This project is to raise funds to pay an artist to bring THE DEAD PRESIDENTS to life & use the art for a 2nd Kickstarter project. Read more
Funding for this project was canceled by the project creator on July 31, 2013.
About this project
I'm a writer, not a comic book artist. This Kickstarter is to raise funds to hire an artist to bring my creation, THE DEAD PRESIDENTS, to life. So currently there are no images of the characters to show, since this project is to bring an artist on board to develop the characters visually and raise funds for a graphic novel telling the origin of THE DEAD PRESIDENTS. This project will generate funds to not only pay the artist but the cost to self-publish an E-Book adaptation of the graphic novel.
THE CONSTITUTION (or THE STORY)
A tear between our reality and the After-Life, has allowed a super-powered HITLER to invade EARTH! The only beings with any interest and ability at stopping Hitler from WORLD DOMINATION are THE DEAD PRESIDENTS. But they lack a leader and the might to stop Hitler. They come close to stopping Hitler, but he has a back-up plan that ensures his victory.
To quote Nixon, from THE DEAD PRESIDENTS, "WE'RE DOOMED!"
"YIPE!" And Checkers, too.
But there is one being, a SUPER-being...or MAN, among them all who can stop Hitler and save humanity, but he could care less. He's George Washington. At some point along the way in terms of U.S. History, George lost interest in the country he helped create and the existence he once belonged to. Now, he's enjoying the After-Life living it up with Frank Sinatra and the Rat Pack every night on some swinging strip in some exotic locale.
A Teaser of the Story...
Here is THE DEAD PRESIDENTS' Electoral College Teaser:
MY FELLOW CITIZENS...
At an early age I began a fascination with the study of the American Presidency. I don't know why. I studied U.S. History during my undergraduate years because I couldn't declare "Presidential History" as a major. After graduating with an in-demand B.A. in History, I got my California Single-Subject Teaching Credential in the Social Sciences. The irony of my teaching career is I never taught United States History, but the closest I came to using my knowledge of the presidency was when I taught U.S. Government. I taught about five years of high school social studies before quitting my secure teaching job for the welcoming and nurturing environment of Hollywood. I graduated from film school with another useful degree, a master's in screenwriting.
I love telling stories for the screen and THE DEAD PRESIDENTS started off that way, as all my ideas do. But realizing the difficulty of launching an animated television series, I scaled back my approach and put the teleplay aside. I adapted the teleplay into a graphic novel, or rather a four-issue comic book mini-series. I turned to the idea of a comic book adaptation first, because after television and film, comic books fill up a large portion of my brain, as do a lot of the useless presidential knowledge. During high school and the first two years of college I worked at my local comic shop. So comic books have been a big part of my life and still are, but I'm not a stereotypical comic book nerd.
THE DEAD PRESIDENTS is a comedic-action-adventure. It's in the spirit of THE VENTURE BROS. meets history but pays homage to super-hero comic books and presidential history. This is in no way a comparison to that series but aside from inspiration, it's simply a reference for the tone of THE DEAD PRESIDENTS.
The story introducing THE DEAD PRESIDENTS is titled "...to the Best of My Ability." I'm bringing my love of history and comic books together to have fun with the idea, "what if dead presidents had super-powers?" These are dead beings, not zombies. I'd also hope that while reading some people might stop and think "what's this historical person really all about? I'll look him or her up! I live in the 'Age of Information!'" Well, hopefully. USA! USA! USA!
I am a writer and lover of cinematic storytelling, and making people laugh and think. However for a comic book, I need an artist to bring THE DEAD PRESIDENTS to life, just as in film I need a director, producer, and actors (and many more) to bring a screenplay to life. And that is the primary goal of this Kickstarter to bring the graphic novel script of THE DEAD PRESIDENTS "...to the Best of My Ability" to life.
This Kickstarter is to raise funds for an ARTIST(S) to, design/visualize the characters, create promotional artwork for a second Kickstarter (to raise funds to pay an artist to draw an entire graphic novel), and a cover for the e-book adaptation and any interior artwork, like chapter covers and pin-ups. This is just step one. The second Kickstarter is to publish a hardcover and paperback edition of the graphic novel.
The next thing THIS Kickstarter funds is the cost to self-publish an E-Book adaptation prior to the graphic novel's launch. Some of the costs are the artwork, the cover and chapter-covers, (which will also be used in the 2nd Kickstarter), professional editing, purchase of ISBN, printing a limited run in both hardcover and paperback as rewards for contributing to this Kickstarter.
This Kickstarter will also pay for the cost of those rewards mentioned above and the others listed in the rewards section. It will also pay for any promotional pieces of artwork for both the E-Book and the second Kickstarter. What's lacking from this Kickstarter is no artwork! Emoticon: Sad-face. But to hire an artist, I need your help.
This Kickstarter is to be launched on July 4 and should last until August 4, 2013. Once the goal of the Kickstarter is achieved then an artist can be hired. Once the artwork for the print editions, rewards for contributing to this Kickstarter, and the text of the book has been professionally edited, I would estimate September or October for those items to be released. That would also be around the time the second Kickstarter, if not sooner, would be launched. The goal of the second Kickstarter is to be able to pay the talented artist to draw an entire graphic novel (a.k.a. a 4-issue comic book mini-series, but already collected into one bound book).
I am an un-produced screenwriter and an unpublished comic book writer, but I survive. As I have established, I cannot draw. So to bring my creations, THE DEAD PRESIDENTS, to life I need a skilled artist. Kickstarter will HELP me achieve, not just my financial goal, but my goal to see what I have written come to life in the form of television, film and/or comic books.
I have lived with this epic story for too long and while I'm sure it will be a fun read, it is meant to be seen as well. I was schooled in writing for the screen, and while a prose adaption is nice...it's not how THE DEAD PRESIDENTS is to be experienced.
If the goal is achieved and exceed, I would want the extra funds to go to the second Kickstarter which is of course the larger endeavor of the two Kickstarters I am attempting but equal in importance to this the INAUGURAL Kickstarter. If that is not possible then, Stretch Goals will be added, or amended to this constitution. Meaning more rewards featuring THE DEAD PRESIDENTS. Or if I can do both, more rewards and transfer anything extra to the second Kickstarter.
The following are excerpts from the e-book adaptation.
Remember, I'm a screenwriter, so I am not used to writing in this style except for my own outlining purposes, but I have put just as much passion and interest in writing this adaptation as I would a screenplay. In fact, I embraced what I learned in my Adaptation Workshop from film school that each medium is different and allows me, the writer, to do the unique things each medium offers; prose: endless page count, description, and the reader's imagination, while screenwriting I can write and leave it up to other creatives to bring those words, action and dialogue, to life, through animation or live-action.
With your help, I can raise enough money to pay a talented individual the job that is beyond my abilities. To get people interested in a graphic novel, I need an artist. I know I'm asking a lot without any sample artwork to show, but that's how much I lack in artistic skills and resources to find a qualified artist to help bring THE DEAD PRESIDENTS to life. You'll be able to see the development of THE DEAD PRESIDENT from words on a page to characters only a comic book artist can do. Depending on the amount of money you contribute, a lot of the artwork generated from this Kickstarter and used for the E-Book and print editions, will be made into prints, signed by the artist(s) and creator as well as framed as a reward for you.
AMENDMENTS TO COME...
see ARTICLE 5.
Here are some examples of the pointless presidential pfacts I store in my brain next to comic books, television, film, and the voices I use to talk for the various dogs in my life.
Some of the Pointless Presidential Pfacts I have written:
KICKING IT FORWARD
Risks and challenges
The only setback I can think of is the pace of the artist. He or she will have as much time as they need to complete the graphic novel (as I'm looking at this from THIS Kickstarter being successful and the second one accomplishing the same or better), but I would hope for the graphic novel adaptation to be completed within a timely manner it takes to self-publish a detailed graphic novel once the Kickstarter funds have been met.
Once THIS Kickstarter's goal is achieved I must reward the contributors and prepare the launch of the second Kickstarter...the main goal of this Kickstarter is to launch the second Kickstarter. :) <----there's an emoticon!Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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