Bryan "Kaiser" Tillman

is creating the Ninja Empire

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  •  Access to the Patreon exclusive content activity feed where I will post extra content (sketches, comments, ideas, etc.). 
  • My utmost gratitude.
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  • You will be able to receive  one pencil  convention sketch when you see me at any convention. 
  • Every month three profile characters will be presented to you and you will be able to vote on which Ninja will be created for that month.
  • Access to the Patreon exclusive content activity feed where I will post extra content (sketches, comments, ideas, etc.).
  • My utmost gratitude.
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Patrons at this level will receive:
  • Concept design polls, where you will be able to cast your vote on upcoming characters, environments and weapons created for Ninja Empire
  • Whatever Ninja profile is selected, a 3x3 die-cut sticker will be created of that profile image and sent to you for that month.
  • Every month three profile characters will be presented to you and you will be able to vote on which Ninja will be created for that month.
  •  You will be able to receive  one pencil  convention sketch when you see me at any convention.  
  • Access to the Patreon activity feed where I will post extra content (sketches, comments, ideas, etc.).
  • My utmost gratitude.

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About

What is the DREAM for Ninja Empire?
The dream for Ninja Empire is to have an ongoing Youtube series where we get to explore the world of the Ninja Empire through world building. Ninja Empire would also be a strategic tabletop miniatures and trading card game. Lastly Ninja Empire's stories will be collected in graphic novels that explain all of the characters and their importance in the Ninja Empire.

If were are also talking about what the hope would be for Ninja Empire if there is not limit, then Ninja Empire would be created into a 2d fighter game of the likes of Guilty Gear with elements from other fighting games like Bloody Roar and Mortal Kombat. I then plan on telling all the storytelling elements through comics, so I get to combine both of my artistic love in one project.


What is Ninja Empire? 
Ninja Empire is a new creator owned project that I am going to be working on.

Ninja Empire is a fantasy story of a world that is ruled by NINJAS. Not everyone is a Ninja but the ones that are in charge are Ninjas. With the assassination of the Shogun the Ninja Empire plummets into chaos. With the heir the seat of Shogun too young and unprepared for that role it is up to the main five families that are directly under the Shogun to re-establish and maintain order. Amidst the chaos everyone, including the five families, are moving to seize power over the land and cement their legacy in the Ninja Empire.


As there are plans for many characters, there will be many many character stories to follow but the main story will follow Zander Schwarz aka The Black Dragon, an Outsider (An Outsider is a person not of the Ninja Bloodline. One can still be a Ninja as an Outsider, but they will always be looked at as unworthy of the craft.), rising to power and proving that he should be respected in the Ninja Empire.

The Black Dragon was born an Outsider with no ties to Ninjas but as he was growing up he knew that he one day be amongst the ranks of the Ninja. As time progressed he trained and trained in order to one day even be looked upon as worthy to try to join the Ninja Army.

Once accepted into the training grounds to be in the Ninja Army he quickly rose in the ranks of all the new cadets. This continued after he was recruited within the army and while he was in the Army. As an Outsider, naturally, he was not looked upon kindly. Despite all the of the pure blood Ninjas doing everything they possibly could to get him either kicked out or have him quit, Zander became one of the top Ninja soldiers. So much so that he was noticed by the Shogun and recruited to be part of the Elite Ninja Army. 

This is where he was bestowed the name Black Dragon. Everyone on the elite Army was not happy about the Shogun's decision. Everyday and every night Zander proved that he should be considered and respected as one of them. Over time the elite Army started finding value in the Black Dragon until the Shogun was assassinated.

Everything changed when that happened. Zander was quickly betrayed by the same people that he stood back to back protecting their lives. They murdered everyone in his village. Men, Women, Children and they even killed his wife and daughter right before his eyes before cutting his arm off and leaving him to bleed out. 

Through so sort of miracle he is not dead and now he is on a mission of revenge on any and everyone who had to do with the death of his family.

This is where he was bestowed the name Black Dragon. Everyone on the elite Army was not happy about the Shogun's decision. Everyday and every night Zander proved that he should be considered and respected as one of them. Over time the elite Army started finding value in the Black Dragon until the Shogun was assassinated.

Everything changed when that happened. Zander was quickly betrayed by the same people that he stood back to back protecting their lives. They murdered everyone in his village. Men, Women, Children and they even killed his wife and daughter right before his eyes before cutting his arm off and leaving him to bleed out. 

Through so sort of miracle he is not dead and now he is on a mission of revenge on any and everyone who had to do with the death of his family.


















Who is Bryan "Kaiser" Tillman 



This is me.

By day I am an assistant professor at Norfolk State University teaching graphic design. That is what pays the bills.  Once I am done with my day job I come home and spend time with my family. Once they are all asleep that is when I get to start my night time job, which is being a freelance artist. In the past I have worked with companies such as Marvel Comics, DC Comics, Valiant Comics, Image Comics, Rittenhouse, UpperDeck, Cryptozoic, Tandem Productions, Fox, FX, Miramax and Toys R Us. At the moment a lot of my time is spent with the creation of the Ninja Empire Saga


Why use Patreon? 

Patreon is a great way to allow for artist to set off on their own and risk trying to do an independent project. Patreon is also a great platform for people all around the world to find like minded people and allow them to support their long time favorite artists and their newly found favorite artists alike from the comfort of their own home. 

This is the perfect platform for everyone to get their projects out to the world and also to be supported by those who like your work. I have to say that Patreon is the main reason why I am willing to dedicate time to Ninja Empire. Without the idea that I will be able to get support from people who like my work, I would have just kept doing the same thing that I am doing now and this project would have just been one of my many ideas that are shelved.

So for that I thank you Patrons and Patreon guy all are making great things possible.

Thanks
Kaiser
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$96 of $250 per month
If we make it to this goal,  I will have a random drawing to give away a piece of Ninja Empire art work (pencils). Everyone who is a Patron will have a chance to enter. At every advancement of a tier your name will be entered again.
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