UPDATE [9/21]: Drinks are on the house! (Sort of.) Official Hideout Bar & Grill "Hero Happy Hour" Drink Tokens added to all incentives of $10 or more.
UPDATE [9/12]: New Guardian print by artist Darren M.A. Calvert added to ALL incentives with the swag option. Plus, new limited quantity incentives featuring original sketch card commissions by Darren M.A. Calvert. Cheers!
Imagine pulling up a stool to the bar and sipping a frosty pint of your favorite beer as you listen in on the conversations of the "regulars" that frequent the neighborhood tavern. But, this establishment is unlike any other bar. The Hideout Bar & Grill caters to the super heroes of First City. And, it serves as more than just a place to wash away the troubles of serving and protecting society as crime-fighting crusaders. For the regular heroes it's "a place where everyone knows your name..." secret identity or not.
The very first issue of Super Hero Happy Hour was officially released in January 2003. Co-created by Dan Taylor and Chris Fason -- two guys that had no previous self-publishing or comic book creating experience -- independently published the black & white "comic book about super heroes hanging out in a bar" under the banner of GeekPunk. Issue #1, with an impressive cover by artist Scott Morse (Soulwind, Volcanic Revolver), premiered as a Diamond Previews Staff Pick, and was reviewed by Wizard magazine (remember them?) as "...a concept that's as ingenious as a two-for-one happy hour and laughs that it faster than a shot of Wild Turkey to your dome, SHHH won't leave you skunky."
Three more issues and a collected trade of the first four issues of Super Hero Happy Hour would be published before the title was changed to Hero Happy Hour due to "trademark concerns of the 'big two' regarding the term 'super hero' and all variations thereof." Yeah, we were that book. After the title change to Hero Happy Hour, we followed up with one more standard issue and a Super Special anthology (featuring comic book talents of Tom Beland, D.J. Coffman, Dave Crosland, Neil Kleid, John Kovalic, Todd Nauck, Steve Niles, James Patrick, Cal Slayton, Ben Templesmith, Neil Vokes, Dan Wickline, and many more). In 2006, IDW Publishing released Super Deluxe Hero Happy Hour: The Lost Episode -- the last time the gang of super heroes from The Hideout Bar & Grill were seen in print.
After an eight year absence, it's time for Hero Happy Hour to return to print -- and in COLOR! But, what is Hero Happy Hour: On The Rocks about?
The Hideout Bar & Grill is once again open for business! Rusty the bartender once again serves up specials for his super heroic clientele of regulars, including Guardian, Night Ranger, Scout, Psiren, and the other super heroes of First City. But, the happy hour is shaken when a new dilemma stirs up trouble, and the heroes begin to drop like flies. Is there a new threat slipping mickeys around the Hideout? Or, has an old foe returned for another round to declare "last call for Hero Happy Hour?
With your help and pledge, GeekPunk will independently publish Hero Happy Hour: On The Rocks graphic novel with a minimum of 80 story pages in full color. Written by Hero Happy Hour co-creator Dan Taylor, with art by Hero Happy Hour co-creator Chris Fason, and colors by Christopher Barker.
But, we're not asking you to pledge blindly without knowing what you're getting yourself into. The first half of Hero Happy Hour: On The Rocks has been featured on the Hero Happy Hour webcomic site beginning here. You can read the first half of the story before you pledge if you wish. While you're at the Hero Happy Hour website, you can also read the other Hero Happy Hour stories archived, including classic stories from the published days.
With the Hero Happy Hour: On The Rocks graphic novel we're not just slapping together a book with the webcomic files. We are "remastering" the Hero Happy Hour: On The Rocks pages with color enhancements and all-new lettering more fitting for the physically published trade paperback.
But what's a comic book Kickstarter campaign without some cool swag incentives for your pledges? We're not going to sparse out our swag incentives over various pledge increments. If your pledge and incentive choice qualifies for swag you will receive the following:
- Hideout Bar & Grill Hero Happy Hour bumper sticker for your super ride or hero mobile.
- Hideout Bar & Grill Hero Happy Hour button for your formfitting super hero outfit.
- Hideout Bar & Grill Hero Happy Hour bottle opener to keep in your utility belt.
- Save The Hideout Bar & Grill flyer printed on 8.5" x 11" card stock and signed by Hero Happy Hour co-creators Dan Taylor & Chris Fason.
- Guardian print by artist Darren M.A. Calvert printed on 8.5" x 11" card stark. (See image at top.) - ADDED 09/12
Hideout Bar & Grill Hero Happy Hour drink token(s) to show our appreciation for your support. One (1) drink token for every $10 pledged. - ADDED 09/21
New swag added to all pledges of $10 or more -- limited edition Hideout Bar & Grill "Hero Happy Hour" Drink Tokens! To show our thanks for your support, it's drinks on the house for everybody (sort of). For each multiple of $10 pledged, backers will receive a 1 5/8" plastic token imprinted on both sides redeemable for a free drink at The Hideout Bar & Grill in First City. So, if you pledge $40 you will receive 4 Hideout drink tokens. A $100 pledge will get you 10 drink tokens. You get the picture. These limited edition Hideout Bar & Grill "Hero Happy Hour" Drink Tokens will only be available through this Kickstarter.*
We are also offering The Hideout Bar & Grill Hero Happy Hour t-shirt as a pledge incentive that features the dysfunctional duo made-up of super hero Night Ranger and his sidekick Scout screen printed on a 100% classic white t-shirt.
Due to popular demand... The Hideout Bar & Grill Hero Happy Hour t-shirt can now be added to any pledge level for an additional $15. This is also the case if you want more than one t-shirt--just ad $15 for each additional t-shirt you want. We'll be sure that you get all of the t-shirts that you want. We've got your back covered. (And, your front.)
Also offered in limited quantities are copies of the original Super Hero Happy Hour comic book issues signed by cover artists Scott Morse (issue #1) and Jim Mahfood (issue #2), or by Hero Happy Hour co-creators Dan Taylor & Chris Fason (issue #1). And, there is a limited incentive offering an original sketch by artist Chris Fason of the Hero Happy Hour character of your choice -- such as Chaser, the intergalactic bounty hunter featured below...
Artist Darren M.A. Calvert (Kobold Press) is helping to save the Hideout Bar & Grill with five original color sketch card commissions. Here's your chance to get unique art of the character of your choice -- from Hero Happy Hour or not -- featured in a fun format. Be sure to check out Darren's devianART site and check out his more than nifty art skills.
Artist J.K. Woodward (Star Trek: The City on the Edge of Forever, Star Trek: The Next Generation/Doctor Who) has graciously offered two 9" x 12" b&w ink commissions and two 12" x 18" ink commissions on watercolour paper to help save The Hideout Bar & Grill. This is a rare opportunity to get some great original art from a fantastic artist. Be sure to check out J.K.'s site for more stunning examples of his work.
While your free to choose the character of your choice for the commission, we think it would be a damn shame if you didn't request a Hero Happy Hour character, as J.K. is no stranger to the gang of "regulars" that hangs out in the ol' bar...
As a bonus incentive, everybody who pledges to the Hero Happy Hour: On The Rocks graphic novel Kickstarter campaign will receive a PDF of the Hero Happy Hour Omnibus -- containing the first five original (Super) Hero Happy Hour comic issues -- regardless of your pledge amount. And, you won't have to wait long to receive it either. The bonus incentive of the Hero Happy Hour Omnibus will be made available to all that pledge once we successfully reach our initial funding goal.
Hey! What about stretch goals? We have a few fun stretch goals in mind (additional pages, more swag), and we'll announce what they are once we successfully reach our initial funding goal as well. We'll be sure to update and answer questions as they come up.
Well, enough with the sales pitch already. Be sure to grab one of the limited incentives before they're all gone (including a special "early-bird" reduced price for the graphic novel itself). If you're still on the fence and not sure if you should belly-up to the bar and pledge to help GeekPunk publish the Hero Happy Hour: On The Rocks graphic novel, feel free to check out the Hero Happy Hour website at HeroHappyHour.com, follow Hero Happy Hour on Twitter, and like Hero Happy Hour on Facebook.
This Kickstarter campaign is participating in Kicking It Forward at http://kickingitforward.org -- in which 5% of net profits from this campaign will be pledged toward other Kickstarter campaigns. A quick look at my project backed list will show that I like to help out other Kickstarters.
Thank you for checking out the Hero Happy Hour: On The Rocks Graphic Novel Kickstarter Campaign -- and we appreciate your support. Cheers!
* NOTE: The Hideout Bar & Grill "Hero Happy Hour" Drink Tokens are only redeemable at The Hideout Bar & Grill in First City. And, since The Hideout Bar & Grill in First City is a fictional establishment, these tokens are more of a collectible item than an actual coupon for a free refreshment. That being said, if you do happen to see one of the creators of Hero Happy Hour in an actual restaurant, bar, coffee house, or any other establishment that serves any sort of drink, feel free to present your drink token to Chris or Dan and they will likely buy you a drink to show their appreciation anyways. Cheers!
Risks and challenges
The risks and challenges regarding this comics Kickstarter campaign are relatively low in comparison to many others. The script and all of the artwork for the graphic novel trade paperback is done. There is no threat of talent dropping out of the project. On the technical side of things, the only thing left is formatting and lettering the artwork for print (as opposed to the webcomic portion currently online). The monies earned from this campaign will cover printing costs of the book, production of the incentive rewards, shipping, and distribution to backers of the campaign (as well as Kickstarter and Amazon fees).
This isn't our first rodeo. The team responsible for producing and publishing this graphic novel has published comics and trade paperbacks before -- particularly, eight previous (SUPER) HERO HAPPY HOUR publications. We've made our mistakes in the past, and we have learned from them. We even pushed the estimated delivery date on the trade paperback a month, just to play it safe. So, delivery might even be early if all goes as planned.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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