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Superhero team comic featuring your villains
In the second published issue of the series, can the Sentinels even understand the villain's plan, let alone stop it? Should they?
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In this issue of the continuing series, strange things are happening around the world; sudden shifts in emotion of crowds of people, from peaceful demonstrations becoming violent riots, to throwing down of arms during a civil war, to public attacks on beloved superheroes.
Can the Planet's Ultimate Super-Heroes, the Sentinels, discover who, or what, is behind it and stop it? Can they even figure out what's happening?
Find out in this thrilling comic book follow up to The Sentinels:The Planet's Ultimate Heroes #267, featuring 24 pages of story, plus bonus pages, including a 2-page "reprint" of the super-villain's "First Appearance" from so long ago.
I have fond memories of my dad reading comics to me, which is how I learned to read. After he died, I was reflecting on that and realized that it was a big part of learning to read, so I owe him and comics for that.
I think this comic is the kind of thing Dad and I would have enjoyed together. And you can help create a book that you can enjoy with your kids, too.
After getting into commissioning comic art in 2010, I gravitated to imaginary covers for a series of comics. At first, they featured collections of public domain super heroes under a "Standard Comics" banner, as if they had all been bought up by one company, then I added my own characters to the mix, putting most of them into a team called "The Sentinels".
In late 2015, I published a DC's Who's Who/Marvel Handbook comic featuring some of my characters, The Standard Comics Encyclopedia (Abridged) Vol 1. (Whew, long title, right?) The idea being these characters had a history - think of it as referring to comics from a parallel universe.
I’ve created a number of characters over the years, and I thought it would be a fun challenge to create an honest-to-goodness sequential comic featuring some of those characters. In addition, I think it’s sad that so many of the current crop of superhero comics really aren’t readily accessible to readers, due to extensive “continuity” supposedly required to understand what’s happening. Also, I don’t know if modern comics are really kid-friendly, so I thought I’d make one.
This story, although it references as-yet unseen 'past' adventures, doesn't require you to be familiar with them to enjoy the fun. Remember the fun of picking up an issue from the rack and learning these characters had a history? That's what I'm trying to recreate here.
Earlier this year I ran a successful campaign to bring The Sentinels #267 ("Forced Labor") comic to life with the help of great backers.
I was also a creative partner in the successful Coalition Comics' Power Company #1 comic, that's now available on IndyPlanet.
Now, I want to publish The Sentinels #268.
One of the reasons I wanted to do these projects was to form a connection between parents and their kids, via comics. One of my buddies from work has a son who had the first Encyclopedia. He showed it to one of his school friends and the friend wanted a copy. Nice. Now my friend's son has Volume 1 and a preview copy of Volume 2. His friend has Vol 1.
Mission accomplished! (Well, getting under way at least)
Backers will receive a sweet Bronze-Age-esque superhero team comic, and maybe have a new shared experience with their child: reading comics.
I'm a technical professional with love of superhero comics. I wrote the majority of my first published comic in 2015. I decided that I wanted to take on the personal challenge of bringing a traditional superhero comic to life. That resulted in the successful Sentinels #267. Now I'm continuing the series.
I wrote the script for this issue, and teamed up with artist Luis Rivera.
Art chores for this issue will be handled by Luis Rivera, a penciller and inker, who's worked for Old Skull Comics, Pilot Studios, and Standard Comics and brings an old-school (as in, “old school is the best school”) look to his work.
In addition to the comic itself, Luis can provide a pencil and inked 11x17 hard copy drawing of some of your own characters, public domain characters, or a Standard Comics characters, or any mix of the above. Check out the reward level below.
Luis has completed most of the pages, with the exception of the villain guest-spots. Once the campaign is successful, he'll draw the remainder.
Here’s a sneak peek at the cover and some of the internal pages. We'll need your villains to add the action.
Rewards, rewards, rewards. Beside the comic itself (which will have a few bonus pages), rewards include the previous issue (The Sentinels #267), two volumes of the Standard Comics Encyclopedia, Power Company #1, minifigures, and two character buy-in levels.
What are character buy-ins? Well, if you have a villain you'd like to see in this comic, you can have one (or two) appear by backing at the appropriate reward level.
You can have your original character appear in the book as one of the main villain's goons/minions/henchmen. So, I don't need your planet killers or world conquerors, but I do need your assassins, mercenaries, costumed bank robbers, hired muscles, and so on. They will appear in conflict with the Sentinels. There are three parts where they could appear:
1. A two page scene where they get defeated and hauled off by the cops.
2. Page 11 and half of page 14 fighting various heroes.
3. Pages 21 and 22 fighting UltraMan
Your character(s) in battle against my heroes -- it's a match made in heaven! You obviously retain all rights, and we get to feature your character in the book! Sweet!
There are actually two reward levels available, a single character buy-in or a double character buy-in, your choice.
In Power Company #1, Luis drew Eric Bennett's Steel Wolf, Daniel Hoins' Thunder Woman, and Cường Nguyễn's Midnight Owl, three hero character buy-ins. Below are some of the pages they appeared in with the buy-in characters circled in red.
So, get your character profiles/references together, including a clear representation of the character, very brief description of their personality, clear and brief list of powers. Since this info can't be acted upon until the campaign is over, it's critical that you reply to the reward survey quickly. Better still, send the info ahead of time so that when the campaign is successful, the artist can get that info right away.
So as not to affect delivery to everyone, I'd ask that all reference materials be provided no later than one week after the campaign ends. If they aren't, I'll have to refund your money and move on.
Sweet custom mini-figures of some Standard Comics characters, by Saber-Scorpion.
In addition, I'll be doing an audio commentary on the comic, like a movie commentary except you don't get to see my beautiful face. Too bad for you.
Fred Hembeck Sketch Cards
Legendary DC and Marvel artist Fred Hembeck provides some goodies as well. I always enjoyed his "Daily Planet" strips and it was cool to find out he took commissions, so I had to get him on board for this! He has drawn some original sketch cards.
The actual original sketch cards are available at some levels. These are designated as "Original". Copies of the sketch cards printed by Ka-Blam with information on the characters on the back are also available, so snatch them up!!
Where's the Money Go?
The funds will be used to recoup the production costs, including printing and shipping to the backer. Ideally, it will also provide the seed money for production of the next comic.
Thank you for checking out the project, and Luis and I hope that you'll become a part of our team, and that you and your kids will like reading Standard Comics in the years to come!
- Website: standard-comics.com
- IndyPlanet: http://www.indyplanet.us/brands/standard-comics/
- Mailing List: standard-comics.com/mailinglist
- Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/StandardInComics/
- Twitter: https://twitter.com/Standard_Comics
- deviantArt: https://roygbiv666.deviantart.com/
- Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/standardcomics/
- Saber-Scorpion Customs: http://saber-scorpion.com/
Risks and challenges
The book is mostly complete, and requires only your input for the villains, the pencil/inks/color/letters for those pages, then printing and shipping.
Once backers have verified their address information, rewards will be shipped directly to each backer - no muss, no fuss.
There will, no doubt, be some hiccups along the way (few things worth doing are easy), but they should be readily handled with some patience and understanding. I will keep everyone updated accordingly.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter