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This project was successfully funded on August 2, 2014.

Two washed-up heroes are given another chance by a reality TV show. Now they are ready to redeem themselves in prime time.

About this project

WE ARE FUNDED! ANNOUNCING THE STRETCH GOALS:

  • $4,400 Side Story : If we make it to this goal, we will add an 8 page story (written by Christine Steendam with art by variant cover artist John Wright) featuring everyone’s hero of choice. There is a backers' only survey that chooses who is in the story and when it takes place.
  • $6,600 Second Issue : If we make it to this goal, in lieu of the Side Story stretch goal, we will fund the second issue and backers of issue #1 will get issue #2 free.

*** SPECIAL FREEBIES! ***

  • Pledge $10+ and receive FREE PDF of Stray #1!
  • Pledge $25+ and receive the variant cover edition FREE in addition to the standard edition!

*** KICKSTARTER FINALE PARTY! ***

On August 2, 2014 from 2-4 pm at Comic Envy in Asheville, NC, join us to view samples of the book and rewards. There will be cake! Search on Facebook for 'Lark & Eagle' to find the Event AND the Fan Page!

The Project

We want to publish Lark & Eagle Issue #1. Created and written by Steve Johnson, this comic will be 20+ pages of full color action, drama and a little comedy and we want you to be a part of this project.

The Story

Our story is about two down on their luck heroes given a second chance by a reality TV show. The show, called Hero Overhaul, has arranged for the two to have their powers upgraded and their public images revamped. Now they are ready to fight crime once again.

The Cast

Lark (Heroine): Alexandra Lark was a talented teenager with super speed who began her hero career in as a member of S.U.P. (Super Unique Phenoms). She dropped out of the public's eye after she experienced a psychological meltdown when her teammates did not survive. Now in her early twenties, Hero Overhaul has provided her with the counseling she needed and a newly designed costume that enhances her already impressive speed.

Eagle (Hero): Adopting his old government super-soldier code-name 'Eagle', Joshua Ray has been fighting crime for years both solo and as a member of the defunct multi-national super group 'Raptors'. Since then, the government program that enhanced Eagle has been defunded, leaving him in need of maintenance and upgrades. With Hero Overhaul's help, he has received the repairs he needed and a brand new arm. His last one was… destroyed.

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Cover by JK Woodward & Variant Cover by John Wright!

Preview (Pages 1-7 of Issue #1)

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Legs and feet included on final product.
Legs and feet included on final product.

The Team

Steve Johnson (Creator/Writer): I am a regular guy with big ideas and lots of stories to tell. I am a husband and a father of three (10, 2 and 9 months). I work at a credit union during the day and explore other worlds at night (Comics, Pathfinder, Star Wars, etc.).

Toro Diego (Pencils): Hailing from Chile, Toro Diego is handling the pencils and they are amazing. But he can do it all! Look for his work in MECHANICAL KNIGHT by Winter City Productions. You can see more examples HERE.

Mickey Clausen (Inks): Mickey Clausen has been working in and around the field of comics professionally as an inker, colorist and letterer since 1985. Working on projects such as TOY STORY for Pixar/Boom Studios, REDAKAI for Viz/Cartoon Network, GHOSTBUSTERS for IDW, JADE WARRIOR and EXPOSURE for Image Comics, and FIST OF JUSTICE for Digital Webbing.

Matt Webb (Colors): Matt Webb has been a professional comic and graphic novel colorist since the 1980's and has worked on such projects as HAWKMAN, X-MEN and John Byrne's NEXT MEN. He lives in Pittsboro, NC with his wife and three cats.

Ed Dukeshire (Letters): What can I say about Ed that has not been said hundreds of times before?! Ed is a top notch letterer who when asked stepped up to participate on this project (for which I am eternally grateful).  Ed has also worked on HULK, BIG TROUBLE IN LITTLE CHINA and SONS OF ANARCHY. Ed came from Indie roots as the co-creator of the wildly popular FIST OF JUSTICE character and the Digital Webbing site.  His prolific skills round out this creative team quite nicely!

J.K. Woodward (Cover Artist): Best known for Fallen Angel and Star Trek: The Next Generation/Doctor Who: Assimilation 2, J.K. created the full-action painted cover for issue #1. He is also available for ink wash and full color painting commissions for a couple reward tiers. You can see more of his work below and at his blog HERE.

John Wright (Cover Artist): Going with a different animated style for the variant cover, John was spot on with his rendition of Lark and Eagle. Check out John's other works on his Tumblr!

Ben Holliday (Artist): Based in London, Ben lends his gritty artistic style to the Eagle print. Point your browser HERE for more.

Peter Raymond (Artist): Peter provided the Lark print and is available for commissions in this Kickstarter. He draws the comic ECLIPSE and is working on a short called MAGISTRATE for S17 Productions. You can see more of his work below and HERE.

Dwayne Biddix (Artist): A fellow North Carolinian, Dwayne is a freelance artist with experience in comics, character design for animation and games and artist for tabletop games. As a latecomer to the project he designed and produced the Lark and Eagle print in an amazing amount of time. You can see even more of his work HERE.

Megan Wilson (Colors): Megan colored Peter's Lark print and Ben's Eagle print. You can find her on Twitter (@meganenginerd) and on the latest ComixTribe release AND THEN EMILY WAS GONE.

Special Thanks to Vito Delsante, Tyler James, Sean Izaakse and Andrew Lorenz for their advice and encouragement.

Thanks to Ross Dillin with Roscomax Productions for the video and to Comic Envy for letting us film there!

And thanks to all of the backers because YOU are part of the team too!

Where Is The Money Going?

All of the funds raised by this Kickstarter will go to complete the production of Issue #1. It will pay for all of the artists, the printing of the comic book and the prints. It will also pay for extras (like T-shirts), postage for sending rewards and any stretch goals we may achieve.

Why Kickstarter?

Around twenty years ago I heard a song called "Where Never Lark Or Eagle Flew" and its music inspired me. The ideas for a comic book based on this song have come and gone over the years and finally evolved into what Lark and Eagle are today. It has been in the last year or so where I have come to believe that I can accomplish the goal of creating my own comic for others to enjoy.

Instead of having large amounts of cash on hand or trying to find an investor to borrow from, crowdfunding is, I think, one of the best models for investing in small projects and making people's dreams come true. I think that the minimal risk investment model and all-or-nothing payment structure is perfect for so many projects. Having backed over eighty projects myself on Kickstarter, I firmly believe in it and that is why I brought my project here. Join me in fulfilling my dream by backing my little project and this time we will be successful!

Risks and challenges

Like any project, there are challenges to be overcome. What is the first challenge? To get funded! With your help, we can take care of that right away.

After the campaign ends, we will establish a timeline that will outline when we expect everything to be completed, from art and letters to printing and delivery. If there are any delays in any part of the process, we will adjust the timeline. Communication is the key and we will let you know as soon as possible if anything deviates from the original plan.

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    CHANNEL SURFER: Enjoy the show, but flip that channel back and become a VIEWER or SUPERFAN!

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    ONLINE STREAM: Subscribe to the Hero Overhaul channel and receive a digital copy of Lark & Eagle #1.

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    VIEWER: Enjoy the show and receive an electronic AND a physical copy of Lark & Eagle #1. As an added bonus, your name will be included in the book as a backer.

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    SUPERFAN: Enjoy an electronic and a signed, physical copy of Lark & Eagle #1 and your choice of one of three limited edition 11 x 17 prints. As an added bonus, your name will be included in the book as a backer.

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    GROUPIE: Everything at the SUPERFAN pledge level plus your choice of one of two limited edition Lark & Eagle Kickstarter T-shirts.

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    STUDIO AUDIENCE: Everything at the GROUPIE pledge level plus a limited edition HERO OVERHAUL SWAG BAG (includes a commemorative ticket to the show, tote bag, can wrap and keychain).

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    NETWORK EXECUTIVE: Choose a page of original art by Toro Diego from Issue #1 (First pledge, first claim). You also receive everything at the GROUPIE pledge level.

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    CAMEO: Do you own the rights to your own comic book character? Have your character guest star and make a cameo in Lark & Eagle #1! You will also receive everything included in the GROUPIE pledge level.

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    COMMISSION (WOODWARD INK): Cover artist JK Woodward paints for you! He will create an ink wash painting of up to two characters of your choice on 12 x 18 cotton 140lb cold press watercolor paper. Commissions would be completed mid-November just in time for the holidays! You also receive everything at the GROUPIE pledge level.

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    COMMISSION (HOLLIDAY): Artist Ben Holliday draws for you! He will pencil and ink up to two characters on Bristol board (plus a digital copy to color later). You also receive everything at the GROUPIE pledge level.

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    COMMISSION (RAYMOND): Artist Pete Raymond draws for you! He will pencil and ink up to two characters on A3 comic board. He can color with copic markers or you can digitally! You also receive everything at the GROUPIE pledge level.

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    COMMISSION (DIEGO): Artist Toro Diego draws for you! He will pencil, ink and digitally color up to two characters. You also receive everything at the GROUPIE pledge level.

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    COMMISSION (WRIGHT): Artist John Wright draws for you! He will digitally draw and color up to two characters. You will also receive everything at the GROUPIE pledge level.

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    COMMISSION (BIDDIX): Artist Dwayne Biddix draws for you! He will digitally draw and color up to two characters (half-body). You will also receive everything at the GROUPIE pledge level.

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    ACTOR/ACTRESS: Join the cast of Lark & Eagle #1 as a villain. Help create the villain that will appear in the first and second issues. You will also receive everything included in the GROUPIE pledge level

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    COMMISSION (WOODWARD COLOR): Cover artist JK Woodward paints for you! He will create a full color gouache painting of up to two characters of your choice on 12 x 18 cotton 140lb cold press watercolor paper. Commissions would be completed mid-November just in time for the holidays! You also receive everything at the GROUPIE pledge level.

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    COVER ART: Own the original cover art painted by JK Woodward! You will also receive everything at the GROUPIE pledge level.

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Funding period

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