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A true-life noir series of my great grand father, Detective Martin P. Cooney. Gang buster & Head of Cleveland Homicide 1940-1947
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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.

Cooney's Homicide Squad solved 340 of 363 murders in Cleveland during his duty.
Cooney's Homicide Squad solved 340 of 363 murders in Cleveland during his duty.

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.

STRETCH GOALS

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.

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    Patrolman - You will receive a digital copy of "Cooney" issue 1, as well as all previous tier rewards.

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    Detective - Special Edition - You will receive a digital copy of "Cooney", a digital copy of "The Ace of Spades Murder" sample, audio commentary, and all previous tier rewards.

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    Sergeant - Collector's Edition - You will receive all previous tier rewards, a digital copy of the the script for issue 1, digital copy of all concept art and images, PDF of news articles used for issue 1 research, and the audio commentary by Robbie Puzzitiello

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    Lieutenant - Includes all previous tier rewards and one page of ORIGINAL ART from issue 1 by illustrator Gemma Moody.
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    Gang Buster - You will receive all previous tier rewards (excluding the 70 dollar reward) but will instead receive a personal printed and autographed copy of issue 1, with variant cover. You will also receive TWO pages of original artwork either from issue 1 or issue 2 (depending on how many of our limited page spots are sold.)

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    Head of Homicide - Congratulations, you successfully funded an ENTIRE issue of Cooney. This issue will be dedicated in your name! You will receive all previous tier rewards (excluding 70 and 150 dollar amounts) but will instead receive ALL 22 pages of your issue, plus a one-of-a-kind copy addressed to you personally with bonus content.

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