About this project
Hell invaded Earth for three days – and then it suddenly stopped. Or did it? Mr. Rhee knows there are still monsters left behind among the survivors of the “Three Days of Darkness,” and he’s willing to take extreme measures to prove the world is not as safe as it seems. Who can you trust in a post-rapture world? Only Mr. Rhee knows for sure… or does he?
“This latest volume of TALES OF MR. RHEE is a demonic conspiracy tale that raises questions of morality not easily answered by its characters or its readers. Dirk Manning writes evil with an intelligent and joyous playfulness.” – Jason Clark, An Elegant Weapon
“In TALES OF MR. RHEE Dirk Manning writes characters that make me want to read about them and know what makes them tick. This is a story that begs to be read and re-read until you find every little nugget – every little gem – in each character.”
– Todd Davidson, Basement Fodder
“TALES OF MR. RHEE Volume 3 is Dirk Manning and his team at the top of their game. Filled with character moments both brutal and hilarious, artwork both colorful and emotional, and a final issue as fun as it is jaw-dropping.”
– Corey Spanner, Comicsverse
“The post-rapture world the characters of TALES OF MR. RHEE navigate through is intriguing, yet horrific. This is a bone-gnawing, beautifully-gruesome comic series.”
– Nichi Hawkins, IndyFest Magazine
“Anyone who is able to put TALES OF MR. RHEE down without finishing it must dabble in the dark arts – because it simply can't be done via natural causes!” – Steve & Andy, The Optimism Club
TALES OF MR. RHEE: “Those Who Fight Monsters…” is a 120+ page Cthulhu-noir graphic novel collection about a cryptic magician named Mr. Rhee who, having recently been released from a unwarranted imprisonment in a mental institution by his arch nemesis, must now decide who to trust in his quest to prove society is not as safe as it seems in the New World Order. Will he be better off siding with his demonic best friend Brad Thomson who seems content to live life disguised as a human being… or his savior and lover Charity who’s uncompromising views concerning the eradication of all monsters and demons left in society, one of the most valued members of The P.R.O.M.I.S.E. Group? Or both or them? Or neither of them? This is the story explored amidst love, tragedy, horror, and (a lot of) bloodshed in this latest installment of the TALES OF MR. RHEE franchise.
After the critical success of TALES OF MR. RHEE: “Those Who Fight Monsters…” as a digital-exclusive series through Devil’s Due Entertainment, the purpose of this Kickstarter campaign is to collect this series in print for the first time in a Deluxe Hardcover Edition on the book that will be limited *exclusively* to the duration of this Kickstarter Campaign. Over the years countless horror and comic fans have come to discover and enjoy my other horror comic works including NIGHTMARE WORLD, LOVE STORIES (TO DIE FOR), and the first two volumes of TALES OF MR. RHEE, the latter of which has had two previous collections taken to print via very successful Kickstarter campaigns in which backers were rewarded not only with Kickstarter Exclusive Hardcover Editions of the books, but much more Kickstarter Exclusive bonus swag thanks to the unlocking of over half a dozen stretch goals. Our hope is to do the same again via this campaign for everyone who pledges for at least a Kickstarter Exclusive Hardcover Edition of this book. While we do not seek to ignore or usurp the direct market and comic book shops across the country with the release of this latest TALES OF MR. RHEE graphic novel through Kickstarter, we do seek to offer some exclusive TALES OF MR. RHEE merchandise – and bonus rewards – to the most enthusiastic (or curious) fans and readers of the series who, though Kickstarter, will make the printing of such a book possible.
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: “Those Who Fight Monsters…” (complete with a over a dozen pages of bonus content, making the total collection clock in at a minimum of 120 pages!), as well as other rewards (RHEE-wards?) exclusive to this campaign including a new Glow-in-the-Dark T-shirt, art commissions, a chance to help guide the prose story at the end of this collection, the opportunity to be a character in next year’s TALES OF MR. RHEE Volume 4, and – perhaps most excitingly – bags of “Dirk’s Perk” coffee and ceramic/engraved TALES OF MR. RHEE coffee mugs to drink your freshly-brewed coffee from! Please note that the hardcover edition of this book, the glow-in-the-dark T-shirt variant, the “Dirk’s Perk” coffee and the Mr. Rhee coffee mugs are all strictly *Kickstarter Exclusive* and will not be available after the Kickstarter campaign is finished! If you don’t order them now, you will not be able to order them later! (To this end, you can order additional bags of coffee or extra mugs – but only for the duration of the campaign!)
Upon reaching our Stretch Goals, we will be able to offer backers of this campaign several FREE bonus *Kickstarter Exclusive* rewards for free with every order that includes – at minimum – the Hardcover Edition of the book. Remember, though, that you only get the stretch goals if your pledge level includes the Hardcover Edition of the book! Manage your pledge accordingly if you want tons of free swag!
Finally, please note that we will also use this campaign to fund the assembly of softcover TPB collections of this book for comic shops across the country. If you like the book upon recieving it, feel free to tell your friends and local owners about it so they can get copies of the TPB edition through Devil's Due Entertainment! We are very excited to continue to explore the world of TALES OF MR. RHEE thanks to your continued support through Kickstarter and your local comic shops!
Thank you for your interest in this campaign, and, with your pledge, supporting good horror comics! None of this would be possible without you!
Risks and challenges
Any risk in this campaign is very hard to fathom, as all the art for this book has already been completed with us simply waiting to reach our goal and then send the files to the printer upon the successful completion of 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 has a file in which we will be 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. You've been very supportive of my efforts in the past, and we want you back for many more campaigns in the future -- and that only happens if you're happy with how this one goes, right? This is why I will personally be overseeing everything to make sure everything and everyone is taken care of properly. Thanks again for supporting good horror! Ia! Ia! Cthulhu fhtagn!Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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