[ UPDATE: This project WILL be going to print! We've reached our initial goal & first FIVE STRETCH GOALS! (see below)
Every new dollar raised helps unlock additional stretch rewards while giving us resources to continue the series long-term. We are super excited & mega-grateful for this opportunity to produce Apama in hardcover. There's still time to jump on board for a saga so immensely powerful, you'll wish you wore your father's pants! ]
CREDITS: Ted Sikora-co-writer, colorist, letterer; Milo Miller-co-writer; Benito Gallego-artist
Apama Volume 1 is a hardcover collection of issues 1 through 5 of the ongoing comic book series Apama the Undiscovered Animal. It features four complete stories—The Origin of Apama; his inaugural donnybrook with the landscaper-gone-to-seed known as the Lawnmower Man; the two-part tale of terror which brings our hero face-to-face with The Million Year Hunger; and wraps up with the first appearance of a character who will become the brown and tan avenger’s most notorious nemesis.
Not only does the collection contain five full issues, it also has a whole bunch of bonus material in the form of pinups, essays, 'making the page,' and more. We're on the final stages of lettering issue five, and when that's done, it will be time to assemble and send to press!
"I F#%&ing loved this. It was so strange, and that was one reason why I loved it. It's kind of unlike anything I've ever read... Sensational" - COMIC NERDS UNITE
"I dug it -- it had a mix of being a serious origin, like in the 70s, and yet started lifting off into Steve Gerber territory. Old school Marvel with a modern twist." - Derek McCaw, FANBOY PLANET
Apama #2 F#%&ing Rocks! If anything, this chapter is even more ridiculously wonderful than the debut, which I adored. There's a ground level realism about these characters that just works wonders. - COMICS BULLETIN
"Apama is great! A wonderfully fresh work -- Gallego's artwork is nothing short of iconic. GRADE: A" - THE PULLBOX
The idea for Apama sprung from our award-winning feature-length independent film Hero Tomorrow. (Available in hi-def Blu-Ray for the first time and included as a premium with a pledge of $50 or more)
Hero Tomorrow evolved not only from our love of film, but also the comics we grew up reading. Once the movie had its festival run (with stops off at Comic Con, Fantasia, et al) we couldn’t resist bringing the character in our protagonist David’s head to “life” by putting him in his own ongoing comic book series.
This hardcover collection is a great introduction to the world of Ilyia Zjarsky and Apama—complete stories that start laying the foundation for broader arcs that will be playing out over the years to come as magic and the supernatural battle science and technology for the fate of the Earth. Lots of twists and WTF moments that will make it clear this ain’t your father’s (or grandfather’s) comic books. Hop on board with this eclectic supporting cast, this ever-growing Rogue’s Gallery, in this wondrous, magical place called…Cleveland.
We wouldn't have launched the Apama comic universe if we didn't feel had something very new to say in the genre. We're so grateful to those who have supported us in the past, and we truly appreciate this opportunity for Apama to reach a wider audience and finally make the jump from the (computer) screen to where comics truly belong—grasped firmly in your hot little hands! THANK YOU for investing in us and helping us grow this wild dream along!
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When our campaign reaches these totals the following bonuses will be included with all copies of the book.
STRETCH GOAL #1 - $7500 [UNLOCKED]- A never before seen pinup of the villain from issue five by a Xerx G. Javier!
STRETCH GOAL #2 - $9000 [UNLOCKED] - A 'Making of' section that explains our process while including individual pages for script, rough pencils, final pencils, colors, and letters.
STRETCH GOAL #3 - $10,000 [UNLOCKED] - A crazy pinup by the great Fred Hembeck!
STRETCH GOAL #4 - $11,500 [UNLOCKED] - Action Comics 1 Homage pinup by Benito Gallego
STRETCH GOAL #5 - $13,000 [UNLOCKED] - Apama Animal Pinup By Eddie Newell
STRETCH GOAL #6 - $15,000 [LOCKED] - Apama Mystery Pinup 4
Risks and challenges
We've already produced a feature film with a cast of hundreds, 40+ locations, and over 20 artists on the soundtrack. We also authored, replicated, and distributed the DVDs, so this project seems well within our ability. We realize that with all projects there may be a small learning curve or a challenge may arise that neither we nor Apama can foresee, but you can be certain we'll keep you well posted along the way, and we'll knock this sucker out of the park.
We've set the time aside to do this print project right, kept the campaign streamlined--resisting the urge to bite off more than we can realistically expect to chew this first time out-- and have solicited the support of colleagues who have done this before. Our immediate goal is for us to get these books done as soon as possible for our supporters and then have them in time for Wizard World Con in Cleveland by February 20th, 2015. No relaxing until we deliver (>_<)
- (31 days)