CatMan Evolution #1 Kickstarter Special Edition!
CatMan Evolution is the first in a new breed of comics for fans craving something with edge - A new kind of comic, a new kind of read!
This Comic Is Finished, Proofed & Ready To Be Printed With Your Help!
CatMan Evolution introduces us to Darren Merrywether, the grandson of the 1950’s public domain character but with our unique and self-contained continuity and timeline with the FireStorm Comics Universe. Darren is the heir to both the Merrywether Foundation, and the legacy of being CatMan. While fighting the ' Cat-Gene ', Darren must push himself to the new powers and abilities he is developing, as well as restrain his urges to kill on a primal level.
FireStorm Comics is a professional comic book publishing company with mainstream quality and independent creativity and freedom. We are bringing a new style of comics for people that grew up with comics but comics never grew up with them. Our goal is to lead the way for independent comics to reach store shelves right alongside mainstream titles and bring great original stories and new unknown talent to the comics fan-base. We also intend to expand awareness about comics being at the same quality of entertainment that hardcore fans already know all too well but the general public doesn't at present.
The creative team on CatMan Evolution #1 consists of Brad Linder, ( Creator, Co-plotter, Co-Penciler & Publisher ), Veronica ' Ronnie ' Massey, ( Co-plotter and scriptwriter ), Rod ' Vanishing ' Islas, ( Co-Penciler ), Luis ' InkStick ' Alonso, ( Inker ), Blue ' SkySunnymQ ' Zhao, ( Colorist ), T. Perran ' Blam-Blam ' Mitchell, ( Letterer ) and Melvin ' The Champ ' Costiniano, ( Cover Artist and new regular penciler on issue #2 and #3 ). We have come from all different areas of freelance projects, novels, animation, and gelled to make a team that has gone from losses of team members and pulling back into an even tighter team that we pushed through to bring out the amazing result you are seeing in the book represented in this campaign.
The budget breakdown is pretty simple. All of the writing, artwork, coloring, and lettering is completed for CatMan Evolution #1, all we are looking for is funding to print the comic book. So, all of the money that is raised will go to printing and shipping, with the exception of fees that are taken by Kickstarter and Amazon, as, well as the overhead for all of the rewards selected.
Once the money has been released to us from Kickstarter, the pending book orders with our printers will be purchased. Around two weeks after that, we should have the books in hand and will begin shipping them out. So, you can expect your copy in roughly 3-4 weeks after the kickstarter is completed. should we go beyond our current goal, those funds will go towards helping with the production costs of expanding the reach of CatMan Evolution #1 in the retail marketplace and possibly help offset production costs of issue #2.
Kickstarter offers us the opportunity to expand our reach and bring this book to the retail market that we wouldn't otherwise be able to reach without the help of the comics fans and community. We aren't yet large enough to go to larger shows or gain exposure on the more popular news sites without printed representation of the book to gain us that access. Having failed in our first attempt, we learned some valuable lessons, and are now applying them to this campaign. As for those that already know and support us, Kickstarter allows our fans to help us spread the word.
This in turn gets us to the point of being able to produce more material fans just like you are getting to experience.
Kickstarter also allows us the opportunity to build our fan-base with managing these exclusive ks edition printed copies. with this campaign, we are fulfilling our reward copies and still support our retail edition, which will bring this new title to market so that we can keep working to build more and more growth and support for not just our titles but for the entire industry community.
For your help in bringing CatMan Evolution to life in its printed form, here is a look at what the book looks like, as well as the incentives for supporting the project that you will have access to throughout the campaign.
Promo Trading Card Set
$3,500 Stretch Goal Reward: Custom Sketch Cards By Various Artists
$4,500 Stretch Goal Rewards: Custom Prints By Various Artists
Risks and challenges
There are always risks and challenges in everything we do. As a comic book publisher I have experienced printing and shipping delays, creative differences, and people dropping out of a project mid production. These are things that have happened and will always happen. That is why I have tried to limit as many of the x factors on this Kickstarter as possible, by starting first with an art production team that is solid and hungry to make their unique mark on the industry and have done so way beyond my highest expectations. However, it took a lot of hard work and trust on all of our parts to make this happen. You are seeing the result of what that new team bond is able to produce as a result of those ups, downs and risks of trusting each other and pushing through. We are now coming to you with an expectation of that same support and trust that you want to see comics like this come to life. As I said earlier the book is already completed and proofed at both printing facilities, all we have to do is push the greenlight to print it up.
Comic creators are not only part of an industry but, part of a community...a community that if supports each other to reach products like this to the market, it offers more and better awareness that comics aren't just for kids but, are infact a piece of mainstream pop culture, no matter if they are indie or mainstream in label or style.
We are looking to help overcome the obstacles that prevent great new talent from getting work on the shelves and in front of fans. This campaign is a risk in trust on our fellow fans, creators and backers to trust we can reach that goal and in turn, help others do the same.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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