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Speak No Evil is an adventure story with horror & comedy elements about two teenage brothers, set in the 1930's.
Speak No Evil is an adventure story with horror & comedy elements about two teenage brothers, set in the 1930's.
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Speak No Evil is a story about two teenage brothers who are trying to survive on their own in the 1930's. Silas and Edwin have persisted for years by running scams on people, but when one of their scams goes awry, they find themselves on the run. They end up hiding in an abandoned cabin that was used by Nikola Tesla and H.P. Lovecraft for otherworldly experiments ten years prior. Of course the boys aren't going to just sit and hide, and when they explore the cabin, they find something that will change their lives forever.

Our main characters - Silas and Edwin
Our main characters - Silas and Edwin

Here's a preview of the cover and first three pages of Speak No Evil - Issue One.

Here's what some of our favorite creators have to say about Speak No Evil!

We have an outstanding international team working on Speak No Evil. Check out their Bios below!

Justin Corbett is one of the hosts of the popular comedy podcast all about comic books, Comical Podcast! He's been reading and collecting comics for the majority of his life, but over the last three years doing the podcast, his enthusiasm for them has grown. Reading nearly every title released and interviewing several prominent creators led him to want to write his own books, and now he is! Justin lives in Houston, Texas.

George Tripsas has been writing screenplays since he was a kid, and only recently decided to transfer those writing skills to the comic book medium. He is a lifelong comic book fan, and a huge cinephile. George is also a podcaster and cohosts The Metal Geeks podcast. It was through podcasting that he met his writing partner Justin, and formed Gray Bear Comics. George also lives in Houston.

Samir Simão is a comic book penciller and inker from Brazil. He has three years of experience as a professional comic book artist, and has been published in over twenty books, for a variety of publishers, including Never Static Pictures, Mythos, and Thunder Frog Studios. His specialty is independent comics, with a focus on producing pitches and creating successful Kickstarter campaigns.

Chunlin Zhao is a professional colorist and cover artist from China. She has been working professionally since 2012, and has worked on projects such as SHOGUN KNIGHT DYSON V, and The Wretches.

Benjamin Kreger is our letterer. He has been working professionally since 2009 and has published nearly twenty comics. His business offers publishing, graphic design, and marketing solutions to a variety of clients. His dream is to write his own comics and to accept submissions to his own imprint, Warrior Innkeeper Comics, so that he may one day help publish other awesome creators as well. Kreger lives in Independence, Oregon with his wife, four children, and his fat tuxedo cat, Thor.

We'd also like to give a special thanks to Meredith Nudo and Siike Donelly for their help editing the book.

The Speak No Evil team believes in 100% transparency when it comes to how your money will be spent. Any money raised via Kickstarter will be spent on production, publishing, or rewards. Our first issue will be 24 pages of content, and an additional 2 pages to thank our supporters.

Here's a breakdown of our costs:

Production: $2410

Publishing: $1300

Rewards: $600

Amazon 10%: $480

Total: $4790

Any additional funding over our goal will go towards the production of future issues. We will (hopefully) also be unveiling some awesome stretch goals along the way!

Our long term plan is to publish digitally, while traveling the convention circuit with physical copies to grow our audience and ideally to get picked up by a publisher.

 $1 - OUR ETERNAL GRATITUDE:

Every little bit helps us a LOT! We really appreciate any support, and everyone who does support us will receive a thank you credit on the last page of the book.

$5 - Digital Issue #1:

You'll receive a DRM-free PDF copy of issue #1 of Speak No Evil, in addition to a thank you credit on the last page of the book.

$10 - Physical Copy:

You'll receive a physical copy of Speak No Evil issue #1, signed by the authors! You'll also get access to episode #1 of the behind the scenes podcast, "Speak Some Evil"!

$15 - Digital and physical:

You'll receive both the DRM-free digital PDF, as well as the signed physical copy of Speak No Evil #1. You'll also get access to episode #1 of the "Speak Some Evil" podcast.

$25 - Retailer Level:

At this level, you'll receive 5 physical copies of the book, that you can share with your customers! If you'd like to order more than 5, PLEASE message us and we'll work out a price via add-on's. Thanks!

$25 - Both copies and a print:

You'll receive both the DRM-free digital, and signed physical copies of issue #1, as well as access to episode #1 & 2 of the podcast. You also get your choice of one of the three 11x17 prints shown below!

This variant cover/print was created by Chris Rider
This variant cover/print was created by Chris Rider
This variant cover/print was created by Devin Kraft
This variant cover/print was created by Devin Kraft
This variant cover/print was created by James Linares
This variant cover/print was created by James Linares

$35 - Both copies and two prints:

You'll receive both the DRM-free digital and signed physical copy of issue #1, as well as episode #1 and #2 of the "Speak Some Evil" podcast. You'll also get your choice of any two of the 11x17 prints.

 $40 - Both copies and a t-shirt:

You'll receive both the DRM-free digital and signed physical copy of issue #1, as well as episode #1 and #2 of the "Speak Some Evil" podcast. You'll also get your choice between two t-shirt designs. (Sizes S-XXL)

$45 - Both copies and all three prints:

You'll receive both the DRM-free digital and signed physical copy of issue #1, as well as episode #1 and #2 of the "Speak Some Evil" podcast. You'll also get one each of the three 11x17 prints.

$45 - Both copies and the variant cover of your choice:

You'll receive both the DRM-free digital and signed physical copy of issue #1, as well as episode #1 and #2 of the "Speak Some Evil" podcast. You'll also get another physical copy of the book with the variant cover of your choice!

 $50 - Both copies, a print, and a t-shirt:

You'll receive both the DRM-free digital and signed physical copy of issue #1, as well as episode #1 and #2 of the "Speak Some Evil" podcast. You'll also get one print of your choice, and one t-shirt (Sizes S-XXL) of your choice.

$60 - Both copies, two prints, and a t-shirt:

You'll receive both the DRM-free digital and signed physical copy of issue #1, as well as episode #1 and #2 of the "Speak Some Evil" podcast. You'll also get two 11x17 printsof your choice, and a t-shirt (Sizes S-XXL) of your choice.

$65 - Both copies, all three 11x17 prints, and a t-shirt:

You'll receive both the DRM-free digital and signed physical copy of issue #1, as well as episode #1 and #2 of the "Speak Some Evil" podcast. You'll also get one each of the three 11x17 prints, and a t-shirt (Sizes S-XXL) of your choice.

$100 - Both copies, the original script, and be a character:

You'll receive both the DRM-free digital and signed physical copy of issue #1, as well as episode #1 and #2 of the "Speak Some Evil" podcast. You'll also get a digital copy of the original script for the book, and best of all, Samir will use your likeness for a character in issue #2 of Speak No Evil! There are only four characters available, so pledge quick!

$120 - Both copies, the original script, and all three variants:

You'll receive both the DRM-free digital and signed physical copy of issue #1, as well as episode #1 and #2 of the "Speak Some Evil" podcast. You'll also get a digital copy of the original script for the book, and ALL THREE of the variant covers printed on physical books. That's FOUR copies total!

$175 - Both copies, the script, and an original page:

You'll receive both the DRM-free digital and signed physical copy of issue #1, as well as episode #1 and #2 of the "Speak Some Evil" podcast. You'll also get a digital copy of the original script for the book, and best of all, you'll receive an original page of art from the book! We are only giving away 12 pages, and backers will get their choice of page based on the order in which they backed Speak No Evil. First come, first served! We should have the 12 pages in hand by July, so we will send out a backer survey at that time. Don't miss this, Samir's art will be worth a fortune someday!

$500 - Executive Producer:

At this level, you're contributing enough to earn an Executive Producer credit on the book! In addition, you'll also receive an original page of your choice, the digital version of the book, the signed physical version of the book, access to both episodes of the "Speak Some Evil" Podcast, a t-shirt with the design of your choice, all three 11x17 prints, a digital copy of the script for issue one, and EARLY access to the script for issue two, once we are ready to begin producing it! (NOTE: This is an EP credit in title only, Gray Bear Comics will retain creative control)

To add-on to your pledge, follow these steps:

  • Press the Manage Your Pledge Button. If you have not pledged yet it will say Back this Project.
  •  Increase your pledge in the Pledge Amount box by the total of the add-ons you want to add. Do not change the tier you are currently pledged at, unless you also want to change it while you are on this screen. You will then need to add the total of your add-ons onto the amount of the tier you have just chosen.
  •  If you are an international backer, please remember to add $10 for shipping.
  •  After the end of the Kickstarter campaign you will receive a survey that will ask you questions so that you can explain how you would like the add-on money assigned.
$5000 - Blooper Video!

It took us nearly three hours to film our Kickstarter video, and throughout that process we made a LOT of mistakes. Many of them are hilarious, and George has cut them all together into one great blooper reel. If we get $200 over our main goal, then EVERYONE who backed us will get to see this terribly amusing video.

$5500 - STICKERS!

In the unlikely event that we hit this stretch goal, then everyone who is already receiving a PHYSICAL reward, will also receive a couple of Speak No Evil stickers.

$6000 - MYSTERY???

If we somehow hit the other two goals in the remaining days, we will announce this stretch goal. We have a spectacular idea for this level, but we may end up using it for issue two if we don't get this far this time.

Risks and challenges

The major risk for us is that at we won't complete issue one of our comic by June 2016. We are making steady progress, but with something as time intensive as art, there is always a risk of running late. Luckily, our artists are hard at work on the remaining pages of Speak No Evil, and we expect to meet our June deadline.

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