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An original 28-page, full color comic set in the roaring 20s about a woman who challenged gender norms in her Mafia family’s business.
170 backers pledged $7,500 to help bring this project to life.

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"MAFIOSA has one of the most intriguing premises for a crime comic I’ve read in years, and it’s executed (!) with style and guts. The second half is breathless and bloody and wonderful in a way few comics are. I can’t wait for more!"  

Gail Simone, Award Winning Comic Book Writer of Birds of Prey, Deadpool, Simpsons, Batgirl, Wonder Woman, Tomb Raider, Red Sonja, Action Comics, and Secret Six 

"Mafiosa #1 from RainWerks @mafiosacomic, SunshineBarbito DeboraCarita & MariacristinaFederico, bring us one of those books that you didn't know you needed this in your life until it was there.  Read this, support this, and revel in this kind of storytelling."

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"If I didn’t look at the credits and just started reading MAFIOSA I would assume that Ed Brubaker and Sean Phillips took a departure from the brilliant CRIMINAL series to write a crime tale set in the Roaring Twenties. This has a similar look and feel.  That’s a high compliment to the quality of story and art in MAFIOSA and should be enough testimonial for fans of CRIMINAL to get on board and support this project."

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The Marchesi brothers, Carlo, Matteo and Tommaso, are three first generation Sicilian Americans who, with their extended families, establish a Mafia family in Brooklyn, New York in the early 1900s. 

Nicoletta Marchesi is the youngest of Tommaso's five children, a precocious and beautiful eighteen year old who, unlike her two older sisters, is very much a tomboy and grew up always challenging her two older brothers at every turn. But when Nicoletta confronts her father Tommaso and announces her desire to join the family business alongside her brothers, crisis ensues.

What transpires is not just a tale of Nicoletta’s rise within the Marchesi crime family but how she and the world around her is transformed when she proves better at the deadly game than her male coworkers. Combining the mystic and high-style romanticism of the Roaring 20's with a woman's journey into the savagery of the Cosa Nostra criminal syndicate, Mafiosa presents a fresh take on contemporary themes of gender discrimination and social justice.

Funding exclusively through this Kickstarter campaign is a self-contained comic book story, published in a 28 page, full-color comic format.

Our outstanding team have recreated the early days of the Mafia’s rise to prominence in New York during the roaring 1920’s with the one notable departure of a woman fighting to join the family’s business, flipping this rich storytelling genre on its head. 

Sunshine Barbito is an up and coming writer and editor, based in Portland, Oregon. She writes fiction and non-fiction short stories, poetry, and comics. You can find her short story “The Injury” in issue sixty-six of 34thParallel Magazine, at 34thparallel.net. You can find another comic by Sunshine at 3kcomic.totalwar.com.  

Débora Carita is a penciler and illustrator. Recently, Débora worked on Call of Duty Black OPS4 (official comics), Star Trek #5: Through the Mirror (IDW), Project series Superpowers by Alex Ross, Gene Simmons Dominatrix, Arana and Spiderman (Marvel, 2006), Guardians of the Galaxy (2007), covers for the Official X-Box Magazine, and advertisment illustrations for  pre-productions of TV shows, at OpenTheDoor Studio (2015 to 2017 - São Paulo, Brazil) for big brands like Palmolive, Nestlé, Brahma, Nivea, Danone, and others. 

Mariacristina Federico was born in Naples on June 14th, 1983. She studied at the Italian School of Comics, taking courses on comics and animation. In 2005, she took part in a comics stage with Alessandro Barbucci. In 2010, she started working in the world of comics as a colorist for foreign publishers; French; Le Lombard, Glénat, Poil de Carotte, Soeur Marie Therese, American; Upper deck, Dynamite, Activision (Call of Duty), Interweb comics (The Giantess), Glass House, Sugar Skull Media (Lucy the Scientist) English; Titan (Tekken, Assasin's creed). Over the last few years, she has worked with some artists in the entertainment field, illustrating CD covers for singers, DJ’s, and pianists. In addition to working as a colorist, she is a freelance illustrator for private clients, mainly drawing curvy women. With these drawings, she has participated in group exhibitions in Australia and Brazil.

Clem Robbins has lettered practically everything, for practically everyone since 1977. He is the author of The Art of Figure Drawing, which was published in 2003 by North Light Books. His paintings and drawings are in collections all over America, and in the permanent collection of the Cincinnati Art Museum.

Kirbi Fagan is a Metro Detroit based illustrator who specializes in creating art for book covers and comics. Her illustrations are known for their magical themes, nostalgic mood and feminine heroines. Her work has adorned fan favorites for Marvel, Boom Studios, and many more!

Francesco Francavilla is an Italian American comic book artist known for his creator-owned series The Black Beetle and pulp-inspired comic covers. Other notable works include The Black Coat, Dynamite's Zorro series, a celebrate run on Detective Comics with Scott Snyder and Jock, and multiple sought after Mondo movie poster prints.

Why Kickstarter?

We decided to go direct to fans with a Kickstarter campaign because it gave the Mafiosa team more control over the creative process. We also love the advantage of the feedback loop that crowdfunding provides. We have a lot of ideas for where we want to take Mafiosa, and Kickstarter supporters will help us shape those decisions.

What will the funds be used for?

This in part depends on how much our Kickstarter campaign can raise, however, at least 50% of the funds pay for the artists involved in creating Mafiosa. Approximately 30% will pay for printing and Rewards, 10% for shipping and 10% to Kickstarter. 

Become a Founding Fan

Nicoletta’s story is inspired by the idea that one person can single handedly change the course of history, to rise above the path that they are “supposed” to take, to write their own story. In that same spirit, you are the co-founders of tomorrow’s pop culture. By backing Mafiosa, you not only support the creation of this independent comic book, you give voice to the industry saying that you want to see stories that explore strong women and their hero journeys of trial and triumph.  

All Are Welcome

No contribution is too small. We have partnered with digital media flash sale platform Groupees, to offer EVERY contribution for as little as $1 a bundle of digital goods including music, comics, and games. Every dollar contributed is appreciated, considered, and rewarded. The more donations, no matter the amount, the bigger our potential audience for a full fledged series.

$6500 - Co-producing credits for all backers! Names of all Kickstarter backers to appear in every copy of Mafiosa sold through this campaign and beyond, if and when we take this to a full blown series!

$7000 - All backers at $5 tier and greater will receive briefing notes and updates on the second and third books in this series of Mafiosa.

$7500 - All backers to receive Add-On options at end of campaign including Mafiosa t-shirts.

$8000 - Enhanced covers. Spot gloss and heavier paper stock for all printed books. 

Risks and challenges

While this is RainWerk's first Kickstarter project, the people behind the project are accomplished comic book professionals with great reputations and a long track record of success. Mafiosa #1 is fully inked, lettered and the final pages are getting colored. Accordingly, we view Risks as extremely low. Our challenges will relate primarily to ensuring that all Rewards are delivered quickly and at the lowest possible rates. We will be using a fulfillment company to ensure that the process runs smoothly. We also will be fully transparent should any unforseen delays occur.

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    A special enamel pin of Nicoletta and her Tommygun plus the Kickstarter Edition tier.

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    All three physical versions of Mafiosa #1 including Kickstarter Edition + 2 Variant Cover editions + the Digital Domain tier

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    First 100 Tier

    First 100 printed, signed, bagged and sealed Kickstarter Edition Mafiosa #1 + the Digital Domain tier

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    Printed copy of Kickstarter Edition of Mafiosa #1 (signed, bagged, and boarded with a custom wax seal)
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    Double Barrel Tier

    Two unsigned prints (Debora Carita pinup + Kirbi Fagan cover) + Kickstarter Edition Mafiosa #1 + Francavilla Variant cover + Digital Domain tier

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    Unsigned 11 x 17 print by Debora Carita
    Unsigned 11 x17 print by Kirbi Fagan
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    Retailers: Mafia Stronghold Tier

    Make your store a Marchesi family stronghold! This is a special package for comic book retailers of any size to get in on the action at a 50% discount.

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    Retailers: Mafia Safe House Tier

    Make your store a Marchesi family safehouse! This is a special tier for comic book retailers who wish to offer to both covers to their customers at a 40% discount.

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    Triple Play Tier

    Three unsigned prints (Debora Carita pinup + Kirbi Fagan cover + Francesco Francavilla cover) + Kickstarter Edition Mafiosa #1 + Both Variant cover editions + Digital Domain tier

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    Unsigned 11 x 17 print by Debora Carita
    Unsigned 11 x17 print by Kirbi Fagan
    Unsigned 11 x 17 print by Francesco Francavilla
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    Signed Collector’s Edition

    Three signed and numbered prints (Debora Carita pinup + Kirbi Fagan cover + Francesco Francavilla cover) + Kickstarter Edition Mafiosa #1 + Digital Domain tier

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    Signed 11 x 17 print by Debora Carita
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    Retailers: The Administrative Tier

    Make your store one of top level management in the Mafiosa family! This is a special tier for comic book retailers who wish to offer covers to their customers + unsigned prints at a 50% discount.

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    10 copies of both Kickstarter Edition Mafiosa #1 and Francavilla Variant cover edition
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    Made Woman Tier

    Your likeness drawn into Mafiosa #1 (male or female) + Original signed and numbered sketch of Nicoletta + three prints (Debora Carita pinup + Kirbi Fagan cover + Francesco Francavilla cover) + Kickstarter Edition Mafiosa #1 + both Variant cover editions + Digital Domain tier

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    Your likeness drawn into Mafiosa #1, complete with period specific duds (male or female)
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    Unsigned 11 x 17 print by Francesco Francavilla
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    Retailers: Five Families Tier

    Join the five families! This is a special tier for comic book retailers interested in an exclusive cover to be shared between five stores. This cover will never appear at retail again! In addition, your store will be promoted across publicity, social media, and all future marketing efforts as one of only five retailers with the exclusive cover by special guest artist to be revealed during the campaign. Your store’s logo will be featured on the back cover.

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