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Gangs of Camelot: A sword swingin', tommygun blazin', action/adventure graphic novel!
Gangs of Camelot: A sword swingin', tommygun blazin', action/adventure graphic novel!
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Last 12 hours! 11" x 17" COMMISSIONS and COVER RECREATIONS available! (See more info on the update board)

For $135 we are going to do a handful of FULL COMMISSIONS!

This is a large full figure drawing of any character you want: pencil, ink and ink wash, 11"x 17" on Bristol board. Plus you'll get everything from the $35 level : Signed hardcover edition of Gangs of Camelot, 2 signed full-color 7” x 10” art prints (GoC cast, dragon) PDF copy and your name in the acknowledgements.

For $200 we are going to do a couple of COVER RE-CREATIONS!

We'll recreate your favorite comic book cover or a piece from your favorite tv show or movie, in our style and to your specifications. This piece will be complete with logo placement, issue #, price, comic code symbol, all the bells and whistles. Pencil, ink and ink wash, 11x17 on bristol board. Plus you'll get everything from the $35 level : Signed hardcover edition of Gangs of Camelot, 2 signed full-color 7” x 10” art prints (GoC cast, dragon) PDF copy and your name in the acknowledgements.

Check out the images below and LET US KNOW IF YOU'D LIKE ONE BY THE END OF THE DAY!

And these are examples of what we can do with non-capes! Just imagine what we could do with a Batman, or better yet, Hellboy for you! 

Reward Update #6! 
More Package Add-Ons! (See more info on the update board) 

Reward Update #5! 
Package Add-Ons! (See more info on the update board) 

To ADD-ON:  
Choose your Reward Level, then use the MANAGE YOUR PLEDGE button to increase your pledge to include the item or items from the list above. Add the appropriate amount and leave us a note as to which add-on(s) you want. When this Kickstarter campaign is finished, we will contact you via the Kickstarter Survey and verify your add-ons. It’s that easy!

Reward Update #4!
Jordan Gunderson Original Art Package! (See more info in the rewards tier or on the update board)

Reward Update #3!
If we make our funding goal, backers receive a FREE Anna Arky #1 digital comic by Me! (See more info on the update board) 

Reward Update #2!
Steve Bryant Original Art Package!  (See more info in the rewards tier or on the update board)

Reward Update!
If we make our funding goal, backers receive a FREE Territory 51 #1 comic written and drawn by Me! (See more info on the update board) 

Why Kickstarter?

Gangs of Camelot is a passion project for me. I love creating comics, and have my entire life. I’ve been publishing them since 2004 through Lawdog Comics, an imprint I created with the sole purpose of putting out my work. I love mash-ups and I love crazy. The crazier the idea, the more irresistible the book is to create. Comics have never been about making money for me. If they were, I would have stopped putting out ideas long ago and I certainly wouldn’t have started publishing during one of the worst times in comic book history. Far and away, the biggest struggle has always been to publish these books. Especially knowing going in, that many independent books struggle to find an audience in the direct comic book market.

Gangs of Camelot needs a partner. Someone to take on the role of co-publisher. Someone passionate, and not just about comics, but someone with a desire to see new projects happen and willingness to support them.

The long and short of it is, I need you.

I’d like to stress this book is completely finished. When this campaign ends, it’s final prep time and off to the printer. I was extremely fortunate to recruit top notch creative partners to join me on this: Vicente Cifuentes  and Imaginary Friends Studio might be some of the best around.

These guys went all out on this project and now we’re hoping to have a printed version to match and showcase that amazing work.

Thank you for checking us out!


How would I describe a book like Gangs of Camelot?

It's “A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur’s Court...with Teeth.” 

The Book...

Gangs of Camelot is a fantasy humor graphic novel with story and breakdown art by Russ Manning Award nominee James Heffron (Territory 51) pencil wizardry by Vicente Cifuentes (New 52 Batgirl, Blackest Night Batman, World War Hulk) and digitally painted colors by Sunny Gho (the Incredible Hulk, Superman) and Arif Prianto (Action Comics, Cyber Force) of Imaginary Friends Studio.

The Goal...

To utilize the power of Kickstarter to print Gangs of Camelot in the format it deserves. We’ve sold preview editions of this book at shows for a while now but would like to finally publish it in a format befitting it. We're relying on your support to make that a reality. 
The final book: 7" x 11", 80 pages, hardcover w/ an embossed finish cover enhancement, gorgeous gloss 4-color printing throughout and full color extra materials.
$20 for a beautiful, hardcover graphic album.

As we continue to finish each Gangs of Camelot book, our hope is to come here for help with the printing and have the amazing Kickstarter fan-base co-publishing this right along with us! 

The Story...

Camelot's greatest warriors weren't knighted... they were made.

Avalon has seen better days, and Merlin Ambrosius knows it. In fact, the wizard's philandering ways may be partially to blame. When essential prophesies (including a young boy pulling the sword Excalibur from a fabled stone) fail to transpire, Merlin realizes that he must take dramatic action to re-balance the scales of fate. When four James Cagney/ Edward G. Robinson Hollywood-inspired 1926 mobsters serve as the unlikeliest allies the round table could imagine, the results are, to say the least, unexpected....

About me: 

Since 2004 I’ve been working as a writer, artist, publisher or all three on my own Lawdog Comics series: Territory 51, It Tolls for Thee, The Further Adventures of D.B. Cooper, Anna Arky, Riders to Moreau, the Templar Knight: Jessie James and others, as well as for such publishers as Radical Comics (Feast of Fools).

We Can't Do It Without You

With your support we’re incredibly excited to bring this project to flight. "So, what's in it for me?"you ask. The options are numerous--from a digital copy of the book, to a hardcover print edition, full cast print, archival art print, head sketches, toned bust sketches, fully rendered pencil/ink/toned art pieces and original art from the book itself. Check out our Reward Levels for all the details!
All funds received will directly support the printing and delivery of the book for an estimated December release.

We think this is one beautiful book...

But don't take our word for it, here's a special five-page preview!

And now, the Rewards! 

DUELING THE DRAGON PRINT by James Heffron, Luis Czerniawski (Transformers, CVO) and Jason Millet (Athena Voltaire, Hack/Slash) is a KICKSTARTER EXCLUSIVE print on art paper stock!

FULL CAST PRINT by Vicente Cifuentes, Luis Czerniawski (Transformers, CVO) and Chad Fidler (Uncanny X-Men, Witchblade) is a KICKSTARTER EXCLUSIVE print on glossy photo stock!

All original sketches are finished and illustrated in a GOC style by James Heffron and Luis Czerniawski. Inserted at random.

All original sketches are finished and illustrated in a GOC style by James Heffron and Luis Czerniawski. Inserted at random.

All original sketches are finished and illustrated in a GOC style by James Heffron and Luis Czerniawski. Inserted at random. 

All original sketches are finished and illustrated in a GOC style by James Heffron and Luis Czerniawski. Inserted at random. 

Huge 22” x 17”, double-page original art for the DRAGON PRINT. Pencils by James Heffron, inks and wash tones by Luis Czerniawski on bristol board.

Huge 22” x 17”, double-page original art for the CAST PRINT and COVER. Pencils by Vicente Cifuentes and James Heffron, inks and wash tones by Luis Czerniawski on bristol board.

Here are the 11"x17" original art pages from the first volume of Gangs of Camelot for you to choose from. We shot the art directly from Vicente's amazing pencils, and he has graciously offered to sign or personalize at the backer's request! Please pick a number that correspond with the page. Pages are first come first serve. See detailed images here:

http://www.lawdogcomics.net/#!rewardpages/c60z

 But wait! There's more...

As we go through the campaign we'll unlock great new incentives including FREEBIES exclusively for our supporters you won't find anywhere else. If we hit our initial goal, we'll unlock stretch goals that include some great collector's items: from comics, additional original art, a rough-cut sketchbook, slipcase and more!



Please take a moment to share ' Gangs of Camelot ' with your friends on Twitter by clicking the 'Tweet' button above.  



By sharing ' Gangs of Camelot ' you're helping our project make the rapid-fire rounds on the interwebs, get me?


And lastly, thanks again to every backer, friend, partner, collaborator and fan for helping to make this project happen!

Risks and challenges

As with any publishing project, the primary challenges we face are financial and that's why we're here at Kickstarter. Printing costs alone can derail efforts to produce an independent comic title like this. Just to reiterate, this book is finished and we are also experienced publishers, but publishing can be an unpredictable experience. We may encounter some bumps in the road along the way, but I will certainly keep you posted on how things are going.  Finally, the entire GANGS team appreciates any additional support you can provide by tweeting, posting, and spreading the word about this campaign!

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    SQUIRE: A Gangs of Camelot desktop wallpaper and a heartfelt thanks from the GOC creative team!

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    MECHANIC: Signed hardcover edition of Gangs of Camelot, signed full-color 7” x 10” art print (Dueling the Dragon), PDF copy and your name in the acknowledgements.

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    FULL COMMISSION: 11” x 17”, Pencil, ink and wash on bristol board OF ANY CHARACTER YOU'D LIKE! Signed hardcover edition of Gangs of Camelot, 2 signed full-color 7” x 10” art prints (GoC cast, dragon) PDF copy and your name in the acknowledgements.

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    COVER RECREATION: ANY COVER YOU'D LIKE RE-IMAGINED! We'll recreate your favorite comic book cover or a piece from your favorite tv show or movie, in our style and to your (reasonable please) specifications. This piece will be complete with logo placement, issue #, price, comic code symbol, all the bells and whistles! 11” x 17”, Pencil, ink and wash on bristol board. Signed hardcover edition of Gangs of Camelot, 2 signed full-color 7” x 10” art prints (GoC cast, dragon) PDF copy and your name in the acknowledgements.

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    JORDAN GUNDERSON ORIGINAL ART PACKAGE: 
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 Stunning 11" x 17" original pin-up art by Jordan Gunderson. Tight pencil on bristol board.

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 Beautiful 11" x 17" original pin-up art by Steve Bryant. Pencil and ink on bristol board. Athena Voltaire Retro Portfolio.

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