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All or nothing. This project will only be funded if it reaches its goal by Tue, April 30 2019 10:59 PM UTC +00:00.

£532
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40
backers
5days to go

All or nothing. This project will only be funded if it reaches its goal by Tue, April 30 2019 10:59 PM UTC +00:00.

About

First Stretch Goal now in Progress!

The supernatural is very real. From Vampires, to Hell Hounds, to the Restless Dead, the forces of darkness can be found everywhere if you only know where to look. Gabriel Cushing is the latest in his line of demon hunters and paranormal investigators. For centuries his family has uncovered the forces of darkness, and battled the demonic. Now, aided by his student and friend Melanie Lancley, Gabriel's latest case bring him to the Palace Theatre where the cast and crew are meeting a grisly end at the screech of a vengeful Banshee. It's time one hell of a night at the Opera...

Inspired by classic British Hammer Horror films, and a lineage of academic heroes such as Van Helsing, Quatermass, Sherlock Holmes, and The Doctor, "Gabriel Cushing: A Fright at the Opera" is an creepy and thrilling ghost story. 

Written by Mark Adams ("Mandy the Monster Hunter: Legend of the Spindly Man"), with Art by Amrit Birdi (Joe Sugg's "USERNAME: Evie"), Colours by Capucine Drapala (Jon Lock's "Afterlife Inc.") and Letters by Nikki Foxrobot ("Slaughterhouse Farm").

Gabriel Cushing and Melanie Lancley arrive at The Palace Theatre
Gabriel Cushing and Melanie Lancley arrive at The Palace Theatre

Gabriel Cushing is a multi-media character, who has so far appeared in web series, films, prose, and this graphic novella which is his comic debut. He was created by Mark Adams originally for a short film project, a B-movie homage about a man-eating coat. Yes, a coat. 

But having our own demon hunted appealed, and we followed it up with a web series "Gabriel Cushing versus the Zombie Vampires", which introduced Melanie Lancley who would go on to become Gabriel's student and apprentice. This background is not required to enjoy "A Fright at the Opera", which as a book stands alone and introduces the characters with all the relevant details. Still, for those who want to see a little more, there are more stories with Gabriel available - and more on their way, including the feature film "Carnival of Sorrows", the dark fantasy novel "Mime", and an in-development second comic series! 

"A Fright at the Opera" was one of Hellbound Media's first releases, launching at Bristol Comic Con in 2013, to huge success. An early comic for rising-star Amrit Birdi, his artwork brought Gabriel, Melanie and their latest allies and enemies to life. However, in bringing this book back to print, we wanted to give it an update to fit in more with the rest of our current line, and we felt Amrit's inks were ideal for colouring. This special edition then, brings the world to life once more, with vibrant colour work of Capucine Drapala, who has worked with us previously on titles such as "Mandy the Monster Hunter: The Face in the Curtain" and the upcoming "Clownface: Mask of Fear". Check out these two images that follow, to see a comparison between the original and coloured work, which I think you'll agree only adds to the atmosphere of the book. 

Colouring versus Black & White #1
Colouring versus Black & White #1
Colouring versus Black & White #2
Colouring versus Black & White #2
Art by Amrit Birdi, Coloured by Capucine Drapala!
Art by Amrit Birdi, Coloured by Capucine Drapala!

The areas of any Kickstarter where we can offer up some interesting additions above and beyond the comic itself!

If your a fan of artwork then you can grab a Limited Edition print of Amrit Birdi's Cover Art by backing for the "Print Edition Bonus Material" tier, which will also automatically gain you any and all Stretch Goals that may be unlocked during the campaign. 

The First Limited Edition Print of Amrit Birdi's Cover Art
The First Limited Edition Print of Amrit Birdi's Cover Art

If you're interested in the world of Gabriel Cushing beyond the comic, then you can also back for the "Moving Pictures" tier and get not only the graphic novella but a DVD of the short film that debuted the character; B-movie homage "Terror of the Killer Carnivorous Coat". The DVD comes with an audio commentary and short behind-the-scenes bonus material. 

For anyone who'd rather explore more of Hellbound Media's range of horror comics, we've compiled the perfect reward. As well as everything from the £12 Bonus Material pledge level, you get three stand-alone Horror comics from Hellbound Media. The first "Dawn After Dark" graphic novel entitled "Kiss Me Deadly", about a gun-weilding, foul-mouthed, vampire-hunter from Dublin. Our "Shock Value: Blue" anthology of shorts which includes stories featuring our "Mandy the Monster Hunter" and "Slaughterhouse Farm" characters. Our Ghastly Award-Nominated "The Disease" one-shot psychological body-horror comic from award-winning author Paul Kane. This bundle is the perfect introduction to the Hellbound Media range! 


Our Stretch Goals for this campaign are a series of special limited edition art prints; a combination of Amrit Birdi's stunning art work from the comic, an original art pieces from the hugely talented Atlantisvampir, and finally Neil McClements clean poster art for the online web series "Gabriel Cushing versus the Zombie Vampires". These prints will be added automatically to all backers of the "Print Edition Bonus Material" tier and higher, as each is unlocked. The first Stretch Goal unlocks at only £100 past our target!




Meet the team behind "Gabriel Cushing: A Fright at the Opera" Special Edition, including the colourist that's made this all possible!

Mark spots an old friend...
Mark spots an old friend...

Dr Mark Adams - Writer 

Mark has been writing comics for years, but started off drawing his own as a child with the best stick-man art around. Working primarily as an academic in cult media and film, he has lectured on subjects such as horror films, internet fandom, and  “Doctor  Who”. He published a chapter with the best defense of the slasher film "Valentine" you will ever read. Hellbound Media has allowed him to indulge his creative  side and  create new stories in the genres he loves.  

Amrit Birdi
Amrit Birdi

Amrit Birdi - Illustrator

Drawn by Best-selling illustrator Amrit back in 2013, this was one of his very first comic projects. Follow his work here - instagram.com/amrit_birdi_ 

Colouring Legend
Colouring Legend

Capucine Drapala - Colourist

 Capucine is a colourist. She was born and lives in France, and she have a diploma in graphic design.​ Her website is http://kiara-kitsu.deviantart.com/ 

Nikki Foxrobot
Nikki Foxrobot

Nikki Foxrobot - Letterer. 

Nikki Foxrobot has been a comic letterer   since 2009 and she has worked on titles for Games Workshop and Sky TV,   along with many others. She lives in Southampton, UK and is both   talented and competitively-priced. 
 

Matt's bloody valentine
Matt's bloody valentine

Matt Warner - Editor 

Matt's love of comics started in the 80s, about   the same time as his love of horror. Combining both in Hellbound Media,   he has created Mandy the Monster Hunter, Dublin's infamous vampire   killer Dawn Keenan and Wales' very own slasher icon who lumbers through   the pages of tongue-in-cheek video nasty homage Slaughterhouse Farm.   He's also working on a children's book about helpful dinosaurs.  

Risks and challenges

The comic is done. The colouring is done. The lettering changes are done. We're good to print! We just want to offer the chance to pre-order here so, unless Thanos decides to erase another 50% we're pretty good to go!

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