LOVECRAFT P.I. is a three issue limited comic series created by filmmakers Fritz Striker and D.W. Kann. Yes filmmakers!!!
Our combined film credits include: Wrtier, Producer, Director, Storyboard Artist, Camera Man, Art and Prop Department and (even Stunt Man) the list goes on and now we are adding COMIC BOOK CREATORS to that list!
Being avid H.P. Lovecraft and horror fans since childhood we never would have imagined it being put to good use, until years after we met and became friends while working on a film together.
Fritz came up with the idea to match the writings of his favorite authors H.P Lovecraft and pulp noirist Dashiell Hammett. From this cauldron of bubbling supernatural goo mixed in with the sharped tongue and rough facade of pulp noir spawned LOVECRAFT P.I.!
LOVECRAFT P.I. is a story that re-envisions the macabre worlds of H.P. Lovecraft while mashing them together with the hard-boiled detective novels of Dashiell Hammett. In this world ‘Ward’ Lovecraft is a Paranormal Investigator with the Miskatonic Detective Agency, an unsentimental and stubborn man who is short on temperament and long on occult knowledge.
We even have some killer STRETCH GOAL REWARDS that you will surely want to stay tuned. Trust me!!
The first issue cover was created by Artist Paul Shipper. His work has been held in the highest regards across the Hollywood spectrum by some of the industries top directors.
“Like many film fans I miss actual art on film posters and Paul Shipper’s genius work is precisely what’s missing. I CAN HAPPILY CALL THIS MY FAVOURITE ‘WORLD’S END’ POSTER.” ~ Edgar Wright, Director
“Paul, Thanks so much for your awesome Star Trek Posters. Your Work is Most Excellent!” ~ J.J. Abrams, Director
Darkside Media proudly presents...
The cover is not all we changed. We went back and started the interior pages from scratch. Delivering more noir back into the original concept. With this we brought in Artist António Brandão who's artwork in this issue gave us the nostalgic feel of 60's "Creepy" and "Eerie Comics" that we grew up loving. With Fritz Striker delivering the icing on the cake by adding sepia tones to the inked pages. With finally the finishing touch done by Letterer Hanna Östman.
NEW INTERVIEW OUT NOW!
The REVIEWS are just starting to come in!
"It read like a true detective story with all the detective slang..."
"I hope the creators of Lovecraft P.I. love what they do because, in my opinion, they should be doing this for a long time to come. Lovecraft P.I. is a refreshing step away from the typical superhero story."
"This is a well written, well drawn comic that would make H.P. Lovecraft proud. I HIGHLY recommend adding this comic to your collection. I did!"
This 24 page first issue is COMPLETED!
So why a campaign on KICKSTARTER?
The simple reason is we're independent publishers getting the book directly to fellow Lovecraft and Comic fans like yourselves. This campaign will cover the production cost for the first run of this three issue limited series.
Why only raise $10,000.00?
We felt this was an obtainable goal and wanted to give you all the opportunity to own this LIMITED SERIES. Meaning this covers a minimum 3000 print run. The $10,000.00 covers printing and shipping costs for the print versions of all three issues.
The first issue is COMPLETED and is ready for digital delivery upon this campaigns ending December.
The second issue is well on it's way and will be ready in JANUARY 2016. Digital versions will be sent out prior to printed orders being filled.
The third and final issue will be completed by end of March 2016. And will ship as soon as it is printed. Digital versions will be sent out prior to printed orders being filled.
FINAL REWARD FOR THIS CAMPAIGN!
Artist Paul Shipper is doing only five original sketches from our world of "Lovecraft P.I." only available for this Kickstarter campaign. The sketches resemble the style you see above.
WE HAVE ADD-ON'S!
To UPGRADE or CHANGE your pledge amount, enter a new amount selecting the BLUE MANAGE BUTTON. You can upgrade any reward within the pledge with another one of equal or higher value; just add-on the price difference. This is includes ADD-ONS and NEW REWARDS.
You’re always welcome to get an extra copies of the comics, art prints, poster, bookmarks or sketchbook. Choose an item below and click the MANAGE YOUR PLEDGE button located at the upper right of this page to adjust the dollar amount. FOR EXAMPLE: You've pledged $20 for ALL THREE PRINT ISSUE, but you would like the "Lovecraft P.I." OFFICIAL SHOT GLASS, which is offered as a $10 add-on, your adjusted pledge is $30.
1) Click on "Manage My Pledge"
2) You'll see the "Pledge Amount" area and your dollar total in green.
3) Click on the green dollar total and type in the desired amount you wish to pledge.
4) Click the green button on the bottom that says "Continue to Next Step" and you should be all set!
When the Campaign has ended, I'll be in touch with you regarding your Add-On via the Kickstarter Survey to verify your Add-ons.
10 Original "Lovecraft P.I." Sketches from Artist Fritz Striker!
Original 11" x 17" inked and signed (no color)
Second Set of (5) Sketches from Fritz are $200
"THE LOVECRAFT CHRISTMAS PACKAGE"
- All three issues signed by ANTÓNIO BRANDÃO, PAUL SHIPPER, FRITZ STRIKER & D.W. KANN
- (1) Original artwork piece by ANTÓNIO BRANDÃO
- Bumper Sticker & Button
- "Lovecraft P.I." T-Shirt
- A SPECIALTY T-Shirt design that was created by Artist Fritz Striker (this is ONE you will want!) & It's FREE with this reward.
- The First Issue of "Berserkers: Solo Island" from Darkside Media "Buy it, Read it, Bag and Board it. It has all the qualities of the TV show that everyone wants to see as it airs because everyone will be talking about it the next day." ~ The Comic Whisperer (Reviewer)
- PLUS: DIGITAL PDFs of all three issues included. (Print comics will be shipped in a clear comic bags with backing and in a stiff envelope.) *Issue #1 PDF will be sent out DEC 2015. (PRINT Copies of all three issues will be shipped APRIL 2016.)
BECOME A CHARACTER IN "LOVECRAFT P.I."
Are you excited about "Lovecraft P.I.?" Want to be a character in the comic? Now's your chance! After an extraordinary response to our rewards so far. We have decided to go all out for our fans and give you the opportunity to be an illustrated character in the comic. You will also be credited as the character you portray.
Below see the transformation Artist António Brandão made from actual photos to the characters that appear in issue #1 already.
Below are descriptions of each character on how they initially appear in the comic. We will make the adequate changes for everyones appearance once they pledge their specific reward. We will also require a recent clear photo of pledger once campaign ends.
Be a ROBED CULTIST, (FOUR SPOTS AVAILABLE) These characters are exactly what you think they are, they chant, they fight, they wreak havoc for Ward Lovecraft in the final act of “Lovecraft P.I.”
REWARD: $150 (Each)
Always wanted to run an asylum? DR. TOBEY, a tall, gaunt man that seems too old and too thin to be one of the living. He is the Chief Physician of the sanatarium. Dr. Tobey delivers a few line exchange with Ward Lovecraft.
Do you have what it takes to answer phones in high stress situations? SERGEANT ALLAN, A bald, red faced desk sergeant in his mid forties attempts to answer a quartet of ringing phones. Sgt. Allan has a full page combative conversation with Ward Lovecraft.
Do you have the knack of being the LIBRARIAN? A wild eyed man in his late fifties with unruly tie and hair. The Librarian appears with Ward Lovecraft for only a page, but is met with a gruesome fate and is in a pivotal scene with our hero.
"The Deep One" 12" tall Garage Kit! Comes UNPAINTED and in three parts. PLEASE NOTE: The Creature's base that appears in this image is not included. Check out our EARLY BIRD SPECIALS for this reward.
"The Deep One" 12" tall Garage Kit! Comes FULLY ASSEMBLED, hand painted and signed by D.W. Kann. PLEASE NOTE: The Creature's base will be built to match the one in the enclosed image. There are only (3) of these that are available for this reward tier. So hurry today for yours!
Artist António Brandão has created three original 8" x 10" art prints that do not appear at all in the first run issue. This reward will be $75.00 and include all printed and digital issues plus bumper sticker and button! How can you go wrong!!!
The "Shape" Bust is our newest reward. "Shape" was the creation of D.W. Kann back in 1996, first as a creature for his first short film. Then becoming the Darkside Media & Films logo. This is the first time he will be available as a marquette. He stands 8" tall and is 6" wide, each one of the 40 Limited Edition casts were hand painted by Mr. Kann. Each is packaged in his own travel box which in turn will be shipped safely in an outside box. For this reward we are asking $250.00. With that you will also receive a "Lovecraft P.I" T-Shirt, all three printed first issues, bumper sticker and button. We will add all three first issue PDF's for FREE! There are only (15) available through Kickstarter, so hurry while supplies last!
Risks and challenges
The biggest challenge we face is the fact that we are first time publishers entering a very competitive marketplace filled with tons of other comics all competing for your attention. As old school comic collectors ourselves we figured that if we were going to make our own comic then we must have an actual copy we can hold in our hands. Hence why we are starting with a minimum run of 3,000 print copies of the series.
We believe the risk is minimal, as everyone who's read our story has loved it just as much as we do. If this series has half the success we expect based on the response from fans at comic conventions and online we believe that it will sell very well, not just digitally but we'll have to make additional printings to cover the demand.
But first we need your contribution to get the funds we need to help make our dream come true. With your support the adventures of Ward Lovecraft will go on as long as there are weird tales to tell.
Thanks and keep it dark!
D.W. Kann and Fritz Striker
- (47 days)