June 28 Update:
Stretch Goal Announcements!
- Stretch Goal #1: $9,000: Fancy Cover Printing!
- Stretch Goal #2: $10,000: Stickers!
- Scroll down to the stretch goal section for details...
BLACK OF HEART is a gritty noir thriller graphic novel collecting all five issues of the comic book series for the first time in this 180 page hardcover edition.
Chapter One: Praise for BLACK OF HEART
"Atmospheric and chilling. This tale of one man's descent into another's madness is uniquely crafted and truly terrifying."
–Robert Venditti, Author of GREEN LANTERN and X-O MANOWAR
"With BLACK OF HEART, Chris Charlton has proven he's one of the most exciting new noir writers to grace the comicbook medium in years. He makes it look so easy to be so good, it's scary."
–Dirk Manning, Creator of TALES OF MR. RHEE, NIGHTMARE WORLD, WRITE OR WRONG
"BLACK OF HEART is a classic noir wrapped in horror, brought to life with stunning, haunting visuals. Charlton and Hollenbach have something special on their hands."
–James Tynion IV, Author of DETECTIVE COMICS, BATMAN ETERNAL, HELLBLAZER
"BLACK OF HEART has the kind of raw intensity that reminds me of some of my favorite indie crime comics--I'm thinking Stray Bullets, especially. Comics don't give us this kind of full throttle exuberance all that much these days, and it's nice to see this excellent creative team embrace it with dark gusto."
–Michael Moreci , Author and Co-Creator of ROCHE LIMIT, HOAX HUNTERS, BURNING FIELDS
"Gripping. That's the best word to describe Chris Charlton's BLACK OF HEART crime noir series. Charlton's writing gets your pulse pounding. Hollenbach pulls you in, but Charlton keeps you there--and it's a dark place. It's been a while since I've read a series that has truly had me eagerly awaiting the next issue."
–Matt Dembicki , Creator of Xoc: The Journey of a Great White, Captive of Friendly Cove, District Comics
"From the first panel, BLACK OF HEART puts you in a heart-shuddering grip and tilts the axis of your ease in a way that hearkens back to the childhood discovery of the macabre - you simply can't look away. Chris Charlton's scripts are magnetic and unsettling, expertly and precisely engineered to chill. David Hollenbach's art is utterly haunting and beautiful, dripping atmosphere unlike any other crime-horror comic in years. BLACK OF HEART is a truly unique, fearless entry into the genre that will keep you up at night."
–Ryan Ferrier, Author of D4VE, SONS OF ANARCHY, TIGER LAWYER, THE BROTHERS JAMES
Chapter Two: Synopsis
Fans of the noir genre and detective/serial killer stories will find plenty to chew on. It's sharp words and undeniably unique art create an immersive atmosphere that's hard to forget.
Set against the backdrop of 1949 New York City, Detective Drake Harper searches for a serial killer known as "The Vulture" while battling his own personal demons as his life falls to pieces. With the fluid writing style of Chris Charlton nothing is held back in this "Adults Only" graphic novel featuring the surrealistic mixed media art style of David Hollenbach.
Color plays an interesting role in the storytelling of BLACK OF HEART, starting with a base black & white with only splashes of prime colors in the first chapter. As the mysteries unfold throughout the series, the artwork reflects these changes, introducing more and more saturation right up to the heart-stopping, full-color conclusion!
Chapter Three: About the Graphic Novel
This hardcover edition collects all five original issues of the BLACK OF HEART mini-series, a brand new 7-page epilogue, a pinup gallery featuring all new never-before-seen artwork, and a foreword written by author, Mark Kidwell. All of this adds up to a 180-page package.
The book will be printed in full color despite much of the art being black and white with only splashes of color and the cover will be embossed with other printing embellishments we can reach with stretch goals.
The goal of this campaign is to raise the funds for printing, but the added promotion innate to crowd-funding doesn't hurt!
Chapter Four: Rewards
Take a gander at the rewards we are offering. Keep watching as we'll be added more reward options over the course of the campaign.
Note that all backers contributing $15 or more will have their names listed on the Thank You page in the BLACK OF HEART graphic novel.
NEW: Stretch Goals!
Stretch Goal #1: $9,000: Fancy Cover Printing!Our hardcover was designed with a spot varnish and foil stamp in mind. If you don't know, A spot varnish is where parts of the printing are shiny where other parts are full or matte. A foil stamp is literally printing metallic foil – in our case the red blood splatter you see on the cover will be red foil.
Stretch Goal #2: $10,000: Stickers!If we hit $10,000, we'll send a limited edition BLACK OF HEART themed sticker to every backer that's having something shipped to them. It will be an image of our black anatomical heart artwork, which you can see on our hardcover artwork and a lot of our other rewards too. We want to print it the actual size of a human heart!
Chapter Five: About the Creators
Chris Charlton is not only the creator/writer of Black of Heart, but the creator/writer of Binary Gray, Open Tree, and Sleepless. He's also contributed to '68 published by Image Comics. Writing stories since he was a child, Chris spent many years as a musician before coming back to writing full time, specializing in comic scripts and screenplays. Chris lives alone with his computer and two cats in Cincinnati, Ohio. http://www.assailantcomics.com
David Hollenbach was born and raised in Salisbury, Maryland. Linda Hamilton of Terminator fame was born there, too. So I guess its not all bad if you liked Terminator. David went on to discover art and study illustration at Pratt Institute in Brooklyn, graduating in 1998. Since then he spends his time making pictures and freelance illustrating. David now lives and works in Seattle. http://www.davidhollenbach.com/
Chapter Six: Page Examples
The following pages are random assortment of pages pulled from Black of Heart. As you can see, it gets pretty dark...
Chapter Seven: Back It!
This is where you come in. We hope you will help our campaign. Each and every dollar is appreciated!
Risks and challenges
There are virtually no risks or challenges. This book is ready to go the printer with the exception of laying out some of the bonus content, but that is expected to be complete before this campaign ends. The goal is to tell the printer GO! on the day we are funded. Of course, things can happen. There is always the chance that printing is delayed, shipments are lost or some kind of human error causes a problem.
We're working closely with Narrier Publishing to see that this book produced and rewards are sent out promptly.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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