With great power comes... no responsibility.
If gifted superpowers, would people really dawn capes and tights, then go out fighting crime?
That's the question.
HEROES ACT #1 is the first issue in a three over-sized issue arc called GIVE AND TAKE, and part of what could become an ongoing series.
It asks questions of a certain uncle's famous quote “with great power comes great responsibility.” Or does it?
When a meteor shower blankets Earth with purple rocks, thousands of people become endowed with abilities. But they aren’t fighting crime. They use their powers for personal gain or worse—for the mundane. They fly to work. Congress drafts a bill to pay these powered individuals if they act when the need arises—they sign into law the Heroes Act.
Blake Barnhart, your average teenager, believes he doesn’t have these abilities. His best friend, Jeff Adams, does—the ability to move objects with his mind.
After the two boys witness a bank robbery, Blake convinces Jeff to start using his abilities through the Heroes Act initiative. But when Blake's own powers manifest, they change everything.
William Tyler Davis - Writer/Co-creator
A lifelong comics fan. Tyler started collecting Batman sometime in the mid-90s and hasn't really stopped. He's completed a trilogy of fantasy novels and four cozy mystery novellas. They can be found on Amazon.
Daniel Caval - Artist/Co-creator
Daniel is an up-and-coming artist from Brazil and HEROES ACT co-creator. Most characters are of his design. Check him out on Instagram.
LetterSquids - Letterer/Design
For lettering request and a sample of other work check out the website.
Christian Galli - Colorist
Christian is an artist from Italy. Check Christian out on Instagram.
Jason Gussow - Editor
Jason and Tyler worked together at a bookstore in college. A shared love for books and comics brought them together.
Over the past few years, Jason has served as the chief beta reader--the developmental editor on Tyler's prose work. And he's as well-versed in comics as any person, making him the perfect editor for HEROES ACT.
Mary Safro designed our rocking cover. She is the illustrator and co-creator of Drugs & Wires.
Little Corvus is a Seattle based, queer nonbinary latinx comic artist and illustrator. They have illustrated work in STAR WARS: WOMEN OF THE GALAXY. They were nominated for an Eisner Award in 2017 for their work on the webtoon DEJA BREW, and published their first full-length graphic novel, THE BRIDGE, with Peter Tomasi in 2018.
They contributed our amazing print. You can find more of their work here.
Every pledge level over $10 gets the 6x11 print.
Juan Gedeon, artist on VENOM #16, provided us one of our variant covers (unlocked as stretch goal #2). Check him out on Twitter.
Naomi Franquiz, artist on UNBEATABLE SQUIRREL GIRL (41 and 42) and MISFIT CITY (seriously go check it out, we'll wait), has graciously agreed to provide a few commissions for us. Check out her work here.
You're also welcome to add-on items by adjusting your reward level!
- Additional copies of #Issue 1 are $8
- Additional copies of the Mary Safro variant cover are $12
- Additional Little Corvus prints are $5
You can add up to 5 print items total without any additional shipping cost. If adding more, please add $5 for shipping.
- Stickers (with Heroes Act logo) are $3
- Additional shirts are $20 plus another $5 for shipping
For the fantasy inclined...
You can also add one or a set of paperbacks from my EPIK FANTASY series. All books can be signed and personalized.
- HERO IN A HALFLING: $12
- EPIK FANTASY SET: HERO IN A HALFLING, KNOWING IS HALFLING THE BATTLE, and SIGHT BEYOND EPIK SIGHT: $30
Or you can add one or more cozy mystery novellas.
- MARVELS, MOCHAS, and MURDER: $8
- COMICS AND COFFEE CASE FILES SET (all four novellas): $30
HEROES ACT #1 has been fully written with over half of the line art complete and the rest commissioned to be done by the end of the campaign. The first six pages are complete--colored and lettered (you just saw them).
This kickstarter will give us the funds necessary to have the remaining 24 pages of the first issue colored and lettered. The rest of the the funds are for printing and shipping your rewards.
UNLOCKED at funding:
Everyone receives a digital PDF copy of FADING, the short story Daniel and I worked on prior to HEROES ACT.
We have more lined up...
Risks and challenges
The main challenge is the book isn't going to be colored until the campaign is finished.
While Christian has etched out time to produce a quality book, there's no guarantee that a roadblock doesn't present itself, delaying the art.
Additionally, there could be publishing or manufacturing delays on the book or merchandise due to unforeseen circumstances. We've padded our estimate by a month or so, to ensure we meet the deadline. And we'll keep you informed at every step of the way.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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