WHO IS LADY DEATH?
Created in 1991 by writer Brian Pulido (me), Lady Death is a supernatural, sword-wielding anti-hero who battles evil. Originally, she was Hope, a teenaged girl who is deceived by demons and trades her mortality for eternal life in Hell. To ensure her survival, she turns to the darkness within herself and begins a transformation into Lady Death. Part of the 90’s vanguard of “Bad Girl” comics, Lady Death has been published in comic books for two decades, she’s been the star of a 2005 animated feature film and tons of Lady Death products and merchandise have been made to the delight of her fans. As a symbol of fierce independence, Lady Death is tattooed on thousands of bodies across the globe.
WHAT'S THE STORY?
In Chaos Rules #1, Lady Death is awakened from a 20-year, spell-induced slumber, she finds herself in the fiery pits of Hell. Two decades of her life, gone –– nothing more than nightmares. Who among her depraved enemies is responsible? How long until she exacts bloody vengeance? Not long!!! This is the first new Lady Death comic I’ve personally published in 12 years. This story –– chock full of sex, violence, and very bad behavior –– is Lady Death, fully realized.
The Details: Lady Death: Chaos Rules #1 is a 48-page, square-bound all new graphic novel that captures the rockin’ independent spirit of her original Chaos! Comics (1994-2002) run but takes her story to the present. She’s a bolder, darker, sexier Hope, with more brains and brawn – and she is VERY pissed off!
And: As we launch this Kickstarter campaign, the creative work is 100% done. All we gotta do is print and ship!
For Lady Death: Chaos Rules #1, I’ve assembled a killer group of dedicated creators, so let’s meet the team that hails from across the globe:
BRIAN PULIDO (writer, publisher, art director, me): I created and published the Chaos! Comics universe including Lady Death, Evil Ernie, Purgatori, Chastity and dozens of other characters. I’ve written A Nightmare on Elm Street, Chucky, Friday The 13th, Texas Chainsaw Massacre and many more. I am on Hero Initiative’s fundraising board and have received the CBLDF Defender of Liberty Award. I also wrote / directed the feature film The Graves starring Tony Todd.
BRIAN AUGUSTYN (Co-writer): Brian is a comics veteran most known for writing Gotham By Gaslight (Batman), Crimson and even a few Lady Death comics, notably Lady Death / Medieval Witchblade #1. He edited Justice League, The Flash, Action Comics Weekly, among many others.
DHEERAJ VERMA (Illustrator) Dheeraj has illustrated Night Of The Living Dead, A Nightmare On Elm Street and Transformers. In his native India, he is a rock star comic book creator most known for working with Raj Comics.
SABINE RICH (Colorist): Sabine has colored and/or illustrated JP Roth’s Ancient Dreams, Southern Nightgown and does cover and color art for Aspen, Zenescope and my company, Coffin Comics. Though she lives in France, Sabine is an international globetrotter who can be met on the national convention circuit.
MARSHALL DILLON (Letterer): A 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 has been the managing editor for BOOM! Studios, Speakeasy Comics, Ice Kunion, and Udon Comics. Current work includes: Skull Kickers from Image Comics.
FRANCISCA PULIDO (President): Francisca was Chaos! Comics (classic era) Co-Founder 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.
MIKE FLIPPIN (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.
NICK GALLEGOS (Customer Service Manager): Nick “Napalm” superbly oversees management of LadyDeathStore.com and is responsible for a majority of Coffin Comics’ daily operations, including customer service, mail order fulfillment, social media and public relations. He is also editor and assets manager of Mischief Maker Studios, Pulido's media production company.
I’ve also invited a who’s who of astounding cover artists to illustrate our special editions, including:
- MIKE DEBALFO (Cover Artist) Credits include: Aspen's Fathom
- DAWN MCTEIGUE (Cover artist) Credits include: Ancient Dreams
- ULA MOS (Colorist) Credits include: Zenescope’s Grimm Fairy Tales
- RICHARD ORTIZ (Cover artist) Credits include: Lady Death
- PAOLO PANTALENA (Cover artist) Credits include: Aspen’s Fathom, Soulfire and Zenescope’s Grimm Fairy Tales
- JAMIE TYNDALL (Cover artist) Credits include: Various Zenescope titles
WHY KICKSTARTER? WHY NOW?
One word: Freedom. This project comes from my soul. There is no middleman, there’s no one telling me what to do, there is nothing separating you and me, so we can go 'effin crazy! I’m crowdfunding because it’s an incredible opportunity to connect with you. You get it. You share my passion! Simply stated: Lady Death: Chaos Rules is an over-the-top, blood-soaked love letter to Lady Death fans new and old.
HOW KICK ASS WILL LADY DEATH: CHAOS RULES BE?
Judge for yourself. Check out the preview art and see if it rocks your world.
Also – It’s Lady Death’s 21st Anniversary, so we’ve lined up lots of cool rewards, most exclusive to Kickstarter. Many of them very limited. All of them are Authentically Rare.
But that’s not all! We have terrific print sets, truly collectible comics, blasts from the past and surprises coming every week of our campaign.
FIEND FUND LADY DEATH: CHAOS RULES!
This is your chance to influence the kind of kick ass, take-no-prisoners stories you wanna see. I want you to be our financiers. In return, we’ll make a graphic novel for you that we can all be proud of.
We believe “fiend funding” is the best way to bring Lady Death: Chaos Rules #1 to life. We’ll have no third-party corporate button pushers lording over us.
The cool thing is that the creative work on the book is complete. We will start shipping rewards within six weeks of closing the kickstarter. Please pledge now!
If you can’t, that’s okay. Maybe you can help by sharing on Twitter, Facebook, Instagram. Every bit helps!
WHERE WILL THE MONEY GO?
Every penny raised goes towards making Lady Death: Chaos Rules #1 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 and Kickstarter / Amazon fees. Any profit will go towards funding future Lady Death stories.
Think of your pledge as a pre-purchase. We’ve put together a bunch of rewards that we hope you'll love. And any of our rewards make a great gift for the Lady Death fan in your family! Check ‘em out! All rewards include FREE domestic (US) shipping! A nominal charge applies to rewards shipped outside of the US. For reward images, please scroll down!
OKAY! HOW DO I GET INVOLVED?
To become a Lady Death: Chaos Rules #1 backer, just click on the green button to the right of our video. Kickstarter will ask you for your pledge, which reward you want and how you want to sign up. Signing up is a breeze and you can do it through Facebook if you want. Also, please add a link to our Kickstarter page to your website or blog. Sharing this project with others will go a long way toward getting Lady Death: Chaos Rules #1 funded. Thanks!
I’d like to thank all the readers and collectors who have supported me over the years as well as all the new readers and collectors. I love you guys! Welcome onboard! Long live Lady Death! Let’s do this -- !!!
ADDITIONAL REWARDS & STRETCH GOALS
We will be adding more tier rewards as the pledge drive goes along, as well as stretch goals once, the dark lords willing, the original goal has been funded.
Want to learn more about Lady Death? Here are some cool links:
FINAL WEEK REWARD ITEMS:
Risks and challenges
Lady Death: Chaos Rules #1, the original graphic novel is standing by to print. All the creative is complete. We just gotta print. Same with all the limited editions. I suppose if the apocalypse – or other acts of God and nature - comes we’ll have trouble fulfilling, but otherwise, we are good to go!
And 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. We will make sure all your rewards are delivered as promised and packed securely.
Please feel free to contact us with any questions you may have!Learn about accountability on Kickstarter