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A rich, black lawyer & a poor, white man w/a dying mom enter a life of crime, haunted by family secrets & a murder as old as themselves
A rich, black lawyer & a poor, white man w/a dying mom enter a life of crime, haunted by family secrets & a murder as old as themselves
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Rebirth of the Gangster is a crime, family-driven drama that mixes elements from Othello, Breaking Bad, The Wire, 100 Bullets, and Criminal.  The first story arc, "Meet the Family", will run 6 issues.  The issue that I'm raising funds for is the second issue in this six-issue story arc. 

I've spent the last year brainstorming ideas for the comic, outlining each story arc and issue, and endlessly revising scripts and the synopsis. A few months ago I reached out to Juan, and we've had a productive partnership ever since. We finished the first issue, but I used most of my savings paying Juan for his work. And while it was totally worth it, I don't have the funds to do that again.  

That's where you come in!

All of the funds raised for this project will go to pay Juan for his work (and to the small amount I'll have to pay to mail the sketch rewards).  I don't want to make Juan a starving artist, and if you're on this website, I'm sure you agree with me.  

This is also, unfortunately, why the rewards are all digital (with the exception of the sketches, of course): I don't want to commit to the huge expense of printing issues, shipping them, and encountering complications with a printing and distribution process I'm unfamiliar with. Trust me, this digital-only focus is for your benefit.

Juan and I have already created the first comic and published it digitally, (find it on Amazon here:http://tinyurl.com/grztxe5 or find it for half price--under a dollar!--on Banres and Noble here: http://preview.tinyurl.com/h2grr3y or  Selz here: https://goo.gl/vTtp4f). This shows we're familiar with all aspects of the digital comic-creating process. Get the first issue in the rewards, or if you're not sure about funding this project, you can purchase it through the above links to see if you like it and want to fund it. Check out my website for a complete list of sellers.

Although I'd love to surpass my goal, raise more funds and get paid for my work on this project, ultimately I just want to get this comic out there for others to enjoy. 

While the main focus is on Marcus, a rich black lawyer, and Hunter, a poor white blue collar worker, there will be a diverse cast of characters. Both of their moms will play heavily into the story--Marcus's mom is a first generation Hmong-American, and part of her story will focus on that struggle.  

The two main antagonists to Marcus and Hunter will be Lorena and Kaitlyn. Lorena is a homosexual, Latina cop who grew up in the inner city and struggled with her faith, her sexuality and getting out of the hood.  Kaitlyn is a black lawyer who works with Marcus, and she comes from a more privileged background than Lorena.

Lizzeth, a Latina teacher; Dennis, a white man just released from prison; and Devonte, a black man wrongfully imprisoned, close out the rest of our cast of characters.  While their story lines might start out separate from Hunter and Marcus, all the characters and story lines will converge. There's a character and a story in this comic for everyone!

Thanks for helping make my dream a reality!

Risks and challenges

I've already written the script for the second issue, so the only complication would come on Juan's part; essentially, if he got picked up by a big name company, he wouldn't be guaranteed to complete this project.

However, in the very unlikely event that this happens quickly enough for Juan to be unable to finish this issue, I'll be able to find another illustrator. Juan is a true professional, so I don't see this happening: I'm just adding this to be completely transparent. Ultimately, that setback would only result in a few week delay on completing the project.

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    A PDF of issue #2 when it's completed. You helped make it!

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    I'll follow you on Twitter and give you a shout out of thanks on Twitter too!

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    Closing Acknowledgment: You'll be thanked in the back of the comic as part of the list of Kickstarter contributors.

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    Opening Dedication: You'll be thanked in the front of the comic as part of the list of Kickstarter contributors.

    I'll follow you on Twitter and give you a shout out of thanks on Twitter too!

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    The Making of Rebirth of the Gangster: Explore a PDF covering the making of issue #1 of Rebirth of the Gangster:, including the early notes and outlines; the first emails between CJ and Juan; character descriptions and sketches; the script for issue #1 (showing some of the revisions along the way); layouts by Juan for each page; unlettered pages; and emails between CJ Standal and publishers, all with CJ Standal providing commentary the whole way.

    Opening Dedication: You'll be thanked in the front of the comic as part of the list of Kickstarter contributors.

    I'll follow you on Twitter and give you a shout out of thanks on Twitter too!

    A PDF of issue #2 when it's completed (You helped make it!) and issue #1 now (get caught up before the new issue is released).

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    A layout from the first issue created by CJ Standal. Get a bigger glimpse of CJ Standal's creative process before sending the script to Juan Romera.

    The Making of Rebirth of the Gangster: Explore a PDF covering the making of issue #1 of Rebirth of the Gangster:, including the early notes and outlines; the first emails between CJ and Juan; character descriptions and sketches; the script for issue #1 (showing some of the revisions along the way); layouts by Juan for each page; unlettered pages; and emails between CJ Standal and publishers, all with CJ Standal providing commentary the whole way.

    Opening Dedication: You'll be thanked in the front of the comic as part of the list of Kickstarter contributors.

    I'll follow you on Twitter or Facebook and give you a shout out of thanks on Twitter or Facebook too!

    A PDF of issue #2 when it's completed (You helped make it!) and issue #1 now (get caught up before the new issue is released).

    Estimated delivery: Jul 2016

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    Get a sketch card (2.5 x 3.5 inches) from Juan Romera.

    The Making of Rebirth of the Gangster: Explore a PDF covering the making of issue #1 of Rebirth of the Gangster:, including the early notes and outlines; the first emails between CJ and Juan; character descriptions and sketches; the script for issue #1 (showing some of the revisions along the way); layouts by Juan for each page; unlettered pages; and emails between CJ Standal and publishers, all with CJ Standal providing commentary the whole way.

    Opening Dedication: You'll be thanked in the front of the comic as part of the list of Kickstarter contributors.

    I'll follow you on Twitter and give you a shout out of thanks on Twitter too!

    A PDF of issue #2 when it's completed (You helped make it!) and issue #1 now (get caught up before the new issue is released).

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    Name a character that will appear in issue 2! You can just give me a name (your name or any other name), or I can send you a short description of the character, and you can pick the name that you think best fits the description. Get it now while the limited offer lasts!

    The Making of Rebirth of the Gangster: Explore a PDF covering the making of issue #1 of Rebirth of the Gangster:, including the early notes and outlines; the first emails between CJ and Juan; character descriptions and sketches; the script for issue #1 (showing some of the revisions along the way); layouts by Juan for each page; unlettered pages; and emails between CJ Standal and publishers, all with CJ Standal providing commentary the whole way.

    Opening Dedication: You'll be thanked in the front of the comic as part of the list of Kickstarter contributors.

    I'll follow you on Twitter and give you a shout out of thanks on Twitter too!

    A PDF of issue #2 when it's completed (You helped make it!) and issue #1 now (get caught up before the new issue is released).

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    Early Script: Enjoy a PDF of an early script (issue #1 of "Eye of the Beholder") written by CJ Standal.

    The Making of Rebirth of the Gangster: Explore a PDF covering the making of issue #1 of Rebirth of the Gangster:, including the early notes and outlines; the first emails between CJ and Juan; character descriptions and sketches; the script for issue #1 (showing some of the revisions along the way); layouts by Juan for each page; unlettered pages; and emails between CJ Standal and publishers, all with CJ Standal providing commentary the whole way.

    Opening Dedication: You'll be thanked in the front of the comic as part of the list of Kickstarter contributors.

    I'll follow you on Twitter and give you a shout out of thanks on Twitter too!

    A PDF of issue #2 when it's completed (You helped make it!) and issue #1 now (get caught up before the new issue is released).

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    Name Marcus grandpa, a character who was introduced in the first issue but didn't have a name--*spoiler alert for the first page of issue 1* even though he's dead, he'll be a big part of the comic in the future, appearing in many flashbacks.

    Early Script: Enjoy a PDF of an early script (issue #1 of "Eye of the Beholder") written by CJ Standal.

    The Making of Rebirth of the Gangster: Explore a PDF covering the making of issue #1 of Rebirth of the Gangster:, including the early notes and outlines; the first emails between CJ and Juan; character descriptions and sketches; the script for issue #1 (showing some of the revisions along the way); layouts by Juan for each page; unlettered pages; and emails between CJ Standal and publishers, all with CJ Standal providing commentary the whole way.

    Opening Dedication: You'll be thanked in the front of the comic as part of the list of Kickstarter contributors.

    I'll follow you on Twitter or friend you on Facebook and give you a shout out of thanks on Twitter too!

    A PDF of issue #2 when it's completed (You helped make it!) and issue #1 now (get caught up before the new issue is released).

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    Get a sketch card (6 x 10 inches) from Juan Romera.

    Early Script: Enjoy a PDF of an early script (issue #1 of "Eye of the Beholder") written by CJ Standal.

    The Making of Rebirth of the Gangster: Explore a PDF covering the making of issue #1 of Rebirth of the Gangster:, including the early notes and outlines; the first emails between CJ and Juan; character descriptions and sketches; the script for issue #1 (showing some of the revisions along the way); layouts by Juan for each page; unlettered pages; and emails between CJ Standal and publishers, all with CJ Standal providing commentary the whole way.

    Opening Dedication: You'll be thanked in the front of the comic as part of the list of Kickstarter contributors.

    I'll follow you on Twitter and give you a shout out of thanks on Twitter too!

    A PDF of issue #2 when it's completed (You helped make it!) and issue #1 now (get caught up before the new issue is released).

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    Feedback: Send a copy of your script, story idea, or illustrated pages for a critique by CJ Standal.

    Early Script: Enjoy a PDF of an early script (issue #1 of "Eye of the Beholder") written by CJ Standal.

    The Making ofRebirth of the Gangster:: Explore a PDF covering the making of issue #1 of Rebirth of the Gangster:, including the early notes and outlines; the first emails between CJ and Juan; character descriptions and sketches; the script for issue #1 (showing some of the revisions along the way); layouts by Juan for each page; unlettered pages; and emails between CJ Standal and publishers, all with CJ Standal providing commentary the whole way.

    Opening Dedication: You'll be thanked in the front of the comic as part of the list of Kickstarter contributors.

    I'll follow you on Twitter and give you a shout out of thanks on Twitter too!

    A PDF of issue #2 when it's completed (You helped make it!) and issue #1 now (get caught up before the new issue is released).

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    Make a Cameo!: Star as an extra in issue #2 of A Family Affair.

    Feedback: Send a copy of your script, story idea, or illustrated pages for a critique by CJ Standal.

    Early Script: Enjoy a PDF of an early script (issue #1 of "Eye of the Beholder") written by CJ Standal.

    The Making of Rebirth of the Gangster:: Explore a PDF covering the making of issue #1 of Rebirth of the Gangster:, including the early notes and outlines; the first emails between CJ and Juan; character descriptions and sketches; the script for issue #1 (showing some of the revisions along the way); layouts by Juan for each page; unlettered pages; and emails between CJ Standal and publishers, all with CJ Standal providing commentary the whole way.

    Opening Dedication: You'll be thanked in the front of the comic as part of the list of Kickstarter contributors.

    I'll follow you on Twitter and give you a shout out of thanks on Twitter too!

    A PDF of issue #2 when it's completed (You helped make it!) and issue #1 now (get caught up before the new issue is released).

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    Q and A: Email a set of questions for me to answer OR I'll appear on your podcast (I can call in only--I can't travel to record in your studio).

    Feedback: Send a copy of your script, story idea, or illustrated pages for a critique by CJ Standal.

    The Making of Rebirth of the Gangster:: Explore a PDF covering the making of issue #1 of Rebirth of the Gangster:, including the early notes and outlines; the first emails between CJ and Juan; character descriptions and sketches; the script for issue #1 (showing some of the revisions along the way); layouts by Juan for each page; unlettered pages; and emails between CJ Standal and publishers, all with CJ Standal providing commentary the whole way.

    Early Script: Enjoy a PDF of an early script (issue #1 of "Eye of the Beholder") written by CJ Standal.

    Opening Dedication: You'll be thanked in the front of the comic as part of the list of Kickstarter contributors.

    I'll follow you on Twitter and give you a shout out of thanks on Twitter too!

    A PDF of issue #2 when it's completed (You helped make it!) and issue #1 now (get caught up before the new issue is released).

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