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A music themed horror anthology.
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Welcome to Dead Beats!

"..if you're looking for new or used vinyl, cassettes, CDs, gear, or merch, Dead Beats has the best selection in town. Of course, everything we sell has a story and our friendly Shoppe Keeper is happy to tell you all about it. All sales final..."

Dead Beats cover by Lisa Sterle (Long Lost, Submerged) featuring The Shoppe Keeper
Dead Beats cover by Lisa Sterle (Long Lost, Submerged) featuring The Shoppe Keeper

THE BOOK

Dead Beats is a 160-page full-color anthology of music-themed horror comics centered around the curiosities for sale at one peculiar record store by its enigmatic Shoppe Keeper. Edited by Joseph Corallo (Oh S#!t, It's Kim & Kim, Mine!) and Eric Palicki (This Nightmare Kills Fascists, All We Ever Wanted), Dead Beats features more than twenty comics stories and more than forty up-and-coming creators and industry veterans, as well as cover art and interstitial narrative illustrations by Lisa Sterle (Long Lost, Submerged).

From the Dead Beats introduction, illustrated by Lisa Sterle
From the Dead Beats introduction, illustrated by Lisa Sterle
From the Dead Beats Introduction, illustrated by Lisa Sterle
From the Dead Beats Introduction, illustrated by Lisa Sterle
From "Vanishing." Illustrations by Sally Cantirino from a script by Matthew Erman.
From "Vanishing." Illustrations by Sally Cantirino from a script by Matthew Erman.
From "The Cursed Saxophone of Skasferatu." Illustrations by Dan Buksa from a script by Matthew Summo.
From "The Cursed Saxophone of Skasferatu." Illustrations by Dan Buksa from a script by Matthew Summo.

THE STRETCH GOALS

Because we hit our initial funding goal well ahead of schedule, the staff here at Dead Beats is proud to announce our stretch goals! Just don't tell the Shoppe Keeper. She hates it when we give stuff away for free!

$30,000: Premium Cover Stock with Spot Gloss

$35,000: Two Mini-Prints Added to All Physical Book Backers and Up (Lisa Sterle’s cover image and Jen Hickman’s image)

$40,000: EXCLUSIVE Kickstarter Edition available ONLY to backers. It will have its own logo color and a “Kickstarter Exclusive” stamp (Not Available in the Direct Market)

THE CREATORS

DEAD BEATS features a broad range of voices from new and established talent selected from across the medium. Notably, the book includes a reunion of Doom Patrol alums Rachel Pollack and Richard Case, working together for the first time in more than 25 years! 

Rachel Pollack and Richard Case (Doom Patrol)
Rachel Pollack and Richard Case (Doom Patrol)
Brent Schoonover (Howling Commandos) and Cameron DeOrdio (Josie & The Pussycats)
Brent Schoonover (Howling Commandos) and Cameron DeOrdio (Josie & The Pussycats)
Jen Hickman (Moth & Whisper) and Joe Corallo (She Said Destroy)
Jen Hickman (Moth & Whisper) and Joe Corallo (She Said Destroy)
Matthew Erman (Long Lost) and Sally Cantirino (The Last Song)
Matthew Erman (Long Lost) and Sally Cantirino (The Last Song)
Eva Cabrera (Kim & Kim) and Kwanza Osajyefo (Black)
Eva Cabrera (Kim & Kim) and Kwanza Osajyefo (Black)
Eric Palicki (No Angel) and Liana Kangas (Black AF: Devil's Dye)
Eric Palicki (No Angel) and Liana Kangas (Black AF: Devil's Dye)
Steenz and Ivy Noelle Weir (Archival Quality)
Steenz and Ivy Noelle Weir (Archival Quality)
Rafer Roberts (Grumble) and Daniel Kibblesmith (Santa's Husband)
Rafer Roberts (Grumble) and Daniel Kibblesmith (Santa's Husband)
Vita Ayala (The Wilds, Submerged) and Raymond Salvador
Vita Ayala (The Wilds, Submerged) and Raymond Salvador
Marie Enger (Fhtagn & Loathing) and Danny Lore (The Queen of Bad Dreams)
Marie Enger (Fhtagn & Loathing) and Danny Lore (The Queen of Bad Dreams)
Eli Powell (InferNoct) and Mark Bouchard (Everything is Going Wrong)
Eli Powell (InferNoct) and Mark Bouchard (Everything is Going Wrong)
Sweeney Boo (Eat and Love Yourself) and Nadia Shammas (Care Bears)
Sweeney Boo (Eat and Love Yourself) and Nadia Shammas (Care Bears)
Chris Peterson (Grindhouse) and Tony Patrick (X'ed)
Chris Peterson (Grindhouse) and Tony Patrick (X'ed)
Ayşegül Sınav (Loved and Lost) and Tyler Chin-Tanner (Broken Frontier)
Ayşegül Sınav (Loved and Lost) and Tyler Chin-Tanner (Broken Frontier)

ALSO FEATURING: Ren "Renfamous" Cooper * Caroline Autopsy * Alexis Sara * Christine Hipp * Tres Dean * Kyler Clodfelter * Christof Bogacs * Giles Crawford * Matthew Summo * Dan Buksa * Regine Sawyer * Y. Sanders * Sabs Cooper * Claudia Aguirre * Magdalene Visaggio * AND MORE!

REWARDS

A wide variety of rewards are available to backers of the DEAD BEATS campaign, including the book itself, tees, physical and digital bundles of material from A WAVE BLUE WORLD's extensive catalog, and more. In addition, all backers at the $5 tier and higher will find their name printed in the 'THANK YOU' section of the book!


A WAVE BLUE WORLD

Founded in 2005 by Tyler & Wendy Chin-Tanner, AWBW is an independent publisher of high quality graphic novels, anthologies and art books with a focus on originality and cultural relevance.

Risks and challenges

The most common challenges for an anthology is to get all the creator work in time, but considering this is our 6th anthology we've Kickstarted and all the previous anthologies came together beautifully and were delivered on time, we feel we have a pretty strong track record.

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