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russbrett
03-04-2015, 08:45 PM
The Kickstarter campaign for Sidekicks issues #2-4 is LIVE!

Please don't wait to pledge. Momentum is very important to a successful campaign, and we need to come out of the gate sprinting.

Thanks, everyone!

https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/1507558932/sidekicks-issues-2-4

IN ISSUE #1, CHICAGO’S MOST DEPENDABLE SIDEKICKS, DISRESPECTED BY THE HEROES THEY WORK WITH, IGNORED BY THE MEDIA AND TAKEN FOR GRANTED BY SOCIETY, HAVE HAD ENOUGH.

THE VILLAINS HAVE TAKEN NOTICE. CRIME IS ON THE RISE. HEROES START TO FALL.

WILL THE SIDEKICKS SAVE THE DAY?

OR TURN THEIR BACKS ON THE CITY AND ITS PEOPLE.

russbrett
03-05-2015, 10:23 PM
24 Hour Achievement!

Thank you!

After only 24 hours, the Kickstarter Campaign for Sidekicks Issues #2-4 is 19% funded with 55 Backers contributing $1878 toward our goal of $10,000.

If you haven't become a Backer yet, What Are You Waiting For?!

Kickstarter campaigns are all about momentum. Help us keep ours going.

Many thanks to all of you who have Liked and Shared our campaign link (particularly those of you who have Backed the project).

For those of you who missed the Kickstarter for Sidekicks Issue #1, you can still get a copy.

Thanks, again, everyone, for such an incredible start.

russbrett
03-07-2015, 09:25 AM
Hey, everyone!

By popular demand I have added two new Reward Tiers:

$20: Catch Up #1 - Digital Only: You will receive a PDF copy of Sidekicks #1 plus PDF copies of Sidekicks Issues #2-4 (with Kickstarter exclusive Bonus Materials).

$30: Catch Up #2 - Physical: You will receive a PDF copy of Sidekicks #1, physical copies of Sidekicks #2-4 as well as the PDF copies (with Kickstarter exclusive Bonus Materials).

We are already 21% funded with 64 Backers pledging $2145.

But we can still use your help. Please consider helping to spread the word about the campaign. To make it easier to spread the word, just click the following link to to Tweet about Sidekicks to your Followers on Twitter:

"Become a super-hero #Sidekick by backing the #comic on @kickstarter. Help fund the 4-issue mini-series." (http://ctt.ec/1L8GI)

Thanks.

Michael Ford
03-07-2015, 11:52 PM
It isn't much, but I added 5 dollars to your kickstarter. Hopefully you'll be able to keep your great momentum and hit your goal. It would be really cool to see where you take this project.

russbrett
03-08-2015, 01:31 AM
It isn't much, but I added 5 dollars to your kickstarter. Hopefully you'll be able to keep your great momentum and hit your goal. It would be really cool to see where you take this project.

Thank you, Michael.

Every little bit helps. I appreciate your support.

russbrett
03-09-2015, 09:07 PM
Day 5 Report

We are 27% funded with 82 Backers Pledging $2707.

If you're reading this and you haven't backed the campaign yet, What Are You Waiting For?

Momentum is key to a successful campaign. And while we're off to a great start, there is still a long way to go to our Goal of $10,000 (seriously, comic books are expensive to create).

Thanks to everyone who has already Pledged.

If you know anyone who would enjoy this comic, please send them the link.

You can also help by clicking the following to generate a Tweet:

"Become a super-hero #Sidekick by backing the #comic on @kickstarter. Help fund the 4-issue mini-series." (http://ctt.ec/Eod7q)

For your enjoyment, Issue #2, Page 8: Mr. Marvelous v Raptor
http://i1336.photobucket.com/albums/o660/SidekicksComics/Sidekicks%20-%20Final%20Pencils/Page%208%20-%20Pencils_zpshgaz2jdm.jpg (http://s1336.photobucket.com/user/SidekicksComics/media/Sidekicks%20-%20Final%20Pencils/Page%208%20-%20Pencils_zpshgaz2jdm.jpg.html)

russbrett
03-14-2015, 05:14 PM
A HUGE thank you to BleedingCool.com for posting this article and giving a voice to independent creators.

Sidekicks in on Bleeding Cool: http://www.bleedingcool.com/2015/03/14/sidekicks-dedicated-dependable-disrespected/

And don't forget to check out the Kickstarter Campaign: https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/1507558932/sidekicks-issues-2-4

russbrett
03-16-2015, 10:47 PM
Hey, everyone!

With just under 3 weeks left we're still tracking to have a successful campaign. But like every Kickstarter campaign, the middle tends to be a bit slower.

To try and keep the momentum going I've decided to throw a little contest.

If we can get the total Amount Pledged up to $6000 by 11:59 PM EST on Sunday, March 22, I will give away one of the pages of Original Art from Sidekicks Issue #1!

This will be a random giveaway to anyone who is a Backer at the time the contest ends who has Pledged at a level of $15 or higher.

That person will be able to choose from one of the following 3 pages:
http://i1336.photobucket.com/albums/o660/SidekicksComics/Contest%20Image_zpspcleheok.jpg (http://s1336.photobucket.com/user/SidekicksComics/media/Contest%20Image_zpspcleheok.jpg.html)

So if you or someone you know might be interested in supporting Sidekicks, this would be a perfect opportunity to get them to pledge.

https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/1507558932/sidekicks-issues-2-4

And for convenience, you can click-to-tweet the following:

"Want to own Original Art from #Sidekicks? One lucky @kickstarter Backer will win if we reach $6k by 3/23." (http://ctt.ec/0t742)

Keep spreading the word, everyone. Let's get some lucky Backer a piece of Sidekicks!

Thanks!

russbrett
03-24-2015, 09:29 PM
Hey, everyone!

In the 24 hours since last night's "Call to Arms" we have added 15 new Backers who pledged $351, bringing our Total up to $5079. More than halfway to our Goal!

I wanted to take a moment to put a spotlight on a Reward Tier I expected to get more attention than it has, and to announce a change I made to it.

The $215 - Original Art reward tier has been closed.

I have replaced it with the $215 - Original Art and TPB reward (limited to 29):
http://i1336.photobucket.com/albums/o660/SidekicksComics/TPB%20Cover%20255_zpslnk5hou4.jpg (http://s1336.photobucket.com/user/SidekicksComics/media/TPB%20Cover%20255_zpslnk5hou4.jpg.html)

"You will receive an original page of penciled art drawn by Bong Dazo from the comic. You will also receive a "1 of 30" signed and numbered Trade Paperback of Sidekicks #1-4. Plus both 11x17 posters, the Advanced View JPGs, the Behind the Scenes PDFs, physical copies of Sidekicks #2-4 signed by Writer/Co-Creator Russell Brettholtz, your name will be included in the "Thank You" section in Issue #4 and you will receive PDF copies of the comics."

As you can see, the big difference is that I added a very exclusive Trade Paperback to the reward. How exclusive? There will only be 30 copies printed. They will be signed (by Russell Brettholtz) and numbered (based on the order people pledge the reward). The cover will also have the Kickstarter Bug. This TPB will only be available to Backers of this campaign.

There are still 29 of these rewards available. Please take a minute to check out the Original Art Gallery (http://s1336.photobucket.com/user/SidekicksComics/library/Sidekicks%20-%20Original%20Art%20Rewards) to see what pages are still available.

One page has already been sold (and that Backer will still receive the updated rewards):
http://i1336.photobucket.com/albums/o660/SidekicksComics/Sidekicks%20-%20Original%20Art%20Rewards/Page%208%20-%20Pencils_zpshf8gm1ae.jpg (http://s1336.photobucket.com/user/SidekicksComics/media/Sidekicks%20-%20Original%20Art%20Rewards/Page%208%20-%20Pencils_zpshf8gm1ae.jpg.html)

If you haven't backed Sidekicks on Kickstarter NOW is the time to do it: https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/1507558932/sidekicks-issues-2-4

Or maybe you just want to help spread the word:

Click-to-Tweet

"Only 12 days left to Back #Sidekicks on @Kickstarter. Get the new Reward: Original Art and Trade Paperback limited to 30!" (http://ctt.ec/C0aSz)

russbrett
03-26-2015, 06:47 PM
Hey, everyone!

I will be running an Ask Me Anything (AMA) on Reddit (/r/comicbooks) tonight, 7:00-9:00 PM EST. Joining me will be the Catatomic Studios art team (they brought you the Stretch Goal from the first Sidekicks Kickstarter, The Omega Chapters, and developed the character concepts for the Sidekicks villains), so drop on by, ask me anything, and maybe throw in a suggestion for the art team to sketch.

russbrett
03-27-2015, 08:00 PM
Hey, everyone!

The Kickstarter campaign is getting there. Slowly, but surely. I'm still feeling optimistic that over the next 9 days, we will reach our goal.

And while we're getting there, please enjoy the artwork for the Cover to Issue #4 (which just happens to be the Poster in the Digital Plus #1 $50 Reward Tier and the Poster #1 $65 Reward Tier).

http://i1336.photobucket.com/albums/o660/SidekicksComics/Covers/cover4_poster-png_zpsisx44qta.png (http://s1336.photobucket.com/user/SidekicksComics/media/Covers/cover4_poster-png_zpsisx44qta.png.html)

And please keep spreading the word about Sidekicks!

Click-to-Tweet

"Only 9 days left to Back #Sidekicks on @Kickstarter. Get the new Reward: Original Art & TPB (limited to 30)!" (http://ctt.ec/37vR6)

russbrett
03-28-2015, 08:36 PM
Hey, everyone!

I just wanted to share some of the great coverage Sidekicks is getting on the web.

Check out these articles that have run recently promoting Sidekicks and the Kickstarter campaign:

on Bleeding Cool (http://www.bleedingcool.com/2015/03/14/sidekicks-dedicated-dependable-disrespected/)

on GeekOut South-West (http://geekoutsw.com/2015/03/24/kickstarter-highlight-sidekicks/)

on Nerd Rage News (http://nerdragenews.com/sidekicks-the-real-heroes/)

We are always looking for more ways to spread the news about Sidekicks, so if you know of a good blog or web site that covers indie comics and/or Kickstarter campaigns, please let me know.

ALSO, from now until the end of the campaign, every time we have a number of Backers that end in a ZERO, I will release concept art for either a Hero or one of the Villain Sidekicks that we haven't seen yet!

So the first release will be at 170 Backers. Only 2 more to go!

Click-to-Tweet

"Help release the Flying Fox concept art! 170 total Backers is all we need. Support #Sidekicks on @Kickstarter" (http://ctt.ec/uado3)

russbrett
04-02-2015, 08:26 PM
Hey, everyone!

We hit 180 Backers! As promised, that means it's time to reveal the concept art for Atalanta; another one of the Heroes in Sidekicks.

Enjoy!

http://i1336.photobucket.com/albums/o660/SidekicksComics/Pre-Design/Atalanta%20-%20Colors_zps5iq98ap0.jpg (http://s1336.photobucket.com/user/SidekicksComics/media/Pre-Design/Atalanta%20-%20Colors_zps5iq98ap0.jpg.html)
Atalanta Concept Art by Jeff Bonesteel

http://i1336.photobucket.com/albums/o660/SidekicksComics/Sidekicks%20-%20Original%20Art%20Rewards/Page%2019%20-%20Pencils_zps3wuhb7fc.jpg (http://s1336.photobucket.com/user/SidekicksComics/media/Sidekicks%20-%20Original%20Art%20Rewards/Page%2019%20-%20Pencils_zps3wuhb7fc.jpg.html)
Issue #2, Page 19 - Pencils by Bong Dazo

(the above page of Original Art is available for purchase as part of the $165 - Original Art and TPB Reward Tier)

Nikki always knew she was special. Her mother told her so. Growing up she was always a little bit stronger, a little bit faster, a little bit BETTER than her peers. When she turned 13 her mother finally explained why.

She was the direct descendant of an actual Greek Goddess: Atalanta.

As legend has it, Atalanta was a great hunter and warrior. But she drew her strength from her chastity. So when Atalanta finally fell in love and consummated the relationship, she was cursed by Artemis (to whom she had plead her fealty) to live out the rest of her days on Earth among the humans. However, this did not stop Atalanta from continuing to live the life of a warrior, nor from raising the daughter born of her failed love.

And for every generation thereafter, the first born daughter (born with a portion of the power of the original goddess) inherited the mantle of Atalanta, and sworn to protect those who needed her most.

And so did Nikki inherit the mantle from her mother (along with a pair of really awesome swords).

Genuinely kind and honest, she lives with a secret. That while she must find a suitable companion with whom to conceive the next Atalanta; a companion whom she needs to truly love; she will forfeit her power to that daughter. And giving up that power is not something Nikki has any inclination to do.

The next character's concept art will be unlocked at 190 Backers.

Click-to-Tweet

"Help release the Stealth concept art! 190 Backers is all we need. Support #Sidekicks on @Kickstarter" (http://ctt.ec/103Ru)

russbrett
04-05-2015, 06:12 PM
Just under 7 hours left and we just hit $7000! But we still have $3000 to go!

It's anybody's guess as to whether or not we make it, but if you haven't pledged yet, you are nearly OUT OF TIME!

Get on over to Kickstarter and Back this project ASAP!

Thanks, everyone.

https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/1507558932/sidekicks-issues-2-4

russbrett
04-06-2015, 08:07 PM
Hey, everyone!

While, of course, I am disappointed that we didn't hit out Funding Goal of $10,000, 217 people came together to Pledge $7,450 towards the completion of Sidekicks. And while that may not be a success, I still consider it to be a great accomplishment.

But I haven't given up hope.

I am well aware of the mistakes I made during this campaign, and I plan to learn from them and correct them in a future campaign.

Toward that end, I appreciate any and all feedback that you might have for me.

I believe my biggest mistake was not having a pledge tier that offered a physical copy of Issue #1. After 30 days, I really can't remember what made me think that I didn't need to go back and do a second printing of the first issue.

I also know a lot of people were interested in a Trade Paperback. I will be running the numbers to see if I can create a good reward tier that includes a TPB.

The current plan is to relaunch on Tuesday April 14, at 8:00 PM EST.

Launching a campaign with a huge surge is always a good indicator for success.

So, during the new campaign, ALL Backers who pledge during the first 28 hours (by Wednesday April 15, 11:59 PM EST), regardless of Pledge Level, will have their names included in the "First Day Backers" section of the "Thank You" page at the end of Issue #4.

http://i1336.photobucket.com/albums/o660/SidekicksComics/First%20Day%20Backers%20PNG_zps8zjd6tqg.png (http://s1336.photobucket.com/user/SidekicksComics/media/First%20Day%20Backers%20PNG_zps8zjd6tqg.png.html)

Thank you, again, everyone. Running a Kickstarter campaign is always an amazing experience, not the least of which is the interaction I get to have with all of you.

Stay tuned for more Sidekicks information.

russbrett
04-13-2015, 09:56 PM
Hey, everyone!

Just a quick reminder that we're relaunching the Kickstarter campaign to finish Sidekicks tomorrow at 12:00 PM EST.

As I've mentioned, a HUGE surge out of the gate is always important. So, ALL Backers who pledge during the first 36 hours (by Wednesday April 15, 11:59 PM EST), regardless of Pledge Level, will have their names included in the "First Day Backers" section of the "Thank You" page at the end of Issue #4.

I fixed some problem that plagued as in the original campaign, added several new "Catch-Up" tiers, including physical copies of Issue #1 as well as a Trade Paperback.

I'm feeling really good about the new campaign, and I know that with your help we can reach our $10,000 goal.

Thanks, everyone! Don't forget to pledge tomorrow.

Can't wait until tomorrow to check out the new campaign?

Here's a sneak peek: https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/1507558932/1521173503?token=53f012a9