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$2,739
pledged of $6,000pledged of $6,000 goal
115
backers
10days to go

All or nothing. This project will only be funded if it reaches its goal by Fri, October 26 2018 2:31 AM UTC +00:00.

About

Milestone Bonuses

I've created a few Milestone Bonuses. When we reach certain backer numbers, I'll send out a free digital item to everyone who's currently backing the campaign. 

The first goes out when we hit 150 backers. The bonus item is the script for the upcoming issue, House of Fear: The Infestation of Mr. Skinny Legs

New Rewards Added!

Some of you who have backed both previous campaigns have asked about getting the two new issues plus the Attack of the Killer Snowmen issue, which hasn't been available on Kickstarter. I've created four new tiers to suit the needs of those who want digital rewards and print. 

Just Announced: The Dark Horse Collected Edition 

In May 2019, Dark Horse Comics is publishing a collected volume of House of Fear comics. The book will feature five complete spooky stories. That's 144-pages of kids vs. monsters.

The two issues featured in this Kickstarter campaign will be included in the Dark Horse collected volume.

Welcome to the House of Fear

I'm back on Kickstarter to bring you two more comics packed with all the adventure and monster-fighting action you've come to expect from the House of Fear series of complete, stand-alone comics for kids and adults.

In House of Fear: Teeth, young Mylie steals her brother's tooth from under his pillow, and the Tooth Fairy isn't pleased. When the evil witch seeks her revenge, Mylie must fight the aging sorceress or risk losing all of her teeth forever.

In House of Fear: Dead Lake, four boys head out on their first solo camping adventure. It turns ugly fast when they uncover the truth: there's a monster terrorizing the campground. 

Two Comics for Twice the Thrills 

Here's what you can expect when you back the two latest issues from the House of Fear series:

  • Two complete, stand-alone stories. 
  • 68 pages of spooky thrills.
  • Scares suitable for kids 7 and older.* 
  • Offset printing for the best quality.
  • Bagged/boarded comics shipped in sturdy envelopes for added protection.
  • Each issue features bonus pages not to be collected elsewhere. 

*Note: The themes and action in these issues are suitable for all ages, but the level of dialog might slow down early readers who are just beginning to read on their own. Otherwise I would label these as "all ages."

You'll Enjoy These Comics...Guaranteed! 

If you back the printed version and dislike the comics for any reason, return them for a refund (minus shipping fees).

How Scary Are these Comics? 

I don't expect anyone to have nightmares from an issue of House of Fear. These stories are intended for kids, and while they have scary elements, they're closer to action/adventure stories than true horror. My goal with these comics is to let kids test their fears through fiction, and to do so in a fun, exciting way.

That's not to say that these are totally calm and peaceful either. With each issue, I try to add a scene that gives the story an edge. I want young readers to be so thrilled, that they want to come back for more. 

House of Fear in Schools

In addition to writing comics for kids, I also enjoy talking to students about how comics are made and how stories shape our lives... even crazy monster stories. For the last two years, I've traveled to local schools to talk about creating comics. It never ceases to amaze me how excited kids get when they realize that someone actually writes and draws comics, and that they can do it, too.

But you can't talk about comics without handing out a copy when you're done, right? That's why, every time I step into a classroom, I bring a stack of House of Fear comics to hand out to the students. Doing so solidifies the discussion in their minds, and (hopefully) keeps them motivated to try creating their own comic.

With every comic purchased during this Kickstarter campaign, I'll print an extra copy to hand out to a student in one of my sessions in 2019. I've even created a Classroom Ambassador reward tier for those interested in supplying a stack of comics for an entire classroom. 

Meet the Creators

Our two new House of Fear comics were brought to you by a team of talented, passionate creators...

James Powell - The Writer - Creator of House of Fear, James has written and edited comics for various publishers, including Dark Horse Comics, Image Comics, and Red Stylo Media. He is currently wrapping up his first novel for middle grade readers, tentatively titled, Santa's Claws

Jethro Morales - The Penciler - Jethro started in comics back in 2009 and has been working his way up in line with the big league artists and has solidified his skills along the way by taking on popular titles like Vampirella, Dejah Thoris, and Green Hornet. And now here on House of Fear!

Mike Erandio - The Inker -  A comic veteran who’s been in the local comic scene in the Philippines since the 80s, Mike now works alongside Jethro as inker for the House of Fear series. He brings a decade of honed inking skills.

James Hislope - Boyle Intro/Afterword Artist - James is an illustrator, 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 all six issues of House of Fear. 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.

You can find more information about previous House of Fear issues and their creators by checking out the previous Kickstarter campaigns:  The Curse of Cottonwood Ct. and The Grumpledowns Gang and the Case of the Mail-Order Shoggoths

Preview Pages 

Below are the first 8 pages from House of Fear: Teeth. Want more? Check out the 9-page preview of House of Fear: Dead Lake.

Why Kickstarter?

I'm coming to Kickstarter to raise funds for an offset print run of 1000 copies for each of theses two issues. Printing offset means buying in bulk, which is costly, but doing so ensures the highest quality possible. It also reduces my costs per issue, which helps turn a profit at conventions or with online sales. Increased profits means I get to make more comics! 

By using Kickstarter, I also can reach more people than I could by any other means. I want to get these comics into as many hands as possible so kids around the world can 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 ($3500), ship the rewards to backers ($2000), and pay Kickstarter ($500) for hosting the campaign.  

Any extra money earned from the campaign will help pay for future issues of House of Fear.

The Rewards

Will You Help Us Continue Making Comics for Kids?  

It's simple: I want to make comics and get them to as many kids as I possibly can. I can't do that without the support from readers like you.

Thank you for checking out my latest project. Please back the campaign and help me continue making exciting, action-packed comics for kids. 

With gratitude, James and the entire House of Fear team.

Risks and challenges

I've done everything I can to minimize risk for backers. Both comics are 100% complete, and the printer is waiting for the files to get the presses running.

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.

This is my third Kickstarter campaign. Back with confidence.

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    Get two physical copies of both comics, one for you and one for a friend.

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    Can't get enough of House of Fear? With this tier, you get print copies of all five issues currently in print.

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    Classroom Ambassador Edition

    Want to help me give out more comics in schools? This tier does just that.

    You get 2 print copies of both new issues of House of Fear. But what makes this tier so special, is that you guarantee I'll have 20 copies of House of Fear comics to hand out to students in an upcoming classroom session.

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    Want to see your son or daughter as the hero of a comic book? Now you can.

    With this tier, I will name the main character in an upcoming House of Fear story after your son or daughter. I’ll also use his or her likeness for the art. That’s right, this isn’t just a cameo, it’s the entire comic! The cover will feature the character, too.

    Want two characters? Add $100.

    Want to determine the type of evil monster? Add $100.

    Want to appear as a parent cameo? Add $100.

    I will email you regular progress reports during the creation of the comic, so you'll see thumbnails of the pages, pencils, inks, colors, and lettering as they're available. And when it's all done, I'll send you a PDF of the comic before anyone else.

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    Parent Cameo Edition

    Ever want to be in a comic? Now you can. I'll include your likeness in an upcoming House of Fear story. I'll also include your house, key phrase, or any other identifying item in the story to help solidify that it's really you.

    I will email you regular progress reports during the creation of the comic, so you'll see thumbnails of the pages, pencils, inks, colors, and lettering as they're available. And when it's all done, I'll send you a PDF of the comic before anyone else.

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