What could have been.
Our Kickstarter campaign ended on Wednesday night. We are, as always, blown away by the love and support you showed us. We had an explosive start. The pace slowed in the middle, thanks to fallout from the U.S. election and the lull of a holiday weekend. The last few hours of the campaign were just as explosive as the start. We are over the moon right now (pun intended) and cannot express our gratitude enough.
The success of the Kickstarter, and of STAR POWER in general, got me thinking about the other ideas I had pitched to Garth when I was preparing to wrap up “Dominic Deegan: Oracle for Hire.” We settled on STAR POWER, which was originally pitched as an old-timey sci-fi ray gun adventure called “Captain Space.” There were two other ideas on the table.
Garth and I had gained our experience in webcomics telling fantasy stories. I dealt in high fantasy, while Garth told tales of urban fantasy. My first idea for our collaboration was to do a brutal, explicit, raunchy-humored barbarian comic. I wanted brutal gore and violence, explicit sex and nudity, and humor involving both. And because we were both weary of dealing with magic, I pitched that this blood-soaked, barbaric world would be free of spellcasters and divine intervention. There would still be priests and holy figures, but the existence of the gods would be left a mystery. He was intrigued, but blood and gore did not sit well with him, so the idea was scrapped.
My other idea should come as a surprise to no one. If not fantasy or science fiction, I wanted to try my hand at making a webcomic about professional wrestling. Not an insightful look at the backstage drama and/or inner workings of the wrestling business. I wanted to present it like the over-the-top drama and theatrics were all totally real to everyone involved, and all conflicts were settled in one place… the wrestling ring. I had a cast of characters all ready to go, since I created my own roster of wrestlers when I was a little boy and (goofy as they are) I remember each and every one of them to this day. Despite my passionate pitch, this idea was never even close to being considered. Garth does not share my love of professional wrestling… yet.
Maybe one day I’ll try my hand at these getting these ideas out there, but today is not that day. Nor will it be tomorrow or the next day. STAR POWER is where my heart and soul lies now, and if the success of our latest Kickstarter is any indication, your hearts and souls are right there with us among the stars.