In this life, it is crazy important to find something you love to do. It doesn't matter what that passion is, just find it, do it, and if you can make a living in the process, awesome for you. That is what comics are for me- that one thing I love and have loved for decades now. I appreciate them even more now that I'm a creator. My name is Adam Orndorf and I present to you "Blood and Dust: The Life and Undeath of Judd Glenny."
Now, I'm not the only person who created this project. It was co-written and created by Michael R. Martin, and illustrated by Rudy Vasquez. We are very proud of this product and hope you love it as much as we do. This is a project that is years in the making; a labor of love. Enough about us, though. On to the show!
Over a century ago, Judd Glenny, a Civil War veteran and victim, was possessed by a Native American legend during a spirit journey, and a man seeking redemption and working on repentance for his actions accepted his sin, becoming a blood drinking monster and ultimate bad man, terrorizing the Old West as its most dangerous and unrepentant predator.
But life catches up to everyone, even those who are dead, and Judd was no exception. Now the Old West's most feared legend is a babysitter for his great-grandkids, hiding in a remote Southern Oklahoma town named Boggy Depot. His only wish is for him and his family to be left alone. But then comes a knock on the door...
Blood & Dust is a six issue mini series about one man's fight to protect not only his family and their secret, but of a man who is protecting an entire town against an evil that is almost identical to the spirit that possesses him and his family. An evil that lives in the swamp surrounding the town, and preying on its children.
Through the story we'll reveal the complicated nature that is Judd Glenny and his family, revealing their past through a series of flashbacks tied in with Judd's own personal narration. We'll explore the origins of Judd's curse and how he unintentionally passed it onto his descendants. That decision led his role now, babysitter to children that never grow up and their psychopathic and insane mother that must be kept chained in the attic.
By story end we'll understand the nature of a different type of family and Judd will have made the first friend and man he trusts in year, and learns maybe all the years of protecting the town's children might have earned him a small amount of forgiveness, even if just from himself.
The proceeds from this Kickstarter will cover the costs already incurred in creating the first issue as well as production and shipping costs. I am listing the original pages as rewards for supporting this project. I love these pages, but I know you will appreciate them even more. Each of the 21 pages is signed and numbered, as is the cover. Here's a sampling:
Keep in mind, starting at our $85 tier, you will get one of these ACTUAL PAGES from the book. The pages Rudy drew and Adam inked will be in your possession. Think about it, how much would the original artwork from The Walking Dead be worth? I'm thinking a LOT more than the $85 you'll be laying out. I'm not saying we're going to be the next Walking Dead, but I'm not saying we WON'T!
Want to hear more about our story or hear more about Adam and Mike and how all this came to be? Good news! We've been doing podcasts with some amazing folks and you can have a listen to any of these great shows!
Thank you for your time and attention this far into the page. We hope we've convinced you to support our labor of love and allow us to show you the world of Judd Glenny.
Adam & Mike
Risks and challenges
The biggest challenge that comes with the creation of a product like this is in the production. I already have the artwork for issue one complete and the inking is just about done. The lettering will be completed shortly thereafter. From that point, it's getting the printing completed and ready to ship.
I've had a lot of time to build this and taken care to ensure that no stone is left unturned. I've also been very careful to limit the number of hands in the project to ensure that things get completed in a timely manner. I believe that with an independent project like this, the fewer fingers in the pie the better.
Now for the bonuses! The art for the first issue is complete, but the art for the subsequent issues is not done. That is where the cost comes in. I don't want an artist working for free. It's not cool and most of them hate it. Correction, all of them hate it and I honestly don't blame them. So, with that being said, if we do start hitting those tiers, it can slow things down a bit. However, that is why I set the release date for October. It gives the artist a chance to really work some magic and dazzle the HELL out of you, the reader. As a fan and a creator, I don't stand for substandard work and neither should you.
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