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Inept Area 51 employees forget to pay the rent on the facility's off-site storage unit and the secret contents are sold at auction.
Inept Area 51 employees forget to pay the rent on the facility's off-site storage unit and the secret contents are sold at auction. The Unit 44 graphic novel is published by Alterna Comics.
Inept Area 51 employees forget to pay the rent on the facility's off-site storage unit and the secret contents are sold at auction. The Unit 44 graphic novel is published by Alterna Comics.
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It's time to put the Unit 44 graphic novel into comic book shops worldwide!

The Great Gatsby. The Catcher in the Rye. War and Peace. These are just a couple of great works of literature that Unit 44 has NOT been compared to.

Instead of deep, flowery, and thought-provoking prose, Unit 44 offers readers a frenetically-paced, ridiculous and over-the-top laugh-fest.

Inept Area 51 employees forget to pay the rent of the facility's off-site storage unit, leaving the secret contents to be sold to a pair of rednecks at public auction.

When an alien invasion threatens earth, the agents must recover an item from the locker if they hope to stop the extraterrestrial threat.

Unit 44 is an 88-page science-fiction/humor comic book written by Wes Locher (writer of Hipster Vs. Rednecks, The Undoubtables, Chambers) and illustrated by Ed Jiménez (artist of Backfired, Secrets and Shadows).

Wes originally started the project because he thought it would be a silly and ridiculous idea to explore. Then drawing the comic made Ed laugh. And then it turned out that other people also thought it was funny. Now we hope to reach an even wider audience and leave them in stitches (the good kind).

While we originally exposed ourselves to the world in 2015 (that didn't sound good, did it?) when the 4-issue series was released digitally. The graphic novel will collect all four issues into one 100+ page book, allowing us to expose ourselves to a new and wider audience (that still sounds bad).

This Kickstarter campaign will fund the printing of 750 copies of the graphic novel to be made available to comic shops, book stores and libraries worldwide via our publisher, Alterna Comics.

Let's look at that last part again... comic book shops WORLDWIDE.

We get it. Humor is subjective. For instance, some people think Larry the Cable Guy is funny, but they're wrong. Here are the first five pages of the comic to see if it tickles your funny bone.

 

 

 

 

 

As long as you enjoy laughing, then yes! But if you're nervous, here are some nice things that comic book reviewers have said about Unit 44:

“Unit 44 contains some of the wittiest dialogue this side of Joss Whedon.” - Ian Simpson / geeksyndicate.co.uk

“…a hilarious roller coaster ride.” - Sean Bartley / ComicsVerse.com

“…good fun, an easy, smart read, and a huge surprise.” - Andrew Hales / ThereforeIGeek.com

“…sets a tone that would allow Unit 44 to easily fit in on either Nickelodeon or a Hulu exclusive animated line-up.” - Joe Iconic / ComicsOnline.com

“… a fun sci-fi comedy, big on the goofy gags and conspiracy theory silliness.” - Geek-O-Rama reviews

“Unit 44 reminds me of the witty and charming cartoons I grew up with in the 90s ... Locher and Jiménez make a great creative team.” - Laura Hong / cc2konline.com

“…a blend of Men In Black and X-Files.” - 13th Crusader / ComicCrusaders.com

“[Unit 44] had me in stitches by the third page.” - Small Press Comics Review

Even if you've already read the series digitally, the Unit 44 graphic novel will (look great on your bookshelf and) be loaded with NEW CONTENT including a never-before-seen 4-page short comic called "Memory Lapse" and pin-up art by some of our extremely talented artist friends including Donal Delay (Image Comics' upcoming Death of Love), Stan Chou (Double Take Studios' Medic, First Law of Mad Science), Jayson Kretzer (Wannabe Heroes), Loch Ness, Graeham Jarvis and more.

But we also have a smattering of other stuff you might be into, including a PDF download of the Unit 44 graphic novel, an exclusive print, a themed tote bag and more! You could even "hire" Wes to read and provide feedback on your story, or commission series artist Ed to draw your favorite fictional character, a comic book cover, or have him design something completely original!

Unsure if you want to support the project? For a pledge of $1 we'll email you a digital copy of Unit 44 issue #1 within 24 hours. You can check it out and decide if you want the whole story!

Unit 44 print
Unit 44 print

 

A smattering of our various rewards
A smattering of our various rewards

Thanks so much for giving Unit 44 a look! We appreciate the consideration and support.

Risks and challenges

This Kickstarter was created to fund the printing and shipping of 750 copies of the Unit 44 graphic novel, which will be released for distribution and available to comic book shops, book stores, and libraries worldwide in August 2017.

Production (art, writing, lettering, etc) on the series is already complete and all that's left to do is print these beautiful books and ship them to your door.

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    Skeptic's Challenge!

    In exchange for your hard-earned dollar, we'll email you an electronic copy of Unit 44 issue #1 (22 pages + awesome cliffhanger) in PDF format so you can see what all the fuss is about. That way you can check it out and, who knows, maybe you'll want more.

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    Unit 44 Graphic Novel in Digital!

    An electronic copy of the Unit 44 trade paperback emailed right to your inbox. 88 pages of pages of laughs, cackles and groans and 20+ pages of bonus material including essays, pinups and a never-before-seen Unit 44 short comic in PDF or CBZ format.

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    Tote it Around!

    You'll score a PDF or CBZ download of the Unit 44 graphic novel and we'll mail you a 14" x 15" Unit 44 tote bag. Never go to a convention without one!

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    Early Birds: Unit 44 in Print!

    To say thank you to those who back our project in the first 5 days, grab a printed copy of the 100-page Unit 44 trade paperback shipped right to your door (or the door of your enemy), signed by writer Wes Locher for just $20!

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    • A signed print copy of the Unit 44 graphic novel shipped to you
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    Unit 44 Graphic Novel in Print!

    This is what you came for! The 100-page Unit 44 graphic novel in print and shipped to your door, signed by series writer Wes Locher.

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    Graphic Novel & Print Combo!

    In addition to the Unit 44 graphic novel, we're shipping you an EXCLUSIVE 8"x11" print by series artist Ed Jiménez that's going to look awesome on your wall/in your dorm room/hanging in your locker.

    Includes:
    • A signed print copy of the Unit 44 graphic novel shipped to you
    • A PDF/CBZ download Unit 44 Graphic Novel
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    Graphic Novel & Tote Combo!

    In addition to the Unit 44 graphic novel, we're shipping you an exclusive 8.5"x11" Unit 44 print and a 14"x15" tote emblazoned with one of the coolest characters in comics: Agent Hatch. Use it for your Wednesday comic book haul, or keep it handy for convention season!

    Includes:
    • A signed print copy of the Unit 44 graphic novel shipped to you
    • A PDF/CBZ download Unit 44 Graphic Novel
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    Art Commission! (Headshot, full color)

    You'll score the Unit 44 graphic novel in print, shipped to your home and series artist Ed! Jiménez will draw a full color headshot of the fictional character of your choice and we'll email you the hi-rez file to print, post online, or just salivate over in private.

    Includes:
    • A signed print copy of the Unit 44 graphic novel shipped to you
    • A PDF/CBZ download Unit 44 Graphic Novel
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    • A full-color headshot commission by Ed
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    Art Commission! (Half-body, full color)

    You'll score the Unit 44 graphic novel in print, shipped to your home (or home of your ex-girl/boyfriend) and series artist Ed Jiménez will draw a half-body commission of the fictional character of your choice in full color and email you the hi-rez file to print, hang on your wall, shoot darts at, etc. It'll blow your mind.

    Includes:
    • A signed print copy of the Unit 44 graphic novel shipped to you
    • A PDF/CBZ download Unit 44 Graphic Novel
    • 8.5"x11" exclusive Unit 44 print
    • A full-color half-body commission by Ed
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    Script Review with Wes!

    Are you in the process of creating a comic book of your own? Series writer Wes Locher will read your script, offer feedback and provide a 1-hour Skype/phone call to discuss your project with you and help you prepare it for pitching to a comic book publisher!

    Includes:
    • A signed print copy of the Unit 44 graphic novel shipped to you
    • A PDF/CBZ download Unit 44 Graphic Novel
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    • 1-hour Skype/phone call with Wes
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    Ed Draws YOUR Comic Book Cover!

    Maybe you're in the process of making a comic book of your own. What if you could get Unit 44 series artist Ed Jiménez to draw the cover or a pin-up featuring your character? Good news, you TOTALLY CAN! Ed will draw a cover or pin-up in full color and send you the print-ready digital hi-rez file!

    Includes:
    • A signed print copy of the Unit 44 graphic novel shipped to you
    • A PDF/CBZ download Unit 44 Graphic Novel
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    Ed designs YOUR characters!

    Have a story in mind but your characters are all blank slates? Ed will help you design your characters and provide official concept art you can use to further develop your series. Already have a book but need a new hero or villain? Let Ed bring fun new characters and creatures to your world!

    Includes:
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    • A PDF/CBZ download Unit 44 Graphic Novel
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    • Ed creates full-color concept art of YOUR characters
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