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An action-packed graphic novel bursting with the full-color antics of unlikely heroes, loners, and villains getting what they deserve.
An action-packed graphic novel bursting with the full-color antics of unlikely heroes, loners, and villains getting what they deserve.
259 backers pledged $11,355 to help bring this project to life.

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Stretch Goals

  • $11,000 - we'll swap out everyone's softcover copy of The Rough & Tumble with a gorgeous hardcover copy - WE NAILED IT!
  • $11,500 - we'll include "Bunnygoth," a bonus story, in the printed version of the book
  • $12,000 - we'll make several aesthetic upgrades to the book including basic embossing for the cover and a dust jacket

About the Project

The Rough & Tumble features a group of imperfect heroes ranging from the shoot-first-ask-questions-later detectives Hooch and Daddy-O in "Kings of the Night Time World!" to the sensual and secretive paramour Jack in "The Great Pretender". The stories are teeming with enthusiasm and a freshness that we hope inspires you to turn each of the 100+ pages.

The Stories

Sonny Kane and the Mephisto Burlesque

Hapless janitor and fervent metalhead Sonny Kane receives what appears to be a random invitation in the sleeve of an album. The invite is for a secret show, and Sonny attends hoping to meet girls and hear some killer music. Instead he finds himself leading a group of fellow headbangers in an epic battle against the Prince of Darkness, himself!

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The Great Pretender

High School is tough on everyone, but it's especially tough on senior Dolly Tucker. She's in love with Jack; a handsome boy from the malt shoppe, with a secret she just can't seem to wrap her head around. Her friends warn her to stay away, but her feelings keep pushing her closer to the mysterious object of her affection. What is Jackie hiding, and can her heart survive The Great Pretender?

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Bubblehead Road

What happens when you find out an urban legend is true? On Halloween, a curious group of teenagers decide to find out for themselves if there really is a mutant family living at the end of an isolated country road on the outskirts of town. We know what curiosity did to the cat; what will it do to these young adventurers?

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Kings of the Night Time World! 

Trigger happy cops Jerome "Hooch" Hendrickson and David "Daddy-O" Mandlebaum are forced to take a weekend off after causing more damage than usual while laying down their particular brand of justice. When they decide to take their ladies out dancing, their expectation is an evening of rest, relaxation, and romance. Crime boss Mister Cross has other ideas, and the detectives are forced to paint the town red - with blood!

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Up to the Skies

Sometimes, even the luckiest of men can feel incomplete. Living under the big desert sky with a loyal dog as his best friend, a sun-kissed man discovers the missing piece in the puzzle of his life.

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Character Sheet

Bunnygoth (Digital Bonus Story)

A human-rabbit hybrid has more to struggle with than acne and teen angst when he's thrust into the spotlight after a group of jocks cross the line. Can he harness his extraordinary powers and save his friends when they need him most?

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Featured Rewards

$35 BLOODSPORT CHAMPION

Book (Print & Digital) + 11x17 Mini Poster + Bookmark + Thank You (Not Pictured)
Book (Print & Digital) + 11x17 Mini Poster + Bookmark + Thank You (Not Pictured)

$50 CRAZED LUCHADOR

Book (Print & Digital) + T-Shirt (B&W or Color) + Bookmark + Thank You (Not Pictured)
Book (Print & Digital) + T-Shirt (B&W or Color) + Bookmark + Thank You (Not Pictured)

$75 BRASS KNUCKLE BOXER BUNDLE

Book (Print & Digital) + T-Shirt (Color) + Bookmark + Home Brew + Thank You (Not Pictured)
Book (Print & Digital) + T-Shirt (Color) + Bookmark + Home Brew + Thank You (Not Pictured)

$250 BLITZKRIEG BOX

Meet The Artist

Mega-talented artist Benjamin Sawyer lets you into his beautiful mind in this short video about his approach to The Rough & Tumble. Jim and I show up a lot less in this one, we promise.

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Where will the money go?

This Kickstarter will allow us to pay our artist to bring all five stories to life as well as cover the costs of designing and printing a gorgeous full-color book, shipping the book to your doorstep and including some killer rewards along the way.

Here's the budget breakdown:

$4,250 Artist Benjamin Sawyer's services

$3,000 Printing costs

$1,000 Video production and design

$800 Kickstarter and Amazon fees

$550 Shipping costs

$400 Rewards

Risks and challenges

While this is our first official Kickstarter campaign (it's our artist's second), we have experience funding and producing two film projects. The main challenge that we'll face post-funding will be ensuring that we have a high-quality printing of the book and that it's delivered on time. As such, we've selected one of the best vendors available in Print Ninja (www.printninja.com). Their customer service is the best in class and they've received rave reviews from other Kickstarters. As part of the process, we'll receive both a digital and physical proof of the book prior to printing. This will allow us to identify any issues before we go to press. We're really excited to partner with them and bring you an amazing-looking comic!

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    LONE WOLF: You probably won't remember this charge on your bank statement, but we'll never forget you for it. Thank you!

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    SHADOWBOXER: A digital package of production artwork from The Rough & Tumble + your name printed on the book's "Thank You" page.

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    STREET FIGHTER: A digital copy of The Rough & Tumble + your name printed on the book's "Thank You" page.

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    BACKROOM BRAWLER: A softcover copy of The Rough & Tumble + a digital copy + a rad bookmark + your name printed on the book's "Thank You" page.

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    RENEGADE BIKER: Digital copies of BONUS STORIES (Bunnygoth, Detroit Rock Soldiers and Downtown Brown) + a softcover copy of The Rough & Tumble + a digital copy + a rad bookmark + your name printed on the book's "Thank You" page.

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    BLOODSPORT CHAMPION: A MINI POSTER (11x17) designed by multimedia extraordinaire Grant Essig + a softcover copy of The Rough & Tumble + a digital copy + a rad bookmark + your name printed on the book's "Thank You" page.

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    CRAZED LUCHADOR: A KICKSTARTER EXCLUSIVE T-SHIRT designed by artist Todd Spence + a softcover copy of The Rough & Tumble + a digital copy + a rad bookmark + your name printed on the book's "Thank You" page.

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    BRASS KNUCKLE BOXER BUNDLE: A Rough & Tumble T-Shirt designed by artist Benjamin Sawyer + a softcover copy of Home Brew - Handcrafted Tales from the Gateway City (from Ink & Drink Comics) + a softcover copy of The Rough & Tumble + a digital copy + a rad bookmark + your name printed on the book's "Thank You" page.

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    OFF-THE-HINGES COP: A Hooch & Daddy-O SPECIAL EDITION DVD + a softcover copy of The Rough & Tumble + a digital copy + a rad bookmark + your name printed on the book's "Thank You" page.

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    DEA AGENT WITH A VENDETTA: Have your likeness used for a BACKGROUND CHARACTER in the book and you'll be able to brag to your friends that you made a cameo + a softcover copy of The Rough & Tumble + a digital copy + a rad bookmark + your name printed on the book's "Thank You" page.

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    MASTER OF COMBAT: A PAGE OF ORIGINAL ARTWORK FROM THE BOOK (a page physically penciled and inked by artist Benjamin Sawyer) + a softcover copy of The Rough & Tumble + a digital copy + a rad bookmark + your name printed on the book's "Thank You" page.

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    MISFIT COMMANDER: LUNCH & COMIC BOOK SHOPPING with artist Benjamin Sawyer and writers Jim Ousley and Oscar Madrid (St. Louis Area Backers Only) + a softcover copy of The Rough & Tumble + a digital copy + a rad bookmark + your name printed on the book's "Thank You" page.

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    FIVE-STAR GENERAL: A PIECE OF ORIGINAL ARTWORK featuring janitor-turned-hero Sonny Kane from renowned artist Rob Prior + a softcover copy of The Rough & Tumble + a digital copy + a rad bookmark + your name printed on the book's "Thank You" page.

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    BLITZKRIEG BOX: A page of original artwork from the book (a page physically penciled and inked by artist Benjamin Sawyer) + a Rough & Tumble T-Shirt designed by artist Benjamin Sawyer + a Rough & Tumble button + a mini poster (11x17) designed by multimedia extraordinaire Grant Essig + a small alternate cover print + a softcover copy of The Rough & Tumble // All in a collector's edition box with a thank you card and signatures from all three creators // All individually wrapped and branded.

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    RAGING GLADIATOR: BE IMMORTALIZED AS A SUPPORTING CHARACTER IN THE BOOK (choose from one of the stoners or metalheads in Sonny Kane and the Mephisto Burlesque or one of Hooch & Daddy-O's dates in Kings of the Night Time World!) + a softcover copy of The Rough & Tumble + a digital copy + a rad bookmark + your name printed on the book's "Thank You" page.

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    ULTIMATE JUDGE & JURY: A MINI-BOSS ROLE IN THE BOOK (that's right, your likeness will be used for one of the main villains in a story) + a softcover copy of The Rough & Tumble + a digital copy + a rad bookmark + your name printed on the book's "Thank You" page.

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