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About this project

The Comic

Unit 44 is the story of Area 51 employees, Agent Gibson and Agent Hatch, who forget to pay the rent on the facility’s off-site storage unit, and the super-secret contents are sold at public auction. When an alien invasion threatens the safety of planet Earth, Gibson and Hatch must recover an item from the locker if they hope to stop the extraterrestrial threat.

The idea for the comic hit when writer Wes Locher found himself hopelessly engrossed in an episode of "Storage Wars" on TV (a show about people who purchase the contents of storage units where the owner has stopped paying the rent, and try to turn a profit from whatever they find inside -- it sucks you in!). He couldn't help but wonder what would happen if instead of a room full of useless junk, the buyers inadvertently found themselves with a unit full of government secrets.

That was a story that Wes wanted to read. More importantly, it was one he also wanted to write.

Unit 44 is being developed as a 4-issue miniseries and collected graphic novel. This Kickstarter will fund the creation and printing of the 88-page, full-color comic book.

Check out the first five pages of the series below!

Unit 44 Preview:

(Click the images if you'd like them to be a bit bigger. Can't have you getting eye strain on our account.)

Did you get a kick out of the first fives pages of Unit 44?

Remember...YOU have the power to make the full 88-page series a reality! Let's have some fun!

The Creators:

Wes Locher is the writer of the upcoming comic books NEW LIFE (from publisher 215 Ink), CHAMBERS, and THE UNDOUBTABLES. In addition, he's the author of the book MUSINGS ON MINUTIAE, a collection of humorous essays, and has written sci-fi, crime, survival, spy and public domain-themed comic shorts for THE GATHERING anthologies from GrayHaven Comics.

Eduardo Jimenez is a freelance digital artist residing in Costa Rica. He specializes in comic art and children's book illustrations.

The Kickstarter:

All money raised for the project will go toward the creation of issues #1-4 of Unit 44 which is a fully self-contained story arc. The funds will go toward Ed's freelance fees, they'll aid in the printing of the issues and collected editions they'll help provide a small print run of copies to promote the book at upcoming conventions and local comic shops. We want everyone to see this book and enjoy a comic that's a lot of fun!

Any money raised beyond the initial goal will allow us to print issues and trade paperbacks with higher quality paper stock and after getting a look at them, people will have no choice but to assume that we are consummate professionals. If things really take off with our funding, we'll add additional art and backup stories to the book. Beyond that? Who knows! We'd love nothing more than to continue the adventures of Gibson and Hatch and with your help, it could happen!

The Rewards:

Whether you prefer to read your comics digitally, or hold them in your hands while curled up on your favorite chair, a hot cup of cocoa nearby (hey, this is a judgment-free zone), we have numerous ways for you to read and enjoy Unit 44. Rewards include PDF copies of the issues and trade paperbacks as well as physical books and hardcovers. We're even putting together a behind-the-scenes look at the project with the Unit 44 script book which will declassify the original scripts, give a peek at concept art and character designs and Wes and Ed will share fun anecdotes about the book's production process.

Since those who support comics projects on Kickstarter are typically creators themselves, we added some great rewards to help you in your storytelling journey!

One lucky backer will have their comic book script or short story edited by Yannick Morin of the Image Comics title, EPIC KILL. He and Wes will do two passes on your story and provide in-depth feedback to make it the best that it can be!

Want to show the world that you're the next big thing in comics?

Since you helped Wes and Ed make their comic, they'll help YOU make a comic! Eduardo will pencil, ink and color your five page story and Wes will help you edit your script and letter the finished pages. You'll have a print-ready story just waiting to be unleashed on the world.

Thanks for checking out our Kickstarter and for your support in bringing Unit 44 to life. We're excited that you're excited.

Risks and challenges

The story for Unit 44 is complete and the scripts have been written. After funding, the project will be passed to series artist Eduardo Jimenez to be drawn, inked and colored and then back to Wes to be lettered. As long as Eduardo and Wes remain in good health, the prospective printer for the book stays afloat and the United States Postal Services doesn't go out of business, we anticipate a quick completion and delivery for the series.

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    Pledge $1 or more About $1.00

    One dollar gains you exclusive access to eternal gratitude and you will be thought of positively each time the creative team blows out their birthday candles. Your name will also be printed on a Thank You page in the first issue of the comic. We appreciate your support in making this project a reality and we want everyone to know that YOU helped make it happen!

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    You'll receive a PDF copy of Unit 44 Issue #1 upon its completion! Delivered right to your inbox from ours.

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    A physical copy of Unit 44 Issue #1 will arrive in your mailbox under mysterious but gratifying circumstances. You will hold it, smell the ink, and treasure it forever. It can also be signed by the writer if you think it won't devalue the comic.

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    A digital PDF copy of the Unit 44 trade paperback will be digitally delivered to you after it has been digitally created and digitized for your digital protection and enjoyment.

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    Pledge $18 or more About $18

    This reward level will score you a digital PDF copy of the Unit 44 trade paperback AND a digital copy of the behind-the-scenes script book full of concept art, notes from the creative team, and the original script!

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    A digital subscription to all 4 issues of Unit 44. Each time an issue is completed, a PDF copy will be deconstructed into tiny bytes and then reassembled in your inbox for your reading pleasure.

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    Pledge $25 or more About $25

    A physical copy of the Unit 44 trade paperback will be delivered to your place of residence. Your eyeballs will be treated to (at least) 88 pages of beautiful art and silly words. All physical orders will also receive digital copies in PDF format.

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    Pledge $30 or more About $30

    Same as the $25 level, but in addition to having a physical copy of the Unit 44 trade paperback delivered to whatever address you type in, we'll also throw in a physical copy of the script book. The ultimate behind-the-scenes look at how your new favorite comic was created!

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    Series writer Wes Locher will read your comic script or short story (up to 24 pages in length) and provide honest and constructive feedback to help make your tale the best that it can be. You'll also receive PDF copies of the Unit 44 trade paperback and script book!

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    Series writer Wes Locher will read your comic script or short story (up to 24 pages in length) and provide honest and constructive feedback to help make your tale the best that it can be. You'll also receive PHYSICAL copies of the Unit 44 trade paperback and script book!

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    You have exquisite tastes and you deserve a reward to match. You'll receive a physical copy of the Unit 44 collected edition in HARDCOVER. It will be delivered to your place of residence and your eyeballs will be treated to (at least) 88 pages of beautiful art and silly words. You'll also nab a signed, physical copy of both Unit 44 issue #1 and the script book to help you fully understand what went into making the beautiful creation you'll be holding in your hands. Wes will also send you a hand-written note to thank you for supporting the project. Will you be able to read it? Who knows--his handwriting is pretty bad.

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    Take UNIT 44 to go! At this level you'll get a physical copy of the 88-page Unit 44 trade paperback, a physical copy of the script book, and an 8"x6" tin lunchbox featuring Agent Gibson and Agent Hatch. Inside the box will be a handwritten thank you note from Wes. Send your kids to school in style, or make a statement at the office that says, "I like chicken salad sandwiches, and I also support independent comics!"

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    Pledge $125 or more About $125

    You'll get the handwritten thank you note (that may or may not include doodles in the margin), an 8"x6" tin lunchbox adorned with the book's main characters, and physical copy of the behind-the-scenes script book from the $100 level, but this gem of a reward will have a physical copy of the 88-page HARDCOVER collected edition coming your way. I bet you wish you had been sitting down for that one.

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    Have your comic book script or short story (up to 24 pages in length), proofread and edited by both Yannick Morin (editor of the Image Comics title, EPIC KILL) and Unit 44 series writer, Wes Locher. Together, they'll do two passes on your work to identify any problems, provide feedback and help make your script or story the best that it can be! We'll also toss in PDF copies of the Unit 44 trade paperback and script book.

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    So you wanna make a comic, huh? With this reward, series artist Eduardo Jimenez will pencil, ink, and color your 5-page comic and writer Wes Locher will edit your script (if you want) and letter the finished pages. You helped us make a comic, so let us return the favor!
    (Wes & Ed reserve the right to refuse works with material that may be considered offensive. Please take note of Ed's style--your story will be drawn in a similar way.) You'll also nab physical copies of the Unit 44 collected edition in HARDCOVER and a physical copy of the script book. Please see the FAQ for more info on this reward.

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