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Stealth Hammer All Ages Superhero Comic

The origin story of a superhero who learns about her legacy in a world of high-tech gadgets & mythological beings

Stealth Hammer All Ages Superhero Comic

The origin story of a superhero who learns about her legacy in a world of high-tech gadgets & mythological beings

$5,559
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About

Hello, everyone! My name is Ryan Drost, and I have been a lifelong comic book fan. Comics have become such a part of my life that I created a podcast (Star Joes) ten years ago to talk about them with my friends and to entertain listeners. I have attended comic conventions, became friends with people in the industry, and created a fun comic/pop culture community. The one dream that I always had though was to create my own comic. I've had several ideas for years, but nothing that made me want to jump in with both feet until now. This Kickstarter can be the way my dream becomes a reality:

 The Stealth Hammer started as a nickname my wife gained through places she worked. We always joked it would make a great superhero and talked about what powers she would have. Last year as a birthday gift, I commissioned an artist to draw my wife as the Stealth Hammer. Once I saw that image, I knew that this really needed to become a story. Ideas started flooding my mind with who the character was, how she got her powers, who were her friends & enemies, and most importantly, what was the bigger picture to her story. I didn't want to just tell a superhero story. I wanted to create a world. My favorite stories were always world-building ones, and that's what this needed to be.

This first issue that we're looking to create is the starting point for our hero. When you read the issue, it's a fun story that has a beginning, middle, and end. But when you look at the images in the background and read the dialogue closely, you'll find hints to legacy, alternate realities, mythological threats, and an ever-expanding world around our hero, Jami Taylor.

One of our goals in doing this Kickstarter is to not only have this first issue created, but to also use it to find a publisher where we can tell more of the story.

I found an incredible new artist, Alexandra Scott, to help tell this all-ages story. Together we are created a true all-ages comic. This will be one that anyone at any age can read and enjoy. 

Let's introduce you to some of the characters and story: 

Jami Taylor is a college student who is anything but average. She is a spunky character who has a never-quit mentality (you'll find that her favorite phrase to say is "That's not how this story ends!" when everyone else has given up). She looks up to her parents, but she truly admires her grandmother. Her grandmother was a world-traveling adventurer and made every effort to help those in need. She disappeared a few years ago, but Jami has never lost hope that one day she may return. Jami has inherited her grandmother's spirit for life and her desire to help others in need.  

 Dr. Everett Taylor is a world-renowned scientist and inventor. He spends most of his time in the lab working on new gadgets and theories that may benefit humanity, a trait he also learned from his mother. He is so focused on his work that he often does not worry about his own appearance. He can often be seen wearing the same clothes for a week and covered in stains. Though he is focused on his work, he always makes time for his daughter...especially when an accident in his lab causes some strange side effects. 

 The flip side to Dr. Everett is his brother, Dr. Alexander Taylor. Alexander is only like his brother in that they both became scientists/inventors and have the same parents. Dr. Alexander is egotistical and power-driven. His goal in life is to succeed no matter the cost, but with the least amount of effort possible. While he has no animosity towards his niece, he also won't let her get in his way.

 Ari the Elf is a unique being even among his fellow elves. He's a snarky old elf, and our first glimpse into that larger world that I referenced above. He's from Iceland and was sent on a mission. What that mission is and what role he plays in Jami Taylor's future has not yet been revealed. Ari does not feature prominently in the first issue, but he does appear. We see more of him in the preview pages below, and he will play a much bigger role in the series to come.

 Once Jami gains her powers, she needs a costume, right? Her father helps outfit her with some of what she'll need in the field. Her costume is a blend of a mythical look and tech-based gadgets. One of the larger concepts for this comic story is to bring tech, mythology, and legacy together. The story will show how all of these elements make up her costume in appearance and application. 

Now that you have that background, we wanted to give you a glimpse of what a story would look and sound like from us. We created a 5-page preview with a new villain (more on her in a future post). Below are the first 2 pages of that story:  

As you can see, we're not holding back on the action and adventure. As the campaign continues, we'll introduce you to more characters and glimpses at more pages from this preview story. 

*****************************  STRETCH GOAL  **********************************

The comic for the first issue will be 22 pages. The goal we have set will pay Alexandra for her artwork, the cost of printing and producing the comic & rewards, and take care of those pesky fees & taxes. BUT, if we reach the stretch goal of $15,000, then the full 5-page preview story will also be added to the issue!! You'll be able to see how this initial peak all plays out for Jami and Ari.

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I hope you'll consider supporting this campaign. I'm excited to bring this story to you, and hope it will lead to a larger world being opened up for all of us in the future. You will help make my life-long dream something real. Thank you in advance for that!

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