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Ren, a Filipina-American teen, has wealth, talent and internet fame. The only problem, she has someone or some THING following her IRL!
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Welcome to the Kickstarter page for Miskatonic High #3!

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.  

The kickstarter for issue #1 and #2 crushed our goals (we ended up over 1,700% and 2,000% funded) and far exceeded our expectations. So now we've returned with issue #3: Ghost Stories!

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 came to help her on the family apple orchard, secrets better left unknown were unearthed and she and her classmates experienced a terror in the dark. 

In issue #3, Ren Santos has it all: beauty, a sense of humor and burgeoning fame. She also has a secret that stares her in the face every moment of every day. That secret might not stay hidden for much longer now that she realizes that she’s being spied on. When her peeping tom sends two classmates to the hospital, Ren will come to realize the dangers of  being idolized. 

It's a full-sized comic, 24 pages and in color. Available in print or in digital PDF.

Pick your poison
Pick your poison

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 help us figure out the sales tax!)

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 is an unbiased review of issue 3:

Michael Logarta of Goshdarn Geeky said:

"Ryan Mendoza’s artwork remains excellent, not only from a technical standpoint, but from a storytelling and world-building angle, as well. ... The environments boast an abundance of details, too, and it’s wonderful to see depictions of busy high school life...

"And when it comes to the horror, neither Shea nor Mendoza are afraid to get gruesome. It’s a testament to the creators’ skill that they were able to make me wince despite a specific horrible something happening off-panel. As for the more in-your-face-kind of terror… let’s just say Shea and Mendoza don’t pull any punches. You can almost smell the blood.

"Regarding the humor, there’s lots of it, including some quotable lines and laugh-out-loud jokes. The story is paced well enough that the comedy doesn’t cheapen the horror, or the buildup to it.

"Last but not least, it’s great to see Philippine culture and mythology represented in the pages of Miskatonic High. For one thing, it shows us that Shea and Mendoza aren’t limiting themselves to the Cthulhu Mythos, but are creating their very own universe that’s home to horrors pulled from a rich assortment of sources. Secondly, the Philippines boasts some truly dark and disturbing tales that’ll be new to a lot of people. And what’s scarier than coming face to face with the unknown?

"Miskatonic High #3: Ghost Stories is jam-packed with story, character, wit, imagination, and detail. As for the horror, it’ll punch you in the gut and have you reeling." Read the full review


Here's what others have said about the series:

Jenn Marshall of Sirens of Sequentials:

“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.”

“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 a bit 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.

Items and Variants

The Miskatonic High school ID will be customized with your name. It will include a template for cutting out a photo you can attach to the ID. Then simply use the enclosed self-sealing laminating pouch to make your student ID ready to last a lifetime (or at least a school year). You can use the student ID number to log on to a special page on MiskatonicHighComic.com to download a surprise digital reward (hint: it rhymes with "ballpapers"). The school ID is available as a digital download in the "Spectral Contributor" reward level and is available physically in the "Herbert West: Contributor", "The Deluxe Horror", "All of Cthulhu for You", "The Nameless Reward", "The Mystery Bag of Charles Dexter Ward" and "The Commissions in the Witch House" levels.

The Miskatonic High magnet measures 4.5" x 3" and is perfect for your refrigerator, car, metal tomb... whatever a magnet will stick to. It's available in the "Rats Stuck on the Wall", "The Deluxe Horror", "All of Cthulhu for You", "The Nameless Reward", "The Mystery Bag of Charles Dexter Ward" and "The Commissions in the Witch House" levels.

The Noir variant is available with the "All of Cthulhu for You", "The Nameless Reward", "The Mystery Bag of Charles Dexter Ward" and "The Commissions in the Witch House" 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", "The Mystery Bag of Charles Dexter Ward" and "The Commissions in the Witch House" levels. It has a special new cover by Ryan, and contains the normal issue plus an H.P. Lovecraft story. 

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 #3 (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 don't add on enough to your pledge, we'll send you a PayPal invoice to cover the extra (sorry, we can't charge the extra through Kickstarter after the campaign is over).

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

We also offer the very popular vVurMzflessshhh Editions - premium formatted books and fine art prints for the comic and music industry - as add ons. 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 an exclusive digital edition of a fully re-worked pulp version of a Miskatonic High issue (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. Only 3 of these are still 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. Only 8 of these are still 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.  Only 3 of these are still 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 Issue #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 rats 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; 3 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.

The fully re-worked pulp version of Miskatonic High Issue #2 (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 rats 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

Of course. Here’s a few pages from Miskatonic High #3 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 out my window (he doesn't have a tablet). 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 hear the thrift store is getting in a shipment of dress shirts with arms almost the same length!

Only sometimes. 

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 9 (who's ready for a ghost noir?)! 

We fulfilled everything we promised in our first two Kickstarters 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 Revolver 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 an on-demand comic printer that we've used before. The Kickstarter ends in mid-July and the files will be sent in late July. The comics and other rewards will take about two-to-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 August, but we will send out alerts on the schedule as we have them.

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

So, really, the biggest risk is an aswang sucking your brain out your ear. But don’t worry, they're always having sales on abnormal ones down at the parts shop.

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    A collection only few can know of! This popular mystery bag will contain everything from The Nameless Reward plus exclusive trading cards, magnets and prints! The only way to find out what else is inside is to open the case!

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    The Commissions in the Witch House

    Get everything from The Mystery Bag of Charles Dexter Ward reward level and get your own masterpiece from Miskatonic High artist/colorist Ryan Mendoza! Mendoza will draw a mid-shot (from the waist up... like the images on our trading cards) of any character of your choosing in full color. You will receive a high-res digital file and a beautiful 8" x 10" color print of the image. Please no NSFW or hentai images. The digital image and print will take longer, so they may be delivered separately from the comics.

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    Retailer bundle

    Give your customers the opportunity to know the true faces of fear... ours! This bundle contains 25 individual issues -- you get to decide the mix of issues #1,# 2 and #3 and the exclusive variants. All issues will be signed by writer Mike Shea.

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