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An anthropomorphic neo noir set in Washington D.C. Two detectives must put their differences aside in order to solve violent crimes. Read more

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An anthropomorphic neo noir set in Washington D.C. Two detectives must put their differences aside in order to solve violent crimes.

Los Angeles, CA Comics
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Overview:

"Off the Leash" is an anthropomorphic graphic novel that takes place in the near future in Washington D.C. Focusing primarily on two detectives named David and Tiffany; the two must put their differences aside in order to solve crimes. Done in film noir/pulp fiction style "Off the Leash" Volume 1 will focus on the first case David and Tiffany are assigned together: the death of David's partner John Rodgers.

Funeral for fallen cop John Rodgers.
Funeral for fallen cop John Rodgers.

I've had the idea for this comic for the last 5 years, but since I have little to no drawing ability it was always a fantasy. Now with the help of kickstarter I can pay my artist: Preston Asevedo to make "Off the Leash" a reality.

David. Artwork by Preston Asevedo
David. Artwork by Preston Asevedo

Content/Inspiration:

"Off the Leash" is more than a graphic novel concerned with the mystery of the week, this is a comic that is designed to delve into powerful and sometimes equally sensitive issues. I want people to be left thinking and discussing when done with an issue/volume. "Off the Leash" is very much so a study of humanity; just with characters not as human in appearance. 

Tiffany. Artwork by Preston Asevedo.
Tiffany. Artwork by Preston Asevedo.

When making "Off the Leash" I was inspired by both classic film noir and neo noir. Drawing from particular favorites such as "Kansas City Confidential", "The Third Man", "Touch of Evil", "Se7en" "L.A. Confidential" and "Chinatown".

"Off the Leash" fatures a beavy of animals
"Off the Leash" fatures a beavy of animals
Lettering by Brenton Barnes
Lettering by Brenton Barnes

Style:

The style is of course done as a homage to film noir. Since the primary story takes place in 2017 it is by definition a neo-noir but there are obvious throwbacks to the 1940's/50's in terms of fashion, dialect and tone. Preston Asevedo has done a brilliant job bringing this aura to the page.

Of course with it's anthropomorphic style there is the ability to bring many different animals into the fold. While the majority that will be seen are either canines, felines or birds of some sort there is plenty of room for almost every type of animal to make an appearance. Not to mention the near endless amount when it comes to breeds of cats and dogs. If you have a pet/animal you would like to see in "Off the Leash" you can pledge accordingly to have that animal made into a character in the comic. Hurry though there is limited space!

EVERYONE WHO PLEDGES $100 OR MORE GETS AN "OFF THE LEASH" COFFEE MUG!

Logo created by Brenton Barnes
Logo created by Brenton Barnes

Where and What is the money going to?

As stated ensuring that the artist(s) of "Off the Leash" are compensated is of most importance with this kickstarter project, but also funds are needed for publishing, distribution and marketing. I plan to make multiple issues/volumes of "Off the Leash" that are all part of an overarching storyline. This is of course with the hope that Volume 1 will gain a fan base and thus I will require less funds to create volume 2. And so on and so forth. But that first issue can't be made without your help!

Copyright ©2012 Off The Leash. All Rights Reserved.

Risks and challenges

One obstacle that is always a possibility is just that it ends up taking a bit longer than expected to finish artwork for each issue. Delays should not be significant but if they are hopefully the next issue will be able to be released earlier.

Another challenge is ensuring that we have the right publisher. At the moment we plan to go with lulu.com for our publishing, but that could change depending on what we feel is the best direction for the comic and it's creative integrity. At this point in time lulu seems the most adept for our needs, but if anything were to change our potential backers and already pledged backers will be notified before a decision has been made.

The entire script for volume 1 has already been written out, delays in writing should not happen even with planned proofreads/rewrites. However if there is a significant delay you could expect an issue to be released a month later.

This is the 1st ever comic I've ever worked on so I'm still learning, that's a risk in it of itself. But it's a challenge I'm ready to take head on and I think everyone will be satisfied with the results.

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  • The primary use of the funds will be to pay the artist and letterer for their work on the comic. It will also be used for marketing/distribution of "Off the Leash".

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  • You get rewards 1-7 as well as the Bronze Package that gives you an autograph from Matthew S. Robinson on your print copy of "Off the Leash"

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  • Volume 1 will feature roughly 84+ pages of original content.

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    All of the above and a print copy of "Off the Leash" volume 1 Add $8 for international shipping.

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    BRONZE PACKAGE: All of the above, but also receive the signature of writer/creator Matthew S. Robinson on your print copy. Add $8 for international shipping.

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    DIAMOND PACKAGE: Rewards 1-6, but also receive the lead artist Preston Asevedo's signature on your print copy. Add $8 for international shipping.

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    Instead of choosing who'd you'd rather have a signature from get both signatures from Matthew and Preston. Plus rewards 1-6 $8 for international shipping.

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    Pet/Animal of your choosing (no aquatic animals) becomes an extra in the comic! You can send a picture of your pet or animal of your liking and we will put them in volume 1 of the comic. You'll even get to select their status/occupation! Also get rewards 1-9 but must choose between having artist or author's signature. Add $8 for international shipping.

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    Rewards 1-6 & Reward #11(Must choose between Bronze or Diamond Package), and get a special sneak peek at all of the upcoming issues of Volume 1 before their respective release dates. Your name will also appear in the back of Volume 1 on a special thanks page and you will receive an "Off the Leash" coffee mug! Plus an additional desktop wallpaper.

    (Est. Delivery Date is June but you will receive sneak peeks on every issue starting in February 2013)

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    One lucky pledger will get the SILVER PACKAGE for less than half regular pledge! Plus rewards 1-6 and Reward #10

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    SILVER PACKAGE: Your pet/animal of your choosing makes an appearance in volume 1. Plus rewards 1-6 and Rewards #10-11

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    GOLD PACKAGE: Your pet/animal of your choosing becomes a recurring guest star in the "Off the Leash" series. Plus rewards 1-6 and Rewards #10-11

    Plus you get signatures of both Preston Asevedo and Matthew S. Robinson on your hard copy.

    Get a producer credit in the "Off the Leash" issue no.1 motion comic.

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    PLATINUM PACKAGE: A Commissioned sketch by artist Preston Asevedo!

    AND Your pet/animal of your choosing becomes a featured character in "Off the Leash". You even get to help write their back story. Plus rewards 1-6 and Rewards #10-11

    Plus you get both signatures of Preston Asevedo and Matthew S. Robinson on your hard copy.

    Get an executive producer credit in the "Off the Leash" issue no.1 motion comic. And if you'd like you can also preform the voice of one of the selected characters. You will also be credited as a producer of volume 1.

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    1 backer Limited (1 left of 2)

    ULTIMATE PACKAGE: Select 2 animals of your choosing to become featured characters in "Off the Leash" and help write their back story. Plus rewards 1-6 and Rewards #10-11 and the commissioned sketch from reward #15 Plus you get both signatures of Preston Asevedo and Matthew S. Robinson on your hard copy.

    Get an executive producer credit in the "Off the Leash" issue no.1 motion comic. And if you'd like you can also preform the voice of one of the selected characters. You will also be credited as an executive producer of volume 1.

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Funding period

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