Thanks for checking out the Kickstarter for Malice and Mistletoe, a rollicking fun Christmas tale of bloodshed and treachery, brought to you by the delinquent minds of Nathan Graham Davis and Jack Purcell.
Your pledges will be going toward 1,500 Limited Edition copies of Malice and Mistletoe, featuring a cover we'll never use again. Every backer at the book level and above will receive one of these, numbered and signed by both of us. Every backer who contributes anything will be thanked in the final pages of the book!
Also up for grabs are T-shirts, whiskey glasses, commissions by Jack, original pages of Malice and Mistletoe, and an opportunity for you to become part of the book itself.
We'll be producing a high-quality, 120-page book with an exclusive cover. Interior pages will be B&W, with splashes of red and green -- kind of a festive Sin City. If our project is funded, we'll introduce stretch goals that will allow us to produce a 140-150 page book with a hardcover.
We'll also be signing and numbering every single one of these for no additional charge. You're helping us get them made, so we figure we can write our names down. Want Jack to draw you a head sketch along with his signature? Add $10 to any category and we'll get in touch for more info.
Select this option and we'll reach out to you to get a size.
These tie right into the book itself. Mistletoe is a sinister whiskey, distilled by Krampus and the elves of the Antarctic. While Kickstarter won't let us offer alcohol (and we're also missing a key ingredient), we are STOKED to be putting these up for grabs. You'll get a pair of 12 oz whiskey glasses -- one red, one green -- laser-etched with the Mistletoe "M" logo.
Jack's commissions normally start at $100, which is our project's price point for both a commission and a signed, numbered book. When you select this option, we'll get in touch to find out what you're looking for, be it a character from Malice and Mistletoe, or an entirely different character of your choice. No matter what you choose, it'll be a top-notch piece of original art, on 11x17 paper, ready to frame.
A lot like the normal commissions, except in full greyscale, with a splash or two of color. These will make for some SERIOUS wall art. Not only that, but Jack normally starts pricing on these at $200, so you're essentially getting one of these bad boys for $45 off.
We set these up as part of the $230 level, but you can also add $80 to any reward that includes a normal commission, if one of the others catches your eye.
While we won't be including splash pages, we can guarantee that the pages received from this reward will be highlights from the book. If you select this option, we'll touch base with you in an effort to customize the selection to your preferences (such as whether or not you want something bloody).
Want to be in our book? You can! If you elect to have a character take on your likeness, you can even opt to have him/her killed. Select one of these rewards, and we'll get in touch to find out how you want your name written, or get a couple pictures to help Jack capture your good looks.
Just a heads up -- we'll also need a signed release saying it's okay for us to use said name/likeness. And yes, you can definitely select this reward on behalf of someone else, as long as we can get a similar release.
Would you rather have your company/project namedropped in the book? Get in touch with us beforehand and we'll see if we can make it work.
Since shipping varies wildly between countries, please reach out to us first. Feel free to e-mail us at firstname.lastname@example.org. Thanks!
If you're a brick and mortar store or a reputable, online retailer, we'd love to work with you during this campaign. E-mail us at email@example.com, and we should be able to work out a big discount on multiple copies of the book, especially if you're local.
All rewards will be shipped together, as soon as we receive the books. We are currently producing pages, and plan to send them to the printers right around the new year. They'll be coming from overseas, so delivery is tough to pin down. We're aiming for early spring, 2015, but it could run as late as May.
Shipping costs are worked into the rewards themselves. Jack has shipped innumerable amounts of art over the years and can assure you that yours will arrive in amazing condition.
Christmas is business.
Toy companies, movie theaters, lingerie boutiques, confectioneries... shit -- even the hospitals clean up. Your grotesque Uncle Alan couldn't turn down that last piece of pie. The "Ho-Ho Heart Attack," they call it.
At the top of this trillion-dollar capitalist empire is Claus, and he traded his furs for bespoke Armani about the same time his rosy-nosed visage started popping up in Coke ads. Now, he sits on the throne of a bona-fide Arctic kingdom, complete with serfs and concubines. Only one problem --
The infamous Yuletide tot-tormenter. He wasn't keen on the holly jolly direction of the new Christmas, and there was an uprising. When enough blood was shed and Krampus' defeat was apparent, he fled to Antarctica with the few elves who shared his cause.
Together, over a century, they built a new home. A frozen wild west, where they began to produce a euphoric whiskey called "Mistletoe." Sought after by the world's elite, it afforded Krampus and his followers a chance to rebuild and seek revenge.
Thanksgiving night. Six of the world's most powerful CEOs are brutally murdered, with the Mistletoe logo scrawled in blood at every crime scene. Each was a longtime business partner of Claus'.
And this is where Eldon Carrillo comes in. To most people, he's nothing but a brooding loner who lives on a secluded estate, deep in the Nordic countryside. To those who've heard the stories, he's a ruthless, ghost-like assassin. To Claus, he's someone who can deliver the best Christmas gift ever -- Krampus' head on a fucking platter.
Jack Purcell is a veteran of comics, having worked on multiple titles for Marvel and DC Comics, including Gotham Underground, Batman, and Green Arrow.
Nathan Graham Davis normally works as a screenwriter, and currently has a project in development with 1984 Private Defense Contractors
(producers of Dredd and The Grey).
Both are thankful to live in the artist-friendly town of Easthampton, MA, and both look forward to becoming more friendly artists by way of the above-mentioned whiskey glasses.
We're also stoked to announce that Davin Pasek (34-design) will be handling lettering/coloring/design, and Mark (epic Mickey) Stefanowicz will be contributing additional design!
The concept for this project hatched in early 2012 as a bit of midnight inspiration – the type that wills you out of bed to write it down. A screenwriter, Nathan worked up a treatment, then sent it to his manager and a few friends in the business.
The overwhelming response? “No one in Hollywood will ever touch this. Ever.” It's too dark. Too out-there. You don't fuck with Christmas. So, rather than waste six months of his life writing what would likely be a dead-end, Nathan dropped it.
Flash-forward to near-Christmas, 2013. Nathan's going through old files, happens upon the treatment, and feels the painful bite of missed opportunity. This idea deserved another chance. Not as a movie, but in a medium that still depended heavily on visuals – a graphic novel.
Nathan combed through online databases for artists, and discovered there was an incredible, experienced inker, living right in his hometown. He immediately sent Jack a message, saying he loved his work, had an idea, and would he please let him buy him a few beers at the local watering hole.
Jack had been honing his craft for years, drawing and inking for some of the most prolific comic book characters on Earth. He was ready to take that experience to another level, and create something new. The timing was right, he dug the idea, and now we've got months of concept art, extensive outlining, script, and finished pages to show for it. We are ready to dive in and make this thing.
That's where you come in.
We would love for you to get in on the first-ever printing of Malice and Mistletoe. By backing us, you'll be casting a vote for originality. Your support will help prove that the world doesn't need another paint-by-numbers story. That there's room for something unique, dark, and – dare-we-say – really fucking out-there.
Through your pledges and support, we're going to make something awesome.
Feel free to hit us up with any questions at firstname.lastname@example.org. We'll get back to you as soon as humanly possible.
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Risks and challenges
A graphic novel is a straight-forward project, so risks and challenges are limited.
Both of us are professionals, used to completing projects under deadlines, and we look forward to delivering the book on time and in great shape.
We've researched the printing process heavily, looking specifically for common pitfalls. It's important for us to get the highest quality product possible, especially for this Limited Edition.
One thing we've got less control over is shipping, since the books will be coming from overseas. That's why we'll be doing as much prep work as possible to get these things on your doorstep as soon as we can.
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