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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.
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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Most of the E Ticket items are Sold! “A Farewell to Armories” is almost 50% funded, but there is still quite a way to go, so I’ve added three new Reward levels. While this campaign lasts, YOU can be the proud owner of a page of a “Vintage” Story Minute strip for up to half off of what they are listed for elsewhere. (When I write stuff like this I feel like I should be waving a cane and wearing a straw hat and big old mustache.)

I wrote and drew these in the early 1990s, in the primitive days before scanners and Photoshop. (The horror!) The stand-alone story strips are hand-lettered and meticulously drawn. I would like to release them back into the wild so they can thrive and decorate friendly walls. Available strips are listed on the Murderville blog: $175 or more ("Good"), $225 or more ("Better"), or $400 or more for “Some of the Best”.  There's also a sample strip at the bottom of this page.

If there is a particular strip you want and can’t find, please contact me through Kickstarter, or at (my last name) @ waylay (dot) com. If you DO pledge for one of the Story Minute strips, please contact me to tell me which one you want.  Also, if you would be so kind as to forward this to any friends who appreciate Organic and Artisanal Comic Art, I’d appreciate it!

Thank you for your support!  --carol

"Just when I thought I was out...they pull me back in." 

...to Murderville.

The Comic:  Marta Hardy, antiques weapons dealer, has opened an arms boutique in Muderville, ME, also known as “Murderville” because of its sketchy reputation. The Mayor and First Lady of Muderville, Leo and Antonia Scazzo, are all that stand between the alluring Hardy and her deadly plans for the island village.

“A FAREWELL TO ARMORIES” is a 28-page (24 pages of story, plus cover content) full-color comic, due to be published in July 2013. A stand-alone tale of archery and treachery, it incorporates old-fashioned family values with absurd murder scenarios, and is aimed for teen and mature readers. (Think Sopranos crossed with The Addams Family.)

The Goal:  To play in Murderville full time.  Writing and drawing my own stories is my favorite occupation, and I’ve found this place where I have a lot of fun: Muderville, Maine (AKA "Murderville"), where obnoxious tourists and unscrupulous half-wits get bumped off regularly. I’d appreciate the opportunity to produce this comic book that I would send directly to readers, and am excited to learn how to do that with Kickstarter.

As I’m finding out, publishers actually DO things to earn their money – make budgets, phone calls, goose the talent, and trade favors with colleagues. Which packaging option is best? Which printer isn’t insane? Will this tune of Jay’s (of Peewee's Playhouse) fit my video? Can I get the helpful guys at my local print shop into ComicCon? (YES!)  

Roughly half of the Goal set here will go to production, shipping, and Kickstarter/credit card fees. More will go to compensate friends for music and packing help, pay taxes, and so on. I hope to use leftover funds to feed me and my two cats while I work on Issue 2 and learn how to do the business end of this business. Any support you can give will be wildly appreciated!

My process: I’m kind of Old School – I like drawing on paper (Strathmore 2-ply Bristol with vellum surface) and inking with pen and brush, which means I will have lots of original art to offer in Rewards. I often adjust a piece in Photoshop, so some originals are “truer” than others. All inked pages will be viewable online as I finish them. 

Inked and scanned             /                                             Finished
Inked and scanned / Finished

I also plan my stories with thumbnail pages, as shown here:

The complete set of thumbnails (pencil on 25 condensed script pages) will also be up for grabs.

Samples of Sketch Rewards: 

For an inked character drawing, see $25 Reward level:

For a custom drawing of you or your pet or favorite old gangster, see $30 level:

For a watercolor of your pet/gangster/what-have-you, see $40 level:

Lessee...other Rewards include original art from my very homemade video (most are 7.75 x 4.5" image size, but the panned images vary.)  Check the List  of single panels and List Part 2 to see what is available, and if you choose to give one of them a new home, PLEASE contact me with your first second, and third choice.  I'll do my best to get you the one you want.  Here's panel S10: 

S 13
S 13
S 19
S 19

And the 5-page set of storyboards for the video:

For a page of original art, see the $100 level.  Again, this is first come, first pick.  PLEASE contact me and let me know which puppy you pick so I can post which pages have been claimed on the blog site.  As you can see (if you click through) you can get a preview of the pages, compare before-and-afters, and even read the whole story now, if you like.  But it'll be better in living and not-so-living color!

Page 4
Page 4

Here it is again, in color:

Here are two more finished pages:

Page 11
Page 11
Page 16
Page 16

Also, for those who would like the vicarious thrill of being IN the comic, there are 5 opportunities in the first panel of Page One to become a 2-dimensional being (see $75 level):

Page 1
Page 1

And, for $500 clams, the Final Indignity: We found the man in Muderville who sleeps with the hot villain, gets kicked out of the house naked, and shows up for sight gags on two later pages (spoiler alert) -- naked. KUDOS!

NEW, LAST MINUTE, FINE ART PARODY OFFER:

I enjoy mashing up actual or cartoon figures with Fine Art paintings. If you would like something like one of these, pledge $1000 and i will work with you on something that will please your eyeballs for a long time.

Irene Van de Kamp a la John Singer Sargent
Irene Van de Kamp a la John Singer Sargent
The Persistence of Kat Klocks
The Persistence of Kat Klocks
Dog Descending a Staircase
Dog Descending a Staircase

I almost forgot!

The inside back cover is open for anyone who wants to be in an over-the-top Obituary or Wanted Poster.  BE your inner Bad Guy, or see what people will write about you after you're dead.  This Reward Level demands a person who is not superstitious, likes to laugh in the face of death, and has $400 lying around.  

VIntage Story Minute in a Murderous Vein:

SM 100
SM 100

You can get a better view of it here (click on the thumbnail for SM 100).  Thanks for looking!

Risks and challenges

As of this posting, "A Farewell to Armories" is 95% penciled and lettered, with three pages and the cover completed and colored. The Video Art images are inked and ready to go. I will be working daily on inking, coloring, calling printers, gathering shipping supplies, and so on while the project is active. As soon as it wraps -- if it is successfully funded -- I will polish off the custom pages, send files to the printer, and clean the cat box.

I chose August as the Delivery month so that I have a little wiggle room in case some Life Distraction comes up, but I hope to be able to deliver the simpler rewards sooner than that -- July at the earliest.

This is my first "stab" at a Kickstarter campaign, and I look forward to fulfilling my commitment to you, dear supporters. Thanks for taking a look!

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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 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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    "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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    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.
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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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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!
    The original black and white art for Page 7 is included in this reward. Must be 18 or older.

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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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