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1983 - Ten masked maniacs gather in a summer camp for a bizarre contest of murder and mayhem, with prizes awarded for the best kills!
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Cover art - Joseph/Isenberg/Saxon/Calvet
Cover art - Joseph/Isenberg/Saxon/Calvet

WHAT IS SLASHERMANIA?

1983. Troubled teens from New York and Los Angeles are taken to a summer camp facility to be trained as counsellors and mix safely with other people their own age. Little do they know they are being watched by an audience hungry for sex & violence. They are the designated victims for a bizarre contest of murder and mayhem – WELCOME TO SLASHERMANIA!

Masked maniacs from across the USA, Canada, Italy & the UK compete in various categories: Best Male Solo Death! Best Female Solo Death! Coitus Interruptus! Sin Punishment! Most Creative Kill! Biggest Multiple Death! The coveted Slasher of the Year award!

"And the Slashie goes to..."

Slashermania is a 168 page original graphic novel in the tradition of films such as Scream, Behind the Mask: The Rise of Leslie Vernon, The Final Girls and Cabin in the Woods. Functioning both as a tribute to, and an examination of, the eighties slasher movie phenomenon, it’s mostly played straight but with an undercurrent of post-modern self-awareness and some appropriately inappropriate laughs along the way - carefully designed not to undercut the scares.

It should appeal to readers of titles such as Tim Seeley’s Hack/Slash, Williamson/Henderson’s Nailbiter and Alex de Campi’s Grindhouse miniseries.

Art - Camba
Art - Camba

WHO’S RESPONSIBLE FOR THIS?

Russell Hillman – Script

Writer - The Dark of the Forest (Freaktown Comics), Fast and Frightening – A Comic About Roller Derby (Freaktown Comics), Deadly Burlesque (Freaktown Comics)

Editor – Halloween Man (Sugar Skull Media), Hack/Slash vs Halloween Man (Sugar Skull Media/Image Comics)

Ron Joseph – Art

Artist – Nicholas Meyer’s The Seven-Per-Cent Solution (IDW), Rom - Revolution (IDW), Spirit of '77 (Monkeyfun Studios).

Jake Isenberg -Inks

Inks – Transformers (Fun Publications), GI Joe (Fun Publications), The Archivist (Sequential Muse)

CJ Camba – Art

Artist – New Wave Cthulhu for Kids Rule (Loser City), The Vessel Vol. 1 (Approbation Comics)

Harry Saxon – Colours

Colours – Andrew Jackson in Space (Multiversity Comics), Freak Out Squares (Unthank Comics), Rainbow Killers (Bondage Bunny Comics)

Sergio Calvet – Letters

Letterer – Halloween Man (Sugar Skull Media), The Dark of the Forest (Freaktown Comics), Fast and Frightening – A Comic About Roller Derby (Freaktown Comics), Deadly Burlesque (Freaktown Comics)

Want to know more? Download the free preview here:

https://drive.google.com/file/d/0BzHgNtYoy0TpZy1MRFRCOXVZM1E/view?usp=sharing

Also included is a 12-page pin-up section, featuring work by the best artists in the world of indie and alternative comics. Who actually answered my emails. And were available. And that I could afford. Artists such as Arfon Jones, Phil Buckenham, Dennis Booth, Agustin Calcagno and more...

RETAILER OPTIONS AVAILABLE ON REQUEST.

WHAT ARE YOU GOING TO DO WITH ALL THAT MONEY?

The art is already covered. I’m going to give a big chunk of it to a printing firm, a smaller chunk to the pin-up artists and a final chunk to the Post Office. You’ll all have books, and we’ll all be happy. Anything left over will go towards the next Freaktown Comics project, though I may buy myself a pack of crisps too. Nothing fancy, just Salt & Vinegar flavour. Probably Walkers.

Art - Joseph/Isenberg/Saxon/Calvet
Art - Joseph/Isenberg/Saxon/Calvet

SPECIFICATIONS 162mm x 240mm Flat Cover with spine - 4/4 – 300gsm Silk Gloss Laminate outer 168pp Content – 4/4 – 130gsm Silk Perfect Bind

WHY SHOULD I HELP YOU?

Because we asked nicely. Because you want to support independent creators. Because it costs a lot of money to put together something like this. Because you want to read the book. Because you’re lovely.

Risks and challenges

The book may not be finished on time. I think I’ve accounted for potential delays, but life has a habit of getting in the way of that sort of thing.

We might not get full funding. Comics are a niche product, with a limited appeal. Self-published slasher horror OGNs by people you haven’t heard of? Niche within niche within niche. If that happens, we’ll be digital only for a while, until I can sort out something else. Either way, this is happening.

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    THANK YOU

    Maybe you don't want to buy the book, but you want to support one or more of the creators.

    Or maybe you want to support indie comics.

    Or you're just a lovely person.

    This is the option for you. You'll get added to the thanks list in the trade, and you'll receive our eternal gratitude. Literally eternal, in the year 81652, when the human race has evolved into floating telepathic brains who eat the breeze and poop ice cubes, our ghosts will haunt the ruins of the world and we'll STILL be grateful.

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    PDF COPY OF THE COMPLETED BOOK

    Want to read Slashermania on your personal electronic reading device? Don't want to bother with postage? Released the same day as the TPB version, but without any of that dated actual-possession-of-physical-objects stuff your Grandparents insist upon. Luddites!

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    PDF BOOK + PDF SCRIPT/PENCILS

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    SLASHERMANIA - THE BOOK

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    FREAKTOWN COMICS - THE COLLECTION

    As above, but with added back catalogue. You'll receive digital versions of The Dark of The Forest, Deadly Burlesque and Fast and Frightening - A Comic About Roller Derby.

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    THE GALLERY

    Everything above, plus a set of 13 art cards (aka postcards) featuring the cover and all 12 pin-ups from the poster gallery!

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    FREAKTOWN COMICS - LET'S GET PHYSICAL!

    Everything above, plus actual physical copies of the Freaktown Comics back catalogue listed above.

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