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A 22-page comic about a homeless kid in the year 2519, and what he does to clean the streets of murderers, rapists, and... rude people?
A 22-page comic about a homeless kid in the year 2519, and what he does to clean the streets of murderers, rapists, and... rude people?
136 backers pledged $3,743 to help bring this project to life.

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 Update: Karl wanted us to show you what his Hoody cosplay looks like. Pretty spot-on, if you ask us. We reach 2k and everyone gets one. 

Kickstarter Exclusive Cover for Hoody: Sympathetic Murderer by Robert Powers of Penguino's Revenge fame
Kickstarter Exclusive Cover for Hoody: Sympathetic Murderer by Robert Powers of Penguino's Revenge fame

Hey, guys! We're Team Anomalous and we want to thank you for taking a look at our book, as well as give you some info on it before you pledge. Firstly, Hoody: Sympathetic Murderer is, at heart, a story of injustice, wrongs being righted sort of thing. 

On its surface, the story we are attempting to tell here is about a thirteen year-old boy - a teenager, which comes with its own set of challenges - he's young and he's angsty... and he's killing people. He's killing people over the most minute offenses. Like cutting in line. Sounds cool, we know, but it gets deeper. See, Hoody is all of us. He's the nerdy kid who gets shoved into a locker. He's the hurt child in so much despair that he takes his own life. He's the kid who gets shot walking through the wrong neighborhood with a bag of Skittles and a tea. And while these kids won't or can't fight back... Hoody can. So he does. 

Hoody and Big Sal sketch by series artist, Karl David Hewitt
Hoody and Big Sal sketch by series artist, Karl David Hewitt

Hey, guys. Chris Johnson here. Hope you dig what we've got to show you. I'll just say a few words and show you some rewards and then give you a five page preview afterward as a thanks for reading. Hoody was a concept I came up with a few years back. He was always, at heart, a scrawny street kid who punished like the Punisher, but also had this whole identity disorder where he thought he was literally as old as planet Earth. 

Hoody sketch featuring his creative team, Chris (writer, right), Karl (artist, left), and Sambas (colorist, middle)
Hoody sketch featuring his creative team, Chris (writer, right), Karl (artist, left), and Sambas (colorist, middle)
Hoody knit doll that, comes with the $60 tier
Hoody knit doll that, comes with the $60 tier

When I met Karl, we immediately hit it off and were working on the short story, "Listen", which ended up being the first chapter of this comic book. That was for the Savyer City Stories anthology, but we enjoyed working together so much that we decided to work on a 22 page Hoody comic and we're now about seven pages away from bringing you a completely unique and fresh story told the way only Anomalous Comics can tell it. 

Chapter 3: Selfish, inked pages
Chapter 3: Selfish, inked pages
Hoody knit dolls, $90 tier
Hoody knit dolls, $90 tier

Sambas Suryadi is a brilliant colorist. I often marvel at his pages when he turns them in and say something about them looking like candy, so bright and vibrant, even the night scenes. Sambas did a test for the Listen cover and it was a wrap; he was our colorist. In all fairness, he does color a lot of Anomalous' books. He is working right behind Karl, with nine pages left to color before the book is complete. You'll see what I mean about the colors once you get a chance to read Listen below. 

Excerpt from Chapter 3: Selfish
Excerpt from Chapter 3: Selfish
Hoody knit army from Siska Moesker
Hoody knit army from Siska Moesker

We are asking for help bringing this story to you for a few reasons. For one, we like money. As career artists, we don't see a lot of that. Secondly, we want to gauge interest in our character and in the story and values we want to impart to people. Kickstarter is a great way to do just that, see how many people want an exclusive item featuring your character on it, like a comic or a knit doll or a shirt or a... hoody. 

With no further ado, I'll let Hoody speak for himself a bit. Again, thanks for reading this far, and for even considering our character and story for your edutainment. -- Chris Johnson. 

Chapter 1: Lisen, cover
Chapter 1: Lisen, cover
Chapter 1: Listen, page 1
Chapter 1: Listen, page 1
Chapter 1: Listen, page 2
Chapter 1: Listen, page 2
Chapter 1: Listen, page 3
Chapter 1: Listen, page 3
Chapter 1: Listen, page 4
Chapter 1: Listen, page 4
Chapter 1: Listen, page 5
Chapter 1: Listen, page 5

We plan on having shirts and hoodies in addition to the rewards we have now. Drop us a line to let us know what kind of rewards you would like in order to back this refreshing project! Stay tuned for a lot of updates on this one. 

Risks and challenges

There are tons of pitfalls when it comes to self-publishing, and we have been doing this almost a decade now, so we think we've gotten the formula close to down-pat. See if you agree.

We at Anomalous Comics, especially the creators behind this one, Karl, Sambas, and Chris, haven't even started this Kickstarter until we were 85% finished with the production of the book itself. By the time the campaign is ended in thirty days, the book will be complete. We also have the plush dolls here, and the buttons coming. By the time the campaign is ended, we will have those ready for backers. The only thing that will take time away from you receiving your books and merch is the actual packing and mailing. :)

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    Get our eternal and lasting thanks and positive vibes! It takes a lot to make one of these, and we appreciate every dollar we get that goes toward making Hoody happen.

    Besides, we'll be adding new rewards as they come in throughout the life of the campaign, so if you see something you like, you can always amend your pledge amount to get cool rewards.

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    Under the Dead Hood

    Get a Thank You in the comic you are helping to bring to life! Want to be able to say you helped us along but don't have a lot to spare? Just toss five bucks our way and we can give you the proof you're looking for, in the form of a sincere and heartfelt "thank you" in the Hoody: Sympathetic Murderer comic book. You'll also get updates and can even change your pledge if you see something you like later.

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    In the Hoody

    Get a physical copy of Hoody: Sympathetic Murderer! You'll walk the streets proudly showing everyone your name in the Thank You section, we promise. Read it and let us know what you think. Oh, and a button comes with this reward, but we've got a lot more crazy rewards coming!

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    Triple Play of the Day... Adult Version

    Get a copy of Hoody: Sympathetic Murderer mailed to you, plus Mind Things of a Dirty Zombie Volume 1 and Super Support Group #1 from Anomalous Comics! This is a set of indie comics made for adults, 92 pages of existential zombies, a defunct support group of superhero deviants, and a homicidal thirteen year-old.

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    Under the Red Hoodie

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    Wannabe Hoody

    Get drawn into the pages of the book, itself!

    You'll also get a digital PDF or cbr/z file of Hoody: Sympathetic Murderer sent to your email, along with the sketch in the email of your character. Also a thank you in the book

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    Under the Red Hoodie with Some Goodies

    Get your own Classic Hoody Tee!

    Comes with a copy of Hoody: Sympathetic Murderer, Mind Things of a Dirty Zombie, and Super Support Group!

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    Wannabe Hoody with a Woody

    Get drawn into the pages of the book, itself!

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    -sketch of your character

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    Hooded Avenger

    Get an early copy of Hoody: Sympathetic Murderer, AND a plush Hoody doll! You'll be the talk of the water cooler with this Hoody plush sitting on your work desk. Coworkers will ask you where you got it and you can keep it a secret, but do us a solid and point them in our direction, will ya?

    These dolls are hand knitted and have already been manufactured by the lovely Siska Moesker for the campaign. They will ship as soon as the dust settles.

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    Adult Avenger

    Get your Kickstarter exclusive copy of Hoody: Sympathetic Murderer, Mind Things of a Dirty Zombie #1 and Super Support Group #1, AND a plush Hoody doll!

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    Hoody: Retail Giant

    Get 10 Kickstarter exclusive copies of Hoody: Sympathetic Murderer for the price of 8!

    Also comes with one copy each of Mind Things of a Dirty Zombie and Super Support Group

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    Hoody: Brother's Keeper

    Get the brothers Hoody with this reward which means you get:

    -a thank you in the book
    -digital download of the book
    -physical copy sent to you
    -2 knitted hoody dolls
    -hoody buttons

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    A Hoody Goody

    Get an actual sketch of hoody up to no good, here in this reward you will receive:

    -a thank you in the book
    -digital download of the book
    -physical copy of the book
    -a hand drawn sketch of hoody by Karl
    -hoody button

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    Face off against Hoody!

    Let's be honest here, you're not gonna kick Hoody's ass... but you can face off against him for a hundred bucks! Get a sketch in the mail of you being unceremoniously murdered by the Sympathetic Murderer himself, written by the series writer and illustrated by the series artist! Want digital colors from the series colorist sent to your email while you wait for your package? Just add $20! But let's be clear about this, the Face Off Against Hoody pledge is likely to see you with you face off. Just be warned, whoever the ten brave souls are who will jump at this opportunity.

    For clarity, in this reward you will receive: -a thank you in the book -digital download of the book -physical copy of the book -a hand drawn sketch of hoody by Chris and Karl -hoody button

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    Hoody: Corporate Shill

    Want to be featured in the next issue of Hoody? Want your business or product featured in one or more of our books? We've got a straight-up product placement deal going now that would be perfect for you. (And for us because we need names for buildings and shit.)

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    VIHP -- Very Important Hooded Person

    Get a custom sketch of your design from the series artist, AND have your sketch featured in Hoody: Sympathetic Murderer. You will receive the original sketch signed by Karl. If you want to be a part of this movement in a major way, this would be a great way to not only help out the creators, but also to make a statement because your likeness will also be featured in the next Hoody story, Man in the Sun. We'll even give you a speaking role.

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