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City of Ash is the first volume of Beatrice is Dead, a provocative, dark graphic novel about a girl coming of age in the afterlife.

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.

The Incentives

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

COVER ART

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

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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.

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    MINION: You get our warmest thanks and a quick, uncreepy hug if we ever meet.

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    WRAITH: Only $5 gets you City of Ash in digital format! You get a PDF of the first volume of Beatrice is Dead. You know what? We'll even throw in an uncreepy hug.

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    CERBERUS: Now we're talking! You get City of Ash in its Limited-Edition hardbound, tactilely-pleasurable, full-color, supple-paged format. Only the first 500 backers will get the first volume of Beatrice is Dead in this hardcover format. If you're outside of the continental U.S., please email us about shipping exceptions.

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    CHARON: I bet you like STUFF. This package gets you the SIGNED Limited-Edition hardcover book, the Final Hours collectable tarot card starter kit, a Limited-Edition bookplate, the PDF, and an Easter egg--The "missing" Final Hours story, The Creep. We know. That is a lot of stuff. If you're outside of the continental U.S., please email us about shipping exceptions.

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    CHERNOBOG: Wow. You really can't get enough stuff. Okay, we'll see your CHARON and raise you a CHERNOBOG! With this package, you get a 13"x19" POSTER of the HAND-PAINTED cover art and a Beatrice is Dead STICKER, in addition to ALL of the CHARON incentives: the SIGNED Limited-Edition hardcover book, the Final Hours collectable tarot card starter kit, a Limited-Edition bookplate, the PDF, and an Easter egg--The "missing" Final Hours story, The Creep. If you're outside of the continental U.S., please email us about shipping exceptions.

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    SERPENT: In need of ONE OF A KIND sarcophagus decor? You can have the ORIGINAL Worm Final Hours painting along with the CHERNOBOG incentives--a 13"x19" POSTER of the HAND-PAINTED cover art, a Beatrice is Dead STICKER, the SIGNED Limited-Edition hardcover book, the Final Hours collectable tarot card starter kit, a Limited-Edition bookplate, the PDF, and an Easter egg--The "missing" Final Hours story, The Creep. If you're outside of the continental U.S., please email us about shipping exceptions.

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    DANTE: Ever wonder how you'll die? Find out with an ILLUSTRATED PDF Final Hours story featuring YOU as the main character. We'll contact you to come up with something extra personal. Don't worry, you won't miss out on the CHERNOBOG incentives--a 13"x19" POSTER of the HAND-PAINTED cover art, a Beatrice is Dead STICKER, the SIGNED Limited-Edition hardcover book, the Final Hours collectable tarot card starter kit, a Limited-Edition bookplate, the PDF, and an Easter egg--The "missing" Final Hours story, The Creep. If you're outside of the continental U.S., please email us about shipping exceptions.

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    THE BIG BOSS: The cover art...it's unique and alive and it wants to slither up your wall and hang there forever. You get the ORIGINAL cover art from The City of Ash. We'll also divine a short, ILLUSTRATED sonnet describing your experiences in the afterlife. This package is topped off with the CHERNOBOG incentives--a 13"x19" POSTER of the HAND-PAINTED cover art, a Beatrice is Dead STICKER, the SIGNED Limited-Edition hardcover book, the Final Hours collectable tarot card starter kit, a Limited-Edition bookplate, the PDF, and an Easter egg--The "missing" Final Hours story, The Creep. If you're outside of the continental U.S., please email us about shipping exceptions.

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