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Shequeta with Girl Scout Troop 1275

(Shero Comics CEO Shequeta Smith & Girl Scouts Troop 1275)

 

Welcome to Shero Comics and thank you for dropping into our Shero Universe where we create content that focuses on minority women and girls in films, comics and gaming! Our origins story goes all the way back to 2008 when our Shero CEO, Shequeta L. Smith walked into a comic book shop looking for a comic book that featured a black woman as something more than a sidekick. When she came up empty handed, she began thinking about creating her own comic to fill this void. Six years later, she began the journey of turning her award-winning screenplay, Rayven Choi, into an award-winning graphic novel series.  

Over the past few years, we’ve managed to finance the first four books of Rayven Choi with profits that we’ve made at comic cons. But with comic cons being on an indefinite pause and with us wanting to get this last book to you expeditiously, we felt that this would be the perfect opportunity to ask YOU, our BIGGEST SUPPORTERS, to help us raise money to complete the series. Because as they say, teamwork makes the dream work!

 

 

Rayven Johnson is a five-year-old army brat when she witnesses a hitman murder her parents on a military commuter train. She’s the sole survivor on the train and is quietly sent to Seoul, Korea, where she is adopted by her father’s best friend and KATUSA, Don Choi. Rayven spends twenty years in Seoul before discovering a clue that her father left behind that could lead her to find the killer. Tired of being a victim, Rayven returns to America to find the killer and make him pay for what he did to her family  

Rayven Choi is a five-part serial graphic novel series. Chapter #5 concludes Rayven’s story of revenge, but it’s only the beginning of what we have in store for this dynamic character and her journey. Stay tuned!

(Fans of Rayven Choi at Indonesia Comic Con)

 

The Rayven Choi graphic novel series is Teen+ which means that it's suitable for audiences who are 13 and up. This rating is due to graphic violence and (censored) strong language. However, there is no nudity. 

 

Here's what the media has to say about Rayven Choi and Shero Comics!

 

“The world needs more Sheroes.”

 

Jennifer McCartney (Publisher’s Weekly)

"A tale of action, drama and tragedy, Rayven Choi is masterfully created, beautifully illustrated and pulls at the heartstrings like never before."

 

 

Rosie Malezer (Reader's Favorite)

“It was also refreshing to read a story that not only had a diverse lead, but also a diverse set of characters around the lead.”

 

Koji Steven Sakai (8Asians)

“This book is so good! It's short and a fast read. The artwork is done great. So easy to follow.”

 

Tonya Luttrull (Rustic Book Reviews)

 

 

If you want to get a quick glimpse into the world of Rayven Choi, check out these EPIC micro-trailers that give you insight into the main characters and what makes them tick.

RAYVEN

CASSIUS

DORIAN

 (Behind the Scenes of the Rayven Choi Short Film)

 

Below, is the trailer for the 14-minute Rayven Choi live-action short film that we shot to introduce the graphic novel series.  You'll be happy to know that we're offering a download of the full short film as a reward!

 

 

 KOREAMERICAN

 

 

Rayven Choi tells the story of a young woman who, as a child, witnesses a hit man murder her parents on a military commuter train. She is the sole survivor on the train and is quietly sent to Seoul, Korea where she is adopted by her father's best friend. Rayven spends twenty years in Korea before discovering a clue that her father left behind that could lead her to finding the killer.

 

THE RETURN

 

 

Rayven is still haunted by the nightmares of her past when she discovers a secret tape that her father left behind. The taped confession points the finger at an American mole who is selling top secret information to North Korea. Upon hearing the confession, Rayven decides to return to America to find the man who murdered her parents.  Back in America, Rayven seeks help from the FBI but she soon realizes that they might also have blood on their hands.

 

 

THE BOUNTY HUNTER

 

 

Rayven works on her case with former cop turned bail bondsmen, Dorian Glover, and former Marine turned bounty hunter, Cassius Malone. Dorian uses his Washington connections to try to break the cold case that even his father couldn’t solve. Rayven ends up on a hunt with Cassius where she instinctively saves his life. All three of them work together to piece together evidence to solve the case but the closer they get to uncovering the bad guys, the closer the bad guys get to Rayven.

 

CHASING GHOSTS

 

 

After Rayven's identity is revealed, the hitman comes after her with guns blazing. Cassius comes to her rescue, but now that Rayven's cover is blown, she's in even more danger and considers going back home to Korea. Dorian has a break in the case when he gets a lead on who the FBI mole might be but is perplexed as to what the motive was for the assassination.

 

 

VENGEANCE IS A SIN

 

 

All things come to a head in this fifth and final chapter of the Rayven Choi series. After Dorian is kidnapped, Rayven and Cassius go on a manhunt to find him. Finally, Rayven comes face-to-face with the hitman that murdered her parents twenty-five years ago but must overcome her debilitating anxiety to get Dorian back and get the revenge she so desperately seeks.

 

 

In addition to the Rayven Choi books, that are being offered in several reward tiers, we have some pretty neat rewards below that are exclusive to this crowdfunding campaign.

 

RAYVEN CHOI - THE SHORT FILM

 

 

After spending some time on the festival circuit, our 14-minute live-action short film version of Rayven Choi is now available for download exclusively with this campaign.

RAYVEN CHOI - CHAPTER #5

RAYVEN VS RAYVEN VARIANT COVER 

 

 

We were so excited about Rayven Choi Chapter #5 that we've created this out-of-this-world Rayven vs. Rayven variant cover just for this campaign! On this cover, Rayven faces off with little Rayven for some martial arts fun. This cover is an ode to the upcoming Rayven Choi prequel, Young Grandmaster Choi. Get it here and get it now because, after this campaign, there won't be a reprint! 

"AGENT SHERO" BASEBALL TEE

 

 

 

 

It's a bird, it's a plane, it's Agent Shero here to save the day! This special-edition tee is exclusive to our campaign and features our Shero Comics mascot,  Agent Shero, on her quest to save the "Shero Universe!" She's only available here!

This unisex tee comes in sizes XS-2XL. Click HERE to check out the size chart and please enter the size of your choice when you check out for this reward tier.  

 

RAYVEN CHOI - FUNKO POP

 

 

We couldn't end the Rayven Choi graphic novel series without creating this custom-made Rayven Choi Funko Pop for the collectors out there. There were only fifteen of these adorable Rayven Choi Pop's made, and each is numbered and will be autographed. They will be shipped inside hard plastic pop protectors. These are extremely limited and exclusive to this campaign, so when they're gone, they're gone!  

 THE WHOLE "SHERO SHEBANG" BOOKFAIR 

 

 

If you're eyeing rewards in more than one tier, and want to get the complete Shero Comics collection of books and merchandise, this is defintely the tier for you. You'll get physical copies of all five Rayven Choi books - in English and Korean (includes the Rayven vs. Rayven variant cover), our zany cheerleading comic, Squad Goals, and our never before released  origins comic, "The Legend of Cahokia." That's THIRTEEN books in total! 

Additionally, you'll get to download the Rayven Choi short film, our "Agent Shero" tee, a special double cover Rayven Choi notebook, six Rayven Choi cover magnets, and to top it off, it all comes inside our signature Shero Comics bag! 

Our Agent Shero unisex tee comes in sizes XS-2XL. Click HERE to check out the size chart and please enter the size of your choice when you check out for this reward tier.  

 

If we’re fortunate enough to meet our crowdfunding goal, we have some pretty cool stretch goals that will unlock just as soon as we reach each tier listed below.  

$6,000

RAYVEN CHOI CHAPTER #5 - RAYVEN VS RAYVEN - DIGITAL BOOK

 

If our campaign reaches our six thousand dollar stretch goal, those that have purchased a digital or physical reward will also receive the digital version of our Rayven vs. Rayven variant cover edition of Rayven Choi Chapter #5!

$7,000

RAYVEN CHOI KOREAN VERSION  - DIGITAL BUNDLE

 

If our campaign reaches our seven thousand dollar stretch goal, those that have purchased a digital or physical reward will also receive the digital version of all five Rayven Choi books in Korean.

$8,000

RAYVEN CHOI DOUBLE-SIDED COVER BOOKMARK

 

If our campaign reaches our eight thousand dollar stretch goal, those that have purchased a physical reward will also receive this super cool double-sided Rayven Choi bookmark that features the covers of Rayven Choi Chapter #4 & #5.  

 

$9,000

RAYVEN CHOI BOOK COVER MAGNETS

If our campaign reaches our nine thousand dollar stretch goal, those that have purchased a physical reward will also receive a Rayven Choi magnet of one of our EPIC book covers. Note: You will receive ONE magnet selected at random.  

$10,000

SQUAD GOALS & THE LEGEND OF CAHOKIA - DIGITAL BUNDLE

 

If our campaign reaches our ten thousand dollar stretch goal, those that have purchased a digital or physical reward will also receive the digital versions of our zany cheerleading comic book, Squad Goals, & the digital version of our unreleased mini-comic book, "The Legend of Cahokia," a fictional origins story about the magical world of Ancient Cahokia...an American landmark. 

 

The money raised from this campaign will be split in a few ways, with the majority of the money going towards paying our Shero Artist Squad.  See the graphic above to find out where the money resides. 

 

SHEQUETA L. SMITH

Shequeta is a Salisbury, North Carolina, native, and alumna of North Carolina State University. Since 2008, she has been busy writing and directing short films, writing and creating comics, and writing award-winning screenplays that usually feature powerful women. In 2019, she was selected into Ron Howard and Brian Grazer's “Imagine Impact” screenwriting program. Currently, she is filming a documentary, "The Shero Universe," which follows her as she tours the world of international comic-cons. You can follow Shequeta on social media @SheroComics or @RayvenChoi or check out Shero Comics at www.sherocomics.com

QAZZRAN ALAMRY

Qazzran is a visual artist and comic artist from Bali, Indonesia. Besides staying active in the fine arts with his contemporary paintings, Qazzran grew up reading manga and comics, which has deepened his love for creating them. Visualizing the idea and the story is what he loves most while creating comics. In his freelance career as a comic artist, Qazzran specializes in penciling and inking. You can view Qazzran's work at www.qazzran.artstation.com

DENNIS SAPUTRA

Dennis Saputra is from Jakarta, Indonesia and has been a freelance artist for over a decade . When he’s not drawing for others, he designs t-shirts for his company Elang Karo Singo. Rayven Choi is Dennis’ first graphic novel. You can see more of Dennis’ work at https://elangkarosingo.deviantart.com and https://www.fiverr.com/elangkarosingo

ALIVON ORTIZ

Alivon is a Mexican colorist and a lover of graphic art with national and international experience. Her first published work was in Mexico with the Editorial Mama Lola for the comic Aventuras Enmascaradas. She’s also collaborated with other publishers such as Editorial Mina, Corteza Editorial, and Approbations Comics, among others. You can follow Alivon on twitter @alivonbon

DEZI SIENTY

Dezi is a freelance artist who specializes in lettering comic books. He got his first big break in comics when he took a staff position at DC Comics. His clients have included IDW, ASPEN, Rittenhouse and, DC Comics, where he lettered everything from Vertigo to the Justice League. You can view Dezi’s work at www.deziletterscomics.com and follow him on social media @Dezicnt

 

 

Rewards will begin shipping at the dates listed below each reward tier.

Shipping is FREE for all US orders.

For our international customers, please check the shipping area below the reward tier for shipping rates and add this amount to your reward tier. For example: If you're ordering our "Agent Shero" tee shirt for $50 and the shipping rate is $10. Please make sure you change the reward amount to $60.

For our "Agent Shero" tee shirt, please enter the proper size you need in the "Message to the Entrepreneur" section BEFORE you pay for your reward. Click HERE to view our size chart. 

Updates

The Campaign FAQs

What is the age range for Rayven Choi?

The Rayven Choi Graphic Novel series is considered Teen+ which means that it's suitable for ages 13 and up. 

What are “stretch goals?”

Stretch goals are benchmark goals that we set beyond our initial crowdfunding goal. It allows us to offer you even more fun and zany rewards for donating to our campaign. It also allows us to continue to raise even more funding so that we can create more content for you and show the world that minority women in comics are badass!  

Where can I find out more information about Shero Comics?

Please visit our website at this link. www.sherocomics.com

Where can I find out more information about Shero Con?

Please visit our website at this link www.sherocon.com

Is Rayven Choi being made into a movie or tv show?

Making Rayven into an international phenomenon has definitely been the overall the goal with the book. Now that we’ve reached the final book in the series, we’re planning to hit the ground running on bringing this project to a theater, streamer, and/or television network! The good news is that our television pilot for the series is currently a finalist in Sundance’s Writer’s Lab so we’re one step closer to making that happen.

Tori Lewis
06/17/2021
Rayven Choi Complete Book Set - Digital
$25
Messiah Jacobs
06/17/2021
The Whole "Shero Shebang" Bookfair
$225
Cynthia Pong
06/17/2021
Monetary Contribution
$200
Wilson Lea
06/14/2021
Monetary Contribution
$150
Karume Deco
06/13/2021
Rayven Choi Funko Pop - Collector's Item
$125
Eula Davis
06/11/2021
Monetary Contribution
$10
Tamala
06/11/2021
"Agent Shero" Baseball Tee
$50
Kenyon Long
06/11/2021
Rayven Choi Complete Book Set - Digital
$25
Precious Horton
06/11/2021
Monetary Contribution
$100
Devika Parikh
06/11/2021
"Agent Shero" Baseball Tee
$50
6.00 USD
Rayven Choi Chapter #5 - Digital

Finish the Rayven Choi series with this digital PDF version of Chapter #5.

 

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7.00 USD
Rayven Choi Short Film - Download

Download our kickass Rayven Choi short film. It's a 14-minute live-action journey into the graphic novel series.

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13.00 USD
Rayven Choi Chapter #5 - Physical Book

Get the PDF version AND the autographed physical copy of this deluxe edition of  Rayven Choi Chapter #5.

 

2 Supporters
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20.00 USD
Rayven Choi Chapter #5 - Variant Cover

Get the  autographed physical copy of this variant Rayven vs. Rayven deluxe edition of  Rayven Choi Chapter #5.

On this exclusive cover, Rayven is shown facing off with her younger self.  This cover is ONLY available with this campaign. 

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25.00 USD
Rayven Choi Complete Book Set - Digital

Get the complete autographed Rayven Choi book set with digital PDF copies of all-five books.

Included are...

Rayven Choi Chapter #1 - Koreamerican

Rayven Choi Chapter #2 - The Return

Rayven Choi Chapter #3 - The Bounty Hunter

Rayven Choi Chapter #4 - Chasing Ghosts

Rayven Choi Chapter #5 - Vengeance is a Sin

Note:  All books will be delivered upon the release of Rayven Choi Chapter #5.

6 Supporters
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40.00 USD
Rayven Choi Complete Book Set -Physical

Get the complete autographed Rayven Choi book set with physical copies of all-five books.

Included are...

Rayven Choi Chapter #1 - Koreamerican

Rayven Choi Chapter #2 - The Return

Rayven Choi Chapter #3 - The Bounty Hunter

Rayven Choi Chapter #4 - Chasing Ghosts

Rayven Choi Chapter #5 - Vengeance is a Sin

Note:  All books will be delivered upon the release of Rayven Choi Chapter #5.

7 Supporters
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50.00 USD
"Agent Shero" Baseball Tee

Get our exclusive, limited-edition, unisex "Agent Shero" mascot on a baseball tee that's ONLY available with this campaign.

This unisex tee comes in sizes from XS-XXL. Click HERE to check out the size chart and please enter the size of your choice in the "Message to the Entrepreneur" section BEFORE you pay for this reward tier.  

10 Supporters
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125.00 USD
Rayven Choi Funko Pop - Collector's Item

Get this super cool autographed Funko Pop figure of Rayven Choi. Only fifteen of these will be made, so this one is for the collectors!  They will be shipped inside the hard plastic pop protectors.

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225.00 USD
The Whole "Shero Shebang" Bookfair

Get the Shero works with this reward bundle that includes a collection of Rayven Choi books and tons of cool extras that you can ONLY get here! 

Included are the physical books of Rayven Choi in Korean and English

Rayven Choi Chapter #1 - Koreamerican

Rayven Choi Chapter #2 - The Return

Rayven Choi Chapter #3 - The Bounty Hunter

Rayven Choi Chapter #4 - Chasing Ghosts

Rayven Choi Chapter #5 - Vengeance is a Sin

Also included are physical copies of...

Rayven Choi Chapter #5 - Rayven vs Rayven Variant Cover

Squad Goals Comic - They All Come Tumbling Down

The Legend of Cahokia Comic - The Divine Gods of 8

You'll also receive our...

"Agent Shero" baseball tee

Shero Comics Bag

Rayven Choi Short Movie -  Digital Download 

Rayven Choi Double Cover Spiral Notebook

(6) Rayven Choi Covers magnet - (Note: This includes the Rayven vs Rayven variant cover)

 

Note:  This bundle will be shipped upon the release of Rayven Choi Chapter #5.

Our unisex "Agent Shero" tee comes in sizes from XS-XXL. Click HERE to check out the size chart and please enter the size of your choice in the "Message to the Entrepreneur" section BEFORE you pay for this reward tier.  

2 Supporters
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300.00 USD
Creating Indie Comics Personal Workshop

Join our Shero CEO for a one-on-one workshop where you'll learn how to self-publish indie comics and receive inside information on costs, marketing, and getting your books sold into comic shops across America. 

Included with this workshop is a contact list of over THREE THOUSAND comic shops across America.

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Rewards

6.00 USD
Rayven Choi Chapter #5 - Digital

Finish the Rayven Choi series with this digital PDF version of Chapter #5.

 

0 Supporters
Select this reward
7.00 USD
Rayven Choi Short Film - Download

Download our kickass Rayven Choi short film. It's a 14-minute live-action journey into the graphic novel series.

0 Supporters
Select this reward
13.00 USD
Rayven Choi Chapter #5 - Physical Book

Get the PDF version AND the autographed physical copy of this deluxe edition of  Rayven Choi Chapter #5.

 

2 Supporters
Select this reward
20.00 USD
Rayven Choi Chapter #5 - Variant Cover

Get the  autographed physical copy of this variant Rayven vs. Rayven deluxe edition of  Rayven Choi Chapter #5.

On this exclusive cover, Rayven is shown facing off with her younger self.  This cover is ONLY available with this campaign. 

1 Supporter
Select this reward
25.00 USD
Rayven Choi Complete Book Set - Digital

Get the complete autographed Rayven Choi book set with digital PDF copies of all-five books.

Included are...

Rayven Choi Chapter #1 - Koreamerican

Rayven Choi Chapter #2 - The Return

Rayven Choi Chapter #3 - The Bounty Hunter

Rayven Choi Chapter #4 - Chasing Ghosts

Rayven Choi Chapter #5 - Vengeance is a Sin

Note:  All books will be delivered upon the release of Rayven Choi Chapter #5.

6 Supporters
Select this reward
40.00 USD
Rayven Choi Complete Book Set -Physical

Get the complete autographed Rayven Choi book set with physical copies of all-five books.

Included are...

Rayven Choi Chapter #1 - Koreamerican

Rayven Choi Chapter #2 - The Return

Rayven Choi Chapter #3 - The Bounty Hunter

Rayven Choi Chapter #4 - Chasing Ghosts

Rayven Choi Chapter #5 - Vengeance is a Sin

Note:  All books will be delivered upon the release of Rayven Choi Chapter #5.

7 Supporters
Select this reward
50.00 USD
"Agent Shero" Baseball Tee

Get our exclusive, limited-edition, unisex "Agent Shero" mascot on a baseball tee that's ONLY available with this campaign.

This unisex tee comes in sizes from XS-XXL. Click HERE to check out the size chart and please enter the size of your choice in the "Message to the Entrepreneur" section BEFORE you pay for this reward tier.  

10 Supporters
Select this reward
125.00 USD
Rayven Choi Funko Pop - Collector's Item

Get this super cool autographed Funko Pop figure of Rayven Choi. Only fifteen of these will be made, so this one is for the collectors!  They will be shipped inside the hard plastic pop protectors.

11 Left
4 Supporters
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225.00 USD
The Whole "Shero Shebang" Bookfair

Get the Shero works with this reward bundle that includes a collection of Rayven Choi books and tons of cool extras that you can ONLY get here! 

Included are the physical books of Rayven Choi in Korean and English

Rayven Choi Chapter #1 - Koreamerican

Rayven Choi Chapter #2 - The Return

Rayven Choi Chapter #3 - The Bounty Hunter

Rayven Choi Chapter #4 - Chasing Ghosts

Rayven Choi Chapter #5 - Vengeance is a Sin

Also included are physical copies of...

Rayven Choi Chapter #5 - Rayven vs Rayven Variant Cover

Squad Goals Comic - They All Come Tumbling Down

The Legend of Cahokia Comic - The Divine Gods of 8

You'll also receive our...

"Agent Shero" baseball tee

Shero Comics Bag

Rayven Choi Short Movie -  Digital Download 

Rayven Choi Double Cover Spiral Notebook

(6) Rayven Choi Covers magnet - (Note: This includes the Rayven vs Rayven variant cover)

 

Note:  This bundle will be shipped upon the release of Rayven Choi Chapter #5.

Our unisex "Agent Shero" tee comes in sizes from XS-XXL. Click HERE to check out the size chart and please enter the size of your choice in the "Message to the Entrepreneur" section BEFORE you pay for this reward tier.  

2 Supporters
Select this reward
300.00 USD
Creating Indie Comics Personal Workshop

Join our Shero CEO for a one-on-one workshop where you'll learn how to self-publish indie comics and receive inside information on costs, marketing, and getting your books sold into comic shops across America. 

Included with this workshop is a contact list of over THREE THOUSAND comic shops across America.

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