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The Hard Code 1 & 2

 

Have you ever been in love with your best friend? OK, now imagine you’re both cops, one of you is an android and a war is imminent between man and machine.

Well, you should prepare for this this Kickstarter Campaign which has been designed in order to raise funds to print issues #1 and #2 of the comicbook series called The Hard Code by Ramon Gil (writer) and Trevor Von Eeden (artist). The first issue has been completed and already saw a small, limited release back in 2015 with the second issue now at the lettering stage. The creators would like to print 500 copies of each issue to distribute to supporters, at comic cons, and for local sales.

The Story

The year is 2268 and androids are part of everyday society while supposedly being considered as “equal” citizens. NYPD detectives and casual lovers Garcia and Drake (an “artificial person”) herself, have discover that androids are losing the “hard code” that has kept them subservient to humans for a hundred years. Tensions rise as incidents of android disobedience multiply. As people’s fears and bigotry increase, the world government considers rounding up all “blue skins” into internment camps. With the aid of Allegra, a mysterious woman from Drake’s past, they must uncover the mystery behind the disappearing codes before full-scale war breaks out between man and machine. This comic explores the issues of race, slavery and sexual relationships.

A hundred years earlier, Androids fought on the side of the humans against the Internet which helped them earn equal rights with humans.

“It is an honest pleasure to find…a writer who… understands that drama doesn’t have to be all dramatic, and humor doesn’t have to be all belly-laughs.”

— Robert J. Sodaro, Examiner.com

Read a preview of the Hard Code #1

“The Hard Code is an exciting sci-fi crime story with a well thought out and developed plot, which pulls you in from the first word balloon. The smart and tense banter between Detectives Drake and Garcia will have you checking in on their tumultuous relationship for issues to come. A refreshing take on the age-old man vs. machine.”

— Theresa Romano, Writer at The Mary Sue

The Artist

The Hard Code is a dream come true for Gill as he gets to work with one of his favorite artists, Trevor Von Eeden, who has been a major influence to many of today’s comicbook illustrators. Already a professional comic artist at the age of 16, Von Eeden was the co-creator of DC’s first African American superhero, Black Lightning and was a regular Batman illustrator during the ‘80s and ‘90s having pencilled the now famous tour de force, Batman Annual #8.

The Goal

As mentioned previously, they would like to print 500 full-color copies of the first two issues for supporters and comic con sales. Any monies over the target would go towards the production of issue #3 and possibly issue #4 as well. A few copies of Issue #1 were produced in 2015 for local cons and issue #2 is close to completion. Issues #3 and #4, which completes the series, are plotted and being scripted.

The Team

As stated, the series is written by Ramon Gil with art by Trevor Von Eeden. Inking for the Hard Code #2 by Lui Antonio and series colorist is Macarena Cortes. The final covers will be done by Norm Ilag.

Risks and Challenges

Gil had three previous Kickstarters to his credit, two of which were successfully funded. The one that wasn’t taught him quite a bit about what to do (like don’t launch your campaign in the middle of a NY Comic Con!).

Aside from Kickstarters, Gil has successfully produced four issues of Scifies, three issues of Men from DARPA, as well as various one shots, including a 78-page trade paperback of Scifies Greatest Hits with a foreword by Tom DeFalco.

According to Gil, there is no danger of these books not getting completed. They just need money to print them.

Go see more of Gil’s work.

To learn more about Trevor Von Eeden‘s long career in comics, check out Ramon Gil’s interview with him on ComicCreatorNews,Com.

This project will only be funded if at least $3,691 is pledged by Fri, Sep 2 2016 8:07 P.M. EDT.

About the Author

Robert Sodaro

Robert J. Sodaro is a noted comicbook historian and journalist. He began reading “Funnybooks” while sitting on the newsstand in his Uncle’s “Mom & Pop” grocery store, and has been writing about them for so long that he’s become his own grandfather (we don’t really know what that means, we just like saying it). These days, he is just as likely to be writing comics, as writing about them.

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