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Murder is a 20-issue graphic novel where domesticated animals, one species at a time, begin to link and communicate psychically.
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Update: Now that we are fully funded, Emiliano and I have decided, due to my lack of a writing portfolio, our best chance to be picked up by a major publisher is to complete the the entire first issue, rather than the industry standard minimum of 5 pages. This moves our goal post from $875 to $2,235! The good news is, we're half way there!! Please consider pledging to help us make this dream a reality and shift the social needle towards the advantage of all animal-kind. 

Murder is a graphic novel where, one species at a time, domesticated animals begin to link telepathically. The story will follow the sole human, an animal rights activist, who is able to link with them. Murder is a unique opportunity to provide a more realistic view of the inner workings of animals than is traditionally portrayed in the media.

Animal sketches by Emiliano Correa
Animal sketches by Emiliano Correa

We'll follow our protagonist Marcus, code-named The Butcher's Butcher, as he winds his way through slaughterhouses, hatcheries, trade conferences, and rodeos in his search for the truth. Time is running out as he uses his connection with animals to guide him towards the answers he needs to save the world.

Marcus, The Butcher's Butcher
Marcus, The Butcher's Butcher

Murder is a unique opportunity to present animals as animals and to help the reader empathize without anthropomorphizing them. Animals are placed in stories as plot points, part of the background or as Disney animals who talk and have human features. Murder will examine places in our society that the average comic book reader will not likely be aware of. 

Animal sketches by Emiliano Correa
Animal sketches by Emiliano Correa

 Murder will be penciled and inked by Argentinian native Emiliano Correa. Emiliano has worked on I-Team, Hexes, and Suinda. Drawing since he was 2 years old, it has been Emiliano's lifelong dream to draw sequential art and now he turns his skilled touch to Murder. 

This KickStarter campaign will pat Emiliano and letterer Micah Myers to prepare the first five pages of issue #1. From there we will take these pages, and whatever requirement whichever publishers require, to every publisher we can. The 5 page minimum is industry standard and will allow us to send our pitch to basically every publisher in graphic novels.

Murder artist Emiliano Correa
Murder artist Emiliano Correa

 Every donation of $25 or more will receive a handwritten "thank you" and personalized art of your favorite Murder character from the writer Matthew on the back of a postcard featuring Murder art by Emiliano Correa. I will be reaching out to each donor personally to find out who your favorite character is and will personally write a thank you with a doodle, just for you! And of course any donations are appreciated deeply. Thank you in advance for your generosity.

Cover concept art for issue #1 of Murder
Cover concept art for issue #1 of Murder

 

Risks and challenges

I think there is a real risk people aren't happy with my vision of what it would be like if animals started communicating and organizing telepathically. But, at the same time, the discussion I hope it sparks from people who agree or disagree with the portrayal.

Comparisons may be drawn between Murder and Animosity, a comic series published right now by Aftershock Comics. Animosity is a story about "The Wake," when all animals on the planet simultaneously and inexplicably are able to speak out loud. When I found out Animosity was a series, I had already developed characters and story-lines for Murder. I have read every issue (except for the last, issue #2 of their spin-off series Evolution) and Murder is a different premise, a different message and subtext, different writing styles and different art.

My experience in agriculture as the co-founder of Lazy Millennial Farms, as well as my more personal experience in advocating for animal rights, uniquely suits this project and the tight rope act that will be depicting the animals thoughtfully and in a thought provoking fashion.

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    Handwritten postcard from writer!

    Handwritten note and art from writer Matthew Loisel on postcard featuring Emiliano Correa's beautiful, one-of-a-kind art. Matt will ask each of you your favorite Murder character and he'll hand draw them and send it to you! We just need 35 donations of $25 to fund the campaign!! Anything is welcomed graciously.

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    "Trap Music, Not Mice" fridge magnet

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    "Trap music, not mice" mug

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    Murder Thumbdrive with BTS materials!

    Thumb-drive featuring Murder art, as well as original artwork from artist and author, early script drafts and notes, and other super secret project material!

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