Hyper Heroes is the story of a normal kid struggling with high school grades, social typecasting, bully attacks, unrequited love — and the fact that his four best friends have suddenly acquired hyperpowers.
I'm JC Alvarez. I've been making superhero comics since I was about 6 years old.
Hyper Heroes is my oldest, dearest and most enduring project. It's a light-hearted, all-ages (but thoughtful) superhero comic. It has teen hijinks, good-natured comedy and the occasional superhero fight. That's basically it.
It started as a school hobby, where it gathered a huge cult following of about 9 people... But hey,
they were the story’s protagonists. Because that’s the point of
hyper heroes: the reader is the protagonist!
And we don’t mean it in a
“characters the kids can identify with” way. We’re literally saying our readers
are the characters. As in, we take your (or your kid's or your loved ones') face and mannerisms and put them in a comic book hero, and we give the character skills and special
powers based on your real-life strengths and qualities. And yes, that character then
has a starring role in a superhero story.
I’ve done this for 30 years,
first as a childhood hobby, then as an artist for kid’s books and animated
films; now i want to indulge myself again, and to tell kids to indulge their
own strengths, their own skills, their own stories.
You can already see the
ongoing comic at our website; but we are looking for support to make it
into a print comic! Yes, and ongoing print comic
with a rotating cast of you, you and you (and featuring… you)!
However, the mainstream comic book industry has very little space for new projects, particularly new superhero projects, as most of the market is taken up by the Big Names. Conversely, the indie comics scene tends to look away from light-hearted, non-satiric superhero stories. In this scenario, placing Hyper Heroes in the market seemed, at the very least, like a challenge. So, we turned to Kickstarter. We thought it would let our project find its own audience, as it has done for so many other comics projects in the past. After all, if you've read this far, you MIGHT be part of that audience!
If we achieve the funding goal, we'll use the money to produce all the rewards, cards and posters and — more importantly — finish and print the first two chapters of Hyper Heroes. We are already finished with chapter 1, which we plan to publish as a single 56-page volume. You can see how the art looks now, and it's only getting better. But we need you to make it real.
So, the rewards...
Hyper Heroes is a comic book, so we'll give comics. Pledges $50 and above get a printed version of the first two Hyper Heroes volumes:
Other pledges will get various levels of fan kits, including art prints, art commissions or exclusive, customized trading cards!
And last but not least, Hyper Heroes has always been about real people.
The first comics starred my elementary school friends, and the roster kept changing as the real people in my life kept coming and going.
This time, the main characters in the story will be you. This means whoever helps me kick this project off, gets to SOMEHOW become part of the Hyper Heroes universe; in fact, some of you WILL join the main cast of the ongoing series and become immortalized as hyper heroes forever!
...Because, after all, that's what the series is about.
Starring roles will of course be limited, but we’ll also include our readers in speaking cameos, background action shots and all the intermediate categories we can think of. And we also intend to put up an illustrated list in our website (like a yearbook if you will) showcasing the reader characters that don’t make the cut into the story, with their own codenames, “real” names (optional), character profiles, hyperpowers and hypersuits!
The storylines in the first volume establish the hyper heroes setting, and the main conflicts and antagonists of the series; however, future storylines will revolve mainly around those characters that make the final cut. That’s how I made the first hyper heroes comics, after all.
How does that sound so far? Want in?
If you do, please join us, help us produce this, and become a part of the Hyper Heroes project... both inside the comic AND in real life!
Risks and challenges
Currently we lack the resources to continue producing the comic beyond this first chapter; we need funding to produce our stuff, as well as to write the next chapter.
Our main challenge is shipping logistics; we expect pledges from several different countries, with varying package sizes, so we're setting up a team to focus on this task alone. We´re trying to find the best possible distributors so if we (hopefully) get a high demand for printed stuff, we can send everyone their rewards smoothly and on time.
Other than that, we'll have to focus on printing and design, which we'll fund directly from what we can raise here.
We believe in our work's ability to sustain itself after that first hurdle... but we need a little help for that. So, here we are!
READER KIT: To being with, all backers get free digital access to EVERY comic in our website, including digital copies of all upcoming Hyper Heroes comics! that's right! Help us start this, and you get a lifetime digital suscription to all Hyper Heroes comics! Plus your name gets recognized as a backer in our website and social networks!
DIGITAL KIT: All pledges $5 and above get a premium account at the Hyper Heroes website, including exclusive access to the Create Your Hyper Hero Application! This in addition to free access to all our digital content! How cool is that?
FAN KIT: All pledges $25 and above get a 40' x 28' art print of any of the downloadable wallpapers from our website! So yes, you get to pick your own Hyper Heroes poster! This, of course, in addition to the full digital kit!
HALL OF FAME KIT: NEW special offer! Since Hyper Heroes is about turning our readers into our heroes, we're letting 50 more backers become official Hyper Heroes! Send us a photo and short bio as per the HYPER KIT ($100 pledge), and we'll create a Hyper Hero for you, also with their own powers and personal data! This character will be listed at the HYPER HERO HALL of fame in the www.hyperheroes.com website! Even better; this benefit automatically applies to all pledges above this level! So, if you want to be a Hyper Hero, this is where to start! And if you already pledged more than $25, you've already got it!
HERO KIT: This is the one we want you to have. All pledges $50 and above earn PRINTED, perfect-bound copies of the first two Hyper Heroes volumes (56 pages each)! And of course, you also get the complete Fan kit (art print + free digital content)! What else could you want?
HYPER KIT: Oh, you DO want more? So what about this: Pledge $100 or more and you can send us a photo with your short bio, and we'll send you an exclusive trading card of you as a Hyper Hero, complete with a sketch, powers and an origin story!! Your character will then become an official member of the Hyper Heroes, appearing in the Hyper Hero Hall of fame at our website until the end of time!
This, of course, in addition to your printed comics, art print and digital content!
ILLUSTRATED HYPER KIT: Give us $300 or more and you will receive the Hyper Kit as above (printed comic and exclusive trading card included), plus you get to commission an original color drawing of anything you wish (within reason) from the talented artists of Hyper Heroes! See yourself or a friend as a Hyper Hero, or simply tell our artists what's on your mind and we'll put it on paper if we can!
HYPER HERO KIT: From here on things get serious. 40 lucky backers that pledge $500 or more will receive the complete Hyper Kit (printed comic, art print, digital content and exclusive trading card), PLUS you get to appear in the comic as a speaking character! Yes, your Hyper Hero will get the spotlight in the comic at least ONE time (maybe more if we like your Hyper Hero a lot)!
HYPER COMIC KIT: If all the previous rewards were not enough, 10 lucky backers may pledge $2000 or more to get an exclusive custom 8-page comic book. It works like this: You get the full Hyper Kit (printed comic, exclusive custom trading card, poster, Hyper Hero Hall official membership) and THEN we make an 8-page comic starring your Hyper Hero (the one on your trading card). This is a unique, custom comic entirely drawn and written FOR you and nobody else! You can let us do the script, or tell us what you want to happen in the story. Your choice! This, in addition to at least one speaking part at some point in the official comic series (as per the Hyper Hero Kit)! If you ever dreamed of reading a superhero comic starring you, this is your chance!
ULTIMATE HYPER HERO KIT: We said it before - We want our readers to be the stars of our comic. So, we are offering the ultimate comic book reward: 3 VERY lucky backers pledging $5000 or more will become permanent, official characters of the Hyper Hero universe. That's right, your character will become a full member of the Hyper Heroes team! You will be one of the main characters in Volume II of the comic book, and fight evil alongside the rest of the gang. This in addition to at least a couple of speaking parts in future volumes, and an eternal place in the Hyper Hero Hall of fame!
Of course we'll also be sending you the printed comics, art print and custom trading card, but at this point we know you won't really care about that part - You'll already be a full-fledged Hyper Hero!!