THE DESIGNATED HITTER
THE DESIGNATED HITTER
A baseball player becomes a pawn in a battle between supernatural forces—a comic book in nine "innings."
A baseball player becomes a pawn in a battle between supernatural forces—a comic book in nine "innings." Read more
THE DESIGNATED HITTER is a nine-part comic book series about the horrifying summer of minor league baseball player Tommy Cleese. Tommy is a brash young slugger taken in baseball's June draft and sent to Single-A ball in Fairhaven, Colo. In his first game, Tommy takes a fastball to the head and almost goes to that great disabled list in the sky.
In the weeks that follow, Tommy struggles to get back into the lineup—only to discover that his injury has given him strange new powers. Tommy will put them to use at the plate, but as the season careens toward the Rocky Mountain League playoffs, Tommy will discover that his powers are only part of the bargain. The more he uses them, the more he'll become a pawn in a horrifying battle between good and evil.
Each issue of THE DESIGNATED HITTER will take us deeper into the mystery of the Fairhaven Farmhands and the rest of the Rocky Mountain League. Who is pitcher Nick Wridge of the Morton Miners? Why did the skinny left-hander almost kill Tommy on Opening Night? What are Tommy's strange new powers, which will help him turn baseball into a child's game?
Each of the nine issues—or, "innings"—will set the table for Tommy Cleese and Nick Wridge's apocalyptic showdown in the season's final game. Over the course of our nine part story, readers will experience a nightmare season of baseball and horror on the high plains.
Boston-area artist Brian Bicknell and I have Inning 1 in the bag. It's 28-pages long and it turned out great. Now we're ready to start Inning 2. Supporting THE DESIGNATED HITTER will allow us to bring Tommy Cleese's season to the page, starting with the second issue.
Our supporters can choose copies of Innings 1 and 2 (when we're finished with the latter, June at the latest), along with posters and other DH swag. So let's play ball!
We put a lot of love and care into THE DESIGNATED HITTER, from the script all the way to the inside pages. If you get the print edition as one of your rewards, your comic will come to you bagged and boarded to ensure that it's minty fresh.
Risks and challenges
We're going to keep our goals modest for this issue of THE DESIGNATED HITTER. We've got eight more "innings" to complete, and our fundraising will be used to pay for each one, plus printing costs and rewards.
The DH is based on a short story that I wrote and published in 2013; even though I'm going to tinker with the story for this comic, I know where it's headed. Short-term, I've completed the Inning 2 script. My story is equal parts action-packed, hilarious, and terrifying. It's gonna be a fun ride. We just need your support so that we can draw and publish this second installment of THE DESIGNATED HITTER.
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