Hello! My name is Matt Kindt. For 20 years, I’ve been writing and drawing creator owned comic books and graphic novels like MIND MGMT, Dept H., Revolver, 3 Story, Super Spy, 2 Sisters, and Pistolwhip and this is my first Kickstarter. I'm raising funds to independently finance a comic book and read-along record inspired by the comics and records I used to read as a kid.
I grew up loving read-along book and records like Planets of the Apes and Pete’s Dragon and I’ve always wanted to experiment with this format to tell a comic book story in a new and unique way. Audio stories and read-along records have been made before, but, as far as we know, no one’s ever told an original story with a read-along comic book and record for adults. So I’ve decided to bring back MIND MGMT for a stand alone story and accompanying vinyl record with a twist, and make comic book history along the way.
Dark Horse Comics has been the publisher of MIND MGMT and they’ve been a great home for the series. All six volumes of the series are in print today and I’m thrilled with their support. But they don’t make records.
Are there others out there, like me, that have a love of this storytelling format, and interest in an original comic book story and read-along vinyl record? We’re about to find out!
“A ferociously smart and brilliant inventive page turner of a mystery.”—Scott Snyder, Justice League on MIND MGMT
So, what is MIND MGMT? If you like globe-trotting mystery stories about espionage, super spies, and psychic abilities, you’re in luck. In the series, a former secret agent, the mysterious Henry Lyme, has gone rogue and is working to dismantle the organization he once worked for. This story spans from the 1920’s to the present day. And things get weird. There’s a mysterious airline flight and a secret government agency of super spies.
“Kindt breaks all preconceived notions of what comic books are.”—IGN
If you’ve never read MIND MGMT, don’t worry. This story is very much designed to be a stand alone reading (and listening) experience. And if you’re a fan of the series already, you’ll find some easter eggs.
“Kindt is a storyteller so fully in control of his gifts that his graphic novels read like quietly compelling arguments for the comics medium’s narrative potential.”—NPR
My collaborator for this project is the incomparable Clint McElroy, who is a voice actor, the writer of comic books like Green Hornet-Dark Tomorrow and King of the USA and co-writer of The Adventure Zone: Here There Be Gerblins. Clint is a 45 year broadcasting veteran and performs on the popular podcast “The Adventure Zone” with his sons, Griffin, Justin and Travis McElroy. Oh and he is currently working on the horror/western/superhero story Burgundy Moon. He’s a busy guy!
It turns out that Clint McElroy is a superfan of MIND MGMT and his expertise was the key to putting this project together. He does all the voice acting for the audio track.
This new story is designed with audio in mind, with the comic book meant to be read along with the audio simultaneously. The entire story takes up both side A and B of the 7" record and the total run-time is approximately fifteen minutes. Just like the read-along book and records I grew up with, the record/audio will contain cues to let the reader know when it is time to turn the page. But there’s a twist. Rather than simply having a comic that illustrates the audio, the comic book story will subvert the audio that you’re hearing and the images will work completely differently when viewed while listening to the record (or digital download). The audio by itself does tell a story and the comic book by itself also tells a story - but by reading and listening simultaneously an entirely new experience will be created.
And there’s more.
The custom green vinyl record will also contain some subversive "backwards masking" with hidden messages and the comic book will also have layers of hidden messages and meaning. It’s an audio/visual experience that will most certainly reward multiple reads and listens.
You can hear a sample of the audio portion of the story here:
Clint and I will be donating 10% of the profits to the Hispanic Federation, the nation’s premier Latino nonprofit membership organization which is aiding Puerto Rico recover from Hurricane Irma. Founded in 1990, Hispanic Federation seeks to support Hispanic families and strengthen Latino institutions through work in the areas of education, health, immigration, civic engagement, economic empowerment, & the environment.
You can read more about it here: https://hispanicfederation.org/
The MIND MGMT comic book will be:
- 24 pages (in addition to cover and back cover) --7 1/4" x 7/14" and full color.
- Printed on a heavy uncoated paper similar to my previous comics books (Dept. H and the original issues of MIND MGMT). The cover will be printed on a heavier cover stock with a gatefold in the back that will hold the record in place.
- The comic book is being printed in Canada by the same printer that has printed many of my previous comic books. Canada is the home of the great cartoonist Jeff Lemire. You should read his books.
The 7" 33 1/3 RPM record will be pressed by United Record Pressing in Nashville, TN. They started in 1949 and have been doing this for a while - having printed the Beatles’ first 7".
I will personally be assembling, packing, and shipping these to you (along with my "team" of experts -- (friends and family.)
NEW! ADD ONS:
The way this works is easy. If you want any combination of the items below - just go to your pledge and adjust the amount -- adding in the dollar amounts for the items you want to your existing total. You should NOT adjust your pledge level or cancel your pledge (in case you're backing a limited quantity item -- you don't want to lose it.)
When I send out the survey when the Kickstarter ends, you just check the box for the items you want and they will be added to your package.
MIND MGMT “NEW RECRUIT” MINI COMIC - $20 (just increase your pledge amount)
20-page MIND MGMT mini-comic. 2-color cover, black and white insides. This is a Kickstarter exclusive. And the debut of another all-new MIND MGMT story that has never been seen before. It is a Jack Chick-style tract format mini-comic with an all-new story featuring the recruitment story of one of MIND MGMT’s youngest agents – the Animal Kid. It ties in to the comic book/record but also stands on its own.
“NEW RECRUIT” ANIMAL KID MINIATURE PAINTING - $10 (just increase your pledge amount)
For an extra $10 -- the MIND MGMT mini comic will feature an original miniature water-color painting (approximately 1”x1”) of a MIND MGMT animal in a nature scene. This will be a separate piece, tucked in secretly into your package of goodies. It will be painted by the inspiration for the Animal Kid character – Ella Kindt (my daughter.) Signed.
SET OF 4 PRINTS - $40 (just increase your pledge amount)
A set of all-new original prints featuring the art of 4 artists:
- Jeff Lemire (painted by Jeff)
- David Rubin (painted by Matt Kindt)
- Jim Rugg (painted by Matt Kindt)
- And a third surprise artist that will be announced at the end of the Kickstarter.
You will receive all 4 of these prints. In addition – the back of the prints will feature the original un-edited script for the audio portion of the record. The script includes deleted scenes and notes. Prints fit inside your record sleeve!
RECORD SLEEVE ORIGINAL ART - SOLD.
COLOR BLIND DIGITAL COMIC - $5 (just increase your pledge amount)
This is the “Color Blind” MIND MGMT 24 page comic that saw a limited-to-500 print-run release in the spring. Available for the first time digitally.
STICKERS AND PIN SET - $15 (just increase your pledge amount)
RECORD TEST PRESSINGS - SOLD
Risks and challenges
In 20 years of making comic books, I have never missed a deadline and don’t plan on starting now. I set the arrival time for November -- but if all goes according to plan, I should be shipping these in October. I just built in a month of buffer time since it's my first Kickstarter.
The project is complete except for printing, pressing and shipping. The only risks would be unforeseen delays with on the printer's end or with the vinyl record production which will begin the day after the Kickstarter ends.
I'm readily available via email, Kickstarter, and most social media so I will be in constant contact as the project progresses with updates and information.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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