UPDATE, 9/10: Bleeding Cool Goal: if we pass 20% by the end of the weekend (9/16), I will create a separate special section in the thank-you credits commemorating all backers who come to the project via Bleeding Cool! Check out the link to a feature on the Bleeding Cool Website!
For those of you unfamiliar with this phrase from the three campaigns for the Amiculus: A Secret History graphic novel series, this is the now-standard greeting with which I welcome all of my dear friends and supporters. I welcome you now to my first (and hopefully not last) post-Amiculus project: Sugar Creek, a standalone work of comic-book horror.
The fictional village of Sugar Creek, Ohio is, at first glance, an unremarkable place, a wide-spot-in-the-road approaching the celebration of its 200th anniversary. (The events of the story are set in September, 2015.)
Yet the land contains a dark history far older than the village itself, one of repeated slaughter and bloodshed, that has warped and twisted this seemingly gentle place, nurturing an unspeakable horror at its heart. This horror now threatens to burst forth into the light of day.
This 32-page story, rendered by Ohio artist Brent Bowman, depicts the extent to which a place can become a monster.
The history that partially inspired Sugar Creek is the true account of the worst military defeat ever to befall the American Army at the hands of a Native American force, a defeat that took place in western Ohio in 1791. The battle is known alternately as the Battle of the Wabash, St. Clair's Defeat (after the vanquished General Arthur St. Clair) or the Battle of a Thousand Slain. The battle single-handedly wiped out a full quarter of the standing American Army at the time, and is a fascinating part of the history of Ohio's decade-long Indian Wars. This violent incident sets the stage for the fictional account in Sugar Creek, and is only the tip of the iceberg.
Many of my stories begin as other things. Amiculus started as a ten-page play before transitioning to a short story, then a short comic and finally a graphic novel. Sugar Creek began as a screenplay for a short film, based on a concept by Ohio graphic designer and filmmaker Will Graver. We plan to revisit the film concept in the near future, but in the meantime, it became the foundation of a horror comic set in rural Ohio, inspired by Ohio history, and incorporating a creative team entirely based in the Buckeye State.
The proceeds of this campaign will primarily provide completion funds for Sugar Creek (line art, coloring, lettering), as well as satisfying costs for printing, distribution and fees. We have some excellent incentives for our backers, including:
Limited edition poster and print art!
An extra-long Kickstarter edition of the book!
AND the chance to not only be drawn in as a character, but to receive your own original character drawing, signed by the artist!
Visit the Sugar Creek page at the Amiculus Books website to check out examples of rewards!
Risks and challenges
In five years, Amiculus Books has carried off three successful Kickstarters. In this time, it has established a solid production team and time-tested processes for reward fulfillment. While there have been some late deliveries due to unforeseen challenges and obstacles (deliveries of some elements of the Amiculus Trilogy were delayed by up to six months), I strive for complete transparency with my backers, along with frequent updates. Ultimately, all costs and contingencies were considered, and hundreds of backers' rewards have been fulfilled to date. A production schedule of 6-7 months is expected to be sufficient for all elements of this campaign.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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