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A horror anthology comic featuring stories by Steven Kostanski, Brandon Cronenberg, and Jon Knautz, illustrated by Matthew Therrien.
A horror anthology comic featuring stories by Steven Kostanski, Brandon Cronenberg, and Jon Knautz, illustrated by Matthew Therrien.
68 backers pledged CA$ 3,940 to help bring this project to life.

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The Gates of Misery is a horror anthology comic set in Mount Misery Cemetery. The comic features three unique tales of terror, each illustrating a different character's journey to the grave and how their souls came to be trapped within the Gates of Misery. Issue #1 features tales by genre filmmakers Steven Kostanski (writer/director Manborg), Brandon Cronenberg (writer/director Antiviral), and Jon Knautz (writer/director Jack Brooks: Monster Slayer). Each story is illustrated by Matthew Therrien (Manborg: The Official Comic) and coloured by Shira Haberman (Manborg: The Official Comic).

This is a true labour of love from real fans of the genre who want to bring the anthology-based comics of our youth to today's generation of horror fan. We are turning to you, the horror community, for the amazing support you have shown us time and again in our previous projects. Every dollar raised will go directly into the costs of production, printing, shipping, and distribution of the comic and fulfillment of pledge rewards.

To learn more, please give us a "like" on our Facebook page! http://www.facebook.com/thegatesofmisery

And follow us on Twitter! http://www.twitter.com/Mt_Misery

If we surpass our initial amount, we will put the additional funds to use in the following ways:

$5,000 - With this extra bit of funding, we will create digital copies of the comic allowing worldwide digital distribution, and include a bonus story EXCLUSIVE to the digital copy. If this goal is reached, all contributors will receive this reward.

$8,000 - Will further fund our marketing campaign allowing us to tour the Gates of Misery at a variety of conventions, ensuring its exposure to even more horror fans across North America. Additionally, all backers will will have the opportunity to help shape the second issue of The Gates of Misery by submitting their requests for possible featured writers.

$10,000 - We will use the additional funds raised to secure the writers for Issue #2, and use any remaining funds to jumpstart production. If this goal is reached, all contributors will receive a credit on the "Thank You" page of Issue #2.

Below is a selection of articles that have appeared online, discussing the upcoming Gates of Misery comic!

http://twitchfilm.com/2014/09/crowdfund-this-indie-horror-comic-gates-of-misery-brings-together-cronenberg-konstanski-and-knautz.html

http://popshifter.com/2014-08-29/kickstarter-project-the-gates-of-misery-horror-comic-anthology/

http://horrorhomework.com/blog/2014/08/artist-matthew-therrien-enters-the-gates-of-misery/

http://www.geekchicelite.com/gates-misery-kickstarter-project/

http://cultcollective.co.uk/2014/09/02/matthew-therrien-and-the-gates-of-misery-need-your-help/

Steven Kostanski - writer/director of MANBORG.

 Brandon Cronenberg - writer/director of ANTIVIRAL.

 Jon Knautz - writer/director of JACK BROOKS: MONSTER SLAYER.

 Matthew Therrien - Illustrator (MANBORG: The Comic)

 Shira Haberman - Colourist (Manborg: The Comic)

Risks and challenges

The Gates of Misery is a true passion project, and it needs the support of the horror community to succeed.

As an illustrator my first challenge will be creating artwork that best reflects the different tone and atmosphere of each story. Steve, Brandon, and Jon are all extremely talented writers, but each of them have a dramatically different style and approach to storytelling. It is my responsibility to make sure the artwork compliments their unique tales, and to make sure it illustrates their vision as effectively as possible.

Once the comic is finished printed, the main challenge then will be distribution. I want as many people across the world to be able to get their hands on the first issue as possible, which means I'll be promoting it and pushing to get it as much exposure as possible.

The final challenge becomes solidifying writers and preparing for the second issue. It is my hope that as the Gates of Misery grows, eventually it has the potential to become a monthly comic. Through your support, I am confident that this can become a reality.

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    Pledge CA$ 5 or more About $5

    "Thanks, bro!" We will pay tribute to all those who Kickstarted us with a credit on our "Thank You" page in the back of the comic.

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    Artist Matthew Therrien will do a quick "Thank You" sketch on a post-it and share it via Instagram to the social media network of your choice.

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    Rue Morgue's Ghastly Giveaway - Package #1

    Includes a single digital issue of Rue Morgue Magazine, plus a shout-out on our Facebook page, thanking you for your donation!

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    You will receive an original “Thank You” card created by colourist Shira Haberman (www.shiradraws.com) with a special message from creator Matthew Therrien.

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    You will receive an 11x17 full colour print of the Gates of Misery cover, signed by Matthew Therrien.

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    You will get the 11x17 full-colour cover print, and the first issue of Gates of Misery comic, both signed by Matthew Therrien and Shira Haberman.

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    Rue Morgue's Ghastly Giveaway - Package #2

    Includes a physical copy of Rue Morgue Magazine, plus a hand-drawn 8.5x11 inked sketch by illustrator Matthew Therrien!

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    You get the 11x17 full-colour print, and the first issue of the Gates of Misery comic, both signed by Matthew Therrien, Shira Haberman, Steve Kostanski, Brandon Cronenberg and Jon Knautz.

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    Rue Morgue's Ghastly Giveaway - Package #3

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    You'll be receiving the 11x17 full-colour print and the first issue of the Gates of Misery comic, both signed by Matthew Therrien, Shira Haberman, Steve Kostanski, Brandon Cronenberg and Jon Knautz; as well an
    original custom sketch of your choice by Matthew Therrien.

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    We will "mourn your loss" by drawing YOU into a panel of the comic as a funeral mourner in the Gates of Misery. Send us your picture, and become immortalized in the first issue! You will also receive everything listed under the $100 pledge package.

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    Your generous donation has earned you a piece of comic history! An original page of artwork from the first issue is all yours! But act fast... we're limiting this to only three. You'll also receive everything listed under the $100 pledge package.

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