A Small Favor is a comic book about a man who cannot die. The story takes place in the year 2811, but features flashbacks to different times in his life, as far back as the American Civil War. The central story is illustrated by the incredibly talented Noah Mease, but each flashback story is illustrated by a different guest artist, each equally talented.
The main character, James, is on a mission to understand why he can't die, but he gets caught up in an interstellar war against a race of bloodthirsty aliens called the Necan Cicadans. His A.I. companion, Liz, goes with him wherever he goes.
Along the way he remembers other stories from his life. These stories range from his time as a a cowboy in the Wild West, to the time he was an astronaut in a secret post-Apollo moon mission, and so much more.
Chapter One is already complete, and you can read it at Tapastic. The purpose of this Kickstarter is to fund the second chapter of A Small Favor. In Chapter Two, we learn about James's time as a soldier in the American Civil War. In this story we are introduced to James's brother, Charlie.
Unlike Chapter One, which featured many short stories about James's past, Chapter Two just has one flashback - but it is 40 pages long. This story is very important to understanding who James is, so we wanted to give it space to breathe. In total, Chapter Two will be 52 pages long - about 20 pages longer than Chapter One. To do the story justice, we have hired the incomparable Nicolas Touris to illustrate.
When you back this project, you'll be getting early access to Chapter Two months before anyone else, and you'll be getting an exclusive short comic set in the universe of A Small Favor that won't be released to the public for at least a year after you see it. The short story is all about about how the Necan War started, and the Resistance fighters who organized to fight the Necan Cicadan hordes.
If you back the digital version you'll be getting the full story, plus the exclusive short story and a ton of bonus content for just $9. However, we are also offering an extremely limited print run of the comic.
The printed edition is a perfect bound softcover book with 100+ pages of story and bonus extras, signed by the authors, Caleb Palmquist and John Grimes. This is a one-time opportunity. This book will never be printed in this version again, and this is the only place it will ever be available.
The Printed Edition includes two exclusive pinups that are not featured in the Digital Edition.
The second pinup depicts a Necan Cicadan emerging from the ground. It was illustrated by Angela Fullard, who draws wonderful and whimsical comics you can read here.
Finally, one of our artists, Nick OG, created an exclusive one-of-a-kind silk screened print that will be available to backers at the $25 and $50 levels. These prints will each be hand-made by Nick OG, and there will only be 40 ever made.
Breakdown of all reward options:
Reaching our funding goal would be a dream come true. If we raise additional money, however, we have some stretch goals in mind:
$5,000 - Locked
If we reach this stretch goal, we will include a second short story in the universe of A Small Favor that reveals more about the secret origin of the Necan Cicadans! The story will be illustrated by Angela Fullard, known for cute and strange webcomics like Detached, which you can read here. Check out the first page of the bonus story:
$10,000 - Locked
If we reach this stretch goal, we will begin work on Chapter 3 early! This will speed up the production timeline of the comic considerably, and allow us to hire artists for Chapter 3 this year. All backers will receive a digital edition of the comic months before it is released to the public.
A Small Favor has a creative team that consists of two writers and eight artists (and counting).
Caleb Palmquist - Writer and Co-Creator
Caleb Palmquist is a comic book writer, science fiction enthusiast, and amateur board game designer. He created A Small Favor along with John Grimes.
John Grimes - Writer and Co-Creator
John Grimes is a comic book writer and software engineer. He teamed up with Caleb Palmquist to create A Small Favor. John also paints watercolors in his free time.
Noah Mease - Main Artist
Noah Mease is an illustrator, playwright, & prop designer based in New York City. His plays include Republic (Hoi Polloi), and Omega Kids (Access Theater), for which the also created a fully-realized comic book issue given to the audience along with the show. In 2016 he received OBIE Award for his work on Annie Baker's John, and his props are currently on Broadway with Natasha, Pierre & The Great Comet of 1812.
Lee Milewski - Chapter One Artist, Series Letterer
Lee Milewski is a freelance illustrator from Southwest Florida, where he's always working on different comic and illustration projects, many of them being his own Kickstarted comics - including Hunter's Lore and 1939.
Walter Ostlie - Chapter One Artist
Walter Ostlie is a self-taught writer and artist born on a South Korean US Army base. From there he moved around from place to place, finally settling in Florida. There he spends his days working, drawing comics, and attempting to skateboard without breaking too many bones. Walter is known for his two comics Cubicles and Shiver Bureau. He has also worked on Webway Comics' Is'nana and Studio Doggebi's The Legendary Sisters of the Laughing Doggebi.
Nick OG - Chapter One Artist
Nick “Nick OG” O’Gorman is a Canadian artist who has worked in all areas of the medium: penciling, lettering, inking, coloring and writing. Currently Nick is working on a series of science fiction shorts and the next issues of his superhero comic, The Athenian. Aside from drawing and writing comics, Nick spends his time reading, playing D&D, singing and playing guitar in the hard rock/post-hardcore band Sweet Alps and takin’ it easy.
Rivenis - Chapter One Artist
Rivenis is a cartoonist but prefers the term graphic novelist because it sounds spiffier. He lives and works in Barbados, a tiny little island in the Caribbean. He has many cats and is quite odd. His comic Diskordia is his first major work.
Jeremy Treece - Chapter One Artist
Published comic book artist since 2005, Jeremy Treece has found his work at various publishers like Dark Horse, IDW, Dynamite Entertainment, Marvel. Jeremy is creating his own IPs with his wife Lisa under their Crisishour Productions banner.
Nicolas Touris - Chapter Two ArtistNicolas Touris is a freelance artist from Argentina. He likes Cartoons, history, philosophy and animals doing people stuff. Nic is the co-author of Godlikes (Insane Comics) and the artist behind The derogatory tales of Franklin and Ghost (Rats&Crows), Garrett Gunn’s The Fear Diaries (Alterna) and a ton more.
Brian Wolf - Bonus Story Artist
Born and raised in South Texas, Brian Wolf decided he would draw comic books when he was 7 after he was given an issue of Secret Wars. The seed was planted young, but it took years, multiple careers, producing a play he had written, and time spent as a working actor, before he took the time to learn how to draw comic books.Through the process of learning the business, drawing on the desk of various office jobs and shirking various responsibilities, he's finally entering the world of comics as a full-time artist. His work includes his webcomic Dwarfed, and a single issue of horror/magical girl comic, Coven. He lives in Orlando, Florida with his wife Jessica, stepson Jacob, cat and dog.
Breakdown of costs:
- 70% Covering art costs for Chapter Two and the exclusive bonus story.
- 20% Rewards fulfillment
- 10% Kickstarter/Payment Fees
Risks and challenges
Half of the art for this comic is already complete, and the other half is already underway, in the hands of talented and trusted artists.
This is our first comic book project, but we have done thorough research into printing and distribution methods, and we feel confident that the finished product will arrive in the hands of our backers on schedule.
We will keep all of our backers in the loop with regular updates during and after the campaign, up until the rewards are fulfilled.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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