The Nightcrawlers - Volume 1

by Marco Lopez and Rachel Distler

From ABLAZE PUBLISHING comes a new all-ages supernatural adventure comic about a group of supernatural kid detectives, by Eisner Award winning writer Marco Lopez and artist on the rise Rachel Distler.

For fans of: Goosebumps, The Goonies, Monster Squad, Steven Spielberg films, Don Bluth animated films

A 6x9 Digest-Sized Hardcover Graphic Novel for ages 8 and up.


supported of $6,000



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The Nightcrawlers graphic novel - Digital Copy

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PDF format, DRM Free


The Nightcrawlers graphic novel

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Zoop Edition. 6x9 Digest-Sized Hardcover Graphic Novel.
112 pages


The Nightcrawlers graphic novel - Signed & Personalized

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Zoop Edition, signed and personalized to you or your kid. 6x9 Digest-Sized Hardcover Graphic Novel. 112 pages.


The Nightcrawlers graphic novel - Personalized w/Sketch

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Zoop Edition, signed, personalized to you or your kid, and 'remarqued' by artist Rachel Distler. 6x9 Digest-Sized Hardcover Graphic Novel. 112 pages.


Treehouse Schematics Poster

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Screenprinted, 11 x 16


Book & Poster Bundle

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Get The Nightcrawlers graphic novel and Treehouse Schematics Poster at a discounted price. If you'd like your book signed or remarqued, write us a and we'll make that adjustment to your pledge.


The Nightcrawlers - Retailer and Library Bundle

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5 copies of the Zoop Edition of the Hardcover Graphic Novel at wholesale price. If you want multiples of 5, click the + button in the quantity field during checkout until you reach your desired amount. In order to qualify for this reward, you must be able to provide proof that you are a retailer or library. For libaries, Marco and Rachel are available to have a virtual Zoom reading of the finished book for kids.


Tip Jar

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If you want to add a little something extra for us hard workin' creators and administrators. You can increase in increments of $1 by simply pressing '+' in the quantity during checkout until you reach your desired amount. Much appreciated!


Add ons are only available once you have selected at least one Primary Reward listed above.


Sketch of you or your kid with a Nightcrawlers character

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Handmade and signed by Rachel Distler on a thick A4 sheet.


Original Art Page by Rachel Distler - Page 1

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Original inked page, one-of-a-kind. Signed by Rachel.
Scroll down to the ORIGINAL ART section to see in greater detail.


Original Art Page by Rachel Distler - Page 2

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Original inked page, one-of-a-kind. Signed by Rachel.
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Original Art Page by Rachel Distler - Page 3

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Original inked page, one-of-a-kind. Signed by Rachel.
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Original Art Page by Rachel Distler - Page 4

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Original inked page, one-of-a-kind. Signed by Rachel.
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Original Art to Treehouse Schematics Poster by Rachel Distler

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Original inked oversized page.
Signed by Rachel.
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4th Wall Comics custom bundle

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Retailer custom bundle


Buy the original art page you got drawn into

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Original inked oversized page, one-of-a-kind. Signed by Rachel.


Buy the TWO original art pages you got drawn into

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Original inked oversized pages, one-of-a-kind. Signed by Rachel.


Get drawn into The Nightcrawlers comic!

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Have you or your kid drawn into the comic as a background character!


When things go bump in the night, they bump back.
If you think aliens replaced your teachers or your neighbor might be a vampire, then there’s only one group to call for help: The Nightcrawlers.
The Nightcrawlers take on their first case when a friend from school believes werewolves replaced his parents. They get more than they bargained for when their investigation leads them right in the middle of a confrontation between their caretaker William Jones and a former Nightcrawler out for revenge. This story is about the unlikeliest group of friends coming together to help others…with a spooky twist!
We invite comics fans and parents of budding comics readers to help us make THE NIGHTCRAWLERS a reality!
“As a fan of 80s film classics with that Spielberg charm and crazy fun horror movies like the Lost Boys, Gremlins and Monster Squad, I can’t wait for everyone to check out what Rachel and I have been cooking. This is a graphic novel series with heart that kids have been wanting and kids at heart need.” - Marco Lopez.
“The Nightcrawlers is a real work of love for fans of stuff like The Goonies, old Vincent Price/Peter Cushing movies, and a love of urban legends and myths that we stayed up late to as kids. Basically, we wanted to share that love in a way I think everyone will enjoy, with a cast of friends who remind us of who we knew growing up, with mysteries to explore, in an imaginative setting. Marco and I have put everything we’ve got into this book, so we hope you’ll be along for the ride!” - Rachel Distler









Eisner Award Winner Marco Lopez has worked on projects with Lion Forge, including co-creating and bringing them the graphic novel Puerto Rico Strong, which he also contributed a supernatural story for. Puerto Rico Strong sold out of a first print run, went into a second printing, and won Marco and his fellow editors an Eisner award. He then worked with Chido Comics to co-create and write the hit Masked Republic Luchaverse, a series of sci-fi and horror comics starring famous Mexican wrestlers. He's also developing various animation projects with Lion Forge animation for film and television.


Rachel Distler is an exciting new artist who has worked on short stories and mini comics with an incredible knack for thrilling and compelling sequential storytelling and a beautiful art style readers and comics fans will fall in love with.

Original Art

All of the these original pages are available for sale in the Add-Ons section above




Stretch Goals


Upon a successful campaign, we plan to finish up this first volume, which should take a few months, and then head to the printers sometime Spring 2022, after which we'd start shipping the rewards out in Summer 2022. Rest assured we'll keep you updated all along the way on how that's all progressing!


2 months ago

More pages!


Hey fellow Nightcrawlers,

I hope you all had a great Halloween. I know we haven't updated you in a while. But we've been working hard and through a lot of personal stuff to get this book out there. Rachel is wrapping up Chapter Three as we speak. And starting work on Chapter Four this month. We're looking to wrap the whole book this month as well. But until then, here are a couple of finished pages from Chapter Two!

6 months ago

Summertime + New Page Reveals!


Hey Fellow Nightcrawlers! Going to make this short and sweet. Here are some colored and lettered pages to tide you over as we make our way toward the finish line. I hope you all are having a great summer! 

8 months ago

Sneak Peak!


Hey fellow Nightcrawlers! I just wanted to let you all know that we're still working our butts off getting this awesome graphic novel finished. And today, we wanted to show off some more pages. We're giving you a look at pages 6-8. This book is going to be a blast! We can't wait to show you more, but we have to get back to work. We'll have our next update and more pages to show off (including pages from our new colorist) in a couple of weeks. I can't wait to show you those pages and the colors. They're going to knock your socks off! Talk to you soon.


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10 months ago

Character designs for some newer characters!


Hey Fellow Nightcrawlers,

Sorry for running so late on this update, but we've been working day and night on this graphic novel and fighting that which goes bump in the night. But until our next one, here are some killer new character designs by Rachel. Hope you enjoy them, and our next update should include some new pages. Talk to you soon, fellow Nightcrawlers!


1 year ago

Cards have been charged


Charged everyone's credit cards today. If you noticed that yours didn't process, maybe contact your bank and have them approve the charge. Or, if you need to change the card info, you can do that and then notify us to try again. Thanks!

1 year ago

Nice Finish!

Thank you to our wonderful supporters! The campaign is now closed and we ended with a strong final day that pushed us over the century mark in supporters.
As far as the next steps, credit cards will be charged over the next week, and then the team will be hard at work completing the book. We can't wait to show you more progress pages down the line!
Thanks again everyone, and stay tuned for more!
1 year ago

What a day!


Got a ton of new traffic today, resulting in us blasting past the funding goal! THANK YOU to all of you that made this project become a reality! We've still got another day left, so let's keep piling it on and finish even stronger tomorrow!


1 year ago

Full color poster reveal + 48 Hours Left!

Whooaaaa, check out the lovely colors on the finished poster we just got from Rachel Distler. Head on up to the Rewards section and grab a high quality print of it if you haven't already!
The campaign wraps at midnight PST on Friday night. Still have around $800 to go to reach the funding goal, and then printable werewolf masks will be waiting shortly afterwards as the first stretch goal -- so let's spread the word and bust through that!!
Parents, kids, adults that like kid adventures -- come join in the fun!!
1 year ago

Black Friday Original Art Sale!


Special Announcement: for Black Friday we're slashing prices on original art. You can save $50 on each original page, as well as the original art to the treehouse schematics poster, in the Add-Ons section! 

1 year ago

Some interviews with the team!

1 year ago

Progress on the Treehouse Schematics Poster

Rachel is hard at work on the Treehouse Schematics Poster that you can grab in the Rewards section. Inks are in progress, and then coloring and polishing should be done early next week. Stay tuned for an awesome reveal!!
1 year ago

48 Hour Sale ends Friday 11/12 at 10am PST

If you're looking to grab a copy of the book at 20% off, the clock's ticking!
Update: upon special request, we're extending the sale til midnight PST!
1 year ago

And we're off!

Welcome to our campaign! Thank you to those who have supported already, and if you're on the fence about grabbing a copy of the book, you might want to consider taking advantage of the First 48 Hour Sale we have going on before it goes away!
This is gonna be fun! And stay tuned for some updated poster art, which should be coming shortly.


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.

What does Zoop use for checkout and when would my credit card be charged?

We use Stripe for checkout because it is VERY secure. They exceed industry security standards and are trusted by thousands of companies, including Amazon, Lyft, Slack, Shopify, and Airbnb, who use Stripe's software tools to accept payments. Their interface is pre-made by them and we don't have the ability to augment it in any way. Once there, you have 15 minutes to complete the transaction by hitting the 'SAVE CARD' button. Stripe then holds the credit card info until the end of the campaign. You won’t actually be charged unless the campaign reaches the funding goal. The pre-order amount will show as 'pending' on your credit card statement until that date. If the campaign doesn't fund, your pre-order will be canceled, and the pending charge will disappear. You'll get an email confirmation with a summary of rewards and charges both after the initial pledge and after the actual charging of the card (try looking in your spam folder if you don't happen to see it in your inbox). 

How do I cancel a transaction?

You can either access the transaction through your account and click the cancel button, or contact us at and we'll cancel it for you and send back a confirmation email.
Cancellations of rewards or add-ons of $500 or more must be made before there are 72 hours left in the campaign. The reason for this is it can have a negative effect on the tally of the campaign. If it is a limited reward or add-on, there may not be sufficient time for someone else to purchase it, leaving the campaign possibly not funded. We ask for your courtesy of the people running the campaign when making these decisions.

Any other questions/ comments?

Please e-mail us at and we'll get right back to you!

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 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.

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

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.

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.

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!

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.

Can I get more than 1 item?

YES!  We encourage you to get 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.