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A comic book celebrating strange and eerie tales from Korean folklore, based on the popular Dark Side of Seoul Ghost Walk.
A comic book celebrating strange and eerie tales from Korean folklore, based on the popular Dark Side of Seoul Ghost Walk.
152 backers pledged $4,720 to help bring this project to life.
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Dark Side of Seoul: Weird Tales from Korean Lore

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STRETCH GOAL REACHED!

It's official - we've reached our $4500 stretch goal! This means we'll be producing Dark Side of Seoul: Weird Tales from Korean Lore - digital and print - in colour! Huge thanks to our backers for bringing this project this far. There are still a few days left. Any pledges beyond this point will be kept in coffers to go towards our table at Seoul Comic Con 2020! 


FUNDED! Time for the Stretch Goal!

First, we want to thank everyone so far who backed this project, becoming part of the effort to bring Korean folk tales to a wider audience through comic books. There is still a little ways to go because we have a stretch goal! If we reach $4500, we'll produce Dark Side of Seoul: Weird Tales from Korean Lore in full colour! That's all fifty pages - digital and physical - oozing with the same grim and growling colours (namely, CMYK) that made the old horror comic classics so visually striking. We'd love to have you along with us to make this beautifully strange and haunting journey into Korean folk tales a colourful one!


A Horror Comic Anthology Celebrating Korean Folklore

Dark Side of Seoul: Weird Tales from Korean Lore follows a tour guide as he leads a group of travellers through the mysteries of Seoul, sharing with them three stories of ghosts, demons, cannibalism, and other ghastly oddities from Korea's hypnotic and haunting folklore.

The comic's central character, the Guide, acts like a 'horror host' and the stories he shares with the travellers are the anthology's interior tales. Think of the Guide as the Crypt-Keeper from the pioneering 1950's horror comic series Tales from the Crypt. The main difference being Dark Side of Seoul's stories are adapted directly from old Korean lore - like those we share on the Dark Side of Seoul Ghost Walk. 

And just who are we? We are guides, historians, folklorists, writers, artists, storytellers, and lovers of comic books. And although we lead the Dark Side of Seoul Ghost Walk five nights a week, sometimes for twenty or more guests, we still long to bring Korean folk tales to a wider audience. And that's exactly what we aim to do with this project.


The Creative Team

Our illustrator Tim Bauer is a professional comic book artist and teacher. He is half-Korean and lived in Korea for years. He writes and illustrates his own indie comics and, currently living in Vancouver, is active in the Pacific Northwest comic book convention scene.
Our illustrator Tim Bauer is a professional comic book artist and teacher. He is half-Korean and lived in Korea for years. He writes and illustrates his own indie comics and, currently living in Vancouver, is active in the Pacific Northwest comic book convention scene.
Our writer Shawn Morrissey is a heritage interpreter and guide for Dark Side of Seoul Ghost Walk. He's been living in and studying Korea for nearly 20 years. Shawn is also a writer with publishing credits that include comic books.
Our writer Shawn Morrissey is a heritage interpreter and guide for Dark Side of Seoul Ghost Walk. He's been living in and studying Korea for nearly 20 years. Shawn is also a writer with publishing credits that include comic books.

Check out the video below for a brief history of Shawn's love for horror comics, plus a little story about a particular comic, a childhood memory, and a haunted attic.

It's already crawling out of the grave...

We're well ahead on bringing the comic together. Shawn's script is complete and Tim is working on the illustrations. We just need this final boost to complete the art, and pay for printing and advertising. 

Here's a peek at the prologue:

This second page leads into the opening of the first portmanteau tale in the comic.
This second page leads into the opening of the first portmanteau tale in the comic.

How we'll use funds

To complete everything, our budget looks like this:

-$3100 for art completion

-$403 for printing/advertising

-10% (approx.) Kickstarter fee

-$97 cushion (a little safety net)


Stretch Goal - Korean Folklore Horror in Four Colours!

Should we reach $4500 in pledges, we'll deliver Dark Side of Seoul: Weird Tales from Korean Lore in full colour for both print and digital versions. That's all fifty pages oozing with the same grim and growling colours (namely, CMYK) that made the old horror comic classics so visually striking.  

Risks and challenges

The risks and challenges we might face lie in two specific details: meeting our deadline and printing. Unforeseen events can lurk anywhere, no doubt; however, we've made our delivery date for the comic book December 2019, giving us plenty of time to meet that deadline. As for printing, barring vengeful spirits possessing the presses, we're confident that our printer will deliver. After all, our printer works with plenty of comics publishers, including Oni Press.

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    The Reason We're Here

    You'll get a PDF of Dark Side of Seoul: Weird Tales from Korean Lore (all 50 creepy pages!) AND your name in the comic's acknowledgements thanking you for your support!

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    Bundle Up

    Bonus! You'll get yourself the Bauer-Morrissey Bundle, a PDF of bonus material from Dark Side of Seoul: Weird Tales from Korean Lore, including Tim's sketches, Shawn's script, and more! The bundle will also include a collection of other comic book stories from Tim and Shawn! PLUS you'll receive all previous rewards!

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    No One's Left Out

    Are you interested in the Dark Side of Seoul Ghost Walk but you're not in Seoul? No worries. We'll send you a high quality video of the Dark Side of Seoul Ghost Walk as it's conducted by our guides on an actual tour! PLUS you'll receive all previous rewards!

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    • A video following an actual Dark Side of Seoul Ghost Walk tour
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    We Bid You Welcome

    You're invited! If you're in OR plan to be in Seoul, you'll get a single ticket to the Dark Side of Seoul Ghost Walk ($40 value!). PLUS you'll receive all previous rewards!

    NOTE: The ticket has no expiry date, so it can be used if you plan to be in Seoul in the future. The ticket can be used before the comic book is ready to deliver in December.

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    Exclusive First Printing!

    Get a limited edition first printing of Dark Side of Seoul: Weird Tales from Korean Lore! Exclusive to Kickstarter backers, this 50-page first printing will be limited to just 100 copies! PLUS you'll receive all previous rewards (with a choice of either the video or the single ticket)!

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    • Print edition of Dark Side of Seoul: Weird Tales from Korean Lore
    • Video of OR single ticket to Dark Side of Seoul Ghost Walk
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