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WE REACHED OUR FIRST STRETCH GOAL!!! Now it's time to work towards goal #2!!!
****STRETCH GOAL #1 (REACHED!!!!!)******
So should we hit $8,000 everyone Hero Level 5 and up gets a FREE EXO character digital & print poster sent to them & signed by yours truly! I will also be donating 20 books to a local library to give out to kids & youths!
STRETCH GOAL #2
Should we hit $10,000, EVERYONE gets a KICKSTARTER EXCLUSIVE VARIANT COVER! The COVER will be EXCLUSIVE to backers ONLY and will come as a standalone print shipped with the book! And thats not all. I will also be giving out E.X.O. wallpapers for ALL devices to everyone! (See pics below in the rewards section).
STRETCH GOAL #3
Should we hit $12,000 we would immediately begin production of BOOK TWO! EVERYONE gets the first 10 pages of E.X.O. PART TWO!
More info & pictures below!
Hey guys! My name is Roye, and I am the creator and writer of E.X.O. I was born in Lagos, Nigeria, and I fell in love with superhero stories the first time I laid my eyes on the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles cartoon. In 2008, after noticing there was little diversity in superhero narratives, I decided to tell a story about a hero from Nigeria/Africa. I wanted to add something unique to the genre. To do so, I started YouNeek Studios and began work on E.X.O. - The Legend of Wale Williams Part One.
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My mission with E.X.O. - The Legend of Wale Williams is to put Africa on the map when it comes to telling superhero stories. As you can see from the trailer above, this whole thing started out as an animated project about 3 years ago, but due to several difficulties (financing, distribution etc.) I decided to make it a book first. We have so many people with a wealth of creative and appealing stories on the continent, but they never really get the proper commercial exposure. I myself experienced this when I approached investors and distributors. I was told it was a great idea, but there was no fan base for this sort of product. But I refuse to believe that. I believe that if it’s done properly (with great script, good production values, etc.), people all over the world will be receptive. We don’t necessarily love characters like Superman, Batman or Spiderman because of where they are from. We love them because they have great stories we can identify with. That's why I took my time in developing the story and characters. I hope that E.X.O. will fulfil my lifelong goal of adding something unique to the superhero genre.
E.X.O. - The Legend of Wale Williams is a superhero story about redemption, set in a futuristic 2025 Africa. The graphic novel will be broken into two parts. Part one, which is 130 pages, is already halfway completed (with fully colored pages with lettering) and is set for release August 2015. You can read the first chapter for FREE right here on my website.
I started this Kickstarter campaign because I am on the last leg of this very long and amazing journey. Production costs have already been taken care of and all that's left is printing. Now I need YOU to help get this project over the finish line. I plan to send a completed part one (130 pages) of the book for print by the end of June. The estimated cost for 1000 copies is about $3500.
So, friends, family and superhero fans all over the world, I humbly ask you for your help in making my lifelong dream come true by guaranteeing that E.X.O. becomes a reality! Thank you all for your support!
Lagoon City, Nigeria 2025. Tricked into returning home to Nigeria after a five year absence, an impetuous young man named Wale (pronounced Wah-leh) Williams embarks on a journey to investigate his father’s mysterious disappearance. His only clue is a cryptic Nanosuit left behind for him by his father, a suit which grants superhuman abilities. As he comes to understand the suit’s powers, Wale realizes he must restore hope to the city by preventing catastrophic attacks from the sociopathic extremist, Oniku.
The support I’ve gotten so far for this project has been nothing short of amazing. I’m greatly humbled by the number of people that have tweeted, retweeted, shared and blogged about E.X.O.
“The designs are very slick and futuristic, and ignore some of the design stereotypes which frequently turn up in many "African set" productions created by less intimate creators. At an initial glance, it has all of fast paced action and hi-tech superhero antics that you would expect of most animated action series on Cartoon Network or NickToons, only it is featuring a brand new hero for a brand new era. The world is a big place, and there's room for heroes from all lands in it. Keep an eye out for the first volume of "EXO: the Legend of Wale Williams" this summer!” Alex Widen | The Examiner
“In a time when the public is beginning to demand for a more diverse slate of superhero comics and movies, YouNeek Studios aims to fill that gap with a library of eclectic characters.” Jamie Broadnax | Black Girl Nerds
EXO certainly looks like a fun, well thought-out project, and something that could indeed go far towards putting Africa on the superhero fiction map. Justin | FEVA TV
For more details on each reward, please look to the sidebar to the right.
It would be disingenuous of me to act like I got here all by myself. Throughout this journey I have received an overwhelming amount of support from friends, family, fans and other independent creators from across the globe. However I want to take this opportunity to thank a special set of people. The team that have worked (and are currently working) on E.X.O. -
- Ayodele Elegba: Editor
- Sukanmi Akinboye: Artist (Pencils & Inks)
- Raphael Kazeem: Colorist
Thanks, guys! This would not be possible without you.
The majority of the money would be put towards the printing of E.X.O. - The Legend of Wale Williams Part One. See the full breakdown below:
- Campaign Fees (8%) - Kickstarter fees & credit card processing fees
- Miscellaneous (10%) - ISBN/Barcodes, Rewards Production etc.
- Printing - (82%) - It will take roughly 2 months to have the books printed and shipped
**UPDATE: YAY! We reached our goal!! Now lets work on making sure you guys get a hold of these awesome extras by hitting our stretch goals!
- Should we reach $8,000 - Everyone Hero Level 5 and up gets an EXO character poster!(digital & print). In addition, I will be donating 20 books to a local library to give out to kids & youths!
- Should we hit $10,000, EVERYONE gets a KICKSTARTER EXCLUSIVE VARIANT COVER! The COVER will be EXCLUSIVE to backers ONLY and will come as a standalone print shipped with the book! And thats not all. I will also be giving out E.X.O. wallpapers for ALL devices to everyone!
- Should we reach $12,000 - Wie will immediately begin production of Book Two. Everyone Hero Level 1 and up gets a PDF version of the first 10 pages of E.X.O. - The Legend of Wale Williams PART TWO!
More exciting stretch goals (animation, part two goodies, more limited edition apparel etc.) to be revealed later on in the campaign!
Risks and challenges
My hope is obviously for everything to go according to plan without any hiccups, but in reality you cannot plan for every contingency. There are certain factors that could get in the way of progress (e.g international printing/shipping issues). However my goal is to handle any issues, should they arise in a professional manner by sending out daily messages via the Kickstarter updates thread. I believe in 100% transparency and you guys deserve nothing less. I intend to keep every backer, fan and supporter informed by providing updates on a regular and timely manner.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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