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Collecting over 75 pages of darkness, macabre, and terror in comic-book form.
Collecting 100 pages of darkness, macabre, and terror in comic-book form.
Collecting 100 pages of darkness, macabre, and terror in comic-book form.
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  • These decks are made of 7 ply maple, and they measure in at 9.25" W x 29.5" L. Only 100 were made.

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From the mysterious and macabre to the gruesome and horrifying, The Dark Reaches is a collection of creepy tales that will inspire fear and make you think twice about turning off the lights. Writers and artists from across the country (and the Pacific) have come together to share their most unsettling stories of monsters, ghosts, and shadows lurking in the darkest reaches of the mind. With more than 75 pages of original comic stories and several other pages of illustrations (and maybe more!), The Dark Reaches: Volume 1 has a nightmare for you, no matter what your taste in horror might be.

Rus Wooton here! You may recognize my name as the Letterer of some of your favorite comics, Like THE WALKING DEAD, BLACK SCIENCE, SEX, GØDLAND, EAST OF WEST, OUTCAST, THIEF OF THIEVES, INVINCIBLE, FANTASTIC FOUR, or a bunch of others from Image, Marvel, Dark Horse, and more. But I'm also an artist and a writer who loves HORROR, so I got some friends together, and they got some friends together, and we put together a horror anthology in comicbook form: over 75 pages so far (we may be adding MORE!) We need your help to bering THE DARK REACHES out into the light, and your contributions will go toward printing, shipping, marketing, and to help pay the creators more than I've been able to pay them so far out of my pocket. :-)

Our scripts are done and most of our art is in, then it's just some lettering and design for Rus to wrap up, so if you contribute, you won't have to wait long! We are looking to raise funds for completing our first volume and printing costs to publish our book and share our dark stories and art with as many horror fans as possible. We'd like to have our book available online and in stores as well as at comic cons around the country. The book will be published in paperback form and digitally, but a hardcover version may become available.

Who We Are...

Rus Wooton (Organizer, writer, artist, letterer) has been a comic book letterer since 2003. He’s best known for his work on books such as The Walking Dead, Invincible, Sex, East of West, Manhattan Projects, Black Science, Deadly Class, and many others. He has been drawing for as long as he can remember, and has degrees in both Fine Arts and Art Education. While lettering is the bulk of his daily workload — his “day job” — he tries to make time for writing, drawing, cartooning, and taking on the occasional illustration or design gig.

Deanna Destito (Our Editor, writer) is a writer, editor, and dancer based in New Jersey. Her articles and short stories have been featured in print and online publications in various industries and genres. She has also served as copy editor for comic books, magazines, websites, and role-playing game books. Besides an obsession with all things horror (specifically the lowest budget horror movies available), she also owns and operates a dance studio in central New Jersey. 

Daniel Crosier (Our Cover Artist, artist) is graduate of the sculpting department at Rocky Mountain College of Art & Design. Crosier is a mixed media artist, and began a neo-kabuki performance group called OFM: OdAm fEI mUd in 2003. He came on the comic book scene in 2006 writing and illustrating Sons of Soil, The Exquisite Vanishteer, Distortions Unlimited, Vincent Price Presents, as well as illustrating Bartholomew of the Scissors & Caustic Soda. Crosier partnered with The Enigma and Serana Rose for Show Devils #1, with illustrator Karl Christian Krumpholz. He has directed short films since 2005, and currently developing a Show Devils film which will be the second feature, after Isolation Man, a mockumentary about a superhero who accidentally vanishes the western hemisphere.

The Rest of the Creative Team (In Alphabetical Order)...

Sonny Kang Chargualaf (artist) Sonny has been teaching high school art full time for 16 years. He has also trained professional and amateur martial artists from the tiny island of Guam. He posts his digital illustrations frequently at http://Instagram.com/heroesandheadkicks

Marshall Dillon (writer, letterer) is a writer, letterer, and editor in the comic industry since 1994. He has served as Associate Publisher for Devil's Due Publishing and Managing Editor for Boom! Studios, Speakeasy Comics, Ice Kunion, and Udon Comics. Current favorite comics he's working on are Skull Kickers, Wayward, and Thrilling Adventure Hour from Image Comics. http://interruptedpodcast.com https://marshall-dillon.squarespace.com/about  

Jeff Drylewicz (colorist) is a full-time public school art teacher and freelance artist. Much of his work has been as an indie comic book colorist. He also works in logo design and character illustrations, and was recently featured in Gothic Doctor, which far exceeded its Kickstarter goal. Jeff also runs j80designs.com , an online t-shirt company specializing in artistically geeky designs. His work can be viewed at jdryart.com

Taylor Esposito (letterer) is a comic book lettering professional, designer, and owner of Ghost Glyph Studios. As a staff letterer at DC, he lettered titles such as Red Hood and The Outlaws, Constantine, Bodies, The New 52: Future’s End, and New Suicide Squad. Prior to this, Taylor was credited on numerous titles for Marvel as a production artist. He is currently working on a new batch of creator-owned titles, such as Gamer Girl and Vixen, Bayani, and Interceptor (Heavy Metal Comics). Other publishers he has worked with include Rosy Press, Zenescope, and Double Take. Taylor lives and works in Kearny, New Jersey.

 Kelly Fitzpatrick (colorist) Born in San Antonio, Texas in the spring of 1988, she's a trained Illustrator/ Photographer from the Ringling College of Art and Design in Sarasota, FL. She's a super big nerd and passionate about many different types of art and music. Kelly is also an avid devourer of coffee (making her espresso machine her best friend). Website: http://www.kellyfcolors.com/

Nathanial Hamel (artist, writer) Raised in Nebraska, Nathanial Hamel grew up loving the idea of creating. Nathanial started off drawing everything he could find in comics. Later learning the importance of understanding the human body and that of animals, his education started. Nathanial moved to Denver to further his studies and found the best education came from pro information. After a short stint in video games, Nathanial moved into comics. Learning from his friends who worked in comics for more than 15 years, he found it was his calling to tell stories. Moving back to Nebraska with his two daughters Mia and Aria, working from home in comics, video games, and designing action figures has been the best for him and his two girls.

Zak Hennessey (writer, artist) is the owner of the Denver Entertainment Art & Design Academy (D.E.A.D. Academy). He has worked with clients such as Disney, Warner Brothers, Sony, Paramount, Showtime, and many others. His art has appeared in comic books, role-playing games, movies, and video games. He has also owned a comic book publishing company and was the primary artist at a Denver-based movie production studio through two movies. 

King Eddie (writerKing Eddie is a writer formerly based on the island of O'ahu, Hawai'i, and he currently resides in upstate South Carolina (We think he did that backwards). Having devoted most of his writing to the realm of MMA Journalism, King Eddie now aims his pen towards the world of fiction and comics. Other little known facts about King Eddie (Yes that's his real name) include: Featherweight Thumb-Wrestling World Champion, World High Score for Monkey Fracus Jr., and Nice Day Enthusiast. His blood type is Nutella, and he sometimes goes by the alias "Max Trucker".

Benjamin Lande (artist) is an Atlanta based illustrator. He likes bad horror movies, ‘80s action figures, and burritos a lot. www.benjaminlande.com 

Ted Pogo (artist) Born in Trenton, New Jersey, Ted spent his school years doodling and not paying attention to the teachers and academics. After high school, Ted almost went to school for video game design, but things changed when his drawing took off, After a few successful short comics, Ted now works retail while drawing at night and on breaks. Inspirations are Christian Gossett of The Red Star series, Battle Chasers and their team, the late Will Eisner, Tony Wong of Comics One from China. 

 Joshua Reed (letterer) Is a freelance letterer for Aspen Comics, and he's worked alongside some of the industry’s top creators such as Michael Turner, Scott Lobdell, Greg Pak, J.T. Krul, Brian Buchaloto, David Wohl, and more. Website: http://joshreedlettering.com/

Josh Southall (letterer) is a writer, comic letterer, and mischief maker. His previous credits include Switch (writer), Creature Club (writer), and Old Wounds (letterer). He’s hopelessly addicted to Twitter (@joshsouthall) and comic conventions, where he hopes to see you soon.

Jim Tramontana (writer) is a comic writer and a dirty rocker. Jim's recent comic writing includes a graphic novel: Red Hot Rebellion, The Mission (featuring cover art by Dark Reaches own Rus Wooton) and a soon to be released comic series: Vikings vs. Unicorns. www.vikingsvsunicorns.com. He currently resides in Centerville, OH with two talking dogs and a super smart wife. He is the bassist/lead vocalist for Red Hot Rebellion, the second best band in the galaxy, and also is a giant fan of pinatas. www.redhotrebellion.com

Kanila Tripp (colorist) is a freelance illustrator. His comics work includes working as a coloring manager for D.C. Comics and as a senior colorist at Hi-Fi Design. Titles he has worked on include Superman, Wonderwoman, Tangent: Superman’s Reign, and Teen Titans Go! for D.C.; X-Men Unlimited, Ultimate Adventures and Marvel Knights 2099 for Marvel; and Invincible and I Hate Gallant Girl for Image Comics. 

Mario Wytch (writer, artist, letterer) has worked in the comic industry since 1996. He’s worked on IDW Imaginary Drugs, which debuted earlier this year, and Fubar: Rise of the Empire, winner of IGN’s anthology of the year (2012) and featured on the New York Times Best Sellers list. Other books he’s worked on have been published through Antarctic Press, Arcana Comics, Quest Comics, Viper Comics, and Bluewater Comics. He animates by day.

Risks and challenges

Our biggest challenge is having our book complete and printed for Comikaze Comic Con in October 2015. We only have a couple of months and we'd love to have our books ready to show and share this Fall. Our funding will go directly to finishing the book and having all volumes printed and in hand for October, shipped to your hands in November. With the support of our generous backers, we are confident that our book will be completed in time and ready to distribute by our deadline.

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