Last year, Super! launched a successful kickstarter campaign that enabled us to dip our feet into the comic industry and made a lot of comic fans really happy! Not bad for artists working out of a bedroom in South Jersey!
** AFTER UPDATE 6, the custom poster will also be inked and colored by the Super! team! :) **
The * for the Blood Death Hoodie and Blitz toy indicates that these rewards can be improved to "choice of hoodie" or "choice of toy" through stretch goals. We wrote Blitz and Blood Death because those are our first choices to be produced.
Who we are: The entire operating staff of Unlikely Heroes Studios consists of Zachary Dolan, Justin Piatt, Laurie Foster, Everardo Orozco, and Tara Kappel - the 5 artists that create Super! That's it!
Where the kickstarter money will go: Creation of rewards, Amazon / Kickstarter's small slice of the pie, and if there's anything left over, it'll go towards the creation of Super! Each Super! comic costs about $8,000 to produce and print, and at our low $2.99 price point, we see a little over $1 from each one sold at a comic store (to which we can start chipping away at those production costs!) We raised about $6,000 from our first kickstarter, and the rest of the money used to create Super! issues 1 through 5 was all paid for through funds from our day jobs (and credit cards!) Needless to say, even if we were to suddenly raise the price of our books after issue 5, we're still not at a point where we can sustain ourselves from comic sales alone. We're getting great reviews (http://unlikelyheroesstudios.com/reviews/) and we've got the most AMAZING fans in the world, but we need to make some improvements so that we can sustain ourselves monthly and tell the story of Super! until it reaches its conclusion! Seriously, the story we've written is amazing, and ends roughly around issue 50. That's way too much to Kickstart, and it was too much of a gamble to comic publishers, even the cool ones, to take a chance on. To do this, we absolutely have to hit the comic convention scene hard, you know - get out there and spread the word! - and that's what this Kickstarter will enable us to do. We were approved to attend SAN DIEGO COMIC CON INTERNATIONAL, and if this kickstarter is successful, we'll be prepared to make a big splash on the biggest stage in comics! Keep in mind that to date, a good three years down the road, Super! creators Zack Dolan and Justin Piatt have not received payment for the work they put into Super! If we work hard enough, the time will come, but if there's a choice between getting paid and ensuring the future of Super!, Super! comes first. That is why our last Kickstarter was so successful. That's why we've been able to push Super! so far with so little. And that's why, after this Kickstarter, we're going to shock the world.
To print our trade paperbacks, we're partnering with:
Excited about the project? Join us at http://crowdfundingforum.com/showthread.php/9212-(Kickstarter)-Super!-Special-Mission-Toys-Trades?p=16310#post16310 and join the discussion on how to make this mission successful! :)
Risks and challenges
Toy and hoodie manufacturers are on standby, so we don't foresee any delays or mishaps there. The printers for the trade paperback are also lined up, which leaves the biggest obstacle to fulfilling our goal being a cost that was not factored into our kickstarter, paying our artists to keep Super! going. We're getting by on fumes as it is, so a few added twists in the road could lead to some delays for individual issues, which would put the trade back. But, that's what this Kickstarter was all about, setting the gears in motion for our comic to pay for itself every-month.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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