Do I believe in second chances?
The idea for “AngelDemon” arose from a conversation I had a few years ago with my dad, who at the time was studying to be a Lutheran pastor (late life career switch). It was around the time that Michael Vick was rising back to prominence in the NFL. A short while earlier, the general public was disgusted that he was even allowed back in the NFL after his dogfighting scandal and prison time. Now, after being given a chance to be a starter again, he was doing great, and that same public was rallying behind him because of his on-field successes. The turn in public support really bothered me.
My dad, the soon-to-be pastor, asked me, “Don’t you believe in second chances?” It was not a judgmental statement, nor was he standing up for Michael Vick. It was more of a general philosophical inquiry.
Do I believe in second chances?
The short answer would have to be that, yes, as a general rule, I believe in second chances. Unfortunately, what I’ve found in practice is that, when given second chances, many people tend to make the same mistakes again and again. They have no real desire to change. They’re not truly sorry about what they’ve done, they’re sorry they got caught.
I am, by my nature, an optimist. I’ll believe the best about people until they give me a reason not to, but every day, many people seem intent on giving me a reason not to. Hey, I worked retail for 17 years, what can I say?
It was these elements, that conversation with my dad and my general perception of humankind, that combined to form the genesis of “AngelDemon.” At its heart, this is a story about redemption. Only there’s no redemption in this story. Rather, it’s a story about how someone seemingly beyond all hope is put on a path where redemption is even a possibility. True redemption is hard work, and few people have the drive to put forth that amount of effort.
It was also a desire to create a Christian-themed comic that was of very high quality. As someone raised in the Christian faith, I was exposed to a lot of works of Christian art; cartoons, TV shows, comics, music , etc. A lot of what I found was material that was sold more on the Christian element and less on the artistic merits. To me, for a work of religious art to be valid, it needs to succeed as a piece of art first. If it’s not a quality piece of art, the content is going to be lost on a lot of the audience.
AngelDemon (or DemonAngel, depending on how you read the logo), will be a high quality Christian comic. The story will be 60 pages in full color, and is intended for teens and older. It’s being drawn by my collaborator from my last series, “Bombshell,” a gentleman by the name of San Espina. The man is, simply put, a fantastic artist. His work is phenomenal, and he’s almost inhumanly fast with his page turnout. In the world of indy freelance artists, there is a lot of chafe and only a little wheat. San Espina’s a whole box of Wheaties. If nothing else, you’ll be guaranteed a book that looks fantastic.
But that won’t be all you’re getting. The story is written with all the character development, action, and humor of my previous books (actually, maybe a little more action, if you’re into that sort of thing). If you’re interested in seeing what that looks like, you can read the first issue of the aforementioned “Bombshell” completely free of charge at either of the following sites:
The story of AngelDemon is that, once a generation, the forces of heaven and hell will each send their greatest warrior to Earth to engage in ritual combat. As part of an ancient pact, whoever wins this battle gains sway over the planet until the next generation. For the most part, Heaven has always won. However, this time, hell has changed its tactics. They don’t meet the forces of Heaven head on. They hide among the populace, learn about the planet, and the representative of Heaven must do the same.
AngelDemon is a story featuring two protagonists: Angelique, leader of Heaven’s armies, and a young hellspawn referred to only as “The Demon.”
Angelique is, as she humbly puts it, considered by her peer group to be the finest warrior Heaven has ever produced. She is loving and tender, with a calming effect on all those around her.
The Demon is young and untested, and perhaps overwhelmed by her duty to represent hell. She’s smaller and less powerful than most of her fellow hellspawns, but with certain abilities they lack.
$7,500 Making of: If we reach this goal, there will be an extensive “making of” booklet printed for this campaign. Hero Universe comics are well known for their behind-the-scenes material. Usually, that sort of material is printed in the back of the book itself. However, given that we’re needing to raise funds to make this happen, increasing the page count of the book itself will only increase the printing costs, so we are sadly not able to include the typical making-of section in the book itself. If we reach this goal, we will produce the “making of” material as its own separate booklet of no less than 20 pages. This material will consist of decades-old archival material, as well as a detailed essay about the creation of this story, concept art, and as much other foundational material as we can cram in there.
$12,500 An additional short story featuring the characters of AngelDemon will be produced as stand alone issue that can be added to your order.
$20,000 A sequel: If we hit this goal, we can immediately go into production on a sequel to AngelDemon. A plot has already been outlined that would further the stories of the featured characters.
AngelDemon will be a great comic book. The writing and art are top notch, and the book should have appeal to both Christians and fans of the comic book storytelling medium (if you count yourself a part of both groups, I really think this is the comic for you). But we need help to make it happen. San is one of the best artists I’ve ever met, but he’s a fulltime artist and needs to be paid for his contributions. We’ll also need to pay a colorist, and hopefully print up a lot of copies.
We have worked out what I feel are some nice incentives, including a hardcover edition of the book that will be exclusive to this Kickstarter campaign. So, please, consider pledging to this project, and, just as importantly, help spread the word about this awesome comic.
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Risks and challenges
Our only challenge right now is lack of funds. I've been publishing comics since 2006. I know the technical ins and outs, and the costs, of making comics, and have found in San Espina a very reliable creative partner.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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