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In this modern update of the classic Robin Hood legend, the bold outlaw steals medicine and gives it to those in need.
In this modern update of the classic Robin Hood legend, the bold outlaw steals medicine and gives it to those in need.
In this modern update of the classic Robin Hood legend, the bold outlaw steals medicine and gives it to those in need.
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We all know the story of Robin Hood.  Personally, my introduction was from the classic Disney animated movie.  Most of us have seen the Kevin Costner or Russell Crowe versions as well, but I realized that I have never seen an updated version: a modern-day Robin Hood, where he doesn't exactly "rob from the rich to give to the poor," as the saying goes, but he instead steals medical supplies and gives them to those in need, or those who can't afford them or have no health insurance.  I am sure a lot of people can identify with how expensive health care is in the U.S. these days, and this comic book is a commentary on this, and other, issues.  But don't be fooled, it's also a straight-up adventure story that, hopefully, captures the spirit of the Robin of old.

Creating comics is a costly venture these days. I wrote the words, but the true masters bring it to life; the artists, letterers, colorists, and cover artists (industry stalwarts Jason Baroody and Mark McKenna) all did amazing work on the book, and should be paid accordingly.  In fact, here's a tasty preview of the cover to issue #1, done by Baroody and McKenna and colored by John Hunt:

Cover art for issue #1
Cover art for issue #1

There are also printing, distribution, production and other assorted costs  That is where you come in!  If this Kickstarter project is funded, I will pay the creators, and hopefully earn enough to create future issues.  If that happens, then the next goal is a four-issue series which can be collected into a trade paperback edition.  Beyond that?  Hopefully many, many more adventures for Robin Hood and his modern-day merry men.

Risks and challenges

As I said above, I wrote the words to the comic, but that is just step one. There are many cogs in the wheel, and not just involving the creative process. There are printing delays, production issues, promoting the book, and many more obstacles that can get in the way. If issues do arise, the simple thing would be to say, "Stick with it." But that goes without saying, as I have been working on this for four years now. But there real solution is to find another way. Use the web to promote your book (I have a comic book podcast that may come in handy!), find another printer, or another colorist, whatever it takes. There is always another way.

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    THE LITTLE JOHN: Sincere thanks and admiration, and a special place for you in the Sherwood Forest of my heart.

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    THE SHERIFF: A PDF copy of issue #1 of Robin Hood: Outlaw of the 21st Century, emailed directly to you. Plus, your name on the THANK YOU page within the comic.

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    THE MAID MARION: A printed copy of issue #1 of Robin Hood: Outlaw of the 21st Century, mailed to you. Plus, your name on the THANK YOU page within the issue.

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    THE WILL SCARLET: A signed, printed copy of issue #1 of Robin Hood: Outlaw of the 21st Century, mailed to you, plus a really cool bottle opener key chain with the cover image of issue #1 on it.

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    THE SECRET MONKEY: For choosing the reward, you will get a signed copy of issue #1 of Robin Hood: Outlaw of the 21st Century, a button featuring the issue #1 cover image by Mark McKenna and Jason Baroody, AND an extra-special bonus: a signed copy of issue #1 of the Secret Monkey, my first comic work (sort of), written by me and John Hunt, and drawn, lettered, colored and everything else by John Hunt. I just wrote some witty dialogue. Still, it's a piece of history.

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    THE FRIAR TUCK: A signed, printed copy of issue #1 of Robin Hood: Outlaw of the 21st Century, as well as a print of the cover art, by comic industry stalwarts Jason Baroody and Mark McKenna, mailed to you. Plus, your name on the THANK YOU page within the issue.

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    THE JUST KIDDING: For pledging this amount, you will receive a signed, printed copy of Robin Hood: Outlaw of the 21st Century #1, plus the chance of a lifetime: YOU could be a guest on the League of Ordinary Gentlemen Podcast (if you want.) Don't let the name fool you, though. I am not kidding. This pledge will get you on the podcast, and you will be able to talk about whatever you want for a whole hour. Why not? I do. (Note: You will be required to have Skype to be on the podcast.)

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    THE PRINCE OF THIEVES: For choosing this reward, you will receive a signed, printed copy of issue #1 of Robin Hood: Outlaw of the 21st Century mailed to you, your name on the THANK YOU page within the issue, a button featuring issue #1's cover image, and a special print drawn by Leaguepodcast member Josh Lingel!

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    THE BOLD OUTLAW OF SHERWOOD: For choosing this reward, you will receive a signed, printed copy of issue #1 of Robin Hood: Outlaw of the 21st Century mailed to you, your name on the THANK YOU page within the issue, a button featuring issue #1's cover image, and a special print drawn by Leaguepodcast member Claynferno!

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    THE SHERWOOD: A signed, printed copy of issue #1 of Robin Hood: Outlaw of the 21st Century mailed to you, your name on the THANK YOU page within the issue, a print of the cover by Jason Baroody and Mark McKenna, and a copy of Out of our Minds: Tales from the Comics Experience, the very rare anthology book where the first five pages of Robin Hood first appeared.

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    THE PRINCE JOHN: For choosing this reward, you will receive a signed, printed copy of issue #1 of Robin Hood: Outlaw of the 21st Century mailed to you, your name on the THANK YOU page within the issue, a button featuring issue #1's cover image, and all THREE prints by Baroody/McKenna, Claynferno, and Josh Lingel.

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    THE MERRY MAN: Everything from the Sherwood (signed, printed copy of issue #1 of Robin Hood: Outlaw of the 21st Century mailed to you, your name on the THANK YOU page within the issue, and a copy of Out of our Minds: Tales from the Comics Experience), but instead of a print of the cover image, you will receive a poster of the cover image, by Jason Baroody and Mark McKenna

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    THE MARKSMAN: A signed, printed copy of issue #1 of Robin Hood: Outlaw of the 21st Century mailed to you, your name on the THANK YOU page within the issue, a print of the cover by Jason Baroody and Mark McKenna, and your name will appear in the story in a future issue. Obviously, a lot of the main character names are taken (although if your name happens to be Little John, you're set!), but I will work your name in somewhere.

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    THE BOLD OUTLAW: All of the rewards from The Friar Tuck, plus, your likeness will be drawn into a future issue! Again, many of the major players are taken, but there are plenty of characters to go around, and one of them could be you!

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