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When a newcomer arrives in a small town, he begins seeing children of whom no one else is aware.  Who are they and what do they want?
When a newcomer arrives in a small town, he begins seeing children of whom no one else is aware. Who are they and what do they want?
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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.  

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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. 

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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.

 

STRETCH GOALS  

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:

 THE BUZZ

Bless the Children has been featured on Screamfix, Sigmatestudio, WrittenSins, and Outright Geekery!  The latter gave a 5-page preview of the story a 5/5!

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!

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    Newborn

    DRM-free PDF of BLESS THE CHILDREN! 15 B&W story pages plus B&W front cover, inside front cover, back cover, and inside back cover acknowledgments page listing all backers who pledged at this level or above!

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    The PDF of BLESS THE CHILDREN and the print copy! Print copies of BLESS THE CHILDREN are magazine-sized (8" x 10.5") with standard cover.

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    Digital dip into heresy! PDFs of the standard editions of BLESS THE CHILDREN and THE ORDER OF DRACULA!

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    ALL-DIGITAL BLESSED!

    -DRM-free PDF of Bless the Children
    -DRM-free PDF of Bless the Children Settler's Edition! This 52-page edition includes the story, commentary on every page and panel by writer Joseph Duis, and the original script.

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    Child

    Digital+print dip into heresy!

    -Print & PDF copies of Bless the Children

    -Print & PDF copies of our other comic, THE ORDER OF DRACULA full-color 30-page standard edition!

    All ORDER OF DRACULA print editions are 7.25" x 10.5" with standard cover.

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    ALL-DIGITAL HERETIC!

    -PDF of Bless the Children
    -PDF of Bless the Children Settler's Edition
    -PDF of The Order of Dracula
    -PDF of The Order of Dracula Director's Cut, the 102-page version including original script, writer commentary by Joseph Duis on every page and panel, and original character designs by Don Cardenas

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    Preteen

    The SETTLER'S EDITION! In addition to the standard edition PDF and print copies of BLESS THE CHILDREN, you will also get a second PDF and a second print copy with the SETTLER'S EDITION comic! This will include the original script and commentary by writer Joseph Duis on every page and panel! Settler's Edition print copies are also magazine-sized and are 52 pages.

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    Teenager

    -PDF & print copies of BLESS THE CHILDREN standard edition
    -PDF & print copies of BLESS THE CHILDREN Settler's Edition
    -11"x17" BLESS THE CHILDREN art print of the cover!

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    Adult

    -PDF & print copies of BLESS THE CHILDREN standard edition
    -PDF & print copies of BLESS THE CHILDREN Settler's Edition
    -11"x17" BLESS THE CHILDREN art print
    -Be drawn into the book as a background character in one panel! We can't guarantee you will survive, though . . .

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    EVERYTHING HERETICAL!
    -PDF & print copies of BLESS THE CHILDREN standard edition
    -PDF & print copies of BLESS THE CHILDREN Settler's Edition
    -11"x17" BLESS THE CHILDREN art print
    -Print copy of THE ORDER OF DRACULA standard edition
    -Print copy of the ORDER OF DRACULA variant cover edition inspired by the Silver Age of comics
    -Print copy of THE ORDER OF DRACULA 102-page Director's Cut edition with writer commentary, original character designs, and original script!
    -an 11"x17" art print of THE ORDER OF DRACULA cover
    -an 11"x17" art print of THE ORDER OF DRACULA variant cover inspired by the Silver Age!
    -be drawn into the book as a background character in one panel!
    -an original art page (pencils & inks) from THE ORDER OF DRACULA by Don Cardenas! Some have already sold with only 27 remaining (24 interior art pages, variant cover, and 2 pages of original character designs remain)!

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