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Black Label Comics is the personal imprint and anthology comic of writer Ian Struckhoff. Help us print Issue #1 and get to New York Comic Con 2010!
Black Label Comics is the personal imprint and anthology comic of writer Ian Struckhoff. Help us print Issue #1 and get to New York Comic Con 2010!
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Black Label Comics is going to New York Comic Con 2010 this October, but we could use your help. We'd like to bring as many copies of the first issues of Black Label Comics and The Deathlings: Anne's Story as we can, and come back with our shirts. Our Kickstarter is also the only place to pre-order both comics.

Read and support the comics that The Weekly Crisis calls "very enjoyable" with "a great future ahead" and "something for everyone" and that MOMBCast say are "Stupidly Gorgeous" with "good character voice" and a "brilliant cover".

We have set our minimum goal at an achievable level of $500 which will cover a small portion of the expense of going to New York. We are still pushing, as it would take about $2500 to recoup the full cost of the convention and printing.

For lots of sample art, including pages, covers, and pin-ups, visit our updates. Anyone can see most of these, and our backers (even at $1 level) will get lots of additional preview pages and early looks at the coolest pin-ups! We update almost every week day.


The Deathlings: Anne's Story #1



Visit our Updates page for more artwork, including covers, pages, and pin-ups!


Directionless after high school. No idea what to wear when she's asked to a date at a bonfire. Then the guy who asked her isn't even there. Things can get worse-- the next morning, Anne is dead and her life gets really interesting.

Anne's Story begins the day she dies. Tracking down her own killer alone-- because dead girls can't go home-- she discovers that powers over life and death can't solve her real-life problems, before having to decide between entering an eternal war against the undead or somehow keeping her friends and family.

Issue #1 takes place on the last day of Anne's life, and the first day of a new life.

Written by Ian Struckhoff. Line art by Michela Da Sacco and Manuela Soriani. Color art by Juri Hayasaka. Cover by Reuben Negron. Pin-up art by Nikki Cook, Francesca Da Sacco, Juri Hayasaka, and Yasmine Putri.

Black Label Comics #1



Visit our Updates page for more artwork, including covers, pages, and pin-ups!


Black Label Comics is an anthology of short stories written by Ian Struckhoff. Some take place in the worlds of his ongoing series "The Deathlings," "Huginn & Muninn," and "The Dark Age" while others stand on their own.

"Introduction" - (A one-page comic.) Ani from The Deathlings introduces us to writer Ian Struckhoff and some of the stories he is telling. A silly interlude in lieu of a bio-page. Art by Juri Hayasaka.

"The Deathlings: Black Label" - A nameless cowboy Deathling breaks into a series of apartments in the foggy city, looking for something. Once he discovers the right place, he leads a group of refugees there-- and we see that he chose it because of some particular supplies he found in the pantry. Cowboys and Zombies! Line Art by Nicholas Raimo, Color Art by Sara Machajewski.

"The Dark Age: Untitled Masterpieces" - (8 Pages from Issue #1 of "All the Magic is Gone") - A serial-killer is posing the bodies of the beautiful women he kills in bad neighborhoods, but Detective Sandra Cash is shocked when she finds out why, in an unexpected place. Line Art by Rosaria Battiloro, Color Art by Paulina Vassileva.

"Tin-Plated Heart" - (A two-page comic.) A young inventor in a steampunk setting bemoans the fact that she can make a machine to dig, to fight, to fly, or to make waffles... but not to love. Art by Francesca Da Sacco.

"The Deathlings: Anne's Story" Preview - (8 pages from Issue #0/1 of "Anne's Story") - Scenes from Issues #0 and #1 of "The Deathlings: Anne's Story"-- including Anne's strange dream-- introduce the longer series.

"Huginn & Muninn" Preview - (8 pages from Issue #1 of "Blood Brothers") - Scenes from Issue #1 of "Huginn & Muninn: Blood Borthers" introduce the longer series, as Huginn and Muninn both find themselves in unexpected places.

"The Deathlings: Kid Stuff" - Two children living in a refugee camp in the City of Fog sneak out into the zombie-filled wasteland for a game. They are watched over by a mysterious figure, but manage to survive without his help. Art by Valia Kapadai.

"The Deathlings: Anne is Not Dead" - (A two-page comic.) Anne isn't the only one having strange dreams. After her disappearance (around Issue #3 of Anne's Story) her best friend Sara is struggling to deal with her friend's loss, when she has an equally unusual dream. Art by Craig Yeung.

Plus Pin-ups by Nikki Cook (Acti-I-Vate, DMZ, Memoir), Blair Shedd (Doctor Who), Amir Zand, and Rosaria Battiloro-- plus a cover by Jonathan Wyke and a limited variant cover by Daniel Govar (Zuda Comics' Azure).

Special Thanks To...
Meleah P. - Upped her pledge to push us over 50%
Ronald S. - Weekly Sponsor
Jan W. - Pledged enough to Die Horribly, plus a little extra to push us exactly to our minimum goal
Matt D. - Pledged to "put his money where his mouth is" after his kind review at The Weekly Crisis Andreas D. - Upped his pledge to push us to 200% hours before the project ended.

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    Posters & Comics Pack - Three Posters! One of a cover, one from a pin-up, and one of a photo of one of the characters. (If you specify, we will try to give you your pick of images.) Plus copies copy of Black Label Comics #1 and The Deathlings: Anne's Story #1. (Shipping to anywhere.)

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    Sponsor Printing Black Label Comics #1 Ltd. Edition PLUS ART BY CRAIG YEUNG

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