) Warhawks T-shirt, (2) Large Warhawks poster. 1 poster AND 1 copy will be signed by Billy Tan. 4. Dinner with members of the Warhawks team (U.S. ONLY).

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    Premiere Reward C: 1. (2) Print copies of Warhawks Issue #1 and your name on our Special Thanks page of the Warhawks Comic blog. 2. (2) Print copies of The Warhawks Companion, including rough sketches, script pages, and the team's thoughts on the adaptation process. 3. (2) Warhawks T-shirt, (2) Large Warhawks poster. 1 poster AND 1 copy will be signed by Billy Tan. 4. Dinner with members of the Warhawks team (U.S. ONLY). 5. Canvas gallery print of the Warhawks cover art.

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