The Cool stuff
Dear Kickstarter friends: we think you'll like our book as much as others have done in the past. We need your help to bring the property back to life with all-new stories, and we even want you to be a part of choosing which story we do. We are simple-minded, funny chaps with naughty senses of humor. Hopefully, our title appeals to your equally naughty sense of humor, you wicked little monkey.
We need $10,000 to cover the editorial costs of a new Sidekick issue. If successful, our pals at 12 Gauge Comics are going to put that issue in print. If we raise $16,000 we will do two new stories. If we raise $24,000 we will do three new issues. And if we raise $30,000 we will do a new collected version of those issues plus the greatly missed (by reviewers) Sidekick Super Summer Spectacular, which was tremendous and hilarious and only got us arrested twice.
Our hero - Eddie Edison - attempts to join the Council of American Super Heroes (a non-profit organization, all checks payable to CASH) in the cunning guise of the Carpenter Bee. This is him undergoing a trial of endurance at the hands of the dreaded Duncan Disorderly.
As soon as we reach $10,000 we will get to work, and we'll send your digital goodies once the issue is completed. But - and pay attention now, chums - if we happen to reach our extended goal of $16,000 then all of you who will be getting #1 in digital form will be getting #2 as well. If we reach $24,000 all of you will be getting three issues. You don't have to pledge extra to get all three books. Got it? No... probably not. I look forward to your avalanche of confused questions. :)
But we're going to have a lot of fun on the way. For one thing, we're going to put up a few ideas for new Sidekick stories on our Sidekick Facebook Fan page. We'll do a poll and YOU will choose which story we do first. If we do well, you'll help us choose what to do second and third as well. But there's more fun to be had. Like every good Kickstarter drive, this is about our collaboration with you. So as we move along, we're going to have a lot of fun. To wit:
FOR EVERY $1000...
Every time our pledge drive hits another $1000 mark we will release the image of a brand new character. They are like Pokemon for weirdos with a suspect sense of humor... so collect 'em all! We have lots of them. Here are a few examples:
We'll put them up on our Facebook page and you can download them and use them to scare old people. Or kids. We are not fussy.
If we reach $5000, Paul and Chris are going to Youtube themselves doing a heartfelt, lip-synched version of George Michael's "Careless Whisper." It will be a rendition to rival Paul McCartney and Stevie Wonder's classic duet, "Ebony and Ivory." Lord have mercy.
If we reach $10,000, We'll choose a random character name suggestion and add it to the newest book. You send us the crazy ideas you can think of and we'll make it a reality. This stuff is easy. (So, apparently, are we).
This is Dirt Boy, created for the original trade paperback by one of our fans. Aside from Perspiration Lad, quite possibly the most useless power ever.
If we reach $15,000, We'll take all of your crazy ideas and make up a large image, depicting each and every one of your characters. Unless they are likely to get us arrested, in which case you are on your own.
If we reach $20,000, Paul will be filmed running through Atlanta's Olympic Centennial Park dressed only in an old-style bathing suit. So expect a lot of confused and horrified Chinese tourists when he crashes the fountain.
If we reach $25,000 Chris will dress up like a Klingon for Dragon Con and get his ass kicked by a bunch of angry Star Wars fans. Think of this as performance art carried out by a person with no performing ability whatsoever.
**Now because Paul is a Notorious Idiot...
He already forgot to remind International backers to please add a little extra $ for their wares. Yes, our new Kickstarter campaign is off to a flying start thanks to Paul's brilliant attention to detail.
If you are a foreign backer please add $4 for shipment of the comic to your place of residence. If you are in jail, please let us know which cell number you are in.
Please add $6 for shipment of the Collected Edition, whether signed, numbered, clean, dirty or even sketched-in. Add $6 for the single wall vinyls.
Add $8 for the 4 wall vinyls and the Collected Edition (the $80 category). Also, please add $8 for the hat, the Shirley Action Figure or the T-shirt.
Please add $12 for the JUST ABOUT EVERYTHING PACKAGE.
Please accept Paul's apologies for this oversight... he is just so excited about his chance to sing George Michael's classic hit to you all!
About our Project:
BENNY HILL WITH SUPERHEROES
By day, Eddie Edison is a mild-mannered pizza delivery boy. By night, he has the unfortunate task of being a sidekick to four different superheroes at the same time. His life is complicated. His nemesis, Doctor Scurrilous, is a crazy old maniac who invents alarming robotic devices just for their word-play potential. His roommate, Darren, is a degenerate freeloader. His girlfriend, 88GGG Stormy Weathers (her real name) is a loathsome exotic dancer whom Eddie loathes with all of his loathing. He has been rejected numerous times by the Council of American Super Heroes (a non-profit organization, all checks payable to CASH). And to make matters worse, he is having "nocturnal relations" with the wife of Mister Excellent, the most dangerous man on the planet.
Eddie's social life is perched somewhere between his revolting stripper-on-crack girlfriend, Stormy Weathers, and his spectacularly unambitious roommate, Darren. Did we mention this is all autobiographical?
Sidekick first appeared back in 2005 and was an instant cult hit. Not only did we make fun of costumed characters, we made fools of ourselves. People dug it. It was Benny Hill with superheroes. We produced seven issues in total but with the market being the way it was, we could not afford to keep it in print. Such a shame... in many ways, the target audience was not necessarily those who frequent comic stores in search of books about superheroes, but those who would like to blow a good natured raspberry at the very concept of people who dress up in their pajamas and go around town hitting other people of like mind. Everyone who found Sidekick loved it... but finding it in a market driven by superhero comics was not easy. That is where we feel Kickstarter comes in. You guys ARE the market - you have a love of the medium and would like nothing more than to stick it to the Man, whoever he might be. Well, we're sticking it too!
Eddie - in the guise of Nefarious Lad - sticks it to his soon-to-be-former employees.
So come on and join us, won't you? Let's stick it to the Man! Let's stick it to everyone! Hell, let's stick it to Kickstarter! You know you want to, you bad little monkey!
Paul Jenkins has written numerous begging letters to any number of legitimate science publications, earning him a reputation as a maverick, troublemaker and idiot. He has won an Eisner Award, Five Wizard Fan Awards and has been nominated for both a BAFTA and an AIAS award for his video game work. Since the universe has a way of equaling things out, he has lost a ton of money betting on his golf game.
Chris Moreno (http://www.chrismoreno.org) gained his Associates Degree in Fine Arts from prestigious Brookdale Community College in New Jersey, where he completed the grueling two-year program in a record three years. Yearning for a life of adventure, he got into comics and spends his days sitting in a room drawing pictures for such publications as Disney's Toy Story and his creator-owned comic, Zombie Dickheads. As an art instructor, Chris has taught both privately and in children's workshops and college courses, most recently at the Pennsylvania College of Art and Design where he was forcibly removed for "forgetting" to put on his pants.
Some of our items...
Prototypes, anyway. These are our hat and T-shirt designs...
- (35 days)