With diversity in the comic book industry, both amongst the creators and the characters they bring to life, having become such a hot button topic of late, Aristocrats Comics Ltd is seeking to foster new opportunities for both starting with their first publication, “Heroes of Homeroom C”.
Created and written by Anthony Ruttgaizer (“The F1rst Hero”, “Actionverse”), “Heroes of Homeroom C” tells the tale of Nicola and Albert Hathaway, twin 12 year old, African-American superheroes, who lose their powers and get sent back to public school to try and have a “normal life”. But even in the small town paradise of Tranquil, Massachusetts, the kids find themselves caught up in danger and excitement.
In this volume, Nicola and Albert face off against a young wizard named Damien LeVey. Having recently moved to Tranquil his mother, following his parents’ divorce, Damien enacts a desperate plan, filled with dark magic, that he thinks will let him return to live with his father, a none-too-successful west coast supervillain.
Aristocrats Comics, founded by Ruttgaizer, is a black-owned-and-operated comic book company striving to tell exciting stories while promoting diversity amongst both its characters and creators. “The comics and movies I grew up on didn’t feature many characters who looked like me,” says Ruttgaizer. “Aristocrats Comics wants to offer that. True diversity and long-lasting change for the reader is here on the independent comics scene. We just need to let readers know we’re here.”
Joining the Toronto, Canada-based writer on this project are Colombian artist Carlos Granda (“Geek-Girl”, “The Jungle Book”) along with Savannah, GA-based colourist Fred C. Stresing and Pittsburgh native Lee Moder as cover artist.
A crowdfunding effort in the support of the 76-plus page graphic novel is ongoing via Kickstarter. Backers who support the project there will get to choose from various reward packages that include print and digital copies of the graphic novel, t-shirts and chances to appear in the story as a background character. The campaign also features an option to purchase multiple copies of the book; one copy for the backer and two additional copies to be donated to local public libraries.
Currently two weeks into the 31-day campaign, supporters have already pledged almost $5700 of the requested $6750. Kickstarter is a funding platform for creative projects working on an “all-or-nothing” basis. If a project succeeds in reaching its funding goal within the time allotted, all backers’ credit cards are charged when time expires. If the project falls short, no one is charged. Since it launched in 2009, individuals and groups have successfully raised over $3 billion to bring more than 123,000 projects to life.
The “Heroes of Homeroom C” Kickstarter ends on Thursday May 4th at 11:59pm EST. For more information, visit www.heroesofhomeroomc.com or click the button below to be taken directly to the Kickstarter campaign page.