When I was young I went to a very special, magical place: A school in a mansion on a hill. I was brought in to interview with the headmaster, renown in his field and admired enormously by... people like us. Although I had shared my abilities with my closest friends, I was still wracked with nerves when I met with him. Amazingly, when I showed him what I could do, he accepted me.
That was 1982, the headmaster was Joe Kubert, and he accepted my admission to his School of Cartoon & Graphic Art in Dover, New Jersey.
Those were heady days of self-discovery. I was a teenager heading off to live with complete strangers, and I had one powerful coping mechanism going for me: I was a comicbook geek! I was already well-versed in all things Marvel (and some things DC), but the emerging independent comic companies of the day, like Comico, First, and Eclipse, had lit a fire in me that led to the creation of my semi-autobiographical comic, THE POWER PRINCIPLE.
WHAT THE STORY WAS ABOUT
Take five boys as different from one another as the flavors in a bag of jellybeans, throw them together under one roof to pursue the dream of becoming the next *insert your favorite comic artist here*, then douse them with an ACTUAL super-formula, and you get THE POWER PRINCIPLE.
Well, that was 1982.
WHAT THE STORY IS ABOUT NOW
Thirty years have passed for Terry, Langston, Nicky, Steve, and Lance, the superhuman Clinton House Boys.
One has fulfilled the dream of becoming the next big name in comics. One has become a therapist. One has married the cute girl next door. One was killed thirty years ago. And one has become the Director of a watchdog organization protecting world citizens affected by the first new outbreak of superpowers since theirs happened in '82.
Now their lives collide again, compelled to save a deaf young violinist who seems to hold the key to this new superpower epidemic, while they learn to slay the demons of their past and become heroes for the present.
WHY I DID THIS THEN AND WHY I'M DOING THIS NOW
When I created a story of undergraduates thrust into a larger, much more dangerous world, I see now that I was dealing with the staggering changes occurring in my own life. Ordinary people transformed into the world's first superhumans seemed to be happening in metaphor all around me. My classmates were Bart Sears, Rob Leigh, and Eric Shanower for crying out loud!
I published the first issue of THE POWER PRINCIPLE in 1989 and then life got in my way.
For, like, 25 years.
In the last decade, I've met and bonded with scores of fellow geeks, comic insiders, professional writers & artists, podcasters, and fans who've become amazing forces for creativity in this medium. Each a star in their element; every one with an amazing life and story to share.
However, when it came time to reciprocate and offer my own story, I hesitated. I didn't want to tell the tale of "the little engine that could... but never did." Even so, these dear lovable friends from so many corners of the world reminded me by example that "never" hasn't happened yet. This little engine still can.
Post Script: I've since released issues #1-3 from Volume 0 for free at http://powerprinciplecomic.blogspot.com/ .
WHERE THE MONEY GOES
By the time this Kickstarter campaign launches, I will have been working hard for over a year to make THE POWER PRINCIPLE a reality once again as an on-going monthly series.
With a nod to dear geek friends Bobgar Ornelas and Jon Westhoff, I had the opportunity to place a 6-page piece in the 11 O'Clock Comics' fans anthology LOW CONCEPT 2 called "Captain Planet", which serves as a prequel to the first modern story arc, at the moment contained in eight comic scripts.
I'm seeking to fund the production of these scripts into eight 24-page comics, designed for the 18+ audience. The first seven issues will be published with black & white interiors, and the final issue printed in full color!
The goal listed in the top right corner represents the cost to produce 250 copies of issues #1-8 of THE POWER PRINCIPLE (whose #1 will debut in October), 100 limited edition, signed full-color promotional posters, and 100 prints each of two unique 16-set sketch card sheets.
Money earned will go to the development of the comic and incentives, and covering postage and fees. All additional funds earned beyond the goal will be used for 2nd printings and production toward a trade paperback collection of issues #1-8 in full color. Money pledged beyond that will go towards the production of future story arcs, as I still have many Clinton House Boys stories to tell. If the campaign doesn’t reach its goal within 45 days, no one will be charged anything. You only pay if the project is fully funded.
WHAT YOU’LL GET WHEN YOU PLEDGE
Various rewards at the Starter levels (under $25) can get you the PDF of Issue #1, Vol. 1, the first print edition, and a limited print run of a 16-set sketch card sheet.
At the Silver level ($25), you get all of the rewards from the Starter level, as well as a numbered poster print reproducing the series cover art by either Jamal Igle (Supergirl, Molly Danger, KISS) Robert Atkins (G.I Joe Snake Eyes), JK Woodward (Doctor Who/Star Trek Assimilation2) or Dave Stokes (Marc Laming’s Shepparton Waltz, Future Pro Wrestling trading cards) signed by series writer and artist Alan White.
At the Gold level ($50) you get the full 8-issue story arc in PDF form, plus sketch art by series writer and artist Alan White in the form of unique 3/4 figure sketches, or one of 32 original sketch cards.
The Diamond level ($100) will increase the print comic count to 8 issues and give you access to owning original pages, but the Platinum level ($200) gives you ownership of historic original pages from the 1989 series.
If you go for the MEGA-SCHWEGGA-SHUBOP-baBAMMM--!!! REWARD ($500), you get. It. ALL.
Check the Rewards sidebar for all the details.
Also, please allow me to sincerely and deeply give my thanks and gratitude to my editor, project manager, and best Internet friend ever, Adam Besenyodi for tolerating my semi-colons, lucky interruptions by Walt Simonson, and giggles when I'm a little too besotted with him that I can't contain it. Thanks, man.
- (45 days)