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15 years of Hi-Fi packed into one book filled with heroes, villains, cartoons, monsters, & more from the visual storytellers at Hi-Fi.

Welcome comic book fans! Hi-Fi is a creative studio founded in 1998 with a team of artists who are passionate about comic books. Over the past 15 years Hi-Fi has enjoyed coloring comic books for publishers like Bongo, DC, Dark Horse, Disney, Image, Marvel, Top Cow, Vertigo, and more. In that time Hi-Fi has served as vital members of the visual storytelling team behind many of your favorite comic books. Now we have come to you and Kickstarter with the hope of producing our first graphic novel collecting the UNTOLD TALES from the creators at Hi-Fi. 

Who is Hi-Fi?One of the questions we are asked at comic conventions is, "Who is Hi-Fi?" We are a studio of talented comic book color artist working together to bring your favorite comic books to life with color. We decided to create Untold Tales to introduce you to members of the Hi-Fi creative team, past and present and give you a chance to read their stories, the Untold Tales of Earth's mightiest comic book color artist.

The PlaylistThe team at Hi-Fi are hard at work on their stories for Untold Tales. Here is a glimpse at some of the stories you will find inside the book.

Animation & Manga
The Quest and Victory: Andrew Elder
Manga Madness: David Bryant
The Bikini Atoll Affair: Mike Worley
Wick & Kelty Go to Egypt: Kristy & Brian Miller 

"Wick is a white westie and a very good boy, Kelty is a scottie dog and is a very bad girl. Kelty runs away leading Wick on an adventure to Egypt! From the great pyramids of Giza to Luxor to the Valley of the Queens, Wick & Kelty go to Egypt is full of adventure and features real ancient Egyptian archaeological sites and historical facts." – Kristy

Watch Kristy's video below and check out sample art from previous Wick and Kelty adventures to give you an idea of what to expect in Wick & Kelty go to Egypt.

Sample Wick & Kelty illustration
Sample Wick & Kelty illustration

Alternative & Horror
The Splitfaced: Mindy Timpone


Melon Heads: Jon Alderink


Invader: Scott Kester
Nocturnal: Dan & Dave Kemp

Sample art from Nocturnal
Sample art from Nocturnal


Dracula the Unconquered: Stephen Downer

Pulp & Pin-UpTBA: Jason Keith
The Mermaid Tank: Sapphire Trickett

Sample art from The Mermaid Tank
Sample art from The Mermaid Tank


The Embedded: Matthew Swift
Distant Corner: Steve Cobb

Super-hero
The Call: Dustin Yee
Overnight Sensation: Rohvel Yumul
TBA: Brian Buccellato
TBA: Michael Birkhofer 

Sci-Fi & Fantasy
Salvation by Machine: Elijah Whitley

Sample art from Salvation by the Machine
Sample art from Salvation by the Machine


Adventures of Spaceman Quantum: Justin Osterling

Sample art from Spaceman Quantum
Sample art from Spaceman Quantum


The Sword Prince: Kanila Tripp
The Unreachable: Ramon Bunge

Sample art for The Unreachable
Sample art for The Unreachable


Bloodlight: Adam Straub

The Hi-Fi timeline
Untold Tales will include a timeline feature spanning 1998 to today. The timeline covers important Hi-Fi milestones and trivia. Do you know the first Marvel comic colored by Hi-Fi? What about the first issue of Strangers in Paradise to feature a Hi-Fi colored cover? How about the number of issues of Birds of Prey colored by Hi-Fi? You will be able to trace all the significant moments on Hi-Fi history all the way back to the start.

We Can't Do It Without You!
With your support we'd love to bring this graphic novel to life and share our Untold Tales with you along with a history of important milestones from Hi-Fi's first 15 years in comics. Funds received will directly support the printing and delivery of the book with an estimated release date of January 2013. Thank you for your continued support.

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First look at one of the stories from Hi-Fi's UNTOLD TALES 

Update #1 · Nov. 17, 2012
UNTOLD TALES is full of stories from the creators at Hi-Fi, this update will take you behind the scenes for the making of one of those stories.

Before joining Hi-Fi Dan Kemp had already colored some of the biggest titles in comics like Spider-Man, Ghost Rider, and Kiss: Psycho Circus. Like many visual storytellers he yearned to tell his own stories too. Here is a glimpse at NOCTURNAL by Dan and Dave Kemp, one of Hi-Fi's UNTOLD TALES.

Have you ever been hiking in the woods? The mystery of nature can be refreshing and exciting but sometimes we may find things lurking in the forest best left in the shadows. This is the situation our protagonist finds himself in during the opening scene of Nocturnal.

Every story starts with a plot:

Nocturnal – by Dan and Dave Kemp
Penciller: Gilbert Monsanto – Inker: Boy Sicat – Colorist: Hi-Fi's Dan Kemp

Page 1

CAPTION: I feel good

3 vertical panels, each panning out further:
Our hero is climbing a mountain... leather jacket, jeans, backpack

CAPTION: God knows I should be tired, but I’m not

CAPTION: Especially at this altitude

Last panel, full pan out... he’s a speck on the mountain range, hanging over the mountains are
dark black clouds

End page 1

Those words are then transformed into artwork by pencil artist, Gilbert Monsanto, and inker, Boy Sicat. The magic of comic books is this collaboration. The combination of writer, penciller, inker, and color artist crafting an entirely new world for you to escape to.

You can see below how the plot for page 1 was interpreted by the art team as well as an additional sample page from Nocturnal and the original color sketch Dan Kemp used to pitch the story for Hi-Fi's UNTOLD TALES.

Behind the scenes video: The Mermaid Tank
Update #2 · Nov. 21, 2012

UNTOLD TALES: The Mermaid Tank
Story: Sapphire Trickett – Pencil & Inks: Janna Brower – Colors: Hi-Fi's Sapphire Trickett

When your parents are circus carnies you've seen it all. The tattooed man and the bearded lady? They're just boring everyday people, or at least that's what Looloo thinks until she discovers that some things really aren't what they seem.

"A few years ago I started writing flash fiction as way to keep myself motivated to write more. I aimed to tell a story in under 300 words, which sounds a lot easier than it is, and The Mermaid Tank is one of those flash fiction pieces. When I was writing I saw it as snap-shots in time and always thought it would make a cute comic, so when Brian asked if I'd like to write something for Untold Tales I was all over it! It's the such an amazing thing to see my little story taking shape. Janna is a great artist and her fresh perspective is really bringing this tale to life. It isn't often that I get to see my daydreams taking shape on paper." – Sapphire

Artwork for The Mermaid Tank
Artwork for The Mermaid Tank

Creator video: The Splitfaced
Update #3 · Nov. 27, 2012 · comment
UNTOLD TALES: The Splitfaced
Story, art, and color by Hi-Fi's Mindy Timpone

"The Splitfaced follows a woman as she enters a house full of monsters in an attempt to get her son back. Creatures of the dark are not often reasoned with, but she has an offer they can't refuse." – Mindy

A recently inked panel from, The Splitfaced.
A recently inked panel from, The Splitfaced.

Sneak peek at one of the 20 stories from Hi-Fi's UNTOLD TALES
Update #4 · Nov. 29, 2012
UNTOLD TALES is full of stories from the creators at Hi-Fi, this update gives you a glimpse at one of those stories.

UNTOLD TALES: Salvation by the Machine
Story and art by Elijah Whitley and Serena Hein

"The untold tale of Jesus's first day in Heaven. Jesus is resurrected 12,000 years after his death, and learns it was human advances in technology that brought him back and not faith. He has to deal with being brought back as a specimen and not as the King he expected to be received as." – Elijah

Concept Art: Salvation by the Machine
Concept Art: Salvation by the Machine

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VIDEO: Wick & Kelty go to Egypt with Kristy Miller
Update #5 · Nov. 30, 2012 

UNTOLD TALES is features 20 stories from the creators at Hi-Fi, this update takes you along for one of Wick & Kelty's adventures.

UNTOLD TALES: Wick & Kelty go to Egypt
Story by Hi-Fi's Kristy Miller – Art by Hi-Fi's Brian Miller

Kristy Miller has many talents. She is an archaeologist specializing in Middle Eastern studies, a college professor, and on of the founders of Hi-Fi colour design. Kristy is also a storyteller having co-authored a number of books, including two Wick & Kelty storybooks.

"Wick is a white westie and a very good boy, Kelty is a scottie dog and is a very bad girl. Kelty runs away leading Wick on an adventure to Egypt! From the great pyramids of Giza to Luxor to the Valley of the Queens, Wick & Kelty go to Egypt is full of adventure and features real ancient Egyptian archaeological sites and historical facts." – Kristy

Watch Kristy's video below and check out sample art from previous Wick and Kelty adventures to give you an idea of what to expect in Wick & Kelty go to Egypt. Plus check out the new lower price for the Zenith Package, only $25 and a new Kahndaq Package for the ultimate comic collector who wants to see Egypt up close and personal.

VIDEO: The untold tale behind the horror story, Melon Heads

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Update #7 · Dec. 05, 2012 

UNTOLD TALES is features 20 stories from the creators at Hi-Fi, this update gives you a glimpse at the inspiration behind one of the spookier stories you will find in Untold Tales.

UNTOLD TALES: Melon Heads

Story and art by Hi-Fi's Jon Alderink

Jon is a color artist at Hi-Fi where he currently contributes to the coloring and painting of many projects for Marvel and DC. Jon's love of comic book storytelling can be seen within the pages of World's Finest, Fury of Firestorm, The Mighty Avengers, and many more comics and storybooks colored and painted by Hi-Fi. 

"Late for curfew, two boys find a path through the woods and find the ruins of an old asylum. When they start looking into local legends, they may be digging up more than lore. Be home before dinner...or it will be YOU who's on the menu!" – Jon

Watch Jon's video and take a look at a work in progress page from Melon Heads!

Work in progress artwork from Melon Heads
Work in progress artwork from Melon Heads

Stay tuned for future updates...

Risks and challenges Learn about accountability on Kickstarter

Even though Hi-Fi colors and paints comic book projects for major publishers like Marvel, Disney, DC, IDW, Image, and more our greatest challenge will be one of "discovery". Fans may read Batman: The Dark Knight, or The Mighty Avengers: An Origin Story and not know we are some of the creators involved with these and their other favorite comic books. We hope all comic fans will want to see and read our original stories as much as they do the mainstream comic books we work on every month.

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