Supernatural Law: Grandfathered In by Batton Lash
112 pages, 7" x 10.5" full color
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Beware the creatures of the night—They have lawyers! Alanna Wolff and Jeff Byrd have an unusual law practice: defending monsters and the supernaturally afflicted!
In this full-color original graphic novel, Wolff and Byrd take on a case in which a ghost is literally "grandfathered in" to a home inheritance. Grandpa has died but his ghost won't leave the house—much to the chagrin of his son and daughter-in-law! Meanwhile at the law offices, the landlord wants Wolff & Byrd to leave because their clients are disturbing the other tenants. Plus: Someone from Alanna’s past comes back to haunt her, Jeff is having family troubles, and intrepid secretary Mavis has her own challenges! Readers can expect lots of plot twists and turns and a surprising revelation. This is the first all-new Supernatural Law graphic novel in 5 years!
Here are some sample pages:
Funding for this book will be used to complete the production work (preparing files for the printer); pay for the printing, shipping, and storage of the books; and cover production costs of backer premiums.
A special thank you goes to Beth Accomando for putting together the campaign video and to Dan Bois for doing the filming. You two rock!
What You Get
You can support this project by signing up to be part of the Grandfathered In story and the Wolff & Byrd Law Firm. At the Graveyard level, you’ll get a nifty 5” x 7” notepad featuring Wolff & Byrd’s secretary, Mavis. To get the book (signed by Batton) with the notepad, choose the Haunted House level. If you want a personalized drawing in your book, select the Grandfather level.
Other premiums available include your choice from among the other Supernatural Law trade paperbacks and these special items (some of which you can also get as Add-Ons):
Staring at the Sun XI From Blindspot Records and compiled by Bart Mendoza, these 2 CDs include 43 tracks of music by a variety of local San Diego musicians and bands—from rock to country, from punk to jazz (go here for the track list). The cover is a specially commissioned Wolff & Byrd piece by Batton. (only 15 available; choose the Spectre level)
The Red Book: Wolff & Byrd Counselors of the Macabre This is the first collection of the comic strip (64 pages 8 ½ x 11, b/w), published in 1987 by Andrion Books, this book contains strips that appeared in The National Law Journal and The Brooklyn Paper in the mid-1980s. Wolff & Byrd defend a vampire dentist, go to L.A. for an est-like experience, encounter a young man possessed by Clarence Darrow, and deal with ghosts, witches, time travelers, werewolves, the undead—and Ronald Coleman? Plus: The introduction of Mavis! (Choose the Ghost level or add it on)
Supernatural Law: The Missing Links This 80-page trade paperback contains three Wolff & Byrd stories that previously appeared in other places and are now out of print: “The Life-Partner of Frankenstein” (full color; W&B represent a Frankenstein monster and his “bride” who are refused a marriage license), “Bright Lights, Big Feet” (full-color Bigfoot story), and “Supernatural Law 101” (b/w, how Alanna and Jeff first met, and their first case!). The book had a limited print run especially for Comic-Con 2017, but we have a few left over from the show; you can get it at the Phantasm level. (Limited to 10.) Wow! These 10 copies were gone the first day!
Zombies vs. Cheerleaders, vol. 2 This 172-page full-color anthology contains a 6-page full-color Wolff & Byrd story that has never been collected anywhere else. The brain child of Steven L. Frank, the book contains stories by a wide variety of creators, all on this wacky theme. (only 6 available; choose the Zombie level) This level is already closed out—all 6 books gone the first day!
Supernatural Law 2018–2019 Calendar 9” x 12” 16-month calendar consisting of 16 images featuring Alanna Wolff, Jeff Byrd, Mavis, their clients, and scenes from the book.(Choose the Norwood level)
Supernatural Law Sketchbook For the first time ever, Batton is putting together a sketchbook that will include some of the earliest drawings of Wolff & Byrd, sketches of monster clients, and lots of surprises! 24 pages, 11” x 8½”. (Choose the Desmond level)
Original Personalized Drawing At the Jeff Byrd level, you will receive a separate personalized original 8½” x 11” drawing by Batton, suitable for framing. The drawing is also available as an add-on.
The Werewolf of New York pdf If you prefer reading your graphic novels in digital form, you can add on a pdf of the previous full-color graphic novel, The Werewolf of New York. Also 112 pages, it is the story of Leon Reed, a werewolf who was stalking New York until he was arrested. Thanks to Wolff and Byrd, Leon catches a break. However, a shapeshifter advocacy group disagrees with how Wolff & Byrd handled the case and convince Leon to make a decision that has the counselors putting their reputations on the line as they try to save their client.
(Add the amount to your total pledge, and include a message saying what you are adding. Inquire as to any extra shipping costs for a specific add-on.)
NEW! Purple Supernatural Law T-shirt from Graphitti Designs: $20 These are high-quality Hanes men's T's. Please indicate size: S, M, L. XL, XXL (add $3 for XXL)
(also available at Apparition backer level)
Mavis notepad: $5
pdf of Werewolf of New York: $10
Red Book: $10
Personalized drawing in any book: $30
Separate original personalized 8 ½ x 11 drawing, suitable for framing: $50
Supernatural Law trade paperbacks (US media mail postage included): Tales of Supernatural Law: $20; The Soddyssey: $21; Sonovawitch: $18; Vampire Brat: $18; Mister Negativity: $13; The Monsters Meet on Court Street: $22; A Vampire in Hollywood: 23; The Werewolf of New York: $19 Zombie Wife: $23
What they’ve said about Supernatural Law:
“Battonʼs keen sense of humor is what makes his work so good and so enduring.” —Will Eisner
“Supernatural Law gets me laughing out loud every time!” —Frank Miller
“Wolff & Byrd is funny and smart. . . . the finest funny supernatural fiction ever created.” —Neil Gaiman
"Few things in life turn out be a reliable source of intelligent delight. Supernatural Law has a secure place on that short roster." —Michael Chabon
“Supernatural Law is so good, so much fun, such an accessible, dynamite concept that I can’t figure out why it hasn’t been snapped up and turned into a TV series or a smash-hit movie and maybe even a theme park ride or two.” —Jonathan Ross, British talk show host and comics fan
“I like Wolff and Byrd because they tend to do the right thing. They take on the system on behalf of the outcasts, the “different” ones, the rejects . . . They defend the sanctity of the individual and (as long as he, she, or it doesn’t initiate force) the right to be different.” —F. Paul Wilson Author, The Keep; “Repairman Jack” series
“At first blush, a book about lawyers representing classic monsters might be suspected of being as broad and slapstick as my cherished “Abbott & Costello Meet Frankenstein.” But instead, Batton has derived humor out of characters and those characters continue to grow and evolve, refusing to remain one-joke sitcom stars or pre-Stan Lee cardboard comic book heroes. There is not only humor in his work, but satire, sarcasm, and parody. It’s all just so damn clever, and has been so for more than thirty-five years.” —Michael Uslan, originator and executive producer of the Batman/Dark Knight movie franchise
“Supernatural Law serves as a refreshing respite from the pretentiousness that’s found in mainstream comics these days. Like the best humor comics, Lash’s collection proves to be more about fun than serious commentary. And that’s far from criminal. —Publisherʼs Weekly
About Batton Lash
Writer/artist Batton Lash studied cartooning and graphic arts at the School of Visual Arts in New York, where his instructors included Will Eisner and Harvey Kurtzman. In 1979 he started the “Wolff & Byrd, Counselors of the Macabre” comic strip, which ran weekly in The Brooklyn Paper until 1996 and in The National Law Journal from 1983 to 1997. Starting in May 1994, Wolff & Byrd held court in their own comic book series from Exhibit A Press, which Lash established with his wife, Jackie Estrada. Exhibit A has published seven deluxe trade paperback collections and two full-color Supernatural Law books collecting the webcomic version: The Werewolf of New York and Zombie Wife. Lash’s other comics work has included writing Archie Meets The Punisher for Archie and Marvel; the “Archie: Freshman Year” series for Archie; and the Radioactive Man series and stories for Bongo Comics. His other current project is The First Gentleman of the Apocalypse, a series being serialized on the online comics magazine Aces Weekly. Batton has received the Inkpot Award from Comic-Con International and his work has been nominated for and won many other awards in the comics industry.
Risks and challenges
The biggest challenge is completing production on the book and getting it to the printer in May so that it will be available at Comic-Con International: San Diego in July. Backers will have the option of picking up their book (and some of the premiums) at the Exhibit A Press booth at the show. The funds from the Kickstarter should allow the hiring of a production person to ensure making the deadline.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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