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51 Serif St. is a 38 page horror comic created by Horatiu Radoiu telling the tale the 51 house for rehabilitating criminals.
51 Serif St. is a 38 page horror comic created by Horatiu Radoiu telling the tale the 51 house for rehabilitating criminals.
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Hello, and thank you for visiting my page!

A little about me. My name is Horatiu Radoiu, a student at Pratt Institute in Brooklyn, NYC, and an aspiring comic book creator. I'm trying to take my art out there and show it to whoever wants to take a look, so I'm hoping I can find some of you here on Kickstarter who would be interested in my work, so without further ado, hereeeeeeeeeees, 51 Serif St., a 38 page full color comic in 7"x7" square photo book format:

Welcome to the 51 Serif St. halfway house for rehabilitating criminals!

Ivan Rosdower got a second chance. All he had to do to get off his sentence was to go for treatment and rehabilitation at the 51 Serif St. house. But when he arrives, he realizes there is more to the place than he thought. Patients start acting weird, the staff is secretive and abusive, and our protagonist finds himself doubting the rehabilitation he was led to believe he was receiving.

So why the weird format?

I grew up on comics, and as an artist I always spent more time staring at the art than worrying why Captain America was kicking Red Skull's butt. I always saw comics as a legitimate form of art. From McKean to Templesmith and Menton3, I always believed comics can hand in any gallery.

So there is the first reason, I want to present this as an art book of sorts. Something even a non-comic book reader can sit on their coffee table and show off to friends. And while you're looking at the art, you're also getting a pretty darn creepy story to boot, so what's not to love?!

Ok, but why 7"x7"?

Well, the things the protagonist is experiencing are panic, disarray, and uncertainty. The 51 house is not a nice place, and he knows it. So by squishing what was a portrait model into a square, you can build that tension. You are now trapped in the box with him. So, there you have it!

That's a fairly expensive book, how come?

Well, a small run book at Blurb costs quite a bit. The limit is low because can't do a large volume, so what you pay for is what you get. I hope to raise some money for further books I could take to cons, but it's gonna be a limited run, and based on demand. So you may just have a book that only 20 other people have!

Well, I hope some of this helps answer some of the questions, but feel free to get in contact with me anytime and give feedback and questions, I can be found on twitter at twitter.com/viley

Here's yet another peek at some in progress work:

And some concept art/ideas for cover/pinup:

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    All of the perks of the $50 plus a 7x7 sketch!
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    All of the $50 rewards, plus, you get to be part of the comic! Yes, you or a friend will be drawn in as one of the reforming patients in the 51 house! All you gotta do is send in the reference photos!
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    All of the $50 rewards, plus I will send you a panel of your choice as an 8x10 print on glossy photo paper. Makes for a great super creepy addition to any home!
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    All of the perks of the $50 plus a commission head sketch digital piece! Pick a character or super hero, or whatever you'd like(within reason) and I'll do an awesome digital head sketch painting. It will be send out on 8x10 glossy photo paper!
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    NYC residents only!
    On top of all of the $50 rewards, I will meet with you (over a beer of whatever you'd like) and share in the techniques used to create the book, or how the story is scripted, or anything else you may desire to know!

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    All of the perks of the $50 reward, and I will draw you whatever you'd like. Take your pick. Want a cover for a book you're working on? Done! Want a pinup of some creepy zombie? Can do! Wanna see Superman fighting Kermit? Err, ok, we can do that too!
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    You get the hardcover, a softcover, the .pdf, the print, and I'll draw a 5 page story for you! Pitch it, frame it, share it with friends, whatever you'd like!
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