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A brand new trade paperback collection of the original VAMPIRE, PA mini-series and the original VPA prose short story!
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WELCOME TO VAMPIRE, PA! 

Dean Marklin was fairly happy in his life as an above-average HVAC repair man in suburban Pittsburgh until he found out that his hometown, Dormont, was infested with vampires. In fact, they’d taken over his childhood favorite theater, the now-long-abandoned movie palace known as The Grand. What’s worse, at least according to Dean, was that he discovered he’s very good at killing vampires. Now he’s trying to keep up with his day job, maintain a new relationship, and rid Dormont of the undead...

Sample interior page from Vampire, PA
Sample interior page from Vampire, PA

Created and written by J.C. Vaughn (Zombie-Proof, Stargate Atlantis), illustrated by Brian & Brendon Fraim (The Flight, The Three Stooges), colored by Mark Wheatley (Mars, Breathtaker), lettered by Marshall Dillon (Animosity, Startup), and produced by Michael Solof (Off The Beatle Track), Vampire, PA is the story of Dean, his new girlfriend, Dee-Dee, their co-worker “Scuba Dave” Donovan, and the stunningly beautiful, deadly vampire cult leader Jocelyn Elder, who is definitely not the former Surgeon General of the same name.

Standard Cover
Standard Cover

The original three-issue mini-series from Moonstone Books kicked off with a cover by Mark Wheatley. In a lucky break that defies all reason, the acclaimed, multiple-award-winning creator or co-creator of Blood of the Innocent, Radical Dreamer, Frankenstein Mobster, Mars, and Breathtaker actually had a hole in his schedule and joined the VPA team as interior colorist. He also designed VPA’s nigh-iconic logo. His cover for Vampire, PA #1 serves as the main (or standard) cover for the trade paperback collection.

Kickstarter Exclusive Edition
Kickstarter Exclusive Edition

Twin artists Brendon and Brian Fraim, who capture Dean’s brutal vampire-hunting action and Jocelyn’s sultry, over-the-top style in equal fashion, have previously collaborated with writer J.C. Vaughn on the romance-adventure-mystery Antiques: The Comic Strip, which was serialized in unlikely fashion in the pages of Antique Trader, and the post-apocalyptic science fiction-adventure strip The Flight, which was serialized in V For Vendetta co-creator David Lloyd’s digital Anthology, Aces Weekly. The regular artists on American Mythology’s The Three Stooges also illustrated Kids of the Round Table. They provided the new cover featuring vampire queen Jocelyn Elder for the Kickstarter Exclusive edition of Vampire, PA.

Convention Cover Edition
Convention Cover Edition

Billy Tucci, creator of the hit indy comic Shi: The Way of the Warrior, and writer-artist of the award-winning Sgt. Rock: The Lost Battalion, not only gave writer J.C. Vaughn a major break when he hired him to write the one-shot Shi: Akai, he also volunteered to illustrate the Convention Edition cover of this Vampire, PA collection. A longtime fan of Brian and Brendon Fraim’s work, he put at least one Pittsburgh-related “Easter Egg” in the cover. His one-of-a-kind original art is one of the rewards available for this project. A special thanks to Dawn Guzzo, who put this cover together for us on short notice!

Billy Tucci's original art for his cover
Billy Tucci's original art for his cover

This 96-page collection includes four pages not initially included when the mini-series was first published, and it also contains the original short story “Vampire Hunter Dean,” on which the series was based. It comes with a cover gallery and more. 

VPA Bookmark #1 is based on Mark Wheatley’s cover. VPA Bookmark #2 is based on Brendon & Brian Fraim’s Kickstarter Exclusive cover. VPA mini-print #1 is features Billy Tucci’s art.

Here’s a special five-page preview of the book…

Vampire, PA - Page 11
Vampire, PA - Page 11
Vampire, PA - Page 12
Vampire, PA - Page 12
Vampire, PA - Page 13
Vampire, PA - Page 13
Vampire, PA - Page 14
Vampire, PA - Page 14
Vampire, PA - Page 15
Vampire, PA - Page 15

STRETCH GOAL #1: $5,000

At this level, we’ll add the following to the book: Improved cover stock on all print editions Special cover treatments on all print editions An additional 16-pages in all print and digital editions featuring an expanded cover gallery and pages of rarely-seen and never-before-seen amazing work from artists Brendon and Brian Fraim.

A previously unpublished page by Brendon & Brian Fraim
A previously unpublished page by Brendon & Brian Fraim

STRETCH GOAL #2: $6,000

If we reach the $6,000 Stretch Goal, we’ll reward ALL print supporters – that’s everyone at $20 and up – with a deluxe, 14-point, laminated card stock, 6” x 2” bookmark featuring Billy Tucci’s Convention Edition cover artwork! 

VPA $6,000 Stretch Goal Bookmark
VPA $6,000 Stretch Goal Bookmark

STRETCH GOAL #3: $7,500

We’ll add McCandless & Company: Crime Scenes, a 40-page B&W crime comic by Vampire, PA creator J.C. Vaughn with all print and digital editions of Vampire, PA

In addition to several stories, we’ll include pin-ups by some great comic book creators: Mark Wheatley (Vampire, PA cover artist and colorist, co-creator Breathtaker and Mars), Billy Tucci (Vampire, PA cover artist, creator of Shi, bon vivant and man about town), John K. Snyder III (creator of Fashion in Action, adapter of Eight Million Ways to Die), and Robert Hack (acclaimed artist of Archie’s Sabrina and well-known cover artist), among others.

McCandless & Company: Crime Scenes
McCandless & Company: Crime Scenes

And that’s just the beginning…

Vampire, PA is ©2007, 2018 J.C. Vaughn & Michael A. Solof. All rights reserved.

Risks and challenges

The overwhelming bulk of the story/art pages and the editorial pages are done and are ready to print right now. If anyone selects the rewards that include new art for the book, those are about the only things we can see that would slow this project down, and even then not for any serious amount of time. We have an experienced team of creators and production people who are confident this will finish on time.

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    TWO-FER-ONE VAMPIRE KILLER

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    BOOKMARK THE SPOT

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    THE KICKSTARTER EXCLUSIVE COVER

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    BOOKMARK THE SPOT (REDUX)!

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    HVAC REPAIRMAN vs. VAMPIRES

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    BENJAMIN FRANKLIN, VAMPIRE HUNTER

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    UNDEAD DELUXE

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    • The PDF version of our book!
    • The Zombie-Proof trade paperback signed by J.C. Vaughn!
    • The Stargate Atlantis Volume One trade paperback signed by J.C. Vaughn!
    • A copy of Bedtime Stories for Impressionable Children #1 signed by J.C. Vaughn!
    • A copy of McCandless & Company: Insecurities signed by J.C. Vaughn!
    • Kickstarter Exclusive VPA mini-print #1!
    • Kickstarter Exclusive VPA Bookmark #2!
    • Kickstarter Exclusive VPA Bookmark #1!
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    BETTER OFF DEAD

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    NOT LIKELY TO STAY DEAD

    The Convention Exclusive Cover edition of the book signed by writer J.C. Vaughn, artists Brendon & Brian Fraim, color artist Mark Wheatley, and convention exclusive cover edition artist Billy Tucci!
    • Kickstarter Exclusive Cover edition!
    • The standard print version!
    • The PDF version of our book!
    • The Zombie-Proof trade paperback signed by J.C. Vaughn!
    • The Stargate Atlantis Volume One trade paperback signed by J.C. Vaughn!
    • A copy of Bedtime Stories for Impressionable Children #1 signed by J.C. Vaughn!
    • A copy of McCandless & Company: Insecurities signed by J.C. Vaughn!
    • Kickstarter Exclusive VPA mini-print #1!
    • Kickstarter Exclusive VPA Bookmark #2!
    • Kickstarter Exclusive VPA Bookmark #1!
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    GET THE PICTURE?

    • A select page of original art by Brendon & Brian Fraim from the Vampire, PA graphic novel!
    • The Convention Exclusive Cover edition of the book signed by writer J.C. Vaughn, artists Brendon & Brian Fraim, color artist Mark Wheatley, and convention exclusive cover edition artist Billy Tucci!
    • The Kickstarter Exclusive Cover edition!
    • The standard print version!
    • Kickstarter Exclusive VPA Bookmark #1
    • Kickstarter Exclusive VPA Bookmark #2
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    GET (IN) THE PICTURE!

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    • An illustrated pin-up as either a vampire or vampire hunter (your choice) by Brendon and Brian Fraim
    • That illustration will appear in the book
    • That page of original art will ne yours!
    • The Convention Exclusive Cover edition of the book signed by writer J.C. Vaughn, artists Brendon & Brian Fraim, color artist Mark Wheatley, and convention exclusive cover edition artist Billy Tucci!
    • The Kickstarter Exclusive Cover edition!!
    • The standard print version!
    • The Kickstarter Exclusive Vampire, PA Bookmark #1
    • The Kickstarter Exclusive Vampire, PA Bookmark #2
    • The Kickstarter Exclusive Vampire, PA mini-print #1
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    SINK YOUR TEETH INTO BILLY'S COVER

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    • Billy Tucci’s original cover art for the Convention Exclusive Cover edition!
    • The Convention Exclusive Cover edition of the book signed by writer J.C. Vaughn, artists Brendon & Brian Fraim, color artist Mark Wheatley, and convention exclusive cover edition artist Billy Tucci!
    • The Kickstarter Exclusive Cover edition!
    • The standard print version!
    • Kickstarter Exclusive VA Bookmark #1!
    • Kickstarter Exclusive VPA Bookmark #2!
    • Kickstarter Exclusive VPA mini-print #1!
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    VAMPIRE, PA PRODUCER

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    • A large credit on the indicia page (immediately following the title page) listing you as a Producer of the Vampire, PA graphic novel!
    • A select page of original art by Brendon & Brian Fraim from the Vampire, PA graphic novel!
    • 5 copies of the Convention Exclusive Cover edition of the book signed by writer J.C. Vaughn, artists Brendon & Brian Fraim, color artist Mark Wheatley, and convention exclusive cover edition artist Billy Tucci!
    • 5 copies of the Kickstarter Exclusive Cover edition of the book!
    • 5 copies of the standard print version!
    • Kickstarter Exclusive VPA Bookmark #1!
    • Kickstarter Exclusive VPA Bookmark #2!
    • Kickstarter Exclusive VPA mini-print #1!
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    LUCAS-IZATION

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    • An appearance in the story!
    • We’ll go back into the art and re-pencil, re-ink, re-color and maybe even re-letter a select panel or panels to “make it better” in a way that everyone will agree actually IS better: It will include YOU.
    • You’ll be a vampire and you’ll get killed by our gallant vampire hunter, Dean!
    • 25 copies of the standard edition of the book to give to your friends!
    • 25 copies of the Kickstarter Exclusive edition to give to your real friends!
    • 25 copies of the Convention Exclusive Cover edition to sell for big bucks to your new fans!
    • Kickstarter Exclusive VPA Bookmark #1!
    • Kickstarter Exclusive VPA Bookmark #2!
    • Kickstarter Exclusive VPA mini-print #1!
    • The PDF version of our book!
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