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MURDER AT THE HOLLYWOOD HOTEL is not a comic book, not a graphic novel, but a lavishly illustrated story set in Hollywood's early years
MURDER AT THE HOLLYWOOD HOTEL is not a comic book, not a graphic novel, but a lavishly illustrated story set in Hollywood's early years
226 backers pledged $9,228 to help bring this project to life.

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Thanks to many generous supporters, we've been able to publish three graphic novels as a result of crowd funding. This will be Rick's fourth and it is rooted in the murder genre for which he is best known.  It is an 8 x 10", 56 page, black and white hardcover graphic novel. You can see from the samples that it is meticulously illustrated.

Funds raised with this campaign will go toward publication and shipping expenses associated with this book. Rick is a veteran of the comic and publishing industry for more than 35 years. His previous works continue to be strong sellers as he has been nominated for and won numerous industry awards. Rick's most recent release is a fictitious story, titled, "Louise Brooks, Detective" published by NBM.

Stretch goal added for $10,000

If we reach a total of $10,000, everyone who purchases at the $20 book level and above will receive this full color bookmark designed specifically for this campaign. Below is the pencil art.
Pencil art for the stretch goal bookmark.
Pencil art for the stretch goal bookmark.
 
Bookplate pencil art
Bookplate pencil art
Examples of past commissions.
Examples of past commissions.
Example from the portrait level.
Example from the portrait level.
Covers from Book of Murder and The Lampoon Years.
Covers from Book of Murder and The Lampoon Years.
Here's an example of Be a Part of the Book. You'll receive the original art and a copy of the book. This is from the Elwell Enigma book.
Here's an example of Be a Part of the Book. You'll receive the original art and a copy of the book. This is from the Elwell Enigma book.
A few pages from the graphic novel.
A few pages from the graphic novel.

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    LOYAL SUPPORTER LEVEL: You will receive the Hollywood Hotel 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 PRINTED GRAPHIC NOVEL: You'll receive a signed copy of the book that includes a signed bookplate print just for this project, plus the postcard with a personal thank you from Rick.

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    DELUXE GRAPHIC NOVEL: Rick will draw a character sketch of his choice into the book. You'll also get the bookplate and postcard.

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    RICK GEARY BOOK COLLECTION - You'll receive the Hollywood Hotel book, plus Rick's self published, 'Lampoon Years' an 84 page softcover collection of his National Lampoon work and his 'Book of Murder' 86 page softcover collection of short murder stories.

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    KICKSTARTER BOOK COLLECTION - You'll receive the Hollywood Hotel book, plus Rick's previous Kickstarter funded books, The Elwell Enigma, The Obama Alphabet and The True Death of Billy the Kid.

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    HOMETOWN PRESS BOOK COLLECTION - You'll receive the Hollywood Hotel book, The Elwell Enigma, The Obama Alphabet, Billy the Kid, plus Rick's self published, 'Lampoon Years' an 84 page softcover collection of his National Lampoon work and his 'Book of Murder' 86 page softcover collection of short murder stories.

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    ORIGINAL BOOKPLATE ART - You will receive the original black and white art for the bookplate, plus a signed copy of the book with the bookplate and postcard.

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    ORIGINAL BOOKMARK ART - You will receive the original black and white art for both sides of the bookmark, plus a signed copy of the book with the bookplate and postcard.

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

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    COMMISSION AN ORIGINAL FROM RICK - At this level, you will receive a copy of the book, the bookplate plus your choice of a commissioned work of art from Rick. You can see samples of them elsewhere in this project.

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    ORIGINAL ART: You will get a page of original art from the book on a first come, first serve basis, plus the book, bookplate and postcard.

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    COVER ART LEVEL - You can purchase the original black and white cover art to go with your copy of the book, postcard and bookplate that is included at this level.

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    BE PART OF THE STORY - Here's an opportunity to appear as a vintage Hollywood character in the printed graphic novel. Your likeness will be drawn and published into the book as one of the characters on a page. The book, bookplate and postcard is 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 5 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 with the bookplate and postcard. We will only make one of these available.

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Funding period

- (30 days)