The Night Owl Society
Stretch Goal! If we can reach $5,000, issue #1 of The Night Owl Society will be expanded from 24 to 28 pages.
High School sucks! He’s never kissed a girl, his best friend is the school chaplain, and the only other friend he has was just killed by a notorious mob boss. Armed with nothing but a homemade mask, a few misfit friends and an overdeveloped sense of right and wrong, sixteen year-old David Foxworth sets out balance the karma in his life without getting killed . . . or grounded.
I've written a six-issue story arc, and the artist, Pijus Baksys, has created character designs and cover art. With your help, we will raise enough funds to create the first 24-page issue of the comic.If we raise more than our goal, we can add more pages to issue #1 and/or begin production on issue #2. I hope you will consider helping to fund this project by pre-ordering a digital or print edition of issue #1. If you are feeling generous, check out the other reward levels which include some really cool rewards.
David Foxworth isn't the most popular kid at St. Cuthbert’s Episcopal School. In fact, since transferring from a large public school he mainly fades into the woodwork, ignored by the snooty rich kids. He's small, and not very athletic, which in a Texas high school, means you are nobody. Not even the drama kids like him, and they like everybody. But, his Dad and his Dad’s new, impossibly young trophy wife think this is the best place for him. Something about big public schools no longer being safe.Whatever.
When it looked like life couldn't get worse, David's only friend at school is killed by The Viceroy, a mob boss who controls most the illegal activity in Dallas.
David finds out who the killer is and tells his St. Cuthbert’s chaplain and ethics teacher, Fr. Bruce Shawn. Then, Fr. Shawn ends up dead.
It’s time to take matters into his own hands. Like a man on a mission, David starts to hatch a plan to disrupt The Viceroy’s business.
But he’s going to need some help. He starts a secret society on campus: The Night Owl Society.
His first recruit is A.J., a football player with a big goofy grin and even bigger muscles. A.J. holds the distinction of being the only guy on the team who hasn't shoved David into a locker. A.J. loves football because it allows him to hit people and not get into trouble. A.J. is a big, goofy, lovable oaf who attends St. Cuthbert’s on a scholarship. He doesn't fit into the mostly white, mostly rich school. He’s smart, but he’s not going to Harvard. He knows he’s only here to play football, and his classmates love to remind him of how much he doesn't belong. But, he likes David. They are both outsiders.
David tells him about his plan to sneak out a night to disrupt a mobster’s business, and to right some wrongs and A.J. LOVES this idea. To him it sounds like superhero stuff. And A.J. has every super hero comic ever printed. He wants a costume, he wants a code-name, and he desperately wants a catchphrase. Something he can shout when he’s kicking a bad guy’s butt. He spends a lot of time trying to convince David of various names for the group, and its members and to let him use a catchphrase. David insists that they are not superheroes. This back and forth runs throughout the series and allows us to see how fun-loving and gregarious A.J. is, and how serious David is about completing his mission.
The next member they recruit is Darsh, a student who is the leader of the computer science club. Until being recruited by David and A.J., Darsh had a strict policy of never using his computer skills to hack or do anything unethical. David and A.J. convince him that hacking is OK if it is being done for a noble cause. Darsh isn't sure, but it's the first time Darsh has been invited to do anything with anyone at school, so he agrees.
Next, they recruit Laura, a quiet girl who is always in trouble. David knows that she has been in trouble for stealing and possibly something worse. He feels that her skill set would be useful. Not only can she pick locks and break into things, she provides a connection to the underworld that no one else in the team has. In fact, Laura has a secret that could lead to the downfall of the group.
The final member of the team is Sara, the captain of the volleyball team and A.J.'s girlfriend.Because A.J. is VERY bad at keeping secrets, he tells her about the group and she insists on joining. She is focused, aggressive, and has a huge chip on her shoulder. Female athletes are second class citizens at this school, and she has a lot to prove.
The other crucial character to this series is The Viceroy, a vicious mob boss. Despite his tough exterior, and terrifying reputation, he is conflicted about the work he does and the family he is trying to protect. Of course, the Night Owl Society becomes a big thorn in his side and he places a huge bounty on their heads.
Murder, family drama, a double cross, secrets, fights, guns, homework, the underworld, finding a date to the school dance, all before third period! The Night Owl Society is a thrilling adventure-comic with a healthy dose of humor. Think The Breakfast Club meets The Sopranos. Like most teenagers, these kids think they are invincible, and get in way over their heads. They put themselves in harm's way, and the stakes are high. Death is a real possibility, but to them, getting grounded sounds more serious. And, like most teenagers, they are capable of more than they realize. Seen as outcasts and losers at school, The Night Owl Society becomes respected a feared foes of the underworld.
Risks and challenges
I've taken great pains to insure that the challenges and risks associated with this project are entirely mine, and that Kickstarter funders assume no risk whatsoever. If this project gets funded, rest assured, you will receive the comic and any other associated rewards. To that end, I've already paid the artist for the concept art, logo and cover for issue #1. He and I have cleared our schedule so that once the project is funded, we can begin creating issue #1 right away. We have been in contact with Ka-blam printing services to insure that production can happen in a timely manner.
But, with so many steps in the process (writing, arts, lettering, printing, mailing, etc..) I suppose the biggest "risk" associated with the project is that there will be some delays somewhere in the process that I did not anticipate. So, I pledge to you that everything will be done to avoid such delays, and if they do arise, I will be in contact with funders to make sure everyone is aware of the status of this project.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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