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The lush words of Mercedes M. Yardley will pair with Orion Zangara's detailed art to create a gorgeous graphic novel.
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Line art by Orion Zangara and colors by Steve Canon
Line art by Orion Zangara and colors by Steve Canon

 “Bryony Adams is the type of girl who got murdered.”

Thus begins Pretty Little Dead Girls: A Novel of Murder and Whimsy written by Mercedes M. Yardley. Enter the world of Bryony Adams, the illustrious Star Girl, who is fated to be murdered. As she flees from the sentient desert that is calling out for her blood, she moves to Seattle where she meets a band of quirky characters who would do anything to save her and a likable serial killer bent on destroying her.

Pretty Little Dead Girls was released with great success initially as a novel, and now we (Mercedes M. Yardley and artist Orion Zangara) would love to bring it to you in a different medium: a graphic novel. Our one hundred page graphic novel adaptation of Pretty Little Dead Girls will be split into three volumes and eventually collected into one omnibus.  The goal of this Kickstarter is to receive funding to launch the first volume. 

Mercedes’s lush prose will pair beautifully with Orion’s jaw-dropping illustrations to bring about an unforgettable experience. With your help and support, we can create a graphic novel truly unlike anything else in the genre. Please donate and enjoy a graphic novel that discusses murder and love in equal measure, as well as unique, personal rewards. 

Illustration by Galen Dara Smith for original book cover
Illustration by Galen Dara Smith for original book cover

Mercedes M. Yardley is a whimsical dark fantasist who wears stilettos, red lipstick, and poisonous flowers in her hair. She is the author of many diverse works, including Beautiful Sorrows, the Stabby Award-winning Apocalyptic Montessa and Nuclear Lulu: A Tale of Atomic Love, Pretty Little Dead Girls: A Novel of Murder and Whimsy, Detritus in Love, and the BONE ANGEL trilogy. She recently won the prestigious Bram Stoker Award for her story Little Dead Red. Mercedes lives and creates in Las Vegas with her family and menagerie of battle-scarred, rescued animal familiars.

https://mercedesmyardley.com



Orion Zangara is an illustrator and comic book artist who lives in the Washington DC area. He is a graduate of The Kubert School, an art trade school with a concentration in sequential art, founded by his grandfather, Joe Kubert. He illustrated THE STONE MAN MYSTERIES, a trilogy graphic novel trilogy written by New York Times best-selling writer Jane Yolen and Adam Stemple for the Lerner Publishing Group.

http://www.orionzangara.com


Matt Stockwell is an amazing letterer and will be lettering this graphic novel,  Pretty Little Dead Girls Volume One. Previously he lettered a short story comic book, Sudden Sanctuary, illustrated by Orion for Chiral Mad Four published by Written Backwards and edited by Michael Bailey and Lucy A. Snyder. 

Steve Canon is a fantastic freelance colorist who is the colorist for the cover of Pretty Little Dead Girls Volume One.  His latest project is Phantom Lion Issue One published by Star Cross Comics.  

 Bryony Adams: The illustrious Star Girl. Cheery and ethereal. She is fated to be murdered, and everyone around her knows it. 

 Eddie Warshouski: A morose street musician who is beautiful and constantly full of sorrow. He has the fortunate misfortune of falling in love with the Star Girl.

 Chad the Fish Guy: A womanizing fish-thrower at Seattle’s Pike Place Market. He is charming, selfish, and just might learn something about love. 

 Rikki-Tikki: A good-natured, protective giant from Somoa with a Don’t-Murder-My-Friend attitude. He is dating Syrina. 

 Syrina: A fierce acting student who has a penchant for whimsical theater costumes and delicious food. She is Bryony’s roommate. 

 The Murderer: The serial killer who is obsessed with snuffing out Bryony’s light. She was born to be die and he was born to kill, and isn’t this a wonderful coincidence, indeed? 

 Detective Ian Bridger: The weary cop who wants, for once, to protect the victim before her murder actually occurs.  

 Stop Adams: Bryony’s long-suffering father. He is ground down to skin and bones after years of protecting his daughter from the fangs of fate. 

 Teddy Baker: A pretty boy with a melancholy countenance. He is Byrony’s first kiss and perhaps her first betrayal. 



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The creative team's challenge is to acquire time to work on this project. That challenge requires financial backing. If you can contribute, we will be forever grateful!

We hereby extend a heartfelt thank-you to all who contribute to our PRETTY LITTLE DEAD GIRLS campaign. You guys are the best.

Now let's get this Kickstarter funded!

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The PRETTY LITTLE DEAD GIRLS Team

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