About this project
Update #8 (08/31/15) We made it! Thanks everybody for bring this comic to life. i can;t thank you enough Backers!
Update #7 (08/26/15) I have been getting quite a few requests for Add Ons on this Kickstarter, so I decided to make a Menu of the items I have for Backers to Pledge on. One thing, I have added print runs for the Limited Editions. Since I only print once(no Print on Demand, when I am out, I am out!), these are all first prints. These print runs do not reflect how many issues I have left in stock, however. Some of the Limited Editions are available in very small quantities, so please ask!
Update #6 (08/16/15) I am adding pictures of the FREE sketches that John Howard is working on. We are getting a little loaded at the top of this page so they are at the bottom of the page.
Update #5 (08/14/15) Okay! I have had too many people request this style of t-shirt or poster lately, so i wanted to let everybody else know! Do you want the T-shirt or Poster NAKED! Well here you go!
Update #4 (08/14/15) We have 2 weeks left and have raised 50% of of our $3400! Join in on the fun. Legend is not only a serious adventure, but it has a tongue in cheek adult humor.
Jakob Legend is a wise cracking, street punk created from the tough streets of New York City. A natural born killer, he eventually rose through the ranks of hired assassins! This lifestyle never lasts long and he was eventually murdered. He awoke in Hell, a perfect candidate for Satan's army of Hunters! These Hunters, or Executioner's, are tasked with keeping people in Hell. They also work directly for Satan doing his work for him.
In this issue, Legend is sent into the Vampire Nation, a cursed place in Hell in for Monster worshippers from Earth, to discover the secret of the First Wife, a power that rival's Satan's!
Update #3 (08/05/15) So here is a new idea from us: 13 Plus One ways to win! It's easy, all you have to do is pledge to win! Is there catch? Read below...
Update #2 (08/03/15) There have been more final pages posted on our Facebook page, but I have added them here for those that want to see then(see below).
Update #1 (07/29/15) I have added some finished colors pages. You can see them below. We are 25% funded and are on a good start to our final goal! Thanks everybody so far!
WELCOME TO HELL! ONCE YOU ARE HERE, THE STAY IS FOREVER! OR IS IT?
Enter the world of Hell and meet Jakob Legend, Hell's Executioner. He is a Hunter for Satan!
What are Hunters?
Well, maybe we are getting ahead of ourselves. Let's talk about the world first.
The fabric of Hell is hardly perfect and routes out of Hell have appeared in the cracks. Satan is not Omnipresent, only a Fallen Angel. He cannot police all of these faults by himself so he formed a League of Satan's Children, Enforcers(and if necessary executioners) for the Dark Lord! Satan has provided his Children with special powers and weapons to capture, punish or kill (not a permanent condition in Hell) as they see fit. These powers and weapons are a blessing in battle, but all are cursed in some way!
What is Jakob's Hell like? - Heliopolis - City of the Damned, the uppermost level of Hell, is named after the Egyptian city on Earth. The city is a mish mash of old and new from all Ages of the Worlds History. The Egyptians pyramids can be seen in the distance as well as the Eiffel Tower. The city, like its people, is seemingly never ending in size. People are from all times and ages of the Earth.
None in Hell are really sure whether Hellipolis is Hell of some kind of Purgatory.
Who lives a Half Life in Heliopolis? – Humans, Giants (from Earth’s past), cavemen, Demons and every evil person that ever walked the face of Earth!(and then some!) The Rogues Gallery of horrible characters from Earth's history is endless. Ever wonder who Jack the Ripper was? Or what he has become in the Hell? Questions like these and more will be put to the test!
Jakob Legend's life on Earth was one of constant pain and suffering. Jakob was born to the streets. He lived with a father that used him in his schemes to make money. When his father was murdered Jakob, age 9, was forced to fend for his own in life and turned to the only life he knew, crime. He spent most of his time involved in violent crime of all kinds. His crimes became more brutal as he became a Street Enforcer. This eventually led to his death!
Jakob Legend's life in Hell
On awaking in Hell, Jakob was confronted by “The LightBringer”, Satan. Satan gave Jakob a choice. He could burn in a deep dark pit or serve as a Hunter for Satan. He choose the ladder!
Jakob has been given several powers by Satan. His Flame Power can burn an enemy in their tracks, but the cost to use it drains his soul. He is armed with Grimmore, his telepathic weapon. Grimmore has six very special rounds and an auto setting for multiple enemies. And then there is Soul Killer, his Flame Brother. A sword that he calls out from the depths of Hell itself!
Jakob's current team consists of histories most mysterious personalities, Eriz Weisz (Houdini) and Cleopatra (Queen of Egypt).
Queen Cleopatra was branded a harlot by history, but that was far from the truth. Remember the Romans wrote the history after her fall and the fall of Egypt! She can speak 24 languages (in Hell), is intelligent and has the culture and training of a statesman. Her belief that she was the Goddess Hathor in life is one of the many reasons Cleopatra is damned to Hell.
Eric Weisz, once know as Houdini, is trapped in Hell for different reasons. His hate for spiritualists led to his damnation. In life he persecuted and hounded these people and in turn the cursed him in death. Here he is a master Magician who seems to have more than just card trick powers!
Plot for Legend, Hell's Executioner One-shot
Story title, "A Slave to Love."
Making a deal with Satan is one thing, but making a deal with an angel is another! This single act sets the stage for the future of Jakob Legend, yet he does not know it it yet!
After this, Jakob Legend and his team are summoned to the Dark Lord Lucifer's Dark Cathedral. Satan's tasks Jakob with a new mission. Jakob must go into the heart of The Vampire Nation, a cursed place where all humans who use to worship vampires and other strange creatures on Earth are placed in this special Hell to suffer! The area is surrounded by mountains and no creature within it's peaks can leave the place.
The Leader of the Vampire Nation is none other than Vlad, The Impaler. He is now cursed with Vamipism, a state he holds in utter contempt! One of Vlad’s confidants is Bram Stoker, writer of Dracula, who is still apparently still human, yet still stuck within the boundaries of the Vampire Nation also. The two Damned (each for selfish reasons of their own) are trying to find a way to break the curse on The Vampire Nation and release the hordes of monster into Hell itself! They think they have succeeded by discovering the remains of The First Wife, an apocalyptic godlike being of ancient origin! They believe this Quasi God can defeat the Lightbringer, Satan!
Now Jakob and his team must survive long enough in The Vampire Nation to discover the secret of the First Wife of Hell and report back to Satan!
How does the story start?
Not all of Jakob's Mission are sanctioned! At the beginning of the story we learn a little about Jakob's past then jump right into the story. On Page #2, Jakob is at the Gates of Heaven demanding a soul be delivered to Hell. This man in question has repented, but on Earth he was rapist and killer! Saint Peter is pushed aside in the negotiation and the Archangel Michael is called down to settle the problem. Jakob has no idea that this deal will change his Afterlife forever!
Here are the first few pages!
Legend Hell's Executioner is a Full Color 48 page comic. It would not be possible to bring these stories to life without all the support and help of you (the supporter) or the artists!
Meet the creative team:
John Daniel Taylor IV - Writer and Creator
Francesca Henle-Taylor - Assistant Editor
John Howard - Artist/ Inker
Roberto Garcia - Colorist
Inklight Studios - Lettering
Pencil/Inks - John Howard
Colors - Roberto Garcia
Pencils - Bill McKay (Action Labs)
Colors - Ivan Nunes (Marvel, DC, Image...)
Top Secret Press, established in 2011, is a leading player in the emerging independent comic book market. Also, a book publisher, they have publsied Geneological magazines and more. With several Kickstarters under their helm, this is their first foray into the Mature Comic market.
Risks and challenges
The IV Mature comics are a different approach to the comic book story than previous attempts by Top Secret Press and I. I want a more Heavy Metal approach to comics. Something that delivers both in image as well as story but for an adult readership.
This project introduces buttons! A new item that i have never carried before. The print is also new. Not just a poster, but a quality gloss print on card stock, shipping in a separate tube!
As with all TSP projects, this carries a risk, but we have delivered 5 Kickstarters so far, so I think our track record stands for itself.
There will be periodic updates to this Kickstarter Project as we go along so check back often.
John Daniel Taylor IV
Top Secret Press
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