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A semi-retired mobster and his family face down a sexy villain on a quaint Maine island in this 28-page full-color comic by Carol Lay.
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    A signed "Greetings from Murderville" postcard, sent through the mail like a real postcard, with a stamp and everything.

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    A PDF of the comic book.

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    One signed copy of "A Farewell to Armories" and one Murderville postcard. Also: a PDF of the comic book.

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    Everything in level $10 PLUS a PDF of the roughs for this issue, and a PDF of the pencils. This might be of interest to readers who want to learn how a story evolves, and to others interested in process.

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    Three signed copies of the comic, and three postcards. Also: a PDF of the comic book.

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    Everything in $10 level, plus a pen sketch of a Murderville character, "executed" on Bristol board and signed.

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    "I'll MURDALIZE ya!" Everything in $10 level, plus a CUSTOM pen sketch of you, your pet, your sweetheart, or whatever, "Murdalized" (drawn in Murderville style) on Bristol and signed. Please have a photo ready to email to me that won't make me blush or throw up. I'm talking to YOU, Anthony Weiner.

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    Ten copies of "A Farewell to Armories" and ten Greetings from Murderville postcards. Shipping is included.

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    This is just like $30, only in COLOR, on watercolor paper. (See that serious-looking cat to the left.)

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    Everything in $10 level, plus one panel of original art that I used in the video. (This first set are the single panels, not the larger panned images.) First come, first pick. I'll post all the black-and-white art on the Murderville blog with a more detailed description of paper, dimensions, etc.
    (I'll also be adding insurance for all orders at this level and above, reflected in shipping cost.)

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    Dead Pans: Everything in $10 level, plus first-come-first-pick of 5 plus-sized images from the video. Is your boyfriend a kayaker with a fear of sharks? Better not choose that one. But there are also "Pretty Women with Guillotine," "Scazzo Family with Dead End Sign", "Safe Falling on Bicyclists,' and my favorite, "Catfight with Stabby the Dog." I'll post images with sizes on the Murderville blog.

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    By Special Request -- TWO watercolor portraits of you, your pet, your favorite gangster/prankster/toaster/ghost/whathaveyou; plus two signed comics, 10 postcards, a PDF of the comic.

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    Story Minute strip originals FIRE SALE! These strips are listed elsewhere at between $250 and 350. For the duration of this campaign, they are up to half off, and that includes shipping with insurance, but only in the U.S. Blame Canada. This Reward includes everything in the $10 level, as well.

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    Even Better Story Minute strip originals FIRE SALE! These strips are listed elsewhere at between $450 and 550. For the duration of this campaign, they are up to half off, and that includes shipping with insurance, but only in the U.S. This Reward includes everything in the $10 level, as well.

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    The BEST Story Minute strip originals FIRE SALE! These strips are listed elsewhere at between $600 and 800. (There's one I like so much I listed it for $1250 back in '94, but I'm not saying which one.) For the duration of this campaign, they are up to half off, and that includes shipping with insurance, but only in the U.S. This Reward includes everything in the $10 level, as well.

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    ART a la MAD. I adore Parody and Fine Art. I love combining the two with ink, acrylics and/or oil paints. On the left is John Singer Sargent's "Madame X," but with the head of a cartoon creation of mine. Dali's "Persistence of Memory" looks swell with Kat Klocks. And no one minds that the dog isn't wearing clothes in Du Champ's "Nude Descending a Staircase." These are small paintings on illustration board, easy to frame. (The largest of them would fit in a briefcase.) SO! Perhaps you would like a favorite famous painting to hang over the mantle, but with your head instead of Francis Bacon’s screaming Pope, or you in place of The Sleeping Gypsy (Rousseau). Be inventive – surprise me! (But please – no Bruegel or Bosch crowd scenes, although details are good.) Take the pledge plunge and I will paint you up a Faux Master.
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    The first 100 supporters to pledge $10 or more will receive a signed and numbered (1-100) copy of the the comic book. Included: a Murderville postcard, unscathed by adventures in the postal system. Also: a PDF of the comic book.

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    Everything in $10 level, plus the original black and white art for the "Greetings from Murderville" postcard and a dozen postcards.

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    Vanity Fare! Everything at $10 level plus Your Face included in panel one, page one of "A Farewell to Armories." Imagine yourself "Murdalized" (TM) in a crowd of sociopaths.

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    Everything in $10 level, plus the original storyboard sketches for the video. Pencil on 8.5 x 11" bond paper, 5 pages. Interesting to geeks like me.

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    Everything in $10 level, plus one page of original art. Page size: 11" x 17", art size is 10" x 15". Rewards tied to certain pages are unavailable (Page 7 for $500 level, and the four cover images); all the rest are on first come, first pick basis. I will do my best to point out which pages have "dibs" on them -- see the complete catalog of art on the Murderville, Maine blog. http://murdervillemaine.wordpress.com/original-art-a…ll-to-armories/

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    Everything in $10 level, plus the original thumbnails for this story. (See sample in left column.) 25 pages, pencil on laser-printed script pages. There's an extra page because I did page 4 twice, the second time in blue pencil because I was too lazy to get up and go to the pencil sharpener. To quote Sheldon Cooper, "FASCINATING."

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    Everything in $10 level, plus the original black and white art for the Back Cover.

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    Everything in $10 level, plus the original black and white art for the Front Cover.

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    Everything in $10 level, plus YOU (or your pet) in a custom OBITUARY or WANTED POSTER (your choice) that will appear on the Inside Back Cover. Because of deadline concerns, I'll have most of this written in advance, but I hope to let you add personal details (nickname, tattoos, etc.) so you can scare your mom.
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    Everything in $10 level, plus YOU (if you are male, under 50, slender or buff) get to appear as The Hapless Dude in three pages of this issue. The penciled Page 7 at left is the first place where I would plug you in. You get dialog, your character will have gotten to sleep with the villain, and much much more! If I like drawing you, you might even become a regular. All I need you for in this issue, though, is your body. Sorry Ladies!
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