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A brutal criminal, cursed to be a vessel for the dead, relentlessly hunts the man who cursed him. Part one of a four issue series.

Curse of the Vessel is supernatural revenge comic book that is half crime story and half ghost story.

Update:

As a THANK YOU for all your support. If we hit our funding goal EVERYONE with a shippable reward will get a copy of this Marina print by Mike Wilson! Without all that extra text and singed by the COTV creator, Michael Leal.

 Stretch Goals:

We have hit our funding goal, but there is still time to get EXTRA goodies by helping us hit our Stretch goals! 

Stretch Goal #1 UNLOCKED! Not only will all backers at $10 and above get the John Broglia pinup above this text, but we will even throw in an extra print by Kantara artist, Chris Campana!

Stretch Goal #2  Locked. At $5000 EVERYONE will get a pdf copy of MARINA'S JOURNAL. Read the young witch's thoughts on the Curse of the Vessel and their ghostly encounters with sketches.

COTV#2 COVER Preview
COTV#2 COVER Preview

What is it about?

Vincent Faustino has become an involuntary vessel for the dead.
Once a brutal mafia enforcer, now his life is not his own. He has been branded with a magical sigil that allows spirits to possess his body at will. On the run from both his deadly former associates and law enforcement, he is wanted for murders and events he has no memory of. Vincent relentlessly hunts the man who cursed him, continually being hijacked by restless spirits who have their own personalities and agendas, both good and evil.

This is the torture he must endure. This is the punishment for his evil past. Vincent Faustino is forever “The Vessel”.

COTV#1 Pages 1-4
COTV#1 Pages 1-4

 WHAT IS THIS KICKSTARTER FOR?

This Kickstarter is to fund Curse of the Vessel #1 part 1 of a 4 issue series. The money will go directly to printing the book, fulfilling backer rewards, marketing, and if we have enough left over actually paying the artists involved. They work hard and deserve a little something for their time and effort.

WHO ARE THESE GUYS?

Michael Leal - (Writer/Creator) Michael is a writer comics of, prose, screenplays and pop culture articles. He has been published a number of times in Bela Lugosi's Tales From the Grave, Commander X Adventures, SP! Nexus Magazine, Zedura magazine and along with his crack team of comic artists won Small Press Idol 2010 with the original version of Curse of the Vessel. W00t!

Mike Wilson - (Penciler) Hey remember back in the day when Wizard Magazine had that art contest to draw the cover of issue# 139? Yea, Mike won that. Since then he's been using his powers for good instead of evil working for the likes of Palladium books, Gygax Magazine and many more.

Michael McElveen - (Colorist) He was an instrumental member of the COTV team during Small Press Idol 2010 and since he as lent his coloring talents to a number of independent books. He is a design expert and has taught a number of classes including photoshop workshops. If you want on his good side ask him about his paintings of sacred geometry. ;)

WHAT DO WE HAVE TO OFFER?

Besides a compelling comic with an original story and awesome art we do have good amount of enticing goodies. Such as...


An EXCLUSIVE Kickstarter Cover by Comic Pro, Joëlle Jones. (Helheim, Spellcheckers, Madame Xanadu, etc.)


Pinups:

Exclusive Limited Edition Pinups by Talented Comic Artists, Jim McMunn,(Fubar, The Devil's Trail, Vic Boone: Stumptown Files) Mike Dubisch, (Zombies vs Robots, The People that Melt in the Rain, Weirdling) & the Amazing Huffy Chip.

The Incentives:

This is a Kicking it Forward project! Check out the site at the link below and Kick it Forward!

 http://kickingitforward.org

Risks and challenges Learn about accountability on Kickstarter

As far as risks, there are very few. The issue is already complete save a few adjustments based on what happens during the kickstarter phase. Printing and fulfillment is all priced out, unless there is a sharp increase in shipping costs we should be good.

FAQ

  • The money from this kickstarter goes directly to printing COTV#1, production/procurement of all incentive rewards, shipping costs, marketing costs, kickstarter/amazon fees (10%) and if there is money left over actually paying the art team. As you may or may not know, creators rarely make any money on their books. These artists have put in very long hours on this book and deserve something to show for their effort.

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  • International shipping is the devil. It's horribly expensive to ship anything overseas and I have seen far too many creators go into debt because they have under estimated the costs of international shipping. I have done test runs and this is the best price we can give you. There is no padding there. If you have seen international shipping at $10 or less that creator ended paying the shipping costs out of pocket.

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  • Vincent Faustino has become an involuntary vessel for the dead.
    Once a brutal mafia enforcer, now his life is not his own. He has been branded with a magical sigil that allows spirits to possess his body at will. On the run from both his deadly former associates and law enforcement, he is wanted for murders and events he has no memory of. Vincent relentlessly hunts the man who cursed him, continually being hijacked by restless spirits who have their own personalities and agendas, both good and evil.
    This is the torture he must endure. This is the punishment for his evil past. Vincent Faustino is forever “The Vessel”.

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  • Yes! The first four issue arc is written and in production. This kickstarter is just for the first issue because we wanted to see if people were actually interested before we put in the countless hours it takes to produce the entire series. If this kickstarter is successful there will be many more issues and story arcs.

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    The GOOD SAMARITAN: Just because you like us and want to support indie comics. You get a PDF of Curse of the Vessel #1, a SHOUT OUT on the COTV Facebook page and your name on the INCENTIVE PAGE in the book, and a groovy special DESKTOP WALLPAPER. You will get exclusive access to to all production updates and behind the scenes hoopla!. You will also get a hardy high five if we ever see you at a con or on the street...so keep a look out!

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    The ENTHUSIAST: You get a PDF of Curse of the Vessel #1, PLUS an additional SPECIAL EDITION PDF copy of issue #1 with page by page notes and commentary by COTV creator Michael Leal, a SHOUT OUT on the COTV Facebook page, your name on the INCENTIVE PAGE in the book, and a groovy special DESKTOP WALLPAPER. You will get exclusive access to all production updates and behind the scenes hoopla!. You will also get a hardy high five if we ever see you at a con or on the street...so keep a look out!

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    The STAND UP GUY: You get a PRINT COPY of COTV#1 with the exclusive Kickstarter cover by Comic Pro JOELLE JONES (Helheim, Spell Checkers, Madame Xanadu, etc.), a PDF of COTV #1, Groovy DESKTOP WALLPAPER and your name printed in the CONTRIBUTOR section of the book. (small black copy) Info on all the behind the scenes action, & of course, high fives.

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    The FRIEND OF OURS: You get a PRINT COPY of COTV#1 with the exclusive Kickstarter cover by Comic Pro JOELLE JONES (Helheim, Spell Checkers, Madame Xanadu), a PDF of COTV #1, PLUS an additional SPECIAL EDITION PDF copy of issue #1 with page by page notes and commentary by COTV creator Michael Leal, the Groovy DESKTOP WALLPAPER, your name printed in the CONTRIBUTOR section of the book, (small black copy) Info on all the behind the scenes action and of course, high fives.

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    The CONNECTED GUY: You get a Printed copy of COTV#1 with the exclusive Kickstarter cover by Comic Pro JOELLE JONES shipped to your door, a standard PDF of issue#1 and a Special Edition PDF copy of issue #1 with page by page notes and commentary by COTV creator Michael Leal. Your name printed the Contributor section of the book. (small black copy) A COTV BOOKMARK, A COTV STICKER, Behind the scenes action, high fives.

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    The MADE GUY: You get a Print copy of COTV#1 with the exclusive kickstarter cover by JOELLE JONES, a PDF copy of issue #1, the Special Edition PDF copy of issue #1 with page by page notes and commentary by COTV creator Michael Leal. Digital wallpaper and your name printed in the Contributor section of the book. (small black copy) a COTV Sticker, a Bookmark,PLUS an EXCLUSIVE LIMITED EDITION PINUP PRINT by JIM MCMUNN. (Vic Boone, FUBAR, Devil's Trail, etc.)

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    The EARLY BIRD: This is for the first 20 backers. You get EVERTHING from the ORIGINAL GANGSTER level for only $25! Pretty Sweet, eh? This is limited to only 20. So what are you waiting for!?

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    The MADE MAN: You get a Printed copy of COTV#1 with the exclusive kickstarter cover, a PDF copy of issue #1, a Special Edition PDF copy of issue #1 with page by page notes and commentary by COTV creator Michael Leal. Digital wallpaper, your name printed in the Contributor section of the book. (small black copy) an EXCLUSIVE LIMITED EDITION PINUP PRINT by JIM MCMUNN. (Vic Boone, FUBAR, Devil's Trail, etc.), a sticker and bookmark. BOTH the Print and the Book will be SIGNED by COTV Creator Michael Leal.

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    The FACE MAN: RETAILER INCENTIVE 10 Print Copies of Curse of the Vessel #1 greatly discounted from the cover price. You also get a Shout out on our social media sites and the Store name printed in the Contributor section of the book. (Retailers only)

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    The SOLDIER: You get a (signed) Printed copy of COTV#1 with the exclusive kickstarter cover, a Standard PDF copy of issue #1, Special Edition PDF of issue #1, Digital wallpaper an exclusive limited edition print by Jim McMunn, (Signed by COTV creator Michael Leal), a Sticker and a Bookmark. Plus an EXCLUSIVE LIMTED EDITION PINUP PRINT by Comic Pro MIKE DUBISCH (Signed by COTV creator Michael Leal) AND a small PICTURE representing you in the contributor section of the book!

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    The TWO TIMER: Two (signed) Print Copies of COTV#1 for you and a buddy, Both the Standard and the Special Edition PDFs of COTV#1, the Wallpaper, two signed prints of your choice (signed), Two Bookmarks, Two Stickers and BOTH you and your buddy get a Small Picture of yourselves in the Contributor section of the book.

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    The ORIGINAL GANGSTER: You get everything from the SOLDIER level PLUS you get a PDF of the ORIGINAL CURSE OF THE VESSEL ZERO ISSUE. See where it all began! This is the original version of the COTV origin story that won Small Press Idol 2010 with the most Votes in SPI history.

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    The COLLECTOR: You get everything from the SOLDIER level PLUS you get a PDF of the ORIGINAL CURSE OF THE VESSEL ZERO ISSUE. See where it all began! This is the original version of the COTV origin story that won Small Press Idol 2010 with the most Votes in SPI history AND another AMAZING EXCLUSIVE PINUP PRINT by HUFFY CHIP, singed by COTV Creator Michael Leal.

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    The DEAL: You get EVERYTHING from the ORIGINAL GANGSTER level PLUS a one of a kind COTV SKETCH CARD drawn by COTV artist MIKE WILSON! Each card will have a one of a kind sketch of a Curse of the Vessel character and will be signed and numbered. These are very limited, so get yours before someone beats you to it!

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    The ARTIST: You get everything from the COLLECTOR level, PLUS one AWESOME single figure COMMISSION by COTV ARTIST, MIKE WILSON. Any character you want from any publisher or maybe one of your own creations. The Original art will be shipped to your home signed by Mr. Wilson.

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    The AD MAN- Reach out to comic fans all over the world! You can advertise your Comic, Novel, Bookstore, Comic Shop, Game etc. in both the print version and digital versions of COTV#1. You will get ONE (PG13) HALF PAGE AD on the inside back cover. You will ALSO get a print copy of COTV#1 and the limited edition pinup prints by Jim McMunn, Mike Dubisch, and Huffy Chip all signed by COTV creator Michael Leal.

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    The WRITER: You get everything from the COLLECTOR level, PLUS COTV Creator, Michael Leal will consult on a Story idea or SCRIPT of your choice Comics or Film. He'll help you flesh out an idea and/or give you notes on what you already have. He has done this a number of times to help out fellow writers in a jam and would be happy to do it again for you.

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    The COLORIST: You get everything from the COLLECTOR level, PLUS one illustration of your choice digitally colored by COTV Colorist, MICHAEL MCELVEEN, Have a cover or image from a project you are working on that you need to make pop? McElveen is your man!

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    The ARTIST pt2: By popular demand we have added 5 more commissions by Mike Wilson. You get everything from the COLLECTOR level, PLUS one AWESOME single figure COMMISSION by COTV ARTIST, MIKE WILSON. Any character you want from any publisher or maybe one of your own creations. The Original art will be shipped to your home signed by Mr. Wilson.

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    The ART COLLECTOR: You get everything from the COLLECTOR level, PLUS one ORIGINAL PENCILED ART PAGE from COTV Vol. #1 signed by COTV artist Mike Wilson. (our choice)

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    The EGO MANIAC: THIS IS AN AMAZING OPPORTUNITY! You get everything from the COLLECTOR level, PLUS Get yourself or a friend drawn into an issue of COTV as a character! You also get an ORIGINAL ART page that you appear in signed by the artist. (our choice)

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    The BENEFACTOR: You get everything from the EGO MANIAC Reward level PLUS another ORIGINAL ART PAGE (total of 2), 9 MORE COPIES of COTV #1 (total of 10), COMMISSION by MIKE WILSON and you will be given a PUBLISHER CREDIT in the book!

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