Bleeding Cool's Kickstarter Correspondent, Shawn Demumbrum has lead three Kickstarter campaigns to launch comic books, two successfully funded and one that wasn't. He helps point out some of the unique Kickstarter projects that wouldn't normally be published by the big comic book companies, but deserve your attention. Shawn is the Manager of Comic Book Programming for the Phoenix Comicon. He is currently working on the Nothing Can Stop Me Now: Stories Inspired by the Songs of Nine Inch Nails
Two enterprising comic creators have turned to one of their favorite cartoons from the 90s for their latest project. Most people dream of being able to write or draw for their favorite licensed characters. Matt Burke and Chris Ness have pulled off that seemingly impossible dream. They contacted Rick Ungar, the creator of Biker Mice from Mars, and pitched to him their idea for a 6 issue series. Most of the time, this is as far as the story goes, but Rick actually liked their pitch enough to offer them a license agreement to publish the comics.
The pitch that earned them the licensing agreement is:
"The comic that we are pitching is a loose adaptation of Rick Ungar's 90's television show called Biker Mice From Mars. In this story, a race of mice living on Mars are fighting a war against a slimy, monstrous race from outside the galaxy called the Plutarkians. Their grand design is unknown, but the mice know one thing, they aren't going to just let the Plutarkians kill them off. The war has been raging on for years, and three mice, Vinnie, Modo and Throttle find themselves at the frontlines fighting the war to save their kind. They are known to be some of the best soldiers in the army, but they aren't without losses of their own. Their will and their bodies are strong, but this war and the end will put them in a place they never thought they'd find themselves in. There's a problem for the rest of the galaxy as well, the Plutarkians don't plan on stopping at Mars."
Matt and Chris are currently running a Kickstarter to cover their printing costs for the first issue with a very modest goal of $500. They have already hit their goal with a week left in the campaign, but anyone interested in this project should pledge toward it to help these ambitious creators. A printed copy of issue #1 is only $10 shipped in the US. For $50, you can get the first three issues shipped in the US as well as being written into issue #4 of the book.