On the run from a league of assassins with a bounty on her family’s head, a queer Black mother receives a chance to face her past with the help of a legendary tall-tale figure. Now she must choose between a life of running or a life that only exists to put others before herself and the person she loves most, her 8-year-old son.
A powerhouse from the bayous of Louisiana and a testament to the power of a second chance, it's been an emotional journey of self-discovery as she attempts to find out who she is, who she wants to be and what she's willing to do to put her and her child first in a world that expects her to exist for others.
When cancer takes her mother’s last breath and alcohol her father’s sense of responsibility, a young Braxton Sinclaire Turner reaches the depths of despair when signed into custody of a distant relative secretly involved in a shadow syndicate of women who dismantle the power structures and systems of man. Inducted, she expects to never have a choice, freedom, or aspirations beyond her evolving role as the syndicate’s most coveted asset. That is until she discovers a shocking truth that she’s not only magically-enhanced, but with child.
This assassin sisterhood, known as the Echis, hold the secrets about who and what she is, but also threaten to take the only thing in this world that’s renewed her heart and spirit: her child. The league has a golden rule: escape only comes through death—natural or otherwise, and Braxton has decided to run.
Will Braxton and her son, Malachi, be ran into a life of endless fear and possibility of death? Or will she take an opportunity presented by legendary tall-tale figure, John Henry, to become one of the first Artisans—an expertly trained paranormal human—living a life that will award her redemption for her past, but giving up her choices, freedoms, and aspirations all over again?
Braxton will continue the epic storyline we have in store for the Mayke Universe. Starting with Chapter One: John Henry: A Tale of Iron and Magic, Volume 1 is the beginning of a new superhero mythos and our first arc. It will consist of a collection of 7 interconnected books that come together in a finale to set the stage for the entire Mayke Universe.
Chapter Two: Braxton: Regenesis, Chapter One: John Henry: A Tale Of Iron & Magic, and Chapter Three: John Henry: The Passing are part of our Volume One Prequel Stories Collection.
Character Directors + Writers
Stephanie Williams is a meme queen and a thread of comedy. You can hear her pop culture commentary on the podcast The Lemonade Podcast and get a taste of her comic book expertise on the first two seasons of Misty Knight’s uninformed afro. You can find some of her other written works on Den of Geek, SyFy Wire and NerdsofPrey. She’s currently spearheading and defining the world and stories of Braxton.
Valerie Complex is a film critic, United States Air Force Veteran, and queen of getting straight to the point. When she’s not interviewing Jordan Peele or Brie Larson, she’s influencing major changes and decisions at Mayke and defining the world Braxton lives in.
Miguel Angel Ruiz
Miguel has been Mayke's (formerly Arclight Comics) illustrating artist since our first mini issue. Capturing emotion, feeling, and the essence of our characters, he is a storytelling-powerhouse and was chosen by Stephanie and Valerie to bring this book to life. This is the artist you're helping us pay.
Tim is Mayke's Creative IP Director, meaning he gives creative and artistic direction to character designs, prop designs, and the overall look-and-feel of the entire universe. Tim is also our primary colorist, turning colors into mood, feeling, and story.
Formerly Arclight Comics, creators from all walks of life putting characters and stories into the world that give a voice to the voiceless. We are a media company developing a superhero universe that amplifies POC, WOC, LGBTQIA+, and persons with disabilities in a superhero world. Our stories and characters are crafted to heal, transform, and inspire our communities.
We come together as a creative collaborative to serve characters like Braxton and support creators like Stephanie and Valerie. We are a unit, a family, and believe in representation.
$25k is a huge ask, so here's a breakdown on costs:
Majority goes to production of the novel. Our artist costs $95 per page (95 x 120 = $11,400). And that's just pencils and inks. We also need to make sure our writers, colorist, and editor get paid ($5k). And these rewards—we know you want them, so they have to be fulfilled ($6,250—this includes getting everything printed and shipped). We're also making sure we take care of all legal work (copyrights + lawyer fees, an additional $2k). That brings us right to $24,650. We overshot just a bit as insurance in the event of insufficient funds or backers who may pull out after the campaign has ended.
We are so fortunate to have the talents of Miguel A. Ruiz and Tim Wasney. They're storytelling artists. Here's some of their previous work on other Mayke comics:
We’ve done it before through our mini issues and Chapter Three: John Henry: The Passing. We’ve rolled up our sleeves and bootstraps for almost 8 years, and are now ready to tell bigger stories.
Hueman is our anti "I don't see color," campaign. See me. To not see all of me is to dismiss who I am, where I come from, and the unique value and experiences I bring to the table. See me. Brown. Black. Yellow. Rainbow. Pink. My color is a reminder that I am someone to learn from, listen to, and to consider. See me. Because the human race would be a less interesting if we were all the same and ignored what made us special.
To Shannon Miller, an incredible Editor. Your direction and encouragement are golden.
Art. Bringing Things To Life Since Forever.
We want to take a moment and thank all of the artists over the years who’ve taken this character and brought her to life with their talents and gifts:
Tim Wasney, Miguel A. Ruiz, Arturo Gutierrez, Jarmel Williams, Jamal Williams, Courtland Ellis, Anthony Piper, Jamal Campbell, and Samuele Zardinoni
Risks and challenges
There's a very real risk here, and that is life happens. Sometimes we get sick, there's a death in the family, or time simply gets away from us. We're regular people just like you, who work 9-5s, have families, friends, and with the hours we have left, we give here. So even though they aren't intentional, we may hit a snag. Our printer may delay the project. Whatever it is, just know we intend to deliver the project no matter what.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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