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The Zenith Universe returns with the exciting second issue of the HEROIC saga!
The Zenith Universe returns with the exciting second issue of the HEROIC saga!
173 backers pledged $7,470 to help bring this project to life.

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(Sorry for the audio, we are better comic makers than we are film makers ;) )

Zenith Comics returns with the second issue of the HEROIC saga! What exactly happened to Lady America? Who is Number 32? A guy in a dog-mask? Doc Titan seems to have a lot of irons in the fire? Answers and more mysteries come your way in this exciting second part of the Zenith Universe epic. 

Wait? You haven't read issue #1 of HEROIC yet? Well tell you what, if you pledge just $1 or more, we will send you a link to a digital copy of issue #1 for your reading pleasure! Once you have done that, you can decide if you want more and if you do you can up your pledge to a higher level and help this project fund.  You will find the links in Update #1.

Sadly, we just can't make this without your help. We have the script, the art team stands by ready to work, the stretch goals (fingers crossed) are on standby and the only thing missing is you. With your help we will unfold this story one issue at a time, telling the tale you the readers have demanded more of with your ongoing support!

Your backing will help us pay for the art production, printing and shipping of HEROIC #2.

You may also noticed we have only limited tiers above $20 and the big one that is above it, is quite a jump. Have we lost our minds? Do we set out to fail?

Not at all. I invite you to take a look at the Add-Ons section and see if there are any of these awesome boosts to your pledge interest you! Every add-on you choose pushes us closer and closer to the goal of bringing you HEROIC #2!

We've never asked for more than we need and we won't this time, but just in case you guys are feeling really generous we have worked up some smokin' hot stretch goals for you!

Been with us from the start? Backed us on HEROIC #1 and enjoyed it so much you have returned for issue #2? Well first let us thank you for your return and for your awesome support!

If you are a returning support from the issue #1 Kickstarter we have a special gift we are going to send you.  If you pledge for a digital only copy you will get the following image as a wallpaper and if you pledge for a printed book, you will get it as a 4" x 6" postcard!

By Oliver Castaneda
By Oliver Castaneda

This unique piece is for returning backers only as a way to say thank you for your continued support!

Zenith Comics is Andrew Collas (writer/creator), Walt Robillard (Executive-Editor), Terenzio Martella (CFO), Laurent Castellucci (Editor/Co-Writer) and Michael Masella (Executive Editor).

On the art/production team we have Jesus Morales (interior pencils & inks), Oliver Castaneda (cover art), Gary Beatty (colours) and HdE (lettering).

Together we are fighting against the forces of mediocrity and commercialism to bring you good superhero comics that show anyone can be a hero, regardless of gender, age, race, sexual orientation, religion, or disability. To us superhero comics can and should be exciting, intelligent, and yes, good.

That is the stated goal of Zenith Comics.

Join us on our quest.

Be heroic!

We have many rewards available, something to suit every budget.

RESERVIST - $5.00 (USD)
● Name on the Wall of Heroes
● Digital Copy of HEROIC #2

HERO - $10.00 (USD)
● Name on the Wall of Heroes
● Digital Copy of HEROIC #2
● Print Copy of HEROIC #2

SUPERHERO - $15.00 (USD)
● Name on the Wall of Heroes
● Digital Copy of HEROIC #2
● Autographed Print Copy of HEROIC #2

TOTAL HERO (Limit 100) - $20.00 (USD)
● Name on the Wall of Heroes
● Digital Copy of HEROIC #2
● Print Copies of HEROIC #1 & #2

ULTIMATE HERO (Limit 3) - $500.00 (USD)
● Name on the Wall of Heroes
● Digital Copy of HEROIC #2
● 1 Autographed Print Copy of HEROIC #2
● 3 Print Copies of HEROIC #2
● 11"x17" Custom Art of your Character by Oliver Castaneda
Note: By selecting this tier you are granting Zenith Comics unconditional permission to use your character (IP) in future publications, without payment, with credit to you as creator given.

Please note that Kickstarter now ADDS the shipping automatically to your pledge.  For single issues it is $5 US, $10 Canada, $15 Europe and $20 rest of the world.  It does NOT add the shipping for Add-Ons though, so please be sure to adjust your pledges when you take them.  We apologize for any confusion or surprises this has caused.

Unfortunately while the Kickstarter is active we cannot accept PayPal, but as soon as we complete the Kickstarter successfully ALL available reward tiers and add-ons will be eligible for purchase via PayPal as well.

Check out the first of many Stretch Goals to be revealed! 

 As we unlock goals we will reveal more and more!

Last time you let us know we had too many tiers and that there were multiple rewards many of you had wanted to get and couldn't. We heard you loud and clear.

This time around you can add an extra copy, get some custom art and even buy a poster, as an add-on.

When you make your pledge, just add the extra amount for the quantity of add-ons you would like (don't forget to add extra shipping if necessary) and remember ALL of these add-ons can be taken more than once!

Extra Copies of HEROIC #2 - $5 (+$5 S&H per 3 copies)
Extra Copies of HEROIC #2 - $5 (+$5 S&H per 3 copies)

Want more than 1 copy of HEROIC #2? This is the add-on for you. For just $5 each, you get an extra copy shipped to you! For every 3 additional copies (after your original pledge reward with shipped copy) please add +$5 for Shipping & Handling

Extra Autographs for Extra Copies - $5
Extra Autographs for Extra Copies - $5

Want those extra copies signed as well? Here you go! Can only be used with purchase of multiple copies.

4 Pack Heroic Cover Postcards - $5
4 Pack Heroic Cover Postcards - $5

Get a 4 pack of full colour postcards (4"x6") featuring the 2 covers of HEROIC issue #1, the Jen Page Photo Cover and the as yet unrevealed cover of HEROIC issue #2. No additional shipping and handling required (with your shipped copy reward tier), unless more than 3 packs (4 cards per pack) are purchased, then add +$5 per lot of 3 packs.  

11"X17" HEROIC #1 Cover Poster - $10 (+$5 s&h)
11"X17" HEROIC #1 Cover Poster - $10 (+$5 s&h)

Everyone loves the cover of HEROIC #1 by Oliver Castaneda and so do we. This work of art is now available as an 11"x17" poster for you wall! This will be shipped flat, not rolled, and requires an additional +$5 for shipping and handling.

Character Art Backer Board - $100
Character Art Backer Board - $100

Do you want an awesome picture on the back of your safely bagged and boarded comic? Oliver Castaneda is standing by do you a custom and unique piece of B&W art on a backer board for you. As long as you can provide reference for a character, he can draw it! No additional shipping and handling required (with your shipped copy tier), unless more than 3 are purchased, then add +$5.

Artist Alley Character - $200 - (+s&h see description)
Artist Alley Character - $200 - (+s&h see description)

There is nothing like a beautiful piece of custom B&W character art to hang on your wall. Oliver Castaneda, our go-to guy for these pieces, is ready to create an 11"x17" piece of custom character art for you. This piece will be flat shipped to you, so it does require extra s&h charges; +$5 for the US, +$10 for Canada, +$15 for the EU and +$20 for the rest of the world for up to 3 pieces. If more than 3 are purchased, then add another +$5 for each extra 1- 3 ordered.

Thanks for reading this far!

There it is, the second instalment in the HEROIC saga, waiting for you and your support.

A team of dedicated and very talented people, who want nothing more than to bring this to life are waiting for you.

Join us, pledge even $1 and see what we accomplished before and then understand that what we learned from that process has been applied to this one.

We can only get better and better, but we can't do it without you.

Take a look and see if you want to BE HEROIC!

 Sample art for HEROIC #2

Victory Squad concept art by Jesus Morales
Victory Squad concept art by Jesus Morales
Starbird concept art by Jesus Morales
Starbird concept art by Jesus Morales
HEROIC #2 Page One Sketch Version
HEROIC #2 Page One Sketch Version

Risks and challenges

We said we would make issue #1 and we did it, but it wasn't without pitfalls. We learned a LOT. We now have a better understanding of the risks involved; loss of time, missed deadlines, shipping cost for overseas and many other small but crucial details. Despite all of that we delivered and we will deliver again. We will update constantly and engage with you, the supporters, at every step of the process. Once we fund the work begins, then our single goal is to get issue #2 out to you. There are always setbacks and sidetracks, but so long as we stay focused on the goal, remember the lessons from issue #1 and never give up, we will succeed!

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    ONLOOKER - Want to see how it goes? No worries, selecting this level allows you to follow our updates and also gets you an immediate digital copy of HEROIC #1

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    RESERVIST - Save a tree? No problem, at this level you will get a Digital copy of HEROIC #2 and your name on our wall of supporters in the comic!

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    HERO - Gotta feel the paper between your fingers? We got you covered! At this level you get everything at the Reservist tier, as well as a printed copy of HEROIC #2!

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    SUPERHERO - Signed, sealed, delivered, it's yours! At this level you get everything at the HERO tier, plus your printed copy will be signed by Andrew Collas and cover-artist Oliver Castaneda!!

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    EVERYDAY HERO - Issue #1 had a selection of issues that got their covers bent or dinged in shipping. We call them Reading Copies. If you pledge this tier, not only will you get a copy of HEROIC #2, we will throw in a Reading Copy of HEROIC #1! Supplies are limited!

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    TOTAL HERO - Missed out on HEROIC #1? Want a copy? We have your back, but be fast as there are only 100 of these left out of the original 500 print run! These copies are in mint condition, unlike the above BROKEN HERO tier. Choose this tier and you get a copies of HEROIC #1 & #2!

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    SUPER BUNDLE 1 - Don't want to worry about picking add-ons? This bundle combines the SUPERHERO tier with 2 extra autographed copies of HEROIC issue #2, the 4 Cover Postcards set and 1 poster for one easy payment!

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    SUPER BUNDLE 2 - You get the SUPERHERO tier, plus 3 extra autographed copies of HEROIC issue #2, 2 posters and 2 sets of the 4 Pack of Cover Postcards! Great for sharing with friends and family!

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    BACKER BOARD HERO - Not only do you get a printed copy of HEROIC #2, you also get a custom black & white drawing on your backer board of any hero or villain you like by Oliver Castaneda! (You must be able to provide a reference if the character is unique or obscure)

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    ARTIST ALLEY HERO - Not only do you get a printed copy of HEROIC #2, you also get a custom black & white 11'X17' drawing of any hero or villain you like by Oliver Castaneda! (You must be able to provide a reference if the character is unique or obscure)

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    ULTIMATE HERO - Would you like to be a superhero? Do you have a superhero you would like to see in the Zenith Universe? In issue 2 we meet the Guardians and one of them will be based on you or your character! We will work with you to design the character and not only that, you will get an 11"x17" b&w original art piece by Oliver Castaneda of your character, an autographed copy of HEROIC #2 and 3 more copies to share with friends & family! See side bar for extra details.

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    ULTIMATE HERO 2 - We've added another! Would you like to be a superhero? Do you have a superhero you would like to see in the Zenith Universe? In issue 2 we meet the Guardians and one of them will be based on you or your character! We will work with you to design the character and not only that, you will get an 11"x17" b&w original art piece by Oliver Castaneda of your character, an autographed copy of HEROIC #2 and 3 more copies to share with friends & family! See side bar for extra details.

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