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THE WORLD OF FABLEWOOD—PREVIOUSLY INTRODUCED IN THE SMASH HIT SERIES FAIRY QUEST—RETURNS WITH A BRAND-NEW SERIES!
Hello, everyone. Paul Jenkins here! If you’re aware of my previous Kickstarter campaigns, then you know about the world of Fablewood, an amazing fictional forest where all of the stories that have ever been told are divided by genre borders into separate realms. But even if you’re just discovering Fablewood, that’s okay, too! As long as you don’t mind a little bit of this and a little bit of that, you will love FICTION SQUAD!
As for us… we really need your help to bring Fablewood to life once again—we cannot do books like this without you, and for your help we are eternally grateful!
FICTION SQUAD tells the story of Frankie Mack, a failed gumshoe detective from the Realm of Crime Fiction, a lost character from an old 20-page novella that nobody remembers. After a lifetime of failure, Frankie crosses the genre border into the Realm of Children's Stories where he discovers that every nursery rhyme is a crime scene. But the Realm of Children's Stories is a dangerous place—the Queens and the Witches are the Mob, the Mayor is a Crooked Man, and the Police Chief, Tom Thumb, is in everyone’s pocket! And when someone drops a house on the Wicked Witch of the East it's up to Frankie and his idiotic partner, Simple Simon, to solve the crime before the Madonnas tear the place apart.
Fablewood began life in the story of FAIRY QUEST (by myself and Humberto Ramos), which has been a successful and much-loved series printed in many countries across the world! You are our publishers and partners in this endeavor. Thanks to Kickstarter backers, we have had tremendous success. I always said that I would publish here as long as I could, and so for the duration, Fablewood belongs to you.
Which brings us here. I have stories I want to tell. People would like to read these stories. But it’s not simple—or cheap—to produce them and distribute them to an audience. The Kickstarter community has been great to me—I have successfully funded three campaigns now, and each time, I am eternally grateful to the lot of you. With you as my co-publishers, I've been able to carve out time from my “day job” as a work-for-hire comics writer (I know, woe is me, right?) to work on something I've created, something I love, and that’s this, the world of Fablewood.
FICTION SQUAD is, for lack of a better phrase, a sequel to FAIRY QUEST. But Fablewood is a giant place—there are thousands of characters, and, much like everyday life, each one has their own story. FICTION SQUAD posits that every nursery rhyme you know is actually the result of a crime. Our main character, Frankie Mack, is a failed detective who, with his partner, Simple Simon, tries to prevent a full-scale war from breaking out after Humpty Dumpty and the Wicked Witch of the East both meet untimely demises under suspicious circumstances.
Joining me to tell this story is Ramon Bachs, a fantastic artist and great friend who worked with me on the Front Line series for Marvel and has spent many years working for both DC and Marvel. Ramon is one of my favorite creative partners ever and just like Humberto, there was no one else in my mind to bring FICTION SQUAD to life. If you are a fan of FAIRY QUEST and Humberto’s work, you will love what Ramon brings to FICTION SQUAD. He will do this series justice! And as with Leo Olea’s beautiful coloring from FAIRY QUEST, we have another Leo (Paciarotti) doing amazing color work to keep our universe looking wonderful and vibrant (not to mention consistent).
And that’s right, I said series. Unlike the previous two FAIRY QUEST books, which were both 48-page hardcovers modeled on the European graphic album format I love, FICTION SQUAD is going to be a six-issue limited series. There will definitely be a collected hardcover at the end of it all for those of you that prefer to binge-read the entire thing at once, but if you prefer the one-chapter-a-month thing, you can pledge for that! When it's all done, this limited series will contain one, complete, self-contained story (as opposed to FAIRY QUEST, whose story is divided into three volumes of two chapters/issues each).
I have once again enlisted the help of my mates at BOOM! Studios to help with logistics like printing, fulfillment, and shipping. (It keeps me sane so I can focus on writing!) As with FAIRY QUEST, I have granted them the license to reproduce FICTION SQUAD for the mass market, but you, my co-publishers, the Kickstarter community, are the only ones who will get the Kickstarter-exclusive covers, the collected hardcover, and the other cool rewards I’ve lined up.
Will you return with me to Fablewood once again?
The land of Fablewood—where all of the stories live side-by-side—is a pretty dangerous place, and no area is more dangerous than the City of Rimes, deep in the heart of the Children’s Realm. For it’s a little understood fact that virtually all nursery rhymes (and most children’s stories) are, in fact, crime scenes.
To make matters worse, the city exists under the shadows of two long-established Madonna crime families, led on one side by the Queens of the Card Crime Syndicate and on the other by the Wicked Witches of the East and West Side. Most of the seediest characters live in a run-down area known as the Bricks.
The Queens operate out of Kings, and the Witches run a numerology scam out of the Turnip District. There’s even a subway system built out of the old mines, operated by dwarves and trolls. Fact is, you can’t turn around these days without someone poisoning someone else with an apple, or some poor mook getting pushed off a wall or “falling” down a hill when they’re out fetching a pail of water. Half of Rimes’ citizens are certifiably insane, and it’s just a matter of time before the other half is eaten by wolves, abducted by trolls, or locked up in a castle tower. The Chief of Police—a guy by the name of Tom Thumb—is in everyone’s pocket. Make a stink and you’ll probably be getting a visit from some flying monkeys or a pack of bloodthirsty cards in a dark alley.
The City of Rimes needs a hero. It’s about to find one. He just doesn’t know it yet.
I want to once again sincerely thank everyone who supported the first two FAIRY QUEST raises. In this new story, we’re expanding the world beyond Red and Mr. Woof’s story, to the gritty cities rife with corruption. It’s a hard-boiled detective story that will keep you on the edge of your seat, but it can’t happen without your help. Kickstarter is a wonderful tool that has helped our projects get off the ground, and it’s all because of you, our co-publishers and partners in crime...err...prevention!
So why are we asking for $60,000? I want to be as transparent as possible so here’s a handy chart breaking down exactly where your pledge money would go:
If Ramon and I hit our initial goal of $60,000, we have some really cool stretch goals lined up!
Keep watching as the raise goes along because I intend to post as many updates as I can, including video messages! And don't forget to follow me on Twitter at @mypauljenkins for all the shenanigans I get into over there!
Risks and challenges
As with any publishing project, we will encounter some bumps and detours along the way, but many of you know how transparent I am about keeping you posted on how things are going. You can rely on me and my mates at BOOM! Studios to keep the lines of communication open and flowing.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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