Black Terror: Social Insecurity is a new, 90+ page graphic novel that asks the question: "What happens when superheroes get old?"
A few years ago, my friend Rafer Roberts and I created the short story Black Terror: Wednesday at the Diner about public domain Golden Age superheroes meeting up for brunch in their retirement. I enjoyed the story and the characters so much that I decided to create a whole book about them. And so was born Social Insecurity, continuing the story of these (mostly) forgotten superheroes as they near the age of 100.
If the name "Black Terror" sounds familiar, it's because he was first published in the January, 1941 issue of Exciting Comics from Nedor Comics; for a time, he was a very popular character, but like many of his contemporaries, the Black Terror soon faded into obscurity (and the public domain) after the end of World War II. Other companies, like Eclipse, Image and Dynamite have since published this character in one form or another, often trying to reinterpret him in modern ways.
This book, though, follows the Black Terror as if he had aged in real time since his 1941 debut! No longer an active superhero, The Black Terror and his fellow heroes face old age as they each near their own personal centennials. Accompanying our title character are other public domain heroes such as the Silver Streak, the Fighting Yank, the Mentalist from Mars and Mr. Q!
Small press publishing can be both time consuming as well as expensive, so I'm here on Kickstarter asking for your help to push us all across the finish line with our book. In addition to the book itself, we're offering some great rewards, which I'll detail below, along with links, previews and a look at our creative team!
Thanks for checking us out! If you enjoy superheroes, comedy, and stories about really old people, I hope you'll pledge and help us reach our goal!
Social Insecurity will run at least 90 pages long - longer if some stretch goals are met! It collects the "Wednesday at the Diner" short story with Rafer Roberts, and it includes a brand new, full-length story with artist Ryan Howe. There'll also be several pinups by different creators and "making of" material to round out the volume, all with a brand new cover from Rafer Roberts.
Click the image below to read the original "Wednesday at the Diner" short story:
Click the image below to read a preview of the full-length "Social Insecurity" story:
Hopefully, the biggest reward for this campaign is, well, the book itself. But we've also put together some really neat extras, too!
The pin: a 1.5" soft enamel pin with featuring the classic Black Terror, with art by Dani G.!
The stickers: a set of two grumpy superheroes on 4x6 vinyl stickers, with art by Mark Welser!
The print: an 8x11 art print on sturdy stock, with art by Duane Redhead!
The bookplate: get a personalized bookplate for the inside of your book, signed by the creators of the book and with an original sketch (of your favorite Golden Age hero) by Ryan Howe!
Be in the book: get drawn into the book as a character by artist Ryan Howe! If you choose this option, we'll be in contact to get reference photos.
Stretch goals: I've got a few stretch goals planned in case we exceed the original $3000 goal. First and foremost, I'll make the book longer by adding new stories and other material! More info on these to come!
THE CAMPAIGN GOAL:
My first goal with this campaign is to be able to pay the artists on the book a decent page rate so they can, you know, eat and stuff. After that, I hope to offset some of the printing and shipping costs that otherwise might be prohibitive.
If this campaign ends up exceeding the $3,000 goal, all of the extra funds will be funneled directly back into the book, adding pages and stories to bulk up and add value to the comic!
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Risks and challenges
We're currently about 50% finished with the art for this book. There are always challenges when it comes to the physical act of putting a book together, but I'm dedicated to make this work and have published several books in the past.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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