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The Black Coat rides again in a new graphic novel full of action, adventure, espionage, and monsters!
292 backers pledged $17,332 to help bring this project to life.

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New Card Game Features Ben and Dean's Artwork

Posted by Ben Lichius (Creator)

Hey Friends!

I posted about this a while ago, but Dark Unicorn Games has re-launched the Super Powered Smash Masters Kickstarter campaign. SPSM is a tongue-in-cheek comic-themed card game that's suitable for the whole family to play. If you like looking at pretty pictures while you play cool new games, then I suggest heading over and picking up a copy of the game. 

SPSM features art by Dean and Ben (me) as well as a host of other comic artists including Ron Frenz, Pat O'lliffe, Don Simpson, Anthony Castrillo, Rebekah Isaacs, Drew Rausch, Jeff McComsey, Ryan Cody, and more! 

A 4-Player Base Set is still just $25 (while the early bird pricing lasts). Check it out!


Dean and I (and the whole team) appreciate your support!


Black Coat Vets Tackle New Project!

Posted by Ben Lichius (Creator)

Hey everyone,

It's been a while since we've been in touch as there hasn't been a lot to talk about on the Black Coat front. We do have some exciting news to pass along about a new project that several Black Coat contributors are heavily involved with however. 

Ben, Adam, and Dean are all working on a new comic themed collectible card game called "Super Powered Smash Masters" and it's chocked-full of comic geeky goodness. Be sure to check it out and help get the word out! 

Here's the link:


MechRunner - A New Kickstarter from Ben's company, Spark Plug Games

Posted by Ben Lichius (Creator)

Hey All,

Some of you know that, when I'm not making comics, I work for Spark Plug Games making all manner of video games for people to enjoy. If you happen to enjoy games, specifically fast-paced mech games, then you're in luck! Spark Plug has just launched a Kickstarter for a new game called MechRunner that goes live in July of this year. The game features some pretty amazing artwork and some awesome action (If you're into that kind of thing.) and the campaign has some pretty sweet rewards that you won't be able to get anywhere else.

Anyway, here's a link to the game. Thanks for checking it out! :)


Thank You! Thank You! Thank You!!

Posted by Ben Lichius (Creator)

It's Done! (Thank You!)

There are just a few outstanding backers whose addresses I still need in order to close this baby out (you know who you are!), but for all intents and purposes, this Kickstarter campaign has reached its end! Whoohoo!

I want to thank EVERYONE involved. It took a few extra months to cross the finish line, but you have been a generous, patient, and gracious community of supporters and so, again, for me, Dean, Diego, Deron, and the folks at Ape: THANK YOU! 

If you haven't received your reward package yet, you should receive it in the next couple of days - they have all been mailed out. (I know because my office is now magically 3 times the size it was last month.) I sincerely hope that everyone enjoys reading the new book as much as we enjoyed making it.

I'll be sure to post updates here from time to time as new developments happen. Until then, feel free to follow The Black Coat on Facebook at

You guys rock!! :)


The Books Have Arrived!!

Posted by Ben Lichius (Creator)

Hey everyone!

It's finally happened! The books arrived at my doorstep this afternoon. Don't believe me? (If not, I don't blame you, but...) Here they are!

 I'm very excited to tell you that the books turned out great. And I'm very happy with the quality. I hope you all will be too. I'm going to be getting them in the mail to everyone as soon as I can.

On a related note: I will be at the Comics and Collectibles show at the Clearview Mall in Butler, PA tomorrow (Saturday 2/1/14). I'm excited about the show, but I'd rather be packaging up Kickstarter Rewards. But, hey, what would this process be without just a little more bad timing? :)
So if you are local and would like to pick your copy up ahead of time, drop me a line or come by and see me. I know it's short notice, but I wanted to have them in my hands before promising anything. (When I signed up for the show several months ago, my intent was to have everything mailed out before doing any shows, so I apologize for the timing of things this weekend. I'll be taking some time off from work to get as much done on the mailing front as possible first thing next week.)

Thanks again everyone! We're in the home stretch!