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A 96-page, black and white, erotic horror graphic novel, written and illustrated by Mike Wolfer (Lady Death, Night Of The Living Dead)
183 backers pledged $11,833 to help bring this project to life.

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FINAL DAY SURPRISE STRETCH GOAL!

I've saved the best for last! For the last day of THE CURSE OF RAGDOLL Kickstarter campaign, the new goal is $11,000... And if we reach it, EVERYONE with mailed rewards will receive a FREE, signed and numbered RETRO 70'S MOVIE POSTER VARIANT!  Now is the time to push and let everyone know that if we all work together, everyone benefits! Let's do it!

UPDATE 5/26/14: 16-PAGE PREVIEW!!!

Thanks to bloody-disgusting.com, here's an exclusive sneak-peek at the first complete chapter of THE CURSE OF RAGDOLL! If you like what you see here, be advised that it gets more outrageous and intense as the story goes along!

Check it out here: THE CURSE OF RAGDOLL PREVIEW

UPDATE 5/25/14: SURPRISE UPGRADE!

As a way of thanking all of my backers for your support, all packages that include a signed copy of ANY book will be upgraded to signed AND numbered, making every autographed edition EXTREMELY rare! You guys and ghouls are awesome!

UPDATE 5/24/14: HEADHUNTER DRIVE IS ON!

(Good only for mailed rewards; does not apply to those receiving PDF delivery.)

UPDATE 05/19/14: STRETCH GOALS UNLOCKED!

That's right, Stretch Goals #1, #2 and #3 have been unlocked!

All contributors who have pledged $25-$49 will receive three 8 1/2"x11" art prints, and all contributors who have pledged $50 and above will receive three 11"x17" art prints: "The Siren," "The Vampiress," and "The Wolfwoman" (image coming soon)! All art prints of each size will be signed and numbered, and each will be shipped in a clear, PVC plastic shell.

Stretch Goal #1: "The Siren" Art Print
Stretch Goal #1: "The Siren" Art Print
Stretch Goal #2: "The Vampiress" Art Print
Stretch Goal #2: "The Vampiress" Art Print
Stretch Goal #3: "The Wolfwoman" Art Print
Stretch Goal #3: "The Wolfwoman" Art Print

PLUS: JUST ADDED! STRETCH GOAL #4

If we reach $9000 in pledges, all contributors with mailed rewards will receive a WIDOW COLLECTOR'S CARD SET! The set is signed and numbered by Mike Wolfer,. Produced in 1997 and featuring a retrospective of WIDOW history and a cover gallery, this 27 card set is a very scarce collectible, and my way of saying "Thank you" for contributing!

I'd like to post a special shout-out to the following media types who have pushed this project to their followers, readers and listeners, and who have spread the word and helped to make this a success! Big thanks to:

HorrO at promotehorror.com

Chad Armstrong at leglesscorpse.com

The Horrorhounds at horrorhounds.net

Karl "Klownz" Hutchinson at horrormansion.net

Andy Haigh at www.geek-pride.co.uk/

James Wright at www.bloody-disgusting.com

Rich Johnston & Dan Wickline at www.bleedingcool.com

Themegapods.com- Rich Cote, Micah Ackerman, Scott Bidwell, and Chris Anander 

And especially Decapitated Dan from decapitateddan.com and Tales From The Water Cooler, who's been a huge supporter of my work for years! Thanks, everyone, and THANK YOU, CONTRIBUTORS!

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“This is simply put, a perfect introduction to the character of Ragdoll. The artwork is beyond drop dead GORE-geous… Visually stunning… Looks like it was torn from the pages of a Warren or Skywald book. This book just made my eyes drool.” 

-Decapitated Dan, www.decapitateddan.com

THE HISTORY: Originally published in 1998 by Avatar Press in RAW MEDIA QUARTERLY, THE CURSE OF RAGDOLL is a seven-chapter tale of horror and retribution from beyond the grave, with glorious, fully-toned black and white interior art. Written and illustrated by Mike Wolfer, best known for his writing on such horror titles as LADY DEATH, NIGHT OF THE LIVING DEAD, Warren Ellis' GRAVEL and Garth Ennis' STITCHED, this is the first time that the RAGDOLL saga has been collected into a trade paperback. But this isn't the same story that it used to be! In its first incarnation, THE CURSE OF RAGDOLL was "adults only," but the explicit scenes have been expunged and replaced with all-new art, chapters have been expanded with new pages, and a shocking, twist ending has been created which puts a whole new spin on the tale of the patchwork princess! In addition, because of the addition of new art and pages, the story has been rewritten to accommodate those changes, with all-new lettering by Natalie Jane. To complete the package, the 3 variant covers for this tale of terror showcase the breathtakingly vibrant color work of Ceci de la Cruz.. But be warned: Although the story is now "R" instead of "X," THE CURSE OF RAGDOLL still contains copious amounts of nudity and graphic, gory violence.

A few sample pages from the first chapter of THE CURSE OF RAGDOLL.
A few sample pages from the first chapter of THE CURSE OF RAGDOLL.

WHY KICKSTARTER? Because this is an incredible opportunity not only for me to be able to fund a project which I absolutely love, but also for comic fans to be directly involved with the production of the kind of work which they love to read! Since all of the work is completed on THE CURSE OF RAGDOLL and I was already paid once for it years ago, I'm not looking to generate a "page rate" for myself to keep me going while I work. And that's why my goal is so low for this graphic novel: I'm just looking to cover the production costs of the trade paperback and the rewards. (And if there's anything left over, Natalie Jane certainly deserves payment for her wonderful lettering work, and I can consider myself "paid" for all of the new material I wrote and illustrated for this volume. That's fair, right?)

OH, THOSE REWARDS: I've watched several Kickstarters by other creators, and have found that the column down the right side of this page can get downright confusing. I've tried to avoid that by making my rewards as simple as possible, but it's still a big mess. If you're a bit unsure about what's what and what you want, you might want to refer to the handy graphics I've posted below, which simplifies many of the levels. Of course, there are other levels with other rewards mixed-in, but this might help to clarify all of that crazy text you see to the right:

Seriously. You know you want this GLOW-IN-THE-DARK t-shirt, available in WOMEN'S SIZES!
Seriously. You know you want this GLOW-IN-THE-DARK t-shirt, available in WOMEN'S SIZES!

WHAT'S THE STORY ABOUT? In the late Eighteenth Century, nestled within a remote region of the Carpathian Mountains, punctuated by lush forests and quaint villages, something waits in the darkness, biding its time until it can exact bloody vengeance upon those who once violated it. That "thing" is Ragdoll, an inhuman creature created by the hand of man, yet possessing supernatural powers from beyond the grave. And her quest is both horrifying and heartbreaking: Composed of the remnants of an untold number of murdered women, Ragdoll's body retains the souls and divine essences of those whose lives were cut short, and she will stop at nothing to bring a gory, poetic end to each murderer of the women from whom she was constructed!

Two limited Collector's Sets, filled with hard-to-find Wolfer classics!
Two limited Collector's Sets, filled with hard-to-find Wolfer classics!

"IF I DON'T GET IN ON THE KICKSTARTER, WHERE CAN I FIND 'THE CURSE OF RAGDOLL?'"  That's a good question, Mike Wolfer. I'm glad that you asked! Currently, I don't have plans to distribute internationally, but I might eventually try to make an arrangement with Diamond Comic Distributors and other comic book distribution companies to get the books onto store shelves. And there's always digital download options from companies specializing in that, which I'm now working on. But for now, and for this first foray into Kickstarter-funded self-publishing, I'll just be selling the Retail Edition of THE CURSE OF RAGDOLL through mail order, Amazon.com, and in person at conventions. The whole reason that I'm doing this Kickstarter is so that I can generate the funds to print a healthy stock of books, and Natalie Jane and I can start hitting the con circuit like I used to do way, way back in the day. I hope that we'll be able to meet in person in the foreseeable future in a city near you so that you can let me know what you thought of the book!

"WHAT MAKES THE REWARDS SO SPECIAL?" I thought you might ask that, Mike. Not only do some levels include one-of-a-kind, original interior and cover art, but you can also get your books personalized at various levels with custom-drawn head sketches inside your book. But those Kickstarter Exclusive Cover and Art Deco Editions will ONLY be available as rewards through Kickstarter, and will NOT be sold anywhere else by me. The Stretch Goal art prints (if we get that far) will be available for sale by me at conventions, but those which you receive as rewards will be SIGNED and NUMBERED, with that number limited to the exact number of contributors who receive these rewards.

"HOW CAN I KEEP IN TOUCH WITH YOU FOR UPDATES ON FUTURE RELEASES, LIKE THE NEXT CHAPTER OF THE 'RAGDOLL' SAGA?" Yet another good question, Mike. This whole Kickstarter thing is a big experiment for me, to see just what kind of reader support I have and if it's a viable publishing option. If this Kickstarter is successful, I'll be launching a web site specifically for my work, but right now the best way to stay in touch with me is on Twitter at @WolferMike, email me at spyderlord@aol.com, or find me on Facebook here: www.facebook.com/thecurseofragdoll www.facebook.com/theofficialmikewolfer

Thank you SO much for your support, and I hope that you love reading THE CURSE OF RAGDOLL as much as I did creating it. And remember... There's MUCH more story to come if we reach the goal!

Risks and challenges

Unlike many comic projects on Kickstarter, THE CURSE OF RAGDOLL will have a quick delivery window because all of the art and lettering are nearly completed on all 96 pages, so there won't be a 6 months or 1 year wait on this one- My turnaround window will be no more than 60 days after the Kickstarter campaign ends!

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    WOLFER COLLECTOR'S SET 1! You get the signed Kickstarter Exclusive Cover edition + S&N "Art Deco" variant, plus t-shirt and your name in the "Thank You" section of the book. PLUS: WIDOW: THE ORIGIN #1-3, THRESHOLD #5, WIDOW #0, PANDORA/WIDOW #1, PANDORA/WIDOW: ARACHNEPHOBIA #1, WIDOW: PROGENY #1, WIDOW CINEGRAPHIC SPECIAL #1, DARK HORSE MONSTERS #1, and RAZOR: BURN #5, all autographed by artist/writer Mike Wolfer!

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    WOLFER COLLECTOR'S SET 2! You get the signed Kickstarter Exclusive Cover edition + S&N "Art Deco" variant, plus t-shirt and your name in the "Thank You" section of the book. PLUS: (all autographed, except where noted) LADY DEATH LINGERIE #1 leather cover, ESCAPE OF THE LIVING DEAD FEARBOOK #1 leather cover, ESCAPE OF THE LIVING DEAD #1 leather cover, WIDOW: BOUND BY BLOOD platinum promo, WIDOW: METAL GYPSIES COMMEMORATIVE, FANGS OF THE WIDOW #1 exclusive NY con variant, FRIDAY THE 13TH SPECIAL #1 glow-in-the-dark cover, JASON VS. JASON X #1 gold foil cover, A NIGHTMARE ON ELM STREET: PARANOID #1 leather cover (not signed), ANOES: PARANOID #1 Chicago Con edition (not signed), JASON X #1 Chicago Con edition (not signed), JASON VS. JASON X #1 Nanosteel edition, FRIDAY THE 13TH: BLOODBATH #3 die-cut cover, F13: BLOODBATH #1 Chicago Con edition, and WIDOW #0 leather cover variant!

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    WOLFER ART COMMISSION! In addition to getting the signed Kickstarter Exclusive Cover edition and the S&N "Art Deco" Edition, plus the t-shirt and your name in the "Thank You" section of the book, you will also get an 11" X 17" fully inked art commission featuring Ragdoll or any character of your choosing!

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