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Beware the Creatures of the Night—They Have Lawyers! This graphic novel provides a unique mix of humor, horror, and the law.

San Diego, CA Comics
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Introduction by Jonathan Ross (British talk-show host and comics maven)

176 pages, $18.95, Print run: 2,000, Distributor: Atlas/Bookmasters

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 collection of stories, the attorneys represent a wide variety of clients, from a mad scientist who falls in love with a woman in another dimension, to a gangster gorilla boss, to a tycoon’s childhood invisible friend. Readers also learn more about the personal lives of the attorneys and of their intrepid secretary, Mavis, who has her own adventure with a runaway robot. Contents including issues 30, 37, 38, 39, and 40 of Batton Lash’s Supernatural Law comic book series as well as Mavis #4, an additional Mavis story that was dropped from issue 4, and 20 all-new pages.

The Monsters Meet on Court Street is volume 6 in this ongoing graphic novel series that mixes humor, horror, and the law to produce a unique and fun reading experience. The previous volumes collect issues 1-36 and Mavis 1-3. The most recent volume, The Soddyssey, was published in 2008. That book received the award for Best Graphic Novel in the 2009 Benjamin Franklin Awards, sponsored by the Independent Book Publishers Association. More information on the history of Supernatural Law and the other books in the series can be found at www.exhibitapress.com

Funding for this book will be used to complete the production work (scanning of artwork for the older issues and adding lettering and tones, producing the new pages, preparing files for the printer); pay for the printing (approximately $6,000), shipping, and storage of the books.

What You Get

You can support this project by signing up to become the monster of your choice, from a spirit or a creature to a mummy, witch, werewolf, vampire, or even Godzilla! If you pledge at the werewolf level, for instance, you get a copy of the book with a personalized drawing in it, a signed print of the cover, your name in the acknowledgments, a cool set of six buttons, and a great Graphitti Designs Supernatural Law T-shirt . And at the Ghoul level, we add in a women's Mavis T-shirt, an out-of-print poster, and a signed copy of the 1992 strip collection Wolff & Byrd, Counselors of the Macabre: Supernatural Law.

At the top three levels, you’ll have your likeness drawn into the book, as a jury member in the new story Batton is doing. At the Kong level, Batton will do a painting for you, with your choice of Wolff & Byrd, Mavis, or a classic monster (Dracula, Frankenstein monster, The Bride, Creature from the Black Lagoon, Wolf Man). And at the Godzilla level, you’ll get everything at the Werewolf level plus the complete Supernatural Law library: All six deluxe trade paperback collections, personalized by Batton with a drawing on the inside cover; all the issues that haven’t been collected into the trades, including issues 41-45, Supernatural Law 101, and Mavis #5; and a signed copy of the long out-of-print first issue of Wolff & Byrd, Counselors of the Macabre. In addition, you will get your likeness drawn as a member of the jury in the new story, an 11” x 14” painting with your choice of subject, and signed copies of the two limited-edition books The Life-Partner of Frankenstein and The Gods Must Be Litigious, as well as the out-of-print Tales from the Vault.

What they’ve said about Supernatural Law:

“Battonʼs keen sense of humor is what makes his work so good and so enduring.”—Will Eisner, dean of the graphic novel

Supernatural Law gets me laughing out loud every time!”—Frank Miller, writer/artist of Sin City, 300

Wolff & Byrd is funny and smart. . . . the finest funny supernatural fiction ever created.”—Neil Gaiman, author, Coraline, Sandman, American Gods

 "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, author, The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier & Klay

“When I read Supernatural Law, I laugh my ass off!”—Jeff Smith, writer/artist, Bone

“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

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

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 five deluxe trade paperback collections and two short Supernatural Law graphic novels: The Life-Partner of Frankenstein and The Gods Must Be Litigious. Since 2005 Lash has been producing an ongoing webcomic at www.supernaturallaw.com.

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.

 Assisting Batton with production on the stories in the book is Melissa Uran, a fantasy artist who has been involved with the series going back to Wolff & Byrd #4.

FAQ

  • Yes, shipping needs to be added. So, for instance, if you choose the $25 level, your pledge amount will be $30.00 to include the $5 U.S. shipping or $33.00 for international shipping.

    If you pledged the wrong amount by mistake or assumed shipping would be added automatically (like many eCommerce sites), that's okay. You can simply go to your account and click on "Manage Pledge" and adjust the pledge to the correct amount. When you get to the Manage Pledge page, type in the total pledge amount and make sure your reward is selected correctly below. That's it. You're done!

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  • You certainly can! The plan is for the book to be out for the show. And if you pick everything up there, we will refund your shipping amount! The only rewards that won't be available at that time are the original paintings at the Kong and Godzilla levels.

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  • You can choose from among the five other Supernatural Law deluxe trades: Tales of Supernatural Law, The Soddyssey, Sonovawitch!, The Vampire Brat, and Mr. Negativity. For more on them, go to http://www.exhibitapress.com/pages/books.php . You can also choose additional copies of The Monsters Meet on Court Street.

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    10 backers

    SPIRIT Level: Your name acknowledged in the book and a 9" x 12" signed limited-edition print of the cover art. (add $3 shipping US, $5 shipping outside US)

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    42 backers

    CREATURE Level: A copy of the book, "The Monsters Meet on Court Street," signed by Batton. (add $5 shipping US, $8 shipping outside US)

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    53 backers

    MUMMY Level: Batton will do a personalized drawing on the inside cover of your book. (add $5 shipping US, $8 shipping outside US)

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    13 backers

    WITCH Level: Add a set of six buttons, on a special backing card, signed by Batton. (add $5 shipping US, $8 shipping outside US)

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    5 backers

    OGRE Level: For Comics Retailers only (must provide proof of shop ownership): Five copies of the book, signed by Batton. (Add $5 shipping for US Media Mail, $10 shipping for outside of US)

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    9 backers

    WEREWOLF Level: Add a Graphitti Designed Supernatural Law T-shirt. (add $5 shipping US, $8 shipping outside US)

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    5 backers

    DEMON Level: Add your choice of one other deluxe Supernatural Law trade, signed, with a personalized drawing inside. (add $5 shipping US, $8 shipping outside US)

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    Pledge $125 or more

    1 backer

    PHANTOM Level: Add your choice of TWO other deluxe Supernatural Law trade, signed, with a personalized drawing in each. (add $8 shipping US, $12 shipping outside US)

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    VAMPIRE Level: Add your choice of THREE other deluxe Supernatural Law trade, signed, with a personalized drawing in each. (add $10 shipping US, $15 shipping outside US)

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    1 backer

    CTHULU Level: Add your choice of FOUR other deluxe Supernatural Law trade, signed, with a personalized drawing in each. (add $10 shipping US, $15 shipping outside US)

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    Pledge $225 or more

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    GHOUL Level: All of the above, plus a women's Mavis T-shirt (white with the slogan "I'm on it!"), a copy of the long-out-of-print 1992 strip collection "Wolff & Byrd, Counselors of the Macbre: Supernatural Law," and an out-of-print 11" x 17" SLaw Anniversary poster. . (add $10 shipping US, $15 shipping outside US)

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    4 backers Limited (3 left of 7)

    BEM Level: All of the above, plus have your likeness drawn as a member of the jury in the brand-new story to be included in the book. (add $10 shipping US, $15 shipping outside US)

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    Pledge $500 or more

    3 backers All gone!

    KONG Level: All of the above, including the jury likeness, plus the fifth trade paperback and an original Batton Lash 9" x 12" painting with a subject of your choice (Wolff & Byrd, Mavis, your favorite monster?) (No shipping charges)

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    Pledge $1,000 or more

    0 backers Limited (2 left of 2)

    GODZILLA Level: All of the above, including the jury likeness and an original Batton Lash 11" x 14" painting, PLUS, a rare cloisonne pin and EVERYTHING you need to complete your Supernatural Law library: all the issues that have not been collected (41-45, the rare Supernatural Law 101, Mavis #5), a copy of the long-out-of-print rare "Wolff & Byrd, Counselors of the Macabre" #1, the two limited-edition webcomics books ("The Gods Must Be Litigious" and "The Life Parter of Frankenstein"--in color!), and the out-of-print 1992 strip collection "Wolff & Byrd, Counselors of the Macabre: Supernatural Law," all signed and with personalized drawings. (No shipping charges)

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