We all love superheroes, so when someone creates a new one, we all want to see more of it, in order to see what kind of new and/or different take that can put to it. So when Vito Delsante and Sean Izaakse developed Stray, we were intrigued. According to the Kickstarter initiative that they have created to crowd source the project, Stray is a story about a prodigal superhero sidekick returns to the life of crime fighting in order to solve the murder of his mentor. Still, the question on everyone’s lips is will he take over his mentor’s mantle, or finally become his own man? Stray is the story of Rodney Weller, formerly known as The Rottweiler, the ever-present sidekick to the great Doberman, the renowned hero who was his mentor. It’s been five years since he’s worn a costume and taken to the rooftops, but he’s back to solve the murder of the person who trained him. In the end, if he survives, he’ll have to decide if he wants to take over his mentor’s mantle, or become something...someone, new. This is a story about redemption and finding your own identity in the world, about honoring your past, while forging yourself a new present.
Needless to say, the goal of their Kickstarter project is to successfully fund the first issue of this unique creator-owned superhero comicbook, Stray. The entire series has been written, editorially supervised, and is now ready for the art production phase of the project. New Paradigm Studios, which is publishing Delsante’s book, World War Mob, has optioned to pick up the series and solicit to the direct market. As backers of this project, readers will help subsidize all of the art and production costs that are needed to finish this book.
As part of this campaign, they want you to be a part of the process of choosing the EXCLUSIVE cover for the Stray Kickstarter variant issue. The amazing Stephane Roux (Star Wars, Zatanna) will be illustrating three rough designs for different cover layouts. Backers get to vote on which one they like the best. Everyone who pledges a certain amount will have a chance to vote for their favorite cover. The creators of the series are:
Vito Delsante (Writer/Creator): is a comicbook writer/graphic novelist. He’s written for DC, Marvel, Image, AdHouse Books, and Simon & Schuster, among others and his stories have been reprinted in other countries. He’s written stories for Batman, Superman, Scooby-Doo, Wolverine and even Albert Einstein.
Sean Izaakse (Artist/Creator): is an up-and-coming comicbook artist based out of South Africa. Known for his clean lines and keen character design, Sean can currently be seen on Dynamite Entertainment’s Pathfinder and Pathfinder: Goblins.
Stephane Roux (Kickstarter Cover Artist): is a French comicbook artist who is known mostly in America for his cover work for Marvel and DC. He has worked on such titles as Birds of Prey, Zatanna, Savage She-Hulk, and Star Wars: Agent of the Empire, among many others.
Ross A. Campbell (Color Artist/Prologues): is a debuting comicbook colorist born in Scotland and educated in France. In addition to working with Sean on Dynamite’s on-going comicbook adaptation of Paizo’s award-winning RPG Pathfinder and Pathfinder: Goblins. Ross has also worked for Image Comics and UDON Studio.
Simon Gough (Color Artist/Main Story): is a UK-based comicbook colorist and illustrator. Working on titles such as the IDW G.I.Joe comic line, and as main colorist on the Snake Eyes solo series, with further credits in Transformers and Micronauts.
Brandon Perlow (Publisher): has worked in the visual effects industry since 1996. Working on such movies as X-Men, X-Men 2, 2Fast and 2Furious, Apocalypto, Zack Snyder’s 300, National Treasure, and David Fincher’s Zodiac, Brandon has always had an eye for quality storytelling. His true passion has always been with comics so when the opportunity and timing presented itself, Brandon founded New Paradigm Studios.
New Paradigm Studios: founded by 3D artist/designer Brandon Perlow, New Paradigm Studios (NPS) is a young publishing company established to change the existing paradigms of comic book storytelling. NPS is committed to publishing cutting edge titles that break the norm and shift away from experiencing the conventional.
Justin F. Gabrie (Senior Editor): has a long career working in comics and licensing as an editor, penciler, writer, colorist, and content specialist for companies such as Marvel, Sega, and Archie Comics. Among the titles Justin worked on: Marvel’s Punisher books in the ‘90s — including War Journal and War Zone, as well as events like Suicide Run and Punisher/Batman: Deadly Knights — to Marvel’s recent runs of What If? — including issue #200. For Archie Comics: Archie Meets The Punisher, Mirage Studios’ Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Year of the Turtle and eight years of Sonic The Hedgehog comics and spinoffs, which led to a licensing position at Sega. Before joining NPS, “JG” recently worked as Marvel’s Director of Publishing & Editorial Operations/Managing Editor.
Zack Rosenberg (Assistant Editor): is a young professional in the comicbook industry. Having worked under the tutelage of C.B. Cebulski, head Talent Scout and Editor at Marvel, Zack brings along his on point expertise from his training at Marvel Entertainment, Cartoon Network Studios, and Penguin Group (USA) to the New Paradigm Studios wheelhouse. Zack is also currently writing his own projects, soon to be announced.
This project will only be funded if at least $8,000 is pledged by Friday Nov 8, 2013.
Robert J. Sodaro has been reviewing comicbooks for some 30 years. During that time, his reviews and articles have appeared in numerous print publications, as well as on the web. Subscribe to receive regular comicbook articles and reviews.