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What if Benjamin Franklin, not Victor Frankenstein, created The Monster?
What if Benjamin Franklin, not Victor Frankenstein, created The Monster?
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                                        ENGLAND, 1998

THE BODIES OF 4 ADULTS AND 6 CHILDREN ARE EXHUMED BENEATH THE FORMER RESIDENCE OF PUBLISHER, AMBASSADOR, INVENTOR AND AMERICAN PATRIOT BENJAMIN FRANKLIN, UNCOVERING A 234 YEAR-OLD MYSTERY THAT HAS REMAINED BURIED IN THE EARTH-

                                           UNTIL NOW...

Franklinstein: 36 Craven St. #1 art by Azim Akberali
Franklinstein: 36 Craven St. #1 art by Azim Akberali

Welcome to the Kickstarter campaign for Franklinstein: 36 Craven St. #1.  It's been many years in the making, and I'm truly grateful that you've taken the opportunity to spend some time here. Issue #1 is still in development, but with your help I hope to fully resurrect this long awaited debut, and ultimately bring the Franklinstein project to life!

THE STORY________________________________________________

The main plot of our story is set in 1774, two years before the start of The Revolutionary War. Politician and inventor Benjamin Franklin is the American Ambassador to England, and has taken up residence in London.

Franklin lives at 36 Craven Street with his protégé William Hewson; a brilliant young surgeon, Hewson’s wife Polly, and the owner of the home; Mrs. Stevenson, Polly’s mother.

As was a morbid yet necessary custom of the time, human remains were often stolen immediately after burial by grave robbers. These grave robbers, men called Resurrectionists, would sell bodies to the medical community for anatomical research. William Hewson was one such buyer, and for a time he ran his own private medical school out of the basement of 36 Craven Street.

But when exposure to a cadaver causes William to contract a fatal blood disease, he turns to Ben, the one man brilliant enough to cheat death itself, but death it would seem, has a much darker fate in store for the residents of 36 Craven St....

What if Ben Franklin, not Victor Frankenstein, created The Monster?

ORIGINS____________________________________________________

Presented here is the original mini-comic/ashcan released in 2008....

Franklinstein: 36 Craven St. mini-comic cover art by Dave Watt
Franklinstein: 36 Craven St. mini-comic cover art by Dave Watt

Franklinstein: 36 Craven St. #1

PREVIEW PAGES____________________________________

Here's a rough copy/sneak peak at the first 5 pages of Issue #1 with art by Franklinstein artist Tom Szalkai.

Creator

Hi. My name is Dave Arhar. I’m the self- publisher of the comic book imprint Penny Dreadful Press, as well as the writer and creator of Franklinstein: 36 Craven St. Welcome, and thank you for taking the time to peruse my latest venture!

PDP officially began its foray into the wild world of comic books as a mini-comic on Free Comic Book Day 2007 with the introduction of my 7 page short story ‘Fool Moon’. Franklinstein’s creation came soon after, and was introduced in a similar mini-comic book format. Like its predecessor, Franklinstein generated a fairly good amount of positive feedback, before ultimately disappearing into obscurity.

History

Sometimes ideas arrive in a flash. Sometimes the spark comes later, built off a fragment of inspiration.

One dreary Ohio afternoon, soon after I published my first two full length comics; the anthology of “broken hearts and bloodcurdling horrors” called ‘Gothic Romance’ and my occult satire ‘The Faustians’ (a support group for people who sold their souls to The Devil), I was watching a documentary on grave robbing while the local weather patterns began to rock my home. Outside, the sound of rain poured over the interior of the room as its accompanying thunderstorm shook the rafters, ever threating to knock out my electricity, leaving me and mine vulnerable to the encroaching dark. Suddenly, like a bolt from the blue, an old bit of esoteric history I had squirreled away from my days of reading speculative history fused together with not only what I was watching, but with one of the greatest tales of fiction ever told. I was jolted. I had found the spark.

Mini-Comic to the Present

It’s been a long, rough road to get to this place, but it’s never deterred my love for the material. After I conceived and released a movie trailer style mini-comic to preview my newly minted book, (with the help of talented folks like Paul Shultz, Dave Watt, John Hodges, and Jay Fife) Franklinstein’s promise seemed to quickly slip away. Personal and professional events thwarted my best efforts to realize my vision.Creative teams fell apart in rapid succession. I had a heart attack at 39 years old.

I had to ask myself; maybe my monster wasn’t meant to be?

That all changed when I first contacted Tom Szalakai. Finally, I knew I had found the artist I was looking for all those years, and where we needed to take Franklinstein next.

And so that brings me to you.

I have built this monster called Franklinstein. He’s on the table and all that energy that first manifested his existence on that strange Ohio afternoon is still crackle-sparking through my fingertips as I ready myself to hit the switch, and pull the lever. Monster and creator;we’ve both survived. But there is one last thing-one last component to complete his creation in the manner in which any true abomination of nature should be built…with a piece of all of you! Mwha-ha-ha!!

I need you to help me build a monster…a creature of the imagination. I hope you’ll like the rewards Penny Dreadful Press is prepared to offer you in return for your part in this macabre undertaking- from personalized comics and posters, to hardcover books and even an opportunity to have a character named after you- I hope to say to each and every last one of you, “Welcome to The Franklinstein Family!”.

The Campaign______________________________________________

The campaign for Franklinstein: 36 Craven St. will officially end on November 31st, 2015. The goal of this campaign is to fully fund issue #1 by paying for its production and distribution. If we achieve our additional stretch goals, we will be publishing and printing issues #2 and #3, all 3 issues of the first story arch. More on that subject...

Stretch Goals_______________________________________________

While Penny Dreadful Press would be completely overwhelmed with joy if Franklinstein: 36 Craven St. #1 was to receive 100% funding ($1300), we would love to have the opportunity to enhance your Franklinstein experience by upgrading your package should funding exceed our original goal. Therefore, our stretch goals in such instances are as follows…

*$2400…anyone who has purchased the 36 Craven St. package ($36)or higher will automatically receive 2 free copies of issue #2, one digital, and one printed to be shipped upon completion.

**$3600…anyone who has purchased the 36 Craven St. package ($36) or higher will automatically receive 2 free copies of both issue #2 and #3; digital, and printed, shipped to you upon completion.

Thanks for taking the time to explore these incentives, and feel free to ask any questions you may have about the campaign, the rewards, or the comic book monster you are helping us create!

Art by Paul Shultz
Art by Paul Shultz

Risks and challenges

There are always challenges when producing and coordinating the creation of any project, but I'm not a stranger to adversity. With so many initial setbacks in getting this book off the ground, I've come to realize that challenges, however difficult, are just a part of the process when you're creating something you truly care about.

I'm completely devoted to this project and dedicated to bringing my best to those who appreciate what I do, and want to see this journey through with me.

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    Genghis Con/ Kickstarter Mini-Comic Exclusive. Available only at the 2015 show in Lakewood, Ohio, and to all kickstarter supporters. We're offering a 2 Page prolog to the main comic printed and signed by Franklinstein creator Dave Arhar.

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    KITE & KEY:

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    WIND & RAIN:

    We'll send you the exclusive mini-comic, and the personalized postcard with an original sketch by Franklinstein creator Dave Arhar and your very own copy of issue #1

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    THE THUNDER:

    You'll get the mini-comic, the personalized postcard with the sketch, Issue #1, and we'll also send you a digital copy (pdf) of Issue #1

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    THE LIGHTNING:

    All of the above with an additional digital copy (pdf) of the original out of print Franklinstein mini-comic

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    THE STORM:

    You'll receive the postcard with the sketch, digital copy of Issue #1, digital copy of the mini-comic, and your very own printed copy of Issue #1 signed by Franklinstein creator Dave Arhar. You will also be listed in the credits of the comic as a founding member of The Franklinstein Army

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    36 CRAVEN ST.:

    All of the above with a signed print of the original mini-comic cover **(See our stretch goals for additional offers for every 36 Craven St. package!)

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    THE TEMPEST:

    All of the above with an additional signed print featuring the alternate mini-comic cover

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    THE LIGHTNING ROD:

    All of the above with a 3rd print; an exclusive signed and numbered limited edition print of the cover to issue #1

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    THE THUNDERSTRIKE:

    All of the above with a one of a kind 3x5 original sketch by Franklinstein creator Dave Arhar, featuring an exclusive sneak peek of the face of The Monster before it’s revealed.

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    THE MONSTER:

    All of the above but we’ll upgrade your copy of Issue #1 to a signed limited edition hardcover, exclusive only to this campaign

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    THE FOUNDING FATHER:

    All of the above, the whole enchilada, from the hardcover book down to the personalized postcard, but as a Founding Father, you will be anointed above all others, bathed in the ether glow of the lightning of creation. As an upgrade to The Monster package, and in honor of your stature, you will receive exclusive offers from PDP including sneak peaks at future projects. We will name a character after you that will be featured in Issue #1. You will be given the official title of “Founding Father (or Mother)” and will receive your very own certificate proclaiming you to be one of the original founders of the Penny Dreadful Press’ Tomb Shadow Society, as well as a founding member of PDP’s Franklinstein Family.

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