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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)

Howdy everyone!

Man, these last couple hours have been AWESOME! In the last couple hours, a bunch of new backers have joined our project and a very large number of you have been upping your pledges. If you asked me yesterday, I wouldn't have said the STICKERS were even a possibility, and yet OMG! YOU'VE JUST TOTALLY MADE THAT HAPPEN!

Sticker Sheet For Everyone Getting A Physical Book!

You did it! :D

All right-y! Backers pledging at the FULL CITIZEN level and above are getting a WHOLE BUNCH of goodies, including a gorgeous softcover trade paperback of The Young Protectors Volume One, a beautiful full-color KICKSTARTER-EXCLUSIVE bookmark featuring Kyle, thirty-five full-color 2.5" x 3.5" Trading Cards (including complete sets of POWERS, ROMANCE and ORIGIN cards!) and now you'll be getting another awesome physical goody: a special STICKER SHEET WITH ALL THE YOUNG PROTECTORS CHARACTERS! WOO HOO!

For this special treat, all the characters will be drawn in the fun cartoon style of the Spooky Logo and will be on a high-quality, full-color sticker sheet! And I'll send them out to all backers who are receiving a physical book! You'll now be able to have a cute little Red Hot smiling at you on your computer or anywhere else you'd like!

VERY, VERY COOL! I'm really looking forward to making those! Thank you for unlocking that! :D

And speaking about unlocking

Full Sets Of All The Trading Cards Are Now Within Reach!

You've already unlocked full sets of the POWERS, ROMANCE and ORIGIN 2.5" x 3.5" Trading Card sets. Right now you're just one card away from having a complete set FIRST-TIME cards as well! It's the very next stretch goal at $132,500 and there's almost an hour and a half left on the clock!

Will we make it? I don't know! But it's very exciting! :D

And speaking about exciting, I'm just going to post again about all the cool stuff you are already getting!

Let's Take Stock!

We're in the last 90 minutes of this Kickstarter and you've unlocked over 45 Stretch Goals! Holy cats and dogs!

What goodies are you going to get?

  • a PDF of The Annihilator’s Classified Government Dossier that reveals his secret history sent to all backers! 
  • The just-unlocked ILLUSTRATED PROSE SHORT STORY PDF featuring Spooky Jones and sent to all backers! 
  • a 25-page BONUS COMIC featuring fan-favorite characters Spooky Jones and Commander that will be added to the printed book (and won’t ever show up on my webcomics site)! 
  • a 5-15 page TRUTH OR DARE BONUS COMIC sent to all backers as a PDF where The Young Protectors team will be playing a game of Truth or Dare and backers will be able to create and vote on what questions/dares will be asked to which character! 
  • a KICKSTARTER-EXCLUSIVE BOOKMARK featuring hero Kyle in uniform sent to everyone receiving a physical book! 
  • THIRTY-FIVE FULL-COLOR 2.5" x 3.5" TRADING CARDS with beautiful, unique character art and revealing details about The Young Protectors characters sent to everyone receiving a physical book including FULL SETS of the POWERS, ROMANCE and ORIGIN CARDS!

All backers at the YOUNG HERO pledge level or above are going to be sent embroidered, totally authentic SPOOKY CAPS!

Also, so many stretch goals have been unlocked, backers at the EXPERIENCED VIGILANTE level and above now have thirty-four full-color 11" x 14" Print options to choose from!

Backers at TRUE-SUPERHERO and above will be sent all thirty-four full-color 11" x 14" prints!

Based on your votes (and in addition to the five "default" prints the project started with), these prints will include

  • Two pulse-pounding full-color ACTION PRINTS, one featuring our hero Kyle on a solo mission and another featuring Kyle and The Annihilator going dark-side and committing a crime together! 
  • Three Safe-For-Work ROMANCE PRINTS, two featuring main characters Kyle and The Annihilator together and one featuring junior Young Protectors team members Fluke and Flyboy together! 
  • Four extra-revealing Not-Safe-For-Work ROMANCE PRINTS: one with Kyle and The Annihilator, one with Spooky Jones and Tsunami, one with The Annihilator and Spooky Jones and one with Kyle and Spooky Jones (<--NEWS FLASH: VOTES JUST IN!) 
  • the SEXY HEIGHT CHART FOR THE GUYS, featuring the male heroes of The Young Protectors team lined up by height against a height chart. And based on backers’ votes, the adult heroes will be fully naked so you’ll really be able to see how the team measures up! 
  • the SHOWER SCENE/LOCKER ROOM PRINT FOR THE GUYS, which shows a sexy and playful scene of the guys from behind and where backers are currently voting on whether they’d want the modesty of the male heroes of The Young Protectors protected with tasteful steam or whether we should show full-nudity! 
  • 11" x 14" Prints of art from ALL 18 POWERS AND ROMANCE CARDS! 
  • plus SEVEN ADDITIONAL PRINTS OF FULLY-NUDE "FULL-MONTY" PIN-UP ART of every single adult The Young Protectors character based off their beautiful ROMANCE CARD art!

(Backers at TRUE SUPER-HERO or above will be able to choose whether they want their Prints made from the ROMANCE CARD art to be "regular" or "full-monty", thus meaning they'll be able to receive thirty-four 11" x 14" prints total!)

A complete list of what all the pledge levels are getting and everything that's been unlocked can be found here.

Wow! That's a huge, awesome haul of rewards! Right on! :D

Even more of you have been upping your pledges!

Which is totally incredible! 

Backers actually put up another fun revised chart in the comments detailing exactly how much every backer would have to bump up their pledge to hit the final stretch rewards (i.e. if everyone increased their pledge by $3, all the cards would be unlocked, if everyone increased their pledge by $4, we'd unlock the SUPPORTING CHARACTER ACTION PRINT and be in the Top 15 of all Comics Kickstarters; if everyone increased their pledge by $11, Full Monty cards would be sent to everyone geting a book, etc.) 

Now, frankly, while I'd love to be able to create everything in the stretch goal list I came up with (I chose ones that would be fun for me too!), I'm simply over-the-moon with how far we've come right now.

But if you'd like to up your pledge (especially to get access to extra-special goodies like the Spooky Cap, all thirty-four art prints or the physical Classified Annihilator Dossier artifact—only 8 left of those!), you still have a few minutes to do that on the main page of our Kickstarter.

Voting Results for the Kyle What-If Romance Print

I kinda gave it away up above, but voting results for the KYLE WHAT-IF ROMANCE PRINT are in! And out of 1316 ballots cast, you overwhelmingly chose to see Kyle paired with Junior Occult Detective and all-around great-guy-to-hang-with SPOOKY JONES with 582 votes! (Second place went to hunky Tsunami with 224 votes.)

We also got the voting results in for your 32ND and 33RD trading cards. Same number of ballots of course (because you voted on the same form) and for these cards, you chose the TSUNAMI FIRST-TIME CARD (with 703 votes) and the FLUKE FIRST-TIME CARD (with 696 votes)!

This also means it's time for me to get you another BACKERS-ONLY Voting Form for your 34TH and 35TH card! I promise I'll do that just as soon as I can catch my breath!

What's Next?

But who knows? Maybe I won't have to! We're now at $130,510 and like I said, at $132,500, the last Trading Card is unlocked which means that all FIRST-TIME CARDS would be unlocked, meaning YOU'D HAVE UNLOCKED EVERY SINGLE TRADING CARD! YOU'D GET THEM ALL! FOUR COMPLETE SETS! Completists rejoice!

And what's next next?

In the spirit of never underestimating you (and in keeping with my tradition!)

  • at $135,000, we would be within the TOP 15 OF ALL COMICS KICKSTARTERS and also you'd unlock the SUPPORTING CHARACTERS TEAM-UP/BATTLE PRINT where you'd choose two Young Protectors characters to be featured just like the last Team-Up/Battle Print but this time main characters Kyle and The Annihilator would be out of the picture! And then, once you chose which two supporting characters you wanted to see featured in this pulse-pounding 11" x 14" action print option, I'd send out another voting link for you to decide if you want those two characters teamed up or battling each other! Curious who would win if Spooky had to fight The Platinum Priestess? Unlock this stretch goal and we might just find out!
  • and if we hit $140,000, I'll take the first step towards making resin figurines of The Young Protectors characters by commissioning work on a 8" prototype painted resin figurine of main character Kyle. It won't be cheap, but a real Kyle figurine will then exist in the world and I'll share it with you in a whole bunch of pictures! :D

A more complete list of all the upcoming stretch goals can be found on the main page. And they are also described in more detail in this update.

Will we hit any of those stretch goals? Fingers crossed! But for now I'm just so happy I'm going to create this very cool STICKER SHEET with all The Young Protectors characters!

Very last chance to get the word out!

Oh, and we are really, truly in the very final hours of this project (less than 90 minutes to go!), so please let all your friends know about us in one final, big push. Through the Facebooks and the Twitters and the Tumblrs and the Reddits and the anything-else-you-can-think-of, please let folks know how much fun this is, how many goodies they can now get and that it's now or never!

This last hour and a half will be the last chance for anyone to back and lay claim to a book, a Spooky Cap, the Truth or Dare Bonus comic, The Annihilator Dossier, the Sexy Height Chart for the Guys, over thirty Trading Cards, the delightful Shower Scene/Locker Room Print and what's now thirty-four full-color 11" x 14" prints!

Thank You So, So Much!

After a fantastic month-long run, we're roaring into the finish line, just as strong as we started! And for the whole journey—with your enthusiasm, your kindness, your amazing generosity and sparkling wit and enthusiasm in the comments—you've made it an incredible pleasure for me! Just a dream come true!

Just 90 more minutes! And this is already the most incredible experience for me ever! And it's all because of you!

You are TOTAL SUPERHEROES! More soon!



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      Heh, I just got home and read the the clock was in the last 90 seconds. We were a shade over $133K! Now it's done and $133,640, which means all cards! :-D

    2. Kara Stephens on

      1k more, we can do eeeeet

    3. Jamie Dutton on

      Yes, we got the stickers!! Besides the full monty stuff, I've actually been really excited to get them! Glad to see you aren't underestimating how much we want this to succeed! Well, succeed even more than it already has, lol.

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      Zoellen Farmer on

      Just upped my pledge by $5. I WANT ALL THE TRADING CARDS!!

    5. Kara Stephens on

      Hnnngh. Come on guuuys. We can do this! Just 2k more before the completionist in me can weep with relief. I'd hate to see it weep in frustration!