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LUST is a prose book, a comic book, & an art book by Steve Niles, Ben Templesmith, & menton3 exploring the interplay of virtue & vice.

[UPDATE 10/23] LUST has been upgraded from a 48 page hardcover to 72 pages and will now have a foreward by brilliant sociocultural commentator and futurist Warren Ellis!

LUST will be a limited-edition 9x12" two-sided 48 page hardcover book written by Steve Niles with art on one-half by menton3 and art on the other half by Ben Templesmith.

LUST book - menton3 cover on one side, Ben Templesmith cover on the other side
LUST book - menton3 cover on one side, Ben Templesmith cover on the other side

The creators will explore the nature of the virtues and vices, specifically Chastity and Lust, as well as consider what it is that one may teach us about the other, then concluding this exploration by meeting at the book's middle.

LUST will be the first time Niles and Templesmith are collaborating together since their first, critically-acclaimed book 30 Days of Night, which went on to define a publisher, spawn a major motion picture, and launch their careers a decade ago this year. Now with menton3 on board, LUST will be a unique fusion of art, prose, and sequential storytelling playing to the strengths of all three creators.

LUST is being produced by 44FLOOD, as we're all about offering unique projects direct to the reader that would often be considered unsuitable to the industry at large. Our goal is to get you involved through this Kickstarter campaign to make LUST a reality.

We're raising funds to create, print, and promote this limited-edition book by offering it as a discounted direct pre-order here along with Kickstarter exclusive prints, giclees, and original art you'll only be able to get by jumping on early.

Thank you for your time, consideration, and support!

DESCRIPTION OF REWARDS

All rewards have U.S. shipping already included! Please add additional stated amounts for international shipping.

* LUST TAROT exclusive print by menton3

This amazing 11x17" print will be signed and embossed by menton3 on heavy paper stock and will only ever be available during this Kickstarter!

* CHASTITY TAROT exclusive print by Ben Templesmith

This amazing 11x17" print will be signed and embossed by Ben on heavy paper stock and will only ever be available during this Kickstarter!

* GENTLY DOES IT exclusive print by Ben Templesmith

This beautiful 11x17" print will be signed and embossed by Ben Templesmith on heavy paper stock and will only ever be available during this Kickstarter!

* ALBEDO ONE exclusive print by menton3

This beautiful 11x14" print will be signed and embossed by menton3 on heavy paper stock and will only ever be available during this Kickstarter!

* WELL OF MNEMOSYNE II exclusive giclee print by menton3

This stunning 18x24" museum quality giclee print will be signed/numbered by menton3 and will only ever be available during this Kickstarter!

* A LITTLE WIDER exclusive giclee print by Ben Templesmith

This stunning 24x18" museum quality giclee print will be signed/numbered by Ben and will only ever be available during this Kickstarter!

* Ultra-Limited Slipcase Edition of LUST with exclusive covers

This edition of LUST is limited to 200 and will be housed in a beautiful full-color slipcase featuring two exclusive covers, one each by Ben Templesmith and menton3. This edition will also include a numbered plate with signatures from all three LUST creators.

* Ultra-Limited Slipcase Edition of LUST with exclusive covers + unique one-page Steve Niles LUST prose piece on vellum

This edition of LUST is the same as the ultra-limited slipcase edition but in addition for each pledge Steve Niles will write a unique one-page LUST prose piece that will be signed, printed on vellum, and then placed in to your book and your book alone! This special edition will be limited to the number of books sold here and will be numbered, as well as signed by all three LUST creators!

* Painted Art Ultra-Limited Slipcase Edition of LUST with a unique painted piece of art by either Ben Templesmith or menton3

This edition of LUST is the same as the ultra-limited slipcase edition and will also include a unique painted piece of art by either Ben Templesmith or menton3 related to the subject of LUST. This special edition will be limited to the number of books sold here and will be numbered, as well as signed by all three LUST creators!

* Colored cover for your project by menton3 - SOLD OUT!!

Do you have a book that needs an amazing cover? menton3 will create a colored cover just for your project! You will receive a print-ready file and the right to publish the piece as your cover!

* Original Art Sketches by Ben Templesmith and menton3!

Some of the pledges include a sketch from one of the LUST artists. If you select these pledges, then the artist will choose a LUST-related sketch to draw for you in your copy!

* Original Art for LUST TAROT by menton3 - SOLD!!

You will get the original art for "Lust Tarot done on 11x17" card stock with pen/ink and watercolor!

* Original Art for CHASTITY TAROT by Ben Templesmith - SOLD!!

You will get the original art for "Chastity Tarot" done on 11x17" Bristol board with pen/ink and watercolor!

* Original Art for A LITTLE WIDER by Ben Templesmith - SOLD!!

You will get the original art for the oil painting "A Little Wider" done on gessoed 17x11" card stock!

* Original Art for GENTLY DOES IT by Ben Templesmith

You will get the original art for the oil painting "A Little Wider" done on gessoed 17x11" card stock!

* One-Of-A-Kind Handmade/Hand-Painted Sculpture by menton3 & Ben Templesmith

You will receive a one-of-a-kind handmade and hand-painted sculpture made with Super Sculpey by either menton3 or Ben Templesmith based on the vice LUST! Even better, each of the three sculptures offered here will be photographed and published in the book! The image shown below is an example of the kind of sculptural work you can expect (photo of sculptural art by menton3).

* Original Art for NIGREDO ONE by menton3 - SOLD!!

You will get the original fine art oil painting "Nigredo One" done on 18x18" linen!

* Original Art for ALBEDO ONE by menton3 - SOLD!!

You will get the original fine art oil painting "Albedo One" done on 11x14" canvas!

* Original Art for INDULGENCE 0.1 by menton3 - SOLD!!

You will get the original fine art oil painting "Indulgence 0.1" done on 15x30" Belgian linen!

* Original Art for SOMETHING CLOSE TO A VIRTUE by menton3 - SOLD!!

You will get the original fine art oil painting "Something Close to a Virtue" done on 36x48" canvas. This painting will be menton3's exclusive cover on the slipcase of the LUST ultra-limited editions.

* Original Art for INDULGENCE 3 by menton3

You will get the original fine art oil painting "Indulgence 3" done on hand-stretched 27x60" linen. This piece has been published as the cover to MONOCYTE #4, as well as the cover to the collected MONOCYTE hardcover edition.

Again...thank you so much for your consideration and support!

For more information, please check out www.44FLOOD.com

Risks and challenges Learn about accountability on Kickstarter

44FLOOD has already secured partial financing for the development, printing, and promotion of this project. We're seeking to raise the additional minimum amount needed to go forward with conducting this project. In the case that such monies aren't raised, then we will seek external financing from one of a number of sources. The creative team is 100% committed to executing the content in full for no up-front fees, being compensated 100% based on the sales of the books, prints, and art. Regarding the fulfillment of all pledges, we've gained considerable experience from a prior successful Kickstarter campaign and have the book printer, printmaker, and packaging designs for shipping already established and secured.

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