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A Dark, Uncompromising Tale That Combines Crime With Fantasy. Are You Willing To Face The Forest?
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What Is Lad?

Taking inspiration from neo-noir films and comics, Lad is set in a world that is similar to ours but yet feels hauntingly different.

The Family conduct their criminal activities from the Beacon Lodge. They have been for a while and everyone one knows that the town belongs to The Family. There is however one place where no Family Member would dare set foot: The Forest.


Engulfing most of the town's perimeter, The Forest is home to a mysterious entity known only as The Hermit. For as long as Lad can remember there's been one mantra in The Family: leave The Hermit alone and The Hermit leaves The Family alone. So why was Dad, the patriarchal leader of The Family found savagely beaten and barely clinging on to life just outside The Forest?

In The Family's eyes this is an act of war. An act of war that sets in motion a series of events that will change everything for Lad, forever.



This Kickstarter Campaign is to fund the first issue of Lad: The Homecoming - a planned 5 part mini-series. The first issue is a black and white 22 page comic filled with jaw-dropping artwork and an intense story. 

Will you like Lad?

The characters? Maybe not. But the story? I should think so.

That is if you're a fan of neo-noir films such as: Blue Ruin, Dead Man Shoes, You Were Never Really Here, This Is England & The Hitcher.

If this genre is your cup of tea, then Lad: The Homecoming will be right up your alley.

Lad Preview

Still interested in this book? Well we're so proud of the work we've done so far, here are the first five pages of Lad. These are not the finished pages but an indication of what is to come...

N.B: THIS PREVIEW CONTAINS STRONG LANGUAGE AND ACTS OF VIOLENCE 



Praise For Lad

Some amazing praise for Lad
Some amazing praise for Lad

Rewards

There are a variety of rewards available in this Kickstarter campaign. Ranging from unique artwork commissions by artist Carlos Pedro to an extensive range of exclusive prints by talented artists. So there's a reward for everyone!

Inked Front Cover - by Carlos Pedro
Inked Front Cover - by Carlos Pedro
Ben FIlby's Print
Ben FIlby's Print

Artists such as Ben Filby, Ian Fay, Rapha Lobosco and so many more will be contributing some amazing artwork for the limited prints for this Kickstarter. So keep an eye out here and in the Updates page for the artwork! There might even be some instance of original artwork available as a reward.

Ian Fay's Print
Ian Fay's Print
 Gareth Sleightholme's Print
Gareth Sleightholme's Print

If you're interested in keeping fully up to date on Lad's progress, or just enjoy chilling out and watching an amazing artist do their thing please follow Carlos' Twitch Channel for the updates on the comic's artwork. And, finally, keep up to date with everything via the Lad Facebook page.

A mock up of the exclusive t-shirt (Logo designed by Dearbhla Kelly)
A mock up of the exclusive t-shirt (Logo designed by Dearbhla Kelly)

The Goal

This Kickstarter is for Lad: The Homecoming #1. A 22 page black and white comic book set in a brand new world. This comic is the first of an intended 5 part mini-series. 

Carlos Pedro - Concept Art - Lad
Carlos Pedro - Concept Art - Lad

The success and interest levels of this first issue is going to dictate how we approach in creating the remaining issues for you, the readers. 

Carlos Pedro - Concept Art - The Forest
Carlos Pedro - Concept Art - The Forest

This is a story that we all believe in and we hope that you will feel the same. We hope to have your support for this issue and any additional further support that we may require in the future.

Funding Allocation

The Budgetary Forecast For Lad
The Budgetary Forecast For Lad

The £1,800 goal is to cover the remaining interior artwork, printing and overall production costs of the book. Our target is to have the book's finale debut at Thought Bubble Comics Art Festival 2019.

That said, we do offer full transparency in what we intend to do with the comic and that we will aim to have any funds that we make initial goal would be going back to the comic to make it the best possible book that we can. This could be in the form of stretch goals so please keep an eye on this Kickstarter's updates and reward tiers.

Credits

Writer - Umar Ditta
Writer - Umar Ditta

Umar is a comic book writer, marketer and extremely likeable. He also hates writing about himself in the third person but he will have to persevere.

This is Umar's fourth comic book. He has written and co-created the Untethered series with Elliot Balson. He has also written a bunch of short comics and they have been well-received, or so he believes.

As well Lad, he is also working on kaiju-fighting action comic, Let Them Fight! and high fantasy all-ages webcomic The Early Knights Cavalry. He thinks he has a few more projects in process but he can't remember which ones they are. If he remembers, he'll probably let people know about them.

Also he is mildly addicted to playing Football Manager 2015 on his computer, when he should be writing.

 https://umarditta.com/ 

Artist - Carlos Pedro
Artist - Carlos Pedro

Carlos is an artist based in Lisbon, Portugal. He has a degree in Architecture, which he promptly kicked to the curb to draw comics. He has been working in the medium since 2006 and has been featured in titles such as Solomon, Fast and Frightening and Super Pig and Image Comic's Elephantmen.

When he not creating comics Carlos is either drawing for side projects of his or just for fun. He also spends his time helping out in the house where he lives with his lovely family - his wife, two cats and crazy dog.

Carlos has one tattoo on his right arm inspired by All-Star Superman, his favorite comic book. The book is so important to him he decided to have the words Superman says before facing Solaris written in Kryptonian in his body. 

“There’s always a way.”

 carlospedroart.com

Editor - Hugo Boylan
Editor - Hugo Boylan

Hugo is a writer and editor based in Dublin, Ireland. He’s best known for his short Sci-Fi comics and a quirky all-ages fantasy series about a group of adventurers who are appallingly bad at adventuring, High Fantasy.

When he’s not writing or editing, Hugo enjoys drinking too much coffee, underlining various passages from old books that he somehow missed out on when he read them the first time, and writing table-top RPGs that will probably never run, because it’s just really difficult to get everyone together now that we all have jobs, OK?

The other week the top fell off Hugo’s hair clippers while he was giving himself a trim. As a result of this Hugo is now hiding his baldness in shame and humiliation from the world by wearing lots of hats and not leaving the house unless it’s absolutely necessary. Should you encounter Hugo in the wild, please be sure to mock his misfortune, but compliment his hat. https://hugoboylan.com/ 

Letter - Kerrie Smith
Letter - Kerrie Smith

Kerrie is a writer and letterer based in Dublin. As a letterer her work has been featured in titles such as Aces Weekly, Twisted Pulp and Black White and Grey, and the free-to-read webcomic Superhero Help Desk, which she co-wrote. Her award winning debut book Girls Like You was released in 2015. 

When not making comics Kerrie bakes delicious treats, dyes her hair and gets lost in transit while reading up on various philosophers who, unlike the Contextualists are more than just Platonists in disguise!

Earlier this month, Kerrie started brushing up on her vegan and vegetarian cooking skills, to this end she recently debuted a chickpea stew that was really quite yummy. Who knows what delicious creation she’ll turn her hand to next?

Design - Dearbhla Kelly
Design - Dearbhla Kelly

Dearbhla is a colourist (Red Sonja, Queen of Bad Dreams), designer (Paradiso) and illustrator (The Irish Times) who can usually be seen doing too many things at once. She's fond of emotion-heavy action movies and her cats, and probably needs more sleep - http://dearbhlala.com/ 

Risks and challenges

At the time of the launch, we will have a complete creative team in place looking to finish creating the book. The book has been completely scripted. Some of the inks are already completed, with more being completed and lettered on a regular basis.

This is why we have set a realistic goal of October 2019 for the book to be completed and sent to your home. Please be aware that this is a goal that we have set for ourselves and, although as we stated that it is reachable, delays may occur.

If this does occur, do not worry. We will be completely transparent and contact our backers without any delay. This also goes for any important updates regarding to the project.

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    Lad #1 - Digital Comic

    A PDF copy of Lad: The Homecoming #1 comic.

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    Lad - Physical Comic

    A printed copy of Lad: The Homecoming #1 comic plus a PDF copy.

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    Lad #1 - Comic Plus GMD/Lad Print

    The Gorilla My Dreams and Lad crossover that you have been waiting for!

    A printed copy of Lad: The Homecoming comic plus a PDF copy. Also, you will receive a bonus A4 heavyweight Gorilla My Dreams/Lad crossover print the talented Ahmed Raafat - (see updates and the Kickstarter for updates)

    GORILLA MY DREAMS: GORILLA TAILS, written by Big Tim Stiles, with art by Ahmed Raafat, edited by S. Greenleaf, and back cover/T-shirt art by Nathan Kelly, is a black and white webcomic set in Struggle-Town. The streets are protected by Knockaround-Guy, a talking gorilla who fancies himself a superhero.

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    Lad #1 - Comic Plus Pick Your Print

    A printed copy of Lad: The Homecoming comic plus a PDF copy. Also, you will receive a bonus A4 heavyweight print and YOU get to decide which print you want.

    There will be 6 exclusive prints to choose from. Please check the Kickstarter page and subsequent updates for any updated art work. However, we will be releasing print and cover artwork updates over the duration of the campaign. So, have a look!

    A questionnaire will be emailed to you regarding which print you wish to pick if/when the Kickstarter is successful.

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    Lad #1 - Plus The Untethered Trilogy

    A printed copy of Lad: The Homecoming #1 comic plus a PDF copy. As well that, this reward tier comes with the entire 3 issues of Lad: The Homecoming writer Umar Ditta's Untethered (art by Elliot Balson) in PDF form.

    For shipping add £2 for UK/£5 for Rest of the World.

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    Lad - Physical Comic Plus Enamel Pin

    A printed copy of Lad: The Homecoming #1 comic plus a PDF copy.

    As well as that you will get a limited edition metal enamel pin.

    LIMITED TO 20 BACKERS!

    For shipping add £2 for UK/£5 for Rest of the World.

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    Lad - Comic, Enamel Badge + Bonus Print

    A printed copy of Lad: The Homecoming #1 comic plus a PDF copy.

    As well as that you will get a limited edition metal enamel pin. Also, you will receive a bonus A4 heavyweight print and YOU get to decide which print you want.

    There will be 6 exclusive prints to choose from. Please check the Kickstarter page and subsequent updates for any updated art work. However, we will be releasing print and cover artwork updates over the duration of the campaign. So, have a look!

    LIMITED TO 15 BACKERS!

    For shipping add £2 for UK/£5 for Rest of the World.

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    Lad #1 Plus Bonus Print Set

    A printed copy of Lad: The Homecoming #1 comic plus a PDF copy. As well that, this reward tier comes with the 6 bonus A4 exclusive prints.

    Please check the Kickstarter page and subsequent updates for any updated art work. However, we will be releasing print and cover artwork updates over the duration of the campaign. So, have a look!

    For shipping add £3 for UK/£6 for Rest of the World.

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    Lad - Retailer Reward - 10 Copies Of Lad

    Attention all retailers!

    This 10 Copies Of Lad #1 for £20 - that's £2 per issues - perfect for retailers and wholesalers. Also this reward will come with a PDF of the comic and a small selection of prints for promotional purposes.

    LIMITED TO 5 BACKERS

    For shipping add £5 for UK/£8 for Rest of the World

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    Lad #1 Plus Enamel Pin & Bonus Print Set

    A printed copy of Lad: The Homecoming #1 comic plus a PDF copy. As well that, this reward tier comes with the 6 bonus A4 exclusive prints.

    Please check the Kickstarter page and subsequent updates for any updated art work. However, we will be releasing print and cover artwork updates over the duration of the campaign. So, have a look!

    As well as that you will get a limited edition metal enamel pin.

    LIMITED TO 20 BACKERS!

    For shipping add £3 for UK/£6 for Rest of the World.

    Includes:
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    • Lad issue #1 - PDF
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    Lad #1 - Bonus Print Set Plus T-Shirt

    This reward has been reduced by £5! Was £30 but now is £25!

    A printed copy of Lad: The Homecoming #1 comic plus a PDF copy. As well that, this reward tier comes with the 6 bonus A4 exclusive prints and a slick t-shirt with the Lad logo (designed by Dearbhla Kelly).

    There will be a mock up image, posted with the Kickstarter or subsequent updates for the t-shirt design as well as for any print art work. However, we will be releasing print other updates over the duration of the campaign. So, have a look!

    Also expect a survey after the Kickstarter to make sure we send out a t-shirt in your size.

    For shipping add £5 for UK/£8 for Rest of the World.

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    Be A Family Member

    A printed copy of Lad: The Homecoming #1 comic plus a PDF copy. As well that, this reward tier comes with the 6 bonus A4 exclusive prints. Plus a Carlos Pedro draws you as a Family Member!

    Do you want to be a dreaded member of The Management or an-and-coming Young One?

    Then look no further! Carlos will draw you as an esteemed criminal member of The Family.

    LIMITED TO 10 BACKERS

    NB - a survey will be sent out for your to provide references and such so that Carlos can get your likeness just right.

    For shipping add £8 for UK/£10 for Rest of the World

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    Original Artwork - Phil Buckenham Print

    Have talented artist Phil Buckenham's (https://philbuckenhamart.wixsite.com/philbuckenham) print artwork to put in your home or office. Have look at the updates and the Lad Kickstarter page for the artwork.

    As well as that you will also receive a printed copy of Lad: The Homecoming #1 comic plus a PDF copy. This reward tier also comes with the 6 bonus A4 exclusive prints.

    LIMITED TO 1 BACKER

    NB - The latest the artwork will be sent to you is February 2020. The other reward items will be sent out around October 2019.

    For shipping add £8 for UK/£10 for Rest of the World.

    Includes:
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    • Lad issue #1 - PDF
    • Bonus A4 Print Set (6 Prints)
    • Gorilla My Dreams/Lad Print - By Ahmed Rafaat
    • Original Artwork - Phil Buckenham's Print
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    Original Artwork - Lad Cover Art

    Due to popular demand, we have added the original cover art for Lad: The Homecoming #1. This is drawn by Lad: The Homecoming artist Carlos Pedro. Have a look at the Kickstarter for the artwork

    As well as that you will also receive a printed copy of Lad: The Homecoming #1 comic plus a PDF copy. This reward tier also comes with the 6 bonus A4 exclusive prints.

    LIMITED TO 1 BACKER

    NB - The latest the artwork will be sent to you is February 2020. The other reward items will be sent out around October 2019.

    For shipping add £8 for UK/£10 for Rest of the World

    Includes:
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    • The Original Art For Lad: The Homecoming Cover
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Funding period

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