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Everyone who manifests superpowers goes insane... except for Jake Roth.  Now, Jake risks his freedom to fight the rising tide of evil.
Everyone who manifests superpowers goes insane... except for Jake Roth. Now, Jake risks his freedom to fight the rising tide of evil.
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UPDATE 7: We are now UNDER 36 HOURS away from the end of the campaign and only about $800 separate us from the finish line.  The end AND success are both within sight.  Make your pledge and claim your reward!  THANKS!

UPDATE 6: THE FINAL STRETCH!!!  The final week is upon us and we have crossed the 60% mark.  So, NOW is the time.  Find the reward package that fits you best and make your contribution to the project.  Which reminds me... because of it's popularity, we've added a Second Chance at the "BECOME A CHARACTER" reward.  And please share the project page with your friends via e-mail and social media.  Thank you!

UPDATE 5: ANOTHER NEW REWARD!  How did we miss this one?  If being at comic conventions lately has taught us anything, it's that casual readers LOVE trade paperbacks!  A whole story arc in one easy to handle book?  Makes sense, right?  Today we have added a $50 tier that will give new readers copies of both THE MONSTER (Volume 1) and FIGHT FOR YOUR LIFE (Volume 2) without any of the other bells and whistles we've been offering.  Enjoy!

UPDATE 4: NEW REWARDS AVAILABLE!  We are now offering a reward tier featuring a brand new convention-style sketchbook with a first page sketch (any one character of your choosing) by new THE F1RST HERO series artist DANNY ZABBAL. The sketchbook comes to you along with everything in the $20 reward tier. We have also made room in the series for FOUR MORE CAMEO APPEARANCES in the series. These will be the final four rewards of this type so don't sleep on this!

A few examples of sketches by series artist Danny Zabbal
A few examples of sketches by series artist Danny Zabbal

The entire world knows the stark reality: everyone who develops superpowers goes criminally or clinically insane.  These so-called "extrahumans" have been stripped of all their rights and are hunted down by the government because of the threat they pose to society... until JAKE ROTH.  When Jake manifests superpowers --but somehow keeps his sanity-- he must decide whether to put himself at risk by using his powers to save people or to hide his new abilities while innocent people he could have helped are hurt around him every day.

Jake Roth: The F1rst Hero
Jake Roth: The F1rst Hero

In Volume 1, THE F1RST HERO: THE MONSTER, we followed Jacob Roth from the discovery that he is an extrahuman while serving as a United States Marine overseas back to his home in Philadelphia where he had his first encounters with both the government's Extrahuman Task Force and with a rogue band of extrahuman thugs.  Saddened by the virtually unavoidable death of a young boy he had tried to protect, Jake vowed to use his power to prevent the impending all-out war coming to the streets of his hometown.

Jake vs. Odinson - Round 1
Jake vs. Odinson - Round 1

Now, in Volume 2, THE F1RST HERO: FIGHT FOR YOUR LIFE, Jake stumbles upon a mafia-controlled fight club whose three-armed extrahuman champion isn't afraid to kill his opponents for the twisted delight of his audience.

That new extrahuman threat is ODINSON, the self-proclaimed "God of War".  Odinson is loosely based on RING OF HONOR pro wrestling superstar RAYMOND ROWE.  (Follow @RAYMONDxROWE on Twitter)

ODINSON was inspired by professional wrestler RAYMOND ROWE
ODINSON was inspired by professional wrestler RAYMOND ROWE

THE F1RST HERO is a unique new take on the superhero mythos, created and written by ANTHONY RUTTGAIZER with pencils and inks by new series artist DANNY ZABBAL and letters and colors by FRED C. STRESING.  This all-new four issue story arc will debut in August 2015 from ACTION LAB COMICS.

The F1rst Hero creative team
The F1rst Hero creative team

Just add an additional $30 to your pledge at any level for each t-shirt you would like (Limit of 10) and, after the campaign ends, we will send you a survey.  You'll then be able to tell us which size and design you would like.

Also, if the campaign surpasses the $5000 mark, we have planned several "Stretch Goals" as bonuses for helping fully fund the project.  The more successful the campaign, the more you receive!

Risks and challenges

The entire team is hard at work finishing the book. The third issue is now complete and issue 4 is underway. Deadlines have been set and the book IS coming out. The team at ACTION LAB COMICS has been tremendous to me and they are committed to the title through the next few volumes. The challenge, for me personally, is to get this book in front of as many pairs of eyes as I can. To build a loyal audience of The F1rst Hero readers. As for the creative team, our collective challenge is to bring you the best story possible, which I can humbly say, we are doing. And with your help, we can see Jake Roth's story through this volume and beyond.

In the meantime, please use the share tools near the top of this page and help spread the word about THE F1RST HERO: FIGHT FOR YOUR LIFE via Twitter, Facebook, e-mail, carrier pigeon, smoke signal, jungle drum, interpretive dance or whatever else is available to you. Even if you can't contribute, you can help make this project successful by telling your friends and neighbours about it.

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    Get the whole story. Receive a copy of the Volume 2 Trade Paperback of THE F1RST HERO: FIGHT FOR YOUR LIFE, signed by series creator Anthony Ruttgaizer and artist Danny Zabbal. Plus, receive everything in the $10 package.

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    Catch up on Volume 1! You will receive a copy of the Volume 1 trade paperback plus the Kickstarter Edition The F1rst Hero: Fight For Your Life #1 and everything in the $10 package.

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    GET THE WHOLE STORY! You will receive copies of BOTH the Volume 1 and 2 trade paperbacks plus everything in the $10 package. THE EASIEST WAY TO READ THE ENTIRE JAKE ROTH STORY!!!

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    You will receive a 15 minute Skype call from Ring Of Honor wrestling star RAYMOND ROWE! Also, receive a print copy of the Kickstarter Edition of The F1rst Hero: Fight For Your Life #1, signed by series creator Anthony Ruttgaizer and artist Danny Zabbal. Plus, everything in the $10 package.

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    Read the entire series! You will receive trade paperbacks of both Volume 1 and Volume 2 plus a signed copy of the Kickstarter Edition The F1rst Hero: Fight For Your Life #1 and everything in the $10 package.

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    Receive a brand new convention sketchbook with a one-of-a-kind, first page sketch (you choose the character) by The F1rst Hero artist DANNY ZABBAL. Also, receive a print copy of the Kickstarter Edition of The F1rst Hero: Fight For Your Life #1, signed by series creator Anthony Ruttgaizer and artist Danny Zabbal. Plus, everything in the $10 package.

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    Retailer Incentive: Only for Comic Retailers! Receive 10 copies of the Kickstarter Edition of The F1rst Hero: Fight For Your Life #1 signed by series creator Anthony Ruttgaizer and artist Danny Zabbal.

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    Cameo Appearance! Have your likeness immortalized on the pages of The F1rst Hero! You will appear as a non-speaking character on at least one page of the book PLUS you'll receive a copy of the Volume 2 trade paperback, a signed copy of the Kickstarter Edition The F1rst Hero: Fight For Your Life #1 and everything in the $10 package.

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    Second Chance for a Cameo Appearance! Have your likeness immortalized on the pages of The F1rst Hero! You will appear as a non-speaking character on at least one page of the book PLUS you'll receive a copy of the Volume 2 trade paperback, a signed copy of the Kickstarter Edition The F1rst Hero: Fight For Your Life #1 and everything in the $10 package.

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    Receive a brand new convention sketchbook with a one-of-a-kind, first page sketch (you choose the character) by Detective Comics/Flash artist FRANCIS MANAPUL. Also, receive a print copy of the Kickstarter Edition of The F1rst Hero: Fight For Your Life #1, signed by series creator Anthony Ruttgaizer and artist Danny Zabbal. Plus, everything in the $10 package.

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    Become a character! You will appear as a speaking character on at least one page of the book PLUS you'll receive a copy of the Volume 2 trade paperback, a signed copy of the Kickstarter Edition The F1rst Hero: Fight For Your Life #1 and everything in the $10 package.

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    SECOND CHANCE! Become a character! You will appear as a speaking character on at least one page of the book PLUS you'll receive a copy of the Volume 2 trade paperback, a signed copy of the Kickstarter Edition The F1rst Hero: Fight For Your Life #1 and everything in the $10 package.

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    Join the party! You will receive a three-day pass to the 2015 Fan Expo Canada in Toronto (travel and hotel are NOT included) this September and have dinner on Friday night of the show with Anthony, Danny and Action Lab Comics publisher Bryan Seaton! In addition, you will receive everything in the $150 Cameo Appearance reward.

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