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A comic where accidents happen. Or maybe it's just your super-powered sister causing you to explode while in the gymnasium. Same thing.
A comic where accidents happen. Or maybe it's just your super-powered sister causing you to explode while in the gymnasium. Same thing.
130 backers pledged $4,000 to help bring this project to life.

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Introducing Light Chasers- Issue #1, the over-sized debut comic by best selling author Mike Slade. 

What are people saying about Light Chasers? Check this out! 

"I can't say enough about this project. I only back what I fully believe in and I wholeheartedly believe you should back it, too! 

Some kids are just born different. Those differences are hard to hide, even at birth. Think of how society treats people who look different. How would they react if these babies were being born that not only look very different, but also have super human powers as well? Light Chasers was created to tackle these issues, create discussions by getting people talking, and challenge the way we treat and react to things we don't understand."   -Allison Vaughn

What would the world actually be like if super powered people started popping up? What if they all had some kind of physical marker where we could identify them at a glance?
How would humanity react and treat them? How would they react in return?

Inspired by 1980s and 1990s X-men comics where acceptance and societal/political pressure shaped the landscape of the heroes lives, Light Chasers tackles these same issues in a modern setting with a fresh and realistic perspective. 

In Light Chasers, a cosmic event triggers these changes in individuals across the globe seemingly at random. Referred to as the "Sun-Kissed", they are in a constant battle just to live normal lives as politicians and ideologues continually paint them as threats to humanity.

ACTUAL COVER IMAGE
ACTUAL COVER IMAGE

The Light Chaser universe kicks off right here with Light Chasers #1, a single issue comic book which will begin the story of our team of heroes, introducing them (and their special abilities) to each other. 

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Cover to Issue #2- Sneak Peak
Cover to Issue #2- Sneak Peak

 

Jade 

If the Light Chasers had a leader, it would be Jade.
Headstrong and calculating, Jade strives in finding the solution to any problem. She is the driving force behind the Light Chasers standing up to the intolerance and bigotry that the Sun Kissed face. 

Nicky

Nicky is shy and lacks confidence in anything he does, which is the biggest determent to him unlocking his own potential. His natural athleticism and profound new powers would open up the world for him, if only he could find a way to believe in himself. 

Oba 

The rock and moral compass of the group. Oba was raised by motivated parents to be the best at everything he does and to never give up. He is the flag-bearer and most level headed of the Light Chasers. 

A special reward level that I wanted to explain some is the Comic Logic Drink & Draw event.

Comic Logic, Books & Artwork is located in Ashburn, Virginia, and have regular Drink & Draw events, such as this one: DRINK AND DRAW

Your voucher, if you back at the Drink & Draw Reward level, can be redeemed for any seat at a future Drink & Draw event at Comic Logic. YOU GET TO PICK the event and the theme you attend. Just follow Comic Logic on Facebook and you'll see all of their posted events!

Legaleeze disclaimer: For this reward level, you MUST BE 21 years old or older to redeem your voucher from Comic Logic!

You may want to consider picking up two of these vouchers- I can say from experience that the Drink & Draw events make an amazing date night.  

 

 

Mike Slade 

Mike's writing career debuted with the Science Fiction novel Omega Children in 2013. Beginning a new position in support of the U.S. Government, and welcoming his third child in 2014, Mike strayed from writing besides as a hobby. Light Chasers is his first comic endeavor after being a lifelong fan of comic books. 

Mike is also the founder and main administrator for the facebook community Uncanny Comics & More

Mike lives near Washington, DC with his wife Suzie, children Eva, Xavier, and Alicia, as well as their temperamental cat Loki. 

Beezzzz Studios

Beezzz Studios is a full service art studio that provides every level of artistic creation services including pencils, inks, colors, and lettering. They have done work for Zenescope and been a part of a number of independent comic creations. 

You can find out more about Beezzz Studio on their facebook page, as well as their website, www.beezzzstudio.com.

 You can follow along with everything we are doing on both Facebook and Instagram

Risks and challenges

Light Chasers is coming down to the finish line of completion.
The script and initial art panels are complete and we're just down to coloring the rest of the pages, finalizing the setup, then off to the printer we go! But that will ONLY happen if we can get this project funded.

So where do the funds that you help with go for this project?

Cost Breakdown:
The price of funding this Kickstarter will cover the cost of paying the artists for their pencil/line work, inking, colors, and lettering for all of the pages and covers- and then to go towards the printing and shipping costs of your orders. Period.
Anything brought in after the funding goal of $3500 (after printing and shipping) will go directly towards the production costs of Issue #2.

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    Supporting the Arts

    Want to help support indie-publishers and creators but you're not sold on this project as a whole yet? (Or maybe you're poor.. like me... )
    This is your chance to show some simple support for the project just because YOU ROCK.
    All backers here will receive a personal thank you shout out over my social media channels.

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    Plugged In

    You will receive a digital download version of Light Chasers- Issue #1.

    This will release only after the PRINT books are delivered.

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    I want a comic and I want it now!

    Here's the comic!! This is what you're really here for.
    All backers at this level will receive the standard print versions of Light Chasers- Issue #1 signed by writer/creator Mike Slade.
    Backs here will also receive the .pdf digital version of the comic, as well as the .pdf for my novel Omega Children!

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    Early Bird Nicky's Bundle Pack!

    As a special thank you to the very first people to help us out here on our Kickstarter, this reward is $5 off for the backers on DAY 1 ONLY!!
    You know what early bird backer? You rock.

    You want a bunch of stuff? Well HERE'S a bunch of stuff!
    Backers at this level will receive the digital downloads of Omega Children and of Light Chasers, the standard print version of Light Chasers #1, an awesome limited edition of Issue #1 with a blank SKETCH COVER, as well as a poster for Light Chasers.
    You think you're going to love Light Chasers? Well we love you and appreciate your support!

    Includes:
    • Light Chasers- 11x17 Poster
    • Light Chasers- Issue 1 (Blank Sketch Cover Variant)
    • Light Chasers- Issue 1 (Standard Print, Signed)
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    Nicky's Bundle Pack!

    You want a bunch of stuff? Well HERE'S a bunch of stuff!
    Backers at this level will receive the digital downloads of Omega Children and of Light Chasers, the standard print version of Light Chasers #1, an awesome limited edition of Issue #1 with a blank SKETCH COVER, as well as a poster for Light Chasers.
    You think you're going to love Light Chasers? Well we love you and appreciate your support!

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    • Light Chasers- Issue 1 (Standard Print, Signed)
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    Comic Logic Drink & Draw Voucher!

    Looking for some other type of bonus for helping us out? THIS IS IT.
    Backers at this level will receive the standard issue #1 of Light Chasers, signed by writer/creator Mike Slade, as well as a redeemable voucher for a seat at a Drink & Draw event (a $39 value) at Comic Logic!
    See our main page for additional info.

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    • Comic Logic Drink and Draw Voucher!
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    VIP Launch Party Ticket

    PARTY TIME!!!
    Back at this level and receive not only the Standard edition of Light Chasers, Issue #1, but you will get it signed and handed to you straight from writer/creator Mike Slade at the Launch Party at Ashburn Pub in Ashburn Virginia!
    While the regular Launch Party will be an open door affair, there will be a CLOSED DOOR VIP EVENT 1 hour prior to the launch party where you can get your hands on exclusive merchandise only available to those at the VIP event while enjoying free food and beverages and an exclusive Q&A with Mike Slade. Mingle with fans and a number of other comic industry creators at this exclusive get together!

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    Comic Shop Pre-Order

    Are you the owner of a bookstore or a local comic book shop?
    Then this is the reward level built for you!
    With this you will receive 10 print copies of Light Chasers #1, and 5 copies of Omega Children (my novel).

    This is ONLY intended for places within 1 hour of the Northern Virginia area so I can hand deliver to you. If you are outside of that, I will need to ship you the order, so please add an additional $15 if within the U.S. and $30 if outside of the U.S.
    Any orders who are outside of the area and do not pay the shipping I will cancel.

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    Scratch My Back

    Are you an up and coming Indie Comic creator? How about an established publisher with a new project you want exposure for?

    Backers at this level will get the comics listed below, as well as a marketing push along my Social Media markets.

    Having over 200,000 page fans, my reach has the potential to get your project that visibility you need.
    I will work with you to set up at least 2 separate posts on each of my platforms, advertising your product or campaign.
    What this means is you can get that thing you want in front of the type of people who are hungry for it.

    *Note: This is not a guarantee of backers for your project or any funding- it is exposure. YOUR product needs to speak for itself but I will share with you the things I've learned about posting details, times and contents to increase that visibility to the max!

    Physical rewards are when comic launches. Marketing push will be sooner or later depending on YOUR needs.

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    Jim O'Riley Pin-Up!

    Do you love original art? Because I love original art.
    In addition to a signed, printed copy of Light Chasers #1, professional artist Jim O'Riley will create for you an ORIGINAL 11x14 Commission of your favorite hero (whoever you want!) done LIVE through Facebook Live on Jim's page- so you can actually watch it getting done and chat with Jim while he is penciling or inking your piece!

    Includes:
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    • Jim O'Riley commission
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    Jade's SUPER Bundle Pack!

    THIS reward is for the true collector out there!
    You will get Issue 1 of Light Chasers with an ORIGINAL ONE OF A KIND sketch cover done by a professional comic artist.
    That's right, a unique, no one else in the world has cover drawn by hand on a Sketch Cover variant of Issue #1. I'll also include a note about WHO your artist was and what they've worked on.
    Want more? Well how about since you're so awesome, you'll also get a T-Shirt to wear around proudly showing your support of Light Chasers!

    Includes:
    • Light Chasers- 11x17 Poster
    • Light Chasers- Issue 1 (Standard Print, Signed)
    • Light Chasers- Issue 1 (Digital Download)
    • Light Chasers- T-shirt!
    • Original Sketch Cover Art
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    Put me in a comic Mike!!

    This reward level will receive the standard editions of Light Chasers- Issue #1

    ....

    Oh you wanted something else? Something special maybe??

    I will work with you to put a digital representation of you, or a loved one (or I mean, I guess it could be someone you hate...) in Light Chasers- Issue 2 or Issue 3.

    That's right. You can be in a comic.

    I will need a couple photographs of you and maybe an idea of the clothing you want to wear and I'll pass that all on to the artist and YOU WILL BE IN THE BOOK.
    Issue #1 will be shipped later this year- and I will ship you your very own copy of the book that you appear in, Light Chasers- Issue #2 or #3, whichever you're in, when it's available.

    And you know what... have some digital versions of the books as well.

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    • Light Chasers- Issue 1 (Standard Print, Signed)
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    Oba's Lifetime SUPER BACKER Pack!!

    Backers at this level will receive everything in the Jade's Super Bundle pack, as well as having your name credited in both Issues #1 and #2 on the Creator Credit page right after the creators themselves.
    These comics probably wouldn't get made without people like you, so you also deserve something else.

    As another special thank you for supporting my project at the beginning, i'm going to send you a digital copy of every Light Chasers issue I make.. forever. That's right. As long as I'm making Light Chaser comic books, you'll get them and be able to read them... forever.
    This is a Lifetime Subscription.

    Includes:
    • Light Chasers- 11x17 Poster
    • Light Chasers- Issue 1 (Standard Print, Signed)
    • Light Chasers- Issue 1 (Digital Download)
    • Light Chasers- T-shirt!
    • Original Sketch Cover Art
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    • Lifetime Subscription
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    Sponsorship- You're in my world now

    Starting with Issue #2, your business or company will play a major role in the Light Chaser universe.
    I'll work with you to get pictures of the location and you, the proprietor, and your business will be a reoccurring location.
    Starting in issue #2, the Light Chasers need a place where they meet and hang out at times. Coffee Shop? Book Store? Hardware Store?
    You tell me and I'll make it work and have YOUR company name featured in the ongoing comic series.

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    • Backer Credit
    • Light Chasers- Issue 1 (Digital Download)
    • 20× Light Chasers- Issue 1 (Standard Print, Signed)
    • Omega Children (Standard print, signed)
    • Location placement
    • Full Page Ad- Issue 1
    • 20× Light Chasers- Issue 2 (Standard Print, Signed)
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