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DON'T TRUST SANTA- crack open this cartoon tome of seasonal terror to discover why.
DON'T TRUST SANTA- crack open this cartoon tome of seasonal terror to discover why.
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Everyone's always stumbling around inviting Santa into their homes like it's a great idea.   Maybe it is- or maybe it will be the last mistake of your life.

Chad of the "Comics R Kewel" podcast writes in his review:  

"FireBrat is a hilarious parody of the spirit of Christmas, Mike Rosen creates the world that pulls from a vast array of Christmas myths and squishes them together into good clean over the top fun. But what really brings the book together is the message it delivers and the biggest twist ending I have ever seen in a long time in a Christmas Special. One of the biggest aspects of this book is its adorable classic artwork, Rosen draws like a classic newspaper almost Calvin and Hobbes like an inspiration to make the book feel like a children’s book, but turning the pages you’re slowly descended into the dark depressing stages of Christmas. It is rather nice to see someone embracing the comic strip art style that we have not seen in a rather long time (at least that I know of.)"  

Disclosure- Chad and David are 'friends' and appear in photographs chasing fish together. Read Chad's full review of Firebrat here, and listen to him interview Mike Rosen here.

 

Hi, this is Mike Rosen-  thanks for reading! I want to thank you for checking out our Kickstarter. I’m really excited to be working with David, Liz, and Vivid Publishing to make this book a reality, because this is a story that’s very special to me.   

I grew up in the late 80s and early 90s, the golden age of television Christmas specials. Everyone had a special – from Garfield to the Muppets, from He-Man to PacMan. In fact, the best part of the holidays was knowing that you wouldn’t have to wait for Saturday morning to see cartoons (It was a different world back then, when cartoons only came on once a week!); you could see them every night!  

But every Christmas special was very clear on one thing, and that was the importance of Christmas magic. 

 Only kids who believed in their hearts could visit Santa’s workshop, bring Frosty the snowman to life, or truly appreciate the hidden mysteries of the season. That was such a powerful recurring theme that when I got to that age where kids naturally start to suspect that maybe Santa Claus wasn’t real, I felt intensely guilty. After all, all those cartoons warned that growing up was a bad thing, right? Leaving behind the whimsy and imagination of childhood for the mundane reality of the adult world was the worst possible thing a kid could do! 

When I set out to write Firebrat, I wanted to make a different kind of Christmas story, one about how we all grow up but maybe that’s not such a bad thing. I spent a large part of my childhood overseas, so my Christmas experiences tended to be a little more old world. My mother’s family was German, so we put out our shoes in the hallway on St. Nicholas Day, so that St. Nicholas would leave us chocolates. And my father’s family was Italian, so we did the same on Epiphany to get chocolates from the three Magi (My parents also said it was very important to leave out carrots for the Magi’s camels, though that’s the only time in my life I ever heard about camels eating carrots.) 

 My European relatives spun yarns about Christmas visitors quite different from the ones I’d heard of in the States, so I vividly remember being delightfully chilled by stories of Krampus, Zwarte Piet, and other weird beasties we could expect to see Christmas night. I wanted to bring some of that old world charm into Firebrat, capturing the feel of Christmas as a dangerous, liminal time when unknowable monsters are abroad. So if you like Christmas stories with weird twists and crazy monsters as much as I do, I hope you’ll help us bring Firebrat to life!

Reminiscent of Invader Zim and other classic animated adventures, Firebrat is a dynamic hand-drawn work of black and white ink spanning 140 pages. 

But not everything remains black and white- not with the power of CHRISTMAS MAGIC:

 

 

FIREBRAT will go from a softcover to a glorious hardcover graphic novel.  Perfect for fending off children. 

 

The graphic novels will feature glimmering foil stamping on their cover, to help that blood shine forth. 

 

The graphic novel hardcover will feature not just foil stamping, but embossing.  To Show Them All.

 

The entire graphic novel will transform from black and white and into vibrant full color. 

 

You, the backers, will vote on either Doodle the psycho elf or Princess Puffy the Christmas Unicorn- and one of them will become a plush, that comes bonus with every book.  (Tier 3 backers and up.)

 

 Never before has cold-blooded Christmas terror been so heartwarming. 

Risks and challenges

FIREBRAT will be the latest title brought to life by Vivid, Independent Publishing.

Mike has already tackled the black and white art for the entire book- that's ready to rock. Coloring the pages would hit us right smack in the freelance. We've already colored some sample art, as you can see- but completing the entire book will take some time. (That's why we have a Halloween delivery date- if we unlock color art, it'll take us a few months at least to finish the book.)

We're experienced in coloring pages, printing and delivering books, and also working with every type of merchandise offered in this campaign.

Can things go wrong? Naturally. But we'll get through it together, deliver as always, and keep you up to speed on developments or potential delays.

Worst case scenario we may land on the naughty list.

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    Tier 5- Krampus Special

    Everything from Tier 4- plus a bonus zine of holiday monsters, featuring authentic historical lore and devilish illustrations by the the author.

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    Tier 6- Santa's Private List

    Your personal copy of Firebrat, plus the Monster Zine, will be signed with a flourish by Mike Rosen himself.

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    Tier 7- Just an Inkling

    From the author's hand to your home- snatch an original pen-and-ink black and white piece of art from Mike Rosen. Plus everything from Tier 6, naturally.

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    Tier 8- Christmas Color Resurrection

    At this tier, your original art will now sport the full color treatment.

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    Tier 9- Santa's Horrifying Sack

    Only the abyss of Santa's Sack can tote all this holiday joy. Everything from Tier 8- plus a hand-crafted paper ornament created by Mike Rosen, a Danish Star- and to top it off, your very own Ugly Christmas Sweater from Teepublic featuring disturbing FIREBRAT art. Because even in holiday hell, it's nice to stay warm.

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    Tier 10- Ultimate Holiday Immortality

    Everything from Tier 10- plus you will appear somewhere as a cameo in the FIREBRAT graphic novel. Mike Rosen will work you in somewhere- will you be an elf? A North Pole kid? Or does some other fate await your likeness? Only one thing is for sure. Everyone you know will burn with undying jealousy.

    Plus, you will be granted access to the ultimate holiday secret- Grandma Rosen's Christmas cookie recipe. (DRM PROTECTED)

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