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Erik Scott de BieBy Erik Scott de Bie
First created
Erik Scott de BieBy Erik Scott de Bie
First created
$4,670
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98
backers
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Funding Canceled
Funding for this project was canceled by the project creator on Aug 30 2014

About

The Goal!

Hail and welcome, friends and readers! I'm creating a comic book--Justice/Vengeance--and I'm here today to ask for your help.

I'm raising funds to support the creation and publication (both electronic and in print) of the first 5-issue story arc of Justice/Vengeance: Libations for the Dead. I've got the story. I've got the artists. What I need is the money to make it happen.

So what's this comic about? I'm so glad you asked.

The Premise!

Adopted pre-law student Marcus Orestes never knew his parents—not his biological ones, anyway. But when his birth mother dying of cancer contacts him, it will change everything. She whispers from her death bed that his father is the famous (and dead) superhero Justice, leader of the defunct band of heroes Supergroup.

His only chance to find out more about his past lies in a chance meeting with the alcoholic Lady Vengeance—the infamous black sheep of Supergroup—who has enemies of her own. And dogging their steps is the popular heroine Angel (or as her agent has decided, "A-Girl," which tests better), who has sworn to bring Lady Vengeance to justice.

Good thing Orestes has inherited some of his father’s powers . . . though he has no idea how to use them.

He's in big trouble.

The Heroes!

Note: If you had trouble hearing the video, I've posted a transcript here.

The Concept! 

Thematically, Justice/Vengeance picks up the best of mainstream and Indie comics and plays with some of the grand and sometimes dark themes in the stuff I read and write.

It unpacks the tension between justice and revenge (a major theme in my work), explores the concept of superhero legacies, examines the role of superheroes in a society that both glamorizes and hates its celebrities, and just kicks a lot of villainous ass. From the outset, it embraces feminism and diversity, be it along ethnic, gender/sexuality, or religious lines.

(Rated M for mature due to violence, sexuality (of all kinds), and swearing.)

Primary influences on the series include Powers (Bendis), Invincible (Kirkman), Ms/Captain Marvel (Reed, DeConnick), and Wonder Woman (particularly Rucka's and Simone's runs).

The Challenge! 

How am I going to do this, you ask? Or, to put it more directly, is your money going to be put to good use? (Absolutely!)

I made a deal with a couple awesome Bulgarian artists about a year ago to produce a sample comic (INJUSTICE, check it out here). You can find my penciler, Tangra, on Deviantart, and Robot Panda does colors. They’re an excellent team and have really brought my vision to life. Together, we’ve produced the first issue of Justice/Vengeance: Libations for the Dead, entirely funded by yours truly out of pocket. I have them in contract to produce the full first arc, which they are eager to do. These guys are workhorses and deserve every penny that I give them. The vast majority of the funds raised through Kickstarter will be going to them to produce my interior art.

Lettering, editing, and layout I am doing through my friend Charles “Zan” Christensen, publisher at Northwest Press, a comics print devoted to LGBT comics. (Note: While J/V isn’t necessarily focused on such themes, there is definitely some LGBTQ content. I'm a big proponent of diversity in my work.) Zan’s really good at what he does, and with him and his connections I have all the mechanisms in place not only to put the book together in stellar fashion but also to print it. We’ve crunched the numbers, and the amount I'm asking for is what we need to get this going.

(Also: Check out Northwest Press’s stuff. It’s really fantastic.)

I'm also in the process of recruiting a number of other artists to create additional prints, which will be on offer through the Kickstarter and might show up in published issues of the comic. I've been scouting out artists at Conventions and finding work on line that fits particularly well with my intended vision, and I know you'll be pleased with the results.

This Kickstarter is not about paying me to produce this work. It is solely about raising funds to cover the expenses and get this project underway. Excess monies will go to Stretch Goals, to my artists, to Zan for editorial services, and to cover costs for future issues.

Rewards!

It wouldn't be Kickstarter without rewards, now would it? And since booze is heavily featured in J/V, it's no surprise the rewards read like a cocktail menu:

  • Justice, Single-Shot: The basic reward for backing the Kickstarter is a digital copy of the comic. For as little as $5, check out the first issue, which I hope to deliver more-or-less immediately (even before the Kickstarter is over). If you like what you read, come back for more! We've got a month.
  • Make it a Double: The first two issues!
  • Keep 'em Coming: A digital subscription to J/V issues 1-5, Libations for the Dead.
  • Thanks for the Memories: Secure your copy of the Trade Paperback collection of Justice/Vengeance: Libations for the Dead, collecting issues #1-5! (Estimated delivery Fall 2015.)
  • Sports Bar Rewards: I currently live in Seattle, but I'm from central California, so I've been a fan of both the Seahawks and their bitter rivals the SF 49ers. This is my shout-out to my fellow sports fans, and an opportunity to influence what happens in the book: I'm planning to feature a football game, and whichever of these rewards gathers more backers, that team will win the game. (Plus, you'll get an awesome comic book in the process.)
  • Pin-Ups: Comics are all about awesome characters looking awesome, and that's what these rewards are all about. You can see some of the Kickstarter exclusive J/V prints here, and more will be revealed throughout the campaign. If you select this reward, you'll get to pick which prints you want at the end.
  • But wait, there's more: Check out my other rewards for putting yourself in the comic, helping me design a character, and generally involving yourself directly in the early days of Justice/Vengeance!

Reward Add-Ons!

None of the rewards quite fit, or you want to add more goodies? Instructions for add-ons here. Also I will occasionally run Happy Hour power-up specials to speed us to a particular goal. (That page outlines the process.)

Remember that while the Kickstarter is active, you can always come back and increase your pledge!

Stretch Goals!

Let's focus on funding first, but rest assured, there are awesome goals on the horizon. These might be for additional monies or additional numbers of backers. For instance . . .

  • Additional Prints: Unlock prints by such amazing artists as Ian Llanas, Claudio Pozas, and more! (Note: Since I'll be double-checking the print(s) you want, you'll get a chance to select your reward from any unlocked print.
  • Happy Hour (issue #6 of Justice/Vengeance): Our heroes take a break from their adventures, only to face a totally unexpected danger! (Note: Unlocking this issue will add it to the reward for everyone who got "Keep 'em Coming.")
  • Public Enemy (second story arc, issues #7-12 of Justice/Vengeance): Our heroes have attracted public attention to themselves--a dangerous proposition when you have an image to maintain, you're not ready for scrutiny, and/or you've convinced the world you're already dead. Don't feed the trolls!
  • Fallen Angel (third story arc, issues 13-18 of Justice/Vengeance): A-GIrl is trapped, alone and powerless . . . and even the younger generation of heroes has a rogue's gallery of its own.
  • Inferno (fourth story arc, issues 19-24 of Justice/Vengeance): To save her friend, Lady Vengeance must face demons both within and without, challenge an implacable foe, and confront her greatest fear: herself.

Thanks!

Thanks again for your support for my work and this project. It’s the fulfillment of a lifelong dream, and a burning creative desire that just will NOT fade. Thank you for helping me see it realized!

Thanks for supporting indie comics. Thanks for being part of a movement that helps artists everywhere.

Thanks for backing Justice/Vengeance.

I promise you won’t regret it.

Cheers,

Erik

Risks and challenges

Whenever you're putting together a big project, it has a bunch of moving parts that all need to be greased and oiled. I've done my best to head off any potential mishaps, but if any come up, it'll be a fun adventure tackling them.

My interior artists are all set and ready to go, with an already agreed-upon rate that will be covered out of Kickstarter funds. Plus they're incredibly enthusiastic, so I project smooth sailing there.

My letterer and layout guru is a good friend and we have a good working relationship. No problems there.

I have a good sense of printing costs, and my amount raised should more than cover it.

Many of my rewards are electronic, so postage doesn't apply. For rewards that ARE physical, I've built in extra funds to cover mailing in order to do fulfillment, and added an additional fee for International shipping. Having recently shipped several of my books overseas, I know that can get expensive.

Despite all my planning, it's remotely possible that we'll fund and I'll still find myself short on money, so let me make this solemn promise to you: I will fulfill all of my backers. Between my multiple novels and my day job, it won't be a problem. You're investing faith in me, and I shall see that repaid.

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    Justice, Straight-Up: Digital copy of the first issue of "Justice/Vengeance: Libations for the Dead," for the cost of a single shot. Immediate delivery upon completion. Plus a public thank you on my website! (All subsequent reward tiers include this reward.)

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    Better Make it a Double: The digital versions of Issue #1 and Issue #2!

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    Go Hawks! (Sports Bar): Same as "Make it a Double," plus your vote for the Seattle Seahawks is counted in determining who wins the football game in "Libations."

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    Give Me Something Hard: "Justice, Straight-Up," plus a physical copy of Justice/Vengeance: Libations for the Dead Issue #1 (your choice of variant cover, while supplies last). Signed by the Author.

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    Keep 'em Coming (Happy Hour price: save $10!): Digital Subscription to the first story arc of Justice/Vengeance (5 issues, plus bonus 6th issue if we reach that stretch goal). (Issue #1 will be available soon, then subsequent issues will release progressively over the next year.)

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    Eye Candy: "Justice, Straight Up," plus two of the Exclusive Justice/Vengeance kickstarter prints!

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    Keep 'em Coming: Digital Subscription to the first story arc of Justice/Vengeance (5 issues, plus bonus 6th issue if we reach that stretch goal). (Issue #1 will be available soon, then subsequent issues will release progressively over the next year.)

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    Pin-Up: "Keep 'em Coming," plus your choice of one of the Justice/Vengeance exclusive Kickstarter prints. Add $25 for each additional print.

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    Say It Again, Sam: "Justice, Straight-Up," plus the author will record a special message for you in the trademark Justice/Vengeance voice. To be used as you see fit. (Arrangements to be made over email.)

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    Dancing on Tables: "Justice, Straight-Up" plus a copy of every unlocked Kickstarter print (at least 5 prints!).

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    Thanks for the Memories: "Keep 'em Coming," plus the collected Trade Paperback of Justice/Vengeance: Libations for the Dead (Issues #1-5) when it's all done. Signed and personalized by the Author.

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    Liquid Courage: "Keep 'em Coming," plus a non-speaking extra based on your photo will appear in an issue of Justice/Vengeance: Libations for the Dead. (Subject to agreement of use. You will also receive a print of the page where your extra appears.)

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    Patron of Heroes: "Keep 'em Coming," plus you will be listed in the acknowledgements for "Libations for the Dead" and on the Justice/Vengeance website as a Patron of Heroes, along with your superhero identity (your choice, or the Author will create one for you).

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    Supergroup: "Keep 'em Coming," plus work with the Author to create a minor hero who will appear in the book. (Either in Libations for the Dead or a subsequent story arc.)

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    Rogue's Gallery: Same as "Supergroup," except it's a villain.

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    Tell Me Your Troubles: Dinner with the author at either GenCon Indy or Emerald City ComicCon to chat about superheroes, writing, comics, or whatever you want! (Arrangements to be made through email!)

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    On the House: "Justice, Straight-Up," plus any of the lower-tier rewards (message me to let me know which), plus your name will appear in every issue of LIBATIONS FOR THE DEAD and on my website as a "Producer" on the series.

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Funding period

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