About this project
Hello, and thank you for checking out my Kickstarter Project for my comic, "Opposite Forces". In a nutshell, this project is a printing project to compile all four COLOR issues of my comic series from the early 2000s, plus all the covers, pinups (many in color for the first time), and never before seen sketches all under one "roof" or trade paperback. In ADDITION, I am going to include a rare two page story drawn by me (in color for the first time), a separate development/sketcbook section for a TV VERSION pitch I've created (redesigning the characters, making them younger and in high school), as well as a mini flip book in the corner of never before seen animation I created of Marty and Alexis (in COLOR!). JAM PACKED, right? I know, I'm excited to hold it too!
SOME HISTORY of Opposite Forces: I wrote and drew this series over about 4 or 5 years in the early 2000s. It was a real labor of love for me. My buddy and I started a comic company to self-publish our own creations called Funnypages Press. This first story arc (issues 1-4, reproduced in this Kickstarter) was originally printed in BLACK AND WHITE with a press run of only a couple thousand. They are very rare to find (though I have a few left that I am offering in one of the incentive tiers to the right). Around 2005 or so, ALIAS Publishing (now long gone) offered to reprint issues 1-4 in COLOR for the first time. I created all new covers for that run and we had a talented artist (Cedric Hohnstadt) INK issues 3 and 4 (which I had drawn much more roughly), along with the covers. Joshua Ray did an excellent job coloring all four issues and the covers. So, between the two print runs, there were two versions of the interior art (black and white/ color) and 8 different covers created for the combined runs. AND, all "celebrity" pinups and covers that I had made for the black and white (Funnypages Press) version were NOT reproduced for the COLOR (Alias) version. SO- this is why I wanted to finally compile the BEST of all the versions, have some of the pinups colored for the first time, AND add extra content like the sketchbook sections to create THIS AWESOME TRADE PAPERBACK! It's the ULTIMATE OPPOSITE FORCES BOOK!
What will the money be used for? Well, largely, the printing of the book, the art prints, paying some colorists, a graphic artist to put the book together and color the animation drawings, my 15 year old daughter wants something for helping to ship stuff and help shoot my video, Amazon and Kickstarter fees (that's up to 10% right there), and Shipping (this could be about 20-25% of the costs too). IF we go over the goal, I do plan on ADDING A FEW "REACH" GOALS. Maybe Hardcover? Maybe adding more pages to the sketchbook sections? Maybe both or more? We'll see.
PS- Send me a note if you have any ideas of other incentives that you'd like to see. I may add some as we go!
NOTE: I HAVE CHANGED MY MIND and have added a PDF version of the book to the $35 and up levels. Since this Kickstarter is IN PROGRESS, I don't feel it is right to add a lower level tier with JUST the PDF version of the book. It would be unfair to those that have already purchased the book. If you have backed at the $20 level and still ALSO want the PDF version, then I suggest you UPGRADE to that level. I hope this helps those that enjoy both digital and book form versions of this book.
ALSO, this new PDF version of the book will ALSO go to EVERYONE that is ABOVE the $35 tier. I can not change the wording of the tiers once the Kickstarter has begun, so this is the best way I know how to get that word out. "Always be backing!"
And here's some images of what you are getting in some of the INCENTIVES on the right:
HERE'S THE BOOK COVER:
A couple sample interior pages from the 80+ page story:
The book will include tons of alternate covers, pinups, and sketchbook pages too!
There's even a never before seen animation I created of Marty and Alexis running toward the camera. It is being colored and put in the corner of the sketchbook section as a flip book! Here is an example of one of the frames from the Alexis level! (The Marty and Alexis original animation artwork from this animation is a part of some of the incentives on the right!)
AND for some of the incentive tiers there are EXTRAS like:
Here is the original artwork for the $250 tiers- The Marty Fan and The Alexis Fan:
Risks and challenges
I will be working with a very well known printer in China. They are high quality and have printed many Kickstarter projects along with great "art of" books for many well-known comic artists. Obviously, there can be challenges to working with any company abroad, so some shipping delays can always happen. My shipment deadline in each backing tier is just a guess of when I might get the comic back from the printer (usually 3 months) and get all of them together and shipped out to you. Assume 4 months, I guess. My 15 year old daughter will be working with me (so she can raise a little money for overly sexy swim suits for summer- dang it!) to help ship and fulfill all the incentives. That can always be problematic but I have 4 daughters so working with ONE sounds easy. Shouldn't be a problem we can't handle by bringing MOM in to get things done. I will do my best to get quality packing materials to ship all the incentives. I live in fear of the postal service, so that should help us all here. Also, my time is limited because of many work commitments, but I am planning on making this as much of a priority as possible to accomplish all the shipping, emails, and art commissions to everyone's full pleasure.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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