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Black Lantern - Book One

Black Lantern is a Halloween themed adventure/comedy graphic novel by Chris Bodily of Hatrobot

Black Lantern - Book One

Black Lantern is a Halloween themed adventure/comedy graphic novel by Chris Bodily of Hatrobot

$15,420
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All or nothing. This project will only be funded if it reaches its goal by Fri, November 1 2019 5:59 AM UTC +00:00.

About



**We did it! Black Lantern is fully funded! I can't tell you enough how grateful I am for your help in making this book a reality. I hope you love reading it as much as I loved making it. Since we still have 26 days left to go in the campaign, I want to offer a couple flex goals. If we can make it to $20,000, every backer will recieve a digital copy of all the bonus content and promos that didn't make it into the book, plus the first 25 pages of Book Two. Additionally, every backer would get a rough drawing or panel from the comic. Obviously these aren't the elaborate ink drawings I'm offering to the top tier backers, but it would be a small token of my gratitude for your investment in this campaign. If we can make it to $26,000 I'll also offer an optional upgrade to a hardcover deluxe edition. I personally prefer reading paperbacks, but if we doubled the campaign, I could afford to do a run of both for collectors that wanted something fancy. Thank you for going on this ride. I hope you know what it means to me. Happy haunting. -Chris**


My name is Chris Bodily (aka Hatrobot.) I'm extremely excited to share with you Book One of my first full-length graphic narrative, Black Lantern. I've dreamt of making comics since I was a kid. As someone raised on Scooby Doo and candy corn, this is my homage to all the ghost stories, monster movies, and zombie films I've digested over the years. What started seven years ago as a drawing challenge called 31 Days of Halloween, has since evolved into a unique comic saga of magic and mystery. 

As freelance paranormal investigators, the Burnwood and Blackwell Agency are no strangers to the supernatural. Edgar is a tattooed jack o’ lantern with a haunted past, Fiona is a rockabilly witch learning to master her abilities, and Julius is a talking black cat with a thing for ghosts. But when a clandestine priory comes after Edgar for a dark ritual, the three will have to embark on an arcane adventure into the occult in order to solve the mystery. With Halloween fast approaching, will any of them make it out alive?

Black Lantern is a project three years in the making. The purpose of this Kickstarter is to release the first 250 pages of this story as a full-color graphic novel. By supporting this project, you’re not just preordering Book One, but ensuring that Book Two can be completed. Countless hours have been poured into crafting this idea, but only with your support can it become a reality. If you're the type of person that starts thinking about Halloween costumes in July, Black Lantern is the book for you. Help me clamp on the electrodes and bring this monstrosity to life.

In addition to a copy of the graphic novel, backers can receive exclusive rewards for their support of this project including stickers, prints, and original ink drawings. Early backers who preorder within the first 24 hours can receive additional perks, including an exclusive print and a limited edition enamel pin. If you are outside the US, UK, Mexico, or Canada, to avoid shipping problems, digital wallpapers and ebook incentives will be available for download as well. Highest tier supporters can even become characters themselves in Book Two of the narrative. No matter what your ability to contribute, whether it be sharing the Kickstarter link on your Instagram or making a personal blood pact with Uzaroth the Destroyer, everyone's support is greatly appreciated.

Thank you for supporting this project and spreading the word amongst your friends. To see more of my work, you can find me on Instagram, Facebook, Society 6, or Hatrobot.com

A special thanks to Chelsea Maki, Kelsy Thompson, Antonio Lexerot, Zane Barrow, Matthew Tse, Jordan Todd Brown, Casey Petersen, Eric Holmes, Carter Reid, Mel Werschky, Klaudia Penkwit, and Joe Degennaro for all your help bringing this project together. I couldn't have done this without you. 

Risks and challenges

Since all the pages for the book were completed before the Kickstarter launched, barring anything catastrophic, there’s no reason things shouldn’t be fulfilled in a professional manner. In the event of any unforeseen problems however, backers will be notified immediately. Altogether, printing and shipping should take about 8-10 weeks from the end of the campaign.

The campaign now has an international shipping option.

This comic does contain some adult themes, language, and violence and may not be suited for young children.

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