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RABBIT is a graphic novel that tells the story of a small rabbit working as a bar-bouncer in a city of carnivores.
RABBIT is a graphic novel that tells the story of a small rabbit working as a bar-bouncer in a city of carnivores.
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Rabbit was very young when he witnessed the brutal killing of his brother. That was the day that he left the fields and moved into the City Of Animals where he became a dancer, a gigolo, and a bouncer in bars.

Follow Rabbit as he plows through years of failed friendships, alcoholism, embezzlement, poverty, hypocrisy, promiscuity, violence, supernatural misunderstandings and physical decay.

What is the plan?

I am planning to turn a book that I have written (RABBIT) into a graphic novel. Rabbit is currently in the form of a 45-page novella. The first draft was written ten years ago. It has never been published. Very few people have seen it, with the exception of select passages that I presented at the Los Angeles Hammer Museum in 2007. My goal is to create and enhance the world of RABBIT through illustration. The writing style is lean and fast, like a rabbit. Little time is wasted. The visual style is inspired by xeroxed nightclub-flyers of the 1980’s and my own newspaper drawings.

Story Excerpts:

- "Rabbit's dream: Rabbit stood on a cliff next to an Angel. The Angel introduced him to a Woman who was so tall that Rabbit could only see up to her belt. The Woman said to the Rabbit, “I am going to give you a gift. I am going to give you a power. Choose a power and it will be yours.” A thousand possibilities raced through Rabbit’s head. He tried to concentrate on flying, stopping time, or being invisible. When the word “Vulgarity” popped into his head, the Woman said, “You have chosen” and disappeared. Rabbit turned to the Angel and asked “Vulgarity?” “You have the gift of vulgarity,” said the Angel."

- "Rabbit asked the Rat to hire Crow as a bartender. Rat was reluctant at first because she had been a drug addict. Rabbit reminded Rat that all of his bartenders were drug addicts. Rat insisted that none of them had been when he’d hired them."

- "The impoverished periods in his life had taken their toll on his teeth. They were completely rotten by this point. Any cool drink or slight breeze that came in contact with his open mouth would torture him. No one could tell. He would just stand up a little straighter. Rabbit believed in tooth decay. It inspired him."

Why take this approach?

The story was completed in 2003. Variations on the first 5 pages were completed in 2011. It has proven difficult to develop this project without support.

I believe Rabbit is the best story that I have ever written. I hope to finish it with your help.

Thank you. 

Risks and challenges

I have factored in potential obstacle when choosing a delivery deadline. The only true threat to this deadline would be the production of one of my screenplays. An opera that I have written has been signed for production, but no schedule has been put in place. If a production schedule should conflict with the completion of this book I will notify you all. My hope is that any outside project will enhance the value of our book.

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    A copy of RABBIT sent to you as a PDF file.

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    Personalized outgoing message for your phone featuring Cory McAbee. Sent to you as a mp3 via email. + PDF copy of RABBIT.

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    An original potato-print postcard of Abraham Lincoln, hand-carved and printed by McAbee, sent to you by the US postal system (for US government date verification). + Outgoing message. + PDF copy of RABBIT.

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    DNA CAPSULE. Fingernail or toenail clipping from the author, Cory McAbee, encased in a decorative brass plated capsule for your keychain, necklace or charm-bracelet. + Outgoing message. + PDF copy of RABBIT.

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    Four consecutive frames from McAbee’s first animated short, Billy Nayer. + Potato-print + Outgoing message. + PDF copy of RABBIT.

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    1 original hand-drawn page from the book, RABBIT. + Outgoing message. PDF copy of RABBIT.

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    2 consecutive hand-drawn original pages from the book, RABBIT. + Outgoing message. + PDF copy of RABBIT.

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    2 hand-drawn original page from the book + DNA capsule + Potato-print + Outgoing message. + PDF copy of RABBIT.

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    Original pencil drawing from author’s private collection. + DNA capsule + Skype chat + Potato-print + Outgoing message + 2 original pages from the book, RABBIT. + PDF copy of RABBIT.

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