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Detective Pimienta must try to solve a supernatural murder while figuring out if her new partner is hiding something more sinister.
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In a futuristic world, Detective Maria Pimienta’s new partner is Connor Burke, the first and only open werewolf detective. Maria’s coworkers warn her about the job’s dangerous nature, and how Connor’s partners have a tendency to get injured on the job. None of those injuries can be proven to be his fault, but seven partners ending up on disability pay is a lot to ignore.  

Now a man has been murdered by a unusually strong teenage girl. Connor’s theory about the case is inconsistent, and he dismisses her at every turn. Maria starts to wonder if the man who’s supposed to have her back is hiding something… something that might have knocked his previous partners out of the field. 

The book is roughly 80 pages and black and white. The first ten pages are finished. The half of the book has been penciled. This kickstarter is to fund the print version, but in April I'll be posting a page a week for free.

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The Dead Deception is the third book in The City Between series. The first was Fame and Misfortune and the second was The Better to Find You With. They are futuristic urban fantasy shorts that take place in the same world, but can be read in any order.

I'm Kel McDonald, and for over a decade I've been creating comics -- the most well known, both written and drawn by me, are Sorcery 101 and Misfits of Avalon (Dark Horse Comics), in addition to a large library of creator-owned comics. While doing all that, I've also organized Cautionary Fables and Fairytales, a comics anthology series, written Buffy the High School Years comics, and I just finished a series with Tyler Crook called The Stone King for Comixology. My work can be found in print, and I have also successfully utilized the internet to publish my work. All my self-published work is in print because of Kickstarter.

The book is edited by Jim Gibbons.

The Kickstarter video is by Lucía Retamales

I need 10000 for this project. I need 5000 to print, 2000 for shipping, 1000 for kickstarter and stripe fees, and 2000 for emergencies/problems. 

For the most part I'd like to keep things simple. So the only stretch goal will be, if I get 17000 I will reprint my werewolf anthology, Can I Pet Your Werewolf

The book The Dead Deception - 80 comic pages in black and white, its size to be 6 inches by 9 inches.

PDF - a digital copy of the book comes with every backer level. 

Artist Edition of the book - Want something to make your copy of The Dead Deception to stand out? You can get the book signed and sketched in.

The Better To Find You With - An 80 page black and white story about a veterinarian and a werewolf solving a small town mystery. It's the second book in The City Between series. You can grab it in the levels with the The City Between bundle or the Super Book bundle or by adding an extra $10 to your pledge. 

Fame and Misfortune - An 80 page black and white story about a bodyguard with magic powers protecting a spoiled pop princess. It's the first book in The City Between series. You can grab it in the levels with the The City Between bundle or the Super Book bundle or by adding an extra $10 to your pledge.

Sorcery 101 vol 1 & vol 2 - This is two massive volumes that are both 760 full color pages. Each covers half of my longest running comic Sorcery 101. It stars an inept sorcerer learning magic from a grumpy vampire. You can get them in the levels with the Super Book bundle or by adding an extra $30 to your pledge for one and $60 to your pledge for both. 

From Scratch - A 64 page black and white short about demon gangsters in the 1920s. You can get it in the levels with the Super Book bundle or by adding an extra $7 to your pledge.

Misfits of Avalon vol 1-3 - Three black and white 160 page books following a team of magical girls who are jerks. They find themselves called to fight against King Arthur and retrieve Excalibur. You can get them in the levels with the Super Book bundle or by adding an extra $15  to your pledge for one volume or extra $45 to your pledge for all 3. 

Can I Pet Your Werewolf - This is a 200 page black and white anthology. It's full of goofy and cute werewolf stories that focus on family and friendship.  You can get it in the levels with the Super Book bundle or by adding an extra $20  to your pledge.

The Stone King - A 100 page coming of age fantasy series. A young thief releases the giant Stone King's wrath when she steals a priceless gem. Her and a city guard must find a away to stop it from destroying the city they call home. You can get it in the levels with the Super Book bundle or by adding an extra $15  to your pledge.

Original Art - Grab yourself a page from The Dead Deception! You'd be the only one to have that particular page. They are all 11 inches by 17 inches and fit in a standard frame! You can get it in any of the Original Art

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I've run 15 kickstarters in the past. So risks are minimal. There might be delays because of shipping problems.

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