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$8,860
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194
backers
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Funding Canceled
Funding for this project was canceled by the project creator on Oct 7 2018

About

THE SERIES

A widow seeking revenge. A champion hellbent on losing. An assassin second-guessing her contract. With over 100 pages of story and many more pages of extra features, Dead Legends is the martial arts throwback series that hits harder than a kick to the skull, brought to you by a group of dedicated comics pros who are prepared to deliver excitement with every turn of the page. 

Yan
Yan

With brutal martial arts battles and an action-packed tale, Dead Legends starts with the story of Yan, who enters a martial arts tournament to avenge the murder of her husband. Her plan is to infiltrate the tournament grounds, eliminate the killer and make a speedy exit. But quick revenge isn’t in Yan’s future, and soon she’s facing down the most hardened challengers the tournament has to offer, cracking heads and moving through the ranks as she fights her way toward her main target.

For an idea of what we'll be creating, check out this preview:

As the story progresses, we're introduced to a cast of characters that make Dead Legends more involved than your run-of-the-mill bracket & tier fight tale. From Damon, the champion who has grown tired of winning every battle he fights; to Red Death, the assassin who must enter the tournament to reach her target; to Stalk and Ward, two tournament fighters who get caught up in the struggles that Yan faces, each character in Dead Legends adds a little more to a story that has as explosive an ending as each of the battles that occur throughout the series. 

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This series has been at the forefront of James' and Gavin's minds for over a year, and while other projects have come and gone, Dead Legends has always been a story they both knew they would tackle. Now that day has come. With your backing, this labor of love will have the focus and attention it deserves from an extremely talented list of professionals. 

Beyond that, you get to experience the journey of the creative team through updates, from the happiness as more of the series gets completed to the successes gained as wider recognition for a story that we all feel so passionately toward begins to ramp up. Your help in creating this series will be  appreciated more than we can say.

FINANCES 

Finances for this book are the main thing that have kept us from moving forward on our own. While Gavin and James are happy to forego upfront payment, they wanted to make sure that the talents they were bringing to the project didn't have to make that same sacrifice. Because of that, the bulk of the money brought in through this campaign will be used to pay for coloring, lettering and editing. The rest of the funds will be put toward printing and shipping costs, fees, reward fulfillment and taxes.

In this way, we will be able to create a visually and narratively amazing series while generating both a lot of buzz and a substantial readership that far surpasses what we are able to attract during the campaign. 

We love this series and these characters, and can't wait to create a comic that will live up to the vision we have for it and them. 

THE DEAD LEGENDS TEAM

• JAMES MADDOX - Writing

With titles that include Metaphorical Her, Dead Legends, Clown, The Dead & Eccentrix, writer James Maddox has created a range of the most dynamic stories in indie comics. Maddox lives in Huntington, WV, is the bass player for the rock band Qiet, and enjoys good bourbon--usually in an Ewok flask.

• GAVIN SMITH - Illustrations 

Gavin Smith is a freelance artist who lives in Indianapolis, Indiana. He is the artist for "The Accelerators" for Blue Juice Comics, Ghost in the Shell for Kodansha/Penguin Random House, Gregory Graves for Starburns Industries. He recently completed a story for "68" for Image Comics. He also worked on motion comics for AT&T, A horror adaptation of "Pop Goes the Weasel" for Line Webtoon, "Charge" A prequel comic to the independent cult movie "All Superheroes Must Die", cover artist for "Action Lab Entertainment, and has provided ghosting duties on backgrounds and inks for several other comic books. In 2012 created and self published his own comic book "Human City". He is also a 2011 graduate of the Joe Kubert School.

• MARISSA LOUISE - Colors

Marissa Louise is a colorist who's adaptable style can be found in comics from Marvel, DC, Image, Dark Horse, IDW, Vault and more. She resides in Oregon with two cats and a dog.

• RYAN FERRIER - Letters

Ryan Ferrier is a Canadian comic book writer best known for the acclaimed original series such as the D4VE trilogy and Hot Damn for IDW, and Kennel Block Blues and Curb Stomp for Boom! Studios. Through Dark Horse Comics, September/October 2018 will see the release of Criminy, his original graphic novel with co-creator Roger Langridge, as well as Death Orb, an original five-issue mini-series with co-creator Alejandro Aragon.

• SHEILAH VILLARI - Edits

Boss Editrix at Geek.Com. Dog Mom AF. Practicing Ravenclaw. Winter Soldier Influencer. Asset to the War Department. INTP. She can be found pursuing your local coffee shops, record stores, and comic emporiums.

CHECK OUT PINUP ART FROM FRIENDS!

We've asked a collection fo friends to give us some of their takes on our characters--mainly to show how much we love these creators and their work--and whoa, did they deliver! There are more to come, too! Be sure to click on the images to find more from each creator!

Jorge Corona's take on Yan Nakamura
Jorge Corona's take on Yan Nakamura
Jen Hickman's take on Red Death
Jen Hickman's take on Red Death
Tony Gregori's take on Barbosa (Colors coming soon!)
Tony Gregori's take on Barbosa (Colors coming soon!)
Ali Cantarella's take on Ushi Nakamura
Ali Cantarella's take on Ushi Nakamura
Matt Lesniewski's take on Stalk & Ward (Colors coming soon!)
Matt Lesniewski's take on Stalk & Ward (Colors coming soon!)
Dan Dougherty's take on Red Death
Dan Dougherty's take on Red Death
 

REWARD TIERS

THANK YOU FOR YOUR SUPPORT!

And that's the campaign! Thank you for taking time to check out Dead Legends. We hope you have enjoyed our push to get this story created and look forward to the journey that will see this series finally to print. 

Once funded, we will include stretch goals that include Tournament Coins, Enamel Pins, and Blind Tiger Hoodies! But for now, we're just hoping you'll help us in contributing to or sharing the project.

Thanks again! We love you for helping us create a story we believe in, and we can't wait to rock your sock off with Dead Legends! 

Risks and challenges

Everyone involved in Dead Legends has been working in comics for quite some time. We know how to meet our deadlines, be it with personal projects or with published work, and we know how to produce great work while doing so.

As of launch, we have the first issue complete with inks and awaiting colors and letters, and we have half of issue two complete with inks. That means we have a little over three issues left to produce. This will take time, but this series is at the top of our list to get done and ready for readers both here and out in the rest of the world.

That said, life happens to the best of us (just ask James about his recent wreck on I-78), but there are no foreseen obstacles that would delay us more than a few weeks in the production of this book.

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    Digital Director's Cut of Issue #1

    Want just a taste of Dead Legends in digital form? We have you covered! Here you'll find a PDF copy of a black & white version of the first issue delivered to your inbox with a ton of behind the scenes content and two Dead Legends wallpapers for your desktop.

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    DL Bundle + BreakMaster Cylinder Music

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    Signed Graphic Novel + Swag

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    Writer Interior Cover Sketch

    James Maddox (who cannot draw) will sketch something on the inner cover of your book. He will also write a piece of flash fiction inspired by the topic of that drawing.
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    Original Pages from Dead Legends

    Here's the opportunity to own an original page from Dead Legends! Gavin Smith's original pages are something to behold, so we're offering a handful of these one of a kind pages to you, plus a physical copy of the book!
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    Tony Gregori Pinup Original

    Get the original art for Tony Gregori's pinup for Dead Legends, plus the physical book, an exclusive pin, access to the Breakmaster Cylinder tracks, and a temporary tattoo!

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    Gavin Smith Commission

    Gavin Smith will deliver a wonderful commission of your choice (upon his approval of the subject matter) along with a physical copy of Dead Legends!
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    James Maddox Bourbon Special

    In addition to a copy of the book and all the swag (Temporary Tattoo, Sticker, Mini-Print, 3-Pin Set), James will meet you at a mutually agreed location, hand deliver your book, talk story and *share* a discussion about your choice of either Old Scout or Four Roses Small Batch bourbon.

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    In addition to a copy of the book and all the swag (Temporary Tattoo, Sticker, Mini-Print, 3-Pin Set), Gavin will meet you at a mutually agreed location, hand deliver your book, talk story and *share* a conversation about wrestling.

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Funding period

- (30 days)