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When an infant with albinism is selected as a Witch Doctor’s next victim, a mother must sacrifice all she’s known to protect her child.
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The Story:

Rehema’s life filled with joy on the day her first child was born. She and her husband, Idi, named the boy Kwasi. He was their hope for the future and their greatest dream come true. He was also born with albinism.

The Kickstarter-Exclusive Cover to Flesh of White #1 - Featuring KWASI!
The Kickstarter-Exclusive Cover to Flesh of White #1 - Featuring KWASI!

Albinism brings with it a variety of medical concerns, but, in this region of Tanzania, the threat to people with albinism is more immediate. Witch Doctors, and those who believe in their trade, view these people as a magical component. Fisherman use the hair from individuals with albinism on their lures, to encourage fish to take bait. Both adults and small children are encouraged to fear those with albinism. They come to view them as something less than human. They call them “ghosts.”

Rehema and Idi live in a small and tight-knit community where they believe that their son is safe. When outsiders learn of the infant’s existence, word filters back to a local Witch Doctor. Rehema and Idi must take extreme action to keep Kwasi safe as The Doctor and his Harvester come for the infant’s white flesh.

Fully Rendered & Lettered Page 1 of Flesh of White #1
Fully Rendered & Lettered Page 1 of Flesh of White #1
Fully Rendered & Lettered Page 2 of Flesh of White #1!
Fully Rendered & Lettered Page 2 of Flesh of White #1!
Fully Rendered & Lettered Page 3 of Flesh of White #1!
Fully Rendered & Lettered Page 3 of Flesh of White #1!
Fully Rendered & Lettered Page 4 of Flesh of White #1!
Fully Rendered & Lettered Page 4 of Flesh of White #1!

The History:

While Flesh of White is a supernatural horror story emphasizing the bond between parent and child, the core of the story is rooted in real events that continue to occur in Kenya and Tanzania. “Ghosts” are mutilated and killed so that their body parts can be used in spells. The local governments continue to enact legislation to protect persons with albinism, but law enforcement in villages and small communities is difficult. Only through increased awareness can we hope to see these tragedies come to an end.

Flesh of White will explore the frame of mind that comes with the dehumanization of individuals with albinism and the superstitions that have become a part of local folklore. It will also explore the deep emotional connection between parents and their children and the struggle to let go of the people you love.

The Project:

Flesh of White begins with a 4-issue story arc, the first 20-page issue of which is the object of this funding campaign.  Funds collected will go first to fees, taxes, printing and production of books and rewards, and fulfillment (shipping, supplies, etc.).  Any funds remaining beyond those expenses will go toward compensating the creators, marketing and distributing the project (via print, digital and personal appearances at conventions and retailers), and expanding the size of the print run (dependent upon demand).

The Standard Edition Cover to Flesh of White #1 - Featuring Kwasi!
The Standard Edition Cover to Flesh of White #1 - Featuring Kwasi!

The Writer:

Erica J. Heflin - Writer of Flesh of White
Erica J. Heflin - Writer of Flesh of White

Erica J. Heflin’s eclectic career has ranged from animal handling at a zoo to owning a comic shop. After years of assisting in production and screenwriting in independent film, she turned to comic writing. Her first mini-series, Mother and Son and Of Wolf and Woman, are available through Grayhaven Comics. Alterna Comics recently released The Black Hand digitally, which can be found on ComiXology.

The Artist:

Amanda Rachels - Artist of Flesh of White
Amanda Rachels - Artist of Flesh of White

When Amanda Rachels was a little girl, she wished upon a star to make her dreams of being a comic artist come true.  Night after night, she wished and prayed with all her might.  Then, she switched tactics and wished upon the Bat-symbol instead.  SUCCESS!

Amanda's 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 and continuing the Flesh of White series.

The Kickstarter Pedigree:

Amanda led FOUR previous, successful Kickstarter campaigns for her serialized horror graphic novel, Clown Town, and Erica participated in several successful campaigns for Grayhaven Comics’ various publications and the horror anthology, Monstrology.

The Rewards:

Full details on each reward tier are outlined to the right, of course!  We're offering Flesh of White #1 in multiple versions, including a Kickstarter-Exclusive Cover, a HUGE Treasury-Sized (10.375” x 14”) Edition, a Blank Sketch Cover – COMPLETE with Limited Color Sketch by Series Artist Amanda Rachels, & the Standard Cover (Available ONLY to Retailers or via THE COMPLETIST Tier for this Campaign).

Extras we've devised EXCLUSIVELY for this campaign include a set of Trading Cards featuring the main characters (ALL FOUR of which will go to backers of ALL Rewar Tiers $10 & UP!) and a script/production companion book!

The REHEMA Trading Card!
The REHEMA Trading Card!
The KWASI Trading Card!
The KWASI Trading Card!
The IDI Trading Card!
The IDI Trading Card!
The HAMISI Trading Card!
The HAMISI Trading Card!

There are also tremendous opportunities to get original art from Amanda and to actually have YOUR 4-page script drawn by her, edited by Erica and PUBLISHED in a future issue of Grayhaven Comics' The Gathering anthology! Aspiring writers can also have their 22-page script reviewed by former Supergirl  & Action Comics writer, Sterling Gates!

And there WILL be more rewards rolled out as these are consumed! ACT FAST, as many of these are LIMITED!

The Stretch Goals:

No that we have exceeded the minimum funding goal of $2000, there will be opportunities to add to the rewards available as we reach higher levels of funding.  Those achieved already:

• $2500 - The IDI Trading Card for all Tiers $10 & above!
• $3000 - The REHEMA Trading Card for all Tiers $10 & above!
• $3500 - 4 Additional Pages of Bios/Profiles of Main Characters!
• $4000 - The HAMISI Trading Card for all Tiers $10 & above!
• $4500 - The KWASI Trading Card for all Tiers $10 & above

Those YET to be achieved are:

• $5000 - 4 Additional Pages: A Back-Up Story by Erica & Amanda
• $5500 - Kickstarter-Exclusive Art Print Backing Boards for ALL Standard Size Print Copies of Flesh of White #1

The Bonus Bio Page for The Witch Doctor!
The Bonus Bio Page for The Witch Doctor!

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 Flesh of White #1 delivered by EMAIL as soon as the pages are finalized!

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    THE COMIC: A Signed/Numbered Kickstarter-Exclusive Cover Edition of Flesh of White #1 + a Kickstarter-Exclusive Trading Card featuring our main protagonist, REHEMA (see left for an image of the card art)!

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    THE EARLY BIRD SPECIAL: A Signed/Numbered Kickstarter-Exclusive Cover Edition of Flesh of White #1 + a Kickstarter-Exclusive Trading Card featuring our main protagonist, REHEMA (see left for an image of the card art)! PLUS, an autographed photo of creators Erica & Amanda and a personalized, handwritten 'Thank You' note!

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    THE SCRIPT BOOK: A Signed/Numbered Kickstarter-Exclusive Cover Edition of Flesh of White #1 + a separate, Black-&-White Script/Production Book, which features the line art for each page opposite the full script for that page!

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    THE TREASURY EDITION: An Over-Sized (10.375” x 14”), Signed/Numbered Kickstarter-Exclusive Cover Edition of Flesh of White #1 + a Kickstarter-Exclusive Trading Card featuring our main protagonist, REHEMA (see left for an image of the card art)!

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    THE RETAILER: 8 Standard Cover Editions + 2 Kickstarter-Exclusive Cover Editions of Flesh of White #1! This tier available ONLY to RETAILERS (we WILL check)! (For more Exclusive Covers & ART, check THE RETAILER DELUXE - $75!)

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    THE SUBSCRIPTION: All 4 Issues of Flesh of White in Signed/Numbered, Kickstarter-Exclusive Cover Editions, shipped to you as they are released! Includes EACH Kickstarter-Exclusive Trading Card PLUS another Trading Card ONLY available to Subscription Tier Backers, this one featuring Rehema's bundle of joy, KWASI (see left for an image of the card art).

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    THE SKETCH COVER: BLANK Cover Edition of Flesh of White #1, including Single–Figure, Limited Color Sketch of ANY Character of YOUR Choice by series artist Amanda Rachels!

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    THE COMMISSION: An 11” x 17” Single-Figure, Full-Color Sketch Commission of ANY character of YOUR choice by Flesh of White artist Amanda Rachels + Kickstarter-Exclusive Cover Edition of Flesh of White #1!

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    THE RETAILER DELUXE: 10 Kickstarter-Exclusive Cover Editions + 2 Treasury-Sized Editions + 1 Sketch Cover Edition of Flesh of White #1 COMPLETE with a Black-&-White Sketch of a Main Character by Flesh of White Artist, Amanda Rachels (ALL Signed/Numbered)! Also includes 2 FULL SETS of Trading Cards (at least TWO cards per set, or as many as are ultimately created for this campaign)! This tier available ONLY to RETAILERS (we WILL check)!

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    THE COMPLETIST: One EACH of the following versions of Flesh of White #1 (All Signed/Numbered) - PDF + Kickstarter-Exclusive Cover Edition + STANDARD Cover Edition (ONLY Available on Kickstarter via THIS Tier) + Treasury-Sized (10.375” x 14) Edition + Sketch Cover Edition (Inc. Sketch as in $50 tier)! ALSO includes Script/Production Book + ALL Trading Cards Produced!

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    THE SCRIPT REVIEW: A 22-Page Script Review (must be original characters) by former Supergirl, Action Comics & Adventure Comics writer Sterling Gates + Kickstarter-Exclusive Cover Edition of Flesh of White #1!

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    THE FULL PAGE AD: Full-Page, Interior Ad (PG-13 Content - Subject to Approval) in EVERY Copy of Flesh of White #1 + Kickstarter-Exclusive Cover Edition of Flesh of White #1!

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    THE ORIGINAL TRADING CARD ART: The ORIGINAL 8.5 x 11 Amanda Rachels Art for all 4 TRADING CARDS (KWASI, REHEMA, IDI, & HAMISI). These are ONE-OF-A-KIND Penciled Sketches + All 4 Trading Cards + Kickstarter-Exclusive Cover edition of Flesh of White #1!

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    THE INTERIOR AD: Full-Page, Inside Back Cover Ad (PG-13 Content - Subject to Approval) in EVERY Copy of Flesh of White #1 + Kickstarter-Exclusive Cover Edition of Flesh of White #1!

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    THE BACK COVER AD: Full-Page, Back Cover Ad (PG-13 Content - Subject to Approval) on EVERY Copy of Flesh of White #1 + Kickstarter-Exclusive Cover Edition of Flesh of White #1!

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    THE PUBLICATION OPPORTUNITY: A 4-Page Story Written by YOU, Illustrated by Amanda Rachels & Edited by Erica J. Heflin, PUBLISHED in Grayhaven Comics' The Gathering Anthology + Kickstarter-Exclusive Cover Edition of Flesh of White #1!

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    THE IN-STORE APPEARANCE: A 4-Hour In-Store Signing by Erica & Amanda (Must be in Florida, Georgia, Alabama, Mississippi or Louisiana) + 10 Kickstarter-Exclusive Cover Editions + 2 Treasury-Sized Editions + 2 Sketch Cover Editions of Flesh of White #1 COMPLETE with Black-&-White Sketches of Main Characters by Flesh of White Artist, Amanda Rachels (ALL Signed/Numbered) + FREE Pencil Sketches for Customers During the Visit + Your Store Logo/url on a Retailer Support Page in Flesh of White #1 (Minimum 1/4 page size)!

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    THE ORIGINAL COVER ART: The ORIGINAL 11" x 17" Amanda Rachels Art for the Kickstarter-Exclusive Cover to Flesh of White #1! This is the ONE-OF-A-KIND, penciled & inked line art on blue-line cover board! Includes a Kickstarter-Exclusive Cover Edition of Flesh of White #1!

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    THE ORIGINAL STANDARD COVER ART: The ORIGINAL 11" x 17" Amanda Rachels Art for the STANDARD Cover to Flesh of White #1! This is the ONE-OF-A-KIND, penciled & inked line art on blue-line cover board! Includes a Kickstarter-Exclusive Cover Edition of Flesh of White #1!

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