About this project
$3000 STRETCH GOAL REVEALED!
Once we reach the $3000 mark, ALL BACKERS (minimum $10 Reward Tier) will receive this amazing Cager Dobbin Trading card by Amanda Rachels, artist of Clown Town, Flesh of White and The Book!
AMANDA RACHELS' ORIGINAL ART AVAILABLE AT $50 REWARD TIER!
FIRST STRETCH GOAL ACHIEVED!
Now that we've met and exceeded our first Stretch Goal of $2500, ALL Backers ($10 level or higher) will receive this Plowman Trading Card!
The Apocalypse falls on the last town in creation, and the Horseman, Famine, is its harbinger. In Inverse Press' latest release, Last Ride for Horsemen, Famine arrives in the form of a monstrous Plowman and sets forth to reap devastation by the edge of his plowshare and by the hoof of his Hellish workhorse!
He is challenged only by a small cadre of townsfolk - an arrogant tycoon, a socialite mayor, a hardened sheriff, and a grizzled hired gun.
Last Ride for Horsemen is a stand-alone, 20-page Western comic, with a Steampunk edge, written by Kevin LaPorte (Clown Town, Roadkill du Jour), with art by Nathan Smith and colors by Gavin Michelli. It is the first of four such stand-alone volumes, each spotlighting the onslaught of a distinct Horseman of the Apocalypse re-imagined as an archetypal denizen of the Wild West!
THE LOYALTY REWARD
EVERY Backer of THIS campaign (non-PDF tiers) who previously backed Clown Town, Flesh of White #'s 1 or 2 or Roadkill du Jour #'s 1 or 2 will also receive a UNIQUE SKETCH Trading Card for THE PLOWMAN, with actual pencil art by a Last Ride for Horsemen artist, Nathan Smith or Gavin Michelli, or Flesh of White artist, Amanda Rachels!
Kevin LaPorte is the Mobile, Alabama-based writer and co-creator of genre comics with a horror bent - Last Ride for Horsemen, Roadkill 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.
Mobile, Alabama-based Nathan Smith is jumping back into the world of comic art after a 10-year hiatus! He is showcasing his crisp lines and dynamic figure work in Inverse Press’ upcoming Western/Steampunk take on the Four Horsemen concept, Last Ride for Horsemen. This tale of action horror portrays the Apocalypse in microcosm, the end of all befalling the small frontier town of Promise! And the look of it all comes directly from the mind and pencil of Nathan – the unique, Westernized Horsemen; the Steampunk aesthetic that colors the entire setting; and the distinct and expressive characters that populate this brand new – yet soon-ending – world!
Gavin Michelli is a colorist and painter for Inverse Press, and is currently showcased in Inverse's book Ancients & Warriors: The Sketch Art of Gavin Michelli. He has been a freelance artist for the last five years, with work appearing in books from Arcana Comics, Project V Studios, Xmoor Comics, Drumfish Productions, and King Comics. Gavin was born and raised in West Philidelphia, and spent most of his time shooting b-ball outside of his school...until a couple of guys, who were up to no good, started making trouble in his neighborhood. He got in one little fight and his mom got scared and said, "You're moving with your Auntie and Uncle in Bel Air."
THE KICKSTARTER PEDIGREE
Kevin has led NINE previous, successful Kickstarter campaigns, including those for Roadkill du Jour #'s 1 & 2, four for his serialized horror graphic novel, Clown Town, as well as another for Ancients & Warriors: The Sketch Art of Gavin Michelli, and he organized the recent campaigns for Erica Heflin and Amanda Rachels' Flesh of White #'s 1 & 2! We are experienced and reliable creators and purveyors of comics via Kickstarter. You will get what you pledge for and get it quickly!
Full details on each reward tier are outlined to the right, of course! We're offering Last Ride for Horsemen in multiple versions, including the Standard Cover, a Kickstarter-Exclusive Cover, a HUGE Treasury-Sized (9.25” x 14”) Edition, and a special "Decapitation" Sketch Cover – which will feature a black-&-white image of The Plowman swinging his scythe and a CUSTOM sketch by series artist Nathan Smith of YOUR FACE on the head tumbling away!
Several Reward Tiers will also include a Kickstarter-Exclusive Trading Card featuring The Plowman! Additional Trading Cards may become available as Stretch Goals are achieved (see below)!
We are also offering a very unique set of rewards to backers of the Famine issue of Last Ride for Horsemen - the opportunity to be written/drawn into the NEXT issue featuring Pestilence! There are several different levels, from single-panel, non-speaking crowd appearances to a multi-issue role with critical story implications to being the very face of Pestilence himself! 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 Last Ride for Horsemen! Naturally, these roles are EXTREMELY LIMITED, so reserve yours NOW!
One of the great opportunities for Kickstarter backers is the chance to obtain unique rewards directly from the project creators! For this campaign for Last Ride for Horsemen, series artists, Nathan Smith and Gavin Michelli, are offering up multiple means for obtaining custom art, including the aforementioned "Decapitation" Sketch Covers by Nathan and 9" x 12" and 11" x 17" sketch commissions by each at the $50 and $75 Reward Tiers, respectively! Check out some samples of their amazing sketch art:
THE STRETCH GOALS:
Once 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:
- $2500 - The Plowman Trading Card for ALL Reward Tiers $10 and Up!
- $3000 - Cager Dobbin Trading Card for ALL Reward Tiers $10 and Up!
- $4000 - 4 Additional Pages of Bios/Profiles of Main Characters!
- $5000 - Cager Dobbin SKETCH Card for ALL Reward Tiers $10 and Up!
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!Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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