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Cat-Head Comics Re-Boot

Steve Lafler reboots Cat-Head Comics with four graphic novels: Lucha Bruja, Cat Suit, The Complete Dog Boy, and The Complete BugHouse.

Cat-Head Comics Re-Boot

Steve Lafler reboots Cat-Head Comics with four graphic novels: Lucha Bruja, Cat Suit, The Complete Dog Boy, and The Complete BugHouse.

$1,734
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The project's funding goal was not reached on Fri, November 8 2019 5:08 PM UTC +00:00
Last updated November 8, 2019

About

The Cat-Head Comics Reboot

I started Cat-Head Comics in 1983 to publish Dog Boy #1. I've gone on to create a pile of comix and graphic novels, including the indigo-noir BugHouse graphic novel trilogy and the raucous Buzzard anthology with co-conspirator Stephen Beaupre. I've published my own comix and also have worked with Top Shelf, Fantagraphics, Alternative, Last Gasp and others.

As we stumble and lunge into the digital era, I'm super-pumped to seize the reins of my artistic destiny and reboot my Cat-Head imprint! 

Four Books to Start

I've prepared four books to relaunch Cat-Head Comics. Lucha Bruja is a brand new work. The Complete Dog Boy, The Complete BugHouse and Cat-Suit present pieces of my comix legacy.

I'm raising funds to print a run of each title. Once I have books in hand, I'll connect with indy bookstores, comix sellers of the indy/alt stripe and varied outposts of boho culture and bacchanalia. 

This will come to fruition quickly via the magic of print-on-demand! Those who join the fun can expect to have books in hand about two weeks before the holidays.

Rewards

On to the reward books!

Lucha Bruja is a 144-page graphic novel set in Oaxaca, Mexico. It follows the lives of Gertie, Rex and son Miles, a California family living in Oaxaca; their landlord Eduardo (a Zapotec 2000-year-old vampire who prefers chicken) and El Rey Pelon, the human fungus cabbie.

The Complete Dog Boy collects Steve's pioneering indy/alt title from the 80s. The seventeen issue run of the improvised work covered matters from strong coffee to transcendental epiphanies.

The Complete BugHouse captures the arc of bebop jazz in an indigo-toned 1950s Manhattan with an all insect cast.

Cat-Suit takes a sidewise, questioning look at the ridiculous conventions of the "Super-Hero".

I'm out on a limb presenting this ambitious project to the Kickstarter community! It puts a spring in my step and a twinkle in my eye to reboot Cat-Head Comics. This is my job, this is my life. I'm a conscript in the cartoon army, faithfully executing my mission! I invite you to join me on the path. -- Steve Lafler

Risks and challenges

The Cat-Head Comics reboot project looks to deliver books in early December. Once the project closes in November, I'll place my book order with my printer. Typically they get the books to me in 1-2 weeks. I'll sign and ship books before the end of November, in order to deliver prior to the holidays.
Drawn art rewards will be sent in early December. Painted rewards will be sent in January.

With four earlier Kickstarter projects under my belt, I am confident of timely delivery.
I will post timeline reports on progress, and clearly communicate on any blips that might come up.
With art rewards, there is always a chance that supporters will not like the piece that arrives! Gosh, if you really hate it, send it back and I'll paint you a new one!

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    Cat Suit (graphic novela)

    Steve Lafler's look at the absurdity of the conventions of the super-hero genre. What kind of whack job would put on a mask and a skin-tight suit and head out into the city after midnight? I mean, what is this guy really up to? 48 pages, perfect bound. Signed by the artist.

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    Lucha Bruja (graphic novel)

    Steve Lafler's 144-page graphic novel is his extended love letter to Oaxaca, Mexico, where he lived from 2007 - 2016. Signed by the artist.
    Join expats Rex and Gertie on a wild ride to the remote highland jewel of Oaxaca, Mexico. There they find Eduardo, a crafty 2000-year old Zapotec vampire who prefers chicken blood, and El Rey Pelón (the skinny, pot-bellied fungus who drives a taxi).

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    Brush & Ink Postcard

    Brush & Ink postcard featuring original cartoon drawing by Steve Lafler.

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    The Complete BugHouse

    BugHouse: From the Top, a collection of Steve's acclaimed BugHouse graphic novel series into one 406 page volume. Dive into the insect-noir world of Beboppin' bugs as they improvise their way to the top of the jazz world amidst romance, intrigue and the threat of the addictive substance known as Bug Juice! Signed by the artist. Deluxe format 8.5" x 11" paperback.

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    The Complete Dog Boy

    Get your signed copy of The Complete Dog Boy by Steve Lafler! This volume features almost 500 pages of the epic indy/alt title. Lafler's churning improvisations are unmatched in the history of comix. This is a deluxe format 8.5" x 11" paperback.

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    All Four Books!

    Get a set of all four books in the Cat-Head Comics re-boot: Cat Suit, Lucha Bruja, The Complete Dog Boy and The Complete BugHouse. Jump on the bus with Lafler and realign your assemblage point! Signed by the artist.

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    Original Acrylic Painting

    An original 9" x 12" acrylic painting on canvas by Steve. Choose from Dog Boy, BugHouse, Lucha Bruja or Cat Suit themes.
    Fun fact: Steve actually got a degree in painting from UMass, Amherst.

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    Painted Cartoon Furniture

    Little tables and chairs repurposed with jaunty cartoon paintings in acrylic by Steve! Adorn your pad with some original functional art. Price includes shipping/packaging. Check my stevelafler dot com site for samples!

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    Original Cover Art, Complete Dog Boy

    Wow, the original brush & ink cover art for the new Complete Dog Boy book by Steve Lafler. Featuring Dog Boy, Benb, Mean Cat and a classic sunburst Telecaster guitar. You can view this piece update #3 of this Kickstarter project.

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    FrankenTiger Acrylic Painting

    This 11"x14" acrylic canvas depicts the classic Frankenstein movie monster inspired by the 1963 Aurora monster model packaging art, playing Jerry Garcia's custom "Doug Irwin" guitar Tiger.

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    Painted Toddler Rocking Chair

    I painted this wooden toddler rocker with a cool cat and a happy bug on the side! This one of a kind item is priced to included packing and shipping. I scored the chair at Goodwill and painted it with acrylic - it's a very sturdy basic wood chair. I'll look to put up more unique painted furniture items this final week for this project!

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