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150 page, full color, comedic graphic novel about 4 geeks who are hand picked to save the world from an intergalactic bully.
150 page, full color, comedic graphic novel about 4 geeks who are hand picked to save the world from an intergalactic bully.
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4 Geeks, 1 Mission, 0 Lives! 110% Fun!

The universe is always saved by the JLA, the X-men or the Avengers. What if, for once, it was left up to four ordinary geeks? The “Hero Envy” gang answers this comedic call and leaps out of the internet and into a new graphic novel. This exciting storyline is written by series creator, Keith Gleason, and featuring up and coming artists Jorge Pacheco (Archie Comics, Zenescope), Rob Osborne (The Nearly Infamous Zango), Jason May (Rob-Bot), and Tom Rebello (Johnny Raygun), and featuring pinup art by fan favorites Chris Giarusso (Mini-Marvels, G-Man) and Chris Moreno (Civil War Frontlines, Sidekicks).

The four champions of our comedic tale!
The four champions of our comedic tale!


“Hero Envy” is packed with action, laughs, and bonus stories. It's "Big Bang Theory" meets "Fantastic Four" in a pop culture infused, adventure comedy! There has been some great geek-culture comics produced over the years but “Hero Envy” stands out, featuring characters that encompass four completely different areas of pop culture: comic books, sci-fi, horror, and animation. There’s something for everyone here! The comic also acts as a companion to the award winning “Hero Envy” web series. Readers can read the book and then visit our website or YouTube Channel and watch multiple episodes with the same characters.

From real life to the 4 color comic page!
From real life to the 4 color comic page!


Mad-capped adventure awaits the readers in the first chapter as we get an introduction to the "Hero Envy" universe. We meet "U-Toob - The Pointer", a parody of the Marvel Comics character "The Watcher", whose mission to find four worthy champions brings him to our protagonists: Wally, J.D., Orson, and Dekker. We are also introduced to the ultimate evil villain, "El Moco Con-pan", whose disembodied essence escapes an interstellar prison and possesses the body of everyone's favorite vapid MTV VJ, “Tommy Swass”.

U-Toob the Pointer warns the team of danger!
U-Toob the Pointer warns the team of danger!

To help our geek heroes in their battle against “El Moco Con-Pan”, "U-Toob" tells them about four mysterious “Items of Power”. These items will endow our geeks with mysterious abilities and will help defeat “El Moco Con-Pan”, if they can only find them! In their quest, our heroes are plummeted into a universe-hopping adventure that takes them from the depths of a comic convention to the subjugated alien world of ‘Mexicana-Prime”.

Along with the main “Hero Envy” storyline, the graphic novel includes 2 bonus stories. The first one is entitled “The Origin of El Diablo”.  This hilarious tale takes a look at J.D.'s imaginary friend, who happens to be a Luchador wrestler from the early 1900’s. Revealing the origins of our lovable masked warrior, his motivation, and how his destiny became tied to one of the “Hero Envy” characters, “The Origin of El Diablo” is sure to enthrall and entertain.

Imaginary friend extraordinare.. El Diablo!
Imaginary friend extraordinare.. El Diablo!

The second bonus story harkens back to the silver age as our 4 protagonists are re-imagined as the “Heronauts”. This black and white story tells the tale of 4 intrepid adventurers and their battle with the emperor of the moon. These Brave Challengers march fearlessly into the unknown!

Heronauts - back up story!
Heronauts - back up story!


We here at Reckless Sidekick Productions have put tremendous effort into making a graphic novel that will shine on the racks of comic book stores everywhere. This also will give readers who love super hero adventures but are weary of re-boots and crossovers, an alternative that features characters they all know and love, themselves! The novel is packed with pin-ups, web series guides, sketches, and concept art.

Risks and challenges

There are many costs associated with producing a Graphic Novel, and that's why I'm asking for help to make my dream a reality. Not one penny of this funding goal will go to me. Most of it will go towards covering the costs of printing a full run of graphic novels. If we make our goal any money we make over the initial amount will be used towards advertising the book and will help pay for convention appearances to help sell copies. Part of it is also to cover the cost of some of the great pledge rewards that you see at the right side of this page, including the exclusive Chris Giarusso print that will be available exclusively to Kickstarter backers.

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    Hero Envy #1 digital PDF award! Receive the first issue of the "Hero Envy" comic book in PDF form to your email or free digital download code

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    Hero Envy #1-3 series award! Receive all 3 issues of the "Hero Envy" mini-series in PDF form to your email or free digital download code

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    Hero Envy graphic novel reward! Receive a copy of the "Hero Envy" Graphic Novel signed by the series creator plus an option to get 3 issues of the "Hero Envy" mini-series in PDF form to your email or free digital download code.

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    Hero Envy Print award! Receive a copy of the "Hero Envy" Graphic Novel signed by the series creator, a brand new print drawn by Chris Giarusso (Mini-Marvels, Gman) plus an option to get 3 issues of the "Hero Envy" mini-series in PDF form to your email or free digital download code.

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    Hero Envy DVD award! Receive a copy of the "Hero Envy" Graphic Novel signed by the series creator, a brand new print drawn by Chris Giarusso (Mini-Marvels, Gman) and all three "Hero Envy" DVDs featuring 18 episodes of the webisode series, plus an option to get 3 issues of the "Hero Envy" mini-series in PDF form to your email or free digital download code.

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    Hero Envy / Gaz Sketch Award! Receive a copy of the "Hero Envy" Graphic Novel signed by the series creator, a brand new print drawn by Chris Giarusso (Mini-Marvels, Gman) and all three "Hero Envy" DVDs featuring 18 episodes of the webisode series, plus an option to get 3 issues of the "Hero Envy" mini-series in PDF form to your email or free digital download code. In addition comic artist Gaz will draw a sketch of any character from the "Hero Envy" universe or any other comic book universe of your choosing! This is also included in any incentive above $75.00

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    Hero Envy Shout Out Award! Receive a copy of the "Hero Envy" Graphic Novel signed by the series creator, a brand new print drawn by Chris Giarusso (Mini-Marvels, Gman) and all three "Hero Envy" DVDs featuring 18 episodes of the webisode series, plus an option to get 3 issues of the "Hero Envy" mini-series in PDF form to your email or free digital download code.

    In addition to all those prizes, We will Promote any website or product on our Live Action "Swass-Cast" show. Your product and website will be in the episode and also the descriptions. We will post it for maximum exposure. If you don't have anything to promote we will mention your name in the episode and description. The episode will uniquely be your own.

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    Hero Envy Sketch Award! Receive a copy of the "Hero Envy" Graphic Novel signed by the series creator, a brand new print drawn by Chris Giarusso (Mini-Marvels, Gman), all three "Hero Envy" DVDs featuring 18 episodes of the webisode series, plus an option to get 3 issues of the "Hero Envy" mini-series in PDF form to your email or free digital download code. We will Promote any website or product on our Live Action "Swass-Cast" show. Your product and website will be in the episode and also the descriptions. We will post it for maximum exposure. If you don't have anything to promote we will mention your name in the episode and description. The episode will uniquely be your own.

    In addition to all those prizes, You will also get a sketch of anything you want from "Hero Envy" series artist "Jorge Pacheco"

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    Hero Envy Page Award! Receive a copy of the "Hero Envy" Graphic Novel signed by the series creator, a brand new print drawn by Chris Giarusso (Mini-Marvels, Gman) all three "Hero Envy" DVDs featuring 18 episodes of the webisode series, plus an option to get 3 issues of the "Hero Envy" mini-series in PDF form to your email or free digital download code. We will Promote any website or product on our Live Action "Swass-Cast" show. Your product and website will be in the episode and also the descriptions. We will post it for maximum exposure. If you don't have anything to promote we will mention your name in the episode and description. The episode will uniquely be your own. A sketch of anything you want from "Hero Envy" series artist "Jorge Pacheco". In addition to all those prizes you will receive an original one of a kind page from the "Hero Envy" graphic novel by series artist Jorge Pacheco signed by him and the creators.

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