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An ex-Pinkerton detective and his spirit photographer partner battle supernatural forces in late 1800's Boston. (6 issue mini-series)

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A special thank you to Reference Recordings for use of portions of the Bruckner Symphony Number 9, “Tutti” CD and a BIG THANK YOU to Scott Baker (4scottbaker@gmail.com) for making this video.

BOSTON METAPHYSICAL SOCIETY is A SIX-ISSUE CREATOR-OWNED STEAMPUNK SUPERNATURAL MINI-SERIES.

Nominated for Best Comic/Graphic Novel at the 2014 GEEKIE AWARDS.

BOSTON METAPHYSICAL SOCIETY needs your help to produce and print the fifth chapter in our six issue mini-series.

The year is 1895...An evil from a parallel dimension escaped and now roams the city of Boston. Faced with a new century and new steam technology, the social and political status quo is turned on its head. People are uncomfortable with change and, in fact, many people fear it. That fear and the violence which follows causes a psychic rift to puncture the veil of space and time allowing the entity known as "The Shifter" to escape. Feeding on the resentment and fear between the rich and poor, “The Shifter” triggers a rash of murders. Four of the greatest minds of the time have banded together to try and stop this malevolent entity. Known only as B.E.T.H., they are:

THEY FAIL.

Against their better judgment, they look to a man driven by revenge – SAMUEL HUNTER.

 For the one mistake The Shifter made was killing Samuel’s wife. An ex-Pinkerton detective, Samuel gathers his unlikely team of… Caitlin O'Sullivan, Medium and Spirit Photographer:

and Granville Woods, Scientist Extraordinaire:

They are the Boston Metaphysical Society.  

(Note: The BMS website seems to be behaving strangely right now. My web guy has been notified. Hopefully, the problem will be solved soon.)

Their job: Stop The Shifter before Boston tears itself apart.

SAMPLE PAGES FROM CHAPTERS 2, 3 AND 4.

BOSTON METAPHYSICAL SOCIETY is written by Madeleine Holly-Rosing and drawn by Emily Hu.

My husband and I believe in this project so much that we have spent our own money to complete the series, but our pocket book is not infinite so we need your help to produce and print chapter five (24 pages, which includes 2 pages of bonus material).

Where the money goes...Your backing would enable us to pay for art production, coloring, printing enough copies of chapter five to send off to backers with some leftover to sell at conventions, incentives, shipping (which includes mailing envelopes/tubes, postage and handling.) And, of course, the Amazon fees (5% off the top, plus credit card fees.)

All printing is done by Prestige Printers in their plant in Houston, TX.

THE TEAM:

Madeleine Holly-Rosing: Writer/Creator: A TV and feature film writer, Madeleine holds an MFA in Screenwriting from UCLA where she won numerous awards as well as the Sloan Fellowship. Madeleine has published a number of short stories and novellas based on the BOSTON METAPHYSICAL SOCIETY universe. Formerly a nationally ranked epee fencer, she has competed nationally and internationally. She is an avid reader of science fiction, steampunk, fantasy and historical military fiction.

Emily Hu – Artist: Emily is a graduate from the School of Visual Arts in New York City. She has been drawing ever since she was little and it's been her lifelong dream to make it as a comic book artist. Her main influences are Eduardo Risso, Becky Cloonan, and Ito Junji. She works freelance and has created covers for BOOM! BOSTON METAPHYSICAL SOCIETY is her first comic book series.

Gloria Caeli – Colorist: Based in Jakarta, she has worked for Avicom Advertising and Stellar Labs. Her most recent projects are BOSTON METAPHYSICAL SOCIETY and VOODOO. She like anyone else enjoys music, photography, travelling, and reads a lot of genre related books.

Fahriza Kamaputra – Colorist: Based in Jakarta, Fahriza is a sefl-taught comics and concept artist. He worked as a colorist on VIENETTA AND THE STUPID ALIENS which led to his work on the webcomic ROKKI with Stellar Labs.

Troy Peteri – Letterer (Chapters 1-3): Troy is a Los Angeles based letterer whose credits include AMAZING SPIDER-MAN, IRON MAN, and roughly 98% of all the comics from Top Cow Productions for the last 6+ years. He also co-wrote and lettered ABATTOIR, a mini-series for Radical Comics.

Shawn Aldridge – Letterer (Chapter 4) is a Portland based writer and letterer.  He’s best known for his awarding winning creator-owned sci-pulp series, VIC BOONE. He also writes and co-created GoGetters from MonkeyBrain with artist Christopher Peterson. His work has also appeared in FUBAR, the NYT bestselling anthology series.

COVER ART FOR CHAPTER 4

WHAT OTHER PEOPLE SAY ABOUT BOSTON METAPHYSICAL SOCIETY:

“Boston Metaphysical is one of my favorite webcomics not just because I'm a sucker for any comics that feature Harry Houdini in lead roles (though I am) or because I love comics that use ghosts in different ways than most strips do (though I am). No, Boston Metaphysical is one of my favorite webcomics because Madeleine Holly-Rosing creates a wonderful fictional world with bold characters and thoroughly entertaining plots. And because of Houdini and the ghosts. I like ghosts.”-Jason Sacks, Publisher, Comics Bulletin www.comicsbulletin.com

"With over <cough, cough> years in the comic business as a writer, editor, artist and a publisher, I’ve worked with many new and established talented writers and artists.  Madeleine Holly-Rosing and Emily Hu are the real deal. It’s hard to believe that BOSTON METAPHYSICAL SOCIETY is their first comic book series.  With its spot on writing and elegant illustrations it's got something that crosses over genres and refuses to be pigeon-holed. We'll see more of this dynamic duo. Back this Kickstarter with me and you'll be able to boast you knew them when as well."  – Dave Elliott, A1/Atomeka Press

"The Boston Metaphysical Society has more diversity in a story set over 100 years ago in Boston then most modern day stories in New York City do, that alone should let you know this series is different in a great way. If the idea of Tesla, monsters made of magnets, or spirit photographers intrigue you, you should be supporting this series." - Dr. Alexander Bustos, Comic Attack

"As a huge fan of steampunk, I was very happy to be introduced to the webcomic BOSTON METAPHYSICAL SOCIETY. Ms. Holly-Rosing nails the tone with her expert writing and her artist, Ms. Hu, is a wonder.  I definitely want to see how this story ends and will be backing this Kickstarter.  (As you should too.)"- Bryn Pryor (Writer/Director, Cowboys and Engines)

Incentives:

Our incentives not only include the print version of Chapter 5 and an expanded pdf version, but also a BMS bookmark, short stories, A BRAND NEW BMS NOVELLA, fan art in the various pdf packages and wait for it…

THE NEW BOSTON METAPHYSICAL SOCIETY NIKOLA TESLA LAPEL PIN DESIGNED BY EMILY HU!! (Pin is one inch in diameter, antique brass with standard military clasp in the back.)

A BIG THANK YOU to Bill Meahan for handling the technical aspects.

Depending on the package you pick, we have fan art not only from ANA KING,

but CALVIN GARCIA as well.

ADD-ON’S:

Please send me a message when you want an add-on. :)

Missing Chapter 4, here’s your chance to get it.

Add $5.00 to your reward tier for Chapter 4.

Can’t live without our Steampunk Owl Lapel Pin?

Add $6.00 to your reward tier.


Need that cup of strong black tea in the morning?

BMS Special Black Tea Blend can now be added to any package:

Domestic: Add $12.00 to your package

International: Add $22.00 to you package.

STRETCH GOALS:

STRETCH GOAL #1 : $8,350.00

TESLA STICKERS!

The stickers are 3 inches in diameter and printed on dull gold foil paper to give it that steamy look. :) (You must have pledged the Granville Woods $20 package or higher to receive the stickers. Min. of three (3) stickers per backer.)

(Sample Image)

STRETCH GOAL #2:  LOCKED

Risks and challenges

In order to continue to produce the quality comic you have come to expect in the shortest amount of time possible, we need to ask for a little more money than we did in the last Kickstarter.

I successfully delivered all of the rewards from our last Kickstarter and managed five successful print runs of the comic (1st Chapter Special Edition; 1st chapter - 24 page edition; 2nd chapter - 24 page edition; chapter 3 – 28 page edition and chapter 4 – 24 page edition). I have also been handling fulfillment through my own website store for over two years. I do not anticipate any problems. However, if there are any production delays or hiccups with the printer, you'll be the first to know.

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    The Red-Eyed Demon Package: A pdf of Chapter Five and a thank you on the website.

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    The Caitlin O’Sullivan 1 Book Package: A pdf of Chapter 5 which includes five extra pages of fan art (2 more than the Granville Woods Package), as well as the original script in pdf format, a print copy of Chapter 5 signed by the creator, a BMS bookmark, a pdf of the BMS short stories/novellas THE WAY HOME, STEAMPUNK RAT, and a thank you on the website.

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    The Samuel Hunter 1 Book Package: A print copy of Chapter 5 signed by the creator, a BMS bookmark, a thank you on the website, the Caitlin O’Sullivan pdf version along with a pdf of the short story THE WAY HOME and the novella STEAMPUNK RAT, and a print out of the original fifth chapter script signed by M. Holly-Rosing.

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    THE AWESOME STEAMPUNK RING 1 BOOK PACKAGE. This package includes a pdf of Chapter 5 which includes five extra pages of fan art (2 more than the Granville Woods Package), as well as the original script in pdf format, a print copy of Chapter 5 signed by the creator, a BMS bookmark, a pdf of the BMS short stories/novellas THE WAY HOME, STEAMPUNK RAT, a thank you on the website AND A BEAUTIFUL STERLING SILVER PLATED BRASS FILIGREE RING designed by none other than the incredible Dr. Brassy Steamington!

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    The Boston Metaphysical Society Special Tea Package (1 Book Package): BACK BY POPULAR DEMAND!! A print copy of Chapter 5 signed by the creator, a BMS bookmark, a thank you on the website, the Caitlin O’Sullivan pdf version which includes a pdf of THE WAY HOME and STEAMPUNK RAT AND a Black Tea blend (3 oz) specially designed by Donna of Clockwork Couture and myself. US Delivery Only

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    The Thomas Edison Package 1 Book Package: A print copy of Chapter 5 signed by the creator, the Samuel Hunter pdf version which includes a total of five (5) extra pages of fan art, a pdf of the short stories, a print out of the original third chapter script signed by M. Holly-Rosing, a bookmark, a thank you on the website AND the cover poster of Issue #3 (11 x 17).

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    The Caitlin O’Sullivan 5 Book Package: Print copies of Chapters 1-5 signed by the creator, a pdf of Chapter 5 which includes five extra pages of fan art (2 more than the Granville Woods Package), as well as the original script in pdf format, a BMS bookmark, a pdf of the BMS short stories/novellas THE WAY HOME, STEAMPUNK RAT, and a thank you on the website.

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    The Samuel Hunter 5 Book Package : Chapters 1-5 signed by the creator, a pdf of Chapter 5, a BMS bookmark, a thank you on the website, the Caitlin O’Sullivan pdf version along with a pdf of the short story/novella THE WAY HOME and STEAMPUNK RAT, and a print out of the original fifth chapter script signed by M. Holly-Rosing.

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    The Boston Metaphysical Society Special Tea Package (5 Book Package): back by popular demand!! Chapters 1 -5 signed by the creator, a pdf of chapter 5, a BMS bookmark, a thank you on the website, the Caitlin O’Sullivan pdf version, a pdf of the short stories AND a Black Tea blend (3 oz) specially designed by Donna of Clockwork Couture and myself. US Delivery Only

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    The Alexander Graham Bell Package 1 Book Package: All of the Edison package, plus cover posters (11 x 17) of Issues #3 AND #4; EIGHT (8) extra pages of bonus material (three more pages than the Edison package) in the pdf version which includes the pdf of the short stories along with a BRAND NEW BOSTON METAPHYSICAL SOCIETY NOVELLA.

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    The Thomas Edison Package 5 Book Package: Chapters 1-5 signed by the creator, the Samuel Hunter pdf version which includes a total of five (5) extra pages of fan art, a pdf of the short stories, a print out of the original third chapter script signed by M. Holly-Rosing, a bookmark, a thank you on the website AND the cover poster of Issue #3 (11 x 17).

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    The Boston Metaphysical Society Lapel Pin Package 1 Book Package: All of the Bell package, including the EIGHT (8) extra pages of the bonus material in the pdf version, PLUS A UNIQUE BOSTON METAPHYSICAL SOCIETY NIKOLA TESLA LAPEL PIN. (See artwork below.)

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    The Harry Houdini Package 1 Book Package: All of the Bell package, plus 10 additional pages of concept art/script pages/notes in the pdf version; plus cover posters (11 x 17) of Issues #3, #4 AND #5, AND the unique Boston Metaphysical Society NikolaTesla lapel pin.

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    The Boston Metaphysical Society Lapel Pin Package 5 Book Package: Chapters 1-5 signed by the creator, all of the Bell package, including the EIGHT (8) extra pages of the bonus material in the pdf version, PLUS A UNIQUE BOSTON METAPHYSICAL SOCIETY NIKOLA TESLA LAPEL PIN.

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    The Harry Houdini Package 5 Book Package: Chapters 1-5 signed by the creator, all of the Bell package, plus 10 additional pages of concept art/script pages/notes in the pdf version; plus cover posters (11 x 17) of Issues #3, #4 AND #5, AND the unique Boston Metaphysical Society Nikola Tesla lapel pin.

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    The Shifter Package: 110.00 (Limit 6) All of the Houdini five (5) book package, PLUS a poster (11 x 17) of fan art by Ron Leary signed by the artist and myself and the print copy of Chapter 5 signed by the creator AND your name or a name of your choosing as a character in the next BMS novella. (Name must match the time period).

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    The Nikola Tesla Package: Special Tier for Comic Retailers. 10 copies each of issues 1 - 5 along with one (1) each of cover posters 3, 4 and 5 for promotional purposes. US Shipping Only

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    The A1 Annual Special Package: All of the Houdini 5 book package, plus the hardcopy edition of A1 Annual Anthology which not only includes a new Boston Metaphysical Society short story, but three new illustrations by Emily Hu. This amazing book also includes stories and art by Jim Steranko, Jack Kirby and many more! Signed by M. Holly-Rosing and Emily Hu. US Shipping Only

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    The Ultimate B.E.T.H. Package: All of The Houdini 5 Book Package, plus being drawn into the comic as a background character. (Does not include the A1 Annual Anthology.)

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    I Just Want Everything Package: Includes all of The Ultimate B.E.T.H. Package, plus being drawn into the comic as a background character in issue 5 and/or 6 as well as naming a character after yourself or a name of your choosing in the next BMS Novella. (The name must be suitable for the time period and location.) AND…wait for it…YOU GET KILLED BY THE SHIFTER in CHAPTER 6!! (Does not include the A1 Annual Anthology.)

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