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Imagine your parents were super heroes.
Now imagine that you’re given the chance to be a hero, too.
You just have to pick your power.
Imagine your parents were super heroes.
Now imagine that you’re given the chance to be a hero, too.
You just have to pick your power.
Imagine your parents were super heroes. Now imagine that you’re given the chance to be a hero, too. You just have to pick your power.
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Trial Run - An All-Ages Superhero Anthology

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All of us have - at one point or another - wondered what it would be like to have super powers. One young man's wondering is over. Jon is the only child of superheroes - and as he approaches his 18th birthday, he realizes he has some big shoes (or boots) to fill. 

Trial Run follows Jon's misadventures as he learns what it takes to be a hero. He's given a collection of special teas - each one bestowing upon him a different power, allowing Jon to take each power on a short Trial Run. He's finally got his chance to be a hero. He only needs to settle on a power.

Trial Run's origin is a bit of a funny story. I was out of work for a couple months, recovering from shoulder surgery. So I sat down and started writing what would become the initial concept of Trial Run. Once I had a number of scripts in my back pocket, I started my search for artists to help me bring them to life. My intention was a 20 page comic, collecting my favorite shorts.

From "Multiples" written by Adam Bennett & illustrated by Micah Weltsch
From "Multiples" written by Adam Bennett & illustrated by Micah Weltsch

What I never expected was the overwhelmingly positive response from both artists and writers! After the first few creators contacted me, asking to add to the collection, I knew I had to open up the project as a full fledged anthology. 

And that's where we are now!

From "Time Control" by Copper Mouflon
From "Time Control" by Copper Mouflon

This is my first venture in anthology editing, and I'm really proud of what I and this team have created. 

When I started this project, I was a virtual nobody in the comics scene (let's be honest, I'm still super small potatoes). Trial Run started as practice - my own trial run, of sorts - a portfolio builder. When I started accepting submissions to the anthology, I maintained that same mindset. Throughout the book, you'll find comics written and illustrated by creators of all skill levels. From novice artists tackling comics for the first time, to previously published creators. It is my hope that readers enjoy reading Trial Run as much as I enjoyed editing the volume, so that Trial Run Vol 2 may be a real possibility. So I can continue to provide a platform and (and paying gigs!) for creators at all skill levels.

From "Bubblegum" illustrated by Craig Dixon
From "Bubblegum" illustrated by Craig Dixon

The book will be printed as a standard size trade paperback and consists of over 70 pages of full-color comics. The book is safely rated for all ages.

Trial Run is comprised of my four original short comics (plus an introductory comic written as a forward to the anthology), and the finished volume contains the work of over 20 creators!

Adam T Bennett
Anne Mortensen-Agnew
Brandon Fuller
Carie Ng
Cassie Parkes
Charlotte Wadsworth
Cristian David Navarro
Cristina Koenig
Christopher Demetriou
Craig Dixon
Danos Philopoulos
Edwin Domingo
Emmett Helen
Gina Trujilo
Jenn Arledge
John Horsley
Julia Hutchinson
Liam Baldwin
Micah Weltsch
Mike Grossman
Scott Malin
Stella Violari

As I mentioned previously, one of Trail Run's goals was to provide paying gigs for creators. So here are the numbers! The bulk of money raised will go toward paying contributors (Except myself! I'm not taking a paycheck on this project.). The rest will be invested in printing and shipping fees (and Kickstarter, of course!). 

Ah, yes. What you've been waiting for, right? We've got a number of rewards planned. You can pick up digital and print copies of Trial Run; plus, we have a sticker sheet (essentially another mini anthology!) designed by our creators and two art prints you can snag. 

Preliminary Cover Mockup
Preliminary Cover Mockup
Trial Run Sticker Sheet!
Trial Run Sticker Sheet!
Art Print by Craig Dixon
Art Print by Craig Dixon

Annnnnd stretch goals!

Stretch goals will be focused on pay bumps for creators. But that doesn't mean there aren't extra goodies planned for all of you! Our first stretch goal unlocks at $3,000 or 150%

All physical rewards will include a free bookmark!
All physical rewards will include a free bookmark!

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From "Telepathy" illustrated by Scott Malin
From "Telepathy" illustrated by Scott Malin

Risks and challenges

Now the big questions.

Why should you trust us with your money?

To be honest, this is a really low risk Kickstarter. The book has been complete for a couple weeks. We're wrapping up the sticker sheet now. There's no risk of the project not being finished. Which is why books are slated for a July release. (Kickstarter will end mid April. Two weeks for funds to disperse. 8 weeks for printing and shipping.)

What if you don't fund?

That's a terrifying question. Don't ask me that! Okay, but what if:

The biggest consequence of this project not funding is our contributors not getting paid. This is an extremely talented group of people, and I'd love to see them compensated for the time, energy, and heart they've put into this book.

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