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Auroraman is Canada’s newest superhero based out of the small city of Humboldt SK. There is weird and wacky happening on the prairies!
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Who is Auroraman?

Auroraman is Saskatchewan’s very own superhero based out of the small city of Humboldt. He is a husband, a father, a teacher and now a fledgling superhero! Having found a cosmic powered staff during a meteor shower he works to learn what powers it grants him while working to protect his hometown and beyond! You can see the most current news and sneak peeks at the official Auroraman Facebook page here! 

Auroraman Designs by Justin Shauf
Auroraman Designs by Justin Shauf

 Why in Humboldt? 

 The better question is why not? The city of Humboldt as well as its surrounding area have a rich history and unique stories that can be worked into some fantastic comic book adventures for Auroraman and his supporting cast. The focus of this comic is to tell fun and adventurous stories and I firmly believe that the setting will allow for that to happen, just with a little different flavour then the stories about characters in larger urban settings. There are opportunities for big city action in these stories so it won’t be completely devoid of it but it won’t always be a driving force.

Inked panels from Auroraman: Origins.  Art by Justin Shauf
Inked panels from Auroraman: Origins. Art by Justin Shauf

What is the point of this Kickstarter?

 The mission of this Kickstarter is to bring about some attention to the Auroraman character and his origin story, help raise the funds needed to cover the production of the origin story comic and set up the fan base to support future releases.

Rough pencils from Auroraman: Origins.  Art by Just Shauf
Rough pencils from Auroraman: Origins. Art by Just Shauf

What is the plan for Auroraman? 

 Partnering with writer Andrew Lorenz (September17 Productions – Canadian Corps, Legacy, New Guard), Saskatchewan based artist Justin Shauf (Canadian Corps, Spacepig Hamadeus, The Purple Bean), colourist Donovan Yaciuk (Canadian Corps, Spacepig Hamadeus, The Purple Bean), and letterer Rod Salm (Canadian Corps), we are producing The Adventures of Auroraman: Origins short comic story to introduce the character for release in June at the first ever Humboldt Summer Sizzler Comic Con. After this release plans will carry along for my solo writing of Auroraman in several formats: traditional 3-4 panel newspaper style comic strips The Adventures of Auroraman with a variety of artists including Justin Shauf, Andrew Thomas (Auric of the Great White North), The Adventures of Auroraman: Made in the Watertower mini-comics with a variety of artists as well as continuing the story of Saskatchewan’s superhero in the standard sized comic

Adventures of Auroraman comic strip pencils.  Art by Cee Raymond
Adventures of Auroraman comic strip pencils. Art by Cee Raymond

Some press for this project has already happened!

While this project was just getting off the ground it has already been flagged in certain media circles. I did an interview for the Hey Kids Comics Radio show in Peterborough, Ontario which was a great surprise since they had discovered Auroraman through the Facebook page. After the story hit 107.5 Bolt FM and the Discover Humboldt website I was contacted by the CBC in Regina for an interview on their website as well as a live on air interview for their afternoon radio program. This has also led to interest from CBC Books in Toronto, CTV News, CFCR radio and Punch TV all in Saskatoon. 

 Hey Kids Comics Radio Show 

 Discover Humboldt/107.5 Bolt FM

 CBC Saskatchewan 

 Who am I? 

 I am a husband, father, teacher and a long time comic book fan. Growing up as a comic book fan really impacted who I am today in terms of my passion for comics, my love for the genre and especially its ability to reach such a wide range of audiences. When I find something I like deeply I want to share that with others and for anyone who knows me can attest to that...I am not pushy with it but I don’t hide it away. My teaching/dress wardrobe consists of a large number of comic book themed ties, my classroom walls are covered with comic book artwork, I work to find avenues and comic book resources that will fit into classes I teach in a relevant and meaningful manner and I will always introduce comics to people who I think will enjoy them, even if they don’t typically read comics. 

 Artists involved with this Campaign!

There are many amazingly talented people involved with this project that it still blows my mind! You can choose from a variety awesome art rewards by the following artists:

 - Justin Shauf

A special project featuring Auroraman and the Classic Captain Canuck by Justin Shauf, colours by Donovan Yaciuk
A special project featuring Auroraman and the Classic Captain Canuck by Justin Shauf, colours by Donovan Yaciuk

 - James Zintel 

The Auroraman print by James Zintel
The Auroraman print by James Zintel

 - Tim Levins

An example of work by Tim Levins.
An example of work by Tim Levins.

- Andrew Thomas

Auroraman print by Andrew Thomas
Auroraman print by Andrew Thomas

 - Mike Rooth

The Auroraman print by Mike Rooth
The Auroraman print by Mike Rooth

- Cee Raymond

Auroraman print by Cee Raymond.
Auroraman print by Cee Raymond.

 - Anthony Owens 

Auroraman print by Anthony Owens.
Auroraman print by Anthony Owens.

- Colin Work 

An example of work by Colin Work.
An example of work by Colin Work.

- A Shay Hahn 

Auroraman Print by A Shay Hahn
Auroraman Print by A Shay Hahn

 - Samal World-Mcnealy 

Print by Samal World-McNealy
Print by Samal World-McNealy

 Exclusive to this campaign - Canadian Creators Digital Omnibus!

Celebrating the 75th anniversary of Canadian Comics we are proud to offer this exclusive digital collection of comics by various Canadian creators! Included in this package will be: Auroraman: Origins, Andrew Lorenz’s Canadian Corps, Auric of the Great White North by Davis Dewsbury and Andrew Thomas, Pitiful Human Lizard by Jason Loo, Sam Noir and Christopher Yao’s Major North, Gary Boyarski’s Jack Grimm, Spacepig Hamadeus from Donovan Yaciuk, a piece from Mark Shainblum co-creator of Northguard, the 3D comic Road Trip by Jason Sylvestre, a story by James Zintel, Hockeypocalypse by Jeff Martin, a story from Ryan Howe, a story from Humboldt's Elaine Will and much more still coming in! These will be collected in one digital collection with an exclusive cover and an introduction by Chapterhouse Comics Fadi Hakim!

Celebrating 75 years of Canadian Comics in 2016!
Celebrating 75 years of Canadian Comics in 2016!

 Stretch Goals!!

Ok so we have hit the main mark, and then some, so now it’s time to see how much further this can go! I have pulled together what I feel are some pretty awesome stretch goals to help reward you all for your help with this!

$3,000 – 8-bit character buttons! Everyone who has pledged to receive a physical reward will also receive a set of 7 8-bit character buttons designed by 8-Bit Hero! These buttons depict characters from the Aurorman universe including allies like Avra Kehdabra, and Yukon Cornelius as well as the villainous Baron von Schnitzel and the monstrous Weizen!

8-bit character button set! By 8-BitHero.org
8-bit character button set! By 8-BitHero.org

$3,500 – New Auroraman print bundle! Everyone that pledged $25 and over will receive this Auroraman print bundle including pieces by Justin Shauf, Christopher Yao, Gibson Quarter, Arnold Trinidad, and more to be announced yet!

A sample of the new prints in this stretch goal bundle!
A sample of the new prints in this stretch goal bundle!

$4, 000 – ‘Made in the Watertower’ mini-comic reward! Everyone who pledged to this campaign will get an all-new 2-page ‘Made in the Watertower’ written by myself and illustrated by Regina’s Jason Sylvestre! Those that pledged just for a digital reward will get a digital copy while those with physical rewards will get a print copy of this issue!

Made in the Watertower mini-comics logo
Made in the Watertower mini-comics logo

$4,500/$5,00 – Top Secret Variant Cover(s) in the works!

Risks and challenges

Barring invasion by creepy snowmen or zombie wildlife the Origins issue is right on track to meet its release date. All other rewards are similarly right on track. In the unlikely situation that a delay occurs all parties will be notified as soon as possible with the adjusted expected arrival date!

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    Buy your favorite Saskatchewan superhero a cup of coffee! $2 gets you a digital copy of origin story of Humboldt's Hero, Auroraman!

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    Your own copy of the Auroraman: Origins comic! This is a physical copy of the comic as well as a digital copy.

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    Exclusive to this campaign - Canadian Creators Digital Omnibus! This is a digital collection of comics by various Canadian creators! Included in this package will be: Auroraman: Origins, Andrew Lorenz’s Canadian Corps, Auric of the Great White North by Davis Dewsbury and Andrew Thomas, Pitiful Human Lizard by Jason Loo, Sam Noir and Christopher Yao’s Major North, Gary Boyarski’s Jack Grimm, Spacepig Hamadeus from Donovan Yaciuk, a piece from Mark Shainblum co-creator of Northguard, the 3D comic Road Trip by Jason Sylvestre, a story by James Zintel, Hockeypocalypse by Jeff Martin, work from Eric Theriault, a story from Ryan Howe and a story from Elaine Will. These will be collected in one digital collection with an exclusive cover.

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    Comic, Print and Digital Bundle! You get your own print copy of Auroraman: Origins, the Canadian Creators Digital Omnibus as well as Anthony Owens ChibizPop Auroraman print!

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    Sketch cover by Colin Work! You get a limited blank sketch cover copy of Auroraman: Origins with a pen and ink sketch by Colin Work. Colin is one of the artists working on The Adventures of Auroraman comic strips and Made in the Watertower mini comics. This also includes the Anthony Owens ChibizPop Auroraman print and the Canadian Creators Digital Omnibus!

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    Comic and Print Combo! You get the print copy of Auroraman: Origins, the Anthony Owens ChibizPop Auroraman print as well as the Auroraman print of your choice from the artists in this list: Justin Shauf, James Zintel, A Shay Hahn, Andrew Thomas, Samal World-McNealy, Mike Rooth, Cee Raymond, Tim Levins! This also includes the Canadian Creators Digital Omnibus!

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    Comic and Prints 6-Pack. You will receive the print copy of Auroraman: Origins as well as you choose 5 of the prints featured in the campaign. This also includes the Canadian Creators Digital Omnibus!

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    Sketch cover by Justin Shauf! You will receive a limited blank cover print copy of Auroraman: Origins with a single character pen and ink sketch by the artist of the book Justin Shauf. This also includes a print of the regular cover by Justin, and the Canadian Creators Digital Omnibus!

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    Comic and Prints Jackpot! You will receive the print copy of Auroraman: Origins as well as ALL 9 of the prints featured in the campaign! This also includes the Canadian Creators Digital Omnibus!

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    Original art by Samal World-McNealy action! You will receive the original art from Samal World-McNealy that was used for the print in this campaign. You will also receive the Canadian Creators Digital Omnibus and the print copy of the Aurorman: Origins comic!

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    Original art by A Shay Hahn action! You will receive the original art from A Shay Hahn that was used for the print in this campaign. You will also receive the Canadian Creators Digital Omnibus and the print copy of the Aurorman: Origins comic!

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    Original art by Mike Rooth action! You will receive the original art from Mike Rooth that was used for the print in this campaign. You will also receive the Canadian Creators Digital Omnibus and the print copy of the Aurorman: Origins comic!

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    Appear in a future Auroraman comic strip adventure! You get to appear in a story with Auroraman; you will be a part of an Adventures of Auroraman comic strip, not just a background character but part of the story! These comic strips will appear online as well as being an ongoing part of the Reel Attractions pre-show program before every movie shown in the theatre. As well as this you will receive the digital ‘Canadian Creators Omnibus’, a physical copy of the Auroraman Origins issue, and ALL nine (9) of the prints from this campaign!!

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    Appear in a future Auroraman comic strip adventure! You get to appear in a story with Auroraman; you will be a part of an Adventures of Auroraman: Made in the Watertower mini-comic, not just a background character but part of the story! As well as this you will receive the digital ‘Canadian Creators Omnibus’, a physical copy of the Auroraman Origins issue, and ALL nine (9) of the prints from this campaign!!

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    Appear in a future Auroraman comic book adventure! You will be a part of a future issue of the Auroraman comic, not just a background character but part of the actual story!! As well as this you will receive the digital ‘Canadian Creators Omnibus’, a physical copy of the Auroraman Origins issue, and ALL nine (9) of the prints from this campaign!!

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    Early Bird Special!!

    Comic and Prints 6-Pack. You will receive the print copy of Auroraman: Origins as well as you choose 5 of the prints featured in the campaign. This also includes the Canadian Creators Digital Omnibus!

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    Early Bird Special!!

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    Saskatoon Comic and Entertainment Expo Weekend! You will receive two (2) weekend passes to the Saskatoon Comic and Entertainment Expo, September 17th and 18th, 2016. These tickets will get you in the door where you can take part in the awesomeness that is this Expo, meeting celebrities, comic book writers and artists, all sorts of amazing vendor’s booths for merchandise too! You will also get to meet those responsible for Auroraman:Origins – Andrew Lorenz, Justin Shauf, Donovan Yaciuk and Jeff Burton! You will also be getting the blank cover copy of the comic with a single character pencil and ink sketch by Justin, a regular cover print copy of the issue, your choice of 4 of the prints featured in the campaign and the Canadian Creators Digital Omnibus! Transportation, accommodations and all other expenses involved are yours to provide.

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    Original art by Cee Raymond action! You will receive the original art from Cee Raymond that was used for the print in this campaign. You will also receive the Canadian Creators Digital Omnibus and the print copy of the Aurorman: Origins comic!

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