Sassy college freshman Tessa Bridges has her world turned upside down when a pharmaceutical accident turns her into an electrically charged metahuman.
But she wasn't the only one.
Now she has to juggle her budding career as a superhero with the rigors of campus life.
She will soon learn not all tests come from inside the classroom...
My name is Dimitris Moore, and I'm the creator and artist of Tezla. Tezla #1 is the inaugural comic of what is planned to be a 24-issue series split into six 4-issue chapters. The first issue spans 16 pages of story, with behind-the-scenes content, rounding the page count out to around 20-24 pages.
Meet Tessa Bridges, native of the lively Foster City. She's a college student by day, superhero by night. She didn't choose this double life; it sort of happened. Through natural selection, and a chemical known worldwide as HERA, Tessa is now part of a small collective of people gifted with supernatural abilities. How? Why? Where? The questions keep piling up, and one name keeps popping up in the media: TREYK Pharmaceuticals. What are they up to? Why are they trying to hide it? And how are Tess and countless others caught in the middle?
While Tezla is a project I'm accomplishing on my own at this point, I did have some helping hands in getting it to the point you see here. These wonderful people helped me make Tezla what it is today:
Whitney Cook is a colorist from Florida whom I've had the pleasure of working with for some time now. She colored a few initial sketches of Tezla in the past, and quickly became the perfect choice to be part of the team. She's colored for Big Dog Ink in books such as Ursa Minor and Critter. She's currently working with the team responsible for Galaxys For Hire, published under Devil's Due Entertainment.
Sam Eggleston calls Michigan's Upper Peninsula his home, and shares writing duties along with myself. When Sam showed interest in writing for TEZLA, I knew I had a gem of a character. He wrote a script that was initially designed to be the first issue, but as captain of the ship, I felt I needed to ease into this story a bit more, so I pushed it to the next. With that said, he laid a foundation that helped me put this story on the right track, and for that I am very thankful. He has written published comics such as Last Breath, Combat Jacks (with Mark McKenna), and Cazadora, all successfully funded here on Kickstarter. Sam's wife, Kim Eggleston, edited that issue's script (and most of his work), and her contribution to the writing will not go unnoticed, either.
I've come to Kickstarter for the sole reason of acquiring enough money to cover the cost of colors, printing and shipping of the book, and the other rewards offered. Although I am doing a vast majority of the duties of the book, it is of the utmost importance that those involved are compensated appropriately, and the means to fulfill rewards are adequately funded. I simply can't do it all on my own.
Any additional funds raised will go towards additional print runs and future issue production.
In addition to the book, I've set up some other incentives in different tiered pledges. The idea is to keep the rewards simple to keep costs low, but enjoyable. Here are just a few of the great rewards you can receive for your pledges:
In the spirit of keeping this campaign simple so I can manage the workload, so shall the stretch goals be simple.
$4300: Tezla #2 DIGITAL
Tezla #2 story-wise is ready. The only thing that holds it back is having the ability to pay Whitney. This should cover the costs to keep her on board and drop a digital version mid to late summer.
$5000: Tezla #2 PRINT
The previous stretch goal, but now I can afford to have Tezla #2 printed!
$7000: ???$8000: ???$9000: ???
(You'll just have to wait and see what these others are. Gotta hit the other milestones to see)
Risks and challenges
Book production, especially when you're producing on your own, will have its challenges. Wearing the hats of an artist, project manager, and pre-press editor all while dealing with a full-time job and raising a family will prove to be a challenging experience. Rest assured, I've done my research and planned out an effective timeline to keep things going along as smoothly as it can. Half the book's art is pencilled, and that's the biggest battle. Updates about the production, changes and snafus (heaven forbid) will be reported as soon as they are apparent.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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