The Middleman - The Crowd-Funded Franchise Resurrection

Help make the first new Middleman comic in seven years, create large-format editions of our previous books, and bring the TV cast back for a special reunion!
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Javier Grillo-Marxuach
Comic
Los Angeles, California
United States
2 Team Members



How does this stretch goal work? Simple!  If we make up the cost of putting together a new Middle book as described below through sales of "The Pan-Universal Parental Reconciliation" then we will create an an entirely new Middleman adventure for 2015 - another 88-100 page graphic novel that will continue the Middleman saga and go on sale as a print on demand title on the Middleman web store!


Sadly, we cannot offer the 2015 book as a solo premium or as an add on to new or existing donations -- merely that we will produce it if we meet our goal and offer it on our forthcoming webstore at a fair and delightful price!


New to the page?  Wanna know what this is all about - keep reading!




In 2005, Viper Comics published The Middleman. It didn’t just spawn three more graphic novels, it also made the Young Adult Library Services Association's list of “Great Graphic Novels For Teens!”  Not bad for an indie black-and-white book, right?  

In 2008, The Middleman exploded into TV - and though we only lasted twelve episodes, The New York Times did use the word “genius” in their review! 

Now, the comics are in danger of going out of print, and with them, our only hope of creating new Middleman materialThe Middleman is owned by ABC Family/Disney... but they have graciously given me, Les McClaine and Viper the right to publish new Middleman adventures in comics!

With your help, we will create an epic tale in which the comic book characters collide with their TV counterparts: The Pan-Universal Parental Reconciliation!

This isn’t just about making a new comic, but about giving The Middleman a new home - a print-on-demand webstore where you will be able acquire both our legacy books and the new adventure, at fair prices, with new covers - in a never-before-seen large format!



Wanna read io9's exclusive review of the script for "The Pan-Universal Parental Reconciliation?"  Click HERE!

Once this campaign funds, production will begin on the new graphic novel - which is currently scheduled to debut in July of 2014, and the remastering of the legacy books... the web-store should open in the second quarter of 2014!



Perks? Boy, have we got perks, starting with...



Gosh yes! We're getting the band back together for one night only, and you can be there to see it: a live reading of “The Pan-Universal Parental Reconciliation” followed by an autograph session!

And yes, Matt “The Middleman” Keeslar, Natalie “Wendy Watson” Morales, Mary-Pat “Ida” Gleason, Brit “Lacey Thornfield” Morgan, Alan “High-Aldwyn” Smyth, and - of course - Jake “Noser” Smollett have all agreed to attend!

And that’s not all! To play the role of “Comic Book Wendy,” we have a special guest, Amber Benson, of Buffy The Vampire Slayer! Don't believe me? Take a look at THIS:



Or how about this? (and why is he standing by a nuclear reactor?)



The event is scheduled for Saturday May 24, 2014 in Los Angeles... you have to furnish your own airfare and accommodations, but this will be a unique opportunity to see the original cast, and get two items of your choice autographed by the stars of The Middleman (yeah, there's a limit, we don't want them getting carpal tunnel)!

The reading will be taped, edited and released on YouTube sometime after the book’s debut at the 2014 San Diego Comic Con!




Wanna see  a preview image of the bookplate? CLICK HERE!



Wanna see a black and white preview of the print - which will be full color and measure 18X25?  Here it is:

And that ain't it -- here's a couple more perks we got for ya!


And here are a few new Middleprops!

In the case of a bidding conflict for the items below, the perk will go to the first bidder on indiegogo's record and all other payments will be refunded.

For larger images click HERE!


WHERE THE MONEY’S GOING.

PRODUCTION OF THE PAN-UNIVERSAL PARENTAL RECONCILIATION (95-100 pages: pencils, black-and-white inks, lettering and covers) - $20,000

LAYOUT/DESIGN FOR SIX BOOKS (5 legacy graphic novels with new covers, one new graphic novel) - $2,000

POSTAGE/PRINTING COSTS FOR PREMIUMS (including set-up fees and printing of crowd-funded premium books) - $6,200

LIVE READING (Including venue and travel expenses for actors) – $5,000

LIVE READING TAPE AND EDIT - $1,000

CROWDFUNDING COMMISSIONS - $2,800

TOTAL - $37,000

STRETCH GOAL - page coloring and upgraded printing of "The Pan-Universal Parental Reconciliation" - $20,000


RISKS AND CHALLENGES

There is, of course, the possibility that one or more of our cast members will - due to personal or professional emergency - not be able to join the live reading.  As of the launch of this campaign, they are committed and we will make every effort to not only insure their participation moving forward but also to keep donors informed of any changes in the line-up.

Finally - comic books are artisanal and hand-crafted, so there may be delays.  Les McClaine and I are committed to publishing the book by the 2014 San Diego Comic-Con, but if any issues should arise, we will keep donors informed of any and all changes in our production timeline.



         




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  • $5USD
    The Casual Supporter Donation

    A bookplate featuring Middle-Art by Les MccLaine, signed by Les and Javi.

    16 claimed
    Estimated delivery: May 2014
  • $15USD
    The Single Comic Solution

    A copy of "The Pan-Universal Parental Reconciliation."

    288 claimed
    Estimated delivery: July 2014
  • $20USD
    The Book and Plate Contingency

    A copy of "The Pan-Universal Parental Reconciliation" and a book plate signed by Les and Javi.

    613 claimed
    Estimated delivery: July 2014
  • SOLD OUT

    $25USD
    Guy Goddard's Cologne

    Made by the Middleman props department per the script for "The Obsolescent Cryogenic Meltdown" but not shown onscreen, this prop was handled by Mary Pat Gleason. With script page and letter of authenticity.

    1 out of 1 claimed
    Estimated delivery: May 2014
  • $30USD
    The Special Retailer Multipack

    Sell comics for a living? Wanna put our new book on your store shelves? With this perk you will receive four (4) copies of "The Pan-Universal Parental Reconciliation" at a special retailer discount!

    12 claimed
    Estimated delivery: July 2014
  • $50USD
    The Textual Obsessive Option

    Bookplate signed by Les and Javi, copy of the new graphic novel, copy of the script signed by Javi.

    131 claimed
    Estimated delivery: July 2014
  • SOLD OUT

    $100USD
    The Custom Print Opportunity

    Bookplate signed by Les and Javi, copy of the new graphic novel, copy of the script signed by Javi, special full color Middleman print signed by Les and Javi.

    100 out of 100 claimed
    Estimated delivery: July 2014
  • SOLD OUT

    $100USD
    The Flying Fan Singularity

    One ticket to the original Middleman TV series cast reunion/live reading of The Pan-Universal Parental Reconciliation (travel to Los Angeles and accommodations not included)!

    60 out of 60 claimed
    Estimated delivery: May 2014
  • $200USD
    The Flightless Fan Inclusivity

    Bookplate signed by Les and Javi, copy of the new graphic novel, full-color Middleman print signed by Les and Javi, and one original page – hand drawn by Les Mcclaine - taken from one of the first three Middleman Graphic Novels.

    23 out of 100 claimed
    Estimated delivery: July 2014
  • $200USD
    Tyler's Shoulder Flair

    Screen-worn in "The Sino-Mexican Revelation." With screengrab and letter of authenticity.

    0 out of 1 claimed
    Estimated delivery: May 2014
  • SOLD OUT

    $250USD
    Mirror MM Grenade

    Screen-Used (by the Mirror Universe Middleman) prop from "The Palindrome Reversal Palindrome," with screengrab and letter of authenticity.

    1 out of 1 claimed
    Estimated delivery: May 2014
  • SOLD OUT

    $250USD
    Guy Goddard Libation

    A screen-used prop bottle of "Fleming's Commander Jamaica Rum" from the episode "The Obsolescent Cryogenic Meltdown." With screengrab and letter of authenticity.

    1 out of 1 claimed
    Estimated delivery: May 2014
  • $250USD
    Ida's Portable MRI

    Screen-Used prop - Ida's portable MRI from "The Ectoplasmic Panhellenic Investigation." With screengrab and letter of authenticity.

    0 out of 1 claimed
    Estimated delivery: May 2014
  • SOLD OUT

    $250USD
    Big Boss Banana

    Screen-Used, hero banana peel seen in the "The Pilot Episode Sanction." With screengrab and letter of authenticity.

    1 out of 1 claimed
    Estimated delivery: May 2014
  • SOLD OUT

    $400USD
    Wendy Scuba Mask

    One of two scuba kits bought by the Middlepropps department and worn by Natalie Morales in the montage of "The Pilot Episode Sanction" in which she becomes a Middleman. With screengrab and letter of authenticity.

    1 out of 1 claimed
    Estimated delivery: May 2014
  • SOLD OUT

    $500USD
    Booty Chest Tee

    Iconic prop worn by Natalie Morales in "The Sino Mexican Revelation. With screengrab and letter of authenticity.

    1 out of 1 claimed
    Estimated delivery: May 2014
  • SOLD OUT

    $800USD
    Wendy Watson Weapon

    One of only two in existence. Rubber cast of Wendy Watson's gun made by the Middleprops department for action scenes. Used throughout the series. With letter of authenticity,

    1 out of 1 claimed
    Estimated delivery: May 2014
  • SOLD OUT

    $1,000USD
    Midleman Stunt Gun

    One of only three in existence. Rubber cast of The Middleman's gun made by the Middleprops department for actions scenes - stunt holster included! Used throughout the series. With letter of authenticity.

    1 out of 1 claimed
    Estimated delivery: May 2014
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