We’ve seen Kickstarter rise up as a vivable platform for comic creators to get their creator-owned work out into the world. However, I don’t know if there’s been a Kickstarter for a comics project with as much of a personal tale to it as Jason Coffee’s Warhawks.
Jason Coffee, who passed away in 2008 during surgery to have a brain tumor removed, had a dying wish: to make sure his story was heard. Since then, his friends at James Cameron’s Lightstorm Entertainment have worked to make that wish a reality.
Described as a multi-racial team of machine-enhanced soldiers who battle against their villainous cyborg counterparts, Maelstrom, Warhawks is being adapted (by brothers Todd and Wade Carney) from one of Coffee’s screenplays into comic book from. Marvel artist Billy Tan has drawn the cover and former Wildstrom artist Joel Gomez will draw the first issue.
The Kickstarter is to acquire funds to get the first issue drawn and published and offers a variety of tiers for interested backers. The project has 14 days to go and is 68% funded.
For those unaware, my father passed away from a brain tumor about a year and a half ago. Needless to say, Jason’s story certainly hits home with me. If there’s a possibility that you have some spare change sitting around, you could certainly do worse than to try and fulfill Jason’s wish.
Here’s the trailer for the project, as well as Tan’s cover. You can visit the Kickstarter page here.