About this project
"From cover to panel art to writing, this is an absolute gem of a book. It makes it even more special of a read that it is put together free from a major publisher." - Shawn Hopman Nerdgasms
"This is a sad love story that will break your heart a little more with each panel." - Robert Draper Nerdlocker
"This is a fantastic book...McNamara is one of the best horror writers I have read in years." - Dead As Hell Podcast
"This book was pure excitement from the first page to the last." -Rob Caprilozzi Comic Monsters
"Hinkle's world, like McNamara's, is a terrifying place."-Greg Burgas Comic Book Resources
"a truly fantastic piece of work from McNamara that delivers on all fronts. Hinkle’s art really elevates the story." - Cody Ferrell Comic Book Therapy
"It’s dark, compelling, well rounded, and keeps you guessing the whole time." - Luke Anthony The Outhousers
"if my review hasn’t made the grim nature of THE RATTLER obvious, the pledge titles will." -Lyz Reblin Ain't it Cool News
"Your ideas of protagonists and antagonists will be tested, and in a few instances you may wind up questioning your morality as well." - Sara Shine Legless Corpse
10 years have passed since Stephen Thorn’s fiancée vanished without a trace, and he has grown into a prominent, if bitter, victim’s rights crusader. Despite the cold trail and lack of leads, he stubbornly refuses to give up the search. And then…he begins to hear her voice in the strangest of places.
Pursued by his own organization and questioning his sanity, Stephen embarks on a grisly journey to save his long-lost love. As he unravels the truth of her disappearance, the body count rises and Stephen finds himself ensnared in a trap that has been set for him long ago…
The purpose of this campaign is to publish our finished graphic novel, The Rattler, and share it with you. The 96-page story will be presented in grayscale with red highlights and printed in a 6 by 10 inch softcover edition. In the vein of John Carpenter and Dario Argento, The Rattler is an atmospheric thriller that delivers strong characterization, a dark sense of humor and moments of abject terror.
The story was inspired by true events that occurred to me on a road trip years ago. Greg and I have spent over a year perfecting the script and artwork to create the best storytelling experience possible. The project means a lot to both of us and we are very excited to share it exlusively with our kickstarter supporters.
Jason McNamara is a Xeric award-winning comic book writer and self-publisher. His previous titles include Short-Hand, From Mars with Love, The Martian Confederacy, First Moon, Continuity and Less Than Hero. When he’s not talking about himself in the third person, he’s dressing up like Michael Myers and scaring his neighbors. No really, he does that. See for yourself at Jason-McNamara.com
Greg Hinkle received his Bachelor’s of Fine Arts in Traditional Illustration from the Academy of Art University in San Francisco. After self publishing 3 mini-comics, he was featured as a guest artist in the pages of Image Comics’ GLORY. He is also the artist for the upcoming Image Comics series, AIRBOY, written by James Robinson. Greg lives in the greater Los Angeles area with his wife and dog. hinklehaus.com
The mainstream comic publishing world is geared towards superheroes and licensed properties; an original horror book is a hard sell these days. Rather than spending our time and energy knocking on closed doors, we'd rather spend it reaching our audience directly through Kickstarter.
This approach allows us to fully manage the project and control the way our work is presented. More importantly, it allows us to engage directly with every one of our readers. For creative types like ourselves, that is a huge incentive.
Thanks for your taking a look at our project. If you want to help make the book a reality consider becoming a backer or sharing the project with your social networks. Every pledge, Facebook share and retweet help us get closer to publishing the Rattler. Thank you!
Risks and challenges
The objective of this campaign is to put a copy of the Rattler in your hands ASAP. With that in mind we’ve kept the rewards manageable and realistic. The book is finished and only requires the assets generated from this campaign. We've researched the shipping costs, vetted printers, lined up supplies and have our files ready to go to print. Short of an act of god, we should be able to meet our donors expectations.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
An eagle eyed pledger noticed this was missing from the reward level description. Yes, every pledge of ten dollars or more will receive a digital PDF version of The Rattler. Sorry for any confusion.
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