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About the Comic Series
House of Fear is my new series of complete, stand-alone, scary comics intended for readers of all ages. The first issue features a story called, "The Curse of Cottonwood Ct." In this chilling tale, a girl moves to a new neighborhood and discovers that she's living across from a haunted house. Can she and her new friend defeat the ghost before its evil spreads to the entire neighborhood?
This issue of House of Fear is a full-color, 24-page comic. The issue is 100% finished; all that's left is to print it. With this Kickstarter campaign, I hope to fund the off-set print run for the issue.
Here are the unlocked stretch goals:
- A preview PDF of House of Fear issue 2 to all backers.
- A PDF of the "Curse of Cottonwood Ct." script for all backers of the Deluxe Digital tier and above.
- Improved paper quality of the printed comic.
- A stack of comics will be sent to a teacher to share with an entire class.
For that last stretch goal, I will also work with the teacher so I can participate in the class, either via Skype or a pre-recorded video. Depending on the age group and class topic, we can talk about the art, the storytelling, or the collaboration process. We can discuss how to read comics or how to make them. Or, since we've got a scary comic here, we can talk about fears and how to overcome them.
So if you're a teacher or librarian who thinks comics can be a benefit to your classroom, please let me know.
A Comic Kids (and Parents) Will Enjoy
My goal with the House of Fear series is to provide complete, stand-alone stories kids can enjoy without needing to track down subsequent issues. Although technically appropriate for all ages, I've tried to create stories that appeal to kids who are 6 to 12 years old.
My 6-year-old son, Daxton, helped make sure I hit my target. Together we decided to feature a family who's just moved, and a nasty ol' ghost with a strong hatred of trees. My son helped write the story, too. He came up with character names and key plot points, and he also determined the solution the kids use at the end of the comic.
I wanted this issue and all issues of House of Fear to push the limits, just a little, with the chills and thrills. I want young readers to think that maybe they're pulling a fast one on their parents and getting away with something they shouldn't be.
But I also wanted to make a scary comic that parents would approve of, too. So there's no blood or gore here. There's nothing excessive, either, and the child protagonists are never in any real danger. Instead, you can expect action and a few chills and thrills...enough to get kids excited about reading.
Based on the feedback I've received from local parents, teachers, and kids, I hit the right spot.
To sample what you're getting if you back this campaign, below you'll find several pages from House of Fear: The Curse of Cottonwood Ct. You can see even more pages over at TEN31 Publishing.
Some of my favorite scary comics and anthology TV series feature a host who introduces the stories with an evil laugh and bad puns. The host of the House of Fear is the two-faced butler known only as Boyle. Whether he's welcoming or downright cantankerous depends on the story, and the amount of work he has to do around the House of Fear.
James Powell (writer)
James is a professional editor who has provided input on 100s of short stories, novels, and comic scripts. For years, he wrote for a number of comic book websites before realizing he should be writing comics instead of writing about comics. He still edits when time allows, but over the last few years, he's focused on his own writing.
Daxton Powell (writer)
Dax is a first grader who loves Nerf guns, Star Wars, and Scooby-Doo. He was born on Halloween, so he's known to enjoy a good scare...and candy. This is his first published comic.
Adrian Bago (story art)
Realizing he was addicted to comics, Adrian stopped studying architecture and enrolled in Fine Arts at the University of Valencia. Not long after, he and some friends started the website, Inefable Tebeos. His art has appeared in books by El Nadir, Bluewater Productions, and others. He's also known to provide illustrations for underground Spanish rock 'n roll bands.
James Hislope (Boyle art)
James is a cartoonist and caricature artist who also happens to have a knack for drawing comics. As it turns out, he really knows how to capture the complexities of our favorite, nasty old butler, too.
Josh Jensen (colorist)
Josh is a colorist hailing from...actually, no one knows where he's from. Or where he is right now. But you can bet he's busy coloring more comics. Check out his coloring on Loophole Comics' Adamant.
Matt Krotzer (letterer/designer)
Matt is a letterer and designer (a dang good one, too). His letters have appeared in several Zenescope books, including Jungle Book: Fall of the Wild and Just Princesses.
Charles Barnitz (editor)
Charles is a novelist from Denver, and he's one heck of an editor, too. He knows storytelling, and can help writers in every facet of the craft, whether you're writing script or prose, fiction or non. Seriously, he's good. He's best known for his novel, The Deepest Sea.
Where Does the Money Go?
Because the first issue of House of Fear is 100% complete, the money earned from this campaign will go toward paying for the off-set print run for the comic.
- $1300 -- Printing the comic (with Kraken Print)
- $400 -- Printing the other rewards, packaging, shipping
- $150+ -- Kickstarter fees (approximately 10% of money raised)
Risks and challenges
I've done what I can to minimize risk for backers. House of Fear: The Curse of Cottonwood Ct. is 100% complete. The money earned from this campaign will fund the printing of the comic book.
There is always the chance that printing delays will get in the way of intended delivery dates, but I am committed to having the book and other rewards in your hands by the time listed in the reward description.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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