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Help us COLOR the next 28 page chapter in the DEADHORSE saga - a comic of mystery, murder, and hand puppets.
Help us COLOR the next 28 page chapter in the DEADHORSE saga - a comic of mystery, murder, and hand puppets.
Help us COLOR the next 28 page chapter in the DEADHORSE saga - a comic of mystery, murder, and hand puppets.
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DEADHORSE rides again!

We're excited to finally, finally get the next issue of DEADHORSE into your hands.  Well into your eyeballs anyway as this campaign is for a DIGITAL VERSION. What we're really trying to do here is get this beauty colored and that's where you come in. I'm hoping to raise $1560 to cover Marissa's fantastic color work on the next chapter, The Ballad of the Two Headed Dog #3, and also cover a very, very small print run.  

Should we exceed our goal and hit our $2800 stretch goal everyone who donates $5 or more gets a PDF of BALLAD OF THE TWO HEADED DOG #4 for free!  So while that entry price of $5 may seem steep for a 28 page comic (it really isn't if you look at what some publisher's are charging for digital), if we hit our stretch goal you'll end up getting two comics for that $5. Math fans have already figured out that means you'd only be paying $2.50 each!

So if this is a story you want more of please consider supporting Phil, Marissa, and myself as we near the ending of our unique little tale of keys, sleep walkers, and bird headed people. 

So what is DEADHORSE? 

Deadhorse is a comic book about a man with nothing who finds the key to everything. It is witten by me (Eric Grissom), drawn by Phil Sloan, and colored by Marissa Louise and David Halvorson. Phil and I started this comic way back in 2010 and it was the first comic I had ever written. Critics have been very kind to us and people seem to dig this weird world we've created. The first book and the first chapter of Ballad of the Two Headed Dog was colored by David Halvorson. With the release of our last issue, Ballad of the Two Headed Dog #2, Marissa Louise took over as colorist.

The story revolves around a reclusive man named William Pike who comes into possession of a strange key and finds himself the target of an evil industrialist. When William learns the key may solve the mystery behind his father's death, he embarks on a journey into the farthest reaches of Alaska in search of the truth. It's a strange little tale that is part comedy, part adventure, part mystery. I'm very proud of the work and I think if you give it a chance you'll dig it too.

STRETCH GOAL!

If we can fund the project, you'll receive a PDF of Ballad #3.  If we hit our stretch goal you'll receive Ballad #4 as well.
If we can fund the project, you'll receive a PDF of Ballad #3. If we hit our stretch goal you'll receive Ballad #4 as well.

The rewards are digital

I wanted to keep the cost of this campaign as low as we could which is why you'll see only digital rewards with the exception of the print tier.  That reward level will be super limited so if you need to have a print copy get on that right away. I may or may not ever print it again as a single issue so be sure to jump on that right away if you need it in your life.  Phil and I will both sign them.

Deadhorse Cover Gallery.  Art by Phil Sloan.
Deadhorse Cover Gallery. Art by Phil Sloan.

We will be sending everyone PDF files as well as using ComiXology to fulfill the digital version of Ballad #3 and potentially all of the other digital titles as well.

But what if you want to read the older DEADHORSE in print? Order it here!

Who is making this thing?

Art/Covers by Phil Sloan

Phil is an artist who has done work for IDW's War Of The Undead and Weird NJ. Not much is known of him as he strongly adheres to his survivalist beliefs. But what is known is that he loves spending time with his family and staying off the grid.

Colors (Ballad of the Two Headed Dog #2, #3, #4) by Marissa Louise

Marissa Louise has a terrifying tongue twister for a last name, you’ll never see it. Fortunately, her work is much nicer and you’ll see a lot of that. She is an illustrator turned colorist whose work has appeared in MCSWEENEY’S LUCKY PEACH, DARK HORSE PRESENTS, many indie books and various galleries in New York & Portland, OR. Follow her on twitter @marissadraws.

Colors (Dead Birds and Ballad of the Two Headed Dog #1) by David Halvorson

David Halvorson is an author/Illustrator who works under the pen name Marcus Emerson. He is the creator of Diary of a 6th Grade Ninja, Recess Warriors, and The Super Life of Ben Braver. He also worked with Eric as the primary artist of the space adventure, Planet Gigantic.

Story/Letters/Design by Eric Grissom

Eric Grissom is a writer whose comic works include GREGORY SUICIDE for Dark Horse comics, PLANET GIGANTIC, and ANIMALS. He resides in River Plaza, New Jersey with his wife and three kids. You can follow Eric on EricGrissom.com or on Twitter at @egrissom.

Who did that kick ass song in the video?

The first part of the video uses the song "Swallowed by Shame" by Daniel Birch and appears courtesy of the Free Music Archive.

The song that kicks in halfway through is "Chem Trails" by Spider Bags and appears courtesy of Dan McGee.  It's from the album "Frozen Letter" on Merge Records.  Go buy it.  It's fantastic.

People dig it!

"This rollicking conspiracy adventure glides along thanks to cryptic but genuinely absorbing mysteries balanced with clever characterization"  -Publisher's Weekly

“a hilarious page-turner full of action, adventure, and mystery.” -Lonnie Nadler, Bloody Disgusting

"this is one of those rare comic books that remind the reader of why it is they read comic books. They read them for incredible experiences like one found in Deadhorse." -Dustin Cabeal, Comic Bastards

“Deadhorse is a monster of a book stitched together from a heap of conspiracies, a pile of strange jokes and a trunk full of adventure stories. Always zagging when you think it’s zigging, Grissom and Sloan’s madcap journey through the Alaska that’s not on the map is a trip worth taking yourself.” -Christopher Sebela, Cold War

“One of the most impressive things about this series is the way all the disparate elements come together.” -Michelle White, Multiversity

“Deadhorse is a stylish well plotted mystery that impresses throughout with the only real problem being that at the end it leaves you begging for more.” -Patrick Smith, Spandexless

Risks and challenges

Ballad #3 is already WRITTEN! Already DRAWN! Already INKED! Already LETTERED! The only remaining item is to color it and output a PDF for you. So put your worries aside!

As far as the stretch goal: Ballad #4 is already WRITTEN! Already DRAWN! And 90% INKED! If we hit the stretch goal, that money will be put towards getting the pages colored. Ballad #3 will be done first followed by Ballad #4 so don't expect Ballad #4 INSTANTLY! We'll need some time to color and Marissa is insanely talented which means she's insanely busy. These comics don't make themselves.

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    You want us to go on. Like your heart in that movie about boats. Throw your crumpled bill into my upturned hat. I will smile back and eat for one more day.

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    Gimmie The Goods (Digital)

    This is why we're here: At $5 you'll get a PDF of Ballad of the Two Headed Dog #3. Standing at 28 pages this book's got it all: drifters, bird heads, human carpets, bell boys.

    PLUS if we hit our stretch goal, you'll get a PDF of BALLAD OF THE TWO HEADED DOG #4!

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    Everything from Book 2 (digital)

    For $7 you not only get Ballad of the Two Headed Dog #3, I'll also send you a PDF or code for Ballad of the Two Headed Dog #1 and #2. That's more than 84 pages! This reward is perfect for anyone that bought the trade, but hasn't gotten to the new stuff yet.

    PLUS if we hit our stretch goal, you'll get a PDF of BALLAD OF THE TWO HEADED DOG #4!

    Includes:
    • Deadhorse, Ballad of the Two Headed Dog #1: The Second Coming
    • Deadhorse, Ballad of the Two Headed Dog #2: Cheers
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    New to DEADHORSE? Book One (Digital)

    Haven't read a lick of DEADHORSE? This is perfect for anyone that is new to the series and isn't ready to spend $15 on the "Complete Deadhorse".

    For $8 I'll send you a PDF or code for Book One, Dead Birds. This edition collects the first six chapters of the DEADHORSE story as well as some additional extras and pinups. More than 180 pages!

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    Mystery Issue in print!

    The original single issues from the first DEADHORSE book are long since out of print, but I still have a few left! If you choose this reward not only are you getting a digital copy of the new issue BALLAD OF THE TWO HEADED DOG #3, but I'll also ship you either DEADHORSE #2, DEADHORSE #4, or DEADHORSE #5. #5 won ComicBastards comic of the year award back in 2012! Limited to the US only as shipping is expensive! Message me if you really want this outside the US and we will work something out.

    PLUS if we hit our stretch goal, you'll get a PDF of BALLAD OF THE TWO HEADED DOG #4!

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    • DEADHORSE, Ballad #3: This isn't happening
    • MYSTERY PRINT COMIC: Either Deadhorse #2, #4, or #5. (1 comic)
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    The Complete Deadhorse (Digital)

    At $15 I send you so many Deadhorse PDFs you will never have to work again. I'm not sure if this is true, but the math checks out. This level gets you a PDF for Deadhorse, Book One (the first six chapters), Deadhorse, Ballad of the Two Headed Dog #1, Ballad of the Two Headed Dog #2, and the new book Ballad of the Two Headed Dog #3.

    PLUS if we hit our stretch goal, you'll get a PDF of BALLAD OF THE TWO HEADED DOG #4!

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    • Deadhorse, Book One: Dead Birds
    • Deadhorse, Ballad of the Two Headed Dog #1: The Second Coming
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    Frankenstein's Daughter (Digital)

    At $30 I send you so many comic PDFs you will turn into doves. I definitely know how this works and it's super painful, but totally glorious and you're sure to be the talk of the neighborhood.

    This level gets you EVERYTHING from the Complete Deadhorse level PLUS a collection of Frankenstein's Daughter published comics including the GREGORY SUICIDE zero issue, the PLANET GIGANTIC zero issue, and ANIMALS!

    PLUS if we hit our stretch goal, you'll get a PDF of BALLAD OF THE TWO HEADED DOG #4!

    Includes:
    • Deadhorse, Book One: Dead Birds
    • Deadhorse, Ballad of the Two Headed Dog #1: The Second Coming
    • Deadhorse, Ballad of the Two Headed Dog #2: Cheers
    • DEADHORSE, Ballad #3: This isn't happening
    • GREGORY SUICIDE: Birthday (Zero Issue)
    • PLANET GIGANTIC: Family (Zero Issue)
    • ANIMALS: Chickens
    • ANIMALS: Pigs
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    Ballad #3 in Print + the digital loot

    At $35 you'll get a super limited first run print copy of BALLAD OF THE TWO HEADED DOG #3! I am only running 30 of these things and making 20 available here so get them while the getting's good. The cost includes shipping so no worries there.

    In addition to the print copy I send you ALL the PDFs from the earlier tiers. That's the COMPLETE DEADHORSE, the FRANKENSTEIN'S DAUGHTER bundle, and the super limited print copy of Ballad #3.

    PLUS if we hit our stretch goal, you'll get a PDF of BALLAD OF THE TWO HEADED DOG #4!

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    • Deadhorse, Book One: Dead Birds
    • Deadhorse, Ballad of the Two Headed Dog #1: The Second Coming
    • Deadhorse, Ballad of the Two Headed Dog #2: Cheers
    • DEADHORSE, Ballad #3: This isn't happening
    • GREGORY SUICIDE: Birthday (Zero Issue)
    • PLANET GIGANTIC: Family (Zero Issue)
    • ANIMALS: Chickens
    • ANIMALS: Pigs
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    I'll edit your comic

    Are you writing a comic you want a set of eyes on? How about mine? I will lend them to you. I can proof it, edit it, give ideas on it, talk to you about it, whatever you want. Single issues only. Maybe two. I don't want to have to read your 144 page book. Let's say up to 24 pages? Plus you get all the PDFs.

    PLUS if we hit our stretch goal, you'll get a PDF of BALLAD OF THE TWO HEADED DOG #4!

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    • Deadhorse, Ballad of the Two Headed Dog #1: The Second Coming
    • Deadhorse, Ballad of the Two Headed Dog #2: Cheers
    • DEADHORSE, Ballad #3: This isn't happening
    • ANIMALS: Chickens
    • ANIMALS: Pigs
    • GREGORY SUICIDE: Birthday (Zero Issue)
    • PLANET GIGANTIC: Family (Zero Issue)
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    Need a comic lettered? I'll do it.

    If you're working on your own comic and need a letterer, I'll do it for that sweet cash I've heard so much about. Capping this at 24 pages so don't get any funny ideas about sending me a graphic novel. You'll get a PDF of DEADHORSE, Ballad of the Two Headed Dog #3 and I'll turn your comic dreams into a reality by lettering your words and making them look nice. I can't do this overnight so we'll have to work out a delivery schedule -- Let's Talk!

    PLUS if we hit our stretch goal, you'll get a PDF of BALLAD OF THE TWO HEADED DOG #4!

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