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CA$ 2,186
pledged of 3.300 CA$ pledged of 3.300 CA$ goal
72
backers
Funding Unsuccessful
The project's funding goal was not reached on Thu, November 16 2017 2:28 PM UTC +00:00

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The Sentinels:The Planet's Ultimate Heroes "Forced Labor" Comic

Features and Benefits

A 24 page, full color comic The Sentinels, printed on 60# high bright paper, with an 80# glossy paper cover. Plus some additional goodies from a certain DC and Marvel artist. For real!

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 1 piece of original art (which is hard to let go, but it's for the greater good, LOL) featuring the heroes vs the villains of "Forced Labor" and 10 original sketch cards!!

FRED HEMBECK ORIGINAL ART
FRED HEMBECK ORIGINAL ART

 

Hembeck Sketch Cards
Hembeck Sketch Cards

 THE COMIC

The Inevitable
The Inevitable

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. 

I have fond memories of my dad reading comics to me, which is how I learned to read. I find it a bit sad that a lot of current superhero comics aren't really appropriate for kids. Reading is an easy way to connect, and it seems wrong that kids who intrinsically and instinctively love superheroes can't be allowed to read about them or see their movies. 

I created tons of superheroes and villains when I was a kid, filling a large binder with designs, maps, story ideas, blueprints, and so on. Then, when I went to university, I "put away childish things" and threw the binder away. Time to grow up. One of the silliest things I ever did. 

The Sentinels by Brendon Fraim, Mitch Ballard, and Gerry Turnbull
The Sentinels by Brendon Fraim, Mitch Ballard, and Gerry Turnbull

Reading comics and creating characters was a lot of fun and, when times were tough, I found myself returning to comics as a reader, like comfort food. 

At any rate, I always regretted throwing that binder away, and this is an opportunity to bring my lost creations back to life. 

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. 

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.

Standard Comics Encyclopedia Vol 1 and 2
Standard Comics Encyclopedia Vol 1 and 2

The next logical step was to create a conventional comic book with a story with a beginning, middle, and end, which is this project.

The Creators

Roy Johnson

Roy Johnson
Roy Johnson

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. You can see lots of Dave's work at his SITE.

Dave has been working on the hard part (the art), while I've sat around and ... I mean, diligently worked at promoting the book.

David Bednarski

Dave Bednarski
Dave 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! 

Why 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. 

Dave and I hope that you'll become a part of our team and that you and your kids will enjoy reading Standard Comics in the years to come!

About the Campaign

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.

Here’s a sneak peek at the comic, the cover, and the first five pages. Enjoy!

The Sentinels #267
The Sentinels #267

 

Miskatonic University Observatory
Miskatonic University Observatory

 "Miskatonic"? Well, H. P. Lovecraft is a fantastic writer, and setting it here makes sense when you read the book.

 Go Miskatonic ... octopi?

Terror From the Sky
Terror From the Sky

 The villain's genetically engineered Ebon-Cadre swoop in to attack.

The Villain Revealed
The Villain Revealed

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!

Dreadhelm's Minions
Dreadhelm's Minions

 

The Sentinels' Ship
The Sentinels' Ship

Rewards

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. Let’s take a look at what you can get for being a team member of the campaign.

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 1 piece of original art (which is hard to let go, but it's for the greater good, LOL) featuring the heroes vs the villains of "Forced Labor" and 10 original sketch cards!!

Original Fred Hembeck Art ONE OF A KIND
Original Fred Hembeck Art ONE OF A KIND

 

Hembeck Sketch Cards
Hembeck Sketch Cards

The actual original art and sketch card 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)

MINIFIGURES

There are a total of six custom minifigures available, brilliantly made by Saber-Scorpion

Minifigures - Only Six Available!!
Minifigures - Only Six Available!!

 

CADET Level
CADET Level

 

JUNIOR HERO Level
JUNIOR HERO Level

 

HERO Level
HERO Level

 

SENIOR HERO Level
SENIOR HERO Level

 

TEAM LEADER Level
TEAM LEADER Level

 

PARAGON Level
PARAGON Level

 

SETTING THE STANDARD Level
SETTING THE STANDARD Level

 

EXCEEDING THE STANDARD Level
EXCEEDING THE STANDARD Level

 

Ultra Hero
Ultra Hero

 

HYPER HERO Level
HYPER HERO Level

 

MULTIVERSE Level
MULTIVERSE Level

 

MEGA HERO Level
MEGA HERO Level

 

UNIVERSAL HERO Level
UNIVERSAL HERO Level

 

FRED HEMBECK ORIGINAL ART Level
FRED HEMBECK ORIGINAL ART Level

Power On!!


Kicking yourself for missing out on supporting this baby? Well, have no fear. As Standard Comics is one of the seven creator companies that form Coalition Comics, and that campaign was a rousing success, that means you get a second chance!  

POWER ON!!
POWER ON!!

The Power Company! The battle cry is POWER ON! Fearlessly going into battle to provide justice for every being in the universe. Formed after a time/space portal unleashed the villainous Damage Inc into Professor Bizarre's world, the haphazard team of heroes from throughout the independent comics multiverse must come together to save the people of Earth! This for 1 issue. 32 pages. 24 pages of story.  
Art on the first issue is handled by the amazing Luis Rivera (Champions, Carriers, The Powerhouse), with colors by Escomic! (The Powerhouse, Carriers), and letters by Boom Studios vet Warren Montgomery (John Kirby : Fire Fox, Guardians of Creation).   

To get a PDF of this comic, just add $1 to your pledge. For a hard copy, add $12 CAN (US/Canada only, sorry).  

"How do I do that?" you ask. No problem, just follow the instructions below:  

1. Go to the top of this project page and click on "Manage Your Pledge"  
1. Manage Your Pledge
1. Manage Your Pledge

2. Click the "Change Your Pledge" button  
2. Change Your Pledge
2. Change Your Pledge

3. Type in the new amount (the pledge level plus the cost above) and click "Continue" 
3. Continue
3. Continue
 
4. Send me a message telling me that you've decided on this add-on. It will be confirmed when I confirm your mailing list at the end of the campaign.  

Easy!  

Thank you again for your interest in the comic.


Join the Team!

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Thank You!

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!!

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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.

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