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A new graphic novel adaptation of the popular daily comic strip, Evil Inc.
A new graphic novel adaptation of the popular daily comic strip, Evil Inc.
223 backers pledged $15,150 to help bring this project to life.

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WE'RE FUNDED! THANK YOU!

I'm adding a new Stretch Goal beyond the $11K mark announced last week. If we reach $15K, I want to thank all of my supporters in a Big Way, and I think I have a doozy.

It's the entire four-and-a-half-year run of my first webcomic, Greystone Inn. This 416-page behemoth has never been offered before in digital format, and if we reach $15K, all of my backers above the $10 level will get the whole thing in a tablet-friendly PDF file (DRM-free, of course).

And there's more...

At the $15K mark, all of my backers who are eligible to receive a physical reward will get something extra in their shipment — a signed copy of Tales from the Con #1. This is a collection of comic-convention-related comics that I wrote and Chris Giarrusso illustrated for the Emerald City Comicon Web site. Here are some samples from that comic book.

I'm really excited about offering The Complete Greystone Inn PDF as a reward for my backers. It has a ton of extras — like some of my cartoons from when I was in high school and college. It has some of my early editorial cartooning. And it has three complete syndicate submission packages that I attempted before turning full-time to webcomics.

Here's a little sample of what you can expect from The Complete Greystone Inn.

To be completely honest — I think the stuff holds up remarkably well. I'm far enough removed from it that I can read it without remembering the punchlines, and some of that stuff had me laughing out loud.

(Now, of course, I'm an easy laugh, but still...)

So that's my goal. If you haven't decided to make a pledge, maybe this will entice you. If you've pledged already, maybe this encourages you to increase your amount. And it's definitely something that I'm hoping you'll share on your various social-media outlets!

Of course, if we surpass $11K, both of the original Stretch Goal rewards are still in play...

Evil Inc is a daily comic strip about a supervillain corporation that I started in 2005. You can read it on the Web and in the Philadelphia Daily News. It follows the daily lives of supervillains — and one superhero who happens to be married to one. The purpose of this Kickstarter campaign is to raise the funds to print the 8th graphic-novel adaptation of the strip in book form.

If you love comics — or even if you haven't read 'em since you were a kid — you're going to love seeing that world through the distorted lens of Evil Inc.

WAIT -- WHAT'S A "GRAPHIC-NOVELIZATION" OF A COMIC STRIP?!

I'm so glad you asked! It's something that I think makes the Evil Inc books really special. Instead of the usual printed collection of comic strips, I take the individual panels of the strips and design comic-book-style pages. I add content and panels that haven't been seen before to smooth out the narrative and make it a cohesive story. Here... take a look...

The result is a fantastic, continuous reading experience with a rapid-fire sense of humor.

SO, TELL ME ABOUT THIS VOLUME

I'm super proud of the work that's going into this book. For starters, I've allowed my art to evolve a lot over the years since this comic started, and the art in this book represents a real turning point for me as an artist.

And the stories? The book is peppered with short standalone story arcs — like the meeting of the Vampire League for Anti-Defamation...

And there's a touch of my dumb sense of humor...

OK... lots of my dumb sense of humor...

But there are two king-sized adventures anchoring this volume. In one, a supervillain team-up gathers Miss Match, Lightning Lady and Desdemona for their first caper as a group.

It ends badly. Really badly for Miss Match's husband, Captain Heroic. 

And in the other, every major super-powered character in the Evil Inc universe winds up in a citywide brawl when archfiend Oculore strikes.

GET TO THE REWARDS!

I've got some tremendous ways to reward your generous support of this project! Beyond the book itself, there's previous volumes, tons of original art, special Artist Edition books (in which I do a special drawing in your book just for you), and more!

Risks and challenges

I've learned a lot from my previous Kickstarter campaign. So I'm going to give myself more time on the fulfillment deadline and set a little more reasonable goals for myself.

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FAQ

  • In an Artist Edition book, I draw an illustration inside of the book for you. Each Artist Edition book is part of a numbered series limited to 250, and signed by me. If you'd like to see some samples, sometimes I post them on my site. Here's a list of blog posts that feature Artist Edition illustrations: http://evil-inc.com/…

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  • Each book is 8.5 x 11 inches.

    Page counts:

    Vol. 1: 64 (B&W)
    Vol. 2: 84 (B&W)
    Vol. 3: 80 (B&W)
    Vol. 4: 96 (Color)
    Vol. 5: 96 (Color)
    Vol. 6: 104 (Color)
    Vol. 7: 128 (Color)

    Vol. 8: 132 (Color)

    For more information on each book (storylines, features, retail prices, etc.) please check out my storefront: http://evil-inc.com/store/products/category/graphic-novel-print/

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    The famous firm handshake — the kind where I pat your shoulder and everything.

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    DRM-free digital download of Evil Inc Annual Report Vol. 8. Available as a PDF.

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    DRM-free digital download of Evil Inc Annual Report volumes 6, 7 and 8. Available as a PDF.

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    A physical copy of Evil Inc Annual Report Vol. 8, plus the PDF.

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    A physical copy of Evil Inc Annual Report Vol. 8 —signed by me — plus the PDF.

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    DRM-free digital downloads of EVERY Evil Inc graphic novel — including Vol. 8 — 

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    Evil Inc Annual Report Vol. 8 — ARTIST EDITION. I'll draw a special illustration inside the book just for you! Plus, you get the PDF. This is part of a numbered, limited run.

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    Signed copies of Evil Inc Annual Report volumes 6, 7 and 8 — PLUS your name in the Supporters List and the PDF of Vol. 8.

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    All 8 Evil Inc graphic novels — signed by me — your name in the Supporters List and the PDF of Vol. 8.

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    The original art from an Evil Inc strip.* A physical copy of Evil Inc Annual Report Vol. 8 —signed by me — plus the PDF.

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    All 8 Evil Inc graphic novels — signed by me — AND all 8 DRM-free digital downloads (PDFs), PLUS your name in the Supporters List of Vol. 8.

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    All 8 Evil Inc graphic novels as ARTIST EDITIONS* — PLUS the original art from an Evil Inc strip. AND your name in the Supporters List and the PDF of Volume 8.

    * I'll draw a special illustration inside each book just for you! This is part of a numbered, limited run for each series.

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    The original art from the cover of Evil Inc Annual Report Vol. 8! Drawn on sturdy bristol board using archival ink with the blue pencil sketches underneath, this is beautiful frameable art! PLUS you get ARTIST EDITION copies of all of the books in the series, 1-8 — AND your name in the Supporters List and the PDF for Vol. 8.

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    I'll draw you as a supervillain to be included in the book. You get to keep the original art! PLUS you'll get ARTIST EDITION copies of all of the books, your name in the Supporters List and a PDF of Vol. 8.

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