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Set in 1953 Los Angeles, a woman struggles to end her affair with a married restaurateur when her fiancé returns home from the war.
Set in 1953 Los Angeles, a woman struggles to end her affair with a married restaurateur when her fiancé returns home from the war.
Set in 1953 Los Angeles, a woman struggles to end her affair with a married restaurateur when her fiancé returns home from the war.
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You can now order a copy of Épilogue from Lesley, Zakk, Ashley and I (as well as other talented creators) as an add-on to your pledge for only $6!

Here's a review of the comic if you'd like to see what it's about.

 

Comare is a story about lust, betrayal, desperation, and obsession set against the backdrop of old Hollywood.

This fully colored twenty page comic book is the beginning of a six issue mini-series that harkens back to the dramatic romance comics that dominated sales alongside superhero books throughout the 1940's and 50's.

Co-created by illustrator Ashley St. Lawrence and writer Mario Candelaria, this series features color artist Lesley Atlansky, Zakk Saam on lettering duty, and covers illustrated by Victor Santos (Pulp Covers) and Jim Towe (Widescreen Romance Covers).

 Here is a look at the opening scene of the series.

Amelia Schroeder

Amelia is a seemingly young, carefree woman, but in reality she has been distraught since her longtime boyfriend Bradley was shipped off to the war in Korea. Assuming the worst, Amelia finds comfort in the arms of another man as a way to distract her from her sadness.

Francis "Buster" Lombardi

Francis is a successful restauranteur and WWII veteran who moved his family west from New York to pursue his dream of opening a restaurant in Hollywood. Despite all of his success, Francis has an Okinawa-sized hole in his heart that all of the women and the booze in tinseltown will never fill.

Bradley Stephens

Quick with a laugh and a beer if you needed one, Bradley was truly the life of the party. But that was before Korea. Now that he's back Bradley is looking to pick back up where he left off, but is what happened "Over There" too much for him to overcome?

Selina Lombardi

Selina is a respected member of the community, a loving wife and a great mother, but she has a dark side when it comes to her husband Francis' philandering. Selina isn't afraid to get her hands dirty if it means stopping someone from taking what is hers.

Mario Candelaria (Writer, Co-Creator)

@TheOtherMarioC
@TheOtherMarioC

Mario (Ashes, Epilogue, Unlawful Good Anthology) is an experienced comic book writer and stand-up comedian who is constantly on the lookout for new and imaginative ways to bring an authentic perspective into his work. Originally hailing from Brooklyn, Mario currently resides in suburban Philadelphia where he spends his days honing his craft and eating soft pretzels.

Ashley St. Lawrence (Illustrator, Co-Creator)

@SaintAsh
@SaintAsh

Ashley is a comic book and commercial artist from upstate New York. An alumni of the Joe Kubert School of Cartoon and Graphic Art, Ashley has spent the last few years as a ghost artist in the industry, working on many different titles such as X-Men First Class, Batman, and ManHunter to name a few. If you wish to talk to her http://ashleystlawrence.tumblr.com/ or http://saintash.deviantart.com/ both great spots to say hi and look at some of her more nerdy side.

Lesley Atlansky (Color Artist)

@latlansky
@latlansky

Lesley Atlansky is a comic book colorist and visual artist. As a painter and former graphic designer, Lesley brings a unique style and sense of color to her comics. Born and raised in Southern California, she currently lives in a multigenerational household in Portland, Oregon. More of her work can be found at www.lesleyatlansky.com

We're raising $4500 to compensate our talented production team for their work on a fully colored 20-page first issue. It is our goal to use this issue as a pilot to be shopped the project around to comic publishers with the end goal being a wide release of the remaining issues.

Here is a piechart breaking down where the funds will go to should we meet our goal. Any extra funds raised through the campaign will go directly toward the creation of the subsequent issues.

Note: These figures are based on the initial goal's dollar amount and costs break-down.

PRESS 

The Bronze Review
http://www.thebronzereview.com/#!indie-comare/ceqn
http://www.thebronzereview.com/#!artist-ashley-st-lawrence/c20df
http://www.thebronzereview.com/#!indie-mario-candelaria/c1g9z

POP! Cast Wrestling (Podcast)
http://pcn.panelsonpages.com/pop-cast-wrestling-episode-66/

Women Write About Comics http://womenwriteaboutcomics.com/2015/08/23/kickstarter-week-comare-woman/

Bleeding Cool
http://www.bleedingcool.com/2015/08/22/fed-up-with-ashley-madison-infidelity-begets-murder-in-comare-a-dark-romance-comic/

Panels on Pages
http://www.panelsonpages.com/?p=75046

Adrian Has Issues (Podcast)
http://www.adrianhasissues.com/new-blog-1/2015/8/19/episode-21-the-other-other-mario-c

Geeked Out Nation
http://www.geekedoutnation.com/kickstarter-spotlight-comare/

On Wednesdays We Wear Capes
http://www.onwednesdays.net/a-chat-with-the-creators-of-comare-about-their-kickstarter/

Geekadelphia
http://www.geekadelphia.com/2015/08/10/comare-issue-1-the-other-woman-on-kickstarter/

Whatcha Reading
http://whatchareading.com/comare-a-tragic-romance-in-six-parts/

When Nerds Attack
http://whennerdsattack.com/2015/08/03/the-affair-has-been-exposed-in-comare-a-new-comic-series-launching-on-kickstarter/

Pop Cultured
http://www.pulpcultured.com/comic-book-features/2015/8/16/comare-goes-live-on-kickstarter

Risks and challenges

While we don't foresee any problems, production delays due to various circumstances outside of our control could potentially happen. Should anything unfortunate happen we will utilize backer updates to keep our supporters aware of our progress as often as possible.

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    SKETCH CARD Part 2 - In this level you will receive a fully colored sketch card with whatever character you'd like illustrated by Marvel Comics Assistant Editor Heather Antos (Deadpool, Star Wars)! You will also receive a PDF of the comic.

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    LET'S DO LUNCH! I will meet you for brunch at the famous Beachwood Cafe nestled right at the base of the Hollywood Hills. We can discuss whatever you want and I will hand deliver a copy of the book with the variant cover. This tier also includes your name in the "Thank You" section, the prop matchbox, and the 7" vinyl record.

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    BEST SUPPORTING ACTRESS - One female supporter will have their likeness cast in the role of a prominent reoccurring character from Amelia's office throughout the series. This level also includes a framed copy of Ashley's concept art for your character in the book as well as five copies of the comic (three standard covers and two variant covers), your name in the "Thank You" section, the prop matchbox, and the 7" vinyl record.

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    BEST SUPPORTING ACTOR - One male supporter will have their likeness cast in the role of a prominent reoccurring character from Francis' restaurant throughout the series. This level also includes a framed copy of Ashley's concept art for your character in the book as well as five copies of the comic (three standard covers and two variant covers), your name in the "Thank You" section, the prop matchbox, and the 7" vinyl record.

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    LET'S DO LUNCH 3! Ashley will meet you for a meal in the NY Metro Area. She can discuss whatever you want and will hand deliver a copy of the book with the variant cover. This tier also includes your name in the "Thank You" section, the prop matchbox, and the 7" vinyl record.

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    LET'S DO LUNCH 2! Ashley and I will meet you and a guest for early dinner and at the famous Monkey Bar in Manhattan. We can discuss whatever you want and we will deliver a copy of the book with the variant cover. This tier also includes your name in the "Thank You" section and a page of original art from the book.

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Funding period

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