Cuddles, an all-new crime story written and lettered by Jed McPherson with art by Marco Perugini and colors by Shan Bennion, is now live on Kickstarter. The book is 32 pages of full-color comics, plus bonus content including an illustrated prose story. All told, there will be over 44 pages of content in the final product.
‘Cuddles’ life ain’t too difficult. He’s got a cushy job collecting protection money for a local crime boss. But after he’s partnered up with the boss’ son things start to go sideways. First, he finds out that his partner has been skimming off the top and then, even worse, the FBI are hot on their trail. Cuddles quickly finds that he has to play all sides against each other in order to survive.
Cuddles is a story of divided loyalty and self-preservation. It’s about trying to do the right thing when you’ve spent your entire life doing the opposite. It’s about survival and what that can end up costing you.’
“I wanted to make the kind of comic that I’d want to read, a solid pulp story with modern story-telling sensibilities,” said McPherson. “I also wanted to give readers that same feeling I got from reading Elmore Leonard and Jim Thompson novels. Like you’re hanging around with someone that’s bad news, someone that’s going to get you into trouble.”
“Working with Jed and Marco always leads to something you can’t put down,” added Bennion. “Darkly funny with worlds and people that are always a blast to give color to.”
“After the wonderful experience of Transmissions I was delighted to undertake a new project with Jed and Shan,” said Marco Perugini. “When I read the script for Cuddles I instantly had an idea of the mood, the setting and above all for our protagonist. For this project I wanted to draw on influences outside of comics, looking to the work of my favorite directors; Mario Bava, Elio Petri, Michael Mann, and Lucio Fulci.”
This is a pretty straightforward campaign. PDF, book, art prints. Backer rewards start at £3 (about $5) for the PDF, £6 (about $9) for the physical copy, and top out at £24 (about $34) for a PDF, a physical copy, four art prints, and your name in the Thank You section of the book. One thing to be aware of is shipping. This one is shipping from Leeds, and shipping fees cost as much as the book, clocking in at £6 (about $9).
You can check out the campaign here.