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A noir detective story with a modern twist. Hacker turned private investigator goes Away From Keyboard to track down a serial killer.
A noir detective story with a modern twist. Hacker turned private investigator goes Away From Keyboard to track down a serial killer.
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Lifehacker is a 96-page, black and white graphic novel that will be released in 4 parts as 24-page issues with a collected edition planned as well.

Disclaimer: Lifehacker is intended for mature-ish readers, mainly because of some of the themes along with some mildly violent action scenes and certain language used.

Stretch goal!

If we reach $2,000, everyone at the $20 and above levels also get stickers and buttons!

What it's about:

Life hacking - a trick, shortcut, skill, or novelty method that solves a problem in an inspired or ingenious manner, increasing productivity and efficiency.

When police detective Lisa Adams finds a hacker going through case files, she decides to hire him on as a consultant for the department. The hacker, Joe Macintosh uses his obsessive, calculated nature to program computer algorithms that make connections between victims and suspects. However, because of Joe’s OCD tendencies, Adams quickly finds that working with him can be difficult. Now on their first case together of a suspected serial killer, it's up to Adams to make sure she can keep both the investigation, and Joe, under control before another dead body is found.

Meet our heroes:

Joe Macintosh analyzes everything, from the world around him to his daily routines. His OCD becomes useful in taking apart murder cases, using computer algorithms to discover things the Philadelphia Police department misses.
Joe Macintosh analyzes everything, from the world around him to his daily routines. His OCD becomes useful in taking apart murder cases, using computer algorithms to discover things the Philadelphia Police department misses.
Lisa Adams is frustrated by her role as a junior detective, feeling limited in her abilities to help in murder investigations. When she discovers a hacker making his way into case files, she decides partnering with him is the opportunity she needs.
Lisa Adams is frustrated by her role as a junior detective, feeling limited in her abilities to help in murder investigations. When she discovers a hacker making his way into case files, she decides partnering with him is the opportunity she needs.

Who's making it:

Ovi Demetrian Jr (me) - I've finished writing my first graphic novel a few months ago: Hacktivity, about a team of hackers that take on the NSA (yes, hacking does appear to be a running theme, doesn't it). Each issue was released quarterly with the collected edition soon after which is essentially the same plan for Lifehacker.

Jen Hickman - Jen is doing the art. You can see how amazing it is just from the few pieces on this page. She's worked on quite a few comics including some successful Kickstarter projects like The Dead and The Monsters of Jimmy Crumb series.

Preview pages:

Board of fabulous rewards:

Behind-the-scenes - since you're essentially a part of the production crew, you get to see how the comic is done, from the script to the pages themselves, as they are made

Issue 1 - both the digital and paperback editions will have a credits page with your name on it

Hacktivity - everyone gets to check out issue 1 and for higher reward levels, you get the entire 100-page graphic novel as a bonus to the Lifehacker book

Signed copies - both Jen and I will sign some copies and you'll get a doodle from Jen, the talented one of us

Trading cards - a collection of 10 character cards, each one designed as a case file with a character bio on the back, and if you get the character likeness reward, you could be on one of the cards!

Kickstarter t-shirt - an exclusive to backers of this reward tier, a very limited run

Poster - art will be based on the events and characters of the book and will come in standard 18x24 inch size

Commissioned art piece - this is a rare opportunity to ask Jen to draw anything you want!

Be in the comic - included with this is a character design of you that you get to approve and then choose to be portrayed as either a murder victim, a suspected criminal or misc background character, plus there will be a trading card for your character as well!

What the money is for:

The main goal covers the cost for the artwork of issue 1. This Kickstarter represents the beginning of my mission to make comics under my indie comic imprint, ovidem comics. Having completed Hacktivity, I've decided that writing comics is something I want to do more of. Your support would help make that happen!

Stretch goal!

If we reach $2,000, everyone at the $20 and above levels also get stickers and buttons!

Risks and challenges

The risk is obviously not getting the comic done. Both Jen and I have experience making comics to ensure that it will get made as stated above including meeting all deadlines. In fact, we've already started working on the comic. I have a rough draft of issue 1 and Jen has scheduled in time for the artwork. We'll keep everyone updated with the progress every step of the way so if anything doesn't go as planned, you'll know about it.

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