Everyone, we've got a problem. The Death Defying, a comic starring Arthur Conan Doyle and Harry Houdini from the creative team of Gavin Guidry, Marissa Louise, Micah Meyers, and Christopher Sebela, has only four days left to get funded on Kickstarter. So far, they've only raised $5,654 out of their $8,000 goal. Sebela is doing his best to remain positive as the deadline fast approaches.
But there's a long way to go to get to the finish line.
Lots of projects fail to get funded on Kickstarter. It's an unfortunate reality of a highly competitive market. But in this particular case, it's not just the the project at stake. We also need to be concerned for the stability of superstar comic book writer Matthew Rosenberg, who is taking this extremely personally.
A former indie darling, Rosenberg has recently become a Marvel EXCLUSIVE writer assigned to multiple high profile books. He hasn't let his newfound status go to his head though — he's still just Matty from the Block. But if this comic doesn't get funded, who knows what might happen?!
And we wouldn't like him when he's pissed.
Look, today is supposed to be a happy day for Matthew Rosenberg. The new Taylor Swift album dropped this morning, and Rosenberg's chief rival, "The Great One" Brian Michael Bendis, has finally been eliminated… er, we mean, gone to DC of his own volition and not as the result of any Machiavellian scheming on Rosenberg's part. But instead of celebrating while singing along to memorable favorites like 'Look What You Made Me Do' or '…Ready For It?', he's worried about this Kickstarter project. Shame on us for not funding this already!
Check out the description of the project below, and consider heading to Kickstarter and backing this one, if you know what's good for you.
Harry Houdini and Arthur Conan Doyle used to be fast friends, visiting one another and writing letters back and forth, until their differing views on the afterlife set them against one another on stages and newspapers across the globe. Years after their breakup, the two continue to battle about spiritualism, the belief that the living can communicate with the dead. Doyle, creator of the great detective Sherlock Holmes, believes in ghosts, mediums, even photos of fairies. Houdini spends his time debunking the seances and the frauds who run them. The two are at war, two ideological armies whose battle of words is about to become a battle to the death for the very fate of humankind.
Houdini — with his wife Bess and an entourage that includes bodyguards, operatives, agents provocateur and the creepy, aspiring writer HP Lovecraft — heads off in pursuit of Doyle in search of answers after an attempt on his life by Spiritualists is ascribed to the man of letters.
Sir Arthur and his wife Jean, in league with crooked medium Margery Crandon, demonologist Damascus Boring and infamous occult madman Aleister Crowley, are busy racing to hasten a coming invasion of the dead by opening the "Gates of Hell" that hold the veil between our world and the next.
As Houdini tries to stop Doyle from ushering in a spiritual and literal apocalypse, The Death Defying becomes a battle of wills, words, faith, science, fisticuffs, handguns and magic that stretches from the windswept menace of Stull, Kansas to the small apocalypse of Tungaska, Russia. Beliefs will be tested, lives will be threatened and the scariest specter of all is whether or not any of this is real.
This Kickstarter is to fund production and printing of The Death Defying #1, the first in a series of four 30-page issues. It's an historical occult adventure and it's only made possible via this Kickstarter campaign.
UPDATE: Just a few hours after Rosenberg's tweets, the Kickstarter was fully funded. Thank you, everyone!