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The first in a new series of true crime graphic novels that will tell the stories of the 20th Century's "classic" murder cases.
206 backers pledged $9,773 to help bring this project to life.

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Pencilled pages from the mini comic.
Pencilled pages from the mini comic.

$7,500 Stretch Goal!

If we reach the $7,500 mark, everyone at the physical book level and above will receive the 8-page mini comic, 'Sunday at the Necropolis', created just for this project.

About the book

"Chester & Grace: The Adirondack Murder" is the first in a new series of true crime graphic novels that will tell the stories of the 20th Century's "classic" murder cases.

This initial volume will be published in a small format (6"x9"), softcover, 92 pages, with one or two illustrations per page, and in FULL COLOR.

"Chester & Grace" is a story of love gone wrong. In the summer of 1906, young Chester Gillette drowned his pregnant girlfriend, Grace Brown, at Big Moose Lake in upper New York State. This is the true case that inspired Theodore Dreiser's novel An American Tragedy and the later film "A Place in the Sun."

The postcard, included in most reward levels.
The postcard, included in most reward levels.
A few examples of past commissions.
A few examples of past commissions.
A sample portrait from that reward level.
A sample portrait from that reward level.
An example of a backer being drawing into the story.
An example of a backer being drawing into the story.
Actuals pages from the graphic novel.
Actuals pages from the graphic novel.

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    LOYAL SUPPORTER

    You will receive the Adirondack postcard from Rick, with a personal thank you for your support. This card contains the cover image of the graphic novel.

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    DIGITAL VERSION

    The digital version of the book. You'll receive a pdf that you can view on your computer or other digital device.

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    THE GRAPHIC NOVEL

    You'll receive a signed copy of the book, plus the postcard with a personal message from Rick.

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    DELUXE GRAPHIC NOVEL

    Signed copy, postcard with personal message, separate drawing on 6"x9" card.

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    ORIGINAL POSTCARD ART

    You will receive the original full color art for the postcard, plus a signed copy of the book and the postcard.

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    YOUR PORTRAIT

    Rick will draw a 9"x12" portrait of you in period garb, much like the characters you'll see in the graphic novel. You'll also receive the book and postcard.

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    COMMISSION AN ORIGINAL

    At this level, you will receive a copy of the book, your choice of a commissioned work of art from Rick and the postcard. You can see samples of them elsewhere in this project.

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    ORIGINAL ART FROM THE BOOK

    You will get a page of original art from the book on a first come, first serve basis, plus the book and postcard. The original art from this book is hand-colored by Rick.

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    BE PART OF THE STORY

    Here's your opportunity to appear as a character in the printed graphic novel. Your likeness will be drawn and published into the book as one of the characters on a page. You also have the option to purchase the page with your likeness for an additional $150 on your pledge. The book and postcard are also included at this level.

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    STAR IN YOUR OWN STORY

    At this level, you will be the lead character in a 4 page crime story that Rick will write and draw. This is a rare opportunity to star in your own story. You will receive the original art, plus a signed copy of the book and the postcard. We will only make one of these available.

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Funding period

- (30 days)