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Follow a devious career criminal as he begins his bloody rise to power through the ranks of a dark syndicate.
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$6,500 - Butcher #1 color edition - digital copy (PDF).  

After smashing through the 5K mark, we decided to offer a really cool stretch goal that will reward you all for believing in this project.  

If we raise $6,500, backers of the $3 and up reward tiers will receive a digital copy of Butcher: A Lesson In Criminality #1 - Retail Color Edition. This edition is colored by the talented K. Michael Russell.

We thank you for your continued belief in this project!

Page 20 from Butcher #1 Color Edition (stretch goal, digital PDF).
Page 20 from Butcher #1 Color Edition (stretch goal, digital PDF).

A gritty pulp noir, bathed in a bleakness similar to Sin City, and complemented by a dark humor reminiscent of Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels.

Set against the backdrop of a dilapidated New York City, a criminal organization called the Syndicate has a strangle hold over Manhattan. To maintain their influence they offer riches to a motley crew of elite criminals, in exchange for dedicated service to the group. Most criminals are happy for a seat at the king's table, however one man wants more. He wants to rule.

Our protagonist, nicknamed Butcher, wants to rip the crown from the king's head. In an act so violent, it'll install him as the new leader of the faction.

To do this, he'll slowly build his own influence within the organization, carefully climbing the ladder, amassing allies along the way, and trying not to alert the boss to his intentions.

Butcher: A Lesson In Criminality #1 is a twenty-one page comic book. This Kickstarter will help fund issue one of the six issue mini-series. Backers who pledge to receive a physical copy of the book ($25 and above), will get the Black & White Special Kickstarter Edition. This is a LOW PRINT RUN, and is ONLY available for this campaign.

Amit Chauhan | Writer:  After refining his skills on self publishing circuit, Butcher marks Amit Chauhan's first foray into the professional comic ranks. Twitter: @Im_Amit_Chauhan

Eli Powell | Artist: An up-and-comer, eager to make a name for himself in the comic industry. Previously working on Watson & Holmes (New Paradigm Studios) while attending the School of Visual Arts. Twitter: @EliPowellComics

Mat Lopes | Cover Colorist:  Mat's past color work includes titles like Last of the Greats (Image), Vampirella (Dynamite) & X-Files (IDW). Mat provides the wonderful cover colors for the Butcher limited Kickstarter edition. Twitter: @_matlopes_

Marshall Dillon | Letterer:  A respected veteran of the comics industry, lettering such titles as Skullkickers (Image) and Vampirella (Dynamite). Twitter: @MarshallDillon

***UPDATE***

For the published version of Butcher, we're pleased to announce the following (fantastic) addition to our team:

K. Michael Russell | Colorist: K. Michael's past color work includes titles such as Hack/Slash (Image) & Judge Dredd (IDW). Twitter: @kmichaelrussell

We're currently seeking a publisher for the color version of Butcher #1. This Kickstarter enables us to create some buzz for the book, and begin to build a readership base.

It'll also raise funds that'll go towards production costs, and the awesome rewards we'll be offering for pledging to this campaign.

Remember, you'll only be charged if we make our funding goal. So please, we ask you to support a creator-owned comic. All your kind contributions will help make Butcher a reality.

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Risks and challenges

The black & white edition of Butcher #1, that we're offering for this Kickstarter, is already completed. For reward fulfillment, it'll be printed at the conclusion of a successful campaign.

We'll do our best to keep you up-to-date if there are any delays. However we've already built in enough time to produce, and send the rewards out to our backers.

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    ***LIMITED EDITION PRINT***

    One LIMITED EDITION 11x17 black & white cover print. Each one is numbered, and signed, by Amit Chauhan & Eli Powell (Only 30 available).

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    One PUNK SKULL T-Shirt (Limited to ten for this campaign). Sizes available S,M,L,XL.

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    One GREY/UNDEAD T-Shirt (Limited to ten for this campaign). Sizes available S,M,L,XL.

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    BUTCHER YOURSELF!

    Receive a headshot avatar of yourself, drawn by the artist, Eli Powell, in the gritty style of Butcher.

    Your custom avatar will be based on the photo of your choosing, and the final image will be emailed to you as a 400px by 400px JPEG (optimal for use on social media).

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    One signed 11x17 Butcher regular cover print.

    Plus - One copy of Butcher: A Lesson in Criminality #1. Black & White Edition. Signed by Amit Chauhan & Eli Powell.

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    ***MEGA PACK!***

    One signed 11x17 "Turkey Bashing Head" Limited Edition print (only 100 printed).

    One Butcher Limited Edition T-Shirt. Sizes available S,M,L,XL.

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    Two copies of Butcher: A Lesson in Criminality #1. Black & White Edition. Signed by Amit Chauhan & Eli Powell.

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    ***MEGA PACK EARLY BIRD SPECIAL!***

    ORIGINAL ARTWORK: FULL BODY INKED FIGURE OF THE BUTCHER CHARACTER BY ELI POWELL ON 8.5x11 WHITE CARD PAPER.

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    One signed 11x17 "Turkey Bashing Head" Limited Edition print (only 100 printed).

    One signed 11x17 Butcher regular cover print.

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    ***ORIGINAL ART. ONLY ONE AVAILABLE!***

    BUTCHER INKED HEAD SKETCH CREATED IN KICKSTARTER VIDEO.

    Backer will also receive the time lapse video of Eli inking the piece (MP4 format via Dropbox).

    Plus - One copy of Butcher: A Lesson in Criminality #1. Black & White Edition. Signed by Amit Chauhan & Eli Powell.

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    ***ORIGINAL ART. ONLY FIVE AVAILABLE!***

    Mini Splash page (9x12) penciled and inked by Eli Powell.

    Your splash page will depict an action scene using characters from one of the following (you get to pick!):

    Butcher Universe
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    WANT TO BE IN BUTCHER?

    Appear in Butcher! This reward makes you a part of the story. Your likeness will appear as a one-time supporting character in the story, you'll also get a line of dialogue!

    The appearance will be in Butcher Issue #2.

    Plus - One copy of Butcher: A Lesson in Criminality #1. Black & White Edition. Signed by Amit Chauhan & Eli Powell.

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    ***ORIGINAL ART. ONLY TWO AVAILABLE!***

    Regular Splash page (11x17) penciled and inked by Eli Powell.

    Your splash page will depict an action scene using characters from one of the following (you get to pick!):

    Butcher Universe
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    Walking Dead Universe

    Plus - One copy of Butcher: A Lesson in Criminality #1. Black & White Edition. Signed by Amit Chauhan & Eli Powell.

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