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Charlie is the latest recruit of an ancient order of vampire hunters tasked with saving the world…and she really isn’t happy about it!
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Borough Churches: The Beginning - Art by Amrit Birdi & Dee Cunniffe
Borough Churches: The Beginning - Art by Amrit Birdi & Dee Cunniffe

The Premise

For generations the Borough of Churches has been the last line in defence against the ruthless vampire Lord Brother Marcus and his blood thirsty horde.

Charlie Swanson is the latest recruit to join the fight. Trouble is, she doesn’t give a damn about the Borough of Churches or what it fights for…yet! 

Full of action, horror and comedy…oh and a wise-cracking badass female lead who will be sure to keep you entertained along the way. Essentially about family heritage…and all the crap that comes with it.

Created by Writer Adam Cheal (Redemption Heights, Toxic Storm) and  bestselling illustrator Amrit Birdi (Joe Sugg’s Username:Evie, F2’s Galaxy of Football, Assassins Creed), join us and Charlie as she discovers the dark secrets of her heritage and its true intent…with humour, horror and a whole lot of blood! 

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Okay, so what's it about?

Meet Charlie Swanson: our protagonist and next in line to head up the Borough of Churches - an ancient and secret order of vampire hunters. Basically, protectors of humanity from the scum of the Earth.

How did she get this gig? Simple: the short story is - she’s cursed!

Way back in the day lived Charlie’s Great, Great, Great, Great, Great Granddad, Doyle Swan. He was a simple altar boy and assistant to priest called Brother Marcus.

The English Church, led by do-gooder Brother Marcus, set off for Eastern Europe to help rid the world of a new threat of vampires called The Horde. But thing’s didn't exactly go to plan when Brother Marcus succumbed to the evil of the undead.

Interior art - Brother Marcus (Left) and Doyle Swan (Right)
Interior art - Brother Marcus (Left) and Doyle Swan (Right)

Doyle and Brother Marcus, once friends, became mortal enemies - the living versus the dead. This was a fight which continued through the generations of the Swan family, long after Doyle’s death.

Borough of Churches: The Beginning joins the story in the present day as we reveal the one moment that changed Charlie’s life as a normal Brooklyn cop and catapults her into the world of battling the undead, delves into her family dark family heritage and challenges her to step into battle to take down Brother Marcus and his vampire Horde. 

Interior art
Interior art

The Graphic Novel 

The Graphic Novel
The Graphic Novel

Borough of Churches: The Beginning will be made up of 68 pages of full-colour sequential comic art, presented in an 80-page soft back graphic novel format and with three covers available:

Cover options
Cover options

In addition to the books (available in both physical and digital formats), we also have a number of additional rewards: 

Original art reward by Jimbo Salgado!
Original art reward by Jimbo Salgado!
Alternate cover art (Cover B) by Renzo Rodriguez and Joaquin Pereyra
Alternate cover art (Cover B) by Renzo Rodriguez and Joaquin Pereyra

The Rewards

The Creators

Adam Cheal - (Writer)

Adam has written many comics and graphic novels including Toxic Storm, Terminus at Fenton’s Green, Slowheart, Family Tree and is the EIC for the British Showcase Anthology. 

He’s gotten pretty good at it now, but you’ll find that out when you read the book.

Amrit Birdi - (Artist)

Amrit Birdi is a No.1 Times Best-Selling Comic Book Artist, most widely known for best known for illustrating Joe Sugg’s Username:Series (Hodder & Stoughton/Hachette).

He has delivered comic art, concept design, cover art, storyboards and commercial illustration end-clients such as Netflix, Square Enix, SKY, Porsche, Universal, Hachette, Pepsi Co, ITV, Ubisoft, Nike, Warner Bros and Titan Comics.

Borough of Churches was Amrit's first project back when he started making comics back in 2013, so he's VERY excited to be continuing work on the series.

Mike Summers - (Colorist )

Mike is a man of few words but heaps of talent. He has worked on pretty much all of Adam’s books and most titles for Unstoppable Comics.

Mindy Lopkin - (Letters)

Not only is Mindy a talented letterer and designer, she also has writing and illustration skills. Mindy put’s all those finishing touches on a book which elevates it from good to superb. She has worked on too many books to mention including many titles from Adam and Amrit - including Username:Evie and Redemption Heights. 

Risks and challenges

The risks for completion of this project are very low, and heres why:

- Adam has written the entire story

- Amrit manages and delivers illustrative projects for a range of large and small clients on a daily basis, he's a well-oiled machine.

- Amrit has already drawn 54 pages of the 68 pages of story - so we're almost there pre-launch!

- We already have an eye on our next campaign, so should this go well(!), we can bounce back and deliver you more story faster!

So just sit back, relax and await your graphic novel, which should land July 2018.

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    THE BOOK - DIGITAL (COVER A)

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    EARLY-BIRD: THE BOOK - PRINT (COVER A)

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    THE BOOK - PRINT (COVER A)

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    THE BOOK + KS-EXCLUSIVE PRINT

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    THE BOOK - ARTISTS EDITION (COVER C)

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    TWO BOOKS!

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    - 1x printed graphic novel with your choice of COVER B or COVER C.

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    - 1x Kickstarter-exclusive art print by Jimbo Salgado!

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    THE BOOK + CUSTOM SKETCH (COVER A)

    Want your copy to come with a unique edge? A custom head sketch by artist Amrit Birdi should do it!

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    1x printed graphic novel, with COVER A by Amrit Birdi (80-page). The inside page will come signed and with a custom head sketch of a BOC character of your choice by Amrit Birdi.

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    BOC: WRITER & ARTISTS PACK

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    - 1x printed graphic novel, with COVER A by Amrit Birdi (80-page)

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    - 1x Kickstarter-exclusive art print by Jimbo Salgado!

    - Access to Amrit Birdi's layout work, development & character sketches as well as a look at 'art that didn't make it'. Any up-and-coming artist stands to learn a lot!

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    THE BOOK + FULL COMMISSION (COVER A)

    Want your copy to come with a piece of bespoke art? A custom commission by artist Amrit Birdi would be perfect!

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    BOC: ULTIMATE FAN PACK

    For a true fan: Cover A, with custom head sketch and signature by Amrit, the KS-exclusive print, a full character commission by Amrit and ALL development work and behind-the-scenes by both Adam and Amrit!

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    1x printed graphic novel, with COVER A by Amrit Birdi (80-page). The inside page will come signed and with a custom head sketch of a BOC character of your choice by Amrit Birdi.

    - 1x digital graphic novel, with COVER A by Amrit Birdi (80-page)

    - 1x Kickstarter-exclusive art print by Jimbo Salgado!

    - 1x A4 b/w character commission of your choice by artist Amrit Birdi

    - Access to Amrit Birdi's layout work, development & character sketches as well as a look at 'art that didn't make it'. Any up-and-coming artist stands to learn a lot!

    - A copy of Adam Cheal's BOC script, artist annotations, notes and development work. Worth its weight in gold to any new comic writers!

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    OWN JIMBO SALGADO ORIGINAL ART

    OWN ORIGINAL ART DRAWN BY SUPERSTAR ARTIST JIMBO SALGADO!

    Just ONE of these in the world, which means just one chance for you to own it! We can send you a high res image if you would like to back via this reward, so just get in touch!

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    BE ONE OF THE VAMPIRE HORDE!

    Everything in the BOC Ultimate Fan pack + have your likeness used as one of the Vampire Horde in the graphic novel!

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    OWN AN ORIGINAL BOC PAGE! (LIMITED TO 5)

    Want to own an original pencilled page of BOC, hand-drawn by Amrit Birdi? Yep, we thought so.

    All pages from the graphic novel will be available, but we're only giving away FIVE originals from the series, so get em fast!

    If you would like a choice of pages, just get in touch with us and we'll be happy to send images.

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    COVER ORIGINAL ART!

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