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A dark fairy tale of forgotten kings and haunted forests. Told with art by Claire Connelly and verse by Eric Grissom.
A dark fairy tale of forgotten kings and haunted forests. Told with art by Claire Connelly and verse by Eric Grissom.
A dark fairy tale of forgotten kings and haunted forests. Told with art by Claire Connelly and verse by Eric Grissom.
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Hi friends,

My name is Eric Grissom and I write comics and sometimes I write comics that Claire Connelly draws. Our latest collaboration, inspired in part by our mutual love of The Legend of Zelda, is called THE MARK and it’s the story of a young woman who becomes cursed after burning wood from a sacred tree in the forest near her village. It’s a dark and moody fairy tale that we’re telling through 82+ pages of sequential art and verse. It’s half poetry, half comics and appropriate for all ages.

The good news about this project is it's already done. The only thing that remains is for a beautiful hardcover edition to be printed up, but in order to do that we need money - specifically $5500 to cover the cost of printing the book for our backers, covering Kickstarter and CC fees, and meeting the minimum quantity required by our printer. Any left over copies of the book we'll have we'll be able to sell at shows, to book and comic stores, and on places like Amazon. 

We’re selling the hardcover for 25 bucks which we feel is the ideal format to read this story in, however if digital is more your thing we’re offering that too. 

So here we are. Asking for your help in making this book a reality. If you look over our reward tiers I’m sure you’ll find something that works for you. Along with THE MARK you can get copies of PIGS and CHICKENS - two comics Claire and I did together previously. 

Chickens and Pigs are two comics Claire and I did in our ANIMALS series.
Chickens and Pigs are two comics Claire and I did in our ANIMALS series.

 

ANIMALS is more adult oriented, so if you’re getting THE MARK for a kid you might want to keep the ANIMALS books for yourself.

So there you have it. Thanks again for watching and checking out the project. Please consider backing it.

Digital Rewards

If you back this project with one of our digital comic rewards, you will have the option of having the comics delivered to your ComiXology account.

Risks and challenges

The good news about this project is it's already completed and ready to go. The only thing left is to print it. So barring any unforeseen errors with the printer or our shipping partners, the only thing between the book and you is reaching our goal. Help us do that and everything else is aces.

I've got a delivery date of March 2017 to give us time to get the books printed, though it's possible delivery will happen before this date.

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    The Least You Can Do.

    Well, the least you could do is nothing so this reward already has some problems. What doesn't have any problems? You. For giving us a buck and helping us on our way. Plus I'll throw in a random PDF of another comic I've written. Could be DEADHORSE, could by GREGORY SUICIDE, who knows.

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    1) Our love and respect
    2) Random PDF of comic

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    Digital copies of THE MARK and ANIMALS!

    While this book was designed specifically for the print edition and it remains our preferred format that it be read in, we wanted to offer an option for people that wanted a digital copy. In addition to The Mark, we're throwing in digital copies of both ANIMALS stories: PIGS and CHICKENS. These two books are not "kid-friendly" as they contain adult themes and scenes of violence in the slaughterhouse. So please be sure to keep 'em away from the little ones, okay?

    What You Get:

    1) Digital copy of THE MARK
    2) Digital copy of CHICKENS
    3) Digital copy of PIGS

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    EARLY BACKER HARDCOVER DEAL!

    Want the mark for cheaper? Of course you do, which is why the people that support us early get a little bit shaved off the top. We're cool like that.

    What You Get:

    1) Hardcover MARK
    2) Digital MARK

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    WHY WE'RE HERE! THE MARK in hardcover!

    This is it. The reason we're doing this. The reason ALL of this is happening. This is THE MARK in a wonderful hardcover book. 80+ pages of beautiful artwork and verse.

    What You Get:

    1) Hardcover MARK
    2) Digital MARK

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    Pledge $30 or more About $30

    THE MARK hardcover + ANIMALS in print!

    You'll get THE MARK hardcover PLUS a print copy of CHICKENS PLUS a print copy of PIGS PLUS digital copies of all three. Wow, you really are fancy.

    What You Get:

    1) Hardcover copy of THE MARK
    2) Paperback copy of PIGS
    3) Paperback copy of CHICKENS
    4) Digital copy of THE MARK
    5) Digital copy of CHICKENS
    6) Digital copy of PIGS

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    Pledge $75 or more About $75

    Awkward Skype with me, ESG

    We'll talk on Skype for 30 minutes about whatever you want. I'll read your comic script and give you notes. Or we can talk about something else. It's you're call. You decide. Writing comics? Doctor Who? David Lynch? Whatever you're into. We can even talk about sports! Though I'll just sit there.

    What You Get:

    1) Hardcover MARK
    2) Digital MARK
    3) 30 Minutes of awkward pauses and limited eye contact
    4) The joy of knowing I was most afraid of anyone actually purchasing this reward

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    Pledge $100 or more About $100

    8x12 Watercolor from Claire Connelly

    Who wants to talk to me on Skype when you can get beautiful artwork from Claire? In addition to the book, Claire will paint you something awesome.

    1) Hardcover MARK
    2) Digital MARK
    3) 8x12 Watercolor from Claire

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    I'll letter your comic!

    I'll review your comic script, provide notes, and then letter up to 22 pages of comics. How's that?

    What You Get:

    1) Hardcover MARK
    2) Digital MARK
    3) Script notes
    4) Letter 22 pages of comics and provide illustrator files

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    18x24 Watercolor from Claire

    Here's a bit of magic right here. Have an 18x24 piece if sunshine for your home or office from Claire Connelly. Your donation to our project is rewarded with a unique one of a kind piece! Be the envy of your friends and neighbors and show the world you're a class act.

    What You Get:

    1) Hardcover MARK
    2) Digital MARK
    3) 18x24 Watercolor from Claire

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