Mongrel: SOB is a suspense-filled horror graphic novel written by Ed Dunphy with art by Andrew Mitchell Kudelka. One part The Howling and one part CSI: Chicago, this gritty murder mystery pits a monstrous werewolf against a veteran Chicago detective. As the story hurtles through the urban nightmare of 1990s Chicago, the cast revolves around the action like moths drawn to a trashcan bonfire. It's a werewolf story with bite.
NEW GOAL! HELP US HIT $8000!
Exceeding our goals would enable us to do a lot more for our fans and backers.
STRETCH GOAL 1: $4,500 (UNLOCKED!) The inclusion in everyone's package of a digital story written by Ed Dunphy and drawn & colored by Andrew Kudelka called "Hunting Season". This is a very cool zombie story that I think you will enjoy. Everyone who has pledged or will pledge during this Kickstarter will get this digital item e-mailed to them.
STRETCH GOAL 2: $6,000 (UNLOCKED!) A new illustrated Mongrel short story added to everyone's package for free! "Blood on the Moon" will be 8 full color comic pages, written by Ed Dunphy and drawn & colored by Andrew Kudelka. All backers will also receive a digital download MP3 of John Stevens’s song ‘Heart Beats’ used in the Kickstarter video!
STRETCH GOAL 3: $7,000 (UNLOCKED!) A bunch of new original MONGREL pin-ups from various artists added to everyone's package for free! Print-level and above will see the pages added to their books, including art from Juan Arévalo, Jim Terry, Rodrigo Mireles, Bernardo Gonzalez, Greg and Fake Petre, and many more! We’ll also add a “Bloody Moon” Temporary Tattoo for all print-level backers (as seen on the T-Shirt)! For those in the “I WANT SOME SWAG LEVEL” & above, you will also receive a cool Halloween CUT-OUT werewolf mask of Eric and an 8 POSTCARD SET of the pin-up art!
Stretch Goal 4: $8000 (LOCKED!) A new Mongrel prose short story by Chicago Horror writer Wayne Allen Sallee will be added to everyone's package. Ed and Andrew are expanding the Mongrel Universe and letting some friends into our playground. Wayne's a top-notch talent and this awesome story will have spot illustrations by Mongrel: SOB artist Andrew Kudelka.
NEW BONUS: Bring-A-Friend
Any current backer who brings aboard a brand new pledger in these last few days will be rewarded with a copy of Andrew Kudelka's Weird Creatures coloring book! It's awesome for kids or anyone else who likes to color unusual creatures. This is just an extra "thank-you" for helping us through to the finish line.
Make sure your friend sends us a message after they pledge so we know who to send the coloring book to.
WHAT IS THIS CAMPAIGN ABOUT?
We have already produced the 1st two chapters of Mongrel SOB. We are using Kickstarter to fund the production of chapter 3- the terrifying conclusion of Mongrel: SOB. We will then publish the collection as a Trade Paperback Edition.
Limited editions of Issues 1 & 2 were released at the 2012 San Diego Comic Con, Chicago’s C2E2 convention, and at DanCon – the Chicago southlands premier comic event. They’ve received rave reviews from fans and critics and now everyone wants to know how the story ends.
WHAT NEEDS TO BE DONE?
Right now, Ed has finished writing the 3rd and final chapter of this tale and Andrew is ready to turn it into horror gold. We need YOUR HELP to produce the artwork and publish the story. Your Kickstarter donations will go directly to feeding the artist, printing the book, and getting it into the hands of ravenous fans. You crave great stories and great art. The funds that we raise through Kickstarter will allow us to give you the very best – the complete story of Mongrel.
We want this Kickstarter to be a success and so we are depending on readers such as yourself to help us cross the finish line and publish this puppy. Please pledge and get a reward. Special Kickstarter rewards will include awesome, hand-painted and unique ‘blood” spattered Mongrel t-shirts, original pages of art from the series and getting yourself drawn into the graphic novel as a character in issue #3.
REVIEWS and WORDS of PRAISE:
The last few months have been very busy for us. We are happy to report that Mongrel: SOB #1 and #2 have garnered rave reviews from critics, fans and fellow horror comic creators.
"There's a current trend nowadays wherein werewolves are being marketed as sexy bad-boys meant to entice the 'tween' girl crowd...( and I get why Hollywood's doing it. Really, I do.) However, I grew-up loving stuff like THE WOLF MAN and THE HOWLING... so I know that werewolves are really supposed to be nasty, mean and feral... and that's why I love MONGREL. Dunphy and Kudelka are reminding us why werewolves are scary. Pay attention. It's good stuff."
“The story pacing is very suspenseful, giving away just enough to keep the story moving, while leaving new questions to be answered. The characterization is excellent and Mongrel is a very intriguing villain. The scripting is tight and the art is superb. The way Kudelka draws Mongrel’s face turns out like a cross between the werewolves from the film The Howling and a T-Rex.”
--Joe Fielder, writer, reviewer, producer, games designer and editor (Irrational Games, Electronic Arts, Gamespot)
“I cannot wait to see how this plays out. With the werewolf resurgence in full effect right now it is awesome to get Mongrel out there for the masses. This is a series not to be missed.” Artwork: 4.5 out of 5 • Story: 4.5 out of 5
-- ‘Decapitated’ Dan Royer, horror comic journalist
"Dunphy's take on werewolf lore is original in that the book is a murder mystery that isn't hung up on quasi-erotic or teen goth scenes. Co-creator Kudelka's panel layouts remind me of a less-frantic JH Williams III, and there are pages that are reminiscent of Gene Colan as one image swirls into the next. Take a chance on this book, you won't be disappointed."
--Wayne Allen Sallee, author of DREAM WOLVES (Dramenon Press), I AM THE AMERICAN DREAM (Boneyard Press), book and film reviewer for FANGORIA.
"I was lucky enough to be present at Mongrel's birth, and luckier still to see him return, tail waggin' and teeth bared, to his rightful place in comics. What Ed Dunphy and Andrew Mitchell Kudelka have created is nothing short of amazing. … Mongrel is feral and fun!"
"Full disclosure -- Ed's a very good friend of mine. He's also a first class writer whose work I have long enjoyed. What he writes is always worth reading -- and, in this case, your support."
--John Ostrander, Writer of Star Wars: Legacy, The Spectre, Grimjack (and a WHOLE lot more)
WHO ARE WE?
We would like to thank the many people who have supported us along the way. We’re especially grateful for the contributions of:
Actor Rich Divizio, for portraying Detective Wil Solomon.
John Stevens of CinemAcide Media for composing the video soundtrack.
Greg Doby of Unidec Entertainment for Video Production.
We need your support to make the Mongrel: SOB graphic novel a reality. Please pick and click a pledge in the right side column. And don't forget to tell your friends, relatives, coworkers and Facebook friends to take a look. You never know who's really into horror until you ask.
We want to give all our fans and supporters a huge Thank You!
Ed and Andrew out.
Have a question? If the info above doesn't help, you can ask the project creator directly.
Risks and challenges
The main risk or challenge would be if we were unable to finish the graphic novel. However, we have already finished the first two issues out of three, so we are not starting from scratch. The script for the third issue is in Andrew's hands and he has begun sketching the art for the final issue. Both Ed and Andrew are published professionals in the comics industry and are fully experienced with handling deadlines. Once the project is funded, Andrew will be able to devote his full attention to drawing and coloring the final section and the new covers. Because of our connections in the comic book industry, should unforeseen timetable setbacks arise, additional assistants are available to help us with coloring, lettering or production tasks.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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