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Set in the city of New Orleans, an action-crime-drama comic mini-series.
Set in the city of New Orleans, an action-crime-drama comic mini-series.
221 backers pledged $5,686 to help bring this project to life.

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Welcome

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.

The Story

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).

Kickstarter EXCLUSIVE wraparound cover to C&M #1
Kickstarter EXCLUSIVE wraparound cover to C&M #1

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!

Page 1
Page 1
Page 5
Page 5
Page 9
Page 9
Page 15 inks
Page 15 inks
Page 19 pencils
Page 19 pencils
The "standard" cover. This will be on the non-KS version of the issue as well as the digital cover.
The "standard" cover. This will be on the non-KS version of the issue as well as the digital cover.
Mock-up of the comic (for promotional purposes)
Mock-up of the comic (for promotional purposes)
Mock-up of the RETAILER cover
Mock-up of the RETAILER cover

Creators

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.

 The Rewards!

The Money

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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    No Frills PDF of C&M #1

    A no frills PDF version of the comic with the standard cover without any extras.
    You really just want to help out because you’re a swell person…you may or may not even read the comic (but it’d be cool to get). Maybe you just really like Roland, Dean, Barb or Kevin and want to help out. We say: THANKS!

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    Early bird:

    Print copy of C&M #1 featuring the exclusive Kickstarter-only wraparound cover.

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    C&M #1 exclusive wraparound cover

    Print copy of C&M #1 featuring the exclusive Kickstarter-only wraparound cover.

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    SIGNED with extras!

    Print copy of C&M #1 featuring the exclusive KS-only wraparound cover with BOOKPLATE signed by the ENTIRE creative team (Roland, Dean, Barb and Kevin).
    +pdf copy of “extras”: the plot written by Roland; designs by Dean
    +name listed as supporter

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    Retailer Order

    FOR COMIC RETAILERS ONLY

    bundles of C&M #1 with the RETAILER EXCLUSIVE COVER.
    5-10 copies = $4 per copy($7 Priority Mail Flat Rate)
    11-20 copies = $3.5 per copy($7 Priority Mail Flat Rate
    21-30 copies = $3.25 per copy($14 Priority Mail Flat Rate)
    30+ copies (up to 100) = $3 per copy($14 Priority Mail Flat Rate)

    *you add appropriate $ when pledging
    *Store logos can be added to the cover for orders of 21 or more copies. High rez logo file required.

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    + GRAPHITE EDITION

    You get everything from the $20 level PLUS: The special GRAPHITE EDITION of C&M #1. This edition contains the exact same story, but you get to see Dean's PENCILS in all their glory. Cover and interiors are pencils (lettering is black and white, + greyscale)

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    The Proposal

    The rare 1989 version of C&M #1 as published by EFGraphics. The very first published edition of C&M and the very first comic publication for comic creators Roland Mann, Mitch Byrd and Steven Butler.

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    Full set of Vol. 1

    A full set of Cat & Mouse volume #1, all 18 issues published by Malibu (signed by Roland).
    +Includes the rare EFG edition of C&M#1 (signed by Roland)
    +print copy C&M #1 w/KS exclusive exclusive wraparound cover, signed bookplate (all four creators).
    +pdf copy of “extras”
    +name listed as supporter

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    • print C&M #1 w/exclusive KS wraparound cover, signed bookplate
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    Ink Critique

    You get to send The Empress of Inks (Barb Kaalberg) up to 12 pages of your ink work and spend 15 minutes on the phone with her as she critiques your work and gives you pointers to become a better inker!

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    Color Critique

    You get to send The Colonel of Color (Kevin Gallegly) up to 12 pages of your color work and spend 15 minutes on the phone with him as he critiques your work and gives you pointers to become a better colorist!

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    Writin' Critique

    You get to send The Sage of Story (Roland) up to 12 pages of your writing and spend 15 minutes on the phone with him as he critiques your work and gives you pointers to become a better writer!

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    Original Art Commission - Headshot!

    A commission from our Grandmaster of Graphite (Dean Zachary). This is Dean's standard "Headshot Commission" (see examples on the left). One character; your choice.

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    Original Art - Page 2 inks from C&M #1

    You get to be the sole owner of the inked page 2 from Cat & Mouse #1; inks by Barb Kaalberg.

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    Original Art - Page 3 inks from C&M #1

    You get to be the sole owner of the inked page 3 from Cat & Mouse #1; inks by Barb Kaalberg.

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    Original Art - Page 6 inks from C&M #1

    You get to be the sole owner of the inked page 6 from Cat & Mouse #1; inks by Barb Kaalberg.

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    Original Art - Page 8 inks from C&M #1

    You get to be the sole owner of the inked page 8 from Cat & Mouse #1; inks by Barb Kaalberg.

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    Original Art - Page 15 inks from C&M #1

    You get to be the sole owner of the inked page 15 from Cat & Mouse #1; inks by Barb Kaalberg.

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    Original Art - Page 18 inks from C&M #1

    You get to be the sole owner of the inked page 18 from Cat & Mouse #1; inks by Barb Kaalberg.

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    Original Art Commission - Torso!

    A commission from our Grandmaster of Graphite (Dean Zachary). This is Dean's standard "Torso Commission" (see examples on the left). One character; your choice.

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    Original Art - Page 1 inks from C&M #1

    You get to be the sole owner of the inked page 1 from Cat & Mouse #1; inks by Barb Kaalberg.

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    Original Art - Tim Lim

    An original piece of art featuring Mouse by artist extraordinaire Timothy Lim, artist of Thump: the First Bundred Days, and My Hero Magademia.

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    Original art - Mitch Foust

    An original piece of art featuring Mouse by the extremely popular fantasy artist Mitch Foust.

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    Original Art - Bill Maus

    An original piece of art featuring Mouse and Rook (from John Metych's Sniper and Rook) by Bill Maus, artist of such works as Nira X and Zen Intergalactic Ninja

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    Original Art - Page 3 from C&M #1

    The un-inked pencils (by Dean Zachary) from page 3 of C&M #1.

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    Original Art - Page 8 from C&M #1

    The un-inked pencils (by Dean Zachary) from page 8 of C&M #1.

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    Original Art - Page 11 from C&M #1

    The un-inked pencils (by Dean Zachary) from page 11 of C&M #1.

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    Original Art - Kevin West

    An original piece of art featuring Cat and Mouse by Kevin west, amazing artist of such work as Guardians of the Galaxy, Avengers, Smallville, and others.

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    Original Art-Cover* inks C&M #1

    You get to be the sole owner of the inked Cover (*Retailer Edition*) from Cat & Mouse #1; inks by Barb Kaalberg.

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    Original Art - Jerry Bingham

    An original piece of art by Jerry Bingham, Lengendary artist of such work as Batman: Son of the Demon, Marvel Team-up, Marvel two-in-one, Spider-man, and others.

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    Original Art - Standard Cover for C&M #1

    You get to be the sole owner of the original pencils to the standard cover to C&M #1; pencils by Dean Zachary.

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