About this project
People have been asking about our gentleman's thief's calling card, The Black Cat. We're making him a print option as a new reward!
In turn of the century London, Jack Wolverton, gentleman thief, specializes in stealing the arcane, the accursed and the occultic. With war about to break out, only he can stop the world’s most powerful artifacts (The Monkey’s Paw, The Hope Diamond and the Portrait of Dorian Gray) from falling into the wrong hands!
Wolverton, Thief of Impossible Objects is a fresh but familiar take on a beloved literary trope, the Gentleman Thief. We've seen his likes before: Raffles, Arsene Lupin, The Saint, Catwoman, Gambit and Cary Grant in To Catch a Thief.
The twist is Jack Wolverton, aka the Black Cat, specializes in stealing only magical items. The twist to the twist is that he really, really hates magic, relying only on his wit and the science supplied to him by H.G. Wells.
Set in Edwardian London, the natty Wolverton is suave, sophisticated and well bred. His banter, like his tailoring, is impeccable. We certainly hope there's room for a Noel Coward super hero in a world gone Deadpool!
Wolverton started as an original screenplay. After the script attracted the attention of some major Hollywood players, the project spiraled Dante-style into Development Hell. The sparking dialogue and insane action sequences were a director's wet dream, but the studio bean counters just couldn't see making a 100 million dollar movie based on an original idea. "If only it was a comic book first," they said!
So, we made it a comic book first!
In reverse engineering the screenplay into a comic book, we found ourselves well ahead of the game. The 12 book arc is already written. We've completed the world building and back stories for an entire rogue's gallery of supporting characters.
Our premier issue is finished, but because we’re self-publishing, we decided to add 4 previously cut pages of story back in before we go to print.This seemed an excellent opportunity to allow a few Mensches and Medicis the chance to not only get involved, but to get drawn into the book.
So, 28, full color, action packed pages from a totally indie creative team for less than the price of an organic, farm to table, artisanal Hot Pocket!!! Heed the Siren's Call and let's aim for those rocks together! Plunge in and, please, pledge.
"Beautifully rendered locations and rollicking action panels frame this stylish post Victorian escapade. Reminiscent of such movie greats as Errol Flynn, our droll hero is a thief... and WHAT A THIEF! Kudos, guys, you've brought the 'gentleman thief' back into vogue and with a vengeance!”
-- Emil Ferris, Author of My Favorite Things is Monsters
“Enter the realm of adventurers and draw a line from Indiana Jones to The Escapist. Good. Now go squarely in the middle and mark a big, fat X. That's the precise location where you'll find Wolverton, a fun, funny, raucous new comic. Just remember that X doesn't mark the end of this journey, but the beginning.”
-- Van Jensen, Writer for DC’s The Flash and Green Lantern Corps
"Fresh, funny and exciting. These are comic pages that insist on being turned.”
-- Michael Tisserand, author of Krazy: George Herriman, a Life in Black and White
Michael Stark and Terrell T. Garrett are just two guys south of the Atlanta airport (now know as Hillbilly Hollywood) who’ve consumed way too many comic books, wrestling matches, monster movie marathons, ultra-violent video games and tawdry-covered paperbacks.
Together, they've written a half dozen insanely-expensive-to-produce screenplays that they hope to one day reverse engineer into more comic books, including a pot head version of The Day of The Triffids and the rollicking misadventures of Buffalo Bill's Wild West Show in Victorian London! The screenplay of Wolverton got the duo on both the prestigious Hollywood Hit List and The Young and Hungry List!
Michael Stark (the elder of the duo) played in various 1980s NYC punk and garage bands, wrote for the national music magazine, Request, and later optioned a few original screenplays to Disney and Universal. He now owns a bookstore in the shadows of Pinewood Studios, specializing in rare horror and science fiction.
Terrell T. Garrett is a former video game designer and eSports champion. He has short stories published in the Georgia State Review and The Ankeny Briefcase. His solo script, Twitch, brought him to Sundance last year and he's currency adapting the Alistair MacLean novel, Fear is the Key for the big screen. He just became a new father a few months ago!
For a Pledge of $225, one of these Schmucks with an Underwood will give you extensive notes on your screenplay! They may be lifesaving, but you may want to strangle them after.
Derek Rodenbeck is an Army vet who swapped military life to become a comic book illustrator, painter, and entrepreneur. He is going back to school at U-Penn Fall of 2017 but the illustration and photo adventures will continue!
He is passionate about helping those who are marginalized and creates businesses in the name of the public good. Lover of science, photography, nature, and all things nerdy.
Derek won us over not only by his talent, but also by his powerful life journey! He truly brought the world of Wolverton, that was stuck in our head for years, to life.
Our colorist, Ellen Belmont, is an industry pro who owed us a big favor, thus the nom de plumage.
Our letterer, Elizabeth McBride, is a student at the mighty Kubert School.
Look to the right for the whole megillah of our offerings, including: PDFS, COMIC BOOKS and ADVERT SPACE!
NEW! WOLVERTON ART BY KHOI PHAM!
Pledge of $250. An original piece of comic book art by DC Comics and Marvel artist, Khoi Pham, made especially for our Kickstarter Campaign! Whoa!!!!!
1. AN EXCLUSIVE WOLVERTON PRINT
Pledge of $30 -- An approximately 13 x 19 inch quality print of Wolverton in the Belly of the Whale, Escape From the Behemoth or The Black Cat! Just choose when it's time to ship.
2. ORIGINAL COMIC BOOK ART
Pledge of $250 -- Original Wolverton Comic Book Art. Own an original page of inked art from Wolverton, signed by our artist, Derek Rodenbeck. For now, we're just offering three different pages. Depending on demand, more original art may crop up during the campaign!
3. GET DRAWN INTO THE COMIC BOOK
Pledge of $150. Ready For Your Background Shot! We are adding three more pages to the book and left some room for our patrons to get drawn in! Get your face in the background of a London Street scene or on stage at the Royal Opera House.
4. ORIGINAL BACK COVER ART
Pledge of $600 -- Original Wolverton Comic Book Back Cover Art. Own an original page of inked art from Wolverton, signed by our artist, Derek Rodenbeck.
Screenplays that don’t sell just get thrown in a junk drawer -- the literary equivalence of a potter’s field burial. Wolverton was too much a labor of love to do that. It at least deserved a balls out, drunken, viking funeral that just might take its creators down with it.
Our goal of $4,000 will cover most of the printing, promotion and reward shipping costs. We hope not only to meet our goal, but to far exceed it. We're printing 5,000 books, so we won't run out of rewards all too soon. Thus, even after we meet our goal, please, keep pledging!!!!!
In full disclosure, the actual-abacus-busting cost of 5,000 copies of the 28 page comic book is $10,900. We'd love to get Michael's spleen out of hock to pay for it.
- $5000 for Art Costs
- $3000 for Printing Costs
- $1200 Estimated For Reward Shipping
- $ 900 Promotion, Graphics, Website, Ads
- $ 800 Estimated For Kickstarter Fees and taxes
Stretch Goals? If If our campaign goes over $6,000, we can adjust our cover price to be more competitive on the newsstands. At $11,000, we can expand the book again to 32 pages and do some promotion at different Cons. If we hit $20,000, we'll start right away on self publishing issue #2!
We're just around the corner from our first stretch goal! $6,000 would help us stay competitively priced on the newsstand.
Because no good deed goes unrewarded, everyone at a $7 donation or higher (cause the gift has to be mailed), will receive a free pair of WOLVERTON POSTCARDS with their comic! Now, that's a luscious lagniappe we think you'll love!
Risks and challenges
The risks seem very limited as the book is done except for the four added pages, two of which are about finished. Of course, pirates could attack our slow boat across the High China Seas. So, let's all pray there won't be pirates!
All the art costs have already been paid for. As Michael and Terrell absolutely loath the new Hollywood normal of free options, rewrites and working on spec, we refused to do that to our artists.
Everything has been paid except for the $4.000 still needed for printing, kickstarter's fees, some additional promotion and reward postage.
In fact, a bit more wouldn’t hurt, but as this is our first Kickstarter campaign, we decided to ask (in our best Louis Prima voice) for just the bare necessities.
We'll be using Kraken to print 5,000 copies of our full-cover, 28-page comic book. 500 copies will be airmailed to us for rewards distribution, promotion, direct sales and distribution to our local Atlanta area shoppes.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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