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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? 

The Story
The Story

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. 

Preview
Preview
Cover
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Page One
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Page Two
Page Three
Page Three
Page Four
Page Four
Page Five
Page Five
Page Six
Page Six
Variant Covers
Gedeon Variant Cover
Caval Variant Cover
Rewards
Rewards
Hero in a Halfling Reward
The Team
The Team

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.

Contributors

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.

Print
Print

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.   

Add-ons
Add-ons

 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
Why Kickstarter?
Why Kickstarter?

 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.

Breakdown
Breakdown
Cost Breakdown
Cost Breakdown
Stretch Goals
Stretch Goals

UNLOCKED at funding:

Everyone receives a digital PDF copy of FADING, the short story Daniel and I worked on prior to HEROES ACT

Stretch $2500
Stretch 2
Stretch 3
Stretch 4 Locked

We have more lined up...

$3,500

$4,000

...

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.

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    Signatures for Heroes Act Petition

    Not interested in the book but love the concept and want to see it come to life?

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    The Human Package

    A digital copy of Heroes Act #1

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    • Heroes Act Digital Print
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    The Power Package

    Heroes Act #1 comic. Plus, a digital print and PDF copy.

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    • Heroes Act #1 in Print
    • 6 x 11 Heroes Act Print
    • Heroes Act #1 in Digital (PDF)
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    The Hero Halfling Package

    There's a hero in all of us, even halflings. The comic plus a signed paperback of my first novel, Hero in a Halfling.

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    The Meta Package

    Includes two issues of Heroes Act #1 (both covers) and a digital copy. Shipping's included in the U.S.

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    • 6 x 11 Heroes Act Print
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    Retail Hero Package

    Get 10 copies (8 regular covers and 2 variants) at wholesale cost.

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    The Hero Logo Package

    Do you have a company or brand? Would you like your logo placed permanently on the pages of a comic book? Then this is the package for you. Have your logo advertised on Tonka-man.

    Includes:
    • Heroes Act #1 in Print
    • Heroes Act #1 in Digital (PDF)
    • 6 x 11 Heroes Act Print
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    • Your logo on Tonka-man's costume.
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    The This Isn't a Cape Package

    A nice shirt is better than a cape. Or is it?

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    • Heroes Act #1 in Print
    • Heroes Act T-shirt
    • Heroes Act #1 in Digital (PDF)
    • 6 x 11 Heroes Act Print
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    The Hero Package

    There's a hero in all of us. This package has everything. Both copies of the comic, the print, the shirt, and an audio commentary. Plus backers at or above this level will get their names on the Thank You page at the end of the comic.

    Includes:
    • Heroes Act #1 in Print
    • Heroes Act #1 in Digital (PDF)
    • PDF Script of Heroes Act #1
    • Heroes Act Author Commentary Audio
    • Heroes Act T-shirt
    • 6 x 11 Heroes Act Print
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    The Limited Superhero Franquiz Package

    The Meta package plus a single character commission from Misfit City artist Naomi Franquiz.

    Includes:
    • Heroes Act #1 in Print
    • Naomi Franquiz Commission
    • Heroes Act #1 in Digital (PDF)
    • Heroes Act Author Commentary Audio
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    The Drawn Superhero Package

    Get in on the act with your likeness drawn into the book. A background character will be designed to look like you. As an added bonus, we will include a 6x11 print of the page that you're featured in.

    Includes:
    • Heroes Act #1 in Print
    • 6 x 11 Heroes Act Print
    • Character Sketch
    • Heroes Act #1 in Digital (PDF)
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    The Power Package (Early Bird)

    Heroes Act #1 comic. Plus, a digital print and PDF copy.

    Includes:
    • Heroes Act #1 in Print
    • 6 x 11 Heroes Act Print
    • Your name on the Thank You section of the website
    • Heroes Act #1 in Digital (PDF)
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    The Meta Package (Early Bird)

    Be the FIRST to back and get both covers at this very low price!

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    • Heroes Act #1 in Digital (PDF)
    • 6 x 11 Heroes Act Print
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    The This Isn't a Cape Package (Early)

    A nice shirt is better than a cape. Or is it?

    Includes:
    • Heroes Act #1 in Print
    • Heroes Act T-shirt
    • Heroes Act #1 in Digital (PDF)
    • 6 x 11 Heroes Act Print
    • Your name on the Thank You section of the website
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    The Hero Package (Early Bird)

    There's a hero in all of us. This package has everything. Both copies of the comic, the print, the shirt, and an audio commentary. Plus backers at or above this level will get their names on the Thank You page at the end of the comic.

    Includes:
    • Heroes Act #1 in Print
    • Heroes Act #1 in Digital (PDF)
    • PDF Script of Heroes Act #1
    • Heroes Act Author Commentary Audio
    • Heroes Act T-shirt
    • 6 x 11 Heroes Act Print
    • Your name on the Thank You section of the book
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