Imagine for a moment that you were the world's strongest protector. Imagine that no knife, bullet or bomb can harm you. Then imagine in that moment you are told you have cancer.
The Mighty Titan is a character who is for all intents and purposes, invulnerable. He cannot be harmed by any means known to man. His alter ego doesn't have such luck. Titan's alter ego is dying of cancer.
Isn't this the perception that we all have when not touched by cancer? We are all under the belief that we are invulnerable. Aren't we all someone's protector? Aren't we all everything to someone? Not until that lump, or pain, or (un)lucky scan.
How we deal with this defines us. How we live with this strengthens us. What we lose is innocence and the loss of a clear mind.
This is my epitaph. This is my way of dealing. This is my way of helping others understand what it feels like to be invulnerable...
And then, one conversation, one sentence later... never feeling that way again.
"I am sorry, Mr. Martino. You have adeno cell carcinoma." were the last words my 33 year old innocent, clear-minded self ever heard. From that day forward, I had cancer. Life was over. Even though, through the support and resolve of my friends, family and doctors. I survived. Twice.
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Jim Maddox The Mighty Titan Bust!
At the $199 and the $500 levels you can get this sculpt by Jim Maddox who does most of the John Byrne related characters for Bowen Designs! Who better to realize The Mighty Titan into reality!!!
WRITER/CREATOR: Joe Martino - Joe has been creating comics since he was 10 years old. His big "break" came when he decided to do everything (mostly) on his own and publish Shadowflame back in 1996. Since then, he has been published by Arcana with Shadowflame and Ripperman, Main Enterprises, Coscom Entertainment and a slew of other independent publishers and made some great friends along the way.
Joe recently joined forces with Dave Ryan to merge JGM with Red Anvil Comics and create a more dedicated and rounded company.
And, of course the awesome team who brought us The Mighty Titan #1-4!
PENCILER: Luca Cicchitti - His pencils are bringing Titan to life in a way we couldn't have imagined. His pencils on Titan are critically acclaimed. Wait until you see what he is doing with issue 5!
Flashback PENCILER: Cory Smith - Cory Smith is an illustrator and comic artist living and working in New York. Since graduating from the Joe Kubert School in 2004, Cory has worked with clients such as Nickelodeon, Hasbro, Disney, Crayola, and many others on a wide variety of projects and properties. Cory is the artist on Dynamite's Magnus the Robot Hunter and the Aspen series Legend of the Shadow Clan and BROKEN PIECES. He is also the co-creator of THE INDEPENDENTS with writer Ben Christian.
INKER: Jeff Austin - In 1965, Jeff was born. At present, the story hasn't ended. Jeff is also very well known in the indy comic scene and one of the best inkers out there. He has worked for Image (Big Bang Comics) Main Enterprises (Betsy and more), Arcana (Shadowflame, Ripperman. Dead Men Tell No Tales) , Trinity Comics (The Wraith) Faust, FemForce and many others.
COLORIST: Dash Martin is a freelance comic artist whose diverse tastes are reflected in artwork that is influenced by comics from the early 90's and various other film & television genres such as sci-fi & (gasp) horror. Although his imagination would have him think he started in the womb, Dash started working in comics at the age of 21; first doing color assists for Hi*Fi Colour and other freelance colorists. Absorbing and evolving as much as he could from that experience, he transitioned to coloring work on Savage Dragon #100, Savage Dragon: God War, SuperPatriot: War on Terror and other independent projects including Joe's Shadowflame #1. He very much enjoys drawing his own creations in his spare time and has the best of intentions to release his own book in the near future. He currently resides in Tallahassee with his wonderful, brilliant wife and their socially unacceptable/criminally fluffy Pomeranian.
Letterer: Adam O. Pruett - Adam Pruett letters for Image, Antarctic Press, JGM, Arcana, Markosia, Ronin Studios, 215 Ink, and others. He also writes and draws his own comics when he gets a free second, which is pretty much never. He speaks dinosaur, but not fluently. Come badger him on Twitter at @adamopruett or else.
Issue 5 has an awesome cover by JOHN BYRNE! We are doing a variant by Rich Buckler that is inked by his son and my friends Rick Buckler and Jeff Austin! The other books in the mini series books have covers by some of my greatest inspirations and artists that were kind enough to take the time out of their busy schedules. Jerry Ordway, Jamal Igle, Bryan Hitch, Bob McLeod and Steve Lightle.
Also involved in one way or another are John Orlando, Robert J. Sodaro (edits), Rob X. Roman, Bryan Magnaye, Jose Verese and Frank M. Cuonzo.
Cover by John Byrne! Colored by Juan Fernandez.
Retro Variant cover by Rich Buckler, Rick Buckler, Jeff Austin and colored by Joe Martino!
Risks and challenges
We've done 3 Kickstarters prior to this so we have streamlined the rewards process. The first 4 issues have been funded on Kickstarter and we hope issue 5 will do as well or better.
We are working on issue 5 now. I've already invested a good deal of time, blood, sweat, tears and money in the project and want people to see the ending of (Dare I say...) this EPIC mini-series.
JGM has merged with Red Anvil Comics and has become a much stronger and dedicated comic book company that will continue to produce great new original series with our fans and collectors being our number one concern.
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