UPDATE 2/26/16: STRETCH GOAL #1 UNLOCKED, #2 ANNOUNCED!
That's right, we're reached $7000, which means that the entire book will now be fully gray tone painted by me (Mike Wolfer), over the crisp, black and white art of Karl Moline & Roy Allan Martinez, to give it an even creepier, Gothic feel! So what's our next goal, you ask? See the graphic below! Please share this campaign anywhere that horror comic lovers congregate, and a heartfelt THANK YOU to everyone who has backed this project and made it such a success!
WHAT IS "WIDOW: PROGENY?"
In 1997, I self-published the first issue of a three-issue mini-series titled WIDOW: PROGENY. The previous WIDOW series featured Emma, but PROGENY followed the "spider virus" with which she is afflicted to a secluded, Caribbean island, where horrific, human/arachnid mutations have proliferated in the darkness of the jungle. This new tale focuses on a US Coast Guard helicopter crew who attempts to rescue a young woman shipwrecked on the island of terror, but as you might guess, this will be far more than a routine mission! That first issue that I published featured the art of Karl Moline, who would later contribute to comic titles such as FRAY, ROGUE, BUFFY THE VAMPIRE SLAYER, and many others.
After the first issue of WIDOW: PROGENY was published, I signed a deal with Avatar Press, who became the new publisher of WIDOW, but sadly, PROGENY was never resumed, leaving fans of the series wondering, for almost 20 years, how the story would have progressed and ended... UNTIL NOW! Thanks to Kickstarter, I have the opportunity to finally finish this series for which so many readers have been waiting! Because of my busy schedule drawing DAUGHTERS OF THE DARK ORACLE, I'm not able to illustrate PROGENY #2 and #3, but I've found the perfect successor: Roy Allan Martinez. Roy is an incredible artist who has a natural talent for conveying the black-and-white horror that is so vital to the PROGENY story. And this is where Kickstarter comes in!
In my previous campaigns, my target goals were determined by how much money I needed to print the books, but I did NOT work in a personal page rate for my own work. Basically, I was working for free, just to get the books into print. If the backing exceeded the goal, great- I could pay some bills! But with WIDOW: PROGENY, Roy needs to be paid for his work as he produces it over the next few months, so that's what the majority of the funding goal reflects. If not for Kickstarter, I would never be able to pay Roy out of my pocket, and thus this series would probably never happen. We have a full 30 days to reach that $5000 goal, and it should be easy enough to hit, with your help!
So, there's your background of how this series came to be and why I'm looking to crowdfund it. I guess the only other bit of business is to let you know why I'm doing this now, and what other plans I have for WIDOW: PROGENY. As you probably know, all Mike Wolfer Entertainment releases that are funded through Kickstarter are later distributed by Diamond Comic Distributors and sold in comic stores around the world. That's another reason for these campaigns: Sales aren't the greatest in this very tough market, and without raising the funds to cover production/printing costs ahead of time, I'd be losing money on the comic shop releases (my profit from store sales are quite often less than the bills for printing and shipping the books!). This summer, I'm going to release WIDOW: PROGENY as a monthly, three-issue mini-series beginning in July 2016, so any funding overage I might be lucky enough to get from this campaign will go toward offsetting printing costs of this summer's mini-series. Now, here's the cool part: As a backer of this campaign, you'll be receiving a special, limited-edition, Kickstarter-exclusive trade paperback collecting the entire story, and you'll be getting it ONE MONTH before it's broken up and released as a three-issue mini-series over the summer! Let's look at just what those rewards are, shall we?
First up is the Digital Level. You'll get PDF downloads of both the 64-page WIDOW: PROGENY and the full color, 24-page pin-up book, GALLERY OF HORROR, plus you'll be listed on the "Thank You" page in PROGENY!
Next, we add an autographed, printed copy of WIDOW: PROGENY to the previous rewards, with cover art by Roy Allan Martinez and colors by Ceci de la Cruz. (In fact, Ceci colored everything in this Kickstarter!)
And what kind of a Mike Wolfer Entertainment Kickstarter would this be if it didn't have Oracle Cards? These 5.5" x 8.5" cards are similar to Tarot cards, and come with an instruction booklet. Don't miss the huge graphic at the bottom of this page, where you can individually order any of the Oracle Cards you might have missed!
Next up at the $45 level, we add some COLOR to the proceedings! An all-new, 24-page, pin-up book, featuring some of the coolest cover images that have graced our books in the past year! (Not to be confused with "Gallery Of Terror"; that's a different book.) This Kickstarter edition comes autographed by Mike Wolfer, free of charge. Actually, all of the books you'll get here are autographed by Mike Wolfer, Oh- And don't forget that all pledge levels include digital PDF's of PROGENY and GALLERY OF HORROR, as well as having your name printed in the "Thank You" section of PROGENY!
Things get spicy at the $65 level with the addition of the Nude Variant of WIDOW: PROGENY, again, by Roy and Ceci! This book comes autographed by Mike Wolfer.
Here's a gore-geous collector's edition that's added at the $90 level: A "Virgin" Edition of WIDOW: PROGENY, with art by Karl Moline and Ceci de la Cruz. "Virgin" cover means that there are no logos or text, it's just pure, sexy, gory art! These special editions come signed and numbered by Mike Wolfer!
Next up is one of those ever-popular comic sets: NIGHT OF THE LIVING DEAD: BACK FROM THE GRAVE, NOTLD: THE BEGINNING #1-3, and NOTLD: JUST A GIRL, all autographed by Mike Wolfer! This level includes all previous rewards, and this set is limited to only 2.
Our second collector set level is $120, and includes ESCAPE OF THE LIVING DEAD #1-5 and the ESCAPE OF THE LIVING DEAD ANNUAL, all signed by Wolfer. The zombies await!
Oh, yeah, that's right- Widow Action Figures! These are limited in quantity, but all come autographed by Mike Wolfer. The figure itself stands 7" tall, with 14 points of articulation!
This is one bizarre level! At $150, backers will receive what I call "The Swag Bag." What's in it, you ask? First off, you get a Ragdoll messenger bag, but look what's inside: Two Ragdoll bookmarks, a Widow keychain, Widow window cling, Ragdoll refrigerator magnet, a 32-card set of Widow trading cards (includes all of the new cards recently produced for Kickstarter), three 8.5" x 11" nude art prints of Countess Bathory, the Wolfwoman, and the Siren, an autographed, authentic convention badge that I wore a randomly selected major comic con, and autographed copies of one of my earliest comic mini-series, DAIKAZU VS. GUGORON #1-3! Some might call this the "Stuff Laying Around Mike's House" level, but I call it the "Crazy Rare Fun Stuff" level!
Here's a level for the new collector! You get not only all of the previous rewards from the $90 level, but also WIDOW ARCHIVES VOL. 1-5, FANGS OF THE WIDOW ANNUAL, WIDOW/LUXURA: BLOODLUST, MAXIMUM WIDOW, and MAXIMUM RISSK! This is every single page of WIDOW that's been produced so far by Mike Wolfer Entertainment, at a ridiculous discount. All books come autographed by Mike Wolfer. Available in all regular or all nude cover sets!
This is probably the most unique level of all! I will be producing another variant cover edition of this book called the "Headhunter Island Edition," and this is YOUR chance to have your decapitated head featured on the cover! There is only room for 10 heads, so if you want to go down in history as being murdered by a gorgeous woman-spider, this one's for you! The book itself will be featured as a special addition to an upcoming Kickstarter campaign, but you can get in NOW! When the book with this cover is printed (I'm planning on May 2016), you'll receive 3 autographed copies to share with your loved ones, or enemies, or just anyone you want to frighten!
And now, the ultimate prestige level! As I explained, WIDOW: PROGENY will be released as a three-issue mini-series in July-September 2016. Each issue will be available in the regular cover edition, but there will also be a retailer incentive edition with an all-new cover. I'll be drawing three covers for those three books, and with this level, the original cover art for one of those books can be yours! When all three covers are completed in April, you'll be able to choose which cover you'd like, based on the order in which you pledged. Remember- There are only THREE of these original art pieces available! BONUS CODE EDITION! This is a very special, limited-edition book that can only be obtained if you have a previously purchased "Bonus Code." To find out how to get your own Bonus Code to redeem for a super-limited, signed and numbered edition in a future campaign, everything you need to know is in the graphic below!
As in all of my Kickstarter campaigns, I like you to have the flexibility to design your own rewards packages, which is why I offer a wide array of items that you can add on. All you have to do is make a pledge, then increase your pledge amount to cover the cost of the items you would like to add, seen in the graphics below. Just make sure that you send me a message to let me know what items you would like added to your rewards package!
So there you have it! A huge selection of fun stuff to add to your creepy, arachnid-themed, erotic/horror comic collection! Thanks so much for taking the time to scroll this far, and a HUGE THANK YOU to all of you who back this project, and a GIGANTIC THANK YOU to return backers who have been helping me to once again pursue my dream of self-publishing!
Stay spooky, Mike
Risks and challenges
Production of the series as already begun, and it will be drawn over the next few months. Of the three, 20-page chapters in this graphic novel, Chapter 1 by Karl Moline is already complete, and I'd like to have Roy Allan Martinez's art for chapters 2 and 3 finished in May, so that we can print and ship in June 2016. Headhunter Edition backers will need to send photographs of themselves to me by April 1, 2016. Those who back the Retailer Incentive Original Art level can expect their deliveries in June (there will be no delay on delivery, because I have to have those covers completed by the end of April).Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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