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$1,812
pledged of $9,870pledged of $9,870 goal
74
backers
23days to go

All or nothing. This project will only be funded if it reaches its goal by Sun, October 14 2018 4:00 AM UTC +00:00.

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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!

Salvete, Amiculi!

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.

 INSPIRATION

Battle of the Wabash, 1791.
Battle of the Wabash, 1791.

 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.

CREATIVE TEAM

The Makers of Sugar Creek (l-r): Travis Horseman, Brent Bowman and Will Graver
The Makers of Sugar Creek (l-r): Travis Horseman, Brent Bowman and Will Graver

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! 

Amiculus artist Giancarlo Caracuzzo will be creating the "Sugar Creek" movie poster! Click the image to see more of his work!
Amiculus artist Giancarlo Caracuzzo will be creating the "Sugar Creek" movie poster! Click the image to see more of his work!

An extra-long Kickstarter edition of the book!

We are offering a 52-page version of the book at certain levels, containing the journal of character Jim Corrie and covering the many legends and disappearances at the hands of the ancient evil in the story.
We are offering a 52-page version of the book at certain levels, containing the journal of character Jim Corrie and covering the many legends and disappearances at the hands of the ancient evil in the story.

AND the chance to not only be drawn in as a character, but to receive your own original character drawing, signed by the artist! 

How did YOU disappear? We are offering the option of being drawn as a "Legend of Sugar Creek" complete with your own character poster!
How did YOU disappear? We are offering the option of being drawn as a "Legend of Sugar Creek" complete with your own character poster!

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.

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    The Sugar Creek Cold Case File

    The must-have for Sugar Creek conspiracy theorists! Includes a special 52-page version of Sugar Creek combining the comic and Jim Corrie’s illustrated journal on the dark history of Sugar Creek. Presented in a resealable evidence envelope.

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    • A signed set of 6 “crime scene” photo art postcards
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    All four books in the Amiculus Books library! (does not include 52-page version)

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    The Sugar Creek Writer Package

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    The Sugar Creek Poster Package

    Add some poster-size pieces of art to your collection!

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    The Sugar Creek Cold Case Victim File

    A special limited reward level for lovers of exclusive signed art! Be drawn-in to your own custom 11 x 17 “missing” poster! Missing posters will feature a drawing of your character's last known location, perhaps with an eerie background character looking on, or from the red-tinted POV of "The Watcher," the evil presence beneath Sugar Creek.

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    The Sugar Creek Movie Package

    Did you know Sugar Creek started as a screenplay? We still have cinematic ambitions for this project, and you can get in on the ground floor with this package! Includes an EXCLUSIVE poster by Amiculus artist Giancarlo Caracuzzo!

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    The Legend of Sugar Creek Package

    The deluxe package! PLUS: be drawn in as a character in Jim Corrie’s journal! You can be one of several “Legend of Sugar Creek” characters from the 18th – 21st century!

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