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Get the book, trading cards & more for The Young Protectors—a smart superhero tale featuring a hero who just happens to like other guys
Get the book, trading cards & more for The Young Protectors—a smart superhero tale featuring a hero who just happens to like other guys
2,462 backers pledged $133,640 to help bring this project to life.


Posted by Alex Woolfson (Creator)

All right! PARTY TIME! The votes are now in for the last two stretch goals that were unlocked and because we've officially exceeded the amount raised for my last very successful Kickstarter campaign for Artifice, an extra-special stretch goal was unlocked which means another chance for y'all to vote!

But first things first!

VOTING RESULTS: 7th Trading Card

The results from our sixth 24-hour voting poll are in! And for the 7th trading card, you've chosen the SPOOKY JONES ROMANCE CARD with 133 votes out of 481 total!

Last time you chose THE ANNIHILATOR ROMANCE CARD but this time you passed over Commander (who earned a respectable 95 votes) and even protagonist Kyle (who got 117 votes) to choose one of Kyle's two best friends, Spooky Jones! 

Spooky, you told me you had mixed feelings about The Annihilator being first, but what you do you think about them choosing you over Kyle for a ROMANCE CARD, which essentially means they're saying you are sexier than the hero of this romance comic?

Damn straight, he's sexier.

Your votes mean that in addition to a physical book and beautiful POWERS trading cards of Kyle, The Annihilator, Spooky Jones, Flyboy and The Platinum Priestess and a ROMANCE CARD of The Annihilator, those of you who are pledging at the FULL CITIZEN level or above will now also receive a nice, glossy 2.5" x 3.5" trading card with a sexy-calendar-type pin-up pose of everyone's favorite magic boy, Spooky Jones! (Which will also include intimate details about his romantic interests on the back of the card!) You're going to be getting seven bonus cards with your books! WOOT!

In addition to that, all backers will get access to digital versions of these cards. And the sexy, full-color art for these cards will also be 11" x 14" print options for those getting physical prints! 

You think Spooky's the kind of guy who'd be shy when posing for a "sexy-calendar-type pin-up"? No, I don't think so, either. ;)

But wait, there's more!


The results from our seventh 24-hour voting poll are also in! And for the pairing in our very 1st ROMANCE PRINT you've chosen our main characters KYLE and THE ANNIHILATOR with 140 votes out of 406 ballots total!

Give the people what they want, Gentlemen...

That means that in addition to all the goodies I mentioned above and an ACTION PRINT that's already been voted on, backers at the EXPERIENCED VIGILANTE level or higher will now be able to get an 11" x 14" sweet, sexy and safe-for-work romance image featuring Kyle with The Annihilator as one of their print options! And all backers will receive the art as high-res digital wallpaper the moment we finish it! YAY!

(Oh, and just a reminder: if you are a backer, yes, you can choose to increase your pledge at any time until the project ends. So if you decide you'd like one of these physical prints, so long as the project is still running, it's very easy to make that happen.)

How did the other votes shake out? Well, Kyle with The Annihilator won by a landslide, but it seems even Kyle can't resist Spooky's charms as that pairing was 2nd place (with 41 votes), then there was Kyle + Flyboy (35 votes), Spooky + Flyboy (27), Commander makes an appearance in fifth place with The Platinum Priestess (!) (26 votes), then Spooky + Commander (25 votes), Spooky + Tsunami (18 votes), Flyboy + Tsunami (15 votes) and Fluke joins the gang in ninth place paired with Spooky with 10 votes. All other pairings were less than 10 votes.

Very, very interesting! And the next unlocked stretch goal (at $40,000) is another ROMANCE PRINT that you'll get to vote on, this time with an NSFW option! Will we get that far? Fingers crossed! 

But what I do know is

We just blasted past the amount I raised for my last Kickstarter! exceeding the $37,500 stretch goal. And because that's extra awesome, that actually unlocked two rewards!

First, it unlocks the 8th and 9th Trading Cards! So, I'll be sending out a BACKERS ONLY update with your voting link for those two cards shortly.

It also unlocks the KICKSTARTER-EXCLUSIVE ANNIHILATOR DOSSIER PDF for ALL backers! That's right. Backers at the ELITE SUPER-HERO level or above are getting the hard copy version, an awesome physical artifact that I'm going to try to make feel as cool and real as I can. But now all backers of this Kickstarter project will get all of its content which will reveal details about The Annihilator's crimes and secret history as well as providing fascinating insight into the world our characters live in.

You're going to love it!

What's next?

Well, right now we're at $39,102 and at $40,000 that ROMANCE PRINT with the NSFW OPTION gets unlocked. If that happens, you'll again get to decide on what pairing you'd like to see together and this time, you can choose to have their encounter be "significantly more revealing than what you'd see in the pages of my regular comics." Gosh, I wonder what that will be like? ;)

And we're also getting dangerously close to the $45,000 stretch goal where a bonus 25-page comic featuring fan-favorite characters Spooky Jones and Commander gets added to the printed book (and the PDF version too!). And this comic won't be posted up on the webcomics site—it'll just be for the book!

Will that happen? I don't know. But I sure am having a lot of fun so far and I hope you are too!

Thank you so, so much for your amazing support and enthusiasm! You are all AWESOME!

More soon!



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    1. Alex Woolfson 2-time creator on

      Carolyn: That makes me so happy to hear. I really wanted to make this fun for y'all! :D

      Jeffrey: Fingers crossed!

      Jamie: Thank you! (And Commander is doing pretty well in this next round...)

      Chris: Thank you so much. That means a lot to me that you think I'm doing good things here. I really appreciate you taking the time to leave such a sweet, thoughtful comment. :)

    2. Chris Dangerfield on

      Alex, I'm so impressed with the work you are orchestrating and authoring here and the subtle, smart and incredibly inspirational subtext for any of us LGBT fans. I'm a little older and so maybe I appreciate that you have created something I would have given anything to have when I was a gay boy figuring it all out. Great work in every way. Congratulations. - CD

    3. Jamie Dutton on

      OMG, this is so awesome! I am so happy for you, Alex and your amazing team!
      Darn, as much as I adore Spooky and really want his hat, I was hoping Commanda would get a card this time! I am soooo looking forward to Anni's dossier. Kind of wish I could afford to get the physical one, but I'll be happy with the pdf!

    4. Jeffrey McLaurin on

      I REALLY hope we make it to the extra comic! I like the cards and stuff, but the extra story pages are definitely a plus! COME ON NEW BACKERS! :D

    5. Carolyn Hartman on

      Party time indeed, I'm with the commenters on the main page, the whole experience is fun and exciting.