The story of the Spindly Man has been uncovered, he has come to take the children away. One by one, he abducts his victims, and as a town mourns, Mandy the Monster Hunter remains their best hope for salvation. Her name is whispered on the playground, a legend among 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.
She's the thing that the things in the dark are afraid of...
Because The Spindly Man is something even Mandy has not faced before. Her first encounter has already led to one death, and Mandy herself nearly fell victim to the entity.
Mandy was the children's last hope... ...but what if even she cannot stop the spread of his curse...?
“The Legend of the Spindly Man” is a brand new horror-fantasy comic, terrifying for readers of all ages. Those new to the character of “Mandy” will find this the perfect introduction to her world of monsters under the bed and creatures lurking in the shadows. If you've read about Mandy the Monster Hunter before, then be warned, this is her darkest and most challenging mission so far.
Older readers will appreciate the dark undertones, and themes reminiscent of the works of Neil Gaiman or Terry Pratchett, whilst younger readers will see a world of terrifying monsters and an awesome female protagonist. As with all "Mandy" stories, it is written with all-ages in mind, but as this is her scariest tale yet we'd personally recommend ages 12+ (PG-13 for those in the US)... but every child is individual, as Mandy well knows.
We successfully funded the first issue of “The Legend of the Spindly Man” on Kickstarter at the start of the year, and now we're offering the same opportunity for you to pre-order and be among the first to get hold of “Chapter Two”. New to “Mandy the Monster Hunter”? No worries, as you can pick up the first issue as well as part of this Kickstarter campaign, and join Mandy on her mission to defeat the Spindly Man... if she can!
The art work is 100% completed, the book is being lettered and the printer is ready and waiting to go ahead. The book is happening, but at a cost. We want to bring the entire series out within a year and it is only with your help that we can make this viable. Pre-ordering your book gets you numerous rewards and guarantees you as one of the first to grab a copy as they will be sent out the moment the campaign ends and your surveys are returned to us. You also get our eternal thanks for helping support indie comics. So if you love monsters, scary stories, comics, jump into the world of “Mandy the Monster Hunter” and support our kickstarter!
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 is a Doctor of Philosophy and has written and lectured in cult media, fandom, and horror. With this background in writing, and a lifetime interest in fantasy, comics and horror, the two of them came together to form Hellbound Media. An outlet to write original horror and fantasy fiction, they'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. As Hellbound Media approaches its 7th Anniversary we're producing our most ambitious comic miniseries. We have had huge success with all our previous Kickstarter projects, and will continue to deliver the rewards and produce the best content we can.
As with our campaign for Issue #1 we're not only giving you the chance to pick up “The Legend of the Spindly Man #2”, but to also grab a whole range of awesome extras. We've taken some feedback from before, and this time you can grab the first of several stunning Art Prints for a pledge of only £1! This first print featuring art from Danny J. Weston, the creator of Deadstar Publishing's Dolphin Squad, whose brought a gorgeous retro feel to his take on Mandy and The Spindly Man. Higher pledges can also come with a Limited Edition Art print of The Spindly Man, taken from Lyndon White's Issue #1 artwork, which can ONLY be obtained via this Kickstarter. We also have an original print by Ilan, the artist behind Uncle Frank Productions, which also serves as an awesome pin-up in the new comic.
All comics will be sent out bagged, boarded and safely packaged up. The standard pledge for £7 covers a £5 pre-order for the comic plus £2 for UK postage. Additional postage costs for other countries are added during the pledge process. Some rewards are unique, limited in numbers, including the opportunity to have original line-art of the actual comic, from artist Lyndon White. You can also ADD "Spindly Man Issue #1" to any other pledge by adding £6 to the total of that pledge level (£5 comic + £1 additional postage fee)
The unique “Mandy the Monster Hunter” T-Shirt, produced by Genki Gear, is available once again, in some of our higher level rewards. Usually retailing at £15, you can grab this T-Shirt, available in numerous sizes from Small to XXL, at a low rate with other rewards. Also, want it added to a different reward level? Just boost your Pledge by £12, which is including postage, and list it as a “Add-On” in your Survey when the campaign ends!
"Mandy the Monster Hunter" has starred in two previous 52-page perfect bound books, an anthology "The Mandy Book of Monsters" featuring a selection of amazing small press artists, and "The Face in the Curtain" graphic novel. You can get one of these, or both added to any pledge level, by adding an additional £7 (£5+£2 postage) per book to your pledge.
The next reward is something new for this Kickstarter, and allows you to bring home your ver own Spindly Man! Need a little eldritch horror in your home? Chrissey Harrison has crafted THREE hand stitched Spindly Man plushies, guaranteed to bring nightmares! Due to the rewards popularity, Chrissey is stitching us an additional three for a total of SIX. But once these are gone, that'll be it for this Kickstarter. Check out the symbol of evil, modeled below with authors C L Raven!
We have LIMITED copies of the comic which will be signed and include a small unique sketch by Lyndon White, which will also be numbered. These are very limited, but offer a special extra reward for our backers. The biggest reward on offer, however, is the chance to own the original artwork for the comic, presented Inked and signed by Lyndon. Backers will be able to choose their requested page based on the order in which they back, first come, gets first choice. A selection of your choices can be found below, with the full list available later in the campaign. There's also the one-off opportunity to commission artist Lyndon White for your very own image, pencils and inked, in a style akin to the images below.
Any suggestions? Other rewards you'd like? Other Hellbound comics? JUST ASK! Let us know what we can do and we'll do our best to make it happen! We hope you like our Rewards on offer, and will consider supporting the project!
More Stretch Goals Information Coming Soon!
Matt Warner - Writer 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.
Dr Mark Adams - Writer Mark has been writing comics for years, but 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, he has lectured on subjects such as horror films, internet fandom, and “Doctor Who”. Hellbound Media has allowed him to indulge his creative side and create new stories in the genres he loves.
Lyndon White – Artist Lyndon is a UK freelance illustrator, writer and comic artist. Working with publishers such as Blue Fox Comics, Hellbound Media, Disconnected Press, ComicHaus, Capstone Press, Lyndon is a rising star in the comics industry. Lyndon takes the essence of the narrative and ensures that he adds his unique flare of undertones including horror and surrealism.
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.
Risks and challenges
Beyond some form of unavoidable disaster (e.g.Thanos gets hold of all six Infinity Stones), there really should not be any. The art is completed and in the process of being lettered, we have a printer, and it is all priced up. Once we have the funds we can be ready to print once everything is polished, and get the rewards into full production. At most, we may hit unavoidable delays but we have set a clear dead line for ourselves this time, and we will hit it!Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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