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Stephen thought he'd never hear his lover's voice again. Until she spoke to him through a dead man. A Kickstarter exclusive.
Stephen thought he'd never hear his lover's voice again. Until she spoke to him through a dead man. A Kickstarter exclusive.
390 backers pledged $16,237 to help bring this project to life.

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"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 

Jason Tabrys from Nerd Bastards interviews Jason and Greg.

Sonia Harris from Comic Book Resources interviews Jason about The Rattler and the Kickstarter campaign to publish it. 

Oscar Russel from We The Nerdy interviews Jason and Greg about how they created The Rattler. 

Scott Stewart of NerdSpan interviews Jason McNamara about The Rattler and the Kickstarter campaign.

JK Parkin of Robot 6 interviews Jason and Greg about The Rattler and their Kickstarter campaign.

Jason and Greg appear on the Death of Comics Podcast. 

Jason interviewed on the Two Page Spread

Comics Alliance Profiles The Rattler

Jason shares the true story behind The Rattler in an exclusive essay for Bleeding Cool.

Jason appears on the Story Craft Podcast 

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.

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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!

Original Art available as Add On
Original Art available as Add On
             
Cover to the Rattler and Rattler PDF
Cover to the Rattler and Rattler PDF
Vintage Prismatic Foil Sticker
Vintage Prismatic Foil Sticker
Character from Postcard set.
Character from Postcard set.
Exclusive 10 inch print
Exclusive 10 inch print
Exclusive 16*24 inch poster. Limited to 25.
Exclusive 16*24 inch poster. Limited to 25.

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.

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  • 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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    PEEPING TOM. You like to watch and that’s okay! We appreciate the support and can make that cabbage go a long way.

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    SOCIAL MISCREANT. Are they screening your mail in the big house? No worries, we’ll send you a PDF version of The Rattler for your personal digital perusal.

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    STRANGLER. You work best with your hands and we’re going to put something in them. At this level you're getting a copy of The Rattler, signed by Jason McNamara, and the awesome prismatic sticker shipped to your door and you will be listed as an accomplice in the book. Try not to get carpal tunnel syndrome between now and then.

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    MANSLAUGHTER. You didn't mean to kill them and we believe you; it happens to us all the time. For your troubles you'll receive a copy of The Rattler, signed by Jason McNamara, a set of ten horror character postcards illustrated by Greg Hinkle, the prismatic sticker, the PDF version, and you'll be listed as an accomplice in the book. Just be careful who you send those postcards to.

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    DOUBLE JEOPARDY. If you're going to do the crime you might as well do it twice. Pledge at this level to receive two copies of The Rattler signed by Jason, two copies of the Prismatic sticker and a digital PDF copy of the Rattler.

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    SHOPLIFTER. Five copies of The Rattler, a small promotional poster and a PDF version if you can prove your credentials as a comic retailer. We'll ship the books, and the poster, directly to your shop and finger your business as a co-conspirator in the book. U.S. RETAILERS ONLY.

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    LUNATIC. You kill for thrills and as long as you’re pledging who are we to judge? For your dastardly deeds you will be rewarded with a numbered copy of The Rattler (limited to 100) signed by both Jason McNamara and Greg Hinkle, the exclusive 6.65*10 inch print, the prismatic sticker, all ten of Greg's horror character postcards, and your name will be listed in the book as a co-conspirator. Beats life in the cooler.

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    BUTCHER. You will receive an original Greg Hinkle character sketch in your copy of The Rattler along with the exclusive 6.65*10 inch print, the prismatic sticker, the postcard set and the PDF. Greg's original sketch will make your copy of The Rattler a valuable piece of art you can one day sell to mount your legal defense.

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    MANIAC. To temporarily sate your unquenchable desires we offer you a beautiful 16*24 inch poster-sized print. Printed on textured art paper, signed and numbered by Greg, this illustration was created exclusively for this reward and is strictly limited to twenty-five copies. In addition to this framable piece of bad-assery, you will receive a copy of The Rattler, signed by Jason, the 6.65*10 inch print, the prismatic sticker, the postcard set and the digital PDF. NOTE: The poster print will ship separately.

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    LYNCH MOB. For enforcing your own sweet brand of justice you'll be rewarded with an Associate Producer credit in the book alongside Greg’s artistic interpretation of your severed head and your Twitter handle. You will receive the original artwork of your head (5*7 inches), a grey-scaled digital version for your own lifetime personal use, one of the limited edition signed and numbered copies of The Rattler, the exclusive print, the prismatic sticker, Greg's horror character postcard set and, most likely, rope burn.

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    POISONER. Jason and his wife Phoenix will welcome you and a guest into their Bay Area California home for a private multi-course meal. We can talk about comics, horror movies or the Ramones (those are your options). You will run screaming from the McNamara compound clutching signed copies of The Rattler, The Martian Confederacy, From Mars With Love, Continuity, Short-Hand and your leftovers. Additionally, you will be listed in the book as a co-conspirator. Transportation is not provided. 21 and over, please.

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    THE BOOGEYMAN.

    Your fiendish visage will be immortalized with a full-page Executive Producer Credit. Greg will draw your blood-drenched likeness and you can even include a Twitter handle or website of your choice.

    You will receive Greg’s original art (11*14 inches) depicting you, the color digital version for your own lifetime personal use, the first signed and numbered copy of The Rattler, the exclusive 6.65* 10 inch print, the prismatic sticker, the digital PDF, the postcard set and our eternal gratitude for not killing us when you had the chance.

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