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MID-CAMPAIGN INFUSION: MAMA Z NAUGHTY SET!
MAMA Z LIVES!!!
We recently added a brand-new reward to the campaign that you surely won't want to miss: the MAMA Z NAUGHTY SET!
This set includes two brand-new La Muerta #1: Last Rites editions that feature naughty Mama Z cover artwork by David Harrigan! Limited to just 99 serially numbered sets, each set will be delivered with matching serial numbers! A set can be yours for a $75.00 pledge.
NOTE TO EXISTING VENGEANCE BACKERS: We would be happy to add this reward onto your existing pledge for a $75.00 over-pledge, while supplies last. Please message us in Kickstarter if you're interested!
One set per backer!
SIX REWARD TIERS WILL POTENTIALLY CONTAIN AN ORIGINAL PIECE OF LA MUERTA ART BY JOEL GOMEZ!
We will be now be randomly inserting pieces of La Muerta Original Art by series artist Joel Gomez into six of the campaign's reward tiers! Just for backing the Kickstarter, you have the chance to receive one of nearly two dozen pieces of unique art with your rewards shipments in September!
Is there something else from the campaign you want that isn't included with your existing pledge? Just shoot us a message in Kickstarter and we'll be happy to assist you with your add-on with an over-pledge!
To message us in Kickstarter, simply click Brian Pulido's name near the top of the campaign page and then click the blue "Contact Me" button at the bottom of the window that pops up.
NEW! ADDITIONAL STRETCH GOAL PACKS: We can add additional stretch goal packs to any pledge towards a physically shipping reward for $10 each through over-pledging. Please message us if interested! To see a list of the stretch goals that are currently unlocked, please see the "STRETCH GOALS" section below.
Please note that the following set-exclusive items are not eligible for adding on as individual items:
- La Muerta #1: Descent - La Santisma Muerte Chase Edition
- La Muerta #1: Vengeance - Loco Edition
- La Muerta: Pin Ups #1 - Original Art Edition
- La Muerta #1: Vengeance - Crystal Metalico Edition
The following campaign items are currently sold out and are no longer available as add-ons:
- La Muerta #1: Vengeance - Jewel Edition
- La Muerta #1: Vengeance - Naughty Sangre Edition
La Muerta Mystery Envelopes are limited to 5 total envelopes per backer, while supplies last.
Thanks to everyone's generous support so far, we have already unlocked several stretch goal incentives! Every backer pledged towards a physically-shipping reward will receive all this great stuff for for FREE with their rewards shipments in September:
A new stretch goal incentive unlocks for every $2,500 pledged to the campaign! If we reach $60,000 in pledges, we will unlock this LA MUERTA COASTER:
Here is our progress so far:
Maria Diaz was a US soldier returning from a tour of duty in Afghanistan to be reunited with her family. But everything changed on that fateful Dia de los Muertos. The Zavalas, a death-worshipping crime cartel led by the nefarious Mama Z murdered Maria’s entire family in cold blood. Maria was left for dead.
Maria woke out of a coma eight months later to find her family dead and gone. She sought justice but found none. Maria dared the impossible. Aided by the mysterious Faustino, she avenged her family and sent the Zavalas’ to hell. The cost to her soul was immeasurable.
A short time has passed…
Having avenged her family’s brutal murders, Maria Diaz thought she could hang up her guns forever. She thought wrong. Something is slaughtering helpless immigrants, including innocent children. Once more, Santa Muerte, the saint of death, calls upon Maria to be an instrument of vengeance. And again Maria heeds the call, donning the guise of La Muerta.
In her relentless pursuit of justice, Maria violently confronts Brujo, a crime boss / warlock and his sexy side kick assassin Sangre, “Loco” – a kill-crazy Luchador vigilante, and an ancient, remorseless evil that makes her question her very existence.
What terrible price will Maria pay for the sake of justice?
In the tradition of Desperado and Death Wish, Muerta is a stylish, Mexi-Noir thriller with ferocious action to burn.
La Muerta #1: Vengeance is an all new 48 page, square-bound graphic novel. It’s a “Day of the Dead” version of The Crow meets the movie Death Wish as if it were directed by Robert Rodriguez.
This second story arc is told in two 48 page chapters: La Muerta #1: Vengeance is the first chapter and La Muerta #1: Retribution (coming fall 2017) is the second chapter. If you want your revenge stories richly realized and visually spectacular, I invite you to back La Muerta #1: Vengeance!
TONE & STYLE
La Muerta takes place in a very stylized, very dangerous version of present day Los Angeles. It’s a city painted in long, shadowy strokes contrasted with dark, wet colors. Visually, two hit films inspire La Muerta’s tone and visual style — a style we call “Mexi-Noir".
Specifically, our story takes inspiration from Robert Rodriguez’s Desperado, a gritty, visual pallet of warm desert hues that bake the rough mission-style buildings. This is the daytime world of La Muerta — a dusty, sunburnt noir.
If Desperado helps inform La Muerta’s daytime imagery, then Alex Proyas’ The Crow inspires its nights. The Crow’s dark, brooding vision externalizes the story’s gloomy emotional tone. La Muerta will embrace the same shadowy imagery and gothic locations, yet give them a unique Latin twist. It’s an urban underworld where Aztec graffiti adorns dark alleyways and where the sad laments of Mariachis serenade the dead.
THEMES: RAGE AND SACRIFICE
There’s nothing like a tension-filled, exhilarating action movie. But the best of the genre often stretch beyond explosions, car crashes, and martial arts mayhem. In this spirit, La Muerta strives to explore thematic concepts and social issues without preaching to the audience, or worse: slowing down the action.
MIKE MACLEAN (Writer): Mike’s crime fiction has bloodied the pages of numerous anthologies, magazines, and websites, including The Best American Mystery Stories, The Deadly Bride, Thuglit: Hardcore Hardboiled, and Ellery Queen’s Mystery Magazine. For Coffin Comics, he also lent his talents to La Muerta #1: Descent and Last Rites, Lady Death: Damnation Game, Extinction Express, Oblivion Kiss, Merciless Onslaught and Zack the Zombie Exterminator.
BRIAN PULIDO (Creator, Publisher, Editor): I created and published the Chaos! Comics universe including Lady Death, Evil Ernie, Purgatori, Chastity and dozens of other characters. I was inspired to create this story after attending the All Souls Procession in Tucson, Arizona. This event directly ties in to Dia de los Muertos. I found the experience beautiful and haunting at the same time.
JOEL GOMEZ (Illustrator): Joel illustrated La Muerta #1: Descent and Last Rites. He got his start as at Top Cow Productions as a pencil assistant. He went on to work on Iron and the Maiden with Jason Rubin and Francis Manapul for Aspen Comics. Joel was a staff artist at Wildstorm Productions where he worked on The Authority, Gears of War and Lost Boys.
CECI DE LA CRUZ (Color Artist): Ceci has colored covers and pin-ups for Coffin Comics and colored La Muerta #1: Descent and Last Rites. She's also done color work for Big Dog Ink, Mike Wolfer Entertainment, Medikidz Pages and many more.
MARSHALL DILLON: (Letterer): A veteran writer, letterer, and editor, Marshall has been working in the comic industry since 1994. He has served as associate publisher for Devil's Due Publishing and managing editor for BOOM! Studios, Speakeasy Comics, Ice Kunion, and Udon Comics. He has lettered ALL of our Coffin Comics projects!
I’ve also invited some terrific cover artists to illustrate our special editions, including:
CONTRIBUTING COVER ARTISTS
CECI DE LA CRUZ: Credits include titles for Mike Wolfer Entertainment, Zack the Zombie Exterminator and La Muerta.
DAVID HARRIGAN: The ARTASSASSIN's credits include covers for Coffin Comics.
JEN BROOMHALL: Cover clients include Big Dog Ink and Coffin Comics!
MATT MERHOFF (Cover Artist): Devil’s Due, Mercy Sparkx, Coffin Comics.
JESSE WICHMANN: Best-selling cover artist for Coffin Comics, Big Dog Ink and Aspen Comics, Zenescope and other indie publishers. Jesse is also a bad ass tattoo artist!
MIKE KROME: Credits include titles for Rothic, Zenescope and Coffin Comics.
RICHARD ORTIZ: Credits include Coffin Comics, Lady Death, Zenoscope, DC Comics.
ULA MOS (Cover Colorist): Zenescope’s Grimm Fairy Tales.
THE MANAGEMENT TEAM
MIKE FLIPPIN (Senior Graphic Designer): Mike is the graphic designer for Coffin Comics (2007–Present) and was the senior graphic designer for Chaos! Comics (1991-2002). In all, Mike and I have collaborated for over twenty years! He puts the rock-n-roll in our house style!
FRANCISCA PULIDO (President): Francisca was Chaos! Comics (classic era) cofounder and Vice President. Under her leadership, the company became the number one independent comic publisher of the 1990’s. Today, she charts the path for Coffin Comics.
NICK GALLEGOS (Customer Service Manager): Nick “Napalm” superbly oversees management of LadyDeathStore.com and many our communications.
BERNIE FRITTS (Graphic Designer): Bernie designs our Kickstarter and stretch goal graphics and our advertising art. He also teaches his craft at schools in the Phoenix, Arizona area.
JIMMY CALABRESE (Marketing): Jimmy oversees the Coffin Comics social media and comic market relationships. Jimmy is president of Spookshow Records, the owner of Calabrese Marketing and a member of the band Calabrese.
One word: You. You make it happen. No doubt. We make these stories for you! This project comes from the heart. There are no corporate overlords telling me what to do. I answer to YOU!
WILL LA MUERTA DELIVER THE GOODS?
Take a look and judge for yourself:
“FIEND” FUND LA MUERTA!
I want you to be our financiers. Do you want kick ass, take-no-prisoners stories? In return, we’ll make a graphic novel for you that we can all be proud of. I’ve learned that “fiend funding” is the best way to bring La Muerta #1: Vengeance to life. Why? No middlemen. It's just you and us. The cool thing is that the creative work on the book is complete. Like our previous eight Kickstarters, we will start shipping rewards within eight weeks of closing the campaign. Please pledge now!
If you can’t pledge, that's okay! Please share on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram. Every bit helps!
WHERE DOES THE MONEY GO?
Every penny raised goes towards making La Muerta #1: Vengeance a reality. That covers everything from the creative talent, graphic design, printing, supplies, fees and taxes. In other words, everything that it takes to make this happen is where the bulk of the money is going! A portion of the money will go to fulfilling all the cool rewards we are offering and a percentage will go to taxes, Kickstarter fees and credit card processing fees. Any profit will go toward funding future stories – and we have a bunch of stories to tell!!!
We've assembled a KILLER collection of rewards for the La Muerta #1: Vengeance campaign! Check 'em out:
Risks and challenges
When it comes to timely shipping and fulfillment, every project could have obstacles. However, the creative production of La Muerta #1: Vengeance is complete is on track for delivery in September 2017.
Our printing partners are secured, our budgets are complete, our shipping supplies are ready to order and our manpower is lined up.
Regarding rewards fulfillment, I’ve owned mail order companies for over twenty years. I have an extensive publishing and manufacturing background and ship on time (or reasonably on time).
And heck, this is our ninth (!) Kickstarter! We are getting the hang of this!
We will make sure all your rewards are delivered as promised, packed securely.
You can count on this: whether we have hiccups or not, we will be in communication with you during the entire process and update you in a timely manner. We want to assure you that beyond making the coolest products possible, the printing, packing and shipping of those items in a top notch manner is equally important to us.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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