Due to low pre-order numbers, Diamond Comics cancelled distribution of the series before the scheduled release of Issue 2 of the WEDNESDAY’S CHILD story arc. They informed our publisher, Action Lab Entertainment, of this decision earlier this week and I was informed on Thursday evening.
So, what does this mean for Volume 3? If the Kickstarter reaches its funding goal of $4000 CDN (approx $3000 USD), we will finish the book. Without mass distribution to comic shops, the only way to get printed copies of WEDNESDAY’S CHILD will be directly from us.
I still believe in THE F1RST HERO. I still believe in the story I’ve written and in the art that Marco Renna and Fred Stresing have created. I still believe that we’ve put together something exciting that deserves to reach an audience. More than anything else, I still want to bring this book to everyone.
If you've never read any of the series before, check out Volume 1, Issue 1 FOR FREE right now online at www.thef1rsthero.com. And you can check out a six page preview of the first issue of THIS series on the Comic Book Resources website.
Everyone who develops superpowers goes insane. The government has ruled these so-called EXTRAHUMANS a danger to society, stripping them of all human rights and forming a military unit, the U.S. EXTRAHUMAN TASK FORCE, to hunt them down. And then there's JAKE ROTH.
When Jake manifests extrahuman powers --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.
In Volume 3, WEDNESDAY'S CHILD, Jake faces a new kind of threat: an 8-YEAR OLD GIRL with the extrahuman power to control minds but she is not acting alone. She is taking orders from her cruel and greedy mother. This unlikely criminal pair start using the little girl's powers to force people into carrying out a shocking spree of larceny and revenge across Philadelphia. Jake, just back from his adventure in the ACTIONVERSE mini-series, must track down the duo, stop their assault on the city and, hopefully, save the young girl from her vicious, controlling mother.
CLICK HERE TO READ THE FIRST 6 PAGES OF WEDNESDAY'S CHILD!
THE F1RST HERO: WEDNESDAY'S CHILD continues a unique take on the superhero mythos, with this scary, violent and fast-paced tale by creator/writer ANTHONY RUTTGAIZER, new series artist MARCO RENNA and returning letterer/colourist FRED C. STRESING. This all-new four issue story arc is being published by ACTION LAB COMICS.
ANTHONY RUTTGAIZER was born and raised in Toronto, Canada. He is a former radio host, podcaster and stand-up comedian. Anthony is also a former professional wrestler, having spent more than 20 years travelling Canada, the United States and Europe performing as "Kingdom James". THE F1RST HERO is Anthony's first comic book series with WEDNESDAY'S CHILD marking it's third volume. Anthony was also one of the architects of the ACTION LAB COMICS crossover event, ACTIONVERSE.http://ruttgaizer.com/
MARCO RENNA is an exciting new Italian comic book illustrator. Marco first collaborated with Anthony on this spring's ACTIONVERSE #1 and has now followed that up with his work on THE F1RST HERO: WEDNESDAY'S CHILD.
FRED C. STRESING has worked as the letterer and colourist on all three volumes of THE F1RST HERO. Born is Upstate New York, Fred is a graduate of the Savannah College of Art and Design and now lives full-time in Georgia. Fred's work can also be seen in comics such as ADVENTURE TIME, BEE AND PUPPYCAT, BILL AND TED'S MOST TRIUMPHANT RETURN and MUNCHKIN.
"Ruttgaizer continues to bring more character and intrigue to the story of Jake Roth. It is clear that Ruttgaizer is positioning Jake for some great destiny and that it is going to be coming soon."
- Frank Rodriguez, The Broken Infinite
"Marco’s interiors are sharp. I like his attention to detail here and the use of backgrounds. His eye for how a story needs to flow through pages and panels is good and will only keep getting better with each issue he does."
- Steven Leitman, Reading With A Flight Ring
"This is a truly unique take on meta humans – a world where people who manifest powers are driven insane. Anthony Ruttgaizer’s saga continues to impress, with amazing artwork by Marco Renna. 8/10"
- Ed Garrett, TMStash.com
- DIGITAL COPIES of the first issue or the entire 4-issue story arc
- PRINT COPIES of the Special Convention Edition of Issue 1
- TRADE PAPERBACK collections of the complete 4-issue story arc
- COMMISSION SKETCHES and special SKETCH COVERS drawn by series creator Anthony Ruttgaizer
- TRADE PAPERBACK collections of Volume 1 and Volume 2 of the series
- SCRIPT CONSULTATION SESSIONS with Anthony to help turn YOUR ideas into comic book scripts
- SPEAKING ROLES as a character in an issue of the series!
We produce a Convention Special in VERY limited quantities each year. This year's Convention Special features a cover by series creator Anthony Ruttgaizer with colours by Fred C Stresing. This issue is available with a number of our reward tiers. And if you prefer trade paperbacks over single issue, look for the reward tiers featuring the WEDNESDAY'S CHILD trade paperback. You'll get the complete four-issue story arc to read and enjoy, again and again!
Catch up on the entire series by pledging for our "The Complete Story - ALL 3 TRADE PAPERBACKS" reward. You will receive all 12 issues of THE F1RST HERO in three convenient collected editions.
In Volume 1, THE F1RST HERO: THE MONSTER, we meet Jake Roth as he discovers his extrahuman powers while serving as a United States Marine overseas. We follows him back home to Philadelphia where he has his first encounters with both the government’s Extrahuman Task Force and with a rogue band of extrahuman thugs.
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. Jake is Forced into one-on-one combat with this monster even as the ETF closes in on them.
Commission Sketches will be produced on 65lb acid free paper and may be on any single character of your choice. Batman, Superman, Spider-Man, Doctor Who, Optimus Prime, Spock, Pikachu... anyone you choose.
Sketch Covers will be drawn on a special blank cover edition of THE F1RST HERO: WEDNESDAY'S CHILD #1 and will be of you or a person of your choosing (these cover would make a great gift!) in the style of an ETF Agent or a superpowered extrahuman villain! Or of just about anything else you'd like!
We've also added a very special, one-of-a-kind reward!
For $600, you will receive Ty Templeton's original 8.5" x 11" pencil and ink layout drawing for his ACTIONVERSE #1 variant cover, plus, you will appear in Issue 4 in a cameo role and receive a whole bunch of THE F1RST HERO comics!
THE F1RST HERO is a 100% creator-owned series and, like many creator-owned comic books, it is a labour of love. This Kickstarter campaign is being conducted to help raise funds for the production of the series. After Kickstarter's fess and the cost of reward fulfillment, all the money raised will go towards those costs. Marco, Fred and I have been working incredibly hard to bring you the truly best book that we can and every dollar that you pledge here will help us reach the finish line. With that in mind, we would like to THANK YOU in advance for your support.
Risks and challenges
Even without Diamond Comics distributing us, the risks for backing this project are incredibly minimal. Marco has completed the art for all four issues of the story and Fred has already completed colouring and lettering for Issues 1 and 2. Fred is currently colouring Issues 3. Issue 1 was published on June 15th and the only thing standing between us and you receiving your rewards is us sending the remainder of the series to the printer. The team at Action Lab have been great, once again, at helping us continue bringing the story of THE F1RST HERO to readers like you and the first wave of rewards will go in the mail almost immediately upon completion of the campaign.
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.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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