When uber-genius Jill Trent is kidnapped by an old enemy, it’s up to "The Planet’s Ultimate Superheroes", the Sentinels, to save her. But does she even need their help? Find out in The Sentinels in a story entitled "Forced Labor". It's good all-ages heroic adventure fun, featuring new heroes and villains, featuring 20 pages of story, and 4 pages of extras, including a pin-up by Fred Hembeck!
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.
I followed that up with other covers, always including a story in the blurb. The next one was by Brendon and Brian Fraim and Gerry Turnbull, featuring Emulex, the power stealing robot.
Eventually I recognized the possibility of adding my own characters into the mix. You can hear me talk about that HERE.
Here's a cover homage, ostensibly for The Sentinels #205. Art by Mitch Ballard and Gerry Turnbull.
I wrote a character handbook based on this universe, like DC's Who's Who or the Marvel Handbook, called The Standard Comics Encyclopedia (Abridged), and it is currently available on IndyPlanet.
Volume 2 is coming out to coincide with this issue. Both of these comics feature as rewards in this campaign.
The next logical step was to create a conventional comic book with a story with a beginning, middle, and end, which is this project.
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.
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.
To that end, I wrote the script for this issue, and teamed up with scientist-by-day and artist-extraordinaire-by-night David Bednarski.
I am a scientist and an artist. I live in Newfield, NY in a house in the woods. I love comics and illustration. I am available for commission work: simple drawings, character design, game art, children's books and comics!
You can see lots of Dave's work at his SITE.
Here’s a sneak peek at the cover and the first five pages. Enjoy!
Dreadhelm is revealed as the villain behind the attack! But what does he want? Find out by supporting the campaign!
Making of Forced Labor
In addition to the comics above, a Kickstarter exclusive "Making Of ..." the Sentinels "Forced Labor" comic features the full script, Dave's concept art, thumbnails of the pages, character sketches and more!
Rewards, rewards, rewards. Beside the comic itself (which will have a few bonus pages), rewards include two volumes of the Standard Comics Encyclopedia, a “Making Of …” (Kickstarter exclusive) comics, and more.
FRED HEMBECK ART!!
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 10 original sketch cards (actually 12 including some he did for me a while ago!!
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!! (Don't worry, I have some additional originals he did for me on something else so all the math works out).
There are a total of six custom minifigures available as rewards, brilliantly made by Saber-Scorpion.
Let’s take a look at what you can get for being a team member of the campaign.
Cody is an artist (mostly digital) and co-art director and visual designer for Warbound comics. Also the creator of Stellar, Bobcat, Moxie, Maxout, the Templorians, etc. He’s interested in many things, like ancient history, science, the paranormal, psychology, etc., but superheroes are his passion.
You can see some of his work
Cody will provide a digital copy drawing (no background) of one of your own characters, a public domain character, or a Standard Comics character of your choosing.
Lee Gaston is an American independent freelance comic artist that has seen published work with books published by Action Lab Studios to include, Stray. He teamed up with Vito Delsante to bring a hard hitting story about teenage suicide to bring awareness in Stray, and has drawn several independent stories for personal and online community challenges. His artwork has been featured in other published work to include the Rocketbot Anthology and his self created stories can be found on multiple social network platforms.
More of his work:
Luis is a penciller and inker, having worked for Old Skull Comics, Pilot Studios, and Standard Comics who brings an old-school (as in, “old school is the best school”) look to his work. Luis will 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.
You can see more of his work here: https://www.facebook.com/luis.rivera.3914
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 Dave 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!
SETTING THE STANDARD IN COMICS!!
Mailing List: http://eepurl.com/czwVNj
Risks and challenges
The book is complete, and requires only printing and shipping.
Ka-Blam Digital Printing (http://www.ka-blam.com/) is a well established Print on Demand supplier and they are providing order fulfillment for this project (printing, shipping, etc.), so they have tons of experience.
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
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