About this project
Deliver is a 38 page, full color comic book by Mike Riley that follows an unsuspecting delivery guy, Albert, who ends up way off of his normal route in an attempt to deliver his last package of the week. The road ends on the edge of town, but Al continues on, encountering increasingly strange situations as he makes his way deeper into Hieronymus Bosch’s The Garden of Earthly Delights.
The story is set in the 15th century Dutch painter's bizarre and iconic painting. It includes elements of comedy, horror, and adventure ... maybe even romance if you're into some of this stuff. The pages are heavily illustrated with elements from the original painting along with assorted 'Easter eggs', modern references, and hidden jokes.
There is something for most fans of comics and art though, like the painting it's set in, probably not ideal for kids.
In addition to the book itself, the reward tiers will include high quality t-shirts, vinyl stickers, and limited edition art prints.
If you've read this far, many thanks for your interest in the project. If you decide to back it, also be sure to share it with others who might be interested. I've designed a number of stretch goals that will benefit all backers, including bonus content in the book, and additional shirt and sticker designs.
CUSTOM AVATAR & CAMEO APPEARANCE REWARD TIERS
A limited number of backers will have a chance to receive custom digital artwork for their pledge. In addition to the items detailed above, the CUSTOM AVATAR TIER includes a file, that I will personally draw in your likeness and in the style of the book, with a Garden of Earthly Delights themed back drop. The file will be high-resolution 800 x 800 pixels, suitable for printing, but would primarily make a unique profile pic for your MySpace page. The sample below (left) is of me. You can see additional samples of my portrait work here.
The top three reward tiers are one of a kind. Your likeness will appear in the actual book. Whoever backs the project at tier #10 (ICE SKATE NAKED IN HELL, pictured above) will appear sliding by, nude, on the black ice of hell, just before the climax of the story. The drawing will include any distinguishing details that you are willing to provide reference photos or highly detailed descriptions for, tattoos, birthmarks etc. You will be nude, though a body-type generic reference photo will do the trick.
At tier #11 (FLOWER DWELLER), your likeness will appear in place of the blue silhouette in the panels below, wearing nothing but an oven mitt as you try to bum a ride from Albert as he leaves the Garden.
The highest tier is a most unique opportunity. Your likeness will replace the haunting Tree-Man, looking back across a gnarled, hollow body, while birds and nudists parade around on your head-plate. How cool would that be!?!
Mike is a 1/4 Amish cartoonist living in Baltimore. He is the creator of I Taste Sound, To Be Determined Comics, Goatscape, and co-creator of Commuters with David Crispino.
Baltimore City Paper described the first collected volume of I Taste Sound as “a little bit nuts” and “guffaw-worthy.” Going on to say “you may find yourself laughing in spite of yourself.”
Of I Taste Sound, J. Aaron at Grizzly Bomb said "There’s just something about the lo-fi style art and mixture of clever and blunt humor and odd logic that makes us laugh, wows us, and genuinely evokes the feeling of being at an indie comics show" and "better than 98% of the crap available on the spinner racks."
Risks and challenges
This book is already complete so there is virtually no risk of production delays.
I have made arrangements for the books to be printed by a trusted printer, with whom I've produced numerous, high quality projects, and am confident that the books, prints, and t-shirts will be turned around in a timely manner.
Depending on volume, packing and shipping may take some time. I will keep every backer updated as we progress so they know exactly what to expect and when to expect it.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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