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Every issue a B-Squad member dies! Decided by random chance! Issue 1 of a new comic book series about a cut-rate mercenary team!

B-Squad is an action-adventure humor comic book series about a 6-person mercenary group made up of expendable misfits as they work on missions from Darkwater Security Services. 

In each issue of B-Squad, one character will be killed. They meet their end as decided by random by a whale-bone Australian mariner's teetotum. I've dubbed it "The Pequod" after the ill-fated ship from Moby Dick. One spin, one marked for death character.

Each issue begins with the funeral for the last fallen member, and an introduction of a new character along with where Darkwater Security Services will be sending B-Squad. During the mission, the characters will deal with the task at hand while also coping with the fall of one of their companions as decided by the fateful roll of the Pequod (read more in the Update Section), and wraps up with B-Squad trying to complete their mission. 

The Pequod
The Pequod

For the next issue, I will select a character from a group of 36 B-Squad Reservists and they'll replace the dead character from the previous issue and take over the "Rookie" nickname.

BACK B-SQUAD!
BACK B-SQUAD!

Uncolored Page One Preview 

Penciled & Inked by Lauren Monardo
Penciled & Inked by Lauren Monardo

Video Interview with Empire's Comics Vault

After burying their former squaddie, the surviving members of B-Squad are sent to investigate the poaching of a mystical and mischievous creature called the "Mogwui" that is being researched for cures to fight cancer in children by a strange doctor. Ultimately, B-Squad confronts these poachers, learning in the process that the facility & doctor are not exactly working toward noble ends.

Future Issues

B-Squad's future endeavors after Issue #1.

Future issues will send B-Squad on equally dangerous and ridiculous missions.

They'll be shrunk down to infiltrate the enormous Tapigami Tape City to recover artists kidnapped by Tapigami founder Danny Scheible. 

They'll journey to the sea floor in a race against a notable film director to recover the Prime Minister's nuclear retaliation letter locked within a sunken British submarine.

They'll pay a visit to a mad-scientist who has an island off the coast of Costa Rica where he is rumored to have genetically spliced dinosaurs and wiener dogs.

NOTE: There will be a series of videos available to backers to watch and learn more about each character!

In the first issue, as with every issue, B-Squad revolves around the dynamic around six characters. Every issue, one character is killed at random, and then replaced in the following issue by a B-Squad Reservist (a pool of 36 characters I've created)

  • Barbara "Babs" Munroe - a severely wounded action heroine that was part of a foxy team of hit-women that worked for a mysterious winemaker.
  • Sullivan "Sully" Caliber - a top Canadian private detective that ran into problems with internet chat rooms & MSNBC.
  • Jean-Paul Bombadiere - a ruthless and cunning French hitman that took out his frustrations with his failed oceanography career on his victims.
  • Bradley "Brodee" Schafer - a world champion skim-boarder turned dare-deviling adrenaline junkie.
  • Hadley "The Rookie" Hamlin - a top of his class Navy SEAL discharged over his acute colorblindness.
  • Makato "MacGoogle" Wagyu - a communications and computer specialist who's focused entirely on his new iPear and uses it in the same way MacGyver might use duct tape and a paper clip.

There are a total of 42 characters in B-Squad. The above six is the first team and the other 36 will be peppered in as characters get offed. 
Here is a small sampling of some of the "Other 36":

  • A Grizzled Harlem Globetrotter with small hands 
  • A Mute Eskimo 
  • A brash drug smuggler that loves to hide drugs. 
  • A cat lady who has trained her cats to be trained killers. 
  • A peace-loving blacksmith that will not craft anything for violent purposes.
  • Former Knight at Medieval Nights
  • WW2-era OSS female assassin coming out of retirement.
  • A former lingerie model turned big game hunter.
  • A female treasure hunter who has a thing for the dead

In order to make B-Squad a reality, $8000 is the minimum I need to raise to cover a profitable print run using the existing distribution.  Most of the money will be used to pay illustrators for the work they do on this project.

B-Squad will pay to have a main-series illustrator, and 6 other illustrators who will do the background dossiers for each of 6 characters.

If I get money beyond the minimum it will be earmarked toward evolving B-Squad toward becoming a whole different animal.

$8000 & Beyond....

My dream for B-Squad is to develop into an animated/motion series. However, the costs of animation are far too steep for me. I would need approximately $25,000 to finance the initial pre-production work that would be needed to make B-Squad into some sort of animated series. If I can hit close or over that number - I will definitely move this kick-starter -while still making the comics a reward - toward the end of making an episodic animated/motion series. 

Standard Edition of the Book ($10)

The standard edition is $10, includes shipping (for USA residents), the custom backboard (as depicted below) and a stick of the character that dies in Issue One as a commemorative keepsake. The book will be 24+ pages (as many as 30). The script for issue one is complete except for rewrites that will occur in the event of successful kickstarter. I anticipate a print run of 5000-10000 books. 

Kickstarter Edition Collecter's Book

Mockup of the KS Exclusive Edition
Mockup of the KS Exclusive Edition

In my opinion, the real prize is one of the limited print run (100 copies only) of the first B-Squad issue. I've limited this to 100 issues as that will meet my minimum for funding, and it will be an excellent prize for any comic collector and B-Squad fan.

This version of the book will feature higher production quality and design plus it will feature the following bonus content making it around 36+ pages.

  • Printed with quality in mind on 80lb Silk Text paper and 100lb Silk Card cover.
  • Sketches from the series artist & from Eben E.B. Burgoon's moleskines
  • A preview Issue Two's new "Rookie" character & the next mission
  • A 6 page character dossier story of the fallen B-Squad member illustrated by a different artist.
  • A roster of all 42 B-Squad characters with the names of the fallen crossed out. 
  • "Back Board" with sticker of the fallen B-Squad character
  • Each issue will be signed on the cover by Eben E.B. Burgoon unless requested otherwise.
  • Issues will be numbered 1-100 and distributed in a first ordered, first served manner.

The Poster

Concept of the B-Squad Poster
Concept of the B-Squad Poster

The poster will be a large format poster that will feature blank grave plots for each of the 36 characters that will get killed over the course of the series. These plots can be filled using stickers (as rendered by 36 different artists) included with the boards of each issue or brought to conventions for sketchcards or however you'd like to fill them.

Here is a sample of a board for B-Squad books:

The "Back Board" for B-Squad
The "Back Board" for B-Squad

T-Shirt Mockup

Front - Mockup
Front - Mockup

Back - Mockup
Back - Mockup

Front & back of the t-shirt that will used to reward certain donation levels. The back of the shirt will be a full color illustrated cast picture of Issue #1 with small touches from the plot of Issue #1 in the background and foreground. The full design will be released as a backer update.

The Battle Brick Black Hawk Lego Set

The BattleBrick Black Hawk
The BattleBrick Black Hawk

I often use Legos as a tool to get around creative roadblocks, to relax and settle my head. Play with a different toolset. I felt like it would be great if there was a B-Squad Lego set, and after searching around the internet found the BattleBrick company. Worthy of a kick-starter on its own, the BattleBrick Black Hawk helicopter is a custom set designed by BattleBrick and will feature the 6 characters of Issue One as custom mini-figs. I'm working with them to get this done and ordered as soon as Kickstarter looks like it will be funded. Each one is admittedly expensive, but there will be very very few of these B-Squad version's ever made and will be an exciting must have collectible should B-Squad hit the big time goals I have for it.

Live & Die with B-Squad Reward

This reward tier is ideal for the most faithful of supporters. Supporting at this level means you're locked in for as long as B-Squad is made. 

Every single issue, every trade, every collection, every omnibus. Any DVD or BLUE-RAY, any 3D imaging mind modules in the far-future. As long as I breathe, I will make sure you'll get a copy of it. 

Each person who buys this reward will have one of the six stars where they will be thanked by name in each issue for as long as they are a member.

There will only ever be six of these "Live & Die" spots and they will only open up if they go unpurchased or if the person who bought the perk cancels it, or, far more likely, dies.

Thank Yous!

Thanks to Ms. Fearnow, Mikey, Lauren Monardo, The Urban Hive, Flywheel Arts Incubator, and the many friends and cohorts that have encouraged me to make this happen and click GO! to do this project as a kickstarter. Thank you!

Risks and challenges Learn about accountability on Kickstarter

I co-created and have been writing the covert custodian webcomic Eben07 - http://www.eben07.com - for the last 5 years. While Eben07 has a decent fanbase and has received good reviews, I work a day job to try to support those efforts and live out my goals of being a professional writer. My plan is to take what I've learned to do right and learn from what I've done wrong with Eben07 and apply it to my dream project, B-Squad. This will be my sophomore effort into comic books. B-Squad is much more of an ambitious project, and, as such, I need help getting the funding to make it a really special projects.

The risks are low. I've made comics before. I know how to do this. It will get done.

Feel free to email me at info@eben07.com

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