Striker first appeared in November, 1985, as a black-and white, three-panel comic strip in The Sun, Britain’s biggest-selling newspaper. In 1998 it became the first comic strip in the world to be created in 3D animation software. It now occupies a quarter of a page in the paper, seven days a week.
We're here on Kickstarter because we need your support to help us launch a weekly comic (digital and print) and turn Striker into a global franchise.
The strip currently revolves around the characters at Warbury Warriors Football Club - but most of the action takes place off the pitch, with intriguing soap-style storylines that mix drama, romance, crime and comedy.
SOME PRINCIPAL CHARACTERS
STRIKER WORLD LEAGUE
Warbury fell out with the Football Association and FIFA last year and formed a breakaway world football league, made up of an initial 12 teams. But the football authorities declared that anyone and any club joining it will be banned from officially-sanctioned football for life.
The inaugural teams in the World League come from England, Wales, Ireland, Greece, Romania, Czech Republic, India, Kenya, Uganda, Hong Kong, Australia and Mexico.
If the World League survives a current money-laundering scandal, it will expand to 20 teams from around the world - including two or more clubs from the US - and will ultimately have multiple divisions. But FIFA is still refusing to recognise it!
STRIKER: THE WEEKLY COMIC
The creation of the World League is a major development that means Striker has outgrown the space available for it in The Sun. We want to launch an independent weekly comic – in digital and print formats – so we can grow Striker and weave characters from other world league clubs into the stories.
With enough support from existing and new fans, we believe we can eventually form regional fan bases and regional comics (creating opportunities for local artists and writers) so fans can follow clubs from their own countries as they compete on the worldwide stage.
Launching in September, 2018, the comic will be A4 size with a minimum 32 pages, all in colour. The first section will be devoted to the main serialised storyline, and we also plan to do at least one secondary strip focusing on the young wannabe footballers at the academy. At the back of the comic will be four or five pages of classic football strips from the seventies and eighties. In between will be news, interviews and features on the characters, plus stats on the world league clubs and players.
Printed copies of the comic will be sold in shops in the UK - and hopefully other countries later. Subscribers to the digital comic will receive a link to download the online version each week. Subscribers to the printed version will receive their copies by post each week, at least a day before it hits the shops.
This Kickstarter project is for the first 12 weekly issues of the Striker comic - but our goal is to publish 50 weekly issues a year. Issues 13 onwards will be funded by the renewal of subscriptions and continued retail sales, combined with further Kickstarter projects.
ANIMATED STRIKER WORLD LEAGUE FOOTBALL
For the first time ever, we’ll be able to show the football action in Striker as motion capture animation (see video), thanks to our recently-formed association with a UK gaming company. The fixtures will be shown every Saturday in the form of three or four-minute videos with commentary. Subscribers to the comic will be able to view the games via a URL link that will be emailed to them every week.
The results of the games will be determined by computer algorithms based on each club’s chances of winning the World League. So a club that is one of the favourites at the start of a season to win the league will have a higher chance of beating a club that is considered less likely to win the title. They could still lose or draw, but would be expected to win.
To start with, only Warbury’s fixtures will be shown each week. But if we exceed our Kickstarter target, we will have funds to program extra events into the animation, allowing us to show more or even all of the fixtures from the following season.
Another reward that will be unlocked if we exceed our funding target will be the uploading of weekly pre-match and post-match videos that will be shown on our website, planetstriker.com, and the Planet Striker YouTube channel.
THE FUTURE - STRIKER INTERACTIVE
Our longer-term ambition in tandem with the animated football is to create a virtual Striker World League universe in which our passionate and loyal fans become members of their favourite club - and have a say in the running of it.
By keeping up to date with the club and player stats, as well as the serialised Striker storyline, members will be able to have online debates and then vote in decisive polls to influence activities like team selections and tactics, the hiring and firing of managers, and the buying and selling of players.
COMICS PLUS... SOME GREAT REWARDS
Kickstarter backers can pledge for the first 12 weekly issues of Striker or combine them with other great-value reward categories including:
WHERE THE MONEY WILL GO
Every penny raised from this and any subsequent Kickstarter campaigns will be used to invest in the comic and the weekly animated football. The more money we raise, the bigger and better Striker will be.
STRIKER EXECUTIVE TEAM
Pete Nash is a former Fleet Street journalist who created Striker in 1985. He currently writes the stories and finishes the artwork - but will be looking for new writers and artists if the crowdfunding is successful.
Simon Ravenhill is a highly-skilled Maya-trained 3D artist who has been with Striker since 1999. He models the characters and renders the scenes.
Steve McKenlay will be Striker's editor. He is a former Fleet Street sports editor who has worked for The Sun, Sunday Mirror, Mail On Sunday and Evening Standard.
Lucinda Martin is our admin, despatch and customer service manager. She has worked with Striker since 2003.
SOME SAMPLE STRIPS
Risks and challenges
Striker is currently run by a small team, and we are dependent on their skills and expertise until we can hire and train more staff.
Timely delivery of the promised rewards is not expected to be an issue as we have many years' experience of working to strict deadlines and have an excellent customer service track record.
All of the Striker books and mugs are in stock. The weekly comic will be ready to launch in September, 2018.
We will immediately notify our backers in the event of any unforeseen problems that could affect the project's completion.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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