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This mini collection features 22 Dust Bunny Mafia comics inspired by real life American mobsters ranging from Al Capone to Jimmy Hoffa
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It all started with a couple of dust bunnies...

My name is Bret Juliano and I'm the creator of the Dust Bunny Mafia webcomic. Dust Bunny Mafia is Looney Tunes meets The Godfather. Seven years ago I first started publishing the Dust Bunny Mafia comic. Nearly 650 comics later, I am now coming to Kickstarter to help bring this mini collection to life.

What are people saying about the Dust Bunny Mafia?

Based on a True Story

Based on a True Story is a 24 page mini comic collection (8.5" X 5.5") containing 22 comics, printed in glorious full color, each based on a real life mobster stories. 

For years I have been fascinated with mobsters, but more memorable to me than Marlon Brando as Don Vito Corelone from The Godfather and Joe Pesci in Goodfellas, or any other Hollywood interpretation of the mafia lifestyle are the real life stories of the made members of the American mafia.

If you ask just about anyone to name a real life mobster, more often than not, the number one answer is going to be Al 'Scarface' Capone. Everyone can tell you something about Al Capone, but fewer can tell you much about his criminal mentor, Johnny "The Fox" Torrio, who after retiring from the head of the Chicago mob lived out the rest of his days peacefully, for another 32 years. 

Johnny "The Fox" Torrio doesn't get nearly enough credit as his protege, Al Capone.
Johnny "The Fox" Torrio doesn't get nearly enough credit as his protege, Al Capone.

When people think of Las Vegas, one of the first thoughts is usually the gambling, and people have a man named Benjamin "Bugsy" Siegel, to thank for that. With his Hollywood flair and charisma, he was crucial in developing the Las Vegas Strip as we know it today. 

Benjamin "Bugsy" Siegel was one of Las Vegas' most legendary visionaries.
Benjamin "Bugsy" Siegel was one of Las Vegas' most legendary visionaries.

These are the kinds of stories that fascinate me, and this collection is what I am asking for your help in bringing to print. 

What's left to do?

Based on a True Story is 100% complete.

Everything about this collection is done, all that's left is send the files to the printer and then ship the books out once they're printed. 

With this Kickstarter, I'm looking to do a 100 copy limited run of this collection. This should allow for enough copies to fulfill the Kickstarter pre-orders and allow me with copies to sell at conventions in the future. If the project is wildly successful and over-funded, I will look into printing more copies as the funding allows.

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Mobimals are a spin-off of the Dust Bunny Mafia brand where I took real life mobsters with animal nicknames and re-imagined them as their animal counterparts. The Mobimals: Chicago, first edition is a 12 page collection (5.5" X 8.5") featuring ten of Chicago's most fearsome animal nicknamed gangsters.

Several characters from the Mobimals: Chicago edition show up in the Based on a True Story comic collection which unites the Dust Bunny Mafia and Mobimals brands together to tell a unified story.

What about shipping?

Free shipping for the United States has already been pre-built into the pledge levels. For other countries, additional shipping costs will occur upon check-out.

As for the shipping materials, I will be using rigid photo mailers to ship out the booklets in. By using these materials I hope to minimize the amount of damaged products, but if anything does happen to your shipment, you can contact me and I'll fix it.

Risks and challenges

While this is my first attempt at Kickstarter, the collection is 100% complete and only needs to be printed and shipped. As soon as the project has been funded, the comics will be ordered. I've also put together an 8 page test copy of the artwork and everything is looking good from that end.

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    Digital copy of Based on a True Story booklet. Digital copy of Mobimals: Chicago booklet. Digital wallpaper of Bribe Everyone design.

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    1st Edition signed printed copy of Based on a True Story booklet. 1st Edition printed copy of Mobimals: Chicago booklet. Limited edition poker chip.

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    Mobster sketch card, bookmark, and die cut sticker.

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    Includes a 9x6, hand drawn and colored Mobimal (based on a real-life mobster).

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    Consigliere

    This limited edition pledge level includes Kevin Bixby's original guest strip (8.5 x 11), a mobster sketch card, bookmark, die cut sticker, and bar coaster.

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    Boss

    Digital Mobimal commission with character cameo in a future Dust Bunny Mafia comic strip.

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