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Tony MielloBy Tony Miello
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Tony MielloBy Tony Miello
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About

Hi. I'm Tony Miello the co-founder and publisher of Rocket Ink Studios and I want to tell you a little about this project and why I wanted to do it.

Odd Tales from the Curio Shop is an anthology book. Why?  Because I love the format.  As a young comic fan they were always my favorite books to get. I always felt like I was getting something special when I had one book that so many people worked on. As I grew older I was able to appreciate how the creators were able to pack a satiating story on a limited number of pages. 

Comic companies like Pacific and First were my first choices when I hit the comic rack at my local shop. Now as a creator and publisher I want to develop titles that make me excited and I hope they make others excited to read them.

Putting this book together was not easy. A labor of love you would say.  As you can imagine when you are working with ten people scheduling can be difficult. But we got through it. The toughest thing we had to deal with was the loss of our friend Gary Reed, who contributed a story for this book.  Gary also was a fan of anthologies and I was very proud when he said he would contribute. 

The book itself takes a different approach to telling the stories.  Instead of just collecting the stories together under one title I decided to tie them together.  

In this book the reader is the customer in an oddities shop.  As you enter the shop you meet the strange and eccentric shop keeper played by Brian O'Halloran of Clerks fame. (Brian lent his likeness to the project).  As the shop keeper shows the reader different objects, he tells them a back story about each.  Those are the stories that make up the book. 

The list of creators on this book is a who's who of noted independent comic creators. the Writers include;

  • Gary Reed  (Deadworld and Baker Street)
  • Dirk Manning  (Nightmare World and Tales of Mr. Rhea)
  • Dan Dougherty  (Beardo and Touching Evil)
  • Bruce Gerlach  (Muck Man and Stoopid Stuff)
  • Kasey Pierce  (Pieces of Madness and Norah)
  • Tony Miello (GAPO the Clown and Nightmare Cinemare)

And the artist;

  • Bill Maus  (Zombies vs. Cheerleaders and                                                          ZEN Intergalactic Ninja) 
  • Jay Jacot  (Comics Obscura)
  • Bruce Gerlach (Muck Man and Stoopid Stuff)
  • John Marroquin  (El Mariachi and Mexica)
  • Tony Miello  (Gapo the Clown and Portraits of Poe)
  • Mikey Babinski  (She-Hulk and Scarlet Spider)

And don't forget our friends who have offered up their talents to help make this kickstarter fun and exciting for the fans to contribute to;

  • Brian O'Halloran (Clerks)
  • Matt Busch  (Star Wars)
  • Tim Jacobus  (Goosebumps)

I am very proud of the work everyone has done on this book and I am looking forward to getting it into your hands.

Preview page of "Bird Cage" by Dan Dougherty and Bruce Gerlach

preview page of "Family Connections" by Bruce Gerlach, Bill Maus and Mickey Babinski

 preview page of "Unconditional"  by Kasey Pierce and Jay Jacot

Risks and challenges

This book is more then ninety percent complete. We did not want to launch this kickstarter without the assurance that we could get it to the printer in time for it to get to you within the promised amount of time.
We still face the same potential problems every project of this kind would face. With printing problems or delivery issues, etc. You know, the typical things that are out of anyone control. With that said we have done our best to have everything on our end ready when this kickstarter is complete.

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