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Noir Mexican-American Detective with Powers Fueled by Coffee.  A supernatural crime thriller about human trafficking.
Noir Mexican-American Detective with Powers Fueled by Coffee. A supernatural crime thriller about human trafficking.
34 backers pledged $1,019 to help bring this project to life.

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Special Thanks To Nolen Boe- Dream Maker - actually an Officer and a Gentleman! The Espresso is truly calling the shots for you, Nolen. Hats off.

UNLOCKED!! STRETCH GOAL #1/2 SUBWAY VIGILANTE COMIC .PDF!

 SUBWAY VIGILANTE COMIC is a one-shot, 15 page Noir Comic based on a true life story. 

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sample page, not lettered
 

STRETCH GOAL #1 Monster Noir PI Pin Up

We need to get to $1500 to unlock #1  Then everyone at every level gets this black and white digital high resolution pin-up

STRETCH GOAL #1 PIN-UP
STRETCH GOAL #1 PIN-UP

Goal Grinding Bonus #1! 

Early backers obliterated the goal, knocking the funding out of the park!

ESPRESSO FOR EVERYONE!

Espresso Detective No.2 that is! As a bonus I will send every backer at any level a digital version of the first 5 pages of Issue No. 2  

Espresso Detective No.2 Page One Preview- work in progress-
Espresso Detective No.2 Page One Preview- work in progress-

 

Issue One Cover
Issue One Cover

 

This Comic is a High Octane, Cafe Racer, Espresso Shot with a Lightning Bolt Chaser of a Ride!

High Resolution Pin Up #1
High Resolution Pin Up #1

If you have a taste for Noir Crime/Supernatural Fiction, here’s what’s on THE MENU:

 Pack all that down with an espresso shot of stereotype busting & a lemon zest twist!

I’m Eric Erdek and the things I love fight the things I hate.

Eric Erdek
Eric Erdek

 

I grew up half of the time in Guatemala where my Mother’s family is from and the other half in Brooklyn where my Father’s is from. Guatemala had a civil war going on and Brooklyn was like a war zone. Every block in Brooklyn was a different territory where the local kids saw outsiders as enemies.

I hate bullies, any time a stronger person picks a fight with a weaker one… be it dictators, corrupt police, military oppressors or a bunch of big kids picking on a solitary girl on the subway. I hate it.

I love comics. From early childhood, in both countries, comic books were and are a source of joy and fun and chills and sadness, but more than anything they are a place where the weak have champions. Flawed, confused, and wonderfully human champions. I love blues music, espresso coffee, noir detectives, empowered beautiful women, cafe racer motorcycles, spicy food, mystic warriors and hot cars.

                    HEROS WANTED! 

I’m making a comic book where the things I love fight the things I hate! It's called THE ESPRESSO DETECTIVE COMIC. The Mexican P.I.

I’m a one man band, I write, draw, color and letter the comic.

In the past I dabbled in comics enough to keep a pro badge at Comic-Con with work like: The Subway Vigilante Comic, Heavy Metal Magazine Cover,  Portrait of Ray Bradbury. 

2007 Heavy Metal Magazine and Portrait of Ray Bradbury by Eric Erdek
2007 Heavy Metal Magazine and Portrait of Ray Bradbury by Eric Erdek

 

Poster signing by Ray Bradbury and Eric Erdek
Poster signing by Ray Bradbury and Eric Erdek

          

                 Fine Art from my past:

"The Coat" and "Seeing Through Beauty" by Eric Erdek
"The Coat" and "Seeing Through Beauty" by Eric Erdek

Now, after a life of fine art painting and working in U.S. embassies in dozens of countries and directing actors professionally for decades, I want to give back to the medium that I love best! I want to make comics!

                  THE ROAD TO NOIR 

It was a hard learning curve to go from fine art painter to comics. In 2011 the comic art for Espresso Detective looked like this:

                 WENT FROM BAD ART

Panel 1 for Espresso Detective from 2011
Panel 1 for Espresso Detective from 2011

 

Panel 2 for Espresso Detective from 2011
Panel 2 for Espresso Detective from 2011

I’ve drawn and redrawn and fine tuned this comic. The Art NOW:

                       TO GREAT ART

Page sample from Espresso Detective No. One 2017
Page sample from Espresso Detective No. One 2017

The Espresso Detective Comic is planned as an ongoing series with monthly or bi-monthly issues. It will span many different aspects of the flawed champion, starting with the first story arc about human trafficking. As the series unfolds we will find out everything from why The Espresso Detective cannot love only one woman, why coffee gives him super powers and the definitive answers to the ultimate questions of the universe. (Really.)

WHAT I HAVE ACCOMPLISHED SO FAR.

I’ve finished issue one and I'm about half way through issue two. I do all the work on my Mac: writing, art and lettering.

WHERE DID THE MONEY GO?

 We’re trying to raise money in this campaign, it makes sense that you want to know where your pledge money is going. After fees and taxes, All the money goes to the creative team. (Uh... yeah, that's me.)

I’ve been putting my spare time into this project and pledge money will give me more time to keep working on it and keep the dream alive! (And then I can get the next issues out! Cliff-hanger!)

SOMEBODY HELP THAT POOR MAN! 

This book needs an audience! Read the comic and help me spread the word! I love comics! You love comics? We should hang out!

                 CAN YOU DIG IT!? 

I hope you love the art, I hope you get excitement, laughs and chills from the story! I hope you just can’t freaking wait to find out what happens next! It’s the very best I could possible make it and I hope you love it!

If you’re ready to jump in, then it’s time to pledge.

Almost ready to jump in but want to dip a foot in the pool first? Then Click here to see an extra preview of the comic. (Spoilers.)

Throw on your favorite Blues track, knock back an espresso and pledge to this amazing new comic to help make it happen!

 music: "The Poison Tree" by Moby courtesy of MOBYGRATIS.COM

additional music: Betterdays by BENSOUND.COM 

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    Espresso Shot Deluxx w Original Art

    Digital Issue no.1 for your reading pleasure.
    Plus an Original Sketch dedicated to you, in your copy alone! One of a kind, collector special! And the knowledge that you made this project happen.

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    Dream Maker

    (The exception to the All-Digital rule!)
    This is for those that make dreams come true!
    Digital comic No.1
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    Custom, limited edition, signed
    HARDCOVER PRINTED COMIC
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    Museum quality printed Pin Up
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    Major dedication in Digital and future Print edition of No.1
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    An original one-of-a-kind sketch by Eric Erdek in the hardcover comic.

    For those to whom Espresso Truly Calls the Shots, and make the world a better place!

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