RED XMAS: O HOLY CRAP! is a 56-page, perfect bound extravaganza that collects the first two issues of the series Starburst Magazine calls, "Brilliant reading whatever the time of year."
"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!"
If we hit $4,500 before the campaign ends, we'll add 8 more pages of content, bringing the book to a 64-page giant.
This is the original art for FRIEDA: HARDBOILED AND OVER EASY by Kyle Roberts. We have 3 of these bad boys for sale in a new limited tier. (UPDATE: Sold Out!)
And hot off the drawing board, get a load of these gorgeous...
The first is drawn by our own artist extraordinaire Fabio Ramacci, with colors by Leonardo Colapietro.
The second is by our multi-talented colorist and croissant-lover, Emilio Pilliu.
Beauties, aren't they?
We've added a few new tiers where you can grab one--or both--of these gorgeous covers, sans text.
Check 'em out, will ya?
Watch Fabio draw Red Xmas:
In addition to the main story, the book includes:
- A 6-page back-up feature starring Frieda! "Hardboiled and Over Easy," is written by Clay Adams and Alexandre O. Philippe, drawn and lettered by Kyle Roberts, with colors 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
- Digital download, including scripts, process material, and a download link to a special song about... you-know-who
Higher Tier Backers will receive:
- A Frieda T-Shirt
- Limited edition 7-inch square record of "Yellow Ribbon Frieda"
- A cameo in the book as an elf or mall Santa
- A personalized song about YOU, sent as an mp3 and a one-of-a-kind record!
Try before you buy!
Wanna download the first issue, plus a five page preview of issue 2?
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?
"Brilliant reading whatever the time of year. 9 out of 10 stars."
"4 out of 5 stars. I got a real kick out of it and was very sorry to get to the end. I’m dying to know what happens next."
- What'cha Reading
"I've been fascinated, shocked, and borderline traumatized by each panel of Fried Comics. These crazies look like they're out to break every rule of storytelling--polite storytelling, at least."
- David Wroblewski, author of The Story of Edgar Sawtelle
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 (more on them later).
So far, we've released two full books in (handsome!) digital editions--PREGNANT BITCHES OF WAR Vol. 1 and DEADSKINS!--and successfully Kickstarted a trade paperback of PBOW and the first issue of RED XMAS.
Yes, people actually make this shit.
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 not in front of a computer or behind a camera, he’s regaling his two kids with stories about his “childhood in Atlantis.” Shh. Don’t tell them.
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).
After blowing us away with art for PBOW #1, Domo was poached by FX Network's ARCHER before moving on to design characters for CHOZEN. Recent work includes DC's Prez and Marvel's Starbrand and Nightmask.
Charles is from Canada, so we imagine he looks like one of those flappy-headed dudes from South Park. He has lettered books for Image, IDW and Top Shelf (among others) and is a founding member of Frozen Beach Studios. As far as we know, Charles has a normal-looking head.
Besides being a kick-ass artist, Emily has studied martial arts for over a decade, so she can literally kick your ass. She has worked as a colorist for Action Lab and Coverage, Inc., as well as PBOW and RED XMAS.
Kyle is a high school art teacher and indie comic creator whose work includes Parent/Guardian, The Brokener, and the forthcoming The Ark, all from his imprint, FROM BEYOND COMICS. A righteous dude, Kyle makes a mean beef jerky.
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.
Tabor makes all our purty logos from his home in the future (AKA Australia). He's performed design and development work for countries on five continents, had photographs published in international travel magazines, and is the Creative Director of Print and Web at Tiny Robots.
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.
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.
Because you people are awesome!
Nothing lets you interact with readers the way Kickstarter does. It's like a month-long book tour where you get to meet a bunch of the coolest early adopters.
We already successfully Kickstarted two projects--RED XMAS #1 and the trade paperback of PBOW--so why wouldn't we come back for more?
Fair enough. Where will all the money go?
First, we'll toss it in a bathtub and bathe in it, Scrooge McDuck-style.
- 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.
Still not sure?
We know asking you to fork over your hard-earned money is a big deal. So we're gonna give you a big free preview.
But, first, we asked one of Santa's elves to tell you more about the story:
Back? Great. Thanks for watching.
If you're a fan of PBOW - RED XMAS takes place in an alternate timeline and features cameos by Birdie, Bristol, Leslie and the gang. Plus, FRIEDA: HARDBOILED AND OVER EASY drops some hints about future PBOW storylines. You definitely won't wanna miss that!
Love DEADSKINS!? Cataract Jack and his wife Sylvia are back in FRIEDA: HARDBOILED AND OVER EASY. An' if you've ever wanted to see a waitress sucker-punch a donkey... well, that'd be spoiling things.
But you know what? The story itself is the star.
Here's a five page preview:
An' if you still need more convincing, or just want some free comics, click the obnoxious yellow button below:
In addition to the book, we're offering some cool rewards.
Here are a few we want to point out:
The Tee Shirt
Classic cut t-shirt, 100% cotton (heather gray is 95% cotton/5% viscose). Lovingly fulfilled by Spreadshirt, so you know it's great.
Available in all sizes in black, white or gray.
Show Frieda your love, Frequent Frier.
Back in the '70s, Frieda worked as a, um... street performer in Tijuana (you'll read more about that in our back-up feature, FRIEDA: HARDBOILED AND OVER EASY).
Her act was so popular, it became the subject of a hit song that spent one whole week atop the Mexican pop charts in 1974--before it was pulled from radio for "gross indecency."
Well... it took a lot of back and forth, and more than a few pesos changing hands, but we are thrilled to announce that we've bought back the rights to "Yellow Ribbon Frieda" from the Mexican Michael Jackson himself, Miguel Juanson.
You can own the song on mp3, or enjoy it the way it was originally presented, as a 7'' square record.
Have a listen:
Want Miguel Juanson to write a song about YOU?
He's open to commissions!
Just choose THE SONG ABOUT YOU, and he'll not only write and record an ode to you (or the subject of your choosing), he'll send it as an mp3 and a one-of-a-kind 7'' square record.
The Letters Page
Everyone knows that the secret weapon of comics is the letters page.
That's where fans of a title used to get together and interact with creators before the advent of the internet.
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.
We still love the idea, and the better creator-owned comics out there today (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...
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: O HOLY CRAP! we're 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 email@example.com.
The Back-up Story
Readers of our online letter column have fallen for Frieda.
One of them, Lyn Collie, wrote to request that our not-so-loveable waitress be given her very own short story. We opened it up to the readers and asked if anyone else wanted to see such a monstrosity.
Many, many people wrote in to say, "Make Mine Frieda!"
So, we had a contest to name her story, and the winning entry came from Kyle Roberts, who suggested, "Hardboiled and Over Easy."
Now, Kyle's a fantastic artist in his own right, and we were thrilled when he offered to draw it. Our old friend Ryan Kroboth joined us on colors, and we couldn't be more excited to share the finished product.
Here's a B&W preview of the first two pages:
The Producer's Club
We wanted to give our most dedicated fans a place to gather--a special booth if you will--so we created a Private Facebook group where we regularly share behind the scenes stuff, such as sneak peeks, scripts, and process stuff.
In addition to info about all aspects of comic creation, Clay regularly shares story analyses of various books, movies, and comics (he's a nerd like that).
So far, we've examined the structure for the movie and the novel of JURASSIC PARK, the Dreamworks animated feature TROLLS, and the seminal comic book mini-series, BATMAN: YEAR ONE--which we dissected on both an issue-by-issue basis as well as the story overall.
If you like this sort of thing, or even want to vote on some creative decisions and help chart the future of FRIED, join us, won't you?
Here's what some Producer's Club members are saying:
"Clay’s been breaking down Batman: Year One for us in his Producer’s Club. It is amazing. I’ve actually been trying to break down a story that I’ve been writing for way too long, and Clay’s breakdown of Batman has probably been one of the most helpful things to me in editing my story down--more than any book I’ve ever gotten or any advice I’ve read online."
- Ryan Kroboth, artist of SUNMAKER
"The Producers Club grants a peek behind the curtain of the creative process. You could probably find this information elsewhere by spending hours culling the internet, but why would you when you can get a hands on, one-on-one approach with Clay."
- John Edingfield II, writer/artist of RANCIDVILLE
Wanna check out some of the story analysis?
To join the Producer's Club, add $15 to any tier and leave a comment that says "Producer's Club" to help us keep track.
Quit Stalling and Tell Me About The Perks!
We'll do you one better.
We'll show you.
The Add-On Menu:
Buy a copy of the PBOW trade, and we'll combine shipping to get you a lower price.
Or just get the digital trades of PBOW and DEADSKINS!
Simply click "Manage Pledge," then add the amount of your add-on item to the pledge level you've selected. (Yes, sorry, this involves math.)
Our Evil Plan:
- The Kickstarter Campaign: 4 Weeks (Nov 1-Dec 1)
- Kickstarter Funds Released: ~Dec 14
- Digital Rewards Released: early January
- Book Goes to Printer: ~January 15
- Book Printed and shipped to Fried Diner - 8-10 Weeks (~Mar 31)
- "$#it happens" buffer - 2 Weeks (~April 14)
- Frieda and our sweatshop workers (AKA Frieda's kids) pack and ship - (~April 14-April 30)
- Expected delivery to US backers - 2 Weeks (Early May)
- Expected delivery for International Backers - 4 Weeks (late May)
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!, and successfully funded and fulfilled two 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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