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CRICKETSONG is a new horror comic about two mysterious travelers making their way across the Southern California desert.
201 backers pledged $7,051 to help bring this project to life.

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Hello and welcome to the Kickstarter for Daryl Toh and Ryan King's latest horror comic book - Cricketsong! With your help, we can print and produce this oversized 44-page, full-color comic by Fall 2019!

Cricketsong - Ryan King & Daryl Toh
Cricketsong - Ryan King & Daryl Toh

 What is Cricketsong about? 

Cricketsong is a mysterious new crime thriller about a couple of strangers, Emile and Barry, setting forth on a roadtrip across the southern California desert. It's in the same realm as Robert Rodriguez & Quentin Tarantino's From Dusk Till Dawn, the 80s horror classic The Hitcher, and hedonistic road narratives, like On the Road, The Electric Kool-Aid Acid Test, and Into the Wild. All together, Cricketsong is a pickup truck full of mystery, drama, suspense, comedy, horror, and adventure! 

Cricketsong - Daryl Toh & Ryan King
Cricketsong - Daryl Toh & Ryan King

What are the rewards?   

The rewards for backing and supporting our kickstarter campaign include digital and physical printed copies of Cricketsong. Printed copies of Cricketsong will feature:

  • 44-pages of full color art  
  • Perfect softcover binding 
  • Oversized printing (A4 measurements; 8.27"w x 11.69"h)

Printed copy of Cricketsong mockup
Printed copy of Cricketsong mockup
Interior sample for Cricketsong
Interior sample for Cricketsong
Interior sample for Cricketsong
Interior sample for Cricketsong
Interior sample for Cricketsong
Interior sample for Cricketsong

We're also offering a chance to order our previous Kickstarter funded horror comics, Nico's Fortune and The Games We Played

Printed copies of Nico's Fortune will feature:

  • 40-pages of full color art 
  • Perfect softcover binding 
  • Oversized printing (A4 measurement; 8.27"w x 11.69"h)
Cover art for Nico's Fortune
Cover art for Nico's Fortune
Interior sample for Nico's Fortune
Interior sample for Nico's Fortune
Interior sample for Nico's Fortune
Interior sample for Nico's Fortune
Interior sample for Nico's Fortune
Interior sample for Nico's Fortune

Printed copies of The Games We Played will feature:

  • 24-pages of black and white art 
  • Saddle stitching binding 
  • Oversized printing (A4 measurement; 8.27"w x 11.69"h)
Cover art for The Games We Played
Cover art for The Games We Played

Interior sample for The Games We Played
Interior sample for The Games We Played
Interior sample for The Games We Played
Interior sample for The Games We Played

What is the expected release date?

Good news! All three of the comics (Cricketsong, Nico's Fortune, and The Games We Played) are 100% complete! If we manage to raise enough funds to meet our Kickstarter goal, we can pay for the printing immediately. The only difficult part will be waiting for the books (bleh!). Once the comics arrive from the printers, rewards will ship out to backers immediately. So long as the printing and delivery goes smoothly and according to plan, backers will have their books as early as Fall 2019, if not sooner!

 Who are the creators of Cricketsong? 

Ryan King (the writer): 

Ryan is a comic book writer located in New York City. His self-published comics include the anthropomorphic tale of asexual identity ToTully Aces (with Letty Wilson), the queer friendly horror comic Nico's Fortune (with Daryl Toh), and the ghost-story The Games We Played (also with Daryl Toh). His work has appeared in Study Group Comics, CORPUS, Advanced Death Saves, Built on Strange Ground, Nashville Review, Driftwood Press, Hobart and is forthcoming in Planetside. When he's not obsessing over Studio Ghibli, he helps organize Flame Con, the world's largest LGBTQ+ comic convention.

Daryl Toh (the artist):  

Daryl is a comic book artist and freelance illustrator based in Malaysia. His most notable comics include The Misadventures of Tobias and Guy, Outer God (with Luc Labelle), Is'nana: the Were-Spider, Vol.2 (with Greg Anderson-Elysee) and Nico's Fortune and The Games We Played (both with Ryan King). His work has also appeared in Oh, Joy Sex Toy!, Burl and Fur, Deadendia, and he is the artist for Imp House, LLC's Chaos of Cthulu board game and Mad Love card game.  

Why Kickstarter?


Funding Cricketsong via Kickstarter is simply the easiest way to bring our comic to life. Here are some of the specific reasons we chose to use Kickstarter:

  •  Full Creative Control - Since this is an independent comic, Daryl and I have full creative control over the final product, ensuring us the artistic freedom and license to tell our story exactly the way we want.
  •  Community Awareness - Kickstarter has a large community following and many users are already familiar with the Kickstarter brand. We are hoping to use this popularity and social momentum to build awareness and help fund Cricketsong.
  •  Direct to Market Sales - Kickstarter gives us the opportunity to sell Cricketsong directly to buyers all across the world while sidestepping most major retail markets. Ultimately this allows us to relinquish a massive financial burden that we would otherwise shoulder. 

Where does the money go?

The goal of $6,995 has been estimated based on the quote for printing the books, reward shipping costs, Kickstarter fees, and sales tax. An additional $350 was added as emergency extra padding just in case an unseen error occurs. For the sake of perfect transparency, a breakdown of all expenses is provided in the pie-chart below:

Stretchgoals

Once we make our initial goal, we have some exciting bonus features to make the book even better.

1st Stretch Goal - $8,750 - LOCKED

Please pledge and spread the word!

Thank you for reading! Please consider pledging today and helping us bring Cricketsong to readers all over the world! Don't forget to share this Kickstarter campaign with a friend or two - believe us when we say it really, REALLY makes the difference! And make sure to tag us by using the hashtag #Cricketsong

Want to follow us elsewhere?

Ryan is on Twitter + Instagram as ryyyan_kiiing and his website is www.RyanKingWrites.com

Daryl is on Instagram + Tumblr + DeviantArt as tohdraws and his website is www.DarylToh.carbonmade.com

Credits

Music in promo video: "What's It Like" by Meat Market (get their album Dig Deep from Recess Records here).

Thank you!

Risks and challenges

Other than the printing, Cricketsong is 100% complete! All we need are the funds so we can send the files to the printers and wait for the turn around. The only foreseeable risks and challenges would be an unpredictable error on the printer's behalf. This could be due to wrong files, delayed shipping, or the hamster apocalypse... Who knows what could happen? But there's a strong likelihood our backers will receive their physical rewards by fall of 2019. Just don't give the hamsters any ideas, okay?

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    Collector Pack - Signed Copies

    You get a printed copy of Cricketsong (44-pages, fullcolor, softbound, & oversized), a printed copy of Nico's Fortune (40-pages, fullcolor, softbound, & oversized), and a printed copy of The Games We Played (24-pages, b&w, saddle-stitched, & oversized) signed by the writer, Ryan King. You will also receive PDF digital copies of all comics.

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    You get a reduced price printed copy of Cricketsong (44-pages, fullcolor, softbound, & oversized), a reduced price printed copy of Nico's Fortune (40-pages, fullcolor, softbound, & oversized), and a reduced price printed copy of The Games We Played (24-pages, b&w, saddle-stitched, & oversized) signed by the writer, Ryan King. You will also receive PDF digital copies of all comics.

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