A tragic psychological tale of murder, betrayal, revenge, and the power of family... Based on a true story!
AVENGER OF BLOOD: GENESIS
A psychological revenge themed graphic novel based off of the tragic true story of the 1965 Indiana Torture Slaying of Sylvia Marie Likens. It is a deeply affecting tale, one that most true crime buffs consider to be one of the most haunting and heartbreaking tales they have read.
If you would like to read a short version of the actual story here is the wiki article: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sylvia_Likens
Child abuse, murder, and revenge may be on the surface but at the core of this disturbing tale is redemption, loss, betrayal, and the power of family.
Fans of true crime, dark fiction, vigilante justice, ghost stories, and psychological horror will love it!
Why we need to raise $25,400?
I am going to put $3,500 into the project myself, which leaves me with $25,400 to raise by Oct. 25th. The money goes toward paying Jorge Molina for sketches, inks, and digital coloring (roughly $16,000 all together). It also goes toward printing 1,000 copies of Avenger of Blood: Genesis Act 1: Dear Sylvia in beautiful, standard graphic novel sized, paperback, perfect binding, full color, semigloss pages ($6,000 printing + shipping). The rest of the money goes toward kickstarter's fee, amazon's credit card fee (roughly $2,500), postage, merchandise and ISBN (roughly $4,400). The Act 1 book will be around 150 pages long. Those who have international postage will have to pay a little more for rates.
IN THE HEART OF THE MIDWEST, DURING THE MID-1960’S…
A young girl has been killed in the most humiliating, degrading, and unconscionable manner in which any one person can be slain, all under the nose of a poor neighborhood and a large family.
2 YEARS LATER…
Her twin brother waits in the cell room of a mental institution swearing he sees his sister’s ghost who speaks to him pleading “Avenge Me.” The family and friends who have psychologically and physically abused his sister over a period of 3 months are now free from prison. No one is there to seek retribution on them, until now!
We have been approved to use a quote by internationally renowned rootsy rock band, Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds!
Here is their website: http://www.nickcaveandthebadseeds.com/home
The quote will be from the song "(Are You the One) That I've Been Waiting For" on their album “The Boatman's Call” and will be used on the Act 1 title page of the initial print run of Avenger of Blood Genesis Act 1. The quotes have been approved by Nick Cave and his publishing company Mute Song Ltd. Some of their most well known songs are "Where the Wild Roses Grow" (featuring Kylie Monogue), "Mercy Seat" (covered by the late great Johnny Cash) and "Red Right Hand". "Red Right Hand" was featured in "Songs in the Key of X: The X Files Soundtrack", "Scream: Soundtrack", and "Dumb and Dumber: Soundtrack". At the forefront is Nick Cave who, along with Warren Ellis (the Bad Seeds' fiddle player) have composed several soundtracks including, "The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford" and "The Road". He is also a screenwriter for the movies "The Proposition", "Ghosts... of the Civil Dead", and the recent release "Lawless" starring Tom Hardy, Guy Pearce, Gary Oldman, and Shia Labeouf. We are stoked to include his quote on this print run!
Billy Blythe, the Avenger of Blood!
His sister's ghost visits him frequently as a constant reminder of the terrible things she had to face in the 3 grueling months before her sad, tragic death. Loss, pain, and revenge is what is on Billy's mind constantly as he is somewhat "guided by voices" fleeing an institution to seek retribution on the 5 prime sadistic murderers of his sister. He longs to force them one by one into the now-abandoned basement where his sister was kept, to feel what she felt, to ease the burden of blood that is on Billy’s mind. Billy wants to understand his victim’s actions and create a psychological picture of each murderer’s motives before they are killed.
Here is a short preview of the rest of the novel, which can also be read on our website http://www.avengerofbloodgenesis.com :
Artwork will be posted on the website as it is finished!
We will be posting page by page as artwork is finished. You will get to see a preview page by page before the printing is even done.
What is Kickstarter?
If you're not familiar with Kickstarter or how it will works, here's a brief overview (or you can read the official one, http://www.kickstarter.com/start?ref=home_start ). For the next 30 days, you'll be able to make pledges to help support this project, with a minimum donation of one dollar. For your pledge, you can select one of the reward packages—listed to the right—of equal or lesser value to your pledge. You can always pledge more than the minimum to get a reward (and for some packages, you'll need to do so if it must be shipped internationally). Your credit card or other account will not actually be charged at the time you make your pledge, and you can change your mind right up to the final deadline.
If the final deadline comes and we've reached our goal, then everyone gets charged the amount they pledged at once. We will work hard to complete the final project within a year and a half (our deadline) and you will receive your packages in the mail shortly thereafter.
We are so happy that kickstarter has made an avenue for artists to create projects on their own, individually, without interference or censorship from publishers. With your help, we will be able to create an original project and put it out on the market. Please do message me if you have any questions. I will also take package suggestions if you would like to make me an offer or mix and match.
Together we can make Avenger of Blood: Genesis a reality!
Risks and challenges Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
Jorge is a full time college student and I have a full time job working at a restaurant. Time factors might be an issue. Jorge and I believe so much in the story of Avenger of Blood: Genesis that we are willing to finish by our projected deadline and not a day later. We feel that the true back story that lies within the novel is as powerful as the revenge-redemption part of the tale and needs to be told again. Thank you so much for supporting us and checking us out!
Have a question? If the info above doesn't help, you can ask the project creator directly.
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Funding Unsuccessful This project reached the deadline without achieving its funding goal on October 25, 2012.
Sep 25, 2012 - Oct 25, 2012 (30 days)
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You get a thank you e-mail from us!Estimated delivery: Nov 2012
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A digital download in PDF format and a thank you e-mail from us!Estimated delivery: May 2014
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Your very own softcover, matte finished, perfect bound copy of Avenger of Blood: Genesis, Act 1: Dear Sylvia, a sticker, and a thank you e-mail from us! Merchandise signed by Jorge and I. Add an extra $8 for international shipping.Estimated delivery: Aug 2014
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The $15 package + your very own 11 by 17 poster of the cover + a comprehensive list of songs in the soundtrack in your thank you e-mail! I know what you are thinking, how can a graphic novel have a soundtrack? While I was writing the manuscript, I had a list of song ideas for each sequence. Visual art has always gone alongside with music for me. To set the tone and make this experience more personal for you, I will send you an e-mail, song by song, page by page, panel by panel what was going through my head as the soundtrack of Avenger of Blood: Genesis. Merchandise signed by Jorge and I. Add an extra $8 for international shipping.Estimated delivery: Aug 2014
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The $25 package but INSTEAD of the regular printing, a Limited Edition Copy of Avenger of Blood: Genesis, Act 1: Dear Sylvia. This edition will only be available for those who donate to our kickstarter campaign! It will be a mock cover of the picture section of a true crime book featuring the characters from the novel. Merchandise signed by Jorge and I. Add an extra $8 for international shipping.Estimated delivery: Aug 2014
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What's that?...You can't decide on either cover, we will make it easier on you! $25 package + a Limited Edition copy of Avenger of Blood: Genesis Act 1 Dear Sylvia. This edition will only be available for those who donate to our kickstarter campaign! It will be a mock cover of the picture section of a true crime book featuring the characters from the novel. We will also throw in a 1" Sylvia pin and a postcard for yah! All merchandise signed by Jorge and I. Add an extra $15 for international shipping.Estimated delivery: Aug 2014
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The $45 package + an Avenger of Blood: Genesis t-shirt! T-Shirts will be high quality black with an image of the cover on them. We will also throw in a 1" Sylvia pin and a postcard for yah! (example shown on the story section of our page). Merchandise signed by Jorge and I. T-shirts signed only upon request. Add an extra $8 for international shipping.Estimated delivery: Aug 2014
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The $45 package + your name on the acknowledgement page. We will also throw in a 1" Sylvia pin and a postcard for yah! All merchandise signed by Jorge and I. Add an extra $8 for international shipping.Estimated delivery: Aug 2014
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The $100 package + an ink sketch of any character from the novel with personal note by, the artist, Jorge Molina! All merchandise signed by Jorge and I. Add an extra $8 for international shipping.Estimated delivery: Aug 2014
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The $100 package + digital ink portrait of you for your facebook page or any other social networking site by, the artist, Jorge Molina! All merchandise signed by Jorge and I. Add an extra $8 for international shippingEstimated delivery: Aug 2014
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$100 package + you get to be an extra in Avenger of Blood: Genesis Act 1: Dear Sylvia. You may be a mental patient at the psych ward that Billy is attending, a mourner at a Sylvia's funeral, or any other non speaking role that happens to appear in the novel! All merchandise, besides T's, signed by Jorge and I. Add an extra $8 for international shipping. All merchandise signed by Jorge and I.Estimated delivery: Aug 2014
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$100 package + you get to be a speaking role in Avenger of Blood: Genesis Act 1. There is a limit of 5 roles so get em while you can! Merchandise signed by Jorge and I. T-shirts signed only upon request. Add an extra $8 for international shipping.Estimated delivery: Aug 2014