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About this project

It's time to put Unit 44 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 trade paperback 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 and shipping of the trade paperback to be solicited through Diamond Distribution, allowing Unit 44 to be available in comic shops 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 TPB 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), 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 TPB, a mini-poster, some sweet pixel glasses, and a behind-the-scenes look at the original script for the comic. You could even hire Wes to read and provide feedback on your story, or commission series artist Ed to draw your favorite fictional character, or a comic book cover and or 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 mini-poster ($40 level)
Unit 44 mini-poster ($40 level)
Check out a smattering of our available rewards
Check out a smattering of our available 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 the Unit 44 trade paperback, which will be released for distribution and available in comic book shops 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 delight

    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 Print!

    Live the Unit 44 adventure vicariously through a limited edition 8"x11"art print drawn by series artist Ed! Jiménez. Perfect for your wall/dorm/locker/etc.

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    Unit 44 TPB 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 format.

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    Eyes on the prize!

    Save some trees by grabbing the Unit 44 graphic novel as a PDF download, but to help you read it, we'll mail you a stylish pair of Unit 44 pixel glasses!*

    *Not guaranteed to improve eyesight, but will raise your cool points significantly.

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    Unit 44 TPB in print!

    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.

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    The original Unit 44 working script!

    Want a copy of the Unit 44 trade paperback to appear at your doorstep AND you're interested in how comics are made? Right on! You'll not only get the TPB, but a digital PDF of the entire script of Unit 44. See how the sausage is made and then be scared of eating sausage for the rest of your life!

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    Mini-poster!

    Want a copy of the Unit 44 trade paperback to appear at your doorstep and you want something cool for your wall? We'll hook you up with a lovely 8x11 Unit 44 mini poster drawn by series artist Ed! Jimenez!

    Includes:
    • A signed print copy of the Unit 44 TPB shipped to you
    • A PDF download of the 100+ page Unit 44 TPB
    • A digital copy of the Unit 44 script
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    Pixel glasses!

    Alongside your print copy of the Unit 44 TPB and electronic script, I'll also mail you a set Unit 44 pixel glasses that you can wear around the house or to your favorite comic convention!

    Includes:
    • A signed print copy of the Unit 44 TPB shipped to you
    • A PDF download of the 100+ page Unit 44 TPB
    • A digital copy of the Unit 44 script
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    Art comission! (Headshot, full color)

    You'll score the Unit 44 TPB in print, shipped to your home (or home of your enemy) 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 and hang on your wall/in your locker, etc. It'll be epic.

    Includes:
    • A signed print copy of the Unit 44 TPB shipped to you
    • A PDF download of the 100+ page Unit 44 TPB
    • A digital copy of the Unit 44 script
    • A full-color headshot commission by Ed
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    Art comission! (Half-body, full color)

    You'll score the Unit 44 TPB 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 be amazeballs.

    Includes:
    • A signed print copy of the Unit 44 TPB shipped to you
    • A PDF download of the 100+ page Unit 44 TPB
    • A digital copy of the Unit 44 script
    • A full-color half-body commission by Ed
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    Script review!

    Are you in the process of creating a comic book of your own? Series writer Wes Locher will take a look at 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!

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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 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 TPB shipped to you
    • A PDF download of the 100+ page Unit 44 TPB
    • A digital copy of the Unit 44 script
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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:
    • A signed print copy of the Unit 44 TPB shipped to you
    • A PDF download of the 100+ page Unit 44 TPB
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