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The Second Volume of the Eisner-nominated, Glyph Award-winning African-American Sherlock Holmes series by various creators.

About this project

WHAT IS OUR STORY ABOUT...

WATSON AND HOLMES, conceived by New Paradigm Studios' Publisher BRANDON PERLOW and writer/artist PAUL MENDOZA, is a re-envisioning of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle's Sherlock Holmes and Dr. John Watson as African Americans living in New York City's famous Harlem district. Watson, an Afghanistan war vet, works in an inner-city clinic; Holmes, a local P.I. who takes unusual cases. 

Our first volume, written by KARL BOLLERS and illustrated by RICK LEONARDI, follows the unlikely duo as they strike up a partnership to find a missing girl. Soon the two enter a labyrinth of drugs, guns, gangs and a conspiracy that goes higher and deeper than they could have imagined. Epilogue story written by KARL BOLLERS with art by LARRY STROMAN. 

In contrast, the second volume of WATSON AND HOLMES are made up of multiple one-shot stories and inviting other talented writers and artists to tell them.

BRANDON EASTON AND N.STEVEN HARRIS craft a multiple award winning and nominated story concerning the mysterious murder of a NYC politician's wife... 

STEVEN GRANT, HANNIBAL TABU and DENNIS CALERO have the duo investigate veteran suicides in Rockford ,Illinois, way out of Holmes' comfort zone. 

LYNDSAY FAYE and ELI POWELL tell a story about a rickshaw rider who is being pursued by a mysterious bicyclist, and introduces the Watson And Holmes' interpretation of IRENE ADLER.

We are also working on adding more stories to this volume as part of our stretch goals.

WHAT WE ARE TRYING TO DO...

Because of the strong reception garnered by our first Kickstarter and accolades the series has received (2014 GLYPH AWARD WINNER for Fan Favorite, Best Writer, Best Artist and Best Story as well as 2014 EISNER NOMINATIONS for Best New Series and Best Single Issue), New Paradigm Studios is looking to use the Kickstarter platform to launch volume two of the series. As the self-deemed “Little Comic Book Studio That Could”, our success could not have been made without you, our fans and backers. 

As New Paradigm Studios is part of both Diamond Distributors and SCB Book Distributors, the Watson And Holmes series is available in every comic book, hobby shop, and (soon) bookstores all over the country. We are kicking off a Kickstarter campaign to expand our outreach with this second collection and infuse your support into new exciting stories and developing new series. Join us in continuing to build a new comic book company off the ground.

This title that has given us the honor to work with the talents of Rick Leonardi, Karl Bollers, Paul Mendoza, Brandon Easton, N.Steven Harris, Lyndsay Faye, Eli Powell, Chuck Dixon, Hannibal Tabu, Steven Grant, Dennis Calero, Larry Stroman, Walter Simonson and many more soon to be announced. We thank them all for their hard work on the series.

Our hope is that with your pledges and support, we could put together an even better trade than the first one.THANK YOU FOR YOUR SUPPORT AND INVESTMENT PLEDGES!

STRETCH GOALS!!!!!!!

THANK YOU SO MUCH BACKERS! WE NOW HAVE FUNDED 

AND ONWARDS TO STRETCH GOALS!

STRETCH GOAL #1 $22,500 

BOOKMARK WITH NEW ART! (Producer Pack and Up)

STRETCH GOAL #2 $25,000

MRS HUDSON BOOKS AND VINYL 1.75" BUTTON! (Producer Pack and Up)

STRETCH GOAL #3 $27,500

ANNOUNCED WHEN STRETCH GOAL 2 IS MET!

SUMMARY KEY POINTS…

The physical investment reward copies printed in this Kickstarter will only be printed for this campaign as a Kickstarter exclusive. NO WHERE ELSE. Plus all physical WATSON AND HOLMES copies will be signed by the creative team. 

Not to mention we have a slew of other exciting investment returns that include being drawn in one of our premiere titles to original artwork done by Rick Leonardi, N.Steven Harris, Dennis Calero, etc.

As an ongoing series, we have many stories planned for our Harlem sleuths, WATSON AND HOLMES, that go beyond what is already planned for this trade. Currently issue 6 and 7 are already done which leaves production of 8, 9, and possibly more as we continue to fund this campaign. 

WHERE DOES THE MONEY GO…

Money earned will go to covering fees, postage, and printing of the exclusive Kickstarter copies. Leftover money will be used to fund future projects, which include adding more stories to this very trade. As always, if the demand is high enough and additional funds are earned beyond our request, we plan to roll out additional investment rewards and incentives as well. 

 11 x 17 PRINT by Tomm Coker

 11 x 17 PRINT by Professor John Jennings

 11 x 17 PRINT by Walter Simonson and Laura Martin

 Issue # 6 Page by N.Steven Harris

 Issue 7 pages by Dennis Calero

Issue 8 Page by Eli Powell

Watson and Holmes # 4 (c) Original Cover Art by ChrisCross
Watson and Holmes # 4 (c) Original Cover Art by ChrisCross

 EXAMPLES OF CHRISCROSS COMMISSIONS

Defender Commission by ChrisCross from the collection of Carlo Mich
Defender Commission by ChrisCross from the collection of Carlo Mich
Batman commission by ChrisCross from the collection of Aric Shapiro
Batman commission by ChrisCross from the collection of Aric Shapiro
Watson and Holmes V1 trade cover art - Ryan Wardlow paint over RIck Leonardi Pencils
Watson and Holmes V1 trade cover art - Ryan Wardlow paint over RIck Leonardi Pencils
Ryan Wardlow book cover illustration
Ryan Wardlow book cover illustration
Ryan Wardlow character commission
Ryan Wardlow character commission
"Darth Floater" by Brandon Perlow
"Darth Floater" by Brandon Perlow
"Toada" by Brandon Perlow
"Toada" by Brandon Perlow
"Fing Fang Foom" by Brandon Perlow
"Fing Fang Foom" by Brandon Perlow
  

WHO WE ARE...

Lyndsay Faye  is the international bestselling author of the Timothy Wilde series, which has been translated into 14 languages and was nominated for an Edgar Award. Her first novel  “Dust and Shadow,” a  Sherlock Holmes pastiche, was critically-acclaimed and endorsed by Caleb Carr. She is a proud member of the Baker Street Irregulars, the Adventuresses of Sherlock Holmes, and the Baker Street Babes. Lyndsay resides in NYC with her husband Gabriel Lehner and their two cats Prufrock and Grendel .

Brandon M. Easton is a professional writer, screenwriter, and educator based in New York City. Born and raised in Baltimore, MD, Easton is a graduate of Ithaca College and Boston University’s prestigious Screenwriting program. Brandon has well over 10 years of writing experience. He has penned articles for the Boston Herald, Crashpad Magazine, and a variety of other publications. His past work has included the original comic book series ARKANIUM for Dreamwave Productions, and Transformers: Armada, which was distributed on Free Comic Book Day across North America. He is currently working on a novelized version of SHAWDOWLAW as well as other high-concept screenplays. Check out his websites — www.shadowlawonline.com and www.foolscrusade.blogspot.com. Brandon’s Watson and Holmes #6 won four ECBACC- GLPYH AWARD WINNER: Fan Favorite, Best Writer, Best Artist and Best Story.

Hannibal Tabu is a writer, journalist, DJ, poet, designer and jackass living in southern Los Angeles with his wife and two daughters.  He's a winner of the 2012 Top Cow Talent Hunt, writer of WASO: WILL TO POWER for Stranger Comics, ARTIFACTS #35 for Image Comics, and co-writer (alongside 2 GUNS writer Steven Grant) of WATSON & HOLMES #7 for New Paradigm Studios. He has two self-published novels, THE CROWN: ASCENSION and FARAWAY, available on all major online booksellers. His poetry has been published in (SIC) VICE VERSE, A DRUMMING BETWEEN US, DRUMVOICES REVUE and VOICES FROM LEIMERT PARK. His weekly comic book review column THE BUY PILE can be found on Comicbookresources.com and more information can be found at his website, www.hannibaltabu.com.

New Paradigm Studios - Founded by 3D artist/designer Brandon Perlow, New Paradigm Studios (NPS) is a young publishing company established to change the existing paradigms of comic book storytelling. Distributed in digital and in print, NPS is committed to publishing cutting edge titles that break the norm and shift away from experiencing the conventional.

Brandon Perlow (Publisher) - has worked in the visual effects industry since 1996. Working on such movies as X-Men, X-Men 2, 2Fast and 2Furious, Apocalypto, Zack Snyder’s 300, National Treasure, and David Fincher’s Zodiac, Brandon has always had an eye for quality storytelling. His true passion has always been with comics so when the opportunity and timing presented itself, Brandon founded New Paradigm Studios. 

Karl Bollers (Writer) - New York-based African American comic book professional, started out as an editor for Marvel Comics before pursuing a freelance writing career. His notable and well received works include Wolverine: Hunger, Emma Frost, Captain America: Red, White & Blue, What If? and Archie Comics' Sonic the Hedgehog. Karl's current NPS titles include: WATSON AND HOLMES, Volume 3 and THE ROCKTHROWER.

Rick Leonardi (Artist) - is a veteran comic book illustrator who has worked on various books for Marvel Comics and DC Comics, including notable runs on Marvel’s Cloak and Dagger, The Uncanny X-Men , The New Mutants, Spider-Man 2099 as well as DC Comics' Nightwing, Batgirl, Green Lantern Versus Aliens, and Superman. When it comes to all things Sherlock Holmes, Rick as proven to be a key asset in bringing NPS' WATSON AND HOLMES series to life.

Paul J. Mendoza (Colorist) - is an illustrator and sculptor who has worked over the years in both print and film doing storyboarding and concept designs. After a period as a penciler for Dark Horse Comics, he continued on to digital art, as well as providing design and sculptural work over the years for Morpheus International and various other clients. Now, after too long an absence, he is happily returning to comics.

Justin F. Gabrie (Senior Editor) - Justin has a long career working in comics and licensing as an editor, penciler, writer, colorist and content specialist for companies such as Marvel, Sega and Archie Comics. Among the titles Justin worked on: Marvel’s Punisher books in the 90s -- including War Journal and War Zone, as well as events like Suicide Run and Punisher/Batman: Deadly Knights -- to Marvel's recent runs of What If? -- including issue #200 with Stan Lee. For Archie Comics: Archie Meets The Punisher, Mirage Studios’ Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Year of the Turtle, and eight years of Sonic The Hedgehog comics and spinoffs, which led to a licensing position at Sega. Before joining NPS, “JG” recently worked as Marvel's Director of Publishing & Editorial Operations / Managing Editor. 

Zack Rosenberg (Assistant Editor/Marketing and Promotions ) - Zack is a young professional in the comic book industry. Having worked under the tutelage of C.B. Cebulski, head Talent Scout and Editor at Marvel, Zack brings along his on point expertise from his training at Marvel Entertainment, Cartoon Network Studios, and Penguin Group (USA) to the New Paradigm Studios wheelhouse. Zack is also currently writing his projects, soon to be announced.

Risks and challenges

RISKS AND CHALLENGES…

We expect very light risks and challenges as most of the work -- the real leg work -- has already been completed. WATSON AND HOLMES issues 6 and 7 of the trade stories are already done with script already done on the remaining two. Ultimately the biggest challenge we foresee is executing the distribution of all investment rewards, but we will make it happen. We plan to keep you all aware with constant updates and availability to answer any and all questions.

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