It's STORAGE WARS meets MEN IN BLACK!
UNIT 44 answers the question, 'What happens when inept Area 51 employees 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, Agents Gibson and Hatch must recover an item from the locker if they hope to stop the extraterrestrial threat.
This Kickstarter campaign will fund the creation of the art for issues #2-4 of the sci-fi/humor comic book series UNIT 44. The first issue is complete and now it's time to finish the series! The funds raised will allow artist Eduardo Jimenez to set aside several other projects to focus solely on finishing the comic book for release in Fall 2014.
Once complete, the series will be released as a digital-first initiative by ALTERNA COMICS, publisher of the New York Times Bestselling FUBAR zombie anthologies and other fantastic titles including The Chair, The Last West, Metaphase and Billy the Pyro.
We welcome you to scope out the first seven pages of UNIT 44 Issue #1 below and get a feel for the humorous and wacky tone of the comic!
(Click the images if you'd like them to be a bit bigger. Can't have you getting eye strain on our account.)
THE CREATIVE TEAM
Wes Locher is the writer of the comic books THE UNDOUBTABLES (Markosia Enterprises, 2014), CHAMBERS (Arcana Studio, 2013), the webcomic INNOVATION and the book MUSINGS ON MINUTIAE, a collection of humorous essays.
Eduardo Jiménez (Ed!) is a freelance digital illustrator who specializes in comic art, character design and children book illustration.
By offering digital rewards, it allowed us to bring our goal down to very very low level. Without having to factor in printing and shipping costs right now, we can do the most important thing, which is to finish the comic. All of our rewards will work seamlessly on your computers, tablets and smartphone devices. (Perfect for the bathroom readers out there.)
WHAT PEOPLE ARE SAYING ABOUT UNIT 44
“I need a whole new scoring scale for this one, simply, it is the best comic book we have read all summer long, and is going to be in our top 10 list of independent comic books at the end of the year.” – ComicsForge.com
“...it’s a fast-paced story full of wit and some great humor that’s appropriate for all-ages. It’s the rare comic that’s appropriate for everyone with jokes that can keep kids just as entertained as adults. ” – ComicBookTherapy.com
“I’ve read issue #1 and it’s an absolute riot.” – StashMyComics.com
"What we have here could be the start of something special and this is your opportunity to support it and get in on the ground floor of it." - FollowingTheNerd.com
“[Unit 44] looks to be a whole lot of fun, which is something sorely missing from comics these days.” – MultiversityComics.com
"Unit 44 has an amazing concept, with great art…” - GeekyUniverse.com
“The art is cool as is the idea.” – TalkingComicBooks.com
“This book was a quick and easy sell for me.” – AllGeekToMe.net
“Okay, so the premise to Unit 44 is completely unbelievable, but there’s something fun about it.” – ComicBastards.com
“Back this project up, Wes and Eduardo have put together a fantastic book here!” – InvestComics.com
"...the polished pages are easy on the eyes, and the humor is fantastic." - Giggaheim.com
"It’s hard not to support a comic that looks like it’d be fun (something we need more of honestly)." - GraphicPolicy.com
"If you are a fan of Storage Wars, extraterrestrials, and everything in between, now is your chance to lend a hand to an indie creator in making this great idea into a reality." - FanboyComics.net
Risks and challenges
Wes and Ed successfully Kickstarted the first issue of UNIT 44 in September of 2013. They raised $2,700 which allowed them to create the art, print physical copies of the book and fulfill reward creation and worldwide shipping.
This campaign is designed to fund issues #2-4 and will keep Ed fed while he works on the remaining 66 pages of the series. Once all issues are complete, the 4-issue miniseries will be published by Alterna Comics as a digital-first initiative available through online retailers like ComiXology. Once they've been released in this format, Wes and Ed will release a 90+ page collected edition, featuring all 4 issues, in print form.
The story for UNIT 44 is complete and the scripts have all been written. After funding, series artist Eduardo Jiménez will draw, ink and color the remaining 66 pages which will then be passed back to Wes to be lettered.
As long as Eduardo and Wes remain in good health, they anticipate completing the rest of the series by October, 2014, though rest assured that they will work as hard as they can to complete the series sooner.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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