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A series about five teens who take on H.P. Lovecraft’s monsters and their small-town high school…they’re just not sure which is worse.
A series about five teens who take on H.P. Lovecraft’s monsters and their small-town high school…they’re just not sure which is worse.
413 backers pledged $5,106 to help bring this project to life.

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Welcome to the Kickstarter page for Miskatonic High #1! 

To quickly find out what our comic is about, you can watch the trailer (it’s right up above). But if you still have questions, we’re here to answer them!

Yes, it’s a comic book with 24 pages filled with chills, humor and a little real-life pathos. 

Well, do you like…

  • Fun comic books like Sabrina, Saga and Crossed?
  • Fun movies like Evil Dead 2, The Breakfast Club and Beetlejuice?
  • Fun TV shows like Stranger Things, The Chilling Adventures of Sabrina and Friday Night Lights?

Then you’ll probably like this comic too! (However, if you don’t like fun, we have a tedious copyright disclaimer written in our best legalese that might be right up your alley!)

Five teens take on H.P. Lovecraft’s monsters and their small-town high school … They’re just not sure which is worse.

Miskatonic High is an ongoing series packed with light horror, tongue-in-cheek humor and the amazing artwork of Ryan Mendoza (who can draw just about anything with a tentacle).

Parental advisory: There’s so many great series for young adults nowadays that you might be fooled into buying this for your five-year-old, but this series is rated PG-13 and more for teens and above.

In the rustic hills of a small New England Berkshire town lies the prestigious Miskatonic High School. When the Community Service Club goes on a field trip, they’ll be launched on a terrifying adventure that will change their lives while birthing an evil into our modern century. 

This is the beginning of the six-issue first season of the new high school horror series Miskatonic High.

We hope so, but here are some unbiased reviews.

Jenn Marshall of Sirens of Sequentials said:

“Miskatonic High is a fun story that balances everything you want in a good horror story. There is some gore, but not so much that you get overwhelmed. The jokes are funny, but they don’t make the story feel like a parody of something else. It was well thought out, and I cannot wait to see where it is going to go next.”

“Artist Ryan Mendoza brings a level of detail to the story that perfectly compliments the writing style. It fits the spooky storytelling by adding shadow to hide monsters, and the detail in the backgrounds make you want to spend time on each panel.” 

“The monsters are very Lovecraftian. … Because they have that Lovecraftian feel to them, the monsters really are both written and drawn in a way that affected my Lizard Brain.” Read the full review

"...so many tentacles..."
"...so many tentacles..."

The Pullbox called it “the bastard lovechild of John Hughes & H.P. Lovecraft.” (We’re pretty sure they meant that in a metaphorical way, because if that’s literal, well… ewww.) 

Here’s more from Paul’s review: “It brings a mismatched group of high schoolers together, throwing them against evil the likes of which you’d find in a dusty tome full of impossible to pronounce names. The beauty is in the execution. Despite some pretty heavy themes -- mounting madness, eternal torment, human sacrifice -- Mike Shea’s story stays fairly tongue in cheek. [Artist Ryan Mendoza] knows how to get his Lovecraft on. So many tentacles…” Read the full review

Miskatonic High #1-6 will be available as a collected edition and issue 1 has been approved and will soon be available digitally on Comixology. So they think it’s pretty good, too.

Before you back Miskatonic High, check out some of the rewards we have to offer. We offer shipping to anywhere in the world, but shipping costs are separate from the reward costs.


Stretch goals

We've completed two stretch goals and are working on our third:


Help us unlock this reward by sharing this Kickstarter with a friend or classmate who likes fun comics  or Lovecraft-style horror and ask them to give us a try. Just send them  this link: http://kck.st/2VBd3db 

Of course. Here’s the first few pages of Miskatonic High #1 so you can see if you like it.

Stick with us as through the six-issue first season, Alex, Matt, Sarah, Simon and Ren will travel through time to come face to face with Abdul Alhazred and his Necronomicon, descend into the darkest pits under the earth, and learn what is really going on in the public library when no one is looking.

So please join us for the fun!

We’re raising funds to pay for a small print run for our Kickstarter backers and the old one lurking down in the basement. But comics are expensive to make. Printers, the Postal Service and shipping supplies will be taking most of what we raise. Kickstarter takes their percentage, as does payment processing. If anything is left over, we might go nuts on McDonald’s Dollar Menu!

Is that an existential question, because we haven’t gotten that far in AP English Lit yet. 

Yes, there are two guys working hard to bring Miskatonic High to life. The comic was written and lettered by Mike Shea and drawn and colored by Ryan Mendoza. We’d say more about ourselves, but we’re actually really busy putting the finishing touches on issue 6, the last issue in Season 1! 

So you can feel comfortable getting invested in Miskatonic High, because you’re sure to find out the answers to what is really going on!

Additionally, you can follow Miskatonic High on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. Plus there's a Miskatonic High website where you can sign up to our mailing list for the latest updates.

Add-ons

We've gotten some questions about add-ons, and they're a little confusing (mainly to us, but it doesn't take much to confuse us), so here's the simple explanation. The only add-ons we have at this time is:

  • An extra copy of our standard issue 1. Each additional copy costs $5.
  • An extra copy of our 8.5" x 11" print from the second stretch goal. Each additional print costs $2.

In order to buy them, simply go to the top where it says "Manage your pledge." It'll take you to the level you pledged. In the pledge amount box, just add $5 for each additional copy you want and/or $2 for each additional print.

After the campaign ends, you will receive our survey, which will tell you that you have extra money to “spend” on add-ons. You just need to let us know how many extra issues/prints you want then (according to the tutorial that I found on Google which is hopefully not even older than the box of baking soda in my fridge...wait, I never put a box of baking soda in my fridge!). 

That's simple, right? If you have any additional questions, just let me know.

Attribution

"Hey guys, who did that amazing music in your video?" 

Glad you asked, it's a track called Wizard by Jahzzar, which is available on the Free Music Archive. We edited the track to fit our video.

Risks and challenges

The cover and pages for the issue are completed and are just waiting to go to print. We have a quote from Ka-Blam, which specializes in on-demand comic printing and fulfillment. The pages will be sent in early February and the issues take approximately a month to print. It will take another week or so for all of the items to ship. You should receive the rewards around the end of March, but we will send out alerts on the schedule as we have them.

So, really, the biggest risk is an aquatic monster dismembering you and dragging you down your drainpipe. But don’t worry, we know the number for a really good reanimator.

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