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The dark fallout of greed, guns, and deals gone bad. If the party never stops, when do we clean up all the vomit and broken glass?
The dark fallout of greed, guns, and deals gone bad. If the party never stops, when do we clean up all the vomit and broken glass?
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A hint of things to come in White Knuckle Birthday: The Graphic Novel
A hint of things to come in White Knuckle Birthday: The Graphic Novel

WE'RE FUNDED! Thank you all very much for your incredible generosity and dedicated support! We really appreciate you all!

By popular demand, we're offering several stretch goals (see FAQ) to boost product quality and add incentives. If we reach the following goals, both new AND original backers will benefit from the tiers listed below:

STRETCH GOAL #1 (ACHIEVED!): $6,500 - Pledges at $20 or above receive a Deluxe Edition of White Knuckle Birthday: Extra pages, bonus material like concept sketches, premium binding, better paper stock/higher-quality print finish, and a gray-scale cover! Also, pledges at $10 or above receive an exclusive stretch goal .pdf sketch!

STRETCH GOAL #2: $7,500 - All above upgrades apply, plus: Pledges at $20 or above receive an exclusive 8" x10" fully-inked White Knuckle Birthday print! This print will not be offered anywhere else and won't be available after the campaign! Also, pledges at $10 and above will receive a .pdf copy of the print

White Knuckle Birthday: The Graphic Novel represents 5 years of hard work, passion, and dedication to independent art. The graphic novel tells the full story of Rob Powell's harrowing birthday, which began with the first chapter, White Knuckle Birthday #1: The Shadow of Regret. The graphic novel will collect all 4 chapters in the White Knuckle Birthday story (including The Shadow of Regret) in one beautiful, black-and-white volume (75+ pages). You'll see Rob Powell's birthday unfold with the irrevocable choices and sinister villains threatening to make this Rob's last birthday ever.

Interiors from White Knuckle Birthday #1: The Shadow of Regret
Interiors from White Knuckle Birthday #1: The Shadow of Regret

White Knuckle Birthday: The Graphic Novel will be 75+ pages of black-and-white storytelling. Everyone who pledges at least $10 will receive a digital subscription to White Knuckle Birthday: The Graphic Novel. This means you'll get a new digital "mini-chapter" every 1-2 months for a full year. You'll watch Rob's birthday unravel as you await delivery of the completed graphic novel next year. All pledges of at least $20 receive a gorgeous, printed copy of White Knuckle Birthday: The Graphic Novel, produced locally in Portland, Oregon. 

Cover and title page from White Knuckle Birthday #1: The Shadow of Regret
Cover and title page from White Knuckle Birthday #1: The Shadow of Regret

We're incredibly grateful for the community of family, friends, independent artists, and others who've gotten us this far. There would be no White Knuckle Birthday without our community. 

Now, we appeal to each of you to pledge your support and help us finish our story. Kickstarter is all or nothing, so every pledge counts. To show our sincere thanks, every pledge level includes a thank you in the graphic novel and a personal note delivered by mail.  

Pages 10 and 16 from White Knuckle Birthday #1: The Shadow of Regret
Pages 10 and 16 from White Knuckle Birthday #1: The Shadow of Regret

Simply put, we can't finish this book without your funding. Our production costs greatly exceed what we could afford on our own. Kickstarter helps us build our project website, reach potential supporters, expand our community, and process campaign pledges. We've considered many financial and creative factors to produce the least expensive, most effective Kickstarter campaign that fulfills our vision. The graph below shows how we'll spend $5,500: 

 Colin Westerfield (Creator/Writer) loves stories that search for deeper truths about the human condition and why people choose their paths in life. Colin considers himself a student of all written forms and cites Philip K. Dick, Cormac McCarthy, David Milch, Vince Gilligan, Brian Wood, and Greg Rucka among his biggest influences. Colin is currently 2/3 done with a graduate degree in Occupational Therapy. He spends his free time exploring nature and the Pacific Northwest with his amazing girlfriend and incredible friends.  

Mac Cooper (Penciller/Inker) is a freelance artist and designer out of Portland, OR, working to bring you worlds you can drop right into through a little ingenuity and illustration. He's worked on a handful of comics over the years, but you never forget your first time...comic. He's super excited at the chance to bring all of his new experience to bear and finish off WKB after all these years! You can see his work at maccooperart.com

Jeff Faraday (Letterer) lives a full, active life in Ithaca, NY with his amazing wife and two wonderful daughters. Jeff loves breathing new life into artistic ideas, whether working as a freelance graphic artist/designer or lettering comics. He has a passion for great food and wine and loves sharing his passion with his family and friends. Jeff got in on the ground floor with White Knuckle Birthday and has contributed his visionary ideas since day one.  

Risks and challenges

Our Biggest Challenges? Time and Patience. Mac works full-time as a freelance artist. As such, he'll draw White Knuckle Birthday on his days off, which should take about a year. We've made the story lean and mean and Mac's drawing faster and more efficiently than ever. We'll get the first pages to you by January, followed by regular updates and digital mini-chapters to keep the year moving quickly. We've also mapped out a feasible production schedule to deliver the best book we can, as fast as we can.

Also, CANADA and MEXICO residents, your shipping rates will be up to 50% LESS than what's listed for worldwide shipping. Please contact us and we'll get you a rate!

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    THE ONE-TWO PUNCH - You get a special White Knuckle Birthday button and, for this level and above, a hand-wrtten thank you note! An excellent support-to-cool-stuff ratio!

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    THE PUNCHY MCPUNCHERSON - You get a digital .pdf copy of White Knuckle Birthday: The Graphic Novel! The whole story downloaded to your digital device. PLUS - A special WKB button!

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    THE KNUCKLE SANDWICH - You get the beautiful printed version of White Knuckle Birthday: The Graphic Novel! All 75+ pages delivered to your door! PLUS: A .pdf version of the graphic novel and a special WKB button!

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    THE KNUCKLEHEAD - The beautiful printed version of the graphic novel SIGNED by the writer and artist AND two WKB postcards! PLUS: A .pdf version of the graphic novel and a WKB button!

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    THE HAYMAKER - The beautiful printed version of the graphic novel SIGNED by the writer and artist AND a SIGNED copy of the ENTIRE White Knuckle Birthday SCRIPT! PLUS: A .pdf version of the graphic novel, a WKB button, and two WKB postcards!

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    THE UPPERCUT - An EXCLUSIVE .pdf copy of Mac's pencil ILLUSTRATIONS for the entire graphic novel! PLUS - The printed version of the graphic novel, SIGNED by the writer and artist, a SIGNED copy of the WKB SCRIPT, a .pdf version of the graphic novel, a WKB button, and two WKB postcards!

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    THE BARE KNUCKLE BRAWLER - A LIMITED EDITION 12"x18" White Knuckle Birthday POSTER (SIGNED upon request)! PLUS - A .pdf copy of the WKB pencil illustrations, the printed, SIGNED version of the graphic novel, a SIGNED copy of the WKB SCRIPT, a .pdf version of the graphic novel, a WKB button, and two WKB postcards!

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    THE BIRTHDAY GUEST - Mac will draw YOU as a background CHARACTER in the book! You may be a fine, upstanding member of the community or a sinister thug. PLUS - A limited edition WKB POSTER, a .pdf copy of the WKB pencil illustrations, the printed, SIGNED version of the graphic novel, a SIGNED copy of the WKB SCRIPT, a .pdf version of the graphic novel, a WKB button, and two WKB postcards!

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    THE JABBERJAW - A SPEAKING ROLE in White Knuckle Birthday! Mac will draw you as a character in WKB and you'll speak a few choice lines. PLUS - A limited edition WKB POSTER, a .pdf copy of the WKB pencil illustrations, the printed, SIGNED version of the graphic novel, a SIGNED copy of the WKB SCRIPT, a .pdf version of the graphic novel, a WKB button, and two WKB postcards!

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    THE MUG SHOT -
    You get a CUSTOM SKETCH of YOUR CHARACTER from White Knuckle Birthday! You'll have a SPEAKING ROLE in WKB and a CUSTOM BIOGRAPHY of your character from the WKB universe. PLUS - A limited edition WKB POSTER, a .pdf copy of the WKB pencil illustrations, the printed, SIGNED version of the graphic novel, a SIGNED copy of the WKB SCRIPT, a .pdf version of the graphic novel, a WKB button, and two WKB postcards!

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    THE BIRTHDAY PARTY (Portland Area Only)- You get a CUSTOM WHITE KNUCKLE BIRTHDAY PARTY for up to 8 people! The party includes: Dinner (Porque No?, Pizza?) and (non-alcoholic) refreshments for 8 people, WKB DESSERTS, WKB PARTY FAVORS, GIFT PACKS (includes: 1 SIGNED graphic novel, 1 .pdf copy of every WKB illustration, 1 .pdf graphic novel, 2 postcards and 1 button) for each guest, a DANCE PARTY/DANCE-OFF, GAMES, and BIG FUN!

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