The creator of THE CURSE OF RAGDOLL and COUNTESS BATHORY brings you WIDOW ARCHIVES!
THIS JUST IN: Stretch Goal #3 has been unlocked, releasing the over-sized, double-sided, Double Feature Bookmark to all backers (digital version for digital package backers)! Our next Stretch Goal is $13,000, with all backers receiving this nifty "Thank You" gift if we reach that plateau:
NEW $220 LEVEL ADDED! This one's super cool! You get all 8 regular and nude cover editions of WIDOW ARCHIVES (signed & numbered), both regular and nude cover editions of the FANGS OF THE WIDOW ANNUAL (s&n), and the t-shirt... PLUS the '95 Edition of FANGS OF THE WIDOW ANNUAL, limited to only 25 signed and numbered copies! This edition is NOT available as an add-on, and can only be obtained at this level! GRUESOME GOODIES/ORGY OF THE VAMPIRES BONUS CODE HOLDERS TAKE NOTE: You can redeem your bonus code to get your very own, limited edition copy of this book, limited to only the number of you who redeem your code! Only 24 of you hold a bonus code, so this one will be RARE! If you want to redeem your code, message me IMMEDIATELY to ensure that your receive the lowest numbered copy available!
Thank you, everyone for making the WIDOW ARCHIVES Kickstarter such a success! We're off to unlocking Stretch Goal #2! Backers, please remember to spread the word so that we can all benefit from new backers who will help us surpass the next goal!
SPECIAL NOTE FOR GRUESOME GOODIES "ORGY OF THE VAMPIRES" BONUS CODE HOLDERS: Please scroll to the "Risks And Challenges" section at the bottom of the page for instructions!
WHO IS "WIDOW," AND WHAT ARE THE "WIDOW ARCHIVES?"
For over twenty years, the name "Widow" has been a buzzword in the world of cult horror, indy comics. Created, written and illustrated by Mike Wolfer (me), the story of Widow spanned four mini-series and more, and was published by Ground Zero Comics, London Night Studios, and Avatar Press. The story concerns a beautiful young woman with a very deadly secret, under the control of her scientist father on a secluded, Caribbean island. It's only after the arrival of two shipwrecked DEA Agents that things begin to heat up... And the body count begins to rise. As the tale unfolds from volume to volume, the action shifts to the streets of Philadelphia, then to the New Mexico desert, and finally to the top-secret Area 51! WIDOW is a tale of action, romance, and intrigue, but is firmly entrenched in the world of horror, with a pervasive sexual theme that cannot be denied.
For the last 15 years, fans have been asking me, "When in the world are you going to do trade paperback collections?" Well... That time is NOW!
WIDOW ARCHIVES is a four-volume set, reprinting the sexy, gory adventures of the woman-spider Emma, all in glorious black & white, complete and uncut as those stories were originally published by Ground Zero Comics. Each volume is 80 pages (Vol. 4: BOUND BY BLOOD is 112 pages). Very few comics Kickstarters are going to offer you almost 400 unique pages of material if you go all-in, so if you're looking for value, this is it! I can't stress this enough: These stories are for mature readers and contain copious amounts of sex, gore, and violence.
BACKER LEVELS and REWARDS
I'm keeping it pretty simple this time. You're here for the books, so let's keep the focus on them! The levels are structured in a mix-and-match fashion, so that you can begin with one volume, but easily add additional volumes by going up one tier, or by simply over-pledging on your tier to add-on additional volumes. Each of the four WIDOW ARCHIVES volumes comes in a signed and numbered, Kickstarter Exclusive edition (see above), and as an added bonus, you can also get nude cover variants of each volume (see below)!
But now, let's get to the icing on the cake! First up is this frightening WIDOW T-SHIRT, available in both men's and women's sizes. Can you believe that I NEVER produced a WIDOW t-shirt in all these years? This is the FIRST, available in higher tiers, or as an add-on.
And here's a unique reward from the Wolfer Archives (garage, actually): WIDOW Action Figures! That's right, these 7" action figures are still packaged, and though they're a tad dusty and might have a few minor package imperfections, they're great conversation pieces and I'll be autographing them just for you.
These are EXTREMELY limited, with ONLY TWO of each action figure available! If you're a toy collector or just want to act out your own fantasy scenarios in the privacy of your own home, this level is for YOU!
Now check this out: As a very special epilogue to the entire 4-part series, I'm adding the FANGS OF THE WIDOW ANNUAL to the mix!
Why is this 40-page, black and white book so special? Because it saw print as WIDOW #0 from Avatar Press, but never from Ground Zero Comics as originally planned and advertised! This action-packed chapter of the WIDOW saga is a stand-alone story, but ties up all of the various threads (webs) seen throughout WIDOW ARCHIVES #1-4. The FANGS OF THE WIDOW ANNUAL will be available in regular and nude cover editions, and are included in backer levels $85 or greater. But good news, collectors! As with everything in this Kickstarter, you can get both FANGS OF THE WIDOW ANNUAL editions as add-ons, for $20 each! And it gets better: Both books will be signed and numbered, and be limited to the number of backers who receive them! (Remember the "Cult Classic Edition" of THE CURSE OF RAGDOLL? Using this same method, the signed and numbered edition of that book ended up being limited to ONLY 16!) It's like a shopping spree, isn't it?
UPDATE: NEW ADD-ONS AVAILABLE!
Here's a complete list, now with THE CURSE OF RAGDOLL, COUNTESS BATHORY, and ORACLE CARD SETS!
HOW DO I TAKE ADVANTAGE OF "ADD-ONS"?
To get add-ons, all you have to do is back this project at any level. Once you have backed, you can increase your pledge to include the costs of items which you would like to add to your backer rewards. For example, you can pledge at the $20 level to get Vol. 1, then add $15 to that pledge so that you can get a t-shirt. Naturally, once you have adjusted your pledge amount to include add-ons, you'll need to send me a message to let me know exactly what items to add to your backer rewards. It's a pretty simple process, and as a backer, you aren't forced to pledge to specific levels in order to get one specific item in that level.
TELL ME ABOUT THOSE ART COMMISSION LEVELS!
Sure thing! There are two original art commission levels, $350 and $450. In the $350 level, I'll pencil and ink an 11" x 17" piece with the character of your choice, with a minimal background.
In the $450 Deluxe Commission level, we crank it up a notch for the Ultimate Reward! The character of your choice depicted must be one of my characters (Widow, Ragdoll, Countess Bathory, the Siren, or the Wolfwoman), and that piece will later be used as a comic cover or art print. Best of all, the first time that piece sees print, you will be listed in the credits as the owner of the original art!
OKAY, FINE, THE COVERS ARE COOL, BUT WHAT'S THE INSIDE LOOK LIKE?
It looks like this...
SPECIAL NOTE ABOUT SIGNED AND NUMBERED EDITIONS
Because of the unique benefit of add-ons, your S&N edition number might not correspond to your backer number. For example, if you're backer #10, you S&N edition might be #13 instead of #10, because 3 people ahead of you added that item to their pledge before you pledged. I hope that makes sense!
WILL THERE BE STRETCH GOALS?
You bet there will, and we've already unlocked the first three!
WILL YOU BE ADDING LEVELS THROUGHOUT THE COURSE OF THE KICKSTARTER?
Normally, I do not, but I do have a level planned which will be a surprise addition. Keep watching the Updates for details!
HOW DID YOU ARRIVE AT A GOAL OF $5000, AND WHAT WILL THE MONEY BE USED FOR?
That's a good question. This is my fourth Kickstarter, and I still can't figure out how much to set as my goal. SOOO many unexpected expenses arise when printing and shipping rewards that I always find myself spending WAY more than I had anticipated. Basically, I've looked at my past Kickstarter production, printing, and shipping expenses, along with the number of backers, and used all of those figures as an average. With those averages, I've set my goal amount at $5000, which should be sufficient to have all of the books printed and cover shipping and production expenses.
WHEN WILL BACKER REWARDS PACKAGES SHIP?
Keep in mind that this Kickstarter campaign is to fund the printing of FIVE different books, not just one! This is going to be a huge printing and shipping effort, so in order to ensure that there is no confusion, we're going to have each edition printed individually, rather than throwing all five at the printer at the same time. Considering the additional printing time that will be required, we're setting July as the rewards shipping month in the hope of avoiding delays in fulfillment. A little extra time for a project of this magnitude can't hurt!
Risks and challenges
As mentioned above, we're producing not one but FIVE different volumes (with several variant covers each), so it's going to be a huge printing and shipping effort. If there are any setbacks in the July delivery date, I'll be sure to keep everyone posted through updates.
THE CURSE OF RAGDOLL: GRUESOME GOODIES "Orgy Of The Vampires" Bonus Code holders, please take note- There will be a VERY limited, surprise reward being announced soon, and you will be able to redeem your bonus code for this very exclusive goodie, if you choose! Keep watching for updates announcing this reward!Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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