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About this project

 

THE STORY  

The Thunderchickens is the story of Ray, Scratch, and Grampa Thunderchicken. Together they form a superhero legacy that spans generations. Grampa reminisces about it, Ray tries his best to shun it, and Scratch desperately wants to live it to its fullest. Their daily life is shaken up after a burglary at Lumiere Industries, a powerful corporation that was also once a client of Ray's. Without warning, villains Ray thought he had taken care of over the years begin to reappear, displaying startling changes both physically and mentally that threaten both Ray's livelihood and family. Forced to put aside his mounting distaste for the life of a superhero, it's up to Ray and the Thunderchickens to figure out what's going on before it's too late.

Father/Son relationships are challenging, combative, caring, and complicated. I explore this and other topics like mental illness and the media in this all ages book by myself and Mike Exner III... The Thunderchickens!

 Father/Son relationships are challenging, combative, caring, and complicated. I explore this and other topics like mental illness and the media in this all ages book by myself and Mike Exner III... The Thunderchickens!

 

 

THE PLAN

The Thunderchickens is planned as a 5-issue miniseries, with the possibility of continuing stories. It's chock full of superhero action, comedy and family drama wrapped in every issue. We desperately want to tell this story, and believe the themes contained within the pages of action and adventure are important to our society. We also feel as if this is a story that isn't being told anywhere else, with characters both children and adults can relate to. The Thunderchickens is a story a long time in the making, but given it's the Year of the Chicken we figured it was about time to share it with the rest of the world. But we need your help to make it happen! Up above you'll find the first 5 colored pages of Issue #1. Throughout this campaign, we'll be releasing the first 15 pages of story to give you an idea of what's in store.

THE TEAM

Bill Blankenship - artist/creator (Double Jumpers, Vamplets, NFL Rush Zone)

Mike Exner III - writer/editor (Adamant, Out of the Blue, Once Upon a Time Machine, Kayfabe)

THE KICKSTARTER

We're raising this money to pay for the production and printing/shipping costs for the first issue of Thunderchickens. Stretch goals are targeted at producing the full 5-issue miniseries and any additional issues we can produce after that. 15 pages are currently in production, and we will be releasing them over the course of the kickstarter to showcase the project for our backers. If we are able to fund the first issue, we will launch stretch goals to fund the other 5 issues to provide to our backers digitally at no additional cost.

SO MANY REWARDS

Here's where it gets good...

Digital Copies - You'll receive a PDF/CBR file of each issue as we complete it.

Print Copies - Print copies of each issue as we knock them out.

Other Comics - We'll toss in digital copies of Double Jumpers (Action Lab), Adamant (Loophole Comics) and as many others as we can get our hands on.

 

 

Prints - An 11x17 print of the cover to Issue #1 of Thunderchickens!

Sketches - Bill Blankenship will draw a sketch of anything you want in your issue of Thunderchickens!

Sketchbooks - Our most personal reward yet! You'll get the Madcap Sketchbook: The Psych Ward Sketches, which were drawn by Bill Blankenship exactly where it sounds like.

Art Commissions - Bill Blankenship will draw pretty much whatever you want.

Fursona Commissions - Bill Blankenship will create an original piece of art based on your fursona!

Comic Cover Commissions - Bill Blankenship will produce finished cover art for your comic! Like this cover for the indie comic Stray!

Portfolio Consultations - Thunderchickens artist/creator Bill Blankenship will work with you to hone your comics portfolio with copious suggestions, and a trio of phone and/or skype discussions.

Script/Pitch Consultations - Thunderchickens editor extraordinaire Mike Exner III will work with you to hone your comics script or pitch into a winner. No script on hand? No worries, this reward doesn't expire.

Pet Portraits - Bill Blankenship will draw your pet however you want your pet to be drawn. This reward is the best.

Comic Pages - Inked pages from Issue #1 of Thunderchickens on Bristol board. First come, first serve.

With rewards like those, how can you say no? We hope you dig what we're trying to do, and thank you for your support!

 

Risks and challenges

The biggest challenge to completing this project is simply allotting the time to do it and proper project management. I've recruited the assistance of a longtime collaborator and writer Mike Exner III (Writer/ Story Editor) and will be recruiting a project manager if we're funded. If we fund the first issue fully, we'll be doing extended rewards to fund more issues (up to 5 max) at a lower cost and add those issues to our backers rewards digitally so that no extra reward production costs are incurred.

We have an art team that includes myself, Ludwig Olimba doing color separations, and Marco Della Verde on letter art. In order to produce the art in an effective timeframe, I've designed the art style around being able to be produced quickly with less work involved in the process.

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    "Look at the big issue, here..."

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    "They're cheap, but they look good."

    You will receive an 8.5 x 11 bust sketch of whatever character you choose, drawn by William Blankenship.

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    "Like some kind of hero..."

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    "It's a winning combination."

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    "He seems a bit... off."

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    "Looks good! Just a little smaller."

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    "Something happened down at the lab."

    You'll receive one page of original inked production art for Double Jumpers drawn by Bill Blankenship on Bristol board. (Most pages from issues 1-2 available.)

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    "Take a look at yourself, kid."

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    "What are you tryin' ta get at here?"

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    "Who's a good boy?!"

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    "Make it look good!"

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    * 2010 The Thunderchickens Press Kit

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    "It's museum quality. Premium..."

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    * Head sketch inside signed by the artist.

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    One of a kind!

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    "Who are you, really?"

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    "If you want something done right.."

    3 one-hour portfolio consultations with Bill Blankenship to help you advance your storytelling via the medium of comics.

    3 one-hour script consultations with Mike Exner III to take your comic from idea to full script.

    * Print copy of The Thunderchickens issue #1

    * Head sketch inside signed by the artist.

    * 11 x 17 print of the cover of issue #1 signed by the artist.

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    "We've got you covered..."

    You'll receive a full color digital cover for your own book or comic drawn by Bill Blankenship, print-ready and made for publication.

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    Sponsorship

    Got a geek-culture related product or service that jives with an all-ages comic book audience? With this reward you will receive 1-2 non-disruptive elements of product placement in The Thunderchickens issue #1 and a page of advertising for your product or service created in the style of classic comic book ads contained within the book. We'll also promote your product or service on social media and in the "Thank You" section of the book.

    * Print copy of The Thunderchickens issue #1

    * Head sketch inside signed by the artist.

    * 11 x 17 print of the cover of issue #1 signed by the artist.

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