I usually just post about things directly related to action figures, but Gail Simone and Jim Calafiore have been behind so many of the comic books that inspired my customs, many of my favorite customs from others, and some of my biggest action figure wants. I’ve had an on again off again relationship with comics, and when I started reading again after the crap in the 90s, Gail was there with Deadpool and Agency X, and Jim was there with Exiles. And when they collaborated on Secret Six, it was like peanut butter met chocolate.
Their latest collaboration, Leaving Megalopolis, is being funded on Kickstarter – they are essentially self-publishing without the big guys. The project will stop taking backers tomorrow at Noon EST, so don’t miss out on your last chance to contribute – under 12 hours to go!
The Kickstarter community has been extremely gung-ho on the project – Leaving Megalopolis has hit the main funding goal and continues to blow past its stretch goals. Big stretch goals attained so far – upping to 112 pages from the original 80, upgrading to hardcover, and getting Secret Six colorist Jason Wright on board. Jim’s added a couple more stretch targets for the finish line (they’ve already hit the first one, and the last I don’t really think Jim wants to hit), but if you’re a fan of Secret Six or Gail’s and Jim’s other comics, this will almost certainly be an awesome collectible graphic novel for your book shelves.
A couple short goals here at the end that are hopefully attainable.
$111k – A new 6-8 page supplemental story that will be PDF/digital delivery only; every backer $9-PDF level and above will receive this exclusively. And everyone receiving a physical copy of the book gets a full color LEAVING MEGALOPOLIS bookmark.
$120k – Either a second 6-8 page supplemental story, or the first supplement will be expanded to 12-16 pages. PDF/digital delivery only; every backer $9-PDF level and above will receive this exclusively. And everyone receiving a physical copy of the book will get a full color LEAVING MEGALOPOLIS postcard and a full color LEAVING MEGALOPOLIS bookmark.
$150k – Jim will shave his head. (Pretty sure we’re not making this one, –I hope– but if we do, it will be filmed and put up for viewing.) (PS: There’s no allowance here for back-outs and denied credit cards; if my hair is going, it’s at 150k for real)