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The Locksmith 4: Some Things Are Better Left Undead

Noir meets Sci-Fi. A Detective travels back in time to free his guilt-ridden soul and save the human species from extinction.

The Locksmith 4: Some Things Are Better Left Undead

Noir meets Sci-Fi. A Detective travels back in time to free his guilt-ridden soul and save the human species from extinction.

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4K STRETCH REWARD UNLOCKED! 

5K STRETCH REWARD ANNOUNCED!

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Detective Mick Fagan returns for the fourth issue in this epic mini-series: 
THE LOCKSMITH: Some Things Are Better Left Undead.

It's another 46 pages of amazing art, wrapped up inside an incredible neo-noir, science fiction mystery. Imagine if Raymond Chandler wrote 2001: A Space Odyssey... And you just might have something like The Locksmith!

 As always, each issue is printed on premium stock: 14pt coated cover stock and 105Lb coated heavyweight matte stock for the interior pages. The artwork is finished and we are ready to go. We just need YOU to help kickstart the printing costs.

Written and lettered by: Terrance Grace
Art: Silvio Db
Color: Anderson Cabral

Panel from The Locksmith 4 - Art: Silvio Db • Color: Anderson Cabral

They say…

Part sci-fi, part pulp noir, The Locksmith bristles with gritty drama [and] moves with a steady, solid, and sometimes disturbing momentum. At times feeling like a well-turned X-Files episode, the first issue lays out a number of delicious mysteries, while simultaneously managing to raise the stakes with every new development.

While noir is traditionally a genre of darkness, Grace manages to drag the dread out into the sunlight, and with the aid of Silvio DB’s deft artwork, still manages to make the open city in daytime have an oppressive weight to it. Even daylight manages to exact a toll on the inhabitants of this tale.

VERDICT: FOUR Portentous Portals of Doom out of FIVE [Fanbase Press] 

Sample pages from The Locksmith 4

About Issue 4 and The Locksmith series...

The Detective finds himself caught between time as a massive energy field engulfs the planet, wiping away all that has ever existed. He holds the power to restore what once was, but he first must wrestle his own personal demons to the ground and let go of the past... Once and for all. [CLICK TO READ MORE on the Mythic Octopus website]

As a writer, I try to listen to my characters and allow them some wiggle room within their fated destiny. With the advent of what was going to be the final issue, my characters began to protest and quite simply, went off script.

So... I'm going to call issue 4, the completion of The Locksmith's first story arc. I myself am quite surprised at where we end up -- It's an end of sorts; but at the same time, very much the beginning of this continuing saga.

Panel from The Locksmith 4 - Art: Silvio Db • Color: Anderson Cabral

Rewards

If you've been a backer of previous Locksmith campaigns, you'll remember that there were always a ton of reward add-ons. This time around, I've streamlined the reward selection to just the essential.

If you don't see the exact combination of rewards you're looking for, feel free to message me and I'll put something together for you!

Stretch Rewards

Stretch Goal #2 $5000 [LOCKED]

Every backer will receive these four digital comics from my friends and fellow indie creators:

Reaper Corps #0 Don Walker (W/A)

2308. EARTH. Enter a world where CYBORGS pray to a God. CLONES fight for civil rights. And MANKIND is an endangered species.

Two Short Stories illustrated by Huseyin Ozkan (who also happened to create one of the pinups for The Locksmith #1!)... 

Dark Waters James E. Roche (W) Huseyin Ozkan (A)

From the 4th Monkey Anthology about Sea and Water Pollution: When illegal offshore waste dumping annihilates a fishing vilage’s food supply, forcing its villagers into squalor and certain death. The survivors are forced to take matters into their own hands and do whatever it takes to survive.

Sleepwalking Fabian Rangel Jr. (W) Huseyin Ozkan (A)

A supernatural crime story created as a backup story for Image Comics’ Five Ghosts #17.

Children's Vampire Hunting Brigade #1 David Blake Lucarelli (W) Henry Ponciano (A)

In 1954 hundreds of school children descended upon a Scottish cemetery looking for a vampire with iron teeth they believed had killed a couple of local kids. Today it is looked upon as an incident of mass hysteria. But what if some of those children found what they were looking for?

Stretch Goal #1 $4000 [UNLOCKED]

Every backer will receive these three digital comics from my friends and fellow indie creators:

Boston Metaphysical Society #1 Madeleine Holly-Rosing (W) Emily Hu (A)

The year is 1895. Imagine an alternate Steampunk history where ghosts and demons are a normal part of life. Families known as the "Great Houses" control the economy of the Great States of America and the middle- and lower-class Irish's sole purpose is to not only serve them, but to rid their lives of supernatural beings. This is the story of an ex-Pinkerton detective, a spirit photographer, and a genius scientist who work together to battle these supernatural forces. They are the Boston Metaphysical Society. Wish them luck. They are going to need it.

Pop Star Assassin #1 Edward Lavallee (W) Marcelo Basile (A)

The year is 1977. The King is dead. The world mourns. When a mysterious briefcase turns up in his dressing room, Bruce, a coke-addled Elvis impersonator, finds himself wedged between a Mob boss out to avenge the death of his only son and an unthinkable government conspiracy, all in an attempt to discover the true identity of his father's killer. With his life unraveling around him, Bruce joins forces with a rag-tag troupe of unlikely misfits willing to do whatever it takes to uncover the truth and make those responsible pay. With the fate of the world hanging in the balance, Bruce and company fight their way through a gang of Mafia goons, an all-female kill squad, and an army of Look-A-Like™ robot assassins, leading to a final confrontation with The Chamber’s mysterious leader, Nietzsche. In the end, Bruce unknowingly sets into motion a chain of events with far-reaching, world-ending ramifications, transforming him forever, and leaving him a marked man on the run.

Agent Wild #0 Don Walker (W/A)

AGENT:WILD is a HUNTER (assassin) for the alien police force, 12TH HOUR. While serving a suspension for a prior, failed, mission that ended in the death of her partner, AGENT: BLACK WINTER, she is suddenly reactivated and sent on a routine mission that's anything but. She discovers a plot to destroy the galactic alliance, The Union of Species. Civil war is on the horizon, with the prize being EARTH.

The Locksmith 1-4 

You can of course pick up all four issues along with brand new artist pinups commissioned exclusively for kickstarter backers. [Note: There is a typo in the reward description for the LS 1-4 print edition. There are additional shipping charges - like other reward tiers.]

Exclusive Artist Pinups

The pinup edition includes five digital pinups by Silvio Db (cover art from issue 4), Don Walker and Terrance Grace... Click here for larger samples on the Mythic Octopus website.

BONUS: Pledge at the $20 level and above and you will be entered to WIN Don Walker's ORIGINAL INKED ART. 

Don Walker on InstagramJesse Heagy on Facebook

Exclusive Locksmith 4 pinup by Don Walker with colors by: Jesse Heagy
Artist: Terrance Grace

24 Digital Print Collection

PLUS: Not to be missed is the massive 24 pinup collection from issues 1-4! These are high resolution digital files suitable for large format poster printing. You can take a closer look at what's available on my website: mythicoctopus.com

  Inks only if you please... 

Follow along in a Kickstarter Exclusive inks only print edition. No color. No lettering. Just the basics of Silvio's amazing art.

You Say Locksmith... I Say Lovecraft!

 I'm also adding a reward tier that allows you to pick up a copy of The Crossroads: A Lovecraftian Horror Comic Board Book that Silvio and I published earlier this year.  See more information and sample pages on my website here. 

The story first appeared in the anthology, Cthulhu is Hard to Spell. I then expanded the layout and design into a lay flat board book edition. The digital edition (which is also included with the board book edition) includes the anthology version as a bonus. 

The Last Remaining Original Page Art from the Series

This is it - The only one left! Original inked art by Silvio Db from The Locksmith #2

This is my personal favorite. I've been holding onto it since The Locksmith 2 -- But I'm making it available to one lucky backer. This is Silvio's original hand inked art featuring The Detective.

The MEGA Reward - Original Cover Art

And then there's the mega reward that is available to only one lucky backer: The original hand inked Locksmith 4 cover art by Silvio dB. 

Character Card Set Add-Ons

I've got a few 4" x 4" character card sets left from the previous campaigns. It's first come first serve -- Scoop them up at a deep discount of only $8 each! There are 3 sets that include 6 cards each, with character sketches and biographies. Each set includes a folding case with cover art. 

These will not be reprinted so grab them while you can! Just add on an additional $8 to your pledge and message me which set or sets (#1, #2, #3) you would like. 

Panel from The Locksmith 4 - Art: Silvio Db • Color: Anderson Cabral

Stretch Goals

Once we hit our campaign goal, I'll unveil some freebies for all backers. But until then, I want to focus on what's most important: Getting issue 4 printed and into your hands as quickly as possible.

  • $3200 Bingo
  • $4000 Free Indie Comic set #1
  • $5000 Free Indie Comic set #2
  • $6000 Free Indie Comic set #3

Risks and challenges

With several successful kickstarter campaigns under my belt, there are really no risks or challenges. The artwork is ready to go and I already have an established relationship with my printer in China. Customs is always a wildcard when importing books printed from outside the country... So there may be some unforeseen delays on the backend. I've padded the expected delivery window though as a contingency.

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