What you've been holding out for...
Okay, its clear we didn't properly train for this marathon. We stumbled to the starting line with a slurpee in one hand and a cheeseburger in the other, bending down to tie our shoe the second before the starting gun went off. We thought we had the stuff to jog along gracefully, but we failed to recognize what we really needed, what we were really asking for, and what people really wanted to see.
We didn't show you any colors.
Looking at the backer-stats on our dashboard, its clear that nearly 10x as many people swung by the site, watched the video, etc, then moved on thinking (without reading) that this is a black-and-white book. It IS, yes, as of now, but that's what the campaign is for: colorizing and remastering. So clearly we should have shown an example of what we were asking people to support.
So here are those belated examples:
These samples (by artist extraordinaire Lucas Marangon, best known for Star Wars: Tag & Bink) aren't final, but its what we'll be shooting for with the remaining 77+ pages. I did at one point have a crazy, artsy notion of going single-tone shaded, but frankly this book deserves full blockbuster color. The page palettes will complement the mood and unify the panels. It's gonna be glorious. If we reach our goal, that is.
To that end, we've also re-evaluated some of the tier pricing, and adjusted two tiers that hadn't grabbed any backers yet. We lowered the price on the poster tier and keychain tier, hopefully to a more intriguing level, so if you were thinking about those but pledged lower, here's your chance to step up a rung or two. Believe me, every little bit helps!
And now, on with our featured stories:
RAFAEL ALBUQUERQUE (guest):
Rafael Albuquerque is a Brazilian comic book artist primarily known for his work on DC's Blue Beetle and Vertigo's American Vampire. He began his professional career in local advertising, breaking into comics in 2002 drawing stories for Egyptian publishing company AK Comics. By 2005, he completed his first original graphic novel "Rumble in la Rambla" published in 2007 by Image Comics as "Crimeland". This was followed by issues of "Jeremiah Harm", "Pirate Tales", and "Savage Brothers" for Boom! Studios.
Rafael first gained significant fan attention as the regular penciler on the new Blue Beetle for DC in 2008. Finding the mainstream superhero book not well-suited to his darker style, he branched out to provide stories for Dark Horse's "Tales of the Fear Agent" and "Strange Adventures", as well as his original graphic novel Mondo Urbano (Urban World), published by Oni Press in 2010.
That same year he began illustrating American Vampire, with writers Scott Snyder and celebrated novelist Stephen King, marking King's first original work for comics. The first hardcover collection landed on the The New York Times Best Seller list, wile the series won Eisner and Harvey Awards in 2011 for Best New Series.
Since then, he has worked on several Batman titles, BPRD, Batwoman, and released his most recent creator-owned series, Ei8ht.
LEANDRO FERNANDEZ (guest):
Leandro Fernandez is an Argentinian artist best known for his work on The Incredible Hulk, Punisher, Wolverine, and Northlanders. Much of his innate style has been adopted by frequent inker Francisco Paronzini, who assisted Leandro on such titles as Stormwatch PHD and Immortal Iron Fist. Leandro has also illustrated popular stories featured in New Mutants, Conan the Barbarian, and the Spider-Man: Tangled Web series, as well as the Oni Press series Queen & Country. His most recent work includes The Names and the Nux origin story in Mad Max Fury Road.
RENATO GUEDES (guest):
Hailing from his home country of Brazil, Renato began working for various magazines in Sao Paulo before breaking into comics with British publisher Mongoose. Very quickly he was swept up by DC comics on such flagship titles as Superman, Action Comics, and Adventures of Superman. This led to notable stretches on books like Constantine and Green Lantern, and ultimately with his defining work on the relaunch of Omac.
Beyond DC, he has illustrated popular titles for other companies, including Wolverine with writer Jason Aaron in 2010, and numerous television adaptations, such as 24, Stargate, and CSI: Miami.
Multi-trillionaire Golan Lazarus was born into money. Generations of primarily petroleum-based drilling and extraction had established a massive family fortune long before he was even a strategic suggestion by his father’s financial planner to secure the company’s long-term heredity. He was never really interested in the oil trade, but he grew up learning about each territory they occupied around the world. And there were many territories – Golan Global Industries could be found wherever there was even the hint of oil. And that was true in the marketplace as well – while their empire was built on the extraction and sale of raw crude, they quickly diversified to participate in all petroleum-based industries: gasoline, petroplastics, asphalt, paraffin products, lubricants… there was hardly a single commercial product on the shelves that didn’t owe some debt to their oil.
When Golan became of age to enter the family business, he quickly and aggressively invested tiny fragments of revenue into expanding the company’s interests. He knew that the oil would one day run dry, so diversifying broadly and quickly would provide a safety net when that day inevitably came. Soon they were not just providing raw materials for third party consumer products, they were producing market-ready commercial goods of their own. After all, why sell paper when you can own the words and ideas printed on it too? Nearly everything synthetic was inside their repertoire. From fashion to foodstuffs to micromedicine and military hardware, they had their hands in everything. And thus, the banner brand “Ubiquo” was born.
While their vast interests and commercial success was already legendary, it was the advent of Ubiquo’s patented SVL smart tarmac and rechargeable electric vehicle that set them without any financial competition around the world. They had become wealthier than any other nation on the planet, so it was only logical that they establish their own sovereign territory for the world headquarters.
Taking advantage of various political and financial hardships affecting the area, Ubiquo purchased the 138 square mile stretch of islands that make up the former, denationalized Florida Keys, converting them into a massive “corporate campus” with its own national identity. Uncontested and officially recognized by the United Nations as “The Free Keys”, this new territory was quickly converted into one of the most advanced communities in the world, where many of the world’s most innovative partnerships conduct groundbreaking research. The 120 mile long Overseas Highway and Seven Mile Bridge were replaced by the world’s largest subterranean freeway tunnel. Powered by a massive network of aqua-turbines, The Free Keys became instantly self-sufficient, employing nearly every one of its 140,000 inhabitants.