About this project
What if the Necronomicon were real? What if we took Aleister Crowley at his word? What kind of story plays out? This is the story of what would happen if H.P. Lovecraft and Aleister Crowley were two sorcerers engaged in a bitter rivalry. Continuing his father's work, Lovecraft is preparing to solve the riddle of the most difficult spell, the Abramelin, and Aleister Crowley will be damned before anyone else performs it. In desperation, Crowley employs the help of two paranormal detectives, Dr. Styx and Diane Rosen. While questioning his intentions, the two decide it is in the world's best interest to stop H.P. Lovecraft at all costs.
My name is Monty Borror, and much like you right now, when I came up with the idea for H.P. Lovecraft vs Aleister Crowley my main thought was, I can't believe this hasn't been a comic yet. I can tell you with absolute certainty it has nearly written itself.
I am the artist on several other graphic novels, my first being Quarantined written by Michael Moreci. To date the book I am most known for is the Cradle of Filth graphic novel The Curse of Venus Aversa written by Kurt Amaker and Dani Filth.
I've split my original stretch goal into two stages. We are currently trending to achieve 2700 on Kickstarter so I decided that at 3000, I will do a smaller compendium, free to everyone who backs at any level. This will be the encyclopedia of the HPLvAC universe. There will be certain references in the story that a casual reader may be unfamiliar. So those items will come together in the pages of the compendium. The plan is for an 18 page, comic format that I would be able to put together myself.
If we make the 5000 dollar level my vision for the compendium will be fully realized. 40-50 pages of art and text by various writers and artists. The level is incredibly high, I admit. But this is ambitious enough to be it's own fundraiser. Again, this will be completely free to all donors at any level.
What I've come up with is a four issue mini series or a graphic novel told in four chapters, each averaging twenty two pages. I have begun the art for the book and thought it may be fun to do a Kickstarter and post my progress of the pages as it goes along.
First off, a one dollar pledge gets you a PDF of the first book. Simple, clean and easy.
Posters of the cover and T-shirts are provided shipping costs are included (US only)
Also, please take a look at some of the original art up for sale.
So where is this money going?
Mostly to production costs and meeting the cost of pledge rewards. I am a firm believer in paying those who help. So I will be paying a letterer and designer to finish this off. I refuse to ask them to work for free or "back end" or the worst insult of all, "recognition."
I'm paying a designer for a professional submission packet. As many of you know, this is expensive.
More than anything, I feel this is the story I was born to create. My artistic style seems to be a good fit for both the time period and the subject matter. I have been prone to silently smile to myself as I write the script. With your help, instead of waiting around for my dream job to manifest itself, I think I can take a step to make it happen.
Obviously, as more rewards become available (i.e. original pages from the book, new T-shirt/poster designs) I will be updating the site. So please check back and share often.
The pin-up triptych...
Should this project take off beyond my wildest dreams there are a few things I would like to add to flesh out the world even further. First, if I make it to 5000, I'd like to add a compendium which would be an encyclopedia of characters, demons, spells and various other creatures. To lighten the work load This would be something I'd like to hire various other writers and artists to assist. This book would be free to anyone who chooses to donate at any level. I have in mind some more ambitious additions, but one thing at a time. I'll worry about getting funded before I start dreaming that big.
Risks and challenges
There is always some stress involved with launching a fundraiser of any kind. Mostly, I want to concentrate of making the best comic book possible. But I fully realize the importance of communicating and working hard to even get to that point. I am fully expecting there to be challenges along the way. But no matter what the difficulty, this book is getting made. I am committed to that.
I thank you so much for your time.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
That is a difficult one. I'm worried that the online print on demand publishers that are available to me are a bit high. Because I'm trying to raise funds I would have to charge much more than the average price for a comic book. I mean this only in regards to a fundraiser. I want to present value, which is why you can buy the first issue as a PDF for a dollar. If a publisher picks up the book, and you already have read the first issue online, then I've still provided a good value. If the fundraiser goes amazingly well, and I self-publish, then I'll be able to print in bulk and not over-charge for the book. I'm just very worried about ripping people off but still staying in the black.
Yes, however, I'll need you to at least split the shipping cost with me. Please keep in mind that there are people I'll need to pay to make this book happen. Splitting the cost is the best I can do to operate at the profits needed. The shipping will have to be a separate charge by paypal once the shipping costs are calculated. If you are willing to do that, great. If not, then this is not the right pledge tier for you.
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