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All or nothing. This project will only be funded if it reaches its goal by Wed, September 4 2019 9:57 PM UTC +00:00.

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Icarus, Chastity, Repulsor, Algernon, Kid Midas... The Amenders!
Icarus, Chastity, Repulsor, Algernon, Kid Midas... The Amenders!

THE NEGATIVES is about an unlikely group of damaged people each equipped with unique super human abilities—like telling jokes so bleak they literally hurt—coming together to both battle villains and sift through the emotional wreckage of their lives.

I could never write a traditional superhero story. I would love to, but I just can't. I have an immense respect for the people who can. Reading something like Grant Morrison's run on JUSTICE LEAGUE OF AMERICA or Jason Aaron's epic reimagining of the THOR mythos is pure fun and it takes an incredible level of creativity to imagine such bold and affecting stories of heroism featuring women and men in tights and masks.

This is as close as I'll ever get: superheroes through the cracked lens of dark comedy. More akin to ARRESTED DEVELOPMENT than THE AVENGERS.

Zachary, the golden days of his youth behind him (literally)
Zachary, the golden days of his youth behind him (literally)

Once upon a time, ZACHARY GOLDEN was KID MIDAS—the beloved kid sidekick of the superhero team THE AMENDERS. Everything he touched turned to corporate synergetic gold: intellectual property, branding, action figures, cinematic universes. His inheritance funded their entire initiative. Now it's fifteen years later, and Zachary is disillusioned with his place in the world and prefers hedonism over heroism.

Carla doesn't care what you think, but hears all of your thoughts
Carla doesn't care what you think, but hears all of your thoughts

CARLA BELL is the owner of CALYPSO, the favorite local coffee shop of hipsters and weirdos—but she's being forced to close due to skyrocketing rents. Her charming and unique business is in the way of some expensive condos, unfortunately. Carla is prickly and tough; but she is also deeply empathic, able to hear the thoughts of others. Much to her dismay.

All Prof wants is Nikes
All Prof wants is Nikes

The PROPHET BOTS were originally conceived by JULIAN CHAPLIN (think Elon Musk but somehow worse) as a robotic peacekeeping force that would eliminate the need for armies or war. Instead, they turned into glorified voice-activated home assistants (cha-ching!). PROF is the original prototype—and the only one with true artificial intelligence. Lover of video games and hip-hop. Zak's best friend.

Lionel's powers bring new meaning to the phrase "laugh until you cry"
Lionel's powers bring new meaning to the phrase "laugh until you cry"

LIONEL has a problem. He desperately wants to be a comedian. Any time he starts to tell a joke, however, the listener is consumed with a crushing, overwhelming depression—like an emotional black hole has appeared and sucked all the joy out of their world. So he's having a hard time developing a tight five. Currently works in a comic book shop, where it's easy to hide the effect he has on people.

Blondie will take down Julian's empire, one way... or another
Blondie will take down Julian's empire, one way... or another

A ghost with expert-level hacking skills is haunting the data centers of CHAPLIN INDUSTRIES and downloading incriminating information that could destroy Julian's empire. BLONDIE has the ability to astral project themselves in any form: an obsession with Nastassja Kinski in Wim Wenders' PARIS, TEXAS has them always appear with an immaculately blonde bob haircut...

For more examples of Jacoby's work, check out his Instagram at @notjacoby.

UPDATE: Achieved! Pin-up gallery by three of my favorite indie comics artists: Sally Cantirino (Last Song, We Have to Go Back), Beth Barnett (Hallo Spaceboy, Dreamers of the Day), and Raymond Salvador (Radio Saga, Alliance Strikeforce) will each be commissioned to do a piece of pin-up art to be included as backmatter in ALL editions of THE NEGATIVES.  

Loading the issue with behind-the-scenes backmatter—like early character designs, page layouts, script pages, etc. Like a "director's cut"—only golden. Will be included in ALL editions of THE NEGATIVES.

Rick Quinn is the writer of several independent comic books, including Earworm (w/ Martyn Lorbiecki, Milton Lawson, and Hassan Otsmane-Elhaou), Spirit Drifters (w/ art by Erik Whalen), and The Dead Sparrow (w/ Quinn Rae Manning and Aditya Bidikar). He describes himself as a "misanthropic humanist," a line he stole from comedian Bill Hicks.

He can be found on Twitter at @richquizzle and Instagram at @richquizzle. His website is www.aphexquinn.com.

Jacoby Salcedo is a comic book illustrator who is based in Olympia, Washington. He studied at the School of Visual Arts in New York. Jacoby has self-published three books and had work featured in 2017 IF Anthology and the Eisner-nominated online magazine PanelxPanel edited by Hassan Otsmane-Elhaou.

He can be found Twitter at @notjacoby and Instagram at @notjacoby. His website is www.jacobysalcedoart.com.

Risks and challenges

This is my second Kickstarter campaign. My first met its goal and everything shipped out on schedule. The fact that I've seen multiple creative projects through from conception to completion hopefully speaks to my ability to deliver a quality finished product. All artwork is complete; the last steps are lettering and compiling everything together.

The only foreseeable risks are possible shipping and printing delays, but we've set a realistic schedule in which we can produce and ship our book.

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    Monday morning at work your co-workers are talking about what they did for fun over the weekend. A matinee of the latest Marvel movie. A child's birthday party. Brunch. Do you feel the need to interject with the latest dire climate change predictions you were up until 4am reading the night before? You're not wrong. But what if you had a way to telegraph your general outlook on life to everyone BEFORE they slowly walk away? Maybe you need some STICKERS for your notebook, water bottle, or (electric) car bumper.

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    I mean, say what you want about the tenets of National Socialism, Dude, at least it's an ethos.

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