Golden Apple Comics
My father started Golden Apple Comics over 30 years ago. I grew up in the store and, more importantly, in the world of comics.
I decided to start a Production Company out of the shop after hearing so many stories from my Industry buddies who put their blood, sweat, and tears into writing and drawing a comic to have some big studio actually agree to turn it into a TV show or a movie.....and then nothing happened. Their book sat on a shelf somewhere because some executive who wasn't even a comics fan lost interest in it. I want to change that...NOW!
I quickly realized in order to really make this happen, part of this company needed to be publishing. There are a ton of independent creators out there (maybe you're one of them) who have great books or ideas for books that go unnoticed or unpublished because they just can't get their foot in the door in the Comics Industry. I want to help bring those great books to life. I want to tell that girl or guy who walks into my store with a cool book they've drawn at home, "This books is awesome. I wanna make it."
My goal is that Golden Apple Productions will be a company in Hollywood that's on the creator's side as well as the fan's side. I know good books and I know what the fans like. That's why I'm coming to you, comic fans for help. I don't want to answer to some guy in a suit with a ton of money, I want to answer to the fans.
How You Can Help
Our goal is simple. We have a handfull of books we're currently pitching around Hollywood. So far so good, but we are at the point where we need cash to really get this company up and running. We need to create comic trailers for our books, look-books for pitching them, build a site for comic submissions & more...but we're cash poor.
More importantly, we have a few books already written and illustrated that are just waiting to be printed. Furthermore, we've got ideas from several creators, including top talent like Darick Robertson (HAPPY!, The Boys, Transmetopolitan, etc.) and Writer/Actor Michael McMillian from True Blood, that we need funds to have illustrated and fully brought to life. These are just a few of our amazing books waiting to be created. And my partner and I just don't have the money to fund all this ourselves and don't want to bankrupt my family's comic shop in the process. That's why we need your help.
Crowdfunding through Indiegogo seems like a natural fit. We have some creative "perks" that give you value and us some cash, a WIN-WIN scenario.
Here are a few Golden Apple books we are developing NOW and need money to fund:
TRIAGE: This is a unique and inventive story about EMT Cassie Jurich who makes a miraculous recovery from an accident to not only find she has physical abilities she never knew, but someone wants to kill her for it. It's an action/mystery with enhanced human abilities. What more do you want from a book? The writer, Mairghread Scott (Transformers Prime), has issue 2 written and ready to go. We want to hire an artist to bring it to life and keep this awesome series going.
TELIKOS PROTOCOL: This is one of the most insanely cool books ever. If you haven't seen it, check it out now. Telikos is one of the most successful KICKSTARTER projects in history.
These guys have created an amazing world and we are lucky enough to be working with them to develop it for TV, film and Video Game. It's published by Vanquish Interactive and I gotta tell you, these guys have some sweet new books in the pipeline. Telikos is only the beginning and we hope to work with Vanquish to bring all their titles to the screen.
THE 36: Ancient Kaballah mythology says there are 36 people alive in the world at all times who are tasked with protecting the world, whether they know it or not. Kristopher White has taken this mythology and given it a smart super hero edge. This is a lush, rich world populated with real characters with real problems, who just happened to be the saviors of the planet. This is a must-read. Kris has Volume 2 mapped out and 2 stand-alone stories already written. We just need money to hire artists to continue to bring this spectacular universe to life. This will surely be your new favorite series.
JIMMY BRASS, 2ND GRADE DETECTIVE: This is a noir detective story starring a 9-year-old. An awesome book that my daughter loves it as much as I do. The writer, Jake Dickerman (Gormitti: Nature Unleashed), has created a funny, cool and unique world where a hard-boiled detective solves the mysteries of his school with the help of his flask-like juicebox and a butt-kicking Kindergarten girl, Opal. Jake has 3 issues done and waiting to be printed and many more in the works. This is a fun series that we are eager to keep going and possibly sell as an animated or live-action TV series.
What You Get
So, the important part. What do you get for your support? We're offering a ton of stuff, from digital copies of our books, to a shopping spree at Golden Apple Comics. We'll even publish your comic book under the Golden Apple imprint! That's right. Your book can be one of the first books we publish and a part of comics history. Yeah, there are a lot of incentives from $5 to $10,000, please check them all out. There is something for everyone!
We could have gone after private money, but we don't want to deal with people who are going to squash ideas because they aren't "commercial." We are asking you guys for help because we want to have to answer to you. We want to give you what you want, and that's awesome comics and (hopefully) awesome movies & TV, too. We don't get in the way of the creators we work with, we let them do their thing and help their vision come to life.
With Golden Apple Productions, I hope to continue on what my father started in 1979. Let's go out and make the new wave of comics!