The Children's Vampire Hunting Brigade is a series of graphic novels written by me (David Lucarelli) and illustrated by artist Henry Ponciano.
These coming of age Gothic adventure stories have been called "A punk rock Buffy set in Scotland." They were inspired by the real life Gorbals Vampire Incident. Each of the three volumes stands alone as a story, but also functions as part of a larger saga. (All three are available as part of this Kickstarter.)
All Souls' Day is the third and final graphic novel in the series. It's 130 pages of spine tingling pulse pounding adventure and horror in with shaded black and white art.
Here's the back cover:
Here's what some people have said about the Brigade:
"Scary can be fun. It can also be tragic, comic and even inspiring. The Brigade is all these things."-Brian Holguin, Writer of Spawn, Kiss: Psycho Circus & Savior."
"A minus,"-Shawn Denny, IGN.com
"Awesome"-Geek Girls Rule
"A delightful comic with great art and a story line I am dying to read more of. The characters are fun and there's a true weirdness to the tale even if the vampires are fictional. The story is addictive."-Tony Dismukes, Amazon reviewer
OUR STORY - What is this Gorbals Vampire Incident?
In real life, in 1954 hundreds of school kids descended upon a cemetery in Scotland looking for a vampire. It was considered mass hysteria. In the Brigade series, some of those kids found what they were looking for. A half century later Doug and Gavin are a couple of juvenile delinquents drinking in that cemetery the night the vampires come back, who unwittingly end up becoming the newest members of the Brigade. In All Souls' Day, the Brigade risk everything in a last desperate attempt to defeat the vampires before it's too late. Here's the first 10 pages:
So what makes All Souls' Day so special to me, and makes me believe this is the best thing Henry and I have ever done? Two things:
1. We've been working together for five years. In between Volume 2 and All Souls' Day we also created a period crime drama called Tinseltown about one of the first female cops in Hollywood. It's been called "Boardwalk Empire meets L.A. Confidential" and issue 1 of the five issue mini-series from Alterna Comics in comic shops and news stands worldwide on March 28th!
2. After the release of Volume 2, I had the experience of a lifetime as a guest of the Glasgow Comic Con. It was my first sold out convention!
I even got to see an exhibit in a local gallery about the Necropolis that used art from our comic!
I got my own private tour of the Southern Necropolis where the Gorbals vampire incident that inspired the Brigade took place!
In fact, I traveled all around Scotland and saw first hand many of the locations that I use in All Souls' Day. I saw the ruins, and graveyards and walked the underground tunnels myself. All the sights, smells and sounds of Scotland from Glasgow to Edinburgh made their mark. But most importantly, I met the wonderful people of Scotland. I think more than ever I was able to capture with authenticity both the flavor of the locations and the spirit of some of Scotland's citizens. You might recognize Colin Mackie, the Happy Reaper from the picture above who gave me that tour of the Southern Necropolis in the page below!
So, where are we at? We have 123 pages in the can and artist Henry Ponciano is working furiously on the last 10. We're close, but not quite completely done with the final pages of art, but that's why I haven't promised delivery until August 2018. The money we raise will pay for our printing costs.
There are lot of rewards levels, so let me give you a QUICK START GUIDE to some of the key levels:
For those of you in Canada or Europe that don't want to pay all the extra postage, you might consider the All Digital Option: PDFs of all three graphic novels in the series plus digital PDFs of the individually published issues as well!
If you want THE COMPLETE SIGNED TRILOGY, plus digital versions, the signed All Souls' Day First Look Issue and a book mark, check out Reward Level 8:
If you want signed hard copies of the complete triology in a Kickstarter exclusive slip case check out Reward Level 10:
We've got some really cool stuff for you at higher reward levels including a 3 song EP featuring a new song by my band Dame Fortune about the Brigade, a monster comics anthology, a prose horror anthology, the Dame Fortune Box Set, a magazine that features my first ever published short story, a custom digital drawing by Brigade artist Henry Ponciano, a phone call from me, and some one of a kind giant posters!
But first let's meet some of our main characters:
Doug is the heart and the soul of the Brigade, and more than anyone else the Children's Vampire Hunting Brigade is his story. Doug always wants to do the right thing, but he doesn't always succeed. All Souls' Day finds him coming into his own more than ever. Moreover, he's obsessed with a certain female fellow Brigade member as only a 16 year old boy can be.
And what's not to like? At age 18, Lucy is as smart as she is beautiful, and being raised by her uncle Magnus, she knows the supernatural and vampires like the back of her hand. Unfortunately, she also has questionable taste in men.
Gavin was never one for the books, but he knows how to fight, and he knows how to party, and the women love his charming devil may care attitude. True, he spends all his money as soon as he earns it on peroxide for his hair, obscure punk and metal CD's, and beer, but he's only 16. Much like Doug, Volume 3 finds him growing increasingly disenchanted with the old men of the Brigade, and angry about the lies they've been told.
Then there's Amanda. The half-human, half-vampire girl who was never fully turned and fell into Gavin's lap as his girlfriend. She's doing her best to fight her base vampire instincts which are growing stronger every day. As she tries to help the Brigade stop the vampires and find a cure, she'll be tested like no other.
Finally here's Skip Longfellow: a detective from Scotland Yard who's caught wind of the Brigade's activities and like a blood hound who has caught a whiff of the human scent, he's not about to let go. In real life Skip was also a backer of the campaign for Volume 2, who chose to be a character in All Souls' Day!
And of course we can't forget: the vampires.
As you can see, they don't sparkle. And there's plenty more where that came from!
What's an add on? Just add the given amount to your reward level and you can reserve these additional items as part of your pledge level.
ADD ON #1: THE SLIPCASE
Many fans of the Brigade may already have either Volumes 1 or 2 or both, and don't want to have to re-buy them just to get this Kickstarter exclusive custom slipcase. We hear you. Now you can add a mere 6 dollars on to any reward level, and the slipcase will be yours!
ADD-ON #2: ALL OVER PRINT T-SHIRT
Woman's Cut Front:
Womane's Cut Back:
Want the Age of the Wicked all over print shirt? It looks like this:
Add on to any backer level for $35.00 postage included! Available in
XS/S/M/L/XL/2XL sizes for men, and S/M/L/XL/2XL sizes for women.
These shirts tend to shrink a little after washing, so if you're comfortable with form fitting clothing, go with your normal size. If you like you clothes a little on the loose side, I'd order a size larger.
ADD-ON #3: LOGO T-SHIRT
We have 1 small, 1 medium, 10 extra large, and 1 2x extra large. (sorry, no large left) Just add 20 dollars to your pledge level and shoot me an e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org to let me know what size you need. First come first served!
Now let's examine some of the perks at every reward level.
Volume 2: Age of The Wicked. In these 102 pages the Brigade come to America in search of a new recruit, unaware that the vampires are pulling their strings all the while. The introduction is by Brian Holguin, writer of Spawn, Savior, and KISS: Psycho Circus.
Here's the covers for issues 1-4 which were later collected as Volume 1:
Monsters and Other Scary Shit. This monster-sized comics anthology is a hardcover tribute to monsters published by Wannabe Press that features a story by me and Brigade artist Henry Ponciano, "The Legend of the White Lady." Eagle-eyed Brigade completists will spot a familiar face. Autographed by many of the creators. And the eyes on the cover glow in the dark! Yours at Reward levels 13-19!
Winter Horror Days is a prose horror anthology I edited, wrote the intro for, and have a story in along with horror heavyweights like David Gerrold (who wrote Star Trek "The Trouble with Tribbles," and co-created Land of the Lost), Lisa Morton and Bob Cabeen. It features winter holiday themed horror stories, and was actually the number one horror anthology on Amazon when it debuted from Omnium Gatherum a couple of years ago. Yours at reward levels 14-19!
Dame Fortune is my hard rock alternative band. We sound like KISS, Motley Crue, and G'n'R with a modern edge. In the Box Set you get all three of our CDs plus digital downloads, as well as our DVD that features two live shows and a documentary on the making of our second album. Yours at reward levels 16-19!
Curious what Dame Fortune sounds like?: Go here to hear samples of all of our songs.
Here's what the three one of a kind posters look like. They measure approximately 29.75 inches by 79 inches and are printed on waterproof vinyl. They've all previously been used as part of banner stands at various cons.
NOTE: The material in this graphic novel is pg-13 in nature, and may be too intense for some younger readers. There is violence, mild swearing, and there are a couple of panels that imply sex between two consenting partners. You know your children. if they can handle the Walking Dead, they can more than handle this, but I don't want anyone buying this book for their little one because it has the word "children" in the title and thinking it'll make good bedtime reading for the toddler set!
In closing, Henry and I are both extremely proud of the All Souls' Day graphic novel. We've lived with these characters for five years, and as sad as it is to say goodbye to them, I think we've done right by them by creating a story that fires on all cylinders, and beyond being successful as a horror story, and a coming of age adventure, perhaps also says a few things about the human condition, and what it's like to grow up in the world today. Especially when that world is indifferent, or even hostile to your very existence. It's then you have to make choices that under any circumstances might seem crazy. Whether it's dropping out of school to tour with your punk rock band, running away to join the circus, or even joining a group of people who want to fight vampires, it is ultimately those daring choices that help us create a world for ourselves where we belong.
As Gavin toasts in All Souls' Day "May the best its ever been, be the worst it ever is." We hope you'll come along for the ride with us as the Brigade makes its final stand in the Southern Necropolis, on All Souls' Day!
Risks and challenges
I have successfully run and delivered on Kickstarter campaigns for both The Children's Vampire Hunting Brigade: Guardians of the Southern Necropolis, and The Children's Vampire Hunting Brigade: Age of the Wicked. My motto is: under promise and over deliver. That said, there are always unforeseen problems that can arise. A book that will be printed in China can get stuck at the docks because of a strike. In the event something like that comes to pass, I will keep all backers updated. That said, I feel confident I can deliver everything promised in this campaign on time or early. Knock on wood, I will do everything within my power to make that happen.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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