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$2,147
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24days to go

All or nothing. This project will only be funded if it reaches its goal by Fri, September 13 2019 7:01 AM UTC +00:00.

About

Welcome to Ouroboros, an uncanny world perched at the bend in space-time where the far future loops around to form the primordial past, where aliens and barbarians, bigfoots and robots, monsters and puns do battle at universe’s end.

Mightiest of all is Stud, he of immense strength, insatiable appetites, and nonexistent impulse control. His epic weapon, the BloodBlade, carries a terrible curse: If it isn’t constantly drenched in blood, Stud will forfeit his heroic legacy and become a scared little weakling named Gary.

So Stud endlessly wanders the Badlands, slaying monsters—and longing for a flagon of ale and a good laugh. But if his wanton slaughter can tip the scales for good, Stud might just make the next world the best.

This story, a 5-issue miniseries, lands somewhere between tribute and parody of He-Man, that seminal tale of barbarians and spaceships, computers and castles. I absolutely love the big bold designs and fantastical spirit--and of course ridiculous names--of that cherished line of toys and figures of my youth. (Even if you don't know He-Man, this comic has tons of fun, action, adventure, science fiction, fantasy, monsters, plus just crazy weirdness!) Stud looks at a similar fantastical world with a wink: Here we have Roach Coach, a cockroach man with the dress and vocabulary of a gym teacher; Lava-Voom, a sexy volcanic warrior with a fiery spirit; Rockstar, a hair band bad boy made out of stone and crystal; a female sasquatch named Sassy Q.; a probing alien named Roswell; and Can-O-Peaches, a sentient, well, can of peaches! 

The Plan  

Hi, I'm Perry Crowe, writer and co-creator of Stud and the BloodBlade. I spent most of my childhood watching TV and playing with figures.

As an adult, I've looked back on the shows I consumed in the '80s and '90s and been struck by the repetitious and formulaic nature of the stories—the defeated bad guys always showed up the very next episode to cause more trouble. So in Stud, I explore a serialized hero’s attempts to escape his Sisyphean fate—and the price he pays to impose the human need for closure on the eternal cycle of nature. With lots of punching and explosions.

I've been blessed to work with amazing artists, particularly illustrator and Stud co-creator Jed Dougherty, who has done work for Dark Horse, DC, IDW, Image, Titan, Valiant, and Vertigo, and got his start in comics apprenticing for the legendary Howard Chaykin. Jed and I met at a Comics Creator Connection at the 2018 WonderCon in Anaheim, and it was a great fit immediately. We have very similar tastes in comics and senses of humor, so working on Stud has been a total dream. (Incidentally, if you're interested in creating comics, as either a writer or an artist, go to a Creator Connection event; it is such a great, fun way to meet potential collaborators!)

This is E-Gal. She frequently collaborates with Stud on awesome adventures. Now you can join the team as a backer and collaborate on making Stud and the BloodBlade #1 a reality!
This is E-Gal. She frequently collaborates with Stud on awesome adventures. Now you can join the team as a backer and collaborate on making Stud and the BloodBlade #1 a reality!

The gorgeous color in the series comes courtesy of the incomparable Mark Dale, a UK-based artist who has done work for Dynamite, Oni Press, Chapterhouse, and most recently, the acclaimed The Pride from Comixology Originals!

The punchy captions are from Anthony Rella, creator of Jack Hazard: Killer of the Dead. (Anthony is also an awesome musician, BTW!)

The mini-series has been picked up by Source Point Press, which we are super stoked about. We're working for royalties off sales, so we need to deliver the completed issues (all 5) before we can start making any money, which is why I've come to Kickstarter to gather backers--to get the team some money up front. I've already written all the scripts for the series, and we've finished much of issue #1, but with the full series in mind, I'm looking to get the creative team some money to keep them focused on the project and not looking for additional gigs to pay bills. So they can keep churning out awesome pages like this:  

Stud is definitely a funny comic (I've done stand-up and sketch comedy, studied at UCB in NYC, had several comedic essays published; plus, Jed draws some amazingly outrageous images), though it also has heart and wrestles with tough issues like the nature of good and evil and crippling self-doubt. Plus, there is over-the-top action, spine-tingling adventure, and just crazy kitchen-sink twists. So there's something in here for everyone, including a giant, sentient beard! 

"Hi, I'm Beardamos. I was on the face of Ouroboros's court wizard until he got poisoned and I had to stand on my own two feet--or collection of follicles anyway."
"Hi, I'm Beardamos. I was on the face of Ouroboros's court wizard until he got poisoned and I had to stand on my own two feet--or collection of follicles anyway."

Budget:

My total budget for producing this first issue is more than my goal, just figuring that over $7,000 is a high aim for my very first Kickstarter. I'm prepared to front the difference because I am so excited to be making a comic book of such high quality and packed with so much fun! Ultimately, I'd like to avoid the fate of so many new comics creators who go into deep debt to fund their projects. (I also have 4 more issues after this one, so the costs are just getting started, y'all!) To begin, I'm trying to raise money to help cover the costs. If all goes well (with the support of awesome backers like yourself!) we'll add stretch goals to cover the whole budget for #1, which you can see below:

Stretch Goals:

You can see the regular reward tiers in the upper right of the page (print copies, digital copies, a cool ashcan done in the size and style of the mini-comics that came with the original He-Man figures, previous work by Jed and by me, behind-the-scenes stuff, original art--an embarrassment of riches, as they say!) But to take it to the limit (and beyond), we have stretch goals to unlock once we reach the core $3000 goal:

$4500: Once we reach $4500, Jed and I will autograph each print copy of Stud and the BloodBlade #1!

$6000: At $6000, we'll do a physical printing of Jed's Stud sketchbook and send it to every backer who has pledged $35 or more!

$7500: In this rarefied air, every backer who has pledged over $100 will get both the Kickstarter-exclusive cover for issue #1 as well as a copy with the regular cover, and a digital sneak preview of issue #2! I will also personally give each copy of the book a smooch. ("No Smooching" option also available.)

This is Witchtress. She blames Stud for a personal tragedy and will not rest until she sees him obliterated. I'd call that both a risk and a challenge!
This is Witchtress. She blames Stud for a personal tragedy and will not rest until she sees him obliterated. I'd call that both a risk and a challenge!

Risks and challenges

The risks and challenges are that this is my first Kickstarter campaign and my first full-length comic. But at my day job, I'm the managing editor at a book publishing company, so I make my living keeping print projects on track, keeping creators motivated, hitting deadlines--and we've put out numerous New York Times bestsellers. While comics are still relatively new to me, I have taken numerous classes on comic book production taught by industry veterans (thanks, Comics Experience!). So between my work experience, my comics education, and my passion for this project, I'm confident that we're going to make an amazing issue!

I love comics, I love heroes, I love weirdos! If you love one or all (or are one or all--er, I guess you couldn't *be* a comic), come join me in Ouroboros!

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