SUPREME TEAM "The Come Up" is a 24-page comic book, the first chapter in a violent street saga about the infamous American gangster and his Queens drug crew. Inspired by a true-story, the comic charts the rise of the street legends that would set the tone of gangster rap. The vivid illustrations recapture the style of New York at the birth of hip-hop.
The new crime comic written by Seth Ferranti (VICE, Don Diva, The Fix), illustrated by Joe Wills (Ink & Drink), and produced by Anthony Mathenia (Stache). It is based on Ferranti's nonfiction true-crime book The Supreme Team: The Birth of Crack and Hip-Hop, Prince's Reign of Terror and The Supreme/50 Cent Beef Exposed.
Funding will go toward the production of the printed first chapter as a 24-page comic book. Anything above the campaign goal will be used to complete additional chapters in the story and add special bonuses to the Kickstarter exclusive version.
With stretch goals we have the potential to lock all five chapters. A bonus digital copy of any extra chapters that are unlocked during this campaign will be provided to backers at the $10 tier or higher. Let's #makecomics and see how far we can push this!
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At the dawn of crack and hip-hop, the Supreme Team towered above their contemporaries—the players, pimps and dope boys in Jamaica Queens.
With their hip-hop flavor, the team dominated the drug game like none before and their exploits reverberated in rap’s lyrical lore. Their general, Supreme epitomized the new age urban gangsta, juxtaposing the grace and cunning of a Mafia don with the viciousness of a pit bull.
Supreme Team is an action-fueled journey through the crack era. It follows the team as they become outlaw heroes and street legends. As Supreme Joins the ranks of the classic American gangster, the Team will create a unique urban mythology.
Chapter One, “The Come Up” follows a young Supreme as he rallies his crew from the Baisley Projects to get into the drug game. But when he appoints his nephew Prince as his chief of security, things already start to spin out of the young hustler’s control.
"Seth Ferranti has a very interesting perspective. He's one of the pioneers penning urban gangster culture. I'm looking forward to his work in the graphic novel arena." - Kevin Chiles, Publisher of Don Diva Magazine
"Hip-hop and true crime from the crack era, Supreme Team is a mesmerizing look into the drug game." - Wahida Clark, New York Times & Ebony Bestselling Author
"A match made in true crime heaven! Timing and choice of underworld stories couldn’t have been better for Ferranti’s comic book debut. Gritty writing, brilliant art, crazy but true stories - comics are about to get real!" -Christian Cipollini, Award-Winning Author of Murder Inc.: Mysteries of the Mob’s Most Deadly Hit Squad
Seth Ferranti (writer/creator) is a journalist and multi-media writer who pens true crime and prison related stories for vice.com and thefix.com, among others. He started his career while incarcerated under an LSD Kingpin conviction, after spending two years as a top-15 fugitive on the US Marshal's most wanted list. His case was widely covered by The Washington Post and Washington Times, and his story was profiled in the pages of Rolling Stone and Don Diva magazine. He is currently working out of St. Louis, Missouri. @sethferranti
Joe Wills (illustrator) is a Marine veteran spending most of his military career in Japan and has spent many years honing his craft as an illustrator/designer and writer of comics and other stories. He is best known for his contributions to Ink & Drink Comics' many anthologies and on graphic design projects in St. Louis. @joewillsart
Anthony Mathenia (producer) is a novelist, journalist, and comic creator. He is the author of Paradise Earth; Day Zero, an exploration of faith at the end of the world. Anthony currently writes two comics, Butterfly and Pretty Face. He produced the trade anthology Out of the Blue in support of child literacy. Anthony enjoys the feeling of corduroys and hopes to have a pair in every color. @armathenia
$5,500 - All backers $5 and over will receive a Supreme Team sticker.
$6,500 - The Kickstarter Exclusive Version gets a variant cover by an artist to be announced.
$7,500 - Supreme Team Chapter #2 is funded. All backers at $10 or more will receive a digital copy of the second chapter.
$8,500 - The Kickstarter Exclusive Edition will include a reproduction of American Dream: Free Enterprise a short story by Seth Ferranti about the events that lead up to his incarceration. Originally self-published as a chapbook in 2001 while in prison with limited available inside the correctional system.
$10,000 - Supreme Team Chapter #3 is funded. All backers at $10 or more will receive a digital copy of the third chapter.
$11,500 - All backers $10 and over will receive "Just Say No To Drugs" by White Boy Mafia. The music CD was recorded by Seth Ferranti in federal prison.
$12,500 - Supreme Team Chapter #4 is funded. All backers at $10 or more will receive a digital copy of the penultimate chapter.
$13,500 - The Kickstarter Exclusive Version includes an exclusive preview of a autobiographical comic by Seth Ferranti with artist K. Anthony Lawler.
$15,000 - Supreme Team Chapter #5 is funded. All backers at $10 or more will receive a digital copy of the final chapter of the saga.
Risks and challenges
This project is being organized with help from independent comic creators who have been responsible for other successful Kickstarter campaigns (Gunpowder Witch & Tabula Rasa/Butterfly.) Production and order fulfillment will be through Stache, a small press comic publisher. No issues are anticipated, but as they arise we will do what we can to fix them. The creative team is 100% committed to our supporters.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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