The first stories of fantastic creatures and people with god-like abilities first surfaced in Greece in the 8th century BC. We are all aware of these Greek Gods and their stories. What if I told you these stories where inspired by some real-life events? 1,500 years prior to the first accounts of the Greek Gods, the book of Genesis records in chapter 6 a peculiar event. It recounts "the sons of God" coming to Earth and looking upon the daughters of men and enjoying what they see. These angels began to produce offspring with human women and the outcome was an angel/human hybrid called the Nephilim. These Nephilim have their own stories and lore which is all very similar to the stories of the Greek Gods. As it turns out, these tales of Zeus and Poseidon have some roots in reality. Like any good story, there is a bit of truth sprinkled with fiction.
Now what if the real-life inspiration for the Greek Gods, the Nephilim, left behind a little bit of their DNA and over the years it has been lying dormant in men and women walking the streets today like a recessive trait just waiting to wake up? Rather than having a recessive trait that makes you a ginger, or have blue eyes, you could have a recessive traits that gives you the ability to lift buildings, or control time itself!
That is exactly what happens in Hybrids (angel/human hybrids) The Sons of Gods (ancestors of the Greek Gods). Seemingly out of nowhere people begin to develop great abilities like the ancient Greek Gods when all of a sudden, these "hybrids" begin to vanish! Our story follows a small band of heroes desperately trying to stop these traffickers from taking anymore hybrids after their own loved ones have been taken. They are trying to learn who is taking them, where are they taking them, and possibly most disturbing, WHY ARE THEY TAKING THEM?:
- My name is Luke Stone and I am the writer and artist behind this series. For the past 10 years I have worked to research and develop this story to not only offer an interesting concept, but to build a plot that helps develop these amazing characters. I also attempt to offer a fresh perspective to matters of faith and humanity within the story.
- This campaign is designed to help people get up to speed with Hybrids as it nears the end of its first 5 issue arc. Issue 4 begins to truly form the world around our characters and we begin to see some deeply human traits in these god-like beings. You even get a chance to see how some of those "normal" humans can have a tenacity and passion that surpasses even the strongest Titan!
- Your contribution will help me bring the rest of this story to comic fans all over. The cost of producing a book like this is not cheap and further more, the cost of printing and marketing can overwhelm the indie artist quickly. With your help, I will be able to take this book to the next level! We will print enough copies to seek widespread distribution and hopefully have enough left to fully produce issue 5 which concludes the first of 3 planned arcs of Hybrids: The Sons of Gods.
Thank you for your consideration today!
Issue 4 art:
What We Need & What You Get
If you are still with me, I want to give some more details to what exactly we are trying to do.:
Printing/Sales - Currently, Hybrids is printed in low runs and sold primarily at conventions and through the Star Cross Comics website. We aim to get a larger print run of all 4 current issues and find a more wide spread distribution of the books to brick and mortar retailers. We are seeking a few methods right now including direct to store distribution through Star Cross and possibly a submission to DCD.
We are offering to you some very exclusive items that will only be available in the current form for a limited time. Issues 1-2 will get a complete overhaul of covers and some minor content changes. All 4 issues will receive a new variant.
Something you may not know about me is that I am a full-time pastor in Jacksonville. I have alway loved comics and even submitted my first art samples to Marvel at age 14! They said no...
I have also wanted to find a way to allow my faith to influence comics without preaching a message or creating a 20 page run down to what we all already know. I wanted to present people of faith in a more realistic light. I wanted to give believers and non - believers alike something that they can connect over and just maybe allow them the chance to spark some real conversation about their own journeys. I mostly just want people to be inspired to make the world a better place for someone else the best they can.
That is why this book is not a "Christian Comic". It is, however, a comic written from a Christian's world view. It challenges people of faith just as much as it does those without it. Hopefully, it blurs the lines that society draws to divide us and helps us all see that we have a bit more in common than we realize.
Risks & Challenges
It's pretty tough taking the next step no matter what that step is. For me, it's breaking the barrier of low print runs and subsequently limited sales. Without some financial freedom to take a calculated risk, I won't be able to do that. Additionally, rerunning the entire line to distribute to retailers with a more uniform look and feel could leave me with bundles of books in my garage if I don't manage to distribute to local shops.
3 Ways to Help if $$ is Tight:
I know that a financial contribution may not be possible but you may still want to help with the cause. Here are some ways that you can actively help get this project to the next level.
1. Join the Mailing List. Go by lukestonestudios.com and join the mailing list for updates.
2. Share the campaign with your friends and family through conversation, email, or social media. Post it in Facebook groups and even let some of your favorite comics outlets know about the book!
3. Go to your local comic shop and ask if they would be willing to stock a couple copies of each issue for you. We will do consignment but we are working right now to offer a 40% or greater discount to the retailers who purchase direct!
Some revisions to issue 1.
1 of 1 Line Art from ISSUE 4:
Adrian Fernandez Cover Art:
Risks and challenges
Our biggest challenge is preparing for the reprint of issues 1-3. However, this is of no risk for the backers. We are able to ensure that books will ship!Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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