What is Murder Book?
Murder Book is a series of short crime stories written by me, Ed Brisson, and featuring different up-and-coming artists. Past contributing artists have included Simon Roy (Jan's Atomic Heart, Prophet), Vic Malhotra (Lucid Proof) and Michael Walsh. Past Murder Book stories can be read on the Murder Book Site.
The term "Murder Book" is used by detectives to refer to a case file on a homicide investigation. Murder books typically include crime scene photographs and sketches, autopsy and forensic reports, transcripts of investigator’s notes and witness interviews. They chronicle the life of a case from the time the murder is reported until an arrest is made.
Murder Book Vol. 3 will feature the stories Midnight Walk, illustrated by Johnnie Christmas and Fathers and Sons, illustrated by Jason Copland.
Midnight Walk is a 6 page story about a man who happens across a crime scene and tries to help, only to become a victim himself. Fathers and Sons is an 18 page tale involving the breakdown of the relationship between two mob men, and the chaos that results.
Generally, I post Murder Book stories to the site as they're complete, but in order to entice contributors, I'll hold off posting either story until late May. This way, all contributors will have the stories two months before they're posted online.
If you dig current and gritty crime comics like Criminal and Scalped, then Murder Book is your bag!
Johnnie and Jason are currently hard at work on the art so that we can debut this sucker at Emerald City Comicon at the end of March. We're hoping to have the book to the printer the week this campaign ends and everything packaged and mailed to people before the end of March -- meaning your perks should start showing up late March/early April.
What We Need & What You Get
We're looking to raise $1500 to cover the costs of printing the book. The artists have generously agreed to come on board to help with the book, so should there be any funds raised in excess of the printing and shipping costs, then that money will be given to the artists, evenly distributed based on their page counts.
If we fall short of our goal, the book will still be printed and all perks will be fulfilled. I'll just be running up a credit card bill instead.
Every perk includes something physical. I'm looking at this as more of a pre-order/purchase drive than just a "give us your money" plea. That said, please spread the word! Tell your friends, family and everyone you see on the street!
I'm also offering up my lettering services. Check over there on the right. For $250 I'll letter your 22 page comic AND send you a copy of Murder Book #3. You can't beat that with a bat. Need someone to letter your pitch? I can do that too!
Please keep an eye on this campaign, we will be adding art and other process pieces as the campaign marches on. We may be adding additional perks as well!
Other Ways You Can Help
If you're a fan of Murder Book, we'd love for you to help get the word out. Tell your friends, tweet about it. Steal money from your mom's purse and send it to us! We appreciate each and every person who helps us get close to our goal of $1500. Seriously. We love you. Hugs, kisses and all that stuff.
Are You A Retailer?Retailers, are you interested in helping out? Shoot me an email to edbrissonATgmailDOTcom and let me know. I'll add new pledge levels for retailers based on your input. Multiple copies! Signed! If you're close enough, I'll come out and sign them all for you! If you're further away, we can still work something out!
Right now, I do have the "You Must Be A Crazy Person!" perk, where I'll bring myself and $2,000 worth of my books to your store, do a signing, go for beers and even spend the weekend working at your shop. Not a bad deal!
Ed Brisson has been creating comics in one form or another
since the early 90s. In the past
two years, he's managed to put out two volumes of Murder Book, a one-shot comic called Black River published by 215 Ink and contributed to the crime comic anthology Acts of Violence, which he also co-published.
In addition to writing comics, he works as a freelance comic book letterer, having worked for a myriad of publishers such as Image, Oni, Viz, Random House, Douglas & McIntyre and a million other smaller publishers. You can find out more information about Ed's writing and lettering at edbrisson.com.
Jason Copland is a Vancouver artist whose published works include The Perhapanauts: Molly’s Story (Image) and short stories in the Eisner nominated anthologies Trickster: Native American Tales (Fulcrum) and Postcards:True Stories That Never Happened (Villard). He is currently finishing up the art for the giant monsters vs giant mechcomic Kill All Monsters. His blog can be found at jasoncopland.com.
Johnnie Christmas is creator of the webcomic Spectre of Sound. His work
can be also seen in Cloudscape Anthologies: Exploded View, 21 Journeys
and the soon to be released Giants on Main Street. He has various
freelance projects floating around out there as well. See more at spectreofsound.com and jxmas.com.