The villainy of “Dr. Alpha: Miracle Child” is unleashed on Indiegogo
Aspiring comic book writer A. S. Rivera (AKA Literature Devil) has launched a crowdfunding campaign for Dr. Alpha: Miracle Child (Doc Alpha?), an 80-100 page graphic novel featuring artwork by J. Paul Schiek. Described as a story which is absolutely not intended for younger audiences, Mr. Devil also clearly notes that the Miracle Child story is completely self-contained (a detail which is greatly appreciated).
Here’s the pitch taken from the Dr. Alpha: Miracle Child Indiegogo page:
Looking for more complex characters and a more complex story set in a superhero universe?
What would happen if Fight Club’s Tyler Durden became an evil scientist? Dr. Alpha has been considered as one of the most dangerous supervillains in the galaxy for decades. Now his former arch-nemesis, the Superhero known as Glorious suggests a team-up when another supervillain the Martian Mastermind returns from the dead to launch another invasion of Earth. But as everyone knows, when evil geniuses get involved, things are rarely how they appear.
Inspired by the legacy of Alan Moore’s Watchmen and The Killing Joke combined with the ruthless pulp style of Frank Miller – Dr. Alpha: Miracle Child is a fast-paced, action-packed story that paints itself with shameless superhero cliche before taking a sharp turn into tragic human drama.
Enter a world without status quo. Where anything can happen. Where even the mightest superhero can’t always walk away without a scar if they manage to walk away at all.
Backers can get a digital version of Dr. Alpha for $20, while physical copies start at $25. Those with more cash to spend can pick up some extra swag, including signed copies, an “Please ask me about my evil agenda” t-shirt, a poster, and the chance to have your likeness drawn into the final book.
If the project achieves its several stretch goals, there are many other upgrades that backers could receive, including full color art, “perfect” binding, and several extra short stories featuring Dr. Alpha:
- At $40,000 –The New Kid. Get a glimpse at Dr. Alpha and his crew from their elementary school days through the perspective of a very unlikely person
- At $60,000 – The Sound of Her Name. Alan Moore’s Joker once famously said all it takes for someone to go mad is one bad day. What he never mentioned, was that for there to be a bad day, there had to be a good day first.
- At $80,000 – One Took Over the Cuckoo’s Nest. A short adventure story inspired by One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest.
- At $100,000 – Fear and Laughter in Las Vegas. A short adventure story where Dr. Alpha and the crazy, busty anti-hero American Jane are on the run from some very dangerous enemies as they go on a Hunter S. Thompson inspired romp through Las Vegas.
Interested? You can check out some sample artwork below or visit the full Dr. Alpha Indiegogo campaign page here.