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Christopher BlairBy Christopher Blair
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Christopher BlairBy Christopher Blair
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Tommy Cleese's biggest fan: Tommy Cleese
Tommy Cleese's biggest fan: Tommy Cleese

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. 

Tommy's terrible, horrible, no good, very bad day at the plate
Tommy's terrible, horrible, no good, very bad day at the plate

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. 

Cover art for "The Designated Hitter: Inning 1"
Cover art for "The Designated Hitter: Inning 1"

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? 

Nick Wridge: middle reliever, left-hander, awful dude
Nick Wridge: middle reliever, left-hander, awful dude

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! 

Tommy Cleese, hero of "The Designated Hitter"
Tommy Cleese, hero of "The Designated Hitter"

 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.

"The Designated Hitter: Inning 1"
"The Designated Hitter: Inning 1"
"The Designated Hitter: Inning 1"
"The Designated Hitter: Inning 1"

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.

So step up to the plate ... if you dare.

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    Walk

    Good eye! You'll need it ... to enjoy your digital edition of "The Designated Hitter: Inning 1."

    NOTE: All backers at all levels will be thanked on the comics' acknowledgements pages (unless they choose not to be).

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    Single to Left

    Base hit! You could be a player in this league!

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    Double Off the Wall

    Two-bagger! All that BP is paying off. Two comic books for you, plus a PDF of "The Designated Hitter," the short story that started it all.

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    • Print issue of "THE DESIGNATED HITTER: Inning 2" (June 2018)
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    Triple—To the Corner in Right

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    SPECIAL: Inside the Park Home Run

    You sure got wheels, son... plus, the centerfielder stepped on a windblown hotdog wrapper and tore his ACL. Doesn't matter! You did good. This is a special tier: You'll get print editions of Innings 1 and 2, PLUS an autographed 18-by-24 inch poster of "The Designated Hitter: Inning 1" cover, suitable for framing, shipped separately and FREE in the US.

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    • Print issue of "THE DESIGNATED HITTER: Inning 1"
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    • 18"x24" poster of THE DH cover, signed by Chris and Brian
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    Homer to Deep Center

    You went "yahd," kid! Touch all four bases... and four great rewards, one of which is seeing your name and favorite jersey number on the back of a Rocky Mountain League player in a future issue.

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    • Print issue of "THE DESIGNATED HITTER: Inning 1"
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    Grand Slam—Outta the Park

    All the great DH swag your teammates got—shipped FREE—PLUS we put YOU in a future edition of "The Designated Hitter" as a player in the Rocky Mountain League; not just your name on a jersey... you! We've got eight teams, with eight more issues of "The Designated Hitter" to go, and we're pretty sure a roster spot will open up for you. Your role may be on the field. It may be in the stands, or in one of the league's little towns that Tommy moves through in his creepy season of supernatural baseball. You may not get a speaking part, and it's not going to get you an Oscar either way, but you'll know it's you. And you can tell your friends that for one shining moment, you were in the game. And to prove it, you'll get the issue you appear in, PLUS a digital print of your page, signed by Chris and Brian. Did we mention that all of this comes with free shipping?

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    • Print issue of "THE DESIGNATED HITTER: Inning 2" (June 2018)
    • A bit part in a future edition of "The DH."
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