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A Footprints double-feature! The return of private eyes Bigfoot, Jersey Devil, Nessy, and Choop in a one-shot with two new stories!
A Footprints double-feature! The return of private eyes Bigfoot, Jersey Devil, Nessy, and Choop in a one-shot with two new stories!
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$7500 - Every backer will get access to the Footprints: Bad Luck Charm playlist; backers of $25+ will get a CD mixtape

$9000 - Every backer $25+ will receive an extra Footprints art print by Captain Ultimate artist/co-creator Boy Akkerman. 

$11,500 - Every backer $25+ will receive a variant edition of Footprints: Bad Luck Charm in addition to the regular version.

THE PROJECT

Way back in 2011, myself (Joey Esposito) and Jonathan Moore Kickstarted a four-issue mini-series called FOOTPRINTS, a hardboiled mystery noir comic about Bigfoot as private detective and his team of cryptid pals as they try to solve the murder of one of their own. The book was published to critical acclaim from the comic book press and major outlets like USA Today, who named the book in their "Best of" feature for that year. 

We've since gone on to other projects -- I  co-write CAPTAIN ULTIMATE from Monkeybrain Comics and have published a graphic novel called PAWN SHOP, while Jonathan has been doing steady illustration work for clients like AEG, NECA/WizKids, American Mensa, and Grosset & Dunlap -- but we've finally reunited to continue the adventures of Foot, Nessy, Jersey Devil, and Choop in a brand new double-feature one-shot comic called FOOTPRINTS: BAD LUCK CHARM. We love these characters dearly, but the only way we can return to tell more stories with them is with your help! That's why we're here.

Bad Luck Charm consists of two different stories that total one 24-page comic book and explore two very important eras in the Footprints timeline -- before the events of Volume 1 and after them. 

The first story is the titular "Bad Luck Charm," that finds Devil and Motheresa trying their luck in Las Vegas in the mid-1960s. The second tale is "Ghost on the Road," a post-Volume 1 mystery that finds Foot and the gang investigating the emergence of a new cryptid deep in the swamps of South Carolina -- the Lizard Man!

Fans of Volume 1 might notice one big change... COLOR! We figured if we're sending the gang to Vegas, there was no way we could stay black and white.

We've included all six pages of the "Bad Luck Charm" story here on this Kickstarter page just to show you what all the fuss is about! If you're unfamiliar with Footprints, you can still read Footprints #1 for free here, buy the entire trade paperback on Amazon or Comixology, or just pledge to this Kickstarter to receive a copy alongside Bad Luck Charm!

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REWARDS

We're offering some cool rewards in addition to the printed book and usual fare like cameos and original art -- things like the T-shirt you see below, as well as a fully painted art print by Jonathan. We also have lots of cool digital rewards from other comics that we've done, to the Bad Luck Charm script, to an all-new short prose story set in the Footprints universe. 

Footprints T-Shirt, a new original design by Jonathan Moore
Footprints T-Shirt, a new original design by Jonathan Moore

Here are some samples of the kind of sketches you can get from Jonathan at the $100 level: 

The money raised from the Kickstarter will go towards production costs for the book and the rewards, including design, lettering, coloring, materials, printing, and shipping.

Unfortunately, due to the extremely high and fluctuating prices of international shipping, we're only able to offer the ANTE UP level of physical rewards to international backers. However, we've created a special $15 digital-only reward tier that includes a ton of digital incentives for our friends overseas or just for those that prefer digital to print. 

Risks and challenges

I've run two Kickstarters so far (one for Footprints Vol. 1 and the other for my graphic novel Pawn Shop) and both came with delays beyond my control. While we've taken every precaution we can against that happening, there are always circumstances beyond our control that could always delay production. However, those that have backed my other projects will tell you that despite delays, we followed through on all of our rewards and delivered them to the absolute best of our abilities.

That said, Bad Luck Charm is already about halfway in the can with Jonathan consistently plugging away at the rest. We've given August 2014 as our estimated date, but with a little (good) luck, we just might deliver ahead of schedule!

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    RABBIT'S FOOT: Our undying love and appreciation for supporting us and spreading the word, plus your name listed in the "Thank You" section of the book.

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    DIGITAL DETECTIVE: Recommended for backers outside the US. Your name listed in the "Thank You" portion of the book, plus PDFs of the following: Footprints: Bad Luck Charm, the Bad Luck Charm script, an all-new Footprints short prose story written by Joey Esposito, the original inked pages of Bad Luck Charm, and the Footprints Vol. 1 trade paperback.

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    ANTE UP: An honest-to-goodness hard copy of Footprints: Bad Luck Charm signed by the creators, your name listed in the “Thank You” portion of the book, a Footprints: Bad Luck Charm art print, and DIGITAL PDFs of the following: Bad Luck Charm, an all-new Footprints short prose story written by Joey Esposito, and the Footprints Vol. 1 trade paperback.

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    ANTE UP (OUTSIDE US): An honest-to-goodness hard copy of Footprints: Bad Luck Charm signed by the creators, your name listed in the “Thank You” portion of the book, a Footprints: Bad Luck Charm art print, and DIGITAL PDFs of the following: Bad Luck Charm, an all-new Footprints short prose story written by Joey Esposito, and the Footprints Vol. 1 trade paperback.

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    BET ON BLACK: All Ante Up rewards, a Footprints T-Shirt, plus PDFs of the Footprints: Bad Luck Charm script and inked pages.

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    DROP A DIME: All Bet On Black rewards, plus a Skype session with Joey to talk shop -- anything from making comics to petting cats.

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    POLICE COMPOSITE: All Bet On Black rewards, plus an original 9x12 sketch by Jonathan Moore of a character of your choosing.

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    RAP SHEET: All Bet On Black rewards, plus a hard copy of the Footprints Vol. 1 trade paperback signed by the creators and digital PDFs of the creators’ other comic book work to date.

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    THE RUMBLE: All of the Rap Sheet rewards, plus join Joey and co-host Ben Bailey on an episode of their no-prize winning podcast, Assemble After Dark. Learn to throw your voice, fool your friends, fun at parties!

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    SOUP JOB: All Bet On Black rewards, plus receive one page of original art of the artist’s choosing from Footprints Vol. 1.

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    HIGH PILLOW: All of the Rap Sheet rewards, plus Joey will edit 20-pages of comic book for you, from script to final letters, until you’re both unquestionably satisfied with the product.

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    MUGSHOT: All of the Rap Sheet rewards, plus be drawn into the book as the owner of a precious customized street-rod (go with us on this!) and receive the original page that features your likeness.

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    CHECKERED FLAG: All of the Rap Sheet rewards, plus be drawn into the book as a 1950s greaser and receive the original page that features your likeness.

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