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In 2004, Hurricane Ivan ravaged the Gulf Coast...and unveiled a hidden race of tiny denizens living lives to inspire all survivors!
39 backers pledged $1,415 to help bring this project to life.

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THE STORY

On September 16, 2004, Hurricane Ivan roared ashore at Gulf Shores, Alabama, and ravaged the Gulf Coast, wreaking destruction and shredding lives from Florida to Mississippi. The eye of Ivan glanced upward from the Gulf of Mexico and on toward the small town of Magnolia Springs, where local, Roberto Acosta, planned to ride out the storm in his home.

Now, staying home during a hurricane is a dangerous and harrowing proposition, but, when the calm of Ivan's eye looked down, Roberto braved the moment, and encountered...a hummingbird...right there, in that brief respite from tropical chaos...a hummingbird...alive and flitting...

From there, Roberto's imagination took flight on those buzzing wings, envisioning that hummingbird as messenger for a tiny people in need of shelter during that storm, a people who would teach him of matters beyond hurricanes, even beyond life itself...

Amanda Rachels' Kickstarter-Exclusive Cover to Eyes of the Hurricane! Replace the little figure on the cover with YOUR likeness at the $200 reward level!
Amanda Rachels' Kickstarter-Exclusive Cover to Eyes of the Hurricane! Replace the little figure on the cover with YOUR likeness at the $200 reward level!

THE PROJECT

Luckily for Roberto, his next door neighbor is one Amanda Rachels, artist extraordinaire of Inverse Press' Clown Town and Flesh of White and Arcana Studios' The Book. As part of his reward for backing Clown Town on Kickstarter, Roberto was due FULL ART (lines and color) on a story, and he chose the story of that hurricane-harried hummingbird and its imaginary handlers as the basis for that comic story.

Inverse Press partner - and writer of Clown Town, Roadkill du Jour and Last Ride for Horsemen - Kevin LaPorte, was tapped to adapt the story to a comic script from Roberto's memories and notes.

Thus was Eyes of the Hurricane born! It is a 20-page, self-contained comic featuring an inspirational tale of meaning found in a most unexpected circumstance.

THE PREVIEW

Final Art for Page 1 of Eyes of the Hurricane!
Final Art for Page 1 of Eyes of the Hurricane!
Final Art for Page 2 of Eyes of the Hurricane!
Final Art for Page 2 of Eyes of the Hurricane!
Final Art for Page 3 of Eyes of the Hurricane!
Final Art for Page 3 of Eyes of the Hurricane!
Final Art for Page 4 of Eyes of the Hurricane!
Final Art for Page 4 of Eyes of the Hurricane!

THE WRITER

Kevin LaPorte is the Mobile, Alabama-based writer and co-creator of genre comics with a horror bent - Last Ride for HorsemenRoadkill du Jour, Clown Town & The Blind Eye!  The worlds Kevin creates range from dark carnivals overrun by killer clowns violently avenging abused children (Clown Town) to dying frontier towns in the Old West beset by Steampunk versions of the Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse (Last Ride for Horsemen) to the bayou territory of a lone motorcycle gangster seeking vengeance for his cursed appetite for street meat and the slaughter of his brothers-in-arms (Roadkill du Jour)!  Kevin also contributed poetry and lyrics to Ancients & Warriors: The Sketch Art of Gavin Michelli, featuring the figure work of collaborator, Gavin Michelli.

THE ARTIST

Amanda Rachels' love of horror has been a heavy influence on her recent work, Clown Town, a tale of killer clowns with a twist, and Arcana Studios' The Book, which explores the dark side of traveling off the beaten path.  She is a frequent contributor to Grayhaven Comics'The Gathering anthology (including several covers).  Currently, she is adapting William Shakespeare's Titus Andronicus to graphic novel form with Kevin and continuing the Flesh of White series with writer, Erica J. Heflin. 

THE KICKSTARTER PEDIGREE

Kevin and Amanda have led TEN previous, successful Kickstarter campaigns, including those for Last Ride for HorsemenRoadkill du Jour #'s 1 & 2, Flesh of White #'s 1 & 2, four for their serialized horror graphic novel, Clown Town, as well as another for Ancients & Warriors: The Sketch Art of Gavin Michelli! We are experienced and reliable creators and purveyors of comics via Kickstarter. You will get what you pledge for and get it quickly!

THE LOYALTY REWARD

EVERY Backer of THIS campaign (non-PDF tiers) who previously backed Clown TownFlesh of White #'s 1 or 2, Roadkill du Jour #'s 1 or 2, or Last Ride for Horsemen will also receive a UNIQUE SKETCH Trading Card, with actual pencil art by a Eyes of the Hurricane artist, Amanda Rachels!

Loyalty Sketch Card for Previous Backers of Inverse Press Projects - Sketches by Eyes of the Hurricane Artist, Amanda Rachels!
Loyalty Sketch Card for Previous Backers of Inverse Press Projects - Sketches by Eyes of the Hurricane Artist, Amanda Rachels!

 THE REWARDS

Full details on each reward tier are outlined to the right, of course! We're offering Eyes of the Hurricane in multiple versions, including a digital (PDF format) edition, the Kickstarter-Exclusive Cover, and an EXTREMELY LIMITED Hardcover version that includes an ADDITIONAL, 10-page story by Kevin and Amanda - The Lil' Liberator!

The Lil' Liberator 10-Page Story by Kevin LaPorte & Amanda Rachels - Available ONLY in the Hardcover Edition of Eyes of the Hurricane ($30 Reward Tier)!
The Lil' Liberator 10-Page Story by Kevin LaPorte & Amanda Rachels - Available ONLY in the Hardcover Edition of Eyes of the Hurricane ($30 Reward Tier)!

Some reward tiers ($10, $15 and $25) include a Kickstarter-Exclusive print by Eyes of the Hurricane artist, Amanda Rachels!

The 8.5" x 11" Kickstarter- Exclusive Eyes of the Hurricane Print by Amanda Rachels - Available at the $10, $15 & $25 Reward Tiers!
The 8.5" x 11" Kickstarter- Exclusive Eyes of the Hurricane Print by Amanda Rachels - Available at the $10, $15 & $25 Reward Tiers!

We are also offering a very unique set of rewards to backers of Eyes of the Hurricane - the opportunity to be written/drawn into the story! There are three different levels, from single-panel, non-speaking appearances to appearances that include at least one spoken line, to having your likeness adorn THE COVER! Each role includes the character being drawn to your facial likeness AND having your name included in a Cast Credits list printed in the book! See each individual Reward Tier for details and pick how YOU want to be a part of Eyes of the Hurricane! Naturally, these roles are EXTREMELY LIMITED, so reserve yours NOW!

Also available - AD SPACE! Advertise YOUR comic or comic shop or other business venture on the back cover OR inside back cover of every (non-hardcover) issue of Eyes of the Hurricane! We'll keep you ad there for EVERY PRINTING of this book ever made and even update it each time, as necessary!

Risks and challenges

There are few to NO risks in the completion and fulfillment of this project. As the Kickstarter campaign launches, only a few pages remain to be completed in terms of art. We are committed to having ALL production work completed by the time the Kickstarter campaign ends, so that only printing and fulfillment must be accomplished after funding is achieved.

Printer delays are obviously beyond our control, but we are working with a high-end, reliable company that we are confident will deliver within the prescribed timeframe for fulfillment.

Our first obligation is to you, the BACKER. Given your support and trust in us, we aim to have the creative aspect of the project COMPLETE before there is even funding in hand, to ensure you get what you paid for at the highest possible level and within the shortest possible timeframe!

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    THE DIGITAL: A PDF copy of Eyes of the Hurricane delivered by EMAIL as soon as the the fundraising campaign ends!

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    THE KICKSTARTER-EXCLUSIVE COVER COMIC: A Signed/Numbered Kickstarter-Exclusive Cover Edition of Eyes of the Hurricane + a Kickstarter-Exclusive 8.5" x 11"!

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    THE 'THANK YOU' NOTE: A Signed/Numbered Kickstarter-Exclusive Cover Edition of Eyes of the Hurricane + a Kickstarter-Exclusive 8.5" x 11" Print + an autographed & personalized, handwritten 'Thank You' note from Roberto, Kevin & Amanda on a custom postcard featuring the creators in the story setting, Magnolia Springs, Alabama!

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    THE PREMIER SPONSORSHIP: Your Name PRINTED on the Inside Front Cover as a PREMIERE SPONSOR + a Signed/Numbered Kickstarter-Exclusive Cover Edition of Eyes of the Hurricane + a Kickstarter-Exclusive 8.5" x 11" Print + an autographed & personalized, handwritten 'Thank You' note from Roberto, Kevin & Amanda on a custom postcard featuring the creators in the story setting, Magnolia Springs, Alabama!

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    THE HARDCOVER EDITION: A LIMITED, hardbound edition of Eyes of the Hurricane, including an EXTRA 10-page, never-before-published short story by Kevin LaPorte and Amanda Rachels: "The Lil' Liberator" + the Kickstarter-Exclusive 8.5" x 11" Print!

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    THE STORY APPEARANCE: Get drawn into Eyes of the Hurricane! Your likeness will appear in one panel of the book, YOUR face clearly visible (no speaking lines)! Your name will also be included in a Cast Credits list in the book! Includes a Kickstarter-Exclusive Cover Edition of Eyes of the Hurricane!

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    THE ORIGINAL ART: You will receive the one-of-a kind 11x17" pen and ink original art for the Kickstarter Exclusive Print by Amanda Rachels
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    THE SPEAKING ROLE: Get drawn into Eyes of the Hurricane! Your likeness will appear in one panel of the book, YOUR face clearly visible and with a speaking line! Your name will also be included in a Cast Credits list in the book! Includes a Kickstarter-Exclusive Cover Edition of Eyes of the Hurricane!

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    THE COMMISSION: An 11” x 17” Single-Figure, Limited-Color Sketch Commission of ANY character of YOUR choice by Eyes of the Hurricane artist, Amanda Rachels + Kickstarter-Exclusive Cover Edition of Eyes of the Hurricane!

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    THE INTERIOR AD: Full-Page, Inside Back Cover Ad (PG Content - Subject to Approval) in EVERY (non-hardbound) copy of Eyes of the Hurricane + Kickstarter-Exclusive Cover Edition of Eyes of the Hurricane!

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    THE COVER MODEL: YOUR likeness immortalized as the little person on the cover of Eyes of the Hurricane! Amanda Rachels will replace the stand-in figure currently on the cover with a depiction of YOU turning the dial on the hurricane radio! Your name will also be included in a Cast Credits list in the book! Includes a Kickstarter-Exclusive Cover Edition of Eyes of the Hurricane!

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    THE BACK COVER AD: Full-Page, Back Cover Ad (PG Content - Subject to Approval) on EVERY (non-hardbound) Copy of Eyes of the Hurricane + Kickstarter-Exclusive Cover Edition of Eyes of the Hurricane!

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