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Five orphaned siblings join Mr. Rhee in an attempt to survive Cthulhu and the Rapture in this *KICKSTARTER EXCLUSIVE* Deluxe Hardcover.
Five orphaned siblings join Mr. Rhee in an attempt to survive Cthulhu and the Rapture in this *KICKSTARTER EXCLUSIVE* Deluxe Hardcover.
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TALES OF MR. RHEE: “Karmageddon” is a 100 page survivalist horror graphic novel about five orphaned siblings who, when faced with nowhere else to go, choose to align with a mysterious magician named Mr. Rhee as Cthulhu, hordes of demons, and the Rapture sweep across the Earth. 

"TALES OF MR. RHEE takes the demons, the twists, and fighting of Mike Mignola's HELLBOY and combines it with the inspired writing of Robert Kirkman's INVINCIBLE..."
     - Ithosapien of Nothing But Comics

“Like an extra-dark episode of LOST mashed with THE WALKING DEAD... the heart of the story is the relationship between the children and Mr. Rhee and serves as a powerful example of how the best heroes ultimately gain their strength from innocence.”
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Shawn Perry of Bleeding Cool

"Yes, the devil and Cthulu teaming up to battle angels at the end of the world is pretty much as awesome as it sounds."
     - Eric Palicki of Man Cave Daily

"...[Tales of Mr. Rhee] bleeds with passion for the genre, and there's no substitute for that. It is evident how much he [Manning] adores this black-magic drifter and the crazy world that surrounds him."
     - Lonnie Nadler of Bloody Disgusting

Who would you trust during the end of the world? Who should you trust?

These are the questions asked – and answered – in this equally emotional and horrifying story about what it takes to be – and remain – a hero during the end of the world.

 Why Kickstarter?

Having successfully published TALES OF MR. RHEE: “Karmageddon” as a four-issue mini-series through Devil’s Due Entertainment, we are now seeking to collect the series into a Deluxe Hardcover Collection that will be limited *exclusively* to this Kickstarter Campaign.

Over the years many readers (RHEE-ders?) and comic store owners alike have been very supportive of my other comic works, including three volumes of NIGHTMARE WORLD (Image Comics) and, most recently, TALES OF MR. RHEE: “Procreation (of the Wicked),” which we also launched via Kickstarter with a very successful campaign.

Given the mutual support of both fans and RHEE-tailers, I wrestled long and hard with how to find a way to do something extra special for my RHEE-ly dedicated friends, fans, and RHEE-ders – while also not ignoring the direct market (aka: comic book stores) that have also been so supportive of my work (and my comic book writing career) over the years.

This campaign is a result of those two goals.

Upon reaching our funding goal we will be able to offer fans of TALES OF MR. RHEE a *Kickstarter Exclusive* Deluxe Hardcover collection of TALES OF MR. RHEE: “Karmageddon” (complete with a dozen pages of bonus content, making the total collection clock in at massive 100 pages!), as well as other RHEE-wards exclusive to this campaign including a new Glow-in-the-Dark T-shirt, a chance to help guide the prose story at the end of this collection, the opportunity to be a character in the upcoming TALES OF MR. RHEE Volume 3, and more.

NEW PLEDGE LEVEL! NEW PLEDGE LEVEL! NEW PLEDGE LEVEL!
NEW PLEDGE LEVEL! NEW PLEDGE LEVEL! NEW PLEDGE LEVEL!

Please note, though, that the *Kickstarter Exclusive* rewards (the Deluxe Hardcover Collection and the Glow-in-the-Dark T-shirt Variant) we are offering will *NOT* be available after the campaign has finished. If you don’t order them now, you won’t be able to order them later!

Additionally, upon reaching our Stretch Goals, we will be able to offer backers of this campaign several bonus *Kickstarter Exclusive* rewards, including limited edition book plates, signed art prints, and – should we reach the magical (and spooky) $13,000 mark – a bonus TALES OF MR. RHEE: “Karmageddon Kompendium” comic that will feature even more behind-the-scenes bonus content, including a never-before-published five-page story fully illustrated by Josh Ross.

We will also use this campaign to fund the assembly of softcover TPB collections of this book for comic shops across the country to order and stock as they see fit as well, although there is also a special pledge level in which interested store owners can order a few shelf-copies of the *Kickstarter Exclusive* Deluxe Hardcover at a reduced price.

Finally, as can be seen in some of the reward levels for this campaign, myself, Devil’s Due Entertainment, and a crew of very talented artists are already dedicated to continuing on with TALES OF MR. RHEE upon the success of this campaign. As anyone who has read any of Mr. Rhee’s adventures (tragedies?) can tell you, he is a very unique character in the world of both comics and horror, and we are RHEE-ly dedicated to continuing to explore his story – and examine what it says about all of us – for as long as you all continue to support us in getting to RHEE-veal his stories.

Thank you for your consideration in this campaign, and, with your pledge, supporting good horror comics.

Your friend in comics,
Dirk Manning

Risks and challenges

Any risk in this campaign is very hard to fathom, as all the art for this book has already been printed and is simply waiting to be bound based on the amount of Deluxe Hardcover (and TPB Edition) orders we get through this campaign. That being said, “Acts of God/Cthulhu” are always possible, such as printing and manufacturing delays, products getting lost in the shipping process, or human error resulting in something not being sent.

That's why Devil's Due Entertainment (with whom I am working to both publish this book and fulfill campaign orders) has 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 records, keeping tally of what has been sent, what is still pending, and any other problems that may have transpired post-reward-sending.

Both myself and Devil's Due are in this for the long haul and we both see crowdfunding as an important component in the publishing of the future. We want you back for many more campaigns in the future, and that only happens if you're happy with how this one goes... so we're going to make sure everything and everyone is taken care of properly, ya' hear? Ia! Ia! Cthulhu fhtagn!

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    OUR UNDYING LOVE
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    SINGLE SERVINGS
    Use this pledge level to fill-in the holes in your print comic collection! For every $5 you pledge at this level you'll get your choice of a single issue of TALES OF MR. RHEE “Karmageddon” (Issue #1, 2, 3, or 4) or MERCY SPARX #6 or 7 (the TALES OF MR. RHEE crossover issues!) signed by Dirk Manning! Sweet! (Please note which specific issue(s) you want as your reward after you pledge... and see the "You've Got Issues..." pledge level below for a bundled price if you want all six issues!)

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    DIGITAL RHEE
    Receive a DRM-Free PDF copy of TALES OF MR. RHEE: “Karmageddon” that you may enjoy on your favorite e-RHEEding device! (Add another $5 at check-out and we'll complete your digital collection with a digital copy of TALES OF MR. RHEE: "Procreation of the Wicked" Vol. 1 as well! You're welcome!)

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    SOFT-SERVE
    Maybe, for some reason, you only want the softcover TPB edition of TALES OF MR. RHEE: “Karmageddon” for yourself or a friend. That's cool! Pledging here will get you the mass-market TPB edition of the book, complete with extra content not seen in the individual issues, including a new prose story, and more!

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    “HEY… NICE SHIRT.”
    *KICKSTARTER EXCLUSIVE* Impress your friends (and make them jealous) with this Glow-in-the-Dark (or would that be “Glow in the DIRK?”) TALES OF MR. RHEE: “Karmageddon” T-shirt. This extra-awesome variant edition of this shirt will never be available anywhere else ever again once this campaign ends! Ever! (And yes, it's also available as an "Add-On," too...)

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    THE DOUBLE DEUCE (Vol 1 & 2 TPB combo!)
    New to TALES OF MR. RHEE? Pledging at this level will get you softcover TPB copies of TALES OF MR. RHEE Volume 1: “Procreation (of the Wicked)” and TALES OF MR. RHEE Volume 2: “Karmageddon” for one bundled price!

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    "YOU’VE GOT ISSUES..."
    Pledge here for a complete set of ALL the single issues of TALES OF MR. RHEE: “Karmageddon” (#1-4) as well as a set of MERCY SPARX #6-7 (the TALES OF MR. RHEE crossover Issues) – all first print editions and all signed by Dirk Manning! Six signed comics for only $25? Isn't it great to have issues?

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    TALES OF MR. RHEE: “Karmageddon” DELUXE HARDCOVER
    *KICKSTARTER EXCLUSIVE* This is it! The TALES OF MR. RHEE: “Karmageddon” Kickstarter Exclusive Hardcover Collection! This book contains a dozen of pages of extra content, including a new prose story, bonus material, and more -- bringing the total to a horrifying 100 pages! Your friends will be uber-jealous that you have this limited-edition copy of the book because, once this campaign ends, they won’t be able to get a copy anywhere else ever again! You’ll have one, though… because you’re awesome!

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    HALF AND HALF (Volume 1 TPB & Volume 2 Deluxe HC!)
    Pledging here will get you the TALES OF MR. RHEE Volume 1 softcover TPB collection as well as the TALES OF MR. RHEE: “Karmageddon” Kickstarter Exclusive Hardcover Collection! At this level you’re also included for all the stretch goals, too!

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    THE T-SHIRT/HARDCOVER COLLECTION COMBO
    You want both *Kickstarter Exclusive* items at a discounted price? We've got you covered! With this pledge you can get the TALES OF MR. RHEE: “Karmageddon” Kickstarter Exclusive Hardcover Collection *and* the *KICKSTARTER EXCLUSIVE* Glow-in-the-Dark TALES OF MR. RHEE: “Karmageddon” T-shirt at a discounted price! Sweet!

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    THE LENDER’S LIBRARY COLLECTION (3 different books!)
    You want your RHEE-ly nice TALES OF MR. RHEE: “Karmageddon” Kickstarter Exclusive Hardcover Collection to keep for yourself, but you also want a copy of the TALES OF MR. RHEE: “Karmageddon” softcover TPB collection to lend to your friends, right? Pledge at this level and you’ll get both *AND* a copy of the softcover TPB edition of TALES OF MR. RHEE Volume 1 to make your lending (and personal) library collection complete!

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    "YOU COMPLETE ME!"
    Several of you have inquired about getting a complete set of all the Mr. Rhee appearances from Devil's Due to date... so that's what we've got here for you! With this pledge you'll get the TALES OF MR. RHEE Volume 1 tpb, the TALES OF MR. RHEE: "Karmageddon" *Kickstarter Exclusive* Hardcover, and copies of MERCY SPARX #6 and #7, the two-part story that features Mr. Rhee and Charity of The P.R.O.M.I.S.E. Group. Because this is a goal intended for completests, we're including *BOTH* covers for the two MERCY SPARX issues -- all at a discounted "bundled" price. Congratulations! (This pledge level automatically includes all of the Stretch Goal items, too! w00t!)

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    "GIMME EVERTHING!"
    OK, OK... while this level doesn't quite offer EVERYTHING, pledging here WILL get you the TALES OF MR. RHEE: “Karmageddon” Kickstarter Exclusive Hardcover Collection, *AND* the *KICKSTARTER EXCLUSIVE* Glow-in-the-Dark TALES OF MR. RHEE: “Karmageddon” T-shirt *AND* 1st Print editions of all six comics at the "You've Got Issues" pledge level signed by Dirk Manning (TALES OF MR. RHEE: "Karmageddon" #1-4 *and* MERCY SPARX #6-7). So, you'll get both *Kickstarter Exclusive* items and all six comics signed by the author -- plus all the Stretch Goal items we achieve all in one pledge! You asked for it, and we listened! Enjoy!

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    THE COMMISSION & HARDCOVER COMBO
    Series artist Seth Damoose will illustrate a commission of you and Mr. Rhee together! Want be friends? Foes? It’s up to you! You name it and he’ll draw an original commission of you and Mr. Rhee that will be sent to you along with the TALES OF MR. RHEE: “Karmageddon” *Kickstarter Exclusive* Deluxe Hardcover Collection. The Hardcover book *AND* an original commission by the guy who drew the whole series? Treat yourself! You deserve it!

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    THE COMMISSION & HARDCOVER COMBO: ROUND TWO!
    Series artist Seth Damoose will illustrate a commission of you and Mr. Rhee together! Want be friends? Foes? It’s up to you! You name it and he’ll draw an original commission of you and Mr. Rhee that will be sent to you along with the TALES OF MR. RHEE: “Karmageddon” *Kickstarter Exclusive* Deluxe Hardcover Collection. The Hardcover book *AND* an original commission by the guy who drew the whole series? Treat yourself! You deserve it... but do so quickly, as the first round of commissions sold-out in one week!

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    THE SIX PACK (Three HCs, Three TPBs!)
    Dirk Manning doesn’t drink, but he’ll still hook you up with a six-pack… of books! Pledge here for 3 copies of the TALES OF MR. RHEE: “Karmageddon” Kickstarter Exclusive Hardcover Collection *AND* 3 copies of the TALES OF MR. RHEE: “Karmageddon” softcover TPB. Whether you’re a store owner who wants a few copies of both versions of this book for your shelves, a reader who wants to snag some great gifts for friends, or a collector who wants to horde some extra books now for Ebay later (no judgment here!), this is the pledge level for you if you want a two stacks of books at a RHEE-ly discounted price!

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    "ARE YOU A WRITER? LET ME HELP YOU…"
    Pledge here for a one-hour consultation with Dirk Manning in which he can either help you flesh out that story you’ve always wanted to write, or review/edit/improve a script you’ve already written -- all via phone or Skype. He’ll even send you a signed/personalized copy of WRITE OR WRONG: A WRITER’S GUIDE TO CREATING COMICS *and* a copy of the TALES OF MR. RHEE: “Karmageddon” Kickstarter Exclusive Hardcover Collection for continued inspiration long after this special mentoring session ends...

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    "ARE YOU A WRITER? LET ME HELP YOU…" (Round 2)
    Pledge here for a one-hour consultation with Dirk Manning in which he can either help you flesh out that story you’ve always wanted to write, or review/edit/improve a script you’ve already written -- all via phone or Skype. He’ll even send you a signed/personalized copy of WRITE OR WRONG: A WRITER’S GUIDE TO CREATING COMICS *and* a copy of the TALES OF MR. RHEE: “Karmageddon” Kickstarter Exclusive Hardcover Collection for continued inspiration long after this special mentoring session ends...

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    KING/QUEEN OF THE CON
    Meet with Dirk Manning at one of the twenty (so far) conventions or signings he’s attending in 2015 and you two can grab dinner (and perhaps even ice cream?) after the show! Talk comics, the writing process, professional wrestling, horror movies, heavy metal… you name it! (Travel arrangements and admission price to the convention/signing of your choice are not included, of course, but once you get there dinner and/or ice cream are on Dirk!)

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    “YOU LOOK… FAMILIAR.”
    This is where things get serious! At this level YOU will be drawn into a scene from TALES OF MR. RHEE Volume 3 (coming late 2015/early 2016) in a cameo role. Your likeness will be immortalized forever in the TALES OF MR. RHEE universe! You'll also get a HI-RES PDF of your appearance that you can print, frame, and/or share with your friends to prove how famous you now are! Of course, we’ll also send you a TALES OF MR. RHEE: “Karmageddon” Kickstarter Exclusive Deluxe Hardcover Collection to hold you over until your big debut. (NOTE: You won’t get killed, though. That’s at the next tier…)

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    "THERE WILL BE BLOOD..."
    For some of you, being drawn into TALES OF MR. RHEE isn’t enough for you – you want to be killed, too! We can do that! Pledge at this level and you will die a (most likely horrible and gory) death in an issue of TALES OF MR. RHEE Volume 3 (coming late 2015/early 2016) *AND* a RHEE-ly nice print of the panel/page in which you meet your doom. We’ll ship you a TALES OF MR. RHEE: “Karmageddon” Kickstarter Exclusive Deluxe Hardcover Collection to hold you over while you wait for your impending death, of course.

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    "WHAT'S YOUR STORY, ANYWAY?"
    (Pick the Story Title, Become a Character, & get Original Art!)
    With this ONE-OF-A-KIND PLEDGE you get to solidify your place in the TALES OF MR. RHEE Universe forever by picking a song title which Dirk Manning will use as the basis the prose story he will write, based on your selection, for the TALES OF MR. RHEE: “Karmageddon” Kickstarter Exclusive Hardcover Collection… *AND* you will be even get to be a character in the story with your likeness immortalized in at least one of the story’s accompanying spot illustrations, sealing your role in the TALES OF MR. RHEE Universe forever... *AND* you’ll get an original commission of you, as you’ll appear in the story’s illustration by the artist. Along with all of this you’ll also get a copy of the TALES OF MR. RHEE: “Karmageddon” Kickstarter Exclusive Hardcover Collection, too, *AND* the *KICKSTARTER EXCLUSIVE* Glow-in-the-Dark TALES OF MR. RHEE: “Karmageddon” T-shirt. How could you not get all that cool stuff after you picked the name of a story you’ll also be appearing in, right?

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    "YOU ARE THE MAIN CHARACTER!"
    If you pledge at this level you will be rewarded the Grand Poobah of all prizes, my friends, as you will be one of the TWO MAIN CHARACTERS FOR A FULL ISSUE of TALES OF MR. RHEE: Volume 3 (coming late 2015/early 2016). The rough draft of this script has already been written (pending your inclusion), and I can tell you right now that the two people dedicated enough to snag this prize will be in the issue even more than Mr. Rhee himself! You’ll fight monsters, interact with Mr. Rhee, and… well… anything else would be telling! Your character will look like you, be named after you, and you’ll be on almost every page of the 22-page issue! You’ll also get a PAGE OF ORIGINAL ART from the comic itself, signed by the artist, suitable for framing! To hold you over while the issue is created you you’ll also get your very own copy of the TALES OF MR. RHEE: “Karmageddon” Kickstarter Exclusive Deluxe Hardcover Collection *AND* the *KICKSTARTER EXCLUSIVE* Glow-in-the-Dark TALES OF MR. RHEE: “Karmageddon” T-shirt as you await your MASSIVE comic book debut!

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