What started as an effort to turn a successful web comic into a printed graphic novel soon exploded into a Kickstarter campaign that raised its goal amount almost ten times over.
Young Protectors: Engaging the Enemy centers around a young gay hero and a team of his super-powered friends pitted against an older gay villain. Author Alex Woolfson originally released the comic online and began a crowd-funding effort to raise $14,000 to bring his story to traditional comic life ended up raising over $133,000 at the end of its 30-day run.
The book’s summary reads:
“Kyle – a closeted, teen superhero who can control fire – has finally summoned up the courage to enter a local gay bar. It’s his very first step towards accepting himself. Unfortunately or him, his very next step out of the bar places him face-to-face with The Annihilator, the most dangerous supervillain in the world. And the price that The Annihilator demands to keep Kyle’s secret will lead Kyle down a path fraught with danger, adventure and unexpected romance. It’s a path that will force Kyle to question what it really means to be a hero and will ultimately thrust him and his young teammates into an epic conflict against vastly superior foes.”
The paperback graphic novel is available for pre-order, along with Kickstarter incentives including trading cards, a special character-based “Spooky Cap,” and over forty full-color 11”x14” prints featuring the heroes and villains of The Young Protectors in “thrilling action and sexy romantic scenes.”