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John Aman Amazing Man is a high-octane, sci-fi, action/adventure re-imagining of a classic comic book character in an ongoing series.
John Aman Amazing Man is a high-octane, sci-fi, action/adventure re-imagining of a classic comic book character in an ongoing series.
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With the third stretch goal less than $500 away, we're announcing our FOURTH --and possibly final-- stretch goal!  



 Our SECOND stretch goal has now been unlocked! 

Our first stretch goal has been reached and the reward has been UNLOCKED!

John Aman Amazing Man is an epic, action/adventure superhero comic book series.  The story is by Barry Gregory and the artwork is provided by former Spider-man, Avengers, and X-Men artist Steven Butler.

Our first story arc is a six part series entitled --with apologies to Shakespeare-- "How Sharper Than a Dragon's Tooth".   We've produced and published the first four of the six issues already.

 The story is told in a non-linear fashion that weaves scenes from the past, present, and the future into a narrative that reveals who John Aman really is, where he comes from, and hints at what his destiny might be. 

 John Aman is actually a character from the Golden Age of Comics.  He first appeared in 1939 and was created by Bill Everett, who also created Namor the Sub-mariner and co-created Marvel's Daredevil.  

 The story features a large supporting cast, also all pulled from comics history, characters like the original Blue Beetle, Miss Masque, the Heap, and a Jack Kirby created villain named Horace Googer.

Our goal with this campaign is to raise enough funds to complete the first story arc of our comic book series John Aman Amazing Man.  The first arc will run for six issues and is titled "How Sharper Than a Dragon's Tooth".  We've completed the first four issues already (a total of 96 story pages -- penciled, inked, colored, lettered, published, DONE). 

The next two issues will be an additional 64 story pages, a 24 page fifth issue and a super-sized 40 page sixth issue that will wrap up the initial storyline.   Those two issues are what we need your help with.

Here are some of the rewards we'll be offering in exchange for your help.

So why do we need your help on the last two issues if we've already produced four issues all on our own?  

Because thus far we've only been able to work on the comic when we could afford to do so.  Producing a comic with the high production values that we strive for takes time and, for a freelance artist, time is money.   You can't work on a labor of love like this when you've got paying clients calling and bills to pay.  If we knew we had the funds to pay for the time it will take to produce the next two issues, then we can get those next two issues out much, much faster than we could otherwise.  At our current self-funded pace, the 64 pages to finish the story arc will take us at least a year, maybe 15 months.  With your help, we believe we could finish it inside of three months.

So production, huh?  That's where the money all goes?  

In this case, yeah, that's pretty much it.  A fraction of the money will be used to pay for the rewards themselves, the postage to deliver the rewards, and for any tax liabilities incurred by this campaign, but everything else goes towards paying for the artwork, colors, and production time necessary to complete the final 64 pages of the first story arc. 


What about the printing?

Nope.  We've already budgeted for that, so none of the funds we receive from this campaign will be needed to pay for printing.  That's covered already.

What if the goal is exceeded? 

First, we'll do a little happy dance.   Then we'll apply any overage towards kick-starting (sorry about the pun) the second six-issue story arc, tentatively entitled "A Little Oblivion".

This looks familiar.  Have I seen this before?

If you're a comics fan, then you've probably seen Steven Butler's art before.  He's penciled comics for virtually every major publisher.  He's drawn issues of the Avengers, the X-Men, Superman, and had a long run as the regular artist on a Spider-man title.  

Amazing Spider-Man TM Marvel Comics, Artwork by Steven Butler
Amazing Spider-Man TM Marvel Comics, Artwork by Steven Butler


If you're thinking that the character --John Aman the Amazing Man-- looks familiar, then you're probably right on that count, too.  He's a classic character from the Golden Age of comics that we've re-imagined.  The company that originally published his adventures, Centaur Comics, went out of business long ago and the copyrights have since lapsed. That's how it is we're able to use the character.  

Risks and challenges

As we've said, we've already produced four of the six issues comprising this story arc on our own with no funding help. Given that, we think there's a low to non-existent risk that we won't be able to complete the next two issues. But if any unexpected issue should arise, we promise to address it as quickly and thoroughly as possible and keep all of you completely informed in that unlikely event.

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    Our sincere thanks! Every little bit helps and every one who pledges ANY amount will get their name on a thank you page in both issues 5 and 6!

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    One high resolution PDF of any single issue. You choose which issue. Issues 1-4 are available now. Issues 5 and 6 will be delivered as they are available.

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    One copy of any single issue --in print-- delivered anywhere in the US. You choose which issue and we'll ship as they become available. Issues 1-4 are available now.

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    High resolution PDFs of all six issues!

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    The John Aman Amazing Man action figure. The figure is 4.5 inches tall and will available in fall 2015.

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    Printed copies of all six issues shipped together as soon as the issue six is printed!

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    A remarqued edition of John Aman Amazing Man #1. This comic features an original, hand-drawn head-sketch by series artist Steven Butler on the cover.

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    Printed copies of all six issues, hi rez PDFs of all six issues, AND the John Aman Amazing Man Action Figure!

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    Be a hero! Supply your local comics shop with five copies each of all SIX issues of John Aman Amazing Man!

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    Printed copies of all six issues, hi rez PDFs of all six issues, the John Aman Amazing Man Action Figure, AND a signed, remarqued edition of John Aman Amazing Man #1 with an original head sketch by series artist Steven Butler!

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    An original art sketch-cover of John Aman Amazing Man #1, penciled, inked, and signed by series artist Steven Butler. Featuring any one character of your choice.

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    You get to appear in the climactic sixth issue of John Aman Amazing Man! We'll draw your likeness on a background character -- maybe a bystander or maybe your face on one of our human/plant hybrid monsters (the Spartoi)! And you'll get a signed copy of the issue! Limit 5!

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    An original, single-character commission --any character of YOUR choice, penciled and inked by series artist Steven Butler on an 11x17 artboard. Steven has penciled comics for Marvel, DC, and numerous other publishers. He's penciled issues of Spider-man, X-Men, Avengers, Superman and many more. This is your opportunity to get a one-of-a-kind original art piece from him!

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    An original art sketch-cover of John Aman Amazing Man #1, penciled and inked by series artist Steven Butler, colored by series colorist Barry Gregory and signed by both!. Featuring any one character of your choice.

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    You get to appear in the climactic sixth issue of John Aman Amazing Man! We'll draw your likeness on a background character -- maybe a bystander or maybe your face on one of our human/plant hybrid monsters (the Spartoi)! And you'll get a signed copy of the issue AND the actual page of original art on which your likeness appears!

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    We'll come to you --anywhere in the continental USA-- for a signing at your local comics shop. We'll provide our own transport and lodging. This pledge reward is intended only for comics shop owners or for those acting in conjunction with a comics shop. Scheduling must be mutually agreed upon.

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