Noir City is a 28 page comic about a city ridden with crime. It's a place where pagan gods create superheroes for the fate of the city.
Noir City #1 is the first issue of a contemplative deconstruction and action immersed story drawing heavily from stylistic and narrative noir sensibilities. Created by Cody Walker and RG Valerius with art hauntingly rendered by Allen Byrns, Noir City is an intertwining tale of a diverse group of mysterious characters who find themselves intersecting in a dark fictitious city as they pursue their own agendas, cumulating in the resolution of the great mystery of who murdered The Miracle, the hero of a forgotten age. Will this knowledge save the world from an apathetic state, or reignite a war 20 years forgotten?
Our goal for Kickstarter is to raise $4,500 in 30 days in order to produce the first 28-page, fully colored issue of the story. The issue introduces readers, in true noir fashion, to a lost soul who finds himself thrust on the fringe of a mystery that he knows nothing about and no one around him can even recall that it exists. He is forced to question how the icon of a generation can be so quickly dismissed by everyone, including himself, and if he really desires the answer to that question.
This is a story Cody and Rich have been circling, deliberating, constructing, deconstructing, reconstructing, and discussing ad nauseam for over 8 years now. These characters, over the better part of a decade, have expanded beyond simple comic book arch-types and are reflective of ideals encompassing everything from generational conflict to the personal toll that any form of heroism can take on an individual. We sincerely hope that we can peak your interest to a degree that you support this vision we have and that we never meant to keep to ourselves. Allen has been incredibly helpful in the collaborative effort and his influence on the final product you will see cannot be understated.
Be sure to check out our official website! Which will have original short stories set in the Noir City universe, preview artwork, behind the scenes work, and so much more!
Our stretch goals are pretty simple. Once we reach $6,000 we’ll increase the page count by 8 pages, including a bookend story about the occult sleuth Revolver 666 (think Humphrey Bogart as a supernatural detective). We can also afford a higher quality printing of the issue resulting in better paper and a faster turn around time.
Once we reach $8,000 we will increase the page count by another 4 pages, including a lead into the second issue of Noir City. The binding of the book will also be altered from a traditional comic book to that of a Graphic Novel.
If we should reach $15,000 we will include the first two exciting issues of Noir City into a Graphic Novel, allowing a conclusive entry point into this immersive world.
The Jacket – Glen Munny. Powers of the Miracle by wearing his jacket.
The Miracle – The living embodiment of the first heroic act. “Born” the same moment as Letipher as murder and heroism are tied in the same moment of history. He is highly resistant to physical damage, unparalleled physical strength, and has an intellect rarely rivaled. He is locked with his arch-nemesis Letipher through time and has had many aliases. Gregory Finch was his alias at the time of his death. Killed by his arch-nemesis. His jacket now holds his powers. (Looks like Gregory Peck)
Letipher – The embodiment of murder. Letipher was “born” the moment the first murder took place and has been the living manifestation of murder ever since. He is highly resistant to physical damage to the point of being indestructible, has physical strength rivaling The Miracle’s, and is a genius. He is The Marvel’s arch-nemesis through time and neither ages nor dies of natural causes. His touch is acidic to anything living but has no effect on the inanimate.
Gadgetman – William Condren. Creates gadgets through his magic pocket watch. Has two sons: Roland and Oliver. (author's note: this is the first superhero that Cody created when he was 10 years old. For more on this hero, be sure to check out the website!)
Deidra Fate – Deidra is a powerful empath and can manipulate emotion. She prides herself on being able to an individual’s emotional “core” and, with effort, bring it to the surface. Under duress loses control of her powers and makes those in a close vicinity of her highly unstable, bringing out their inhabited true nature. Deidra is an independent contractor “extractionist” who often works for the Family in Noir City. She is the female foil for The Jacket. (Looks like a brown eyed Gene Tierney)
Rick Spade - Revolver 666. Part of a lineage of warriors sustained between “generations” by blood at death. Rick Spade’s police revolver is marked by Lucifer’s crest and bullets fired from the gun are imbued with his flame. Revolver is tasked as an independent third party to regulate surge magic activity on earth. Spade is gifted all knowledge that proceeded him in the line and has a deep understanding of the occult and magic. Each warrior in the line is gifted with a unique ability, Rick’s is that he can communicate with restless spirits and commune with the dead. (Looks like Humphrey Bogart)
Our rewards for your much appreciated supports are as follows:
$1 – Thanks on the website.
$5 – Digital copy of the comic and thanks in the issue and on the site.
$10 – Print copy, digital copy, and thanks in the issue and on the site.
$15 – Personalized message on print copy. Digital copy, and thanks in the issue and on the site.
$20 – HIGHLY RECOMMENDED!!! Access to exclusive digital content on our website including production, character designs, short stories set in the universe, podcasts, and other content! Also, print copy, digital copy, and thanks in the issue and on the site. http://www.noircitycomicbook.com/
$50 – Play in the Noir City world! Seat in a Skype RPG game run by Cody. Also, print copy, digital copy, and thanks in the issue and on the site.
$75 – (Limited to 5) An original black and white sketch of any of the Noir City characters. Also, print copy, digital copy, and thanks in the issue and on the site.
$100 – Create an advertisement for the comic that takes a fourth of a page. Also, print copy, digital copy, and thanks in the issue and on the site.
$200 – Create an advertisement that takes up half of a page. Also, print copy, digital copy, and thanks in the issue and on the site.
$300 and more – Work with the creators in creating a villain for the next issue, receive a half page ad in the comic, signed print copy, digital copy, a sketch from the artist, and a very special thank you on the website and the print issue.
Risks and challenges Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
Because Allen Byrns is drawing, coloring, and lettering the comic, then the biggest challenge of delivering the product is on him. However, once the project is funded, then he can be compensated and then he can devote all of his attention to the comic. So, the sooner Noir City is funded, the sooner Allen can devote all of his time to it.
The only other possible challenge is waiting for the printer to actually print the issues. We are going through Ka-Blam and we understand that it can take some time to actually print the issues, but hopefully we will catch them outside of the convention season and they can print the issues without any problems.
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