It's Ravenous meets The Sixth Sense!
Northern California, January 1847: What would you do to survive?
Bless the Children is a Western about the physical and mental dangers of being isolated on the frontier. I have had the story kicking around in my head for years, being inspired by stories of doomed westward expeditions, but I never thought it was complete.
Until it was. In January I realized that the connective tissue of the story was there, and when I went over it in my head there weren't any parts missing. So I wrote it down over the last week in January. It still didn't feel complete, but I knew the parts of the story were there. But I didn't know how they should be told. That's when I started thinking about art styles, and I came across some of the earliest comic books by Rodolphe Toeppfer. Although meant for satire, I thought it might be an interesting experiment to try to fit the style to horror. I found artist Greg Woronchak and he was enthused about the project, so I brought him on board. So what we ended up with was a minimalist Western horror story illustrated in the style of early 19th century social satire.
It's a mini-comic at only 15 pages, but it will be in a nonstandard format - landscape orientation and magazine-sized (10.5" x 8") with a standard cover - to fit the style of the time. If nothing else, it will look novel!
Does it work? That's up to you to determine.
Below you'll learn a bit about the characters.
The below handy graphic shows them visually. For more information scroll past.
$1,100 (UNLOCKED!): Everyone gets a free 4-page PDF to every backer who pledged $2 or more previewing our next comic, CAT & MOUSE, a horror story about Japanese game shows! This will be out by the end of the year. More about the story is below.
$1,500 (UNLOCKED!): Instead of the preview, if we reach $1,500 we will be giving each backer who pledged $2 or more a PDF of the entirety of our next comic, CAT & MOUSE! It is 17 story pages in manga-style black & white with a cover color. This will be out by the end of the year or possibly early 2018.
$1,950: In addition to the PDF of CAT & MOUSE, anyone receiving a print copy of BLESS THE CHILDREN also receives a print copy of CAT & MOUSE! Print copies of CAT & MOUSE are manga-sized. This will delay all print rewards until it is released around December or possibly early 2018.
WHERE THE MONEY IS GOING - The money is going entirely to art costs. If we vastly overfund, the money is going to pay for printing costs, trademark and copyright registration for Bless the Children, and the creation of our next comic, Cat & Mouse!
More information about The Order of Dracula and Cat & Mouse:
Risks and challenges
Save for two pages reserved for backer draw-ins, the book is complete! We have run a successful Kickstarter before and delivered all rewards in less than two months!Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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