Independent comics authors have teamed up for an epic crossover. Imagine Marvel Vs DC, written by Mike Baron! (Badger and Nexus)
An Independent Comic Crossover!
Known for its rocky mountains, craft beer, and other great aspects, Colorado is also home to many awesome comic book creators!
The idea came from a collaborative poster with our characters on it so I said why don’t we take it a step further and do a crossover comic? Not an anthology but a cohesive story that is made just like a professional comic. So we have joined forces to unite our talents and characters for an epic event Colorado style. The cast of characters are as diverse as the creators who created them.
A young boy named Milo, (from Stan Yan’s book: There’s a Zombie in the Basement). He has the ability to imagine things to life. He unwittingly imagines a kaiju sized monster with nuclear-like powers, (created by monster extraordinaire Robert Elrod). The boy Milo must then use his power to summon heroes to stop the monster he has unleashed on the world. With unexpected twists that only the Bloody Red Mike Baron can concoct, The Centennials features characters like Tom Rasch's Black Alpha, Dan Conner's My Gal the Zombie, his and Patricia Zoom-Cat's Black Diamond, Mike Baron's Badger and Nexus, My very own Thunder Monkey, the one and only Enigma and creative talent like Langdon Foss, Jason Meents, Cachet Whitman, Barry McClain Jr. and many others. This will be one eventful book you won't want to miss! There are multiple pencillers but one inker to tie the styles into a cohesive look. That will by myself, Lee Oaks. I will do it in the style of the cover image. The coloring will also be one unified look. Some of the authors are seasoned pros and some this may be their first actual paid comic work. All were recruited and assembled because of their talent and unique comic characters. The first goal includes a full length 24 pg color comic, but if the stretch goal is reached the book will grow!
And to keep it local we will be printing the books in Denver with Bob Conway, who printed Thunder Monkey The Young Years.
This is a Kickstarter exclusive. There are no plans to distribute the book by other distributors. With Kickstarter it's all or nothing. Needless to say this book will only be made if it is funded.
We are all independent creators, one-man operations with no budget for marketing PR and the like. Publishing comics isn’t an easy endeavor. We are working together to do something larger we couldn’t do on our own. Plus it’s just too exciting of a project not to do! Kickstarter allows you - the backer – to bring this thing into existence and become the publisher! You, like the big publishers give us the green light by pre-ordering. And just like a publisher your job is also to help spread the word. With our combined efforts the sky is the limit.
PLEASE share the link to this Kickstarter with your friends on Facebook or favorite social media outlet and spread the word. If you can do more, then you my friend are awesome!
Printing costs $2.65 per book. Postage to ship one book costs around $3. And then there are envelopes, baking boards and bags to ship the books. $6 per book barely covers those costs, that's why we rely on the other items to fund the project. Posters cost the least to produce, so if you're not sure what to order, know that posters will help a lot.
The artists, letterers, colorists and writers are being paid for their work. The goal amount is set to cover the minimum costs. Anything above that will be shared among the creators. About 5-10% goes to the Kickstarter and credit card processing fees.
If the first Stretch goal is reached, there will be a wild and crazy alternate ending. With Mike Baron at the helm, expect the unexpected! Ever watch a movie and at the end think what if...? The book will be extended to 32 pages!
Additional stretch goals will be added if we go beyond that!
As soon as the project is funded the book will go into production. Many of the artists have already blocked out time for this project. We are very excited for it! Due to the amount of independent creators involved it does take a lot of organization, however it also allows us to work simultaneously getting it done faster. I have given us a big cushion to accommodate every creator's schedule and unforeseen delays.
If you feel compelled to back our project, congratulations! You are now our publisher! PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE DON'T FORGET to spread the word. If you have any questions don't hesitate.
Founder of the Colorado Comics Collective
G. Ka’aihue was born and raised in Pukalani, Hawaii watching Japanese Sentai programs and cartoons. G’s work has been exhibited in small galleries throughout Colorado and attends Comic Conventions selling original illustrations and self published comics. Recent projects include: Stella Noir and Falling Deep.
Mike Baron is the Eisner award winning creator of Nexus and Badger, two independent superhero comics. His comic credits include Flash, Punisher, Deadman and Star Wars. He has written for Ellery Queen's Mystery Magazine, Creem, Fusion, Isthmus, Boston Phoenix, Boston Globe, Oui and numerous other publications. He is the author of numerous novels including the Bad Road Rising series: Biker, Sons of Privilege, Not Fade Away, and Buffalo Hump from Liberty Island Press. Helmet Head, Skorpio, and Banshees are all available from Amazon.
Cachet Whitman grew up in California, but now happily resides in Colorado. She started doing freelance illustration at sixteen and has been making a living out of it ever since. She just really, really loves to make art.
Barry McClain Jr. is a comicbook penciller at Valiant Entertainment BlueJuice Comics,The Mecha Workshop and First Comics.
Jolyon Yates was born in England, lives in Colorado with one woman and two dogs. Current work: Gumby for Papercutz, The Adventures of Captain Colorado for Comicbook Classroom/Denver Comic Con and The Burning Metronome with writer Alan Brooks. Past Comics: The New York Times #1 Best Seller Ninjago published by Papercutz, Comic Book Classroom’s Barney Ford, Mighty Morphin’ Power Rangers, Tales from the Crypt and WWE: Last Man Standing for SuperGenius, Show Devils with Daniel Crosier and The Enigma, Revvvelations with Stan Yan, assistant to Zach Howard on Wild Blue Yonder & Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Deviations for IDW.
Nate Hamel has taught art and is an avid toy enthusiast.
Joe Oliver is a talented comic artist living in Colorado.
Benjamin Worrell is co-owner, author, and artist at Sheath Comics, an independent comic publisher that features a wide variety of stories from local Colorado talent. A middle school art teacher, Benjamin educates younglings by day and is a comic illustrator by other parts of the day, With 3 series published and more on the way, Benjamin is constantly working hard to create stories that can appeal to a wide variety of readers. Check out his work at www.sheathcomics.com and on social media @benlikestodraw
Joe Arnold is a kickboxer/comic book artist who resides in Northern Colorado.
Benjamin Mikkelsen is an Illustrator and Graphic Designer who focuses his time on sequential art in comics. Currently living in Loveland Colorado his works include Stuffed the story of a troubled boy and his unlikely guardian, and Dereliction the story of a young woman looking to answer the mysteries of a long dead civilization that once inhabited a world the last vestiges of humanity now call home. Find more of his work work on Facebook by searching for Six Eleven Comics or by going to www.sixelevencomics.com
Lee Oaks: When I was 7, I fell in love with drawing and comics. It has been my life-long passion. The creator of Thunder Monkey, I enjoy drawing stories of all kinds. My art has been featured in a 7,000 square foot exhibit in the capitol of Canada and have been published by many publishers in different countries including Dark Horse and Dargaud. I love being part of a community of creators that's why I created the COLORADO COMICS COLLECTIVE.
Ty Johnsen is an artist and animator who usually dabbles in the cute, creepy, and paranormal in his works. Alternative media especially catches his fancy. From a small town in Wyoming, he's mostly inspired by nature and his few close friends, whom inspire him to push himself in everything he does. His dream for the future is to continue to draw and create everything he can.
Patrick Foster is a talented colorist living in Colorado Springs.
Dan Conner creator of My Gal the Zombie, lives in Denver, CO with his wife, Hannah, daughter, Emma, son, Peter, and their cat. But, it’s a different cat than mentioned in previous books, because that cat passed away. He also works on comics such as The Three Stooges, Pink Panther, Underdog, and Casper for American Mythology Productions.
Amanda Whipp is a comic book artist from Colorado Springs, CO. She is best known for her adaptation of Mike Bennett's story Underwood and Flinch: Night Crossing. She is currently working on a fantasy graphic novel, Kostaa: The Price, and several children's books. In her free time, Amanda enjoys going to rock shows and listening to audiobooks!
Jay Peteranetz has done work for Action Lab and teaches sequential art in Colorado.
As a long-time comic artist, Bob Conway has been published in: The Comics Journal, Cerebus, Amazing Heroes, My Gal the Zombie, and Critters, among others. In the early 1980’s Bob created Phantasy Press and published several comic books including an acclaimed line known as the “Rolls Royce of mini comics”. Currently, Bob prints comic books, posters and art prints at Avanti Print in Englewood, Colorado.
Robert Elrod creator of SVANSARMAR, draws and paints. Mostly monsters. He loves monsters. His artwork has appeared on the covers and interiors of several novels and anthologies from small-press authors and publishers. He has contributed art to publications by ArtOrder, Printed in Blood, Ragnarok Publications, British Fantasy Society, Lovecraft eZine, This Is Horror, Permuted Press and ZED Presents. He has published his own artbooks and comics and has contributed to anthologies from Books of the Dead Press, Bluewater Comics, Creephouse Comics, Red Team Go, Creator’s Edge Press, Abandoned Comics, and Angry Dog Press.
Patricia Krmpotich co-creator of The Black Diamond, lives in Denver, CO with her cat, Lana, who was indeed named after Lana Kane from Archer. She has a Bachelor’s of Art in English, magnum cum laud, from Regis University and uses her hard-earned knowledge to write, edit, proofread, critique, murder, mangle, bury, and write her signature in blood on a variety of creative endeavors. Dan and Patricia also write and produce the My Gal, the Zombie: Tragedy Travesty horror host TV series, which stars Justine McKinney. Check your favorite local, internet, and ROKU TV station schedules for your viewing opportunities.
Stan Yan creator of Milo, is a Denver-based writer/illustrator, caricature artist and instructor. Growing up in Denver, Yan, a self-taught artist, went to school at the University of Colorado in Boulder where he got his bachelor’s degree in accounting, where Yan’s life took the tragic turn into sales for the securities industry, where he wallowed in ethical poverty on-and-off for thirteen years. Yan takes his frustrations out by penning graphic novels such as The Wang. In 2005, Yan gave up on financial security and become a full-time freelance cartoonist, illustrating SubCulture for Ape Entertaiment and Action Lab Danger Zone. His recent book There’s a Zombie in the Basement has been a big hit.
Daniel Crosier is a graduate of RMCAD 2000, with an BFA in sculpture. He is a mixed media artist, and began a neo-kabuki performance group called OFM: OdAm fEI mUd in 2003. Crosier came on the comic book scene in 2006 writing and illustrating Sons of Soil, The Exquisite Vanishteer, Distortions Unlimited, Vincent Price Presents, as well as illustrating Bartholomew of the Scissors & Caustic Soda. Crosier partnered with The Enigma and Serana Rose for Show Devils comic book series, with several illustrators. He has directed short ﬁlms since 2005, and currently developing a documentary ﬁlm on amusement parks, and developed Isolation Man, a mockumentary about a superhero who accidentally vanishes the western hemisphere. www.danielcrosier.daportfolio.com www.isolationmanmovie.com
The Enigma is a legendary performer particularly at music festivals and tattoo conventions. His show is based on circus and tattoo culture which defines pop culture today. Cultivating audiences for over 20 years around the globe, The Enigma has literally changed the face of live entertainment. A founding member of Jim Rose Circus, The Enigma has toured the world many times over performing at festivals, theaters, and rock venues. i.e. Nine Inch Nails tour of the US, highest grossing show at Edinburgh Fringe Festival two years in a row, opening for David Bowie, etc.. Making his Prime Time television debut on the X-files in '95, The Enigma has been on many talk shows and breakfast news shows around the world.
Todd Jones When your first word is “Batman”, it’s either a sign you should be working in comics or become a super hero. Having no super powers or wealth to afford crime-fighting gadgets, Todd Jones decided to be a comic writer instead. He has worked on Pandemonium Spotlight for Twilight Star Studios, All-Star Pulp for Airship 27, as well as, Wicked Awesome Tales, STAKES and Classic Sharks as Monsters for Wicked Awesome Comics. Todd currently resides in Colorado with his amazing wife and their three dogs.
Chad Blakely creates comic books and artwork from an underground lair in Cheyenne, Wyoming (just across the border from Colorado). He has create such works as Kidnapping Kevin Smith, Astonishing Adventures, and The Con Job. As well as collaborations with writer Todd Jones and DanielMark's Brewery. He has recently done promo art for the bands SunnyDale High and The Stay Alives.
Jason Montoya is a Colorado Native, born and raised in Colorado Springs. He is an artist who works with a variety of mediums including watercolor, gouache, pencil, color pencil, ink, oil, acrylic, airbrush, and digital. He is the founder of Themis Comix and is currently working on his creator owned comic series Baron Von Saturday’s Tales From Beyond. He has been published in various publications ranging from super hero comics to Horror and Sci Fi.
JOSEPH BECKER creator of Julius, is often referred to as a charlatan, a hero of the people, and an explorer who dabbles in the romantic search for lost knowledge. To most others he is said to be half man-half mystery and the bane of evil’s intent and many of his enemies list him as an emergency contact. An artisan by trade, “El Vencedor” (the Vanquisher) has been published in exclusive comic and magazine offerings and has published magazines as well. He has studied under many of the finest artists in the Rocky Mountains.
Tyrone Jackson creator of Kunoichi, is the owner of SoveReign Comics LLC. In 2009, he decided that he wanted to really kick his dream into high gear and created his comic book publishing company. Since then, SoveReign Comics has built on 13 titles with five being published (Cypher Team, TEMPLE High, Orisha EXOS, Ayanmo Stigmata and STARS) and an additional 4 going into production soon.
William & “Pepper” DeLuca creators of Ant Gal and Peppercopia Publishing. Together they created the series of comics known as, Campfire Stories of Lake Kikipapi. A series written by Bill and artwork done by Pepper. It was created and thought of while walking together. The first chapter has Ant Gal which was born from Pepper stepping on ants coming out of the ground after winter. Bill thought it could make a great story and came up with Ant Gal and Pepper came up with her looks. Both come from South Florida originally and moved to Colorado in 2011.
Variant Cover Artists:
Creator of Brina Hernandez, from Loco Hero, Monte M. Moore has been a professional illustrator for over 20 years focusing on the comics, gaming and entertainment industries. His work has been commissioned and licensed by top-tier companies such as Lucasfilm Ltd, Disney, The U.S. Marine Corps, Paramount, Topps, Harley-Davidson and most publishers in the comics industry including DC Comics, Marvel Entertainment, IDW Publishing and many others.
Tom Rasch I’ve been drawing since before I can remember… At an early age I had a growing interest in the modern mythology of pop culture. I loved comics: Batman and Spiderman, were my favorites. In 1977 when Star Wars premiered, something happened. It dawned on me that this is what I wanted to do. I began to realize that there were people behind all this stuff I was so crazy about. I read comics for the artists instead of the characters. Since then I have had the opportunity to work as a graphic designer, concept artist, flash animator and have been a penciller for several comic book companies including Marvel Comics.
Jeff Herndon is a freelance illustrator living in Fort Collins, Colorado. He has illustrated book covers for such authors as Kevin J. Anderson, Mike Baron and J.T. Krul. Drawing inspiration from the movies he loved as a child and his healthy respect for illustrators of the golden age, he marries imagination and skill with every mark. He devotes his time to a variety of projects. Whether it’s conceptual design, book cover illustration or portraiture above all things, Jeff loves to tell stories with his art.
Loralie Cosplay: Full of awesome Cosplay and Modeling for you all to enjoy! Follow me and never miss out on events I will be at and new pictures!! Click here for her Patreon.
Cosplay Photographer Esteban Raza, CEO Nlightened Designs. Based out of Denver, Colorado. Nlightened Designs offers a unique field of photography and artistic pleasure. Worked with a Promoters, DJs, and Night clubs. Nlightened can offer the Night life look, as well to any Modeling to family portraits. Our goal to to make every shot count, and give the audience to be "Nlightened" by the work and idea
Jason Meents has done illustration work for a variety of professional athletes, penciled and inked a number of comic books. Set up in a home studio allows him to work on a number of projects at once and at a wide variety of hours in Colorado Springs.
From the software development trenches of Colorado's Front Range comes Zero Day Exploits! Proudly blending Star Wars, Database Code, Comic Books, and Rock. Rated E for Everyone. Press contact and Booking agent Seth Phillips - email@example.com http://zerodayexploits.net http://facebook.com/zerodayexploits
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