Kickstart My Art | Sullivan’s Sluggers, by Smith and Stokoe
Mark Andrew Smith (Gladstone’s School for World Conquerors) and James Stokoe (Orc Stain) have been working on their baseball-horror graphic novel Sullivan’s Sluggers for a couple of years and it’s finally ready to go into production.
Rather than going through a traditional publisher, however, the creators are taking advantage of Kickstarter to distribute the book directly to readers. That’s different from the trend that Chris Arrant recently pointed out in which Kickstarter campaigns sometimes lead to traditional publishing deals. Instead, Smith and Stokoe are offering Sullivan’s Sluggers exclusively to Kickstarter supporters.
Prices start at $10 for a PDF copy, but a $30 pledge will get you the PDF and a copy of the 200-page, full-color hardcover. Other pledge brackets include T-shirts and multiple copies of the book.
Smith describes the plot this way:
Long past their former glory, the minor league Sluggers get an invitation to play a baseball game in a cursed small town. After the 7th inning stretch, the sun goes down, and the dysfunctional teammates find themselves fighting for their lives against a town of flesh-eating monsters!
Now, it’s up to coach Casey Sullivan to help his team escape from being the next dish in the town’s terrifying feeding frenzy!
Robot 6 ran preview art of Sullivan’s Sluggers when it was announced in 2009, so you can see even more there, including an expanded plot summary. It looks amazing and easily worth the $30 it’ll cost to get your hands on it.