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A fantasy-adventure comic about a young man caught between his quest for freedom and his father's political war games.
113 backers pledged $6,234 to help bring this project to life.

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The creative team that brought you TYRANTS #1 is back with an all-new issue that takes you to the dark heart of the Spiral. Atum and his father face new challenges that could end their rebellion before it begins. 

With art by Esau Figueroa, colors by Ander Zárate, and letters by Rod Ollerenshaw, the story introduces new characters and new twists from creator Josh Barbeau. The second issue also features cover colors by Marvel colorist Israel Silva (Amazing Spider-ManThunderbolts, Wolverine and the X-Men).

THE STORY

TYRANTS is a story of bonds and power struggle. It revolves around the relationship between a young man and his overbearing father as they handle political chaos on a hidden island chain. 

Eight islands make up the Spiral. Eight families plot to seat themselves at the head of a dynasty. Each has its own set of inherited powers, and they use these special abilities to assert their dominance. Atum, the son of a dethroned lord, struggles to balance his quest for freedom and his bond with his father, reluctantly becoming a piece in his father’s grand war games. 

With the political intrigue of Game of Thrones and the elemental flash of Avatar: The Last Airbender, the story embarks on a journey of hate and love, deception and loyalty, and the truth of self-discovery.

PREVIEW PAGES

Can Atum overcome his deepest fears?
Can Atum overcome his deepest fears?

 

One mistake could end his father's rebellion before it begins.
One mistake could end his father's rebellion before it begins.

 

Old alliances must be rekindled.
Old alliances must be rekindled.

 

Even then, the sacrifices may prove too great.
Even then, the sacrifices may prove too great.

REVIEWS

 

"The magic system and the setting are both vibrant and original... The full-color artwork is stunning - complex, interesting, and clearly created with expert skill and patience by masters in their craft."

"Tyrants #1 effectively sets the stage for what is sure to be an exciting series!"

"The time and effort put into the story, as well as the artwork, definitely shows. I can't wait to see what the future holds for this awesome comic book!"

REWARDS

  • TYRANTS #1 in digital format (PDF)
  • TYRANTS #2 in digital format (PDF)
  • Everything in the tier above, PLUS...
  • TYRANTS #2 in print format
  • A personal thank you on the TYRANTS website
  • Everything in the tiers above, PLUS...
  • TYRANTS #1 in print format
  • A personal thank you printed in TYRANTS #2
  • Everything in the tiers above, PLUS...
  • TYRANTS concept art in digital format (PDF)
  • TYRANTS bookmark
  • Four (4) indie comics in digital format (PDF), including:
  • STEELE VS #0 from Pistol Whip Press
  • AEGISTEEL #0 from Outland Entertainment
  • OPEN TREE #1 from Assailant Comics
  • MAYFLOWER #1 by Levi Hoffmeier
  • Everything in the tiers above, PLUS...
  • Your copies of TYRANTS #1 and #2 in print format signed by creator Josh Barbeau
  • Three (3) character cards, featuring Atum, Auberon, and a secret design of a new character from TYRANTS #2
  • Five (5) MORE indie comics in digital format (PDF), including:
  • QUEST FOR THE LAST TREE #1 from Conflux Comix
  • FALLEN #1 from Brisket Comics
  • BLACK OF HEART #1 from Assailant Comics
  • MAYFLOWER #2 by Levi Hoffmeier
  • GARGOYLE BY MOONLIGHT by Moonrise Comics
  • Everything in the tiers above, PLUS...
  • 9" x 6" TYRANTS art print with Copic marker colors by Esau Figueroa (Kickstarter Premiere!)
  • Get TYRANTS #2 in digital format (PDF) TWO WEEKS before all other backers
  • Everything in the tiers above, PLUS...
  • Get TYRANTS #2 in print format TWO WEEKS before all other backers
  • You ask a question that will be answered in the back of a TYRANTS comic
  • Three (3) MORE character cards, featuring King Berker, Barton, and a secret design of a new character from TYRANTS #2
  • Everything in the tiers above, PLUS...
  • You get drawn into a TYRANTS comic!
  • Your TYRANTS art print signed by artist Esau Figueroa
  • Everything in the tiers above, PLUS...
  • Two (2) pages of original, inked TYRANTS artwork mailed to you. These are the actual pages that Esau worked on!
  • One hour creative workshop (or) written and recorded feedback on a creative project of your own. Workshop/feedback given by TYRANTS creator Josh Barbeau and Hollow Harbor CEO Sam Rayburn.
  • Everything in the tiers above, PLUS...
  • "Executive Producer" credit on main TYRANTS #2 credits page
  • Access to scripts of TYRANTS #1 and #2
  • Real-time updates on current and future TYRANTS issues
  • Behind-the-scenes preview of what's coming in the world of TYRANTS
  • Sneak peek of the next Hollow Harbor comic book project

INTERNATIONAL REWARDS

Because shipping costs outside of the United States can be prohibitive, we are offering two reward tier options for international backers. These tiers offer great rewards that do not require physical shipping. Enjoy!

  • TYRANTS #1 in digital format (PDF)
  • TYRANTS #2 in digital format (PDF)
  • A personal thank you on the TYRANTS website
  • A personal thank you printed in TYRANTS #2
  • Four (4) indie comics in digital format (PDF), including:  
  • STEELE VS #0 from Pistol Whip Press  
  • AEGISTEEL #0 from Outland Entertainment 
  • OPEN TREE #1 from Assailant Comics  
  • MAYFLOWER #1 by Levi Hoffmeier
  • Everything in the International 1 reward tier, PLUS...
  • Digital TYRANTS art print with Copic marker colors by Esau Figueroa (Kickstarter Premiere!)
  • TYRANTS concept art in digital format (PDF)
  • Five (5) MORE indie comics in digital format (PDF), including:
  • QUEST FOR THE LAST TREE #1 from Conflux Comix
  • FALLEN #1 from Brisket Comics
  • BLACK OF HEART #1 from Assailant Comics  
  • MAYFLOWER #2 by Levi Hoffmeier
  • GARGOYLE BY MOONLIGHT by Moonrise Comics

STRETCH GOALS

PRINTING

 

 FUNDS BREAKDOWN

TYRANTS WEBSITE

HOLLOW HARBOR WEBSITE

Risks and challenges

The art in the comic is completely finished with coloring and lettering in the final stages, so there is no risk to the project itself.

Because we have used PrintNinja before, we know exactly what to expect from the printing and shipping process. In order to print the book, we will need to create the "Special Thanks" and Q&A pages, which will add a small amount of time onto the back end of the project to design and format.

Because this is our premiere Kickstarter campaign, the only other challenge would be sending out the rewards. To prepare for this, we have a thorough plan to organize and ship the rewards on time for our backers.

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    Digital Backer

    Digital copy of TYRANTS #1 and TYRANTS #2

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    Virtual Backer

    Print copy of TYRANTS #2, digital copy of TYRANTS #1 and #2, and a virtual 'thank you' on our website.

    Includes:
    • Tyrants #2 (Print)
    • Tyrants Website Thank You
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    Print Backer

    Print and digital copies of TYRANTS #1 and #2 PLUS a 'thank you' printed in TYRANTS #2 (and virtually on our website).

    Includes:
    • Tyrants #1 (Print)
    • Tyrants #2 (Print)
    • Tyrants #2 Thank You
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    To help our international backers avoid shipping costs, we are offering two tiers for those outside the U.S. This first tier includes digital copies of TYRANTS #1 and #2, personal thanks on the website and in the comic, and the first indie comics bundle.

    Includes:
    • Tyrants #1 (Digital)
    • Tyrants #2 (Digital)
    • Tyrants #2 Thank You
    • Tyrants Website Thank You
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    Indie Backer

    Indie comics digital bundle, TYRANTS digital concept art, a physical TYRANTS bookmark, PLUS everything included in the lower tiers.

    Includes:
    • Indie Comics Bundle (Digital)
    • Tyrants Concept Art (Digital)
    • Tyrants Bookmark
    • Tyrants #1 (Print)
    • Tyrants #2 (Print)
    • Tyrants #1 (Digital)
    • Tyrants #2 (Digital)
    • Tyrants #2 Thank You
    • Tyrants Website Thank You
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    International 2

    The second tier intended for international backers includes a digital TYRANTS art print by Esau Figueroa, digital concept art, and the second indie comics bundle.

    Includes:
    • Tyrants #1 (Digital)
    • Tyrants #2 (Digital)
    • Tyrants #2 Thank You
    • Tyrants Website Thank You
    • Indie Comics Bundle (Digital)
    • Tyrants Art Print (Digital)
    • Tyrants Concept Art (Digital)
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    Comics Backer

    Your copy of TYRANTS #1 and #2 signed by creator Josh Barbeau, a SECOND bundle of more digital indie comics, 3 Kickstarter-exclusive TYRANTS character cards, PLUS everything included in the lower tiers.

    Includes:
    • Tyrants #1 Signed by Josh Barbeau (Print)
    • Tyrants #2 Signed by Josh Barbeau (Print)
    • 3 Tyrants Character Cards (Set 1 of 2)
    • Tyrants #1 (Digital)
    • Tyrants #2 (Digital)
    • Indie Comics Bundle (Digital)
    • Tyrants Bookmark
    • Tyrants Concept Art (Digital)
    • Tyrants #2 Thank You
    • Tyrants Website Thank You
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    Spiral Backer

    Art print by TYRANTS artist Esau Figueroa (Premiering on Kickstarter), get the digital copy of TYRANTS #2 two weeks earlier than everyone else, PLUS everything included in the lower tiers.

    Includes:
    • Tyrants Art Print
    • Tyrants #2 (Early Digital)
    • Tyrants #1 Signed by Josh Barbeau (Print)
    • Tyrants #2 Signed by Josh Barbeau (Print)
    • Tyrants #1 (Digital)
    • Indie Comics Bundle (Digital)
    • 3 Tyrants Character Cards (Set 1 of 2)
    • Tyrants Bookmark
    • Tyrants Concept Art (Digital)
    • Tyrants #2 Thank You
    • Tyrants Website Thank You
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    Early Release Backer

    Get the print version of TYRANTS #2 two weeks earlier than everyone else, ask a question that will be answered in the back of a TYRANTS comic by the creative team, 3 more Kickstarter-exclusive TYRANTS character cards, PLUS everything included in the lower tiers.

    Includes:
    • Tyrants #2 (Early Print Signed by Josh Barbeau)
    • Tyrants Q&A
    • 3 Tyrants Character Cards (Set 2 of 2)
    • Tyrants #1 Signed by Josh Barbeau (Print)
    • Tyrants #1 (Digital)
    • Tyrants #2 (Early Digital)
    • Tyrants Art Print
    • 3 Tyrants Character Cards (Set 1 of 2)
    • Indie Comics Bundle (Digital)
    • Tyrants Bookmark
    • Tyrants Concept Art (Digital)
    • Tyrants #2 Thank You
    • Tyrants Website Thank You
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    Mega Backer

    YOU get drawn into a future issue of TYRANTS, your art print signed by artist Esau Figueroa, PLUS everything included in the lower tiers.

    Includes:
    • Drawn Into Tyrants
    • Tyrants Art Print (Signed by Esau Figueroa)
    • Tyrants #1 Signed by Josh Barbeau (Print)
    • Tyrants #2 (Early Print Signed by Josh Barbeau)
    • Tyrants #1 (Digital)
    • Tyrants #2 (Early Digital)
    • 3 Tyrants Character Cards (Set 1 of 2)
    • 3 Tyrants Character Cards (Set 2 of 2)
    • Indie Comics Bundle (Digital)
    • Tyrants Q&A
    • Tyrants Concept Art (Digital)
    • Tyrants Bookmark
    • Tyrants #2 Thank You
    • Tyrants Website Thank You
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    Ultra Backer

    Two pages of original Tyrants artwork, 1 hour creative workshop with (or) project feedback from TYRANTS creator Josh Barbeau and Hollow Harbor CEO Sam Rayburn, PLUS everything included in the lower tiers.

    Includes:
    • Tyrants Original Artwork
    • 1 Hour Workshop or Project Feedback
    • Drawn Into Tyrants
    • Tyrants #1 Signed by Josh Barbeau (Print)
    • Tyrants #2 (Early Print Signed by Josh Barbeau)
    • Tyrants Art Print (Signed by Esau Figueroa)
    • Tyrants #1 (Digital)
    • Tyrants #2 (Early Digital)
    • 3 Tyrants Character Cards (Set 1 of 2)
    • 3 Tyrants Character Cards (Set 2 of 2)
    • Indie Comics Bundle (Digital)
    • Tyrants Bookmark
    • Tyrants Concept Art (Digital)
    • Tyrants Q&A
    • Tyrants #2 Thank You
    • Tyrants Website Thank You
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    Ultimate Tyrant

    As a top tier backer, you'll get an "Executive Producer" credit on Tyrants #2, real-time updates on all current and future TYRANTS issues, a behind-the-scenes preview of what's ahead for TYRANTS, and a very special sneak peek into a future Hollow Harbor project, PLUS everything included in the lower tiers.

    Includes:
    • Executive Producer Credit
    • VIP Treatment
    • Tyrants Original Artwork
    • Tyrants #1 Signed by Josh Barbeau (Print)
    • Tyrants #2 (Early Print Signed by Josh Barbeau)
    • Tyrants Art Print (Signed by Esau Figueroa)
    • 1 Hour Workshop or Project Feedback
    • 3 Tyrants Character Cards (Set 1 of 2)
    • 3 Tyrants Character Cards (Set 2 of 2)
    • Drawn Into Tyrants
    • Tyrants #1 (Digital)
    • Tyrants #2 (Early Digital)
    • Tyrants Q&A
    • Indie Comics Bundle (Digital)
    • Tyrants Bookmark
    • Tyrants Concept Art (Digital)
    • Tyrants #2 Thank You
    • Tyrants Website Thank You
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