STRETCH GOALS ADDED ON 7/15: Firstly, thanks so much for being so generous, supportive, and all-around awesome. On to the stretch goals!
We really wanted to do something different and something based on content more than anything else, so here's what we came up!
$5,500: Backers with the $10 tier and over will get a digital, additional, original Bloody Mary short comic story. That’s right, a murderous tale about Bloody Mary herself when she encounters someone who says her names the requisite three times. And she is in for a surprise.
$6,000: All backers with the $15 tier and over will have their Monsters of Jimmy Crumb graphic novel bumped up in pages and the Bloody Mary story will be printed inside.
$6,500: Backers with the $10 tier and over will get a digital, additional, original Nightmare Killer short comic story. A creepy tale about the Nightmare Killer himself and what happens when he enters one of his victims dreams. A victim like no other.
$7,000: All backers with the $15 tier and over will have their Monsters of Jimmy Crumb graphic novel bumped up in pages again so that both the Bloody Mary and Nightmare Killer stories are printed inside.
WHAT IT IS:The Monsters of Jimmy Crumb is a printed, 64-page, original, horror graphic novel. It will be broken into three twenty-one-page parts so it can be distributed digitally to Kickstarter backers (if they choose) as each part is completed.
The book is a horrific slasher story featuring urban legend monsters like Bloody Mary, the campfire-killer Cropsey, and the Nightmare Killer. More than that, it's a character-driven look at stolen innocence and self-destructive revenge.
The Monsters of Jimmy Crumb is for mature readers due to violence and language.
WHAT IT'S ABOUT: Everything changed when eight-year-old Jimmy Crumb's childhood was stolen from him. Now Jimmy can't throw a baseball, but he understands the rules of the urban legend monsters exquisitely and can make them murder for him. He has a hard time with math, but he can draw you a map of the regions of hell.
Jimmy uses these skills to brutally exact revenge while pretending there's still a normal child inside him. Only his friends, teachers, and the police are starting to catch on. Starting to realize Jimmy might be a monster himself.
It will be up to Jimmy whether he can cling to what's left of his humanity or if he becomes one of the very urban legends he's been using.
WHO MADE IT? It's created and written by James Patrick, an award-winning writer who's worked on books like Batman, Star Trek, and creator-owned comics like Death Comes to Dillinger. James Patrick's work has been critically-praised by websites, reviewers, and pros such as Warren Ellis, Mark Waid, Sterling Gates, and Joshua Hale Fialkov.
It's drawn by Jen Hickman, an astonishing newcomer who's worked on comics like The Dead. The cover is by Goni Montes, the extraordinary cover artist on Clive Barker's Next Testament.
WHERE'S THE MONEY GO? The money goes into the production, marketing, distribution, and any other expenses of Jimmy Crumb. The $4,000 goal does not cover all expenses - not even half - but is enough to bridge the gap necessary to make the book.
Any additional revenue made from Jimmy Crumb goes to James Patrick making more books through 21 Pulp, the new imprint production studio begun by James Patrick and others. Jen Hickman and Goni Montes are paid talent for the Monsters of Jimmy Crumb.
AWESOME PRODUCT AND INCENTIVES: The book and all incentives for the Monsters of Jimmy Crumb will be of a professional quality and utilizing all the skills and experience of our talent. Included in these incentives are a set of six, exclusive-only-to-Kickstarter trading cards which feature Jimmy's monsters.
Posters and prints.
And here's a look at more pages and concept work from Jimmy Crumb.
Risks and challenges
Like any Kickstarter project, there are risks and challenges. These include financial mismanagement, talent dropouts, delays, poor product, and even psychological breakdowns. We promise:
• To have calculated our costs to the dollar so there are no surprises.
• All scripts are finished and we are prepared to hire and use another artist in the event of a last resort.
• To have plotted out our deadlines realistically, but to communicate in the event of minor delays and not have any major ones. So far, all initial deadlines have been met at this early stage and are an excellent gauge of what's to come.
• That everyone involved is professional, experienced, and has made professional-quality and even critically-acclaimed comics before.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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