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Cherry Blackbird made a deal with the Devil for fame. The day she turns 27, she'll be dragged to Hell. But she's not one to go quietly.
Cherry Blackbird made a deal with the Devil for fame. The day she turns 27, she'll be dragged to Hell. But she's not one to go quietly.
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WHORE OF BABYLON | A Horror/Grindhouse Graphic Novel

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Pin up by Paul Gori
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Story Premise

Rockstar Cherry Blackbird sold her soul for fame. Now at the age of 26, time is running short. The day she turns 27, she'll be dragged to Hell. But Cherry is not one to go quietly...

...so, the Devil tasks her with collecting seven demonic souls that have escaped the Abyss. If she can do this before her 27th birthday, she’ll be released from her infernal pact and spared eternal damnation. Heaven help anyone who gets in her way. 

Gear up for a sleazy, filthy ride down a dark road with Cherry and her crew as they carve their way across America in this no-holds-barred epic Grindhouse/Horror story. Filled with nudity, violence, sex, drugs, and profanity, it will have you laughing, feeling disgusted, and leave you begging for more.

Sneak Peek from the Prologue Whore of Babylon #0.
Sneak Peek from the Prologue Whore of Babylon #0.

Want to see more? Click HERE for an 8-page preview! 

Friends In Low Places

Don't worry, Cherry isn't taking on this monumental task alone. She has a few friends to help her along the way.

Concept images for Midnight, Black Hen, and Red.
Concept images for Midnight, Black Hen, and Red.

First, there's Midnight, bass player from the deep south and Cherry's best friend. She will stop at nothing to help Cherry find redemption. 

The Black Hen, a demon from the depths of Hell on a mission to help Cherry find the souls that escaped.

And then there is Red, a drummer and troubled junkie with an upbeat attitude who is the Black Hen's assistant.

Here There Be Demons

Concept sketches for Mr. October and the Burbak.
Concept sketches for Mr. October and the Burbak.

 What's an exploitation story about Hell without some demons? 

There's the Hessian, a Neo-Nazi Warlock with mind control powers. And Mavo, a Draugr from the Viking age who craves revenge using his frozen touch to consume his victims.

But, that's just the beginning for Cherry. Power players like Miss Cocaine, the Burbak and others are awaiting her, hunting her even while she hunts them.

Concept sketches for Miss Cocaine and Mavo.
Concept sketches for Miss Cocaine and Mavo.

The Nitty Gritty

Whore of Babylon will be a 124-page graphic novel consisting of five chapters (of approx. 22-26 pages each) printed in full color. As each chapter is completed, backers will be sent that chapter in PDF format. Once all five chapters are completed, the book will be printed and the completed graphic novel will then be sent to our faithful backers.

This means you get to experience Whore of Babylon twice, with each reading offering something fresh and different. 

Digital comics have been an incredible boon to the industry, but there is something special about holding a book in your hand. You get to see how the pages work with one another. How the panels interplay upon the page. You even get the satisfaction of a good page turn.

You are getting both these experiences for a single backer pledge. You're welcome.

Covering It

You can choose from four variant covers done by some of today's most exciting comic artists or you can choose the regular edition that glows in the dark! That's right, nothing says "Rock & Roll'" like a glow-in-the-dark cover!

actual cover may vary.
actual cover may vary.

The Guest Covers

We wrangled up some killer guest artists for our variant covers— J.K.  Woodward, Rich Woodall, Mortimer Glum, and Ben Bishop. Each has a wickedly different, but undeniably fun interpretation of Whore of Babylon.

We love 'em so much it's hard to pick a favorite. So, we'll leave that up to you.

A) Mortimer Glum B) Rich Woodall C) Ben Bishop D) J.K. Woodward
A) Mortimer Glum B) Rich Woodall C) Ben Bishop D) J.K. Woodward

Handmade Smut: Tijuana Bible, Take Two!

We enjoyed making the first "The Grand Adventures of Duke and Duchess" Tijuana Bible so much, that we are back at it!

"The Grand Adventures of Duke and Duchess: Abominable" is an obscene palm-sized comic that will be featured in the Whore of Babylon graphic novel.

We continue the adventures of Duke and Duchess as they make their way to Tibet in search of the Abominable Snowman! 

Each of these limited-edition books is made by hand (we print them, cut them, and bind them all right here in our home), come to you signed, and are currently only available through this Kickstarter campaign.

Tijuana Bible Cover
Tijuana Bible Cover

 

 Why Kickstarter?

We're coming to Kickstarter in order to raise $10,000, that's the minimum needed for the printing and shipping costs for a run of this graphic novel. This price tag also includes paying for the editing, lettering, variant cover art, and shipping supplies. This campaign will help offset the large print costs associated with producing and shipping.

Any additional funds above our $10,000 goal will go toward making the book and campaign even better for you, the reader.

WoB Page Preview

This is just a little snippet of a preview, but this and the Prologue (along with The Calamitous Black Devils and The Infernal Pact) should give you an idea of just what you are getting yourself into.

Cherry Blackbird meets Mavo. This isn't going to end well.
Cherry Blackbird meets Mavo. This isn't going to end well.

 

Not only are we bringing you stretch goals after we are funded, but we have some really great stuff to give to all of you backers before that even happens. Stay tuned as these goals unlock!

Awesome Extras

We have some other exclusive add-ons for this campaign. Just simply add the dollar amount to your pledge.

 

 

 

 

Thanks for checking us out and gear up for some sex, drugs, and damnation!

*Special thanks to Phil Santoro for making our video!

Risks and challenges

Thank you for supporting Whore of Babylon (even if you don't back the project, your attention is support).

This is my third Kickstarter project. The first two surpassed their original funding goals and in both cases I delivered every reward that was promised.

I'm well aware of the many challenges associated with printing, shipping, and delivering on this Kickstarter campaign and I am committed bringing you the highest quality product possible.

I've taken the following steps to decrease the associated risks—

1) The script is 100% complete, with a preview issue already printed, concept sketches and guest covers done. I have total confidence my team and I can produce the final product within promised deadline.

2) I'm working with KrakenPrint, a well-regarded US-based print broker to ensure a quality book production and on-time fulfillment.

3) I don't anticipate any problems working with our already selected vendors for all rewards. However, I've already sourced back-up vendors for all products, should a problem arise.

4) Please review my previous Kickstarters (THE CALAMITIOUS BLACK DEVILS & THE INFERNAL PACT) for evidence of my ability to communicate with backers post campaign and deliver on campaign fulfillment. My practice is to ship out rewards as they become available rather than waiting for them all to be shipped at once.

I'm not a big publisher or even a little publisher, all I have is the relationship with my fans and my reputation and I won't jeopardize that. I don't consider a project successful until all backers receive their rewards and neither should you!

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    PDF of Drug,Satan,Death,Witch

    Get a downloadable, HD resolution PDF of Cherry's first chapter "Drug,Satan,Death,Witch" featuring 13 pages of gut-churning, hilarious action.

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    Graphic Novel + Tijuana bible.

    A physical copy of Whore of Babylon the graphic novel. You will also will receive an 8-page signed and numbered Tijuana Bible "The Grand Adventures of Duke and Duchess: Abominable" (a palm-sized obscene comic strip). Includes all digital rewards and unlocked stretch goals.

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    Original Whore of Babylon Pin up artwork by David Snider and a copy of Whore of Babylon graphic novel with a cover of your choice. See what's under the censored sign! Includes all digital rewards and unlocked stretch goals.

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    Whore of Babylon graphic novel with a sketch cover. Let me design a speical cover for you or tell me what you want! Plus all digital rewards and unlocked stretch goals. These sketch covers will be super limited and printed in the USA.

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    Printed Works Package

    You get all three of our graphic novels: Whore of Babylon (with a cover of your choice), the Infernal Pact, the Calamitous Black Devils and both our Tijuana Bibles! Includes all digital rewards and unlocked stretch goals.

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    Commission Joe to create an original piece of 9" x 12" artwork for you. Joe is a versatile, talented artist and he is opening up his commission list for this campaign. Christmas is coming and he can do anything from inked illustrations of your loved ones to NSFW mashups. This limited, premium pledge also includes all digital rewards, the Whore of Babylon graphic novel (standard cover) and all unlocked stretch goals.

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    Be a Victim

    You (or a person of your choosing) will be on at least three seperate panels getting their ass eviscerated! You will also recieve a copy of the Whore of Babylon graphic novel (with a cover of your choice) and all digital rewards and unlocked stretch goals.

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    Whore of Babylon Special Edition

    You will get a copy of the book (cover of your choice), plus a bonus 2 page (written) short story with an accompanying sketch featuring one of the seven sins from Whore of Babylon. Includes all digital rewards and unlocked stretch goals.

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    You can be the face of Beelzebub, the Devil Cherry sells her soul to. This tier includes all five versions of the graphic novel, both Tijuana Bibles, all digital rewards and unlocked stretch goals.

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    All the Schmalke You Can Handle

    Get every comic or graphic novel produced by Joseph Schmalke from now until the end of time (or the end of Joe) shipped to your door! As far as this project is concerned, you get all five covers of the Whore of Babylon, plus the Calamitous Black Devils and the Infernal Pact graphic novels and both Tijuana Bibles! Includes all digital rewards and unlocked stretch goals.

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Funding period

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