Wednesday, May 27, 2015

The Standard Returns with Deluxe Ultimate Collection Hardcover


Believing in superheroes is a tall order, despite all the success Marvel is having at the box office these days. There's still room for new superheroes to make a name for themselves and John Lees has just one character in The Standard. And his tale is getting the deluxe treatment in an ultimate collection hardcover on Kickstarter. The Standard Ultimate Collection will clock in at 200+ pages and will feature a silver metallic ink on a jet-black cover. Lee's work is improved by art from Jonathan Rector and Will Robson, colors by Mike Gagnon, Ray Dillon, Gulliver Vianei and Mo James and lettering from Kel Nuttall.

"I've been working on THE STANDARD for more than six years," said Lees of his first comic book series. "And while it was a true thrill to hold that final issue in my hand last fall, THE STANDARD won't be truly complete until it's collected in hardcover format and sitting on my bookshelf. I'm thrilled and excited to come to Kickstarter to make that possible."

The Standard tells the story of Gilbert Graham, a world-renowned superhero in a bygone era, now an elderly man living a quiet retired life as a high-school chemistry teacher. But when his former sidekick is brutally murdered, Gilbert is forced to don the mantle of The Standard one last time to find a missing girl his sidekick had promised to rescue before his death, to solve the mystery of his sidekick's murder, and to inspire a world who has lost sight of what it truly means to be a superhero.

ComixTribe has also announced that there would be a special early-backer bonus, for Kickstarter supporters who back the project in the first 48 hours. The Standard Ultimate Collection Hardcover starts at $35 USD, but the campaign has price levels at a wide range of price points, starting at just $1. The campaign will end on June 26, and has a funding goal of $8,500. Full press release below.

Do You Believe in Superheroes?

THE STANDARD Returns with a Deluxe Ultimate Collection Hardcover from John Lees and ComixTribe on Kickstarter
 

May 26, 2015 -- Newburyport, MA -- Today, ComixTribe and writer John Lees (And Then Emily Was Gone) proudly announced the launch of THE STANDARD ULTIMATE COLLECTION Kickstarter Campaign. The small-press publisher is once again harnessing the power of crowdfunding to collect the complete mini-series of THE STANDARD for the first time. 
ComixTribe has announced that THE STANDARD Ultimate Collection will be 200+ pages, featuring silver metallic ink on a jet-black hardcover. The collection will containJohn Lees and artist Jonathan Rector's complete mini-series, which was published in the direct market between January 2013 and October 2014, and also include loads of pin-ups and extras.

A critically-acclaimed and award-winning superhero miniseries, THE STANDARD tells the story of Gilbert Graham, a world-renowned superhero in a bygone era, now an elderly man living a quiet retired life as a high-school chemistry teacher.  But when his former sidekick is brutally murdered, Gilbert is forced to don the mantle of The Standard one last time to find a missing girl his sidekick had promised to rescue before his death, to solve the mystery of his sidekick's murder, and to inspire a world who has lost sight of what it truly means to be a superhero.

ComixTribe has made the full 28-page first issue of THE STANDARD available as a free download to anyone, so that readers new to the series can check it out to see if the story is for them.



THE STANDARD is written by Lees, with art by Jonathan Rector and Will Robson, colors by Mike Gagnon, Ray Dillon, Gulliver Vianei and Mo James, and lettering from Kel Nuttall, with Steven Forbes serving as editor.

"I've been working on THE STANDARD for more than six years," said Lees of his first comic book series. "And while it was a true thrill to hold that final issue in my hand last fall,THE STANDARD won't be truly complete until it's collected in hardcover format and sitting on my bookshelf. I'm thrilled and excited to come to Kickstarter to make that possible."

THE STANDARD Ultimate collection will join OXYMORON, SCAM, and THE RED TEN Volume 1 as the fourth Kickstarter-funded ComixTribe graphic novel.



"ComixTribe has developed a bit of a reputation for putting out hardcovers that match or exceed the quality of any publisher on the shelves," said publisher Tyler James. "That's entirely made possible by our super-fans and supporters on Kickstarter."

"John Lees is one of my absolute favorite creators in all of comics.  All talent, no ego, and a driving, infectious passion for the medium of comics," James continued. "I believe in superheroes, sure. But more importantly, I believe in John Lees."



ComixTribe has also announced that there would be a special early-backer bonus, for Kickstarter supporters who back the project in the first 48 hours.  Details for the bonus will be announced tomorrow.


The Standard Ultimate Collection Hardcover starts at $35 USD, but the campaign has price levels at a wide range of price points, starting at just $1.

The campaign will end on June 26, and has a funding goal of $8,500.

About ComixTribe

ComixTribe is a publisher of creator-owned comics, including AND THEN EMILY WAS GONESCAMThe Red Ten, Oxymoron, EPICand The Standard.  In addition to being a publishing imprint, ComixTribe is also an online community, with the mission statement: Creators helping creators make better comics. ComixTribe also sponsors the annual 30 Characters Challenge, an online art event where participants challenge themselves to create 30 brand new characters in just 30 days, one for every day of November. Visit ComixTribe.com or email publisher Tyler James (tyler.james@comixtribe.com) to learn more. 

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