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The “Big Score” -- the one people always talk about -- is about to go down. The perfect crew has been assembled. What could go wrong?
The “Big Score” -- the one people always talk about -- is about to go down. The perfect crew has been assembled. What could go wrong?
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BLOOD ON THE TRACKS - An Action-Packed Crime Graphic Novel

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BLOOD ON THE TRACKS cover by Bryan Ward
BLOOD ON THE TRACKS cover by Bryan Ward

The “Big Score” -- the one people always talk about -- is about to go down. The perfect crew has been assembled to rob a train going full speed through the Nebraska plains. What could possibly go wrong?

In terms of an elevator pitch, BLOOD ON THE TRACKS is like Akira Kurosawa’s Rashomon meets Brubaker/Phillips' Criminal meets The Great Train Robbery, all set in the Midwest.

PREVIEW

BLOOD ON THE TRACKS - Chapter No. 3 "Switch Bored" - Pages 1 & 2 by Brian Atkins and Brandon Daniels
BLOOD ON THE TRACKS - Chapter No. 3 "Switch Bored" - Pages 1 & 2 by Brian Atkins and Brandon Daniels

 

BLOOD ON THE TRACKS - Chapter No. 1 "A Call to Arms" - Pages 12 & 13 by Brian Atkins and Brandon Daniels
BLOOD ON THE TRACKS - Chapter No. 1 "A Call to Arms" - Pages 12 & 13 by Brian Atkins and Brandon Daniels

 

BLOOD ON THE TRACKS - Chapter No. 3 "Switch Bored" - Pages 10 & 11 by Brian Atkins and Brandon Daniels
BLOOD ON THE TRACKS - Chapter No. 3 "Switch Bored" - Pages 10 & 11 by Brian Atkins and Brandon Daniels

 

BLOOD ON THE TRACKS - Chapter No. 2 "North by Midwest" - Pages 2 & 3 by Brian Atkins and Brandon Daniels
BLOOD ON THE TRACKS - Chapter No. 2 "North by Midwest" - Pages 2 & 3 by Brian Atkins and Brandon Daniels

SYNOPSIS

BLOOD ON THE TRACKS is a full-color, 136-page graphic novel, with each of the five chapters narrated from the perspective of a different character. Each chapter is an action-packed bonanza featuring train robberies, carjackings, armored car heists, bar fights, motorcycle races, battlefield combat, and car chases. This story contains mild violence, intense language, and some sexual situations, and is suitable for readers age 17 and up (TV-MA).

BLOOD ON THE TRACKS
Written, Lettered & Designed by Carlos Gabriel Ruiz
Illustrated by Brian Atkins
Colored by Brandon Daniels
Cover by Bryan Ward
Edited by Jason Green & Steve Higgins

136 Pages
Color
Trade Paperback - $19.99
Hardcover - $29.99

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CAST OF CHARACTERS

BLOOD ON THE TRACKS - Cast of Characters
BLOOD ON THE TRACKS - Cast of Characters

REWARDS 

 

THE DIGITAL FIRST CUT Track
THE DIGITAL FIRST CUT Track

 

THE DIGITAL TRACK Reward
THE DIGITAL TRACK Reward

 

THE SOFTCOVER TRACK Reward
THE SOFTCOVER TRACK Reward

   

THE HARDCOVER TRACK Reward
THE HARDCOVER TRACK Reward

  

THE THREADLESS TRACK Reward
THE THREADLESS TRACK Reward

  

THE SOFT BOOKSELLER TRACK Reward
THE SOFT BOOKSELLER TRACK Reward

 

The Bleeding Cool Villain Track
The Bleeding Cool Villain Track

 

THE BEAT HERO COP TRACK Reward
THE BEAT HERO COP TRACK Reward

 

THE HARD BOOKSELLER TRACK Reward
THE HARD BOOKSELLER TRACK Reward

 

THE SKETCHY TRACK Reward
THE SKETCHY TRACK Reward

 

THE FULL PAGE TRACK Reward
THE FULL PAGE TRACK Reward


CREATOR BIOS

Brian Atkins 
is a St. Louis based artist. He is known for the creator-owned title Final Street (Devils Due Comics) and The Family Graves (Source Point Press). Brian is an online moderator of the Comics Experience art forums, helping other artists reach their comic goals. He is also a comics instructor for kids and teens at a variety of community centers around the St. Louis area. You can see his work online on Instagram and Tumblr

Brandon Daniels 
is a comic book writer, illustrator, and colorist. His work can be found on brandonadaniels.com.

Carlos Gabriel Ruiz
is a cartoonist, writer, illustrator, and Creative Director based in St. Louis, MO. He is the creator of Pretentious Record Store Guy and Parade of Freaks. ROANOKE, The Ideal, and the anthology series SHORTS + LOSSES are his latest works. Currently, he is working on the mini-series Weathermen and The Baron Age, with collaborators Jim Mosley, Brandon Daniels, and Bryan Ward. Carlos graduated from the University of Missouri with a BFA in painting and drawing. His work can be found online at carlosgabrielruiz.com.

Bryan Ward 
is an Illustrator and Designer, currently living in Lake Saint Louis, MO. He has been working professionally for over 20 years. Bryan first started attending Comic Conventions in 2008 which quickly lead to selling art at shows and eventually illustrating covers and pages for several indie comics. You can find his work at www.bryaneward.com.

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"The Heist" Excerpt

"The Heist" Page 1
"The Heist" Page 1

 

"The Heist" Page 2
"The Heist" Page 2

 

"The Heist" Page 3
"The Heist" Page 3

 

"The Heist" Page 4
"The Heist" Page 4

  

"The Heist" Page 5
"The Heist" Page 5

 

"The Heist" Page 6
"The Heist" Page 6

 Costs

Where Does All the Money Go? A Breakdown in Pie Chart Format
Where Does All the Money Go? A Breakdown in Pie Chart Format

 

BOTT T-Shirts Available in Black or Grey S-XXL
BOTT T-Shirts Available in Black or Grey S-XXL

 

 

Risks and challenges

BLOOD ON THE TRACKS is a work in progress. To date, we have fully completed the first three chapters. The artwork for Chapter 4 is in progress as you read this. We will need to insert the BLEEDING COOL VILLAIN reward pledges into the artwork before we call the issue a wrap.

We will be releasing each chapter as a digital download starting in April with CHAPTER 1 - "A Call to Arms" two to three weeks after the campaign ends and all of the checks clear.

CHAPTER 2 - "North by Midwest" will be released in May.

CHAPTER 3 - "Switch Bored" will be released in June.

CHAPTER 4 - "Backed Up Plans" will be released in July.

CHAPTER 5 - "Run Away Trained" will be released in August.

The completed graphic novel will be shipped in mid-to-late August. The sketches and artwork rewards will also be shipped in mid-to-late August.

Relax. We've done this before. Check out the Brain Cloud Comics website at braincloudcomics.com to see all of the books and comics we've published to date.

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