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3 Devils is an 80 pg. graphic novel written and drawn by Bo Hampton and colored by Jeremy Mohler. It's a Supernatural Western/ Action/ Adventure/ Melodrama and too much for editors, in general, to wrap their heads around, in this country and in Europe. So now we're down--or UP--depending on your view-point -- to the readers, themselves. We're looking up--and forward. And now, without further ado...
1873, Northern Utah...a young Gypsy girl witnesses the slaughter of her family by a vampire known only as the White Man and his gang of thugs...
...the next day she's found by an ex-slave who has been transformed into a Zuvembie by a Haitian witch...
...the soul-less being feels a spark of compassion for the girl and realizes she may be his last hope of connection to his own humanity.
He decides to take the girl in and 5 years later they begin the search for The White Man. Along the way they come upon a travelling freak show with a head-liner called The Wolf Boy. But he's just an 18 year old genetic anomaly with a hair- covered body and teeth sharpened for effect. He's mis-treated and held prisoner by the circus owner and the girl insists upon the poor boy's rescue. The ex-slave only cares about the girl--and whatever she wants she gets.
This goes well until they realize the Wolf Boy has been bitten by an actual Werewolf.
After a method of controlling his more bestial side is discovered these three misfits...who are already forced to deal with the dark forces of bigotry every day...find themselves bound by a pact of vengeance against sheer, supernatural evil. They must find and destroy...the 3 Devils.
Above is an example of a pencil vs. inked page from 3 Devils
Above two blasts from Bo Hampton's past --The Sleepy Hollow print and cover from one of many Batman books he drew for D.C. comics.
A couple of action pages from 3 Devils, beautifully colored by Jeremy Mohler...
Below is the B&W sketch cover reward at the $175 level...1 of a kind!
Below is a scan of the Water-colored sketch card cover reward:
Here's an example of how Bo works in stages--in this case there was no pencil page--just a blown up sketch layout--then inked on lightbox--
2 more recent pages in glorious B&W...for anyone looking for the inked page reward [non- high action, that is] you can't really go wrong...
Risks and challenges
Bo Hampton :" I've been co-writing books recently, like last year's RIVEN with Robert Tinnell [Dark Horse] and I'm at the point where I'm champing at the bit to get the reins!! Unfortunate metaphor but kind of apt. I've been the whipped horse helping to pull the Mainstream Comics wagon for a while and now I've jumped fully into the driver's seat.This book reminds me more of the independent series' I worked on back in the 80's for Pacific comics [Alien Worlds/Luger/Pathways to Fantasy] than anything remotely current. But at it's heart 3 Devils is a story about being an outcast your entire life and finally finding the people that can help you overcome the obstacles put in your path--both natural and in this case...Supernatural. [minus the Land of Misfit Toys, of course.]"
THIS IS A KICKSTARTER BOOK--
The funding for the entire book is coming from you guys. And not just this book--with luck--and enough benevolent patrons out there--we'll continue with 3 more volumes. This first outing will be self-contained but will also serve as an origin story that sets up the rest of the series...giving the Devils their due--one book each! But, that's down the road. Check out the Rewards on the right and jump in at any level you want. We're glad to have you!
Bo Hampton: " Okay, so it takes 9 months or so...it's all going to be worth it! This is my baby...but really it's OUR baby and--umm...scratch that.You know what I mean. "
- (30 days)