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About

Life is hard for Edd Grimes. He grew up in abject poverty, with a father who cared more about his pet cat than his own son. In high school, he was bullied and always felt a little disgusted by the “cool kids, yet part of him craved their acceptance. Somehow he made it out alive and into college, albeit community college. He’s living on his own now and even has a girlfriend. While this should be an improvement, the story is still somehow the same.

                                                         …Except, everything is about to change!

Art by Dexter Wee
Art by Dexter Wee

BLACK SUIT OF DEATH is a satirical science fiction horror series and the latest title from indie publisher Warrior Innkeeper Creative. It is a follow-up to the One-Shot distant prelude, The Black Suit of Death: Ides of March. We pick up the story approximately 10,000 years after the suit and it’s creator were banished to Earth. Over the many millennia the Black Suit of Death or B.S.D. has passed from one Pilot to the next, and has inspired the many stories and myths revolving around the Angel of Death a.k.a. the Grim Reaper.

Cover by Craig Gilliland
Cover by Craig Gilliland

In the series, long-awaited by readers of Ides of March, Co-Creators Benjamin J. Kreger and Edward Ellsworth introduce the latest Pilot of the BSD, Edd Grimes. Edd is a 20-year-old Graphic Design student attending community college outside of Phoenix, Arizona. After years of struggling with depression, social anxiety, and his general bleak outlook on life, Edd has one of those days that convinces him it can only get worse. Distraught, he walks out into the desert determined to end it all… only, he discovers the Black Suit of Death instead. Now, thrust into the role of the death dealing Reaper of Souls, his fleeting thoughts of violence and harshest judgements of his fellow human have deadly consequences.

Black Suit of Death character design by Dexter Wee
Black Suit of Death character design by Dexter Wee

Black Suit of Death #1 will be a 24-page full color comic written by Kreger and Ellsworth with Dexter Wee (Cura Te Ipsum, Patriot-1) at the helm providing Pencils and Inks. Newcomer Jeremy Kahn (Ringa Raggedy) will handle Colors.

In addition famed Cartoonist Fred Hembeck (you know that guy behind a little comic called, Petey, The Adventures of Peter Parker Before He Became Spiderman), will write and draw, Li’l BSD, a continuing one-page comic to be featured at the end of each issue of Black Suit of Death!

The Grim Reaper is NOT Supernatural!

This is the most important statement in understanding our concept for this book. Before we began writing the script, two important questions were asked, "What if, every myth, every story about the Grim Reaper were based on a single truth? What if this truth was that before recorded history, alien  intervention was responsible for all the stories found in mythological or religious text?

We have a lot of fun speculating the answers to those questions in the BLACK SUIT OF DEATH comic series.

20 Years Ago...

Imagine, a small group of 4 or 5 geeky teenage boys on the cusp of manhood, bored out of their mind. One has a camcorder, one has a hooded cloak, another has an idea. 

No, you pervert. Get your head out of the gutter! 

It was the year the Maestro of Horror released a parody of horror films onto the Silver Screen. The film had a villain who wore a hooded cloak, with a mask. Perhaps it was meant to be, that these boys first short film would be a parody of this parody. Maybe it was fate, that Ed and I would, through our twisted imaginations, evolve our own cloaked and hooded villain into something... else.

The Black Suit of Death - as we called our short film - was never finished, and the footage, really is too embarrassing to share. However, it gave us a character with endless possibilities! So, we turned to the great medium of comics, where, as we all know well, the greatest of Epics are told!

Today...

The purpose of this campaign is to cover the costs of producing the first issue of this long awaited comic series, get it into the hands of our devoted fans and introduce the character to a host of new readers. 

THE BLACK SUIT OF DEATH: IDES OF MARCH - (See below) Is a one-shot prelude telling the origin of the bio-mechanoid armor know as the Black Suit of Death or B.S.D. - When Doctor Seitsan presents the B.S.D., a killing machine, as a solution to control the rampaging overpopulation and resultant energy crisis on the planet Utopia IX, he is declared a traitor and sentenced to… Earth!

Available on Comixology Wednesday Aug. 26th!
Available on Comixology Wednesday Aug. 26th!

IDES OF MARCH features the Pencil & Inks by Stefano Cardoselli (Heavy Metal Magazine, Chronicles of Van Helsing), colors by Craig Gilliland, and a cover painted by Tony Morgan (Gun Baby Graphics) - Its first and second printings where in black & white. It wouldn’t be until three years after its debut that the book would really be completed when the colors were added and the cost of a new printing could be covered. 

Learning from the past, we’ve included the cost of a colorist in our goal.

The Creators

I couldn't be more pleased or excited to have such incredible talent behind this project. But you don't have to take my word for it, take a look for yourself. 

Dexter Wee is a self-taught artist from Zamboanga City, Philippines. 

Having been introduced to comic books at an early age by his late father, Dexter dreamed of becoming an artist, but that was set aside after graduating college to work various jobs to help support his family. Fortunately God smiled on Dexter and mid 2007 he was given the opportunity to work on an independent comic project which led to several others including the ongoing webcomic CURA TE IPSUM, graphic novels such as SWERVE and the Award Winning PATRIOT-1, and the anthology books OUTLAW TERRITORY Vol. 3 and TALES OF THE STARLIGHT DRIVE-IN.

After working with him on a couple one-shot comics for the City of Independence (The Spirits of Independence: A Ghost Walk Companion & Test Drive Independence) I couldn't be more pleased to have him creating this book with us! Dexter has graciously begun work on Black Suit of Death to give you, our generous Backers, a preview of what the book will look like under his practiced hand.

Black Suit of Death by Dexter Wee
Black Suit of Death by Dexter Wee
Edd Grimes
Edd Grimes

Dexter is working on character designs and mulling over the script as we post this. So expect more pics to come as things develop!

Mask of BSD
Mask of BSD
Kahn colors over Wee pencils/inks
Kahn colors over Wee pencils/inks

Having a strong interest in Dinosaurs, Jeremy Kahn had thought he'd grow up to be a paleontologist. That is, up until a high school art teacher began to foster his art work, often bending over backwards in a show of support for his art. Even helping Jeremy submit art to shows. He was the first to suggest Jeremy consider Illustration. In his third year at Savannah College of Art and Design he discovered a digital drawing class and found he really enjoyed digitally coloring comics. 

"I've always liked computers, and coloring comics digitally allowed me to merge my two interests. From there I switched my focus to digital coloring, I still love writing which I continue to do on the side."

Jeremy also recently released his first writing endeavor, Ringa Raggedy.

Photo by Ed
Photo by Ed

Edward Ellsworth grew up watching Star Wars and listening to Weird Al. He lives in Scottsdale, Arizona with his wife and 2 dogs.

Or...

Edward popped into existence out of thin air 25 minutes ago with a fully fleshed out back story, none of which is particularly interesting.

Either way, I feel as if I've known Ed for a couple decades now. He's been a friend, and a collaborator on many projects, but we've always come back to the Black Suit of Death. Now, here we are about 18 years after we created the character together, finally telling its story.

Cartoon Portrait of Ben by Paul Johnson
Cartoon Portrait of Ben by Paul Johnson

I've spent the last 7 years writing, lettering, and publishing comics under my imprint Warrior Innkeeper Creative (formally Warrior Innkeeper Comics). BLACK SUIT OF DEATH #1 will represent my 20th comic, so it's kind of a big deal. I've written in many genre's and for many age groups. My All-Ages comic THE LESS THAN HISTORICAL ADVENTURES OF LI'L LINCOLN and my mature comic BLACK SUIT OF DEATH tie for favorites. However, the highlight of my career may be when my adopted home town of Independence, Oregon commissioned me for two very cool projects.

The Independence Hops & Heritage Festival hired my company to create a 24-page comic book to serve as both a companion to their Downtown Ghost Walk event and as a fund raising device for the annual Festival. Presently and for the foreseeable future THE SPIRITS OF INDEPENDENCE: A GHOST WALK COMPANION comic is available for purchase during the Festival and at select shops here in the sister Cities of Independence and Monmouth.

Last year, the City again hired me to create a non-traditional piece of advertising, an 8-page comic style flyer, and a website for an ongoing promotion TEST DRIVE INDEPENDENCE.

Following my dream to make comics has afforded me these amazing opportunities and challenges. I've learned invaluable skills allowing me to better myself as both a graphic designer and publisher. It's taken hard work and true dedication to get where I am today and I've no desire to ever retire from this amazing industry.

And...

This is something I'm bursting with excitement about! As a bonus feature Famed Cartoonist Fred Hembeck will be creating a 1-page Cartoon called "Li'l BSD!"  Hembeck will be writing & drawing groovy back-up stories for each issue of Black Suit of Death starting with this Kickstarted book! :D

The first Li'l BSD comic is already paid for and will be created no matter what, but will only see print in the pages of Black Suit of Death the series!

Roughs

Page 1. A Dragon? Trust me, it'll make sense by page 3. ;)

Page 1. by Dexter Wee
Page 1. by Dexter Wee

Rewards

Ready Rewards waiting.
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New Reward Tier - $36

(Not Final Design)
(Not Final Design)

Costs

The goal is divided as such:

  • $4,000 to cover Pencils, Inks, & Color
  • $1,237 printing costs and other rewards +Shipping costs
  • $456 Fees*

Any overages will go toward convention costs and/or our TBA Stretch Goals.

*This is an estimate based the percentages provided by Kickstarter

Add-Ons

Add-Ons come with Stretch Goals. All reward tiers above $3 are eligible to receive the Add-On rewards.

  • At the $700 mark EVERYONE will be edible to get a Shout-Out Tweet from BSD himself! @BlkSuitOfDeath will Tweet of your entrance into Utopia. A semi-unique tweet will be created for you and Tweeted from his account for you to share with all your friends. See Sample Tweet below.
Sample Art.
Sample Art.
  • When we hit 30% funded EVERYONE gets a pair of BLACK SUIT OF DEATH THE BOOKMARK!

A Note From The Creators

We've had a lot of fun writing this story and creating the universe it is a part of, but for me, it's been a little more than that. The main character of EDD, though an amalgam of personalities we writers are, or know in real life, there is a singular trait he and I have in common. Both of us suffer from clinical depression and PTSD. For me, this comic, more than any other I've written or published, is my personal therapy. So, I want to ask any of you, who may be battling that demon on your own, please, reach out and ask for help. I know it isn't easy. I've been there... I live there. 

As a Veteran, I wanted to be tough and handle it on my own, I did so with near disastrous results. I've come to realize strength and courage came from asking for help. Help is available and recovery is possible. 

I AM LIVING PROOF! 

Reach out to family, friends, or call one of the numbers below. 

After all, this wonderful, crazy comic wouldn't exist if I hadn't gotten the help I needed (neither would my two beautiful boys!) You have something to contribute to the world, You Have VALUE.   :)

Risks and challenges

No project is without risk and no one knows that better than me. I have written, created and published nearly 20 comics and each one came with it's own unique challenges. Over the last 7 years I have learned to adapt when needed, as this Kickstarter shows, as it is an adaption itself.

I've worked with the creative team on several other projects and brought them onto this one not only because they are incredibly talented but also because they are both skilled at meeting deadlines.

As for myself, working in Marketing has made me appreciate the importance of completing a project on time.

The script is written. I know my team is up for the task. We have a generous timeline for our artists to complete their work.

That said, some rewards could be delayed as they will make a round trip from the U.S. to the Philippines and back again, to be signed by artist Dexter Wee. Outside of unexpected shipping delays, I feel confident in the teams ability to meet the schedule I've set for us.

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    Pledge $1 or more About $1.00

    Every dollar counts and because you have pledged your support, your name will be recorded on the Thank You page. You will also receive a PDF of the BLACK SUIT OF DEATH: SKETCHBOOK I. - a behind the scenes look at the creation of the prelude book The Black Suit of Death: Ides of March. This will be emailed to you at the end of the campaign successful or not as a thanks for believing in us.

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    Same deal as the $1 tier, but now you will be eligible to pick up some of our ADD-ONs like t-shirts, art prints, and more once we reach our stretch goals!

    ***To receive Add-Ons outside the U.S. please add $15 to your pledge after the first of the Stretch Goals is met.

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    Beyond our gratitude and stacked with previous reward tiers, you will also receive a PDF of BLACK SUIT OF DEATH #1 and a PDF of the prelude comic that started it all, THE BLACK SUIT OF DEATH: IDES OF MARCH!

    ***To receive Add-Ons outside the U.S. please add $15 to your pledge after the first of the Stretch Goals is met.

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    Here you finally get a print copy of BLACK SUIT OF DEATH #1!

    Plus the previous PDF’s, Thank You and eligibility for ADD-ONs...

    ...and EXCLUSIVE to this pledge level, BSD will Thank You personally through his Twitter account so all the world will know of your Citizenship into Utopia! ;)

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    *EARLY BIRD MADNESS!*
    Call me crazy if this isn’t the tier to pledge at. For being an early bird and boosting our campaign in the first couple days you get an EXCLUSIVE to this tier, A Signed copy of the Script to BLACK SUIT OF DEATH #1! In addition to the previous reward tiers, you get an author signed print copy of BLACK SUIT OF DEATH #1 & IDES OF MARCH!

    ***Ealry Bird Madness ENDS August 17th end of day EST.

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    Author Signed Print copies of BLACK SUIT OF DEATH #1 and IDES OF MARCH, plus the previous PDF’s, Thank You and eligibility for ADD-ONs.

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    **MORE EARLY BIRD MADNESS
    Added to the rewards from the $18 tier is an EXCLUSIVE to this tier sketch of BSD, plus a print copy of BLACK SUIT OF DEATH: SKETCHBOOK I.

    ***Ealry Bird Madness ENDS August 17th end of day EST.

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    BSD Mug! - Exclusive to this Tier
    "I Survived the Scythe of Death"

    Coffee has been essential to the writing of this comic and so, we are offering a custom designed Mug so you too may enjoy your favorite caffeinated elixir while reading your Author Signed Print copies of BLACK SUIT OF DEATH #1 and IDES OF MARCH.

    You'll also receive all the previous tier rewards - the PDF’s, Thank You and eligibility for ADD-ONs.

    If you've pledged at a higher level and also want the mug, just add $12 to your pledge and message us you want the mug added to your reward package.

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    TWO 11'x17' prints, All printed books Signed by the writers (BSD #1; IDES OF MARCH; SKETCHBOOK I.), all previous comics in PDF, your name on the Thank you page and of course you'll be eligible to pick up the ADD-ONs.

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    (Nearly) Everything Warrior Innkeeper Creative Digital Package!

    In addition to the Author Signed Print copies of BLACK SUIT OF DEATH #1 and IDES OF MARCH, the Thank You in BSD1 & on Twitter, the TWO 11'x17' prints, plus...

    With this Reward Tier you receive a PDF of nearly ever book we've ever published! This includes:
    THE LESS THAN HISTORICAL ADVENTURES OF LI'L LINCOLN #1-3
    LI'L LINCOLN'S LESS THAN HISTORICAL SKETCHBOOK #1
    THE MAGNANIMOUS INVENTIONS OF BEN & MIKE #1
    SVB: SUPER VAMPYRE BUNNY #1
    THE BLACK SUIT OF DEATH: IDES OF MARCH
    BLACK SUIT OF DEATH #1
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    BLACK SUIT OF DEATH: SKETCHBOOK I.
    ...and of course you'll be eligible to pick-up the ADD-ONs.

    If you've pledged at another level but also want the digital package, just add $21 to your pledge and send a message informing us you want the Nearly Everything WIC added to your reward package.

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    Being as our creative team spans the globe, this is likely to be the only opportunity most of us will have for the book to be signed by all four creators.

    EXCLUSIVE to this tier you get BLACK SUIT OF DEATH #1 Signed by creators, Benjamin J. Kreger, Ed Ellsworth, Dexter Wee, and Jeremy Kahn!

    I'm also throwing in IDES OF MARCH signed by the writers, the SKETCHBOOK, the two 11"x17" prints, a Thank You mini-sketch by me, your name on the Thank You page, all previous PDF's, and the ADD-ONs!

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    So you think our comic is pretty darn cool? Want to share it with a friend or just want a reader copy?

    Here you get 2x Everything in print!
    That's:
    2x Author signed Black Suit of Death #1;
    2x Author signed BSD: Ides of March
    2x BSD: Sketchbook I
    Four 11"x17" prints
    + a 5.5" x 8.5" a print of the comic short "Li'l BSD"

    Plus the comics in PDF, your name on the Thank you page and of course you'll be eligible to pick up the ADD-ONs.

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    Okay, all you Stan Lee Wanna-Be's here's your opportunity to cameo in a comic! You will be Drawn into BLACK SUIT OF DEATH #1 as a background character and receive an 11"x17" print of the page!

    You'll also get the two 11'x17' prints, All printed books Signed by the writers (BSD #1; IDES OF MARCH; SKETCHBOOK I.), all previous comics in PDF, your name on the Thank you page as well as a Cameo Credit at the front of the comic, and of course you'll be eligible to pick the ADD-ONs.

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    There can be only ONE! (or two)

    A print of your cameo isn't good enough? This tier gives you the actual page of art created by the incomparable Dexter Wee himself, baring your likeness!

    You'll also get the two 11'x17' prints, All printed books Signed by the writers (BSD #1; IDES OF MARCH; SKETCHBOOK I.), all previous comics in PDF, your name on the Thank you page as well as a Cameo Credit at the front of the comic, and of course you'll be eligible to pick the ADD-ONs.

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    Seriously, there can be only one.

    Not only will your likeness be drawn into the comic, but it will be used as a possible re-accuring character!

    You will also receive the original page of art created by the one and only Dexter Wee, nine "bragging rights" mini-prints (5.5"x8.5") of that page to give away to jealous friends and family, Plus the two 11'x17' prints, All printed books Signed by the writers (BSD #1; IDES OF MARCH; SKETCHBOOK I.), all previous comics in PDF, your name on the Thank you page as well as a Cameo Credit at the front of the comic, and of course you'll be eligible to pick the ADD-ONs.

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    HOLLYWOOD Package! Be a Comic Producer!!

    With your generous contribution you'll be credited as PRODUCER at the beginning of the book! Your name will be prominently featured along side those of the creators!!

    You'll also be given 5 comp copies of the books to share with all your friends and an Exclusive* Black Suit of Death design print by Dexter Wee featured here on Kickstarter!

    2x Author signed Black Suit of Death #1;
    5x Comp Copies of Black Suit of Death #1
    2x Author signed BSD: Ides of March
    5x Comp Copies of BSD: Ides of March
    2x BSD: Sketchbook I
    5x Comp Copies of BSD: Sketchbook I
    Four 11"x17" prints
    The Exclusive Design Print (11"x17")
    A 5.5" x 8.5" a print of the comic short "Li'l BSD"
    &
    The "I Survived the Scythe of Death" Mug

    Plus the BSD comics in PDF, the Twitter Thank You, and of course you'll be eligible to pick up the ADD-ONs.

    *Exclusive to this Tier and higher

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    The EXECUTIVE Package!

    It doesn't get bigger than this! With your generous contribution you'll be credited as EXECUTIVE PRODUCER at the beginning of the book! Your name will be prominently featured along side those of the creators!!

    Exclusive to this tier, you will get a page from Black Suit of Death #1 penciled and inked by Dexter Wee! And an original 11"x17" sketch!

    But wait, there's more! I'll also include the $99 Tier Exclusive and you'll receive 2 Team Signed Black Suit of Death #1's!
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    You'll also be given 10 comp copies of the books to share with all your friends and an Exclusive* Black Suit of Death design print by Dexter Wee featured here on Kickstarter!

    That's
    2x Team Signed Black Suit of Death #1;
    10x Comp Copies of Black Suit of Death #1
    2x Author signed BSD: Ides of March
    10x Comp Copies of BSD: Ides of March
    2x BSD: Sketchbook I
    10x Comp Copies of BSD: Sketchbook I
    Four 11"x17" prints
    The Exclusive Design Print (11"x17")
    An Original page from Black Suit of Death #1
    An Original 11"x17" Sketch
    A 5.5" x 8.5" a print of the comic short "Li'l BSD"
    &
    The "I Survived the Scythe of Death" Mug

    Plus the BSD comics in PDF, the Twitter Thank You, and of course you'll be eligible to pick up the ADD-ONs.

    *Exclusive to the $495 Tier and higher

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Funding period

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