WE'VE LOWERED THE STRETCH GOAL DOLLAR AMOUNTS! NOW IT'S EVEN EASIER TO COMBAT HATE AND BE REWARDED WITH GREAT INCENTIVES! AS A RESULT, STRETCH GOAL #1 -- CAPTAIN FREEDOM STICKER ASSORTMENT -- HAS BEEN UNLOCKED!
You like your superhero stories pulpy? So do we. Author Neil Kleid (Spider-Man: Kraven's Last Hunt Novelization, Powers: The Secret Life of Deena Pilgrim) will be contributing a bonus short pulp story entitled Captain Freedom: The Midnight Factory that will feature art by Dan Lauer.
Also, new reward added! Original artwork pages by artist D.J. Coffman for Beau Smith's back-up story are being offered as a pledge reward. The pages will be signed by both Beau and D.J.
Comic book creators Dan Taylor and D.J. Coffman are collaborating as small press publisher Keep Left to independently publish a new comic book—Captain Freedom: Combat Hate. The titular hero Captain Freedom a.k.a. Don Wright, publisher of The Daily Bulletin newspaper, is a Golden Age superhero known for fighting Nazi villains and thwarting Axis saboteurs with the aid of four children, Beanie, Joanie, Lefty, and Slim—known as the Young Defenders. Now in the public domain, Captain Freedom’s first appearance was in Speed Comics #13 by Harvey Publications in 1941 and is credited as being created by “Franklin Flagg.”
The all-new Captain Freedom: Combat Hate comic book will feature an original story by writer Dan Taylor and artist D.J. Coffman, and focus on a redesigned look for the superhero in an alternate timeline set after the Second World War, one that is reminiscent of our own past, while eerily similar to our current time. In addition to the main story, the comic will include back-up stories and pin-ups.
“In today’s tumultuous climate fueled by racism and supremacists our country, our world, needs heroes to step up and denounce hate when our political leaders will not,” says Taylor. “While I do not condone violence, I feel that a war against hatred needs to be fought by those who stand against bigotry and racism. And, the weapon we’ve chosen is resurrecting a comic book superhero that fought the good fight in the Golden Age—a defender of democracy and foe of tyranny.”
“In many ways we're dealing with things we thought we conquered long ago. As a human being and comic creator I get angry when I see racism, bigotry and extremism raising its ugly head in our world,” says Coffman. “I see so many friends and family living in fear. I don't like it. I want to fight it! I want to punch back at it the best way I know how... and that's drawing some friggin' comics. My heroes are guys like Joe Simon and Jack Kirby who taught me through their works that the pen and pencils are always mightier than the swords. We can all step up and ‘fight with tools.’”
Dan Taylor (writer) is co-creator and writer of the fan-favorite Hero Happy Hour comic book series and Donald of the Dead. He also did a four year stint as editor with IDW Publishing working on comic book lines such as Transformers and Star Trek. Follow Dan on Facebook and/or Twitter.
D.J. Coffman (artist) is the creator, artist and writer of the Hero By Night comic series and a pioneer of webcomics. He also recently collaborated on a number one selling children's book with WNBA All-Star Ivory Latta called Despite the Height. Follow D.J. on Facebook, Instagram and/or Twitter.
In addition to Taylor and Coffman, several comic book industry luminaries, leading independent small press creators, and other talented artists, designers, and writers are joining the "Fighters For Freedom" to combat hate with back-up stories, pin-up art, and other exciting incentives. They include, but or not limited to...
- Mario Boon (Doomsday)
- Jody Collins (Feral Giant)
- Shannon Eric Denton (Con Man)
- Steve Ellis (The Only Living Boy)
- Chris Fason (Hero Happy Hour)
- Art Grafunkel (Cryptozoic Entertainment)
- Dean Haspiel (American Splendor)
- Phil Hester (The Wretch)
- Joe Hilliard (Colonial Comics)
- EricJ (Rex Mundi)
- Jim Keplinger (Shadowhawk)
- Neil Kleid (Powers: The Secret History of Deena Pilgrim)
- Andy Kuhn (Firebreather)
- Dan Lauer (Myth)
- Chris Mowry (Godzilla)
- James Patrick (Batman)
- Gordon Purcell (Star Trek)
- Ryan Sergeant (Delta 51)
- Beau Smith (Wynonna Earp)
- Mark Stegbauer (Ghoul Scouts)
- E.J. Su (Transformers)
- Datsun Tran (Elk's Run)
- Bill Walko (Hero Biz)
- J.K. Woodward (Star Trek)
And, more talent is being recruited to join the Fighters For Freedom to Combat Hate!
With your pledge to support the Captain Freedom: Combat Hate comic book you are enlisted as a Fighter For Freedom and are thus eligible for rewards.
Besides he Captain Freedom: Combat Hate! comic book itself--in both its physical and digital formats--we are offering other rewards such as the Young Defenders Fan Club Kit, original art commissions, and the official Captain Freedom T-Shirt.
NOTE: There will likely be more rewards added as the campaign progresses. Stay tuned.
There are two categories of Stretch Goals being set up. The Fighters For Freedom Rally Stretch Goals have been established to help promote the campaign and add additional material to the comic book with bonus content in the form of more main story pages, back-up stories, and a companion Pin-Up comic book to feature some of the great talent joining our team. You can like the Captain Freedom Facebook page here, and follow the Captain Freedom Twitter feed here.
The Campaign Funding Stretch goals have been established to award extra rewards to backers (who pledge $8 or more) in the form of physical products such as stickers, trading cards, posters, and more to be announced.
If there are any questions regarding the Captain Freedom: Combat Hate! comic book Kickstarter campaign please do not hesitate to contact us. Thank you for your support, and remember to Combat Hate!
Risks and challenges
This isn't our first rodeo. The collaborative duo of Dan Taylor and D.J. Coffman -- a.k.a. Keep Left -- have both successfully run comic book Kickstarter campaigns in the past, and have over thirty-five years of combined experience creating and publishing comic books for both the independent small press market and the the major comic book market. The estimated delivery date has been padded by an extra month just to play it safe as it will bumped up against the busy holiday season.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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