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Crowdsourcing Mornings: Stan Lee’s Backchannel Volume 1

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True Believers,

I’m Tom Akel, co-writer of Backchannel, and I couldn’t be more excited to be bringing the series back for fans old and new.

In 2015, when working with Stan and the team at POW! on another project, we sort of stumbled into an idea that Stan had developed – a new hero, Tom Tanner, who while dealing with very modern familial problems had also discovered incredible new abilities. Tom’s powers and the themes of the story made it a perfect choice to become the first webcomic created by Stan Lee.

Soon after, Andie Tong, who had previously worked with Stan and POW! on The Zodiac Legacy, came on board, then Sean Lee from Komikaki Studios and Taylor Esposito, and later Omi Remalante, and after what felt like an eternal development period but in hindsight wasn’t, we launched Backchannel in October 2018.

Then, just 8 weeks in, Stan passed, and so we paused.

But, to paraphrase his immortal words, we have the power to finish this story and the responsibility to do so. And that brings us to today.

Backchannel touches on so many of the lessons and messages that define and capture the essence of Stan’s legacy – inclusiveness, overcoming oppression, change for the betterment of mankind. Thank you for reading Backchannel online and for checking out the Kickstarter. We hope you’ll continue Tom Tanner’s story with us.

– “Terrific” Tom Akel

As of April 21st, this project has raised $49,000 of their $10,000 goal. This project has 27 days left to raise as much as it can. For a pledge of $15, you will get one PDF book.  For a pledge of $24, you will get one softcover book.  To learn more and to pledge money, go to:

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