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Funding Unsuccessful
The project's funding goal was not reached on Fri, April 12 2019 7:07 PM UTC +00:00

About

The Haunted Cowboy is an all-new, original graphic novel centered around the murder of Wild Bill Hickok in Deadwood, Dakota Territory circa 1876.

Rusty Grainger is a 15-year old resident of Deadwood. He goes to school and works in the Livery with his Uncle Jim, the only family he has left since his mother's death several years earlier. Rusty has a crush on a local girl named Abigail and he is a target of bullies, due to his red hair and awkward ways. 

More than anything, the teenager idolizes Wild Bill Hickok and wants to follow in the famous gunman's footsteps, performing as a trick shot artist in traveling shows when he gets older. When Rusty meets his idol, Wild Bill takes an instant shine to the lad.

The next day, Wild Bill calls Rusty to the saloon to talk. Rusty arrives just in time to see Jack McCall gun down his hero. Overcome with grief, Rusty calls out the murderer in an effort to avenge his idol but fails miserably.

Later that day, the ghost of Wild Bill appears to Rusty to say how much he appreciated his attempt at taking out McCall. The spirit cowboy vows to teach Rusty how to be a gunslinger so they can finish what he started and take down McCall to get justice for his murder.

This 55-page western is written by Scott Young, penciled by Fernando Ruiz, inked by Kim DeMulder and features a cover by Tom Mandrake!  What more could you ask for!

All money pledged will go directly to production, printing, shipping and all assorted supplies to get the book from our imaginations into your hands! 

                    Pencils for the cover of The Haunted Cowboy Graphic Novel by Tom Mandrake!
Pencils for the cover of The Haunted Cowboy Graphic Novel by Tom Mandrake!
             The finished version of the cover to The Haunted Cowboy. Art by Tom Mandrake.
The finished version of the cover to The Haunted Cowboy. Art by Tom Mandrake.

                                    This graphic novel is a thing of beauty thanks to 

                                   Fernando Ruiz (pencils) and Kim DeMulder (inks)!

                                                                               So it begins...
So it begins...
                                      Page 3 (pencils by Fernando Ruiz/inks by Kim DeMulder)
Page 3 (pencils by Fernando Ruiz/inks by Kim DeMulder)
                                                                                     Page 10
Page 10
                                                                                  Page 10 inks
Page 10 inks

If the Kickstarter is successful, our first stretch goal is to turn the softcover into a hardcover!

                                                     Page 17...never trust the Dead Man's Hand!
Page 17...never trust the Dead Man's Hand!
                                                                               Page 17 inks
Page 17 inks
                                                                                    Page 24
Page 24
                                                                          Page 24 Inks
Page 24 Inks
                                                                     Pencil version of Pg 32
Pencil version of Pg 32
                                                                       Inked version of Pg 32
Inked version of Pg 32
                                                                                  Page 35
Page 35
                                                                              Page 35 inks!
Page 35 inks!

If we hit our second stretch goal, this beautifully rendered    western goes color!

Here's some other stuff available as rewards or as an add-on!

                              Kim DeMulder's rendition of Wild Bill Hickok! Available as a reward!
Kim DeMulder's rendition of Wild Bill Hickok! Available as a reward!

      THE FIRST 2 DIE KITTY DIE HARDCOVERS ARE AVAILABLE

        EITHER AS A REWARD OR AN ADD-ON. GET 'EM NOW!

THE ART OF DEMULDER IS AVAILABLE AS A REWARD!

GET THIS FANTASTIC BOOK! 

          YOU CAN GET A 9" X 12" PEN AND INK PORTRAIT BY THE GREAT KIM DEMULDER 

                           CREATED FROM A PHOTOGRAPH YOU SUPPLY AS A REWARD! 

                                                  AN INCREDIBLE GIFT FOR ANYONE! 

                          YOU CAN GET "ARCHIE-FIED" BY THE GREAT FERNANDO RUIZ!

 Get your own original commission by Fernando Ruiz in various rewards! Size 9" X 12" 

 You can get an original Pen & Ink commission from Kim DeMulder as a reward. Size 9"X12" 

 If you're quick enough you can get an original Tom Mandrake commission (size: 9" X 12) Limited to 5 backers 

 Get the Fernando Ruiz Sketchbook 2 as a reward or an add-on! 

WANTED POSTERS OF FERNANDO, KIM, SCOTT OR THE WHOLE GANG!                                        AVAILABLE AS AN ADD-ON! 

 Both novels by Scott Young are available as a reward or add-on!

                                                                                     WRITER
WRITER
                                                                                  PENCILER
PENCILER
                                                                                     INKER
INKER
                                                                              COVER ARTIST
COVER ARTIST
                                                       So many options...all of them AWESOME!
So many options...all of them AWESOME!

 STRETCH GOAL #1 - $30K TURNS THE TRADE PAPERBACK

                                    INTO A HARDCOVER!

STRETCH GOAL # 2 - $40K TURNS THE BLACK AND WHITE

                           HARDCOVER INTO FULL COLOR!

 ADD MORE LOOT TO YOUR STASH AND GET SOME GREAT STUFF

                    NO MATTER WHAT YOU PLEDGED ALREADY!

                    You can be one of the Riverdale gang with your very own "Archie-fied" portrait!
You can be one of the Riverdale gang with your very own "Archie-fied" portrait!
                           Get your own signed print of these wonderful illustrations!
Get your own signed print of these wonderful illustrations!
                             Get the whole gang! A tougher bunch of outlaws you ain't ever seen!
Get the whole gang! A tougher bunch of outlaws you ain't ever seen!
                       Get the Die Kitty Die Hardcovers! Either one or both...you can't go wrong!
Get the Die Kitty Die Hardcovers! Either one or both...you can't go wrong!
                                           Add-on the Fernando Ruiz Sketchbook 2 for only $15!
Add-on the Fernando Ruiz Sketchbook 2 for only $15!
  If you think The Haunted Cowboy is something, check out these books!
If you think The Haunted Cowboy is something, check out these books!

                       THANKS TO EVERYONE FOR STOPPIN' BY!

                              YA'LL COME BACK NOW...Y'HEAR!

Risks and challenges

All three creators of the Haunted Cowboy (Fernando, Kim and Scott) have run successful Kickstarter campaigns in the past so with our combined knowledge and experience, the risks should be minimal. The script is complete so Scott is available to respond to questions or help coordinate the campaign while Fernando and Kim are hard at work creating the pages. We should be at least half way done by the time the campaign ends. We've set a date far enough away to ensure the book is completed before it's been promised. Then it's simply a matter of getting it printed and shipped.
With the 3 of us pitching in, it should be relatively painless.

I have every faith that this Kickstarter, and the 3 of us running it, will meet its challenges with grace and aplomb. You can believe in us! We're ya Huckleberrys!

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    MISS KITTY

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    If'n you're a Tom Mandrake fan, this pledge is for you. You get The Haunted Cowboy graphic novel (signed), the PDF version plus an original commission from Tom himself (9" X 12").

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    This town might not be big enough for the two of us but if you're the type who wants to get in on the action, this here pledge is for you! Not only do you get The Haunted Cowboy graphic novel (signed), the PDF version but Fernando and Kim will put you in the story itself! You might be a bartender or one of the townspeople, a deputy or some kind of merchant in the town of Deadwood. You'll be a star! Plus you'll get the original art page in which you appear signed by Scott, Fernando and Kim!

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Funding period

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