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A new graphic novel based on the 1978 series by Eve Zaremba starring Helen Keremos, crime fiction's first lesbian private eye.
659 backers pledged CA$ 33,014 to help bring this project to life.

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The Story

This project is for a new graphic novel to be adapted from the 1986 crime fiction novel, Work for a Million by Eve Zaremba, notable for being the first pulp novel to star a lesbian private investigator! We will also be reprinting the original, long out-of-print novel.

Helen Keremos originally premiered in 1978 in other adventures, but in Work for a Million, released in 1986 by Amanita Press, she was at her best. 

Witty, sly, and incredibly skilled at her job, Helen Keremos is tired of the busy Toronto life and just wants to truck back to Vancouver and peace. But before she goes, she's hired for one last job, to protect the newly wealthy struggling songbird Sonia Deerfield, who's been receiving death threats and attempts on her life. With predatory "friends" all around Sonia, it's hard to tell who Helen can trust. As the danger increases around them, Helen and Sonia find themselves drawn to each other for more than just protection. Soon, Helen realizes that Sonia isn't the only one with a target on her back, as the mysterious blackmailer turns their attention to her too...

In addition to the new graphic novel, Bedside Press will also be reissuing the original prose novel with a new cover by Sami Kivelä (Abbott).

The Crew

The graphic novel will be adapted by writer Amanda Deibert (Wonder Woman '77) and artist Selena Goulding (Susanna Moodie), with letterer Ed Dukeshire, and the full approval of the original author Eve Zaremba (and we couldn't make this project happen without the wonderful organizational skills of her wife, Ottie Lockey!)

The cover is by renowned artist Sean Phillips (Criminal), and will be published by Bedside Press and edited by Hope Nicholson. Alex Segura (Blackout) serves as genre consultant on this book.

Selena Goulding and Amanda Deibert
Selena Goulding and Amanda Deibert

 Selena Goulding is a Canadian illustrator and comic book artist from Vancouver Island currently living in Toronto. A graduate from the Sequential Arts Program at Toronto's Max the Mutt Animation School, she is best known for her work on young adult indie comics such as Cobble Hill, publishing with 215 Ink. Susanna Moodie: Roughing It in the Bush was her first full-length graphic novel, based on a story by Carol Shields and published by Second Story Press in 2016. Her illustration work has also been showcased in the previous Bedside Press book The Secret Loves of Geek Girls.

Amanda Deibert writes television and comic books. Her comic book work includes Teen Titans Go, and a story in the NYT Times #1 Best Seller Love is Love benefiting the victims of the Pulse Night club shooting in Orlando. She has also written for Sensation Comics featuring Wonder Woman, and Wonder Woman ’77 for DC Comics and for John Carpenter’s Tales for a Halloween Night vol. 2, 3 & 4. 

Eve Zaremba is the author of six mystery novels featuring lesbian P.I., Helen Keremos.

Active in the Women’s Liberation Movement in the seventies and eighties, Zaremba was a founding member of the Broadside collective which produced a monthly feminist paper in Toronto from 1979 to 1989. She has written articles and reviews in a number of other publications. In 1972, Zaremba selected and edited an early work of feminist non-fiction, The Privilege of Sex, A Century of Canadian Women (Anansi).

Born in Poland, Zaremba emigrated to Canada in 1952 after a stint in the United Kingdom; she graduated from the University of Toronto in 1963. Over the years Zaremba has made a living in advertising, marketing, real estate and publishing. While writing two of her novels she ran a used bookstore in Toronto. Zaremba is a long-standing member of The Writers Union of Canada (TWUC). She lives in Toronto, with her spouse Ottie Lockey, a filmmaker, arts consultant and coach.

The Book

The graphic novel will be hardcover, black-and-white interior, roughly 80-100 pages, 7 x 10.5.

The prose book will be paperback, 174 pages, 6x9.

Kickstarter funders will receive their books in advance of the retail sale date.

The Status

We have finished the character designs, plot outline, dramatis personae, page breakdown, and the first 10 pages of the book are drawn & lettered. The funds go towards the rest of production.

The Artwork

The Pinups

Each of these pinups was commissioned from different artists and are available as a set in the print folio option, and as individual high-quality prints in the giclée level.

Artists include: Selena Goulding, Barbara Guttman, Marguerite Sauvage, Elizabeth Beals, Sara Richard,  Sami Kivelä, Bev Johnson, Vic Maholtra, Joana Neves, Caroline Dougherty, Sean Phillips, and Victor Santos.

The Rewards

Note: If you want to pick up your book instead of having it shipped, please select the shipping country as 'Antarctica' to not be charged for shipping. If you live in Los Angeles, Vancouver, Toronto, Winnipeg, or frequently attend comic conventions, we can arrange an in person pick up.

E-Books ($10 + up)

Print Books ($20+ up)

6x9 Print Folio  ($60)

Large (11x17) Giclée Print ($85)

Signed 1st Printing of Work for a Million ($100), out of print, only 5 available!

Book Club / Retailer - 5 / 10 copies of the Bedside Press Graphic Novel ($90 / $165)

Digital Commission by Selena Goulding - limited to 5 ($150)

Original art by John K Snyder III ($125)

Script (tv or comic) review by Amanda Deibert - $250

The Budget

Stretch Goals

over 1,000 backers for the graphic novel - we will create a tier for a hardcover edition.

Thanks

To the Manitoba Arts Council for the project grant which allowed us to commission the work done to date.

Risks and challenges

Bedside Press has successfully printed and fulfilled over 12 Kickstarter campaigns and is a well-respected publishing house, the risks of falling through are very minimal. Any delays will be communicated to the funders as soon as they are known.

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    Work for a Million BP Prose E-Book

    A digital version of the Bedside Press edition of Eve Zaremba's prose book Work for a Million, with a new cover by Sami Kivelä.

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    Work for a Million Graphic Novel E-book

    PDF of Work for a Million & comiXology download code

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    Digital Double: BP Prose & GN

    A digital edition of the Bedside Press edition of Eve Zaremba's prose book Work for a Million, with a new cover by Sami Kivelä, as well as the new graphic novel.
    Includes multiple book files (PDF, epub, mobi) as well as a comiXology download link.

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    Work for a Million BP Prose Book

    A copy of the Bedside Press edition of Eve Zaremba's prose book Work for a Million, with a new cover by Sami Kivelä.
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    e-book edition

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    • Work for a Million Bedside Press Prose E-Book
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    Work for a Million Graphic Novel

    The complete graphic novel for Work for a Million, in hardcover, adapted by Amanda Deibert & Selena Goulding.
    Comes with a bookplate and e-book.

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    • Work for a Million Graphic Novel
    • Work for a Million Graphic Novel E-Book
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    Work for a Million GN & BP Prose

    A copy of the Bedside Press edition of Eve Zaremba's prose book Work for a Million, with a new cover by Sami Kivelä, and the new graphic novel.
    Comes with a bookplate and e-books.

    Includes:
    • Work for a Million Graphic Novel
    • Work for a Million Graphic Novel E-Book
    • Bookplate
    • Work for a Million Bedside Press Prose E-Book
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    Book Set and Print Portfolio

    The complete graphic novel for Work for a Million, in hardcover, adapted by Amanda Deibert & Selena Goulding, as well as the original paperback prose book, reissued by Bedside Press. And a complete print portfolio featuring all the pinups from the series, in a gold embossed folio.
    Comes with a bookplate and e-books.

    Includes:
    • Work for a Million Graphic Novel
    • Work for a Million Graphic Novel E-Book
    • Bookplate
    • Work for a Million Bedside Press Prose E-Book
    • Work for a Million Bedside Press Prose Book
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    Book Set + Print Portfolio + Large Print

    The complete graphic novel for Work for a Million, in hardcover, adapted by Amanda Deibert & Selena Goulding, as well as the original paperback prose book, reissued by Bedside Press.
    A complete print portfolio featuring all the pinups from the series, in a gold embossed folio.
    And your choice of print, custom printed on archival paper using giclee process to give an ultra-high quality look, 11x17.
    Comes with a bookplate and e-books.

    Includes:
    • Work for a Million Graphic Novel
    • Work for a Million Graphic Novel E-Book
    • Bookplate
    • Work for a Million Bedside Press Prose E-Book
    • Work for a Million Bedside Press Prose Book
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    Book Club Level

    5 copies of the complete graphic novel for Work for a Million, in hardcover, adapted by Amanda Deibert & Selena Goulding.
    Comes with a bookplate and e-book.

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    • Work for a Million Graphic Novel
    • Work for a Million Graphic Novel E-Book
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    Sara Richard Level

    - A copy of the Bedside Press edition of Eve Zaremba's prose book Work for a Million, with a new cover by Sami Kivelä, and a copy of the new graphic novel.
    - A complete print portfolio featuring all the pinups from the series, in a gold embossed folio.
    - 1 8.5”x12" acrylic on illustration board painting for Work for a Million by Sara Richard
    - Comes with a bookplate and e-books.

    Includes:
    • Work for a Million Graphic Novel
    • Work for a Million Graphic Novel E-Book
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    • Work for a Million Bedside Press Prose E-Book
    • Work for a Million Bedside Press Prose Book
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    • Commission from Selena Goulding
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    John K Snyder III Level

    - A copy of the Bedside Press edition of Eve Zaremba's prose book Work for a Million, with a new cover by Sami Kivelä, and a copy of the new graphic novel.
    - A complete print portfolio featuring all the pinups from the series, in a gold embossed folio.
    - 8" x 12.5' on Strathmore illustration board art by John K Snyder III
    - Comes with a bookplate and e-books.

    Includes:
    • Work for a Million Graphic Novel
    • Work for a Million Graphic Novel E-Book
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    • Work for a Million Bedside Press Prose E-Book
    • Work for a Million Bedside Press Prose Book
    • Print Portfolio
    • Commission from Selena Goulding
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    Commission Level

    - A copy of the Bedside Press edition of Eve Zaremba's prose book Work for a Million, with a new cover by Sami Kivelä, and a copy of the new graphic novel.
    - A complete print portfolio featuring all the pinups from the series, in a gold embossed folio.
    - One digital commission in black and white by Selena Goulding.
    - Comes with a bookplate and e-books.

    Includes:
    • Work for a Million Graphic Novel
    • Work for a Million Graphic Novel E-Book
    • Bookplate
    • Work for a Million Bedside Press Prose E-Book
    • Work for a Million Bedside Press Prose Book
    • Print Portfolio
    • Commission from Selena Goulding
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    Signed Amanita Press 1st Edition

    - The original edition of Work for a Million published in 1986 by Amanita Press, signed by Eve Zaremba, only 5 are available!
    Comes with a bookplate and e-books.
    - A copy of the Bedside Press edition of Eve Zaremba's prose book Work for a Million, with a new cover by Sami Kivelä
    - A copy of the new graphic novel.
    - A complete print portfolio featuring all the pinups from the series, in a gold embossed folio.
    - Comes with a bookplate and e-books.

    Includes:
    • Work for a Million Bedside Press Prose E-Book
    • Bookplate
    • 1st Edition Amanita Press Work for a Million signed
    • Work for a Million Graphic Novel E-Book
    • Work for a Million Graphic Novel
    • Work for a Million Bedside Press Prose Book
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    Retailer Level

    10 copies of the complete graphic novel for Work for a Million published by Bedside Press.
    Comes with a bookplate and e-book.

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    • 10× Work for a Million Graphic Novel
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    Script Consultation with Amanda Deibert

    Amanda Deibert will read and give one round of feedback on either a screenplay or a graphic novel/comic book script.
    This includes a copy of the Work for a Million graphic novel.

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    • Work for a Million Graphic Novel
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