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When Area 51 employees Gibson & Hatch forget to pay the rent on their storage unit, the secret contents are sold at public auction.
When Area 51 employees Gibson & Hatch forget to pay the rent on their storage unit, the secret contents are sold at public auction.
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It's STORAGE WARS meets MEN IN BLACK!

UNIT 44 answers the question, 'What happens when Area 51 employees, Agent Gibson and Agent Hatch, 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.  

This Kickstarter campaign will fund the creation of the art and physical printing of the first 22-page issue of UNIT 44. This will be the first installment of an intended 4-issue miniseries.

Check out the first 5 pages of the issue below!

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

Wes Locher is the writer of MUSINGS ON MINUTIAE, a collection of humorous essays and the upcoming comic book NEW LIFE (from publisher 215 Ink). In addition, he's a five-time contributor to THE GATHERING anthologies from GrayHaven Comics.  

Eduardo Jiménez is a freelance digital artist who specializes in comic art and children's book illustrations.

What folks are saying:

“[Unit 44] could end up being one of the best family friendly down right funny comic books to come out in 2014.” ComicsForge.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

“Government secrets spilled on an unsuspecting public? With all the real life news coverage of our so called “traitors” spilling the beans, I think this is the hilarious reprieve we all need!”StashMyComics.com

“[Unit 44] is a weird, wacky, and wonderful concept with some impressive art.”ComicBookTherapy.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

The original Kickstarter for UNIT 44 ran during the month of August 2013 and attempted to fund the creation and printing of the full 4-issue miniseries. While the initial $9,000 goal wasn't reached, Wes and Ed decided to re-launch the campaign, seeking $2,000 to fund the art costs and printing of the first issue of the comic.

By having a completed first issue and physical product, Wes and Ed will be able to garner reviews and promote the title at conventions in an effort to continue building an audience for the subsequent three issues.

The story for UNIT 44 is complete and the scripts have been written. After funding, the first issue of the comic will be passed to series artist Eduardo Jiménez 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 completing the first issue of the series by November of 2013.

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    CONFIDENTIAL - For just one smackaroo we'll send you a hi-resolution UNIT 44 wallpaper that will look great on your computer, laptop or mobile device. All backers will have their names printed on a THANK YOU page inside the first issue and will be listed on the official UNIT 44 website!

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    CLASSIFIED - You'll get a hi-resolution PDF copy of the first issue of UNIT 44 sent right to your inbox. This is it--where the story all begins! You'll also gain exclusive access to our undying gratitude.

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    DECLASSIFIED - You'll get hi-rez PDF copies of the first issue of UNIT 44 as well as the script book, which will provide a behind-the-scenes look at the inaugural issue with concept art, commentary from Wes and Ed, the original script and more!

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    TOP SECRET - A physical copy of UNIT 44 issue #1 will make its way to your physical mailbox. All backers who score physical copies of the books will also receive hi-rez PDF copies sent right to their email for some of that instant gratification that the internet has made us love.

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    AREA 51 - In addition to receiving a physical copy of UNIT 44 issue #1, we'll also include a set of Area 51-themed postcards that will be addressed to you and "written by" the characters in the comic. They'll casually mention the catastrophic events that take place during the course of the first issue, or maybe they'll just tell you about their latest vacation. Every card will be unique!

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    WATERTOWN - In addition to picking up a physical copy of the first issue of UNIT 44, we'll also include a copy of the first issue script book, filled with all sorts of behind-the-scenes goodness. A double dose of UNIT 44! We'll also send you a set of postcards written by the characters in the book.

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    HOMEY AIRPORT - You'll receive a physical copy of UNIT 44 issue #1 with a KICKSTARTER EXCLUSIVE COVER that will never be printed again. You'll also grab a set of postcards from the characters and the first issue script book, filled with all sorts of behind-the-scenes goodness. All reward levels $25 and beyond will include the KS Exclusive cover!

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    PARADISE RANCH - You're getting a double dose of humor! In addition to receiving physical copies of the first issue of UNIT 44 and script book you'll also pick up a copy of Wes's 160 page book of humorous essays, MUSINGS ON MINUTIAE. You'll also nab a set of postcards from the book's characters and Wes will send you a handwritten Thank You note for your support. Will you be able to read it? Who knows--his handwriting is pretty bad.

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    GROOM LAKE - You'll get to name Chester's neighbor in the first issue of UNIT 44! You'll also be recognized in the credits for your contribution and receive physical copies of the first issue, script book, a copy of Wes's 160 page collection of humorous essays, MUSINGS ON MINUTIAE, and postcards from the characters! (We're looking for semi-normal names or silly nicknames here, but are very open to creativity. Wes retains the right to reject names that could be considered offensive.)

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    THE BOX - We'll send you physical copies UNIT 44 issue #1, the first issue script book, and an 8"x6" retro tin lunchbox featuring Agent Gibson and Agent Hatch. 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!" Inside the box will be a set of postcards from the UNIT 44 cast and a handwritten Thank You note from Wes.

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    HOME BASE - Same as the $85 level, but in addition to physical copies of UNIT 44 issue #1, the first issue script book, postcards, Thank You note and an 8"x6" retro tin lunchbox, we'll also add a copy of Wes's collection of humorous essays, MUSINGS ON MINUTIAE.

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    PITTMAN STATION - You'll appear in the background of the comic as a resident of Tanopah, Nevada in the first issue of UNIT 44! You'll also be recognized in the credits for your contribution and receive a set of postcards along with physical copies of the first issue, script book, an 8"x6" retro tin lunchbox and a copy of Wes's collection of humorous essays, MUSINGS ON MINUTIAE!

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    DREAMLAND - You'll appear as a resident of Tanopah, Nevada in the first issue of UNIT 44 in a SPEAKING ROLE. You'll directly interact with Agents Gibson and Hatch and be recognized in the credits for your contribution. In addition, you'll receive a set of postcards along with physical copies of the first issue, script book, and Wes's collection of humorous essays, MUSINGS ON MINUTIAE! We'll also toss in an 8"x6" retro tin lunchbox featuring the Gibson and Hatch. Want to appear as a wealthy member of the town? The owner of the local watering hole? A small-town redneck? Choose your own adventure and become part of comic book history!

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