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A Trade Paperback Graphic Novel
A Trade Paperback Graphic Novel
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The Old West.  The Modern Era.   Ancient Tribal Legend.

Nothing will be the Same...

1898 Indian Territory: A Young Cherokee Blacksmith living in Tahlequah has One Foot in the World of the European Settlers and One in the Mysterious Realm of Cherokee Lore that is his Legacy

Will Firemaker has been chosen. He has embraced his calling. For him, the world has become a much bigger place, holding things that are neither seen nor believed.

This story has it all!! Fantasy, Supernatural , Sci-Fi, all wrapped in a Fictional Western that features actual Persons and Events from History

The Bobcat Trade Paperback is finally here!!! 

The Bobcat Trade Paperback Cover by Alex Kotkin and Jim Mehsling
The Bobcat Trade Paperback Cover by Alex Kotkin and Jim Mehsling

This Kickstarter Campaign has been created to help defer the costs of production for the assembly of the Trade Paperback and all the new Bonus Material 

'The Bobcat' is a tale of the Old West as it was beginning to fade into the Modern Era. It is a story packed with Action,Mystery,Sci-fi, and Fantasy, told with both Fictional and Factual elements. Legend and Myth, are presented from a cultural perspective that will draw the reader into an unexpected realm where Native Americans and Anglo-European Settlers live together in a sometimes harsh and dangerous environment

 “The Bobcat is THE Native American hero you've been waiting for. Beautifully drawn and excellently scripted, it's one you're going to want to have on your shelf for years to come.”- Joe Shaw ‘The DTALKS Podcast’

The Bobcat Volume 1 collects Issues 1,2,3 plus bonus material including:

A Guest Artist Pin Up Gallery featuring brilliant interpretations of The Bobcat Saga

Dr. Shock’s Mechanical Beast by Preston Asevedo
Dr. Shock’s Mechanical Beast by Preston Asevedo

“The Bobcat is an intriguing project as a whole. On first glance, you are treated to Jim Mehsling’s dark and gritty style which feels as if it was divinely gifted for the purpose of doing a western. Then, as you start to settle in with James Hostler’s story, you realize that you are getting far more than you bargained for as a reader. This is a western/superhero/scifi story that just grabs you and makes you want more. I really liked Will Firemaker and look forward to reading many more adventures of The Bobcat. No doubt, this is a winner”- Andrea Molinari creator ‘The Shepherd’

“Obviously GenXGrownUp is a huge supporter of indie comics and Caliber in particular. Our new "Drawn & Paneled" podcast was created specifically with indie creators in mind. There's no doubt that we will try to schedule James for our podcast in the near future and look forward to supporting this project”-Joe Sumpter ‘GenXGrownUp’

 Volume 1 also includes a History Section presenting actual events that occurred around this time in History and happenings depicted in the story:

The Bobcat Chapter 1 Recap:       

The Bobcat Saga is a Western set in 1898 Indian Territory. Will Firemaker is a Cherokee Blacksmith living in Tahlequah. Will has a special relationship with The Great Cat who is considered by the Tribe to be a Guardian of the people sent by the ancestors. 

   After a cryptic message from Unaduti the Medicine Man, Will remembers his father’s words: “The Great Cat only reveals himself to ‘The Chosen’ “ He soon learns what all of that means for him and finds himself heading down a path that he would never have dreamed of.

Chapter 2:

The world has changed for Will Firemaker since the loss of The Great Cat. Tales of Old that he had always thought to be fictitious are beginning to appear in the realm of reality, making him question everything that he knows. Unaduti is leading Will to the land where his people once thrived and established the Culture that has sustained the Tribe as they have forged a new life elsewhere. All notions of normalcy and reason are disappearing into a mist of fantasy and adventure. 

Chapter 3:

Will Firemaker has been chosen as a Guardian of his people and a Defender of the common good. His newly formed persona as The Bobcat is going to be tested by those who would prey upon others in this expanding frontier. Friendship will drive him to risk life and limb in an attempt to protect his neighbor's property and thwart foul plans.

 CREATION TEAM : HOSTLER-MEHSLING

James Hostler is the Creator and Writer of 'The Bobcat' Saga. He is an Oklahoma native and a Citizen at large of The Cherokee Nation. James draws from his experiences in the former Indian Territory, as well as actual accounts and events of his family and predecessors. His people are Cowboys and Indians. James has been an avid fan and collector of the comic world as well as a huge Sci-fi/Fantasy buff. Many elements of the comic universe will appear in this tale. 

Jim Mehsling is an Award-Winning Artist,Creator, and Animator who works across diverse Genres. Jim is a Topps Trading Card Artist who has worked on Star Wars: Rogue One, Star Wars: 40th Anniversary, Star Wars: Galactic Files, and The Walking Dead. Jim has also won 'Best Animated Feature' from Lucasfilm for his animated short 'Bounty Hunter: Pit of Carkoon'. Jim has brought the story and characters to life in 'The Bobcat' with his signature style of illustration and color use. Jim is a big fan of the Western Genre as well as the Sci-fi/Fantasy realm. We are quite fortunate to have Jim's great work on this project

James Hostler & Jim Mehsling
James Hostler & Jim Mehsling

 The Bobcat Cover Gallery: 

PHYSICAL REWARDS: 

 A great selection of Loot to keep you in a “Tahlequah” state of mind 

The Bobcat T-Shirts
The Bobcat T-Shirts
The Bobcat 8”x10” Prints
The Bobcat 8”x10” Prints
The Bobcat Trading Cards and Vinyl Decals
The Bobcat Trading Cards and Vinyl Decals
The Bobcat Issues 1,2,3, and The Trade Paperback
The Bobcat Issues 1,2,3, and The Trade Paperback

 We are thrilled and very proud of our relationship with the iconic Caliber Comics Publishing Group! Caliber first brought you the legendary series The Crow and Deadworld, as well as many other classic titles. It is such an honor to be a part of this rebirth of one of the original Indie Comic Publishers that has given so much to the Comic world! The Trade Paperback has the collected first trilogy (Issues 1,2,3) of The Bobcat as well as bonus material and art from The Bobcat universe. The TPB will have Nationwide distribution and of course you can grab one at your Local Comic Shop in early 2019 and support the guys that keep us all connected! The book will appear in Diamond Previews December 2018 and you can pre-order extra copies from your favorite shop. 

Character Gallery:

 As found in Volume 1 with Bios on all 

Risks and challenges

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Challenges? Just creating something valuable and entertaining that has a wide interest and appeal...We think we’ve done that :)

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