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20 years ago Jackson Connolly signed away his soul. With 3 days left to break the bargain, will he succeed or face the hellhounds?

**If we reach the stretch goal of 11k everyone who pledges will receive a 10-15 page standalone story!**

Thank you for considering this project. Please see the bottom page for more information about funding goals

The Story 

The premonitions don’t lie. Jackson Connolly knows the hellhounds are coming for him.

Twenty years ago Jackson signed his soul away to pay his mother’s gambling debt. Now his bill is coming due on New Year’s Eve. 

Peddling potions and mojos as a traveling salesman most of his life, Jackson understands a thing or two about magic. But salvation always eludes him. Louisiana is his last hope.

Jackson’s hunt for a way to break the devil's pact leads him to a haunted plantation in search of a crazy hoodoo slave ghost and then to the wild streets of 1955 New Orleans. With the assistance of an alluring creole healer named Lissette, can Jackson find a way to save himself before the clock strikes midnight on New Year's Eve?

The Bargain will be a full color graphic novel approximately 65-75 pages. It's a blend of moody noir, action and adventure. If you are fan of the supernatural you will love this dark tale brimming with ghosts, hellhounds and hoodoo magic. 

Help make this book a reality and pledge for an exclusive Kickstarter limited edition copy of The Bargain along with other exclusive rewards like posters, t-shirts and stickers.

Cover Art
Cover Art

Why Kickstarter?

Pitching a non super-hero "genre" book can be a tough sell in the comics industry. There are only a handful of publishers that might take on a project like this. Compound that with the fact that it's difficult, if not impossible, for an unknown author to get a green light for any project. In a nutshell, that's why I'm Kickstarting this project. My hope is to self-publish and see where the project goes after that. 

The thing I love about Kickstarter is that it gives new stories and voices outside of the mainstream a chance to thrive. This project is a perfect example of that. Your funds will help pay for the art needed to finish this book. Please help support a worthwhile indie comic project and pledge today to receive your exclusive limited edition copy of The Bargain graphic novel. You won't be sorry!

Exclusive Kickstarter Rewards

Limited Edition Print Official T-Shirt
Limited Edition Print Official T-Shirt

Artist Contributed Pin-ups 

A handful of talented, generous artists have agreed to contribute pin-ups to The Bargain. This original artwork will be featured in the book in a pin-up section.

**If you refer someone who pledges this campaign you will receive a print of the pin-up of your choice. The referrals will be collected on the post campaign form. Be sure and let your friends and family know to mention how they were referred to this campaign so you can qualify to receive your free pin-up print!**

Gunga Den by J.C. Grande

J.C. Grande
J.C. Grande

Riley Rossmo - Hellhound sketch

Riley is one of my all time favorite artists. His talent level is just off of the charts and he's a nice guy as well. If you haven't seen his work in Green Wake, Debris or Bedlam you are missing out. Go immediately to the comic book store and buy copies of his books or download them on the Comixology app. You won't be sorry. You can view more of Riley's artwork at rileyrossmo.com and you can follow Riley's tweets at @RileyRossmo1

Kelly Williams - Lula And Her Boys Pin-up

I recently had the pleasure of being introduced to Kelly's fantastic artwork. He is extremely talented and I'm so pleased he agreed to contribute a pin-up. You can view more of Kelly's art at http://treebeerdstuff.com or follow him on twitter at @TreeBeerd.

In progress

Hellhound by Cheri Large
Hellhound by Cheri Large
Jackson by Sean Von Gorman
Jackson by Sean Von Gorman

**The Artwork From The Book**

I'm really excited about the artwork for this project. We have hellhounds and ghosts set against a moody 1950's backdrop. J.C. Grande is the talented artists attached to this project. I'm currently working with J.C. on new issues of my indie comic series, The End Is Totally Nigh which is released digitally through Alterna Comics. All funds from this campaign go to pay J.C. as well as covering the Kickstarter and Amazon fees. 

Here's a taste of what you can expect. Enjoy!

Black and White Cover Art
Black and White Cover Art

What Does The Goal Cover? And Where Does The Extra Money Go?

What a good question! Here's what happens as we hit the following goals:

  • $5,500 - Artwork, color and Kickstarter/Amazon fees are covered and the book gets created. Yay!
  • $9,000 - We can cover the expenses of printing and shipping the book (estimated for approximately 300 people)
  • $11,000 - We can cover the cost for printing t-shirts, stickers, posters and any additional fees/shipping. Then I do a happy dance because I won't have to eat ramen noodles for the next 4 months!
  • OVER $11,000 - If there's enough money we will produce a short standalone "prequel" story involving Jackson. Everyone would get a copy no matter what pledge level!

I am just grateful this book is being made and any help to cover the expense of printing and shipping is amazing and appreciated. We still have a month to go (because I never dreamed we would get to the goal so quickly). That means anything can happen. I would love to raise enough to produce a standalone prequel for everyone so spread the word and let's keep this campaign alive :)

Risks and challenges Learn about accountability on Kickstarter

The main challenge at this point is money. Once we have the funds I can start feeding my artist new pages and production can continue. I have worked with this artist on my independent indie series and other pitches. He is reliable and professional and I know that we will finish this book in a timely manner and it will be at the highest quality we can possibly make it.

I have set aside money to help pay for the production costs and reward fulfillment. However, if we can raise enough money in this campaign, those costs will be covered. If we can raise money in excess of this amount then we may be able to produce a stand alone prequel that will go to all backers regardless of pledge level.

Here's a nice recommendation from one of my backers who is also a comic blogger.

"I’m a fan of noir comics, and add in a supernatural twist the pitch for the graphic novel appeals to me. But most importantly Kara delivers. She gets the comics out, and out on time, going out of the way to update folks and keep them in a loop. We should be supporting upstanding behavior like that for Kickstarter projects." - Brett Schenker of The Graphic Policy Blog

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