Why I need your help:
A Film About Billy is my debut novel and is being printed through a small local publisher that can't afford to buy the copies I need for a successful reading tour this fall. With your support I will be able to get this story into the hands of the people who want to read it.
I am using this as an opportunity to experiment with a combination of DIY printmaking and professional bookbinding.
If this Kickstarter is successfully funded, I will make a limited-edition hand screen-printed and letterpress-printed cover here at the Cyberpunk Apocalypse writers' co-op. I will have those covers bound onto the printed volumes by my friends down at CFL Printers in Downtown Pittsburgh to make a really unique book.
About the book:
Synopsis: A Film About Billy is a 252 page hybrid novel that alternates between comics and prose to tell the story of Collin Heart—a 17-year-old editing a documentary about his dead friend during an international suicide epidemic. After high school, Collin leaves the military base where he grew up to work on his film. Collin grapples with personal tragedy, but fails to see his role in the larger threat. He doesn’t connect his family history and his childhood at the base with the odd clips he finds as he sifts through footage of his friend.
Meanwhile the human population is being decimated not by a virus, drug, or cataclysm, but by the cumulative effects of independent decisions made by millions of ordinary people. And while a somewhat numbed Collin resolves to stop the epidemic by simply continuing to live, the actions of a desperate government may kill the last person on earth who really really really doesn’t want to die.
“Dan McCloskey is one of these new creators whose craft and level of talent increases with each successive page. It’s a pleasure to watch him grow right before my eyes.”
Ed Piskor -Brain Rot, Wizzywig
“An honest, scary, and exciting prose/comics hybrid.”
Jim Rugg -The P.L.A.I.N. Janes, Afrodisac, Street Angel
"Dan McCloskey's debut novel is a surprise; a rollercoaster; a caustic, bitter, and honest work. What begins as one boy's journey to make sense of a friend's suicide unravels in unforeseen directions, a paranoid dystopia of shadow governments, rebellion, fragile hope...and horror. With breathless pacing, delirious graphic images and razor-sharp metaphor, McCloskey crafts a deeply human vision of Armageddon that I could not put down."
Elwin Cotman -The Jack Daniels Sessions EP
ABOUT THE GIFTS (that aren't the book):
A Zine About Billy is a mini zine I made to sell on tour two years ago. It's a story of a story, and describes the years I spent writing this book. It details what drove me to write it and the process of starting the Cyberpunk Apocalypse writers' co-op.
Top of the Line is my newest comic. It's like the Flintstones meets Maximum Overdrive... kind of.
Bears in Space is a color mini comic I made with Nate McDonough.
Don't Come Back is a new graphic novel by Nate McDonough that he will be bringing on our tour (his first). It's a psychotropic whirlwind of a book, based loosely on a story I told him about high school.
ABOUT THE TOUR:
The tour will extend from mid-October to mid-November and include most if not all of these locations: Pittsburgh PA, Baltimore MA, Washington DC, Philadelphia PA, Kutztown PA, New York City, New Haven CT, Providence RI, Boston MA, Rochester NY, Buffalo NY, Cleveland OH, 26 Akron OH, Chicago IL, Madison WI, St. Louis MI, Indianapolis IN, Bloomington IN, Columbus OH, Cincinnati OH, and WVU.
Times and dates for these events will be available in the upcoming weeks. If you have interest in attending or hosting a reading or lecture please contact me.
- (35 days)