October is the best time for spooky stories and slam dunk fun! So why not celebrate with my new book OLD HEAD? It's Dr. J versus Dracula or Space Jam meets Fright Night.
OLD HEAD is a 124-page graphic novel. It's the madcap action-horror story of the world's toughest former pro-basketball player returning home with his daughter to learn about his destiny and his mother's mysterious past, while—right next door— Dracula and his goons are on the eve of their bloodiest holiday.
What follows is a ton of fights and action and comedy and monsters and tough guy one liners - the type of thing you'd expect from one of my books. I've filled this book with jokes and punches and a rude amount of vampire decapitations. If you like a dope tough guy beating butt story this is for you. If you love action-comedy this book is for you! If you love slam dunks or Draculas you're going to be over the moon.
HERE'S WHAT THE PROS ARE SAYING ABOUT OLD HEAD:
“Equal parts hilarious, moving, and violent. Starks is a singularly unique voice in comics and we’re lucky to have him.” - Matt Kindt, MIND MGMT, Dept H
"Starks at his bawdy best, but beneath the Raimi-esque splatstick and the coruscating dick jokes there's a bittersweet meditation on what it means to fail in America. Amazing." - Alex Paknadel, Friendo, Arcadia
Like all my previous Kickstarters, OLD HEAD has been completely written and drawn.
However, unlike my prior Kickstarters, OLD HEAD will be a regular-sized graphic novel and will be full color. The successful funding of the campaign will pay for the book to be colored by Chris Schweizer who is not only America's best kept cartooning secret but an incredible colorist! He colored my Eisner Nominated book ROCK CANDY MOUNTAIN from Image Comics. Chris believes he can color the book in 30 days, but we're saying 60 days to be safe. Which means with printing the book should be shipped either 90 or 120 days after the campaign ends. FULL COLOR, FULL SIZE! That's pretty exciting, right??
Let's break down some of the tier reward items you can get!
Cardal U is a fictional college in OLD HEAD and listen—LISTEN! CARDAL U is an anagram for DRACULA! What a good joke! The shirt looks like a traditional college athletics shirt but with adorable Lil Vampy on it and a very good inside joke. It will be very comfortable.
I mean, just look at it. That's a great pin. Enamel pin, minimum 1.5" (possibly slightly larger).
ORIGINAL ART PAGES
I've never made original page art available before. This will be the first and maybe only opportunity to get original pages from me. Here's the thing: I do work digitally, so these will be one of a kind artist proofs. I will supply a certificate of authenticity and do a remark on the page. I will also include the digital pencils, which I do in color from the inks and I think will look pretty great. 11x17 one of a kind. You can put in your request for which page you want after the pdf is sent out. It will be first come first serve, so maybe pick 4-5 to be safe.
I will draw any single thing that's even a little basketball related! You want a Michael Jordan? Done. You want a Magic Johnson? Done. You want a John Starks? Done. You want a Monstar from Space Jam? Teen Wolf? CHUBS FROM TEEN WOLF?!? Jesus Shuttlesworth? Air Bud? Maybe a Kuroko's Basketball character? DONE DONE DONE DONE DONE. (Will be full color 5x8, like color commission below.)
LIL VAMPY SKETCH
Lil Vampy is a mascot in the book and also on the t-shirt. I did a very limited, little mini-comic of Lil Vampy last year and would like to reach the stretch goal where we can do a new, extended book of Lil Vampies for you all. I'll do a 4x6 black and white Lil Vampy doing something adorable, and if we reach that stretch goal, all Lil Vampies will be compiled into a new book.
ORIGINAL BLACK AND WHITE or COLOR COMMISSION
A single figure of your choice in either black and white or painted full color, with watercolors! They look good—in the past I've done 4x6, but these will be 5x8!
What if you want a Lil Vampy and a shirt? Or a basketball draw-draw and the pin? You can add the difference to the price—so $10 extra for a Dracula Pin or $20 for a t-shirt.
- 21,000 Stickers A couple of very cool stickers!
- 22, 000 Basketball Card
- 23,000 Temporary Tattoos
- 24, 000 Chris Schweizer Print
- 25, 000 Rico Renzi something cool!
- 26, 0000 Ramon Villalobos 5x8 mini print
- 27,000 Bookmarks and more stickers maybe I don't know!
- 30, 0000 Backmatter — I have tons of process and character design stuff I'd love to share!
- 32, 0000 Lil Vampy book — a great little mini-comic with pages and pages of Lil Vampy being adorable, including all the Lil Vampy tier requests art.
- 35,000 MORE BACKMATTER! — I'd love to do some illustrated essays about my personal history and love for basketball and maybe some spooky essay from some experts.
- 50,000 MAYBE Hardcovers or something??
WHO AM I
I'm Kyle Starks! I'm a two time Eisner nominated comic creator. One of those Eisner nominated books, SEXCASTLE, was originally a Kickstarter project that then went on to be printed by Image Comics and optioned by the Workaholics and the Russo Brothers. My third Kickstarter, KILL THEM ALL, was printed by Oni Press and is currently in development by Paramount Pictures. For the last four years I've notably been writing the RICK AND MORTY comic, wrote the MARS ATTACKS comic, and most recently wrote ASSASSIN NATION from Skybound. I have a track record of hilarious action comedies and great Kickstarter comics that I mean to continue here.
Risks and challenges
I don't expect any risks or challenges - aside from colors the book is 100% done! I'm saying a delivery date of February 2020 but that's giving extra time for the printer and for Chris to color the book. This is my fourth Kickstarter it's going to be great!Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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