As the exciting comicbook adventures of Lazerman (published by HB Comics) continue; our intrepid hero has already proven himself to be worthy of the title...but is Lazerman ready to take on an army of the undead? In case you are just joining this fun comic, Lazerman is an entertaining, and thoroughly enjoyable all-ages comicbook published by HBComics that tells the ongoing story about a comicbook geek named Alex Sanders who inadvertently managed to acquires actual superpowers.
Last November, the team of Alan and Chris Herbert successfully kickstarted Lazerman: This Man, This Lazer; a trade paperback which collected the first four issues of the on-going comicbook series into Volume 1. With their current Kickstarter campaign, they intend to produce Volume 2, Night of the Necrolord, which will collect issues 5–7 of the series — picking up right where Volume 1 left off. This new trade paperback will run 100 pages in length, and will also include some very cool behind the scenes material, as well as several Lazerman bonus stories...short comics never before in print.
Like their first collection, Night of the Necrolord is its own, self-contained story arc, that follows Lazerman’s continuing adventures. Also, as did its predecessor, The story is all-ages appropriate...meaning that for perhaps the first time anywhere, you can share the excitement of a zombie apocalypse with your kids (perhaps only the second family-friendly zombie story ever told..seriously).
Alan and his brother Chris informed us that this is quite possibly one of their favorite stories. They indicated that with Lazerman’s back story and character introductions out of the way, they feel that they are now able to dive right into the good stuff…in fact, in a number of ways, they believe that Night of the Necrolord is almost a better introduction to Lazerman than was their first volume. So if you contributed to their first campaign, and enjoyed Volume 1 of Lazerman, they are looking for you to support Volume 2 as well, in order to continue Lazeman’s adventures. Needless to say, if you have just discovered Lazerman, they are asking that you please consider this a great jumping on point. Several of their rewards include the first trade paperback, which should get you caught up quite nicely.
According to the brothers, they are looking for enough funds so that they can produce a full, high-quality offset print run of Lazerman: Volume 2: Night of the Necrolord. As with any small press, self-publishing venture...coming up with capital up front is always a problem. Between running their business, paying the bills, and keeping all of their distribution channels open enough that people can actually get the books they make...it makes it very difficult to finance a print run, when so much of the cost is up front. With their previous Kickstarter, they learned quite a bit —they had never been through the process of printing through offset, or at such a large scale — so now they understand the process, and what is needed, and expected of them. They even found a printing partner that can produce a lower quantity of books, and still keep the price reasonable.
Even more importantly, the material for the majority of the trade paperback is already completed. Issues five through seven are completed, and sitting on their hard drive...the only work that remains is finalizing the covers and completing some of the bonus material. The main obstacle for them is acquiring with the necessary funds to go into production. They believe with the help of their fans and backers they can smash through that barrier...and get Lazerman’s continuing adventures into the hands of those who fervently desire it.
In addition to the standard cover for Lazerman: Night of the Necrolord, there will be a Limited edition variant cover, by Fernando “The Fern” Martin, as well as a Billy Tucci original artwork reward for backers who chose those goal rewards.
This project will only be funded if at least $3,000 is pledged by Friday Oct 11, 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.