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A group of freshmen try to survive in a high school filled with super-powered upperclassmen, masked prowlers, and nacho fries.
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The Quick Summary

Kill the Freshman is a young adult action/fantasy/adventure graphic novel that's part Highlander, part Mean Girls, and part Dragon Ball Z. It focuses on Vi, a fast-talking, self-conscious freshman, and the other students at Gracewood Academy. You can find a complete, eight-page sample comic of Kill the Freshman at the bottom of the project description. 

Group concept art for some of the other main characters from Kill the Freshman.
Group concept art for some of the other main characters from Kill the Freshman.

Why Tell This Story?

I've always been obsessed with telling stories, trying to craft tales that will make you laugh, think, and understand. In particular, I've always tried to write stories that represent more than just the typical square-jawed, dark-haired, white guys we see dominating most movies/tv shows/literature, which is why Kill the Freshman focuses so heavily on representing a strong, female perspective. There just aren't enough stories out there about women, and I want to help change that. Though this is a comic for everyone, and I have plenty of characters of all creeds and genders, at its core, Kill the Freshman's heart beats with girl power.

So, why tell this story? Because I believe that a good story not only entertains, but helps us better understand ourselves and those around us.

Concept art for Allison, Gracewood Academy's most powerful (and most popular) senior.
Concept art for Allison, Gracewood Academy's most powerful (and most popular) senior.

The Longer Summary

For high schoolers, being popular seems like a matter of life and death. At the Gracewood Academy of Queens and Patriarchs, being popular can be the difference between life and death.

In junior high, Vi may have been a nerdy outcast, but now that she's a freshman, things are going to be different. It has to be, or she'll end up nothing more than a memory. Thanks to ancient magical mumbo-jumbo, Gracewood's students can absorb the strength, smarts, and memories of any student whose ID they get a hold of, leaving the absorbee just a wee bit dead. Upperclassmen roam the school as gods, armed with enough speed to catch a bullet while texting and enough intelligence to make graduate-level math problems look like a Leap Frog learning exercise. Underclassmen are their unwilling prey, only safe from each other, and in certain parts of the school.

After she nearly dies at the hands of some sophomores, Vi's flapping mouth lands her a friendship with a senior named Allison. As her friendship with Allison grows, Vi finds herself changing, hiding everything about herself in order to keep in line with the cool kids. She begins to wonder whether she and her newfound BFF Allison are really friends at all, or if BFF stands for Big Freaking Faker. Soon danger begins stacking up at every corner, whether it's other students, the masked prowler rumored to haunt the halls, or the horrors of standardized tests, and Vi realizes that truly surviving high school may cost her the things she desires most: being popular, being herself, and being alive (in that order).

The Comic

Here you'll find some sample pages from Kill the Freshman. They're made with love, care, and just a dash of pepper.

What About Stretch Goals?

Stretch Goals? Hell yeah we've got stretch goals! If everything goes well, and Kill the Freshman gets fully funded, we've got a boatload of awesome plans to expand the content and give you dear people more bang for your buck with contributions from magnificent artists such as Zack Morrison of PARANATURAL, Paulina Ganucheau of ZODIAC STARFORCE, Rian Sygh of STOLEN FOREST, and more! Check out the image below for a slick visual representation of our magical stretch goals.

UPDATE: Stretch Goal #1 Reached! Kill the Freshman: Volume 1 Expansion Pack unlocked!

UPDATE: Stretch Goal # 2 Reached! Bonus Comic from Paranatural's Zack Morrison unlocked!

UPDATE: Stretch Goal # 3 Reached! Bonus Comic from Zodiac Starforce's Paulina Ganucheau!

The Team

Alex Langley- Writer/Creator
Alex Langley- Writer/Creator

Alex Langley can control gravity, swim at over eight-hundred miles per second, and has a dangerous, borderline nuclear passion for writing. He's the author of The Geek Handbook and its follow-up, Geek Lust, both by Krause Publications. He also writes tons of fiction, and about movies, television, and anything that catches his fancy for Fan Voice and about retro & modern gaming for Arcadesushi.com. He has over 20,000 followers on twitter, edits content for geek girl/web celebrity @actionchick Katrina Hill at actionflickchick.com, and is the head editor of Nerdspan.com's gaming section as well as being co-creator of the webseries Geeks and Gamers Anonymous. Thousands follow his work online, and he has been a speaker on panels at conventions, including Wonder-Con, and San Diego Comic-Con International. His published works also include academic papers.

Katrina Hill- Producer Prime
Katrina Hill- Producer Prime

Katrina Hill is a journalist, a feminist, and, first and foremost, a lover of all things action. She is the writer/creator of the website www.actionflickchick.com, and has quickly become known as the go-to source for action movie news and reviews. She is the author of Action Movie Freak by Krause Publications, a guidebook to the best action movies around. She also writes for Fan Voice, CraveOnline, reviews iOS games for Arcade Sushi, and created a webseries, Geeks and Gamers Anonymous (GAGA). Follow her on twitter @ActionChick or Facebook at Action Flick Chick.

Marko Head and Greg Fischer- Art Team Gold
Marko Head and Greg Fischer- Art Team Gold
Nick Langley- Art Team Omega
Nick Langley- Art Team Omega

Risks and challenges

One of the biggest costs of doing a full-color graphic novel is COST. My art team is a talented, generous bunch, and they're willing to help me with this project for considerably less than what their talented selves deserve, which is why a good chunk of the Kickstarter funds will go to them— with these funds, they can take the extra time they need to make sure Kill the Freshman is as good of a product as possible. We already have a large portion of Kill the Freshman completed, but we need your help to get us the rest of the way there. As for the remainder of the funds, they will go towards physically printing out copies (which is no minor undertaking), and expanding Kill the Freshman with extra materials, art, and guest comics from some of the finest artists on the internet.

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