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All or nothing. This project will only be funded if it reaches its goal by Wed, October 31 2018 11:20 AM UTC +00:00.

$2,145
pledged of $500pledged of $500 goal
94
backers
7days to go

All or nothing. This project will only be funded if it reaches its goal by Wed, October 31 2018 11:20 AM UTC +00:00.

About

I first met Paul Schultz around 1989 or 1990 in another life for me. When I ran into him at a Motor City Comic Con in 2013, we reconnected and became Facebook friends. As I saw more and more of his artwork (I didn't even know he was an artist when I first met him) I said, "Why aren't you a household name?" Paul's artwork was simply amazing and I invited him to work with me on a Solution Squad story. After all of my writing work on Solution Squad was done, I visited Paul and we came up with a project we could work on together based on the kinds of comics that we loved as kids. I wanted something different from my math-themed heroes that I could point to when people's eyes glazed over at the mention of the m-word. Hence, Poe and the Mysteriads!

Our story: 

The young woman known as Poe was once the crime-fighting sidekick of Corvus, the raven-themed vigilante who patrolled the streets of Charm City. Rescued from an abusive household by Corvus and his junior partner Red Raven, Poe fought for four years by Corvus's side against child abusers and archvillains alike, until Corvus's increasingly extreme violent behavior forced her to walk away. Now Corvus lies dead in the city morgue, and it falls upon Poe to not only solve his murder and to retake her place as the city's deterrent against child abuse, but to keep a lid on the powder keg of rampant crime caused by Corvus's absence. 

Issue #1 is our all-ages introduction to the world of Poe, and delves into motivations and betrayal, and the mystery of how Corvus's greatest enemy, The Red Death, is seemingly alive again after being presumed dead for years. It features a 24-page story along with eight pages of extras, including character profiles, design sketches, and behind-the-scenes work. 

Paul's initial designs for Poe and Corvus
Paul's initial designs for Poe and Corvus

Poe and The Mysteriads was co-plotted and drawn by Paul E. Schultz (Serial Squad), colored by Rose McClain (Gene Ha's Mae, Scoundrels) and co-plotted, written and lettered by me, Jim McClain (Solution Squad). 

The work is almost all done. The completed black and white story is available to read at this address! Sixteen of the 24 pages have been colored, with the last eight on the way. Here's a sample:

Can you spot the two Easter Eggs on this page?
Can you spot the two Easter Eggs on this page?

Rewards! 

Here is just a sample of the rewards coming your way as the Kickstarter rolls! The cool thing is that I can change the designs at a whim. Just let me know if there's something you want made for you! We'll work it out!

Add-On! You can add to your pledge to have an original drawing done by our colorist Rose McClain! Message me for details!

Rose's Commission Price Levels
Rose's Commission Price Levels

Classroom Kickstarter

Paul and I initially did this as a weekly noir webcomic that we posted on Facebook every Sunday, and that's how we hope it reads. The addition of subdued color by Rose McClain, we think, is reminiscent of the coloring in Hellboy purposely avoiding a bunch of unnecessary gradients, and we couldn't be more pleased with the results. We hope you will be too! But even if you prefer the stark contrasts of black and white, we're offering that version of the book as well!

One of the coolest things about this Kickstarter is that several of the rewards were created by my students in my 7th grade math problem solving class. They were designed during class as a way of encouraging entrepreneurism. Students costed out the items and set the reward levels. They will also be following the progress of the Kickstarter on a daily basis and using the data in the dashboard to project the success or failure of the project. 

Paul and I both grew up in the 70s and our take on our detective's story is very much informed by our love of Bronze Age Batman comics. We hope you'll enjoy your visit to Charm City!

Bonus! 

For every day in October/Inktober, Paul and I will post an inked sketch card on our Facebook pages (and I will update here as well). Two people each day who pledge for a physical reward will receive the sketch card of the day along with their comic shipment, for free, as long as their pledge clears after the campaign ends! The first pledge of the day gets my card, and the highest pledge of the day gets Paul's card, which will be much nicer!

Inktober Day 1: Poisonous (Jim)
Inktober Day 1: Poisonous (Jim)
Inktober Day 1: Poisonous (Paul) You'll want to read the story to find out what Corvus is doing!
Inktober Day 1: Poisonous (Paul) You'll want to read the story to find out what Corvus is doing!

Risks and challenges

Like every project, there's a possibility that this won't get done. But it's slim-to-none. Paul and I have published several comics between us, and we know how it's done.

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    AND you will receive a 9.25" by 7.75" mouse pad featuring Poe art by Paul E, Schultz and Rose McClain. The mouse pad will be shipped separately.

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    What kid wouldn't want a Poe binder to carry homework and comics in? At this level, you will receive a 1.5" Avery three-ringed binder as well as a signed copy of Poe and the Mysteriads #1: The Mystery of the Red Death. You can choose the full-color version, the Noir Edition (black and white version), or the Blank Sketch Cover Variant Edition (without art). Simply tell us which version you would prefer when they surveys are sent out at the end of the campaign. Your comic will be delivered to you via USPS Media Mail. It will arrive in a Bags Unlimited comics mailer bagged and boarded, and wrapped in bubble wrap.

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    AND you will receive a limited Kickstarter hardcover edition of Jim McClain's Solution Squad! What does Solution Squad have to do with Poe and the Mysteriads? All of the Poe creators worked on it!

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    AND you will receive a circular wall clock made by Zazzle. I got Paul one of these for Christmas. It's amazing. The clock will be shipped separately.

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    The Jim McClain Sketch Cover Level

    At this level, you will receive a signed copy of the Poe and the Mysteriads #1 Blank Sketch Cover Variant Edition, with a graytone marker sketch of the Mysteriads character of your choice by Jim McClain

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    The Paul Schultz Sketch Cover Level

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    The Hoodie Level

    Every kid in the middle school universe will want one of these attractive Poe and the Mysteriads hoodies. It was by far the most popular reward level chosen by my students. They range anywhere from XS-XL. 2XL is available for an additional $4.00. You will receive a hoodie AND a signed copy of Poe and the Mysteriads #1: The Mystery of the Red Death. You can choose the full-color version, the Noir Edition (black and white version), or the Blank Sketch Cover Variant Edition (without art). Simply tell us which version you would prefer when they surveys are sent out at the end of the campaign. Your comic will be delivered to you separately via USPS Media Mail.

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    The Bluetooth Headphones Level

    Want to enjoy your music and show your excellent taste in comics besides? Then this level is for you. At this level you will receive a set of Bluetooth wireless headphones featuring Poe. I actually own a pair of these and they work really well! And you will receive a signed copy of Poe and the Mysteriads #1: The Mystery of the Red Death. You can choose the full-color version, the Noir Edition (black and white version), or the Blank Sketch Cover Variant Edition (without art). Simply tell us which version you would prefer when they surveys are sent out at the end of the campaign. Your comic will be delivered to you separately via USPS Media Mail.

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    The "What is it with Leggings?" Level

    We don't understand it, but you demanded it! At this level, you will receive a pair of leggings made by Zazzle, AND you will receive a signed copy of Poe and the Mysteriads #1: The Mystery of the Red Death. You can choose the full-color version, the Noir Edition (black and white version), or the Blank Sketch Cover Variant Edition (without art). Simply tell us which version you would prefer when they surveys are sent out at the end of the campaign. Your comic will be delivered to you via USPS Media Mail. It will arrive separately in a Bags Unlimited comics mailer bagged and boarded, and wrapped in bubble wrap.

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    The Original Art Level

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    AND you will receive an 11" x 17" original art page from Poe #1. There are 24 pages to choose from. Contact me for availability!

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    The Villainy Level

    Have you ever wanted to be in a comic book? Now's your chance! Every hero is defined by their villains and Poe is no exception. In this level, you can become a costumed villain and battle Poe herself in issue #2!

    For $150, you get all the comics, including a blank sketch cover variant with YOUR CHARACTER drawn on it, fighting Poe! There are only two slots open for this one, so act fast! We'll have a release drawn up so we have the rights to use your image and/or name. But that means you can be a comic book character!

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    The Share the Wealth Level

    At this level, you will receive a signed copy of Poe and the Mysteriads #1: The Mystery of the Red Death. You can choose the full-color version, the Noir Edition (black and white version), or the Blank Sketch Cover Variant Edition (without art). Simply tell us which version you would prefer when they surveys are sent out at the end of the campaign. Your comic will be delivered to you via USPS Media Mail. It will arrive in a Bags Unlimited comics mailer bagged and boarded, and wrapped in bubble wrap.

    AND you will buy one of Jim's 140 students a comic book. That way, they can enjoy the fruits of their labors and have a physical souvenir of the Kickstarter experience, which they will be participating in every day in October.

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    At this level, you will receive a signed copy of Poe and the Mysteriads #1: The Mystery of the Red Death. You can choose the full-color version, the Noir Edition (black and white version), or the Blank Sketch Cover Variant Edition (without art). Simply tell us which version you would prefer when they surveys are sent out at the end of the campaign. Your comic will be delivered to you via USPS Media Mail.

    AND you will buy one of Jim's 140 students a comic book. That way, they can enjoy the fruits of their labors and have a physical souvenir of the Kickstarter experience, which they will be participating in every day in October.

    If you wish to receive multiple copies of the comic, no matter which version you choose, simply increase your pledge in increments of $5 for every additional comic you would like. Be sure to tell us how many of each version you would like.

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    You Can Be A Mysteriad!

    Have you ever wanted to be in a comic book? Now's your chance! Poe needs help to keep a lid on crime in the city, and she's going to need a team to do it. You've heard of Team Arrow, Team Flash, and Team Supergirl. Now you can be a part of Team Poe. They're called Mysteriads!

    For $100, you get all the comics, including a blank sketch cover variant with YOUR CHARACTER drawn on it, alongside Poe! There are only four Mysteriads planned, and they will be introduced in issue #2 and will be ongoing characters. We'll have a release drawn up so we have the rights to use your image and/or name. But that means you can be a comic book character!

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