Golden Apple Productions

Help LA-based Golden Apple Comics become a full-fledged publishing and production company!
Ryan Liebowitz
Los Angeles, California
United States
1 Team Member

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independent creators out there (maybe you're one of them) who have great books or ideas for books that go unnoticed or unpublished because they just can't get their foot in the door in the Comics Industry.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 Cover

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 City

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.

36 Cover

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.   

Issue #1 Cover

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!  

The Impact

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!

Other Ways To Help

If you're on hard times, like we've all been (believe me, I know), then please help us out by telling your friends about us and linking to this page though social media (Facebook, Twitter, Etc.).   

Thank you for all your support!  Let's start making some awesome comic books and helping Indy Creators!

-Ryan Liebowitz

Legal Stuff

*Gift card can NOT be used on already discounted merchandise or consignment items.  

**Banner ad will be placed at Golden Apple’s discretion.  Golden Apple refuses the right to promote any business it chooses, including competitors or businesses deemed inappropriate by Golden Apple.  If Golden Apple rejects your company, your donation will be refunded.

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  • $15USD
    Print & Digital Comic Pack

    A printed copy "The 36" Graphic Novel and Digital copies of Telikos Protocol #1, Jimmy Brass #1 & Triage #1

    1 out of 100 claimed
    Estimated delivery: September 2013
  • $20USD
    Printed Comic Pack

    You get one printed copy of each of these comic books: Triage #1, Jimmy Brass #1, and Telikos Protocol #1.

    2 out of 1000 claimed
    Estimated delivery: September 2013
  • $40USD
    Golden Apple T-Shirt

    You'll get a limited edition, exclusive Golden Apple Productions Indiegogo t-shirt. This design will not be available anywhere else. They’re cool. They’re snazzy. They’re wearable! PLUS, everything from the $10 Digital Perk.

    4 out of 100 claimed
    Estimated delivery: November 2013
  • $50USD

    Are you tired of the same old wallet? Do you know that Golden Apple can make custom wallets out of COMIC BOOKS? That's right, for only $50 you can have a 1-OF-A-KIND wallet made from ANY COMIC in the shop ($4.99 or less). Just simply come into the shop. pick a comic (or bring in your own) and 2 weeks later you will have a wallet unlike ANY ONE else!

    2 out of 100 claimed
    Estimated delivery: September 2013
  • $75USD
    Comic Writers Workshop

    Wanna know how to write comics from a pro? Well, here's your chance. Harvey and Eisner nominated writer MARC ANDREYKO (Torso, Manhunter, Cap & Bucky) will share his secrets, tell stories, and answer your questions about all things comics in this 2-hour event! Attendees get a copy of the TORSO HC ($25 value) Plus: Special Superstar Guests (TBA) for the last half-hour's Q & A! *10 person Minimum & 20 Maximum ONLY!

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    Estimated delivery: December 2013
  • $80USD
    $100 Golden Apple gift card

    This is a total NO BRAINER. Get 20 free bones to spend in the store. It's the least we can do. (Limit 25) (*See Restrictions)

    6 out of 50 claimed
    Estimated delivery: September 2013
  • $100USD

    Can't join us on Sept. 25th in LA for the Hero Initiative Party? That's OK, you can buy all the goodies here: -2013 Hardcover Overstreet Price Guide ($35 Value) -Ballistic #1 Hero Variant Comic signed by artist & creator Darick Robertson! ($30 Value) -Deadpool sketch by Scott Koblish ($50 Value) ALL this for $100 bucks!

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    Estimated delivery: October 2013
  • $150USD
    Drinks/Coffee with Ryan & Matt

    Meet the guys behind Golden Apple Productions, Ryan from Golden Apple & his partner (Producer/Writer) Matt Fleckenstein ! Let's meet up for a drink and/or coffee at a local Los Angeles joint. We'll give you creative feedback, advise and you can even pitch us your projects. 90 minute time limit. Time & Place TBD

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    Estimated delivery: October 2013
  • $250USD
    You Draw a Pin-Up for us!

    We will feature YOUR artwork as a pin-up in a future Golden Apple comic! We’ll send you character designs and information on the book, and you send us your work.We're actively looking for which artists to feature in our comics & graphic novel line. This could put you on the map! (Limit 20) (Pinups must be approved by Golden Apple)

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    Estimated delivery: December 2013
  • $400USD
    $500 Golden Apple Gift Card

    The savings keep getting bigger and bigger. basically, we're giving you a chance at $100 FREE to spend at the shop! (Limit 10) (*See Restrictions)

    1 out of 10 claimed
    Estimated delivery: September 2013
  • $400USD
    Store Signing & Featured Book

    Have you always wanted to do an in-store signing at Golden Apple? We’ll coordinate a time and date that works for us both, we’ll set up a table and tell everyone about it, via our Flaxen newsletter, Facebook, and Twitter. All you need is YOU and a bunch of books to sign for the fans. To make it even better, YOU KEEP THE MONEY$$ for the books you sell at the event (up to $400) & get a featured spot on the shelves for 3 consecutive months. (Limit 10)

    1 out of 10 claimed
    Estimated delivery: October 2013
  • $450USD
    Banner Ad on Our Site

    You'll get a banner ad on the Golden Apple Comics website for a month to promote your company, product and/or idea. Plain and simple. (Limit 12...1 per month) (**see restrictions)

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    Estimated delivery: October 2013
  • $500USD
    Front of The Line Pass

    We'll give you a Front of The Line Pass to all Golden Apple events for 12 months. That’s right. You will never wait in a line at a signing or any other Golden Apple event. With this pass, you get right to the front of the line. Every time. [Non-transferrable. Good for 1 person (your friends are gonna have to wait in line! Sorry! Does not include any sellable merchandise or autograph fees.) Limit 9....1 person already won this at a recent Golden Apple Grab Bag promotion...lucky!!

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    Estimated delivery: October 2013
  • $1,000USD
    Kids Birthday at Golden Apple

    We’ll shut down the store for you and 15 of your child's closest friends. We'll supply appropriate beverages, decorations, an awesome comic-themed cake of your choosing (we’ll give you options), a character appearance (choose from a list of popular DC or Marvel characters), $50 for your little one to spend in store, and a gift bag for all the party guests. What’s not to love? (Party must take place around normal store hours. Time and date to be agreed upon by you and Golden Apple.) (Limit 5)

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    Estimated delivery: October 2013
  • $1,250USD
    Intern for Golden Apple

    Ever wanted to work on the ground floor at a new production and publishing company? Hop on board as an official intern for 2 consecutive months. You’ll do everything from finding new comics for us to setting up meetings, all while learning the basics of the entertainment industry. And there'll be tons of perks, including free comics, meeting celebrities, and the possibility that it could turn into a full-time position. (Limit 5) (Based upon Golden Apple Approval)

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    Estimated delivery: October 2013
  • $2,000USD
    Golden Apple Shopping Spree!

    You get 1 minute (60 seconds) to fill as many of our yellow baskets as you can with items from the store shelves, including comics, graphic novels, toys, t-shirts, supplies, and magazines. If you're a true fan, you can easily fill those baskets with twice this much! (Excludes statues and vintage comics. Winner can’t go behind any counters or take anything that is inside any glass cases or displayed on walls. See Golden Apple for full details.) (Limit 3)

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    Estimated delivery: December 2013
  • $3,000USD
    We Publish Your Comic!

    You have a single issue comic book written and drawn but need it published? We'll publish your book (up to 22 pages) under the Golden Apple imprint, print 500 copies of it, and carry it on the shelves at Golden Apple. We’ll also plug your book on our social media and Flaxen newsletter and have you into Golden Apple for a signing. PLUS we’ll shop your book around Hollywood. Yep, your book could end up as a TV show or movie. Let's go! (Limit 10) (Subject to the Golden Apple Publishing agreement)

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    Estimated delivery: December 2013
  • $5,000USD
    We Publish Your Graphic Novel

    Just like the $3,000 tier, we will publish 250 copies of your graphic novel (limit 200 pages) under the Golden Apple imprint, carry it on Golden Apple shelves, promote it, have you in for a singing, and shop your book around Hollywood. This could be your big break. (Limit 10) (Subject to the Golden Apple Publishing agreement)

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    Estimated delivery: December 2013
  • $10,000USD
    We Make Your Comic Book!

    That’s right. We’ll work with you every step of the way to bring your script to life as a full-blown 22-page single issue comic book. We’ll hook you up with an artist, letterer, colorist, even hire a well-known comic book artist to do the cover. Then, we’ll publish your book under the Golden Apple imprint (at least 500 copies) and give it the full treatment: we’ll stock it, promote it, you do a signing, and we'll shop it around Hollywood. (Subject to the Golden Apple Publishing agreement)

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    Estimated delivery: March 2014
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