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THE HORROR LOVERS: A screwball horror/humor comic by VALERIE D'ORAZIO and BOBBY TIMONY! Read more

Brooklyn, NY Comic Books
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THE HORROR LOVERS: A screwball horror/humor comic by VALERIE D'ORAZIO and BOBBY TIMONY!

Brooklyn, NY Comic Books
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THE PROJECT

THE HORROR LOVERS is a love-letter to the types of slapstick movies, humor comics and grade-B horror movies we loved as a child: the frenetic antics of the Marx Brothers, beloved and bizarre 1950s MAD parodies by Harvey Kurtzman and Bill Elder, preposterous and brilliant creature-features by Roger Corman and Ed Wood. 

All with the do-it-yourself passion and drive of the quirky black-and-white independent comics we admired so much as we were growing in this craft.

We are turning to Kickstarter to help fund our dream: the 32-page first issue, which will be available in both paper and digital formats. 

THE REWARDS


HORROR LOVERS: AN ALL-STAR AFFAIR!

The first issue will feature:

* An Introduction by Craig Yoe (the editor/curator of "Haunted Horror" and "Popeye" for IDW/Yoe Books)

* Pinups by Paul Gulacy, Dan Parent, Fred Hembeck, Dennis Calero and Paul Taylor

Additional Rewards include!

* Kickstarter Exclusive Cover by Kevin Colden (offered in incentives)

* Steamy HOT TUB poster print by Bobby Timony! Pictured above. 

* Antique tin metal signs, perfect for your garage or living room, featuring the cover tot the book!

* Signed copies! PDFs! And More! 

And our modest stretch goal will produce a SECOND issue of HORROR LOVERS for early 2015, featuring pinups by Dan Goldman, Josh Bayer, Andrew Pepoy, and more!

We chose Kickstarter for THE HORROR LOVERS because we wanted to bring this labor of (horror) love directly to the people who would enjoy it the most. Our friends and fans have tirelessly supported us over the years  and kept us on-track in an industry fabulously riddled with hills and valleys...and we appreciate every one of them (the friends and fans, that is...yeah, and some of the hills too)!

(Please note: THE HORROR LOVERS is suggested for ages 17+)

THE STORY:

Meet mild-mannered TERRY APRILLE:

Terry always dreamt of writing The Great American Novel...but instead found himself hacking out horror scripts for the ultra low-budget BLOODY HELL STUDIOS alongside the crude-but-determined owner/director WALTER BURNS...

...and the always-smiling mute prop girl ZIPPY:

But one day Terry's fiancée DEBBIE gives him an ultimatum: quit wasting his time at the movie studio, or risk everyone finding out about his DEEPEST, DARKEST SECRET!

But when somebody ends up dead at the bottom of a giant cake, EVERYONE'S a suspect!

Read an 8-Page Preview at HorrorLoversComic.com!

STRETCH GOALS:

We started with a modest funding goal for HORROR LOVERS #1 with the hope that if we were able to surpass it...we could bring you HORROR LOVERS #2 as soon as possible! With that, here are our Stretch Goals:

Stretch Goal #1: $8,500

All backers get a special PDF sketchbook of the making of HORROR LOVERS #1

Two Cover Variant Incentives Unlocked:

* Paul Gulacy Cover

* Dan Parent Cover

Stretch Goal #2: $12,500

ALL BACKERS GET A PDF OF "HORROR LOVERS" #2, tentatively due out early 2015!!!

Three Cover Variant Incentives Unlocked:

* Fred Hembeck Cover

* Dennis Calero Cover

* Josh Bayer Cover

ABOUT THE CREATORS:

VALERIE D'ORAZIO is a comic book writer, editor and blogger who has worked for Marvel, DC, IDW, MTV, Valiant, Moonstone and Bluewater. Her comics include “BEYOND: EDWARD SNOWDEN,” “PUNISHER MAX: BUTTERFLY," “X-MEN ORIGINS: EMMA FROST," "GIRL COMICS" and the Kickstarter-funded "IN THE DARK."

She’s been interviewed by Newsweek, CNN, MSNBC, Reuters, Bloomberg, The Washington Post, CNET, USA Today, The New York Post, CTV, The New York Daily News, Juxtapoz, Penthouse, Current TV, Mother Jones and The Ditmas Park Blog. 

BOBBY TIMONY is an artist who's co-creator of the popular comic strip "THE NIGHT OWLS," published by DC Comics, "GOBLIN HOOD" on Comixology and "DETECTOBOT" at Monkeybrain. He has been nominated for multiple Harvey Awards, including Best New Series, Best Online Series, and Best new talent as well as a Lulu nomination for Best Female Character and a Cybil Award nomination for best Young Adult Graphic Novel and is a bona fide "No Prize" recipient. 

He has also done some work for a lot of companies like DisneyBates AdvertisingJWT, and BBDO, is an active member of the National Cartoonist's Society and lives in North Hollywood with his wife and bunny.

HOORAY AND THANK YOU FOR SUPPORTING OUR VERY FIRST KICKSTARTER! YOU'LL LOVE "THE HORROR LOVERS"...it's a SCREAM!

Risks and challenges

We have learned a lot from participating in, and observing, other Kickstarter comic book projects, and are hoping to keep risks to a minimum with a relatively simple first Kickstarter project & low initial funding request.

If we exceed our initial asking amount & go into stretch goals, that would be icing on the cake for us—but basically we just want to finish this comic and get it out to fans!

Risks include possible issues with shipping, unforeseeable events that might delay completion of the book (artist gets sick, computer breaks down, etc.). But we really tried to "bake in" fixes to possible delays, possible postage snafus, and other unlikely but always possible hiccups into our overall Kickstarter game-plan.

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    ROGER CORMAN LEVEL:
    You get a snazzy digital download (PDF) of "The Horror Lovers" #1!

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    17 backers

    GROUCHO LEVEL:
    Be the first on the block to get a paper version of "The Horror Lovers" #1! Not signed. 


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    DIGITAL SUPER-PACK LEVEL:
    You get a snazzy digital download (PDF) of "The Horror Lovers" #1 PLUS:
    A Bobby Timony super-value pack of digital comics, including:
    - The Night Owls (Nominated for THREE Harvey Awards!)
    - Minion Maze
    - It's Alive!
    - Bobby Draw: A Collection Of Comics And Art By Bobby Timony

    Note: All bidders at and above the $25 level will also be getting this value pack!

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    TOD BROWNING LEVEL:
    Digital download (PDF) of "The Horror Lovers" #1 and signed copy of PUNISHER MAX: BUTTERFLY & GIRL COMICS both written by Valerie D'Orazio.

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    41 backers

    GEORGE ROMERO LEVEL:
    Get both the paper AND digital versions of "The Horror Lovers" #1, plus SPECIAL EDITION 8x10 print! It's a scream! Signed by the creators!

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    2 backers Limited (3 left of 5)

    JOE DANTE LEVEL: Get a signed copy of Harvey-nominated “The Night Owls” graphic novel by Bobby Timony, plus both the paper AND digital versions of "The Horror Lovers" #1, plus SPECIAL EDITION 8x10 print!

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    5 backers Limited (20 left of 25)

    SAM RAIMI LEVEL:
    "The Horror Lovers" #1 with KICKSTARTER EXCLUSIVE variant cover by Kevin Colden AND regular cover, the digital download, and special edition 8x10 print. Signed by the creators!

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    JOHN CARPENTER LEVEL: Valerie D’Orazio will bring her skills editing some of the biggest titles from DC Comics to your stories! At this level, she will analyze your comic book pitch (max: 3 paragraphs) and email you a critique. Gain an advantage in the highly-competitive world of comics writing by getting insider knowledge from a 20-year editorial veteran. Plus: a PDF of “The Horror Lovers” #1

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    7 backers Limited (7 left of 14)

    ED WOOD LEVEL:
    Get a special limited edition signed & numbered “Horror Lovers” #1 SKETCH COVER (you request image) by Bobby Timony, the digital download, and special edition 8x10 print. Signed by the creators!

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    2 backers Limited (48 left of 50)

    ROB ZOMBIE LEVEL:
    Walter Burns will read your name off in the Sudden and Gratuitous Kickstarter Backers Thank You Scene within the comic story itself.

    Plus: Both the paper and digital versions of "The Horror Lovers" #1, special edition 8x10 print. Signed by the creators!

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    2 backers Limited (2 left of 4)

    TERRY GILLIAM LEVEL: Bring The Horror Lovers to your garage with a metal rusty vintage gas station sign of the book's cover. Drilled with two holes for hanging. 12" x 18" portrait or landscape orientation. PLUS: Get a special limited edition signed & numbered “Horror Lovers” #1 SKETCH COVER (you request image) by Bobby Timony, the digital download, and special edition 8x10 print. Signed by the creators! PLUS the digital PDF!

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    BORIS LEVEL:
    Get a “walk on” role as a face in the crowd during the story. A cartoon form of your likeness will be drawn in, immortalized in comics history. PLUS: Both the paper and digital versions of "The Horror Lovers" #1, special edition 8x10 print. Signed by the creators!

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    ELI ROTH LEVEL: Valerie D’Orazio will take a look at your comic book series proposal (max: 3 pages) and email you a critique. Gain an advantage in the highly-competitive world of comics writing by getting insider knowledge from a 20-year editorial veteran. Plus: a PDF of “The Horror Lovers” #1

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    DAVID CRONENBERG LEVEL:
    Be immortalized in comics forever by being drawn in as a victim of The Killer.

    Plus: Both the paper and digital versions of "The Horror Lovers" #1, special edition 8x10 print. Signed by the creators!

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    BELA LEVEL:
    You will get a brief “speaking role” during the story. Will you be a cop? A zombie? A zombie cop? PLUS: Both the paper and digital versions of "The Horror Lovers" #1, special edition 8x10 print. Signed by the creators!

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    ALFRED HITCHCOCK LEVEL:
    Get a full-page color ad in both paper and digital versions of "Horror Lovers" #1 (subject to approval).

    Plus: Both the paper and digital versions of "The Horror Lovers" #1, special edition 8x10 print. Signed by the creators!

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    1 backer Limited (1 left of 2)

    EDGAR ALLAN POE LEVEL: Valerie D'Orazio will write you a personalized short story (5000-7,000 words) based on anything you want! Get a story about yourself, personal anecdotes, fan-fiction, or any cool idea! Please, no hardcore porn, offensive material, etc. (Includes print and PDF copy of "The Horror Lovers")

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    HARPO LEVEL: Valerie D’Orazio will take a look at a script from your comic book (max: 30 pages), your proposal (max: 3 pages), and initial pitch (max: 3 paragraphs) and discuss a critique with you on the phone. Gain an advantage in the highly-competitive world of comics writing by getting insider knowledge from a 20-year editorial veteran. Plus: a PDF and paper edition of “The Horror Lovers” #1, and the 8” x 10” print.

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    LOVER OF HORROR LOVERS SUPREME FAN LEVEL:

    Get 3 Kickstarter Exclusive editions of “Horror Lovers” #1, 3 regular copies, the sketch edition cover drawn by Bobby Timony, the PDF, special edition 8x10 print and a page of original art from the first issue! Signed by the creators!

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