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"There's a deadly game going on right under our noses.... it's MURDER-THON!" (a 5 issue series)

Murder-Thon is a crime-noir story in the vein of crime novelist Richard Stark via indie director Roger Corman -  an indie suspense movie in comics form.

It's a cross-country competition between two serial killers who are pitted against each other by a pair of mysterious billionaires. In it, you'll meet Billy Shakes & Seth Bloom who are the killers. Billy is pure adrenaline, a red-neck who gets right to the point literally, as you can see in the opening scene of art.

You'll meet Seth Bloom, a cold psychopath, who believes in the game because it fits his world view. In his mind, there's a conspiracy going on all the time & Seth kills to make sense of it.

But the story is really about Mark Saxon, the referee. It's his job to make sure the game runs smoothly but a monkey wrench is thrown into the mix when he discovers one of the potential victims has ties to his dark tormented past - the beautiful Marabelle Santos. But who is saving who? Marabelle can take care of herself & doesn't need anyone to help her.

So we have two serial killers, a dashing hero, a beautiful heroine, interstate chases between muscle cars, gore & blood set in the world of 1986.

Also throw in a lot of colorful characters, a gorgeous Betty Page-like pin-up queen & rockabilly music and you have MURDER-THON!

It's Deathrace 2000 meets Natural Born Killers.

The Cannonball Run meets Silence of the Lambs.

The Gumball Rally meets No Country For Old Men.

The artist on the series is Ken Knudsten, creator of the indie book "My Monkey's Name is Jennifer." He's worked on Wolverine for Marvel, for Slave Labor Graphics & various other publishers & film media.

When I initially came up with the concept for MURDER-THON, I knew Ken's style would fit perfectly with the noir-setting of this violent world. As you can see from the opening scene of the series, Ken sets a mood that will carry the story throughout the entire 5 issues.

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Risks and challenges

MURDER-THON is a 5 issue comic book series.

This kickstarter is necessary to make this new book a reality. The entire series will cost around 17,000 to make but right now I am trying to raise 3700 to produce the first issue. All the money goes directly to the art & printing to get the book into the hands of editors so that MURDER-THON will potentially be picked up as a series as well as into your hands.

Now if we go above the 3700 amount I'm looking for, that money will go into making issue #2 or as many as we can do. Every penny will go into producing as many pages of the series as we can. Anyone that knows me personally, knows I follow every project through to the end. MURDER-THON will be produced in its entirety one way or another but this kickstarter is the best way right now to do it.

We have many prize levels which include the first issue in digital & print form, as well as gifties & prints BUT if you really want to be a part of the book you can be in it! There are levels where you can have your name inserted into the book as a character, either as a supporting character or as one of the victims of the serial killers.

And at the ultimate level, your image can be used as the basis for a character. You would send me a photo of yourself which will be forwarded to the artist who will use your likeness as the basis for a character.

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    Print AND digital copy of the book AND shot glass with MurderThon logo AND 11x17" print of the cover AND the complete 3 issue, 66 page World War 2 series THE MOSES MILITIA (written by me, art by Bill Wylie).
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    An original sketch of any comic book character (from the Big Two or any other) by Ken Knudtsen.

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    Named as a character!
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    YOUR LIKENESS as a victim!
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