FIRST, A BIT OF NEWS!
NEW LEVEL ADDED!
I've decided to go absolutely crazy with this thing! Not only is WIDOW: RETURN TO SPIDER ISLAND going to be chock full of all of the erotic horror elements that you crave, but I'm also ready to invite YOU into Emma's world, so get ready for this, WIDOW fans:
That's right- YOU can appear in WIDOW: RETURN TO SPIDER ISLAND! It's the opportunity of a death - er- I mean lifetime!
STRETCH GOAL #4 is UNLOCKED! That means that all backers with mailed rewards will be receiving a new WIDOW trading card (#43), featuring the demonic Rissk, plus another WIDOW trading card (#42), the Oracle Card, and the refrigerator magnet! Thank you, everyone- You guys rock!
It's been 19 years, but finally the story of WIDOW will continue, with YOUR help!
Hi! My name is Mike Wolfer, and if you're unfamiliar with indy comics, I'm the writer, artist, and creator of a character and series called WIDOW. I began my comics career back in 1987 by self-publishing, and in 1992 I created a simple, three-issue mini-series about a scary, Caribbean island, a mad scientist, a beautiful woman, and a hideous secret hidden in a basement laboratory. That series was WIDOW: FLESH AND BLOOD, and it was intended to be a one-and-done tale reminiscent of the "B" drive-in movies from the early 1970s that I loved as a kid.
Much to my surprise, readers really became attached to Emma, WIDOW's heroine, and demanded more. And that led to a string of series that continued on into the mid-2000s. But other projects like FRIDAY THE 13TH, NIGHT OF THE LIVING DEAD, and LADY DEATH beckoned, and I never got the chance to return to the character who had originally helped me to gain recognition in the industry.
WIDOW: RETURN TO SPIDER ISLAND will be a 64-page graphic novel, featuring my trademarked black and white, gray toned art, and chock full of suspense, nudity, and gore that WIDOW fans have come to expect! Here's a peek at what that looks like, in some sample pages from a previous series, WIDOW: PROGENY...
As you can see, there's a whole bunch of "censored" circles on there, but I think it's important for anyone backing a Kickstarter to see exactly what you'll be getting on the inside pages. And that's what you'll be getting, except uncensored, naturally!
The story itself takes place after the events of WIDOW: THE ORIGIN (see WIDOW ARCHIVES VOL. 5), as well as the events of WIDOW: PROGENY, the spin-off series that's currently in production and nearing completion, and will be shipping later this summer. If you're new to the story, it's about people who possess a gene-mutating virus that imbues them with the qualities and physical characteristics of spiders, but I've written RETURN TO SPIDER ISLAND as if it's the first time any one of us has seen these characters. In other words, all will be explained, so if this is your first exposure to Emma and her world, it will be an excellent starting point.
This new story finds Emma returning to the site of her creation in an attempt to reconcile her past, but what she'll find is worse than anything she could have imagined, because she'll come face-to-face with not only the PROGENY, but also a surprise character from her past! There will be nudity, there will be gore, there will be cursing, there will be death... But most of all, there will be no-holds-barred erotic horror thrills that you've all come to expect from my work. In other words, this stuff is for very mature readers only.
My plan is to divide this graphic novel into three chapters and do a full, comic book shop release of individual issues in early 2018, so that means that I've got to start working on it now. If you're familiar with the current state of the comic industry, you also know that most publishers small and large are struggling to break even, which makes this Kickstarter so important. The funds that I hope to raise here will pay for the creative costs of the series, allowing me to later release the story as a three-issue series without having to lose money on every issue. YOUR pledge is going to make this happen, and your reward for supporting the arts is going to be these Kickstarter exclusive editions that you'll be able to read FAR in advance of those comic book shop releases:
On the left is the Kickstarter-exclusive autographed edition of WIDOW: RETURN TO SPIDER ISLAND, and next to that is the Nude Cover Edition. The Nude Edition will be signed & numbered, with numbered editions limited to the number of backers who request them, making it a super-rate collectible! The two books on the right depict a second book that's available ONLY with this campaign: A 25th Anniversary edition of the very first WIDOW comic, FLESH AND BLOOD #1! This will be a 32-page comic, which includes story pages not seen in the original 1992 release, along with a few special extras! The 25th Anniversary Edition will be available in two covers- A regular autographed edition, and the SUPER limited, signed & numbered Bonus Code Edition (but more on that later)!
The goal for this campaign is $3000. If you're new to Kickstarter, this is how it works: I'm trying to raise $3000 to pay for the production of this book. What you do is look at the list on the right, and pick a dollar amount that you would like to donate, and with that dollar amount, you'll see all of the great stuff you'll receive for that pledge. But you're not immediately charged- When the campaign ends, if we've reached our goal, THEN your payment method will be processed. If we don't meet our goal, no transaction is made; the campaign is simply cancelled and you're not charged.
So let's take a look at those levels, shall we?
The first level is a digital edition, which is delivered in PDF format. When the book is completed, you'll be sent a download link right here on Kickstarter in your private messages. With the $20 level, we start adding the print editions and other printed goodies!
What's an "Oracle Card," you ask? It's similar to a Tarot card, and has become a tradition in all of my Kickstarter campaigns. Oracle Cards are 5.5" x 8.5" and printed on sturdy, glossy stock, and can be used along with other cards to predict possible future outcomes (for entertainment purposes only). You'll also get an instruction booklet for their use. Here's a look at all of the previous cards that you can add to your order in the form of Add-Ons (more on that later, too):
Now check THIS one out...
In this Oracle Card level, you'll get a huge selection of 21 previous Oracle Cards, including 3 Premium Cards, all featuring the characters from WIDOW!
And yeah, I know you guys... Some of you like the naughty stuff, so this is the level for you! Included in the $100 level are nude cover variants of the full-color pin-up books MAXIMUM WIDOW EXHIBITION and MAXIMUM WIDOW UNCOVERED, as well as the Kickstarter Edition of MAXIMUM RISSK and the nude variant of MAXIMUM WIDOW, the trade paperback collection of all of the super-mature pages that were too spicy to be included in the WIDOW ARCHIVES collections!
And speaking of WIDOW ARCHIVES, if you're new to WIDOW and want to read her entire story before diving into RETURN TO SPIDER ISLAND, here's an incredible level that includes ALL of the previous WIDOW works, in six volumes at a discount of 50%!
Now- Are you ready to get to some SERIOUS art levels? First up, there's this:
That's right, you can be the owner of the original art for the cover of the WIDOW: FLESH AND BLOOD #1 Anniversary Edition! There's only one, so grab it while you can!
And here's the big one:
BONUS CODE EDITION!
Okay, so what's a "Bonus Code Edition?" It's a very special, limited print run variant that you can only get your hands on if you have previously acquired a "Bonus Code" in a previous campaign. In essence, the Bonus Code program is a kind of pre-pay loyalty reward- If you pay for a Bonus Code now, you can use it to get the Bonus Code Edition in any future Kickstarter. More details below:
The WIDOW: RETURN TO SPIDER ISLAND campaign has a very cool Bonus Code book, a variant cover of the 25th Anniversary Edition of WIDOW: FLESH AND BLOOD #1, sporting a gold-toned version of that crazy-whimsical cartoon cover! But here's the BIG twist, and surprise announcement:
Oh, yes- There is another Kickstarter campaign that is being run by American Mythology Productions for THE LAND THAT TIME FORGOT: TERROR FROM THE EARTH'S CORE, which I'm writing for them and features my cover art. So here's the twist- You can get the above Bonus Code book in the traditional way (using a previously acquired Bonus Code from a past campaign), OR you can simply back both WIDOW: RETURN TO SPIDER ISLAND and THE LAND THAT TIME FORGOT: TERROR FROM THE EARTH'S CORE! I'm running both campaigns, so I know who the backers of both projects are, so once you pledge to both of them, increase your WIDOW pledge by $15 and send me a message HERE to tell me you want to get the Bonus Code book. I'll check the backer list over on LAND to verify your eligibility, and your Bonus Code book will be reserved! (If, for some reason, the LAND campaign does not reach it's funding goal, I will still honor your reservation for the Bonus Code Edition. And as a disclaimer, if both campaigns reach their goals, your pledge must successfully clear on both campaigns to obtain your Bonus Code book; i.e. if your payment is declined for either campaign, you will be removed from the Bonus Code Edition list and your $15 will be refunded.)
If you're new to Kickstarter, Add-Ons are items that you can add to your rewards package, things that aren't offered in any of the pre-packaged levels. If you'd like to do an Add-On, after you've selected your level, simply increase your pledge amount by the amount of the item, then send me a private message here on Kickstarter to tell me what items you'd like added. Simple! SPECIAL NOTE FOR INTERNATIONAL BACKERS: Since shipping costs are based on weight, you might have to add additional funds to cover the shipping fees if you're adding books (weight) to your rewards package. International backers can message me before increasing your pledge, and I will give you an accurate postage amount that you will need to add. I'm sorry for this inconvenience, but International shipping rates from the U.S. are outrageous.
Risks and challenges
The script for this series is completed, and work on the art will begin in September 2017. The target delivery date for rewards shipping is December 2017. With any artistic endeavor, delays sometimes happen, but I'll keep everyone posted with updates on this campaign to let you know how I'm progressing!Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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