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

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The Project

We want to publish Lark & Eagle Issue #1. Created and written by Steve Johnson and illustrated by Toro Diego, 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.

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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.

In the first few pages of Issue #1 we meet Lark and Eagle on the deck of an aircraft carrier preparing to take off for their first 'mission' after their makeovers, which happens to be in space. We then flashback a few months before when Hero Overhaul approached both Lark and Eagle to be on the show. Fast forward back to the present and follow the action as our heroes end up on the moon where their pasts catch up to them!

Pages 1& 2 - Layout
Pages 1& 2 - Layout
Page 1 - Pencils
Page 1 - Pencils
Page 2 - Pencils
Page 2 - Pencils
Page 1 - Complete (Without Lettering)
Page 1 - Complete (Without Lettering)
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Page 2 - Complete (Without Lettering)

The Cast

Lark (Heroine): Alexandra Lark was a talented young phenom with super speed who began her hero career in her teens. She dropped out of sight after she experienced a major psychological meltdown during a battle where several of her fellow teen heroes were seriously hurt. Now in her early twenties, Hero Overhaul has provided her with the counseling she needed and a newly designed costume that enhances her speed.

Concept Sketches - Lark
Concept Sketches - Lark
Final Concept Art - Lark
Final Concept Art - Lark

Eagle (Hero): Codenamed 'Eagle' under an old government super-soldier program, Joshua Ray has been fighting crime for years. The government program that enhanced Eagle was 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 was destroyed by a mutated two-headed lion; occupational hazard.

Concept Sketches - Eagle
Concept Sketches - Eagle
Final Concept Art - Eagle
Final Concept Art - Eagle

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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 (9, 2 and 2 months). I work at a credit union during the day and explore different worlds at night (Comics, Pathfinder, Star Wars, etc.).

Toro Diego (Artist): This self-taught artist from Chile is handling the pencils, inks AND colors. He is a workhorse and, as you can see, he is producing some amazing stuff. You can see more examples of his work HERE.

Tom Orzechowski (Letterer): Tom joins the team with his vast knowledge and expertise to bring a voice to our characters. He is best known for his work on Uncanny X-Men and Spawn. Check out his other work HERE.

J.K. Woodward (Artist): Fresh off of Star Trek:The Next Generation/Doctor Who:Assimilation 2, J.K. will be bringing a different style to our project with a print that will create a fantastic contrast to Toro Diego's work. You can see more of his work at his blog HERE.

And a special thanks to Vito Delsante (@incogvito) for fixing my terrible logo!

Stretch Goals

$5,500: Lark & Eagle #1 will be SUPER-SIZED with another story of 6-8 pages featuring either Lark or Eagle. Your vote in the survey will determine who is featured. (Please note that delivery of the comic may be delayed by 2-3 weeks because of the extra pages.)

100 Likes: BLACK FRIDAY DEAL! If the Lark & Eagle Facebook Page receives 100 Likes (instead of 150) total, all shippable rewards will receive an Eagle temporary tattoo. ACHIEVED!

Where Is The Money Going?

All of the funds raised by this Kickstarter will go to the production on Issue #1. It will pay for the artists, the letterer, 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 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 fifty 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.

Risks and challenges Learn about accountability on Kickstarter

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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