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A PASSAGE IN BLACK is a 120+ page black-and-white graphic novel collection of horror stories based on the short fiction of Cullen Bunn.
A PASSAGE IN BLACK is a 120+ page black-and-white graphic novel collection of horror stories based on the short fiction of Cullen Bunn.
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 A PASSAGE IN BLACK is a mature readers graphic novel anthology, presenting eleven tales of horror. More than 120 pages of terrifying stories await you in this collection!

As a kid, I often went fishing at the creek with my old man. He had a nice fishing boat, lots of expensive rods and reels, and he often took the family out on ocean fishing excursions. But he still liked taking old fashioned cane poles out to the creek to fish for catfish. I went with him frequently. (One of his favorite fishing spots was near a country club, and we often squeezed through a break in the fence and crept across the golf course to get there.) 

For some reason, I always took a big stack of horror comics with me to read on the muddy bank. House of Mystery, Ghosts, House of Secrets, Creepy, Eerie, Haunted Library, you name it. I never brought superhero books. Only horror tales seemed right while sitting in the eerie, early morning light. 

I loved those anthologies so much. They absolutely played a big role in the writer I would become. Over the past couple of decades, I’ve written many short horror stories. Many of those prose stories were collected in the book A PASSAGE IN BLACK from OmahaBound. That book, if you haven’t read it yet, has some of my earliest work in it, but I wanted to showcase everything so readers could see who I am and where I came from.  

And now—right here!—I’m announcing that my love of horror comic anthologies and my love of horror short fiction is coming together like peanut butter and jelly!  This book will feature comic book adaptations of some of my short horror stories from the prose collection. 

I have brought together an amazing group of writers and artists to bring these stories to life. 

Just check out the list (and the awe-inspiring artwork)!

Cindy Bunn and Baldemar Rivas - “Why Sing the Sirens”   

Kevin Watkins and Adam McLaughlin - “School for the Dead”  

Anton Kromoff and Bob Freeman - “Dance, Dance, Upon the Night of the Ball” 

 Heath Amodio and Daniele Sera – “Last Night of the Fair” 

 Josh Roberts and David Moscati – “Feast of Crows” 

 JimmyZ Johnston and Isaac Crawford - “Piasa Dreams” 

 Jeff Lawler and Fran Strukan – “Still Waters” 

  AE Steuve and Arjuna Susini – “For Her Love” 

 Sonica Ellis and Rowan MacColl – “Someday Dolls” 

 Tim Mayer – “A Passage in Black” 

 And yours truly working with Marcos Marz on something new! A short story (and intro to something bigger?) titled "Dead Vein"

With special appearances by Blacky Shepherd! 

 A logo designed by the Kucharek Brothers! 

And a cover by Kyle Strahm! 

I want this book to represent amazing talent that readers might not be familiar with, and I think these folks have accomplished something beautiful and scary and fun. They took these prose stories and ran with them. They made them their own and did something special with them. This book is a showcase of different approaches to the horrific... and I think you're gonna love it!

OmahaBound is helping with the design and printing of the project, so I’m confident it is going to be a fantastic book!  

And here’s some more exciting news! 

Assuming the Kickstarter is successful, I plan on making this an annual project/event. The next volume, though, will feature all new stories by the various collaborators (and myself). This will be a way for me to contribute to the legacy of horror anthology comics in my own way. 

CULLEN BUNN PRESENTS A PASSAGE IN BLACK is my Creepy, my Eerie, my House of Mystery. We’re on the verge of something exciting here. I hope you will all join me on this journey! 

As we reach stretch goals for this campaign, we will be offering various enhancements to the book. 

$25,000 - When we reach this goal, we will add an introduction/foreword to the book. 

$35,000 - When we reach this goal, we will add five one-page/splash page story introductions/interludes by artist Blacky Shepherd. These pages will be in the tradition of the horror host story introductions of classic horror comics!

$45,000 - When we reach this goal, we'll add a pin-ups section to the book, treating readers to all manner of ghoulishly gruesome horror imagery!

$55,000 - When we reach this stretch goal, all print trade paperbacks will be upgraded to hardcover editions!

$65,000 - To be announced!!!

$80,000 - To be announced!!!

At the end of the campaign, you will have the opportunity to select add-on items to your order. Some of these items include--

A PASSAGE IN BLACK T-SHIRT - $25

This exclusive t-shirt features the logo from the book. 

A PASSAGE IN BLACK PROSE COLLECTION - $15

This collection features 27 short stories and illustrations from Tim Mayer. The stories that inspired the graphic novel collection are presented here, too!

Risks and challenges

This is my second Kickstarter project. I've learned a lot while running the first project. I recognize the value of working with great folks to make the book come to life, and I have partnered with experts in book production and delivery.

ALL of the artwork for this graphic novel is completed, and the book is being lettered as this campaign runs.

This means that we will be delivering this book very quickly. Digital versions of the book will deliver to backers almost as soon as the campaign funds (we'll need just a little time to finalize the "Thank You" page and any Stretch Goal additions), and the book will be sent to the printer for hard copy production immediately.

My primary goal is getting this book into the hands of our readers, so we're focusing on that! I have a team ready to manage the logistics of shipping the books out as soon as they are ready to go!

I'm teaming with one of the biggest and best crowdfunding companies in the industry: BackerKit. Through BackerKit we'll easily be able to manage add-ons, surveys, address changes, and fulfillment.

There are always surprises and curve balls along the way, but we are positioned to manage those as they arise.

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    DIGITAL - A PASSAGE IN BLACK GN

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    TRADE PAPERBACK - A PASSAGE IN BLACK GN

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    T-SHIRT AND TRADE PAPERBACK

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    COMIC AND ANTHOLOGY SIGNED BUNDLE

    A trade paperback edition of A Passage in Black graphic novel and a copy of A Passage in Black Prose Collection - both signed by writer Cullen Bunn. You will also receive a PDF of the graphic novel delivered to your inbox. Your name will also appear on the Thank You page in the graphic novel!

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    RETAILER PACKAGE

    10 Copies of the Trade Paperback Edition of A Passage in Black. You will also receive a PDF of the graphic novel delivered to your inbox. Your name (or the name of your shop) will also appear on the Thank You page in the graphic novel!

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    ADAM MCLAUGHLIN ORIGINAL SKETCH

    Own a one-of-a-kind piece of art! An 11 x 14 black and white original sketch by Adam McLaughlin! Content will be determined by the backer (within reason, of course). You'll receive a trade paperback edition of A Passage in Black. You will also receive a PDF of the book delivered to your inbox. Your name will also appear on the Thank You page in the book! Only 5 sketches are available!

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    BOB FREEMAN ORIGINAL SKETCH

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    DAVID MOSCATI SKETCH

    Own a one-of-a-kind piece of art! An 8.5 x 11 black and white original sketch by David Moscati! Content will be determined by the artist and will be informed by David’s story “Feast of Crows”. You'll receive a trade paperback edition of A Passage in Black. You will also receive a PDF of the book delivered to your inbox. Your name will also appear on the Thank You page in the book! Only 2 sketches are available!

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    ISAAC CRAWFORD ORIGINAL SKETCH

    Own a one-of-a-kind piece of art! An 8.5 x 11 black and white original sketch by Isaac Crawford! Content will be determined by the backer (within reason, of course). You'll receive a trade paperback edition of A Passage in Black. You will also receive a PDF of the book delivered to your inbox. Your name will also appear on the Thank You page in the book! Only 10 sketches are available!

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    FRAN STRUKAN ORIGINAL SKETCH

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    BLACKY SHEPHERD ORIGINAL SKETCH

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    MYSTERY BOX

    In addition to a trade paperback copy of the book, you will receive a mystery box of trade paperbacks and comic books from Cullen Bunn. Essentially, Cullen will throw together a huge box of reading material for you. It will all be signed, boxed up, and sent your way. There's no telling what this box will contain! A trade paperback edition of A Passage in Black graphic novel and a copy of A Passage in Black Prose Collection - both signed by writer Cullen Bunn. You will also receive a PDF of the graphic novel delivered to your inbox. Your name will also appear on the Thank You page in the graphic novel!

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    YOU'RE NOT ALONE

    In this level you get 1/2 hour Skype time with Cullen Bunn, to discuss your writing, your art, your love of horror, or just chat about whatever you like. He's managed to make a living as a writer for a little while, so maybe he knows what he's talking about. Cullen cannot read pitches for unpublished work, but he can read published comics. A trade paperback edition of A Passage in Black graphic novel and a copy of A Passage in Black Prose Collection - both signed by writer Cullen Bunn. You will also receive a PDF of the graphic novel delivered to your inbox. Your name will also appear on the Thank You page in the graphic novel!

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    TIM MAYER ORIGINAL ART

    One page of original art from Tim Mayer’s story “A Passage in Black.” Pages are 11x17 Bristol board, black and white ink and watercolor. Pages offered will be artist’s choice. Only two pages are available from this story! In addition, you'll receive a trade paperback edition of A Passage in Black. You will also receive a PDF of the book delivered to your inbox. Your name will also appear on the Thank You page in the book!

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    FRAN STRUKAN ORIGINAL ART

    One page of original art from Frank Strukan’s story “Still Waters.” Pages are 11x17 Bristol board, black and white. Pages offered will be artist’s choice. Only ten pages are available from this story! In addition, you'll receive a trade paperback edition of A Passage in Black. You will also receive a PDF of the book delivered to your inbox. Your name will also appear on the Thank You page in the book!

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    Kyle Strahm Pumpkinhead Cover

    Kyle Strahm is offering up the original art for the cover he did for Dynamite's Pumpkinhead #3! You get the original piece of art. In addition, you'll receive a the standard trade paperback edition of A Passage in Black. You will also receive a PDF of the book delivered to your inbox. Your name will also appear on the Thank You page in the book! Only ONE of these rewards is being offered!

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    OMAHABOUND LIMITED EDITION HARDCOVER

    Produced by OmahaBound, these limited oversized HC editions will be the premiere version of the "A Passage in Black Graphic Novel."

    Professionally bound in a leather cover with hand-set type. Sized at 8.5x11 to match the previous prose limited edition. Printed in full-color to show exceptional detail of each story. These editions will also feature an exclusive cover (as well as the dust jacket if we reach that stretch goal).

    Limited to only 75 copies.

    Each HC will be signed by Cullen Bunn. You will also get a TP edition, a PDF delivered to your inbox, and your name will appear on the Thank You page.

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    PUT YOURSELF IN THE COVER ART!

    See that awesome cover by Kyle Strahm? You can be a part of it. Kyle Strahm will draw YOU into the same illustration where Cullen is sitting right now. You will receive a one-of-a-kind 11x17 print of the image with you on it! You will also receive the digital file to print as you like. In addition, you'll receive a the standard trade paperback edition of A Passage in Black. You will also receive a PDF of the book delivered to your inbox. Your name will also appear on the Thank You page in the book! Only ONE of these rewards is being offered!

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