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Captain Flynt is a science fiction graphic novel from the minds of Joshua Hoeppner and Lyle Coleman with art by Ryan Howe.
Captain Flynt is a science fiction graphic novel from the minds of Joshua Hoeppner and Lyle Coleman with art by Ryan Howe.
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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!

Cover mock-up
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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“The Forge of Syrba” short story for the LCS anthology Tall Tales and Little Lies, as well as a number of currently unpublished graphic short stories.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:

Check out our project updates for an 8 page preview
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 Want to know how much of a difference color makes? Check out how Ronda takes the page and really takes it to another level.

Black and white on the left. Color on the right. What do ya mean you could have figured that out yourself?
Black and white on the left. Color on the right. What do ya mean you could have figured that out yourself?

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.

Flynt is bigger, cause he's gonna be bigger than both of those chumps one day.
Flynt is bigger, cause he's gonna be bigger than both of those chumps one day.

 Here is a nice sampling of Keith's color sketch cards:

If he hasn't sold them, you can even pick one of these.
If he hasn't sold them, you can even pick one of these.

Keith is also doing our pin-up and the cover of the prose story. Here's some samples of his recent pin-ups:

Pretty sure that's Keith's manly shoulder in the bottom left corner of the Saturday morning cartoon image.
Pretty sure that's Keith's manly shoulder in the bottom left corner of the Saturday morning cartoon image.

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.

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    RETAILER TIER
    This tier is for any retailers interested in carrying our book. You get 6 copies of the book shipped directly to you. We'll also make up a nice color promotional poster you can stick up on a window or to highlight the book on your new book rack. At this tier, any additional copies of the book you purchase as an add on will be doubled for free so you can have more to sell if you need. Lyle has worked comics and games retail on and off for over twenty years, so he knows how much your support means. CANADA add $5 shipping, International add $16.

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    ECO FRIENDLY WRITER'S EDITION TIER
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    WRITER'S EDITION TIER
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    You get the PDF, sticker sheet, print copy of the book, AND your choice of character sketched in black and white by RYAN HOWE on a 6 3/4 X 10 1/2 backer board (there is an example in the project description). You can have any character you want, but if you're cool, you'll get someone from this book! CANADA add $3 shipping, International add $10.

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    You get the PDF, sticker sheet, print copy of the book, AND your choice of full color character sketch card by our pinup artist KEITH AKERS on a card about 2.5 x 3.5 (examples in the project description). Keith can even draw you or your kids/friends as your favorite superhero, you know, if you aren't going to get a crew member sketch card. CANADA add $3 shipping, International add $10.

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    ARTISTS EDITION RYAN HOWE TIER
    Ryan has worked on other cool books too. Included in this tier is the PDF, sticker sheet, a print copy of the book, and a backer board character sketch (examples in the project description). Plus you get a stack of other books Ryan has drawn. You get the Henchmen one shot and all 6 issues of the Henchmen: I, Henchbot limited series. That's 8 total comics and a cool sketch! CANADA add $8 shipping, International add $20.

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    ARTISTS EDITION KEITH AKERS TIER
    You get the PDF, sticker sheet, print copy of the book, the prose story from the WRITER'S EDITION (Keith did the cover), your choice of full color character sketch card by our pinup artist KEITH AKERS on a card about 2.5 x 3.5 (examples in the project description), and a copy of Tall Tales and Little Lies Anthology that Josh and Keith provided the awesome "Forge of Syrba" short story for. Keith can draw virtually any character you want, but if you're cool, you'll get someone from this book! CANADA add $4 shipping, International add $20.

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    SECRETS OF THE UNIVERSE TIER
    You will get the PDF, sticker sheet, a print copy of the book, and the prose story from the WRITER'S EDITION. What makes this tier cool is that included with each book is a secret about Flynt's universe that only you and the creative team will know. Each book comes with a unique secret. Most of the secrets we have plans to eventually divulge in the book. Some fairly soon, some not for years down the road. There is one secret for each member of the group and a some for a few of the bad guys. The secret is yours to do with as you please. You can tell the world by posting it on Flynt's Facebook page, or you can greedily keep it for your self. CANADA add $4 shipping, International add $15.

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    THE WHOLE SHEBANG TIER
    You will get the PDF, sticker sheet, a print copy of the book, and the prose story from the WRITER'S EDITION. Also, you get backer board character sketches by Ryan, Josh, and Lyle, a color sketch card from Keith. A copy of the Tall Tales and Little Lies comic anthology (140 pages!) containing stories by Lyle, Josh, and Keith come with it too. We'll also throw in a stack of other books Ryan has drawn, including the Henchmen color one-shot issue and all 6 issues of the Henchmen: I, Henchbot limited series. That's 8 total comics, the anthology, a color sketch card from Keith, a cool backer board sketch from Ryan, a backer board sketch from Josh, and one horrible sketch from Lyle! Note, Ryan and Keith can draw practically whatever, but you'll have to lower your expectations with Josh. He has some art talent, but it is limited. Lyle has been practicing really hard, but can only draw one thing (D.A.M.O.N.), so that's the sketch you get. CANADA add $10 shipping, International add $25.

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    YOU'RE A PART OF THIS TIER
    Included in this tier is the PDF, sticker sheet, a print copy of the book, and a printed copy of the prose story from the WRITER'S EDITION. What makes this tier cool is that you are part of the story. You won't be just some some lousy background character, you will be directly involved with the reason Flynt was in the Mediterranean the day he gets taken into space. You play a significant role in the prose story (and Flynt's origin in general). We'll want a few photos of course to want to make sure you look like you if we ever have to draw you sometime (you might be on the prose story cover). We'll also throw in 2 extra copies of both the print book and prose story so when we get a big Hollywood movie you can sell a set for a Ferrari or something. The other set is for the extra garage you need to build to house that Ferrari. Also, after Keith has finished the cover for the prose story, we will offer it up for sale at $150 plus shipping. You will get a chance to buy the original art from the prose story cover after the $250 tier buyer chooses if they want it first. At this tier, any additional copies of the book you purchase as add-ons will include a copy of the prose story for free so you can impress your friends and bullies if you like. Nothing says "Wait, I'm cool." more than appearing in a comic book. CANADA add $5 shipping, International add $15.

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    IT'S ALL YOUR FAULT TIER
    Included in this tier is the PDF, sticker sheet, a print copy of the book, and a printed copy of the prose story from the WRITER'S EDITION. What makes this tier cool is that you are part of the story. You won't be just some some lousy background character, you will be Flynt's war buddy, and the reason he was in the Mediterranean the day he gets taken into space. You will be mentioned in the comic (and probably future issues). Your picture will be in Keith's cover for the prose story, and you will play a big role in that prose story (and Flynt's origin in general). We'll want a few pics of course to make sure you look like you on the cover. We'll also throw in 2 extra copies of the print book and prose story so you can give one to your high school guidance counselor and one to your parents. What better way to show them that you finally made something of yourself. Also you get first chance to buy the original art for the prose story cover for $150 plus shipping if you want (remember you will be in it). Don't worry, you don't have to decide if you want to add the original piece until after it's finished. At this tier, any additional copies of the book you purchase as add-ons will include a copy of the prose story for free so you can show one all the girls that spurned you in High School while playing Toby Keith's "How Do You Like Me Now?!" That'll show 'em. CANADA add $5 shipping, International add $15.

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    FRUIT PIES TIER
    Included in this tier is the PDF, sticker sheet, and 25 copies of the book. What makes this tier cool is that your store/website/podcast/product will be in a full-page ad in the book. Rather than just some pre-made ad, Keith will custom draw a cool single page comic reminiscent of the old Hostess Fruit Pie ads from the Marvel 70's and 80's comics, but featuring our cast members, and your product(s). You don't even have to be a retailer. If you just want us to draw a single page comic where your presence stops the bad guys, we'll do it! We'll of course need a picture of you or your product (or both), to make this work. Plus you'll have 25 copies of the book to give to friends, family, customers, clients, or to sell in your store. At this tier, any additional copies of the book you purchase as an add on will be doubled for free so you can have more for promotional purposes if you like. Not only can you use the ad for your promotional needs, but any reprints/trade paperbacks we print will also include your add at no additional cost to you (ever). We will send you high quality PDF files of the ad so you can use it for promotional campaigns for years to come if you like. Also Keith has agreed to make the original art available for purchase for additional $150 plus shipping to you, if you want something cool to hang in your office. Don't worry, you don't have to decide if you want to add the original piece until after it's finished. CANADA add $10 shipping, International add $35.

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    MIKE NORTON HAS GOT IT COVERED TIER
    You get the PDF, sticker sheet, a print copy of the book, the prose story from the WRITER'S EDITION and a one of a kind cover art from MIKE NORTON. Not just some schlep named Mike Norton, THE Eisner winning Mike Norton of Battlepug, Revival, Runways, Young Justice (and lots more) fame. What makes this tier cool is that if you are buying the original Mike Norton cover for the book, and you get the keep the original piece. Mike is usually a digital guy, so having an original pencil and ink cover image from him is not something you will see come around often. CANADA add $10 shipping, International add $35.

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Funding period

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