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What if your hallucinations of monsters turned out to be real? Help us create the first 3 issues of this ongoing horror series.

Blackwood is an ongoing series that was written for anyone that’s a fanatic of the horror genre. This Kickstarter is to help us produce the first 3 issues. Each issue will have a beautiful wraparound cover and will be 22 colored pages in length. We're just finishing the first issue and need Kickstarters help to finish the other 2.

When this Kickstarter ends in just a few hours EVERY SINGLE BACKER WILL BE SENT 6 DIGITAL COMICS. 

Everyone that has supported Blackwood will be sent free digital copies of the following Bleeding Ink comics in addition to whatever rewards they choose- Demigods #1War Zone #1Chapel #1Patriot #1 and our 88 page horror comic, Sensory Distortion. That means if you back our project for as little as $1 you will receive all of these digital comics as well as Blackwood #1 once it is completed. That’s a total of 6 digital comics for just a buck!  AND if we reach the higher goal of $9,500 all backers will receive a free digital copy of our comic, Valley of the Cougars. So you'll be getting 7 digital comics in addition to whatever reward you chose. If we reach $10,000 every Blackwood supporter that has chosen a physical reward will get a free hard copy of any one of our comics they choose. So PLEASE share this Kickstarter with others that love comics!

Click here to download free sample PDF's of Valley of the Cougars, War Zone and Patriot. We have no doubt that once you get a taste of these comics, you will want to support them. 

The Blackwood series tells the story of Kai Blackwood, a troubled soul that has been on anti-psychotics his entire life to battle his hallucinations of monsters. That is, until he discovers the hallucinations are real.

The boundaries between heaven, hell and earth are slowly breaking apart and the creatures from these other worlds are beginning to invade earth. As of now, the breaks are small but very soon both sides will be invading to battle for the souls of earths inhabitants. Kai Blackwood is one of the few with the power to stop the invasion. 

Jacobson is a hard-nosed angel that has the unwanted job of saving Blackwood and finding the other humans that are able to stop the oncoming war. Quickly, a team is formed, each member having their own unique power. They must find the people and items that are able to stop the oncoming invasion before the creatures from the dark side shatter the boundaries between hell and earth. 

Within Blackwood, there are dozens of tips of the hat to classic horror movies and comics. Any horror fan will pick up on these homages seen throughout the series.None of them are direct lifts but you see the influence. A hockey-mask that when worn makes you insanely strong and nearly impossible to kill. A set of blades that you wear along your forearm and when you cock your wrist back the blades flip and attach themselves to your hand, making it a Nightmare on Elm Street type glove. The Necronomicon from Evil Dead. Demons from The Gate. Weapons from Dead Alive. Items from Phantasm, Hellraiser. The Texas Chainsaw Massacre! With so many characters and weapons and with a writer that loves horror, you can bet you’ll see a lot of stuff you’ll love from horror films.

Name the movie this book is from.
Name the movie this book is from.

You can combine any of the rewards! Just back the project for the total of all the rewards you want. When the Kickstarter ends we'll send you out a questionnaire where you'll be able to tell us all the rewards you would like.

Every person that backs this project for a physical reward will get a Blackwood sketch included with their order. These are great looking, one of a kind sketches that Kavika drew while developing the characters and pages for Blackwood.

Kavika working away on a character concept.

Kavika has been drawing since he could hold a pencil. He had put off his dream of being a comic artist for 16 years to work as an artist in the video game industry. After 16 years of making video games, he is back pursuing his original dream with Bleeding Ink Productions. Kavika has had the fortune to work at Blizzard, EA, Black isle, on games such as Starcraft, Diablo, LOTR, C&C: Generals, Magic the Gathering and more (15 published titles). After some movie concept work, website design, apps, video games on all major platforms, storyboards, book illustration, he is throwing all this experience at comic: Blackwood.

If you're considering getting the Kreatureifica book reward please click on this link to download a sample PDF of the book and see some of the amazing art and monsters it has to offer. https://www.dropbox.com/sh/4amtecngajiargk/LlN38OOEKQ

"After running across Bleeding Ink and Jesse's work I could tell I had found something awesome. The characters and stories were alive, well thought out, and personal. These comics play like a gritty movie, mixing the fantastical with the aesthetics of Fight Club or a Tarantino movie. I had been in search of a gritty dirty comic story to sink my pencil into but was finding only derivative or insanely odd comic scripts from indie writers, till I saw what Jesse was writing and convinced him to give me some pages to illustrate as a test. The script was exactly what I wanted, that I didnt know I could get. It makes me work hard on my visual story telling abilities, emotion, life/death, action. It plays like a movie. Help us get Jesse's vast, rich world of Blackwood realized for everyone to enjoy for decades to come." -KAVIKA

My name is Jesse and I started Bleeding Ink Productions in February of 2012 because I love writing and producing comics. Bleeding Ink has been something I’ve poured all of my time and money into and that’s why I need Kickstarters help. 

We are not a charity case, far from it. At Bleeding Ink we create hard-lined comics that stand out from anything you’ve ever read. Don’t back this project if you feel like you’re giving a donation. Back it because you want to read and support a comic book project that has a unique voice within the industry. 

We've tried to keep the cost of each reward as low as possible and for many of the rewards we're making only a few cents more than it costs to produce the item. An example of this is the Blackwood hard comic and graphic novel. 

One reason we're doing it this way is because we believe the comics sell themselves and more people that see our work, the more people will want to support our future projects. The other reason is that we'll get more backers and hopefully they'll tell their friends about this project in order for us to reach our goal. It would be amazing if we were able to surpass what we absolutely need so we can order a higher print order.

EVERY SINGLE CENT OF WHAT IS MADE FROM THIS KICKSTARTER WILL GO TOWARD PAYING THE ARTISTS THEN HELP PAY FOR PRINTING AND SHIPPING COSTS. 

Bleeding Ink will not be making any profit from this Kickstarter. Our profit is that we have a finished comic. If we make the $10,000 goal that money will be used to order a larger print run of the comics and pay the artists for work on future issues in this ongoing series. 

The Blackwood sweatshirt. This design will also be on the long-sleeve shirt.
The Blackwood sweatshirt. This design will also be on the long-sleeve shirt.

Here's an interview the writer, Jesse Grillo recently did on the Rockin' comics Podcast. He talks about Blackwood for most of the time. Please give it a listen. :-)

And here's a written interview Jesse Grillo did for Geeks Unleashed about Blackwood. 

Click here if you would like to read the script for Blackwood #1. You'll be able to download it in PDF format. 

Feel free to post the below image wherever you like if you want to help spread the word about this Kickstarter.  This image is currently being colored and will on the back of the Blackwood shirts and Sweatshirts. You can also get shirts and sweatshirts for War Zone and Chapel. 

Click here to see shirt options!

Here are some Images from Kavika's Kreatureifica Book.

Risks and challenges Learn about accountability on Kickstarter

There are risks with any Kickstarter but what I think sets us apart is that we've done several small Kickstarters in the past to help pay for part of the production on our other comic book projects. We have fulfilled rewards as promised and many of our supporters continue to support our new projects.

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    Horror and comics not your thing? The writer of Blackwood wrote a book recently you might like. Here's an interview he did for the novel Gold Lined Storms. http://selfpublishingteam.com/q-a-with-jesse-grillo-diving-into-the-details/

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    Take out a quarter page ad in Blackwood. Your ad will share the page with 3 other and can be for anything you want (withing reason.) Your ad will appear in all printed and digital copies of Blackwood #1 as well as the sample comic that we send out for free to thousands of comic book readers.Your ad will remain in the comic for as long as we have the rights to it. AND a hard copy of Blackwood #1 will be mailed to you.

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    THE KICK STARTER EXCLUSIVE- Receive a one of a kind graphic novel that includes all 3 issues of Blackwood. This book will have a one of a kind wraparound cover that the backers for the book get to decide on. Once the kick starter is over you'll be Emailed asking what you think a cool wraparound cover would be. There will be a poll on Bleeding Inks site to see what the fans like but ultimately it's going to be the backers that are going to choose what cover they like. Majority rules. There is also going to be a one of a kind thank you letter for the first page of the graphic novel.

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    A high quality, American Apparel, black long-sleeve shirt and Blackwood #1. The back of the shirt will have the fully colored splash page of the demons attacking a man and the front with have one of our newly designed company logos over the left breast. Sizes from small to 3 XL. Demons not your thing? That’s okay because you can chose from two of our other comics. You can also get a long-sleeve black American Apparel shirt with either the War Zone image or the Chapel image on the back. Go here to check them out! http://on.fb.me/V0lmIp INCENTIVE!- If we make it to our higher goal of $11,000 instead of getting a copy of Blackwood #1 you’ll get a hard copy of the Blackwood graphic novel that includes the first 3 issues! So please tell your friends!

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    TASTE THE DIGITAL INK!- If you haven't experienced our comics, this is the reward for you. You'll get digital copies of Demigods, War Zone 1 2 and 3, Chapel #1, Patriot 1 2 and 3, Blackwood 1 2 and 3, and Sensory Distortion. All finished comics will be sent out out as soon as this Kickstarter ends. and as soon as comics currently in production are completed they'll be sent out. Please look at our facebook to see art from these comics www.facebook.com/BleedingInkComics

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    Up to a 2 hour writing coaching session with the guy that wrote Blackwood. We can talk via skype, phone or meet in person. We can also discuss comicbooks if you like. You can send me a sample of your writing before hand and I'll review your work. We can talk about any aspect of writing and I'll tell you a bit about my writing process. I've written over 20 comic book scripts, a book of poetry, 8 feature screenplays and am finishing up my first novel now. Here's a link to an interview I did a while ago about my book and writing style. http://selfpublishingteam.com/q-a-with-jesse-grillo-diving-into-the-details/

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    Become a background actor!- Your likeness will be drawn into at least one page of Blackwood, your name will be in the inside front cover, you'll be sent a hard copy of the comic you appear in AND the original sketch that was drawn to develop your likeness. .

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    Become a background ZOMBIE actor- Your likeness will be drawn into at least one page of Blackwood #3 as a zombie that rises from its grave. Your name will be in the inside front cover and you'll be sent a hard copy of the comic you appear in AND the original sketch that was drawn to develop your likeness.

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    A black American Apperial, Blackwood Zip up hoodie and Blackwood #1. Or you can chose our War Zone or Chapel hoodies if Demons are not your thing. Sizes small to 3 XL. Go here to see some images for hoodie options. http://on.fb.me/V0lmIp INCENTIVE!- If we make it to our higher goal of $11,000 instead of getting a copy of Blackwood #1 you’ll get a hard copy of the Blackwood graphic novel

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    TASTE THE INK!- If you haven't experienced our comics before, this is the reward for you. You'll get hard copies of Demigods, War Zone 1 2 and 3, Chapel #1, Patriot 1 2 3 and 4, Blackwood 1 2 and 3, AND Sensory Distortion. All finished comics will be sent out out as soon as the Kick Starter ends. and as soon as comics currently in production are completed they'll be sent out. Please look at our facebook to see art from these comics www.facebook.com/BleedingInkComics

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    Be a tortured soul on the Blackwood #1 wraparound cover! The cover is a scene from hell where tortured souls and demons are attempting to escape. You will be one of these tortured souls as they attempt to escape their demon oppressors. You will also be sent the sketch that was used in developing your likeness and the comic.

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    Be drawn into Blackwood as one of the main villains.You'll be in the series for at least 2 issues and will be either a demonically possessed person that uses the necronomicon to fight the forces of good. OR a corrupt, demon-possessed cop that has a long lizard like tongue and uses a Freddy Krueger type glove to fight Kai and his team. First backer gets first choice. AND your name will be in the inside front cover, you'll be sent a hard copy of the comic you appear in AND the original sketch that was drawn to develop your likeness. .

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    Get a personal portrait of yourself or someone you love being ripped apart by demons. You’ll be able to tell us exactly what you’re looking for and what demons you would like. This portrait is penciled and inked by hand and will be colored digitally. The inked portrait will be mailed to you along with a hard copy of the Blackwood graphic novel.

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    Be drawn into Blackwood as one of the main hero's! Your likeness will be drawn into the comic as the male warrior that appears in the second issue and is a main character throughout the series. Your likeness will be drawn into the comic in a way that looks as much like you ass possible while staying true to the character as it is written. Plus your name will be in the inside front cover, you'll be sent a hard copy of the comic you appear in AND the original sketch that was drawn to develop your likeness. .

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    An original, one of a kind, comic-book page from Blackwood. Every page will be available for purchase. First backer gets first choice. And of course, we'll sign it if you like. :-)

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    Be drawn into the comic as Brandt, the assistant to Childress. This character was modeled after Philip Seymour Hoffman's character in The Big Lebowski. He's the brains behind the dark empires operation and will be seen throughout the series. You will be sent the comic that you first appear in as well as the sketch used to develop your character.

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    Be drawn into Blackwood as one of the main hero's! Your likeness will be drawn into the comic as the female warrior that appears in the second issue and is a main character throughout the series. Your likeness will be drawn into the comic in a way that looks as much like you ass possible while staying true to the character as it is written. In addition, your name will be in the inside front cover, you'll be sent a hard copy of the comic you appear in AND the original sketch that was drawn to develop your likeness. .

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    Get drawn into the comic as a demon warrior! One of the main hero's is a demon warrior that possess the body of a 6 year old, autistic boy. The warrior only appears when the child is sleeping but when he does, a lot of bad guys are ripped to shreds. Your likeness will be drawn into the comic while staying as true to the character as possible. You'll also be sent the book your likeness appears in as well as the sketch that was used in creating your likeness.

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    Be drawn into the comic as Childress. The main Villain of Blackwood. You'll be a devil possessed preacher that is the most powerful character in the Blackwood universe. Your likeness will be seen throughout all 3 issues and the rest of the series. You will also be sent the Blackwood graphic novel as well as the sketch that drawn while developing your character.

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    Be drawn in as Abadon, a traitor angel that nearly kills all of the heroes. He tricks Blackwood into thinking he’s one of the good guys because he has the presence of an angel but once Abadon finds out where the rest of the team is hiding his skin begins to breakaway, showing fire between the cracks. Wings of bone span from his back and he uses a sword that shoots fire to try and kill the heroes. You'll be sent the comic you appear in as well as the sketch that was used to develop your character.

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    Original wraparound cover art. First backer gets first choice as the covers become available. The cover for issue #1 might not become available if someone backs our $3,000 reward. But no matter what you will have the choice between issue #2, #3, the graphic novel and the Kickstarter exclusive cover.

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    Become a Bleeding Ink Subscriber- You'll get copies of everything we've produced so far as well as anything we publish for as long as Bleeding Ink is around. And we plan on being around for a very long time and create A LOT of comics.

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    Get all the original art for issue #1 You’ll get every single page from the 22 page comic as well as the wraparound cover. The writer and artist will also sign it, if you like.

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