About this project
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.”
- 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.
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.
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,
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!Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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