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The next in a series about 5 teens vs. H.P. Lovecraft’s monsters and their small-town high school…they’re just not sure which is worse.
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Welcome to the Kickstarter page for Miskatonic High #2!

...and we're back for more! The kickstarter for issue #1 crushed our goal (we ended up over 1,700% funded) and far exceeded our expectations. So now we've returned with issue #2: The Rats in the Orchard!

You can catch up quickly by watching the trailer above.

In issue #1, we learned that in the rustic hills of a small New England Berkshire town lies the prestigious Miskatonic High School. When the Community Service Club went on a field trip, they were launched back to ancient Egypt and were nearly killed by an evil wizard and his tentacle monster. They escaped back to our century, but things will never be the same.

In issue #2, for Sarah Clarke, life at Miskatonic High had never been easy, being a poor, rural outcast. But when her friends come to help her on the family apple orchard, secrets better left unknown will be unearthed and she and her classmates will experience a terror in the dark. It's a full-sized comic, 24 pages and in color.

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, you're more than welcome to come balance our books!)

Parental advisory: Our comic is a little scary, so this series is probably okay for anyone above 10, but mainly aimed at teens and adults.

We think so, but here are some unbiased reviews.

Gerry de los Reyes of Goshdarn Geeky said:

"Miskatonic High is a great balancing act between light and dark, fun and danger in both the writing and the art... The Lovecraft elements are drawn and presented in all their weird glory for us to gawk at...

"Ryan Mendoza makes great use of color, light, and shadow to heighten tension and mystery... He does the same great work with the main characters, all of whom are expressively drawn in such a way that their body language and facial expressions reflect their personalities...

"...while the snarky wit and tongue-in-cheek humor might seem an unrealistic reaction to the terrible situation they find themselves in, it’s undeniably cool. And very high school. Can you imagine being up to your neck in homework, exams, school activities, peer pressure, and demanding teachers, and then having to deal with these pesky otherworldly creatures on top of all that? Seriously, can they, like, not?

"...so yeah, sorry, Cthulhu, but my money’s on the kids." Read the full review

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

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.” Read the full review

Rewards

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. Additionally, there are add ons below the rewards that you can select from if you would like.


Variants

The Noir variant is available with the "All of Cthulhu for You", "The  Nameless Reward" and "The Mystery Bag of Charles Dexter Ward" levels.  The issue is printed in rich, deep  black-and-white with artist Ryan  Mendoza's sketch pencils cover.   

The Ancient tome edition is available at "The Nameless Reward" and "The  Mystery Bag of Charles Dexter Ward" levels. It has a special new cover  by Ryan, and contains the normal issue plus the relevant H.P. Lovecraft  story, The Rats in the Walls. 

Add ons

Add ons are kind of complicated on Kickstarter, but we'll make this pretty simple. We have a number of items that you can add on to your order but don't fit into any of our reward bundles. To request them you just need to up your pledge by the amount of the add on. Say you want to add another physical copy of issue #2 (who wouldn't?), you would just need to add an extra $5 to your pledge.

When you select your reward there is an option to "Manage your pledge." Simply select that and add the extra $5. You can also adjust this later if you change your mind and decide you need 13 additional copies (who wouldn't?). When we send you the backer survey after the Kickstarter ends, there will be a question asking if you selected any add ons and if so to let us know what you would like. If you decide after the Kickstarter ends that you would like an add on, let us know and we'll try to post it on our website, so you can buy it there.

It's a lot simpler than it sounds. If you have any questions, just send us an email. So, here's what we have to offer:



Introducing vVurMzflessshhh Editions - premium formatted books and fine art prints for the comic and music industry. vVurMzflessshhh Publishing was founded in 2006 by VENIEN, an early pioneer of the USBM music scene and co-creator of the legendary band VON (one of North American's first Black Metal bands in 1987).

VENIEN has been a strong friend of our comic from the very beginning and has graciously agreed to illustrate and produce exclusive collectibles available to you as add ons to our Kickstarter. (To be honest, I just wanted to keep them all to myself, but he said we had to sell them and I know better than to argue with someone whose day job includes the terms "black" and "metal".) 

These premium giclèe prints and special edition comic are extremely limited, so they're being offered on a first-come/first-go basis. Once they're gone, they'll never be offered or re-printed again.

As an added bonus, each collectible comes with a download of the exclusive digital edition of the fully re-worked pulp version of Miskatonic High Vol.1 No.1 (vVurMzflessshhh Edition). Completely re-designed in homage to the pulp fiction and golden era of H.P. Lovecraft's work in Weird Tales.

This signed print is 13"x19" on Epson 305 gsm/19mil Cold Press Natural Acid Free 100% Cotton Rag Fine Art Paper. It comes with a custom-designed certificate. The print run has been limited to 13 and no more will ever be printed. VENIEN has made 8 available to be added on through this Kickstarter, so they will go on a first-come/first-go basis. 

The print will be shipping separately from the rest of the rewards, so please add $5 for U.S. shipping or $10 for international shipping.

This signed print is 13"x19" on Epson 305 gsm/19mil Cold Press Natural Acid Free 100% Cotton Rag Fine Art Paper. It comes with a custom-designed certificate. The print run has been limited to 13 and no more will ever be printed. VENIEN has made 8 available to be added on through this Kickstarter, so they will go on a first-come/first-go basis. 

The print will be shipping separately from the rest of the rewards, so please add $5 for U.S. shipping or $10 for international shipping.

The fully re-worked pulp version of Miskatonic High Vol.1 No.1 (vVurMzflessshhh Edition). Completely re-designed in homage to the pulp fiction and golden era of H.P. Lovecraft's work in Weird Tales. This premier edition variant features the Abdul Alhazred image on the cover and has an aged-black and white pulp appearance throughout the issue. Also included is a download of the exclusive digital edition of this version. Limited to 25 ever; 12 are available to be added on through this Kickstarter, so they will go on a first-come/first-go basis. This will ship with the regular rewards, so no additional shipping necessary.

Stretch Goals

We reached all three stretch goals so we'll be delivering on all three rewards!

Of course. Here’s a few pages from Miskatonic High #2 so you can see if you like it.

Stick with us as Alex, Matt, Sarah, Simon and Ren find themselves in the middle of a war between Druids and lizard-people, get trapped in the dreamlands, 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 spend some quality time at the Dollar Store (knock-off Fruit Loops...yum)!

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 8! 

We fulfilled everything we promised in our first Kickstarter and more, 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.

Attribution

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

Glad you asked, it's a track called Fuzz 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 two on-demand comic printers and are comparing prices with a local printer. The Kickstarter ends in mid-May and the files will be sent in late May. The comics and other rewards will take about two-three weeks to print. It will take another week or so for all of the items to ship. You should receive the rewards around mid-to-late June, but we will send out alerts on the schedule as we have them.

We fulfilled everything we promised in our first Kickstarter and have a much better handle on fulfillment, so there are even fewer risks and challenges than the last one.

So, really, the biggest risk is an old one showing up and swallowing you into oblivion. But don’t worry, we'll make sure your surviving heirs will get your issues of Miskatonic High.

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    Herbert West: Contributor

    Impress all your friends and classmates with your name listed in a special thank you section in your print and digital copy of issue 2! And we'll even throw in a personalized Miskatonic High class registration form! Now you can sign up for that typewriter repair class you've always been dreaming of!

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    You’re not a horror classic unless you’re in black and white. Get everything from The Deluxe Horror plus a noir variant of Issue 2 with Ryan Mendoza’s stunning sketch cover.

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