What we need:
We aim to raise $1,500 for the first issue (and each subsequent issue) of "Cooney" so our multi-talented artist Gemma Moody is able to give this project the time and attention it deserves. Each issue of "Cooney" will be a standard 22 pages of length, the trilogy is expected to run 18-36 issues. Gemma's rate is $70 per page, you can buy your own page!
["Cooney" will be a trilogy: Gang Buster, Head of Homicide, and Subversive Squad]
*Because we are focused on completing the issue, we currently have no present plans for a wide print release, please read all of our reward information to learn what best suits your interest.
What it is:
Often described as straight-laced, shrewd and broad-shouldered, Martin P. Cooney is the essence of 1940s pulp-mag and noir storytelling. He was handpicked by Eliot Ness for his duties, and humbly turned down the position of Chief of Police multiple times. He was featured in decades of newspaper clippings, and the protagonist of many detective magazine articles.
Passed down to me is the story of his life, which I have preserved here in a pitch for three trade books. "Cooney" is a trilogy; “Gang Buster”, “Head of Homicide” and “Subversive Squad”. It’s a Cleveland crime saga, inspired by "Torso" and the noir genre. It’s a modern pulp magazine, inspired by the artwork of True Detective and Science Fiction. It’s a historical account, inspired by the true life of my great-grandfather.
Cooney is an American folk hero who has slipped through the cracks. It is our goal to help fans of this genre remember an era of intrigue and allure that has a tendency to escape us.
For each additional $1,500 after our goal we can successfully fund another issue of "Cooney".
$3,000 Cooney Issue 2
$5,000 Cooney Issue 3 and a small physical release.
$10,000 - COMPLETE Cooney Volume 1, Trade paperback comic.
$15,000 - Cooney documentary film by Robbie Puzzitiello & Police Man's Ball!
[Song: "On Life's Highway" by Bertrand Brown, 1922]
[Video credits: Jeffrey Lange, Joe Sorzano, Dan Bernardi]
Risks and challenges
Cooney is expected to be anywhere from 18 - 36 issues, because we are early in development we are unsure how much funding we require to complete the series, so we have started small. With our following efforts, we will do everything we can to offer more generous incentives, and bring physical products to your hands. Cooney is handled artistically by Gemma solely, she has great ability and works very fast, but because there are only two people on the project there may be minor delays but we will do everything in our power to make sure you read this story and feel this piece of history.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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