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By Frederik Hautain
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Miami, FL. A cool surfer dude. A spooky scientist. A fat gang lord. His brutal posse. A sexy girlfriend. Dogs weep, good guys get teeth knocked out and bad mofos get hit in the gut with a stripper's pole.

The Happy Few is a story about power and powerlessness. Back the campaign and find out if we are but toys of fate or in control of our own destiny.

The beautiful grim cover to The Happy Few by Germán Erramouspe
The beautiful grim cover to The Happy Few by Germán Erramouspe

Hi, I’m Frederik Hautain. In comics industry circles I’m best known for running Broken Frontier, a comics website that has been championing independent and creator-owned storytelling since 2002. Earlier this year, I passed the torch because I want to fully concentrate on creating comics, as that’s where my heart truly lies.

The Happy Few is my first longer story since my writing debut last year in the Broken Frontier Anthology, and I’m incredibly excited to run this Kickstarter campaign to help make my 48-page story a physical reality, together with my wonderfully talented teammates, artist Germán Erramouspe (Crossed: Badlands, God Is Dead, Grimm Vol. 2), colorist Varga Tomi (Fistful of Blood,Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, Ghastly Tales) and letterer Thomas Mauer (Copperhead, Four Eyes, 4 Kids Walk Into A Bank)!

This is us #smileyface:

Germán, Tomi and Thomas have been hard at work over the past couple of months bringing the script to life, as you can see from the amazing pages from across the book right here on this space.

On the publishing end, I’m *ahem* happy to say that The Happy Few will be brought to you by the same outstanding production team responsible for the Broken Frontier Anthology. I’m once again teaming up with Tyler Chin-Tanner and crew at A Wave Blue World. I got to experience first-hand how much they care about their creators and they’ve got a proven track record of producing beautiful comic books.

It’s great to be in the same boat with mighty guys like Germán, Tomi, Thomas and Tyler because we share the same goal of making awesome comics.

About The Happy Few

Can you imagine how mighty you’d become if you knew how to put the promise of superpowers in a tiny little pill? The world would be at your feet and you’d be heralded as a God. But just how far would you go to create such a drug?

In The Happy Few, a cool, wisecracking surfer dude named Len Jeffries gets brutally beaten inside a Miami nightclub for hitting on the new prize girl of Mario ‘Fat Cube’ Hernandez, a local gang lord with too much platinum around his neck. As if by fate, he runs into Doctor Zeller, an evil genius who offers him a chance for retribution. All he has to do is take one little pill, and he’ll be wielding way more power than he needs to get back at those stupid bastards… if all goes well, that is.

The Happy Few page 13, where down on his luck Len Jeffries gets beaten up
The Happy Few page 13, where down on his luck Len Jeffries gets beaten up

 

The Happy Few page 14, where it looks like the tables will turn for our Mr. Teethless
The Happy Few page 14, where it looks like the tables will turn for our Mr. Teethless

This Kickstarter is for paying my team a good rate for their creative genius

Great talent doesn’t work for free and they shouldn’t. It’s really important to me that creative people get paid fairly for the work they do. I’m very blessed to have found three proven creators in Germán, Tomi and Thomas and I want to pay them an honest page rate for making The Happy Few a reality.

As a creator who’s just starting out, all I care for is my book to be published, but these three awesome guys can only justify taking time out of their schedules if they get something in return. That’s why the bulk of the money we’re looking to raise goes directly to them. The rest of our launch goal is for rewards and shipping. 

All printing costs are covered by our publisher, A Wave Blue World. Printing will be done in Canada by the same printer used by Image, Dark Horse and others for a qualitative result and quick turnaround time. They will also handle all distribution from their New York City office in a prompt and classy fashion.

We need this Kickstarter to succeed for the book to see the light of day. So thank you from all of us for your help in making it happen.

 

The Happy Few page 18. Nightmares become real.
The Happy Few page 18. Nightmares become real.

 

The Happy Few page 28. Tables turned, apparently.
The Happy Few page 28. Tables turned, apparently.

Rewards that will make you happy

Get lucky with snagging one of these great reward packages we’ve put together just for you! 

The 48-page print edition of The Happy Few will be square-bound with a thick cardstock cover, so it will feel great in your hands. The digital edition will be DRM-free, and you'll get access to a personal copy on comiXology. 

We got two great 6x9 prints made, one by Germán Erramouspe and one by Aysegul Sinav.

We're also offering copies of the 312-page Broken Frontier Anthology I did with A Wave Blue World and which I wrote a short story in. You can also grab some more of Tomi's work by selecting a reward that includes Ghastly Tales, the collection of short stories he did with Marguerite Bennett.

If you love original art and want to be drawn in the book, we've got a few great limited rewards. The cream of the crop is a chance to be a member of the posse of the gang lord (called Fat Cube) in our story. Not only will you get a thorough ass whooping, you'll get to frame it on your wall too. :)

Some examples of Germán Erramouspe full-body commissions:

Germán's commissions will be a whopping 8x12
Germán's commissions will be a whopping 8x12

 

Be one of our gang lord's thugs and get beaten up!
Be one of our gang lord's thugs and get beaten up!

 

6x9 print by Germán Erramouspe
6x9 print by Germán Erramouspe

 

6x9 print by Aysegul Sinav featuring supporting character Naomi Anaya
6x9 print by Aysegul Sinav featuring supporting character Naomi Anaya

 

Risks and challenges

Production on The Happy Few is underway. The script is fully done and we’ve got a publisher with over a decade’s worth of experience in the comics business in A Wave Blue World. Our successful campaign on the Broken Frontier Anthology shows you that we know what running a Kickstarter campaign takes as well as publishing a quality book and taking care of all the little details.

Now we need this Kickstarter here to be successful for the art, colors and lettering to be completed. When that happens, you’ll get to hold an amazing book in your hands… and I’ll be immensely thankful to you for helping my comics writing career reach new heights.

You rock!

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    DIGITAL SMILEY FACE

    A DRM-free pdf copy of The Happy Few and a digital copy delivered via ComiXology.

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    PRINT HAPPINESS

    Getting the book printed is what this campaign is about. You’ll get to hold a physical copy of The Happy Few and kickstart Frederik’s comics writing career! Also includes the digital editions.

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    PRINT HAPPINESS + DIGITAL BONUS PACK

    A lean combo of print and digital goodies. You also get to pick one of our two 6x9 prints.

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    5 COPY RETAILER REWARD

    5 copies of The Happy Few with a squarebound, thick cardstock cover.

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    EARLY BIRD OVER THE MOON ECSTASY PACK

    Grab the boatload we’re offering at the $50 level below and save $10 by backing early!

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    OVER THE MOON ECSTASY PACK

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    EVERYTHING + FULL PAGE COMMISSION

    You get everything at the previous level PLUS a gorgeous 8x12 full page commission by The Happy Few artist Germán Erramouspe of a character of your choice.

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    LUCKY BASTARD: GET DRAWN INTO THE BOOK

    If all of our comics goodies and a commission isn't a big enough score for you, then get drawn into the book and receive the original page of art to boast and frame!

    Includes:
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    • Broken Frontier Anthology (print + digital)
    • Ghastly Tales (print + digital)
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    BE ONE OF FAT CUBE'S POSSE

    For one backer only! Become a member of Fat Cube's posse and get beaten to pulp by our shiny big blue in the book. Naturally, you'll get a page of original art of the fight.

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    EARLY BIRD PRINT HAPPINESS

    Back early and snag a print copy of The Happy Few for less! Also includes both digital versions.

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