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All that stood against an invading army of samurai was one man who could not be defeated in battle.
All that stood against an invading army of samurai was one man who could not be defeated in battle.
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WHAT IS YI SOON SHIN?

The YI SOON SHIN Trilogy is based on a true story.  It is about a Korean warrior of real and epic proportions, sworn by duty and honor, to protect his people at all costs from the devastating and brutal Japanese invaders who threaten to conquer his country.

Much like the Nazis during World War II, the Japanese were known for having little remorse for the innocent civilians of Korea. They raped women, enslaved children and killed elders. All that stood against them was one man who could not be defeated in battle.

You can experience the first three issues of the book for FREE at www.freedablecomics.comWarning:  YI SOON SHIN is a book for mature readers.

THE CREATIVE TEAM:

Artists from around the world!  You are welcome to learn more about all of them by clicking right HERE!

RISKS AND CHALLENGES:

YI SOON SHIN has never had a solid means of distribution to book stores and the direct market.

No publisher had the courage or vision to launch this project--an unknown property is a risk in a publishing world of super heroes and licensed properties.  So we did it ourselves.

Yet, over the course of the last five years, YI SOON SHIN has made a big impact on the comic book industry by moving 40,000 comics so far.  We project to break 50,000 sales by the end of the year.  YI transcends all boundaries—women love it as much as men.  All we've got to do is get it into their hands. 

In 2013, YI SOON SHIN sold over 11,000 books in a single year and sold out consecutively at 14 conventions across the US and Canada.  But don't take our word for it, see for yourself.  Check out this video.

Even Marvel's Stan Lee himself loves our book. In fact, he loved it so much, he agreed to write the foreword to the YI SOON SHIN: WARRIOR AND DEFENDER graphic novel.

Other big name talents in the comics industry have this to say about YI SOON SHIN:

  • "Read it and enjoy!" -Neal Adams,
  • "Ambitious and smart." -Mark Waid,
  • "One of my favorite recent discoveries." -Gail Simone,
  • "Staggeringly impressive and jaw-droppingly humbling.  These guys are NOT screwing around!"  -Chris Burnham

We mean business when it comes to making YI SOON SHIN the best possible project.

In our world, everything from layouts to letters must be in service to the story! My editor/co-writer, David Anthony Kraft (DAK), and I spend a lot of time laying out each issue, scene by scene. When we have a structure for the issue, I write a script for each of the scenes in the layout and then send it over to him to look over.

Once the script is approved by DAK, El Arnakleus goes to work on the art and the production process begins. After El finishes laying out, penciling and inking a page, it then goes to our colorist, Adriana De Los Santos in Argentina.  From there, it's passed on to our letterer, Joel Saavedra.

We sometimes spend days, even entire weeks, making sure that we get the most out of every page in the book. Check out this quick one-minute video to get a general understanding of what actually goes into every panel of every page in each issue of YI SOON SHIN.

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Needless to say, it is a great challenge overseeing the production and distribution of this comic but I've learned a lot over the years and I enjoy the work. I love putting my all into this comic and seeing just how much our readers appreciate what we're doing. That is what drives me to keep this series alive.

YI SOON SHIN must be completed!

Plus, we all want to know how the story ends, right?

WHAT’S YOUR MONEY BEING USED FOR?

To put it simply, your money is being used to fund El's art (layouts, pencils, and ink work) for FALLEN AVENGER #4. Keep in mind that if you’re a fan of the graphic novels more than the single issues, it is still in your best interest to help make FALLEN AVENGER #4 happen. Because if it doesn’t, then there won’t ever be a graphic novel!

Here is an overall breakdown of what FALLEN AVENGER #4 is going to cost—

Anything we raise beyond $9600USD will go towards funding the colors, letters, and editorial costs associated with the book, which will help us a great deal.

Anything beyond the costs of producing and printing FALLEN AVENGER #4 will go towards the editorial costs and printing costs associated with the FALLEN AVENGER graphic novel as well as the third and final arc of the YI SOON SHIN Trilogy.

Your money is NOT being used to pay me a salary or to help me setup at any conventions. Those are costs that I will continue to fund out of my own pocket.

REWARDS:

Every dollar counts!!!

If you're new to YI SOON SHIN, this Kickstarter initiative is a great chance for you to get caught up on the series.  Receive an instant reward by picking up the books digitally or in print.  As an added bonus, anything you purchase in print will be signed by me.

The single issues are a great way to go if you just want the story.  All of our books contain the same level of detail in the artwork on the covers as well as the interiors. None of these comics contain any ads—it's all just straight action throughout!

Our acclaimed graphic novel collects Issues #1-4 of WARRIOR AND DEFENDER and features a Foreword by Stan Lee!  It also includes director's cut content, interviews with the creative team, and character profiles!  There are over 50-pages of extras in this bad boy so you're definitely getting a bigger bang for your buck!

If you're caught up with the series and you're looking forward to FALLEN AVENGER #4 or the hard cover FALLEN AVENGER graphic novel to come together, you're welcome to pre-order either or both now and be the first in line!  Books will come signed by me and Series Artist El Arnakleus.  Get it before everyone else!

We've also got some exclusive merchandise put together for this campaign.

Yi Soon Shin Comic Book Frames By COMIC BOOK DISPLAYS

Get a custom YI SOON SHIN: FALLEN AVENGER comic book frame and put your most treasured comic on display for all of your friends to see.

The Yi Soon Shin T-Shirt

For the first time ever, we're putting out a YI SOON SHIN t-shirt and we're doing it in style.  Impress your significant other, motivate yourself, look clever, and feel confident all at once by wearing bad ass YI attire!

Comic Book Consulting

If you're looking for advice about a comic you're working on, you can go all out and have a 1-2 hour conversation with me about your project over the phone or on Skype.

If you're a teacher or administrator that wants to educate your students about Admiral Yi Soon Shin and the business world,  I'm ready to travel anywhere in the world for you!  If you have the means and are ready for it, then so am I!  I am always happy to share my experience as an entrepreneur working in comics.

STRETCH GOALS:

Raising $9600 will get us over the first hump but if possible, I want to raise even more money so that we can produce as much of the series as possible!

Here is a closer look at the EXCLUSIVE Old Yi Soon Shin Letter Illustration Sticker designed by letterer/designer Joel Saavedra!

And here is a closer look at the FALLEN AVENGER Bookmark!

We hope that you will join us in our fight to finish what we've started.  If you have any questions, I invite you to email me at olkompan@gmail.com.  I promise I will do my best to respond in a timely manner.  Thank you so much for your help.

BECOME A BACKER TODAY!

JOIN THE FIGHT!

ONWARD TO VICTORY!

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    PDF: FALLEN AVENGER #1-4. FALLEN AVENGER #1-3 will be made available for download at the end of the campaign. Readers who pledge will be able to view FALLEN AVENGER #4 as it's being produced. Once every 12-pages are completed, we'll send you a link to download the PDF.

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    SAMURAI SLAYER PACK 2: An EXCLUSIVE YI SOON SHIN T-Shirt plus a PRINTED and SIGNED copy of the hardcover YI SOON SHIN: FALLEN AVENGER Graphic Novel signed by Series Creator Onrie Kompan and Series Artist El Arnakleus.

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