Back The Oxymoron Kickstarter and Get The Standard 1-3!
August 9, 2012
Tyler James has been making headlines with his insanely innovative Kickstarter campaign for The Oxymoron, a spin-off anthology starring the villain from ComixTribe series The Red Ten. Originally, the goal was to raise $8500 to fund a print run for New York Comic Con. We made that amount inside the first week. So then, Tyler came up with a series of bonus incentives, culminating in the insane pie-in-the-sky top goal of $20,000 that – in the crazy scenario we ever reached that much – would ganer a greenlight for The Oxymoron 2 in 2013. We passed $20,000 yesterday, and we’ve gained over $2000 more since then, and the money’s still coming. What I love is that, with each landmark we’ve reached, the book itself has gotten better: going from hardcover to oversized hardcover, getting spot UV coating on the cover, having a cover/pinup gallery added to the backmatter. This project has been a huge success, largely because of the impressive range of goodies on offer for those who pledge in support. When we reached 300 backers, one extra addition added was that everyone who backs The Oxymoron will get a downloadable PDF of The Standard, Volume 1, containing the first 3 issues of the miniseries. Here are the very nice things Tyler had to say about me and The Standard:
John Lees is on a collision course with comics super-stardom…the only variable is time.
(Apologies to Scott Sigler…stole that line from his great Galactic Football League Series.) But I mean it completely. At just 25 years young, Lees writes like a polished pro. A big advocate for all comics, you’d be hard-pressed to find more thoughtful reviews on the internet than Lees’ Creator-Owned Zone column. While he’s a relative newcomer to the world of comics, John is already starting to get some recognition. Earlier this summer, John took home the Best Writer trophy from the Scottish Independent Comics Awards for his series, THE STANDARD (drawn by Oxymoron cover artist Jonathan Rector.) The first two issues of THE STANDARD debuted at the New York Comic Con last year, but the third issue and trade of the series are being held for world-wide distribution in early 2013 by ComixTribe.
But, as a backer of this project, you don’t need to wait for it!
John has generously agreed to share the not-yet-released full PDF of THE STANDARD – Volume I, containing the first three-chapter arc of the critically hailed series, with all backers.
I say this without hesitation or hyperbole…THE STANDARD is the BEST superhero book I’ve read this year.
I hope (and know) you’ll enjoy it.
One of these guys will be writing Batman in ten years. I’m bettin’ it ain’t Morrison!
Wow, I feel my head inflating! Thanks to Tyler for the very kind words. So, if the fact that The Oxymoron is crammed with some of the top indy comics talent out there right now and is shaping up to be one of the year’s must-read comics isn’t enough to make you pledge, perhaps the knowledge that your support will also get you a free copy of The Standard, Volume 1 might push you over the edge. But hurry…. there’s only one day left in the campaign!