Funded and working toward THIS stretch goal:
New REWARD LEVEL: MOUSE EARRINGS!
Custom designed by the Colonel of Color, Kevin Gallegly! Limited edition 3D printed “Mouse” earrings... printed using “silver silk” PLA 3D printing filament, simulating the look of silver! Nickel-free stainless steel hardware! Perfect for cosplay! Only 10 of them!
Welcome to the kickstarter for Cat & Mouse #2! We fully funded #1 and we're hoping to do more of the same with #2! Cat & Mouse #2 is the second issue in a four issue mini-series to be published by Silverline, a genre spanning independent comic book and graphic novel publisher. AND--the comic is FINISHED! All we need now is YOU!
So what is this story? What’s this Cat & Mouse 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. And yes, there are ninjas involved!
Cat & Mouse is a crime action-crime-drama presented to you in saddle-stiched comic book format! Cat & Mouse #2 contains 22 pages of story and art.
This kickstarter is for the SECOND of four issues. The cool news is that as of launch, we're nearly finished--just a few pages left to color. We should actually finish by the time the campaign is complete, and—of course--just as we did for #1, we’ll be posting regular updates for you to follow along as we go.
And don't worry, if you missed #1, you can get it with this kickstarter.
The Kickstarter edition has an EXCLUSIVE Kickstarter only 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).
The KS cover by Dean Zachary, Barb Kaalberg, and Kevin Gallegly:
(some of the cover elements may be in different positions in the final version)
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, also written by Roland, 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.
Some assorted art
Below you will find several pages (in various stages of completion just to tickle your eyeballs) from Cat & Mouse #2. We're stoked to be able to introduce to you up-and-coming comic star, penciller Alex Gallimore, fresh from graduating from the Kubert School. Just know that you saw him HERE first: Alex is going to make some noise in comics--this is your chance to get some of his early work.
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 want the issue 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 drum up continued interest for it so we can continue to grow the story.
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 #3; putting some $ into the hands of the creators will go a long way towards helping make that happen.
Risks and challenges
Ka-Blam will be handling the fulfillment as they did for the first issue--and we didn't have a single complaint! They are fantastic!
Roland was an editor at Marvel and Malibu; he has a long editorial history of putting comics together and getting them to market in a timely manner.
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. Alex is a rookie, but he's a graduate of the Kubert School--those folks know what they're doing!
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.
- (25 days)