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A four-issue sci-fi horror thriller featuring smoky neon streets, aliens, mutants, and a fugitive cop who's trying to save them all.
A four-issue sci-fi horror thriller featuring smoky neon streets, aliens, mutants, and a fugitive cop who's trying to save them all.
236 backers pledged $11,018 to help bring this project to life.

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BUTCHER QUEEN - A Sci-Fi/Horror Comic Series

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$11,500: Exclusive JIM MAHFOOD (Everybody Loves Tank Girl, Clerks, Grrl Scouts)Butcher Queen poster!

That's right, THE Jim Mahfood is doing a Butcher Queen poster for us and if we get our first stretch goal everyone that pitched in more that $40 gets one!

$13,000: Prints of ALL FOURButcher Queen covers bundled with every reward

$15,000:  A Black and White "Unfinished" version of Butcher Queen #1 bundled with every reward  

$20,000: EXTRA LARGE 11x17 full series trade version of Butcher Queen available as a reward, exclusive to this Kickstarter and available ONLY to backers. Not in stores! 

$30,000 - ???
    To be revealed!

Welcome to Black Star City. The year is 2120.

Butcher Queen is ex-cop-turned-soldier-for-hire Syd Kiowa. A series of biochemical attacks targeting aliens has plunged Black Star City into a storm of chaos and fear. A mysterious creature named Avina claims to have information on the organization behind the attack and its devastating future plans. When Avina hires Syd Kiowa to help her take the whole thing down, what follows will change Earth’s relationship with aliens forever. 

Syd’s already fighting a lot of demons; she’ll be fighting even more by the time the story has been told. 

In this tech noir tale, you'll not only meet our heroine SYD KIOWA, but you'll also meet the desperate alien outcast AVINA, Syd's pilot droid RAGS, the dark forces behind THE OVERSEERS and their vicious death squad, THE 88s.

Heroes are made when the future seems bleak and hope feels unattainable. That time is now. 

Butcher Queen has come to save us all.

The Poster

An 11x17 high quality print of our promo and cover of the War of the Whispers One-Shot. 

The Pins

An assortment of characters and our new logo via painted enamel!

The Patch

Brandish the patch from the corporate hit squad, the 88s!

The Button

The official button and logo!

The Shirt

The official shirt and logo!

Original Art

Get an unfinished one-of-a-kind page from the book!

 The Butcher Block Set

Everything elegantly packaged in our branded carrying case!

Jim Ousley is in an accomplished writer with credits in Ink & Drink Comics anthologies, Metro Theater Company projects, and he also co-wrote the action-comedy anthology The Rough & Tumble. Most recently, Jim wrote the horror anthology The Dead Palace. Outside of the comic book world Jim has written pieces for TheArtsSTL.com and PlaybackSTL.com. 

Ben Sawyer is a career illustrator and a Professor at Webster University. Working on video games, animation, movies, Ben's true passion is comics and has been published by Ink & Drink Comics, Zenescope Entertainment and now Red 5 Comics!

Together Jim and Ben have been working together for almost a decade thanks to Ink and Drink Comics and their self published Kickstarter projects.

Why Kickstarter?

We are utilizing Kickstarter for three very important reasons. Firstly we love giving our fans and future readers the opportunity to get hand crafted and sometimes one-of-a-kind items exclusive to the campaign. We continue to get a large demand from people wanting to be inside the comic as well, and we love to give people that opportunity. Secondly we want to give people multiple options for pre-ordering the book. Thanks to Red 5 Comics we will be in the Diamond Catalog and can be pre-ordered from anywhere on the planet, but that won't come with the cool exclusive rewards. Lastly of course we need your support to make this book happen. Putting a graphic novel together is a lot of work and time and your pre-orders guarantee its creation. 

Risks and challenges

Jim Ousley and Benjamin Sawyer have A LOT of experience with Kickstarters, including dealing with all of the unexpected delays that inevitably rise up. We are working closely with the good people at Red 5 Comics to assure that everyone receives what they pledged for, and we are personally committing ourselves to making the best product we can. We pride ourselves in sending our backers frequent updates to keep them informed every step of the way. If you have any questions at any time during the process, just reach out and ask us! This isn't our first trip around the block, and we're more than ready to satisfy you with everything that comes from our Kickstarter for Butcher Queen.

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    BLACK STAR CITY CABBIE

    "You know this city like the back of your fist"

    A sampler digital package of artwork from Butcher Queen and our sincere gratitude!

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    OVERSEERS SQUAD COMMANDER

    "You’re hell-bent on crushing anyone who dares go against the cause"

    At this level, you'll get the hard copy of Butcher Queen #1 and a DRM-Free PDF copy of Butcher Queen Issue #1 that you an enjoy on your favorite e-reading device + a Kickstarter-exclusive Syd Kiowa button!

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    A hard copy of Butcher Queen #1
    Digital copy of Butcher Queen Issue
    Butcher Queen button

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    RED SECTOR REBEL

    "You’re causing disruption and fighting corruption"

    When you pledge at this level, you'll get a print & digital copy of the convention exclusive copy of the Butcher Queen: War of the Whispers comic, and a Kickstarter-exclusive Butcher Queen embroidered patch. You'll not only BE a rebel, you'll LOOK the part. Of course, you'll also get print & digital copies of Butcher Queen issue #1!

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    Print & digital copy of Butcher Queen: War of the Whispers comic
    Butcher Queen embroidered patch
    Print & digital copy of Butcher Queen Issue #1
    Butcher Queen button

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    FUGITIVE COP SYD KIOWA

    "To you, revenge is sweet and criminals are meat. You’re a bad-ass of the highest order"

    At this level, you get a subscription to the whole thing! Besides getting the FULL four-issue story, you'll get a Syd Kiowa mini-poster + a hard copy and pdf of special bonus story "Butcher Queen: War of the Whispers "+ an exclusive BUTCHER QUEEN embroidered patch.

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    Subscription to Butcher Queen Issues #1-#4 (print & digital)
    Butcher Queen: War of the Whispers comic (print & digital)
    Butcher Queen embroidered patch
    Butcher Queen button

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    AVINA, KEEPER OF SECRETS

    "You’re tired of running and you know that NOW is the time to fight!"

    Avina is a very special alien, and if you pledge at this level you'll be pretty special too! In addition to the books, you'll get our Kickstarter exclusive Butcher Queen T-Shirt designed by artist Benjamin Sawyer + a softcover copy of “Wasted” - the sci-fi anthology from Ink & Drink Comics.

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    Exclusive Butcher Queen T-Shirt
    Wasted - Sci-Fi anthology from Ink & Drink Comics
    Subscription to Butcher Queen Issues #1-#4 (Print & Digital)
    Butcher Queen: War of the Whispers comic (Print & Digital)
    Syd Kiowa enamel pin
    Butcher Queen embroidered patch

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    DNA CONVERSION SCIENTIST

    "You’re playing God while the world burns, and no one will stop your reckless ambition!"

    Ready to be famous? In addition to the books and button, you can have your likeness used for a BACKGROUND CHARACTER in the book, properly securing bragging rights with your friends that you made a cameo + a Kickstarter exclusive Butcher Queen pin. By the way, if you want to do a little more than just have your likeness in the book, scroll on to the next level.

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    YOU in a cameo in Butcher Queen #1
    Subscription to Butcher Queen Issues #1-#4 (Print & Digital)
    Butcher Queen: War of the Whispers comic (Print & Digital)
    Syd Kiowa enamel pin
    Butcher Queen button

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    ORBITAL COMLINK SPECIALIST

    "When you get a distress call from the Red Light Colony, you take that call!"

    Are you an artist looking for some guidance and feedback from a professional? Maybe even a few tips to take your artwork to the next level, or just talk about the process? This is the level for you! Choose this and get a one-hour tutorial/critique/support session with artist Ben Sawyer where he’ll provide just that… and you’ll also get the subscription to Butcher Queen, plus the stuff listed below.

    Includes:

    Subscription to Butcher Queen Issues #1-#4 (Print & Digital)
    Butcher Queen: War of the Whispers comic (Print & Digital)
    Skype consult with Benjamin Sawyer

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    CAPTAIN OF THE 88s!

    "Your motto: Fear is for the weak"

    Want to play a bigger role in the story? In addition to the awesome merch in the previous level, you will have your likeness used for a SUPPORTING CHARACTER in the book, complete with dialogue! We previously only had Issue #1 cameos available, but we are opening up opportunities in issues #2-#4!

    Includes:

    YOU as a supporting character in Butcher Queen issues #2-#4
    Subscription to Butcher Queen Issues #1-#4 (Print & Digital)
    Butcher Queen: War of the Whispers comic (Print & Digital)
    Syd Kiowa enamel pin
    Butcher Queen button

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    THE BUTCHER BLOCK

    "You're welcome wherever you go in Black Star City"

    At this level, you will get the amazing Butcher Block PACKED with amazing merch, PLUS you’ll get the KICKSTARTER EXCLUSIVE SYD KIOWA print + CREATOR EXCLUSIVE mini-book + BUTCHER QUEEN 4 Button Set, all delivered to you in a CUSTOM box that will make you the envy of your fellow soldiers-for-hire. Basically, they will worship you.

    Includes:
    Exclusive Syd Kiowa print
    Butcher Queen T-Shirt
    Syd Kiowa enamel pin
    Butcher Queen button
    Wasted: Ink & Drink Comics Sci-Fi Anthology
    Subscription to Butcher Queen Issues #1-#4 (Print & Digital)
    Butcher Queen: War of the Whispers ((Print & Digital)

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    FLEET ADMIRAL'S DINNER

    "You've been cordially invited to board and dine with the officers of the CCSR-Nebula"


    Have dinner with artist Benjamin Sawyer and writer Jim Ousley (St. Louis Area Backers Only) and we'll hang out, go comic book shopping, talk about Kickstarters, comics, and what we have in store for Butcher Queen. Hey, maybe we'll even grab some sweets afterwards!

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    A black and white commission of your choice
    Subscription to Butcher Queen Issues #1-#4 (Print & Digital)
    Butcher Queen: War of the Whispers (Print & Digital)
    Syd Kiowa enamel pin
    Dinner of course!

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    THE ULTIMATE FAN BUTCHER BLOCK

    "You are unstoppable and the planet is YOURS for the taking"

    You’ll get…EVERYTHING packed neatly into an official Butcher Queen Carrying Case. At this level, you will get ALL of the rewards plus your PERSONAL IMAGE IN THE BOOK OR WHATEVER YOU WANT (within reason of course)! Plus you'll get a page of ORIGINAL ARTWORK + COLOR COMMISSION, + SIGNED BUTCHER QUEEN SCRIPT + CREATOR EXCLUSIVE MINI-BOOK/IN MEMORY OF blu-ray set. With this set, Syd Kiowa may even ask YOU to join her squad.

    Includes:
    A page of original artwork from the book
    A color commission of your choice
    Butcher Queen script signed by Jim Ousley and Ben Sawyer
    Creator-Exclusive mini-book & In Memory Of Blu-Ray
    Subscription to Butcher Queen Issues #1-#4 (Print & Digital)
    Butcher Queen: War of the Whispers comic (Print & Digital)
    Butcher Queen four enamel pin set
    Butcher Queen button
    Butcher Queen t-shirt
    Syd Kiowa Button
    All in the Butcher Block carrying case

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    CAPTAIN OF THE 88s!

    "Your motto: Fear is for the weak"

    Want to play a bigger role in the story? In addition to the awesome merch in the previous level, you will have your likeness used for a SUPPORTING CHARACTER in the book, complete with dialogue!

    Includes:
    YOU as a supporting character in Butcher Queen #1
    Subscription to Butcher Queen Issues #1-#4 (Print & Digital)
    Butcher Queen: War of the Whispers comic (Print & Digital)
    Syd Kiowa enamel pin
    Butcher Queen button

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    THE SHADOW CHILD

    "You are the key that unlocks the future"

    Want to be more than cameo? In addition to the awesome merch in the previous level, your likeness will be used as a RECURRING CHARACTER in the four-issue series, complete with dialogue!

    Includes:
    YOU as a recurring character in Butcher Queen issues #1-#4
    An EXCLUSIVE print of your character
    Subscription to Butcher Queen Issues #1-#4 (Print & Digital)
    Butcher Queen: War of the Whispers comic (Print & Digital)
    Syd Kiowa enamel pin
    Butcher Queen button

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