About this project
Set in the world of the Fae Noir RPG, the comic is a classic post-WWI immigrant tale about a goblin and a troll... featuring the undead and the invasion of Long Island by the creatures of faery.
The Kickstarter is for the first of the Vote Early, Vote Coffin six-issue, all-original story-arc.
And, to celebrate the Kickstarter, we're offering the full Fae Noir tabletop RPG for only $1!
Nero and Darby are recent immigrants to New York City, part of the wave of fae that entered the US after the Great War.
They, and their associates, Franklin Jones and sorceress Agatha Whately, make a living as private investigators, handling the cases that pay too little for fancy agencies like the Pinkertons.
Vote Early, Vote Coffin follows them as they pursue a dangerous case involving black magic during the New York mayoral election of 1921. In flashbacks, Nero and Darby invade Long Island at the behest of the feudal lords of House Do’anu.
The World of Fae Noir
At the height of World War I, the creatures of mythology returned from a self-imposed 500 year exile and tried to knock humanity back to the stone age.
Although mankind had long forgotten the power of magic, their new, terrifying weapons like machine guns and poison gas evened the odds.
Now, it’s the Roaring 20's and everyone wants to forget the horrors of a war that spanned continents and dimensions. But the changes it wrought are not so easily dismissed. Humanity struggles to understand a world of re-awakened magic and folklore come to life. The failed invaders from the lands of faery find themselves adrift in the unfamiliar modern world, living relics of the past. It is an era of jazz and exploration, of art deco and danger; a time when the fists and courage of individuals can determine the course of history.
Meet Our Friends
Name’s Nero. You need something found, you need someone found, I’ve got the nose for it. You want someone watched, that’s fine, but I’m not going to ice anyone for you and I won’t beat anyone up. Unless they deserve it. Cash only. I don’t run tabs. One dollar a day, plus expenses.
Hello tasty hoomans! Me am Darby. I live under the Brooklyn Bridge. People laugh. Which is sad, because then they have accidents sometimes. Oh well! New York is full of accidents. And hoomans.
Name’s Franklin. I live up in Harlem, but working with Nero takes me all over. I met him and Darby back in the War. Didn’t think I’d be palling around with characters from fairy tales, but I guess no one thought that before the Return. With all the veterans on the streets, it’s hard to make a living, but we do okay.
You may call me Miss Whately until we’ve been properly introduced. I recently moved from Boston, and have taken an investigatory positon involving the Thaumaturgic Arts. Although my family is well established in the City on a Hill, I felt the New York environment would be more… salubrious. I’ve dabbled in a number of sorceries, but found the Egyptian to be most hospitable. I don’t need to show you, do I?
Justin Bow has been a fan of comics, roleplaying games and everything geeky for more than 25 years. After years of haunting local game stores, he jumped into game design in 2007, with the launch of Fae Noir from Green Fairy Games. Justin was editor of horror comedy game CandyCreeps and has done freelance writing for a number of small-press companies. In 2014 he successfully Kickstarted his second full-length RPG - Of Gods & Heroes.
In addition to the Fae Noir comic, he is currently working on Fae Noir 2nd Edition.
Ian fancies himself a professional creative person. He sits as the Director of Educational Technology at a private Montessori school in the Milwaukee area where he teaches computer science, game design, animation, and all forms artistic digital media production. His primary training as an artist focused in traditional 2D animation, drawing, and painting. He later studied teaching pedagogy at Vanderbilt, and is a self-taught technology geek. He has worked as a freelance illustrator, designer, writer, and teacher for nearly 10 years. Fae Noir is his first comic book. He lives in Milwaukee, WI with his two children.
I'm a writer - I simply can't do the art for this project. To have the story of Nero and Darby told the way it should be, I need funding to make that art happen, and that's the heart of the budget.
This story can't come to life without your support!
Risks and challenges
The script for the comic has been written for the first six-issue story arc. Ian (the artist) is committed to the project.
I've run a successful roleplaying game Kickstarter previously and published multiple games and other books. I understand what it takes to keep a project on track.
However, as with any project, there is always the risk that an unforeseen catastrophe would mean finding a new artist or extending the timeline for getting the comic in backer hands.
That's one of the reasons we're starting with a single issue - to give ourselves the best capability to get the project together in top form and on time.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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