Thank you all so very much!
We added a list of stretch goals below.
We're asking for your help to self-publish and distribute a soft cover edition of Oh, Hell Volume 1, a full color, 8 chapter, 200+ page Original Graphic Novel that follows a group of teens shipped off to a boarding school in Hell.
Where to start? Let's try the beginning..
She calls herself Zoel. It's not the name her adoptive parents gave her but then again she began life as a dumpster baby...
And she's still pissed about it - along with everything else in her life.
Tonight she's being shipped off to The Academy, a mysterious boarding school for troubled teens.
Unbeknownst to everyone...
Not only is The Academy actually in Hell...
Zoel has had trouble fitting in and of course things are no different in Hell where she falls for...
Zipper, Hell's newest bad boy. He's got the look, he's got the attitude, he's one of Zoel's roommates and he's got secrets. Secrets best kept that way...
But as scary as Zipper may seem, there's one even scarier...
Alesse, the goal driven popular girl who has it all, wants it all, and is accustomed to getting it all, regardless of who she has to destroy.
We all know it's important to make a good impression on girls like this so Zoel goes out of her way to do just that.
And then there's Carl, everybody's pain-in-the-ass little brother. No matter what he gets involved in, one thing is for certain - he's gonna screw it up.
The Academy has high standards and boasts of a phenomenal success rate. Overseeing their education is Headmaster Elz who prefers the "Old School" approach to discipline.
We already have well over 100 pages of Oh, Hell available online for free and we continue to add pages each week. Please check it out. If you like what you see and would like to join us, you'll find a KS button on our site that will bring you right back here. http://OhHellComics.com
Also included in Oh, Hell Volume 1, you'll find quite a few of Zoel's diary pages. Her writings give us a peek into her mind as she deals with love, loss, abandonment, failure. All the issues that make up the maelstrom that is adolescence.
You'll also get never before seen sketches, layouts and early character designs by Dave.
They're all over there on the right side and I'm too lazy to list them all over again. We've got something for everyone; wallpapers, pdfs, books, 8x10 prints, bookmarks, 11x17 prints, original art PLUS we've got some great Pin-Up Art from guest artists. David Nakayama http://dna-1.deviantart.com/, Julia Philip http://drobvirks.deviantart.com/, Cory Smith, http://csmithart.blogspot.com/ - Bottom line, they were artists that we liked and we'll be throwing their work up here as it comes in.
George Wassil, writer: About 20 years ago I came across a Matt Groening cartoon depicting a tombstone with the engraving "Would you mind reading my screenplay" - I could be that guy. At this point in my life I wanted to have something I wrote be seen by the world; hence Oh, Hell.
Dave Hamann, layouts, pencils, inks: modestly self-described as a "Professional Comic Artist and delightfully unpleasant freelance penguin bigot."
It is hard to describe the feeling that a writer has when he sees the words that tumble about inside his head, suddenly living on the page. It is no small feat to make them living breathing characters and Dave has done just that.
Michael Birkhofer, colorart: 6 year industry professional. Freelance coloring/painting with HiFi design, for Marvel, DC, Disney, Dark Horse, Image, etc. Examples of his other work can be seen at http://mbirkhofer.deviantart.com/ and http://www.facebook.com/MBirkhoferArt
Troy Peteri, lettering: lettered on everything from Amazing Spider-Man to Witchblade and even written a few comics of his own. A freelancer who can labor at his desk and produce 33 hours of work in each and every 24 hour day.
We've put together a creative team with an experienced (code speak for old) storyteller and young talented artists. The one thing we all have in common is a desire to create a memorable story
Why this Story?
By this point in my life it's expected that I should have figured out something about the meaning of it all. Near as I can tell our time here is little more than a day-pass at some unknowable metaphysical amusement park filled with a myriad of rides both thrilling and mundane.
Some rides you know from the first exhilarating moment that this was meant for you: it speaks to you, it steals your heart, it fills your life. When it comes to a stop, you beg to ride again and when you're told you've got to move along, you sprint for the exit and hurry to get back onboard. Other rides scare the crap out of you from the very start but once you've had a chance to catch your breath, you're ready to go again. Then there's the rides where you're glad you did it but once in a lifetime is enough. And finally there's the ones you wish you had never taken but Oh, Hell has always been a ride I've enjoyed from the very start.
I hope you've decided to ride along with us. I have no idea where we're headed but it appears there's still some time left on my day-pass and I'm going to get the most out of it that I can. I hope the same for you as well.
WHERE DOES THE MONEY GO?
We're all familiar with the $3000 comic projects often seen here for single issue books. We're asking you to help us raise $12,500 - a significant amount of money. It will be used to pay for an OFFSET PRINT RUN of 2000 copies of Oh, Hell. WHAT?! 2000 copies for a first time project, from a writer we've never heard of! You've got to be crazy. I agree but it's a complete 200+ page full color book with bonus material. All I ask is that you go online, check out the work that this creative team has put into Oh, Hell and see what you think.
Now back to the money, much of the costs of offset printing and binding are front-loaded and we would have pay those costs whether we print 10 or 10,000 copies. We also plan to have the book printed here in the U.S. using top quality paper and binding.
In addition to printing costs, there are also the fees for Kickstarter, Amazon, credit card processing, and California and Federal taxes. Additionally we have to pay for shipping supplies, postage, tracking, and labor to fulfill the orders. And then of course there's the upkeep on my villa in the south of France, the chateau in the Alps, the castle on the Moors, and the hovel in the Hamptons but we try not to draw too much attention to those extravagances.
Risks and challenges
RISKS AND CHALLENGES:
I began working on Oh, Hell almost 3 years ago. I wrote the complete script before approaching Dave and Michael about the art. I wanted them to see the story in it's entirety and to know that I was committed; that this was not going to be just a book or two and them I'd let the series drop. If you play Hold 'em, you can say I went "all in."
Now, the end is in sight. We've been doing touch-ups and corrections as we've gone along, Dave is drawing the final chapters and Michael is coloring madly as he juggles Oh, Hell and his career. Work is underway on the premiums by guest artists. I've also decided to use a printer located here in the US both to avoid overseas shipping issues and I feel we need to keep as many jobs in the US as possible.
I've tried to be VERY conservative in estimating delivery times but I've lived long enough to know that if something can go wrong, it will - along with two other things simultaneously. In spite of that knowledge, the hope is to come in ahead of schedule; however, delays in production, shipping and such may occur and work on premiums may be delayed due to the con season, and I may get run over by an MTA bus. If any of these should happen we'll keep all our supporters informed via Kickstarter, Twitter, Facebook, and our website OhHellComics (assuming the bus doesn't crush my opposable thumbs and both typing fingers). But even if the bus thing does happen, not to fear - there's always Siri to help me get the word out.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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