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 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.
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!
PIN UP ART!
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)!
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.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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