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Wannabe Heroes, an all ages Superpowered Action Comedy Comic, is centered around a group of characters immersed in geek culture.

Thank you for checking out my project and please feel free to ask me anything!

Be sure to sound off in the comments and let me know what kind of rewards you'd like to see or if there's a particular print you think would look cool because I'll be doing the art for the rewards and adding updates all along during this Kickstarter and I'd like to hear what you have to say to better tailor the rewards to fit you, my supporters!

Wannabe Heroes is a modern superhero action comedy which follows the adventures of six people entrenched in the geek community. Each character represents a different faction, if you will... There's a gamer, a  cosplayer, a wannabe comic creator, a collector, an elitist and, of course, a ninja bear and as seen in the Wannabe Heroes webcomic, each have developed their own interesting powers.  For instance, the collector, Phan, has the ability to absorb physical powers that appear in any comic he's touching while simultaneously draining the ink from the pages effectively destroying the comic. 

Together, they battle all sorts of villains who seem to be in plentiful supply in their small coastal town of West Bay.  This comic has been described as "New Mutants" meets "Calvin and Hobbes" and is suitable for all ages. 

This KickStarter is for Wannabe Heroes, Issue One which is the first of a four issue story arc.  It will be printed in full color and be between 32-40 pages depending on stretch goals reached. This book will include 25+ pages of story plus the never before printed 6-page Ninja Bear short story drawn by Jason Godwin and written completely in Haiku by myself (Jayson Kretzer).  Additional funds over our initial goal will go toward the printing of the next three issues and I also have some interesting stretch goals below.  

This kickstarter version will be a Limited First Edition 500 issue run of the comic and once the 4 issues have been created, we plan on releasing "Wannabe Heroes" as a hardcover graphic Novel.  By supporting this KickStarter, you will also be awarded the next 3 issues in pdf form absolutely FREE. 

The scripts are completed, the art is underway and we expect to be shipping these books out this September.  The good news is, you won't have to wait for any of the other rewards you're entitled to, because we'll get started on those as soon as this campaign is complete and begin mailing them out in May! 

So what do some of these rewards look like? you may ask.  Allow me to illuminate. 

Here is a sample of what you can expect to get when you pledge the WANNABE HERO Tier.  In addition to all the other goodies, you will be designed as a hero in the Wannabe Heroes Universe.  This does not mean you will appear in this particular comic, but you will appear in the online comic strip and we'll email you when that happens! 

If we surpass the $3,000 needed to print the initial run, then I've added some stretch goals.  Please feel free to shout out other ideas you'd like to see for stretch goals in the comments section. 

$4,950 - Add 8 more pages to the comic and all pledge tiers above $25 will receive a 4x6 Wannabe Heroes Postcard.

$7,500 - Will print a 16-page companion book including character bios & sketches which all tiers will receive as a digital pdf and all tiers above $25 will receive a hard copy. 

$8,500 - Will add an additional 8 pages to the companion book featuring a mini comic based on one of the comics Phan absorbs powers from. 

$10,800 - Will release the initial two decks (Ninja Bear & Super Phan) to the Wannabe Heroes Battle Card game. Everything you need to play the game with 2 players. More info to be released if we hit this goal. All tiers above $25 will receive a promo card from the game and all tiers above $80 will receive a copy of the game. 

$15,000 - Ninja Bear Plush Toys! More to be explained about this reward as we near the goal.

More mind blowing Stretch goals to come if we can get there!

*Opening & closing music by Rogues Gallery - visit their website here!

Risks and challenges Learn about accountability on Kickstarter

After working 15 years in the field of advertising, I've come to realize that there are always risks involved with a project, but I plan to use all my experience in the deadline oriented field to make sure this project runs as smooth as possible. However, if a problem does arise, I'm a firm believer in keeping a good open line of communication with my supporters so you can be kept abreast of any hangups and how I plan to deal with them.

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    For pledging $1, you will be included on our thank you page on the Wannabe Heroes website. Every little bit helps and we do thank you for this pledge.

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    WANNABE READER PACKAGE: You will receive a copy of Wannabe Heroes: Issue One PDF version & you will be listed on our thank you page at WannabeHeroes.com.

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    WANNABE FAN PACKAGE (Digital): You will receive 3 digital backgrounds featuring different characters from Wannabe Heroes in various sizes to fit desktops, tablets and phones + the Wannabe Reader Package.

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    WANNABE FAN PACKAGE (Print): You will receive a signed hardcopy of Wannabe Heroes: Issue One with a printed bookmark + the Wannabe Fan (Digital) Package.

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    WANNABE STRETCH PACKAGE: You will receive a signed printed copy of Wannabe Heroes: Issue One + a special Wannabe Heroes print (8X10), bookmark & button + The Wannabe Fan (digital) Package. Additional goodies to be had through stretch goals as long as you pledge to at least this tier.

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    WANNABE SUPPORTER PACKAGE: You will receive a signed hardcopy of Wannabe Heroes: Issue One + a special Wannabe Heroes limited edition print (11x17), bookmark & button + The Wannabe Fan (digital) Package.

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    WANNABE COLLECTOR PACKAGE: You will receive the 52-page revised edition of Wannabe Heroes: Rock, Paper & Truth Scissors (the collection of the webcomic strips from season one) + special 8.5x11 full color print, bookmark & button + Everything in The Wannabe Fan (print) Package.

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    WANNABE COMIC STRIP PACKAGE: You will receive everything from the Wannabe Heroes Collector Package + a 5x17 Special Limited Edition Comic Strip signed by the artist, numbered to 88 and ready for framing.

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    WANNABE PHAN-ATIC PACKAGE: You will receive a hand drawn sketch card of the character of your choice + Everything in The Wannabe Collector Package.

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    WANNABE SUPER PHAN-ATIC PACKAGE: You will receive an original inked drawing (8x10) of the character of your choice + you'll get special thanks on the inside cover of the comic + Everything in The Wannabe Collector Package.

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    WANNABE DOMINATION PACKAGE: You will receive Everything in The Wannabe Collector Package + an additional signed copy of Wannabe Heroes: Issue One + an additional 8x11 variant print and custom bookmark only available in this package + you'll get special thanks on the inside cover of the comic.

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    WANNABE HERO PACKAGE: You will be created into a hero within the Wannabe Heroes universe and will receive a full color print of your hero with stats and powers. (Your character may not appear in this comic, but will be implemented into the Wannabe Heroes universe where it may be seen in a future comic) + you'll get special thanks on the inside cover of the comic + everything from The Wannabe Collector Package.

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    WANNABE EVIL HENCHMEN PACKAGE: You will be drawn into the comic as one of the main villain's henchmen and you'll also receive a full color print of your villain complete with stats and powers + you'll get special thanks on the inside cover of the comic + You will get an exclusive button with your character on it + you will receive everything from the Wannabe Collector Package.

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    WANNABE ULTIMATE PACKAGE: You'll receive everything from the Wannabe Collector Package + you'll get special thanks on the inside cover of the comic + an original inked drawing (8x10 or 11x17) of the character of your choice + an additional signed copy of the comic and an additional variant print + a hand drawn sketch card with the character of your choice + a personal phone call thanking you for your pledge.

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    WANNABE SUPER HERO TEAM PACKAGE: You'll get you and up to 5 of your friends designed as your own Super Hero Team and each of you will receive your own 11x17 Limited Edition Signed Print with your characters in full color! Plus ++ You still get everything from the Wannabe Collector Package x2!

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