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 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 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 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.
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.
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.
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
over 1,000 backers for the graphic novel - we will create a tier for a hardcover edition.
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.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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