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:
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.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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