AND WE ARE FUNDED!! Thank you to every backer that helped get us there in record time, and every backer that's come on board since! You know what this means, right?
STRETCH GOALS HAVE BEEN UNLOCKED!
NOTE: Physical stretch goal rewards (bookmarkers, stickers, pins) will only be included with PHYSICAL reward levels, which start at the $10 price point.
HEY EVERYBODY! My name is R. Thomas Favino. I'm a freelance Comic Writer and Letterer, and I'm here to talk to you about my book, VOODOO DETECTIVE: Old Wounds and Other Tales.
VOODOO DETECTIVE: Old Wounds and Other Tales is a 48-page pulp-fueled horror comic that follows the exploits of Jackson Delmond, New Orleans' resident occult investigator, as he navigates the dark and unforgiving world of the swamp-filled, supernatural South.
Featuring the gorgeous artwork of Dominic Black and the visually stunning colorwork of Laura Lee, VOODOO DETECTIVE: Old Wounds and Other Tales is the first book in a new comic series, which boasts four separate, serial anthology-style stories.
I'M HERE ON KICKSTARTER to secure enough pre-orders to fund a small, off set print run of this book, which is already fully produced book.
Yeah. That's right.
VOODOO DETECTIVE is 100% FULLY PRODUCED.
We are talkin' PRINT READY here, people.
ANY ADDITIONAL FUNDS RAISED during this campaign will go directly back into the project, to help fund production for the next book in the series.
JACKSON DELMOND EXPLODED ONTO THE COMICS SCENE in the 8-page story MIDNIGHT OFFERING; which was included within the pages of Twisted Pulp, the third volume in the Out of the Blue anthology series from Stache Publishing. (Kickstarted exactly one year ago!)
Taking heavy influence from the pulp and horror shorts from the 50's and 60's, the fast-paced thrill ride of a tale not only marked the first appearance of Jackson Delmond, but it is also credited as being my first published work. I guess you could say we both debuted last year.
WHILE IMMERSING MYSELF IN RESEARCH for that first story, I quickly realized that the religion, history and folklore of voodoo was absolutely fascinating and completely ripe with storytelling ideas. When I took those ideas and set them against the backdrop of a gritty pulp-infused New Orleans, Jackson's world opened up and I began crafting his very first tale. But it didn't stop there.
I found myself circling back, constantly questioning who Jackson was and how he had come to be that way. Where had he been and where was he trying to go? What were his tragedies and how would he overcome them, if possible? Needless to say, the research continued... until I knew the answer to some of those questions.
I reached out to both Dominic and Laura, to ask if they had any interest in continuing Jackson's story, and they were more than happy to jump right back in.
HERE'S A QUICK LOOK at all the incredible work featured within, including a short summary of each tale.
OLD WOUNDS: When a group of workers are reported missing, Jackson is called in to investigate. Forced to enter an otherworldly realm, the Voodoo Detective must do battle with ravenous spirits set on keeping that which they believe is now theirs.
THREATS UNSEEN: Jackson arrives, bloody and beaten, at the home of Adelaide Neale, a local hoodoo practitioner, who instinctively gives him shelter. But when the threat responsible for Jackson's condition returns to finish the job, his unwitting ally must use all her skills and resources to keep him safe.
PROTECTOR: After its revealed that an abduction of a pair of young twins ties back to a malevolent voodoo ritual, Jackson takes it upon himself to locate the children... and see to it that those responsible pay for their transgressions.
WHEELS IN MOTION: When a mysterious occult artifact is stolen, Jackson intervenes, in an effort to recover it. But when a seemingly unrelated past experience connects back to the perpetrators, Jackson begins to question the true motive behind the crime.
EACH STORY IN THIS COLLECTION was designed to be read perfectly on its own but, when read together, they begin to hint at a larger, more sinister, narrative at work...
FUELED COMPLETELY BY MY LOVE of gritty crime comics, the sensational Marvel horror titles from the 70's & 80's, and the works of Warren Ellis (Planetary; Gravel), VOODOO DETECTIVE:Old Wounds and Other Tales takes what I enjoy most about those worlds and filters them through my own personal storytelling aesthetic. This book is for ANYONE who is a fan of fast-paced, dialogue-driven, pulp-fueled, eerie occult/horror stories!
ABOVE ALL ELSE, we believe in quality. We want you to be proud of the book you're holding in your hands. Because of that, VOODOO DETECTIVE: Old Wounds and Other Tales will be a:
- Full color, 48-page, saddle stitched publication.
- It will measure 6.525" x 10.25", the standard for American comics.
- It will be printed, courtesy of the fine people at Print Ninja.
- It will feature matted interior pages printed on 70 lb Text paper stock and a thick, matted 105 lb Text paper stock cover.
WHEN THE TIME CAME TO REACH OUT and secure a cover artist for this book, I looked no further than the insanely talented Carlos Cabaleiro. The Freelance Illustrator/Indie Comics Artist is the Co-Creator/Artist behind THE GOLDEN GUARD OGN, with Writer Vito Delsante, which was Kickstarted earlier this year. And has had other comics work published by the likes of Action Lab, Thrillbent and Cloudwrangler.
Additionally, he has worked on major licensed properties for Disney (Marvel), Lucasfilm (Star Wars), Warner Bros. (DC Comics, Big Bang Theory and the Hobbit/Lord of the Rings), Sony (Ghostbusters, Spider-Man), AMC (Breaking Bad and The Walking Dead) and Major League Baseball.
WE WERE HUMBLED to have Carlos join us and be a part of our book, and even more so when he agreed to let us use his cover as a Kickstarter EXCLUSIVE oversized, 11x17 high quality print reward!
That's right. This will be the ONLY place you will be able to get your hands on this incredible piece of VOODOO DETECTIVE. EVER.
WE ARE BEYOND FORTUNATE to be able to feature a full color pin-up gallery from some of best and brightest within today's indie comics scene, all doing their personal take on our titular pulp hero!
GEOFFREY GWIN - Brimstone and the Borderhounds
ISAAC CRAWFORD - The Boy and the Dragon, The Grey Judge; Fallen Folktales
RYAN CODY - Doc Unknown, The Six Swords; F.O.E.
SAM BENTLEY - Cognition; Sliced Quarterly
JAVIER CABA - Blood Brothers; Hermanos de Sangre
SO, TAKE A GOOD LOOK at all this awesomeness and remember which one(s) melt your eyeballs the most, because EACH AND EVERY pin-up will be available in the reward section as a HIGH QUALITY 8x10 PRINT!
DOMINIC HAS BEEN KIND ENOUGH to offer up a limited number of both Black and White commissions AND Water Color on 9x12 Bristol Paper. So, if you've fallen in love with his style as much as I have, and you're looking for him to do his unique take on something special just for you, then be sure and snag one of those elusive slots!
Below you'll find examples of the kind of work you can expect.
NOTE: Dominic reserves the right to decline any requests that he feels are inappropriate. As such, he has requested no erotica and/or overtly political/overly religious pieces. And no onions. Seriously. He hates them.
WHO DOESN'T LOVE T-SHIRTS? No one, that's who.
We knew this campaign wouldn't be complete without giving you a chance to rock this super sick, garage band inspired VOODOO DETECTIVE Totem Tee. We're using super comfortable Gildan Premium Crew Neck shirts, so you are sure to be feeling good while you're out there repping us on the streets.
EARLIER THIS YEAR, we put together a 16-page ashcan, featuring Jackson's first adventure, as well as some fun behind the scenes commentary and a tease of the first story in this collection, to take to conventions both in the US, as well as Canada.
So, for those of you that have come this far but are still maaaaybe on the fence about backing us, fear not. Here's your chance to get a free taste of what VOODOO DETECTIVE is all about.
Click the image above to get your free VOODOO DETECTIVE Digital Ashcan.
OUR REWARD STRUCTURE is based on the idea that, first and foremost, we want to give you an amazing, high quality product that you are proud to own. Second, we want to couple that product with some really great incentives that we feel will enhance your experience as a backer.
Whether you just want to get your hands on a digital version of our book, or you want to fully immerse yourself in the VOODOO DETECTIVE Kickstarter experience, we feel confident that there's a pledge level that perfect for you.
**Requires minimum $10 Pledge**
ADD ONS ARE YOUR CHANCE to customize your pledge further, so as to ensure you get exactly what you want. Want an extra shirt? Or an extra book? Or maybe you want an even number of prints from our collection of pin ups? Alright, here's what you do:
- Add up the total of your selections (plus shipping, where it applies)
- Click "Manage Your Pledge" in the upper right corner and enter the total amount owed for said selections. (You don't need to change the tier you've selected)
- That's it! You are done!
Later, you'll get a backer survey asking how you spent your add-on dollars and for all the other pertinent info.
Here are the individual prices for the available Add Ons:
Additional copies of VOODOO DETECTIVE: Old Wounds and Other Tales: $10 a piece. Free shipping for the first THREE Add On copies. An additional $2 for shipping, for each copy after that.
Additional 8x10 prints: $15 a piece. Free shipping for up to TEN Add On prints. An additional $1 for every two copies after that.
Additional T-Shirts: $20 a piece. Add $3 per shirt, for shipping in US. $5 per shirt for shipping everywhere else.
Additional 11x17 Cover prints: $30 a piece. Free shipping for up to FIVE Add on prints. An additional $1 for every print after that.
WE CAN"T STRESS ENOUGH HOW PROUD we are that this project is already completely finished. That means the art, the coloring, the lettering, the cover-art, the pin-up gallery and the overall book design are completely done. All that's left is to print the books, package them up with your rewards, and ship them out. And that's precisely what the funding from this campaign will allow us to do. And, because we believe in full transparency, we have included a breakdown, to tell you exactly how these funds will be allocated.
Printing: $1800 - This covers the cost of getting the books printed and shipped back to us for distribution.
Shipping: $1100 - This covers the cost of all packing materials, as well as the cost of shipping your rewards out to you! All physical rewards will be mailed, bagged and boarded, in rigid mailers to ensure that all items arrive in the same condition that they left in. Original art levels will be mailed with added insurance.
Fees: $350 - This covers the cost of the Kickstarter fees associated with this campaign.
THAT'S A FAIR QUESTION. And the answer is simple: Kickstarter is the ONLY way we want to get this story out into the world!
See, Kickstarter is the perfect environment to present new and exciting works to an already existing community, filled with both readers and creators alike, who want to share in the experience of seeing hardworking, determined individuals succeed at bringing their projects to life.
It's THE place for up-and-coming creators to go when they want to take their future into their own hands, do the work, and turn their dreams a reality. Well, that's who we are and that's exactly why we're here.
SERIOUSLY. THANK YOU for taking the time to look at our Kickstarter! We hope you like what you've seen, and that we've managed to convince you to come along with us on this journey. We believe passionately about this project and feel we've done everything we can to make this an easy "YES" for you. If not, though, that's okay! We understand that everyone can't like everything.
But, would you mind terribly if we asked you to take a quick second or two to share this on your preferred social media outlet? Every little bit helps spread the signal and we'd love nothing more than to put this book into the hands of as many people as possible!
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Risks and challenges
While this is my first Kickstarter campaign, I have personally backed over 150 comic projects to date, taking special care to study the things that worked and, and MORE IMPORTANTLY, the things that didn't. I believe I have done everything I can think of to prepare for this journey ahead of time. Chief among those is the fact that this project is already completely produced. That means there is absolutely NO RISK attached to the production of this book. It is print ready!
Additionally, all rewards are either completely produced, as well, or have been set up to the point of simply waiting for the funding to have them produced. It is my personal goal to have all rewards in my possession (aside from commissioned pieces) prior to the books arriving, so that shipping can begin immediately.
With that said, I fully realize that unforeseen problems have the potential to occur; especially where it pertains to elements outside of my direct control. If that happens, I pledge to be completely open and transparent, posting frequent and timely updates, and will be quick to notify backers of any and all setbacks.
To that end, I also pledge to remain 100% invested in this project until every single backer has received their pledge reward.
- (25 days)