About this project
Any pledges of $15 or more OVER a standard reward level get a signed copy of issue #1 when it comes out from the publisher! You can also choose the $15 PRINTED #1 ONLY offer if you JUST want the signed #1.
The next 20 backers that upgrade for $15 or more (see above) ALSO get a signed, numbered print of Zoey drawn by the incredible Terry Moore! Get them while they last!
For a GREAT review of Vol. 1, check out GEEK QUALITY!
Here are some samples from the first volume, to give you an idea of what to expect if you're new to the series:
Some people become killers.
Zoey was born that way.
Ever since she can remember, Zoey Aarons has felt the urge to kill. For eighteen years she resisted those urges and fought to be someone better than her base instincts would allow. In a moment of weakness and anger, however, she let go and took a life. That hazy Seattle summer day still haunts her, and as she begins college far away from home, she's afraid that she will kill again.
She's right to be afraid.
Instead of leaving that fateful day behind her and starting a new life as a college freshman, Zoey's about to be tested and face temptation in ways far greater than she could ever imagine. The prestigious women's college that she's attending on a full academic scholarship is in Cutter's Circle, California, and Cutter's Circle has a dirty little secret: it has the highest population of serial killers in the country. The town is up to its proverbial severed head in murderers.
In the aftermath of the events of issue #3, Zoey is finding her struggle with her urges even more difficult. Complicated by living with three total strangers as roommates, she's on track to kill for the second time. And what of the other killers in town? One in particular will soon cross her path in a way she least expects.
Creator Larime Taylor grew up on the deadpan humor of eighties cult classic Heathers, the quirky absurdism of Edward Scissorhands, and far too many bad slasher flicks. Mixing tongue-in-cheek black comedy with gritty drama and suspense, his resulting creation proudly wears its influences on its sleeve. He writes, draws, tones, and letters the book himself.
The first new issue (#4 of the whole series, but first of this 5-issue arc) should be done and delivered as a PDF by the end of July. The fifth part (#8) would be done by the end of November. The collected PDF trade with all the bonus content would follow in December.
I work at the rate of 1-2 FINISHED pages a day - #3, which was 20 pages, was done in 15 days. I'm fast. There SHOULD be no problem in meeting these deadlines.
The video, an excerpt from a documentary I'm in called THE INDEPENDENTS, sums up the story and who I am much better than I can, here, typing with a stick in my mouth! I'm a disabled cartoonist trying to get off of assistance and out of poverty by using the only real skills I have - my art and my storytelling.
This is to fund the second storyarc (5 issues, 21 pages each) and, hopefully, beyond. When I mention Kickstarter in the video, that refers to my first 3-issue storyarc, originally called DARK ZOEY. It's finished and all 3 issues are ready to read, as is the collected trade, but only in digital form. I'm now in the final stages of getting the trades printed and shipped to the backers. If you're new to the series, you'll want to choose a NEWCOMER Reward, which includes the PDFs of the first storyarc..
Due to shipping costs (which FAR outweigh printing), I'm only shooting for digital for THIS Kickstarter, unless I'm very successful.
Please help spread the word, even if you can't pledge - Tumblr and Twitter help boost the signal!
Please note that all NEWCOMER rewards are $5 more because they contain issues #1-#3 - the focus of the previous Kickstarter - and therefore have more content. If you're new to the series, you'll want to know what's going on!
SPECIAL GUEST ARTISTS
You can see the first three already over in the rewards section - Terry Moore of STRANGERS IN PARADISE and most recently RACHEL RISING, Jimmie Robinson of BOMB QUEEN and FIVE WEAPONS, Blair Shedd of DOCTOR WHO and THE RAPTOR, and Amanda Conner of POWER GIRL. They're each contributing an original sketch of Zoey, which will also be included as bonus content in the trade. Chandra Free of GOD MACHINE has agreed to contribute a sketch of Ash.
Tim Bradstreet is doing a cover that will only be on the trade.
The trade will also contain backup stories written by B Clay Moore of HAWAIIAN DICK and BAD KARMA, Michael Moreci of HOAX HUNTERS, Vince Hernandez of CHARISMAGIC and EXECUTIVE ASSISTANT ASSASSINS, and former Milestone and DC editor Joe Illidge.
There are more being lined up, and I'll be adding new Rewards as I confirm them. I'm really excited, and I think you will be, too!
I draw digitally now for the most part as it gives me much more freedom that my disability denies me when I use pen or pencil on paper. That said, I know some of you really prefer the original work on paper, one-of-a-kind, and so I'm willing to do that as well. It just takes longer and is more physically demanding, so it costs more. Here is a sample of my caricature work (digital, originals on paper will be more 'raw'):
As I work digitally, I don't have 'original' pages of comic art to sell. So I improvised. I'm doing ONE art-board-sized print of the line art of EVERY page I draw, complete with bleed guides and boundaries, and printing it out, signed and dated, in black with blue guidelines, and will mouth-shade them with blue pencil to give them an authentic comic-board feel. Pages are offered on a first-served basis.
Risks and challenges
There should be relatively few challenges beyond the basic creation of content, since there's not likely to be any printing costs. This is my second comics Kickstarter, and I learned a LOT on the first one, getting the bugs out and building from my mistakes.
I have been and will continue to be vocal, up-front, and honest in updating you on my progress and working out solutions to any problems that do arise.
There IS a potential that I may become swamped with caricatures and portraits. In the event that I am, I will keep you all updated on when yours is coming and what delays there might be.
I have a history of transparency and honesty here, and will do everything in my power to keep it that way!Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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