Ichabod Jones: Monster Hunter #5 + Volume 1 Re-release
A Lovecraftian dark fantasy horror-comedy inspired by H.P. Lovecraft's Dreamlands and Cthulhu mythos but set in a Christian Apocalypse.
Ichabod Jones: Monster Hunter #5 + Volume 1 Re-release
A Lovecraftian dark fantasy horror-comedy inspired by H.P. Lovecraft's Dreamlands and Cthulhu mythos but set in a Christian Apocalypse.
This project will only be funded if it reaches its goal by Fri, October 4 2019 1:08 AM UTC +00:00.
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Aaron Alexovich, cover designer for my Monsters and Other Scary Shit and Cthulhu is Hard to Spell anthologies, is offering us a special perk. If we can hit 400 backers this week, he will gift everybody a .pdf of the first issue of his seminal work, Serenity Rose, for free.
If we can hit $12,000, then he will upgrade everybody to a .pdf of the first volume for free. Serenity Rose is my favorite comic book of all time, and I have read a LOT of them.
There are multiple perks which include Serenity Rose that you can find by reviewing the matrix or going straight to the rewards.
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Do you love crazy stories filled with monsters, magic, gore, and humor?
Have you ever read about H.P. Lovecraft's Dreamlands and thought..."I wish this was funnier and gorier"?
Are you excited by stories that keep you on your toes and make you question the very fabric of reality?
Then you are going to love Ichabod Jones Monster Hunter. Ichabod comes from a deep, almost primordial, place in my soul. It's the part that devours movies like In the Mouth of Madness, Event Horizon, and Jacob's Ladder, while still binging on Gravity Falls, Frankenweenie, and Army of Darkness. It's the part that read Johnny the Homicidal Maniac and laughed hysterically at every gruesome scene.
All of that went into Ichabod Jones Monster Hunter, which is what has made it my most beloved property, and for the first time since it released in 2014...there are more issues, written and drawn by the original creative team.
That's right. Renzo Podesta is back on art for the fifth issue (and the whole second arc). Renzo brings so much to the look of the book, and turns Ichabod from a creepy psychopath into a lovable character...who is also a bit creepy.
We're now ready to release the single issue of Ichabod Jones Monster Hunter #5, a 32-page ode to monsters and monster hunters, which starts the second arc of the series.
This Kickstarter is to fund TWO different print jobs.
- The 96-page paperback re-release of volume 1 (containing issues 1-4), Ichabod Jones Monster Hunter: A Psychopath's Work is Never Done.
- The 32-page fifth issue of the book, single issue comic, which starts the second arc and is independent of the first trade paperback.
What is the story about, really?
A lot of people told me when the book came out that it wasn't the right time for a book about a psychopath.
Honestly, I think that criticism would be even more valid right now. However, I think those people are missing the point.
Ichabod isn't about a psychopath who's ruthlessly killing people. It's about a broken man, who was cast off by society, and whether that person, a person who nobody wants, can be a hero.
Can he find his place in the world? Can he come to terms with everything that he's done? Can he become a hero?
I'm very interested in that idea, as a person who is severely broken myself. I've had depression and anxiety for as long as I can remember, and it's getting worse with every passing year.
I never felt like I fit in for the first 30 years of my life. It wasn't until I went out into the world and became the hero of my own story that I started to think that maybe I wasn't the worst human being on the planet.
Ichabod, though, came from a place where I was very much alone, broken, and wondering if it would ever get better.
I think what makes Ichabod really special is that is was started by a person who never knew if he could be fixed, one who felt like he was cast off from society, and now it's being written by a person who understands that the broken bits are what make him special.
See, Ichabod, at its core, is about hope. It's about taking what's special about you and using it to bring light into the world; of shining hope in a bleak universe. Ichabod's world is harrowing and awful, but Ichabod can bring light into it, not despite of being broken, but because of it.
A psychological mind screw
Ichabod Jones is about a psychopath that escapes from a mental asylum and becomes a monster hunter during the Apocalypse, but he doesn't know if he's killing monsters, humans, or it's all in his head the whole time.
Ichabod has been imprisoned in a mental asylum for crimes he definitely committed. When he was arrested, the police found him wrist deep in the guts of his latest victim.
While he's never claimed he was innocent, he says he only committed atrocious acts because an authoritative, and unwelcome, voice in his head told him he was doing God's work.
He tried to say no to the voice, but it was very insistent and persuasive. It told Ichabod that the people he was killing were monsters and he was saving the world by murdering them.
He was wrong...or so he thought.
At the beginning of the story, Ichabod wakes up in the Apocalypse, being chased by a monster trying to devour his soul. He has no choice but to use his training as a monster hunter to fight off the beast, and accept his fate as the savior of the world.
He meets a band of other inmates, helps them escape the asylum, and they begin their long journey across the desert to freedom, trying to carve out a bit of humanity as they go.
Something strange happens to Ichabod throughout the story, and I say strange in a tale that is already at 11 on the strange meter.
Every now and then...he snaps back to another place, where he's sitting with the his doctor, talking out what just happened to him, or on the run from the law, and definitely NOT in the Apocalypse.
Is he really there, is it a memory, or is he having a psychological break?
It's that juxtaposition between reality and perception that makes Ichabod special. It's not just an Apocalypse story, or a dark fantasy, or a chosen one book. It also messing with your very perception of the universe, and whether Ichabod is truly a hero, or a psychopath killing the innocent.
After all, he was wrong about being a savior once, and that's what got him locked away in the first place. What's to say he's not wrong again, only now he's having a much more vivid hallucination?
Or perhaps he's only fantasizing about being a hero, while being locked in his cell, unable to smell freedom ever again.
What's new in the fifth issue?
The fifth issues starts the second arc of Ichabod Jones Monster Hunter. Once the second arc is complete, the fifth issue will be bound in a second trade paperback along with issues #6-8, which are currently in production.
While it continues the story, for printing purposes the fifth issue is completely independent from the first trade paperback that is also funding during this campaign.
The volume one trade will be printed as a 96-page softcover (unless we hit our stretch goal), while the fifth issue will be printed as a 32-page, single issue floppy comic.
We are introducing a new character, and maybe my favorite of all time...Necromonica, the first wizard of the Apocalypse.
Yes, the book is going full dark fantasy with issue 5, and what better way to go fantasy than to introduce our Gandalf. Necromonica is a blast to write and it takes less than a page to fall in love with her.
Also, NEW MONSTERS!
It's not an Ichabod story without tons of new monsters, and I can't wait to introduce you to the NIGHTMARE ELVES in issue #5!
And so much more.
Who am I?
My name is Russell Nohelty, USA Today bestselling author and publisher of Wannabe Press, a small press that creates weird books for weird people, creator of Katrina Hates Dead Shit, Ichabod Jones Monster Hunter, and Pixie Dust, along with the editor of both the Monsters and other Scary Shit, and Cthulhu is Hard to Spell anthologies.
I have raised over $100,000 on Kickstarter from 8 different projects, and have gotten exceedingly good at crafting amazing books which audiences love. My previous project, Cthulhu is Hard to Spell, raised over $39,000 on Kickstarter from over 1,000 backers, and the two before that, Monsters and Other Scary Shit and Pixie Dust, both raised north of $25,000 from over 600 backers each.
I have a simple motto when it comes to Kickstarter. I outlay all the money to get the book print ready, and then I bring it to my audience and try to raise finishing funds for the book.
Who drew that dope art?
Renzo Podesta is a bit of a king maker in indie comics. I didn't know it when I first started working together, but Renzo has helped some of the coolest comic creators on the planet build their careers.
He's worked with Charles Soule on a book called 27 from Image Comics. From that book, Charles started working with Marvel, and has written Death of Wolverine, X-Men, Poe Dameron, Han Solo, and a bunch of books for them.
He's also worked with Jeremy Holt, who has several books out with Insight Editions, including After Houdini and Skinned, and Skip to the End for Heavy Metal.
He was also the original artist on Howard Lovecraft and the Frozen Kingdom before it was picked up as an animated movie.
I met Renzo all the way back in 2010, well before I was a name anything. In fact, he was producing the first issue arc for me while he was producing the second arc of 27 for Charles, and well before Charles was even at Marvel, which seems like two lifetimes ago.
He's one of my favorite artists, and he's the reason Ichabod became such a beloved character. He took a psychopath who could have easily come across as evil and creepy, and turned him into an enduring, lovable person.
Are there any variants? Maybe from Walter Ostlie?
You betcha. Your bro and mine Walter Ostlie from Metalshark Bro did a dope variant cover for this issue, and it's exclusively going to be printed for THIS issue alone.
I'm printing it to order (with a small over run in case of defects and additional fulfillment orders) for this issue alone and then I'm never printing it on any cover again.
Pretty exclusive right? Here's a mockup of what it will look like when printed. I looove this cover.
If you love Walter's work, definitely pledge at least at the variant level, but I tried to do make a cool combo which has both variants (or both variants and the first volume) and a cool pin designed by Aaron Alexovich for $40.
Aaron is an artist on Invader Zim, creator of Serenity Rose and It's Not Scary, and cover artist for both the Monsters and Other Scary Shit and Cthulhu is Hard to Spell anthologies.
If you want a preview of the pin, just scroll down toward the bottom of the page.
Why did I write this book?
I still remember the moment I came up with the idea for Ichabod Jones Monster Hunter.
I had just returned from San Diego Comic-Con 2010, after pitching my book, The Wannabes, a YA superhero story about fake superheroes who get real superpowers. Everybody, and I mean everybody, rejected it.
They said it was too cute, or not cute enough, but most often they just flat out told me no without any explanation. So, I came home, disillusioned, and I told myself "If they're going to tell me no, I'll give them a good reason to say no."
I set out to make the most unlikely hero imaginable. Something unpublishable by the standards of any conventional publisher.
I didn't know the story yet. I just knew I wanted it to be my big screw you to publishing, and everybody who told me no.
Then, it happened.
I was cresting over the hill to the valley on the 405 in late 2010, looking out on the city below me, and that's when it hit me like a ton of bricks.
What if the hero was a psychopath, somebody that society had written off for being objectively evil? What if he didn't even know if he was in his own head or the Apocalypse was really happening?
Could a person like that...could they be a hero?
Icbabod Jones is the exploration of that question.
What's the history of the book's production?
I originally wrote Ichabod Jones issues 1-4 in 2010, when I was 27 years old. It was right around this time of year in fact. Originally, I asked Renzo Podesta to do five sample pages to pitch to publishers.
Even though I was furious about being rejected by them, back then I still craved the validation of publishers. It took me years to shake that monkey off my back and realize that the existence of my work validated itself.
I pitched it EVERYWHERE. I figured everyone would say no, but was surprised when Viper Comics said they would take a chance on it, if only for a digital run of the book.
Funny, right? My big screw off to publishers actually got me a publisher. Weird how that happened.
So, I set about making Ichabod #1-4, expecting never to recoup a single dime of the money it took to produce the book.
I didn't care. I just loved it so much.
We finished production on the book in 2012, and took the first issue to San Diego Comic-Con that year, where it sold out of it's original production run.
It was my first signing at SDCC, and I will never forget it.
Viper Comics does not publish this book anymore, and hasn't since 2012, so, once I got the rights back, I took it to Kickstarter in 2014.
With the funds from the campaign. I purchased 1,000 copies of the trade paperback and started my company, Wannabe Press. It was an homage to my first book, The Wannabes, and an acknowledgement that I would never be accepted by the publishing establishment and would always be an outsider; a wannabe.
Once the copies shipped to me, I quit my job and went out on the road selling Ichabod and my other books. Ichabod sold pretty well, but it wasn't burning up the sales chart. Still, it was slowly finding its audience.
Then, in 2017, when we printed our seventh run of Ichabod Jones Monster Hunter, it exploded in popularity. Sales went off the charts.
It was so popular, in fact, that we ran out of our seventh printing faster than any run before it. I always thought Ichabod would fade from memory after the seventh printing, but something magical happened.
With each passing year, people loved Ichabod more and more. It wasn't fewer people that came up talking about the book...it was more people. More people came every convention, and begged me to keep going with the book. They demanded more issues...
...but I always told them no.
We're currently working on the TV pitch for the show with an A list showrunner. Hammering out the details of the show gave me an epiphany about the comics. The same ideas that we were using to develop the TV show could be used to bring Ichabod back to life.
Which brings us here
That's why we're on Kickstarter; to see if the fans, you, really love Ichabod as much as you say you do. You've begged me thousands of times for more of his story, and here we are, ready to give it to you.
I love Ichabod and am ready to keep making Ichabod issues for a long time. I have 24 issues tentatively sketched out, and it could go on for much longer.
Whether we continue the book or not all depends on YOU.
We're here to see if there's enough interest in Ichabod to print an eighth edition of the first volume and fund the single issue printing of the fifth issue. The fifth issue is 100% complete, a 32-page thing of beauty.
If there is, then I'll keep making them as long as you keep buying them. If not, then Ichabod will fade back into the ether never to be heard from again.
The choice is up to you. Will Ichabod live...or die?
This is the exact kind of thing Kickstarter was made for, and I can't wait to bring Ichabod back to you if we fund. I think we have a ton of great pledges, but it all depends on you.
Ichabod's fate is in your hands.
Can I get a look at the book?
Absolutely. At any time you can:
I also recorded this little video to show you inside the first volume of Ichabod Jones. While the fifth issue is complete, it hasn't been printed yet, but even if I could show it to you, just about every page is a big juicy spoiler, so I wouldn't.
Backers really love our books
There is no way I would be here without our fans and backers. I only have a career because of you, and I'm not being hyperbolic. Ichabod Jones started on Kickstarter, and with each Kickstarter I grow because of you.
Here are just some of our super enthusiastic backers from our Monsters and Other Scary Shit campaign.
Where is the money going?
A valid and important question. Here is how the money will be used:
Kickstarter - 10% - $1,566
Production - 16% - $2,500
Printing - 49% - $7,640
Shipping - 16% $2,500
Contingency - 9% - $1,460
Total - $15,666
Like I said in the video, it costs a lot to produce comic books.
One of the pledge rewards is the ability to pick up one of our back catalog hardcovers. All our hardcovers run for $30 by themselves + $8 shipping, so you are getting the digital for Ichabod Jones Monster Hunter issue #5 plus the digital for volume one for free, basically.
Here's a quick rundown of our other books.
Katrina Hates Dead Shit -This is the first book drawn by Marvel artist Juan Frigeri, who mostly draws on the Spider-Man team and have worked on things like Renew your Vows among others.
Katrina is about a woman who gets sick of living during the apocalypse so she sets out to kill the Devil, and along the way get embroiled in a battle between Heaven and Hell
Here's a couple of interior pages.
Get a preview of issue #1 by clicking right here.
Pixie Dust -Pixie Dust was drawn by Nicolas Touris and is meant to be read like an animated movie. It's been likened to Zelda with gore.
Pixie Dust is about a pixie monster hunter who sells her soul to the queen of the underworld and comes back from the dead to seek revenge on the king that murdered her.
Here are a few of my favorite panels from Pixie Dust.
Get a free preview of Pixie Dust by clicking right here.
Monsters and Other Scary Shit - Monsters and Scary Shit is an anthology filled with more than 50 creators. It's cute stories, scary stories, funny stories and more all about monsters, and it's the cover that the nightmare elf is from, drawn by Invader Zim artist Aaron Alexovich.
Here are some images from that book (assuming the .gif loads. If not, just give it a minute).
To get a preview, click right here.
Cthulhu is Hard to Spell - This is our most popular book right now. It's the sequel to Monsters and Other Scary Shit, but this one focuses on the gods and monsters of H.P. Lovecraft. It's 35 stories about the gods and monsters of Lovecraft's universe from 70+ creators, including a cover by Aaron Alexovich.
Here's a rundown of the styles. Just like above, give it a second to load.
Get a preview of the book by clicking right here.
Please be aware that the Cthulhu is Hard to Spell book is not available at the $38 level, but it is available in limited quantities at the $39 level, and it is included as an option of all $80+ pledge levels that qualify for multiple books.
Any additional copies will be made available during the fulfillment phase.
What about other add-ons?
***YOU CAN ADD $15 to get digital copies of issues 6-8 when they finish, months before they will be available to the public***
Because I use Backerkit, I handle all of my add-ons after the campaign. For instance, if you would like a second copy of the variant, then I will have those available after the campaign is over on our store. If you choose to do so now, then you can add $23 to your pledge for each variant and $13 for each standard issue. Shipping will be charged during the final fulfillment process.
I'll also have my entire collection of ebooks available once the campaign ends. If you want to add the money now just so you don't forget, then each ebook is $6, or you can pledge at the $28 level to receive all my novels.
I also have a digital collect of all my graphic novels available at the $29 level, and my entire digital library, including novels, graphic novels, and anthologies, available at the $60 level.
I'll also have all of my pins. You can order the main pin, the nightmare elf, right now, but during the fulfillment stage you can order all the others. If you want to add some money now for it, each pin is $12 and shipping will be charged once you fill out your form.
Or you can pledge $45 and get any four pins you would like from this set + the digital copies of issue #5 and the volume 1 trade.
While most of this will be handled once the campaign ends, there are a couple of things that are available during the campaign that I would like to talk about now. The first is the pin designed by Aaron Alexovich.
This pin is straight from the cover of Monsters and Other Scary Shit, designed by Aaron, and the monster is straight from the pages of Ichabod #5. The nightmare elf comes upon you while you sleep, hypnotizes you and forces you to do it's bidding before killing you. It's very dark and creepy.
This is what it looks like on a bag.
You can get it at the $20, $30, $40 and up campaign levels, and ordering additional will be available once the campaign is over, or you can add $12 NOW to make sure you have it later, if you want. You won't be charged shipping for extras until after the campaign, though.
Additionally, you'll be able to order from our library of hardcover graphic novels, including Katrina Hates Dead Shit and Pixie Dust, as well as our anthologies, Monsters and Other Scary Shit and Cthulhu is Hard to Spell.
Pixie Dust and Katrina Hates Dead Shit are in a universe called the Godsverse, and there are multiple novels connecting them together, ranging from the time of Pixie Dust until 10,000 years after Katrina Hates Dead Shit.
Pixie Dust happens at a time when gods and monsters roam the world. Then, the gods abandon us, monsters are hunter to extinction, and they come back during Katrina Hates Dead Shit.
Also, we'll be offering our variant white eye addition of the Monster anthology, instead of the normal yellow eye edition. I only had a couple hundred of these white eye variant Soulless eye editions made, and they are almost gone!
Our most popular book right now is Cthulhu is Hard to Spell, which is 35 stories about the gods and monsters of Lovecraft. There are funny stories, cute stories, scary stories, psychologically damaging stories, but they all deal with the gods and monsters themselves. This pairs very nicely with Ichabod Jones Monster Hunter, and they are our most popular combo.
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Sneak preview of the book
I don't want to spoil the fifth issue, so here are the first five pages of the first issue for you to check out.
Still on the fence? That's okay.
I hope you believe in this book and love it as much as I do. This is all for you, so I hope to be able to make Ichabod for many years to come. All we need is your help to make it happen.
Risks and challenges
I have delivered eight projects successful, and while they have all reached backer hands, each one has its own issues. I never start a campaign before I have the finished book through production, but even then there are potential issues with printing and shipping.
I am conservative when I give my estimates and hope to beat them, but all I can promise is that I will keep you abreast every step of the way to make sure you are aware of the process. I try to work with the same vendors with every campaign so that I know their process, but even then there are unexpected delays that change things.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter