Mystery Meat is a 66-page graphic novel that tells of the rise, fall and metamorphosis of an experimental artificial meat product and the rundown company town forced to test it. Written by me, Cody Goodfellow (Radiant Dawn, All-Monster Action, Dark Horse’s Creepy), this misbegotten passion project expands on a short comic I did with Jeff Wamester (Guardians Of The Galaxy cartoon) for MySpace Dark Horse Presents in 2009.
Speerburg is a company town––founded, wholly owned and run with an iron fist by Speers Meats. Every aspect of its citizens' lives is dominated by the relentless rhythm, the nauseous stench, the endless, industrial cruelty of the slaughterhouse. So it seems like a brand new day when the killing floor shuts down and the company switches to a bold new "artificial animal product," known as nuMeat.
As they eagerly become guinea pigs in this grand new experiment, they soon find that nuMeat is so much more than the most delicious edible flesh ever to come out of a vat... It's a key to unlocking lost and buried dreams, forbidden desires and inhuman ambitions.
But soon, they will discover the unspeakable secret of nuMeat, and the unbearable cost. For even in the new cruelty-free, scientifically controlled, scarcity-free future... YOU ARE WHAT YOU EAT.
In four gut-wrenching, heartrending 12-page black-white-and-gray comic stories drawn by Mike Dubisch (Gore Shriek,Weirdling, Bela Lugosi’s Tales From The Grave, The Creeps), as well as illustrated prose, articles and ads, Mystery Meat revisits the paranoid style of underground horror comics like Skull, Slow Death Eco-Funnies, Taboo and Death Rattle to create a surreal mythos that does for American consumer culture what the landmark manga Uzumaki did for Japan.
It’s monstrous, totally uncensored and utterly unlike anything any sane comics publisher could sell outside the dim corner of the shop, behind those crooked batwing saloon doors. And it’s already done. All we need is a place to cook it…
We're looking for $3,000 to print and distribute 250 physical copies of Mystery Meat through my imprint, Perilous Press, in a handsome but affordable trade paperback edition with an introduction by the legendary Steve Bissette (Swamp Thing).
STRETCH GOAL #1: $4,500
COWBOY COW'S FAMILY FEEDBAG COLORING & ACTIVITY BOOK! We’ll throw in a bonus 24-page body horror coloring book for all backers at $45 and above, featuring the original MySpace/DHP story alongside transcendent body horror art by some of our favorite outlaw artists––Skinner, James “Gunsho” Quigley, Jim Agpalza, Nick Gucker, Seamus Smith, Fufu Frauenwahl and others… plus plenty of sick, secret activities for the aspiring fast food franchise employee.
STRETCH GOAL #2: $6,000
We’ll print 500 copies of Mystery Meat.
STRETCH GOAL #3: $12,000
We’ll write, draw, print and distribute Mystery Meat 2 for Summer, 2017. All backers above $45 will receive a digital copy, and all backers above $75 will receive a print copy, upon completion.
STRETCH GOAL #4: $20,000
We’ll build and bring to market a working prototype of the Funtube, the forced-feeding apparatus kids love to wear.
Our Rewards are as simple as we could keep them, ranging from a digital (pub, mobi or pdf) copy of the graphic novel and vinyl stickers of the Mystery Meat Mascots to signed print copies, blacklight posters and even the original interior and cover art. EVERYTHING MUST GO!
Risks and challenges
The graphic novel is completed, proofed and ready to go to the printers. Most of the content for Cowboy Cow's Family Feedbag Coloring & Activity Book is also completed or in progress, and I'm negotiating with the artist of the original Numeat comic short for rights to reprint it therein. If we don't reach that goal, or if the artist ends up withholding, we'll have to scrap or radically revise the coloring book, but that would be sad, so we can't let it happen.
I've managed the fulfillment end of campaigns for the H.P. Lovecraft Film Festival–San Pedro for several years and know that unforeseen kinks in the distribution of products from many divers hands can be fraught with delays, but everyone we're working with has done right by us in the past, so we expect to do right by our backers as soon as inhumanly possible.
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