Run Like Hell. Written by Jeff Dixon. Illustrated by Karl Slominski. Published by APE Entertainment. Publishing date: Feb 18, 2015.
Jeff Dixon writes,
There is a finish line for Hell, and I'm about to show it you.
The finish line in question is for the graphic novel Run Like Hell. Run Like Hell is the twisted story of one man's mission to escape the demon, frat boy, diva, clown, and pet peeve filled land known simply as Hell. It's best described as a classic escape story like Logan's Run, only set in Hell, and you're tripping on mushrooms.
Run Like Hell has had one hell of a storied history. It has had one hell of an insane journey… from its beginnings as a cult underground digital book being passed from fan-to-fan on the down low, to a fully Kickstarter-funded, actually hold it in your hands, physical graphic novel. Some of its more recognizable fans are famous fanboys in their own right. Here are a few of their quotes.
"If clowns freaked you out before, it's about to get a lot worse. Funny, edgy and wholly original… run like hell to read this book."
— Damon Lindelof (Co-creator of Lost)
"Wicked and absurdist, I loved it!"
— Stephen Susco (The Grudge, The Possession)
Amazing! Dazzling! Marvelous! Staggering! Thrilling! These are but a few of the words I found in a thesaurus after Jeff Dixon asked me for a quote for his graphic novel."
— Sam Simon (Co-creator of The Simpsons)
The creation of any book is filled with highs and lows. Run Like Hell is no different. But we all know those struggles. We've all heard those stories. Especially when it comes to Kickstarter projects, most everything we hear is near the beginning of the process. Instead, what I want to show you is the culmination of it. The finish line. The part of the process that makes it ALL worth it.
I shared this with my Kickstarter backers, but wanted to share these final few moments with the general public as well. That moment when you actually lay your eyes on your printed book for the first time ever. It's not a moment you soon forget.
Here is my escort through the Indiana Jones-like warehouse toward my books that just arrived by barge from Korea. That's the pallet of my books to his left.
This is just some giddy weirdo (me) making sure this is really happening. Yep. They. Are. Real.
Loading them all up.
And here they are, my own personal unpackaging shot. Limited edition hardcover copies exclusively for Kickstarter backers. And in the boxes below them, trade paperbacks for the rest of the world.
So for all you creators, whether it is a Kickstarter project or not, just know that no matter how desolate it may seem sometimes, the finish line DOES in fact exist. And it is glorious.
Don't give up, no matter what. You want to feel what that finish line feels like.
RUN LIKE HELL is on sale at comic book stores and various online outlets everywhere. Visit Jeff's blog, www.scaryhorrorwriter.com, or www.runlikehellbook.com to view the original Kickstarter trailer, read sample pages, and to purchase the book directly from the author.*
*If you order at www.runlikehellbook.com, and mention Bleeding Cool in the comments section, each book purchased will be personally signed by the author.