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$20,804
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277
backers
13days to go

All or nothing. This project will only be funded if it reaches its goal by Wed, September 4 2019 3:54 PM UTC +00:00.

About

WELCOME!

My name is Clay McCormack, comic book artist (Poser, Redline, Night Moves), and I'm here to bring you my first creator-owned graphic novel project:

BLOODY HEL 

Well there's something you don't see every day! (BLOODY HEL cover)
Well there's something you don't see every day! (BLOODY HEL cover)

BLOODY HEL is the story of 5 mystically-powered Viking warriors, imprisoned for 1000 years by the goddess Hel, who are suddenly unleashed when their prison is destroyed by an artillery shell from World War I. 

So they burst out, 9-feet tall, all juiced up on magic and nearly invincible, and start wreaking havoc during the first world war!

We see this all through the eyes of Pvt. Lars Andersen. He's a British soldier, basically just a cog in the massive war machine, waiting for his turn to die. Anderson is brought face to face with the Viking god Fenrir, who's opened up a pit of demons out in no man's land in an attempt to bring about the VIKING APOCALYPSE

It's now up to Andersen to convince the 5 Viking warriors to use their new powers to stop Fenrir's plans, and to show them that ruling a world of war is just ruling a world of ash. Ultimately, BLOODY HEL is a story about power: how it can be seductive and corrupting when you have it, and how you can dig deep to find it when you don’t.


THE BOOK

BLOODY HEL is going to be a beautiful over-sized (7.5"x11") hardcover graphic novel written and drawn by me, Clay McCormack (Night Moves, Poser, Redline, Cafe Racer), with an exquisite color palette of blood and mud provided by rising star Russ Badgett. 

We've already partnered with a great comics publisher called A Wave Blue World (Dead Beats, All We Ever Wanted, This Nightmare Kills Fascists) who will be putting the book out for us, and we just need YOUR HELP to get the funds to make BLOODY HEL a reality! 

We've also got a pin up section that is going to make this book visually stunning, featuring contributions by some of comics' best artists - including a piece by Batman: White Knight artist Sean Murphy, which will also be available in our rewards section as an exclusive dust jacket cover!

Black and White art for Sean's pin up/dust jacket - final version will be full color!
Black and White art for Sean's pin up/dust jacket - final version will be full color!

 PIN UP ART!

Bloody Hel Pin Up by Christian DiBari
Bloody Hel Pin Up by Christian DiBari
Bloody Hel Pin Up art by Corin Howell
Bloody Hel Pin Up art by Corin Howell

REWARDS!

There's a slew of great rewards available for backers of BLOODY HEL, including the book itself in hard copy and digital formats, an MP3 Soundtrack Download, exclusive prints from myself and Sean Murphy, original art, and even your name or likeness to be featured in the book! In addition, all backers at the $5 level and higher will have their name printed in the "Thank You" section of the book! 

We also have a limited "Early Bird Special" deal that features a copy of the book with an original drawing inside for only $39 (normally $59) - this is the best value version of the book and it's first come, first serve, so when they're gone, they're gone (Early Bird Special is now gone)

FINALLY

Making comics is hard, expensive, time consuming work, but one thing I know my team and I can do is make comics. GREAT comics. The funds from this campaign will give us the ability to put our full attention toward making this book the best it can be, covering art/coloring costs, printing and shipping rewards, Kickstarter fees, and most importantly supplying us with the knowledge that there is an enthusiastic readership out there who want to read BLOODY HEL as badly as we want to make it!

THANK YOU FOR YOUR SUPPORT!

(Very special thanks to Jim Galdos for an amazing video. Jim's website )

Risks and challenges

This is my first Kickstarter, but I've backed enough to know that communication and transparency are key to building trust among your audience. That's why I'll be offering frequent updates, not just during the campaign, but during the creation of the work itself, to insure that you know exactly what is going on every step of the way.

The biggest challenge of a project like this is creating it, and actually getting the book into peoples hands, which is why I've partnered with A Wave Blue World. They're a publisher with an excellent track record as far as product quality goes, and their editorial insight will make sure the project runs smoothly, is delivered on time, and is a book you'll be glad you have in your collection.

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    Soundtrack and Thank You

    Every good story deserves a good soundtrack, right? Well here you get 11 tracks of original music to serve as your sonic guide through the world of BLOODY HEL.

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    BLOODY HEL - Digital Deluxe Edition

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    BLOODY HEL - Print Edition

    This is what you came for! You get a physical copy of BLOODY HEL, signed, as well as everything included in the Digital Bundle.

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    BLOODY HEL - Book + Art Print

    Get a copy of BLOODY HEL, plus an 8.5"x11" BLOODY HEL signed art print by Clay!

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    BLOODY HEL - Sean Murphy Dust Jacket

    Along with your signed copy of BLOODY HEL, and all the digital goodies, you get an exclusive full color dust jacket for your book featuring an alternate cover by DC comics superstar artist Sean Murphy (Batman: White Knight)!

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    RETAILER Exclusive Bundle

    For RETAILERS only: get 5 copies of BLOODY HEL before it's distributed through the direct market, plus 5 BLOODY HEL 8.5"x11" prints by Clay, and your store will be included in the "Thank You" section!

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    BLOODY HEL - Print Edition & Head Sketch

    Get your copy of BLOODY HEL with an original HEAD SKETCH inside! You also get all the digital goodies and your name in the "Thank You" Section.

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    BATTASS Podcast Guest Spot!

    In addition to a physical copy of BLOODY HEL and all the digital goodies, you get to join Clay and Sean Murphy on their podcast "BATTASS: The Batman The Animated Series Show" to talk about two episodes of Batman: The Animated Series!

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    BLOODY HEL - 11x17 Original Art Page

    Take home a full page of original art from interior pages of Bloody Hel!

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    Original Art Mystery Box

    Get 3 pages of original art personally selected by Clay from his previous books, including Poser (Waxwork Comics), Redline (Oni Press), Night Moves (IDW)!

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    • BLOODY HEL - Print Edition - Signed
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    11"x17" Original Art Commission

    Get a commissioned original art piece of 1 or 2 characters (Bloody Hel or otherwise) of your choice, drawn by Clay! 11"x17" Black and white (pencil/ink), minimal background.

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    BLOODY HEL - Mega Bundle

    This one's got EVERYTHING you might want all in once place! Not only do you get a physical copy of BLOODY HEL with a sketch in the book, you also get 1 page of BLOODY HEL original art, 3 ages of original art personally selected by Clay from his previous books, the 8.5"x11" art print, the Sean Murphy dust jacket, the entire digital bundle, AND your name in the "Thank You" section!
    Bloody Hel!

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    BLOODY HEL - *EARLY BIRD* SKETCH EDITION

    You're one of the first over the top, so here's a thank you! You get a physical copy of BLOODY HEL, signed, with a SKETCH INSIDE, as well as everything included in the Digital Bundle, FOR $20 LESS THAN NORMALLY LISTED!

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    • BLOODY HEL - Print Edition - Signed
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    BLOODY HEL - Name Your Soldier

    Become a fighter in the Great War! You'll have a soldier named after you, and your last name will be used in dialogue, most likely shouted at as the men go over the top!

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    BLOODY HEL - Chris DiBari Original Art

    In edition to the book, and the digital goodies, you get to take home the original art from Chris' Bloody Hel Pin Up! Black and white, 7"x10" on watercolor paper.

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    BLOODY HEL - Get Drawn Into The Action!

    In addition to a copy of the book, and all the digital goodies, get YOUR FACE drawn into Bloody Hel as a background Viking, Soldier, or Civilian!

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    Sean Murphy Print ORIGINAL ART

    Here's your chance to own the ORIGINAL ART from Sean's exclusive BLOODY HEL dust jacket! 11"x17", black and white, pencil and ink. There's only ONE of these, so don't let it slip away! You'll also receive a high quality, 11"x17" archival print of the art, a copy of the book with the dust jacket, the 8.5"x11" art print by Clay, a head sketch inside the book by Clay, and everything in the digital bundle!

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    • Sean Murphy Print ORIGINAL ART
    • High quality, 11"x17" Archival Print of Sean's art
    • Dust Jacket with exclusive art by Sean Murphy
    • 8.5"x11" BLOODY HEL art print drawn by Clay
    • BLOODY HEL - Print Edition - Signed
    • Original HEAD SKETCH inside the book
    • BLOODY HEL - Digital Edition
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