DEER EDITOR: FEARLESS is a 48 tablet page B+W mature readers comic about Bucky, the editor of the crime beat at 'The Truth' who also happens to be a deer. This issue connects us from the brutal ending of #1 [as Kickstarted successfully earlier] and throws Bucky deeper into this story of Sheltered Cove as he finds himself hostage to the true arcane leaders of his fair city.
This is mostly a 'Digital Only' campaign, with the issue set up as a PDF, and you can get your hands on a PDF of issue #1 fully available through this Kickstarter also, so please settle in, grab a coffee, and join us for the second trip.
The issue is already 100% finished and ready to deliver.
STRETCH GOAL ANNOUNCEMENT KLAXON!
We've hit 100% funded, in about 13 hours by my calculations, and now we look to the future, and how bright it is. The full info for Stretch Goals can be found in this Update [LINK] but here's the tl;dr of it - scope that beauty at $3k :]
~UNLOCKED~ @ $1500 - free Noirvember ebook for all backers
~UNLOCKED~ @ $2000 - free HEADSPACE pitch PDF for all backers
~UNLOCKED~ @ $2500 - free ANTLER PROSE story by me in the Broadsheet PDF, and a free download of STUCK IN THE GUTTERS #1 for all backers
@ $3000 - '6 Word Antler Noir Stories' from all backers at $3 and above!
@ $3500 - free download of CURRICULUM #1 PDF for all backers at $3 and above
INSTANT FREE DOWNLOAD KLAXON!
The moment you back this campaign you will instantly be given access to downloading TWO  free PDFs from me in campaign updates to backers only!
DOWN THERE comic PDF - a short comic from Owen Gieni + Ryan K Lindsay [the creative team behind Dark Horse Comics' NEGATIVE SPACE], was a comic previously only available in the back of SHUTTER from Image Comics.
CHUM preview ashcan - a 24 page preview of CHUM, a miniseries from the Deer Editor team launching next month from ComixTribe - the ashcan contains sample pages, process inks and such, all the covers for the series, and some other text verbiage.
WHAT'S NEW IN #2?
If you dug the first issue of DEER EDITOR then you're going to lose your mind over the swerves we drop here in FEARLESS. And if you are new to Bucky's world, well, we're offering that first issue here dirt cheap, so we hope you dig anthropomorphic journalistic noir because this comic is borne from the heights of CHINATOWN, ALL THE PRESIDENT'S MEN, and TIGER LAWYER [we also fall awkwardly from such heights].
DEER EDITOR #1 was the story of Bucky getting way in over his head looking into a story of political intrigue and real estate manoeuvres. We ended with him realising he'd missed a crucial aspect of the story. FEARLESS starts with Bucky in a bad position and we follow Dan, his subeditor, as he picks up the story threads and tries to discover the true rot deep within Sheltered Cove. And what they find is beyond politics and money, the trouble brewing is centuries old, is horrific, and is very thirsty for blood.
Sami Kivelä + Ryan K Lindsay [artist/writer hivemind] together brought you DEER EDITOR #1 [natch] but are also the creative team on next month's CHUM miniseries, launching from ComixTribe, as well as this beast.
You can keep up with the campaign, and general title updates, over at DEER EDITOR HQ: deereditor.tumblr.com/
The book has been created using tablet pages - which are landscape in orientation and thus optimised for tablet, and other screen, viewing.
THANK YOU DOWNLOADS
All backers will see updates pointing to 'Thank You Downloads' as we hit funding milestones because I like to give back to you grand grand peeps.
50% = BLIND DATES AND BROKEN HEARTS - a non-fic ebook from Ryan K Lindsay about the lovelife of Daredevil, and published by Sequart
100% = THE SECRET HISTORY OF PAUL KEATING AND HIS MOLE MEN - when we succeed you will instantly get a short comic about the debauchery of Australian politics with art from Matt Lesniewski, colours by Eagle Gosselin, and letters by Nic J. Shaw.
If Crom smiles upon us, and we cruise past the funding goal, then I plan to make some new rad things available to you all. I will divulge as we near such blessed land.
WHY DIGITAL? IS PRINT DYING?
I have gone for a 'digital only' experience on this Kickstarter mostly because I am Australian and postage to the rest of the world (which is all inconveniently across water from me) is terribly expensive. As such, I didn't want to offer an issue of this book at an insane two-digit price. I wouldn't buy a comic for $20 so I don't particularly feel like offering one at that price.
To also combat the no print issue, I've priced the basic level PDF of just the story at $1 - which I hope is fair and lures you in. I was happy with the response to this last time so hopefully it's the soft touch again for us.
I actually spoke at length about this on a podcast, ComixLaunch, which you can scope out here [LINK]
KICKSTARTING A FINISHED BOOK?
I love a campaign that is a guarantee to deliver, and I like less of a wait, so I wanted to bring to the table the things I like. As such, the book is finished and is totally ready for you.
NEWSPAPER SUBSCRIPTION LEVELS
$1 - TABLOID PDF
The FEARLESS story in a DRM-free PDF. Nothing extra, no distractions, just the whole story at an entry level price ready to read on your tablets.
~48 pages, + credits and chapter pages
This level might be my death because if everyone only chooses here I'll need 1250 backers to make my goal. But I'm a firm digital reader who loves the $1 price point. So, here we are.
$2 - TABLOID PDFs
The DRM-free PDFs of DEER EDITOR: FEARLESS and #1. Nothing extra, no distractions, just both stories at an entry level price ready to read on your tablets, so those who missed out the first time round aren't left in the dark.
~96 pages, + credits and chapter pages
$3 - BROADSHEET PDF
The FEARLESS story, with back matter, sketches, pin ups, and script, in a DRM-free PDF, as well as the Tabloid PDF for #1.
~110 pages, + other extras as we unearth them :]
This is the deluxe package, this is the sort of PDF I'd lose my mind for. Process junkies, those wanting a peek behind the curtain, this is your place to be. I also think this price is fair but a gamble to get us across the line.
Inside you will find the entire story, plus some back matter written by me, then some sketches and thumbnails by Sami, as well as some pin ups of Bucky (by Vic Malhotra, Alfie Gallagher, Eric Zawadzki, Craig Bruyn, Matt Lesniewski, Marc Noble, Josh George, Daniel Schneider), some designed prints by me, at least one ink sketch by me, as well as the full script of this issue. You can see some examples of these things at the bottom of the page.
$7 - WEEKEND PDFs
Okay now, this is THREE! PDFs. You get the BROADSHEET PDF for FEARLESS, and also the RKL SCRIPT #2 PDF, feat. scripts of MANY of my other projects, as well as the Tabloid PDF for #1.
The extra PDF will contain scripts to:
NEGATIVE SPACE #1 - my book at Dark Horse with Gieni - DOWN - my short with Gieni in SHUTTER - THE SECRET HISTORY OF PAUL KEATING AND HIS MOLE MEN - a short story of Australian political debauchery - SKYDANCER - a short that's my version of a Bond villain's origin story - HIGH FLYERS, LOW LIVES - a short story about crime and remote control planes - and HEADSPACE #4-6 - the meat in the middle of my book with Monkeybrain/IDW.
I love reading comic scripts, they certainly help hone my own writing, so I hope some process junkies out there really dig on this beast of a package.
$10 - TALKING PIN UPS
Select one of the pin ups by our amazing guest artists and I'll write a word balloon/thought bubble/caption and I'll dirty letter it myself and JPEG it to your inbox. Comes with the BROADSHEET PDF for FEARLESS + RKL SCRIPT #2 PDF, as well as the Tabloid PDF for #1.
You can choose from those available [which I'll send to you in a detailed list at the end of the campaign but you can see them listed below]. I will then write something ghastly and superfantastic to be lettered onto the pin up and we'll send this one of a kind digital keepsake straight to you.
$15 - PAGE 3 PIN UPS - limited to 5
Select 1 of 5 ink sketches of Dan the Subeditor by Ryan K Lindsay. Comes with the BROADSHEET PDF for FEARLESS + RKL SCRIPT #2 PDF, as well as the Tabloid PDF for #1.
I'm no illustrator but I promise to really put my all into these inked sketches on A4 paper. Plus, y'know, due to the scarcity of me ever trying to draw something, these artifacts are sure to be worth millions on the wild west of the bitcoin market. Check out an example of the goods at the bottom of the page.
You can choose from sketches of Dan: standing, looking, thinking, zoning out, and agonising, and I'll send it to you in the mail.
$20 - AUDIO COMMENTARY
Ryan will record an audio commentary of the issue that you can listen to as you read the book in realtime. The audio files will be sent to you. Comes with the BROADSHEET PDF for FEARLESS + RKL SCRIPT #2 PDF, as well as the Tabloid PDF for #1.
I love audio commentaries on DVDs, and I love reading people's annotations, so this is sure to be good, right?
$60 - TYPE PLATE EDITION - limited to 3
A copy of the DE FEARLESS script, printed, with stains and red pen annotations through it by Ryan. Comes with the BROADSHEET PDF for FEARLESS + RKL SCRIPT #2 PDF.+ AUDIO COMMENTARY, as well as the Tabloid PDF for #1.
Back in the day, before screenplays were easily downloadable for free, I remember looking at screenplays in certain stores and they were seriously just these slabs of paper out of someone's typewriter. And man did they look boss. Then screenplays were collected into books, and now they're ubiquitous online, but here I want to bring back that leather satchel vibe. I'm going to print these, then annotate with red pen while having a few late night coffees/wines/rums, I might even wrap them in a ribbon, and then I'll send off to you.
$75 - EDITORIAL ASSIST - limited to 3
A full issue script analysis by Ryan K Lindsay, with a one hour Skype rundown post-game. Comes with the BROADSHEET PDF for FEARLESS + RKL SCRIPT #2 PDF. + AUDIO COMMENTARY, as well as the Tabloid PDF for #1.
I'm no Computer Who Wore Tennis Shoes but I have some mind for comic writing. I also know how important it is to get another set of eyes on your writing so I'm happy to help out, make some notes on a full issue script of 24 pages max, and chat them through with you. I also have a lovely bearded face for Skype, so, y'know, that alone might be worth it.
$90 - SAMI PIN UP - limited to 6
Series artist, Sami Kivelä will draw a Deer Editor pin up for you at A4 size and also send it to you all for this glorious price. Comes with the BROADSHEET PDF for FEARLESS + RKL SCRIPT #2 PDF. + AUDIO COMMENTARY, as well as the Tabloid PDF for #1.
MEET THE CREATORS
Sami Kivelä - Illustrator Supreme
Sami is an art monster from Finland who has been busy illustrating the upcoming CHUM surf noir miniseries with Ryan at ComixTribe to launch next month, and he also drew, among others, REALM WAR, HIT LIST and INFERNO AGE OF DARKNESS at Zenescope, DARK LIES, DARKER TRUTHS at Markosia, and THE HEAP at Moonstone Books. He has also self-published a number of comics in Finland back in the day.
Ryan K Lindsay - Lowly Writer
Ryan is an Australian writer who currently writes the critically acclaimed NEGATIVE SPACE miniseries at Dark Horse with Owen Gieni on art, the CHUM mini with his peep Sami here, and he also made HEADSPACE at Monkeybrain Comics/IDW with Eric Zawadzki + Sebastian Piriz/Marissa Louise on art, he wrote a short story for the Vertigo CMYK anthology and got Tommy Lee Edwards to illustrate it, his FATHERHOOD one-shot was one of the top selling ComiXology Submit titles, and he once sold out to write a MY LITTLE PONY RAINBOW DASH one-shot.
Nic J Shaw - Nice Guy Letterer
Nic is an Australian letterer who has slapped the balloons and captions on THE FIX at Image Comics from Steve Lieber/Nick Spencer, the DOC UNKNOWN books by Ryan Cody/Fabian Rangel Jr, 12 REASONS TO DIE at Black Mask, and plenty of other goodness. He is also an accomplished writer with the series of ACTION JOHNSON shorts to his name (completely funded by Kickstarter) and plenty more coming down the pike.
Dan Hill - Editorial Overlord
Dan is a wicked smart story guy. He understands plot machines, and character presentation, and I make him my first reader on just about everything. He's also a great writer with some short material available online and more great stuff coming down the line.
Most of the money raised will be going to Sami Kivelä. He's an amazing artist and I want to get him more than he is worth. I want to see him making it rain on some space yacht moored off one of the party moons of Jupiter.
What crumbs are left I will distribute between Nic J Shaw, Dan Hill, and then maybe also myself.
There are no print costs involved with the pixels on this project. The pixels are working for free.
FOUR PAGE FEARLESS SAMPLE
DEER EDITOR is 100% (C) Sami Kivelä + Ryan K Lindsay. It is brought forth from the primordial ooze by Four Colour Ray Gun.
Risks and challenges
The issue is complete, the only problem is me going all Billy Walsh on it, which probably won't happen.
As for the other rewards, well, I did them all before for #1, so I know I can do them here and now.
Everything else should be apples.
- (21 days)