What’s It About:
At the end of the work day, we all want a place to relax, unwind and commiserate.
For folks like Santa Claus, the Tooth Fairy, Cupid and their friends, after long days of performing their duties as mythical icons, that place is Holidaze - the bar where they can leave the candy-coated masks of their professional lives behind and just be themselves.
Of course, to "be themselves" means being a clueless old man with a streak for giving things away, a flirty fairy whose only vice isn’t collecting teeth, a master of love who hires out his work to cherubs, a barely-functioning alcoholic bunny and a tiny little Irishman whose pot of gold does nothing but bring him a life of bad luck.
Throw in other bar regulars like barroom psychiatrist Dr. Headless Horseman, green power-couple Mother Nature and Arbor Day, creeper Dracula, epic greats Abraham Lincoln and George Washington, and many more, you’ve got a watering hole where both the nuances of everyday life and magical, non-sensical mischief collide on every stool.
So pour yourself a pint or a nice glass of pinot noir, make your way to the bar and kick back with a few laughs with familiar faces from your youth that may turn out to be not quite so familiar after all, once you get to know them.
No epic events and multiple-installment storylines, each issue of Holidaze is a self-contained, done-in-one tale of magic, mischief and mayhem.
Who's Who at Holidaze
What's Inside? See for yourself!
The first 8 pages from Holidaze #1.
This issue, which we often referred to as "the pilot," served as a sort-of prototype for the series. It was created in the fashion of a twisted type of adult Christmas Special.
As the series progressed, the individual holidays became less of a focus as we turned our attention toward the everyday lives of the characters.
A smattering of panels from various other issues of Holidaze:
"The Walking Drunk" tells the tale of the day the bar went dry. The bar staff tries to substitute an old non-alcoholic brew that's been sitting in the stockroom forever, hoping no one will notice. What it does is turn Holidaze's iconic customers into beer-craving husks of flesh. And, oh, it just happens to be the day Chester, the Easter Bunny has given up drinking, leaving he and the bar staff in the middle of it all.
"Luck of the Irish" tells the tale of what happens when St Paddy, whose life is nothing but a string of bad happenings, loses his pot of gold to a ruthless thug. Suddenly each of their lives begin to change, one for the better and the other for the absolute worse.
"How Dracula Gets His Groove Back" - Holidaze isn't just for holiday characters. Many mythical icons saddle up to the bar, including the prince of darkness and slave to fashion, Dracula. He's changed his look a lot over the years in an effort to be trendy, but with it has come a loss of his scary image. When a potential victim laughs in his face at his lack of scare, Drac's self-esteem plummets and he finds himself in therapy with the bar's resident therapist, Dr. Headless Horseman.
"The Odd Couple" finds Chester, the Easter Bunny, out of a home and needing a place to stay. His only hope lies with Cupid, who offers to rent him an apartment above his place. But can the slovenly hare and a very finicky master of love live in the same place and not drive each other batty?
What People Are Saying About Holidaze
“What a lot of fun! Great book! Great stories! Great artwork!” – Todd Dezago, co-creator of The Perhapanauts, Tellos and Young Justice. Writer, The Sensational Spider-Man, Impulse and more.
"...a hilarious and clever series." - Shawn Perry, Bleeding Cool
“Wild, absurdist drinking party that hits all the right notes.” – panelsonpages.com
“A must read.” – madeinutica.com
“This is a great series.” – cannedairpodcast.com
“An incredibly fun cocktail of mirth and semi-good natured madness.” – Raymond Jacques, bagandbored.net
"...a combination of Cheers and Animal House!" - Alex Thomas, Pipedream Comics
“…laugh out loud…funny and I mean really funny.” – Frank Mula, comicrusaders.com
What are we doing?
Up until now, Holidaze has only been available digitally, via comiXology, Amazon Kindle/Digital Services. The only other way was to pick up an individual issue as part of a small print run if you saw us at conventions (which, as just two guys with full-time jobs and family, is not a rock n roll, all-year tour extravaganza).
So, this is the first time Holidaze will be available to the masses via online and this campaign.
We’ve collected the first five issues of the series, along with bonus material like pages from Andrew’s sketchbook, easter eggs he’s hidden through the series, deleted pages and more.
How YOU can help:
Your participation is incredibly important!
Creating a comic book and publishing a comic book are two completely different animals, and the latter gets pretty expensive.
This campaign will allow us to make Holidaze available, in print, to anyone who wants it, covering printing and shipping costs.
It also allows us to offer compensation for the countless hours of work that went into the creation of these stories to this point, most notably to artist Andrew Cieslinski, who has poured his blood and sweat into the illustrations contained within, penciling, inking, coloring and lettering every issue.
Your support also helps us to continue producing even more issues of Holidaze stories to come.
THE BREAK DOWN:
Here's how it breaks down in terms of the money being raised and what it's used for.
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The Great News!
Here’s the great part - the book is already done! That means that once we get the books printed and in our hands, we can quickly ship them off to all of you wonderful folks who want to join the fun that is Holidaze.
We’ve got a ton of different levels of rewards, including signed copies of the trade paperback, buttons, bookmarks, barware, original sketches, and much more!
The Secret Origin of Holidaze
It actually all started about 14 years ago.
Holidaze was originally going to be a short film when I was studying screenwriting and filmmaking back in college. I was in New England driving in the car with a friend and frequent collaborator on film projects back then, watching snow fall around, and I just said “I want to make a Christmas Special. But it’s a comedy. For adults. Santa and Cupid, and the Easter Bunny and everybody hanging out at a bar when they’re not working.”
The short film never came to fruition, but the basic idea for what it was supposed to be became the first issue of Holidaze more than a dozen years later.
Artist Andrew Cieslinski and I shared quite a few mutual friends.
One day I was having coffee with one of those mutual friends. At the time, I was working as a TV journalist and news anchor, and when you work in news, you tend to deal with a lot of bad stories day in and day out. Crimes, deaths, tragedies, assaults – all the stuff that just wears on you.
I was really, really looking for some type of outlet for myself for a bit of escapist writing outside of the news and all those types of stories.
Our mutual friend suggested I meet with Andrew, an incredibly talented artist, and see if we could collaborate on something. So I contacted Andrew, we grabbed coffee, and we just talked about ideas back and forth.
It was a terribly rainy afternoon and we were sitting at a table under a canopy outside a cafe. None of the ideas were hitting the mark. A lot was just a lot of the same we’ve seen before.
So, for whatever reason, I pulled that old short film idea, Holidaze, out of the back of my head and Andrew really dug it.
And away we went, printing under the name Dandy Press, a combination of both our names - Dave and Andy.
Risks and challenges
As we said, the best part is that the book is already done! That means that once a successful Kickstarter closes and we can access the Kickstarter funds to order your books, we will! We get the books and any other printable rewards made and in our hands and we can quickly ship them off to all of you wonderful folks who want to join the fun that is Holidaze.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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