Slow City Blues

by Samuel Haine, Shawn Moll, John Livesay, David Baron & Thomas Mauer

Slow City Blues is an ongoing series following Detective John Loris, who gets trapped inside his imagination after a horrible accident causes him to try and take his own life. John instead ends up in Slow City, a construct of his mind’s eye, a place where anything is possible - except a way out. There, he must battle his deeply-rooted inner demons and examine who he truly was before ending up in this self-made purgatory.

In Slow City, John is reviled and feared as “The Trigger Man,” the one responsible for the existence of all. There, he does the only thing he knows how: solve crimes, with his partner (now a six-foot-six smart ass skunk named “Moof”). With his wife and son waiting back in the real world and his subconscious conspiring to keep him trapped in his imagination forever, John must overcome the worst parts of himself and defeat Death, in his quest to find out whether he is worthy of enlightenment and happiness - or if he is beyond salvation.

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Issue #2 - Howard Porter (Cover A) / Derrick Chew (Cover B)

 

Issue #3 - Francesco Mattina (Cover A) / Doug Mahnke (Cover B)

 

Issue #4 - Julian Totino Tedesco (Cover A) / Cary Nord (Cover B)

 

Issue #5 - Brett Booth (Cover A) / Philip Tan (Cover B)

 

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STORY

In a world of pure imagination, what could possibly go wrong?
 
Slow City Blues is an ongoing series following Detective John Loris, who gets trapped inside his imagination after a horrible accident causes him to try and take his own life. John instead ends up in Slow City, a construct of his mind’s eye, a place where anything is possible - except a way out. There, he must battle his deeply-rooted inner demons and examine who he truly was before ending up in this self-made purgatory.
 
In Slow City, John is reviled and feared as “The Trigger Man,” the one responsible for the existence of all. There, he does the only thing he knows how: solve crimes, with his partner (now a six-foot-six smart ass skunk named “Moof”). With his wife and son waiting back in the real world and his subconscious conspiring to keep him trapped in his imagination forever, John must overcome the worst parts of himself and defeat Death, in his quest to find out whether he is worthy of enlightenment and happiness - or if he is beyond salvation.

WHY NOW?

Slow City Blues is a wildly bizarre, action-packed, darkly funny, and provocative examination of Self, that offers the opportunity for empathy and introspection in a time that finds us more divided than ever before.

ORIGIN

Sam Haine came up with the premise for Slow City Blues after being turned down for a staff writing position at a video game company in 2013. Soon after, he saved up enough money waiting tables to commission the first set of sample pages while living off food stamps. From those first pages, he was introduced to John Livesay, who liked the story, but knew the art needed direction and Sam needed guidance. John connected Sam with Legendary Marvel Editor-in-Chief Jim Shooter, who taught Sam the ins and outs of writing for comics - what Sam calls the “Shooter School of Storytelling.” John, acting as Coordinator, put together the art team and landed a host of A-list cover artists. Sam found that the world of Slow City helped him reflect and better understand what was happening in the world and his part in it. He hopes the story connects authentically and inspires tough conversations and loving introspection.

CREATIVE TEAM

Samuel Haine - Writer/Creator: Sam grew up in the wilderness of Alaska. While Slow City Blues will be his debut title, Sam has a handful of feature film and television scripts under his belt. His mentors have included the legendary Jim Shooter and NY Times Bestselling author Kristin Hannah. Sam currently lives in Southern California but dreams of returning to the wild with his fiancé, Laura, and their 120lb. pit-bull, Peter. He spends most of his free time pecking away at his debut novel, reading, snowboarding, boxing, or getting his butt kicked at Magic the Gathering.
 
Shawn Moll - Pencils: Shawn is a  freelance Comic book Artist/Illustrator, whose pedigree includes work for Marvel, DC, and WildStorm. Titles include WHAT IF VENOM/DEADPOOL, SHE-HULK, WILDCATS, FRIDAY THE 13th, OUTSIDERS, and “52", among others. Shawn lives in the remote Northwoods near the shores of Lake Superior with his wife and children and their dog. He spends most of his free time training in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu and hanging out with his family.
 
John Livesay - Coordinator & Inks/Finishes: John Livesay was born in Detroit Michigan and has been a professional comic book artist for the last 28 years. He has worked for just about every comic publisher out there, including Marvel, DC, Image, IDW, and Valiant. He’s also worked on some of the most popular and classic characters in the history of the medium, such as Spider-Man, The Avengers, X-Men, Batman, and The Flash. John lives in Southern California with his wife, Felicia, and daughter, Olivia. He’s a huge collector of comics and comic art and has long run out of places to store all his long boxes.
 
David Baron - Colors: David Baron started his career in 1995 at the age of 15, busting into the comic book industry and immediately working on the biggest and brightest characters printed today. His work has influenced new talent and has shaped the way many see comics and their iconic characters today. David lives in Southern California with his wife, Kristy, and son, Michael. Some of David’s past projects include BATMAN, JUSTICE LEAGUE, GREEN ARROW, GLOBAL FREQUENCY, DUNE, TEENAGE MUTANT NINJA TURTLES, and BLOODSHOT.
 
Thomas Mauer - Letters & Production: Thomas is a German letterer and designer. He's worked on projects for a wide range of publishers such as First Second, Aftershock, Boom, Comixology, and IDW. His credits include THE BEAUTY, CRUDE, HARDCORE, POPGUN, and THE REALM.
 
Artisha Mann-Cooper - Story Consultant: Artisha Mann-Cooper has forged an impressive career as a go-to indie Producer, multi-hyphenate artist, and host of the Two Legit to QT podcast. She has worked on films such as Bikini Sunshine, with Academy-nominated director Milcho Manchevski, Before During AfterI Can I Will I DidGoodbye Butterfly, and the Cinequest Audience Award-winning thriller Slapface.

PRAISE

Jim Starlin (Creator of Marvel’s Thanos, Infinity Gauntlet Saga, Ominous Press’ Dreadstar):
“The rich story and complex characters will keep you immersed to the very end. The violence and satire top off the kind of novel you can’t put down as each issue’s cliffhanger makes you want to find out what happens next!”
 
Aaron Couch (The Hollywood Reporter):
“Slow City Blues is a strange, imaginative tale with art to match. It's not quite like anything else I'm reading!”
 
Coy Jandreau (Collider.com/CoyCast):
“Slow City Blues is the Neo-Noir detective on the edge drama you never knew you wanted but absolutely need. It's one part Brad Pitt's 'Cool World' two parts Kurt Russell's 'Big Trouble in little China' with a nice heaping helping of comic book references. SCB is what indie comics are all about!”
 
Darick Robertson (Co-creator of THE BOYS & HAPPY!):
“John and Moof are an amazing unlikely duo in a fantastical world with intriguing, bizarre, and original characters. The artwork is excellent and immerses you in this Heavy Metal through-the-looking-glass environment of humanoid animals and crazy creatures.”
 
Steve Orlando (Batman, X-Men, Wonder Woman):
“SLOW CITY BLUES is a wild ride, championed by the Sam Spade antihero of an anthropomorphic plant and animal world, a gonzo Adult Swim vision of ROGER RABBIT world of drinks, sex, and violence. It's high-octane action satire!”
 
David F. Walker (Writer/Co-Creator Bitter Root):
"[Slow City Blues] is very cool. It's insane (in the best way)."
 
Jimmy Palmiotti (Harley Quinn, co-founder of Marvel Knights):
“Slow City Blues is a visually beautiful and disturbingly fun book that keeps the reader wondering where it is going next with every page turn. Worldbuilding at its best.”
 
Dinesh Shamdasani (CEO & CCO @ BAD IDEA):
“Livesay is a piece of s#@t, but he makes great comics”

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RISKS

While there are always risks with crowdfunding and a new title and new company, in reality, the risks for this book are virtually zero. With Zoop we are blessed to be working with the folks who ran the crowdfunding campaigns for Keanu Reeves' BRZRKR and Scott Snyder’s NOCTERRA, so needless to say they know exactly how to deliver beautiful, high-quality products. 

 

And speaking of beautiful, high-quality products! Ours is done! Totally! Finished and in the can! All five issues and all of the covers are ready to go. That means the only waiting you’ll be doing is for the printing and shipping. Which Zoop has COVERED!  And barring another pandemic or natural disaster you should expect to receive your rewards/purchases so fast you’ll wonder why you don’t buy all your books from Zoop! 

 

Last but not least, communication: it’s the name of the game. So we’ll be updating you every step of the way; be it in email blasts or on social media, when something happens -- good, bad, or great -- you’ll be the first to know! No waiting in limbo. You have our word. And our word is bond. 

 

We are so thankful that you decided to come on this adventure with us. And we thank you from the bottom of our hearts. 

 

Now buckle up! It’s going to be an amazing ride!

DELIVERY

Since the books are all done, we should be going to print shortly after (hopefully) funding, and we estimate the whole process to get everything made, shipped to our fulfillment partner and sent out to all supporters to be about 3 months.

 

So estimated delivery is October 2021 - and we'll keep you updated all along the way!

updates

2021-06-08 05:41:59

Great first day!

Zoop

Hey everyone - welcome to our Slow City Blues campaign!
 
This first day was quite the adventure. Lots of chatter online about this crazy comic series debuting on this brand new crowdfunding platform featuring à la carte rewards. And we're loving it! Keep spreading the word and let's grow this thing together!
 
A few news items:
 
The cutoff for the 48 Hour Sale items is 10am PST on Wednesday for all of you wondering when you'll need to act on these special rewards and rates by.
 
And, speaking of rewards during the first few days, all supporters over the first 48 hours will automatically be entered to win this original page (a $300 value)! The more rewards you get, the more chances you have, as each item equals one entry.
 
 
Finally, we've made a few price alterations: the Derrick Chew Virgin Variant Cover for Issue #2 in the Add-Ons section has been lowered from $25 to $15 (for the one supporter who already acted on that higher rate, don't worry you'll be credited the difference). Also, Retailer Variant of Issue #1 (Randy Green Cover) has been relisted in bundles of 5 instead of individually.
 
Thank you to all of our day 1 supporters -- we're looking forward to a really fun campaign with you all!

2021-06-09 16:35:57

Extending the Early Bird Specials 1 MORE DAY!

Zoop

So we know that we had said that the 48-hour Early Bird Specials would only last til this morning, but we thought about it & decided we can't do that to ya'll on a New Comic Wednesday! We're extending the Early Bird Special through tomorrow (Thurs. 6/10) til midnight PST! And THAT will be everyone's last chance to get in on these specials!! 
 
Thanks again, everyone, for your support. Let's keep on rockin!

2021-06-10 23:27:40

Halfway There!

Zoop

Today we reached the halfway point toward our funding goal! Great job, everyone!

2021-06-12 04:35:06

PRESS!

Zoop

We've seen lots and lots of good press for Slow City Blues (with even more exclusives coming next week). We just updated all of the icons and links in the Press section, so be sure to click around and explore the articles, reviews, interviews, podcasts and YouTube shows to get all of the latest scoops!

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

Can I purchase more than 1 item?

YES!  We encourage you to purchase more than 1 item! That could be multiple copies of the same reward, or you can mix and match rewards! There is no limit, unless otherwise stated in the reward description. 

What's the idea behind the Rewards and Add-Ons? Can I get both?

Rewards are the priority items that the creators have chosen for the campaign. Add-Ons are meant to be secondary items that are 'unlocked' after you buy something from the Reward level. There are no restrictions on buying Rewards, but you can only buy Add-Ons if you've bought a Reward. Zoop sets this up under the direction of the creators. Some may choose to only have Rewards, some may choose an even balance of Rewards and Add-Ons, and others may choose to only have one or two Rewards with the rest of the items being Add-Ons.

Will there be a post-campaign period where you can make changes and get add-ons through a 'pledge manager'?

No - this is it! We're essentially your in-campaign pledge manager. If you are interested in supporting these creators, this is the time to do it!  And it's the exact reason we allow you to purchase as many rewards as you want during the campaign!

If I purchase rewards and then want to make changes to that purchase later on in the campaign, what is the process?

If you want to make changes, you should first cancel your original order and then start over with a new one. If you don't do that and simply process an additional order, the way our system is currently set up you may end up being overcharged for shipping -- which we could remedy for you, but it just takes that extra step of catching it and crediting you back the extra shipping, so please try the prior way first.

Where can I find your shipping rates?

Since we have an a la carte rewards system, shipping rates will vary from supporter to supporter. We use a weight-based calculation system in your checkout cart, though, so, after you enter your country, you'll be able to see it calculated in real time with each item you add.

Do you ship to my country?

Our campaigns are for a worldwide audience unless stated otherwise in the campaign. All international orders are sold with the terms DAP (Delivered At Place). You are responsible for any duties and taxes required for the shipment's entry into your country. Our carriers may require you to pay taxes and fees related to importation and customs brokerage of your shipment -- but if your item is really low in value, it may fall under the customs de minimis of most countries. For more information, please contact USPS.

If I got a reward that requires some feedback from me, how do I let you know my request?

You could e-mail us at hello@wearezoop.com with that info during the campaign if you'd like to get it out of the way. Otherwise, we'll be reaching out to all supporters of rewards that require feedback shortly after the campaign is over.

Any other questions / comments?

Please e-mail us at hello@wearezoop.com and we'll get right back to you!

What items can we get signed by the Slow City Blues creators?

In this campaign, the only items they'll be signing will be the hardcovers (the ones with the Paul Pope and Doug Mahnke covers), but if you wish to have any of your other rewards signed, keep a lookout for in-store signings, especially in Southern California and Colorado late '21 and early '22, as well as eventual convention appearances, which we'll keep you posted on.

How do I cancel a transaction?

For now, the best way is to just contact us at hello@wearezoop.com and we'll cancel it for you and send back a confirmation email.

What does Zoop use for checkout?

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Does Zoop save my credit card info?

Zoop does not store or keep your credit card info. Stripe simply holds the credit card info until the end of a successful campaign and then charges it. It is strictly for this one time use and won't charge it ever again.

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