Welcome to the kickstarter for Cat & Mouse #1!
We’re fully funded!
That’s right, we are. But we’ve got some fun stretch goals that we’re working on, so read on and check out our comic—maybe help us reach our stretch goals. We’ve still got some great original art left in the rewards, plus if you’re unsure about it all, you can check get the first issue as a pdf for just $4. We think you’ll like it!
A little history
Some of you might recognize the title from the comic from the 1980s and early 90s that was first published by EFGraphics in color and then picked up by Malibu's Aircel imprint and ran for about two years. That series had a dedicated fan following and some critical acclaim. This is not that story or even the same “Cat” and “Mouse,” but fans of that series will recognize several secondary characters from volume 1 and this story is written very much with the same spirit as the original series.
So what is this story? What’s this Cat & Mouse (volume 2) about?
Our pitch is this: When Brett’s ex-girlfriend asks him to go to New Orleans to find her runaway sister, Bobbi, he stumbles on to a human trafficking operation run by Ms. Johnson, known on the streets as The Widowmaker. Brett has to figure a way to rescue Bobbi, and maybe take down the entire organization. Fresh out of the police academy, is he up to the task? Brett will seek the help of his friend, Jesse, an officer on the New Orleans police department, and will also receive help from ... some unusual sorts.
Cat & Mouse is a crime action-crime-drama presented to you in saddle-stiched comic book format! Cat & Mouse #1 contains 22 pages of story and art.
This kickstarter is for the FIRST of four issues. The cool news is that as of launch, we're nearly finished. We should actually finish by the time the campaign is complete, and—of course--we’ll be posting regular updates for you to follow along as we go.
The Kickstarter edition has an EXCLUSIVE Kickstarter only wraparound cover. We may print it as a poster or include it in a future comic in the form of a pin-up, but the only people who can get this as a COVER to a comic are backers of this Kickstarter! We'll only print for the number of backers (plus a few extra for possible damages and for the creative team).
Some assorted art
Obviously, we're not going to show you every page (after all, we don't want to give the story away!), but here's a peek at some art to tease you with how great the book is going to look!
Who are “we?” Between the four of us, we’re excited to present quite the comic resume for you. Collectively we’ve got 100 years of experience in our respective skill sets, and about half that time in comics! We’re not as old as that makes us sound, we’ve just spread the experience around pretty evenly! But we’re very excited to be bringing you the first issue of our four issue mini-series. We’ve been working hard on getting it finished, and we think you’ll like what you see.
So...what will we do with the money? I don't have any fancy charts to show you, so I'll just tell you the plan. Obviously, the primary role of the money we raise here will be to print and ship the rewards out to you. I mean, without you, we've got no reason to be here.
Then, we'd like to see the creative team earn some money for their time and effort--and as you can see, there has been a LOT of time and a LOT of effort put into making this the best comic for you. The other thing is that we want to jump into production for #2; putting some $ into the hands of the creators will go a long way towards helping make that happen.
Then...we want C&M to have a life after this Kickstarter. We're hoping to continue to promote the book at shows (with the "standard" cover, of course) and maybe even shop around for a publisher to help get it into the comic shops nation wide. Yes, we've got the Retailer pledge here, but the only retailers we're anticipating are those who are our friends and like us. It's a big risk for retailers otherwise...and we get that.
Risks and challenges
The biggest risk may be doing astronomically better than we anticipated and then being tasked with the signing and shipping of more product than we expected! We hope that is a problem we have.
We feel the real risks are small. While one can never anticipate "life," that's always a reality. One never knows what cards life will deal you. Fortunately, we're currently all in good health physically and emotionally.
Roland was an editor at Marvel and Malibu and ran a small press company for a time, he has a long editorial history of putting comics together and getting them to market in a timely manner.
Dean, Barb, and Kevin have all worked steadily in industries where meeting production deadlines is key to success--it's nothing new to any of us.
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