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Two school students decide to give themselves the ultimate assignment: get away with murder.
Two school students decide to give themselves the ultimate assignment: get away with murder.
Two school students decide to give themselves the ultimate assignment: get away with murder.
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The Murder Club: Useless Deaths - a dark graphic novel

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"Lisa, a student preparing for her A-levels, is recruited by fellow student Tom, who wants to see if they can use their combined intelligence to frame someone for murder. But is she working with him, or being manipulated into a situation that even she can't figure her way out of?"

The cover!
The cover!

---===[[[  UPDATE 26/06/17  ]]]===---

A new reward tier had been added! The COMICHAUS tier is £10 and gets you a physical copy of the graphic novel, all digital rewards AND a FREE three month subscription to the COMICHAUS APP when it goes live.

What's the COMICHAUS APP? Have a look at their successful Kickstarter for full details but the elevator pitch is "Netflix for Indie Comics!", so you'll get three FREE months to stream as many indie comic titles as you want - sounds like a deal to me :)

The Murder Club: Useless Deaths - Part 1 is a 72-page black & white British comic book created by myself, Tony Cooper. It contains the first three chapters of the story "Useless Deaths", which is comprised of six chapters in total.

This Kickstarter is for £900 to allow me to print 200 physical copies of Part 1 for sale at conventions and for rewards. Also, it will give me some breathing space to finish the final three chapters of the story. These final three chapters (which will be Part 2) are already fully laid out and roughed and inking has begun.

As it stands, "Useless Deaths" is a self-contained story, but if it is successful, I have plans for further volumes to continue the tale of Lisa and Tom.

This entire graphic novel is my work - from roughs to layouts to inking to tones to the cover. I started last September and have so far completed the first three chapters (this Kickstarter!) which will be ready for printing in July and is set to officially launch at ICE 2017 (International Comics Expo, Birmingham) on 9th-10th September, and I will also be at Thought Bubble in Leeds on 23rd-24th September.

 

 

Ever wondered if you're a psychopath? Maybe you are. Ever wondered if you could get away with murder?

The thought had never occurred to Lisa, a bright 17-year old school student preparing for her A-levels, until fellow student Tom recognises something of himself in her.

He realises that she has a psychopathic personality disorder, much like himself, and decides to recruit her into a very exclusive club. He wants to use his intellect to frame people for murder, but needs an equally intelligent partner to help plan the killings.

Initially appalled by his suggestion, Lisa gradually forges closer ties with Tom, the idea intriguing her. Bored rigid by schoolwork that no longer challenges her, and feeling powerless under her controlling father, will she end up following Tom's path? And if she does, is she an equal partner in this endeavour, or is she being manipulated for Tom's own ends?

 

Lisa Spencer

  • 17 years old
  • High performing student in Year 13 of Brighthall Academy, England
  • Daughter of Brian and Lidia
  • Quiet and studious, very intelligent and can converse at a high level, but finds it hard to interact socially with her own age group
  • Lack of interaction outside of immediate family makes her easy to manipulate and open to suggestion (for now)
  • Undiagnosed Psychopathic Personality Disorder
 Tom Mesman
  • 18 years old
  • High performing student in Year 13 of Brighthall Academy, England
  • Son of Geert and Diane
  • Extremely outgoing and charming, but controlling and lacks empathy
  • Always has an agenda, always has a motive, always looking for an opportunity
  • Undiagnosed Psychopathic Personality Disorder

Edward Stevens

  • 17 years old
  • Average student in Year 12
  • Prefers playing online competitive shooters to studying
  • Has a secret crush on Lisa
  • Thoughts of suicide

Blake Turner

  • 18 years old
  • Poorly performing, badly disciplined Year 13 student
  • Quick to temper, despises authority, hates school
  • Deals in low-level drugs

Brian Spencer

  • Father of Lisa
  • Retired engineer
  • Gruff, serious, no-nonsense personality
  • Controlling and protective of his daughter

Diane Mesman

  • Mother of Tom
  • Cheery, polite and helpful disposition
  • Her demeanour hides something troubling

Here are some non-lettered pages for your eyeballs...

Page 7
Page 7

 

Page 24
Page 24

 

Page 33
Page 33

 

Page 45
Page 45

 

Since I am doing all the art and writing myself, there is nobody to pay! This means my only outlay will be the printing costs for 200 copies.

So the Kickstarter goal is £900. The bulk of that is for printing, followed by postage for physical rewards. The rest is to cover Kickstarter/payment processing fees and a contingency for any unwelcome surprises.

The budget
The budget

You will notice that there are no added incentives like T-shirts, baseball caps or keyrings etc., for any of the reward tiers. This is because I am a one-man operation and this keeps things much simpler my end.

However, if the project is successful, there will be some minor stretch goals for pin and enamel badges, both of which I had intended to fund out of my own pocket anyway. But if the stretch goals are hit, the extra cash will cover these, and so they will become free bonuses for all the printed reward tiers.

Anything else over the project and stretch goals will go towards printing more comics - which I will probably have to do at that point anyway to cover backer rewards.

This is the full information on the reward tiers and what you get for each pledge:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

My name is Tony Cooper and I worked in the videogames industry for 16 years, before striking out on my own as an author and freelance writer.

After I finished my first two superhero novels ("Powerless" and "Killing Gods") I had an idea for a short story to bridge the gap to the third book, which would expand on one of the main characters. This idea eventually became the comic "Powerless: Some Kind of Hero" and was successfully Kickstarted and completed last year.

Now I have been bitten by the comic bug! I have written and I am currently drawing the 114-page graphic novel (split into two parts) featured in this very Kickstarter.

If I'm not writing or creating art I will be watching Blindspot, The Blacklist or Agents of Shield on TV, or reading the latest indie graphic novel.

Visit my website at www.hungryblackbird.com for my blog and links to all my work, check out my Patreon for updates and exclusive artwork, and follow me on www.twitter.com/_tonycooper.

Thanks for reading this far :)

 

Risks and challenges

This is my second Kickstarter comic project, the first, "Powerless: Some Kind of Hero" (https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/tonycooper/powerless-some-kind-of-hero-a-british-superhero-co) was fully funded and all rewards successfully completed and posted.

Obviously, this project is much bigger, and I am still doing everything myself, but the art is on schedule so far and I can't foresee anything blocking progress.

I don't anticipate any obvious problems as I have done this before, but I am a regular updater, so should anything crop up, you will be the first to know.

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