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Meet Eddie Edison, every superhero's favorite punching bag! We're going to create some all-new stories... just to ruin his day!

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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.

$5000 PLEDGED

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.  

$10,000 PLEDGED

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.

$15,000 PLEDGED

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.

$20,000 PLEDGED

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.

$25,000 PLEDGED

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.

UNLOCKED REWARDS! 

**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...

We think our hat will look a bit like this. But when you are wearing it, it will look a lot better! Ka-Ching!
We think our hat will look a bit like this. But when you are wearing it, it will look a lot better! Ka-Ching!
Our Warhol-esque two-color shirt, which is entitled, "Apathy." We are not sure why but that seemed like a clever word.
Our Warhol-esque two-color shirt, which is entitled, "Apathy." We are not sure why but that seemed like a clever word.

FAQ

  • 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.

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  • You know, that is a tough one. We really don't know. It's probably because resentful bad people want to punish them. That's our best guess.

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    DIGITAL WALLPAPER Enjoy hours of endless fun with this digital wallpaper! Become the envy of your friends and enemies alike! Can also be used as a computer-destroying viral attachment when writing prank emails to over 100 Heads of State (email addresses not included).

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    DIGITAL COLLECTION Sparing no expense, our crack team of scientists has transformed the original 5-issue Sidekick Collected Edition into PDF format. If you specifically ask us to hurt them they'll probably work on additional formats. Over 140 pages of rib-tickling misfortune! Comes with Digital Wallpaper.

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    DIGITAL SMORGASBORD Not only do you get the Wallpaper, not only do you get the Collected Trade... but you also get the rare 2-issue SIdekick Super Summer Spectacular! All of these in digital form... a pinnacle of our career and a veritable nadir of Eddie's (look it up). That's 7 issues of merriment, all at someone else's expense!

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    DIGITAL EVERYTHING! You get all of the above, yadda, yadda, yadda... but if the pledge drive is successful you will also get a digital version of our brand new Sidekick story and/or stories! That's right... for every threshold we reach, we will add another digital download to this category... so the better we do, the more issues you are going to receive. Tell your friends! Try the veal!

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    LATEX AND VINYL! That made you perk up, didn't it? But alas, while this category includes absolutely no rude videos of German origin, it does include one of four spiffy Sidekick wall sticker thingies. Who needs Ben Roethlisberger or Eli Manning on their wall when they can have us? (NFL fans need not respond to that rhetorical question). Comes with DIGITAL COLLECTION and new Sidekick issue.

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    SIGNED COLLECTED EDITION This is the original trade paperback, signed, sealed and delivered By Paul and Chris! Find out what happens when mild-mannered Eddie Edison makes the unfortunate decision to be a sidekick to four heroes at the same time! Because let's face it: it's always better to laugh at someone else's misfortune before they laugh at yours. Comes with DIGITAL COLLECTION and new Sidekick issue.

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    SIDEKICK: THE T-SHIRT Proudly wear this scene of utter carnage around town, and be the talk of your neighbors and quite possibly a target of the local FBI! Warhole-esque in its design, this high quality T-shirt says a lot about you and your taste in suspect Internet websites... Comes with DIGITAL COLLECTION and new Sidekick issue.

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    SIDEKICK BASEBALL CAP Because nothing screams "sports" like an image of a downtrodden superhero sidekick created by two nerds, one of whom understands the rules of cricket and the other of whom last attempted a sporting endeavor when he was six. Oh well... wear it proudly to a pro game in your city and get beaten up. Don't say we didn't warn you. Comes with DIGITAL COLLECTION and new Sidekick issue.

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    SIGNED AND NUMBERED COLLECTED Look... everyone likes a collectible item that none of their friends will ever own. And how many of your friends own a collected edition, signed and numbered by the creators? Don't you want to own one that we held in our sweaty little palms? That's right. You need one. Comes with DIGITAL COLLECTION and new Sidekick issue.

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    SHIRLEY PROTOTYPE We took one of these to a pitch session at Comedy Central and boy, were they surprised when we almost busted their coffee table in half! A faithful recreation of Doctor Scurrilous' beloved pet brick, Shirley! Anatomically correct to within 1/1000th of an inch! Comes with DIGITAL COLLECTION and new Sidekick issue.

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    SIGNED, COLLECTED AND SCRIBBLED Your edition of the Collected Sidekick TPB comes with an original sketch by Chris Moreno! The fact that Chris is willing to do 100 sketches is in no way connected to his intake of Red Bull and Little Debbie snack cakes. Comes with DIGITAL COLLECTION and new Sidekick issue.

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    UNLOCKED! BEHIND-THE-SCENES PITCH ART! You'll get a never-before-seen-by-anyone-who's-not-a-Hollywood-development-executive piece of original art by Chris Moreno, created for the Sidekick animated pitch book. Most likely it depicts Eddie getting peed on by some creature. We call that "Comedy Gold". Also comes with DIGITAL COLLECTION and new Sidekick issue.

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    LATEX AND VINYL ENTHUSIAST There you go again. Not for the first time we remind you that this category includes absolutely no naughty videos whatsoever. But you get all four vinyl Wall Thingies and we'll throw in the Digital Everything Package. You twisted little pervert, you. Comes with DIGITAL COLLECTION, printed TPB and new Sidekick issue.

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    JUST ABOUT EVERYTHING PACKAGE You get the Signed Collected Edition, the Sidekick T-Shirt, a Sidekick Vinyl Wall Thingy, a baseball cap, the Digital Everything, the Super Summer Spectacular and a unique sketch. Plus, both a printed and a digital copy of the newest issue when it arrives. But you don't get a brick. Blame your parents for that. Or Kickstarter.

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    UNLOCKED! GET DRAWN INTO THE PAGES OF SIDEKICK! Join the ranks of friends and enemies of ours who've had their likenesses appear in the pages of Sidekick! It's our discretion how we use you, of course. But how cool would it be to show your loved ones a comic where you're a UPS delivery person or an angry hotdog vendor? Also comes with DIGITAL COLLECTION and new Sidekick issue.

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    CREATE A CHARACTER You get to create a brand new character, and if you see the results of our cough syrup-addled imaginations to the left of this page, you'll probably understand that creating a Sidekick character is a lot like a box of chocolates: you never know what you are going to get. Paul and Chris will shock and amaze you, and you get to keep the original. Comes with Trade Paperback Collected, and Digital Everything!

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    DECIDE THE FATE OF THE TWO CREATORS! Yes, we will give you ruffians a chance to tell us which story we are going to do! We have ideas, you have the power to pick more than your nose! This prize also comes with a special guest appearance in the comic - your likeness will not only be placed into the comic, we will actually kill you in a VERY unpleasant way and then make a point of drawing attention to it. You lucky dog. Comes with Trade Paperback Collected and Digital Everything.

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