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A four-issue miniseries about a mother with a samurai sword, her six-year-old son, and the hunt for the man who ruined their lives. Read more

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A four-issue miniseries about a mother with a samurai sword, her six-year-old son, and the hunt for the man who ruined their lives.

Seattle, WA Comics
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NOTE: The $35 autographed book tier is sold out. However, you can still get an autographed copy from any of the higher tiers!

Final Push! BONUS If We Reach $15k!

This is it, the final 24 hours of the Golem Kickstarter. We've made it past the $13,000 mark, which is amazing, but we still have more to do. If we can get to $15,000, all backers at the $20 & up rewards will get to read a prequel comic book story.

And, as added bonus, if we can get to $15k before time ticks down, we'll add this story to the print edition for all those at the $30 and higher tier.

How can you help? You can increase your pledge (there are great rewards to be had!) and spread the word.

Stretch Goals

Thank you to everyone who has supported Golem. We've reached our initial goal of $8k! We're not finished yet. We want to make Golem the best book possible and also make this a great experience for our supporters.

How can you make certain to score some of these unlockable rewards? You can increase your pledge (and select a higher reward) and/or spread the word to get more people to back Golem. The more backers we get, the more goodies you earn,

  • $8,000 - UNLOCKED - Bonus Autographs from the Artist and the Colorist ($35 tier & up)
  • $10,000 - UNLOCKED - Free Bookmark ($30 tier & up)
  • $11,000 - UNLOCKED - Bonus Print from Laura Schumacher ($55 tier & up)
  • $12,000 - UNLOCKED - Making of Golem Digital Book ($20 tier & up)
  • $13,000 - UNLOCKED - Audio Guide App with Director Commentary (All backers)
  • $14,000 - Script Book Upgrade with Artist Layouts Included ($45 tier and all tiers $100 & up)
  • $15,000 - Digital Prequel Story ($20 tier & up)
  • $16,000 - Magnetic Paper Doll of Danya with Three Changeable Outfits ($40 tier & up)
  • $18,000 - Three Digital Prequel Stories ($20 tier & up)
  • $20,000 - Prequel Stories Added to Trade Paperback ($30 tier & up)
  • $25,000 – Hardcover Upgrade ($30 tier & up)

*Note: Digital prequel stories are eight-page comic book versions of the eBook short stories given to $20 & up tiers.

Golem Bonus Print ($55 tier & up) with art by Laura Schumacher

Golem Bookmark with art by Kristofor Durrschmidt

Have a special reward bonus request? Tell us in the comments!

About Golem

Golem is a graphic novel created and written by Hilary Goldstein (that's me!) with art by Giovanni P. Timpano (G.I. Joe: Infection), colors by Laura Schumacher, and covers by Garry Brown (Incorruptible).

My goal is to use Kickstarter to complete all four issues and publish an exclusive 100-page version of the graphic novel only for backers. This version will have added content not available in other editions and backers will be the first to read this epic revenge tale.

If you'd like to help, please back this project and tell your friends and followers on Twitter and Facebook.

The Story

They framed her for the murder of the President, executed her husband in front of her, and nearly took the life of her infant son. Big mistake. Exiled from America, Danya Ben-El'azar and her six-year-old son Jonah have become the international mercenary team known only as Golem. With sword and pistol, mother and son travel the world hunting the people who ruined their lives.

There's a famous Jewish legend about a monster, called a golem, built from the clay of the Earth. Once a command is written on its forehead, it will stop at nothing to see it carried out. Danya adopts the spirit of the golem, and when she writes those Hebrew letters on her forehead, becomes an unstoppable monster. But when the costume is off and the letters are wiped away, she's burdened with feelings of inadequacy as a mother and the sense that she's trapped by her own hunger for revenge.

The story focuses on the relationship between Danya and her son, Jonah. Danya is overwhelmed by her singular obsession with revenge. Jonah doesn't have the same world view, doesn't feel that need to punish. This puts them at odds throughout the story as the opportunity arises to finally get vengeance, but at a great cost.

Where the Money Goes

The base goal of this Kickstarter is $8000, which covers the cost for the artist, colorist, and the covers. If we can manage that, we'll be able to produce all four issues and collect it into a trade. That's really just the beginning though, as there are other costs I'm currently going to take on with what little money I have in the bank (including printing costs). Every cent earned is going right back into this project.

If we reach our first goal, I'll be able to produce a print run of a Kickstarter exclusive edition of the 100-page TPB. If you back this project for $30 or more, you're guaranteeing yourself a copy of the book! If we get past $8k, I'll start laying out some stretch goals.

First thing's first, though. We have to get to $8000. If this project doesn't reach $8k none of the money comes through and the comic book won't be finished. So please, help if you can.

Thank you for your help in making this comic book a reality!

Rewards

Here's a cool reward all backers receive. You will have access to exclusive updates of layouts, pencils, inks and designs of new pages as the book is created beyond what will be shared with anyone else. You'll get insight into the creative process as well.

Page 4 from layouts to colors.

The TPB is expected to be ready by April 2013 at the latest. Some rewards will be available and delivered before then. A few of the key rewards:

$30 - Exclusive Kickstarter TPB (Plus eBook short story trilogy prequel)
This version is only available through Kickstarter and includes bonus material not in any future printing.

$40 - Choice of Prints (Plus a copy of the TPB)
After the Kickstarter is complete, you'll receive a survey to pick either the artist's print or a print of the cover.

Art Print by Giovanni P. Timpano (Yes, it will be colored)


Cover print by Garry Brown

$50 - Sketch from Me (Warning: I have no artistic talent)
Your beautiful book will include a unique attempt at recreating a scene from Golem drawn by yours truly. I can't draw, so these will be epic! See the incredible example below!


$60 - Sketch from Series Artist Giovanni P. Timpano (and the book too!)
Or you can get a sketch from the artist, who actually knows what he's doing.

$80 - Golem T-Shirt (Sizes S-XL), also available in all later tiers!

$100 - Ultimate Combo Pack!
Can't decide on one reward? The combo pack scores you pretty much everything below it. That's a signed copy of the TPB, author sketch, two art prints, the script book (all four issues + commentary!), PDF of the series, eBook short story prequel, and a guest appearance in one of my dreams.

$400 - Original Notes (One backer only!)
I change lots about my stories even as the art is coming in. Only one person will know the earlier versions of Golem with all of my notes. This includes colored notecards I used to order the plot. There's an entire issue in notecards that was scrapped. What happened in that issue? One way to find out.

$1000 - Be a Victim
Danya kills a lotta folks in this book. You could be one of them. That's right, your likeness will be put into the comic to die by Danya's hands. You'll get the original art for the page featuring your demise and get all kinds of other goodies (prints, script book, t-shirt, etc.).

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    50 backers

    PDF OF COMPLETE MINI-SERIES and you'll be mentioned in a special Thank You section on the website.

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    21 backers

    EBOOK STORY COLLECTION of three all-new short stories exploring the world of Golem, PDF of the complete mini-series, and special thanks on the site.

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    51 backers

    EXCLUSIVE KICKSTARTER TRADE PAPERBACK with writer notes and bonus art not available in any future editions. This version is ONLY AVAILABLE here on Kickstarter (Note: You can get this book with higher rewards as well.)
    PLUS: PDF of the complete mini-series, eBook short story prequel, and special thanks in the book and on the site.
    Outside US add $15 for shipping.

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    Pledge $35 or more

    100 backers All gone!

    SIGNED EXCLUSIVE KICKSTARTER TPB. Book is same as other pledge versions but is signed by the author.
    PLUS: PDF of the complete mini-series, eBook short story prequel, and special thanks on the site and in the book.
    Outside US add $15 for shipping.

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    11 backers

    ART PRINT - A 5x7 print of either the cover by Garry Brown or a special print by Golem artist Giovanni P. Timpano (see the Rewards section to the left). Note: $55 Combo Pack reward gets you both available prints.
    PLUS: Kickstarter exclusive TPB, PDF of the complete mini-series, eBook short story prequel, and special thanks on the site and in the book.
    Outside US add $15 for shipping.

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    Pledge $45 or more

    10 backers

    SCRIPT BOOK featuring the original scripts for all four issues, along with author notes on the creative process and art breakdowns from layouts to pencils to inks to letters.
    PLUS: Kickstarter exclusive signed TPB, PDF of the complete mini-series, eBook short story prequel, and special thanks on the site and in the book.
    Outside US add $15 for shipping.

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    Pledge $50 or more

    8 backers

    SKETCH IN BOOK from the writer of a scene of your choice, showing exactly why a professional artist was required.
    PLUS: Kickstarter exclusive signed TPB, PDF of the complete mini-series, eBook short story prequel, and special thanks on the site and in the book.
    Outside US add $15 for shipping.

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    Pledge $55 or more

    12 backers

    COMBO PACK! BOTH PRINTS - Yes, both the cover print and the interior art print are included.
    PLUS: Kickstarter exclusive signed TPB, PDF of the complete mini-series, eBook short story prequel, and special thanks on the site and in the book.
    Outside US add $15 for shipping.

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    Pledge $60 or more

    18 backers Limited (32 left of 50)

    ARTIST'S SKETCH - Rather than get stuck with a crappy sketch from me, you'll get a sketch from artist Giovanni P. Timpano.
    PLUS: Kickstarter exclusive signed TPB, PDF of the complete mini-series, eBook short story prequel, and special thanks on the site and in the book.
    Outside US add $15 for shipping.

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    2 backers

    TWO SIGNED COPIES of the Kickstarter exclusive TPB.
    PLUS: PDF of the complete mini-series, eBook short story prequel, and special thanks on the site and in the book.
    Outside US add $15 for shipping.

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    2 backers

    GOLEM T-SHIRT (Sizes S-XL)
    PLUS: A signed copy of the TPB, PDF of the complete mini-series, eBook short story prequel, and special thanks on the site and in the book.
    Outside US add $15 for shipping.

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    Pledge $100 or more

    18 backers

    ULTIMATE COMBO PACK! You get a whole lotta stuff! The cover print, the art print, the t-shirt, the script book, a signed copy of the Kickstarter exclusive TPB, the author's personalized sketch in the book, a signed copy of the author's collection of short stories Even Swamp Creatures Get the Blues, the eBook prequel, a PDF of the entire mini-series, and special thanks in the book and on the site. Phew!
    Outside US add $15 for shipping.

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    1 backer

    WRITING CRITIQUE of a short story, article, or comic book that you've created. We'll go one-on-one to discuss what works and doesn't work. You'll receive detailed notes on your work and a second critique of your follow-up draft.
    PLUS: Kickstarter exclusive signed TPB, cover print, art print, t-shirt, script book, PDF of the complete mini-series, eBook short story prequel, and special thanks on the site and in the book.

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    Pledge $400 or more

    0 backers Limited (1 left of 1)

    ORIGINAL NOTES - This one-of-a-kind item includes all of the notes used to brainstorm and create Golem, including the notecards used to create the comic's flow. Invaluable insight into the creative process!
    PLUS: Kickstarter exclusive signed TPB, cover print, art print, t-shirt, script book, PDF of the complete mini-series, eBook short story prequel, and special thanks on the site and in the book.

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    0 backers Limited (5 left of 5)

    ORIGINAL ART PAGE selected and signed by artist Giovanni P. Timpano.
    PLUS: Kickstarter exclusive signed TPB, cover print, art print, t-shirt, script book, PDF of the complete mini-series, eBook short story prequel, and special thanks on the site and in the book.

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    0 backers Limited (5 left of 5)

    CHARACTER NAMED AFTER YOU - One of the characters appearing in the book will have your name!
    PLUS: Kickstarter exclusive signed TPB, cover print, art print, t-shirt, script book, PDF of the complete mini-series, eBook short story prequel, and special thanks on the site and in the book.

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    1 backer All gone!

    ORIGINAL COVER ART signed by artist Garry Brown. Get the one-of-a-kind original page for the cover of issue #1.
    PLUS: Four Kickstarter exclusive signed TPBs, cover print, art print, t-shirt, script book, PDF of the complete mini-series, eBook short story prequel, and special thanks on the site and in the book.

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    0 backers Limited (1 left of 1)

    OWN THE DEDICATION PAGE in the TPB. This means you get to dedicate our book to whomever you want, however you want (so long as it's tasteful).
    PLUS: Four Kickstarter exclusive signed TPBs, cover print, art print, t-shirt, script book, PDF of the complete mini-series, eBook short story prequel, and special thanks on the site and in the book.

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    1 backer Limited (4 left of 5)

    BE A VICTIM in Golem. Your likeness will be used by artist Giovanni P. Timpano for one of Danya's foes. You will die on the page! And you'll get the original art page featuring your glorious demise.
    PLUS: Four Kickstarter exclusive signed TPBs, cover print, art print, t-shirt, script book, PDF of the complete mini-series, eBook short story prequel, and special thanks on the site and in the book.

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