The F1rst Hero

LAST DAY of preorder/funding for comic about man who develops superpowers then fights to keep his humanity in a world where everyone who has powers goes insane.
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Anthony Ruttgaizer
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Toronto, Ontario
Canada
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UPDATE 17 October: TODAY IS THE FINAL DAY of the campaign so NOW IS THE TIME to make your pledge.  Remember that IndieGoGo's flexible funding option means that we WILL get your pledge and every dollar helps.  Thanks!!!

What if everyone who ever had superpowers had gone insane and become a threat to society?  What if, after decades of this, one man gained abilities "far beyond those of mortal men" but kept his sanity?  Recently discharged from the Army and faced with a society that fears superhumans, a government that hunts them down and growing numbers of crazed supervillains all around him, JACOB ROTH must decide to either put himself at risk by using his powers to help people or do nothing and remain safe while innocent people get hurt.

“THE F1RST HERO” is a unique new take on the superhero mythos, written by ANTHONY RUTTGAIZER and illustrated by PHILLIP SEVY with colors/letters by KT SMITH (American Splendor, Northern Guard) and covers by LEE MODER (Shinku, Wonder Woman, Stars and S.T.R.I.P.E.).  The first story arc is four issues long and debuts around March 2014 from ACTION LAB COMICS (Molly Danger, Princeless, NFL Rush Zone).

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"A really, really good high concept. It instantly offers a reader a character who we know will face tons of nasty challenges and a character who is unique in the world - always a good start."
- Ty Templeton: Writer, Batman Adventures

"I like the implicit sense of humour. I like the idea that [superhumans] are shunned. I like the dilemma."
- Mark Askwith: Senior Producer, Space Television

"Anthony Ruttgaizer has created a 'Mutant Registration Act' that actually makes sense."
- George Zotti: Co-Owner, Silver Snail Comic Shops

"The premise sounds very interesting. I'm inclined to think it'll be a hit."
- Richard Pace: Penciller, New Warriors/Starman

"I thought [the preview] was great."
- Tony S. Daniel: Writer/Artist, Detective Comics/Action Comics

"[Sevy] is ready to go!"
Francis Manapul: Writer/Artist, Flash

 

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We are hoping to raise at least $7500 so that we can cover our production costs for the series and so we can distribute some publicity material about the series to retailers.  And, of course, a chunk of the money (upwards of 50%) will go towards fulfilling the rewards themselves and covering the IndieGoGo/PayPal fees. 

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But the more money we raise, the more we can get done.  If we exceed our goal, the additional money raised will go towards covering some of our start-up legal costs, having some banners made for conventions and getting a head-start on our second story arc/mini-series.

First and foremost, each and every reward package includes the complete four issue series in digital and/or print format.  So you don't have to worry about finding a local comic shop that is carrying the book or whether or not they will sell out of the book before you get there.  Make any level of pledge to help the book get produced and you will get a copy.

The rewards are pretty simple but really fun.  You can get the entire four issue series delivered to you digitally, readable on any home computer, smart phone or tablet, as a PDF for only $5.  If you prefer to read story arcs all at once, we have packages that include the TRADE PAPERBACK starting at $25.  And for all you purists, we can send you ALL FOUR ISSUES IN TRADITIONAL PRINT FORMAT for as little $35.  And you can add the PDF edition of the book to any other package by just adding $5 to your pledge.

We've also tried come up with a few higher tier rewards to spark your interest.  T-SHIRTS, ORIGINAL PAGES OF ART from the series or even brand-new CONVENTION SKETCHBOOKS each featuring a one-of-a-kind original drawing (one character of your choosing) by such amazing artists as FRANCIS MANAPUL (The Flash, Witchblade), MARCUS TO (Batwing, Flash, Red Robin, Cyborg 009), and our own LEE MODER and PHILLIP SEVY.

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Or maybe you'd like to see YOUR FACE in the pages of "THE F1RST HERO".  For $125, we have a package that includes a CAMEO APPEARANCE.  For $250, you can buy yourself a SPEAKING PART in the book!  For the big ticket price of $1000, you can become a MAJOR RECURRING CHARACTER in The F1rst Hero.  Your character will be part of storylines for years to come.  Plus, we'll throw in a ton of original art, copies of the comic and other swag.

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Please use the share tools near the top of this page and help spread the word about "THE F1RST HERO" via Twitter, Facebook, e-mail, carrier pigeon, smoke signal, jungle drum, interpretive dance or whatever else is available to you.  Even if you can't contribute, you can help make this project successful by telling your friends and neighbours about it.  

The success of this book will be told by how many people buy it, read it and enjoy it.  And if Volume 1 is successful, we'll bring you Volume 2 and 3 and 4 and a whole lot more as we tell the story of "THE F1RST HERO".

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$3,372USD
raised by 70 people in 1 month
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$7,500 USD goal
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This campaign ended on October 17, 2013
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  • $5USD
    4-issue Digital Subscription

    All four monthly issues of The F1rst Hero in PDF form FOR ONLY FIVE DOLLARS! PLUS a full-color The F1rst Hero desktop wallpaper.

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  • $15USD
    Signed First Issue

    A print copy of The F1rst Hero #1, signed by writer Anthony Ruttgaizer PLUS a full-color The F1rst Hero desktop wallpaper AND your name in the thank you section of the comic book. NOTE: This package includes shipping to any location in Canada and the United States. Please add $5 for all other locations.

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  • $25USD
    Trade Paperback - Canada

    A print copy of The F1rst Hero trade paperback (collecting all four issues and tons of bonus material into one volume) PLUS a full-color The F1rst Hero desktop wallpaper AND your name in the thank you section of the comic book. NOTE: This package includes shipping to any location in Canada.

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  • $30USD
    Trade Paperback - USA

    A print copy of The F1rst Hero trade paperback (collecting all four issues and tons of bonus material into one volume) PLUS a full-color The F1rst Hero desktop wallpaper AND your name in the thank you section of the comic book. NOTE: This package includes shipping to any location within the United States.

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  • $35USD
    Print Subscription - Canada

    All four monthly issues of The F1rst Hero in traditional print format, autographed by Anthony and mailed to you PLUS a full-color The F1rst Hero desktop wallpaper AND your name in the thank you section of the comic book. NOTE: This package includes shipping to any location in Canada.

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  • $45USD
    Print Subscription - USA

    All four monthly issues of The F1rst Hero in traditional print format, autographed by Anthony and mailed to you PLUS a full-color The F1rst Hero desktop wallpaper AND your name in the thank you section of the comic book. NOTE: This package includes shipping to any location within the United States.

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  • $50USD
    Trade Paperback - Int'l

    A print copy of The F1rst Hero trade paperback (collecting all four issues and tons of bonus material in one volume) PLUS a full-color The F1rst Hero desktop wallpaper AND your name in the thank you section of the comic book. NOTE: This package includes shipping to any locations outside Canada and the United States.

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  • $65USD
    T-Shirt/Trade PaperbackCombo

    You will receive your choice of one of three t-shirts (The F1rst Hero, Sixteen Hectares or The Union of Independent Professional Wrestlers logos) PLUS a print copy of The F1rst Hero trade paperback, a full-color The F1rst Hero desktop wallpaper AND your name in the thank you section of the comic book. Add $30 to your pledge for each additional shirt you want. NOTE: This package includes shipping to Canada and the United States. Please add $15 for all other locations.

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  • $125USD
    Cameo Appearance

    Have your likeness immortalized on the pages of The F1rst Hero! You will appear as a non-speaking character on at least one page of the book PLUS you'll receive a print copy of The F1rst Hero trade paperback, a full-color The F1rst Hero desktop wallpaper AND your name in the thank you section of the comic book. NOTE: This package includes shipping to any location in Canada and the United States. Please add $10 for all other locations.

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  • $125USD
    Sketchbook: Phillip Sevy

    You will receive a brand new convention sketchbook with a full body sketch of ONE character you choose on the first page by series artist PHILLIP SEVY. PLUS you'll receive a print copy of The F1rst Hero trade paperback, a full-color The F1rst Hero desktop wallpaper AND your name in the thank you section of the comic book. NOTE: This package includes shipping to any location in Canada and the United States. Please add $15 for all other locations.

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  • $125USD
    Original Art package

    You will receive a randomly chosen page of Phillip Sevy's original art from The F1rst Hero PLUS you'll receive a print copy of The F1rst Hero trade paperback, a full-color The F1rst Hero desktop wallpaper AND your name in the thank you section of the comic book. NOTE: This package includes shipping to any location in Canada and the United States. Please add $20 for all other locations.

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  • $150USD
    Sketchbook: Lee Moder

    In addition to everything in the $35 TPB/Digital package, you will receive a brand new convention sketchbook with a full body sketch of ONE character you choose on the first page by series cover artist LEE MODER (Shinku, Wonder Woman, Legion of Super-Heroes). NOTE: This package includes shipping to Canada and the United States. Please add $15 for all other locations.

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  • $150USD
    Sketchbook: Marcus To

    You will receive a brand new convention sketchbook with a full body sketch of ONE character you choose on the first page by MARCUS TO (Cyborg 009, The Flash, Batwing). PLUS you'll receive a print copy of The F1rst Hero trade paperback, a full-color The F1rst Hero desktop wallpaper AND your name in the thank you section of the comic book. NOTE: This package includes shipping to any location in Canada and the United States. Please add $15 for all other locations.

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    $200USD
    Sketchbook: Francis Manapul

    You will receive a brand new convention sketchbook with a single character head sketch of a character that you choose on the first page by FRANCIS MANAPUL (The Flash). PLUS you'll receive a print copy of The F1rst Hero trade paperback, a full-color The F1rst Hero desktop wallpaper AND your name in the thank you section of the comic book. NOTE: This package includes shipping to any location in Canada and the United States. Please add $15 for all other locations.

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  • $250USD
    Become A Character

    You will receive a SPEAKING ROLE in The F1rst Hero. You might end up as a cop or a henchman, a soldier or civilian, but you will appear on at least one page and have at least one line of dialogue. PLUS you'll receive a print copy of The F1rst Hero trade paperback, a full-color The F1rst Hero desktop wallpaper AND your name in the thank you section of the comic book. NOTE: This package includes shipping to any location in Canada and the United States. Please add $10 for all other locations.

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  • $1,000USD
    Major Recurring Character

    You will become a major recurring character in The F1rst Hero PLUS you will receive 4 pgs of original art from the series, a convention sketchbook with a drawing of your character on the first page by PHILLIP SEVY, all 3 t-shirts, 5 copies of the trade paperback, a copy of issue #1 signed by the entire creative team, a PDF copy of the series, a special "thank you" alongside the creative team's credits and a lifetime subscription to future volumes of The F1rst Hero. Shipping included.

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