About this project
I've always wanted to provide an annotated script to those who like behind-the-scenes insight into the comic-creating process, so let's go for it. If we reach 275 backers, I'll include an annotated script to the Digital Deluxe PDF tier and for all physical backers.
I've heard very positive feedback about Boyle, the House of Fear butler/caretaker. So if we reach 300 backers, every physical backer will receive two 6x4 prints of our creepy host.
Bonus Items Unlocked!
Because we reached the 250-backer mark, I'm adding bonus items for random backers. I'll be sending out 10 magnets and 31 stickers in all.
I'm also sending out 10 limited-edition copies of the next issue, House of Fear: Attack of the Killer Snowmen.
And of course, I can't forget digital backers. I'll also be sending out a PDF of House of Fear: Attack of the Killer Snowmen to 31 backers, at least half of which will be digital backers.
Milestone Bonuses Update
All Milestone Bonus items are now unlocked. Check them out:
I'm back on Kickstarter to bring you another scary, action-packed comic for kids and adults. This time around, the monsters are inspired by H.P. Lovecraft.
Written by Lovecraft scholar Brandon Barrows, House of Fear: The Grumpledowns Gang and the Case of the Mail-Order Shoggoths is packed with adventure, mystery, and monster-fighting action.
In this issue, young Ben receives a package of grow-your-own monsters...just add water! When his science teacher flushes them down the toilet, the school is overrun with huge, tentacled monsters with eyes all over the place. Ben and friends must find a way to defeat the beasts before they destroy the school. It's kids vs. shoggoths!
- 24 full-color pages.
- Complete, stand-alone story.
- Suitable for kids 7 and older.*
- Printed on quality, glossy paper for more durability.
*Note: The themes and action in this issue are suitable for all ages, but the level of dialog might slow down some early readers who are just beginning to read on their own. Otherwise I would label this as "all ages."
What Kids are Saying About House of Fear
Here are a few comments I've heard from those who backed and read House of Fear: The Curse of Cottonwood Ct.
- "I liked Boyle. He was scary." Sophie, age 12
- "I loved that comic! I read it, like, 10 times." Jack, age 10
- "Our daughter was too scared to read it before bed, but she read it twice the next morning." Marjorie, mother of 7-year-old Lilly.
- "My daughter is reading the comic aloud and giving different voices to all the characters. She loves it!" James, father of 8-year-old Kaelyn.
Meet the Creators
Brandon Barrows - The Writer
Brandon is an award-nominated writer of comic books and prose. His comics work includes MYTHOS: LOVECRAFT'S WORLDS (Caliber Comics), JACK HAMMER (Action Lab Comics), appearances in HEAVY METAL MAGAZINE and more. Over forty of his prose stories have been published in various magazines and anthologies, as well as collected into the books THE ALTAR IN THE HILLS (Raven Warren) and THE CASTLE-TOWN TRAGEDY (Dunham's Manor Press).
Rafael Loureiro - The Artist
Rafael is a brazilian-based comic book artist and illustrator. He has a degree in Architecture and Urban Planning, but after a few years working on advertising media as an Art director, he switched gears to follow his childhood dream of drawing comics. Check him out on Instagram.
James Hislope - Boyle Intro/Afterword Artist
James is a cartoonist and caricature artist who also happens to have a knack for drawing comics.
Josh Jensen - The Colorist
Living colors from Tokyo, Japan. Josh is the colorist for both issues of House of Fear and he's currently coloring issue 3. Check him out on Twitter.
Matt Krotzer - The Designer and Letterer
Matt gives voices to characters and sound to action. His stellar lettering work has been seen in the pages of Image, Dark Horse and many fine independent comics around the world.
James Powell - The Editor
James is the creator and publisher of House of Fear. His work has been featured in Image, Dark Horse, Red Stylo Media, and Villard comics. When not making comics, he's reading scary stories or watching horror movies.
Why Scary Comics?
My son and I read together all the time, but we save comics for reading on the floor come Sunday morning. Comics are a wonderful form of entertainment that can captivate a sense of excitement and wonder.
Normally, my son is a bit timid and unsure of himself in new, frightening situations. With a scary comic, however, he can face his fears head-on from the safety of his own home. And if the story is filled with action, adventure, and giant monsters, there's always a thrilling, wide-eyed fascination as he reads.
There aren't a lot of good comics intended for my son's age group. With House of Fear, I hope to create stories that not only have appropriate themes and subject matter, but also feature a level of dialog suitable for young readers.
I'm coming to Kickstarter to raise funds for a large offset print run of 1000 copies of House of Fear: The Grumpledowns Gang and the Case of the Mail-Order Shoggoths. By using Kickstarter, I hope to get the comic into as many hands as possible and help kids around the world discover the joy of testing their fears through fiction.
Where do the Funds Go?
The funds we earn through Kickstarter will be used to print the comics ($1350), ship the rewards to backers ($750), pay for the other rewards and supplies ($600), and pay Kickstarter ($300) for hosting the campaign.
Any extra money earned from the campaign will help pay for the creation of issue 3, House of Fear: Attack of the Killer Snowmen.
Below are the first five pages from House of Fear: The Grumpledowns Gang and the Case of the Mail-Order Shoggoths. Want more? Download the 14-page preview.
Check Out the Prints
Feast your eyes on the prints that are part of the "Shoggoths Everywhere" tier.
Will You Help Us Continue Making Comics for Kids?
It's simple: I want to make comics for kids. Without the support from readers like you, I wouldn't have the ability to get those comics out into the world.
Thank you for checking out my latest project. Please back the campaign and help me continue making exciting, action-packed comics for kids.
James and the entire House of Fear team
Risks and challenges
The comic is 100% complete and the files have already been sent to KrakenPrint for approval. All extra items are also ready to be printed. While no project is risk-free, I've taken every precaution to ensure a timely delivery of all rewards. You can expect this campaign to run smoothly, start to finish.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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