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Mercy's returning, but only with your help! This devil girl is kicking rogue angel ass for Heaven, whether she wants to or not.
Mercy's returning, but only with your help! This devil girl is kicking rogue angel ass for Heaven, whether she wants to or not.
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MERCY'S BACK? HOLY SHIT! ABOUT F#&K*@ TIME!

Mercy Sparx was an instant hit with thousands of comic fans when she debuted in 2008. Then in 2009, after teasing readers with five issues of the first miniseries, her second story began in the Free Comic Book Day release of "Under New Management" #1, only to go on hiatus and leave everyone hanging. Well, Mercy says "Enough of that shit!" and is ready for her comeback, but it can't happen without you. Oh, and enough of this mini-series crap - she's ready for an ONGOING SERIES.

Creator/Writer Josh Blaylock and artist Matt Merhoff are back, and they have already produced scripts and dozens of pages of new Mercy content that's just waiting to see the printed page. They just need to get all them shits colored, lettered, and tied up in a pretty bow before sending off the presses! And the truth is, despite Mercy's hardcore cult following, a lot of time and effort goes into this and there's still no guarantee sales to comic shops will support this in the crucial first couple o' months. That's why we need YOU to make this happen. 

Thanks to Arcana Studios for working it out with us too so that Devil's Due could publish this again! 

Note: We will post the videos making fun of Josh's sad attempts at making intro videos for Kickstarter soon! Now get back in your cage and write & draw, Josh! 

SO WHAT DO YOU GET?  (UPDATED WITH OUR NEW STRETCH GOALS)

Our campaign is off to a strong start, but it's not one of those crazy "get funded in the first two hours" type of campaigns. No, kind backers, we can't rest on our laurels. So as a thanks for you to HELPING SPREAD THE WORD, we're offering the following extra bonuses. And tempting you to like the devil himself, mwuhahahahaha!

The following bonus rewards will be given if we exceed our funding goals:

You get the first 3 issues of Mercy Sparx: The Ongoing Series, plus any other kickass shit you decide to pledge for. We feel that three issues is a nice cushion to get started, and that will allow us to start getting this into stores. Published of course by Devil's fuckin' Due! But the best part? The more money we raise beyond our goal, the more issues you'll be cut in on (if not print, at LEAST digital... but possibly print too)!

(If you haven't guessed by now, this book's not exactly for kids, although there's not necessarily a bunch of booby-flashin' like most other "devil girl" stories, Mercy's definitely a cursin', drinkin', face-kickin' gal who's not afraid to voice her opinion about being forced to work in the shadows of Heaven and Hell's bureaucracy ).

Video music snippets from Cock Sparrer and the Horror Pops. They rule. You should listen to them. Mercy would.

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Along with Josh and Matt's return comes a group of badass cover artists contributing to the cause, and you can feast your eyes on their awesomeness right here. Some of these have actually been locked away in the vaults of Sheol waiting to be used; others, recently made for this noble effort.

Issue 1 is a monster sized first issue with over 36 pages of story that includes the Under New Management first issue preview pages and the additional 20+ pages of story and eye candy that was always intended to feed your eyeballs! From there we roll into the good ol' fashion 22 page traditional comic format for subsequent issues... for as long as we damn well can!

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TORQUE KNOCKOUT VARIANT! Kickstarter Backers & Comic Retailers-Only, by Elizabeth Torque
TORQUE KNOCKOUT VARIANT! Kickstarter Backers & Comic Retailers-Only, by Elizabeth Torque

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This could be YOU... Getting your shit kicked in by Mercy herself!
This could be YOU... Getting your shit kicked in by Mercy herself!

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Mercy Sparx is © & TM 2013 Joshua Blaylock and Arcana Studios

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Risks and challenges

Any risk in this campaign is very hard to fathom, but we understand that circumstances of our control may happen, "acts of God", etc. It is always possible that printing and manufacturing delays can happen, product can get lost in the shipping process, or human error may cause something to not be sent. That's why we've worked so hard to create an iron-clad system to cater to Kickstarter backers. Each person receives a PHYSICAL file folder that backs up our digital, keeping a record of what has been sent, what is still pending, and any problems that may have transpired post-reward-sending. We're in this for the long haul, and want you back for many more campaigns in the future, and that only happens if you're happy with how this one goes!

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    A kickass deal! Get a PDF of all the old issues of Mercy if you need to catch up on the story.

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    DIGITAL 3-ISSUE SUBSCRIPTION (possibly more). Delivered directly to you via a PDF download.

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    PUNK ROCK BUTTONS or 2 ANGEL SKULL PATCHES: Your choice of a set of four 1" buttons, or 2 cloth punk rock style patches to sew on your skinny jeans, you sexy bastard, you.

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    Issue 1 signed by Josh Blaylock (writer) and Matt Merhoff (artist)

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    A pair of Mercy Sparx shot glasses! Taking your "medicine" was never so much fun. You know what goes well with these? A flask! :)

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    3 Issue subscription, signed, and more issues if we hit our unlock goals. Issue 1 signed by Josh Blaylock and Matt Merhoff

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    COLLECTOR PRINT: 11" x 17", featuring cover art from the new series.

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    T-Shirts - Choose from one of the three T-shirt designs and carry the awesomeness of Mercy on your torso wherever you go.

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    Mercy Sparx Flask! For the whiskey of your choice. Or Hell, for your YooHoo or your Green Juice, we don't care. Whatever gets you goin'!

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    COMMISSION SKETCH: A fully inked bust sketch, 8 1/2" x 11" by Matt Merhoff or Josh Blaylock (your pick), featuring a character from Mercy Sparx.

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    BRANDED COLLECTOR SKETCH FRAME W/ COMIC: Issue #1 signed by Blaylock & Merhoff and framed in a unique comic book sized frame with a small original sketch on the frame. Frame manufactured by the Comic Book Displays company.

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    FLASK & SHOT GLASS COMBO! You get both the Mercy Sparx flask and two shot glasses.

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    ORIGINAL ART: A select page of original art from the series by Matt Merhoff (see the link provided in the main column for samples).

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    GET DRAWN IN THE BOOK! Wow, this reward was so popular we're adding two new ones. Just want to be in the book for bragging rights, but don't need the art? Get immortalized as a background character in an issue of Mercy Sparx (likely getting the crap kicked out of you by Mercy). You get 10 copies of the book you appear in.

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    GET DRAWN IN THE BOOK - AND GET THE ART - Get immortalized as a background character in an issue of Mercy Sparx (likely getting the crap kicked out of you by Mercy), and also get to cherish the original artwork forever.

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    MURALS: Josh will draw you a 3 ft x 6 ft illustration/painting depicting the characters from Mercy Sparx, "live art" style, AND you'll receive a digital movie file of the whole thing being created in hi-speed time lapse. The mural ships rolled in a super-sturdy mailing tube.

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    IN STORE SIGNING: Blaylock and Merhoff will travel to your store (or appear to sign at a convention), bringing along a ton of goodies and comics in tow for you. Retailer covers cost of travel and hotel. Details may be discussed before pledging. International signings welcome.

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    YOUR OWN VARIANT COVER: A completely unique variant cover that will become an official part of the line-up of covers for issue #1. Budget includes all costs for printing an additional cover, original artwork by Matt Merhoff. Details may be discussed prior to pledging.

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