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:
...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.
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:
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:
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.
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.
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.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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