Clown Town started as a simple cover sketch in a local Starbucks - a barely-developed concept for entry into the 2010 Small Press Idol comic creation competition. Writer, Kevin LaPorte, and artist, Amanda Rachels, collaborated through successive stages of cover and character design, preliminary page submission and, ultimately, creation of a full 12-page story printed in January 2011 as Clown Town #0. Throughout this process of growth and learning as creators, Clown Town advanced as well, evolving from a classic slasher tale of wanton clown mayhem to a layered chronicle of child abuse and its consequences for the abused and the abuser. These effects are portrayed both literally and allegorically throughout Clown Town, as our cast comes into conflict with a rampaging cadre of clowns AND each other...
Amanda and Kevin committed at the outset of Small Press Idol 2010 that Clown Town would be completed regardless of the contest outcome; thus, our current effort to raise funds to assist with printing and distribution costs associated with self-publication of Clown Town #1. This 32-page issue is completed and will include the 12 pages originally created for Small Press Idol and printed in the short-run Clown Town #0, as well as 20 BRAND NEW PAGES OF STORY just waiting to be printed! Clown Town will run a full FOUR ISSUES, with three 20-page volumes scheduled and already in production to follow issue one!
PLEASE HELP: Donate what you can to assist us in bringing Clown Town to print! The promotional image above includes the full and final cover to Clown Town #1, and we'll release preview pages and art (including full art for the EXCLUSIVE REWARD PRINT) over the duration of this Kickstarter campaign! A minimum donation of $5 gets you a copy of Clown Town #1 SHIPPED (and that's LESS than cover price)! Higher donations will net you the exclusive print and unique, custom art by artist, Amanda Rachels!
You can see a preview of Clown Town pages HERE.
A Clown Town Synopsis:
The circus has come to Dusty Gulch, Kentucky, and children are vanishing. A body count of parents and caretakers skyrockets in the wake of these disappearances, as does the roll of dead victimizers of children - those known to abuse and neglect. Panic grips the townspeople, and reports of clowns at the abduction sites lead a few desperate citizens to the circus for answers. Led by El Goro, a retired rodeo clown with more than a few tricks up his sleeve, these unlikely defenders include a down-and-out single mom and her daughter, a reformed alcoholic who lost custody of his own children, and a moonlighting birthday party buffoon with a quickly dwindling customer base. They must conquer a primal fear of clowns in order to live long enough to learn a way to stop them and to answer the question: Are the imbalanced clowns simply face-painted monsters wantonly murdering for their own amusement, or are they nightmare-spawned avengers of wronged and innocent children?
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