Tempt Fate! Destiny’s Fate is a self-published miniseries that asks, "What choices do we make in our lives, or are all decisions controlled by a force unbeknownst to us?" KAINOA RYDER is DESTINY, the physical manifestation of a future created by choice, unlike FATE, a future based upon a predetermined outcome. The story chronicles the struggle of Kainoa, a time-traveling assassin who returns home after seven years to fulfill his fate—to kill the defenders of time.
On board is an amazing team—a storyboard artist, a comic studio owner, a former Marvel Bullpen freelancer, and me (Devin Leigh Michaels-writer/geek girl). Check below for a preview and more about the project! Click HERE for an extended, high-res, eight-page preview!
Fate cannot be changed, KAINOA RYDER’s adoptive parents told him. There is a plan, a preordained chain of events no one can alter. If someone tried, the consequences would be grave, for he/she would be rebelling against the laws of time itself. The Ryders know. As DEFENDERS OF THE FOURTH DIMENSION, they protect all of time’s events.
Kainoa only remembers his adoptive parents’ words as lies. Stolen by his grandfather—the former head of the Defenders—and raised in Medieval Japan, Kainoa has harnessed the gift of destiny, the ability to travel through time. Where others need the help of a device called an ANCHRON to change time periods, Kainoa only needs a single thought, and where the Defenders protect time, he can rule it.
But the thoughts in his mind are anything but his own. An assassin who obeys without thought, who kills without guilt, fifteen-year-old Kainoa has been given one mission—to infiltrate, to assimilate, and to annihilate the Defenders of the Fourth Dimension—his family. This is his FATE, one even he, the bearer of destiny, can’t escape.
The seven-issue series chronicles Kainoa’s return from his time with grandfather to his home in twenty-first century New Jersey as he attempts assimilation with the Ryders. The first issue will be released on August 29th, with a book every two months. Each book will be twenty-four pages, a twenty-two-page chapter and a two-page trailer teasing the next issue.
A GEEK GIRL, THE DARK LORD OF PANDAS, A CLERK-DONE-GOOD, AND A NINJA!
Devin Leigh Michaels is a former DC Comics intern and has been an avid reader of comics for seventeen years. A former professional writing tutor, she has been published in America’s Got Stories and writes press releases as the publicity relation representative for IC Geeks Publishing. When she’s not geeking out, she loads and proofs contracts for Flight Centre, USA, the parent company of Liberty Travel and GoGo Worldwide Vacations. She resides in New Jersey and lives on green tea fraps (non-fat, no whip). @DevinLMichaels
Mauricio Vargas-Martinez is a storyboard artist who has worked on several commercials for companies such as Coca-Cola, Pepsi, Snickers, Milky Way, and Cricket, for the Latin American and American markets. He also has worked for advertising directors in Europe, Canada, Argentina, Uruguay, Mexico, and the United States. He resides in Mexico. @122476
Rodrigo Tobias Eyzaguirre is the colorist of Destiny’s Fate and has been a comic book store clerk, a production assistant, and a professional illustrator, the last for ten years. His focus is publicity work doing storyboards, commercial illustrations, and character designs. He also publishes illustrations in Mexican magazines such as Big Bang and Discovery Kids of Editorial Televisa. In 2008 he was the art director and penciller of Angel Caido Cronicas, a comic book miniseries related to the Mexican film Angel Caido before becoming the art director for LHSM Studio, an animation company in Mexico. His own studio, Graphic Leak (www.graphicleak.com.mx), launched in June and offers commercial illustration and animation, including comics.
Taylor Esposito is the letterer for Destiny’s Fate, and works as a graphic designer and production artist. Destined to be a comic geek, Taylor studied graphic design in college, then worked for Marvel in the digital comics department. Eventually, he settled into a position in the Bullpen, doing production work, logo design, and typesetting. He currently works as a production manager at Vertical Inc. when he’s not lettering comics. Some of his works include (as letterer) Samhain Night, Watson and Holmes (for New Paradigm Studios), and (as production artist) such Marvel titles as Amazing Spider-Man, Deadpool Team Up, and Invincible Iron Man. He is also a second degree black belt and lives happily with his wife in New Jersey. @TaylorEspo
Because making comics is expensive and no one takes a twisted verison of Alton Brown's sugar cookies as payment.
WHAT ARE YOU DOING WITH MY HARD-EARNED MONEY?
I was hoping to fund this completely on my own dime, but making comics cost more than a dime (Who knew?). And a contract loader’s pay does not make enough to produce a comic bi-monthly. Your support will be going to the collaborators and production/printing.
TEMPTED FATE PACKAGE—Brave soul, ye be. I’ll tell Fate it wasn’t anything personal, but she's making a list of those who tempt her, which will be in a limited run of issue two. You still should cross your fingers in hopes that Kainoa can kick her ass.
ROCK IT LIKE A ROCK STAR PACKAGE—Includes the first two issues of Destiny's Fate (hard copies) and a DF postcard plus the comic's "Fate cannot be changed!” poster! (International friends, please see FAQ!)
ROCK IT LIKE MAU PACKAGE— Includes the first two issues of Destiny's Fate (hard copies) plus a medium body, letter-sized sketch (no background) from DF Artist Mau Vargas (snacks not included—sorry; international friends, please see FAQ!)
WE ALL ROCKED IT LIKE ROCK STARS PACKAGE—This will probably never happen again. Taylor and I are in Jersey; Mau and Rodrigo are in Mexico. The distance alone makes it hard to get copies back and forth. So this is your chance to get signed copies of the first two issues of Destiny’s Fate by the four of us. Do it! Do it now! (International friends, please see FAQ!)
ROCK NYCC PACKAGE—I’ll personally meet you at the Starbucks line in the Jacob Javits Convention Center and buy you your very own green tea frap!* Includes the first two issues of Destiny's Fate (hard copies), the comic's poster and T-shirt, with Issue #1 having the exclusive convention cover! *If a GTF is unavailable, I'll buy you a SB drink of equal or lesser value.
I NEED A ROCKING EDITOR PACKAGE—Writer, Editor, and ComixTribe Founder Steven D. Forbes has agreed to look at your twenty-two-page script.
This is your opportunity to get amazing insight and feedback as he helps you learn the tricks of the indie comic! You’ll also get the first two issues of Destiny’s Fate! (International friends, please see FAQ!)
I’ll ROCK IT LIKE A STORE CLERK PACKAGE— You need a little help on a Saturday or Sunday at your store? I’ll bring you thirty copies of the first two issues of Destiny’s Fate and work at your store! (Must be within a hundred miles of NYC—If you’re about that, we’ll talk!) Also, your store will be discussed on my Web site, Facebook, and Twitter!
ROCK IT WITH TAYLOR PACKAGE—Want to hang with our very own Marvel alum and DF letterer TAYLOR ESPOSITO? Then, grab this package! He’ll sit down, buy you a drink, and talk comics and lettering one night during NYCC this year. He’ll also bring the first two issues of Destiny’s Fate. (Conditions: Cannot be redeemed at a karaoke bar; you will be subjected to a Jersey accent.)
RETAILER ROCKING—Includes Letterer and Marvel Alum Taylor Esposito coming to your store for a signing with twenty copies of Destiny’s Fate #1 and #2! (Retailer—please be located around New York Metro Area; subject to comic awesomeness)
ROCK IT LIKE A DEFENDER PACKAGE—Want to be in Destiny’s Fate? Grab this package, and you’ll be drawn in as a Defender! You’ll also grab the first two issues of Destiny's Fate (hard copies) as well as the issue in which you appear. (International orders, please see FAQ!
ROCK IT UNTIL YOU CAN’T ROCK ANYMORE—Ten copies of all seven issues of Destiny’s Fate! Each issue’s books will ship right after the team finishes! (International friends, the whole series will ship in one shot to you, but I will provide a PDF of each book after we finish it.)
ROCK IT LIKE THE DARK LORD OF PANDAS PACKAGE—Includes the first two issues of Destiny's Fate (hard copies) plus a medium body, letter-sized sketch (no background) from DF Artist Mau Vargas, the comic's poster and T-shirt, plus a variant cover made especially for you. (International friends, please see FAQ!)
ROCK THE COVER—Ever wanted to be on a comic book cover? Well, now’s your chance. Grab this package, and you’ll become a Defender in the book—and get killed on the cover of one! You’ll also get the entire series in hard cover format. (International friends, please see FAQ.)
I’ll ROCK IT LIKE YOUR ASSISTANT—Yep! That’s right. You have a comic idea, maybe in prose, maybe in a synopsis, but you just can’t get it down in comic script format. I’ll do it for you! (Price based on one book comic book script—twenty-two pages.) I’ll also throw in the entire series of Destiny’s Fate. (International friends, please see FAQ; Delivery date of script—December 2012; Delivery date of entire series—May 2013; Delivery date of world-wide fame?—Unknown)
ROCK IT LIKE THE MOST AWESOME FAN EVER PACKAGE—Includes all the comics I (Devin) write for a lifetime. That mean if I ever become a writer for DC, Marvel, Aspen, etc., you’d get a copy of every book I write from there, too. (My dream in life is to be the first regular female writer on the comic Batman-just FYI.) This means you get the rest of Destiny's Fate and also receive the comic’s T-shirt and poster! (International friends, shipping is on me for this package!)
I’LL ROCK IT LIKE YOU PACKAGE—You always wanted to write a comic, right? Been meaning to get around to it one of these years? I’ll take your idea and spin it into a five-issue comic arc. When I’m done, you’ll have five scripts ready to be sent to an artist. You can hear the siren’s song, can’t ya? I’ll also throw in entire series of Destiny’s Fate!