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A graphic novel set in Oaxaca, Mexico with a screenprint cover, embodying the underground ethos & the auteur school of comics.
A graphic novel set in Oaxaca, Mexico with a screenprint cover, embodying the underground ethos & the auteur school of comics.
49 backers pledged $2,240 to help bring this project to life.

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“Gertie and Rex get a wild hair and move to the remote highland jewel of Oaxaca, Mexico in pursuit of adventure. There they find Eduardo, a crafty 2000-year old Zapotec vampire, El Rey Pelón (the skinny, pot-bellied fungus who drives a taxi), and of course Death, who plays a mean harmonica.”

Death Plays a Mean Harmonica is a 130-page graphic novel set in Oaxaca, Mexico, where I lived 2007-2017.

This first limited edition of the book features a screen-print cover (signed & numbered). This project is a culmination of my moxie as a cartoonist. I combine slippery optimism with a deep suspicion that time does not exist. A view of life, death and everything in between is encoded in brush strokes executed in magic black ink.

I'll present the book at indy comics shows, punk/alt performance spaces and galleries, and college/university settings in person. I'll bring my guitar and howl at the moon with my Oaxacabilly tunes. We're gonna have a real good time while sparking grass-roots interest in comics as art.

Project rewards include the book itself, as well as original sketches, comic art and paintings.

I ask for your support in my mission to produce this unusually beautiful artifact!

XOXO

Steve Lafler

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Upon successful completion of this Kickstarter project, the book will be printed, signed by Steve & shipped to supporters. Projected turnaround 6-8 weeks.

My idea is to fund a run of at least 100 books. If I generate orders for, say, 1,672 books, I'll produce enough to fill the orders. The ISBN for this first limited edition is 978-0-9769690-7-5.

All original art rewards will be produced and shipped out within a four week period. Original art shipped insured.

T-Shirts will be mailed within four weeks.

Steve has a track record of three successful Kickstarters. I've published around 60 comics books and ten graphic novels.

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    Bleeding Cool Sketch

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    Sugar Skull Postcard

    Ink & brush on bristol board. Your own iconic original art piece on a classic Mexican theme.

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    Death Plays a Mean Harmonica book

    Steve Lafler's limited edition art-object graphic novel set in Oaxaca, Mexico. Signed/numbered screenprint cover.

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    Oaxaca T-Shirt

    A Calaveras running through Parque Llano in Oaxaca Centro. Printed on a Bella/Canvas T, men's or womens. Multiple color choices pending conclusion of fundraiser.

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    Book + Sugar Skull Postcard

    Death Plays a Mean Harmonica Book + brush & ink Sugar Skull original art postcard. BEST value, eh?

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    Book/T-Shirt combo

    Get the Death Plays a Mean Harmonica book and the Oaxaca T-Shirt together! Hello!

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    Acrylic Painting 11" x 14"

    A Oaxaca scene? Dog Boy? BugHouse character? Your Cat? Bela Lugosi playing saxophone? Lon Cheney playing a Telecaster? Benb with a Gretsch? Send a wiggy idea & I'll paint it!

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    Street Food Original Art

    The original art for page 1 of the book! Brush & ink on bristol board, 10.75" x 16.5". Check project updates to see image. Shipped insured.

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    Mean Harmonica Cover Art

    Black india ink on bristol board (line art). The original art for the cover of Death Plays a Mean Harmonica. Shipped insured.

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