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After a young boy dies in his taxi cab, Cyrus Perkins must solve the boy's murder... or be haunted by the spirit trapped in his car!
After a young boy dies in his taxi cab, Cyrus Perkins must solve the boy's murder... or be haunted by the spirit trapped in his car!
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Last year, amid several health issues, I misdiagnosed myself with food poisoning. Days later I was being rushed to the hospital in a taxi cab as my body was shutting down. In between bouts of unconsciousness I muttered, "If I die in this cab I'm haunting it." to the cabbie. This was the inspiration for Cyrus Perkins.

 Cyrus Perkins and the Haunted Taxi Cab is a four issue supernatural crime noir comic series. When a young boy named Michael dies from a gunshot wound in his taxi cab, Cyrus Perkins is thrust to the role of unlikely hero as Michael's spirit is trapped in his cab. Cyrus must solve his murder, and give him the peace to pass into the afterlife.

Dave Dwonch has been a comics writer and artist producing indie titles for over a decade. In 2010 he founded Action Lab Entertainment with fellow indie mavericks and as Creative Director for Action Lab helped produce several of their titles including the Eisner nominated series Princeless. Recently he penned several titles, most notably Vamplets (with Gayle "My Little Pony" Middleton), Ghost Town, and CBR's Top 100 of 2013 series Double Jumpers.

A graduate of the Savannah College of Art and Design, Anna Lencioni has been working as a sequential artist on such titles as NFL Rush Zone and Miss America. Cyrus Perkins is her first long form project.

Cyrus Perkins and the Haunted Taxi Cab is a 100% creator-owned project, and truly a labor of love. With your help, Anna and I are hoping to cover the production cost of the first issue of the comic. This series is a huge undertaking, and your donations will allow us to take time out of our schedules to produce the fully colored artwork and limited edition Kickstarter Edition of Cyrus Perkins #1.

We're offering a slew of great merchandise available only on Kickstarter. Check them out below!

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 MORE ART FROM THE SERIES ADDED 4/23!

 This is a turning point in the first issue of Cyrus Perkins and the Haunted Taxi Cab. I don't want to give too much away, but it's NY's finest at their best.

MORE ART FROM THE SERIES ADDED 4/28!

This page features a new character, Mors, in Panel One (albeit her back is to us). She will float around the series adding another supernatural element to the book. She will play a HUGE role in the sequel: Cyrus Perkins and the Death Brigade.

Risks and challenges

Anna and I are hard at work to bring Cyrus and Michael's story to print, and we're about halfway there. With your help we are looking to fund the first issue. We feel like we've set realistic goals and any additional funds generated here will go towards the remaining issues of the series. What does that mean? The risk factor here is very low! Hop into the cab and get ready for a crazy ride!

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    Get me to the Airport! Get everything from the Short Fare Reward and take home the Kickstarter Edition of Cyrus Perkins #1 signed by series creator Dave Dwonch. This one is strictly print to order with an exclusive cover and only available on Kickstarter!

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    A Trip to the Mall!?
    Why bother with a trip to the mall, when you can get your Cyrus Perkins T-shirt right here. This one also comes with the Short Fare rewards.

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    A Trip to the Buffet! Get a little of everything here: a digital and signed Kickstarter Edition of Cyrus Perkins #1, the Limited Edition Print and get mentioned in the acknowledgments section!

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    Get me to the Museum! Get this beautiful 6.5" x 6.5" Limited Edition Archival Quality print featuring Cyrus and Michael by Quinne Larsen. It is limited to only three copies, and will ship signed and numbered by the artist. This reward also comes with the limited edition KS print version of Cyrus Perkins #1!

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    Get me to the Church on time! Get everything from The Buffet Reward PLUS the Haunted Taxi T-Shirt!

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    Sketchcard Bonus! Get a hand drawn sketchcard by series artist Anna Lencioni PLUS everything from the Buffet Reward!

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    Retailer Incentive-- only for Comic Retailers! Receive 10 copies of the Kickstarter Edition of Cyrus Perkins #1 signed by series creator Dave Dwonch.

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    A Trip to the Tattoo Parlor! Get Tramp Stamped with this 12x9 piece of original art by "Zombie Tramp" creator Dan Mendoza featuring the horrific gunshot blast that killed Michael. This one also comes with the limited edition KS print version of Cyrus Perkins #1!

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    A stop at Crime Alley! Get this moody original 9x12 ink wash image of Cyrus and Michael by Jason "The Order of Dagonet" Strutz! This one also comes with the limited edition KS print version of Cyrus Perkins #1!

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    Hitchhiker's Guide to Haunting! Take home this original 12x9 ink drawing of Cyrus and Michael by Nate "Runner" Watson! This reward includes the limited edition KS print version of Cyrus Perkins #1!

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    Caught in a web of MURDER! Snatch up this one of a kind original 9x12 watercolor painting of Cyrus and Michael by Super Ugly! This reward includes the limited edition KS print version of Cyrus Perkins #1.

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    Immortalized! This is the big one: everything listed above PLUS get drawn in the book!

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    The Final Stop! Artist extraordinaire Justin (The Fuse, Stumptown) Greenwood reinterprets the pivotal moment of Michael's death in this horrifying piece. It's a one of a kind ink drawing rendered on 1/8" thick 14x11 clayboard, and the perfect addition to your art collection. Also included: the limited edition KS print version of Cyrus Perkins #1!

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    Taxi Cab Confessional! This tier is for the diehard: A speaking role in Cyrus Perkins #3 with at least three panels of awesome interaction with Cyrus and Michael. Plus, you will receive a print copy (upon release) and an early digital copy to show your friends! Also included: the shirt, the print, a sketchcard by Anna, and the digital and print copies of Cyrus #1.

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    Get YOURSELF to the Con! This one gets you into the biggest comic show in the universe: San Diego Comic-Con International! Receive an every day pass (including Preview Night), get the buffet award, and grab dinner & drinks at a real restaurant with Dave and Anna. They will call a cab for you afterwards! All expenses paid!

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