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A 200 page hardcover comics, prose and art collection by Alex Grecian, Jeremy Haun, B. Clay Moore & Seth Peck and collaborators.

UPDATE 1/9 ($35,000 STRETCH GOAL UNLOCKED AND THE FINAL HOURS!)

We've shot past the $35,000 mark! With that, we have unlocked the bonus t-shirt design and you can now choose from any of our three shirts. In addition to that, any pledge over $20 will get a sticker, temporary tattoo, and coaster included in their shipment. We're also adding a pledge option that includes all three shirts for $60!

Here is a look at the new t-shirt design--

60s KRAKEN CORPORATION T-SHIRT
60s KRAKEN CORPORATION T-SHIRT

In these last few hours, should we hit the following benchmarks, here are the remaining stretch goals:

At $40,000 -- 12 more pages added to BAD KARMA VOLUME ONE (212 total)
At $45,000 -- Unlock a Kraken hoodie and an invite to a launch party for anyone pledging over $150 (at either Kansas City's Planet Comic-Con or Heroes in Charlotte)
At $50,000 -- 64 page bonus "making of" book. This book will be come free to all slipcase editions and will fit into the case. It will be made available as an add on to anyone else for $15.00.
At $55,000 -- Adding additional 12 more pages to BAD KARMA VOLUME ONE (224 total)
At $60,000 -- Add a leather edition and a tip-in print to all books.

As we reach the final run of the Kickstarter, we'd like to thank you all for your support. We couldn't have done it with out you!

UPDATE 1/7 ($30,000 STRETCH GOAL UNLOCKED AND DOWN THE STRETCH WE COME!)

The campaign topped $30,000 over the weekend, which means we'll be adding a gatefold centerspread featuring the work of comic artist/print designer Mark Englert to the book!

And in these last couple of days, should we hit the following benchmarks, here are the remaining stretch goals:

At $35,000 -- Add t-shirt design and any pledge over $20 gets sticker, temporary tattoo, and coaster included int their shipment.    
At $40,000 -- 12 more pages added to BAD KARMA VOLUME ONE (212 total)
At $45,000 -- Unlock a Kraken hoodie and an invite to a launch party for anyone pledging over $150 (at either Kansas City's Planet Comic-Con or Heroes in Charlotte)
At $50,000 -- 64 page bonus "making of" book. This book will be come free to all slipcase editions and will fit into the case. It will be made available as an add on to anyone else for $15.00.
At $55,000 -- Adding additional 12 more pages to BAD KARMA VOLUME ONE (224 total)
At $60,000 -- Add a leather edition and a tip-in print to all books.
HELLBENT illustration by Rafael Albuquerque
HELLBENT illustration by Rafael Albuquerque

NEW REWARDS 1/7!

- UNLOCKED! We're adding TWO MORE custom, full-color, 9" x 12" commission from Jeremy Haun, of the single character of your choosing, along with a SLIPCASE EDITION of BAD KARMA VOLUME ONE + your name listed on the website and also on the thank you page in the book.

-We've also added TWO pages of original art from the 9th Life of Solomon Gunn story by Jeremy Haun. These pages come with a copy of BAD KARMA VOLUME ONE + your name listed on the website and also on the thank you page in the book.

9th LIFE OF SOLOMON GUNN PAGE ONE BY JEREMY HAUN
9th LIFE OF SOLOMON GUNN PAGE ONE BY JEREMY HAUN
9th LIFE OF SOLOMON GUNN PAGE 2 BY JEREMY HAUN
9th LIFE OF SOLOMON GUNN PAGE 2 BY JEREMY HAUN

UPDATE 12/26 ($25,000 STRETCH GOAL UNLOCKED!)

Thanks to your outstanding support we've unlocked the $25,000 stretch goal. We've added two prose stories with illustrations to the book, and will ship every copy of BAD KARMA VOLUME ONE with a 4" x 4" Kraken print.

Along with that we are adding a new reward level. You can now get a limited number of the Bad Karma Library Slipcase Edition. It's everything that came in the previous library edition but with the Slipcase volume.

STRETCH GOALS! At $25,000-- UNLOCKED! Every copy of BAD KARMA VOLUME ONE will ship with 4"x4" Kraken logo print and an additional two prose pieces with illustrations will be added to the book.

At $30,000 -- A 29.5 x 11" gatefold will be added to the book by comic book and print artist Mark Englert. Mark is a good friend and popular print artist, and when we hit our goal, he'll produce a gatefold designed specifically for BAD KARMA VOLUME ONE. For a look at Mark's work, head here:

http://www.tacobelvedere.com/

At $35,000-- COMING SOON
At $40,000-- COMING SOON

At $50,000 -- We are adding the 64-page hardcover bonus "making of" book, BUILDING KARMA. This book will be come free to all slipcase editions and will fit into the case. It will be made available as an add-on to the standard edition of the book for $15.00.

UPDATE 12/19! (Stretch Goals and THANKS!)

Yes, we've hit our funding goal of $18,500! THANK YOU. And, yes, we're still working hard to raise more money, and to add even more cool stuff to the book, and for those who back us. We've just added another reward, in the opportunity to see yourself drawn into one of the BAD KARMA stories, by artist Mike Tisserand, as well as to own the original art. 

And since we've surpassed $20,000, we'll be adding spot gloss to the book's cover in an effort to improve the package (if such a thing is possible).

STRETCH GOALS! Well, for starters, if we hit $25,000, we'll add two prose stories to the book, as well as ship every copy of the book with a 4" x 4" Kraken print. We're also working on stretch goals for $30,000, $50,000, and beyond. The goal is to make this the best package possible, and reward our backers for their amazing support.

Image from Kraken print.
Image from Kraken print.

Again...About the book:

BAD KARMA VOLUME ONE

BAD KARMA VOLUME ONE is a collection of original comic book stories, prose and illustration, by four acclaimed creators, with help from some of the top comic artists and illustrators in the industry.

Featuring five original concepts in self-contained stories, BAD KARMA will be a custom 7 1/2" x 12", 200 page, full color hardcover book, specially produced for this Kickstarter campaign.

BAD KARMA VOLUME ONE will officially debut at Heroes Con in Charlotte, North Carolina, in June of 2013.

In addition to the five stories, the members of Bad Karma will be producing related short stories and prose, and have recruited some of the most talented artists in the industry to contribute full page illustrations revolving around the core concepts and themes.

The five original concepts introduced in BAD KARMA VOLUME ONE are:

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MIDDLETON

by Alex Grecian and Phil Hester

The greatest detective in the world has a time machine. In order to
solve an impossible mystery, he must jump back in time to recruit
himself at a younger age.

Art by Phil Hester
Art by Phil Hester

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CHAOS AGENT 

by Jeremy Haun and Mike Tisserand

The agents of Chaos battle the agents of Order for control of the
world. If Order wins, we all lose.

Art by Mike Tisserand and John Rauch
Art by Mike Tisserand and John Rauch

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OLD DOG

by B. Clay Moore and Christopher Mitten

A retired Chicago prohibition cop is asked to keep tabs on gangsters
and cops alike in early fifties Los Angeles. Neither side is happy about it.

Art by Christopher Mitten
Art by Christopher Mitten

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HELLBENT

by Seth Peck and Tigh Walker

Detective James Bentley crosses paths with the supernatural in
VIctorian London.

Art by Tigh Walker
Art by Tigh Walker

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THE NINTH LIFE OF SOLOMON GUNN

by Alex Grecian, Jeremy Haun, B. Clay
Moore and Seth Peck, illustrated by Jeremy Haun.

Solomon Gunn finds himself slipping through time in search of answers
to questions he barely understands.

Art by Jeremy Haun
Art by Jeremy Haun

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Each of these concepts is separate from one another, designed to stand on their own, but there are subtle threads that run through each. One of these threads is the presence of the Kraken Corporation, a mysterious organization whose activities play a part (whether large or small) in each story.

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CONTRIBUTORS

In addition to full length and short stories revolving around these concepts, the following artists are contributing to BAD KARMA VOLUME ONE:

Logo and cover concept and design by JONATHAN HICKMAN (Image and Marvel Comics superstar)

  • BEN TEMPLESMITH
  • MENTON3
  • SCOTT MORSE
  • RAFAEL ALBUQUERQUE
  • DECLAN SHALVEY
  • TONY HARRIS
  • RAMON PEREZ
  • NATHAN FOX
  • SHAKY KANE
  • JENNY FRISON
  • ERIC PFEIFFER
  • JASON LATOUR
  • CHRIS SAMNEE
  • ROBBI RODRIGUEZ
  • MIKE HAWTHORNE
  • REBEKAH ISAACS
  • MARK ENGLERT
  • FRANCESCO FRANCAVILLA
  • RON SALAS
  • ANDY MACDONALD
  • RYAN BROWNE
  • ALEJANDRO ARAGON
  • KEVIN MELLON
  • BRIAN HURTT
  • JACOB WYATT
  • MATTHEW DOW SMITH
  • SHAWN CRYSTAL
  • BRIAN KOSCHAK
  • DAVE STOKES
  • EVAN SHANER
  • BEN PASSMORE
  • PAUL MAYBURY

And more!

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BAD KARMA COASTER SET
BAD KARMA COASTER SET
BAD KARMA T-SHIRT
BAD KARMA T-SHIRT
KRAKEN CORPORATION T-SHIRT
KRAKEN CORPORATION T-SHIRT
THE NINTH LIFE OF SOLOMON GUNN SCREEN PRINT
THE NINTH LIFE OF SOLOMON GUNN SCREEN PRINT
HANDCRAFTED BAD KARMA BOX EDITION
HANDCRAFTED BAD KARMA BOX EDITION
THE BAD KARMA LIBRARY
THE BAD KARMA LIBRARY
THE NINTH LIFE OF SOLOMON GUNN ORIGINAL ILLUSTRATION BY JEREMY HAUN
THE NINTH LIFE OF SOLOMON GUNN ORIGINAL ILLUSTRATION BY JEREMY HAUN
KRAKEN ORIGINAL WATERCOLOR PAINTING BY JEREMY HAUN
KRAKEN ORIGINAL WATERCOLOR PAINTING BY JEREMY HAUN

Risks and challenges Learn about accountability on Kickstarter

Putting together a project of this quality and magnitude is challenging on several levels. The biggest challenge is simply coordinating things creatively, with the involvement of so many talented, busy people.

It's a matter of putting ourselves forward creatively, and asking both readers and collaborators to be a part of making the book a reality. Bad Karma is very much a labor of love, but in order to share that love, we need to keep our focus on every detail, from inception to production to the collection of incentives and rewards for the project's supporters and fans.

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    THE BAD KARMA LIBRARY-- this is a collection of TWENTY graphic novels from Alex Grecian, Jeremy Haun, B. Clay Moore and Seth Peck. This collection of trades will include Battle Hymn, Proof, The Darkness, Batman: Arkham Reborn, Hawaiian Dick and many others. It will also include a signed edition of BAD KARMA VOLUME ONE + your name listed on the website and also on the thank you page in the book.

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    Lunch at Heroes Convention in Charlotte, NC, June 2013 with Clay, Seth, Jeremy, and Alex. The group will sign a copy of BAD KARMA VOLUME ONE during lunch. We'll pick up the tab for lunch, but you're responsible for transportation to the show.

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