How do you kill a story?
The Legend of the Spindly Man has imprinted itself on the mind of everyone who hears it. The more they fear, the more they believe... the more powerful HE becomes.
Mandy heads into the woods to confront the Spindly Man, and save his young victims. Can her final gambit succeed, or will Mandy the Monster Hunter come to an untimely end?
Whether you're new to “Mandy the Monster Hunter”, or have followed this mini series form the very beginning, this Kickstarter campaign is designed to celebrate the completion of “Legend of the Spindly Man” in style. We're finally here! Thanks to everyone's support, and enthusiastic readers, we're nearing the end of the most epic “Mandy the Monster Hunter” storyline we've done, and with your support we can make it a heck of a celebration.
This Kickstarter is designed to fund the printing costs of the fourth part of the four-issue series, but we're also offering new backers to pick up the entire collection in one bundle, or for anyone to grab any single issues they may be missing.
“Mandy the Monster Hunter: Legend of the Spindly Man”, is a dark-fantasy tale inspired by cryptids, folk lore and modern mythologies. “Legend of the Spindly Man” is a horror-fantasy comic, terrifying for readers of all ages.
Those new to the character of “Mandy” will find this storyline 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, quick-thinking 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. And of course, everyone is different, so we've had a few adults telling us this unsettled them too! Below you'll find just a few of the excellent reviews and feedback we've had for the series:
We have successfully funded the first three issues of “Legend of the Spindly Man” on Kickstarter, and now we're offering the same opportunity for you to pre-order and be among the first to get hold of “Chapter Four: The Lair of the Spindly Man”. New to “Mandy the Monster Hunter”? No worries, as you can pick up previous issues 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 even as you read this, and the printer is ready and waiting to go ahead. The book is happening, but at a cost.
It's been a year since we launched the first issue, and we're wanting to complete the series in that full calendar year, but 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. Also, with this finale Kickstarter we're offering all digital backers and higher the chance to have their name published in a special THANK YOU section at the end of the last issue!
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!
This Kickstarter is for everyone, whether you've grabbed the first three issues on their own successful campaigns, or looking to get the whole series in one swoop now.
Our most basic rewards tiers are either a Digital Edition of Spindly Man #4, a Physical Copy of Spindly Man #4, a Digital Collection of all four, or a Physical Collection of all four.
On top of this we have a range of extra rewards and special limited edition art, prints, and as ever, the chance to pick up some of the original “Spindly Man” artwork. We're also including a special THANKS page at the end of the issue to include all our backers - however, we will need survey results back within a week of them being sent out to have it guaranteed to be included and the listed name must be all-ages appropriate!
We once again have THREE special “Mandy the Monster Hunter: Legend of the Spindly Man” art prints, designed by three of the best names in the UK indie comics scene. As with before the three art prints options, presented below, are available to all backers, and you simply CHOOSE which of them you want. However, any additional Art that may be unlocked or added to the campaign will be specific ones.
The three art prints available this time include a fun and psychedelic image of Mandy the Monster Hunter from Nikki Stu, done in their own unique style. Next up comes a abstract, nightmarish depiction of the Spindly Man and his spreading infection, drawn by Fission Comics own Katie Whittle. The last image, showing Mandy relaxing after a night of monster hunting, unaware that something has followed her home, comes from indie super star Sarah Millman, of "NPC Tea" fame. They have all brought their own flavour and style to the world of “Mandy the Monster Hunter” and I hope you'll be as delighted with them as we are.
All comics will be sent out bagged, boarded and safely packaged up. Some rewards are unique, limited in numbers, including the opportunity to have original line-art of the actual comic, from artist Lyndon White.
Following on from the hugely popular Spindly Man Plushies, we have another unique high end reward for you all this time. We've teamed up with David Davies of "From the Shadows", creator of hand crafted cult and collectible sculpts. David will be producing a limited run of hand-painted mini Spindly Spider-Skull plaques, cast in resin, especially for this kickstarter. We'll be sharing the development of the figures in future updates, but take a look at the early development below, alongside some images of Dave's other work. You can find "From the Shadows" online here: https://www.etsy.com/uk/shop/FromTheShadowsLtd
Once more, our exclusive “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!
We have TWENTY copies of the comic which will be signed and include a small unique sketch by Lyndon White. These are very limited, but offer a special extra reward for our backers, and are spread across are top tier reward pledges. 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 upon completion – we don't want to give away too many spoilers do we? ;)
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!
We're heading towards our £1,500 Stretch Goal which unlocks "The Mandy Colouring Book of Monsters" a collection of 14 images from across the "Mandy the Monster Hunter" series. This includes a stunning original art page from "The Face in the Curtain" artist Atlantisvampir. All physical backers will gain a copy, and digital backers will have a digital version for printing.
Meet the team behind Hellbound Media, the "Mandy the Monster Hunter" series, and the creators of "Legend of the Spindly Man"! Hellbound Media have been delighted to team up with artist Lyndon White to bring the nightmarish legend of the Spindly Man to life, and without his dedication and haunting artwork this series would not have been as successful as it has been!
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. Letterer Nikki Foxrobot Letterer 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.
Risks and challenges
Beyond some form of unavoidable disaster (e.g. symbitically controlled by an alien squid and forced to build it a war machine), 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. This is the fourth, and final, issue and we've done this many times before, and like to think we're pretty good at it by now. 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, and we will hit it!Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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