Regulators- A Background Check
If you pay any attention at all to news related to comic books and the heroes that fill their pages and jump off the big screen at you in movie theaters you may have noticed that the business bears a striking resemblance to the two-party system of politics. There are the two big super heavyweights, Marvel and DC Comics and after that some smaller less noticeable companies that are much like the independent political parties that get very little attention. Unlike with the world of politics, I've always been a huge fan of both Marvel and DC, heck, I grew up with them and comic books have been an integral part of my life for fifty-one years. I know the history because I was around for a lot of it, and here we are now with a writer who wants to crash the party. The world of comic book heroes has been that inspirational, so much so that this writer was interviewed a few months ago by a writer from the online news source, The Inquisitr about the affect comic books had on a childhood that included a parent who was abusive at times.
You can see the interview here. http://www.inquisitr.com/1326344/justice-league-saved-my-life-says-new-author/
On April 1st of this year, 2014 to be exact, the two-book novel titled The Regulators: Hell On Earth took to the world stage for the first time in all of its 187 page splendor. It may have been unfortunate from a luck or karma perspective that the book was released on April Fool's Day, but no more so than unleashing it without the benefit of professional editing first, due to the high cost of such services. Still, the book was published, was listed on Amazon.com the same day, Barnes & Noble Booksellers the next, and a few days later with independent booksellers all over the world, with very little fanfare.
A press release that did not come from the typewriter of a professional did attract the attention of the local hometown newspaper, and then there was the Inquisitr interview and listings with numerous literary websites and suddenly Google, Yahoo and Bing searches were turning up a lot of hits, listings that even included one among the cookbooks at an Italian Restaurant Supply Company's website. Sales have been modest but the attention has been greater than one might expect after five months in existence. Still, the audience in numbers would likely amount to the population of a single city roughly the size of Cleveland, Ohio, which is modest to say the least.
Starting out new isn't an easy concept or hurdle to clear. But it is important to note hat it has taken Marvel and DC Comics 75 years roughly o get where they are today so its hardly a fair comparison or way of judging something new after five months in existence.
Some very solid advice for a writer rolling the dice on a first time publication: making mistakes is a great way of learning but you don't want to stumble-rush into something and then have to back peddle to make it right, and that is exactly where The Regulators: Hell On Earth is sitting, scheduled for professional editing and a planned re-launch for January, now that numerous lessons have been learned about unleashing a project that is intended to establish an entity that can attract the kind of interest from readers one might expect from a company like Marvel or DC, and more. It is expected that editing will dramatically increase the sales and popularity if the story.
"You've got a good story, and in my opinion, it could be a great one with a bit of spit and polish."-Scott Rutherford, writer for The Inquisitr
Who Are The Regulators
The story essentially is a tale of nine super powered vigilantes with extreme ideas about how justice should serve the people with regard to punishing criminals and fair-play for the victims. The book opens with a pedophile who has tortured and killed an 11 year old girl and escapes justice on a technicality, walks out of the courthouse a free man and then later that night finds that his urges are carrying him toward another victim, until justice in the form of a vigilante comes out of the dark and sends him to Hell.
The following night terrorists moving a tractor-trailer rig loaded with guns, ammunition and explosives down the interstate toward Lincoln, Nebraska encounter a man beast called the Silver Bison, who completely obliterates the rig, the weapons and the terrorists with an incredibly fast and powerful head down charge up the highway and through his target. A night later two dozen neo-nazis bent on harassing and murdering a gay woman are dealt justice by a weather witch called Madame Orage who rains down a lightning storm upon them.
The fourth appearance is by a woman called Thunderbolt who interrupts a gas stop convenience store holdup.
Madame Orage discovers another vigilante who can slow time and move faster than it or light can travel when the two team up to save the life of a rape victim on a dark road days later in the story.
Because of the powers exhibited by the vigilantes and the unusually high number of criminals being killed without the due process of law the Federal government gets involved and the FBI is charged with putting the vigilante's out of business. There is another player out there though, the heir to a rich agricultural empire, Jackman Kruphka, who discovers a family secret that turns him into a murderous monster bent on bringing the apocalypse down upon mankind and ending all life as we know it, and he calls himself Helloween Jack, and the name reflects the date of his big moment.
With Jack's plan in motion, two more vigilante's are drawn into the game, show club entertainers who call themselves Lady Pyra and Lady Mysteria, The Ladies of The Night. They make their debut appearance when monsters stalk the night and threaten a small Nebraska town.
Two more vigilantes join the team when the Governor of Nebraska takes sides with the vigilantes and begins providing financial and logistical support to the vigilantes, and they are called Spectra and Warhawk.
Jack grows an army of the damned with recruits from cemeteries all over the country and sets his plan in motion early on the 31st, All Hallows Eve and Regulators fight a battle coast to coast to save the Earth, with some interesting help, such as George Armstrong Custer and the 7th Cavalry. The monster is defeated in the end, but we learn that sometimes heroes die.
Where did they come from?
In the beginning no one would have ever thought there would be Regulators, a two part story published as a novel or anything else related to Regulators. What happened was a group of four people working at a roadside cafe called Rezac's that is your typical side of the highway diner got an idea that they could produce a comic book, and recruited two other employees and one ex-employee and from that came a one time only complete comic book titled Tales of The J****** L*****: The Battle For Rezac's Cafe.
With the start of the comic book project Cafe Comics was created, and then Man Cave Creative Arts & Entertainment Group.
The comic book was cheesy, b-rated and ridiculous, but it was a lot of fun and the idea came along that maybe creating everything from the ground up with completely original material could produce something that could be sold for a profit but the idea didn't last long and after four more comics ended in unfinished condition the idea of this writer doing the novel instead was born after Regulators were created.
The Regulator characters are unique in comparison to the characters from Marvel and DC Comics. Each Regulator was created by an actual person who supplied an initial costume look, a character history and the characters traits and powers and abilities, and each creation was created with the personality of its creator. The real people team then went on social outings for the purpose of defining how the characters would actually interact in a team environment and situation.
Bison was created by Darren Kuncl, who besides being a cook at the cafe, is currently the Heavyweight Wrestling Champion for a mid-western wrestling company called Pro Wrestling Phoenix. Wrestling is a part of the characters background history as well as him being the son of an Irish Pub owner, Darren Austin "Bison" Bennigan. His powers are super strength and invulnerability, bull rush and he can move fast enough to break the sound barrier. He grows in size when he makes the transformation to the beast and is usually an easy going type unless he is angered.
The character of Orage started out with a name that clashed with copyright privilege owned by marvel Comics which led to refusing to give up that name and instead converting it to a French name that means the same thing. Madame Orage was created by Stephanie Polacek, who made the character an Italian immigrant, which coincides with Steph's own ethnic background. Orage can fly, manipulate the elements earth, fire and water and she can control or create weather, or more precisely, storms in any form and is a fearsome master of lightning. Like Steph, Orage is a cultural fanatic when it comes to food and drink and a lot of fun as her alter ego, Zoe Renshe, unless she is angered, then she is frightening.
Heather Bennett Malina is a quiet, unassuming woman who is slow to anger. She created the character Thunderbolt with the same personality, and the character can also be said to be completely fearless and never backs down. Thunderbolt got her powers when Marie Manners discovered the body of a dead alien in the apple orchard beyond the rear of her grandparents farmhouse. She learned from a tablet the alien being had with it that an alien invasion was en route to the Earth and that the bracelets on the wrists of the alien, known as The Stranger, gave him his powers when he said the words that activated the powers. Thunderbolt can fly, has super strength and invulnerability, can project beams of plasma energy from her clenched fists and, when she utters the words "Cal Me, Call Me Thunderbolt" to summon her powers everything of a breakable glass-like form shatters in a 9 square city block area.
We call Thomas Jackson Big Tom because we also have a Little Tom who came along after Mr. Jackson. His character, Silver Streak is fast enough to outrun light and even time. He gained this power by accident when corrupt higher-ups at a research center where he worked decided to kill him with an injection of a massive overdose of a chemical substance they were developing illegally. The steroid-like substance did not react in his body as was expected. Silver Streak's secret identity is Thomas Maxwell, a brilliant scientist and former college sports star, born of wealthy parents.
This writer created the character as Lawrence Peterson, the CEO of a security development company who has no powers. He is, instead, a highly trained hand to hand combat warrior who has access to some very high tech gadgetry developed by his own company. He became the Sentinel when his adopted daughter was abducted, abused and then killed by a pedophile masquerading as a clown. He is a brooding egotist who has trouble surrendering on a point when he doesn't feel he is ever wrong, or to put it bluntly, he can be a real asshole.
This was another character that could easily have had copyright issues with Marvel Comics. One letter in the name is the difference between being ours instead of theirs. Pyra's other identity is Alexandria Jean Dimplemeir, aka Alexandria Blaze, AKA Lady Pyra and she was created by Alexandria Wonka, who is not involved in any way with making chocolates. Pyra can fly, and can control as well as create flame. Creating flame can mean of flamethrower proportions, on a larger scale, a nova blast, or simple creations like flitter about butterflies of fire. She has a tendency to be reckless in her thinking.
As the other half of Ladies of The Night, opposite Alexandria Flame, Sadie Van Kreskin worked magic on stage that wasn't smoke and mirrors to compliment the fiery tricks her partner could do. As a school girl, Sadie Van Essen became Sadie Van Kreskin when she met a man named Kreskin in the hospital who left her a special book to repay her kindness to him after he passed away. The book endowed her with the ability to create illusions, animate objects and conjure amazing things, such as a dragon, and magical weapons. She also has the ability to fly and was created by Sadie Leigh Van Norman who married since than and is nor Sadie MIcek.
Tom Kavan, or Little Tom was an interesting addition to the team. This is a guy that goes to a Scheels Sporting Goods Store with his brother, buys a couple of wooden swords and then gets banned from the store for engaging in a sword fight at the entrance to the store. The name Warhawk could have been a copyright casualty but it remains because the character of the same name from DC Comics is nothing like the Regulator Warhawk. His alter ego name is the same as the creators actual name, Thomas Kavan. Warhawk has no powers, is a master of martial arts and was a special missions commando with the Army and is deadly with a bow or crossbow and adept at using firearms as well. He is also a master at the helm of an aircraft.
The personality for Spectra comes from an interesting source. Natasha Hibler is someone this writer helped raise for a good portion of her childhood and she grew up with a very real and serious interest in adventuring. She is a doer with a big heart that causes her to pull money from her purse when a homeless person happens along in need of a meal. Her character, Spectra was originally called Blackout but the name was changed over a problem with copyright and Marvel Comics and a character of the same name but due to the fact that their character is an evil demon and the Regulator is not the Spectra character will again be called Blackout in future Regulators books. She gained her powers while trapped in a cave in the mountains of Tibet while she was exploring with her archeologist parents who were killed in a cave in. She was later found and lived in a monastery for several years until an uncle appeared to take her home. Her powers are the ability to teleport from place to place, remove the light from a specific area, which she absorbs and converts to light energy she can use as a weapon. She can also bring light to a darkened area. The light she absorbs can be channeled to laser bursts from her eyes. She is a martial arts master thanks to her training in the monastery and she is a pretty fair pilot as well.
The Future of The Regulators
With the impending re-launch of the Regulators: Hell On Earth there are a number of activities and events that will come into play. One is an hour long video that will show the Regulators in action in a social venue, as well as demonstrating the capabilities of the characters. It will also provide an in depth history of the team and the team will be on site at various locations that are part of the novel to talk about those events in the story that take place at the sites being visited. The books will be much better after editing and will be released again at a reduced price and the Kindle version of Part One will be available for FREE for five days at that time. The Regulators online store will have some new merchandise available to coincide with the re-launch and some freebie merchandise will also be available at a couple of book shows. There will be a collection of short stories released at the same time titled "Safe In My Imagination" and Part One of the new Regulators book, "The Regulators: Out Of Time" will be released just after the re-launch, with Part Two out by summer and then a third novel, The Regulators: Out Of The Shadows due at the end of 2015 or early 2016. It is the intention of the writer and the Regulators team that the first story be adapted for big screen use and a Regulators movie is a very real and serious consideration over the next few years. Be there!
Check out The Regulators at:
Man cave Creative Arts & Entertainment Group - http://www.mccaeg.com/