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Beasts of the Black Hand is a horror/adventure tale set in the waning days of the first World War, when dieselpunk technology is making for a very different world. The 64-page hardcover graphic novel, created by sculptor Paul Harding, written by Ron Marz, drawn by Matthew Dow Smith, and colored by Neeraj Menon, will debut early in 2018, laying the groundwork for an epic multi-volume story. 

The time is December, 1916. War rages across Europe, some empires collapsing, others being born. In snow-covered St. Petersburg, Russia, the mad monk, Rasputin, is invited to dinner at Moika Palace by Prince Felix Yusupov. Among the dinner guests is a British secret agent named Oswald Rayner. This much is historical fact.

Despite the monk's supernatural might, Rayner succeeds in assassinating Rasputin. But his death only presages far darker events. The secret cabal known as the Black Hand is plotting to unleash otherworldly horrors upon Europe.

It falls to Rayner to stop the Black Hand's insidious plot. But standing in his way is Maria Rasputin, daughter of the mad monk and agent for the Black Hand. Their paths cross with near-fatal results in St. Petersburg...

...and then again in 1919 Paris, as world peace hangs in the balance at the Versailles Conference. Joined by allies like his aide Biffy Dunderdale and American war hero Henry Johnson, Rayner again must face Maria Rasputin, leading to confrontation that yields shocking revelations and deadly consequences. If Oswald Rayner fails, the Beasts will be unleashed.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


 

Limited Edition Sculpt hardcover / Art Print by Paul Harding
Limited Edition Sculpt hardcover / Art Print by Paul Harding

 

Variant Dust Jacket / Art Print by by Mike McKone
Variant Dust Jacket / Art Print by by Mike McKone

 

Variant Dust Jacket / Art Print by by Marc A. Nelson
Variant Dust Jacket / Art Print by by Marc A. Nelson

 

Variant Dust Jacket / Art Print by Meghan Hetrick
Variant Dust Jacket / Art Print by Meghan Hetrick

 

 

Vucari bust sculpture by Paul Harding (Final product color may vary)
Vucari bust sculpture by Paul Harding (Final product color may vary)

 

 

Vucari 6" statue by Paul Harding (Final product color may vary)
Vucari 6" statue by Paul Harding (Final product color may vary)

 

Concept sketch of Maria's wolf, Hrodulf, by Paul Harding
Concept sketch of Maria's wolf, Hrodulf, by Paul Harding

 

Concept sketch of the Black Hand medallion by Paul Harding
Concept sketch of the Black Hand medallion by Paul Harding

 

 We have some great Stretch, Social and Mystery Goals coming soon!

 

 

Best known for his work as a sculptor of statues and action figures for clients including DC Collectibles, Gentle Giant, and Sideshow, Paul Harding is giving full vent to his imagination as the creator and concept artist of Beasts of the Black Hand.

 

 A veteran of the comics industry, writer Ron Marz has worked for every major publisher, including Marvel, DC, Dark Horse, IDW, and Image. He's penned acclaimed runs on Green Lantern, Silver Surfer, and Witchblade, among others.

 

Dual threat Mathew Dow Smith is known as both an artist and writer. As an artist, he has amassed credits at Marvel, DC, IDW and Dark Horse, including Batman and Wonder Woman tales, and lengthy runs on Doctor Who and X-Files.

 

A concept artist and colorist, Neeraj Menon has worked for publishers including Image, Dynamite, IDW, Disney India, and Edgar Rice Burroughs, Inc. His unique palette has graced many titles, including The Protectors from AthlitaComics.

 

Kana Harding (Page Designer, Video Producer and Animator)

 

Ominous Press
Sean HusVar (CEO, Publisher)
Bart Sears (Chief Creative Officer)
Ron Marz (Editor-in-Chief)
Andy Smith (Art Director)

Production & Administrative Team
Sean HusVar (Publisher, Producer)
Chris Scioli (Project Co-Manager)
Jason Spooner (Social Media / Advertising Director)

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Contact Us: Click the icon for Ominous Press, and then the Contact button. We are here to make your experience smooth and problem free.

Add-Ons: We are happy to assist with any add-ons through an over-pledge. Email us to let us know what you would like to add, and we will accommodate your request as best as possible.

International Shipping: When ordering from outside the United States, we can combine shipping for you to get the best rate possible.

Your participation is the driving force of this campaign. We very literally cannot do this without you. Our sincere thanks for considering us, and supporting us.

 

Risks and challenges

The experienced creative and production teams have worked in the comic book, collectibles, and sculpting industries for more than 75 years collectively.

A portion of this project's production is pre-funded, so we have made made substantial progress, but we need your help to get to the finish line.

Paul Harding, Ron Marz, Matthew Dow Smith, and Neeraj Menon have been working on the concept design, story, script, artwork, sculpting and production of the graphic novel and 3-D prototypes for the last few months. Approximately 75% of the project's work has been completed. This jump start helps reduce campaign risk significantly. We want to make sure the presentation and product are the best they be for our backers.

Our administrative team, as well as our publishing partner Ominous Press, have been preparing and implementing the Kickstarter campaign, including wide-ranging outreach plans. Ominous Press, Bart Sears, and Sean HusVar will deliver their first successfully-funded Kickstarter campaign, the art instruction book Drawing Powerful Heroes: Brutes & Babes, before the end of the year.

Paul Harding, Sean HusVar, and everyone on the team understand the trust that it takes for you to back our work. We will do everything we can to complete and ship the project on time. However, there is always a risk that unforeseen circumstances could delay the shipping date for a short time.

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    BEASTS OF THE BLACK HAND Digital

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    BEASTS OF THE BLACK HAND Graphic Novel

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    BEASTS OF THE BLACK HAND Dust Jacket

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    BEASTS GN HC : Paul Harding Sculpt Cover

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    BEASTS OF THE BLACK HAND Art Print Set

    - Original Works by Artists : Matthew Dow Smith, Paul Harding, Mike McKone, Eric Powell, Meghan Hetrick, Mark A. Nelson, Marc Laming
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    THE BLACK HAND PREMIUM BOX

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    BEASTS Original Mini Sketch

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    BEASTS OF THE BLACK HAND Original Sketch

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    BLACK HAND Prototype Medallion

    - Revered mystical Medallion from BEASTS OF THE BLACK HAND.
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    - 6 individual artifacts combine to make the medallion
    - 3.5" Tall
    - 3D Printed
    - Limited Artist Proofs
    - Hand Signed and Numbered by Paul Harding

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    DEATH WISH COFFEE BEAST BOX

    Death Wish Coffee, Beasts of the Black Hand, and Ominous Press are teaming up for a special box available only through this Kickstarter!

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    Vucari Prototype 1/10 Scale Statue

    Statue features the Vucari from BEASTS OF THE BLACK HAND.
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    - 6" Tall - 1/10th Scale
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    - Limited Artist Proofs

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    VUCARI Prototype Bust

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    Mike McKone Original Art Reward

    We're offering a literal one-of-a kind reward as fan favorite artist Mike McKone was gracious enough to contribute the original art to his gorgeous Beasts of the Black Hand cover. Featuring British secret agent Osawld Rayner, the hand-drawn original inked artwork measures 11 inches by 17 inches, and is signed by Mike McKone, known for his work on Avengers, Teen Titans, Amazing Spider-Man and many others.

    The reward tier for the original cover art includes the Beasts of the Black Hand hardcover graphic novel with the McKone variant dust jacket, the digital version of the graphic novel, the art print set featuring images from Mike McKone, Matthew Dow Smith, Paul Harding, Eric Powell, Meghan Hetrick, Marc Laming, and Mark A Nelson. The reward level for this one-of-a-kind rarity is $700.

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    BEASTS Sculpture Trifecta

    Mega-sculpture reward includes all three limited edition prototypes with matching Artist Proof numbers hand-signed by creator Paul Harding!

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