Local Haunts is an anthology of spooky stories from our hometowns to yours. Featuring over 120 pages of full color comics, Local Haunts collects small town legends, family ghost stories, and fears that span across cultures.
The idea for Local Haunts came to me while sharing some favorite ghost stories with a friend. Although we both considered ourselves well-versed in paranormal myths, neither of us knew each other's tales because we grew up in different parts of the country. While my harrowing journey of searching for the ghost of Rochester Cemetery in my hometown meant nothing to them, the theme of searching for ghosts was something we both understood.
I wanted to hear more creepy stories from smaller towns that, like mine, may not be as popular as Bigfoot sightings or as heavily referenced as the claw-handed killer of Lover's Lane/Makeout Point/Smoochin' Spot. Every town has strange tales that deserve to be told.
The response to our call for submissions was much larger than anticipated. After reading through 150+ pitches, we narrowed it down to 32 stories of cults, haunted portraits, personal encounters with the unexplainable, cryptids, and of course - ghosts.
We are Kickstarting to cover the cost of printing and creator fees, because everyone deserves to get paid for their work. Each of our teams will get a page rate of $50, and those rates will go up with each stretch goal we hit.
In addition to our regular Backer tiers, we have a few Limited Originals and Commission Slots available from some of the creators featured in Local Haunts.
Nathan Chio has donated vintage postcards with images of High Rock Tower, featured in "The Thing Moves." These postcards, many of which include previous correspondence, date back to the early 1900's! Own an actual piece of history. (Limit 8.) $37
Cibby Acosta will send you an original inkwash of the house on 432 Abercorn Street, the subject of her short comic. The true history of the house will be imprinted on the back. $150
Kelly Williams is giving away the original 11"x17" B&W inked version of our cover. There's only one in the whole world, and it can be yours! $200
Risks and challenges
We came very close to full funding during our previous Kickstarter. In the months since then, I've been hard at work finding ways to cut costs without sacrificing the most important aspect: paying the creators fairly for their work. Our new campaign and new goal amount reflects every contributors' dedication to making Local Haunts a reality. I have years of experience with managing deadlines, keeping groups of contributors on task, and handling/tracking inventory. We have many professionals working together on this book, and a vast network of support from other comics industry professionals should something go awry.
I will keep backers up to date as we progress, and any potential delays will be swiftly addressed.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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