Please note that this is for a novel. The artwork in the video is taken from a proposed graphic novel, which may come later, if this funding is successful.
What is the book about?
The story follows Virgil Kinkade, an ex-superhero whose tendencies toward violence violated the Hero Stabilization Act. As punishment, Virgil was stripped of his powers and sent back to his hometown of Crestfield, where he has been living for the past five years working at a boring office job, watching late night TV, and eating microwave dinners. But all of that changes when he saves the life of a young girl and decides to defy authorities by becoming the city's lone vigilante.
What separates this from other superhero stories?
Think of that scene in Spider-Man 2 when Peter Parker, with no superpowers, rushes into the building on fire and saves the girl. Now take that and multiply it by about ten and you have Virgil. Though he can now feel more pain and is out of shape, he takes a stand against the city's criminal element.
There's also realism and a bit of grittiness. Throughout the story, there are kicks to the gut, metal shoved into a molester's mouth, an attempt at rape, broken limbs, a coma-inducing hit to the head, flying chunks of skull matter, and a pool stick shoved into a guy's eye. Whenever possible, I tried to make the fights and subsequent punishment as realistic and painful as possible, culminating in a climax of superheroic proportions, yet still realistic and grounded.
In addition to the primary story and an explanation of Virgil's entire history as a superhero, there are also hints at his surrounding world. Each chapter will begin with a quote or additional information about this world, much of which will hint toward another book to be written in the future.
What will the money be used for?
Writing doesn't really cost me anything, but it doesn't pay the bills or give me any extra money, either. I've calculated the cost of a professional book cover, the hiring of an editor, and a press release at a little over $500, so that's what I'm shooting for.
What if you get more than $500?
Fantastic! Any money over the funding goal will be used for additional marketing. There are online book tours, websites, and various other places where I can use the money to get the word out. The more money I can raise, the more exposure the book will get.
What is Black Rooster Creations and who the heck is Jim Beck?
They are one and the same, actually. I was a struggling screenwriter for years who was devoured by the Hollywood system and its -- well, its BS, quite frankly -- despite having the opportunity to write for Pink Panther & Pals and a straight-to-DVD creature feature. Meetings with agents, managers, even one with Paramount ... I got close to breaking in so many times, and now I've decided that all of these ideas that I have collected in my head over the years need to get out and be put on paper. My goal is for each story to be vastly different than the story before it.
My first release was a zombie novel called Patient Zero. I also have two ongoing series, Alter Ego and Pest Control, part of what I call TV in Prose, which means they are written versions of a TV series, spilt up into seasons and episodes. I also have several other books planned, such as a Twilight Zone / X-files style mystery/thriller, a monster-under-the-bed thriller, a unique take on Jekyll & Hyde, a sci-fi God Trilogy (which isn't religious, btw), a kid's book about a dinosaur, a time travel adventure, and several others. My goal is to finish a full novel every three months. Which means I'll be busy for the next few years, at the very least.
To learn more about Virgil: A Superhero Tale and my other projects, and to see that I'm too legit to quit, you can check out my website, Black Rooster Creations.
The MC Hammer line was a bit too much, huh? Oh well ... I'm a risk taker, so I'm keeping it in.