What's Project Hoax about?
Set in 1994, a group of school kids plan to get their own back on the local bully, but get more than they bargained for when they try to stage a monster hoax.
Who will enjoy Project Hoax?
- Comic collectors who are fans of all-ages comics.
- Parents/aunties/uncles wanting to give their child/niece/nephew a unique gift.
- If you like the idea of an all-ages horror comic that takes you back to growing up in the 90s and a story that you can enjoy with your child/niece/nephew.
What do you get when you back Project Hoax?
- All reward backers receive a full-colour 36 page digital copy of Project Hoax..
- All print copy reward backers (£3) and above receive a full-colour 36 page print copy, bookmark and an A4 poster.
- Above the print copy reward you can also get a bike helmet sticker, Charlie's Project Hoax planbook, an 8GB cassette tape USB drive or even a video game cover commission by our artist, Dan Butcher.
My name is Samuel George London, I'm a comic book writer from Hampshire in the UK and creator of Project Hoax.
During the 90s, I was about as suburban as a young lad can get. I had a curtains-style haircut, I had a paper round, I had a tape player and I had a BMX. Most weekends and evenings I was at my local dirt jumps with my friends.
I always look back fondly on those memories, and I've always tried to think of a story that could encapsulate what it was like to grow up in the 90s. Twenty-five years on, I've written my "love letter" to the 90s with Project Hoax.
With that in mind, here are a few of the first pages...
I hope you enjoyed those pages, and that it gets you excited about Project Hoax. Feel free to read those pages in more detail by clicking here. The story of Project Hoax itself is 30 pages within a 36 page comic and the art is drawn by our awesome artist, Dan Butcher.
Dan is best known for his brilliant superhero webcomic, Vanguard, but he's also known for being co-host on the Awesome Comics Podcast. And as you just saw from the pages above, Dan has an impactful style of art that's perfect for this story.
Alongside Dan, we also have an editor on TEAM HOAX, in the form of Nicole D'Andria. Nicole, is the Marketing Director and Submissions Editor at Action Lab Comics. She edits numerous comics for Action Lab, from Dog of Wonder to Zombie Tramp. She also adapts Miraculous: Tales of Ladybug and Cat Noir to comics and co-writes DollFace.
Outside of Action Lab, Nicole writes comic book related articles for Comic Frontline, works as a freelance editor and is currently writing the second issue of her successful Kickstarter comic, Road Trip to Hell.
Now that I've had the pleasure of introducing you to the team, it's with even more pleasure to introduce you to the main characters from Project Hoax.
Charlie is the leader of the group, with Aseem being his indie-music-loving "second in command". Brian is the rich one of the group and has all the latest video games, gadgets and clothes. Then there's Dev, who keeps the group glued together with his humorous anecdotes and sometimes silly behaviour. Finally, there's Jack, who's a couple of years older than the lads and is the local bully.
The script is written and edited, the artist is on board, the printers are ready and as long as we're fully funded we'll be able to have all of your rewards with you by October 2019, in time for Halloween.
Apart from the comic itself, the first reward I'm really excited about is the Bike Helmet Sticker (10cm x 6cm). When I was a lad in the 90s I went through quite a few helmets for BMXing and rollerblading. Whenever I got a new the first thing I did was kit it our with awesome stickers, and now is my chance to pass on that tradition with the Project Hoax, Bike Helmet Sticker reward. It's also good laptops, which is more likely these days.
The second reward I'm excited for is the Project Hoax Planbook. As I mentioned before, I used to BMX and roller-blade during the 90s, and during school (usually English Literature class) I used to daydream about building the perfect ramp. I drew and planned these ramps in my school notebooks. With that in mind, it stands to reason that if I had planned to stage a monster hoax on a local bully Charlie would do the same. This reward is an 8 page, A5 printed booklet of Charlie's plan for the hoax. In order to not spoil the story we can't show the interior but here's a sneak peak at the cover.
The third reward I'm excited for is the 16-bit variant cover print copy by the brilliant John Stratman. If you're a fan of Mr. Sunday Movies on YouTube then you might have come across his work before on their 16 Bit Scenes videos. Anyhow, as 90s video games feature in the comic, John has drawn a 16-bit graphic variant cover that you can collect on top of all the other goodies you get through the previous rewards, including a print copy of the original cover design.
The fourth reward I'm excited for is the Cassette Tape 8GB USB Drive. Whether it be Green Day or The Offspring, I love looking over my old tapes but in all honesty they're completely useless and I should probably get rid of them. However, I love the reminder of how technology used to be and so this reward unites old technology and new by turning a cassette tape into a very useful and cool 8GB USB drive. This reward will be a Kickstarter exclusive, with only 20 available at this level and an additional 10 at the Video Game Cover Commission level! Once they're gone, they're gone!
The fifth and final reward that I'm really excited about is the Video Game Cover Commission. Video games were a big part of my childhood in the 90s and specifically the Sega Mega Drive. When you read Project Hoax, you'll see this love of video games shine through but I wanted to add to this by offering an A5 video game cover commission drawn by our very own, Dan Butcher. And don't forget you'll be getting the Cassette Tape 8GB USB Drive reward as well!
The way it works is that after the Kickstarter we'll ask you for a photo of the person or anything within reason you want featured on the cover. We'll also ask you what your favourite video game covers are in order for us to come up with a title and look for the game cover. If you love 90s video game covers, and like the idea of having your own game become a reality, then this'll be the reward for you but be aware that there are only 10 available.
£1,400 - EXTRA DIGITAL ISSUES - UNLOCKED
Once the campaign is over I'll send everyone all backers a digital copy of my first comic book, Milford Green, which is about a Victorian alien adventure. I'll also send everyone the first two issues of Dan Butcher's comic, Vanguard, which is about a UK based superhero team.
£1,600 - FEGA & FINTENDO VIDEO GAMES A5 PRINT - UNLOCKED
Along with all of your Project Hoax swag print copy backers (£3) and above will receive an A5 print of the Project Hoax FEGA and FINTENDO covers of both the original cover by Dan Butcher and the 16-bit versions by John Stratman.
£1,800 - PERFECT BOUND UPGRADE - UNLOCKED
This stretch goal will enable us to upgrade the binding of the book from staples (saddle stitched) to perfect bound. Making it a nicer book to look at, hold and store.
£2,000 - 4 EXTRA "BEHIND THE SCENES" PAGES - UNLOCKED
This stretch goal will enable us to add 4 extra "Behind The Scenes" pages to the digital and print book.
£2,200 - 16-BIT GRAPHICS WALLPAPERS & PRINTS - UNLOCKED
As mentioned before, video games were a large part of my childhood in the 90s and so I have a real affinity for 16-bit graphics. With that in mind, if we reach £2,200 we'll be able to have the Project Hoax front cover and the Kickstarter thumbnail recreated in 16-bit graphics. These will then be available for all backers as desktop and phone wallpapers. Plus for print copy backers (£3) and above you'll receive both A4 and A5 prints of the 16-bit cover and Kickstarter thumbnail.
The artist we have on board to do this is John Stratman from the US. If you're a fan of Mr. Sunday Movies on YouTube then you might have come across his work before on their 16 Bit Scenes videos. His most recent video really showcases his art and skills with the final battle from Avengers: Endgame.
Thanks for reading, and if you have any questions at all please be sure to get in touch, as I'm more than happy to help!
Best wishes and see you on the other side,
Samuel George London
Risks and challenges
The script is written and edited, the artist is on board and the printers are ready. The only risk we face is that we don't get funded. If you like what you see, please back us and be sure to share Project Hoax with your friends.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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