What is the Spice of justice?
“The Spice of Justice
Superhero Services LLC” is a group of Hispanic vigilantes too crazy, too
virginal or waaay too undocumented to meet the necessary criteria to fit the
mold of superheroes as we remember them to be.
They are naive enough to keep the old
fashioned spirit of doing good without asking for standing ovations. However,
without the accreditation of "The JustUs League" our heroes have no
choice but to bottle up their heroic nature into menial jobs in order to
survive. Whenever there is a chance, The Spice of Justice will put itself in heroic
circumstances that most of the time will turn into embarrassing situations. After you call the Spice
of Justice, whatever was troubling you will now trouble everybody else.
are the heroes of The Spice of Justice?
"El Super" Barrera: Superman with a Third
Marlon, a scientist from an advanced civilization on the verge of
destruction, sent his baby boy across the universe via a flying taco. The UFO
landed in the middle of the Sonora desert. A Hispanic couple rushing their way onto American soil found the baby, took him in and raised him as one of their
own. The earth's atmosphere gives him the ability to breath fire, making him a
human flame thrower.
Lucho “El Super” Barrera has superhuman resistance, but only in his belly,
gaining him the nickname of "the gut of steel". He has other minor
super abilities, like super burp and super bad breath that, when combined, can
be lethal. Even though he possesses super-abilities, they are often
overshadowed by his inferiority complex. That's why he's never assumed his
potential role as a superhero, rather making a living as one more member of the
illegal workforce, offering his services at the parking lot of the “Builder's
Playground” Hardware Store.
Gringoman: the modern Don Quixote
William Worthington the III (Billy to his friends) is the founder of the
Spice of Justice Superhero Services LLC. He is a delusional man in his mid
twenties who still lives with his wealthy parents. Billy's brain got fried
from reading one too many superhero comics, developing an alternative persona
that he called "Gringoman": an amnesiac superhero who can't remember
his powers. Armed with the knowledge that most Superheroes are born from terrible
accidents, he doesn’t think twice about making himself a target in dangerous
situations. Although he's never gained any obvious powers, he always survives
just to keep on trying. Unbeknownst to him, his power is his indestructibility.
Super Lupe: a celibate Hulk in silk stalkings
A woman in her mid- twenties with a smoking hot body and the temper of Godzilla on
PMS. She lives next door to Billy and is Gringoman's secret object
of desire. From an early age, she showed an exceptional strength that triggers
when she is emotionally challenged. Deep inside, Super Lupe believes that her gift comes from her
chastity, which she fears will be compromised if she ever gets involved in a relationship. Despite her strong personality, she is a romantic person who believes in
virtue as a way to get through life; that's why she is still waiting for her
white knight in shining armor. However, her insecurities, attract her to the
wrong guys instead (e.g. the barber who sings the Sweeney Todd ballad, the
call service guy who hangs up prematurely, or the land-sick sailor). The other
guys on the team do not dare to fool around with her. They would rather play
tag with a jellyfish.
Santos Yacare: The "Junk" Warrior
Yacare is a Caribbean African American in his 40's who answered
the ultimate question of life: “It is worth not caring about anything.” He is a
half-man half-alligator who has managed to live plenty by blindly trusting that
life will provide everything he needs, which, to everybody's astonishment
(including this show's creators) is shockingly accurate. His known vocation
ranges from consummate armchair quarterback to charming Latin lover to
recycling archeologist/collector. As he says: "I will turn your trash into
Yacare is the “Third-World- technologist” of the group, using all his recycling
goodies to create the team's often unpredictable gadgets. His most dearest
belongings are a "vintage" Motorola brick retro cellphone with which you
can talk but you can't hear, a street couch that he uses as his personal office
and "The Bean-R-mobile": Yacare's "Knight rider." Usually parked next to Yacare's couch. (If the Bean-R-mobile is not parked in
front of the couch you know he is out of office).
Where does the Spice of Justice operate?
Our superheroes live in
Dreamsville, the land where dreams come true… and nightmares, too. With sunny
weather, natural beaches and perfect artificial landscapes, Dreamsville is
often displayed as the ideal world for the average man. It would be true, if it
weren't for its single fault, a massive tectonic one that runs beneath the city. In
Dreamsville, people of different backgrounds (Caucasians, Hispanics, aliens,
werewolves, zombies and the token black family) work regular jobs and are
always looking for the best way to screw each other. In this world, the media's
top news would be the (lack of) panties on a teenager star who has gotten a
DUI. In this world, you should not expect a helping hand without signing a
Who else lives in Dreamsville?
Some of the regular folks living a
heart-stirring life in Dreamsville are Dr. Stanley Inker, a former
superhero-maker; Tauro Torero, a Casanova-like bullfighter; and Gilles and
Vininicius, a vampire gay couple (who just recently
adopted a 3 year-old Cambodian werewolf).
Some other folks are:
Gretel "The Old Lady": A
baby boomer who has done it all, but thinks she can still cope with anything as
if she were in her 20s. She has many senior suitors
trying to steal her heart, but she won't let them unless they pay her medical
Family of Zombies: Mom
works in a supermarket, Dad in a 7-11 and the two kids go to school even on
Sunday. They all speak a Zombie-like language. They have a house and live a
very mundane life. Their favorite dish is "American Brains." Their
main goals are: to save money to be able to go on vacation every year and to invest in their 401k.
And...The token black family: A
typical black TV family. Every now and then we will briefly jump cut
to the token black family, just to see what they are up to. Of course, they
have no idea why we appear and disappear of their lives and are always
taken by surprise.
Worthy of notice is the presence of the Just
Us League, a parody of the Justice League where all the famous characters are
now part of the TV reality show "The Super BFF.” We get to see
the human side of Supermean, Fatman, Wonder Bra Woman and other superheroes. For the Just Us League, saving the world for the Just Us League is a thing of the past. As they
all say: "there is no money in that.”
Who are the creators of The Spice of Justice?
My name is Iohann Sanmartin and I am an independent animation
producer. For the last 10 years I have been working between the US and South
America. This cross-cultural situation often makes me think about the
challenges our country is facing regarding Hispanic immigration, a cultural
clash that is constantly generating situations that range
from awkward and embarrassing to totally hilarious and
surreal. So, I decided to have some fun playing with the idea of Hispanics illegally working as superheroes in the US, and started this project
with my fellow writer and dear friend Richie Forero. We have had a great time developing the idea of The Spice of Justice and now are ready to get it out and see how the melting pot
reacts. This funding will allow us to produce the first issue of the graphic
novel series The Spice Of Justice.
What are we going to do with the money?
The following graph shows
our business plan:
Even though we are
first establishing The Spice Of Justice as an e-graphic novel, we do
plan to take it all the way up to an animated series, but for that we need to
start somewhere, and an e-graphic novel seems to us like a great first step.
Nevertheless, if we do extremely well kickstarting The Spice Of
Justice we will consider putting the extra money into a very nice motion comic, in order to pitch the
concept of the animated series to studios and get it closer to the dream. You
guys let us know which way to go with your support and acceptance.
Where can I read a sample of the script? is it funny?
Well, we find it hilarious! The whole idea is to make fun of all of us without really taking any sides at the end. So, if you want to read further, we invite you to take a peek at the first 10 scenes of the script for the first chapter of the Graphic Novel "The Spice of Justice" ...
LAST NOTE FROM THE AUTHORS (FINALLY...)
We have developed The Spice Of Justice on our free time and now we
are at a point where must commit with the time and work needed to bring this
project to reality. We plan to get the first issue done with your support.
Nevertheless, It often happens that if the project is good people's funding
rises more than what is expected. If that happens, we will use the money to
produce some of the next e-comic issues showcased in here. However, if it
does EXTREMELY well, we will even make a motion comic version and
share it with you! So we all can see how this funny project grows thanks to all
of us. THANKS FOR YOUR SUPPORT!