Michael Penick

Michael Penick

is creating Comics

4

patrons

$13

per month
Here it is: LUX Comics. Your one-stop-shop for all my comic stories, stories that have been burning holes in my brain for 25+ years! So who am I and why am I doing this? Well I've been a professional artist and storyteller for over 20 years, drawing other people's ideas while I honed the best of my own ideas into stories I knew were worth sharing with the world. If you want to find out for yourself what my stories are like, sign up for my newsletter and not only will you get a sneak peek of Simon Brizdale and the Gauntlet of Kings #01, but you'll get an ashcan comic of The Up Side of Down #01 as well. That's two for the price of none! My newsletter, meanwhile, will keep you up to date on my week to week progress, the Kickstarter schedule for my comics, and also includes a comic strip that is exclusive to the newsletter.

Speaking of comics, my main comic for the foreseeable future will be:

The Chronicles of SIMON BRIZDALE
 - It's Indiana Jones meets Lord of the Rings! With a hint of Firefly/Serenity, Pirates of the Caribbean, and even Hellboy mixed in - it's my love letter to all the action adventure fantasy comedies I love. The story: epic. One that unfolds slowly over many story arcs. Lots of subtle clues to the larger story will be lying in plain sight throughout the story arcs, heh heh. Sharp readers will be rewarded! The first major story arc, kicking off the epic tale, is Simon Brizdale and the Gauntlet of Kings, a 9 issue maxi-series with a first issue clocking in at 32 pages!

My goal, through Kickstarter and Patreon, is to garner enough support that I can get a second book started. I can't be drawing more than one book, so I'd hire an art team for the second book to work from my script, layouts and lettering. That second story would come from one of the stories below:


BIMBO
- Superhero action adventure satire - Cecilia Bimbalotta is the living definition of a tomboy. She's beautiful, she's tough, and she's about to get way in over her head. This is a very pro-feminism story, but will definitely ruffle some feathers. It questions many of the norms we live by in our society, all in a sexy, action packed Green Lantern / Fight Club type mashup.


ONE
- modern day drama - the story of an up and coming producer in Hollywood who's self-centered, narcissistic world is about to explode. This story has a slight sci-fi angle; it's a quiet story that centers around how we treat each other as human beings. This is the feel-good story of the bunch.


Recovery, Incorporated - modern day action adventure - the story of Mia Raven, a thief who became a cop who became a thief again. Have you seen The Thomas Crown Affair? With Rene Russo? It's like an action version of her character - a woman who gets paid to recover "lost" items.


The Up Side Of Downmodern superhero action comedy - Life happens while you're busy making other plans. Know that saying? Well it's that kind of thing, but with a twist. You know how Disney movies always preach believing in yourself and following your dreams? And how they always work out for the hero? This is not one of those stories.

SHODīA'S KATANAS - Action adventure Science Fiction - An epic Sci-fi romp spanning thousands of years. Whoops - that was a spoiler. Damnit. The story centers around a group of Samurai who get caught up in a -- shit, I can't say that either - another spoiler. Crap. Maybe you shouldn't read this. Or maybe I should just stop writing now...
  The coolest part about this one: my friend and writing partner Dean and I recorded the entire process of creation in audio. We sat down with absolutely no plan other than to create something new. This is the result. Dean's been editing together the audio content for months, sculpting hours upon hours of material down to something entertaining. The results will be included at one of the reward levels at some point.

There's at least four or five other stories as well, but this is enough to get the LUX Comics brand established. Sci-Fi, Fantasy, Drama, Action, Comedy, Romance (even) - The stories will run the gamut of genres, so hopefully there will be something here for everyone.

So why Patreon? Because Patreon allows you to support me at whatever level you are comfortable with. I'll be using the site in conjunction with Kickstarter. Kickstarter will allow me to provide print versions of my comics for my fans, cbr files for digital reading, extras and all the things that usually happen with a Kickstarter campaign. Patreon, meanwhile, is for the process junkie. I personally love seeing other people's process work, so if you're like me, this is for you. 

Patreon allows people to pledge a repeating amount of money - once a month - to help support me in my efforts. You only pledge your support if you like what I'm doing, and at whatever level you are comfortable with. Stop your support or change levels any time to want. I'll cry a little, lie awake at nights pondering the meaning of life, but I'll live. I want you to be satisfied. I want you to be happy. I want you to feel you're getting a good value for your money.

If things go well and I'm able to get another book going, or two other books going, then the process work on those books would be shared here as well, which would double, or triple, the value you'd be getting for your sheckles each month! So by helping me you'd be helping you, right?!  

If you like my nonsense, please share - tell your friends about it. The more support I get, the more I can give you for your money! And if you haven't already, sign up for my newsletter!

Cheers!
Tiers
Enchanted Rock
$1 or more per month

Enchanted Rocks are nothing to sneeze at! Trust me! They're some of the coolest things you'll find in Anish'nava!


• A heartfelt thanks for your support. That thanks will show with your name added to any printed material.
• Access to wallpapers whenever they're shared. 
• Early access to any and all original art I put up for sale.

• As a special thanks, you get a special multi-part Clip Studio Paint infographic that I've put together that will help you navigate Clip Studio like a pro!

Enchanted Push Knife
$2 or more per month

Are you seeing the pattern yet? Simon's got a special trick that helps to keep him safe out in the wild, wild west.


All of the $1 rewards +

• Access to regular updates showing the creative process: script pages, layouts, pencils, and inks, often with notes and/or thoughts about the process.
• Access to screen captures of me working (usually digitally) so you can see the process of pencilling, or inking, or coloring - whatever I capture that week/month.

Enchanted Bullwhip
$5 or more per month

And there's the pattern: the enchantments. Simon gets enchantments on pretty much all his weapons and equipment. Anything to give him an edge.


All of the $1and $2 rewards +

• Access to full resolution files of my pages - in Clip Studio Paint OR Photoshop format - so people can see my work up close.
• I ticket for a monthly raffle - the winner will receive one page of original art from that month's work
• A set of 2 dragon prints from me, each measuring 11x17 (supplies limited to the first 100 backers - full resolution jpg delivered after that)

Enchanted Dagger
$10 or more per month

Simon keeps a range of blade sizes on him as well - one for every occasion!


All of the $1, $2, and $5 rewards +

• Three more 11x17 inch prints from me (supplies limited to the first 50 backers - full resolution jpg delivered after that).

• Another 11x17 inch print once a quarter (print & digital)
• A second raffle ticket to the page of original art given away each month

Enchanted Rapier
$20 or more per month only 30 left

5All of the $1, $2, $5 and $10 rewards +

• Two additional raffle tickets for the page of original art being given away each month

• Live chat session with me once a quarter. Ask questions, see what I'm working on live, show me what your working on to get pointers, advice - whatever!
• An original sketchcard once per quarter. Character of your choice. One of my characters? Sure! Some other favorite character of yours? Sure!

• Print copies of my material are included. That's right! At this level, when I run Kickstarters campaigns for print versions of the titles, your basic level copy is paid for. If you want to pledge at higher tiers, you can (and will only pay the difference), but if you don't, that printed issue, trade paperback, deluxe hardcover - whatever it is will arrive at your house for zero extra clamshells!

Enchanted Broadsword
$50 or more per month only 4 left

This is the big one. This is the one for fighting scaled creatures.


All of the rewards of the $1, $2, $5, $10, and $20 rewards +


• You get to choose:

     • 1 page of original art per issue of Simon Brizdale is yours, free

     • 1 of the 11x17 prints original art is yours, free

     • 1 hour w/ me to learn software (Clip Studio, Photoshop, Illustrator)

     • 1 hour w/ me to review your work - drawing, storytelling, writing

Goals
$13 of $500 per month
I know, I know, this is pretty high for a first goal, but I'm showing faith in myself and my work (or I'm being completely delusional - time will tell). My main goal here (combined with a stretch goal through my first Kickstarter campaign) will be to hire a colorist to help be get issues of Simon Brizdale and the Gauntlet of Kings to you quicker.

As for the pledge rewards, I'll be asking for feedback along the way to ensure you're getting what you want out of them. My goal is to ensure that the better I do, the better you do. The more success I have, the more you'll get for your money.
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Here it is: LUX Comics. Your one-stop-shop for all my comic stories, stories that have been burning holes in my brain for 25+ years! So who am I and why am I doing this? Well I've been a professional artist and storyteller for over 20 years, drawing other people's ideas while I honed the best of my own ideas into stories I knew were worth sharing with the world. If you want to find out for yourself what my stories are like, sign up for my newsletter and not only will you get a sneak peek of Simon Brizdale and the Gauntlet of Kings #01, but you'll get an ashcan comic of The Up Side of Down #01 as well. That's two for the price of none! My newsletter, meanwhile, will keep you up to date on my week to week progress, the Kickstarter schedule for my comics, and also includes a comic strip that is exclusive to the newsletter.

Speaking of comics, my main comic for the foreseeable future will be:

The Chronicles of SIMON BRIZDALE
 - It's Indiana Jones meets Lord of the Rings! With a hint of Firefly/Serenity, Pirates of the Caribbean, and even Hellboy mixed in - it's my love letter to all the action adventure fantasy comedies I love. The story: epic. One that unfolds slowly over many story arcs. Lots of subtle clues to the larger story will be lying in plain sight throughout the story arcs, heh heh. Sharp readers will be rewarded! The first major story arc, kicking off the epic tale, is Simon Brizdale and the Gauntlet of Kings, a 9 issue maxi-series with a first issue clocking in at 32 pages!

My goal, through Kickstarter and Patreon, is to garner enough support that I can get a second book started. I can't be drawing more than one book, so I'd hire an art team for the second book to work from my script, layouts and lettering. That second story would come from one of the stories below:


BIMBO
- Superhero action adventure satire - Cecilia Bimbalotta is the living definition of a tomboy. She's beautiful, she's tough, and she's about to get way in over her head. This is a very pro-feminism story, but will definitely ruffle some feathers. It questions many of the norms we live by in our society, all in a sexy, action packed Green Lantern / Fight Club type mashup.


ONE
- modern day drama - the story of an up and coming producer in Hollywood who's self-centered, narcissistic world is about to explode. This story has a slight sci-fi angle; it's a quiet story that centers around how we treat each other as human beings. This is the feel-good story of the bunch.


Recovery, Incorporated - modern day action adventure - the story of Mia Raven, a thief who became a cop who became a thief again. Have you seen The Thomas Crown Affair? With Rene Russo? It's like an action version of her character - a woman who gets paid to recover "lost" items.


The Up Side Of Downmodern superhero action comedy - Life happens while you're busy making other plans. Know that saying? Well it's that kind of thing, but with a twist. You know how Disney movies always preach believing in yourself and following your dreams? And how they always work out for the hero? This is not one of those stories.

SHODīA'S KATANAS - Action adventure Science Fiction - An epic Sci-fi romp spanning thousands of years. Whoops - that was a spoiler. Damnit. The story centers around a group of Samurai who get caught up in a -- shit, I can't say that either - another spoiler. Crap. Maybe you shouldn't read this. Or maybe I should just stop writing now...
  The coolest part about this one: my friend and writing partner Dean and I recorded the entire process of creation in audio. We sat down with absolutely no plan other than to create something new. This is the result. Dean's been editing together the audio content for months, sculpting hours upon hours of material down to something entertaining. The results will be included at one of the reward levels at some point.

There's at least four or five other stories as well, but this is enough to get the LUX Comics brand established. Sci-Fi, Fantasy, Drama, Action, Comedy, Romance (even) - The stories will run the gamut of genres, so hopefully there will be something here for everyone.

So why Patreon? Because Patreon allows you to support me at whatever level you are comfortable with. I'll be using the site in conjunction with Kickstarter. Kickstarter will allow me to provide print versions of my comics for my fans, cbr files for digital reading, extras and all the things that usually happen with a Kickstarter campaign. Patreon, meanwhile, is for the process junkie. I personally love seeing other people's process work, so if you're like me, this is for you. 

Patreon allows people to pledge a repeating amount of money - once a month - to help support me in my efforts. You only pledge your support if you like what I'm doing, and at whatever level you are comfortable with. Stop your support or change levels any time to want. I'll cry a little, lie awake at nights pondering the meaning of life, but I'll live. I want you to be satisfied. I want you to be happy. I want you to feel you're getting a good value for your money.

If things go well and I'm able to get another book going, or two other books going, then the process work on those books would be shared here as well, which would double, or triple, the value you'd be getting for your sheckles each month! So by helping me you'd be helping you, right?!  

If you like my nonsense, please share - tell your friends about it. The more support I get, the more I can give you for your money! And if you haven't already, sign up for my newsletter!

Cheers!

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Tiers
Enchanted Rock
$1 or more per month

Enchanted Rocks are nothing to sneeze at! Trust me! They're some of the coolest things you'll find in Anish'nava!


• A heartfelt thanks for your support. That thanks will show with your name added to any printed material.
• Access to wallpapers whenever they're shared. 
• Early access to any and all original art I put up for sale.

• As a special thanks, you get a special multi-part Clip Studio Paint infographic that I've put together that will help you navigate Clip Studio like a pro!

Enchanted Push Knife
$2 or more per month

Are you seeing the pattern yet? Simon's got a special trick that helps to keep him safe out in the wild, wild west.


All of the $1 rewards +

• Access to regular updates showing the creative process: script pages, layouts, pencils, and inks, often with notes and/or thoughts about the process.
• Access to screen captures of me working (usually digitally) so you can see the process of pencilling, or inking, or coloring - whatever I capture that week/month.

Enchanted Bullwhip
$5 or more per month

And there's the pattern: the enchantments. Simon gets enchantments on pretty much all his weapons and equipment. Anything to give him an edge.


All of the $1and $2 rewards +

• Access to full resolution files of my pages - in Clip Studio Paint OR Photoshop format - so people can see my work up close.
• I ticket for a monthly raffle - the winner will receive one page of original art from that month's work
• A set of 2 dragon prints from me, each measuring 11x17 (supplies limited to the first 100 backers - full resolution jpg delivered after that)

Enchanted Dagger
$10 or more per month

Simon keeps a range of blade sizes on him as well - one for every occasion!


All of the $1, $2, and $5 rewards +

• Three more 11x17 inch prints from me (supplies limited to the first 50 backers - full resolution jpg delivered after that).

• Another 11x17 inch print once a quarter (print & digital)
• A second raffle ticket to the page of original art given away each month

Enchanted Rapier
$20 or more per month only 30 left

5All of the $1, $2, $5 and $10 rewards +

• Two additional raffle tickets for the page of original art being given away each month

• Live chat session with me once a quarter. Ask questions, see what I'm working on live, show me what your working on to get pointers, advice - whatever!
• An original sketchcard once per quarter. Character of your choice. One of my characters? Sure! Some other favorite character of yours? Sure!

• Print copies of my material are included. That's right! At this level, when I run Kickstarters campaigns for print versions of the titles, your basic level copy is paid for. If you want to pledge at higher tiers, you can (and will only pay the difference), but if you don't, that printed issue, trade paperback, deluxe hardcover - whatever it is will arrive at your house for zero extra clamshells!

Enchanted Broadsword
$50 or more per month only 4 left

This is the big one. This is the one for fighting scaled creatures.


All of the rewards of the $1, $2, $5, $10, and $20 rewards +


• You get to choose:

     • 1 page of original art per issue of Simon Brizdale is yours, free

     • 1 of the 11x17 prints original art is yours, free

     • 1 hour w/ me to learn software (Clip Studio, Photoshop, Illustrator)

     • 1 hour w/ me to review your work - drawing, storytelling, writing