Welcome to the Kickstarter for Touching Evil Volume 2: The Phantom Limb!
For those new to this award-winning supernatural thriller, the premise is simple: there is a curse that grants its bearers immortality and the power to kill people with a mere touch of the hand...if the person is evil. Sounds great, except for one little catch: the souls you kill live on in a prison inside your head. As if that wasn't bad enough, what if the person you kill happens to be someone you care about? And what defines evil anyway?
In volume one we followed Ada Mansfield: a single mom and hard working attorney who stumbled upon the curse and had her whole life turned upside down as she learned who her friends and enemies were...the hard way. Now in volume two she discovers there may be someone who can break the curse once and for all, but it comes at a price. Ada is tasked with doing terrible things for the greater good, and I can assure you NO ONE is safe in this second volume that is high on suspense and thrills.
(Hey, if you're brand new to the series and want to read issue one for free, click https://www.dropbox.com/s/spxjhtlo9xz1a2c/Touching%20Evil%201%20PDF%20Comixology.pdf?dl=0 )
It's what we're all here for, so let's talk details! The book is almost exactly the same specs as volume one: a beautiful hardcover with cover art by Tom Kelly, story and art by me with colors by Kanila Tripp, and clocking in around 240 pages! Here's a mock up of what it will look like:
I'm thrilled to say that the foreword is written by actor Dan Fogler!!! (Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them and the upcoming sequel The Crimes of Grindelwald, Fanboys, Balls of Fury) And once again, I have been fortunate to lock in some AMAZING artists to contribute pinups for the back of the book!
There will once again be an epilogue not featured in the original issues, and a Thank You Section for anyone who pledges at the hardcover level or higher!
REWARDS! I am so excited about these!
- THE BEARDO COMICS CHALLENGE COIN! Measuring 1.5,” it’s a special bonus to let people know you’re down with Beardo Comics. And if two people with the coin are at the same bar, one will challenge the other to present their coin! If they can’t, they buy the next round! If they CAN, the challenger’s buying!
- TAROT DECK! One of the main characters in Volume 2 uses a tarot deck, so I had to start drawing a LOT of tarot cards! It got to the point where I realized I was pretty close to making a full deck. So I did! It's 78 cards, 22 Major Arcana and 56 Minor cards, all drawn by me with excellent case art by Andrew Dimitt!
- REMARQUED BOOKS! You can get an original color drawing on the inside front cover of your book by me, just one more way to make your pledge a special and unique collector's item!
- COMMISSIONS! I will be doing a limited amount of custom commissions, check out a gallery of examples here: www.beardocomics.com/commissions
YOU CAN BE DRAWN INTO VOLUME THREE GETTING KILLED OR SPARED BY THE CURSE!
Back by popular demand, I'm offering five people the chance to be drawn into Volume THREE as one of the evil people who gets killed by the curse! But I'm ALSO adding a new twist: you can choose instead to be one of three people who does NOT get killed by the curse! Want to show the world how good or evil you are? Or maybe kill or spare a friend or loved one on the printed page? This pledge is rare and gets you a coveted spot in the series for all time, AND you get one page of the original art that features you! And I really use your likeness more than just a bit! I can't show you ALL of the people I drew for Vol 2 because it'd spoil things, but here are TWO people who pledged last time and a THIRD who has been a super backer since day one!
THERE'S EVEN A MEGA-PLEDGE WHERE YOU GET A TON OF STUFF I'VE DONE: "DAN DOUGHERTY'S WORK IS EVIL!"
And here's an example of the original piece you could get from Comfort and Adam at the COMFORT AND ADAM ARE EVIL! level!
And here's two examples of the original piece you could get from Bianca at the BIANCA ROMAN-STUMPFF GRAB IS EVIL! level!
STRETCH GOALS: Brace yourselves, extra bonus art and comics are coming!
Here's the majority of the book to show how much is done (and even more than this is done at the time of this writing):
Here's some cover work and some of my favorite pages (note that some pages I've removed the lettering either to avoid spoilers or showcase art, but everything is lettered in real life):
Touching Evil has been a success due to the fans, and Kickstarter is the most recognized platform for people to pre-order what they want directly from the creator, and get cool exclusive bonuses that are geared towards them. The better the campaign does, the better your pledge becomes. Additionally, I've done my share of KS campaigns and the mechanics of it are very familiar to me, so putting together a Touching Evil campaign on KS feels right at home. You can even check out the previous campaign if you're new to the series to see how it started: https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/522440557/touching-evil-the-hardcover-graphic-novel?ref=user_menu
Risks and challenges
The book is mostly finished, I didn't want to start this campaign until it was. I am done with 5 of the 7 issues, and am currently working on the remaining pages, which I have allotted time for both in the campaign schedule and my personal work schedule. I have my printer picked out and my costs accounted for in the budget. My team is at the ready for every facet of the post production, from making and printing the book to fulfilling the orders. And most importantly: I've done this before in the previous campaign (as well as other successful Kickstarters I've run or been a part of) and have learned and become more efficient in my business.
Basically, unless a force of nature strikes me down, I got this. And if I WERE struck down? Then your book just got more valuable, right? (hahaha, please nature, don't strike me down!)Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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