Sidekicks #1 was successfully funded through a Kickstarter campaign last year. The money raised was used to complete the artwork for Issue #1, print, ship and successfully deliver all of the Backer Rewards, and begin production on Issues #2-4.
Issues #2-4 have already been penciled by the incredible Bong Dazo (Avengers: The Initiative; Deadpool: Merc With A Mouth) and currently being inked by the equally amazing Rick Ketcham (Runaways; Buffy the Vampire Slayer) and Glauber Matos Guimarães (Zenescope).
Rounding out the creative team are colorist, Sara Machajewski (Dynamite) and letterer, HdE (Big Dog Ink).
This Kickstarter is to raise enough money to complete the artwork for issues #2-4 (inks, colors, and letters).
In a world where Super-Heroes are celebrities, egos rampage out of control. Five of Chicago’s most dependable Sidekicks are faced with the reality that despite their dedication, they will invariably be disrespected by the Heroes they work with and the citizens they protect. Taken for granted by society and ignored by the media, how much can the Sidekicks endure before they decide they’ve had enough?
SIDEKICKS is a 4-issue comic book mini-series created by Russell Brettholtz and Miguel Mendonça. It follows the lives of five super-hero sidekicks as they get mistreated by their respective heroes and ignored by society at large.
PREVIOUSLY IN SIDEKICKS
Disrespected by the Heroes they work with...
Ignored by the media...
And taken for granted by society...
Chicago's most dependable and dedicated Sidekicks have had enough!
IN ISSUES #2-4
The Villains have taken notice...
Crime is on the rise...
Heroes start to fall...
Will the Sidekicks save the day?
Or turn their backs on the city and its people.
MISSED THE FIRST ISSUE?
If you need to catch up on Sidekicks, then these Reward Tiers are for you:
$20: Catch-Up #1 - Digital Only: You will receive a PDF copy of Sidekicks #1 plus PDF copies of Sidekicks Issues #2-4 (with Kickstarter exclusive Bonus Materials)
$35: Catch-Up #2 - Physical: You will receive physical copies of Sidekicks Issues #1-4 as well as the PDF copies (with Kickstarter exclusive Bonus Materials in #2-4)
(Note - The Physical Copy of Issue #1 is a second printing and will not include the Kickstarter Bug on the cover. You can upgrade your copy of Issue #1 to a First Print by increasing your Pledge by $5 - Only 8 First Print copies are still available, down from 15 at Launch)
You can also increase your Pledge Amount by $5 to any Reward Tier to receive a PDF copy of Sidekicks #1 (or $10 for a physical AND PDF copy). Just send me a message and let me know you did it.
See the "Add-Ons" section toward the bottom of this page for even more "Add-On" options.
Sidekicks Issue #1 is a 23 page, fully colored comic book.
Sidekicks Issues #2-4 are 22 pages each, and will be fully colored.
MEET THE SIDEKICKS
Richard is having a bad week. Not only did his fiancée leave him two months before the wedding, but as Phantasm, he is the sidekick to Mr. Marvelous, Chicago’s most popular super-hero. Unfortunately for Richard, Mr. Marvelous suffers from an inflated ego, and pulls no punches when reminding Richard of the Hero / Sidekick dynamic: Mr. Marvelous is beloved; Phantasm is replaceable. Anyone who has ever been mistreated, underappreciated or disrespected by their boss should be able to identify with Richard.
Powers: Phantasm can create and control solid light projections.
Dan is the de facto leader of the Sidekicks group. Attractive, smart and easy going, as Mustang he is the most popular sidekick in the city. Dan is relatively oblivious to the difficulties shared by his fellow sidekicks. Dan is on course for a major life lesson as Mustang’s popularity threatens to overshadow that of Captain Celerity, the super-hero he sidekicks for (yes, I used sidekick as a verb).
Powers: Mustang can shoot plasma blasts from his hands.
Al is the youngest sidekick at 22. The recession is hitting Al particularly hard as he struggles to keep his finances above water. But when his car dies he can’t even get a loan from the Flying Fox, the hero he’s been working with for five years. A hero who also happens to be a millionaire. Al is forced to get a job at a fast food burger joint in order to make ends meet. He is living on the edge and coming dangerously close to falling off. The stress is getting to be too much for Al, as he lashes out at those he has spent years protecting.
Powers: Jolt can generate electricity and shoot electric blasts.
George is the conscience of the Sidekicks. A devout Catholic, he spends most of his free time working in a soup kitchen, feeding the homeless. George truly believes that helping people is its own reward. But when Atlas leaves the side of the hero he works with to save an innocent bystander, he gets an earful about to whom his assistance lies.
Powers: Atlas is super-strong.
Mild-mannered and cool headed, Walter is the assistant editor at the Chicago Herald newspaper. While Heroes get the front page and glowing praise, their sidekicks don’t even merit a footnote. Every day Walter is reminded of how the media ignores the sidekicks and how society in general takes them for granted.
Powers: Frostbite can freeze objects near him and shoot ice blasts from his hand.
MEET THE VILLAINS
Not much is known about the secretive cabal of villains known as The Board of Directors. Largely believed to be a myth, these five villains work in unison to control Chicago's underworld. An undertaking which proves quite profitable for their legitimate and illegitimate businesses alike.
MEET THE CREATIVE TEAM
WRITER (Co-Creator): Russell Brettholtz
Russell Brettholtz started reading comic books at the age of eight, when his grandmother gave him an Archie. At twelve he graduated to the X-Men which he collected for over twenty years. Russell’s road to writing comics began with X-Men fan-fiction in high school and college, and finally a story submission to Marvel (it was not published). When he realized that finding an artist and self-publishing were realistic possibilities thanks to the internet, Russell put serious effort into creating his own comic book. Sidekicks is his first full length comic book with original characters. Russell lives in New York’s capital region with his wife and two daughters.
During the Kickstarter campaign for Issue #1 last year, he wrote an article for BleedingCool.com about how getting fired from his job as a financial planner's assistant gave him the idea for Sidekicks.
It was originally published on 2/22/14, and can be read here.
COVER ARTIST & ISSUE #1 ARTIST (Co-Creator): Miguel Mendonça
Miguel Mendonça graduated in Design and has been doing mostly design related work. This Portuguese artist has always had a special bond with the world of illustration, the comics and art in general. He is now working more and more with comics and doing several projects in this field. His pencils can be found in Zenescope’s Grimm Fairy Tales, Oz, Warlord of Oz, and The Little Mermaid.
PENCILER: Bong Dazo
Bong Dazo is a comic book professional with years of experience. He has worked for Marvel comics, adding his pencils to Deadpool: Merc With a Mouth, Avengers: The Initiative, Shadowland: Moon Knight, and War of Kings (among others).
ISSUE #2 INKER: Rick Ketcham
Rick Ketcham is also a comic book professional with years of experience. He has inked some amazing comics including Runaways, Buffy the Vampire Slayer, and currently Conan Red Sonja for Dark Horse.
ISSUES #3-4 INKER: Glauber Matos Guimarães
Glauber Matos is a Brazilian artist from the São Paulo city area. With a degree in graphic design, he has worked with gift cards, branding, web advertising and book illustrations. But he has left that all behind to focus on what he's wanted to do since childhood, work in comics. His inks can be found in Zenscope's Oz.
COLORIST: Sara Machajewski
Sara Machajewski is an artist and colorist based out of Portland, Oregon. She has done color work on Red Sonja (Dynamite), and The Army of Dr. Moreau (MonkeyBrain), among others. And her illustrations can be found in works such as Brooke Burgess' Shadowland Saga.
HdE has been lettering since 2010, with credits including the acclaimed 'Legend of Oz: The Wicked West', 'Ursa Minor' and 'Shahrazad' for Big Dog Ink, as well as the UK small press sensation 'Lou Scannon'. There are rumours that he lives in a palatial abode with his wife, the actress Rachel Nichols, where they subsist on a diet of rare game, caviar and fine wine. However, this *could* be completely baseless, and the management take no responsibility for any claims made on the internet founded on little more than delusional, sweaty-fingered fantasy.
Besides, have you ever HAD caviar? It ain't that nice. Really.
AN EXPLANATION OF REWARDS
Thank You: Your name will be included in a "Thank You" note on our Facebook page.
PDF Copies: PDF copies of Sidekicks Issues #1-4
(the PDF for Issue #1 contains only the Sidekicks story. The PDFs for Issues #2-4 will come with character concept art and bios for the Heroes and Villains who appear in Sidekicks. This bonus material will not be included in future releases of the Sidekicks PDFs).
Physical Copies: Physical copies of Sidekicks Issues #1-4
(the Covers of Issues #2-4 will include the "Kickstarter Bug" which will not be on future printings. Issue #1 is a second printing and does not include the KS Bug)
Printed Thank You: Your name will be included in the "Thank You" section in Issue #4.
Behind the Scenes PDFs: PDFs of the scripts and all of the artwork that went into the creation of Sidekicks Issues #2-4; Rough Pencil Layouts, Final Pencils, Inks, and Colors.
Writer-Signed Copy: Physical copies of Sidekicks Issues #1-4 will be signed by Writer/Co-Creator Russell Brettholtz.
Trade Paperback: A Trade Paperback containing Sidekicks #1-4 signed by Writer/Co-Creator Russell Brettholtz.
(the Covers of these copies will include the "Kickstarter Bug" which will not be on future printings)
Advanced View JPG: As each page of artwork is created (including all stages from rough pencils to lettered pages), you will receive a JPG of that page. The Advanced View will begin with artwork from Issue #2, Page 1.
Poster #1: An 11x17 poster of the cover of Sidekicks #4.
Poster #2: An 11x17 poster of ???
(This will be Page 22 of Issue #4, and I would just hate to give away the ending - But if you just MUST know - Spoiler Warning - Poster #2)
Bonesteel Art Commission: You will receive an 11x17 full-color commission of ANY character YOU choose drawn by Jeff Bonesteel (concept artist for ALL of the Sidekicks villains). The character you choose does not need to be limited to a Sidekicks character.
To view a gallery of Jeff's work, Click Here.
Original Art & TPB: You will receive an original page of penciled art from Issues #2-4 selected on a first come - first serve basis. You will also receive a "1 of 30" signed (by the writer) and numbered Trade Paperback of Sidekicks #1-4 (with the Kickstarter Bug).
To view the gallery of pages to choose from, Click Here.
Issue #1 Cover: You will receive the original hand penciled and inked cover for Sidekicks Issue #1 by Miguel Mendonça.
ADD-ONS FOR SALE
In addition to the above Rewards you can also "add-on" any of the following to any Reward Tier (you can also combine add-ons):
$5 - Sidekicks Issue #1 PDF
$10 - Physical Copy of Sidekicks Issue #1. This is a second printing and does not contain the Kickstarter Bug. (International Backers please add an additional $2 for the increased shipping cost)
$15 - Physical Copy of a first print Sidekicks #1 (this does have the KS Bug). If you are already pledged at a Reward Tier that includes a Physical Copy of Issue #1, only increase your Pledge by $5. There are only 8 copies available (down from 15 at launch). (International Backers please add an additional $2 for the increased shipping cost)
Add $5 to either of the above Physical Copies for a Writer-Signed Copy.
$10 - 11x17 Poster of the Cover from Issue #1 OR Mr. Marvelous battling Inferno (Issue #1, Page 8)
If you are already pledging a Reward level that includes a Poster, only increase your Pledge Amount by $5.
$15 - BOTH of the above Posters
If you are already pledging a Reward level that includes a Poster, only increase your Pledge Amount by $10.
(International Backers please add an additional $7 for shipping - no additional shipping necessary if already receiving a Poster)
$5 - Behind the Scenes PDF of Issue #1. PDF of the script and all of the artwork that went into the creation of Sidekicks Issue #1.
$100 - 11x17 full-color commission by Jeff Bonesteel (concept artist for ALL of the Sidekicks Villains)
(International Backers please add an additional $11 for shipping)
The PDF of Issue #1 and the Behind the Scenes PDF will be e-mailed immediately following the successful funding of this campaign. The Posters will be mailed about two weeks after. Physical copies of Issue #1 will be mailed with Issues #2-4 in July.
The Jeff Bonesteel commissions will take a bit longer and be drawn and mailed in the order they were received.
How to Pay for "Add-Ons"
To include the additional money for your Add-On, when you select your Reward Tier, on the following Back This Project page, there is a box for your Pledge Amount. Simply increase the amount in the box by the cost of your Add-On. Then Contact Me with which Add-On you would like to receive.
If you have already Pledged this project and would like to include an Add-On, click on the Manage button at the top-right hand side of the screen (just underneath the Backer information for this Kickstarter). Then simply increase your Pledge Amount and Contact Me with which Add-On you would like to receive.
WHAT IS THE MONEY FOR?
Comic books are expensive to make. I have spent the last several years selling my personal comic book collection to fund this project and to keep costs for Backers as low as possible.
Last year, I brought Sidekicks - Issue #1 to Kickstarter and raised enough money to pay an art team to finish that book (and have a little left over to put towards Issue #2).
To date, the pencils on all four issues are complete, and the inking has begun on Issues #2 and #3.
But I'm now out of money. To finish this mini-series, I brought Sidekicks back to Kickstarter. The $10,000 Goal amount represents the money needed to finish paying my art team, printing costs for the physical copies of the comics and posters, and shipping costs.
I am not keeping any money for myself. This campaign is all about the production of the comic. All extra funds will no doubt go toward a future comic book (or Stretch Goals depending on by how much we exceed the initial Goal).
Thank you for taking the time to explore my Kickstarter campaign.
Any contribution you can make to this project is greatly appreciated (and if you can't do it with money, consider helping by spreading the word).
Just click the following link to Tweet about Sidekicks to your Followers:
If you decide to become a Backer, please consider leaving a Comment letting me know where you heard about this project (Facebook, Twitter, Website Forum, a Friend, My mom, etc...). Marketing a comic book campaign for Kickstarter is very difficult and time consuming. Any information on what worked will help tremendously in the future.
Risks and challenges
The biggest risk to this project is a delay in production. We experienced a lot of delays and setbacks in the Campaign for Issue #1, and I have worked hard to create a schedule that will avoid those complications.
Once the Campaign is financed, the completion of the project will fall almost entirely on the shoulders of the creative team. A setback at any stage of development will trickle down (and sometimes compound) and delay the completion of the comics.
Just as an example, during the penciling of Issue #1, Miguel fractured his arm and couldn't draw for nearly a month. It was simply not something we cold have planned for.
Beyond that, there are the typical risks of printing cost increases, shipping cost increases and shipping delays (not to mention the unknown costs of replacing lost or damaged Backer Rewards).
I have done my best to build these unknown costs into the Pledge Goal, but there is always a risk.
After running a successful Kickstarter campaign for Issue #1, I am quite confident that I can produce all of the Rewards offered and deliver them in a timely manner.
A look at the Updates from that Campaign will also show that I update Backers regularly (weekly or bi-weekly) so that there are no surprises.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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