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A story about Keith Calhoun, his evolution into a hero, and his special bond with his father.

Des Moines, IA Comics
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Eclipse is written and created by Trevor Talbott & Scott Meier, drawn by Pete Raymond & colored by Jessica Jimerson.

My name's Trevor Talbott and here's a little about the Eclipse comic. Today, a lot of comic plots are so bombastic that they tend to shy away from the personal interactions that caused us to fall in love with the characters in the first place. In our story, Eclipse, we wanted to narrow the scope of a normal superhero story and focus in on a few aspects. Within the first two issues of Eclipse we touch on the origins of how our hero came to be, but the heart of the story is the relationship between our hero, Keith Calhoun, and his father, Bruce. Bruce has an intellectual disability so he depends on his son, Keith, as much as Keith depends on him to get by in the world. We see the struggles a young teen must face in a world where he’s forced to grow up a lot quicker than other teens his age. 

How did we get the idea for Eclipse?

For the last three years I worked with children and adolescents diagnosed with intellectual disabilities and mental health disorders. I enjoyed my time with all the children and teens I worked with but there was one young man who will always stick with me and it's our relationship that inspired the dynamic between Bruce and Keith in this story.

Within the first few pages of Eclipse the reader learns how important comics are between Bruce and Keith. Later on the father and son even have arguments about why their favorite superhero is better than the other’s. These scenes play out exactly like they did between this teen and myself during our weekly visits. I don’t know how these debates began but for three years we'd always argue about which hero was better: Batman or The Hulk.

Personally, this story is very special to me because of the connection it has between the teen I worked with and myself.  I've had a chance to put my ideas on paper and have been fortunate enough to come across other people along the way that share a passion for this story. I ask that you join in to support the growth of this unlikely superhero.

What are the funds helping with?

The funds we receive will help pay for the completion of our first two issue's which will be illustrated by Pete Raymond and Jessica Jimerson. It will also go toward printing the comic, shipping them to all of you fans and backers, as well as for the awesome rewards we have planned for you! Posted below are 6 preview pages from the Eclipse comic and the original concept art for Eclipse, as well as for other characters.

If you have any questions please tweet us @EclipseTheComic, email us at EclipseTheComic@gmail.com, or find us on Facebook at Eclipse- The Comic!

We will keep all backers and followers of our project up to date as we go along, through updates on Kickstarter and our Facebook page!

Stretch Goals: When we hit these amounts you'll get a bonus Reward!

$6500: Everyone that has donated $35.00 or more will receive a childrens TShirt for their son/daughter/niece/nephew/grandchild!

$7500: Everyone that has donated $25.00 or more will get a digital copy of issue 3!

Promo image with title and credits
Promo image with title and credits
Promo image for our poster!
Promo image for our poster!
Page 1 of Eclipse comic!
Page 1 of Eclipse comic!
Eclipse's villain Raze!
Eclipse's villain Raze!
Original Concept Art Of Eclipse
Original Concept Art Of Eclipse
Our hero as a young teen taking down a bully in the hallway with an assist by the lovely Kate Russell!
Our hero as a young teen taking down a bully in the hallway with an assist by the lovely Kate Russell!
A touching scene between our hero, Keith, and his father, Bruce.
A touching scene between our hero, Keith, and his father, Bruce.
Concept Art
Concept Art
From left to right - Bruce, Keith, & Walt. Walt is the comic shop owner Keith and Bruce spend most of their time.
From left to right - Bruce, Keith, & Walt. Walt is the comic shop owner Keith and Bruce spend most of their time.
Concept drawing of Bruce Calhoun.
Concept drawing of Bruce Calhoun.
Jessica Jimerson - Colorist & Letterer - Find out more about her and the whole creative team in the bio section!
Jessica Jimerson - Colorist & Letterer - Find out more about her and the whole creative team in the bio section!

SHIRTS COLLECTION

Eclipse Logo T-Shirt
Eclipse Logo T-Shirt

Risks and challenges

The biggest challenge for our project is the fact that our creative team is spread across the globe, limiting our ability to communicate with one another from time to time.

However, our teamwork has been outstanding in getting this project to where it is, and we're confident that we can overcome any distance!

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    TIP OF THE CAP: We'll be sure to reward you by thanking you on our Facebook page for giving us your support!

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    KICKSTARTER EXCLUSIVE! You get a black and white digital copy of Issue 1!

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    KICKSTARTER EXCLUSIVE X2! You get the black and white digital copies of Issue's 1 & 2!

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    You get the full colored digital copies of Issue's 1 & 2!

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    You get the digital copies of both issues 1 & 2 in full color and black and white!

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    You get a hard copy of issue 1 plus the B&W/Color digital copies of Issue's 1 & 2!

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    WELL READ: You get a hard copy of issue 1 and 2 plus all four versions of the digital copies.

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    POSTER! You will receive hard copies of issue's 1 and 2, both black and white/color digital files, plus an 11x17 poster of the promo image listed below the comments section!

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    KICKSTARTER EXCLUSIVE T-SHIRT: You receive a hard copy of issue 1 and 2, the four digital copies, as well as an Eclipse T-Shirt! Please send us your size!

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    SIGNED ISSUES!! You get the B&W/Color digital copies and the hard copies of issue's 1 & 2! The T-Shirt! Oh, and those hard copies will be signed by the Scott & Trevor!

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    ORIGINAL ARTWORK! You'll receive SIGNED hard copies of issue's 1 and 2 by Trevor and Sott, the four digital copies, the t-shirt, plus an original inked page from either Issue 1 or 2!

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    BACKGROUND CHARACTER! You'll receive SIGNED hard copies of issue's 1 and 2, the four digital copies, the t-shirt, AND get yourself drawn into the comic as a background character! You'll also receive the original artwork from the page you make an appearance!!

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    SUPPORTING MALE CHARACTER!! You'll receive SIGNED hard copies of issue's 1 and 2, the four digital copies, the t-shirt, plus an original inked page from either Issue 1 or 2! AND you'll be drawn in as a supporting character! Choose from Raze's Boss, a Drug Dealer, an Unnamed Thug OR a Thug named Craig! You'll also receive an original piece of artwork with your character on it!

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    SUPPORTING FEMALE CHARACTER! You'll receive SIGNED hard copies of issue's 1 and 2, the four digital copies, the t-shirt, and have the female character drawn in your likeness, or a friend, your wife, your girlfriend, even your mother! The character is Raze's secretary, and her name is Jen at the moment but you also have the chance to name her after yourself or loved one. She has a recurring role throughout the series and you'll receive original artwork from the comic with her making an appearance. Age range for character is between 20-35.

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    WALT! You'll receive SIGNED hard copies of issue's 1 and 2, the four digital copies, the t-shirt, and have Walt, the comic shop owner, drawn in your likeness, or a friend, your husband, your boyfriend, even your father! The character is a huge part of the series. Walt is a father figure and Eclipse's accomplice in fighting crime. A comic shop owner is the perfect fit within the world about superheroes! BE A PART OF IT TOO!

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    COMIC SHOP! Want to come up with the name of Walt's Comic Shop?! Or even advertise your own shop in a comic book?! Well you can! You'll receive SIGNED hard copies of issue's 1 and 2, the four digital copies, the t-shirt, as well as original artwork of the comic shop that's in the comic! ((Name must be approved by creators! So keep it appropriate!))

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    PRODUCER: You get the four digital copies of Issue's 1 & 2, four hard copies- two signed and two unsigned, a poster, a T-shirt, and a Producer Credit! Our artist, Pete Raymond, will also sketch three superheroes of your choice with the resemblance of yourself or a loved one!

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    EXECUTIVE PRODUCER: You get the four digital copies of Issue's 1 & 2, four hard copies- two signed and two unsigned, the poster, the T-Shirt, and an Executive Producer Credit! You also receive the original concept art done by Pete Raymond! The piece can be found in the comments portion. Pete will also do up to four character sketches of a hero of your choice with the resemblance of yourself or a loved one!

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Funding period

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