School Issue 6: Girl With The Dark Halo

120 pages of the continuing saga filled with death, horror and murder await you.
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briandefferding
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Neenah, Wisconsin
United States
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Hi! I’m Brian Defferding – author, artist and publisher of the gothic horror graphic novel series “School.” This is my Indiegogo fundraiser for the sixth issue of the series.

For those of you who are not familiar with the story, I’ll give you a little background. The story centers around a 12-year-old girl named Lindsay, it begins with her “waking up” inside an elementary school, covered in blood. Furthermore, she realizes she’s not just covered in blood, she is actually dead and is a ghost, ever-living inside the walls of the school, with little memory of her past. This story is about her recollecting her past, unraveling the mystery behind her death, and meeting some other ghostly friends – and enemies – along the way. It’s creepy, it’s frightening, it’s tragic, it’s something COMPLETELY different from any other comic you have ever read or seen.

This book started out as my senior project at Minneapolis College of Art and Design all the way back to 2001. I got 12 pages done; almost one-half of the issue. After I graduated, I put the pages away, forgetting about it for a few years. When I moved back to my hometown in Wisconsin in 2003, after unpacking my art I found those pages again; and realized this was a great idea with so much potential to be a wonderful story. Thus, I picked up where I left off, and my first 32 page self-published, self-distributed comic came out in June 2005. I have been at it ever since, working on it when I can, selling and promoting it at conventions around the US.


What I Need, What You Will Get

Because this venture is pretty much a one-man show, and it is not distributed through Diamond Comics Previews catalog, this is where you come into play. I need to raise money for printing costs of both the sixth issue as well as reprints of the previous issues; and I have TONS of awesome merch and swag to toss in for anyone that wants to jump on board - from custom commission drawings, hand-painted tile coasters, T-shirts and mugs to an eight-piece poster set. I’ll also be selling paintings. Stretch goals will include reprints of previous issue, hardcover options, and more merch/swag for the masses!

"Squidface" 9"x9" print - goes with a $30 contribution along with a copy of the book.

"The Lake" 11"x17" print - goes with a $50 contribution along with a copy of the book.

"Transistor Infection" 12x12 print - receive this with the sixth issue with a $30 contribution!

Receive this 11x14" drawing on Bristol paper for a $60 contribution!

Receive this 11x14" drawing on Bristol paper for a $50 contribution!

"Goodnight, My Sweet" 9x9 acrylic painting - receive this with a $80 contribution!

The Impact

Without gushing too much, this is my labor of love. I’m doing this project because I believe in the story, and I truly think you will be blown away. Your help bringing this dark tale to light means the world to me.

Risks & Challenges

This comic series is not carried through any major distributor - specifically, Diamond Comics. In comics, if your book is not carried through Diamond's catalog to all comic retailers, it likely won't see print because retailers will never know your comic exists. However thanks to years of promoting at pop culture conventions, I have assembled a fanbase and it's constantly building. With the help of donors, I can set aside money to attend more conventions around the US, maybe even the globe, to bring my comic to the masses without the need for a major distributor.

I already have almost all the art done; I just need to scan the art and design the cover/inside cover pages. The biggest challenge for me is time to scan all the art into files for the printer; I work in a size that requires me to scan the art from four pieces, then assemble it all together through Photoshop. Scanning 120 pages is quite the task. I will be spending a lot of time in front of the computer with spirals in my eyes, ha! The fortunate thing is, this is probably the toughest part of the job. Everything else will be fun and exciting.


Other Ways You Can Help

Even if you can't contribute, that doesn't mean you can't help:

  • Ask folks to get the word out and make some noise about this campaign.  This is an independent creative endeavor and I would love to be heard!
  • Use the Indiegogo share tools!  Put this link in your social media news feeds, anything that can bring some clicks towards this project will be a positive effort!

Last but not least - THANK YOU for supporting independent comics!

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Select a Perk
  • $6USD
    DIGITAL BOOK OF ISSUE 6

    Receive a PDF version of the complete sixth issue, delivered as soon as it's finished, and my undying gratitude.

    1 claimed
    Estimated delivery: September 2014
  • $10USD
    DIGITAL BOOK OF THE SERIES

    Receive a PDF version of the complete series thus far, from first to the sixth issue, delivered as soon as it's finished, and my undying gratitude.

    5 claimed
    Estimated delivery: September 2014
  • $20USD
    THE BOOK

    Receive a physical copy of the book, all 120 pages of death, despair, gore, violence, murder, childish petulance towards adults, and night terrors. Your copy will be signed by me, and will include a small sketch card and a PDF copy of the entire series up to current, and my undying gratitude.

    15 claimed
    Estimated delivery: September 2014
  • $30USD
    11"x17" POSTER WITH BOOK

    Receive an 11"x17" poster that will go along with a physical copy of your book. You will also receive a custom sketch card and a PDF copy of the entire series up to current.

    3 claimed
    Estimated delivery: September 2014
  • $30USD
    Squidface Perk! 9"x9" print!

    Receive a 9"x9" archival photo print of my Squidface painting, normally a giclee print of similar size runs at $18 retail on my Society6 store, but for $30 you not only get this print but you ALSO receive a hard copy of the sixth issue and a PDF copy to follow.

    0 out of 10 claimed
    Estimated delivery: December 2014
  • $30USD
    Transistor Infection 12x12!

    Get a 12x12 print of my surrealistically gruesome painting "Transistor Infection" on archival photo paper, along with the School #6 book, and a PDF copy of the book. Print will include a 1/2" black border for easy framing or matting.

    0 out of 10 claimed
    Estimated delivery: December 2014
  • $40USD
    BOOK, SHIRT AND POSTER

    Get your organic, USA-made black cotton T-shirt, plus an 11"x17" poster, and a physical copy of the book with a sketch card and PDF copy of the entire series up to current. Choose Small, Medium, Large or Extra Large size.

    4 claimed
    Estimated delivery: September 2014
  • $50USD
    "The Lake" 11x17 photo print!

    Receive an 11"x17" photographic print of my painting "The Lake." This print is on archival metallic photo paper, giving it a cool shine and glimmer; a perfect element for this creepy image. You also receive a hard copy of the 120-page sixth issue, and a PDF copy of the book to follow.

    0 out of 10 claimed
    Estimated delivery: December 2014
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    $50USD
    INKtober Lindsay sketch!

    Receive the 11"x14" Lindsay sketch that was my first INKtober drawing of the year! Also included is the sixth issue itself, a 11"x17" poster that will go along with a physical copy of your book. You will also receive a custom sketch card and a PDF copy of the entire series up to current.

    1 out of 1 claimed
    Estimated delivery: December 2014
  • $60USD
    BOOK, SHIRT, POSTER & TILE

    BOOK, SHIRT, POSTER and TILE COASTER - Along with everything from the $40 mdonation level, you will get a custom hand-painted resin-coated tile coaster. The tile will feature either a character from the book, or a scene/setting from the book. This fully functional coaster will have pads underneath it to prevent scratching, and the art will be immortalized under a heavy protective coat of resin - hand washable, for your pleasure.

    4 claimed
    Estimated delivery: October 2014
  • $60USD
    Lindsay 11x14 original drawing

    Receive an original 11"x14" drawing of Lindsay in the city of the dead, along with a copy of the sixth issue of School, an 11"x17" poster, and a PDF copy of the book!

    0 out of 1 claimed
    Estimated delivery: December 2014
  • $80USD
    "Goodnight, My Sweet" Painting

    Get the 9"x9" acrylic and ink painting of "Goodnight, My Sweet" on illustration board. Also receive the book, a 11x17 poster, and a PDF copy of the book.

    0 out of 1 claimed
    Estimated delivery: December 2014
  • $100USD
    COMMISSION!

    Get a 8x10" black-and-white commissioned ink drawing from me, anything you want, name it. Can be as ridiculous or poignant as you want it to be. Plus you will get the book, T-Shirt, a PDF copy of the entire series up to current, a coaster and an 11x17" poster.

    3 claimed
    Estimated delivery: October 2014
  • $150USD
    14"x17" COMMISSION!

    Get a 14"X17" black-and-white commissioned ink drawing from me, anything you want, name it! Plus you will get the book, T-Shirt, a four-piece tile coaster set, a PDF copy of the entire series up to current, a tile coaster, and an 11"x17" poster.

    1 claimed
    Estimated delivery: October 2014
  • $300USD
    ORIGINAL COVER ART

    Receive the original art of the very first cover of School #1, drawn in early 2005 when I was fresh on the heels of completing my very first independent comic book. This is about 12"x12" in size on Bristol board. Also get the book, PDF copy, T-Shirt, a tile coaster, a T-Shirt, and an 11"x17" poster.

    0 claimed
    Estimated delivery: October 2014
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