About this project
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.
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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
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.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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