Strike Team: Code Name: Diamond Force is a one-shot comic book homage to action exploitation films from the end of the grindhouse era. It is full of brutal martial arts action, explosions and an awesome robot who gets faxes from the president.
"This book knocked my dick in the dirt! I'm a huge fan of Łukasz Kowalczuk's mind-blasting art, and when you pair it with Michael Tanner's nuts-to-the-struts action flick script you get an over-the-top grindhouse package with more ninjas than a Shangorlian Christmas party!" - Brockton "Baja Blast" McKinney Writer of "Gingerdead Man" and "Amerikarate"
The Long but Worth It version-
In 1981, comic publisher “Bad New World Comics” (best known for edgier ‘underground comix’) acquired the rights to an unreleased action film by Italian director Primo Fumenti. Wanting to ride the wave of popular film to comic adaptations like “Star Wars,” “For Your Eyes Only” and "Herbie Goes to Monte Carlo," Bad New World hoped to breakthrough into the mainstream marketplace.
Although largely unknown in the US, Fumenti was famed internationally for his action and exploitation movies shot primarily in the Philippines between 1977 and 1981. During this period, he made over forty-seven films. These movies are absolute classics of the grindhouse cinema, with titles like “The Kung-Fu Decimator,” “Bone Smuggler,” “The Machine Gun Jungle,” and “Madame Wu and the Triad of Pain,”
Fumenti (or simply Primo to those he worked with) created a catalog of work that was impressive and beloved by those that had the good fortune to see them in theaters or broadcast on Filipino and Hong Kong television. Sadly, nearly all are believed lost or in formats no longer playable on today’s technology.
Somehow Bad New World Comics got connected to Fumenti’s team and everyone was convinced that the movie would be a breakthrough hit. Originally they thought it would hit mass appeal on the strength of the “robot” character DIX--kids loved robots...Even though this wasn’t a kids movie. The movie also had new and interesting villains that were unknown to Western audiences... these were masked martial artists called ”Ninjas.”
The two groups came to terms and Bad New World Comics was going to put out an official comic book adaptation of the "Strike Team: Code Name: Diamond Force" movie.
Then things went bad…. A typhoon devastated the Philippines, which caused shooting delays which caused the budget to skyrocket. Fumenti then lost funding and eventually the distribution deal fell apart. While the film was completed, other than a brief run at the State Theater in Manila and it showing up randomly on local television a few years later, "Strike Team: Code Name: Diamond Force" was lost and forgotten.
Bad New World Comics was left with thousands of copies of a comic for a movie that no one had heard of or would get to see. Mysteriously those comics were all destroyed in a fire...and then Bad New World Comics folded.
The saddest thing is that shortly after everything fell apart, Fumenti was proven correct when another classic of exploitation cinema would be released that same year, “Enter the Ninja.” This marked the start of 'Ninja Fever' which took over the world and is still with us today.
But what is "Strike Team: Code Name: Diamond Force" actually about? Diamond Force is made up of Duncan Winchell, a mercenary, Billy Chop-San, a karate master, Sizzle St. Sear, a lady cop and DIX their robot. When the Moon Ninja Master and his Night Ninjas kidnap the President’s mistress, they are the only ones who an save her.
It sounds pretty awesome, right? You would have watched that movie? You would have read that comic book?
Well, now you can. I’m bringing back Strike Team Code Name Diamond Force! And I need your help! Myself and talented artist Lukasz Kowalszuk are recreating the lost Strike Team: Code Name: Diamond Force comic book--even using some of the original ads from the 1981 version.
We just need your support. This is a comic book one-shot. In 28 glorious black and white pages you get the complete story.
...also, you know that whole backstory is made up right? But man! What a backstory! This book is really just a love letter and homage to low-budget action movies. I thought one day "wouldn't it be cool if there were comics like those exploitation movies?" Then I realized, "hey, I make comics! I can make those comics!" And with Lukasz's help, I have.
The book is done and is in post-production we just need extra funds to pay for printing and to get the book into into your hands.
Please show your support by backing "Strike Team: Code Name: Diamond Force!"
With this Kickstarter we're offering a lot of great pieces even beyond the amazing comic book!
We'll be offering this fantastic "non-aged" version of the cover as an 11x14 print.
We're also offering an 11x14 print of the fantastic back cover of the comic featuring art and design by Meesha Dare and Huw Evans.
And for a few super backers we're offering some Kickstarter exclusive "Night Ninja" action figures with custom bagged packaging.
Risks and challenges
For our backers, there is very little risk. The book itself is already in post-production. The Kickstarter funds are mostly focused on paying for the printing of the physical book when completed. We are using Tri-Vision Printing which although it prints in Asia, has an office in Los Angeles, where Michael lives, which makes communication with them very easy.
The funds will also go to cover the cost of getting the rewards out to the backers and, of course, to cover the Kickstarter fees.
Lukasz is a seasoned creator with several books under his belt and he knows what he's doing. Michael has done work for other publishers (Oni Press and Wannabe Press) and while this is his first Kickstarter and first independently published comic, he is learning and getting advice from people who know a lot more than him.
Backers can rest assured that the book will be delivered and deliver all the action and fun that they promise.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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