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A graphic novel about a female paranormal investigator with supernatural powers fighting for her late mother's soul.

Tara Normal can talk to ghosts and she can also punch them. Every day is Halloween in Tara's world.

My name's Howie Noel and I'm an illustrator and comic book writer and artist. Since 2009, I've been creating comic mystery stories online starring my character: Tara Normal. 

Tara is a badass paranormal investigator who not only communicates with ghosts, but she punches them too. 

Out to solve the mysterious death of her famous novelist mother, Sarah Normal, she must defeat all of the demons, ghouls, werewolves, aliens, rogue government agents and other monsters that stand in her way. 

My years of research in the paranormal field add an extra level of realism to the extraordinary adventures in the book. When the story begins, Tara has already proven that ghosts exist. This graphic novel explores how her revelation affects the world and the lives of those closest to her. This will be the first in a series of Tara Normal books. I want to explore this character's life completely.

This first graphic novel explores St. Catherine of Siena—the most haunted place on the planet. The stars of the struggling paranormal reality TV show, Ghost Soldiers, get trapped in the abandoned mental hospital and it's up to Tara to save them and the day. There are no 'Caspers' in this ghost story. Each ghost is dangerous and Tara's abilities and courage will be put to the test. 

Tara must go through the asylum to find out what truly happened to her late mother. Special guest star and real life paranormal celebrity Chip Coffey (Paranormal State, Psychic Kids) also makes an appearance to help Tara out. 

                                                  

Real ghost hunting technology but with a science fiction twist. As an avid ghost hunter, I use real-life paranormal research to add a new spin to the genre. 

Tara Normal is the official comic of TAPS Paramagazine and both she and I have joined the TAPS crew on several ghost hunts. I've brought Tara to Kickstarter to gain support and complete this epic artistic adventure: to see my vision in glorious color on the printed page. This funding will help me cover printing costs, copyrighting and ISBN fees. Stretch goals will cover distribution fees, marketing and advertising for the title's release. I understand that creating the book is only one part of its success and that distribution and marketing are also extremely important. I want to have the book ready for a debut at Awesome Con in Washington, DC on April 19th, 2014 (which is also my birthday). And I know with your help, we can do this together! 

 Exclusive rewards just for Kickstarter and just for you!

It's almost Halloween, but there are no tricks here. Only treats. Awesome treats. Not like that stale ball of popcorn my neighbors used to hand out on October 31st.

To help me achieve my goal, I've set up a ton of cool rewards for you. Awesome rewards include owning a copy of the graphic novel, a Skype session with me while I draw your caricature, and also becoming the lead villain in the next Tara Normal book. That's right: You'll be the main bad guy in the 2nd Tara Normal graphic novel! This book will also include several pages of extras like sketches, the 1st ever drawing of Tara Normal, and a pin-up gallery from some of my talented artist friends.

And remember: I will sign EVERY book and I'll draw a custom ghoul sketch in the front.

I want you to be a part of my story!

One of the cool things about Kickstarter is being able to help a creator reach his goals and make something. I want to offer you a chance to actually be a part of my project and star in my comic books. As a professional caricaturist, I draw people all of the time. Now I'd like to draw you and stick you in this cool graphic novel. You get to actually be a comic book character.

A professional fine artist is painting the cover.

I am lucky enough to have the amazingly talented fine artist, Kelly Mudge (mudgefactory.com), painting the cover for my new proposed book. Below is the cover she has painted for the new graphic novel.

Want more Tara? Here's a way to get more. POWER-UP! ADD ONS!

Additional signed Tara Normal book: Add $25 to any reward level.
Tara Normal Kickstarter Frankenkitty Shirt: Add $20 to any reward level.
Tara Normal Button Up For Mystery Pack: Add $5 to any reward level.
Tara Normal sketch by Howie Noel: Add $25 to any reward level.
Tara Normal Cameo: Add $100 to the $200 Cameo reward level.

To make sure this book gets finished, I need your help. Together we can make this dream a reality. I am focused on telling Tara's story for years to come and sharing her mysteries with you and a whole new audience of readers. Thank you for taking the time to hear about my project and supporting independent artists.

Risks and challenges Learn about accountability on Kickstarter

The risk for this project is low because I already have the script written and over 50% of the art completed for the book. I handle all of the artwork duties so I don't have to worry about a team member bailing on this project. I've also self-published many works in the past with a (proud to say) 100% completion rating. I've never bailed on a book or a fundraiser before and love making this comic so I'm certainly not going to give up on this. Tara Normal is my passion and this Kickstarter is a way to guarantee I can continue dedicating my time to her world.

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    DIGITAL DELIGHT: You will receive a PDF of Tara Normal Issue#1.

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    BUTTON UP FOR MYSTERY: You will receive a collection of 4 Tara Normal buttons, a UFO sticker and a Frankenkitty sticker. You will also receive a PDF of Tara Normal Issue#1.

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    SKETCH CARD: I'll draw a Tara Normal character on a sketch card for you. Sketch cards are 2.5" x 3.5". You will also receive a PDF of Tara Normal Issue#1.

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    ADD-ON HOWIE NOEL COMICS: Get my first graphic novel Mr. Scootles & my comic Vincent: The Painter of Death to complete your collection. Mr. Scootles is about a 1930's animated star trapped in Hell and Vincent is the tale of a murderous painter who makes art out of his victims.

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    GHOST SHIRT: Shirt featuring the horrifying ghost Patient Ten from the Tara Normal graphic novel.

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    TEAM TARA SHIRT: Exclusive Tara Normal Frankenkitty shirt featuring the Kickstarter colors and a PDF of Tara Normal Issue #1.

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    OWN THE GRAPHIC NOVEL: A copy of the printed Tara Normal graphic novel, signed with a custom ghoul sketch. Plus, your name in the Thank You page of the book.

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    TARA NORMAL ART PRINT BY COMIC BOOK ARTIST LEONARDO GONZALEZ: Limited Edition Print of Leonardo Gonzalez Tara Normal artwork. Print is 11" x 17". Will be signed by Leonardo Gonzalez and Tara Normal creator Howie Noel. Copy of the Tara Normal graphic novel, signed with a custom ghoul sketch in the front of the book. Plus, your name in the Thank You page.

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    PHOTO PIN-UP OF MODEL DEVIN ALEXIS AS TARA: Limited Edition Photo Print of model Devin Alexis cosplaying as Tara. Print is 11" x 14". Will be signed by Devin and Tara Normal creator Howie Noel. Copy of the Tara Normal graphic novel, signed with a custom ghoul sketch. Plus, your name in the Thank You page.

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    GHOST SOLDIER ARMY: You get a Ghost Soldiers Army T-shirt and Ghost Soldiers sticker. Ghost Soldiers is the paranormal TV reality show from the graphic novel. Also, you receive a copy of the Tara Normal graphic novel, signed with a custom ghoul sketch in the front of the book. Plus, your name in the Thank You page.

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    TARA NORMAL ART PRINT BY THE CREATORS OF THE LIVING CORPSE: Buz Hasson & Ken Haeser, the artists behind the popular zombie comic book & movie, the Living Corpse, have created an art pin-up and you will get a copy. It will be signed by Buz & Ken and by Tara Normal creator Howie Noel. The print will be 11 x 17" and full color. You also get a copy of the book, signed with a custom ghoul sketch and your name in the Thank You page.

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    HOT OF THE PRESS: I'll call you on the phone as soon as I get the books delivered. I'll open the box with you on the phone. The 1st book I see, that's the one you get. If you don't pick up, I'll leave a voicemail worthy of history. Your copy of the printed Tara Normal graphic novel will be signed with a custom ghoul sketch in the front of the book. Plus, your name in the Thank You page of the book.

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    DRAW, MONKEY, DRAW: I will draw someone for you! Artwork size is 11" x 14". Get a caricature of a friend, celebrity, zombie or any Tara Normal character you'd like. You get the original artwork. Plus a copy of the Tara Normal graphic novel, signed with a custom ghoul sketch and your name in the Thank You page.

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    ORIGINAL INKED ARTWORK PAGE FROM TARA NORMAL GRAPHIC NOVEL: I draw my comic using pen and ink, so I have all of the original pages of artwork that makes up this book. Get the original hand-drawn art with this reward and own a piece of the book. I'll sign it too. Plus, you get a copy of my 1st graphic novel Mr. Scootles, signed with sketch. You also get a copy of the Tara Normal book signed with a custom ghoul sketch and your name in the Thank You page.

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    TARA NORMAL ULTIMATE COLLECTOR: You get the Tara Normal graphic novel, a copy of the Tara Normal "Origins" two story collection, a PDF of Tara Normal Issue #1, a copy of the Tara Normal young adult novel, a Tara Normal exclusive green Kickstarter Frankenkitty shirt, Tara Normal button pack, Tara Normal sticker pack and a hand drawn sketch of Tara drawn by me. Sketch will be on 11" x 14" paper. All print books are signed with sketches. And of course, your name in the Thank You page.

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    SKYPE CARICATURE SESSION: I will talk to you on Skype and draw a caricature of you while we talk. It's like that scene from Titanic, but no nudity, no boat, and no Leonardo DiCaprio. I will mail you the 11" x 14" artwork I draw of you during the caricature session. Plus you get a copy of the Tara Normal book signed with a custom ghoul sketch and your name in the Thank You page.

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    YOU ARE A COMIC BOOK CHARACTER: Cameo role in the Tara Normal graphic novel! It's a horror comic, so chances are you'll get killed…but in a fun comic book way. Plus you get an 11"x 17" print of the page you appear on, a copy of the Tara Normal book signed with a custom ghoul sketch and your name in the Thank You page.

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    I'M THE LIFE OF YOUR PARTY: I will come to your house and draw caricatures for your party, while delivering comic relief with my incredibly charming and witty disposition. Only available in following states: MD, DC, VA, PA, DE, NJ, NYC. Plus you get a copy of the Tara Normal book signed with a custom ghoul sketch and your name in the Thank You page.

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    YOU'RE A STAR: You will be the star and main villain in a chapter in the next Tara Normal graphic novel (Volume 2). There are 5 chapters so only 5 of these prizes are available. Tara will be chasing you in these mystery stories so it's an insanely unique reward. You will also receive a page of original artwork that you are featured on. You get a copy of the Tara Normal book (Volume 1) signed with a custom ghoul sketch and your name in the Thank You page. You will also get a copy of the 2nd Tara Normal graphic novel when it is published in the future.

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    GHOST HUNT: Hors d'oeuvres with Howie Noel as he reviews ghost hunting techniques and talks about his amazing encounters with the paranormal. Then, go on a real ghost hunt with him. Location to be determined, but will be an East Coast historic site known for great activity. Howie is known to be a magnet for activity and has had many unique experiences. This is a guaranteed good time. Plus choose one: 11" x 14" Caricature or 11" x 14" Photo on location with Howie Noel to commemorate the event. You will also receive a copy of the Tara Normal book signed with a custom ghoul sketch and your name in the Thank You page. Fine Print: Travel and hotel NOT covered by the donation, you must book your own - but we are happy to provide recommendations. Date of ghost hunt will be coordinated with the donors at least 3 months in advance to allow for travel plans to be made. Event will be a single night (apx. 4-5 hours), in a group of up to 8 people plus Howie Noel and wife Shelley Noel - both experienced ghost hunters.

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