Comedy about undocumented hispanic Superheroes illegally working in the United States. Read more
This project's funding goal was not reached on June 4, 2012.
About this project
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.
Who are the heroes of The Spice of Justice?
Lucho "El Super" Barrera: Superman with a Third World mentality.
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 my cash."
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 liability waiver.
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 bills.
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!
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