“Every town needs a hero. Even a town like Nowheresville, USA. Heck, that town’s got two heroes. And well...they’re sort of okay!”
Just what in tarnation is it?
Suburban & Chickenhawk is an all-ages, superhero action-comedy featuring two crimefighting cousins working together to clean up their suburban neighborhood. The Mega-Mall Disaster #1 is a 22-page, full-color comic that constitutes the first part of a 2-part series (wham, bam, thank you ma'am!).
It began life as a webcomic several years ago, but now George Kambadais (Short Order Crooks, Grave Lillies) and I are remastering it for its very first print run. This isn't just a coat of polish, mind you. George is redrawing many parts of the book to reflect the changes in his art style over the years. And I am rewriting the script to add more story, better jokes, and more robot-punching action.
Oh yeah, did I mention the robots?
Tell me about them darn robots!
Our story begins with Suburban & Chickenhawk responding to a report of an incident at a brand-new, highly advanced shopping mall called the Mega Corporation Commerce Center 1 (MCCC1). Upon arriving, the Dual Detectives find that MCCC1 has been cut off from the outside world and taken over by a machine intelligence--a being called Attila--who was supposed to be running the day-to-day operations of the mall. But, being the scary robot he is, Attila has grown self-aware and plans on turning the shoppers trapped inside the mall into robotic citizens of an anti-consumerist city-state. And on a Saturday afternoon, no less!
Just who are these Suburban and Chickenhawk fellas anyway?!
Sam and Lucas Singer are just two cousins trying to make it big in the world of superheroics. The only problem is that they don't live in Gotham City or Metropolis. They literally live in Nowheresville, USA--a suburb very much like the one you live in. It's got houses, gas stations, schools, shopping malls, and a bunch of rowdy supervillains who are seriously up to no good.
Can I trust 'em?
To save the day? Sure.
To do it without blowing something up...? No, not really.
What's so different about these punks?
Well for starters, they're cousins. I mean, that's not something you see everyday. But also, they're much more than meets the eye. You might take one look at the pair of them and think you have it figured all out. Big red guy with the cape--he's the leader right? And that little blue guy's his plucky sidekick, right? WRONG! You see, Suburban is a big ol' doofus who happens to be really good at punching things. It's Chickenhawk who's the real brains of the operation. And I'm talking big brains here. Like genius brains. But also he's pretty good at punching too.
Why are you even making this thing in the first place?
I came up with Suburban & Chickenhawk years ago, but the reasons for its creation are just as relevant now as they were then. I want to make a superhero comic that accomplishes these goals:
- Grim and gritty superhero comics--especially those featuring the most famous do-gooders on the planet (You-Know-Who & You-Know-Who)--have become such a slog! There's nothing wrong with heroes who smile once and a while, who enjoy saving people, and who crack a few jokes here and there. I want to make FUN superhero comics.
- There's nothing wrong with serialized long form storytelling. As a matter of fact it can be excellent when done properly. But there is also something to be said about short 1-2 issue story arcs that are easy to pick up and read. That's what Suburban & Chickenhawk is all about! I want to make ACCESSIBLE superhero comics.
- As a teenager, I was delighted to dig into adult-oriented stories like Sandman, Preacher, and Transmetropolitan (which all remain on my Favorites List to this day). But when it came time to recommend comics to my kid brother, I felt like there was a whole swath of the market that I had to leave out. I certainly wasn't going to give a 9-year-old a copy of Watchmen! I wanted something we could both enjoy together. And now I want to create comics that can be read by kids and parents, brothers and sisters--comics for people of ALL AGES!
What are you gonna do with my hard-earned cash?!
We're putting the money we receive through this Kickstarter towards five different aspects of the project:
- Art -- George will be remastering, and in some case redrawing, the entire book.
- Lettering/Design/Pre-Press -- The good folks at AndWorld Design will be working their magic to reletter the book according to the revised script. They'll also be laying it out and getting it ready for print and digital consumption!
- Printing -- As much as I'd love to print The Mega-Mall Disaster on my home printer, it's really better left up to the professionals. Luckily, I've found a great US-based printer to get the job done right!
- Shipping -- Well, you want the darn thing when it's finished, dontcha?
- Fees -- Agh! Those pesky Kickstarter and Amazon Processing fees are after us again!
That of course brings us to our last bit...probably the most important one...
Quit your lip-flappin' and tell me what the rewards are!
Suburban & Chickenhawk: The Mega-Mall Disaster #1
The Mega-Mall Disaster: Behind the Scenes
Not only will you be getting all the great designs, sketches, and layouts from the Mega-Mall Disaster, but you'll also get the original version of the (web)comic.
A Guest-Starring Role in The Mega-Mall Disaster
A One-Of-A-Kind Commission Print From Series Artist George Kambadais
Other Great Comics By Series Writer Jakob Free (that's me)
Risks and challenges
There are very few risks associated with this project. A great deal of the work has been completed or laid out to the extent that it will easily be completed upon reaching our KS goals. Additionally, having run a successful KS previously, I feel that I have a good handle on how to work out any problems, should they arise.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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