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House of Fear: The Curse of Cottonwood Ct. is a complete, stand-alone, all-ages comic for anyone who likes exciting ghost stories.
House of Fear: The Curse of Cottonwood Ct. is a complete, stand-alone, all-ages comic for anyone who likes exciting ghost stories.
House of Fear: The Curse of Cottonwood Ct. is a complete, stand-alone, all-ages comic for anyone who likes exciting ghost stories.
148 backers pledged $2,040 to help bring this project to life.

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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. 

The cover of House of Fear: The Curse of Cottonwood Ct.
The cover of House of Fear: The Curse of Cottonwood Ct.

Stretch Goals

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. 

James talking to a 1st grade class about making comics .
James talking to a 1st grade class about making comics .

 

Kids wrote special thank-you notes to James for sharing his comic with them.
Kids wrote special thank-you notes to James for sharing his comic with them.

Preview Pages

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.  

 

 

The Host

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. 

Boyle, the host of each issue of House of Fear.
Boyle, the host of each issue of House of Fear.

The Creators

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

The Rewards

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 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.

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    DIGITAL EDITION

    Receive a PDF of House of Fear: The Curse of Cottonwood Ct. That's right, you'll have access to 24-pages of terror anywhere you have your mobile device.

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    DELUXE DIGITAL EDITION

    This deluxe digital edition PDF includes the 24-page comic plus a 2-page primer that explains to kids how they can make their own comics. The PDF also includes character sketches, a look at the changes between the script and final product, and other behind-the-scenes goodies from the making of House of Fear: The Curse of Cottonwood Ct.

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    PRINT EDITION

    I will send you a physical copy of the comic right to your mailbox, and a copy of the deluxe digital edition to your email. This tier also includes a "thank you" postcard.

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    Share the Scare

    I will send you two physical copies of the comic, one for you and one for a friend. Plus the postcard and the deluxe digital edition.

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    RETAILERS ONLY

    This one is for the comic shops out there. I'll send 10 copies of the comic anywhere in the United State.

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    SIGNED "SUBSCRIPTION" EDITION

    Kids love getting mail. With the Signed "Subscription" Edition, I'll mail the books directly to your son, daughter, or special someone. This tier includes two copies of the comic: the regular edition, plus a copy with thicker cover stock signed by both writers (my son doesn't sign often, so consider this a rare opportunity indeed).

    Also included in this tier is a personalized welcome letter from Boyle, the House of Fear butler. In addition, I'll add a special "I survived the House of Fear" sticker, plus the deluxe digital copy.

    Includes:
    • 1 copy of House of Fear signed by the writers
    • Welcome letter from Boyle
    • Special "I survived the House of Fear" sticker
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    FROM THE ARCHIVES

    This tier is for mom, dad, or older siblings. Back this level, and I'll send physical copies of my two recent comics: WATCH YOUR STEP and THE BOY WHO WANTED WAR. I'll also include PDF copies of those two comics plus two more. You'll also receive everything in the Signed "Subscription" Edition tier. I only have 10 sets left of the physical copies.

    Includes:
    • Set of 2 comic books from the James Powell archive
    • 4 digital short comics
    • 1 copy of House of Fear signed by the writers
    • Welcome letter from Boyle
    • Special "I survived the House of Fear" sticker
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    PROFESSIONAL EDIT

    Working on your own comic script or short story? With this reward level, I will edit your comic script, synopsis, short story, or pitch package (up to 12 pages). The edit includes specific feedback to the text itself and a discussion with you, via Skype or email, to ensure that you understand the comments.

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    • Professional edit (up to 12 pages)
    • 1 copy of House of Fear signed by the writers
    • Welcome letter from Boyle
    • Special "I survived the House of Fear" sticker
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    YOU, IN A COMIC!

    Ever wanted to be in a comic? Now you can. Issue 3 of House of Fear includes a key scene featuring two parents. If you select this reward tier, artist James Hislope will draw you and your spouse as the parents of the kids in the story. (House of Fear #3 is slated for printing the summer of 2017, but all other rewards will be shipped in May.)

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    • You and your spouse, drawn into House of Fear #3.
    • 1 copy of House of Fear signed by the writers
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    • Special "I survived the House of Fear" sticker
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