Taking inspiration from Star Wars and superhero mythology, Unlikely Jedi answers the question every Star Wars fan asks: "what would you do if the Force was real?"
What's it About?First of all, watch The Unwritten Rule Trilogy.
Okay, so now you've watched THAT awesomeness, you have a handle on who the Unlikely Jedi are. The first chapter in the story of the Unlikely Jedi webcomic is called "Return of the French Guy", which acts as both prequel and sequel to The Unwritten Rule Trilogy, with the narrative jumping back and forth between the life-changing events surrounding the Unlikely Jedi's Force-powered ‘awakening’ and the present day, where they are forced to confront the mistakes of the past and struggle through conflict and hilarity to find their place in a world that will never understand them.
Current StatusGetting Issue 1 made was a lot of work, and unfortunately we weren't able to raise enough money to make Issue 2 so soon after issue 1, so we took a year off to concentrate on our day jobs and families, and figure out the next step. In that time we've tweaked the script and our delivery expectations, and have worked out a plan that will keep new pages of Unlikely Jedi coming out regularly for the foreseeable future. How often they come out is entirely up to you!
At a bare minimum, we'll be releasing a new page every month; but the more supporters we have signing up, the more often we'll be able to do it. The release schedule is completely in your hands!
History"Return of the French Guy" started out as a feature-length sequel to "The Unwritten Rule Trilogy", which was a series of Star Wars fan films we made back in 2003 and 2004. It started out as just a single film - "Shotgun" - but we enjoyed making it so much and it was so well received by our friends and the fan film community that we were compelled to make more. By the time we completed "Ex", the third part in the trilogy, we already had ideas for a two-hour epic that would explore the questions we'd always avoided - who were these guys? How can they use the Force? Where did they get lightsabers? What the hell is going on?! "Return of the French Guy" was meant to answer those questions.
Unfortunately, we were in our final years of university and our coursework had to take priority. Once we graduated, life just sort of swept us away from one another, and despite a deep desire to tell this story, we missed our window. So for the past few years we've been trying to figure out an alternative way of telling this story that doesn’t require taking a few months off work to shoot a film. A couple of years ago we realised that it would make an amazing episodic story, and a graphic novel/comic was the perfect fit.
We began rewriting the script to fit a 4-6 panel format designed to be released in biweekly instalments, but we still had one fundamental problem: we can’t draw! So we started searching for artists who would design the characters and create a library of assets that we could use to piece each page together ourselves. Some very kind and talented artists donated their time and efforts to this endeavour, but it was impossible to get them as invested in the project as we wanted them to be. So despite the best of intentions, that idea ultimately failed.
And then crowd funding happened.
BOOM! It was everywhere! And suddenly this story that we'd been trying to tell for years and had all but given up on, suddenly and unexpectedly had one last hope.
Recruiting an amazing artist in Abel Garcia, we first took to Kickstarter with an inevitably flawed vision of raising the money to make the entirety of the story. Realising that would fail, we started a new project on Indiegogo with the far more achievable goal of funding only the first part of the story, while maintaining- and even improving- the offered rewards. While we didn't hit 100%, we did get to keep whatever we made, and it was just enough to provide all the rewards and completely finish Issue 1!
So, once we finished Issue 1 and got it out to everyone that contributed to the Indiegogo campaign's success, we decided to follow the original plan and put it up online for everyone to enjoy.