What began as a one-off, seven page story with a twist ending in the anthology series Digital Webbing Presents generated such positive reader response that creators Mike Imboden and Ed Dukeshire made the decision to undo that twist ending and revive Fist of Justice as an ongoing feature. Over the course of 10 issues (five lead stories in DWP and five in his own self-titled book), they created the world of Fist of Justice. After taking a few years off from publishing, the creative team felt the time was right to continue what they started and bring Fist of Justice back to the loyal fans who have longed for his return.
A Kickstarter campaign is underway to fund publication of a full-color trade paperback collecting Fist’s earliest adventures. Some of the comic industry’s hottest talents got their start illustrating Fist of Justice including Chad Hardin (Harley Quinn), Yildiray Cinar (Supergirl), Anthony Castrillo (X-Men), Dario Carrasco, Jr. (Star Wars), and Andre Coelho (Ms. Marvel).
So who is the Fist of Justice? Fist of Justice is a man out of time, a cat with his heart in the right place– a true hero from the 70s awakened in our time. He was the super-heroic defender of Charm City until he made a fatal mistake that ended his career. He threw in the towel and was locked away and soon forgotten. But his power– though dormant– did not leave him. Now it has returned and resurrected FOJ– restoring him as defender of a city dealing with the new villains of the 21st century. Villains who are tougher, stronger, and meaner than ever.
Creators Mike Imboden and Ed Dukeshire have taken to crowd-funding site, Kickstarter, to raise the money needed to collect the first five issues of the comic into a trade paperback. In addition, plans call for publication of an all-new issue 6 of Fist of Justice. Says Dukeshire, “Kickstarter has shown that projects that couldn’t originally happen, are now possible. While the costs to produce the book are too high for us alone, support via Kickstarter can change that. The campaign will help pay for the printing of the trade paperback, comic book, all the rewards, shipping supplies, and shipping. We’d love to get Fist of Justice out there on a regular basis once again, but need the help of our readers and fans.”
A number of comics’ most talented artists got their start illustrating Fist of Justice. Chad Hardin, artist of the super-hot Harley Quinn from DC, was first published in the pages of Fist of Justice. Yildiray Cinar, who currently draws Supergirl for DC, also began his career penciling FOJ. Now fans will be able to see their early work in a newly published trade paperback.“These guys were extreme talents right out of the gate,” said Dukeshire, who spotted samples of their drawings on the Digital Webbing Forums and offered them their first chance to be published.
Supporters can choose from a handful of incentives. “We’ve got plenty of incentives to contribute to the Kickstarter campaign”, adds Imboden. “Not only can people get the trade paperback, we have pledge levels that include art by past FOJ artists. We’ve got t-shirts, prints and stickers and, what might be the coolest thing of all, the opportunity to have yourself drawn into an original Fist of Justice short story!”
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