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An homage to early 1900’s newspaper comic strips. Nightmare the Rat is a mischievous monster that preys upon the populace of Hell City. Read more

Hagerstown, MD Comics
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An homage to early 1900’s newspaper comic strips. Nightmare the Rat is a mischievous monster that preys upon the populace of Hell City.

Hagerstown, MD Comics
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My name is Rafer Roberts. You may (or may not) know me from such comics as PLASTIC FARM, THANOS AND DARKSEID: CARPOOL BUDDIES OF DOOM, LITTLE NEMO: DREAM ANOTHER DREAM, or from the back pages of such comics as X-O MANOWAR, HARBINGER, ARCHER & ARMSTRONG, or SHUTTER. I'm here to tell you about NIGHTMARE THE RAT.

NIGHTMARE THE RAT follows the adventures of a mischievous little monster who preys upon the populace of Hell City by stealing their teeth. The comics have appeared in the Washington DC based comics newspaper MAGIC BULLET since the first issue, and can also be found online as a weekly webcomic.

One of the most common questions I get during conventions is whether I have any NIGHTMARE THE RAT stuff for sale. Hopefully, with your aid and this Kickstarter, I can start answering that question with a "Yes".

UPDATE 09.11.14 - More art and another Stretch Goal

We've surpassed the $2000 goal, which means that everyone who has pledged at least $10 will now be receiving four NIGHTMARE THE RAT stickers! The next stretch goal, and unlocked rewards, is $3000.

If and when this campaign reaches $3000, everyone who has pledged $10 or more will automatically receive a set of 4"x6" mini prints featuring the NIGHTMARE THE RAT pinups that were drawn for the collection. As of last count, this set will include 7-10 4"x6" prints drawn by artists such as:

Giles Crawford
Giles Crawford
Matt Dembicki
Matt Dembicki
John Shine
John Shine
Jason Axtell
Jason Axtell
Jake Warrenfeltz
Jake Warrenfeltz

 ...plus a good half dozen more!

To help us reach this goal, many of these artists will be putting up their original art as rewards. As of this posting, Giles and Matt's art are both available and more will be coming later.

Giles Crawford
Giles Crawford

 UPDATE 09.08.14 - Stretch Rewards

The $1500 stretch goal that I announced has already been surpassed. Everyone who has pledged at least $10 will now be receiving these two screenprinted vinyl stickers:

Sticker #1
Sticker #1
Sticker #2
Sticker #2

The next stretch goal is $2000, which as of this update we are only $300 away from reaching. When we hit that, everyone will be receiving two more stickers:

Sticker #3
Sticker #3
Sticker #4
Sticker #4

I'll be announcing further stretch goals and rewards, most likely for when we reach $3000 and every additional $1000 after that, sometime later this week or early next.

What is this Kickstarter for?

I need your help to print a collection of every NIGHTMARE THE RAT comic strip to date. This 28-page collection will be printed oversized (10.5"x16") on good old fashioned newsprint with color sections and bonus comics and art.

The collection itself is designed to look like a special edition of the Hell City Times
The collection itself is designed to look like a special edition of the Hell City Times

As an added bonus, peppered throughout the collection will be some brand new artwork, pinups, fake ads, and a BRAND NEW NIGHTMARE THE RAT comic drawn specifically for this collection.

How far along is this project?

All of the comics are drawn, as are most of the fake ads. By the time this campaign ends, all I'll have left to do is send the files to the printer.

How will this money be used?

I'm the only creator involved with NIGHTMARE THE RAT, and I don't expect to make much off of this. I anticipate that all of the money raised will go towards printing the newspaper collection and shipping out your rewards. Anything extra will go into printing more copies and fulfillment of stretch rewards. (More info on stretch goals and rewards is forthcoming.)

Oh yeah, what are the rewards?

Ok, we've got a few cool things lined up.

Included in all pledges over $5, you get a "Greetings from Hell City" postcard with a handwritten message from Nightmare the Rat himself. (Well, it will actually be from me but I'll be writing it in Nightmare's gibberish language.)
Included in all pledges over $5, you get a "Greetings from Hell City" postcard with a handwritten message from Nightmare the Rat himself. (Well, it will actually be from me but I'll be writing it in Nightmare's gibberish language.)
For $10 you get the 24-page, 10.5"x16" newspaper collection! Every NIGHTMARE THE RAT comic to date! Special color sections! Fake ads, and a brand new comic made just for this collection!
For $10 you get the 24-page, 10.5"x16" newspaper collection! Every NIGHTMARE THE RAT comic to date! Special color sections! Fake ads, and a brand new comic made just for this collection!
For $25 you get the postcard, the newspaper, and ONE of Three 11x17" prints featuring a classic NIGHTMARE THE RAT comic. Your choices are "Teeth", "In Dreams", or "vs The Hell City All-Tooth Gang".
For $25 you get the postcard, the newspaper, and ONE of Three 11x17" prints featuring a classic NIGHTMARE THE RAT comic. Your choices are "Teeth", "In Dreams", or "vs The Hell City All-Tooth Gang".
For $30, you get the postcard, the collection, AND a copy of my X-O Manowar #25 variant cover (signed).
For $30, you get the postcard, the collection, AND a copy of my X-O Manowar #25 variant cover (signed).
For $40 you get the postcard, collection and TWO prints.
For $40 you get the postcard, collection and TWO prints.
For $50 you get the postcard, collection and ALL THREE PRINTS. (You can also add prints to "non-print" levels by adding $15 for one print, $30 for two, or the discounted $40 for all three.)
For $50 you get the postcard, collection and ALL THREE PRINTS. (You can also add prints to "non-print" levels by adding $15 for one print, $30 for two, or the discounted $40 for all three.)
Or, for $50, you could just choose to get a ton of comics. You can have the postcard, the NIGHTMARE THE RAT collection and all three collected volumes of PLASTIC FARM.
Or, for $50, you could just choose to get a ton of comics. You can have the postcard, the NIGHTMARE THE RAT collection and all three collected volumes of PLASTIC FARM.
Or, for $60, you can get an original 9"x12" drawing by me. You'll also get the collection and the postcard. You tell me what to draw and (as long as it is within reason) I'll draw it for you.
Or, for $60, you can get an original 9"x12" drawing by me. You'll also get the collection and the postcard. You tell me what to draw and (as long as it is within reason) I'll draw it for you.
For $70, you get a color commission from Kelly Williams!
For $70, you get a color commission from Kelly Williams!
ORIGINAL ART! For $80, you can get the 9x12 sheet where I drew a bunch of the smaller fake ads that will appear throughout the collection.
ORIGINAL ART! For $80, you can get the 9x12 sheet where I drew a bunch of the smaller fake ads that will appear throughout the collection.
For $110, you can get the artwork used in creating the "photographs" on the front cover of the collection.
For $110, you can get the artwork used in creating the "photographs" on the front cover of the collection.
Own a piece of NIGHTMARE THE RAT. For $120 you get original art!
Own a piece of NIGHTMARE THE RAT. For $120 you get original art!
For $350 you get the postcard, the collection, and a larger (11"x17") and more detailed commission.
For $350 you get the postcard, the collection, and a larger (11"x17") and more detailed commission.
Are you a retailer? For $25 bucks you'll get ten copies of the collection and a stck of postcards.
Are you a retailer? For $25 bucks you'll get ten copies of the collection and a stck of postcards.
For $500, I will come to your store (assuming you are within 500 miles of Hagerstown, MD) on my dime. I'll bring stack of all of my books and you keep 100% of the sales!
For $500, I will come to your store (assuming you are within 500 miles of Hagerstown, MD) on my dime. I'll bring stack of all of my books and you keep 100% of the sales!

Risks and challenges

As mentioned before, all the comics are drawn and the bonus material is almost finished. I've got local printers lined up for the collections and prints, and I've worked with both before. This will be the fourth Kickstarter project that I've run, and (knock on wood) looks like it will be the simplest.

Customizing all the postcards will probably drive me insane though, so there is that.

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  • You selected
    Pledge $5 or more

    2 backers

    A Hell City postcard from Nightmare the Rat. Well, it'll actually be from me but I'll write it in Nightmare's own gibberish.

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    Only ships to: United States
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    Pledge $10 or more

    98 backers

    A copy of the newspaper-sized collection! Every Nightmare the Rat strip to date, including the Morningbreath color special and an all new comic drawn specifically for this collection. (You also get a postcard.)

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    Ships anywhere in the world
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    Pledge $25 or more

    15 backers

    PRINT LEVEL 1 - You get one of three 11x17" prints (your choice, see images to the left), the Nightmare the Rat newspaper collection, and the postcard!

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    Ships anywhere in the world
  • You selected
    Pledge $25 or more

    3 backers

    RETAILER SPECIAL! Are you a comic book retailer? For $25 you get ten copies of the Nightmare the Rat collection. You'll also get a small stack of postcards that you can give out to your customers. Please, retailers only.

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    Only ships to: United States
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    Pledge $30 or more

    3 backers Limited (22 left of 25)

    I drew a Beyond Comics exclusive variant cover for X-O Manowar #25. You'll get a signed copy of that, as well as the Nightmare the Rat collection and the postcard!

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    Ships anywhere in the world
  • You selected
    Pledge $40 or more

    1 backer

    PRINT LEVEL 2 - You get two of three 11x17" prints (your choice, see images to the left), the Nightmare the Rat newspaper collection, and the postcard!

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    Ships anywhere in the world
  • You selected
    Pledge $50 or more

    0 backers

    PRINT LEVEL 3 - You get all three 11x17" prints (your choice, see images to the left), the Nightmare the Rat newspaper collection, and the postcard!

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    Ships anywhere in the world
  • You selected
    Pledge $50 or more

    3 backers Limited (147 left of 150)

    A BUNCH OF COMICS - You'll get the Nightmare the Rat newspaper collection plus ALL THREE volumes of PLASTIC FARM. Also the postcard. Always the postcard.

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    Ships anywhere in the world
  • You selected
    Pledge $60 or more

    11 backers All gone!

    COMMISSION LEVEL 1 - I will draw a 9x12" commission of whatever you want, within reason. Check out the samples to the left. You also get the collection and the postcard.

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    Ships anywhere in the world
  • You selected
    Pledge $60 or more

    0 backers Limited (1 left of 1)

    GILES CRAWFORD - original artwork. The original 4"x6" Nightmare the Rat pinup art drawn by artist Giles Crawford. Ink and watercolor. There is a sample in the project description. (You also get the collection and the postcard.)

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    Ships anywhere in the world
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    0 backers Limited (1 left of 1)

    MATT DEMBICKI - original artwork. The original 9"X12.25" Nightmare the Rat pinup art drawn by artist Matt Dembicki. Ink, brush and pen. There is a sample in the project description. (You also get the collection and the postcard.)

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    Ships anywhere in the world
  • You selected
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    0 backers Limited (1 left of 1)

    JASON AXTELL - original artwork. The original 8.5"x11" Nightmare the Rat pinup art drawn in charcoal by artist Jason Axtell. There is a sample in the project description. (You also get the collection and the postcard.)

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    Ships anywhere in the world
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    Pledge $70 or more

    3 backers Limited (1 left of 4)

    The collection, the postcard, and an 11x14" COLOR commission from Kelly Williams!

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    Ships anywhere in the world
  • You selected
    Pledge $75 or more

    0 backers Limited (1 left of 1)

    JAKE WARRENFELTZ - original artwork. The original 14"x17" Nightmare the Rat pinup art drawn by artist Jake Warrenfeltz. Ink and watercolor. There is a sample in the project description. (You also get the collection and the postcard.)

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    Ships anywhere in the world
  • You selected
    Pledge $80 or more

    1 backer All gone!

    For $80, you can get the 9x12 sheet where I drew a bunch of the smaller fake ads that will appear throughout the collection. Of course, you'll also get the collection and athe postcard!

    Estimated delivery:
    Only ships to: United States
  • You selected
    Pledge $110 or more

    1 backer All gone!

    ORIGINAL ART A - You get the original spot art drawn for the front cover of this NIGHTMARE THE RAT collection. Ink on heavy mixed media bristol. You also get the collection, of course, and the postcard!

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    Ships anywhere in the world
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    Pledge $120 or more

    3 backers Limited (2 left of 5)

    The collection, the postcards, and the original artwork for TWO of the Nightmare the Rat "daily" style comics. I drew these 2-up on a piece of 14x17" bristol and are very limited. Pledgers will be able to request specific strips or just allow me to choose for them. (In the event two people choose the same strip, preference will be shown to the person who pledged first.)

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    Ships anywhere in the world
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    Pledge $350 or more

    1 backer All gone!

    COMMISSION LEVEL 2 - I will draw an 11x17" detailed commission of your choice. These are way more complex than my usual $50 drawings and are going to be very limited. Check out the samples to the left. And, yes, the Nightmare the Rat newspaper collection and the postcard.

    Estimated delivery:
    Only ships to: United States
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    Pledge $500 or more

    0 backers Limited (2 left of 2)

    Is your store located within a 500 mile radius of Hagerstown, MD? If so, Rafer will come to your store. He'll pay his own travel and lodging and bring big stacks of the Nightmare the Rat collection, prints, Plastic Farm comics, and assorted other comics along with him. All sales are yours to keep! (You don't need to have a date in mind yet. We'll figure it out.)

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