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Bounty Hunter Annabelle Cutter has to contend with outlaws, an evil cult leader, and the supernatural in this Wild West tale.

The Empty Grave: Daddy's Little Girl, a Western Comic Book written by Warwick Johnson with art by Dan Hale.

We hit our Goal! New Stretch Goal: $4,500.00

Art by Dan Hale, Color by Andrea Celestini
Art by Dan Hale, Color by Andrea Celestini

If we hit our stretch goal of $4500, then everyone who ordered the book will get a signed copy of the first five pages of the script to The Empty Grave Part 2: Hunter's Moon. We will also up the page count from 28 to 32 pages, and we'll include pin-ups of characters, design sketches, and script excerpts!  This is a really exciting goal and we hope to hit our mark!

The Cover, art and color by Dan Hale, is going to be an 11x17 print for our backers!
The Cover, art and color by Dan Hale, is going to be an 11x17 print for our backers!

The Empty Grave: Daddy’s Little Girl is the first issue of the story of Annabelle Cutter, the most feared bounty hunter in the New Mexico Territory in the 1880’s. After killing the outlaw Lockwood, Annabelle is wounded as she sets out to make her journey home to Gallup. As Annabelle contends with the wild and remembers the lessons of her father, the legendary William Cutter, Lockwood’s brother Rochester sets out for revenge. All while the villainous leader of Haven Springs, Granny Collins, pulls everyone’s strings and the mysterious Skin Walkers stalk the shadows of the West. 

Page 4, before color and lettering
Page 4, before color and lettering
Page 4 with Colors by Andrea Celestini
Page 4 with Colors by Andrea Celestini

This comic is the first issue of a planned four issue series, and it clocks in at 28 pages with no ads. We're launching this Kickstarter in order to fund the printing and shipping of The Empty Grave: Daddy's Little Girl, and also so that Dan Hale and our colorist Andrea Celestini can be paid for the hard work that they have done for this story. The comic book will be finished this fall, with full color and lettering, in time to send to all our contributors. It is still in progress, and you can visit our website at www.emptygravecomic.com to see how the book is progressing and to read more about it.

Preview of Page 9 before color
Preview of Page 9 before color

Rewards!

A Fistful of Dollars: For $1 or more, you get a printed thank you in the book, plus a wallpaper for your computer desktop.

For A Few Dollars More: For $5 or more, you get a PDF copy of the comic book, plus a printed thank you and a wallpaper for your desktop.

3:10 To Yuma: For $10, you get a printed copy of The Empty Grave: Daddy's Little Girl signed by Warwick and Dan, as well as a PDF copy, a printed Thank You and a wallpaper.

Django Unchained: For a pledge of $25, you get an 11x17 print of Annabelle Cutter, plus a printed and signed copy of the comic, a printed Thank You in the back of the book, and a wallpaper.

The Wild Bunch: Ideal for Retailers! For a pledge of $50, you will get 10 copies of The Empty Grave: Daddy's Little Girl for your shop.

The Magnificent Seven: For a pledge of $50, you will get two Kickstarter exclusive 11x17 prints drawn by two amazing artists, Joel Siegel and Jason Muhr, as well as the print drawn by Dan Hale. You will also get everything from the 3:10 to Yuma reward.

Once Upon a Time in the West: For a pledge of $100, Warwick will name a character after you in a future volume of The Empty Grave, plus everything from the Django Unchained Reward.

True Grit: For a pledge of $150, you get an original sketch drawn by Dan Hale, and everything from the Magnificent Seven Reward.

High Noon: For a pledge of $200, you get an original page of art from book drawn by Dan Hale, as well as everything from the Magnificent Seven Reward.

Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid: For a pledge of $250, Dan will use a picture of your face, and draw you into the Kickstarter exclusive cover. Also, you'll get signed copies of the book with both covers, as well as the print, a PDF copy, and a wallpaper.

With the Butch & Sundance Reward, you can be drawn into this exclusive cover!
With the Butch & Sundance Reward, you can be drawn into this exclusive cover!
A panel from Page 8
A panel from Page 8

About the Artist:

Dan Hale is a Chicago-based comic artist and illustrator. He has a degree in Sequential Art from the Savannah College of Art and Design. He has provided fully illustrated comic covers and pages for a number of projects and 2 album covers for the band Downplay. The Empty Grave will be his first full-length comic to see print. His art can be seen at www.thedanhale.com

About the Writer:

Warwick Johnson is a Chicago area comic book creator and playwright. His theater work has been produced in a number of theaters across Chicago, and he is thrilled to be launching his first comic with The Empty Grave: Daddy’s Little Girl. This comic series is based off of a play that was written for the Chicago Mammals in 2011, and is now being adapted to the medium of comic books. Warwick is a lifelong fan of both Comic Books and Westerns, and hopes that everyone enjoys the book as much as he liked working on it. You can see more of his scripts and projects at www.warwickjohnson.com

About the Colorist:

Andrea Celestini is doing the color for the book. You can check out his DeviantArt page here: http://andreacelestini.deviantart.com/

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Dan and I have worked very hard for over the last year to get this project off the ground, and we are thrilled that it is now moving forward. We have a very collaborative process which has helped us immensely. As of now, the issue is entirely laid out and penciled, Dan has inked over 50% of it and we have already sent pages to Andrea for color. Our date for shipping the projects is the end of October, almost a full month after our expected date for completion in case there is a problem with printing or if something unexpected comes up in our lives. We have a local printer, which will cut down on shipping time for us to get the books, and we have a couple months between the end of the campaign to prepare all of the shipments ahead of time.

FAQ

  • This volume is going to be 28 pages total without ads. We might even have some extra pin-ups at the end, and of course all of the special thank yous to all of our Kickstarter backers.

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  • When all is said and done, The Empty Grave is a four part series. The second volume is already written, with work started on the script for the third.

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  • No. We are raising this money through Kickstarter so we can build a base and start off, but our goal is for the book to become self-sustaining.

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  • We'll have them for sale on our website www.emptygravecomic.com and at comic cons all over the Midwest. And all of our donors will be added to an e-mail list where you'll get the chance to buy issues 2, 3, and 4 before they are available for purchase by non-donors,

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