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When road kill is resurrected, they journey across the wilderness to find a new purpose.
When road kill is resurrected, they journey across the wilderness to find a new purpose.
When road kill is resurrected, they journey across the wilderness to find a new purpose.
60 backers pledged $1,702 to help bring this project to life.

About

The RoadKill Club, Issue #1

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One Day, when driving down the back roads of Douglas, Georgia, we (The BeetleMilk Team) noticed a tremendous amount of roadkill on the side of the road during a trip back to Columbus. It was pretty horrible, and Tatiana and I talked at length about the mechanics of roadkill and the morality of cars. It was an interesting conversation, but the end result is that we weren't sure where the corpses go, or sure of any good ways to fix the issue.

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A month or so later, we were in our hometown of Columbus, GA, driving to the grocery store, and we noticed a dead raccoon on the side of the road. He was huge, an old guy, and slung to the side of the road to rot like trash. Tatiana asked me "What if he came back?". She didn't mean it in a horror sense, she was just genuinely sad. She ruminated on this raccoon for a few days before bringing me a story idea, about a raccoon, THAT raccoon, coming back to life. What would he do? What would his purpose be?

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The RoadKill Club is about a raccoon that is hit by a murderous driver (Known only as the Red Truck). Dead, the Raccoon is greeted in the afterlife by the Spirit of the Forest, who gives him a holy quest: Find the individual responsible for the deaths in the back roads, and stop him. He will have the power to revive other animals, and together they will protect the animals still living. He will need some help, however, to end the Red Truck's reign on these back roads...

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This comic has a true purpose - to view the phenomenon of modern technology and industrialization through the lense of the nature we hurt daily to achieve it. We don't want to preach, we just want to entertain, but thoughtfully. For some of us, it hurts to see dead animals littering our roads, cast aside unceremoniously and unremembered. This comic is for them. In fact, many Club members are based on actual animals we have seen on the side of the road in our travels. This book will be dedicated to them, and the animals in the book will be nameless for that reason.

The Road Kill Club comic will be 26 pages of full color awesomeness! There will also be a mystery alternate cover available that’s exclusive to this Kickstarter! It will be revealed as the campaign goes on.

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The Loot!

The campaign tiers are as follow:
  • $1: An amazing contribution! Thank you so much!
  • $5: A PDF of the comic and a thank you!
  • $10: A copy of the Road Kill Club comic, a trading card pack, and a PDF, and thank you!
  • $20: A choice of one of two exclusive prints, a copy of Road Kill Club, a trading card pack, a PDF, and a thank you!
  • $40: A copy of Road Kill Club, the PDF, both exclusive prints, a trading card pack, and your name in the back of the book!
  • $80: A copy of Road Kill Club, a copy of the comic with the KS exclusive cover, a trading card pack, an extra 8 page booklet of the next chapter, the PDF, both exclusive prints, and your name in the back of the book!
  • $100: Create your own character to be in the comic (and trading card), a copy of Road Kill Club, a copy of the KickStarter exclusive cover, a trading card pack, an extra 8 page booklet of the next chapter, the PDF, both exclusive prints, and your name in the back of the book!
NOTE: The trading card pack will feature five cards of characters and situations from the comic. We will also randomly insert a sixth card, made of metal, into random packs. Only ten of these will be made.

This is what we do! Below, you can see our current roster of books! 

If you are interested in any of our previous comics, you can check them out at www.beetlemilk.com !

We are also creating exclusive trading cards for this comic! Currently, we create trading cards for our convention appearances, with a total of three in existence right now:

 Now our run for this specific comic will be 5! That means there will be a limited slot for 5 custom character cards! If you choose this tier, you will be able to choose what one of the animals on the cards are, as well as the background animal in the comic. Most importantly, these cards will only be available to backers! 

The trading cards come with all physical tiers! 

See the sample below:

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At this point, the comic is about a quarter done. All pages are drafted, and Tatiana is working on the art assets. It takes a little bit longer than our other comics simply because of the art style, which is Painterly, but the end result will be beautiful. Tatiana wanted to convey a natural feel to the book, and is putting in massive amounts of effort to making it all look organic and natural.

A page in progress!
A page in progress!

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Updates:

Our backers will receive new updates on the making of the comic, as well as a behind the scenes look at the inner workings of BeetleMilk, every other day of the campaign. A Discord will be set up as well, so that people can ask questions and make suggestions. This is absolutely meant to be an ongoing project that involves our fans from the start of the series until the end, and we would love for you to be a part of the comic's evolution.

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Who Are We?

BeetleMilk Publishing is the ongoing artistic effort of Tatiana and Devin McCrea, a married couple working out of GA. We started out making one comic, [Psycho Babble], for a strictly online audience, but over time became a diverse company with a wide portfolio of projects. 

RKC is the latest, but over the next year we will branch into another comic (TBA), clothing designs (Bunnidesigns.com for more info), novels, fine art, stickers, charms, and pins. We are a well established company with an excellent reputation for being fan friendly and a positive force in the artistic community.

Please refer to www.BeetleMilk.com for more info.

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Thank You:

We appreciate you taking the time to look at this. We hope that you will choose to back this comic, which is the kickoff point for an entire series that will explore themes of nature vs. tech, life and death, and morality.  

Risks and challenges

This KickStarter is our preorder system. We would love the help getting it made, and it will get made regardless. Comics aren't cheap to make, however, and by funding it you will not only get exclusive access, you will help us keep the cost to the consumer down. We are extremely well versed in comic publishing and foresee no issues on this front. We have an online store and fulfill orders daily, with the help of our partners in the buisness - no issues there either. If you back, you will have the comic fast, and perfectly.

Accountability:

BeetleMilk is a widely known indie publisher. We live and die by our reputation, which is a good one. When your items ship, you will receive full tracking for it, and have access to us if anything goes wrong. We also will update regularly. Please refer to our website, www.beetlemilk.com, for more info on the team and what we do.

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    Thank you! At this tier, you receive a PDF copy of the comic!

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    Let's get Physical!

    You recieve not only the PDF, but a physical edition of the comic with the standard cover! We'll even sign it!

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    • RoadKill Club, issue #1, Standard Cover
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    Winner's Club

    In this tier, you get everything above, and in addition get to choose one of the two special edition prints we are making! In addition, you will receive a pack of RKC Trading Cards!

    Includes:
    • PDF of Issue #1
    • RoadKill Club, issue #1, Standard Cover
    • Print (Choose One out of two)
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    You can find me at the Club

    Much like the members of the Club, become immortal, with your beautiful name being featured in the thank you's. You also can use a nickname, or whatever makes you happy, as long as you see it and know we love you.

    Includes:
    • PDF of Issue #1
    • Both Special Edition Prints
    • RoadKill Club, issue #1, Standard Cover
    • Your name in the back of the comic!
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    We Tear The Club Up Fo' Sho

    This is where it gets fun. Not only will you get the above rewards, but you will receive two very exclusive items: A KickStarter Exclusive cover (as well as the standard cover) comic, and a sampler of Issue Two!

    Includes:
    • PDF of Issue #1
    • RoadKill Club, Issue#1 Kickstarter Exclusive Cover
    • RoadKill Club, issue #1, Standard Cover
    • Both Special Edition Prints
    • Your name in the back of the comic!
    • Bonus Book - The First 8 pages of Issue Two
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    Join the Club

    This, the highest tier, is limited. Because it includes the best reward possible.

    We want you to design a member of the Club. An animal, maybe a pet? Immortalize them in comic form. Every edition that comes out will include your creation. In addition, we will design a one of a kind trading card featuring that character for you to keep!

    And, of course, everything else!

    Includes:
    • Create a Character to be Featured in the comic/trading cards!
    • Bonus Book - The First 8 pages of Issue Two
    • Both Special Edition Prints
    • PDF of Issue #1
    • RoadKill Club, Issue#1 Kickstarter Exclusive Cover
    • RoadKill Club, issue #1, Standard Cover
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    Back to The Club

    Due to popular demand, we added a new tier - With this tier, you get everything above exempting the custom card and designing a character, but we added something very cool - a metal poster commission. You tell Tatiana what to draw, and it is put onto an awesome metal print. They really are beautiful.

    Includes:
    • Custom Metal Commission Print
    • Bonus Book - The First 8 pages of Issue Two
    • Both Special Edition Prints
    • PDF of Issue #1
    • Pack of Five Trading Cards
    • RoadKill Club, Issue#1 Kickstarter Exclusive Cover
    • RoadKill Club, issue #1, Standard Cover
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