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What happens when a longtime comic book character has come to the end of her run? You kill her! But how? That's where the fun begins...
What happens when a longtime comic book character has come to the end of her run? You kill her! But how? That's where the fun begins...
What happens when a longtime comic book character has come to the end of her run? You kill her! But how? That's where the fun begins...
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DIE KITTY DIE! by Fernando Ruiz and Dan Parent

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WELCOME! AND A QUICK "DIE KITTY DIE!" INTRO
                  

Kitty Ravencraft, a beautiful and magical young witch, is the star of her own popular comic book. When her greedy, publicity-starved publisher wants to increase interest in her comic book, he does what many comic book publishers do nowadays... he sets out to kill his main character, Kitty! Even worse, he decides to REALLY spike sales by killing the REAL Kitty in REAL life! The question is though... how do you kill a witch? "DIE, KITTY! DIE!" is a funny, exciting, and often sexy story about a girl caught in both the supernatural world of witches, and the super-crazy world of comics!


DAN PARENT and FERNANDO RUIZ. WHO ARE THESE GUYS?


Creators Dan Parent and Fernando Ruiz pose with some of their artwork for "Die Kitty Die!"
Creators Dan Parent and Fernando Ruiz pose with some of their artwork for "Die Kitty Die!"

Some of you may not know us but we've been in the comic business for over twenty years. We've produced many popular, high-selling comics for other publishers, e.g. Archie Meets Kiss, Archie Vs Predator, Felix the Cat, etc. Over the years, we've often talked about the possibility of doing something together that is creator owned, and the timing for this has finally arrived. "Die Kitty Die!" will be a collaborative effort where we'll share writing and art duties. This will be our first joint effort under own new label, Astrocomix (it just sounds better than Parent & Ruiz comics, you know?) We hope this venture will prove popular enough that we can produce more books and possibly launch more projects! You can read more about us individually at our own web-sites: danparent.com and fernandoruizeverybody.com  And for more Kitty info there's diekittydie.com and her Facebook page here

WHAT ARE WE TRYING TO FUND HERE?

Fernando's cover for Die Kitty Die #1
Fernando's cover for Die Kitty Die #1
Dan's cover for DIE KITTY DIE #1 !
Dan's cover for DIE KITTY DIE #1 !
Gisele and Shouri's gorgeous pin-up which will be a print  too!
Gisele and Shouri's gorgeous pin-up which will be a print too!

With this campaign, we are looking to fund the printing of the first "Die, Kitty Die!" collected trade. We say collected as our plan is to first release this trade as four 24+ page digital issues that will be delivered to backers on a monthly basis until the printed trade is ready to ship. Each issue will include 20 page of story, funny ad pages, fashion pages, pin-ups, AND variant covers produced by our very talented and accomplished friends in the comics business. We feel this route will satisfy both print and digital fans.

We have set a lean, realistically-attainable goal of US$25, 000. This will help us pay for a print run of one thousand copies of the first trade, help us pay the printing of the art cards and posters we are offering, pay our collaborators/contributors, AND of course, cover the shipping cost for about half the print run. Speaking of collaborators inks will be handled by artists extraordinaire  J. Bone and Rich Koslowski. Colors will be handled by Dan and amazing color artist Shouri. Other contributors will include webcomics pioneer and creator of Menage à 3, Gisèle Lagacé, the fantastic Phil Jimenez, and pop culture artist phenomenon Glen Hanson! And the incredible Darwyn Cooke will be doing the cover to the trade!

The color version of J. Bone's pin up is spectacular!
The color version of J. Bone's pin up is spectacular!
Phil Jiminez draws a captivating Kitty!
Phil Jiminez draws a captivating Kitty!


 

another look at Gisèle's work...we cant wait to see covers and stories from her!
another look at Gisèle's work...we cant wait to see covers and stories from her!
Shouri's amazing work !
Shouri's amazing work !
Glen Hanson is going to bring his super style to the world of Kitty!
Glen Hanson is going to bring his super style to the world of Kitty!
Darwyn Cooke is doing the cover to the trade! Need we say more?
Darwyn Cooke is doing the cover to the trade! Need we say more?




Here's some sample art from the first trade:

Kitty and her geek squad
Kitty and her geek squad
how it all began over 50 years ago...
how it all began over 50 years ago...
home sweet home....
home sweet home....
Kitty's changed with the times...not that it will save her...
Kitty's changed with the times...not that it will save her...


Along the way, you'll meet the nutty characters who inhabit Kitty's world. You'll meet her friends Rudy and Mara and her comic book co-stars like the funny phantom, Dippy the Dead-Kid and the fiery fiend, L'il Satan!) Plus, a whole slew of off the wall characters from the entire history of "Kitty Comics". Some good. Some bad. Some VERY bad.

Dippy and Friends!
Dippy and Friends!
Kitty's hangout!
Kitty's hangout!

If our supporters are especially generous with us, and we exceed our goal, we will reward everyone by growing our project to include more story pages in our collected trade. Gisèle Lagacé & J. Bone already agreed to provide additional material if this happens. Exceeding our goal could also lead to a limited hardcover edition, and more goodies!



Before getting into the rewards, we would like to thank you for your time, and send a shout-out to all the fans we've met at conventions and other venues. Many of you have become cherished friends, and very loyal supporters. We hope you'll follow us on this very personal and dear venture. Kitty is our own creation, and it makes this campaign a very personal and important undertaking for us. Your support means everything to us. Also! Big thanks to Justin M. Salvato for putting our video together. You did a great job, Justin, and helped these two cartoonists get their message across!  



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We are comic book veterans with collectively over forty-plus years of experience in producing and publishing comic books. We have worked for numerous publishers and we have both published our own independent ventures. In order to keep our financial goals as low and as attainable as possible, we are not paying ourselves for own own efforts in this project. We will be producing "Die, Kitty! Die" as we maintain our output for other comic book publishers and clients. Our goal is to produce the Kitty series throughout the Spring of 2016 and have the collected trade volume by the Summer convention season later that same year. We are both battle-weary veterans who are no strangers to tight deadlines and a high workload. We are confident in our time table and are looking forward to sharing Kitty's stories with our friends and fans throughout 2016!

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    SINGLE PDF REWARD: Get a PDF of issue #1 of 4 from the first DIE KITTY DIE collected trade.

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    FOUR PDF REWARD: Get all 4 issues that will comprise DIE KITTY DIE's first collected trade IN PDF FORMAT. PDFs sent out in February, April, May and June of 2016

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    MAGICK EDITION & 4 PDF REWARD: Get all 4 issues that will comprise DIE KITTY DIE's first collected trade in PDF format PLUS a SIGNED copy of the first trade, 6 Kitty art cards, and THREE 11"x17" Kitty posters! One of which is Gisele Lagace's rendition of Kitty... with kitties! PDFs sent out in February, April, May and June of 2016, and the printed trade, art cards and posters in July 2016. (Ships anywhere in the world. Shipping is extra.)

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    MAGICK EDITION & 4 PDF & SKETCH CARD REWARD: Get all 4 issues that will comprise DIE KITTY DIE's first collected trade in PDF format PLUS a SIGNED copy of the first trade, 6 Kitty art cards, THREE 11"x17" Kitty posters, AND an original Kitty sketch card! Limited to 50 backers. PDFs sent out in February, April, May and June of 2016, and the printed trade, art cards, posters, and sketch card in July 2016. (Ships anywhere in the world. Shipping is extra.)

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    MAGICK EDITION & 4 PDF & TWO SKETCH BOOKS: Get all 4 issues that will
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    the first trade, 8 Kitty art cards, THREE 11"x17" Kitty posters, AND TWO signed sketch books (one from Dan Parent and one from Fernando Ruiz!) PDFs sent out in February,April, May and June of 2016, and the printed trade, art cards, posters, and sketch books in July 2016. (Ships anywhere in the world. Shipping is extra.)

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    MAGICK EDITION & 4 PDF & ONE ORIGINAL ART PAGE: Get all 4 issues that will comprise DIE KITTY DIE's first collected trade in PDF format PLUS a SIGNED copy of the first trade, 10 Kitty art cards, THREE 11"x17" Kitty posters, AND ONE original Archie comics art page drawn by either Dan Parent or Fernando Ruiz. PDFs sent out in February, April, May and June of 2016, and the printed trade, art cards, posters, and original art page in July 2016. (Ships anywhere in the world. Shipping is extra.)

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    MAGICK EDITION & 4 PDF & ONE ORIGINAL ART PAGE & SKETCH CARD : Get all 4 issues that will comprise DIE KITTY DIE's first collected trade in PDF format PLUS a SIGNED copy of the first trade, all 12Kitty art cards, THREE 11"x17" Kitty posters, AND ONE original Archie comics art page drawn by either Dan Parent or Fernando Ruiz. And you also get a sketch card of any Kitty character you want. PDFs sent out in February, April, May and June of 2016, and the printed trade, art cards, posters, and original art page in July 2016. (Ships anywhere in the world. Shipping is extra.)

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    MAGICK EDITION & 4 PDF & ONE ORIGINAL ART PAGE & COLOR COMMISSION SKETCH! Get all 4 issues that will comprise DIE KITTY DIE's first collected trade in PDF format PLUS a SIGNED copy of the first trade, all 12 Kitty art cards, THREE 11"x17" Kitty posters, AND ONE original Archie comics art page drawn by either Dan Parent or Fernando Ruiz. And you also get a 3/4 figure color commission of any comic book character you want! PDFs sent out in February, April, May and June of 2016, and the printed trade, art cards, posters, and original art page in July 2016. (Ships anywhere in the world. Shipping is extra.)

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    THIS IS A SPECIAL RETAILER INCENTIVE, SINCE WE LOVE OUR COMIC SHOPS:

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    MAGICK EDITION & 4 PDF & ORIGINAL COVER ART ! DIE KITTY DIE's first collected trade in PDF format PLUS a SIGNED copy of the first trade, all 12 Kitty art cards, THREE 11"x17" Kitty posters, AND ONE ORIGINAL ARCHIE COVER drawn by either Dan Parent or Fernando Ruiz. And we'll throw in BOTH signed sketchbooks to boot! PDFs sent out in February, April, May and June of 2016, and the printed trade, art cards, posters, and original art page in July 2016. (Ships anywhere in the world. Shipping is extra.)

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    SPELLBOUND EDITION! DIE KITTY DIE's first collected trade in PDF format PLUS a SIGNED copy of the first trade, all 12 Kitty art cards, THREE 11"x17" Kitty posters, an original signed page of ARCHIE comic book art by Dan or Fernando. Then, you'll also receive an autographed page of art from DIE KITTY DIE! And if that wasn't enough , you'll receive an autographed copy of the whole DIE KITTY DIE script! And on top of all that you get both sketchbooks by Dan and Fernando autographed! AND IF ALL THAT WASN'T ENOUGH, you will get a full figure color commission of any comic book character of your choice! WOW!!!!

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    SPELLBOUND EDITION & COMIC-CON EXPERIENCE! Hold on to your hats for this one! For this reward, you will get to spend the day with Dan and Fernando at New York Comic Con. This includes a pass for an entire day at the show. You get to hang with Dan and Fernando at their booth for the day. This includes going to any panels or signings they will be at, and lunch and dinner! Oh and you also get all this too:

    DIE KITTY DIE's first collected trade in PDF format PLUS a SIGNED copy of the first trade, all 12 Kitty art cards, THREE 11"x17" Kitty posters, an original signed page of ARCHIE comic book art by Dan or Fernando. Then, you'll also receive an autographed page of art from DIE KITTY DIE! And if that wasn't enough , you'll receive an autographed copy of the whole DIE KITTY DIE script! And on top of all that you get both sketchbooks by Dan and Fernando autographed!

    and last but certainly not least, you will leave the convention with a full figure color commission of any character you like as a comic-con souvenir!

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    SPELLBOUND EDITION & COMIC-CON EXPERIENCE! Hold on to your hats for this one! For this reward, you will get to spend the day with Dan and Fernando at San Diego Comic Con! This includes a pass for an entire day at the show. You get to hang with Dan and Fernando at their booth for the day. This includes going to any panels or signings they will be at, and lunch and dinner! Oh and you also get all this too:

    DIE KITTY DIE's first collected trade in PDF format PLUS a SIGNED copy of the first trade, all 12 Kitty art cards, THREE 11"x17" Kitty posters, an original signed page of ARCHIE comic book art by Dan or Fernando. Then, you'll also receive an autographed page of art from DIE KITTY DIE! And if that wasn't enough , you'll receive an autographed copy of the whole DIE KITTY DIE script! And on top of all that you get both sketchbooks by Dan and Fernando autographed!

    and last but certainly not least, you will leave the convention with a full figure color commission of any character you like as a comic-con souvenir!

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    SPELLBOUND EDITION & GUEST STAR EXPERIENCE! Get drawn as a ghost and appear in a main scene in DIE KITTY DIE! That's right! There's a cool battle scene in her haunted house, and you can be drawn in as special ghost guest star! And you'll appear in the PDF and print version of the book! And of course, you will also receive:

    DIE KITTY DIE's first collected trade in PDF format PLUS a SIGNED copy of the first trade, all 12 Kitty art cards, THREE 11"x17" Kitty posters, an original signed page of ARCHIE comic book art by Dan or Fernando. Then, you'll also receive an autographed page of art from DIE KITTY DIE! An autographed copy of the whole DIE KITTY DIE script! And on top of all that you get both sketchbooks by Dan and Fernando autographed!

    And then you will receive a full color commission of any character you like!

    WOW!!

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    DIAMOND JUBILEE SPELLBOUND EDITION! Okay, here's the big one! Drumroll please!

    We will draw a special variant cover starring Kitty and yourself!! Not just a color sketch, but full color, full print cover . You will receive a high resolution digital file of your cover, plus a full color print, and the original art , all autographed by Dan and Fernando. But that's not all ! You still get all this:

    DIE KITTY DIE's first collected trade in PDF format PLUS a SIGNED copy of the first trade, all 12 Kitty art cards, THREE 11"x17" Kitty posters, an original signed page of ARCHIE comic book art by Dan or Fernando AND a signed ARCHIE cover too! Then, you'll also receive an autographed page of art from DIE KITTY DIE! An autographed copy of the whole DIE KITTY DIE script! And on top of all that you get both sketchbooks by Dan and Fernando autographed!

    AND IF ALL THAT WASN'T ENOUGH, you will get a full figure color commission of any 3 comic book characters of your choice!

    PHEW! That's a lot !

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