"Magnificent" is 100% funded! But we have some awesome stretch goals - all of which will give more perks and rewards right back to our backers! Anything we raise now is NOT for us - it's to print "Magnificent" with as many features as possible to give all of our backers the most bang for their buck!
$6500 - Premium Format & Bonus Features!
Now, "Magnificent" will be printed with a BONUS 14 pages of behind-the-scenes materials - think the DVD extras! Featuring sketches, designs, scripts and more. PLUS, the book will have premium spot gloss on the cover! EVERY BACKER getting a copy of the book will now get this deluxe edition!
$8000 - Free Comic Book Day Prequel!
If we hit $8000, we will print a Free Comic Book Day prequel to "Magnificent" featuring NEW STORY not in the original comic. This is not a preview of story you're already getting - it's new material never before seen! Every backer pledging $5 or more will get a copy of this preview with their rewards!
$9500 - Hardcovers with a Heart!
If we hit $9500, every copy of "Magnificent" will be a hardcover! Even though the cover price will now be $14.99, EVERY BACKER who gets a copy of the book will be getting the hardcover! PLUS, once the book is publicly available we will donate 5% of the net sales of every copy to The Port Ministries, a charity that provides food, daycare, healthcare, and more to the Back Of The Yards community of Chicago.
Thanks for helping us get this far - now let's see how high we can reach! Remember, all of these stretch goals will benefit our backers - the money we raise now will go right back to you!
Who Is The Magnificent?
The first graphic novel by Chimera’s Comics, "Magnificent" is an original 66-page paperback by Carmelo Chimera, Steven Brown, and David Gonzalez. "Magnificent" is a story about the pains of growing up and staying true to yourself no matter what life throws you.
Have you ever had your heart broken? Do you remember the first time you felt pride in a talent? When was the last time you fell flat on your face or screwed up so badly you thought the world would end?
Even though Adam is a super-hero, all of this happened to him too. He was called The Magnificent, but that was before. Before he was captured, tortured, and experimented on. Over his life he learned the same lessons we all do – how to love, how to fail, and how to persevere.
And when Adam discovers he’s more powerful than he ever imagined, everything he’s learned comes together to answer life’s greatest question: are we shaped by the cynicism of a cruel world, or can we choose who we want to be no matter what?
Adam Garfield is The Magnificent. His naivety will make him vulnerable to attack from all sides. Whether its a neglected girlfriend, a jealous military leader, or a psychopath looking for a fight, the world seems resolved to make his naive mission a trial by fire. Adam will go through pain and failure beyond description before discovering his true power. And when he does, Adam will have to prove if he’s a true hero…by being true to himself.
Maxwell Edison has a problem: What do you get for the man who has everything? With the ability to control electromagnetism, there is no challenge left in the world for Maxwell. That is, until he sees The Magnificent picking up buildings on TV. Maxwell was on the first plane out from the UK to meet the young hero and, hopefully, find the fight of his life. Maxwell’s masochistic and hedonistic mentality is the perfect foil for the Magnificent’s selflessness. Unlike the young hero, Maxwell believes power is meant to be used.
The General is the mysterious leader of Blackstone, a paramilitary group that has imprisoned The Magnificent. The General sees The Magnificent as his own son, and believes he must teach this child that life is pain. But as the years roll on, the young hero’s refusal to compromise challenges everything the cynical General believes about the world.
6 years ago, Carmelo Chimera wrote an original graphic novel. Partnering with his long-time friend Steven Brown, the duo worked closer than ever to create “Magnificent.”
While working on the comic book, Steven and Carmelo got sidetracked by opening Chimera’s Comics. Their first store opened in La Grange, Illinois in 2011 and they’ve since opened two more stores and are starting an online store as we speak.
Running Chimera’s Comics taught Steven and Carmelo more about making and selling comics than they ever thought possible, and introduced them to their newest collaborator David “Hommy” Gonzalez. Hommy is a graphic designed and marketing consultant for Chimera’s Comics by night, and the Interim Executive Director of The Port Ministries by day.
Chimera’s Comics was designed to me be more than just a store. With weekly gaming tournaments, special events like 24 Hour Comics Day, professional guests and more, Chimera’s Comics has become a community. That’s why it’s so fitting that we’re asking our community to come together to help make our dream for “Magnificent” a reality. This is how we come full circle. You’ve brought us this far, and we try to thank you by giving you the best comic book store we can. Now we want to thank you by giving you the best comic we can.
Carmelo Chimera was born on Krypton, but when he came to Earth he grew up in the suburbs of Chicago. He wrote “Magnificent” while studying at Carthage College, and even after law school at the University of Chicago Carmelo was still a big enough nerd to open Chimera’s Comics with Steven Brown. Three stores later, the duo has returned to finish what they started and reveal “Magnificent” to the world.
Steven Brown, like most artists, get his inspiration from his misunderstood and tortured soul. While attending the American Academy of Art in Chicago, Steven cultivated such past times as brooding, acting incredulous, and showing disdain for basic human emotion. He’s put his talents to use as a professional storyboard artist and is the co-founder and true mastermind of Chimera’s Comics. He is also the co-host of the store’s podcast, Caffeinated Comics. In spite of everything, he is universally well-liked and widely regarded as “fun to be around.”
David Gonzalez has yet to be reached for comment. When we called him to complete this interview, we were routed through a complex system of teleprompts before we gave up and drove to his office at The Port Ministries. Though we can’t be sure, we think we saw him running out the back and down the block while we were knocking on the front door of his office. He continues to upload inked and colored artwork into our Dropbox though, so that’s something.
For the production, we've turned to one of the most trusted names in comic printing, PrintNinja. Local to Evanston, Illinois, PrintNinja has both the quality of workmanship and the brand reputation to bring our project to life.
"Magnificent" is a Chicago-centric story. The titular hero is named for the famous Magnificent Mile, and his enemies are also named for famous Chicago streets. The story itself takes place in Chicago - from the playgrounds of the suburbs to the rooftops of the Loop's skyscrapers. It's fitting that a story about growing up take place in the city where the creators grew up.
Risks and challenges
The hardest part about completing "Magnificent" is the same issue we've had for 6 years. Life happens, and we have deferred this dream over and over again. Not without good reason - we've opened three comic book stores, Carmelo became a lawyer, and David spends 12 hours a day turning The Port Ministries into the best charity it can be. Delays involved in the creative process and printing/shipping logistics are also possible.
However, over the last four years Chimera's Comics has not only survived, but thrived. Everything we have put our minds to has come true. With our business experience, we know how to create a plan and stick to it. We are ready to make this project our number one priority, as we once did with our stores. We're working to minimize risks by working with reputable printers, and using our established industry and distributor contacts.
As with everything we have done, there are no challenges we cannot overcome when a community like this one unites behind us.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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