About this project
Welcome to a city of mobsters,
magic and monsters!
Format: “Enforcer: Tough Luck” is a five-issue mini-series. This Kickstarter is for the first issue.
What It's About: Irish mob enforcer Bobby Callahan and his crew are on the run from every gang in Meridian after stealing a cursed artifact. Turning it over to the infernal Underlord might save their lives, but will it doom the city? Their luck is about to run out!
“Enforcer” is a crime noir/dark fantasy story about criminals operating in a modern-but-timeless world inhabited by creatures of myth and legend. It’s full of action, dark humor and unique takes on the tropes of both fantasy and noir.
Think of it as “Ocean’s Eleven” or “Boondock Saints” in a city where Cthulhu runs the syndicate instead of a gangster like Al Capone. What if New York City wasn’t so much a melting pot as a cauldron, where immigrants brought their ghosts, gods and demons to America? Ancient grudges between supernatural forces are settled on the streets by gangs wielding magic and machine guns; boomsticks and broomsticks.
Meridian is a city where magic and the supernatural are part of everyday life. It’s a modern metropolis built atop the ruins of an ancient civilization, from which magic flows and horrible threats emerge. Bobby Callahan is a thug blessed with uncanny luck in a fight. He’s been using this gift to do the Irish mob’s dirty work for years, but he’s looking to get out. After all, there’s no retirement plan for henchmen, other than a bullet.
In the first story arc, “Tough Luck,” that golden opportunity arises in the form of a lucrative heist of an ancient artifact coveted by city’s fearsome crime boss, The Underlord. When it all goes wrong, Callahan and his crew, the Lucky Bastards, will face the true depths of evil in this city ― and learn the price of standing against it. “Enforcer” is about the gray areas between hero and villain, and the fate we make for ourselves when luck runs out.
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Coming up in Enforcer: Tough Luck #1:
Word has hit the streets that a lost treasure coveted by The Underlord is being held in a secure bank vault that he can't enter. The demonic boss of bosses offers power and wealth to the faction that returns it to him; so Callahan and his crew plan a heist to steal it.
Callahan doesn’t care what the Underlord wants with the artifact, which is said to bring death and worse to thieves. He believes his legendary good luck will trump the curse. They’re not the only ones seeking the treasure: the Dantes ― an infernal Italian crime syndicate ― are also planning a bank job; and the city’s masked protector, The Rook, has caught wind of the artifact and means to destroy it.
Callahan and partner-in-crime Cordell Hardison recruit the punk witch Morrigan Monaghan for the heist, but first they'll have to help her out of a jam. Can they escape a deadly cult — and the jaws of a tentacled horror?
Audience: “Enforcer” would appeal to readers of pulp, crime, fantasy and supernatural titles like “Hellboy,” “Skullkickers,” “The Goon,” “Ghosted” and “Fatale;” or fans of TV shows like “Grimm,” “Gotham” and “Supernatural.”
• Writer: Brian Funk, a journalist, graphic designer, columnist and newspaper editor for the past 21 years. I also do original character design as the creator of custom action figures through my company, MadLab Studio (facebook.com/MadLabCustoms).
• Artist: Artyom Trakhanov, from Image’s “Undertow” series with Steve Orlando and cover work for projects at BOOM! Studio (Justin Jordan’s “Deep State” and Christopher Sebela’s “Dead Letters”) and DC’s “Midnighter.” His gift for innovative character design and deep knowledge of folklore and noir serve him well on this project.
• Colorist: Ryan Cody is the artist/colorist of the great indie comic “Doc Unknown” (a Kickstarter success, with a story serialized in issues of Image's “Five Ghosts”), stories in Dark Horse Presents, Dynamite’s “The Phantom” and Image’s “Masks & Mobsters” hardcover.
• Letterer: Thomas Mauer works on a number of books, including “Copperhead,” "Umbral" and “Undertow” for Image and Dark Horse’s “Guns of Shadow Valley.” He also designed our logo.
If we go at least $1,200 over our goal, we'll expand issue #1 from 24 to 32 pages, with an 8-page backup story in the Enforcer universe, written by Brian Funk and drawn by Luke Parker, artist of "Merrick: The Sensational Elephantman."
Thank you for your support, and for helping make ENFORCER #1 possible!
Risks and challenges
Our funding goal includes the costs of completing the artwork (pencils/inks, colors, lettering) on the first 24-page issue. We have 8 pages complete already, and 16 remaining.
I've financed all the production so far, investing in a professional team of artists to create the best possible product. I think it shows in the quality that Artyom, Ryan and Thomas have brought to the project and the reaction our preview pages and designs have received from both fans and the comic creator community.
Reaching our goal will allow me to pay that immensely talented art team to finish producing issue #1 and to have the book printed for those who order print copies.
The remainder of the Kickstarter goal will cover the production and shipping of reward items (prints, T-shirts, commissioned artwork and custom action figures) that will be available first — and in some cases, exclusively — to our backers.
Due to Artyom's busy work schedule and the time it takes to create the amazing artwork, we expect to have the first issue ready for release in June 2016.
We have worked hard for the past year creating the characters and stories for ENFORCER, and we have plans to keep it going beyond the first five issues (perhaps one-shots or an anthology, too) if that's what readers want. There's a whole (under)world to explore — and this issue is the first step.
We hope you'll join us on that adventure!
-- Brian Funk, writer/creator of "Enforcer"
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