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"Slifer's done it again! He's created bold, new graphic novel characters worthy of big-screen adaptations. It's high concept with an actual intriguing concept." --Jim Salicrup
Editor-in-Chief Papercutz/Former Editor of Spider-Man

THE MALCONTENTS GRAPHIC NOVEL

The Concept


The Malcontents appear to be random casualties of the health care system run amok, treatments gone terribly, terribly wrong. A popular movie actress, scarred beyond recognition. A visionary artist, blinded and left destitute. A loyal soldier, whose loss of limbs came not from battle, but betrayal. And a desperate doctor, whose unspeakable tragedy brings them all together.


Their incidents seem random. Unrelated. But are they? Who are these Malcontents? And why were they targeted?


The Malcontents must help each other overcome their handicaps and prevent other innocents from becoming victims of the shadowy Echelon.


What it's all about…


At its core, the series is about fighting back against what appears to be an uncaring, faceless system but which is, in fact, the end product of the Echelon's ruthless and relentless pursuit of their objectives. The series is about the struggle for hope and the need to believe.


At first, it seems hopeless-only four people standing alone against a decades-old organization of rich and influential people who have taken it upon themselves to dominate the world. But soon, our small band of heroes learns they are not alone. Just like the rich and powerful, the dissatisfied and the disenfranchised also span the globe. And, offered the opportunity, many are willing to fight back…


To summarize: The Malcontents is about rebirth. It's about uniting for a common cause. It's about compassion. It's about the triumph of the human spirit, of regaining one's humanity.


And it's also about the ugly side of human nature. About the rapaciousness of those who desire to force their will upon others. It's about fighting back against the nameless, faceless bastards who seem to control every aspect of our lives.


THE GRAPHIC NOVEL


This project is to be an all-new 100-page graphic novel (hopefully, the first of many!) based on some new characters I've created. I've already invested months of my time developing the characters and writing the first storyline. But now it's time to hire appropriate artists with the style and élan to draw and ink the graphic novel.


Up till now, I've been able to rely on some of my friends to help me develop the characters and concepts. (Ed Hannigan, fabled cover-designer and artist for DC and Marvel Comics in the 80's and creator of "Skull and Bones"; Ted Boonthanakit, a storyboard artist of many credits, including "Spider-Man 2" and "Up in the Air."; and Ed Klautky, storyboard artist and character designer on TV shows like X-Men Evolution and Gargoyles.)


Unfortunately, all these talented guys already have commitments that consume them body and soul. They just don't have the time to take on such an ambitious new project. So that's why I'm here, to raise money for a penciller and inker to draw the graphic novel…


Although I've spoken to a few very talented artists who have expressed interest, I can't really make a deal with them until I've raised the appropriate funds. I need your help in order to move forward and make this a reality. But great artists don't come cheap! Which is why I have to raise so much. And anyone who's going to make the months-long commitment necessary needs to be confident, of course, that they're going to be paid. I want them putting all their efforts into their creativity in drawing the pages, not stressing out about their paycheck. So I'm here to raise funding so they can move forward with confidence with the pencilling and inking of the book.


WHY NOT GO TO AN ESTABLISHED PUBLISHER?


I can't tell you how excited I am about The Malcontents. Frankly, I don't really want an outside publisher to be in control of their destinies. I've been telling stories for a long time and feel I'm more qualified than most to bring these characters to life.


I know exactly what I want to do with them, how I want their stories to unfold, and how I want the graphic design to contribute to that development. If you look back at my track record of TV shows and comic books I've supervised and helped develop, I think you'll have to agree.


WHAT DO YOU BRING TO THE PARTY?


Well, I've written, produced, and/or story edited some of the most popular animated series of the 80's and 90's, including Tranformers, G.I. Joe Extreme, JEM, Bucky O'Hare, Conan, the Adventurer, etc. I also co-produced the first season of Yu-Gi-Oh here in the U.S.


In comics, I wrote the Omega Men, co-created Lobo, and was an editor at both Marvel and DC. I was also DC's first Direct Sales Manager to the comic book stores so I know more than a bit about the sales side of the business. I also published one of the first graphic novels here in America, "Manhunter, the Complete Saga" which collected the classic stories by Archie Goodwin and Walt Simonson.


I've been around the block a few times, I love the medium, and I'm aching to get back and produce a comic book project of which I can be proud. I hope you'll help me do that.


WHAT DO I GET OUT OF IT?


In addition to knowing you've helped some creative people realize their vision, you also get some tangible rewards. Check out the full details to the right. But, briefly, depending on the amount you pledge, the awards range from "I'm a Malcontent" buttons and t-shirts to autographed copies of the graphic novel, the script, and other scripts I've written for JEM and G.I. Joe Extreme. There's also a CD-Rom of conceptual art from the bible and my collected scripts from the JEM and G.I. Joe Extreme series. And at the highest level of contributions, you can even get your likeness in the graphic novel itself!


There're also bonus awards for the earliest contributors: Autographed copies of Omega Men #1 and Omega Men #3 (the first ever appearance of Lobo!), promotional postcards of the original G.I. Joe and Transformers series, as well as of the Omega Men. And for the very largest contributors, my last seven remaining copies of "Manhunter, the Complete Saga." There were only 2,000 ever printed, so this is truly a rare item!


You'll also get regular updates of the graphic novel's progress, advance pages of art posted as they're completed, behind the scenes developments, and sneak peeks at some of the final pages after they're lettered and colored. I'm looking at you guys (and gals!) as my partners in all this. Which is why ALL THE CONTRIBUTORS WILL BE CREDITED in the book with the very LARGEST contributors getting their names (with a photo, if they so desire) on the title page of the graphic novel, right up there with the creative team!


Check it out. Watch the video. And please pass the word on to your friends!


I hope you'll come on board. We'll have a lot of fun and you'll have my eternal gratitude!


SPECIAL NOTE TO JEM AND G.I. JOE FANS…


I'm quite pleased to have gotten to know some of the members of the JEM fan community. I'm told the same kind of fanatical following exists for G.I. Joe Extreme. As a special incentive for both groups, I've included copies of my scripts for those shows as part of my rewards.


And for those in the "Major Malcontent" category who will receive the special Malcontents CD-Rom, be aware I'm also including the outline I wrote for a never-produced JEM story, "Blame it on Rio!"


I hope you'll all support this effort. Not only is The Malcontents very character-driven like Jem, but there's also a very strong and complex female character that I think I will appeal to JEM's many fans.


And, finally, a special thanks to Ted, the two Ed's, and David Anthony Kraft for their many contributions to this project.


The Malcontents is (c) and TM 2010 by Roger Slifer

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    A MILD-MANNERED MALCONTENT--Get BEHIND THE SCENES UPDATES as the graphic novel evolves. Special SNEAK PEEKS AT THE ARTWORK as the project develops. Watch the step by step progression as the graphic novel goes through every stage to its completion. Plus an “I’M A MALCONTENT” BUTTON! Let all your friends know about your inner angst! And you’ll also be LISTED AS A CONTRIBUTOR inside the graphic novel!

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    AN OFFICIAL MALCONTENT--Get all the above plus a MALCONTENTS MEMBERSHIP CARD! You’re not just a part of the movement, you’re also entitled to a 10% DISCOUNT ON ALL FUTURE MALCONTENTS PRODUCTS!

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    A MESMERIZED MALCONTENT--Get all of the above, plus AN AUTOGRAPHED COPY OF THE GRAPHIC NOVEL when it comes out. It’s almost like paying for an advance copy—except, in your case, the edition will be signed and sent directly to you!

    BONUS! The FIRST 100 to contribute $25 or more will also get an autographed copy of “OMEGA MEN” #1!

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    AN “AUTHORIZED” MALCONTENT--Get all of the above plus AN AUTOGRAPHED COPY OF THE MALCONTENTS SCRIPT, OR AN AUTOGRAPHED COPY of one of my JEM or G.I. EXTREME scripts! You choose!

    BONUS! The first 100 people who contribute $50 or more will also receive an OMEGA MEN POSTCARD, a promotional item from when the Omega Men debuted back in 1983 featuring a reproduction of the Omega Men #1 cover! More rare than the comic itself!

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    A MULTI-TASKING MALCONTENT—Get all of the above plus an “I’M A MALCONTENT” T-SHIRT plus THREE JEM OR GI JOE EXTREME SCRIPTS (or a combination thereof, depending on your preference).

    BONUS! The first 10 to contribute $100 or more will get an autographed copy of Omega Men #3, THE FIRST APPEARANCE OF LOBO!

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    A MAJOR MALCONTENT--Get all of the above plus a CD-ROM containing a copy of all the DEVELOPMENT ART FROM THE MALCONTENTS BIBLE and word files of my SCRIPTS FOR JEM AND G.I. JOE EXTREME! Includes the outline for a NEVER PRODUCED JEM SHOW, "Blame it on Rio!"

    BONUS! The first 50 people who contribute $500 or more will also receive a 5” x 7” PROMOTIONAL CARD FOR THE ORIGINAL G.I. JOE AND TRANSFORMERS SERIES of the 80’s!

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    A FEATURED MALCONTENT--Get all of the above, plus YOUR LIKENESS in the Malcontents graphic novel! You can literally BE A PART OF THE MALCONTENTS GRAPHIC NOVEL! All you have to do is provide a photo, and your likeness will be used as one of the incidental characters in the Malcontents graphic novel. You could end up a shock trooper, a bouncer, a bodyguard, a doctor, a bum, a gang-banger, a bartender, a paparazzi, an ophthalmologist, a poker player--the possibilities are almost endless! We can’t guarantee that you won’t come out looking handsomer or with a better physique! And we also can’t guarantee that you won’t end up getting a lap dance from some stripper (In the comic! In the comic!) Plus, you’ll get 10 COPIES OF THE GRAPHIC NOVEL to hand out to all of your friends, showing them what a character you are!

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    A MEGA-MALCONTENT--a Super-Patron! Receive all of the above, plus get credit in the graphic novel on a prominent page as a “MAJOR CONTRIBUTOR.” With your PHOTO, if you wish. Also, a FRAMED LIMITED EDITION COPY OF THE BIBLE COVER BY TED BOONTHANAKIT with a certificate of authenticity! Plus AN ADDITIONAL TEN COPIES of The Malcontents graphic novel to pass out to your friends or rub in the faces of your enemies!

    BONUS! The first seven people to pledge $2,000 or more will receive an autographed copy of “MANHUNTER, THE COMPLETE SAGA” one of the very first graphic novels published in America! Very rare. ONLY 2,000 COPIES EVER PRINTED! I’ll also write you a personal note inside, thanking you for your contribution!

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