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DEER EDITOR: HACK is a 48 tablet page B+W mature readers comic from Sami Kivelä and Ryan K Lindsay about Bucky, the editor of the crime beat at 'The Truth' who also happens to be a deer.
Bucky returns to Sheltered Cove to settle a score with an old nemesis, and then sets out on a rescue mission road trip which devolves into something else very quickly.
This issue closes an overall 3 issue arc of Deer Editor, and we wrap up some threads from the debut one-shot and the FEARLESS issue we Kickstarted in April. Bucky has survived but finds himself displaced and with a new story before him, the elusive one he's missed all along - the Mayor's daughter, Rose.
This is mostly a 'Digital Only' campaign, with the issue set up as a PDF, and you can get your hands on the PDFs of the first two issues fully available through this Kickstarter also, so please settle in, grab a coffee, drop in some caramel cubes, and join us for our third trip into this void.
The issue is already 100% finished and ready to deliver because we love all of you like that.
Okay, we fully funded in under 7 hours, let's roll out why we can't stop, we won't stop!
$2500 Stretch Goal - UNLOCKED
THE SHOT HEARD ROUND THE WORLDS short by Sami Kivelä and Dino Caruso short pdf download
+ STUCK IN THE GUTTERS #2 magazine pdf download, feat. me and Dan Hill talking about Hawkeye in our trademark Jam Session, and a short from Dan that’s amazing, and comics and writing from Ricardo Mo, Jeremy Holt, Forrest Helvie, and more.
$3000 Stretch Goal - UNLOCKED
4 page DEER EDITOR short story added to the PDF [and we got Ryan Ferrier in to letter it for a very special reason!]
$3500 Stretch Goal
THE META-COOL OF HOMAGE - a pdf download of an essay I wrote about ULTIMATE WOLVERINE VS HULK
ANTLER NOIR PROSE
I'll write a Bucky prose short for the Deluxe PDF
$4000 Stretch Goal
6 WORD NEWSPAPER NOIR UNLOCKED
This is where YOU have the chance to get into the Deluxe PDF as everyone gets the opportunity to write a 6 word story about/influenced by newspaper noir.
JUDGING BOOKS - The RKL Cover gallery 2012-2013
A pdf download of a gallery of covers from my work, with a little commentary.
Let's rally to these goals, friends.
WHAT'S NEW IN HACK?
DEER EDITOR: HACK is a full issue as well as a spiritual conclusion to what's come before and so the same noir chills and intense thrills continue to apply.
This issue starts with Bucky sticking around in Sheltered Cove after discovering the old man vampire crime ring. Within a town of suburban vampires in hiding, there is a young woman living in the house where Bucky was nearly killed, and she is being secretly cared for by this motley crew which makes Bucky feel like she's being set up. She is the new headline he is chasing and along the way he becomes a white knight, an antlered revenge machine, and is partnered with a new subeditor who is going to become your new favourite character. Yes, meet Soo.
As for Rose, well, we won't spoil things, but we will say she takes a lot of agency for herself in this story as she tries to also discover the truth behind her recent reunion with her Mayoral father, as well as why she's become a pet to be surreptitiously cared for by a coven of vampires.
This issue closes our wild antlered triptych with backyard fisticuffs, a motorcycle chase, some good questions, and a little voyeuristic murder of the things that go bump in the night.
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 an update pointing to a 'Thank You Download' when we hit our funding goal because I like to give back to you grand grand peeps.
100% Funding = THE DEVIL IS IN THE DETAILS: EXAMINING MATT MURDOCK AND DAREDEVIL - a non-fic book of essays I edited and contributed to all about Daredevil - so if the Netflix show has been your jam then this is a must read to ease the slide into 50 years worth of his superb comics.
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 have been happy with the response to this in the past and it seems to be our sweet spot if feedback is to be believed, so why ruin a good thing?
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. This means we've covered all the hard yards, as well as all of the rick, before you even clicked the link to get here.
NEWSPAPER SUBSCRIPTION LEVELS
$1 - TABLOID PDF
The HACK 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 2000 backers to make my goal. But I'm a firm digital reader who loves the $1 price point. So, here we are.
$3 - BROADSHEET PDF and the other 2 Tabloid PDFs
The HACK story, with back matter, sketches, pin ups, and script, in a DRM-free PDF, as well as the Tabloid PDFs for #1-2.
~110 pages, + other extras as we unearth them :]
~96 Tabloid pages
This Broadsheet 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 ???), some designed prints 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 FOUR! PDFs. You get the BROADSHEET PDF for HACK, and also the RKL SCRIPT #3 PDF, feat. scripts of MANY of my other projects, as well as the Tabloid PDFs for #1-2.
The script PDF will contain scripts to:
NEGATIVE SPACE #2 - my book at Dark Horse with Owen Gieni - CHUM #1 - my surf noir mini with Sami - CAPTAIN HUMAN THE ROBOT: AFTER HOURS EDIT - a short story that's for the adults in the room that I did with Jin Chan Yum Wai - and HEADSPACE #7-8 - the conclusion my book with Eric Zawadzki through 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 HACK + RKL SCRIPT #3 PDF, as well as the Tabloid PDFs for #1-2.
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. And I must admit, writing these is a great challenge and a whole mess of fun.
$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 HACK + RKL SCRIPT #3 PDF, as well as the Tabloid PDFs for #1-2.
I love audio commentaries on DVDs, and I love reading people's annotations, so this is a lock, right? Well, also consider what backers at this level got last campaign [LINK]
$60 - TYPE PLATE EDITION - limited to 3 - SOLD OUT
A copy of the DE HACK script, printed, with stains and red pen annotations through it by Ryan. Comes with the BROADSHEET PDF for HACK + RKL SCRIPT #3 PDF + AUDIO COMMENTARY, as well as the Tabloid PDFs for #1-2.
Because this sort of thing is special. From me, to you - and last time I did a little CHUM sketch cover on the back of the final page and it was fun!
$80 - EDITORIAL ASSIST - limited to 3 - SOLD OUT
A full issue script analysis by Ryan K Lindsay, with a one hour Skype rundown post-game. Comes with the BROADSHEET PDF for HACK + RKL SCRIPT #3 PDF. + AUDIO COMMENTARY, as well as the Tabloid PDFs for #1-2.
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 DEER PIN UP - limited to 6 - SOLD OUT
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 HACK + RKL SCRIPT #3 PDF. + AUDIO COMMENTARY, as well as the Tabloid PDFs for #1-2.
I mean, look at the gorgeousness he dropped last time this was on offer?
$140 - SAMI OPEN PIN UP - limited to 4 - SOLD OUT
Series artist, Sami Kivelä will draw a pin up of any character for you at A4 size and also send it to you in the mail. Comes with the BROADSHEET PDF for HACK + RKL SCRIPT #3 PDF. + AUDIO COMMENTARY, as well as the Tabloid PDFs for #1-2.
$300 - SAMI COVER COMMISSION - limited to 1 - SOLD OUT
Series artist, Sami Kivelä will draw a cover for your character/comic, including colouring, and you can use it for your book, promotional material, phone lock screens, whatevs [artist discretion applies, depending on content of character/comic].
Comes with the BROADSHEET PDF for HACK + RKL SCRIPT #3 PDF. + AUDIO COMMENTARY, as well as the Tabloid PDFs for #1-2.
MEET THE CREATORS
Sami Kivelä - Illustrator Supreme
Sami is an art monster from Finland who has been busy illustrating the critically acclaimed CHUM surf noir miniseries with Ryan at ComixTribe, 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 has written 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/Dee Cunniffe on art. He wrote a short story for the Vertigo CMYK anthology and was blessed to see Tommy Lee Edwards illustrate it, his FATHERHOOD one-shot was once 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 the rest of the team.
There are no print costs involved with the pixels on this project. The pixels are working for free.
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 on two campaigns, so I know I can do them here and now.
Everything else should be apples.
- (30 days)