Here in USA, “Challenge Coins” are a big tradition among military and emergency service units. Traditionally, if your buddies catch you not carrying yours, the next round is on you.
There’s been a bunch of them on Kickstarter recently. Let’s take a look.
Day One : The Success
First, Howard Tayler, the talented and successful author/artist of the comic book Schlock Mercenary, produces a set of challenge coins corresponding to the coins issued to the characters in his comic book.
Thanks to Tayler’s huge fan-base this project is wildly successful, reaching nearly 3,000% funding on its first day.
(Even I bought a coin.)
Day Five : The first Copy-cat
Less than a week later, we get this entry from CE Martin. Apparently Martin writes some fantasy novels I’ve never heard of.
Martin claims that these coins are featured in an upcoming novel, even though his blog only mentioned it three days after the Schlock Mercenary coins went up.
(I’ll be interested to see if the book will still mention the coins now that it’s clear nobody wants to buy them.)
Day 23 : Two more copy-cats
John Holmes creates a “comic” called Power Point Ranger. I could try be nice here, but why bother? This comic is terrible. It’s poorly drawn, it’s juvenile, it’s often sexist, and what passes for jokes are predictable and ham-fisted. Your average 5th grader is too sophisticated for this comic.
If John Holmes was imagining that he was on the same level as Schlock Mercenary‘s Howard Taylor, he was sadly mistaken.