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JOSHUA BLACK is a dark comedy/fantasy series that follows a reluctant teenage deity, who inherits the throne of Heaven. #BackBlack
JOSHUA BLACK is a dark comedy/fantasy series that follows a reluctant teenage deity, who inherits the throne of Heaven.
JOSHUA BLACK is a dark comedy/fantasy series that follows a reluctant teenage deity, who inherits the throne of Heaven.
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JOSHUA BLACK: The Hierarchy of Christ

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The Hierarchy. A bloodline of existence. 

 Only one has been recorded ascending from the earth to take the throne of heaven, but His story has been told. 

 On this day, another will rise. 

 This is the story of a deity. 

 This is the story of a living God. 

 This is the story of JOSHUA BLACK. 

and how he ended the world, not with a whimper... 

but with a bang!

“The Hierarchy of Christ”, created and written by Martin Dunn, is the first of several story arcs for Con Artist Entertainment’s ongoing comic book, Joshua Black.  The purpose of this KickStarter campaign is to fully fund the artwork and publishing costs required to complete production of both physical and digital copies of the book, as well as collected edition. The biggest chunk of the money pledged to this project will be used to pay the talented artists, inkers, colorists, and letterers who will bring this story to life.  Funds will also be used to cover the costs of printing and marketing, which unfortunately, are not cheap.  We're confident that, with adequate resources, we'll be able to produce a quality product, and successfully market it to a large audience.

With your help, this project can be a great success!

Joshua Black is a coming-of-age tale about a downtrodden high school student who is the next in line to inherit the throne of heaven.  The book follows seventeen-year-old Joshua as he learns to wield his powers responsibly, eventually becoming the God that he was meant to be.  Along with this new found power though, comes a great burden, as forces of both good and evil pull him in every direction.  While the series focuses primarily on the young deity, the world of Joshua Black is filled with unique, multidimensional characters, all of whom have fascinating stories of their own to tell--

In order to provide more insight into the lives of some of our less-prominent characters, we've begun developing a webcomic that will allow us to share their stories, and expand the Joshua Black universe.  It is our hope that this Kickstarter will enable us not only to produce the Joshua Black series, which is our core focus, but also to add depth to the rest of the cast.  This webcomic will be comprised of short stories, each highlighting a different character or event.  This is a fun way for us to help our readers connect with their favorite characters, and learn more about them.  Expanding the universe also gives us a chance to work with a variety of talented writers and artists who will bring their own twist to the characters and universe.  These short stories will not be an integral part of our first collected story arc -- some will tie into the series tangentially, but most will be self contained. 

Pages from Joshua Black's first short story, "Nevermind the Bollocks," featuring Michael and Samael
Pages from Joshua Black's first short story, "Nevermind the Bollocks," featuring Michael and Samael

The Joshua Black universe (aka The Con-Verse) is extensive and growing daily.  There are several story arcs that will be following this one, and each arc will bring with it a new "Big Bad."  We've got lots of great villains coming your way, and of course, plenty of good guys and gals to balance it out.  We're also in the process of constructing   JoshuaBlackComic.com, where you'll find all kinds of cool stuff, including the Joshua Black mythos, and a character bible that will grow and expand as our storylines do, and of course, all of the side stories, plus lots of cool merchandise for sale!

Martin Dunn (creator, writer)
C.A.E.'s Chief Creative Officer, Martin Dunn, is a writer, artist, and father of 4 from Winchester, KY. In addition to Joshua Black, Martin's current projects include Project: Overwatch (with artist Javier Lugo), Where Time Travelers go to Die! (a graphic novel with artist Jeremy Calderon), and Wrong Way (a modern day, punk rock Bonnie and Clyde story, co-written with Ashley Olien). He's also been seen saving babies from burning walruses, and having regular battles with cyborg hobos!

Ashley Olien (editor, co-plotter)
Ashley Olien, C.A.E.'s Marketing and Business Management Director, received both her BA and MA from the University of Minnesota, where she wrote her Master's thesis on the representation of the GLBTQ community in Y: The Last Man. She also has a featured article in an upcoming EJAS special issue "(Re)visioning America: American Identities in the Graphic Novel". Along with co-plotting Joshua Black, she's currently writing two upcoming Con Artist titles, Devil's Six and Wrong Way. She lives in Wisconsin with her cats, and is prone to falling up the stairs.

Jeremy Calderon (colorist)
Jeremy Calderon is an Illustration major at The Academy of Art University. C.A.E.'s Associate Creative Officer also plays guitar in a ska bad (Send Out Scuds), and enjoys art, music, Chinese food, comics, and a good B.M. He doesn't, however, enjoy writing biographies, and hopes this blurb reflects that.

Colin Prichett (letterer)
Colin Pritchett is a nice, young lad who writes sentences in word balloons. He's also Canadian, so we imagine he likes hockey, maple syrup, denim, hunting moose, the stylings of Bryan Adams, eh?

Shawn Talley (editor, co-plotter)
C.A.E.'s Editor-In-Chief and "Enforcer" is an opinionated writer, cinephile, and psychotic grammar Nazi who enjoys engaging in long, heated conversations about politics, religion, history, and himself. The Full Sail film school grad's vernacular consists primarily of movie quotes, song lyrics, and cartoon references; seriously, his pop culture knowledge is Rainman-like. He's often mistaken for a nice, normal person... and Batman.

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JOSHUA BLACK: The Hierarchy of Christ
©2013 Martin Dunn and Con Artist Entertainment.
All Rights Reserved.

Risks and challenges

We work with amazing artists, and we like to show them how much we appreciate all of the time, effort, and talent they put into our projects! As much as artists like it when we tell them how awesome they are, they also enjoy being able to feed their families and not live in their cars. After all, its pretty difficult to produce quality artwork from the passenger's seat of your car with nothing but the dome light to see by... or so I'm told. In other words, we have dedicated and loyal artists, but we need money if we want to keep them! As long as we have sufficient funds, we will be able to keep our creative team meeting deadlines, and producing quality work.

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