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An original graphic novel from Ben Templesmith about an old soldier from a forgotten war now in an alien world.

UPDATE 12-06-13 --> WE PUT A LITTLE VIDEO TOGETHER THANKING YOU ALL FOR YOUR INCREDIBLE SUPPORT OF THE SQUIDDER AND 44FLOOD!

UPDATE 12-05-13 --> PRELUDE INFO AND PRINT UPGRADE! EVERYONE WHO PLEDGES FOR A COPY OF THE KRAKEN EDITION WILL ALSO RECEIVE A SPECIAL KICKSTARTER EXCLUSIVE 8.5x12" PRINT, "CHOP CHOP"!!! CHECK BELOW FOR THE IMAGE.

UPDATE 11-28-13 --> PRINT UPGRADE! EVERYONE WHO PLEDGES FOR A COPY OF THE SQUIDDER BOOK WILL ALSO RECEIVE A SPECIAL KICKSTARTER EXCLUSIVE 8.5x12" PRINT, "IN UTERO"!!! CHECK BELOW FOR THE IMAGE.

UPDATE 11-21-13 --> THE SQUIDDER BOOKMARK UPGRADE! EVERYONE WHO PLEDGES FOR A COPY OF THE SQUIDDER BOOK WILL RECEIVE THE SQUIDDER BOOKMARK. IMAGE OF THE BOOKMARK IS BELOW.

UPDATE 11-20-13 --> A PROCESS VIDEO FROM BEN WHEREIN HE GOES A BIT DEEPER INTO WHAT THE SQUIDDER IS ALL ABOUT AND WHERE EXACTLY HE'S COMING FROM WITH CREATING IT.

UPDATE 11-14-13 --> THE SQUIDDER UPGRADED FROM 108 PAGES TO 144 PAGES!!!

THE SQUIDDER is an original graphic novel about an old soldier from a forgotten war in a post-apocalyptic world that has left him behind. The book promises heavy horror, fantasy, and Lovecraftian elements, as well as black humor.

THE SQUIDDER will be a limited run 8.5x12" 108 page (NOW UPGRADED TO 144 PAGES) hardcover graphic novel written and drawn by Ben Templesmith, New York Times best selling comic book artist (creator/co-creator of 30 DAYS OF NIGHT with Steve Niles, FELL with Warren Ellis, WORMWOOD: GENTLEMAN CORPSE, and WELCOME TO HOXFORD) in his first new creator-owned traditional comic in five years!

We're also offering a special limited collectible KRAKEN edition of THE SQUIDDER that will have the hardcover book housed in a beautiful slipcase that features exclusive art with an embossed, numbered, and signed plate included in the book. And don't forget the two Kickstarter exclusive prints, Squid Mommy and Squid Daddy!

(NOW UPGRADED: THE SQUIDDER BOOK COMES WITH A SPECIAL KICKSTARTER EXCLUSIVE 8.5x12" PRINT TO BE REVEALED SOON!)

In the vein of Mad Max meets Cthulhu, THE SQUIDDER will explore themes of a changing world, propaganda, and the nature of control via the main character. We'll follow this journey of unfinished business through a world now alien and destroyed by a war which humanity lost generations ago against the almighty squid.

Everyone who pledges to help make THE SQUIDDER will get their name placed in the book and will also get first-look at a 9 page prelude! The prelude will be sent out as a PDF in an update at the end of the Kickstarter, whether we reach the goal or not.

UPGRADE!!! Double-sided bookmark included with every copy of the book will be 1x6" and printed on 100 pound stock paper with a gloss cover laminate and rounded corners. Here's an image of what you'll get!

UPGRADE!!! 8.5x12" signed and embossed print "In Utero" to be included with every copy of the book, including the KRAKEN edition!

UPGRADE!!! 8.5x12" signed and embossed print "Chop Chop" to be included with every copy of the KRAKEN edition!

CONTACT US IF YOU HAVE ANY QUESTIONS!

THE SQUIDDER Kickstarter campaign is being run by 44FLOOD's Tyler Crane and Ben Murphy aka The Shrimp™.

At 44FLOOD, we like to run Kickstarters where the pledges don't simply accumulate one after another, but where the pledges are specifically created to get you more of exactly what you want!

So always feel free to email Tyler or The Shrimp™ through Kickstarter if you have any questions, are interested in upgrading your pledges, or if you have any requests for new/different pledges. We are here to help you in any way that we can!

Also, 44FLOOD has a few outstanding pledges to fulfill for our LUST Kickstarter, as well as the fulfillment of pledges for TOME 2 upon it's arrival in Jan/Feb 2014. Our team is working to fulfill the LUST pledges 100% within the next few weeks, and we're already prepared to ship out TOME 2 thanks to our experience shipping out TOME 1. We want to make sure you understand that we're prepared and absolutely confident that fulfilling these outstanding pledges will not affect our development and fulfillment of THE SQUIDDER Kickstarter!

SHIPPING INFO & RETURN POLICY

All rewards have U.S. shipping and handling already included!

International supporters, please add additional stated amounts in each pledge for international shipping and handling to either Canada or everywhere else in the world. We did a country-by-country breakdown of the actual packages and weights to determine these average amounts.

All sales are final. Packages may be insured by your request, and all claims for damaged packages/goods must be made with the shipping carrier.

DESCRIPTION OF PLEDGE REWARDS

* KICKSTARTER EXCLUSIVE! 11x17" Squid Mommy signed/embossed print by Ben Templesmith

* KICKSTARTER EXCLUSIVE! 11x17" Squid Daddy exclusive signed/embossed print by Ben Templesmith

 * KICKSTARTER EXCLUSIVE! 11x17" Squid Queen signed/embossed print by menton3

* KICKSTARTER EXCLUSIVE! 11x17" Squid Queen signed/embossed print by Riley Rossmo.

* THE SQUIDDER Shirt - 100% cotton pre-shrunk RED t-shirt available in ALL men's/women's sizes.

* 44FLOOD shirt - 100% cotton pre-shrunk t-shirt available in ALL men's/women's sizes. These black 44FLOOD t-shirts are silkscreened by hand here in our studio! (Tyler Crane modeling on the left and The Shrimp™ holding the silkscreen on the right).

* LUST + COMPLETE 44FLOOD BOOK PACKAGE Rewards

Did you miss out on our past projects? We have a $60 reward that will get you THE SQUIDDER hardcover plus LUST, our recent project with Steve Niles, Ben Templesmith, and menton3. And we have a $270 reward that will get you every book 44FLOOD has created so far: THE SQUIDDER hardcover, TOME 1-Vampirism, EXPLICITUS 1, TOME 2-Melancholia, EXPLICITUS 2, and LUST. This pledge is domestic shipping only.

 Original 8.5x11" pen/ink and watercolor on paper "DeathSquid" used for THE SQUIDDER bookmark.

* Original 8.5x11" oil on paper art from page 3 of the book LUST

 Original 8.5x11" pen/ink and watercolor on paper "Vintage Squidking".

* SOLD!! Original In Worm & Tentacle We Trust. 10x14 done on Bristol board with Pen, Ink & Watercolour

 *Original 8.5x11" pen/ink and watercolor on paper "Infected" used for SQUIDDER promo art.

* SOLD!!! To a backer who pledged on another item as well. Original Batman Legends of the Dark Knight #3 page 10. Done on 12x17 DC Comics paper with Pen, Ink & watercolour

* Original 12x16" oil on canvas art from pages 21-22 of the book LUST

* SOLD!!! Original 12x16" pen/ink and watercolor art on paper for Batman/Swamp Thing convention poster

* Original 8.5x11" pen/ink and watercolor painting on paper for the Squid Daddy print

* SOLD!!! Original 8.5x11" pen/ink and watercolor painting on paper for the Squid Mommy print

* Original 12x16" pen/ink and watercolor art on paper for SQUIDQUEEN 2 poster

* SOLD!!! Original 15x22" pen/ink and watercolor art on Reeves BFK paper for Welcome to Hoxford cover

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

When will I receive the 9-page prelude? 

- Once the Kickstarter concludes, an update will be posted that includes a link to download the 9-page prelude in PDF form. 

When will books and/or prints be shipped? 

- Each pledge states and estimated shipping date. THE SQUIDDER books have an estimated shipping date of May 2014. If you buy prints with the book, then they will ship together. However, if you only buy prints, then they will ship in December.

What T-shirt sizes are available? 

- All sizes are available in Men's and Women's! Once the Kickstarter ends, we will send you a survey asking you what size you would like. 

Can I add more items to my pledge?

- Yes! We want you to get exactly what you'd like! After choosing your pledge, message Tyler or The Shrimp™ through Kickstarter (click the "Ask a question" button on the bottom of this page) letting them know what items you would like to add. Tyler or The Shrimp™ will let you know the additional cost and how to upgrade your pledge.

Can I change my address for shipping? 

- Once the time comes to start shipping, a survey will be sent out asking for your current address. At any time before we ship your pledge, you can contact Tyler or The Shrimp™ through Kickstarter and let them know the right address to use.

If you have any additional questions please click the "Ask a question" button on the bottom of the page, and Tyler or The Shrimp™ will get back to you shortly.

Will this Kickstarter impede on the fulfillment of other 44FLOOD Kickstarters?

We're prepared and absolutely confident that fulfilling the few remaining outstanding pledges plus the future pledges in Jan/Feb 2014 for TOME 2 will not affect our development and fulfillment of THE SQUIDDER Kickstarter!

Risks and challenges Learn about accountability on Kickstarter

44FLOOD has already secured partial financing for the development, design, printing, and promotion of this project. We're seeking to raise the additional minimum amount needed to go forward with creating this project. In the case that such monies aren't raised, then we will seek external financing from one of a number of sources. Regarding the fulfillment of all pledges, we've gained considerable experience from several prior successful Kickstarter campaigns, and have the book printer, printmaker, packaging designs, and fulfillment process for shipping already in place. The balance of pledges yet fulfilled from our prior Kickstarters are well in-process, and the fulfillment of our TOME 2 Kickstarter in Jan/Feb 2014 will not bleed in to the delivery times of this project. We will do our very best to keep everyone up-to-date if there are any delays.

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    Heartfelt thanks and gratitude from everyone involved for enabling us to create THE SQUIDDER. This pledge does include the 9 page prelude.

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    The slipcased KRAKEN edition of THE SQUIDDER + an original art sketch. Ben will choose something from THE SQUIDDER world to draw inside of your book. International shipping: add an additional $25 for Canada or $35 for any other country.

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    The slipcased KRAKEN edition of THE SQUIDDER + an original art sketch done with real Squid Ink!!! Ben will choose something from THE SQUIDDER world to draw inside of your book. International shipping: add an additional $25 for Canada or $35 for any other country.

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    The slipcased KRAKEN edition of THE SQUIDDER + a painting in your book. Ben will choose something from THE SQUIDDER world to paint inside of your book. International shipping: add an additional $25 for Canada or $35 for any other country.

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    Complete 44FLOOD book package! Did you miss out on our past projects? With this pledge you will receive a copy of THE SQUIDDER hardcover book, TOME 1 + EXPLICITUS 1, LUST, and TOME 2 + EXPLICITUS 2. This offer is USA only.

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    Original 8.5x11" oil on paper art from page 3 of the book LUST. International shipping: add an additional $20 for Canada or $29 for any other country.

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    Original 10x14" pen, ink and watercolor art on Bristol board piece IN WORMS & TENTACLE WE TRUST. International shipping: add an additional $26 for Canada or $39 for any other country.

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    You get the original 8.5x11" pen/ink and watercolor painting on paper for the Squid Daddy print + THE SQUIDDER hardcover book. International shipping: add an additional $25 for Canada or $35 for any other country.

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