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What happens when an art dealer is tasked to find a gangster's stolen painting in a city of interdimensional time travel?
What happens when an art dealer is tasked to find a gangster's stolen painting in a city of interdimensional time travel?
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Reviews for Lazlo

"Brilliant and ballsy, The Bawdy Tales of Lazlo Cale definitely lives up to it’s name..." - Pipedream Comics

"...a fun and mischievous satire about futurism, sexuality, and beauty." - Rogues Portal  

"It reads with a fun pacing as if you are watching your new favorite AdultSwim cartoon." - Ain't It Cool News

The Bawdy Tales of Lazlo Cale is a rollicking 48 page, mature readers sci-fi romp, created by Andrew Maxwell and Goran Gligović. If you're a fan of films like Ocean's 11 or The Thomas Crown Affair, and sci-fi in the vein of The Fifth Element, or Sex Criminals, then you'll love Lazlo.

This campaign is for issue one of a three part series, and is 100% complete. Our Kickstarter goal is to raise funds to print issue #1, with any additional funds going directly into the production of issue #2.

Disclaimer: Portions of this book contain graphic sexuality. 

Domestic US shipping included on all tiers, international shipping is additional.

Following recent events, the city of Paris is now littered with inter-dimensional time portals. 

Different species and technology from both past and future realities cohabit the city, becoming a hybrid of cultures and a world wide tourist attraction. While some may see this as chaotic and a threat to normalcy, others see it as the perfect moment to capitalize.

One such opportunist is Laszlo Cale, writer and high end art dealer. Unlike currency, or natural resources, art is a valued commodity regardless of time period or dimension. 

As an ex-gigolo to high end and powerful clients, Laszlo has built a catalogue of contacts amongst the upper crust of society. 

 Politicians, the ridiculously rich, and celebrities a like.  

Now retired, Lazlo has taken the art world by storm. He finally has the life he's always dreamed about. 

But success is short lived, and Lazlo is given a sudden ultimatum. Paris's most notorious drug kingpin has been robbed of his prized painting, and it's up to Lazlo to get it back. 

Or suffer the consequences...

Lazlo: Dashing rogue, art enthusiast, and narcissist... All hold true with Lazlo. His devil may care attitude may fool some, but to those that truly know him, know Lazlo is struggling. Moving on from the past has always proven difficult for him, and retreading old haunts and behaviors this time around may prove fatal. 

Nico: Rarely on time, foul mouthed, and not at all interested in art and the "finer things". Nico is one of the few people that can put Lazlo in his place. Best friend and bodyguard, the two have quite a history. Although what she may lack in social skills and polish, she more than makes up for in loyalty and a right hook.

Emile: Father figure and adoptive parent to Lazlo, Emile only wants the best for him. Although as he's learned in the past, nothing is ever simple with Lazlo. Emile will have to decide to help Lazlo once again, or show some tough love and let him flail. Even if that has all too lasting consequences. 

Inspector Malveaux: Tough as nails, and a constant thorn in Lazlo's side. Lazlo has always been one step ahead of the clever detective. That is until recently. With the criminal underworld close on Lazlo's heels, enemies may become allies if he wants to stay alive. 

Lazlo's ex: Our mystery man, and Paris's most notorious gangster. Rumored to have been Lazlo's lover in the past, however, it is unclear how much is actually true.

Although one thing is undenieable. Those who double cross or disobey his wishes don't survive long...

The debut issue comes in at an oversized 48 pages! This includes 37 fully colored story pages, and 11 pages of fantastic behind the scenes back matter. From concept art and influences, to the original inspiration for our adventure. Here's some art and examples of back matter to check out: 

Goran Gligović is a Serbian comic book artist and illustrator. He spent several years teaching elementary and high school English but has recently switched to a career in the visual arts. He enjoys fantasy, rock n roll and mountain hikes.

Andrew Maxwell is a Long Beach based writer, that along with The Bawdy Tales of Lazlo Cale, has co-created other comic tales such as Rum Row and Aldous Spark.

Adam Pruett is handling interior designs, prepress, and assisting with editorial duties. You may have seen his work in DHP, Rise, Savage Dragon, or Captain Ultimate.

Bernardo Brice is a letterer/writer based in Santiago, Chile. His lettering credits include the graphic novels "Justo: Una Espada contra el Imperio" for Amapola Editors, Aldous Spark for Grenade Fight Ink, and "Savage Empire" for Likes To Fight. You can check his portfolio at here and follow him on Twitter.

Sonia Harris designed the logo for Lazlo, and is an experienced graphic designer working in marketing, advertising, and branding. Her many comic book credits include Sex and Gødland, see more here.

Jim Rugg Variant Cover:

 

8.5" x 11" Art Prints:

Digital Commissions

Goran will deliver a full body commission of any character you choose. This can be from Lazlo universe or otherwise. It's totally up to you! It will arrive right to your inbox, fully colored, in a beautiful high-res file. Below are a few examples of his previous commissions: 

Judge Judy
Judge Judy

Original Art

We are making Jim Rugg's original art for both his pin up, and the variant cover available for purchase. Below is a picture of both black and white originals.

Variant Cover
Variant Cover
Pin-up
Pin-up

Rum Row: A prohibition themed aerial crime adventure by myself and artist Michele Bandini. 

Synopsis: To avoid dry laws, rumrunners and patrons alike have taken to the sky. Dirigibles and hot air balloons now serve as floating speakeasies and black markets for alcohol. Enter Rum Row...

Chaos ensues as the NYPD and various factions battle it out in the skies over New York City. 

Three-piece, custom made, die struck hard-enamel pin set in a 1.5 inch size. Designs by Daniel White, and logo by Sonia Harris.

Aldous Spark: A high octane adventure co-written by myself and Peter Miriani, and drawn by the fabulous Mauricio Alvarez. 

Synopsis: The year is 1899. A secret war is being fought for the control of the 20th Century. At the center of the conflict is Aldous Spark, covert operative of the Black Moth Society, an underground collective of anarchists, saboteurs, and other deadly eccentrics. Together with his apprentice, Isaiah, Aldous wages a silent battle against the forces of power in an attempt to reshape the industrial age for the good of all.

Tons of humor, heart, and beautiful Victorian era action courtesy of Mauricio. Check out some of the interiors here:

Risks and challenges

The issue is 100% finished and ready for print. So the only time constraints will be the printing and shipping process. This is also my forth Kickstarter project, so we have a good idea of what to expect during the process of the campaign.

All digital content will be e-mailed within two weeks of the Kickstarter funds being transferred into our account. Art prints, and all other reward levels will be sent to the printers within one week of the Kickstarter campaign closing.

We have taken all reasonable measure to optimize this process to provide premiums to our backers as quickly as possible. As soon as we receive the merchandise, we will promptly package and ship each order to ensure you receive your premiums as quickly as possible.

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