History

  • 2012

    • Writer Wes Locher comes up with idea for Unit 44 after watching an episode of “Storage Wars”. He thinks, “What if instead of finding junk, someone bought a storage unit and found a bunch of government secrets inside?”
    • He then goes around telling his friends the idea, and they all tell him it’s a terrible idea.
    • Because Wes is stubborn, he doesn’t listen to his friends. He scripts the first issue of the miniseries and sets out to find an artist.
  • 2013

    • Wes’s search for an artist leads him to Ed Jimenez, whom he finds on Twitter.
    • Wes uses his patented method of attaching artists to his comic ideas (a combination of begging and sobbing) and Ed joins the team.
    • Together, they take to Kickstarter in August to fund the first issue of the sci-fi/comedy series.
    • Through the crowdfunding campaign they raise $2,753 to bring the first issue to life. Art draws and colors while Wes writes and letters, making the creation of Unit 44 a true superhero team-up.
  • 2014

    • Having received positive feedback on the first issue of Unit 44 (“It was okay” – the internet), Wes and Ed return to Kickstarter in July to raise money to produce issues 2-4 of the series.
    • Just hours prior to launch to the launch of the campaign, Wes and Ed are invited to publish their ridiculous series under the Alterna Comics banner.
    • Wes was already a fan of Alterna Comics, so he was pretty stoked.
    • The crowdfunding campaign raises an additional $2,800 and Wes and Ed are able to complete their irreverent series about aliens and Area 51, or whatever.
  • 2015

    • Unit 44 receives an official release from Alterna Comics.
    • The 4-issue series is published digitally on the ComiXology platform.
  • 2016

    • Wes doesn’t remember 2016 very well.

  • 2017

    • In an effort to make comics affordable to everyone, Alterna Comics announces its newsprint initiative. The publisher’s monthly titles are printed on newsprint, allowing cover prices to fall between $0.99-$1.25.
    • The publisher asks Wes if he’d like to re-release Unit 44 into comic shops in the new newsprint format, but Wes secretly thinks “that’s never going to take off.”
    • Instead, Wes and Ed return to Kickstarter in May to fund the printing of the Unit 44 graphic novel.
    • They raise $2,621 via crowdfunding and a sexy-looking graphic novel is released to comic shops worldwide. They have now coaxed backers into buying Unit 44 on three separate occasions. Wes loses some sleep over this.
  • 2018

    • Wes spends the year hoping he’ll never have to run another Kickstarter campaign ever again.
    • Meanwhile, Alterna Comic’s newsprint initiative takes off, breaking all the rules of the comic book industry and getting lots of attention for making comics affordable to almost everyone.
  • 2019

    • The publisher of Alterna Comics takes pity on Wes and offers to serialize Unit 44 in newsprint format.
    • The issues are released bi-monthly to comic shops worldwide between January through July.
    • This exposes Unit 44 to its largest audience yet.
    • Most people think the comic is okay.
    • Wes and Ed also release the Unit 44 tie-in short comic “Memory Lapse” in the pages of the Alterna Comics anthology comic It Came Out on a Wednesday #7.
  • 2020

    • Like most people, we’re still trying to forget 2020.
  • 2021

    • After years of thinking, planning, and strategizing on how to release more Unit 44, Wes and Ed finally create a plan.
    • Wes writes a bunch of new Unit 44 scripts.
    • TO BE CONTINUED…
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