I'm Scott D.M. Simmons, and thank you so much for your consideration of my project, Knights of P.O.W.E.R.! The official website for my comic series is at http://www.angelwolfcomics.com/ and although there will be exclusive updates for backers here at Kickstarter, some production artwork from the series will be on the official website as the Kickstarter campaign goes on.
Five survivors of tragedy have joined together to save others. This is their calling... This is their power.
Ten years ago, the Journeymen, in an effort to save their youngest member Skyblaze and New Jersey, managed to defeat and possibly kill their worst enemy Valence... but in the process sacrificed themselves. Nowadays, a grown-up Skyblaze and his girlfriend Gel operate as heroes and meet others inspired by the Journeymen. Tech Enforcer, who lost his son to senseless violence, acts as a mentor for Sapphire Red and Steelglove, two heroes with very painful pasts.
Preventing a political assassination brings the five together to form the Knights of P.O.W.E.R. Despite the tragedies each of them faced in their own lives, they refuse to be considered victims and provide hope and strength by example. Working together, they share some of their most closely held secrets in order to help each other... and also to survive the return of Valence, who plans to use their powers against them so she can kill the last of the Journeymen and their legacy.
THE MAIN CHARACTERS:
Tech Enforcer (Gary Winter): His suit contains a number of weapons only he can access. After he lost his son to senseless violence, this former boxer began protecting his neighborhood and now mentors others. Gary started the P.O.W.E.R. Foundation in memory of his son. He sees the Knights project as the ultimate outreach of the cause, and leads the team.
Sapphire Red (Rachel Summerlin): Her powers come from a mystical jewel that bonds with a pure soul. Her powers include flight, casting intense light and energy blasts, and above average strength. Like the rest of the team, she is a survivor of tragedy and looks to help others instead of being a "victim". Never one to show too much force, she is kind and compassionate until innocents are threatened.
Steelglove (Dan McCall): A sculptor, Dan has cast metal bodysuits to fight crime in. He is seemingly hot-tempered, but also very protective. He is maybe the one with the most to learn on the team. Steelglove has made it his personal mission to track down predators so that kids can feel safer. Dan feels a strong bond with Rachel and has deep feelings and admiration for her that he has yet to express.
Gel (Angela Sparks): Arguably the most powerful hero on the Knights of P.O.W.E.R. team. She can mold her mysterious gel substance into any shape, in unmeasured lengths, into any texture and strength of durability. Her sense of humor and warm smile gets her through any tough challenges she faces and also eases those around her. Angela is the longtime girlfriend of Skyblaze, whom she met when they were both still kids, shortly after the separate events that changed each of their lives forever.
Skyblaze (Steven Tate): He can defy gravity, create rings of fire, and is one of only a few heroes who can survive in space. Ten years ago, he became the last of the hero team called The Journeymen after their final battle with their biggest enemy, Valence. Despite his awesome powers, he's still sometimes troubled by what he had to see and do when he was a kid sidekick. Steve and Gary met briefly when they were younger, and now they are about to meet up again to help form a new team that will help lead the way to a brighter future.
The Journeymen: The most admired super-team of their generation, the Journeymen were the epitome of bravery and selflessness in the pursuit of freedom and dealing out justice. The team was led by SolarStar, and over time had various members, including Luna Moonchild, Highspeed, Thunderblast, Sharpshooter, Gypsy Moth, Sidetracker, and Foresight.
The villains: The Knights of P.O.W.E.R. do not have it easy as they go up against hordes of villains, ranging from sadistic monsters, lethal weaponsrunners, political assassins, and immortal rulers.
Valence: She is the powerful sorceress who supposedly died in a final battle with the Journeymen years ago. Unaware of her survival and the slow return of her powers, Skyblaze and Gel meet up with other heroes inspired by the Journeymen. It is now that Valence strikes, to not only destroy the legacy of the Journeymen, but to also use the new team's various strengths against them.
Firetrap: As Valenceseeks revenge on the last of the Journeymen and his new friends, Firetrap leaves one Knights of P.O.W.E.R. member to question almost everything he believes he knows about criminals.
The Blade Twins, Barbed Wire, Miss Stress, Lineman, Switchblade, Kamoflague, and WARSHOP are among the other adversaries to test our heroes in their first adventures.
THE PERSONAL SIDE:
This story goes beyond a superhero story for me. There are many elements of the storylines that either come from personal experiences or events that have happened to friends of mine or those I have met, and viewpoints, news stories, and conflicts that have resonated and left impact, along with causes and charities that I truly believe in. Sure, it may be extrapolated onto the canvas of a superhero drama, with big fights, explosions, and high stakes risks thrown in for fun, but when it all comes down to it, these are characters with personal flaws and tragic backstories that I feel have weight and are really stories that I want to tell. Each character is one I have had with me for quite a long time.
WHY I AM RAISING FUNDS:
The funds raised here on Kickstarter would be used to help cover both printing costs and colorist fees for the "Heroes and Hexes" storyarc (which would be published as the first 5 issues of the series, and, of course, as a tradepaperback). Anything raised beyond the funding goal would go towards more copies of the book being printed, marketing campaigns and promotional materials, and anything else truly relevant to the successful printing and distribution of this first storyarc. If things get really, really crazy in fundraising, additional funds will be used towards printing and color on the second storyarc and the tie-in mini-series, and maybe even to promote the book at a large-scale convention such as San Diego or New York.
Although I feel I am pretty good at coloring, I know there are much better colorists out there, and that's why I have contacted some of the most talented colorists I have met, including Ross Hughes, Matthew Swift, Splash!, and Ann Uland, for covers and hopefully some interiors. I'm doing the creation, writing, artwork, and maybe even lettering on this project, so giving some of the coloring to those who I feelcan do it better than I can speeds the whole process up and helps it look more beautiful in the finished piece. Some of these colorists have done work for Marvel, DC, and Image, and their work is stellar. Matthew and Ann live around here, and both seem like great people and I enjoy their work. I've had the pleasure of working with Ross Hughes before on two issues of another project and really enjoyed his colors over my artwork, and Splash! though I've yet to meet him in person, has colored some of my art for a poster before, and I loved it. I truly feel the color will be in good hands.
Remember that with Kickstarter fundraising, I have to meet my goal in order to get the pledge rewards out to you. Kickstarter is all-or-nothing funding. If I successfully reach my fundraising goal, the project continues to move forward and all the paid pledge rewards go out according to the notated schedules. If I don't reach my fundraising goal, though, you won't be charged for your pledges at all. Please feel free to share this page and project information with friends and family, so that this project can be printed and in color! Thanks so much!
Here is the plan! If the Kickstarter campaign is successful, my goal is to have Issue #1 completed and printed up in time for a debut at (or before) the 2012 Cincinnati Comic Expo (September 22-23). Going forward, here's a general outline of when I am thinking each issue and the trade paperback would be printed by (or before), using conventions or holidays as relevant goal markers: Issue #1: September 2012 (Cincinnati Comic Expo)... Issue #2: December 2012 (Christmas)... Issue #3: March 2012 (Lexington, Gem City, and April's C2E2)... Issue #4: June 2013 (Derby City)... Issue #5: September 2013 (Cincinnati Comic Expo)... TPB: December 2013 (Christmas). That way, the whole first storyarc of 5 issues is wrapped up within a year's time, and collected a couple of months later, which isn't too bad for an independent comic book.
First and foremost, to my beautiful wife, Shannon, for being the love of my life and helping film parts of a video for this project!
To THE BIG CREAK, one of my all-time favorite bands, for permission to use "The Stars Are Falling Out of the Sky". You can purchase their albums buying clicking on the links to iTunes and CDBaby
To my parents, for always believing in me!... To all the writers and other collaborators who gave me feedback and other comments!... To Brant, for the refined logos he did based off my sketches!... To the colorists-in-waiting, hope the campaign succeeds and we get to work together!
And of course, many thanks to those of you who pledge to help this project!
A digital PDF of the regular edition of the Knights of P.O.W.E.R. sketchbook, and two buttons and a glossy trading card in the mail! Also, the digital wallpaper image, and a "Thank You" on the website!
Signed copy of Issue #1, and a gorgeous 11x17 full-color print created EXCLUSIVELY for Kickstarter backers! Also, a digital PDF of the regular-edition sketchbook, a glossy trading card, the digital wallpaper image and a "Thank You" on the website!
Signed copies of both Issue #1 and Issue #2, and the EXCLUSIVE 11x17 color print created only for Kickstarter backers! Also, a signed physical copy of the regular-edition sketchbook, a glossy trading card, the digital wallpaper image and a "Thank You" on the website!
A cool Knights of P.O.W.E.R. t-shirt (with the logo on it), and a signed copy of Issue #1. Also, all six buttons, a glossy trading card, and the exclusive 11x17 color print! You also get the physical copy of the regular edition sketchbook, the digital wallpaper image and a "Thank You" on the website.
You will receive the GUEST ARTIST VARIANT COVER editions of both Issue #1 and #2, drawn by commissioned artists, and signed by the respective artists! (Stay tuned to updates for details on the artists involved!). You also get the trading card, the physical copy of the regular edition sketchbook, the digital wallpaper and the "Thank You" on the website!
An awesome Knights of P.O.W.E.R. t-shirt (with the characters on it), signed copies of Issue #1 and Issue #2, the physical copy of the regular edition sketchbook, the 11x17 exclusive print, and the trading card! You also get the digital wallpaper and the "Thank You" on the website!
The variant of the variant reward! NOTE: This version of the award also includes a logo t-shirt and the 11x17 exclusive color print! You will receive the GUEST ARTIST VARIANT COVER editions of both Issue #1 and #2, drawn by commissioned artists, and signed by the respective artists! (Stay tuned to updates for details on the artists involved!). You also get the trading card, the physical copy of the regular edition sketchbook, the digital wallpaper and the "Thank You" on the website!
A black-and-white SKETCH COVER variant of Issue #1 (signed of course), with whichever one or two Knights of P.O.W.E.R. characters you choose drawn by Scott directly on the cover in pencil and ink! They can be in action, or just saying something clever! You also get the trading card, regular-edition sketchbook, digital wallpaper, and a "Thank You" on the website!
A COLOR SKETCH COVER variant of Issue #1 (signed of course), with whichever one or two Knights of P.O.W.E.R. characters you choose drawn by Scott directly on the cover in pencil and ink, and finished in marker color! They can be in action, or just saying something clever! You also get the trading card, regular-edition sketchbook, digital wallpaper, and a "Thank You" on the website!
Original 9x12 color artwork (on quality Bristol board paper) drawn by creator/artist Scott D.M. Simmons of a character of your choice (Knights of P.O.W.E.R. or any pop culture character), a signed copy of issue #1, the trading card, the digital wallpaper, and a "Thank You" on the website! This reward also includes your choice of either the exclusive 11x17 print or the logo t-shirt!
Ultimate reward grab-bag of both t-shirts (one with the logo, one with the characters), the exclusive 11x17 print, signed copies of issues #1 and #2 (as well as unsigned variant guest artist editions of each), all six buttons, the trading card, and also a SPECIAL-EDITION of the sketchbook (with a black-and-white unique sketch on the back)! Plus the digital wallpaper image and the "Thank You" on the website!
Own the original cover artwork for Knights of P.O.W.E.R. Issue #3, as drawn by series creator/artist Scott D.M. Simmons! You will also receive the exclusive 11x17 print, signed copies of issues #1 and #2 (as well as unsigned variant guest artist editions of each), the trading card, and also a SPECIAL-EDITION of the sketchbook (with a black-and-white unique sketch on the back)! And of course, the digital wallpaper image and the "Thank You" on the website!
Dinner with me! Enjoy dinner and discussion with myself and possibly another contributor to the series at a tri-state restaurant (or at least a restaurant within a 5-hour drive from Cincinnati, Ohio). The dinner part of the offer is valid for yourself and a guest. You will also receive a signed copy of Issue #1, a t-shirt, the 11x17 color print, a SPECIAL-EDITION of the sketchbook (with a black-and-white unique sketch on the back), the digital wallpaper, and a "Thank You" on the website.
Be drawn into an issue and actually own the original page of artwork that you appear in, signed by series artist/creator Scott D.M. Simmons. You will also get a full-color poster of that page, signed by Scott and also the colorist who worked on it! You'll have a choice of scenes to be in, and that will determine which issue it appears in! And then when the actual issue comes out, you will also receive a signed copy of the issue! Plus, you also get the exclusive 11x17 print, trading card, regular-edition sketchbook, digital wallpaper, and a "Thank You" on the website!
Cover artwork for your original comic book series.... with line artwork by Scott D.M. Simmons, and color by one of the colorists for Knights of P.O.W.E.R.!! You will also get the original artwork in the mail. This reward package also includes the digital wallpaper and "Thank You" on the website.