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About this project

Black Label Comics is an anthology of short comics written by Ian Struckhoff (a.k.a. photographer Ian X.)

The comic you are supporting is by a combination of new, indy, and professional creators from around the world. In the first few issues, there will be stories with art by Manuela Soriani (Galaxies, Jonathan Steele, etc.), Adrian Dorame, Nick Raimo, Shannon Potratz, Matteo Carlarino, Daniel Herrmann, Rosaria Battiloro, Michela Da Sacco, Francesca Da Sacco, and more. Plus, we will have pin-up art by comics pros including Nikki Cook (Marvel, Vertigo, Image, Boom, Act-I-Vate).

Each issue will have 52 full-color pages, with stories ranging from 8-12 pages each. We expect to publish the first print run in October 2010-- as soon as it's ready, our Kickstarter contributors will be the first people to receive copies.

We're asking for help in getting started, specifically in funding the printing and distribution expenses of the first issue-- but thanks to Kickstarter, the best way you can help isn't donating, it's simply pre-ordering a copy of the first issue! This will allow us to self-publish the first printing of the first issue.

Here's the cool thing-- For a comic to exist in the mainstream distribution model, it needs to sell 1,000 copies per issue. We've set our goal so that we can print, promote, and distribute 1,000 copies-- by pledging, you will not only be getting the comic off the ground, but also ensuring it's success!

Be sure to check out our Facebook Fan Page and DeviantArt Group for more artwork and information.

Here are some of the stories you can read in our first few issues…

Athens and the Olive Tree - A light retelling of a Greek myth-- The story of how Athena and Poseidon competed for the patronage of Athens, by offering gifts. Poseidon offers horses and a well, and almost makes a threat. Athena offers one gift, the olive tree-- which can be used for food, fuel, timber, and more. The people of Athens, and the Olympians, chose Athena, bringing a legacy of wisdom and strategy, but eternal problems with water supply. Line art by Manuela Soriani, Color Art by Adrian Dorame.

The Deathlings: Out of the Blue - A group of refugees find themselves in a mysterious abandoned and foggy city, surrounded by zombies and other monsters. After encountering a bizarre figure that just doesn't seem to belong in such a dark place, one of them finds the strength to face the horrors they find. A near-silent story. Zany Blue Mime Vs. Undead - Art by Matteo Carlarino

The Deathlings: Black Label - Another Deathling, a nameless Cowboy, 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 as a safe place well-stocked with cigars, whiskey, water, and a bit of food. Cowboys and Zombies! Line Art by Nick Raimo.

DOT! #1 & #2 - Late for Work - A cosmic sci-fi adventure in the style of Jack Kirby, featuring Dot, the servant of the space god Oam the Infinite. She's a spunky modern girl (for the early 1960s) who has light-hearted adventures. (This will be an ongoing series of shorts.) Written in the Marvel Method, All Art by Daniel Hermann

The Dark Age: Untitled Masterpieces - 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-- At an art gallery show featuring the photos he has taken. (For once, no supernatural stuff, just a bad man with a camera.) Line Art by Rosaria Battiloro

The Dark Age: Observer - Detective Sandra Cash is investigating a murder, when she uncovers rumors that a well-dressed but homeless blind man wandering the streets of the city is an Angel. While looking for him, she discovers he has been shot at in a mugging, but is unscathed. Their conversation begins to reveal the truth about the man who calls himself Nero the Observer. Line Art by Rosaria Battiloro

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. (Ties to The Deathlings ongoing series.) Art by Valia Kapadai

A Long Night - A young Deathling, Ani, is fighting her way into a labyrinthine necropolis, to face the master necromancer at it's heart. When she gets there, she discovers that he is possessed by the Norse spirit of Memory, Muninn. Hijinx Ensue! Action! Undead! And a Twist! (Ties together two ongoing series, The Deathlings and Huginn & Muninn.) Line Art by Shannon Potratz

The Deathlings: Ghost Town - A Deathling, The Nameless Cowboy, returns to a ghost town that holds some strong memories, to fight the undead. While tracking the source of the infestation, he also faces the ghosts of his memories, especially a lost love.

The Depths - A modern-day British submarine encounters an undersea terror that shouldn't exist! (Detailed tech, weapons, and uniforms... and horrible tentacled monsters!)

Huginn & Muninn: Fenris - A one-page introduction to the god of all wolves, bringer of chaos, and the being who the northmen know will one day herald the end of the world. Line art by Michela Da Sacco.

Tin-Plated Heart - 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 pancakes... but not to love. Art by Francesca Da Sacco

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    Receive a PDF copy of Issue #1 a couple of weeks before the printed edition comes out in November. Plus you'll be on the list for our members-only blog updates!

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    Pre-Order Black Label Comics #1 - For the cover price plus $2 for shipping (to the US or Canda), you will receive a copy of the comic book itself.

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    Comic plus a Poster - A copy of Black Label Comics #1 plus a limited edition 18" x 24" poster with art by Jonathan Wyke. (Based on the image you see on this project page.)

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    Three Posters - High quality 18" x 24" posters featuring cover designs from Issue #1. Art by Jonathan Wyke, a photo by Ian X., and one more surprise poster.

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    Die Horribly! - Literarily, rather than literally. Your likeness will appear in a story in one of our first three issues, as a zombie or victim. (We promise what happens won't be pretty!) Plus a signed copy of Issue #1, and a print of a page you appear on, when available.

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    Comics Shop Retail Pack - You will receive 10 copies of Black Label Comics #1, 8 copies of The Deathlings #0 preview, an advance PDF copy for review, three 18" x 24" posters, plus a signed copy of the exclusive Kickstarter variant. (Total cover price of all the books $104.) If you are local to one of us, especially near Boston, we'd be happy to do a singing in your store as well!

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    Sponsor a Whole Day! (Exclusive Variant Issue) - You will receive a signed copy of the Black Label Comics #1, with an exclusive variant cover only available to our top contributors, and two big 18" x 24" posters. You will be sponsoring one entire day of our Kickstarter drive-- If one person buys this every day it will fund the entire project!

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    Naming Rights - Your name will be used as the name of a character in one of the stories in one of the first three issues of Black Label comics. Plus a signed copy of the exclusive cover variant of Issue #1!

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    Patron - More about the honor than the rewards. You will be listed in the book as a major contributor, with our thanks. In addition, you will receive a copy of the exclusive edition variant book and a poster of the cover, as well as a special surprise-- unique to each contributor.

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    You Win! - All of the rewards outlined above, plus we will send you a special variant edition of the book with your name replacing "Ian Struckhoff" in the title.

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