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RED XMAS: SILENT, BUT DEADLY, NIGHT! is a 40-page, saddle-stitch comic book continuing the series Starburst Magazine calls:
From ELF to Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer to "The Hanakkuh Song" to "Grandma Got Run Over by a Reindeer"... the holiday special is a staple of nearly all media.
Our goal is to create a perennial holiday classic, and we want YOU to be a part of it.
Here's the pitch:
"When Mrs. Claus dies in a tragic toy accident, Santa sets out to make all those little brats pay. Now, a Santa-skeptic FBI agent must team up with her wannabe-elf ex-husband to save their son--and Christmas!"
In addition to the 24-page main story, the book includes:
- A 6-page back-up feature starring Frieda! "Crisis on Infinite Friedas," is written by Clay Adams and Alexandre O. Philippe, and drawn and colored by Ryan Kroboth
- An old-school letters page, "Order Up," where your ramblings can be immortalized in print next to Frieda's even-more rambling responses
- Surprise print and digital exclusives!
Higher tier backers get:
- Sketch cards
- Limited edition commissions by Fabio Ramacci
- A cameo in the book as an evil troll
When Mrs. Claus dies in a tragic toy accident...
Santa loses his s#!t on the town of Christmas, Vermont...
And while FBI agent Ellie Tewskberry tries--and fails--to bring him down...
Her son, Byron, runs away to the North Pole to find his dad, a wannabe elf who abandoned the family years ago...
Ellie is distraught to find Byron missing...
The elves aren't too happy either...
And when Byron finally finds Santa, the big guy isn't happy to see him. At all.
Ellie infiltrates A.S.S.--The American Santa Society--in hopes of finding her son, but gets a cryptic message instead...
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Last year's book, RED XMAS: O HOLY CRAP!, came out great.
Look how awesome it looks on our bookshelf!
And readers loved it...
Take a peek at the video below to see what this same team produced last year (while you rock out to the RED XMAS theme by George O'Connor).
You're over 18.
You laugh at inappropriate things.
Funerals? They are hilarious.
You like Rick and Morty, South Park, Tarantino Films.
Shel Silverstein, Roald Dahl, and Mel Brooks.
We don't care what Twitter says. We know you're a good person.
FRIED is a state of mind.
Are you FRIED?
FRIED Comics is a proud purveyor of offbeat, irreverent pulp fiction since 2013, and a labor of love for Clay Adams and Alexandre O. Philippe.
So far, we have four successful Kickstarters under our belts. (And between us we have a lot of belts. ) So, we're stoked to return to the scene of the crime.
Clay Adams is a writer and filmmaker who's funded two projects on Kickstarter with FRIED Comics. His directorial debut, THE BOY SCOUT, was nominated for Best Short at the Golden Egg Film Festival in Los Angeles, and his feature script, THE ECLIPSE, placed second in the horror category of the FADEIn Awards. He has written and directed for television and holds a BFA in Dramatic Writing from NYU. When Clay first met Alexandre, he thought, "My, what a sophisticated European." Boy, was he wrong!
Film nerd/director Alexandre's most recent movie is 78/52, an acclaimed documentary about the shower scene in Psycho, playing theaters now. He holds a Masters Degree in Dramatic Writing from NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts and has written and directed numerous award-winning films and documentaries, including THE PEOPLE vs. GEORGE LUCAS, DOC OF THE DEAD, and THE LIFE AND TIMES OF PAUL THE PSYCHIC OCTOPUS. When Alexandre first met Clay, he thought, "My, what a stupid American." Boy, was he right!
Fabio comes to us from Rome, Italy, where he has published with Star Comics and Sergio Bonelli Editore. He recently contributed to the horror anthology Modern Dread, which was successfully funded on Kickstarter. Our resident Italian Stallion likes alt rock and (we assume) makes a great cappuccino, but all indications are that he ain't that Fabio.
Emilio is an Italian comic artist and colorist whose style is heavily influenced by manga and anime. He's worked for ZZZComics and recently published a collection of erotic portraits titled "Monkeys". Likes: caffe latte. Dislikes: coffee (yes, coffee).
Ryan is a writer, artist, and alum of the The Comics Experience School. He successfully Kickstarted his debut comic, SUNMAKER, and contributed art to the ComixTribe column 'The Proving Grounds.' He loves Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, ninjas, teens, mutants and turtles.
The less said, the better. But she's really not so bad once you get to know her. Don't make eye contact, and just be glad the coffee isn't too hot.
The Print Ketchup
Miss any of our previous RED XMAS campaigns?
Catch up with a 48-page double-feature, reprinting our first two issues. This is just the meat and bun, hon--no bonus features in this burger.
(Gotta have those extras? Our Collector Pack tier includes last year's 64-page RED XMAS: O HOLY CRAP!, which is chock full of bonuses.)
Our standard cover by Fabio Ramacci and Fin Cramb took our breath away. But we know you collectors like your variants.
First up is our "ET poster variant" by colorist Emilio Pilliu, which depicts Santa's sleigh being chased through the sky by a flying Easter Egg.
Next up is an exclusive variant by artist Conor Hughes of White Ash fame. Conor's still hard at work on his cover, and we'll share it with you as it comes in. But trust us, this guy can draw:
The Letters Page
A good letters page is a beautiful beast that takes on a life of its own. It's part of the magic only comics can create.
The better creator-owned comics out there (Saga, Copperhead, and Sex Criminals, to name a few) include a letters page with their individual issues.
We decided to give this old concept a new spin, so every two weeks, Frieda publishes an online letter column (via email) called "Order Up." She chats with fans, gives away free comics, and offers up sneak peeks of our works in progress.
(You can get in on the action--and get free comics-- by joining a thousand or so Frequent Friers over at friedcomics.com/free).
For RED XMAS: SILENT, BUT DEADLY, NIGHT, we're once again bringing the column to print. Your letters can be immortalized for all time, right next to Frieda's snarky replies.
Send your love/hate mail to firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Back-up Story
Back by popular demand, Frieda returns in her own story this year, making much mischief in a story drawn and colored (and from an original idea by!) Ryan Kroboth, who drew this little beauty for our PBOW campaign:
We've gotten our fair share of comics that arrived mangled by the mail carrier.
You pay premium prices on Kickstarter, and you deserve better. That's why we've started using Gemini Comic Mailers.
These babies are sturdy. They require a little more money, a little more time (and a lot more tape!) but it's worth it to make sure your comics arrive in pristine condition.
And if somehow your comic still gets roughed up?
Frieda will replace it free of charge.
Quit Stalling and Tell Me About The Reward Levels!
We'll do you one better.
We'll show you.
Fair enough. Where will all the money go?
First, we'll light a few hundred on fire, just 'cuz we don't give a f#ck.
- Pay Kickstarter taxes and fees
- Pay our artists a fair page rate
- Pay for printing
- Pay for shipping
If we're fortunate enough to raise more than our goal, we'll use what's left over to make more comics.
Our Evil Plan:
- The Kickstarter Campaign: 12 Days (Nov 26-Dec 7)
- Kickstarter Funds Released: ~Dec 21
- Digital Rewards Released: February
- Book Goes to Printer: ~February 28
- Book Printed and shipped to Fried Diner - 8-10 Weeks (~Apr 30)
- "$#it happens" buffer - 1 month (~May 31)
- Frieda and our sweatshop workers (AKA Frieda's kids) pack and ship - (~June 1-June 30)
- Expected delivery to US backers - 2 Weeks (Early July)
- Expected delivery for International Backers - 4 Weeks (late July)
We're not asking for a million dollars.
We just want to give you some holiday cheer, put a cool book in your hand, and entertain you for a bit.
So find a pledge level you like and pre-order. We'll make more comics.
And, as always, if you leave a comment on our Kickstarter page that says, "Frieda sent me," we'll send you an extra-special gift.
Oh! And finally:
We heard somewhere that Kickstarter campaigns do better when they have pictures of cats on the page. So, here's a picture of Frieda's cat, Asshole.
Thanks for supporting! And remember...
Risks and challenges
We've created five issues each of PBOW and DEADSKINS!, plus two issues of RED XMAS and the one-shot RE-FRIED COMICS. During that time, we successfully funded and fulfilled four projects on the Kickstarter platform.
So: we're the kind of people who finish what we start.
The book is thisclose to being done, and while there are a lot of moving parts, we're confident we can deliver on time.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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