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This hardcover graphic novel covers the 1920 unsolved murder of author and bridge expert, Joseph Elwell.
This hardcover graphic novel covers the 1920 unsolved murder of author and bridge expert, Joseph Elwell.
245 backers pledged $11,625 to help bring this project to life.

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Rick Geary's first self published graphic novel!

For the first time ever, Rick is self publishing a hardcover graphic novel with your help. The funds raised for this will pay for all printing and shipping expenses associated with this new endeavor.  This project has no effect on Rick's continuing work on the Treasury of Murder series for NBM Publishing. Rick's past work has included a series of unsolved murder graphic novels for NBM, some of which have been nominated for Eisner awards.  He is a 35 year, award winning veteran in the comics industry whose work has been published by every major comics publisher. Below are some images from this upcoming novel.

STRETCH GOALS ADDED!

Full color bookmark.
Full color bookmark.
Pencil art for the full color bookmark.
Pencil art for the full color bookmark.

This bookmark will be created specifically for this book and added to all pledges that include the book ($20 and above).  Picture coming soon!

Ebook of murder short stories.
Ebook of murder short stories.

At this level, everyone at $10 and above will receive a collection of Rick's murder short stories in pdf format.

The cover from the printed graphic novel.
The cover from the printed graphic novel.
A few pages from the book.
A few pages from the book.

Reward Tiers:

Here are some of the rewards you'll receive at various levels.

A few of the assortment of postcards available with your support.
A few of the assortment of postcards available with your support.
Have yourself drawn as a character in the book.
Have yourself drawn as a character in the book.
The black and white cover art.
The black and white cover art.
Art for the bookplate.
Art for the bookplate.
The victim, Joseph Elwell.
The victim, Joseph Elwell.
Elwell was known as a ladies' man.
Elwell was known as a ladies' man.

Risks and challenges

The biggest challenge will be writing and illustrating the book. All of the writing and all but 20 pages of art are complete. A printing schedule has already been established with the printer to meet the project schedule.

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    LOYAL SUPPORTER LEVEL: You will receive a postcard from Rick, with a personal thank you for your support. The card will be a random selection of one of Rick's previously published postcards.

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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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    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: You will receive the black and white original of the cover art. It includes the drawing with lettering and border. The book, bookplate and postcard are also included with this level.

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    EXPERIENCE THE 20'S: Rick will draw a 9x12" portrait of you in period garb, much like the picture of Joseph Elwell or the ladies you see at left. You'll also receive the book, bookplate and postcard.

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    BE A PART OF THE BOOK: Rick will draw a version of you into the actual story (not a major player, of course). You will receive the page of art with your likeness and your character will be sketched into your copy of the book including the bookplate and postcard.

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    BE IN THE BOOK: By popular demand, I've added 3 more spots into the book to accommodate only 3 people who would like to have their likeness drawn into the book. There won't be anymore available when these are filled. Rick will draw a version of you into the actual story (not a major player, of course). You will receive the page of art with your likeness and your character will be sketched into your copy of the book including the bookplate and postcard.

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    ANOTHER CHANCE TO APPEAR IN THE BOOK: Rick has informed me that he has 3 slots available for anyone who would like to be a part of the book. For those who would like to have their likeness drawn into the book, Rick will draw a version of you into the actual story (not a major player, of course). You will receive the page of art with your likeness and your character will be sketched into your copy of the book including the bookplate and postcard.

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