***NEW! BUY-ONE-GIVE-ONE or BUY-ONE-GIVE-FIVE! ***
With *5* days remaining in our campaign, we could not help but be reminded of our Sikh principles and the amazing support from all of you, our community, who has helped us turn Super Sikh comics into a reality. We feel tremendous gratitude.
So as part of our principle of Seva (selfless service) on which our comic project is based, we have decided to set up new BUY-ONE-GIVE-ONE rewards to support literacy and provide free comics to kids in need.
With these buy-one-give-one rewards, every time you select a comic or comic series as your reward, we will also give one to a youth literacy program, who provides books to youth who cannot afford books of their own.
There is also a Limited Edition series reward where you can buy-ONE-give-FIVE.
For all of these buy-one-give-one rewards, we will cover the cost of producing the additional gift comics and you only have to contribute an additional $2 per reward to help cover the bulk shipping costs.
When our kickstarter ends, we will ask you to make your selection of the youth literacy program you would like your book sent to, from the list of programs found in our FAQ. We will announce the results of this buy-one-give-one effort on February 14th,International Book Giving Day.
Thank you for your support and for joining us in this Seva! ***
***ART UPGRADE! CHOOSE ONE OF THE LIMITED EDITION VARIANT COVER COMIC AWARDS AND YOU WILL ALSO GET A DIGITAL COMIC OF THE FULL SERIES AS A BONUS! THESE ARE COLLECTOR'S ITEMS, ONLY 200 OF EACH WILL BE OFFERED***
Here is our first Variant Cover art from the famous Sikhtoons editorial cartoonist and activist Vishavjit Singh! A great take on our hero, Secret Agent Deep Singh, whose name means "light".
Have you ever asked yourself why there are no Sikh superheroes? Isn't it time to see a hero in a turban for a change?
For centuries, Sikhs have stood for equality, justice, and righteous living. Sikhism is the 5th largest religion, with more than 20 million followers, and is not connected to Islamic extremism.
But we live in modern times, where Sikhs are often misunderstood, the subject of stereotyping and hate crimes. In the U.S., for example, Sikh kids are bullied more than twice the national average.
So who do our kids look up to?
Batman? Spiderman? Ironman?
These are all characters imagined by mainstream American comic book writers, many of them created over 50 years ago.
We asked the question. The answer?
A hero is not defined by the way a person looks, but by a person's actions.
So we realized that now is the time to show the world a modern hero in a turban. It's time for a Super Sikh!
Empowered by this idea, we created a story about a Secret Agent named Deep Singh, who loves Elvis and hates bad guys.
WHO WE ARE:
Eileen Alden: Co-Creator/Comic Book Writer/First known person to become Sikh as a result of doing extensive research for a comic book.
Supreet Singh Manchanda: Co-Creator/Silicon Valley Exec./Life-long fan of comic books, with a highly active imagination.
THE COMIC BOOK:
To create the comic, we needed to develop a compelling main character and an adventure story.
First, we decided our hero should be a natural modern Sikh person who uses great internal power of intuition, training, physical and mental strength -
not a person who is granted supernatural powers or a mutant transformation. We wanted a real world character, so that you might see a bit of yourself reflected in him.
Second, we wanted Deep Singh to uphold his Sikh values even while he is living in a modern world with all of its complexity. Deep works hard and he always strives to do the right thing and never gives up - even when he's in a tight spot and it looks like there's no way out.
Third, there are bad guys - in real life and in comics. In our story, the bad guys are a crazy Taliban crew who is tired of Deep Singh ruining their plans to destroy women's attempts at education.
The bad guys are really crazy and well, really bad, at a "PG-13" level, like a typical superhero comic book.
Finally, our story has to be entertaining and inspiring. It's adventure and action and comedy, all rolled into one. And since Deep Singh is a big fan, it even has Elvis. So our story takes place in a four comic book series as Deep Singh leaves India and heads to the USA for a week's vacation, trying to reach Graceland, the home of Elvis, without being killed by the Taliban.
After the story was written and revised and polished, and revised some more, we chose our illustrator - Amit Tayal.
Amit's artwork on graphic novels has been published internationally - you might recognize his work from Campfire Graphic Novels (www.campfire.co.in) and Vimanika Comics (www.vimanikacomics.com), and he has won several Comic-Con India awards for his amazing skills.
We worked with Amit to develop the look and feel of the characters and he is ready to bring them to life on our comic book pages.
All we need now is one more collaborator… YOU!!
OUR KICKSTARTER GOAL:
We need your help to make Super Sikh comics a reality and pledge your support. If you can help us reach our goal and raise $5000, then we can create 1000 full-color 22 page copies of Issue #1. Even just sharing our project on social media is a big help!
To thank you for your support, we have created some great perks, such as a cool T-shirt:
a collectible miniature figure of Agent Deep Singh:
and we have partnered with some of the most popular Sikh artists and illustrators around the world to make variant covers for each issue:
For Issue #1 "Takeoff and Landing", a limited edition variant cover will be illustrated by Sikhtoons' Vishavjit Singh, aka "Sikh Captain America". Example below, courtesy of www.sikhtoons.com:
For Issue #2,"Viva Las Vegas", a limited edition variant cover will be illustrated by Sikhiart's Bhagat Singh Bedi. Example below, courtesy of www.sikhiart.com:
For Issue #3, "Al Amok is Not Amused", a limited edition variant cover will be illustrated by Raj Singh Tattal, aka "Pentacularartist." Example below, courtesy of http://pentacularartist.wix.com/pentacularartist:
Issue #4, "The Crisis and the Chardi Kalaa", a limited edition variant cover will be drawn by Jagmohan Singh Villkhu, aka "The Royal Jesters." Example below, courtesy of www.theroyaljesters.com:
If we can raise even more funds above $5000, then we can get straight to work to produce the next three issues in this comic book series as well.
Perhaps we may even be able to stretch to reach to the goal for our next story series, which features Deep Singh's cousin Gurpreet Kaur - a scientist with Ninja training.
Please join us on our mission and support our comic book project.
Only you have the power to make Super Sikh happen!
Risks and challenges
Since we are a small team of 3 people, there is a chance for some delay in comics production. Eileen and Amit's prior experience making other comics will help to reduce this risk as they are familiar with the process. Supreet's experience in working with small start-up companies will help keep us on track.
There is also a risk that some other perks could be delayed, also because we are a small team and because we are using external partners to create some of these perks. We don't anticipate this will occur, but if it should happen, we will communicate a revised ship date right away.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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