WOOO! We're past our target and firing on all 4 cylinders towards our stretch target (which will help cover colouring costs and other treats)!
If you've checked out the video and hopefully supported the project, check out the outtakes video for a bit more of a giggle!
As a reminder for hardcopies you'll have a choice of colour OR black and white (depending on preference) - all digital versions will include both.
A gritty re-imagining of the Robin Hood legends. However, instead of Robin being a guy who returned home from The Crusades to find out his home town had turned to crap, OUR Robin (Jackie Bianco) is an ex mafia enforcer with a dark secret. He comes home after a long stretch in prison to find out his old district is now ruled by ex-partner and all round psychopath, Valentino (our Sheriff).
Using his intimate knowledge of Valentino's operations he begins a personal war against organised crime by robbing the rich mafioso and arming the poor! Along the way he gains the support of gang leaders including 'lilbig (our Little John) and blackmailing others like Father Peter (our Friar Tuck), an ex member of the IRA.
It's a gritty tale of revenge and redemption as he is forced to decide between fulfilling his mission at the expense of the people on the streets, or becoming the kind of urban folk hero people want him to be.
It's a book that takes its gritty and sombre lead from great shows like The Wire and Sons of Anarchy but also its action from movies like Boondock Saints.
Like Sons of Anarchy it takes inspiration from, but doesn't shamelessly copy its source material. Instead it is an original story with its own twists and turns that at its root retains some of the legendary aspects of its muse.
So far I have paid for the art on the first three issues out of my own pocket (ouch). This Kickstarter's aim is to finance the latter half of the story's art (issues four to six) and print a graphic novel containing all 6 parts, plus back matter (sketches, thankyou's, extra bonus content) into a physical black and white paperback book. With some original concept art and back matter the entire book will come in at around 136 pages - possibly more if we make stretch goals.
In short your money will be paying for :
- The sequential art for Issues 4-6 (well, so Armin can live on chips and beans for a few months while he works on it)
- The other artist, AsOne, as he designs our T-Shirts and Covers (check out some of his work, it's awesome)
- The printing costs/reward costs.
If support is overwhelming and we raise much more than we expect, then we'll offer a colour version to our existing backers, if we're able to find a colourist who'll work to our limited budget.
Starting with the talent we have...
Based in Bosnia, Armin Ozdic kicks all kinds of ass with his beautifully shaded sequential art. He’s on art duties for Hood (the whole shebang!) and if the samples haven’t got you excited yet, just wait till you see what he’s got planned for the later issues! Other examples of his work can be found at : http://armin-ozdic.blogspot.co.uk/
We also have support from the amazing...
An Australian-born, Norwich-based graffiti painter and street artist with some mad skills and an awesome rep both in the UK and the colonies (ahem). He’ll be designing our limited edition covers, T-shirts and Hoodies (as well as offering some of his own art as rewards!). Check out some of his excellent work at : www.asonearts.com
Finally, smelling of Whiskey and sleep deprivation...
...Is me, Ant Jones. I'm a UK-based writer of comics, short stories and articles. Hood is my baby and it's me that'll be answering your emails and making sure you get your rewards and all that. Oh yeah, I'll also be writing the comic! My blog (which'll be the main blog for Hood updates after this has succeeded...I hope) is at : www.bombculture.com
So we've got a third of the book already drawn but I didn't want to swallow this entire page up with sample pages, so here's a few pages from Issues 1 and 2.
NEW BIT - Because some of you have requested it, some sample lettered pages are below!
So, apart from my small but perfectly formed thanks (which'll appear in print and digital editions of the graphic novel), we've got some great rewards including...
The cover above is actually Armin's cover; AsOne's will be just as awesome and unique to the Kickstarter edition of the book.
NEW - Some folks have been asking for more detail and example's of AsOne's art. Also thanks to a very supportive AsOne I can now drop the price of the reward - get an awesome piece of art from an awesome graffiti artist!
As he's doing the covers, T-shirts and commissions - how could I say no? Here's some examples of his work, the £400 reward would be a piece of custom work on canvas or up cycled material.
And finally! After a bit of negotiation I'm proud to announce The Editor's Choice reward! As I mentioned in my video I have a group of folks who are kindly acting as my editorial control (making sure it's not shit). Some of those folks are indie comics guys themselves and have kindly offered up some of their own books to form an Indie Comics Pack!
This consists of the Hood graphic novel, Ladies and Gentlemen Anthology, Afterlife Inc Vol 1, 7 String Vol 1 and Issues 1 and 2 of Moon. All awesome comics, all independent!
The sales from this will of course go towards my Kickstarter and of course the guys themselves will see some money towards their hard work on this project - as well as a few beers later to celebrate.
NEW! We've engaged a colourist at a reasonable rate and we will now be offering the whole comic in YOUR CHOICE of either colour or black and white. You will be able to see the digital versions in both styles before you decide and there's absolutely nothing different except your personal preferences.
I'm paying for the colouring out of my own pocket but the closer we get to £5500+ the less I'm left crying, destitute in a corner - so keep those pledges coming!
If we get _higher_ than £6000 then we'll look into adding extra's to your rewards including limited edition cards, expanding out the main book, posters and prints and more!
I should caveat at this point, for those that don't understand humour, that the £50,000 stretch goal of going to Mexico and plugging in with a drug gang is...well...not entirely serious. Maybe we'll send my cat instead, he speaks the language better than I do.
So please support our comic and if you've got any questions, ideas for rewards that you'd like to see then don't hesitate to get in contact.
er...I'm meant to do a 'call to action' now right?
Okay. Look at the clicky thing to your right, pick a reward and give us money! It's coming up to Christmas which is possibly the worst time to launch this...but, it'll be cool and really appreciated.
OR. If Hood's not to your tastes...
Consider supporting a different Indy comic that IS to your tastes. A lot of blood, sweat and tears goes into these comics (hell, I know!) and it'd mean a lot to folks, especially on the run up to Xmas, to know that they're being supported by folks such as yourself.
This project is part of the Kicking It Forward scheme so we can spread the love (and money) to other indie comics (and other projects) who, like myself, just need a chance.
All the best!
Ant Jones, Armin Ozdic and AsOne
Risks and challenges
So. what are the risks?
Well, there's always a risk that I might get brutally murdered by penguins or that Armin might become enlightened and transition off the planet. But realistically the risks are as followed...
Time - what if we can't finish it in time?
Well the first half of the book will be finished (drawn and written) by the time this kickstarter ends and has taken us about 3 months on and off to complete. That leaves us with 5 months to do the last 3 issues. Armin will be working full time on it (which is what your money is helping towards) and I've purposefully built in a buffer so he can do his best work without feeling like he's under massive pressure.
In terms of scripting, well I'm writing up parts 4 and 5 as we speak and I know how Part 6 ends. I'm on top of it in other words.
In a worse case scenario and we are delayed (hopefully only by an issue) my plan would be to aim for 99% of deliverables by the date (your T-shirts, Hoodies, Prints or Sketches etc) and release an interim PDF/cbr of the first few issues so it would be more like gorging on a series and then waiting for the final issue as you would a conventional release. Once the final Issue is done then you'd get an up to date pdf/cbr and of course the book etc. In the event of a delay I'd do my best to throw in some extra bits as an apology but I don't think there should be one.
In terms of professionalism both Armin and I have worked on other books, small scale stuff admittedly but we've never missed a deadline. I'm hitting my mid 30's and quite frankly I should have been doing this kind of comic work 10 years ago. I don't have the patience for this to be a failure and i've a good team of assholes behind me who are going to tear my work apart.
Be assured I'll walk over broken glass to get this thing right first time.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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