Share this project

Done

Share this project

Done
Unit 44 :: Area 51! Conspiracy! Storage Units! Humor!'s video poster
Play

When Area 51 employees forget to pay the rent on their storage unit, the secret contents are sold at public auction. Read more

94
backers
$2,800
pledged of $2,400 goal
0
seconds to go

Funded!

This project was successfully funded on August 16, 2014.

When Area 51 employees forget to pay the rent on their storage unit, the secret contents are sold at public auction.

About this project

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.

FREE PREVIEW

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.

WHY DIGITAL?

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

FAQ

Have a question? If the info above doesn't help, you can ask the project creator directly.

Ask a question

Rewards

  • You selected
    Pledge $1 or more

    0 backers

    MISSION BRIEFING - Thanks for the support! You're helping to bring our dream to life and we appreciate you more than your high school classmates did.

    Estimated delivery:
  • You selected
    Pledge $3 or more

    4 backers

    CONFIDENTIAL - Toss us 3 smackaroos and you'll receive a PDF download of UNIT 44 Issue #1 in your email as soon as the campaign ends! It all starts here!

    Estimated delivery:
  • You selected
    Pledge $3 or more

    0 backers

    HOMECOMING - Geared toward those who backed our initial Kickstarter for UNIT 44 issue #1, this reward will net you a digital PDF download of issue #2 as soon as it's complete!

    Estimated delivery:
  • You selected
    Pledge $5 or more

    5 backers

    CLASSIFIED - Up the ante a bit and a you'll receive a PDF download of UNIT 44 Issue #1 AND the behind the scenes Issue #1 script book. The script book contains the full script to the inaugural issue, concept art and creator commentary. Both will be delivered digitally as soon as the campaign ends!

    Estimated delivery:
  • You selected
    Pledge $7 or more

    1 backer

    TOP SECRET - A PDF download of UNIT 44 Issue #1 + script book as soon as the campaign ends. You'll also receive a download of Issue #2 once it's complete!

    Estimated delivery:
  • You selected
    Pledge $9 or more

    16 backers

    HOMECOMING 2.0 - Geared toward those who backed our initial Kickstarter for UNIT 44 issue #1, this reward will net you digital PDF downloads of issues #2-4 as they're completed.

    Estimated delivery:
  • You selected
    Pledge $11 or more

    2 backers

    REDACTED - A PDF download of UNIT 44 Issue #1 + script book as soon as the campaign ends. You'll also receive downloads of Issue #2 & #3 as they're completed!

    Estimated delivery:
  • You selected
    Pledge $15 or more

    16 backers

    RESTRICTED - A PDF download of UNIT 44 Issue #1 + script book as soon as the campaign ends as well as downloads of Issues #2, #3 & #4 as they're completed! You got yourself a digital subscription goin' on! Welcome to the future!

    Estimated delivery:
  • You selected
    Pledge $20 or more

    10 backers

    SUPER SECRET - You'll nab a digital copy of the UNIT 44 collected edition (minimum of 90 pages) + a download of the original script that Ed used to draw the series! Want to see how comics are made? This is your peek behind the curtain. You'll also receive PDF copies of each issue as they're completed!

    Estimated delivery:
  • You selected
    Pledge $25 or more

    5 backers

    COVERT - Get a bigger bang for your buck! In addition to getting a PDF download of each issue as it's completed, you'll receive a download of the 88-page UNIT 44 collected edition + a download of the original series script AND a download of Wes' 88-page crime-fiction graphic novel, CHAMBERS. That's over 260 pages of stuff for your eyeballs. Who loves comics? YOU love comics!

    Estimated delivery:
  • You selected
    Pledge $30 or more

    2 backers

    INCOGNITO - In addition to getting PDF downloads of each issue as they're completed, you'll receive a download of the 90+ page UNIT 44 collected edition + a download of the original series script, AND downloads of Wes' 88-page crime-fiction graphic novel, CHAMBERS + a PDF copy of Wes' 160-page humor book, MUSINGS ON MINUTIAE. That's over 400 pages of stuff to keep your brain entertained. Can you handle it?

    Estimated delivery:
  • You selected
    Pledge $35 or more

    18 backers

    UNDERCOVER - Digital overload! In addition to getting PDF downloads of each issue as they're completed, you'll receive downloads of the 90+ page UNIT 44 collected edition, the original series script, Wes' 88-page crime-fiction graphic novel, CHAMBERS, his 160-page humor book, MUSINGS ON MINUTIAE, and you'll ALSO get a PDF of Wes' 96-page heist graphic novel THE UNDOUBTABLES. More than 500 pages of comics goodness comin' at ya!

    Estimated delivery:
  • You selected
    Pledge $50 or more

    2 backers Limited (3 left of 5)

    AREA 51 - Hey, writers -- In addition to scoring a digital copy of the 90+ page UNIT 44 collected edition + a download of the original series script, writer Wes Locher will read your comic book script or short story (up to 24 pages in length) and provide helpful feedback to make it even more awesome! You'll also get PDF copies of Wes' books CHAMBERS, THE UNDOUBTABLES & MUSINGS ON MINUTIAE.

    Estimated delivery:
  • You selected
    Pledge $60 or more

    4 backers Limited (6 left of 10)

    WATERTOWN - Hey, art lovers -- In addition to scoring a digital copy of the 90+ page UNIT 44 collected edition + a download of the original series script, Unit 44 artist Eduardo Jimenez will draw the pop culture character of your choice and email you the hi-resolution file! You want a Han? A Walter White? A Wolverine? A pic of your own mug? He has you covered. You'll also get PDF copies of Wes' books CHAMBERS, THE UNDOUBTABLES & MUSINGS ON MINUTIAE.

    Estimated delivery:
  • You selected
    Pledge $100 or more

    2 backers Limited (4 left of 6)

    GROOM LAKE - You'll appear as a background character in the third or fourth issue of UNIT 44! You'll be recognized in the credits for your contribution and you'll receive PDF copies of the collected edition, the original script and we'll email you each issue as it's complete! This level also comes with downloads of Wes' other books, CHAMBERS, THE UNDOUBTABLES & MUSINGS ON MINUTIAE.

    Estimated delivery:
  • You selected
    Pledge $150 or more

    2 backers All gone!

    PARADISE RANCH - Your likeness will appear in a speaking role in the third or fourth issue of UNIT 44! You'll be recognized in the credits for your contribution and you'll receive PDF copies of the collected edition and the original script. Plus, we'll email you each issue as it's complete! This level also comes with downloads of Wes' other books, CHAMBERS, THE UNDOUBTABLES & MUSINGS ON MINUTIAE.

    Estimated delivery:
  • You selected
    Pledge $150 or more

    0 backers Limited (1 left of 1)

    HOMEY AIRPORT - *Back by popular demand!* Your likeness will appear in a speaking role in the fourth issue of UNIT 44! You'll be recognized in the credits for your contribution and you'll receive PDF copies of the collected edition and the original script. Plus, we'll email you each issue as it's complete! This level also comes with downloads of Wes' other books, CHAMBERS, THE UNDOUBTABLES & MUSINGS ON MINUTIAE.

    Estimated delivery:
  • You selected
    Pledge $250 or more

    1 backer All gone!

    DREAMLAND - One lucky backer will appear as a secret agent in the third issue of UNIT 44! You'll directly interact with the main characters, Gibson and Hatch, and have several lines of dialogue! In addition, the character will be named after you and you'll be recognized in the credits for your contribution. You'll receive PDF copies of the collected edition and the original script and we'll email you each issue as it's complete! This level also comes with downloads of Wes' other books, CHAMBERS, THE UNDOUBTABLES & MUSINGS ON MINUTIAE.

    Estimated delivery:

Funding period

- (30 days)