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A comedy/horror comic set in 15th century Dutch painter Hieronymus Bosch's Garden of Earthly Delights, written and drawn by Mike Riley.
A comedy/horror comic set in 15th century Dutch painter Hieronymus Bosch's Garden of Earthly Delights, written and drawn by Mike Riley.
A comedy/horror comic set in 15th century Dutch painter Hieronymus Bosch's Garden of Earthly Delights, written and drawn by Mike Riley.
166 backers pledged $4,490 to help bring this project to life.

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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.

UPDATED MAY 2ND WITH STRETCH GOALS HERE & ADD-ONS HERE!

This is what the book will look like.
This is what the book will look like.

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. 

3" Die cut, laminated vinyl sticker set. More designs to be revealed through stretch goals..
3" Die cut, laminated vinyl sticker set. More designs to be revealed through stretch goals..

In addition to the book itself, the reward tiers will include high quality t-shirts, vinyl stickers, and limited edition art prints.

"Witches" 5 color screen print on heavy weight cotton t-shirt.
"Witches" 5 color screen print on heavy weight cotton t-shirt.

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.

Hellscape Limited Edition Print
Hellscape Limited Edition Print

 

Al stops for directions at the "gas station". Click for higher resolution image.
Al stops for directions at the "gas station". Click for higher resolution image.

 

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.    

CUSTOM AVATAR & ICE SKATE NAKED IN HELL REWARD TIERS
CUSTOM AVATAR & ICE SKATE NAKED IN HELL REWARD TIERS

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.   

Reward #11: FLOWER DWELLER
Reward #11: FLOWER DWELLER

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!?!   

Reward #12: TREE-PERSON
Reward #12: TREE-PERSON

UPDATE: STRETCH GOALS ANNOUNCED HERE!

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.

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    DIGITAL BOOK

    You will receive a link to a downloadable PDF copy of Deliver.

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    THE BOOK

    You will receive a 38 page, full color, physical copy of Deliver.

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    BOOK + STICKER SET

    You will receive a physical copy of Deliver + a set of 3 limited edition, die cut Bosch-themed stickers.

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    BOOK + PRINT

    You will receive a physical copy of Deliver and a limited edition print of Hell (featuring all of the hell scenes depicted in the book, combined into one panoramic image).

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    RETAILER TIER

    This tier only for brick & mortar comic shops. You will receive 6 physical copies of Deliver for resale ($7 cover price).

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    WITCHES SHIRT

    Do you hate books? Get just the limited edition "Witches" t-shirt. You will receive a survey once the project is funded, to confirm your preferred size and style.

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    EARLY BIRD BOOK + SHIRT

    Get in early for the limited edition "Witches" t-shirt + a physical copy of Deliver at a reduced price.

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    BOOK + T-SHIRT

    Five color, limited edition, hand-screened "Witches" t-shirt + a physical copy of Deliver.

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    DELUXE TIER (signed book, etc.)

    The individual items detailed in the previous tiers + a signature and your name listed on the illustrated acknowledgements pages at the end of the book.

    Includes:
    • A signed physical copy of Deliver.
    • Limited edition t-shirt & print.
    • Die cut sticker set.
    • Your name listed on the illustrated acknowledgements pages.
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    CUSTOM AVATAR + DELUXE TIER

    You will receive a digital avatar of your likeness, drawn by me, in the style of the book + everything detailed in the DELUXE TIER.

    Upon successful funding, I will contact you for reference photos from which to draw a 1,000 pixel square portrait, from the shoulders up, suitable for printing and/or use as a social media profile pic.

    Physical rewards will ship with the other tiers. I hope to have the avatars out at the same time, but they may take a bit longer depending on volume. I will keep you posted throughout the process.

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    ICE SKATE NAKED IN HELL

    Cameo appearance in the book. Your likeness, in the style of the book, ice skating tastefully nude in Hell + everything detailed in the DELUXE TIER. I'll request reference photos, belly tattoos, etc. and draw a nude version of you into the Hell scene of the book.

    You will also receive a "Starring" credit inside the front of the book, as "Ice Skater #1".

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    FLOWER DWELLER

    Speaking role in the book. Your likeness, in the style of the book, emerging tastefully nude from a giant flower + everything detailed in the DELUXE TIER. I'll request reference photos of your belly tattoos, etc. and draw a nude version of you emerging from a giant flower to ask Albert for a lift, then giving desperate chase onto the next page when he refuses.

    You will also receive a "Starring" credit inside the front of the book, as "Enthused Botanist".

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    TREE-PERSON

    Become the iconic Tree-Man. Your likeness, in the style of the book, peering back at the reader while people dance on your head plate, and party in your hollow stomach + everything detailed in the DELUXE TIER. I'll request reference photos of your face.

    You will also receive a "Starring" credit inside the front of the book, "as The Tree-Person".

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