HUGE UPDATE: The book will have a MIKE NORTON COVER. Not just any ole guy named Mike Norton. THE Mike Norton. Creator of the Eisner winning Battlepug, co-creator of Revival over at Image Comics (with Tim Seely), cover artist for Marvel's new Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. comic. Too much more stuff to list here. Part of this update is a new tier added for someone to get the original cover art. Check it out!
WE MADE IT. WE'RE FUNDED!!! NOW LEST GET SOME COOL STRETCH GOALS STARTED!
April 24, 1950…
In the Mediterranean Sea, Aaron Flynt is feeling a little low. He has sailed half way around the world on his yacht, The One and Only II to lay the ashes of one of his World War II buddies to rest. With that task complete, he’s not sure what do next. He could go back to acting, but all the movies coming out of Hollywood are Westerns, and Flynt doesn’t like horses.
Strange lights in the sky make the point moot, and Flynt is brought into a universe of strange aliens and is thrown into a galactic struggle between the imperial Irzaka and mysterious council of the Seven Systems, who have outlawed humans!
Captain Flynt and the Corsairs of the Seven Systems is a 48-page stand-alone adventure that brings Aaron Flynt into the interstellar community, and introduces readers to Flynt and his crew of misfit aliens as they try to escape the fleet of Irzaka pursuing them. The book will be printed in gorgeous full color by Eisner nominated colorist Ronda Pattison over at R Squared Studios.
Josh Hoeppner is a high school English teacher and contributing member of the Louisville Cartoonist Society (LCS). He wrote “The Forge of Syrba” short story for the LCS anthology Tall Tales and Little Lies, as well as a number of currently unpublished graphic short stories. He wrote this section of the Kickstarter, and that’s why he’s listed before Lyle.
Lyle Coleman has many years as a comic and games retailer and is a contributing member of the Louisville Cartoonist Society. He wrote the short stories “Hydras have More Gold” and “Vexillium” for the LCS anthology Tall Tales and Little Lies. He is a father of two boys, and wants to write comics that his boys can enjoy. Lyle is spiteful, and volunteered to insert the pics, that’s why he is Bond and Josh is Hasselhoff.
Ryan Howe runs Scribblinz Studios and has a provided art for a number of comics projects including Jurassic Strike Force 5 for Zenescope Entertainment, Henchmen for Robot Paper, and Yva Starling: Troubleshooter (READ IT FOR FREE!) and Zombie Plague for Rsquared Studios. He lives in the mythical city of Saskatoon, Saskatchewan.
Ronda Pattison is an Eisner nominated colorist of Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, Atomic Robo, Maxx: Maxxamized, and the book co-created with studio mate Brian Roe, Yva Starling: Troubleshooter (with Ryan on the art!). Ronda is a professional,and has been nominated for an Eisner, so I can't in good conscience make a funny picture of her.
Keith Akers has known Josh and Lyle since before Josh and Lyle knew each other. That happens when you work at the only comic shop in town back in the early 90s. Keith has just recently decided to get serious about having fun with his art (with a lot of loving, forceful encouragement from his lovely wife and daughters) and recently drew “The Forge of Syrba” short story for the LCS anthology Tall Tales and Little Lies written by Josh. Keith loves Jack "The King" Kirby, so we've nicknamed him "The Prince."
Below are some sample pages from Ryan. You'll see why we were excited when they first started rolling in:
Want to know how much of a difference color makes? Check out how Ronda takes the page and really takes it to another level.
Aaron Flynt is an actor who starred in adventure movies during the 1920’s and 30’s. He left Hollywood in the early 40’s to join the U.S. Navy, where he served on a PT boat in the Mediterranean. Now he uses his fencing skills and military experience to be a thorn in the side of the Irzakan Empire and try to find a way home, since nobody seems to appreciate his amazing charm and devastating good looks in deep space.
Jules is a Kanaloan pilot and thief with light sensitive eyes and a delicate stomach. I know what you're thinking, "A Kanaloan this far out in the Irzakan empire, these writers better have a reason". Don't worry, we got it covered. Though he resembles an octopus, he is a completely different species, and he finds the fact that you just assume he can swim to be a bit racist.
Ranx is Jules’s partner in crime and happens to be the third smartest being in the known galaxy. Ranx acts as technical support and ship mechanic, and, depending on who you ask, is either easily distracted or extremely focused.
D.A.M.O.N. is an autonomous mechanical being -------------REDACTED------------------ under Flynt’s command with -----------REDACTED----------- and ----REDACTED----.
Septimus is a weird, squishy, floating, jelly-fish insect thing called a Praetorian. Flynt just met him, but he seems all right.
This is a breakdown of where the money goes. You’ll notice there is no pay for writing. That’s right, we’re not looking to make a single dime on this. If the project does better than expected every penny goes towards the next issue, maybe a few promotional materials, con fees, all this after paying to get the book colored first, of course. If the project does better than that, Josh and I will get bikini waxed (notice I didn’t define “better than that” monetarily, I’m no dummy.)
ALL TIERS GET THEIR NAME IN THE "THANK YOU " SECTION OF THE BOOK. All buying the $80 tier will be marked as "Keeper of Secrets" in the "Thank you" section. We'll try to get signatures from as many of the creators as we can on/in every copy of the book or prose story. Ryan lives in Canada, so it's hard to promise that we'll all be able to sign it. If you don't want any signatures, just let us know.
In addition to that the following come with each tier of the Kickstarter:
Here is a closer look at some of Ryan's sketches so you know what you're getting at those tiers.
Here is a nice sampling of Keith's color sketch cards:
Keith is also doing our pin-up and the cover of the prose story. Here's some samples of his recent pin-ups:
Risks and challenges
The biggest risk here is being first time Kickstarters. Luckily, we have lots of friends (including Ryan) that are multiple Kickstarter veterans to help us out. As always unforeseen circumstances could delay the book, but with the design work and writing done, and almost 6 months to finish, it shouldn't be a problem. We'll update regularly so everyone will be in the loop throughout the entire process.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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