About this project
A long time ago, the world's most renowned superhero disappeared and justice was handed over to the grim-n-gritty vigilantes that blurred the line between the righteous and the wicked. Everyone forgot what it truly meant to be a hero... until the day the Giant Robot Octopus Alien Monster attacked! When one little boy finds the courage to stand up to this alien invader, it just might be enough to inspire the return of the world's greatest superhero...
Captain Ultimate is an all-ages superhero series created by Joey Esposito, Ben Bailey, and Boy Akkerman that is published digitally by Monkeybrain Comics. Though it’s been well-received, the nature of the direct market has made it difficult for Captain Ultimate to find a home in print.
That’s why we’re turning to Kickstarter to fund the print collection of Captain Ultimate #1-6! This will include the printing and shipping costs and getting it distributed via Diamond so kids all over the world can order the book efficiently from their local comic book shop, library, or book store.
The issues are fully completed (and can be read on Comixology), so the book will be off to the printer as soon as funding is reached. You’ll be able to read all of the crazy adventures including (but not limited to) the sentient ninja alphabet, the buffest Santa Claus you’ve ever seen, punk rock Halloween, carnival carnage, and a Giant Robot Octopus Alien Monster rethinking his life choices!
Want to make sure that what you're backing is awesome? Read Captain Ultimate #1 for free by clicking on the image below:
We believe that all-ages comics are undervalued in the market, but we’ve experienced first-hand how important they can be. Here’s a letter we received and printed back in Captain Ultimate #3:
This hit us hard when it came in because it was validation of everything we believed, and has been a reminder for us during the journey of bringing Cap to print that it’s a worthwhile effort. It wasn’t a brand that attracted this kid, it was the story itself.
A story with a character he’d never seen or heard of before. A story he wouldn’t have ever seen without the help of Monkeybrain and the digital platform. There’s no reason the same thing couldn’t happen to a kid that comes across the book at his school library or local comic shop.
Of course we’re biased and confident about the book we put out, but there are lots of other great all-ages books out there that are in a similar spot.
We know that it’s hard, as a parent, to go into your comic shop on Wednesdays with your kid and turn them away from Batman comics that are too violent for them or Spider-Man books that are too mature. There are the licensed options too, but as Logan has shown us, sometimes that’s not enough.
So here's what we're offering to help us get Captain Ultimate into the hands of kids everywhere:
If all of that stuff isn't quite enough, here are some kids, parents, and other readers enjoying their time with Team Ultimate:
We hope you'll fall in love with these characters as much as we have. Thanks so much for your support -- of Captain Ultimate AND all-ages comics in general! The future of comics is our kids!
Risks and challenges
Since the issues and rewards are already fully completed, it's just a matter of sending the files to the printer once the funds are received. There's always the risk of shipping delays from the printer, but there should be no production delays on our end.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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