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She is the whisper on the playground. When kids draw the monster that lurks under their bed, Mandy the monster hunter will be there.
She is the whisper on the playground. When kids draw the monster that lurks under their bed, Mandy the monster hunter will be there.
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Thank you everyone who has supported us so far, both backers and those sharing the campaign! It's not over yet though...

STRETCH GOALS.

They are coming. Details will be added to the main page shortly, but for now here's a run down of the next goals we can aim for!

£800 - MANDY'S WORLD

An exclusive additional A4 art print that will be added to all pledges at £10 and above!

£1000 - MANDY COLLECTED TRADE

A collected copy of all Mandy's earlier short stories, and comics. Not only can be produce this but any pledge including a copy of "Mandy and the Monster" could upgrade to this at no additional cost AND all other pledges will receive a PDF copy!

£1500 - ????

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Keep the word going, and please help us bring more Mandy to life! Thanks again!

INTRODUCTION

Every child knows that a monster lives under the bed. Or perhaps they lurk in the wardrobe, or down below in the basement, or up above in the attic? The home isn't the only place monsters can be found either. Under the old bridge, in the derelict and abandoned house, or perhaps lurking in the undergrowth at the bottom of the garden – monsters are everywhere, every child knows that.

Mandy hunts Monsters. Her name is whispered on the playground, a legend amongst the children of the world. Whatever creature troubles you, when the adults won't listen, it is Mandy that can help you out. All you need to do is draw a picture of the beast, and it will reach her.

Straddling the line between childhood imagination, and threatening entities in the dark, Mandy the Monster Hunter encounters all manner of creatures, great and small. Have no doubt, she's the thing that the things in the dark are afraid of...

Mandy the Monster Hunter in armour, by artist Anna Pennlund
Mandy the Monster Hunter in armour, by artist Anna Pennlund

BACKGROUND

Hellbound Media is an independent British-based comic company founded and run by Mark Adams and Matt Warner. Matt works as a journalist and newspaper editor, whilst Mark has written academically and lectures in cult media, and it with this background in writing, and a lifetime interest in fantasy, comics and horror, that the two of them came to form Hellbound Media. An outlet for us to write original horror and fantasy fiction, we've come to work with a team of amazing artists and other guest writers over the years. The company launched officially at Bristol Comic Expo in May 2011, and has gone from strength to strength.

One of our initial books was the first volume of horror anthology 'Shock Value' which featured the story 'Monster Under the Bed', at the time a stand alone tale, but now the very beginnings of the Mandy the Monster Hunter saga. A colour version of the story can be found below!

Colour version of the original Mandy short comic, by Anna Pennlund
Colour version of the original Mandy short comic, by Anna Pennlund

The character returned in the next 'Shock Value' edition, in a short story entitled 'Mandy and the White Rabbit', and she made her full comic début in the stand alone 'Mandy and the Monster', one of Hellbound Media's most popular titles. The comic explored the character in more depth than previously, starting to unpick the background of Mandy as she investigates a creature lurking in the basement of her childhood school. However, there is still much to explore, and more secrets to uncover as the saga of Mandy the Monster Hunter continues...

'Mandy and the Monster' cover, art by Anna Pennlund
'Mandy and the Monster' cover, art by Anna Pennlund

THE PROJECT

Hellbound Media has been entirely self-funded since its inception, and as we expand our titles dip our toe into coloured artwork, we find the initial costs getting higher. We're here to ask you to help us bring our most ambitious book yet to life. “Mandy: Book of Monsters” will feature a combination of atmospheric, shaded black and white art, and full-colour storylines, alongside some original pin-ups and exclusive material.

This 66-page volume will do exactly what it says on the tin. An anthology of tales in which Mandy faces a variety of monsters, brought to life by a team of the most talented independent artists working today. It's a truly international team, with artists from America, Sweden, France and, of course, from all across the United Kingdom. Each story will offer a unique look into Mandy's world, featuring terrifying and imaginative monster designs.

'I Dream of Monsters', line art by Luca Cicchitti
'I Dream of Monsters', line art by Luca Cicchitti
'Another Child's Monster' art, by Neil McClements
'Another Child's Monster' art, by Neil McClements

Mandy's original artist Anna Susanne provides the art for 'The House that Bled'. Neil McClements (Shock Value: The Undoing) lends his dark, textured style to 'Another Child's Monster' whilst Jesse Thomas (Dawn After Dark: Kiss Me Deadly) provides the art for 'Troll Bridge Ahead'. Other artists include Atlantisvampir, Gordon Napier and Oda Sonju, as well as other's we'll announce during the campaign.

Mandy also offers a different kind of hero, a female urban legend who wears armour produced from the monsters she has defeated. The stories at time may be dark, at times funny, but always with an eye towards younger readers. Kids love monsters, and Mandy is designed to appeal to adults and younger comic readers alike.

Mandy in civilian clothes, art by Oda Sonju
Mandy in civilian clothes, art by Oda Sonju

The stories are done, with lettering and colouring nearing conclusion, this kickstarter is simply to allow us to bring the book to print. With your help we can take the next step forward in producing full colour comics in the future, and with bringing more tales of Mandy to readers sooner. We hope you'll support us, and take a step into Mandy's world!

'Mandy: Book of Monsters' cover art, by Jethro Lentle
'Mandy: Book of Monsters' cover art, by Jethro Lentle

REWARDS

Hellbound Media have been busy the last four years, working with a range of artists and meeting many other independent comic producers on the UK convention circuit. We're bringing some of the best talents around to our rewards, offering full colour art prints, badges, and an exclusive 'chibi-Mandy' T-shirt design, which has been produced in association with the fabulous team at Genki Gear. There's even a chance to have your own son, daughter, niece, nephew or whoever you choose, to star in their very own exclusive Mandy comic strip. We're also ready to listen to new rewards ideas and suggestions, so let us know!

ABOUT THE TEAM

Matt Warner - Writer / Editor Hellbound Media

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.

Writer Matt Warner
Writer Matt Warner

Mark Adams - Writer / Editor Hellbound Media

Mark has been writing comics for years, starting off drawing his own as a child with the best stick man art around. Working primarily as an academic in cult media and film, Hellbound Media has allowed him to indulge his creative side and create new stories in the genres he loves.

Writer Mark Adams
Writer Mark Adams

Atlantisvampir - Artist

Atlantisvampir was born in Northern Italy in 1987. She attended art school, followed by several courses in art and comics. In 2009 she won third place at the Treviso comic festival's comic contest, later followed by two first place wins at other art contests. Her graphic novel debut, 'Enlsavement' has been translated and published by Hellbound Media in 2015, and she is now working on another 'Mandy the Monster Hunter' book.

Artist Atlantisvampir
Artist Atlantisvampir

Anna Susanne - Artist

Swedish artist born in 1990. Makes art in her spare time. Artist for the original 'Mandy' shorts and the 'Mandy and the Monster' one-shot comic.

Homepage: http://redtrackz.deviantart.com/

Gordon Napier - Artist

Gordon Napier is an illustrator based in Buckinghamshire, UK. His main subject matter includes fantasy, horror and historical themes. He now works primarily in digital media (photoshop) though he has a background in more traditional art. His work has appeared on book, CD and comic covers, and he has also designed jewellery and sculpture. His websites are dashinvaine.co,uk and dashinvaine.deviantart.com

Artist Gordon Napier
Artist Gordon Napier

Jesse Thomas - Artist

Jesse is an American artist, best known for his self-published anthology comic series 'Night Craft', of which there are now four issues. His work for Hellbound Media has included the original 'Dawn After Dark' comic, 'Kiss Me Deadly', and a short with the same character that featured in 'Shock Value Green'. His website can be found here:

http://www.jessethomascomics.com/

Neil McClements - Artist

Neil McClements is a self taught artist. Living in the Midlands with his wife and two children he has worked for the award winning digital comic Aces Weekly, the Eisner nominated To End All Wars and created covers, posters and interior artwork for various other hi quality small press titles such Hellbound Media, FutureQuake press, Paragon , Abandoned Comics and more. He has also provided illustrations for other books and magazines. Penciler, inker and colourist he works in roughly 50/50 traditional and digital. His artistic influences are predominantly European reflected in his ability to turn his hand to a variety of comic styles.

http://neilmcclements.deviantart.com/

Neil McClements, Artist
Neil McClements, Artist

Luca Cicchitti - Artist

Luca is an Italian artist who has contributed his first story for Hellbound Media to this collection. His strong, dynamic art is perfect for depicting the action-packed side of Mandy's adventures.

Oda Sonju - Artist

Oda first met members of the Hellbound Team when she auditioned for a film role in 'Gabriel Cushing at the Carnival of Sorrows'. Reunited at Cardiff Comic Con, Oda jumped on board this project, bringing her bright, energetic style to the wrap around story of the 'Book of Monsters'.

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.

Expert Letterer, Nikki Foxrobot
Expert Letterer, Nikki Foxrobot

Capucine - Colourist

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

Capucine, Colourist for The Mandy Book of Monsters
Capucine, Colourist for The Mandy Book of Monsters

REVIEWS AND FEEDBACK FOR MANDY:

“Overall this comic delivers everything you want from a horror book, eerie settings, likeable and believable characters and awesomely scary monsters galore - if that sounds like something you’d love, you won’t regret the time you put into this one!”

 - Girls Like Comics

“First appearing in Hellbound's Shock Value, an early anthology, the titular Mandy is a cynical but emotionally fragile adult able to see the bizarre Lovecraftian horrors that plague the lives of lonely children.”

 - SFX Magazine

“Buffy the Vampire Slayer...meets John Constantine.”

 - Small Press Big Mouth

“The set-up behind the story is very clever...a hero who is called in by children to fight the monsters that only they believe in like a monster-hunting Father Christmas.”

 - John A. Short, Kult Creations

Risks and challenges

Beyond some form of unavoidable disaster (e.g.zombie apocalypse), there really should not be any. The art is all ready to go, we have a printer, it's all priced up. Once we have the funds we can go to print and have everything completed within a few weeks.

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