Last year, I ran a successful Kickstarter campaign to fund the publication of RED ANGEL DRAGNET #1, a 22-page action-horror comic illustrated from my script by artist Anna Wieszczyk (Lucid, Godkiller). Last year's project only funded the first chapter of the book. In the time since then, I’ve finished writing the scripts, and Anna has nearly completed the artwork. (She also illustrated the excellent Interesting Drug from Archaia, which you should all read.)
My original intention was to serialize the story in four 22-page installments, but since the entire book is nearly finished, we’ve decided to publish it all at once in a handsome collected edition. Anna’s already been paid a page rate for her work, but I’m turning to Kickstarter to cover the cost of printing The Collected RED ANGEL DRAGNET Volume 1: Lose This Skin. (This collection includes the first chapter of R.A.D., previously published in serial form.)
Okay, but what is RED ANGEL DRAGNET about?
R.A.D. (convenient acronym, isn’t it?) tells the story of Nate Reed, a Chicago bookseller who discovers that demons really do exist. Inspired by sigils and symbols found in his own rare books, Nate covers himself in protective tattoos and endeavors to eliminate the supernatural forces that haunt his city.
As Nate’s collection of tattoos has grown, so has his confidence, and he’s realized that the same tattoos that protect him from dangers without can also protect him from dangers within. Nate Reed has summoned a demon into his own body, caging it there, where he can draw on its power.
However, Nate Reed has inadvertently turned his own skin into the world’s most comprehensive magical text. RED ANGEL DRAGNET, then, is the story of one bad night, during which an unseen puppet master will attempt to destroy Nate Reed and claim that skin for himself. Thanks to his tattoos, Nate Reed has grown from terrified to confident and from confident to arrogant, and Nate’s invisible adversary will use that arrogance against him.
Before the night is over, Nate Reed will discover that there’s nothing wrong with a little bit of fear.
Sounds Pretty Great! Tell Us More!
Well, in addition to the 88-page story I've put together with Anna, there will be sixteen pages of extra story content in the collection. We'll be announcing the artists for these additional three short stories throughout the campaign.
Rewards for the campaign include physical and digital copies of The Collected RED ANGEL DRAGNET Volume 1, custom dice bags by Jibbi, opportunities to share your name with major and minor characters in the book, copies of my first Kickstarter-funded graphic novel, ORPHANS. Some of these include a signed and numbered bookplate autographed by me and my sister, the actress ADRIANNE PALICKI (Friday Night Lights, GI Joe Retaliation), who provided an introduction to the ORPHANS collection...
You've done this before?
Yep. This is not my first rodeo. I’ve been making comics for over a decade. Most notably, I wrote the Kickstarter-funded graphic novel ORPHANS, illustrated by Branko Jovanovic and orginally published independently. ORPHANS has found additional success on comiXology through their SUBMIT platform. Besides Anna and Branko, I’ve previously worked with Gabriel (Ferals) Andrade, Anthony (Displaced Persons) Peruzzo, and Wendell (BlackAcre) Cavalcanti. They've all gone on to find awesome success in the medium.
Here are some nice things people have said about me and my work.
Writer MATT MINER (Liberator, Toe Tag Riot) says, "Eric Palicki is a strong new voice in comics who deserves a huge audience. His work is sharp, smartly written, and always a ton of fun."
Writer ERICA SCHULTZ (M3, Revenge: The Secret Origin of Emily Thorne) says "Palicki brings a great sense of action to comics, and Wieszczyk translates that into beautiful motion on the page."
Writer/Artist ANTHONY PERUZZO (Displaced Persons, Nightmare World) says "Eric Palicki and Anna Wieszczyk have made a compelling crime and supernatural mystery that blends the likes of Hellblazer with CSI. If you like supernatural horror and a gritty crime drama, you'll love RED ANGEL DRAGNET."
Writer DIRK MANNING (Tales of Mr. Rhee, Write or Wrong, Nightmare World) says "There are few writers whose upcoming works I await as anxiously as those of writer Eric Palicki. Period."
Comics Vanguard called ORPHANS #1 a "confident first issue."
Mike Marlow (@MikeyGeek on Twitter), writing for The Fellowship of the Geeks, said about ORPHANS #1: “The ‘weird’ stuff doesn’t look all that weird, and that helps to take the edge off. It lets us see the good story underneath. Check this one out.”
IGN's review of ORPHANS #1 called the issue "excellently done. The writing conveyed the characters, story, and pacing very well while the plot was engaging enough to give you that 'I don’t want it to end feeling' while still leaving quite a lot of mystery for the series moving forward. A."
Geek Speak Magazine called ORPHANS #3 one of the best of the week, on release, saying that the "pacing of this issue is executed perfectly, and the dialogue is also perfect, but Orphans really shines because of the massive talent of artist [Branko] Jovanovic, who makes this grim world all too real."
ORPHANS is currently available on comiXology.
…and here is some coverage of my previous Kickstarter campaigns for R.A.D.
Finally, here's a great review of RED ANGEL DRAGNET #1, the first chapter of the collected edition.
Cool, but what does RED ANGEL DRAGNET even mean?
This is a true story: The Clash is my favorite band. Naming this book (and its component volumes, hence Lose This Skin) after one of their songs is a tip of the cap to what is probably my single greatest creative influence. Also, RED ANGEL DRAGNET sounds cool, and it gives me a chance to use that conveniently awesome acronym.
Risks and challenges
This is actually the second campaign to fund a RED ANGEL DRAGNET collection. The first campaign stalled short of its funding goal, in part due to my belief that social media and word-of-mouth alone would carry us across the finish line, and because I set the goal too high relative to the rewards I could offer. My reach too far exceeded my grasp, I guess.
This revised campaign is leaner with respect to both my goal and the rewards we offer. I hope that many of you reading this were supporters of that first campaign; I also hope that many of you are new to this project. That would mean I've found creative ways of reaching a larger audience.
What I said about risks and challenges during the original campaign still applies: When I ran the campaign for ORPHANS, I made nearly every possible mistake, but I'd like to think that I've learned my lessons. I waited until the art was complete before launching this campaign, but I've built extra time into the every step to account for possible delays and extra money into the campaign goal to account for unexpected expenses.
You can expect full transparency from me in the form of frequent updates, along with what I hope is an outstanding final product delivered on or ahead of schedule.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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