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Futuristic sci-fi adventure that follows a small squad of young gifted aviators who are forced to become earth’s last line of defense.
Futuristic sci-fi adventure that follows a small squad of young gifted aviators who are forced to become earth’s last line of defense.
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What is Tuskegee Heirs?: From the minds of illustrator Marcus Williams (Hero Cats, Super Natural and D.M.C) and children’s book author Greg Burnham (Broken Glass and Grandpa’s Shoes) comes the "Tuskegee Heirs: Flames of Destiny" series. Tuskegee Heirs is a futuristic sci-fi adventure that follows a squadron of young, gifted aviators who are forced to become Earth’s last line of defense against a menacing race of artificially intelligent villains bent on destroying civilization.

Tuskegee Heirs team
Tuskegee Heirs team

What is The Premise: The duo looks to pay homage to the historic Tuskegee Airmen, while bringing forth a new set of character rich young heroes. With a graphic novel set to release mid 2016, Marcus and Greg intend to push this project towards animation. Following in the Japanese animation genre's age old practice of dropping unusually talented youths inside the cockpits of enormously powerful machines, the amazing pilots of this series will be no exception. 

Tuskegee Pilot "Able" & Mech
Tuskegee Pilot "Able" & Mech

The Tuskegee Heirs will be set 80 years in the future where a world sculpted by rapid progressing technology will come to ban human pilots from operating aircraft and go as far as to criminalize the act of even training pilots. Our young pilots, however, have found a secret training facility and refuge in the historical airfield once used by the fabled WWII War Heroes, the Tuskegee Airmen.  Under the careful guidance of Col. Mars, a long retired veteran pilot, the team of young hopefuls are trained and educated about the strong ethics that made the classic airmen the formidable unit that they were. Not long into their training, a mysterious military force composed of highly advanced self-aware war machines fixated on destroying civilization as they know it, declares war on all societies. Suddenly the teens are thrust into the middle of a war for humanities' right to exist. They will have to use their training as pilots, knowledge of history, and unique skill sets to defeat this fearsome enemy. 

Tuskegee Heirs Pilot "Able"
Tuskegee Heirs Pilot "Able"

Throughout the series, we plan to highlight not only the history of the Airmen and their accomplishments, but also expose some of the lesser known history of the world. From Easter Island to the pyramids of Sudan, the Cahokia mounds of the midwest to the Olmec heads of Mexico, the team will see and share it all.

Who are the Main Characters?

ABLE-

Able
Able

One of the most naturally gifted pilots on the team, Able was born to fly and with the extended hands-on training from Col. Mars, he may quickly become the most skilled pilot on the planet.

AYANNA-

Ayanna
Ayanna

The team leader and strong moral compass that keeps the team in well oiled shape. A brilliant strategist and cool head under pressure, Ayanna was born to lead, and you'll be hard pressed to find a team member that will admit otherwise.  

OMAR-

Omar
Omar

The field mechanic on the team and talented tech specialist, Omar is a balanced pilot with strong will and a laid back demeanor. A hoarder of information, he proclaims himself a historian should the need for knowledge present itself.

GENESIS-

Genesis
Genesis

 The brains of the outfit and team geographical/topographical expert that keeps the team up to date and informed on all mission details. An otherwise sweet and timid soul, Genesis comes alive in combat and is a truly fearsome force to be reckoned with.

SLIP-

Slip
Slip

The weapons expert of the team and thrill seeker with a cool head under pressure (sometimes too cool). The comic relief, Slip may be the shortest member on the team, but he boast the largest personality around. He often plays the dumb role to throw off his opponents only to later reveal just how sharp he truly is. 

Jena-

Jena the Mechanic
Jena the Mechanic

 Every bit the mechanical genius, Jena keeps the Tuskegee Heirs flying while obsessing over all things Hi-tech. Just don't damage her planes without just cause because that has proven to be problematic.

COL. MARS- 

Col. Mars
Col. Mars

 The founding Tuskegee Heir. Mars is the guiding force for the kids and keeps them together with lessons of team building and core values that aid them in all of their endeavors. While he takes a backseat to the action overall, underestimating this original Tuskegee Heir would spell disaster for any opponent.

What will the comic look like? Stay tuned to both this page and the Tuskegee Heirs Facebook page as we will be releasing sample pages throughout the campaign to keep the eye candy flowing!

-Flames of Destiny Cover art concept:

Flames of Destiny
Flames of Destiny
The Guys of Tuskegee Heirs
The Guys of Tuskegee Heirs
Road Trip
Road Trip

What's the purpose of the Kickstarter? We're crafting this story to merge everything we love about science fiction, action-adventure, comedy, and rich character growth, to highlighting historic jewels of information to create a unique series for all ages. 

Tuskegee Heirs Jet Concept
Tuskegee Heirs Jet Concept

Creating a graphic novel is no small feat, so producing the art, securing the right printer, paying for the print run, to delivery of such a product will take careful planning and tons of energy. Tuskegee Heirs is something we consider unique and needed to help inspire, educate and morally boost our young generation into seeing what wonderful potential they all have. 

Kickstarter is a springboard platform that allows fans of this series to directly express their support by helping to financially fuel the creative art machine needed to produce and make this concept a reality. Everything from a comic, toy, animated cartoon, and video game series are possible. 

Tuskegee Heirs Mech Concept
Tuskegee Heirs Mech Concept

Stretch Goals:

$15,000- ***(UNLOCKED)*** At this point we can craft for your reading & visual pleasure Issue #4 to tell a bit more of the story as it continues from (We'll send a digital copy to everyone who pledges $25 to $49. Physical copy to everyone who pledges $50 and up)
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$25,000- ***(UNLOCKED)*** Consider another graphic novel volume paid for and the birth of 3 more story issues (4-6) will be crafted. At this point we will be able to hire on some additional help to move things along which could result in less production time spent making the books. (We'll send a digital copy to everyone who pledges $50 to $79. Physical copy to everyone who pledges $80 and up)
Sma
Sma
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$35,000- ***(UNLOCKED)*** If we are able to reach $35,000, we'll proceed to create a Tuskegee Heirs T-Shirt line for Men, Women and Children. This means T-shirts that will feature character, vehicle and classic planes (for the aviator household out there).
T-Shirt Lineup
T-Shirt Lineup
Youth Shirt Lineup
Youth Shirt Lineup
Smashed 35K
Smashed 35K
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$45,000 ***(UNLOCKED)*** At this goal, we will be able to move forward with producing a family geared board game and sweet mobile game app. We've already begun talks with game designers/developers that are excited about creating a unique mobile experience that anyone could enjoy while on the go via mobile devices.
Early Game designs
Early Game designs

There will Absolutely be action and adventure that drive the player throughout the mobile game, but we are passionate about creatively crafting a gaming experience that charges our players to pull up Google as they progress to research the history for themselves. Here's some rough concepts of what could be.

Concept Game Art for the mobile app
Concept Game Art for the mobile app
$45K Mobile game UNLOCKED
$45K Mobile game UNLOCKED
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$55,000-In the case that we raise $55,000, we'll get started with developing a full figurine lineup of all the Tuskegee Heirs Characters including the Jet and Mech for your viewing pleasure. These will be available in both resin and color 3D printed versions and will stand in various heights starting around 5 inches and up.
Figurine Lineup
Figurine Lineup
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$65,000-At this goal, there's no reason at all that we won't be able to produce a prototype toy of one of the characters and jets to approach toy manufactures with. We will start humbly and create the most clean working prototype that 3D printing will allow working with the same 3D artist that will help bring the figurines to life. Upon successfully producing the prototypes our goal will be to secure a toy line for the mass market.
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$75K and UP- ANIMATED PILOT (Short piece)

It is no secret that our ultimate goal is to get this concept animated into a series that can be enjoyed on monitors big and small. 
Rough Storyboards-1
Rough Storyboards-1
Rough Storyboards-2
Rough Storyboards-2
The short Pilot piece will be use as a pitch piece (proof of concept) since we plan to approach subscription networks like Netflix, Hulu or OnDemand to be the publishing house for our series in an effort to give fans direct unfiltered access to the animated show upon the successful completion of it's 1st season. 
Animation work in progress
Animation work in progress
Animation as a whole can be very expensive and even an animated short can have very steep estimates. The more support we have to reach this pilot goal, the more realistic the goal of crafting a proof of concept and later a full series will be. 
The ladies of Tuskegee Heirs
The ladies of Tuskegee Heirs
Thank you for your support!

Risks and challenges

As with any creative project, there is a chance of delay before presenting a final product. The date of delivery of all backer rewards is an estimated date that hinges on printing. We'll make sure we keep all backers updated on the progress of this project and any delays as they arise.

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