About this project
Your backing would fund the printing of City of Ash, the first volume of Beatrice is Dead.
About Beatrice is Dead
When 16 year-old Beatrice Robinson seeks escape from her demons down the barrel of a gun, she doesn't count on coming face to face with them in the afterlife. Banded with a group of troubled girls, Beat battles to protect their souls from the damned while struggling to fend off her own corruption. With the help of her ethical guide, Byron, and The Worm--a shifty conspiracy-theorist and afterlife myth-debunker--Beat sets out to find her path before she loses her humanity to a disturbing and unresolved past.
UPDATE: For more on the making of Beatrice is Dead, check out this Bleeding Cool article on the graphic novel's origins.
Volume 1: City of Ash
City of Ash begins Beat's journey through an eerie world where reminders of her violent and troubling life lurk around every corner. She and her newfound companion, Josephine, seek help in the desolate and seemingly abandoned city. The girls quickly find their path fraught with dangerous residents--the lost and hungry dead. Taking refuge with Madame Dankles, the slippery owner of a halfway house, Beat and Josephine meet others like themselves and Beat faces nightmares far worse than soul-starved wraiths. As she contends with the byproducts of death, Beat begins to notice a change taking place within her. A change that threatens a terrible fate.
Everyone Has a Story
The comic is broken up by vignettes revealing the past lives and deaths of the individuals who cross Beat's path. Through these genre-bending "Final Hours" stories, we find that who a person was can shift how we see and define what she or he has become.
From serial killers to backwoods horrors, and even an Easter egg story for some of our backers, the Final Hours flash fiction stories take Beatrice is Dead outside of familiar horror territory and exposes death from all angles.
The Story Behind the Story
Beatrice is Dead began as a few chapters of a novel. Beat's journey through the afterlife was the translation of my fears about death and whether an afterlife exists, and about what would happen if someone took their problems there.
Beat's vivid story found its medium when Robert Burrows and I decided to collaborate on a graphic novel. While rewriting for the comic, Beatrice is Dead turned into a story not just about one character, but about the consequences of trauma--how the things we do to other people and ourselves have lasting and sweeping effects. The story expresses the terror of powerlessness, the depth of hopelessness, and the hard reality of overcoming both.
This is not a graphic novel that averts your eyes for you. It explicitly confronts some of the ugliest sides of humanity as well as some of the bravest.
We're offering a unique selection of incentives to backers, including tarot cards, some original artwork from the graphic novel, and personalized stories. See the sidebar for details.
FINAL HOURS TAROT CARD STARTER DECK SAMPLE
THE WORM ART
Psst! You can find more art and information about the graphic novel here: Beatrice is Dead Facebook Page.
City of Ash is currently complete and ready for print. Yes! All 88 pages are ready for immediate consumption. We just need your backing to make it happen, and you will get some cool stuff in return…
Credit: Video Animations by Seth Mussey
Risks and challenges
We want to ensure you get the best quality product in return for backing Beatrice is Dead. If we find any issues with the final print, we may push the delivery date back to make sure our books and other incentives meet our standards. We have no reason to believe this will be an issue, but you will be informed immediately if it becomes one.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
Beatrice is Dead is recommended for mature audiences.
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