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The first African-American Sherlock Holmes series by KARL BOLLERS and RICK LEONARDI

YOU CHOOSE THE KICKSTARTER EXCLUSIVE COVER BY WALT SIMONSON... As part of this campaign we want you to be a part of the process of choosing the cover for the WATSON AND HOLMES Kickstarter Exclusive Edition. LEGENDARY artist WALT SIMONSON will be doing THREE rough designs for different cover layouts for you, our backers, to VOTE for your favorite cover design. VOTING FOR COVER A,B,C WILL BE SURVEYED AFTER THE CLOSE OF THIS CAMPAIGN VIA BACKER EMAIL. We'll match the vote to your pledge and officially tally it. The cover with the most votes will then be penciled and inked by Walt Simonson to adorn the KickStarter Exclusive Edition that will be yours to own. Then it'll be official... PRODUCER PACK contributors will ALL be real Comic Book Producers!

WHAT IS OUR STORY ABOUT... 

 WATSON AND HOLMES, by Karl Bollers & Rick Leonardi, is a re-envisioning of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle's Sherlock Holmes and Dr John Watson as African Americans living in New York City's famous Harlem district. Watson, an Afghanistan war vet, works in an inner-city clinic; Holmes, a local P.I. who takes unusual cases. When one of them ends up in Watson's emergency room, the unlikely duo strike up a partnership to find a missing girl. Watson And Holmes bump heads along the way as they enter a labyrinth of drugs, guns, gangs and a conspiracy that goes higher and deeper than they could have imagined.  

WHAT WE ARE TRYING TO DO... 

 Because of the strong reception of our digital offerings for the two issues of WATSON AND HOLMES on all platforms, New Paradigm Studios is looking to print our books. We are in the process of working with Diamond Distributors to put the WATSON AND HOLMES series in every comic book and hobby shop all over the country. We are kicking off a Kickstarter campaign to expand our outreach, and put your support into the ground for new exciting stories and developing new series. Join us in building a new comic book company off the ground with our debut title, WATSON AND HOLMES. This title that has given us the honor to work with the talents of Rick Leonardi, Karl Bollers, Paul Mendoza, Taylor Esposito, Dave Lanphear, Nicole McDonnell, Larry Stroman, Walt Simonson and many more soon to be announced. Our hope is that with your pledges, the success of this Kickstarter will help promote our books to meet industry standard distribution sales. We can do it with your investment help! 

THANK YOU FOR YOUR SUPPORT AND INVESTMENT PLEDGES!

STRETCH GOALS...

• $10,000: UNLOCKED Everyone $20 and above gets a set of 3 WATSON AND HOLMES postcards. With super awesome artwork on front to mail off to your super awesome friends/family!

$12,500: UNLOCKED Everyone $20 and above will receive a WATSON AND HOLMES magnet and a button. Display some WATSON AND HOLMES love on your refrigerator or jacket.

$15,000: Everyone $20 above gets a set of 3 postcards featuring iconic WATSON AND HOLMES images. 

$20,000: Everyone $20 above gets a replica/working USB portable flash-drive  that is key to the first arc of the WATSON AND HOLMES storyline.

$25,000: ????? MYSTERY STRETCH GOAL TO BE UNLOCKED AFTER $25,000!

ADD-ON OPTIONS...

We now have included items you can add to your reward contributions!

For everyone with PRODUCER PACK EXTRA and above, 

We have made available The EXCLUSIVE NOIR EDITION TRADE PAPERBACK for 15 dollars each. Add  to your contribution and send a message requesting to add-on to your contribution. There is no added shipping fees to include this in your current reward package.

ART FEATURE: RICK LEONARDI INTERIOR PAGES AND COVER... 

You do not see much original RICK LEONARDI pages floating around the comic book art market these days. An industry veteran for more than 30 years, Rick’s art has been part of iconic stories that we all know and love. Ranging from Spider-man 2099, Cloak & Dagger to Nightwing and Star Wars, take this opportunity to own some of his legendary art rarely made available to the public! Below are some sample pages that we will be offering to backers that PLEDGE to own ORIGINAL WATSON AND HOLMES art. Enjoy…

SUMMARY KEY POINTS…

  • The physical investment reward copies printed in this Kickstarter will only be printed for this campaign as a Kickstarter exclusive. NO WHERE ELSE. Plus all physical WATSON AND HOLMES copies will be signed by writer Karl Bollers and Rick Leonardi. 
  • Not to mention we have a slew of other exciting investment returns that include being drawn in one of our premiere titles to original artwork done by Rick Leonardi.
  • As an ongoing series, we have many stories planned for our Harlem sleuths, WATSON AND HOLMES, that go beyond their initial 4 issue debut. We are currently working on issues 5-9 and kick off the new issues with guest artist and comic book legend, Larry Stroman (X-Factor, Tribe, Alien Legion).
  • Anything from the PRODUCERS PACK and up gets to VOTE for the EXCLUSIVE WALT SIMONSON cover. 

WHERE DOES THE MONEY GO…

 Money earned will go to covering fees, postage, and printing of the exclusive Kickstarter copies. Leftover money will be used to fund future projects, which include 5 planned WATSON AND HOLMES one shot stories by other industry professionals we are inviting to play in our little sandbox. If the demand is high enough and additional funds are earned beyond our request, we plan to roll out additional investment rewards and incentives as well. 

WHO WE ARE...

New Paradigm Studios - founded by 3D artist/designer Brandon Perlow, New Paradigm Studios (NPS) is a young publishing company established to change the existing paradigms of comic book storytelling. Distributed digitally, NPS is committed to publishing cutting edge titles that break the norm and shift away from experiencing the conventional.

Brandon Perlow (Publisher) - has worked in the visual effects industry since 1996. Working on such movies as X-Men, X-Men 2, 2Fast and 2Furious, Apocalypto, Zack Snyder’s 300, National Treasure and David Fincher’s Zodiac, Brandon has always had an eye for quality storytelling. His true passion has always been with comics so when the opportunity and timing presented itself, Brandon founded New Paradigm Studios. 

Karl Bollers (Writer) - New York-based African American comic book professional, started out as an editor for Marvel Comics before pursuing a freelance writing career. His notable and well received works include Wolverine: Hunger, Emma Frost, Captain America: Red, White & Blue, What If? and Archie Comics' Sonic the Hedgehog. Karl is currently helming two monthly NPS titles: WATSON AND HOLMES and THE ROCKTHROWER.

Rick Leonardi (Artist) - is a veteran comic book illustrator who has worked on various books for Marvel Comics and DC Comics, including a notable run on Marvel’s Cloak and Dagger, The Uncanny X-Men , The New Mutants, Spider-Man 2099 and DC Comics Nightwing, Batgirl, Green Lantern Versus Aliens and Superman. When it comes to all things Sherlock Holmes, Rick as proven to be a key asset bringing life to NPS' WATSON AND HOLMES series.

Paul J. Mendoza (Colorist) - is an illustrator and sculptor who has worked over the years in both print and film doing storyboarding and concept designs. After a period as a penciler for Dark Horse Comics, he continued on to digital art, as well as providing design and sculptural work over the years for Morpheus International and various other clients. Now, after too long an absence, he is happily returning to comics.

Justin F. Gabrie (Senior Editor) - Justin has a long career working in comics and licensing as an editor, penciler, writer, colorist and content specialist for companies such as Marvel, Sega and Archie Comics. Among the titles Justin worked on: Marvel’s Punisher books in the 90s -- including War Journal and War Zone, as well as events like Suicide Run and Punisher/Batman: Deadly Knights -- to Marvel's recent runs of What If? -- including issue #200. For Archie Comics: Archie Meets The Punisher, Mirage Studios’ Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Year of the Turtle and eight years of Sonic The Hedgehog comics and spinoffs, which led to a licensing position at Sega. Before joining NPS, “JG” recently worked as Marvel's Director of Publishing & Editorial Operations / Managing Editor. 

Zack Rosenberg (Assistant Editor/Marketing and Promotions ) - Zack is a young professional in the comic book industry. Having worked under the tutelage of C.B. Cebulski, head Talent Scout and Editor at Marvel, Zack brings along his on point expertise from his training at Marvel Entertainment, Cartoon Network Studios, and Penguin Group (USA) to the New Paradigm Studios wheelhouse. Zack is also currently writing his projects, soon to be announced.

Risks and challenges Learn about accountability on Kickstarter

We expect very light risks and challenges as most of the work -- the real leg work -- has already been completed. RICK LEONARDI is wrapping up pencils now for the last issue of the first WATSON AND HOLMES arc. KARL BOLLERS is already plotting issue #5 with guest artist LARRY STROMAN and planning out the next story arc. Ultimately the biggest challenge we foresee is executing the distribution of all investment rewards, but we will make it happen. We plan to keep you all aware with constant updates and availability to answer any and all questions.

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    CONTRIBUTOR PLUS- a SPECIAL PDF of our premiere title WATSON AND HOLMES #1 and NO FRILLS. NOTE: Special PDF will include never-before-seen production art and script notes. Name printed in our contributor section in the first issue of WATSON AND HOLMES (small black copy)

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    PRODUCER'S PACK- KS Exclusive edition of WATSON AND HOLMES comic hand signed by WALT, RICK and KARL + 8" x 10" PRINT. Name printed in our contributor section in the first issue of WATSON AND HOLMES (BIG FANCY LETTERS). Also VOTING privileges to choose the WALT SIMONSON KickStarter Exclusive Edition

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    PRODUCER'S PACK PLUS- Everything from the PRODUCERS PACK, but you also a get a one-of-a-kind Watson And Holmes T-SHIRT that is only available at conventions. Also VOTING privileges to choose the WALT SIMONSON KickStarter Exclusive Edition.

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    NOIR PACKAGE- Everything from the PRODUCERS PACK PLUS and an EXCLUSIVE TRADE PAPERBACK of issues 1-4 in Black and White of RICK LEONARDI's pencil art with lettering. Get the full first story arc before the comic book stores!

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    HARDCOVER ARTIST EDITION-Hardcover Artist Edition of Walt Simonson Cvr, this special edition will feature the WALTER SIMONSON cover printed in hardcover with EXTRA content. Which includes Walt's three designs roughs and the never before seen cover preview art for Watson and Holmes #5, #6. #7, #8, #9. This beautiful edition hardcover will be signed by Walt, Rick, and Karl. Limited and numbered. Only 100 of these will EXIST in the world. Also includes T-shirt, small print, and VOTING privileges to choose WALT SIMONSON Kickstarter Exclusive Edition.

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    THE LIMITED SUPER PACK-this pack will include an 11x17 signed and numbered high quality print signed by KARL BOLLERS and RICK LEONARDI, the Vol. 1 WATSON AND HOLMES Noir trade, AND the HARDCOVER ARTIST EDITION . Also includes T-shirt, small print, and VOTING privileges to choose WALT SIMONSON Kickstarter Exclusive Edition.

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    PAGE ART PACKAGE- Page of Original Art by RICK LEONARDI from Watson And Holmes series (of Rick’s choosing). Plus everything from the PRODUCERS PACK PLUS- NOTE print is upgraded to 11" x 17" ! Also VOTING privileges to choose the WALT SIMONSON KickStarter Exclusive Edition.

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    GUEST APPEARANCE PACKAGE. More WH are on the horizon (5 standalone one shots). Enjoy being a thug or henchman, or how about noble police cadet, why not sell Sherlock and Watson a hot dog? Anything is possible."TBD by artist. Includes 11' x 17" print signed by artist of your appearance. Also includes everything for the PRODUCERS PACK PLUS -NOTE print is upgraded to 11" x 17" !. Also VOTING privileges to choose the WALT SIMONSON KickStarter Exclusive Edition.

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    CHARACTER ART PACKAGE-Original 2 Character Commission by Rick Leonardi and of our key players, Dr. John Watson and Sherlock Holmes. Plus everything from the PRODUCERS PACK EXTRA. Also VOTING privileges to choose the WALT SIMONSON KickStarter Exclusive Edition

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    SPLASH ART PACKAGE- Splash Page of Original Art by RICK LEONARDI from WH Series (of Rick’s choosing). Plus everything from the PRODUCERS PACK PLUS-NOTE print is upgraded to 11" x 17"! Also VOTING privileges to choose the WALT SIMONSON KickStarter Exclusive Edition.

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    RETAILER PACKAGE Full page ad in our book (at our discretion) Plus 10 copies of WALT SIMONSON KickStarter Exclusive Edition WATSON AND HOLMES #1 to sell at your location, no MSRP and a special article spotlighting your store on our website. Also VOTING privileges to choose the WALT SIMONSON KickStarter Exclusive Edition.

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    PORTFOLIO Review by RICK LEONARDI. Instead of a Skype call, you will submit Rick a portfolio to Rick in which we will RECORD a video of Rick going over your art and storytelling. This way you can keep the video as reference for all of TIME. This tier also includes PRODUCERS PACK PLUS-NOTE print is upgraded to 11" x 17" ! Also VOTING privileges to choose the WALT SIMONSON KickStarter Exclusive Edition.

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    RETAILER PACKAGE EXTRA- Full page ad on Cover 2 (inside front cover) of WATSON AND HOLMES 2, distributed on the direct market via Diamond. Plus 10 copies of the WALT SIMONSON KickStarter Exclusive Edition WATSON AND HOLMES #1 to sell at your location, no MSRP, and a small banner on our website for one quarter. Also VOTING privileges to choose the WALT SIMONSON KickStarter Exclusive Edition.

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    VILLAIN APPEARANCE PACKAGE- With more WH are on the horizon (5 standalone one shots). This reward guarantees your LIKENESS as a small time villain in the series. Not only that but you will appear at LEAST TWICE in one book with a speaking role. Anything is possible. TBD by artist. Includes the ORIGINAL CONCEPT ART OF YOUR LIKENESS and 11x17 print of the page you appear in. Lastly includes everything for the PRODUCERS PACK PLUS / VOTING privileges to choose the WALT SIMONSON KickStarter Exclusive Edition

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    COVER ART PACKAGE-Original Art Cover of WH Series by RICK LEONARDI plus everything from the PRODUCERS PACK PLUS-NOTE print is upgraded to 11" x 17" ! Also VOTING privileges to choose the WALT SIMONSON KickStarter Exclusive Edition.

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    HERO APPEARANCE PACKAGE- With more WH are on the horizon (5 standalone one shots). This reward guarantees your LIKENESS as a small time hero in the series that interacts with our detective duo Watson and Holmes. Not only that but you will appear at LEAST TWICE in one book with a speaking role. Anything is possible. TBD by artist. Includes the ORIGINAL CONCEPT ART OF YOUR LIKENESS and 11x17 print of the page you appear in. Lastly includes everything for the PRODUCERS PACK PLUS / VOTING privileges to choose the WALT SIMONSON KickStarter Exclusive Edition

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