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Comicker Press Launches!

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Comicker Press Launches!
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232 backers pledged $14,240.00 on Kickstarter

Help bring creator-owned, digital-first comics series from a diversity-focused publisher to print!

Raised in Kickstarter
$14,240.00 / 232 backers
Raised in BackerKit
$102.99 / 207 backers
Estimated Shipping Date: July 2016

Art

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Button Pack
Button Pack - featuring one 1.5" RABBIT BLACK and one 1.5" LOST ANGELS button - $5 (includes ship... more »
$5.00
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Set of Two Mini-Prints
5.5" x 8.5" - Glossy, 100 lbs. cover-weight stock - One each of RABBIT BLACK and LOST ANGELS - $1... more »
$10.00
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Full-sized Art Print
8" x 10" - Glossy, 100 lbs. cover-weight stock - Pick RABBIT BLACK or LOST ANGELS - $10 (includes... more »
$10.00
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Original LOST ANGELS Pages
You can own an original page from LOST ANGELS, sold on a first-come, first-served basis of the pa... more »
$150.00

Books

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Lost Angels TPB
Crime, culture, and coming-of-age take flight in LOST ANGELS — a sci-fi mystery set in a world wh... more »
$19.99
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Rabbit Black TPB
Word on the street is when you’ve got a problem, Rabbit Black’s the one to solve it. After he's a... more »
$14.99
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Some Kind of Blue Moon
Self-Published Edition of SOME KIND OF BLUE MOON. Only 200 were ever made, and we've got the las... more »
$5.00

Digital

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Comicker Digital Subscription
Comicker Digital Subscription: We're getting back to our roots! This add-on will get you $50 of ... more »
$70.00

Learn About Our Project:

FUNDED!!!

We're over 100%!!! Thank you, thank you, THANK YOU!!! You've helped bring these creator-owned series to print, and from the bottom of our hearts, we're truly grateful for it.

We're not taking these last few days off, though!  We're now aiming for our first Stretch Goal:

$16,000

ITEM FOUND! LEVEL UP!

RABBIT BLACK and LOST ANGELS get upgraded paper and scuff-resistant matte finish and spot UV gloss covers! This stretch goal also unlocks FREE bookmarks for every physical book ordered, featuring an Exclusive LOST ANGELS micro-fiction story by David Accampo that'll only be available via this campaign!

Sound like something you'd be interested in? It does to us! We want to make these books as awesome as possible, and who can argue with a free bookmark?!?

Keep telling your friends and family about our campaign, and if you haven't yet, check out our Add-Ons to see if you want to add any to your pledge.

In addition to the Rewards listed, all Backers also have already unlocked:

  • A Wonderful short comic by Kate Sherron!
  • The first issue of GATEHOUSE by Sean E. Williams & Adam Bolton!
  • A sneak peek at the Exclusive pin-ups that will be in these two books!

THE CAMPAIGN:

With this Kickstarter campaign, Comicker LLC launches its Comicker Press label, which will bring three digital-first, creator-owned Comicker Digital series to print: THE CASEBOOK OF RABBIT BLACK by Kate Sherron and LOST ANGELS by David Accampo & Chris Anderson, the first volumes of which are ready to bring to print as a trade paperbacks. Once that's successful, we'll be doing the same with the graphic novella SOME KIND OF BLUE MOON, written by Michael D. Stewart, art by Thomas Boatwright, and lettering by James Greatorex. 

THE CASEBOOK OF RABBIT BLACK:

Word on the street is when you’ve got a problem, Rabbit Black’s the one to solve it. After he's accidentally resurrected by his necromancer neighbor downstairs, who better, then, to investigate Rabbit’s own grisly murder than himself?

THE CASEBOOK OF RABBIT BLACK Volume One includes the first two extra-large issues of the comic series by Kate Sherron: "The Case of the Undying Detective" and "The Case of the King's Nicked Kitsch." 

The trade paperback will include exclusive pin-ups (including ones by Christy TortlandChris Anderson (LOST ANGELS), and Katie Hunerdosse!), a script-to-page process section, and more! Full color, 96 pages! MSRP $14.99. For readers 15 and up.

"If Matisse made a comic, it would look like this." - Adam Bolton (WHERE'S MY SHOGGOTH, GATEHOUSE)

"Rabbit Black is a fascinating look at a comic, a character, and a creator maturing at the same time. A true voice being born!"  - Paul Tobin, Eisner-award-winning New York Time bestselling author of BANDETTE, COLDER, GENIUS FACTOR, and PLANTS VS ZOMBIES.

(*language edited for Kickstarter)
(*language edited for Kickstarter)

LOST ANGELS:

 

Crime, culture, and coming-of-age take flight in LOST ANGELS — a sci-fi mystery set in a world where Los Angeles residents co-exist with a race of alien angels. As tensions between communities boil over, high school student Alex Martinez must unravel a mystery that takes her from the spires of the Silver City to the ruins of Old Santa Monica.

LOST ANGELS Volume 1: PARADISE HIGH includes all five issues of the arc by David Accampo & Chris Anderson.  

The trade paperback will also include an exclusive step-by-step process breakdown, as well as pin-ups by Maria FrantzDan Panosian (Marvel, Image), and Ethan Young (NANJING: THE BURNING CITY)! Full color, 148 pages! MSRP $19.99. For readers 12 and up.

"LOST ANGELS reads like Neil Gaiman re-scripting THE BREAKFAST CLUB." - Pipedream Comics

"VERONICA MARS meets ALIEN NATION. It's a genuinely excellent book." - Paul Montgomery, Panels.net

 

SOME KIND OF BLUE MOON:

Cover to Self-Published Edition.
Cover to Self-Published Edition.
 
SOME KIND OF BLUE MOON is a graphic novella that centers on 20-something college student and werewolf Bert, his best friend turned werewolf-nanny Erin, and the deadly trouble they get into just trying to get through a normal couple of days. Mixing elements of classic horror, John Hughes movies, and 80s/90s comedies, SOME KIND OF BLUE MOON goes for your heart as much as your jugular (it’s funny, heartwarming, and scary).

SOME KIND OF BLUE MOON, written by Michael D. Stewart, art by Thomas Boatwright, and lettering by James Greatorex goes to print as well if we reach its stretch goal (appropriate Reward tiers will be added when this is unlocked)!  Includes a NEW cover (to be revealed during this campaign!) and 10 newly created pages from Bert's journal after the events of SOME KIND OF BLUE MOON illustrated by Thomas Boatwright, concept art, and exclusive pin-ups!  Black and white interior art. For readers 15 and up.

“The tone throughout Some Kind Of Blue Moon is kept mercifully light with plenty of quirky jokes and witty asides, which give the book a lightness without ever become too self-referential. It has the energy and smarts of a series like John Layman’s Chew, which manages to balance the serious with the surreal just perfectly.” - Pipedream Comics
"2015 Best Book You Need to Go Find - Some Kind of Blue Moon looks so damn good...I can not wait to see more." - Decapitated Dan
 

THE REWARDS:

All rewards are offered per book, or in combination!

Exclusive Digital Mini-Comics:  Each series is offering a brand-new, EXCLUSIVE digital mini-comic, only available via this Kickstarter campaign.  This is the first tier reward we're offering, for $5 per series (RABBIT BLACK and/or LOST ANGELS).

Exclusive Digital Editions:  The digital editions to the trade paperbacks are EXCLUSIVE to this Kickstarter campaign, and won't be made available anywhere else, ever.  If you back at this tier, you'll also receive the mini-comic for the corresponding comic (RABBIT BLACK and/or LOST ANGELS).

Trade Paperbacks:  The physical books come with the corresponding digital editions and mini-comics!  These will ship as soon as we receive them in June.

Signed Bookplate Editions:  These tiers include the physical book, all the corresponding digital comics, as well as a bookplate signed by the corresponding creators!  They will be hand-numbered, and limited to the quantity sold via (and EXCLUSIVE to) this Kickstarter!

Sketch Bookplate Editions:  These tiers include all of the above, as well as a character sketch from the corresponding series by the series artist. 

NEW! Comicker Digital Subscription:  We're getting back to our roots! This tier will get you $50 of upcoming Comicker Digital issues (we expect it to be approximately two years' worth of comics!), delivered directly to you as PDFs a month before they're available as issues anywhere else.  Our creators get better royalties through this than other distribution methods, so subscribe away!  Note: this does NOT include digital exclusives featured in this Kickstarter campaign, only future digital issues available to the general public.  Our current lineup of on-going series includes:

  • The Casebook of Rabbit Black by Kate Sherron
  • Lost Angels by David Accampo & Chris Anderson
  • Grimfish by Aaron Pittman
  • Gatehouse by Sean E. Williams & Adam Bolton
  • Sylvania by Kristin Kemper
  • The Lion and the Roc by Kathleen Kralowec
  • Parallel Page by James Plier & Chris Bourroughs
  • Brainbuster 2019 by JB Roe & James H. Dufresne

With more series coming soon!

NEW! Exclusive RABBIT BLACK Pendant Editions: Same as the Sketch Bookplate Edition above, PLUS a one-of-a-kind polymer clay pendant by Katie Hunerdosse featuring one of the four main characters! 

Clockwise from top: Rabbit, Hettie, Ira, and Isadora
Clockwise from top: Rabbit, Hettie, Ira, and Isadora

NEW! Complete Comicker Digital Collection: The same as the Comicker Digital Subscription tier, but you also get all the currently-released Comicker Digital back issues (including SOME KIND OF BLUE MOON), delivered directly to you as PDFs.

NEW! Exclusive LOST ANGELS Ultimate Edition: The same as the Sketch Bookplate Edition, except it also includes the complete script to the first arc, signed by David Accampo!

NEW! Exclusive RABBIT BLACK Kate Art Attack Ultimate Edition: The same as the Sketch Bookplate Edition, except it also includes FOUR Sketchbooks by Kate Sherron: three are collections from 2011-2015 - 6" x 9" B&W paperbacks, approx. 80-100 pgs each, and the fourth is the MY FIRST ARS GOETIA coloring book - 8.5" x 11" B&W paperback that includes a cheery introduction to all 72 demons!

NEW! Complete Ultimate Edition Collection: Both Ultimate Editions, combined!

Early Bird Specials:  These tiers are limited in quantity, and offer free shipping within the United States.

Book Club/Retailer Tiers:  These tiers offer the books at a bulk rate.

SOLD OUT! Angel Found!: In a specially designed package that will be delivered to you digitally, David Accampo and Chris Anderson will use your name, occupation and interests to turn YOU into an Angel of a Silver Spires! David will write an original prose story set in the world of LOST ANGELS with an accompanying illustration by Chris! Each story is unique to YOU, the backer, making this a one-of-a-kind reward! Includes digital edition of LOST ANGELS as well as the LOST ANGELS mini-comic. SOLD OUT!

Angel Found! Story Mock-Up:

NEW! Gatehouse Patron: Like the ANGEL FOUND! tier above, in a specially designed package that will be delivered to you digitally, Sean E. Williams and Adam Bolton will use your name, occupation and interests to turn YOU into a patron of the GATEHOUSE! Sean will write an original prose story set in the multiverse of GATEHOUSE with an accompanying sketch by Adam! Each story is unique to YOU, the backer, making this a one-of-a-kind reward! Includes a PDF of the first issue of GATEHOUSE.

Murdered:  The victim in an upcoming issue of THE CASEBOOK OF RABBIT BLACK by Kate Sherron will be named after you! Includes digital edition of THE CASEBOOK OF RABBIT BLACK as well as the RABBIT BLACK mini-comic.

Commissions:  Commission your own work of art from either RABBIT BLACK's Kate Sherron or LOST ANGELS's Chris Anderson. 8" x 10" B&W tone ink/marker pieces, up to two figures, with a bit of background and/or hand-lettered typography. Subject matter subject to artist approval. 

Original LOST ANGELS Pages:  You can own an original page from LOST ANGELS, sold on a first-come, first-served basis of the pages available from Chris Anderson.

Add-Ons:  We're also offering a slew of add-ons (see below!)!

IN THE NEWS:

WHO WE ARE:

Comicker LLC was founded in 2014 by Saori Adams & Sean E. Williams when we surveyed the comics scene and realized we wanted to make the most creator-friendly comics publisher possible.  What did this mean?  It meant a flexible schedule, because most creators have day jobs or other work-for-hire comics series they're working on.  It meant good terms for creators, because we're creators ourselves and we look out for our own.  It meant a variety of platforms, because you have to go to where the readers already are.  And it meant digital-first, because we were doing it ourselves, and we were paying for everything out of pocket.

We launched on February 26th, 2015 with our Comicker Digital imprint, putting out comics online, on comiXology, and on DriveThruComics.  By the end of the year, we'd partnered with The Horizon Factory and launched our free Comicker Digital iOS app (the launch of which was covered by Comicosity), and added Kindle to our distribution line-up.  We also have a free weekly newsletter!

By being truly creator-friendly, we saw the results immediately in the form of diversity.  A year after launching, we now have ten series in production, and are looking at submissions regularly.  We don't have a house style.  Half our creators are women or persons of color.  Almost all of our series have women and/or persons of color as protagonists.  If you're looking for something new, refreshing, and unique, we've got a series for you.

Now, we're looking to make the next big step: bringing the Comicker Digital series to print, under our Comicker Press imprint. 

And in case you were wondering, we're all Kickstarter users. Click on through to see the profiles of Comicker LLC co-founder Sean E. Williams, co-founder Saori Adams, and LOST ANGELS's David Accampo and Chris Anderson. Between us, we've backed over 70 projects! Add in Sean E. Williams's micro-campaign "The Treachery of Kitties" and David Accampo's "Sparrow & Crowe" we're full-on Kickstarter veterans.

WHY KICKSTARTER?

While Comicker Digital is covering its own costs currently, it's not making enough to fund Comicker Press just yet.  That's why we're bringing these books to print via Kickstarter: to get them made as quickly as possible.  As many creators know, you make as much (if not more) money selling your books at conventions as you do in royalties.  This campaign is timed so that the books will go to the printer as soon as the campaign ends, allowing us to get them to you and the creators in time for this convention season.  Barring any unforeseen shipping delays (such as the Port of Long Beach strike last year), we'll have the books in hand in June - in time for Denver Comic Con.  

With this Kickstarter, we're building a solid financial foundation for Comicker Press to bring future books to print as well!

COST BREAKDOWN:

The funds for this campaign break down as such:

Printing and Shipping Costs: 68.2%
Creator Royalties: 11.2%
Kickstarter and Financial Fees: 10%
Contingency: 7.4%
Additional Kickstarter Rewards: 3.2%

As a creator-owned publisher, we focus on doing what's right by the creators we work with. That's why all the creators are receiving the same royalties for every sale via this Kickstarter as they would if these books were sold through traditional retailers. And all profits on the add-ons below are being split 50/50 as well.

ADD-ONS:

How do you add an Add-On? Simply click the "Manage Your Pledge" button, then add in the amount of the Reward Tier you want to add. For example, say you backed a Lost Angels Trade Paperback, but want a button pack as well. Simply add $5 to your Pledge, and once we're funded, we'll ask you for the details of the Add-On in a Survey. It's that easy!

  • Your name will be listed on a "Thank You" page to be added to the RABBIT BLACK or LOST ANGELS websites (your choice) - $5 each
  • Button Pack - featuring one 1.5" RABBIT BLACK and one 1.5" LOST ANGELS button - $5 (includes shipping if paired with trade paperback, otherwise add $5 - US Backers only).
1.5" Button Mock-ups (not actual size)
1.5" Button Mock-ups (not actual size)
  • Self-Published Edition of SOME KIND OF BLUE MOON.  Only 200 were ever made, and we've got the last handful!  First-come, first-served - $5 (includes shipping if paired with trade paperback, otherwise add $5 for US shipping, $18 for international shipping).
  • Vertigo Comics' FAIREST launch poster by Adam Hughes, signed by FAIREST Volume 3 writer and Comicker co-founder Sean E. Williams. 22" x 34", folded - $15 (includes shipping if paired with trade paperback, otherwise add $5 for US shipping, or $18 for international shipping).
  • Set of Two Mini-Prints - 5.5" x 8.5" - Glossy, 100 lbs. cover-weight stock - One each of RABBIT BLACK and LOST ANGELS - $10 (includes shipping if paired with trade paperback, otherwise add $5 for US shipping, or $18 for international shipping).
RABBIT BLACK and LOST ANGELS Prints
RABBIT BLACK and LOST ANGELS Prints
  • Full-sized Art Print - 8" x 10" - Glossy, 100 lbs. cover-weight stock - Pick RABBIT BLACK or LOST ANGELS - $10 (includes shipping if paired with trade paperback, otherwise add $5 for US shipping, or $18 for international shipping).
  • Additional copies of the physical trade paperback of THE CASEBOOK OF RABBIT BLACK Volume 1 by Kate Sherron - $15 each (includes shipping if paired with trade paperback, otherwise add $5 for US shipping, or $18 for international shipping).
  • NEW! Signed script of LOST ANGELS Volume 1: PARADISE HIGH by David Accampo - $15 (includes shipping if paired with trade paperback, otherwise add $5 for US shipping - $15 for international shipping with or without other books).
  • Signed trade paperback of DC Comics' SENSATION COMICS FEATURING WONDER WOMAN Volume 1, featuring a story written by Comicker co-founder Sean E. Williams and art by Marguerite Sauvage - $15 (includes shipping if paired with trade paperback, otherwise add $5 for US shipping - $15 for international shipping with or without other books).
  • Signed trade paperback of Vertigo Comics' FAIREST VOLUME 3: THE RETURN OF THE MAHARAJA, written by Comicker co-founder Sean E. Williams - $15 (includes shipping if paired with trade paperback, otherwise add $5 for US shipping - $15 for international shipping with or without other books).
  • Trade paperback of ARTFUL DAGGERS: FIFTY YEARS LATER, signed by co-creator/co-writer and Comicker co-founder Sean E. Williams - $20 (includes shipping if paired with trade paperback, otherwise add $5 for US shipping - $15 for international shipping with or without other books).
  • Signed trade paperback of DC Comics' THE VAMPIRE DIARIES, featuring two stories written by Comicker co-founder Sean E. Williams - $25 (includes shipping if paired with trade paperback, otherwise add $5 for US shipping - $15 for international shipping with or without other books).
  • Additional copies of the physical trade paperback of LOST ANGELS Volume 1: PARADISE HIGH by David Accampo & Chris Anderson - $20 each (includes shipping if paired with trade paperback, otherwise add $5 for US shipping, or $18 for international shipping).
  • NEW! Comicker Digital Subscription: We're getting back to our roots! This add-on will get you $50 of upcoming Comicker Digital issues, delivered directly to you as PDFs a month before they're available as issues anywhere else. Our creators get better royalties through this than other distribution methods, so subscribe away! Note: this does NOT include digital exclusives featured in this Kickstarter campaign, only future digital issues available to the general public - $50
  • NEW! Four Sketchbooks by Kate Sherron: three are collections from 2011-2015 - 6" x 9" B&W paperbacks, approx. 80-100 pgs each, and the fourth is the MY FIRST ARS GOETIA coloring book - 8.5" x 11" B&W paperback that includes a cheery introduction to all 72 demons - $50 (add $5 for US shipping, $35 for international shipping).
  • 30-minute Skype call with RABBIT BLACK or LOST ANGELS creators - $50
  • Six-panel radio play commission, written and hand-lettered by Comicker co-founder Sean E. Williams.  Art by Andrew Losq, from the second volume of ARTFUL DAGGERS - $50 (includes shipping - US Backers only).
  • Detailed script or portfolio feedback from Sean E. Williams, NEW YORK TIMES best selling writer and co-founder of Comicker LLC - $50
  • NEW! Complete Comicker Digital Collection: The same as the Comicker Digital Subscription add-on, but you also get all the currently-released Comicker Digital back issues (including SOME KIND OF BLUE MOON), delivered directly to you as PDFs - $70
  • Commissions - Commission your own work of art from either RABBIT BLACK's Kate Sherron or LOST ANGELS's Chris Anderson. Subject matter subject to artist approval - $125 (includes shipping - US Backers only).
  • Original LOST ANGELS Comic Artwork - $150 - First-come, first-served of the pages available from Chris Anderson (includes shipping - US Backers only).

We're using BackerKit for this campaign, so you'll be able to add all these after the fact as well.

STRETCH GOALS:

$16,000

ITEM FOUND!  LEVEL UP!

RABBIT BLACK and LOST ANGELS get upgraded paper and scuff-resistant matte finish and spot UV gloss covers!  This stretch goal also unlocks FREE bookmarks for every physical book ordered, featuring an Exclusive LOST ANGELS micro-fiction story by David Accampo that'll only be available via this campaign!

$23,000

NEW TEAM MEMBER ADDED!

SOME KIND OF BLUE MOON by Michael D. Stewart, Thomas Boatwright, and James Greatorex goes to print (appropriate Reward tiers will be added when this is unlocked)!  Includes a NEW cover and 10 newly created pages from Bert's journal after the events of SOME KIND OF BLUE MOON, illustrated by Thomas Boatwright.

FURTHER STRETCH GOALS:

LEVEL UP!

LOST ANGELS Volume 1 gets a hardcover edition (appropriate Reward tiers will be added when this is unlocked)!

SHIPPING:

Due to the recent increase in shipping costs, we're shipping everything applicable via USPS Media Mail domestically.  For international shipping, costs have also risen exponentially (as you can see), and we are in final negotiations with an international shipping partner to get the lowest price possible.  If you're outside the US, another option to possibly lower your shipping costs is to use a domestic/international shipping service like Shipito - we haven't used them ourselves, so we can't vouch for them.