Bonus extra FREE comic - $5,000 stretch goal
DECAY - Australian horror - Ozploitation and exploitation. Issue #24 contains five terrifying stories to thrill and excite - for Mature Readers. Published by DARK OZ
These comics are produced to the highest quality on gloss paper - 100gsm interiors and 120gsm cover - from the BEST printers in Australia.
DECAY is Australia’s version of Heavy Metal, 2000AD and Tales From the Crypt, all combined in unbelievable, unimaginable, bizarre, extreme, bigger than life, exaggerated, over the top blood, guts and gore!
If haven't read DECAY before, don't worry - every issue stands alone - you can enjoy any issue of DECAY in one sitting. There are some great back issue options in the reward levels too. DECAY #24 is the FINAL issue in this stunning series!
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Find the DARK OZ website at - www.darkoz.com.au
$3,500 stretch goal - a free limited edition Kickstarter exclusive A5 print (for all print orders)
$5,000 stretch goal - a FREE bonus print comic of the Vampire 'Sisters' (for all print orders)
$5,500 stretch goal - a free set of Kickstarter exclusive postcards (TEN postcards per set), ONLY for orders of two or more print comics
$6,500 stretch goal - an ultra rare limited edition Kickstarter only exclusive mini-comic
We're limited on adding items due to weight and postage - because of the size of the comic (52-pages at A4 size) it is already close to the 250-grams postage limit (I can just fit in one A5 print), after that the postage doubles.
DECAY #24 cover variants - A, B, 'risque' or 'original art'
standard covers (A, B and C)
Cover A - 'The F**k-Ups vs The Sisters' - by Ben Sullivan
Cover B - the Vampire 'Sisters' in the swamp - by Frantz Kantor
Cover C - limited edition 'NUDE' variant, signed & numbered to only 50 copies
exclusive 'original art' covers
Cover D - a blank variant (with the DECAY title) with a unique original ink drawing (not a quick sketch, a detailed piece of art), by Ben Sullivan
Cover E - a totally blank variant (no DECAY title, etc) with a hand painted (in acrylics) original work of art by Ben Sullivan - a high quality, one-off original work of art, a hand painted cover!
FIVE complete stories in DECAY #24
There are FIVE STORIES in this issue - a total of 52 pages with NO adverts, showcased at A4 'magazine' size. Three stories in brilliant colour, two in super detailed B&W. All stories are traditionally hand drawn - one painted in acrylics, four are pencils & inks on paper (two with digital colouring).
'The Trench' - the end of the world, the extermination of the human race. This is where DECAY started, this story was intended to lead issue #1 (way back in 2010). It's finally been illustrated in masterful hand painted traditional art by Ben Sullivan, written by DECAY creator Darren Koziol.
'Death Rising' - for fans of the 1980 horror movie 'Death Ship'. A modern day luxury boat, full of young adults (partying and drinking), is hit by a rusted German submarine from WWII. The survivors live only to face more horrors and atrocities, at the hands of Zombie Nazis!!! Beautiful art and stunning colours.
'The Ties That Bind: Extended Ties' - a story that was made for a Clive Barker tribute book, and they were sent a censored version - but it was REJECTED for being too extreme! You get the complete uncut uncensored story in DECAY #24. Detailed B&W line art inspired by horror master Bernie Wrightson.
'The Gotterdammerung Bug' - by UK writer David Conway. David has previously written Lady Death, Vampirella, and Marvel's X-Men. Set in a WWII concentration camp, it is absolutely brutal - this story is Nazi Exploitation at its best... with a twist! The detail of the ink wash art sets a disturbing atmosphere.
'The F**k-Ups vs The Sisters' - intense and fast paced. The 'F**k-Ups' are seven psychopaths who believe they're like the A-Team - they try to help people (but they always f**k it up). The 'Sisters' are three beautiful, sexy and ultra-violent Vampire sisters. Put them all together, with a bunch of Louisiana rednecks in-between, and it's a total over-the-top bloodbath.
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DECAY by DARK OZ
DECAY is Australia's #1 independent comic book series, Australia's favourite comics anthology, Australia's leading independent comic book in terms of sales, page count, number of issues, creators featured, etc.
DECAY is Australia's longest running modern independent comic book series, the biggest and best showcase of Australian comic book talent - 52-pages per issue (over 1,200 pages in total) with over 150 creators. Published by DARK OZ, every issue is a showcase of the incredible talent Australia has to offer (with the odd international guest) - this is like a who's who of Australian creators. These anthology comics are fully self contained, with several short stories per issue.
DARK OZ takes DECAY to conventions all across Australia, and was the only Australian exhibitor at San Diego Comic Con 2016. These are high quality world class comics. Other DARK OZ titles include 'Retro Sci-Fi Tales' (five issues out so far, full colour old-school sci-fi stories), 'Cthulhu' (a one-shot anthology, four stories of Cthulhu - this is a remastered version of the sold out DECAY #12), 'Sisters' (the Vampire girls from DECAY get their own title - a 32-page one-shot of Vampires versus Bush-Rangers, set in Australia in 1881), and 'Sliver City' (the worlds first Mad Max fan magazine).
DARK OZ showcases and supports Australian creators (and the odd international guest), publishing established professionals alongside new emerging talent. DARK OZ has worked with film, run art exhibitions, organised conventions, regularly holds creator signing sessions, and attends conventions everywhere!
Why Kickstarter, why now?
To reach a wider audience, to make an impact that the Australian comic industry and you the readers will never forget! This is the FINAL issue of DECAY and we aim to raise $2,010 (DECAY was first published in 2010) to cover initial printing and distribution costs! This is a NO RISK Kickstarter campaign - DECAY #24 is 100% complete and ready to print!!!
This is the first time DARK OZ has ever run a Kickstarter, for one of the most extreme issues ever. DECAY #24 goes above and beyond in schlock, horror and violence. Definitely not for the squeamish, it's going out in style!
DARK OZ supports and promotes the work of over 150 creators, it would be great if you could help us in return by making a pledge and sharing a link to this page.
Please feel free to ask any questions - if you want to know more about any story, issue, creator, etc - email firstname.lastname@example.org
Progress work from DECAY #24
All stories in this issue have been traditionally hand drawn - pencils, inks and paints on paper. Two of the inked stories were digitally coloured.
"Darren Koziol (the DK force of nature behind DECAY magazine) and his merciless band of tormentors (over 100 strong!) have been churning out dream-haunting tales for years now! If you’re a horror fan and you haven’t checked out his tome of torturous glee, do yourself a favor and sink your teeth into a copy posthaste! Your nightmares will thank you for it!" - Dan Berger, managing editor, Heavy Metal magazine (2014)
"I'm very impressed by Dark Oz comics. The standard of writing, art and editing is very high. These are excellent collections with a lot of energy and enthusiasm attached to them. They have a lot in common with 2000AD, Warren Comics (like 1984) and Heavy Metal. I like the mainstream quality about them - they're accessible and cool - and anyone could pick them up and "get it". That's important in these days where fandom tends to dominate and forgets about the "man in the street" reader." - Pat Mills, "the godfather of British comics", creator of 2000AD and much much more
“DECAY publisher, Darren Koziol, is a little bit like Tasmania’s David Walsh. Walsh wanted to build something that would showcase what he wanted to see, so he built MONA. Damn what anyone thought. Koziol did a similar thing with Australian comics (but without the money). He’s published nearly two dozen issues of DECAY (plus other titles as well) by sheer willpower, bloody-minded determination and creativity. Showcasing a staggering amount of local talent, seasoned and unseasoned. His efforts are a great achievement by any standard. A damn near miraculous achievement by Australian publishing standards. There’s no stopping DK!” - Gary Chaloner, Cyclone Comics, Australian Comics Journal, Ledger Awards
"Darren Koziol is the hardest working (and most underappreciated) person in Australian comics! DECAY is an amazing collection of stories and creators, I'm proud to have been a part of it over the years. 24 issues is an absolute milestone, the quality is fantastic!" - Jason Paulos (Eeek!)
"I'm an Australian feature film maker and producer. I met Darren Koziol at a convention – I was very impressed with the quality of his work and the number of local creators he was showcasing and giving an outlet for their work. Directly from this I worked with Darren on a prologue comic book story for my movie, Red Billabong, selecting one of the artists from his comics - Ben Sullivan. Darren's publications make it possible for movie producers such as myself to sample the work of dozens (hundreds even) of creators from all over Australia, and with him bringing them to conventions nationally they get great exposure with people such as myself able to see them and talk to Darren about the creators involved for other possible future projects - comic book adaptations, story-board work (for both film and TV). I throw my full support behind Darren and his endeavours. We will be using him again soon for more of my upcoming work." - Luke Sparke, movie producer/writer/director (2016)
"DARK OZ is one of the few wholly owned Australian Comic Book distribution companies – the company fosters new Australian Graphic artists and writers of comic books and distributes their work. Their support of the industry is very much unique in an area dominated by the US and Europe. Australia is bursting with Talent and DARK OZ aggressively promotes Australian product into this lucrative market, which is being generally ignored by Australian publishers. I have limited but very positive association with DARK OZ but can highly recommend them based on their enthusiasm and dedication to their industry." - Chris Brown, Producer/ CEO Pictures in Paradise
The creators (in DECAY #24)
Darren Koziol - from Adelaide, South Australia. Darren is the creator, editor & publisher of DECAY, and all DARK OZ comics, since 2009 (first issue released March 2010). Darren writes many of the stories - he has work in every issue, and has been published in several other books/comics, including Heavy Metal Magazine. He is a dreamer and storyteller. While producing the comics he also does the speech bubbles, lettering and design work. He is the face of DARK OZ comics at conventions nationally.
Ben Sullivan - from Melbourne, an amazingly talented artist, fast and varied, working traditionally in pencils, inks, ink wash, paints, etc. He can work digitally too but prefers to get his hands dirty and likes the feel of traditional mediums on paper. Since starting work for DARK OZ comics, in 2015, Ben has been one of the main featured artists.
David Conway - from the UK, David was a founder member of, and original vocalist with, the alternative rock band My Bloody Valentine. He has previously written Lady Death, Vampirella, and a short story for Marvel's X-Men. He was described by comic book guru Grant Morrison as “the most powerful and distinctive writer of horror fiction since Clive Barker.” Details of Conway's writing can be found at www.radicalrobotbooks.com
Eduardo Cruz - a traditional artist from Brazil, always seeking to improve his art through courses and books. Eduardo has been drawing since he was 6 years old. His first published comic book art was for DECAY in issue #17 in 2014, then in issue #20, and now in DECAY #24.
Frantz Kantor - legendary artist from Melbourne Australia, this established professional creator has worked for media, advertising, comics, books etc for many years, along with numerous contributions to DARK OZ comics.
Dan Lynch - an artist and colourist from Sydney, Australia. He has worked on several issues of DARK OZ comics, bringing 'Captain Ice and the Space Pirates' to life in Retro Sci-Fi Tales, and adding an incredible amount of depth and detail to 'Death Rising' in DECAY #24.
Jeff Edis - from Perth, Western Australia. Jeff is a full time graphic designer and a long time fan of comic books, especially Australian comics. This is his first work for DARK OZ and WOW, it is amazing! His colouring of the 'The F**k-Ups vs The Sisters' is brilliant and vibrant.
NOTE - there are over 150 creators in total in all issues of DECAY (and other DARK OZ comics) -- you can see the full list of names at the 'creators' page of the DARK OZ website at www.darkoz.com.au
It is with BIG thanks to all of these creators, our friends, families and supporters, that DECAY has achieved so much!
Film and television
DECAY and DARK OZ have already worked with several film properties and are keen to do more - story-boarding, comic book adaptations, prequels, sequels, spin-off stories, etc.
Hollywood needs new ideas, and there's plenty of great material in these comics for television series' or feature films.
Is there demand for a T-Shirt of The F**k-Ups ??? ( I want one!!!)
Risks and challenges
There are NO risks for this project - it is guaranteed to go ahead - the comic is already finished and ready for print. You don't make this many comics unless you have the support and respect of so many amazing creators - so you know we're reliable
DECAY #24 will go ahead whether the Kickstarter is funded or not (though be sure to jump on fast to secure your copy and other exclusives). DARK OZ has produced dozens of high quality world-class comics before without Kickstarter support or promotion - 23 issues of DECAY, 5 issues of Retro Sci-Fi Tales, 9 San Diego special comics, one-shots and other titles. DECAY #24 is scheduled to go to print in May 2018. We use local printers (always supporting Australian businesses and creators) with high quality and fast turnaround.
There will of course be a small delay on any original art covers ordered, allowing time for Ben to draw/paint them all - but he's fast so only 1 to 3 months after initial release.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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