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A crime noir graphic novel for fans of Frank Miller, Darwyn Cooke, Ed Brubaker, Greg Rucka, John Romita Jr, John Wick and The Punisher.
A crime noir graphic novel for fans of Frank Miller, Darwyn Cooke, Ed Brubaker, Greg Rucka, John Romita Jr, John Wick and The Punisher.
135 backers pledged £2,839 to help bring this project to life.

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Fully-funded in less than 24 hours and all sorts of extras unlocked, including an extra comic for all print backers! 

We've also knocked through a few stretch goals, with prints, a variant cover and the print edition of HER! 

And I'm throwing in a lovely bookmark featuring the main character.

Here's what it's about:

 A ‘56 Buick Coupe, a case full of cash, a custom Colt 1911 and a dead body. 

That’s what he found at a lonely desert motel and he nearly got killed for it. Now he wants revenge. But with every wound he inflicts, painful truths bleed through for everyone in his path.

From the murderous cops he’s hunting to the people who care for him most, they’ll have to decide if they’re victims, survivors or something worse. 

After all, what’s one more body in the grave he’s digging? 

The Grave is an action thriller with a whole load of noir attitude, with art, story and lettering by David Taylor.

Here are the rewards you can get your hands/devices on:

The Grave | a 132-page digest size graphic novel (print or digital) in gritty black and white. Also available with a Kickstarter-exclusive Alex Ogle (Marvel) cover

Complete collection bundle | including Decades (152 pages), HER! (16 pages) and either cover edition of The Grave in either digital of print formats.  And my Digging The Grave sketchbook (16 pages) in digital format only.

Movie mini-prints | four exclusive prints based on movies that inspired The Grave

Indie All-Stars prints | four exclusive prints by some of my favourite indie creators. First two revealed (by Pete Woods and James Corcoran), more to come! Details at the bottom of the page.

A6 mini-sketches | David will sketch the main character from The Grave in pen, ink and copic markers (limited edition)

Exclusive digital commission | whatever you want (but be tasteful) drawn in digital ink and tones, shared as an A4 PDF and high quality print (limited edition)

A very exclusive pencil, ink, Copic commission | I'll pick a scene or characters from The Grave and put it down on A4 Bristol paper (190GSM) (limited edition)

And every print backer will now get a little bookmark. To go in your beautiful new book. Or other books. That’s how that works. 

The art, lettering and design are complete. I'm ready to go to print as soon as the campaign finishes. 

Get an exclusive preview of the first 32 pages now.

David Taylor is a Scottish-born artist, writer and all-round creative type. He’s created three projects so far: his debut graphic novel Decades, a serial killer thriller; the webcomic HER! a homage to the great pulp crime comics of the 50s; and his most recent graphic novel, The Grave. 

He’s also an award-winning content creator for several big businesses. When he isn’t working or making comics, he’s reading them, obsessing about movies, spending time with his misbehaving nieces, and making noise. 

 "What’s most striking about The Grave is how unexpectedly sensitive it is... Half-caught in a sort of stunned, permanent sense of midnight, it’s a comic that looks the part in every way." | Fred McNamara, A Place To Hang Your Cape

"Absolutely loved issue one of Grave. The characters and dialogue hooked me straight off the bat and the art was a perfect fit to the moody hard-boiled story." | Christian Carnouche, writer of The Resurrected 

"Terrific - great first issue, tense, suspenseful with a real pulpy James M. Cain feel to it." | Fraser Campbell, writer of Alex Automatic and The Edge Off

"If you love Brubaker crime noir books, you’re going love this one!!" | Indie Alley

"Fans of Richard Stark’s Parker series of novels, or Paybackif you’re more of a movie-goer, are going to want to give The Grave a look. Much like the drugs surely being peddled in Denton City, the first taste is free. After that, you’ve gotta pay for your fix…" | Paul @ thepullbox.com

Let’s dig the grave together

I’m super proud of this book and I hope you’ll enjoy it too. Every pledge counts, so if we hammer through the target, I’ve got a couple of cool ideas for stretch goals to show my appreciation. Thank you for reading and thanks for your support, however you choose to get involved. I can’t wait to share my story with you.

If you’ve made it this far, you’ll be eager to see some more of the story. Knock yourself out on this short sample. By the way, there's a bit (lot) of violence.  

 Why Kickstarter? 

Kickstarter creates a little community around the things we love and I’d love to have a little community around my comics. I’ve discovered some great books that were launched here, usually because of their fans shouting about it. I've shouted about a few too - and now that includes my own. 

Why I'm crowdfunding

The funds I’m raising are for the print costs of the book and mini-prints, and postage and packaging. I’ve got a very cool stretch goal in mind and budgeted, but I’ll deal with that if we get there. I’ll use any extra funds to cover my marketing costs, print more copies and create my next book. 

Some extra info...

Who‘s creating the indie all stars prints?  

  •  1 | Pete Woods: Mixing the clean, down to earth vibe of the best of Vertigo with a modern touch, Pete's going to bring some gritty realism to my characters.
  •  2 | Walt Maxine: Walt's sketchbooks are more powerful than many creators' finished pieces, and she brings together a vivid pop art sensibility with striking graphic design.
  •  3 | James Notarianni: an innovative and exciting artist, adding a new spin to the weird, emotive collages of David Mack and Dave McKean - and now the world of The Grave.
  •  4 | James Corcoran: the incredible artist on Alex Automatic, who mixes the classic storytelling of 60s British comics with the nightmarish delights of EC-era Steve Ditko.

What happens once it's funded?

  • As soon as Kickstarter gets the funds to me, I'll send out the digital bundle, I'll give the printer the go-ahead for all the print materials and I'll update backers on the delivery timeline for these. 
  • If you backed the top tiers, I'll be in touch to discuss your commission and the timeline for that. Once everything's complete, I'll share the PDF and arrange the print for you. For the ink/copic commissions, I'll send you a hi-res photo (or a scan if I can get it working) and arrange delivery. 
  • Where possible, I'll send all rewards in a single delivery.

David

Risks and challenges

I've self-published before and know the best way to get things done, from print to packaging.

Since I've already finished The Grave and it’s ready to go to print, the risks are minimal and all things I can't directly control. In any case, I'll keep backers updated if something goes sideways.

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    A lump of dirt

    Can’t dig a grave without pulling some soil up.

    You miss out on the book, but you get the digital sketchbook and a big thank you. Your pledge counts.

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    A hole in the ground

    Well, you’ve got it coming.

    A digital copy of The Grave, plus my digital bundle (Decades, Her and The Grave Sketchbook).

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    A good baseball bat

    The tool of choice for laying down a beating.

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    A good baseball bat (Alex Ogle variant)

    The tool of choice for laying down a beating.

    All the previous rewards and a print copy of The Grave with Alex Ogle's cover.

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    A Colt 1911

    When only chrome and lead will do.

    All the previous rewards and an exclusive set of mini-prints, based on films that inspired The Grave.

    I'll sign the book too.

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    A Colt 1911 (Alex Ogle variant)

    When only chrome and lead will do.

    All the previous rewards (with the Alex Ogle cover) and an exclusive set of mini-prints, based on films that inspired The Grave.

    I'll sign the book too.

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    A bloody bundle

    The evidence of the crime, wrapped up tight

    Print copies of all my books, plus the digital bundle. For people who just want the stories.

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    A bloody bundle (Alex Ogle variant)

    The evidence of the crime, wrapped up tight

    Print copies of all my books, with the Alex Ogle cover for The Grave, plus the digital bundle. For people who just want the stories.

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    A real nice bike (Alex Ogle variant)

    Chrome, gas and thunder.

    All the previous rewards, a signed copy of the book (with Alex Ogle cover), plus a hand drawn A6 mini sketch of the main character from The Grave.

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    A ‘56 Buick Coupe

    A real smooth ride out of town.

    The complete collection - all the previous digital rewards, a signed copy of the book, the mini-prints, the sketch, and an exclusive digital commission by me, David Taylor.

    I'll draw anything you want in digital ink/tones (within the bounds of good taste) and share the result with you in PDF format and as a high quality print.

    And you also get a print copy of my first graphic novel, Decades.

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    Chrome, gas and thunder.

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    The Grave

    The final check out.

    The complete collection - everything else, but instead of a digital commission you get a one off pencil, ink and Copic piece on A4 Bristol paper (190GSM) of characters or a scene from the The Grave. I rarely do these cause they take me ages, but I'd love to create one for you.

    And you also get a print copy of my first graphic novel, Decades.

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