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Ever been in love with your best friend? Now imagine you're both cops, one of you is an android and war is imminent b/w man and machine
Ever been in love with your best friend? Now imagine you're both cops, one of you is an android and war is imminent b/w man and machine
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THE PROJECT

This is a Kickstarter Campaign to raise funds for a print run of issues #1 and #2 of the comic book series called The Hard Code by Ramon Gil and Trevor Von Eeden. The first issue is done and saw a small limited release in 2015 and the second issue is at the lettering stage. We would like to print 500 of each for supporters and comic con and local sales.

Drake and Garcia are being "discouraged" from their investigation.
Drake and Garcia are being "discouraged" from their investigation.

THE STORY

The year is 2268 and androids are part of everyday society as supposedly "equal" citizens. NYPD detectives and casual lovers Garcia and Drake, an "artificial person" herself, discover that androids are losing the "hard code" that has kept them subservient for a hundred years. Tensions rise as incidents of android disobedience multiply. As people's fears and bigotry increase, the world government considers rounding up all "blue skins" into internment camps. With the aid of Allegra, a mysterious woman from Drake's past, they must uncover the mystery behind the disappearing codes before full-scale war breaks out between man and machine. This comic explores the issues of race, slavery and sexual relationships.

CLICK HERE TO READ A PREVIEW OF THE HARD CODE #1

Drake and Garcia having a spat.
Drake and Garcia having a spat.

 “The Hard Code is an exciting sci-fi crime story with a well thought out and developed plot, which pulls you in from the first word balloon. The smart and tense banter between Detectives Drake and Garcia will have you checking in on their tumultuous relationship for issues to come. A refreshing take on the age-old man vs. machine.” - Theresa Romano, Writer at The Mary Sue

THE ARTIST

The Hard Code is a dream come true as I get to work with one of my favorite artists, Trevor Von Eeden, who was a major influence to many of today's comic book illustrators. Already a professional comic artist at the age of 16, he was the co-creator of DC's first African American superhero, Black Lightning and was a regular Batman illustrator during the 80s and 90s having pencilled the now famous tour de force, Batman Annual #8.  

Trevor Von Eeden was only 16 when he started drawing for DC Comics.
Trevor Von Eeden was only 16 when he started drawing for DC Comics.

THE GOAL

As mentioned before, we would like to print 500 full color copies each of the first two books for supporters and comic con sales. Anything over the target would go towards the making of Issue #3 and possibly #4. A few copies of Issue #1 were produced in 2015 for local cons and issue #2 is close to completion. Issue #3 and #4, which completes the series, are plotted and being scripted.

A hundred years earlier, Androids fought on the side of the humans against the Internet which helped them earn equal rights with humans.
A hundred years earlier, Androids fought on the side of the humans against the Internet which helped them earn equal rights with humans.

“It is an honest pleasure to find...a writer who... understands that drama doesn’t have to be all dramatic, and humor doesn’t have to be all belly-laughs.” - Robert J Sodaro, The Examiner

THE TEAM

Written by Ramon Gil with art by Trevor Von Eeden. Inking for the Hard Code #2 by Lui Antonio and series colorist is Macarena Cortes. The final covers will be done by Norm Ilag.

CLICK HERE TO READ A PREVIEW OF THE HARD CODE #1

THE STRETCH!

If we reach the stretch goal of $4691, I will add two never-before-seen short stories to your Hard Code issues! The first one being, THE ORIGIN OF THE BEE illustrated by Roy Allan Martinez and TELEPORT, a Twilight Zone-like tale written by my very own brother Joey Gil and illustrated by ME!

LET'S DO THIS!!

Risks and challenges

I've had three previous Kickstarters, two of which were successfully funded. The one that wasn't taught me a lot (like don't launch your KS campaign in the middle of NY Comic Con!).

Aside from Kickstarters, I've successfully produced 4 issues of Scifies, 3 issues of Men from DARPA and various one shots including a 78 page trade paperback Scifies Greatest Hits with a foreword by Tom DeFalco.

There is no danger of this books not getting completed. We just need money to print them.

You can see more of my work at http://www.ramongil.com

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    Get a digital copy of The Hard Code #1 and #2 plus our heartfelt thanks!

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    Print copies of The Hard Code #1 and #2 plus a copy of Indie Comics Magazine #8 which includes Ramon's Digit Debacle and 7 more stories! All signed by the author.

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    Art Admirer

    A sketch of your choice by Ramon Gil and print copies of The Hard Code #1 and #2 plus a copy of Indie Comics Magazine #8 and Ramon's trade paperback, Scifies Greatest Hits, 78 pages, 13 stories with a foreword by Tom DeFalco and into by Robert J. Sodaro. All signed!

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    A lifetime premium membership in the Comics Professionals Directory (comicsprofessionals.com) and print copies of The Hard Code #1 and #2 plus a copy of Indie Comics Magazine #8 and Ramon's trade paperback, Scifies Greatest Hits, 78 pages, 13 stories with a foreword by Tom DeFalco and intro by Robert J. Sodaro. All signed!

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    Devoted Fan

    Original art work from The Hard Code by Trevor Von Eeden and an exclusive feature and interview with Trevor Von Eeden. Plus print copies of The Hard Code #1 and #2 plus a copy of Indie Comics Magazine #8 and Ramon's trade paperback, Scifies Greatest Hits. All signed! Choice of artwork is based on first come first served.

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    Comic Career Coaching

    2 hours of advise and coaching on your comic career, plus the lifetime Comic Professionals Directory membership and Print copies of The Hard Code #1 and #2 plus a copy of Indie Comics Magazine #8 and Ramon's trade paperback, Scifies Greatest Hits, 78 pages, 13 stories with a foreword by Tom DeFalco and intro by Robert J. Sodaro. All signed!

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    Professional Cover Art

    Hard Code Cover Artist Norm Ilag will illustrate a cover for your comic. You can see his work at http://comicsprofessionals.com/art-details/norm_ilag. Plus print copies of The Hard Code #1 and #2 plus a copy of Indie Comics Magazine #8 which includes Ramon's Digit Debacle and 7 more stories! All signed by the author.

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    Immortality

    Appear by name as a character on Issue #2 of the Hard Code plus Print copies of The Hard Code #1 and #2 plus a copy of Indie Comics Magazine #8 which includes Ramon's Digit Debacle and 7 more stories! All signed by the author.

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    Trevor Collector

    Ten original art pages from Trevor Von Eeden, plus plus print copies of The Hard Code #1 to #4 (when completed) plus a copy of Indie Comics Magazine #8 which includes Ramon's Digit Debacle and 7 more stories! All signed by the author.

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