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Help Nix Comics get its latest issue out in time to shine at the Cartoons Crossroads Columbus Expo!
Help Nix Comics get its latest issue out in time to shine at the Cartoons Crossroads Columbus Expo!
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Is the “Rule of Eight” for comics still a thing? Was it ever a thing? I seem to remember a thing in the 90s where people talked about eight issues being the threshold for on-going success. I ask because over the past five years I’ve managed to put out eight issues of my rock and roll themed horror comic, Nix Comics Quarterly… And I want to keep going! I’d hate for some made up or dated benchmark to stand in my way!  

NCQ #9 Cover by Stephen Blickenstaff
NCQ #9 Cover by Stephen Blickenstaff
Issue #9 is pretty much in the bag and I want to try and release it at the Cartoon Crossroads Columbus festival here in Columbus. (I’ll be tabling at the Expo October October 15th and 16th) The funds for this kickstarter will go towards paying my artists and vendors in a timely fashion to help make sure that happens! 

For those of you unfamiliar with Nix Comics, I started publishing comics after closing up a record and comic shop that I ran in Columbus, Ohio. I sold all of the merchandise from the shop on ebay and used the funds to publish the first issue of Nix Comics Quarterly (NCQ for short). 

The format of NCQ will be familiar to fans of old horror comics like Tales from the Crypt or Creepy Magazine: 6-8 short stories per issue. The stories are by in large inspired and informed by the music I most enjoy: Punk rock, 60s Garage, old R&B and Soul, et. al.  The stories in this issue will include: 

Cover by Stephen Blickenstaff:  This issue's cover was created by the artist/musician responsible for one of the most iconic album covers of all time! (The Cramps: Bad Music for Bad People)  What a thrill to have him on board for this issue!
Illustrations by Stephen Blickenstaff
Illustrations by Stephen Blickenstaff
The Vicar: Whispers From The Alley by Ken Eppstein and Michael NenoThe monster huntin' garage rockin' preacher faces off against a werewolf But that's just the beginning of the story as his right hand man, Alberto, has a conversation with... A dog in the alley?
Illustration by Michael Neno
Illustration by Michael Neno
  
Verna's Somnabulant Adventure by Ken Eppstein and Gideon Kendall
Verna thinks there is something wrong with her roommate Sally's creepy new  additions to her Beatles collection.  It's a frightening foursome to be sure!
Illustration by Gideon Kendall
Illustration by Gideon Kendall
Hellhounds On My Trail by Ken Eppstein and Pat Redding Scanlon 
Ana Satura, Introduced in the Vicar Story in issue #7 and fresh off a starring role in Nix Comics summer Tee-Shirt sale, gets her own story!  It's all guitars, hot rod cars and karate chops as we get a little insight into who Ana is!
Illustration by Pat Redding Scanlon
Illustration by Pat Redding Scanlon
The Shoplift Horror by Christian Hoffer and Andy Bennett 
The owner of the last record store on earth has to deal with post-apocalyptic Lovecraftian horrors on a daily basis.... So exactly is what is so horrifying about a simple shoplifter??
 
Illustrated by Andy Bennett
Illustrated by Andy Bennett

Did It Really happen? Thor Meets Stan Lee by Ken Eppstein and Mark Rudolph 
What happened when Canadian rocker and body builder Jon Mikl Thor met Marvel's Stan Lee?  Well, it was more than a little cloudburst! 'Nuff Said.
Illustration by Mark Rudolph
Illustration by Mark Rudolph
Bus Stop Ned has a good day by Ken Eppstein and Matt Wyatt  and Bus Stop Ned has a recipe by Matt Miner, Jude Vigants and Taylor Esposito.
Two new stories featuring everybody's (least) favorite commuter!  Dialog taken from actual real bus stop "horror stories"
Illustration by Jude Vigants
Illustration by Jude Vigants
 

Rewards: 

Just the Book:
There are two options for pledging just for one copy of NCQ #9. I can either mail it to you or you can come pick up your copy at Cartoons Crossroads Columbus. Choose wisely.

The Book and a cool Mark Rudolph poster: If going to comic shows has taught me anything, it's that "the kids" love a good print.  If that description fits you, pick up a copy of the new issue with a copy of the 2016 Mark Rudolph designed 11x17 store poster.
Illustration by Mark Rudolph
Illustration by Mark Rudolph
The Book and T-Shirt:
As I said above, the character Ana Satura being formally introduced in issue #9 was also the featured character on the Summer T-Shirt designed by Pat Redding Scanlon.

Illustration by Pat Redding Scanlon
Illustration by Pat Redding Scanlon

 Complete NCQ:If you're new to the party, grab the latest issue and all 8 back  issues for one low price!


Mark Rudolph Original Art Rewards: Grab some original art by Nix regular Mark Rudolph with your new issue! (each piece is approximately 11x14) 
  • For $200 you can have the original Frankenstein water-colored drawing used for this year's poster. 
  • For $150 you can either grab the Vicar Original pin-up or two pages of pin-up drawings of the musicians who inspired the Vicar! (Joey Ramone, Question Mark, Guitar Wolf and the Reverend Horton Heat)
  • For $100 you will get Mark's original artwork for a Vicar pin-up

 

 

 

Risks and challenges

There are very few risks involved in this campaign. I am both an experienced publisher and retailer familiar with the ends and outs of production and shipping. I keep a day job, so even unforeseen expenses are merely delays, as opposed to death sentence for the project. Getting this project into as many hands as possible is a labor of love and I'll see it done no matter what!

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    One copy of Nix Comics Quarterly in glorious print! ($1 off cover!)

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    CXC Pick Up

    Save shipping when you visit the best newest cartoon festival! One copy of Nix Comics Quarterly in glorious print, waiting for you to pick up at CXC. ($1 off cover!)

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    Poster and comic

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    Glow In The Dark T_Shirt

    NCQ #9 and a Pat Redding Scanlon designed Glow in the Dark T-Shirt.

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    All Nine Issues Nix Comics Quarterly

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    A copy of Nix Comics Quarterly #9 and the puppet used in this kickstarter video. It's shoddily made, but a one of a kind piece of art!

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    Original Art: Mark Rudolph The Vicar

    The original artwork drawings of the Vicar by Mark Rudolph from from The Vicar Compiled comic, plus the new issue, plus a copy of the Vicar comic.

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    Original Art: Mark Rudolph Rock Idols

    The original artwork drawings of Joey Ramone, Question Mark, Guitar wolf and Reverend Horton Heat by Mark Rudolph from from The Vicar Compiled comic, plus the new issue, plus a copy of the Vicar comic.

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    Original Art: Mark Rudolph Poster Art

    The original artwork for Mark Rudolph's "Nix Comics Sold Here" poster. 11x15 pencil, ink and watercolor on bristol board

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