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Logline: A reluctant priest is re-trained as a Holy Warrior for the Pope; he must embrace his destiny in order to defend the Vatican from an invading army of Muslim terrorists … who are much more than what they appear.
Synopsis: Antonio is the latest in an unbroken chain of De La Cruz family men to don the mantle of The CruZader, invisible hand of the Pope. Wielding an arsenal of precious relics, including the Spear of Christ, the Holy Grail, and the Rights of Exorcism, Antonio struggles with his archaic and often violent vocation. What he really craves is the freedom to choose his own path – a choice taken away by his very namesake.
Each CruZader is orphaned at birth, trained as a priest, then defrocked and forced to procreate until he sires a baby boy. Antonio knows he will never be allowed to raise and love this boy – a ward of the Vatican, the boy is quietly groomed to take his place. What the Pope doesn’t know is that Antonio <TOP SECRET, NO SPOILERS HERE>.
Graphic Novel: 6 chapters, 140 pages, full color cover & interiors
U.S. Copyright: The Force Productions, 2008
Genre: Action/Adventure Audience: Mature Themes, PG-13
Created/written: Omar Morales
Pencils & Inks: Joel Cotejar
Colors: Mike Dolce
Letters: Digital Caps
Publisher: The Force Media LLC - hand-crafted comic books (TM)Last updated:
The main hero's name is Antonio de la Cruz (of the cross). He is a Spaniard and cross in Spanish is "cruz." There is a bit of Crusader/Templar back story in there, so I mashed it all together into CruZader to make it distinct.Last updated:
CruZader is not a religious book, per se. The Vatican and all that it stands for serves as a backdrop for a very typical action-adventure comic book story. I chose this theme because, as the saying goes, "write what you know," and I went to Catholic school for 13 years. It's what I know.
The book is also not anti-religion, or anti-organized religion. It is very much about one man's struggle with his own humanity and his craving for a higher meaning and higher calling in life - a universal theme that most anyone with a soul can relate to. Part of his struggle is that he works for the Vatican and questions things a lot; his conscience is constantly in conflict, and yet he continues to fulfill his pre-destined duty.
I'd say the book is PG-13, skewing more toward a mature adult audience due to the violence and adult themes that are common place in the comic book industry today. When I first started this journey 5 years ago, I thought it was rated R ... but by today's standards, it seems a little tame, and that's OK.
I will leave you with this: what makes a great comic, or SciFi story, or horror movie, or cartoon? Characters! The Walking Dead on AMC is not for horror fans, it is for people that love great TV Drama and great characters. If you love comics and action adventure, it does not matter what you believe in, and I hope you love my characters and story as much as I do.Last updated:
I listed December 2014 as a precaution, in case that there are unforeseen delays. In reality, I plan to print and ship by March/April 2014, right around Easter. But as not to over promise and under deliver, I listed December to give myself some cushion. Rest assured, I will get the rewards out ASAP, pending I meet my $10,000 goal and there are not technical delays with printing.Last updated:
Yes, as much as possible and within reason. Since I listed the rewards, a lot has changed. I landed cover art from Paul Gulacy and I also landed Ray Dillon to do an exclusive pin up sketch. Retailers have also come forward looking for a retailer package at wholesale prices. So, at the end of the day, I promise to make everyone whole as much as possible with extra goodies where I can, that is my pledge back to all the loyal backers.Last updated:
INTERNATIONAL SHIPPING: for pledges under $100, I am happy to work out details on shipping outside the U.S. on a case by case basis. I've already worked out deals with a couple of folks and can do so for other international pledges. At the time I built the rewards, it was very hard for me to estimate a flat int'l shipping fee that was fair to both me and int'l backers.Last updated:
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