When we last saw Jack Wolverton, he had just stolen the enchanted Monkey's Paw from an uncrackable safe, aboard a heavily guarded ship, in the middle of the blasted ocean, during the Storm of the Century!! One would think, after all that, nicking The Hope Diamond from the British Museum would be a Sunday Picnic.
Putting out a comic book isn't exactly a Sunday Picnic either. Honestly, we weren't so sure about soldiering on with this little labor of love, but, we couldn't ignore the near daily emails, imploring: WHERE'S ISSUE TWO???
Who are we to ignore such magnificent missives? So, let's do number two together Errrrr, perhaps, we should rephrase that.
Have no fear, Patron of the Arts, we don't plan on waiting so long between issues. The 6 arc story is already written and we will Kickstart the next book in 2 to 3 months! Any funds over our goal will go towards Issue #3. And, so on and so on and so forth!
But, sadly, if we don't reach our goal, Wolverton 2 just won't happen without your assistance! We only have so many kidneys to hock for the cause. Help us bring this 28 page story to life!
In the next installment, oh good and faithful reader, you'll be introduced to gadget gadfly, H.G. Wells, learn more about the absolutely ancient order of The Golden Dawn, and lay your peepers on Inspector Munroe of Scotland Yard, Wolverton's romantic foil for the irresistible Isabelle's attention!
Thank you everybody! The Comic Book Cavalry just rode in and took us across the finish line! To celebrate, everyone with a mailed pledge level (not the PDF only ones) will get a free Wolverton In action postcard!
Every level will get a free PDF Wolverton Wallpaper and Poster Download!
Our FIRST STRETCH GOAL is $11,000. If we hit that, every mailed pledge level gets a free Wolverton / Monkey's Paw Vinyl Decal!
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!
"This beautiful, action-packed book demonstrates the versatility of comic book storytelling." -- Geek The News
"Wolverton: Thief of Impossible Objects #1 is a fun and energetic read. Jack Wolverton is a charming protagonist, the premise is entertaining, and the art is fantastic." -- Bleeding Cool
"Stark and Garrett’s story is excellent. It’s fast, it’s fun, it’s engaging, and the action is great." -- Comic Bastards
"Dauntless Durham-style cliffhangers enacted against cinematic vistas in a tale of a gentleman thief. Wit and style abound. Hopefully this will become a continuing saga. "-- The Best Comics of 2017 List, The Comics Journal
"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
"Only the épée is missing. Wolverton relies upon stealth, wit, and cunning, wise-cracking all the while. " -- Word Comicbook Review
“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
OUR WRITERS, MICHAEL AND TERRELL
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. He's currently shopping around a horror comedy TV pilot, Avenue C Exorcist.
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 two years ago and he's currency adapting the Alistair MacLean novel, Fear is the Key for the big screen. He's also working on his first novel!
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.
OUR NEW ARTIST, JACKIE LEWIS
Jackie Lewis is a comic book creator from Atlanta. Growing up, she spent most of her time drawing monsters and building forts in the woods. Now, she's thrilled that she gets to draw both of those things professionally. Jackie's published works include The Lion of Rora, Play Ball and Merry Men for Oni Press. She is a former professor of Sequential Art at the renowned SCAD University.
OUR COVER ARTIST, DEREK RODENBECK
This has been an exciting year for our brother-in-arms, Derek. He has gone back to University and is a proud, new dad. So, unfortunately, he couldn't stay a full-time member of Team Wolverton. Derek will, however, draw us another knockout cover
Our colorist, Ellen Belmont, will be back for issue #2. She's an industry pro who owed us a big favor, thus the nom de plumage.
Look to the right for the whole megillah of our offerings, including: PDFS, COMIC BOOKS and ADVERT SPACE!
1. WOLVERTON POSTCARDS
PLEDGE $12 and get yourself an issue of Wolverton #2 plus a set of five Black Cat Calling Card Postcards. Send 'em to friends. Use 'em to pick locks! Practice and use them as weapons!!!!
2. GET DRAWN INTO THE COMIC BOOK!
Pledge of $200. Ready For Your Background Shot! Want to be almost famous. We left room some room for our patrons to get drawn into the world of Wolverton! Get your face in the background of a London Street scene, inside the British Museum or on stage at the Royal Opera House.
Pledge of $300. Get a medium shot. These are typecast bits I'm afraid. Be a London Bobby (male) or a nun (female).
Pledge of $300. Get your business, band or book drawn into the comic. Have to make sure of course this is a good fit though. Nothing too pervy or futuristic. Remember, this is Edwardian England.
3. EXCLUSIVE WOLVERTON PRINTS
Pledge of $40 -- An approximately 13 x 19 inch quality print of Wolverton in the Belly of the Whale, Escape From the Behemoth, Front Cover of issue #1 or The Black Cat! Signed by Derek Rodenbeck. Just choose when it's time to ship.
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 sparkling 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!
In reverse engineering the screenplay into a comic book, we found ourselves well ahead of the game. The 6 book arc is already written. We've completed the world building and back stories for an entire rogue's gallery of supporting characters.
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.
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 $10,000 per issue will cover the art costs, printing and reward shipping. We hope not only to meet our goal, but to far exceed it. We're printing 3,000 books, so we won't run out of rewards all too soon. Thus, even after we meet our goal, please, keep pledging!!!!!
- $6000 for Art Costs
- $2000 for Printing Costs
- 2000 Estimated For Reward Shipping
- $ 500 Promotion, Graphics, Website, Ads
- $1000 Estimated For Kickstarter Fees and taxes
Stretch Goals? If we hit $20,000, we'll start right away on self publishing issue #3! If we hit $30,000, we continue on with #3. You get the picture!
Risks and challenges
The risks seem very limited. If we don't make the target goal, we shut it down and all pledges are returned. Of course, pirates could attack our slow boat across the High China Seas. So, let's all pray there won't be pirates!
Each issue is around 10 grand to produce. We'd love to get funding for the next five, so we can just sprint through them all. This is for art, printing and promotion. Us writers haven't been paid. Yes, the angry ghost of Harlan Ellison will not be pleased. 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.
We'll be using Kraken to print 3,000 copies of our full-cover, 28-page comic book. 600 copies will be airmailed to us for rewards distribution, promotion, direct sales and distribution to our local Atlanta area shoppes.
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