THIS JUST IN: Great news for all backers with mailed rewards: ALL FOUR STRETCH GOALS HAVE BEEN UNLOCKED!
As described above, now that we've unlocked Stretch Goal #2, you can add $20 to your pledge to get a "Bonus Code," which will come with your rewards. With each future Kickstarter I do, there will be a crazy limited, signed and numbered variant cover edition of that new book, made JUST for Bonus Code holders. For example, the Bonus Code Edition of the FANGS OF THE WIDOW ANNUAL from my last Kickstarter campaign was limited to only 3 COPIES, because only three past Bonus Code holders redeemed their codes. (Note: There is NO additional fee for using your code- All you have to do is pledge to any level in any future Mike Wolfer Kickstarter, and you get the Bonus Code book FREE!)
To take advantage of the Bonus Code offer, simply add $20 to your existing pledge amount and send me a message to tell me to add the Bonus Code to your rewards. It's that simple!
In July 2015, Mike Wolfer Entertainment will release DAUGHTERS OF THE DARK ORACLE: THE CURSE OF RAGDOLL #1 to comic shops worldwide, distributed by Diamond Comic Distributors (see the Mike Wolfer Entertainment listing in the May 2015 PREVIEWS catalog to order). The intent of this groovy Kickstarter is to raise the funds to cover all of the up-front expenses that are required to get Mike Wolfer Entertainment up and running, and to get the first DAUGHTERS series onto store shelves. Those costs include printing and production costs, advertising, and so many other expenses that have to be paid before the books ever leaves for the printer. It takes a lot of money to get a new company off the ground, so that's why I'm turning to Kickstarter and my fans. By offering you all kinds of exclusive collectibles, you can help to ease the financial burden of the series launch! The main rewards for this Kickstarter are exclusive, limited edition variants of issue #1 of DAUGHTERS OF THE DARK ORACLE: THE CURSE OF RAGDOLL. Here are some specs for that book, as well as the entire series:
DAUGHTERS OF THE DARK ORACLE: THE CURSE OF RAGDOLL #1 is 28 pages, black and white, gray toned interior, with full color covers. DOTDO: TCOR is a four-issue series, shipping in July, August, September, and October of 2015. The follow-up series will be 5 issues long, titled DAUGHTERS OF THE DARK ORACLE: ORGY OF THE VAMPIRES, and will begin its monthly run in December, 2015.
BELOW: The two exclusive, variant editions you can get with this Kickstarter...
You might be saying, "Why does 'The Curse of Ragdoll' sound familiar?" I ran a very successful Kickstarter last summer to fund the printing of the graphic novel, and after its release it was a hit with fans and critics alike, and was nominated for "Best Original Graphic Novel of 2015" in at least two polls (tying for first place in comicattack.net's Readers Poll). TCOR also won the "Best Inking" award in the 2015 Ghastly Awards. Because of that wide approval of my work, I decided to re-release TCOR as a monthly series available to readers around the world. DAUGHTERS OF THE DARK ORACLE is the title, and will be a string of interconnected mini-series which begins at the beginning: The four-issue retelling of THE CURSE OF RAGDOLL. For those of you who have already read the graphic novel, I've created an all-new, 12-page intro that includes Countess Bathory, the Wolfwoman, the Siren, and an all-new character who will be the common bond that ties all of our femme fatales together through all of the successive series.
DAUGHTERS OF THE DARK ORACLE is written and illustrated by Mike Wolfer, with gray tone washes in issues #1 and #2 by Dan Parsons. Lettering and production work is provided by Natalie Jane, with the digital color work on all covers by Ceci de la Cruz.
As you can see, DAUGHTERS OF THE DARK ORACLE is printed in glorious black and white, with rich, painted, gray tones to give it the look and feel of those classic, horror magazines from the 1970s. A WARNING: This comic series is for MATURE READERS ONLY, and contains graphic violence and pervasive nudity.
Set in the late 18th century, DAUGHTERS OF THE DARK ORACLE: THE CURSE OF RAGDOLL tells the tale of an enigmatic creature, a living dead woman pieced together from the cadavers of others, with a supernatural thirst for vengeance against those who killed the original owners of her composite parts. One by one, "Ragdoll" hunts down murderer after murderer, and subjects them to most horrific, and fitting, punishments.
First on the list is the Blacklight Edition of DOTDO: TCOR #1. This will be signed by Mike Wolfer (me), and numbered. The number of copies in this numbered edition will be limited to the number of backers we have. If there are 300 backers, then it's a limited edition of 300. If there are 100 backers, then it's a limited edition of 100. In addition, all backers will have their names printed (if they choose) on a "Thank You" page of our next VERY special reward:
That's right- In my nearly 30-year comic career, I've never had a pin-up book printed that exclusively features my art... Until NOW! The GALLERY OF TERROR kicks in at the $25 level and will include loads of sexy, scary images of all of the DAUGHTERS OF THE DARK ORACLE, plus a few characters who will appear in upcoming stories. It also includes preview images from upcoming Mike Wolfer Entertainment projects (like MALISON PLAGUE and SUPERCHARGER), and even features TWO pin-ups of fan-favorite LADY DEATH, by special arrangement with my pal Brian Pulido and Lady Death, LLC.
Next up is the addition of the so-retro-it-hurts '70s Spanish Movie Poster Edition (limited to 250 copies!), followed by two levels that start piling on the Oracle Cards. "What are 'Oracle Cards,'" you ask? They're similar to Tarot cards, but with a twist, and they come with an instruction booklet that explains how to use them for guidance. These cards are actually featured in the story itself, so how cool is that?
The flexibility of adding items to rewards packages proved so popular in the WIDOW ARCHIVES Kickstarter that I'm doing it again! Add-ons are additional items that you can add to your backer rewards, each with a specified donation price. Here's how it works: When you pledge to a specific tier, you will be asked how much you would like to donate to that tier. Before clicking the pledge button, simply adjust your pledge amount to include the costs of any items you'd like to add from the list below, then send me a message telling me what items you would like added to your backer rewards. And don't worry about additional shipping costs- Those have already been factored into the item costs. Pledge at ANY level, and add as MANY add-ons as you would like- It's that simple!
After four successful Kickstarter campaigns, I think I know what you guys want, so I've narrowed the focus to those items. Here's a handy chart for the basic, lower tiers that I explained above:
What comes next? The ever-popular COMIC BOOK SETS! I've pieced together several collections of some of my most popular past works. All books will be autographed by yours truly. Here they are, along with their pledge levels. Along with all of the previously mentioned rewards, you'll get these great comics:
$85- Warren Ellis' STRANGE KISS SET! Includes STRANGE KISS #1-3, and is the first appearance of GRAVEL! Limited to 3 sets.
$90- FRIDAY THE 13TH SET! Includes FRIDAY THE 13TH Special & F13: BLOODBATH #1-3. Limited to 1 set.
$95- ZOMBIE PLAGUE SET! Includes PLAGUE OF THE LIVING DEAD Special & #1-6. Limited to 1 set.
$100- LIVING DEAD SET! Includes NIGHT OF THE LIVING DEAD Back From The Grave #1 & The Beginning #1-3. Limited to 6.
$110- WIDOW CLASSICS SET! Includes original printings of WIDOW: FLESH AND BLOOD #1-3 & WIDOW: KILL ME AGAIN #1-3 (plus virgin cover edition of #2). Seven books in all, limited to 3 sets.
$140- SHARPEN YOUR FANGS SET! Includes FANGS OF THE WIDOW #1-14. (All of this material was reprinted in WIDOW ARCHIVES #1-4.) Limited to 1 set.
$150- GREEK GODDESS SET! Includes the entire run of Boundless Comics' WAR GODDESS, #0-12. (This series features the most recent appearance of WIDOW.) Limited to 1 set.
$190- SCARY VARIANT SET! Includes NIGHT OF THE LIVING DEAD: THE BEGINNING #1 red foil leather cover, ESCAPE OF THE LIVING DEAD red foil leather covers of #1 and Annual, NIGHT OF THE LIVING DEAD: DEATH VALLEY #1 Phoenix, C2E2, and Wondercon Editions (all three books fit together to form one image), NIGHT OF THE LIVING DEAD: HUNGER #1 San Diego Exclusive Edition, and the die-cut cover variants of ESCAPE OF THE LIVING DEAD #1-#5! Limited to 1 set.
And the BIG one...
$220- LADY DEATH ULTIMATE SET! Includes the entire Boundless Comics run: The LD ashcan, LD PREMIERE, and LD #0-#26. LIMITED TO 1 SET!
For the serious art collectors out there, the final two levels are truly one-of-a-kind:
Yes, as always, if we reach our $3000 goal, I will be announcing Stretch Goals, and there might even be a surprise level added over the course of the campaign. Keep watching the updates for breaking news. or keep up-to-date on all the latest news about this campaign on a daily basis on The Curse Of Ragdoll Facebook Page!
A special thanks to all of you who have backed my previous Kickstarters, and those of you who have tirelessly shared and retweeted to help spread the word. Every little bit helps, and it's such a great feeling to know that I've got so many incredible people standing behind me to help make this self-publishing dream a reality!
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DELIVERY: All rewards will ship in the month of July, 2015 to coincide with the in-store release of DAUGHTERS OF THE DARK ORACLE #1.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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