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Help us launch Striker as a weekly comic - digital and print - with comedy, romance, action and animation from a world soccer league!
Help us launch Striker as a weekly comic - digital and print - with comedy, romance, action and animation from a world soccer league!
1,062 backers pledged £43,719 to help bring this project to life.

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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.

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  1. Select this reward

    Pledge £3 or more About US$ 4

    Digital print and Striker taster

    Downloadable selection of Striker taster strips.

    Exclusive A4 Striker art (print-res PDF) for Kickstarter backers.

    Weekly email link to animated football (from September).

    Your name and home town on Striker website as a backer.

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    Pledge £6 or more About US$ 8

    Digital print and Striker story catch-up

    PDF comic strip catch-up of Striker (at least 40 pages).

    Exclusive A4 Striker art (print-res PDF) for Kickstarter backers.

    Weekly email link to animated football (from September).

    Your name and home town on Striker website as a backer.

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    Pledge £18 or more About US$ 23

    First 12 weekly Striker comics (digital)

    Combined with all the benefits of the above reward, we think this is terrific value for fans who are happy to read their Striker comic every week on screen.

    * First 12 digital issues of Striker comic (via weekly email link).

    * Weekly email link to animated football.

    * PDF comic strip catch-up of Striker - at least 40 pages (ships May).

    * Exclusive A4 Striker art (print-res PDF) for Kickstarter backers (ships May).

    * Your name and home town on Striker website as a backer.

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    Pledge £25 or more About $32

    First 12 weekly comics (digital) + mug

    For an extra £7, why not enjoy your weekly fix of Striker with a hot drink in a Striker Heroes and Villains mug? The first in a planned collection, it features eight goodies and baddies from 1985 to 1992.

    * First 12 digital issues of Striker comic (via weekly email link).

    * Striker Heroes and Villains mug (ships May).

    * Weekly email link to animated football (from September).

    * PDF comic strip catch-up of Striker - at least 40 pages (ships May).

    * Exclusive A4 Striker art (print-res PDF) for Kickstarter backers (ships May).

    * Your name and home town on Striker website as a backer.

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    Pledge £30 or more About $38

    First 12 comics (digital AND print)

    If you want a Striker comic you can feel as well as read, this is the reward for you. A subscription copy will be cheaper than retail and will be mailed to you before it hits the shops. And you get the digital version free!

    * First 12 print issues of Striker comic (mailed weekly).

    * First 12 digital issues of Striker comic (via weekly email link).

    * Weekly email link to animated football.

    * PDF comic strip catch-up of Striker - at least 40 pages (ships May).

    * Exclusive A4 Striker art (print-res PDF) for Kickstarter backers (ships May).

    * Your name and home town on Striker website as a backer.

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    Pledge £35 or more About $45

    First 12 comics (digital + print) + mug

    For just £5 more, you get the Striker Heroes and Villains mug with your 12 print and digital issues - just be careful not to spill anything on that valuable comic!

    * First 12 print issues of Striker comic (mailed weekly).

    * First 12 digital issues of Striker comic (via weekly email link).

    * Striker Heroes and Villains mug (ships May).

    * PDF comic strip catch-up of Striker - at least 40 pages (ships May).

    * Weekly email link to animated football.

    * Exclusive A4 Striker art (print-res PDF) for Kickstarter backers (ships May).

    * Your name and home town on Striker website as a backer.

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    Pledge £36 or more About $46

    First 12 comics (digital) and Vol 1 book

    This reward is great value if you're new to Striker or a fan who hasn't yet bought the first book of what will be the complete Striker collection. Volume 1: The Black and White Years 1985 - 1990 is a quality A4 hardback of nearly 300 pages, with an illustrated intro by creator Pete Nash on how Striker began. Plus you get a third off the cost of a digital subscription!

    * First 12 digital issues of Striker comic (via weekly email link).

    * Weekly email link to animated football.

    * Volume 1 Striker: The Complete Collection - The Black and White Years (ships May).

    * PDF comic strip catch-up of Striker - at least 40 pages (ships May).

    * Exclusive A4 Striker art (print-res PDF) for Kickstarter backers (ships May).

    * Your name and home town on Striker website as a backer.

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    Pledge £47 or more About $60

    First 12 comics (print) and Vol 1 book

    This reward is great value if you're new to Striker or a fan who hasn't yet bought the first book of what will be the complete Striker collection. Volume 1: The Black and White Years 1985 - 1990 is a quality A4 hardback of nearly 300 pages, with an illustrated intro by creator Pete Nash on how Striker began. Plus you get 25 per cent off the cost of a digital and print subscription!

    * First 12 digital and print issues of Striker comic.

    * Weekly email link to animated football.

    * Volume 1 Striker: The Complete Collection - The Black and White Years (ships May).

    * PDF comic strip catch-up of Striker - at least 40 pages (ships May).

    * Exclusive A4 Striker art (print-res PDF) for Kickstarter backers (ships May).

    * Your name and home town on Striker website as a backer.

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    Pledge £99 or more About $126

    First 12 comics (digital) + all 4 books

    What an offer this is! Buy all four books that have been published so far in the Complete Striker Collection and you get a FREE digital subscription to the first 12 issues of Striker!
    These quality A4 hardbacks - with a combined total of nearly 1200 pages - contain every Striker story from 1985 to early 2001.

    * First 12 digital issues of the Striker comic (via weekly email link).

    * Weekly email link to animated football.

    * All four books published so far (Volumes 1 to 4) of the complete Striker collection (ships May).

    * PDF comic strip catch-up of Striker - at least 40 pages (ships May).

    * Exclusive A4 Striker art (print-res PDF) for Kickstarter backers (ships May).

    * Weekly email link to animated football.

    * Your name and home town on Striker website as a backer.

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    Pledge £110 or more About $140

    First 12 comics (digital) + signed art

    We know comic fans love original artwork, and this reward gives you TWO strips written, drawn and signed by Pete Nash from the 80s or 90s on A3 card. Plus your digital subscription to the first 12 comics!

    * First 12 digital issues of the Striker comic (via weekly email link).

    * Weekly email link to animated football.

    * Two signed original strips (black and white) from the 80s or 90s (ships May).

    * PDF comic strip catch-up of Striker - at least 40 pages (ships May).

    * Exclusive A4 Striker art (print-res PDF) for Kickstarter backers (ships May).

    * Weekly email link to animated football.

    * Your name and home town on Striker website as a backer.

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    Pledge £115 or more About $147

    12 comics (digital + print) + books

    Buy all four books that have been published so far in the Complete Striker Collection and you get a digital AND print subscription to the first 12 issues of Striker as a bargain!
    These quality A4 hardbacks - with a combined total of nearly 1200 pages - contain every Striker story from 1985 to early 2001.

    * First 12 print issues of Striker comic (mailed weekly).

    * First 12 digital issues of the Striker comic (via weekly email link).

    * Weekly email link to animated football.

    * All four books published so far (Volumes 1 to 4) of the complete Striker collection (ships May).

    * PDF comic strip catch-up of Striker - at least 40 pages (ships May).

    * Exclusive A4 Striker art (print-res PDF) for Kickstarter backers (ships May).

    * Weekly email link to animated football.

    * Your name and home town on Striker website as a backer.

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    Pledge £120 or more About $153

    First 12 comics (digital + print) + art

    Same great reward as above but for an extra £10 you also get the first 12 printed issues of the comic mailed to you every week.

    * First 12 print issues of Striker comic (mailed weekly).

    * First 12 digital issues of the Striker comic (via weekly email link).

    * Weekly email link to animated football.

    * Two signed original strips (black and white) from the 80s or 90s (ships May).

    * PDF comic strip catch-up of Striker - at least 40 pages (ships May).

    * Exclusive A4 Striker art (print-res PDF) for Kickstarter backers (ships May).

    * Your name and home town on Striker website as a backer.

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    Pledge £125 or more About $159

    Digital, pint, art and mug

    Same great reward as above but for an extra £10 you also get the first 12 printed issues of the comic mailed to you every week. And this reward includes a mug too!

    * First 12 print issues of Striker comic (mailed weekly).

    * First 12 digital issues of the Striker comic (via weekly email link).

    * Weekly email link to animated football.

    * Two signed original strips (black and white) from the 80s or 90s (ships May).

    * PDF comic strip catch-up of Striker - at least 40 pages (ships May).

    * Exclusive A4 Striker art (print-res PDF) for Kickstarter backers (ships May).

    * Your name and home town on Striker website as a backer.

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    Pledge £200 or more About $255

    Everything but the kitchen sink

    For those who just have to have it all...

    * First 12 print issues of Striker comic (mailed weekly).

    * First 12 digital issues of the Striker comic (via weekly email link).

    * Weekly email link to animated football.

    * Two signed original strips (black and white) from the 80s or 90s (ships May).

    * All four books published so far (Volumes 1 to 4) of the complete Striker collection (ships May).

    * Striker Heroes and Villains mug (ships May).

    * PDF comic strip catch-up of Striker - at least 40 pages (ships May).

    * Exclusive A4 Striker art (print-res PDF) for Kickstarter backers (ships May).

    * Your name and home town on Striker website as a backer.

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    Pledge £700 or more About $893

    Business VIP advertising bundle

    We won't carry much advertising in the comic (if any) so whoever takes this reward can be sure that their message will stand out. In addition to everything in the above reward, we're offering a back page ad in THREE issues of the first 12 comics to four VIP advertisers only - PLUS one full page of editorial with photos about your company.

    * Three back page ads and editorial as described above.

    * First 12 print issues of Striker comic (mailed weekly).

    * First 12 digital issues of the Striker comic (via weekly email link).

    * Weekly email link to animated football.

    * Two signed original strips (black and white) from the 80s or 90s (ships May).

    * All four books published so far (Volumes 1 to 4) of the complete Striker collection (ships May).

    * Striker Heroes and Villains mug (ships May).

    * PDF comic strip catch-up of Striker - at least 40 pages (ships May).

    * Exclusive A4 Striker art (print-res PDF) for Kickstarter backers (ships May).

    * Your company's name and location on Striker website as a backer.

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Funding period

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