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Righteous is a comic series that asks, "What would happen if everyone suddenly woke up, committed to helping others?"
Righteous is a comic series that asks, "What would happen if everyone suddenly woke up, committed to helping others?"
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What is Righteous?

Righteous is a webcomic that is being offered for the first time in print form. The original idea for Righteous came from asking the question, "What would happen if everyone suddenly woke up, committed to helping others?"

The story centers around Daniel Price, a risk manager who's just been given the account of a lifetime: squeeze the most profit out of a new car manufacturing deal for one of the nation's top car makers. It doesn't matter that the lives of future drivers should only be taken into consideration if it affects the bottom line. 

One night, Daniel is visited by an unknown being of light who transforms him from motivated capitalist into an agent of altruism. With his way of life threatened by his own actions, Daniel tries everything he can to hold on to the life he built. But will it be enough?

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

What are we trying to accomplish?

To put it simply, we are committed to helping the world. Hi, this is Kevin Sheller, creator of Righeous and owner of Both Feet Productions. Throughout most of my life, like Daniel, I was committed to building wealth through investments, businesses, and career advancement. Then something changed in me, and I realized that I could do more than just try to hoard money for myself...

Of course, I had come about it honestly -- this society is strongly geared toward financial success. You are lauded as successful if you accumulate an abundance of cash, and you are shamed if you can't keep a job, file for bankruptcy, or *gasp* don't save enough for retirement.

So with the idea for the book, I set out to put my own money -- those very savings that I was building just for me -- into this project.

Thankfully, I have found an amazing team of talented people to make this possible! A fantastic primary artist, cover artists, colorist, flatter, editor, and PR firm to help me create and promote this work. All for the express purpose of revealing another way to live.

  • Primary Artist - Joseba Morales
  • Colorist - Gab Contreras
  • Flatter - Danielle Iannarelli
  • Editors - Greg Holkenbrink, Christie Yant
  • PR - Lys Galati, Sphinx PR
  • Cover Artist - Neal D. Anderson

Why a comic book?

As a 20-year producer in the video game industry and involvement in many other entertainment-based projects, it is a natural path for me to use a visual story as my medium. Additionally, I have always enjoyed the comic format as a reader and fan. I also like the accessibility it provides for the busy world we live in today. Asking someone to slog through a 250-page novel is a lot different from asking them to breeze through a 23-page comic.

What's the Status?

Righteous has been released on the web, and we are in the process of finishing issue #3 at the time of this writing. If you haven't read it already, please feel free to get caught up. It can be found on most of the popular webcomic sites, including BecomicsSmack Jeeves, The Duck, Tapastic, and Webtoon. Despite the fact that you can read it online, the print version of Issue #1 has a special bonus!

Bonus? What Bonus?

The print version of Issue #1 has a extra bonus page. It shows what happened when Jen came to Daniel's rescue in the status meeting after page 17. It also provides some character development for Ted Billings, CEO of LRB & Associates. 

Here's an uncolored and unlettered sneak peek of that missing page:

Bonus Page
Bonus Page

Bonus Cover Art!

We've just recently added a bonus cover! So should you choose to back this project at the $25 tier, you can get a copy of each if you want both (or any combination you want!) If not, you will get a choice between the two. Here's the look of the fancy new cover by Justin Case (Misbegotten, GunMother)

Why a Kickstarter?

My goal is wide distribution -- not monetary gain. So the Kickstarter can help get that going. With the extra funds earned from the Kickstarter, I will pay the PR firm who helped me get the word out, and those funds will partially cover the production costs (paying the artists) so I can keep creating more and more issues, thereby hopefully increasing public awareness of the story... and in the end, doing my part to help a world that definitely needs it.

Charitable Contributions

While Kickstarter does not allow using tiers to contribute to charities, I will guarantee that if we bring in more than is necessary to pay our expenses, ANY PROFIT WHATSOEVER will be split among these two amazing charities, which are also highlighted in the print copy of issue #1:

One, The Positivity Project, equips educators with the knowledge, resources, and confidence to teach their students how to understand, appreciate, and exemplify the 24 character strengths in themselves and others. These strengths include, among others; empathy, confidence, and gratitude. If we want to save the world, the best place to start is by improving the character of our future generations.

The second, GiveDirectly, sends 91% of its donations in the form of unconditional cash transfers to thousands of the extreme poor. They have launched the largest basic income experiment in history with the intention of intensely studying the results. 

So even if you don't decide to become a backer of this project, I encourage you to help us save the world by donating to these two amazing charities!

Stretch Goals

If we reach our initial goal, we add Issue #2 to the printing schedule as a stretch goal for $8,000!

And should we reach that, we'll offer the printing of issue #3 as a stretch goal for $12,000! (Issue #3 will not be available to ship until later in 2017.) 

¿Qué es RIGHTEOUS?  

RIGHTEOUS es un webcomic que va a salir por primera vez en forma impresa. La idea original de RIGHTEOUS viene de responder a la pregunta "¿qué sucedería si de repente todos despertáramos decididos a hacer lo correcto?". La historia se centra en Daniel Price, un administrador de riesgos que acaba de recibir el projecto de su vida: sacar el máximo beneficio para el contrato de fabricación de un nuevo coche para una de las fabricantes de automóviles punteros del país. Para esto no importan las vidas de los conductores, solo se tienen en cuenta si afectan al beneficio económico. Una noche Daniel recibe la visita de un ser de luz que lo transforma de un capitalista convencido en un defensor del altruismo. Con su modo de vida amenazado por sus propias acciones, Daniel intenta todo lo posible para mantener la vida que ha logrado construir. ¿Pero bastará con eso?  

 

¿Qué tratamos de conseguir?  

Para hacerlo simple, estamos decididos a ayudar al mundo. Hola, soy Kevin Sheller, creador de RIGHTEOUS y propietario de Both Feet Productions. A lo largo de mi vida, como Daniel, he estado decidido a hacerme rico a través de inversiones, negocios y ascensos en mi carrera. Entonces algo cambió en mi, y me di cuenta de que estaba tratando de lograr algo totalmente egoísta. Lo había hecho de forma honesta. Esta sociedad está fuertemente motivada en base a este objetivo. Eres aclamado como un triunfador si acumulas riqueza en abundancia, y eres ridiculizado si pierdes tu trabajo, caes en bancarrota o "ups" no ahorras lo suficiente para tu jubilación. Así, con esta idea para el libro, planeé poner mi propio dinero, esos ahorros que reuní para mí mismo, en este proyecto. Por suerte, he encontrado a un increíble equipo de gente con mucho talento que ha hecho esto posible. Un asombroso artista principal, portadista, colorista, flatter, editor y una empresa de relaciones públicas que me han ayudado a crear y promocionar este trabajo. Todo con el propósito expreso de mostrar a la gente otra forma de pensar.  

  • Artista principal: Joseba Morales.  
  • Colorista: Gab Contreras  
  • Flatter: Danielle Lannarelli.  
  • Editores: Greg Holkenbrink, Christie Yant.  
  • PR: Lys Galati, Sphinx PR.  
  • Portadista: Neal D Anderson.  

¿Por qué un comic-book?  

Como productor con 20 años de trayectoria en la industria del videojuego y habiendo participado en otros muchos proyectos en el sector del entretenimiento, el camino natural para mí es utilizar un medio visual. Además, siempre he disfrutado el formato del comic-book como lector y fan. También me gusta su accesibilidad para la sociedad tan ocupada en la que vivimos. Pedirle a alguien que se introduzca en la historia con una novela de 250 páginas, es muy distinto a hacerlo con un comic-book de 23 páginas.  

¿En qué punto estamos?  

RIGHTEOUS se ha publicado en la web, y estamos en el proceso de creación del número #3 mientras escribo esto. Si no lo has leído aún, siéntete libre de ponerte al día. Puedes encontrarlo en las principales plataformas de webcomics, como Becomics, Smack Jeeves, The Duck, Tapastic and Webtoon. A pesar de que puedas leerlo online, la versión impresa del número #1 tiene un regalo especial en el interior.  

¿Regalo, qué regalo?  

La versión impresa del número #1 tiene una página extra. Esta muestra qué sucede cuando Jen acude en rescate de Daniel en la reunión tras lo sucedido en la página 17. Además, podemos conocer mejor a Ted Billings, CEO de LRB & Asociados. Aquí tenemos una pequeña muestra en blanco y negro de la página perdida:  

¿Por qué un Kickstarter?  

Mi objetivo es una mayor distrubución, no un beneficio económico. Kickstarter puede ayudarme a conseguir esto. Con los fondos extra obtenidos con Kickstarter, pagaré a la empresa de relaciones públicas, que me ayudado a difundir el mensaje. Estos fondos en parte cubrirán los costes de producción, que me ayudarán a seguir creando más y más números, que con suerte llegarán a más y más gente... al final, harán mi parte en ayudar a un mundo que definitivamente lo necesita.

Contribuciones benéficas  

Ya que Kickstarter no permite niveles que contribuyan a beneficiencia, yo garantizaré que si por algún motivo conseguimos más de lo necesario para pagar nuestros gastos, cualquier beneficio obtenido será repartido entre estas dos asombrosas ONG's.  

La primera, The Positivity Project, dota a los educadores con el conocimiento, recursos y seguridad para enseñar a sus estudiantes cómo entender, apreciar y ejemplificar las 24 fortalezas de carácter en ellos mismos y en otros. Si queremos salvar el mundo, el mejor lugar para comenzar es mejorar el carácter de las futuras generaciones.  

La segunda, GiveDirectly, envía el 91% de sus donaciones en forma de transferencias monetarias incondicionales a cientos de personas que se encuentran en la pobreza extrema. Ellos han lanzado el mayor experimento de Renta Básica en la historia, con el fin de estudiar intensivamente los resultados. Por tanto, incluso si decides no apoyar este proyecto, te animo a ayudarnos a salvar el mundo mediante una donación a estas dos magníficas ONG's.  

Objetivos ampliados.  

Si alcanzamos nuestro primer objetivo, añadiremos el número #2 a nuestro calendario de impresión como un objetivo añadido en $8,000. Y si alcanzamos este también, añadiremos el número #3 como un objetivo ampliado en $12,000. (El número #3 no estará disponible hasta el otoño del 2017.)  

Riesgos y desafíos.  

Tenemos unos cuantos riesgos con este proyecto. El número #1 ya está terminado. Tenemos la prueba de imprenta y está genial. Hay algunos trabajos relacionados con el empaquetado y los envíos, pero nada de lo que preocuparse. Algunos niveles pueden presentar desafíos, como el nivel Super Autograph, pero si la gente es paciente, lo haremos. ¡Yo solo espero que todo el mundo quede satisfecho con su compra! Por cierto, si esto tiene una buena acogida, entonces utilizaremos este enfoque para sacar más números impresos. ¡La historia irá a mejor!

Risks and challenges

There are very few risks with this project. Issue #1 is already complete. We have our test print, and it looks great! There will be some labor associated with assembling everyone's packages, but nothing to worry about.

There might be a few tiers that are challenging, like the Super Autograph tier, but if folks are patient, we'll get it done.

I just hope everyone is satisfied with their purchase!

Also, if this is well-received, then we'll use this approach to printing more issues! The story *does* just keep getting better... :)

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