Blackjack: Buried Secrets will be 80-page anthology containing two comic book stories, plus a 60-page novella, with spot illustrations. Read more
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About this project
Greetings. Alex Simmons here. I’m a freelance writer who has penned a number of things from published song lyrics, to plays, to Disney novels – and enjoyed every minute of it!
But my most favorite project was a comic book series I created called, Blackjack, the Adventures of Arron Day.
It’s the tales of an African American soldier of fortune in the turbulent era of the 1930s. Blackjack is a globetrotting adventurer not only facing countless dangers, but also the ghosts of his past, and the racism and ignorance of his times.
The series made its debut in 1996 as an independent comic, and the reaction from the critics and patrons was fantastic...
"...Blackjack is on par with the Blackhawks, full of daring adventure in exotic places in the world..." -- Morgan Freeman -- actor, film star.
"...a multi-layered character...and rich in history..." -- John Amos -- actor, film star.
"...Simmons' stories are taut and well-told... it's his story-telling style that makes Blackjack really sizzle..." -- Comic Shop News --
My team and I published several issues as well as a graphic novel, and for the past few years Hollywood and the video game arena have wondered how to take Blackjack to a wider audience.
Meanwhile, many have asked me when’s the next Blackjack comic coming out?
Well, I’m hoping that time is now.
See, I’m almost ready to publish a NEW collection of stories starting with, Blackjack: Buried Secrets, an 80-page anthology containing two comic book stories. It will deliver a pulp magazine feel with interior art by comic book pros Eric Battle, Steve Ellis, and Shawn Atkinson, plus cover art by the amazing, Joe Bennett. And like earlier Blackjack books, Buried Secrets will contain bonus features such as sketches, and historical bios about people that have benefited our world society.
Writing the Blackjack series gave me the opportunity to more honestly reflect the life and times of people of color in the past. I would like to continue to do that
Of course along with the aforementioned goodies, you'll receive even more when you pledge to help bring this venture to life. And obviously the more we receive, the more stories we can produce, the more "secrets" we can uncover ... dramatic, historic, and otherwise.
So what say ye?
Help me make the return of Blackjack a reality.
To learn more about Blackjack visit:
For more information on the author, visit: www.SimmonsHereAndNow.com
Have a question? If the info above doesn't help, you can ask the project creator directly.
Pledge $1 or more
Your name listed on the Special Thanks Wall of Fame on the BLACKJACK web site.
Pledge $3 or more
Your name eloquently enscribed on the Special Thanks list in the "BLACKJACK: PINUPS AND PROSE" (PDF version).
Pledge $10 or more
A digital download of the special Kickstarter edition of "Blackjack: Pinups & Prose," a special promotional booklet featuring a new Blackjack short story along with additional illustrations and amazing art by 10 industry pros. Think of this as an invitation to adventure.
Pledge $25 or more
All of the above, plus a printed copy of the new anthology, "BLACKJACK: BURIED SECRETS." And think of this as your passport.
Pledge $50 or more
All of the above, plus a PDF of the first ever Blackjack mini series, "Second Bite of the Cobra." It's the tale that started it all. Plus a PDF of Buried Secrets. Gee, I wonder which one you'll give away.
Pledge $100 or more
All ... that's right ALL of the above, plus a PDF of the 96-page graphic novel, BLACKJACK: BLOOD & HONOR," the second story in the series. Also a subscription to a Blackjack online comics story with over 60 pages of full color art!
Pledge $200 or more
All the cool $100 stuff, plus a one time, Online Q&A with Alex Simmons (and team) on Perceiving, Producing, Publishing, & Promoting your own comic or graphic novel project. We have over 25 years of experience. Why not pick our brain?
Pledge $500 or more
All of the above, plus a Blackjack: Blood & Honor poster by Tim & Greg Hildebrandt, and a piece of original Blackjack artwork. Yea, I know I'm crazy, but that makes it fun!
Pledge $750 or more
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Say it with me, "All of the above!" Good. Plus ... you as a key character in a Blackjack story! No, I'm not talking about a "walk on." And a download of BLACKJACK: RETRIBUTION, an audio drama recorded at the Museum of TV & Radio in NYC. Heck, I'll even throw in the story poster.
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