Kros: Hallowed Ground, A Kickstarter Spotlight

kros3 kros4Some tales are worth waiting to tell. Kros: Hallowed Ground is a 128-page graphic novel ten years in the making, created by industry veterans Tom Mandrake and John Ostrander.

The duo has turned to Kickstarter to publish the story of Kros, a vampire hunter by night and Civil War soldier by day.

In my experience, there are two types of Kickstarters: people short on cash and people looking for independence. Ostrander and Mandrake are very much the latter, having produced critically acclaimed comics since the 90s. These two are not turning to crowdfunding because they have no other options; for them it is about guaranteeing their justly earned creative control.

These guys mean business and, more importantly, they know the business. Their work on titles such as Martian Manhunter, GrimJack, and The Spectre speak more toward that point than I ever could.kros1

Envisioned as a supernatural narrative set during the Battle of Gettysburg, Kros: Hallowed Ground explores a simple yet poignant theme: “All wars are horror stories.

Around Kros are ordinary people, civilians and soldiers from both the North and South in the midst of a cauldron called Gettysburg. They have faced the conflict and horror of the battlefield and now must face an even greater horror. Vampires have followed the armies and come at night to feast on the fallen. A second battle is fought at Gettysburg of which the history books know nothing. That’s the tale we want to tell. We’ve waited a long time to tell it. With your help, it will happen.

Pledges of $35 or more will land you a print copy of the book, though donations as low as $15 provide a digital copy. Head to their Kickstarter page to see the entire range of pledging options. There’s just over a week left to go!

I grabbed a “Sawbones” copy for myself, which generously includes a set of signed mini prints as well as postcards and a digital copy of the book.


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Rem Fields (Managing Editor) aims to tell stories. As an IT professional he should be writing code or administrating systems, yet the only scripting that seems to get done is for his comic books. In between bouts of worldbuilding Rem fights the good fight as a freelance author operating out of St. Petersburg, Florida. His interests range from ukuleles to cryptocurrencies, though really he just can’t fall asleep until reminding his word processor who’s in charge.

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