Accurate Comics Online
Accurate Comics Online
A new line of digital comics featuring the greatest heroes you've never heard of.
A new line of digital comics featuring the greatest heroes you've never heard of. Read more
About this project
ACCURATE: AN OVERVIEW
A worldwide event once gave extraordinary powers to a small portion of the world’s population, ushering in the age of the parahuman hero. This didn’t occur in the thirties, in a time of square-jawed messiahs and masked mystery men, nor did it occur in the 40s in time for a patriotic Boy Scout to punch HItler in the face. It didn’t happen in the 50s, either, when heroes instead became clowns fighting men on top of giant violins.
No, the parahuman came about in 1965, and the first such heroes the world ever saw were Hippies.
When we were creating Accurate Comics Online, that was our jumping off point. How would the superhero have been different had the concept arrived at a different time? In what way would the social turbulence of the 60s have influenced the concept of a person utilizing his powers in both constructive and destructive ways? Would the paradigms be different, or would the familiar archetypes nevertheless pop up over the decades?
In the end, this wasn’t enough. We had no shortage of ideas, yet there was no real sense of the universe’s history. We needed to understand why such a hero would come about, and that involved a little meta-thinking. So, we created a fake history for our company. What if Accurate had been formed in the 1960s by a group war protestors and counterculture artists as a means of bringing notions of peace and unity to what was largely a bellicose, conservative literature? And what if, by some strange miracle, the company should become the third largest comics company in America, with a sudden drive to be #1? How would the original ideas about the company change moving forward?
By getting into the heads of the men and women who worked the staff through the ages, and by knowing the company’s history as ideals were set aside for convenience and profit in the 70s, as it faced the Cold War nihilism of the 80s, the self-absorption of the 90s, and so on, we could reason why certain events occurred and certain characters lived or died. A proper company history gave us a framework on which to hang our stories, as well as a proper context to it all.
Accurate Comics Online is the brainchlid of science fiction and fantasy author, Louis Shosty, who writes under the relentlessly clever pseudonym, L. Joseph Shosty. As a boy, he would write tales of heroes and villains in his head as a means of combating insomnia, and these characters, having been updated for the modern age, formed the backbone of Accurate’s roster. After having published two novels and a book of short stories, Louis decided the time was right to launch his dream project. However, it wasn’t until he teamed up with indie filmmaker, Paul Bloyd, and combined portions of Paul’s own childhood comics universe, that Accurate truly began to take shape.
As mentioned on our video, Accurate plans to launch its line of comics by offering five different titles in the first year. Each book will be four issues long, for a total of twenty issues. The five titles are: Gladiators: South, Guardians of Peace, Hawkfire, Infinite Tales, and Lady One-Shot. Each series serve two purposes, to start. They will help illuminate and inform the readers of the comics universe Accurate has created, and they will also tell exciting individual stories, just as a normal comic would. The second purpose is a bit more subtle. As the stories evolve, readers will begin to see that these stories are in many ways interconnected. The plots cross over, weave in and out, and sometimes converge to create a larger story made up of the smaller parts.
Our line launches over a decade after an incident called The Dosido Iteration, also referred to as 10/14, when a massive conflict between parahuman heroes and their nemeses caused billions of dollars in damage and cost lives in the tens of thousands worldwide. Parahumans, people with powers or in possession of technology surpassing average levels, walk a thin line in a world that is still angry and fearful at the destruction 10/14 caused. Parahuman persecution in second- and third-world countries is rampant. In Eastern Europe, magic-wielding parahumans are outlawed. Children in parts of Africa are put to death if they are even suspected of having powers. The world needs heroes.
Our overall story begins at a turning point, though it will not seem like it at the moment. Will these heroes be able to save humanity from what appears to be an inevitable and irreparable schism between “normal” humans and their powered brethren, or will the world be plunged into war?
--Guardians of Peace is about the team of heroes that started it all. Decades ago, they saved a middle American university from the clutches of militant Communists, and in doing so, they inspired people all over the world towards acts of charity, kindness, and sacrifice. They are paragons of how human decency can change the world, as they not only save the world from malicious threats but also help to house the homeless, feed the hungry, and so on, all over the world. Now, approaching their fifth decade of service, the team doesn’t seem to be slowing down. That is, until a message arrives from overseas, one that tells them that, if this world and many others are going to survive, The Guardians of Peace must cease to exist.
--Infinite Tales is an anthology series, featuring four stories per issue. Our first four volumes will feature the supernatural character, Jackalman, as a mystery swirls concerning his secret identity while he hunts a black magic-wielding crime family in South Boston. Ne’er-do-well government agents, Ape & Crisis, track down a dead, but not dead, supervillain in New York while racing against time with a broker of powered mercenaries who wants to harvest the villain for his DNA to create an army based on his power set. Former WWI pilot, Airborne Ace, uses his wits and phenomenal good luck to investigate a crisis at a Russian research station in Antarctica. In a companion piece to the Hawkfire series, we see the character in various incarnations throughout his career as he faces a recurring enemy, Viper, in each chapter. This not only helps set up the series as a whole but also gives insights into the character’s history, as well as where the series is headed.
--Lady One-Shot is a government-sanctioned, domestic “peoples’ heroine”, an agent who handles threats to America while also serving as trainer and mentor to a new generation of heroes. While featuring a smart recap of recent history, the first volume also pits the daring adventurer against one of the first supervillainous threats in parahuman history, an enemy of the legendary Guardians of Peace who has returned more powerful than ever.
--Gladiators: South takes place in Miami. A long time ago, a mad billionaire created a Darwinian experiment that culled a team from kidnapped parahumans forced to fight for supremacy in a gladiator arena and utilized them as slave labor against criminal threats. The Academy is now gone, slaughtered by a mercenary named Fang and his cohorts, but a survivor, the Native American, Totem, owns a gaudy nightclub in Miami. He’s living the good life when he learns that his head of security, a Cuban immigrant with parahuman powers, is moonlighting as a crimefighter. When asked by a government agent to intervene, Totem and his security chief, Fernando, instead accidentally uncover what may be a new Gladiator Academy.
--Hawkfire was a teenaged superhero in the 1980s who led The Lone Wolves, a team bound for greatness and oft-perceived as the heirs apparent to The Guardians of Peace. That was a long time ago. Now facing middle age and about sixty pounds overweight, Hawkfire is retired and living in a small Alaskan village. That is, until a figure from a dark part of his past returns and forces him to fight for his life or become a slave to a shadow government that wants him to build weapons to destroy rival nations. Hawkfire must come out of retirement, woefully out of shape and unequipped with the gadgets that were once his trademark, with only his wits to save him as every villain he ever put away smells weakness. Against all odds, he must uncover those who are trying to control him, defeat his old enemies and reassert himself as one of the world’s greatest crimefighters, and finally live up to the promise that he once exhibited.
HOW WILL ACCURATE WORK?
Another way Accurate will be different from its competitors is that we’re going to work primarily as a subscription-based service. For $15 USD, subscribers will get full access to all of our comics for one year, including back issues. We feel that charging a nominal fee for comics is the right way to go. Comics used to be cheap entertainment, but inflation, printing costs, and out-of-control contracts have driven up prices. Accurate hopes to change some of that. The downside: you don’t own the comics. But then again, most of you pay for cable or streaming services and don’t own that content, either. Downloads of individual issues will be made available, but our primary source of business will be in our subscription service.
Once we launch later this year, the Accurate staff will hit the convention circuit, making as many appearances as possible. We will provide interviews where we can, and we will utilize our blog, Facebook page, and our Youtube account to get the word out, as well as keep in touch with our fans.
Of the five books we’re publishing, four of them (Hawkfire, Gladiators: South, Lady One-Shot, and Guardians of Peace) will be considered premium titles. In order to read them, you must first purchase a subscription or pay to download issues. The fifth book, Infinite Tales will be distributed free of charge to the public, though only the current issue can be read by non-subscribers. More than anything, this is the key to getting the word out about our line. Infinite Tales will serve as an electronic business card for us, demonstrating to potential subscribers the sort of quality they can expect from Accurate. Equally important, it will serve to highlight the work of what is a surprisingly deep community of talented artists on the Internet, and as a proving ground going forward as Accurate expands the number of its premium titles.
WHY WE NEED YOU...
Comics, even digital ones, are expensive to produce. We believe in paying our contributors as well as possible. Art for each issue costs about $1,000 USD. By asking for $5,000, we’re essentially asking for help in producing the first issue of each book, though we’re promising four of each. We feel that income from subscriptions and advertising will handle the rest, but obviously, funding more than what we’re asking for would be a boon to us. Below you’ll find a list of milestones and how we would modify our promise to our fans should we get more than what we’re asking.
$10,000 - That gets us halfway to our actual art payroll. Should we reach this level, we will produce eight issues of Infinite Tales in our first year instead of four.
$20,000 - Meeting our full art payroll needs would be a burden off our shoulders. We would celebrate by adding a new burden, a promise to produce eight issues of all our titles, bringing us to a total of forty issues in the first year.
$40,000 - The impossible dream. Getting to this point would mean that we would have funded our entire art payroll for the forty issues promised at the $20,000 level merely from Kickstarter alone. At this level we would agree to produce twelve issues of each title, plus eight issues of two new series, Jackalman, the supernatural being featured in Infinite Tales, and Red Nemesis, about a law clerk who is occasionally imbued with powers by a cloaked alien satellite in near-Earth orbit run by the disembodied brain of a psychic calling himself Rupert.
Risks and challenges
We're only asking to fund a portion of the year's production costs. We feel that the Accurate product will speak for itself once it reaches a wide audience. By making the current issue of Infinite Tales free to the public, we feel we will do that very thing, and, coupled with what amounts to a nominal subscription, Accurate will begin building a paying readership quickly. However, the public may take some convincing, and it might be a while before we reach the kind of core readership that we need to stay alive. Basically, we're looking for 10,000 paid subscribers in the first year. That will more than take care of production costs, taxes, and the like.
We've also plans to sell marketing space within our comics, as well as launch a marketing campaign designed by MOD marketer, Leah Scott, which will comprise interviews, appearances at conventions, a profile within a business magazine, and buying advertising space on various websites, among other things.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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