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The only thing stunt performer Kate Carter loves more than her job is adventure. If only she knew what she was about to get into.
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Hello, and thank you for checking out my new project! My name is Rob Jones, and I am the writer, artist, and creator of Highspot—and the one writing up all this Kickstarter stuff for you, although my editor/wife will get a crack at it too before it's posted.

This book is the first of a three-issue action/adventure/humor story, kind of like a summer blockbuster movie, that will give readers a good introduction to my new character, Kate Carter.  

Ever since seeing the Cliff Hanger films as a kid, Kate Carter has had two loves: archaeology, and action/adventure movies about archaeologists. Torn between the two, she eventually chose to pursue a career in Hollywood as a stunt woman—but she often dreamed about what might have been.  

Archaeology, specifically Alexander the Great, has also been a passion (some might say obsession) for Jerry Carter (no relation to Kate). A famed relic hunter, he’s already found numerous items belonging to the Macedonian king, and he's now after the greatest artifact of them all: the remains of Alexander himself.  

Meanwhile, world domination has long been an interest of Texas oil man Conrad Brooks, who believes that whomever discovers the final resting place of Alexander the Great would be catapulted to global fame and, eventually, to power.  

Conrad’s nephew Dennis Brooks, however, seems to have no interests at all—other than scrolling through apps on his phone and being seen with his movie-star girlfriend Emily O’Neil (a relationship that was arranged by his uncle to boost Dennis’s visibility). But just because Dennis seems disinterested doesn’t mean Conrad doesn’t have big plans for his nephew.  

So, to further his nephew’s burgeoning political career, and expand his own sphere of influence, Conrad reached out to Carter (Jerry, not Kate), who he believes has the best chance of “helping” Dennis find the remains of the long-missing general, and offered to fund the expedition.  

But before the adventure can begin they all must finish one job—a film on which Kate is working, Jerry is a consultant, Emily is the star, and Dennis and his uncle are visiting the set.

Only in Hollywood could such a random-ass group of people come together.

Below you'll be able to read the first five pages, but the best part of this Kickstarter campaign is that the whole first issue is already done! Yup—colored, lettered, edited (then lettered again), so there will be no waiting around. Once the Kickstarter ends, I'll be able to get this off to the printer and on it's way out to you!

I hope you love Highspot as much as we do—thank you again for taking the time to check out our project.

 And here is a picture of one of the shirts, printed by my friends at Commonwealth Press, a Pittsburgh-based print shop!

Risks and challenges

Having printed comics—and packaged and shipped many more comics for eBay sales—before, the only risk or challenge I foresee is if we get so many orders we have to change printers in order to meet demand! ;)

Modesty aside, I have done the research and got pricing in case that does happen, but I don't think that will be an issue. However, please feel free to prove me wrong!

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    PERFECT STORM: A NEW RIDE

    As a thank you for your support of the new Highspot Kickstarter, we will send you a PDF of our first Kickstarter-funded book, Perfect Storm: A New Ride

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    HIGHSPOT #1 PDF (SAVE ROOM IN YOUR ROOM)

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    HIGHSPOT #1 WITH BACKING BOARD SKETCH

    With this reward, not only will you get a copy of Highspot #1, but I will also do a headshot sketch of any character you choose on the backing board. Marvel, DC, our girl Kate Carter—you name the character and I'll doodle it up for you!

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    HIGHSPOT T-SHIRT + ISSUE #1

    Wear your Kate on your sleeve! This reward is for a gray Highspot T-shirt (available in a full range of sizes) featuring a black-and-white image of the cover, plus a hard copy of issue #1.

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    HIGHSPOT #1: SKETCH COVER EDITION

    Are sketch covers your thing? If so, search no more. For this reward we'll send one for you, or anyone you would like, to doodle on!

    Or, if you want me to doodle on it, well, sure, why not?! I'll draw any of our characters, or any character you want, in pen and ink on one of these bad boys.

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    APPEAR AS A CHARACTER!

    Want to appear as a character in the book? Some are already taken, of course, but plenty of others are up for grabs! For this reward level, you will be drawn in as one of the characters in the story!*

    *Most likely as a bad guy/girl unless you specifically request otherwise. (It's cool, though!) And because the first issue is complete, you will appear in issue #2, which will be sent to you when it's finished.

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    CUSTOM COVER

    Like all these comic shop variants but don't have a shop of your own? If so this reward is for you as I will do a custom cover just for you and your personal collection. We will discuss what you want for your cover then I'll do it up and send you 10 copies of the book, along with the original art.

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