When Beating Windward Press put out Doc Voodoo: Aces & Eights in 2011, it was our first book and we didn't have the money to hire a professional illustrator to do an awesome classic pulp cover. So our Art Director did a great job with clip-art and type-treatments. The author, Dale Lucas, was understanding, but still longed for a classic comic book style, pulp cover.
Doc Voodoo: Aces & Eights has been well received, but the main criticism we've gotten about the book has been that the cover isn't pulpy enough for the story's gritty content.
And now the second Doc Voodoo book, Crossfire, is ready for production so we want to hire graphic novel illustrator Rob Jones to draw the cover for Doc Voodoo: Crossfire and also create a new cover for Doc Voodoo: Aces & Eights.
And as long as we are having some cool illustrations of Doc Voodoo drawn up, we figured we do a short run of Doc Voodoo T-shirts to have at Book Fairs and Comic Conventions.
ABOUT THE DOC VOODOO NOVEL SERIES
Harlem, 1926: The First World War is still The Great War. Jazz is new and always in the air. Booze is black market and the market is worth killing over. As the West Indies and the Harlem Knights wage a bloody turf war in Harlem, the Irish, Italian and Jewish mobs circle like sharks and a helpless community bleeds. But one of Harlem’s darkest denizens has been called by the old gods in answer to the people’s prayers for help. He stalks Harlem’s night as a skull-faced, gun-toting, voodoo-powered avenger that the people call the Cemetery Man... the Witch Doctor... the Dread Baron... But you can just call him Doc Voodoo.
Jam-packed with mobsters, mystery, magic and mayhem, Dale Lucas offers a new twist on the action-hero and a love letter to classic pulp fiction like no other.
Dale Lucas has four novels planned for the Doc Voodoo series. Aces & Eights in #1, Crossfire is #2. He hasn't revealed the titles of books 3 & 4 yet!
"Doc Voodoo is a crackling and compelling read, and Dale Lucas's knowledge of 1920s New York City, as well as Haitian Voodoo, not only impresses, it also moves the story along rather than getting in the way." -- Charles R. Saunders, author of the Imaro and Dossouye novels.
“Rather than stretch out an idea until it snaps, author Dale Lucas presents a tight, action packed tale...” -- Nathan Brazil on the Sci-Fi Site.
“This is a true page-turner that will have you cheering with each new gun battle, from this new pulp hero’s first appearance to his last.” -- Ron Fortier of Pulp Fiction Reviews.
ABOUT BEATING WINDWARD PRESS
Beating Windward Press is an independent publisher of novels, short story collections, and non-fiction by emerging authors. We produce 4 to 6 titles a year and our books reflect the individual tastes of our staff - mostly mainstream fiction with a literary edge. Beating Windward offers books with distinct voices and perspectives that we hope brings pleasure, knowledge, and entertainment to our readers. We call Orlando, Florida home, but our hearts are wherever the written word reigns. www.BeatingWindward.com
Risks and challenges
The big risk with this project is that we will make the Doc Voodoo covers worse.
But to avoid that, I plan to take our time, let the art director and illustrator work directly with each other, and not let things like events or printing schedules dictate when the covers are finished. We won't send off the cover until everyone - illustrator, art director, and author - are happy with the result.
This of course means we run the risk of not having the new covers finished by October of 2013. Or November of 2013. Or even in 2013 at all. But when they are finished, they will be a worthy offering to Doc Voodoo.
If we run behind schedule, I will keep our backers notified on the status of their rewards.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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