Brian Augustyn goes hard-boiled with ghost story ‘Dead Ringer’
Sometimes, you just want to leave your work at work. But in an upcoming graphic novel, Army investigator Kate Bailey is dragged back into the line of duty when a dream about her own murder begins to come true. Mixing ghost stories and police procedurals, veteran writer Brian Augustyn and artist John Derrick West are looking to step out on their with a new self-published, creator-owned graphic novel Dead Ringer.
“Dead Ringer is a hard-boiled mystery/ghost story,” Augustyn writes on the Kickstarter page. “…. Kate Bailey [is an] an Army veteran and former JAG investigator, recently returned from a tour of duty in Afghanistan. She comes home to Chicago, where she struggles to fit back into civilian society. Plagued by nightmares of her time in Afghanistan, Kate sleeps fitfully as a rule. She is completely blown out of her bed one night, however, by a terrifying dream—of her own brutal murder at the hands of a monstrous psychopath.”
Announced late last month, this 125-page graphic novel is turning to Kickstarter to make this book a reality. As of this post, the Dead Ringer have raised a little more than $7,000 of their $60,000 goal, with 23 days left in the campaign. The Kickstarter rewards range from posters to digital and print versions of the finished book, as well as original art. The highest reward level, $500, earned you a speaking role in the graphic novel but those two slots were quickly snapped up by fans.