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Paul JamisonBy Paul Jamison
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Paul JamisonBy Paul Jamison
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About

This Kickstarter Campaign is for compiling 4 issues of the self published independent comic Paragon into a single Trade Paperback. 

Here's my story: I came up with the concept of Paragon because I wanted to do an ongoing project about a subject matter that I believe in and one that no one else will ever do. The challenge was to come up with an idea that could follow through with many of the aspects of toxic chemicals' effects on the human body. I chose to use the idea of a superhero or for this book a "PARAGON" to tell that story.

I did my first issues of PARAGON as a 1A and 1B. You could say instead of doing a variant cover I did a various issue. 1B is written in all narration and dialogue and is hand drawn & colored by Illustrator Gilbert Dudley. 1A is written all in exposition and is hand painted by Illustrator Godfrey Mawema. The first issues are almost entirely colored in monochrome blues and greys. This effect represents how sick we are as people. With each issue introducing color as the story evolves.

I sold copies of PARAGON 1A & 1B to over 50 comic book shops in California. I began with a limited run of 500 copies of 1A and 500 of 1B. Nearly all were sold. The few remaining issues will be given as rewards for this Kickstarter Campaign. 

I did 18 months of market research with Paragon in shops throughout California. In that time, I was able to gauge comic store retail. I met a lot of comic fans and built report with many shop owners. Certainly, there is a market for new and creative ideas. Also, many comic book fans are willing to invest in a grounded reality based story with a character whose fantasy-like powers uncover true aspects about our world. I was happy to find that those comic fans that bought issue 1 bought again with issue 2 and 3.

Reviews for PARAGON have been positive from Comic Uno, The Long Box, DarkAvengerC86, Pete's Basement, FanboyComics.net, GraphicPolicy.com &  Impulsive-Reactions.com.

GraphicPolicy.com called PARAGON; "A poem in comic form!"

The Long Box said; "Some of the best Indie work being done in comics right now!"

The word is getting out there but I need help getting to the next level and really spread the word about the very different concept. Collecting the four issues into a trade paperback will open up the market a great deal. Even more retailers will buy a book as opposed to a single issue. And while many comic fans bought issue 1 of PARAGON there are many more that want to read a single completed story and will wait for the trade.

Here are the PARAGON issue covers as well as sample pages. Please contact me with any questions you may have.

Images by Godfrey Mawema
Images by Godfrey Mawema
Images by Gilbert Dudley
Images by Gilbert Dudley
PARAGON ISSUE #2 Cover by Godfrey Mawema
PARAGON ISSUE #2 Cover by Godfrey Mawema
PARAGON ISSUE #2 Inside Art by Gilbert Dudley
PARAGON ISSUE #2 Inside Art by Gilbert Dudley
PARAGON ISSUE #2 Inside Art by Gilbert Dudley
PARAGON ISSUE #2 Inside Art by Gilbert Dudley
PARAGON ISSUE #2 Cover by Gilbert Dudley
PARAGON ISSUE #2 Cover by Gilbert Dudley
PARAGON ISSUE #3 Inside Art by Gilbert Dudley
PARAGON ISSUE #3 Inside Art by Gilbert Dudley
PARAGON ISSUE #3 Inside Art by Gilbert Dudley
PARAGON ISSUE #3 Inside Art by Gilbert Dudley

 LOOK FOR CAMPAIGN, REWARD AND VIDEO UPDATES THROUGHOUT THE 30 KICKSTARTER RUN!!

Risks and challenges

The funds from this Kickstarter Campaign will be exclusively set for printing. All design fees, paying creators, etc have been handled.

The great thing about this project is that all of the art for the books are done. So, there is no need to wait for art to be completed. The trade will feature some changes to the original books. The most significant of these changes will be added pages of the story that were not included in the original issues.

When the project is funded, the challenges and risks from that point will be minimal. I've already laid the groundwork for selling to shops across the united states as well many book chains. I am driven to make PARAGON not only something special but also something that will be a joy for readers to discover whether they are a new comic fan or an avid collector of comics.

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    Digital Paragon Poster/Wallpaper for your computer. Also includes a digital copy of Paragon 1A.

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    Paragon postcard signed by Creator/Writer Paul Jamison. Also includes digital copies of Paragon issues 1A, 1B, 2 & 3.

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    Paragon T-Shirt with design by Paragon 1A Cover Artist Godfrey Mawema.

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    Paragon Complete Trade Paperback (Physical Form).

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    Paragon Single Issues of 1B (2nd Print), 2 & 3 all signed by Creator Writer Paul Jamison, Illustrator Gilbert Dudley & Colorists MB Gillett and Diana Diessler.

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    Single Issues of Paragon 1A and 1B (Monochrome Edition) Limited Run. Hand Numbered. Signed by Creator Writer Paul Jamison, Illustrators Godfrey Mawema & Gilbert Dudley.

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    Original Art Page from any hand drawn pages of Paragon 1A, 1B, 2 or 3 (excluding Covers).

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    Original Commission Art Piece from Paragon Illustrators Godfrey Mawema or Gilbert Dudley. If you can think of it, they can draw it!

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    Original Paragon Cover Art from either Issue 1A, 1B, 2 or Trade Paperback. Limit One Each (4 Total).

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    Limited Edition Statue of Paragon Hand Sculpted by Concept Designer and Illustrator Gabe Marquez. You can view some of Gabe's amazing work here http://gabemarquez.com/.
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- (30 days)