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The first true and accurate graphic novel telling the story of the death of the wild west's outlaw, Billy the Kid.
The first true and accurate graphic novel telling the story of the death of the wild west's outlaw, Billy the Kid.
218 backers pledged $8,897 to help bring this project to life.

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Fan response has been overwhelming for Rick's self-published projects and we hope this one will be no different.  As a resident of Lincoln County, Rick is excited to bring the first ever true account of the death of Billy the Kid to a published graphic novel format.  It is a 8 x 10", 60 page black and white hardcover graphic novel, slightly longer in page count and larger in size than Rick's previously published 'Elwell Enigma'.  You can tell from the art pictured that Rick has another hit on his hands.

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, including a 2014 nomination for his latest graphic novel, 'The Madison Square Tragedy", published by NBM. 

Cover art for the graphic novel.
Cover art for the graphic novel.

 Stretch goal added!  If we reach the $9,000 mark, we will include a full color bookmark with each book ordered.  Below is the pencil art for the bookmark.  We've also added a reward level to purchase the black and white line art.

Pencil art for bookmark.
Pencil art for bookmark.
Examples of past commissions for the commission reward level.
Examples of past commissions for the commission reward level.
Pencil art for the book plate
Pencil art for the book plate
The Lampoon Years and Book of Murder are included in the $65 library level.
The Lampoon Years and Book of Murder are included in the $65 library level.
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 interior pages from the book.
A few interior pages from the book.

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    LOYAL SUPPORTER LEVEL: You will receive the Billy the Kid 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 Billy the Kid 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 Billy the Kid book, plus Rick's previous Kickstarter funded books, The Elwell Enigma and The Obama Alphabet.

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    HOMETOWN PRESS BOOK COLLECTION - You'll receive the Billy the Kid book, The Elwell Enigma, The Obama Alphabet, 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 THE OLD WEST: 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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    APPEAR IN THE BOOK - This wildly popular level is back with an added option. Here's your chance to appear as an old west 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 $200 on your pledge. The book, bookplate and postcard is also included at this level.

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    COVER ART LEVEL - You can purchase the original hand-colored cover art to go with your copy of the book, postcard and bookplate that is included at this level. You can see the meticulously colored art elsewhere in this project page.

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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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