Back This Like Hell: Another Graphic Novel Kickstarter

Run Like Hell by Jeff Dixon and Karl Slominski

This week I want to spread the word about Jeff Dixon’s Run Like Hell, a graphic novel Kickstarter I think deserves backing. Written originally as a screenplay by Dixon before he moved to LA and later drawn fantastically by Karl Slominski, this book is essentially Logan’s Run set in hell. If you love mature - and I mean really mature - humour, original ideas and a draw-you-in premise, Run Like Hell is a project you’ll want to back.

The story is about Louis Rockwell, a former recruiter in the Central Hell Recruitment Agency who is stripped of his rank and thrown into prison. This isn’t any ordinary prison though; this is hell’s prison, and it's a lot worse than San Quentin. Louis understandably isn’t too happy with his incarceration and decides to escape, and this is the basis of Dixon’s story. You can tell this isn’t going to be a book that takes itself too seriously, so if you were looking for something like Maus then you need to look elsewhere. If you’re still reading then I’m guessing this book intrigues you; in which case go to Kickstarter and back the project.

I’m always interested to know why a project has been set up on Kickstarter. Obviously it is there because the creator needs money, but I always ask myself “What other funding methods has he tried?” In Run Like Hell’s case, Jeff Dixon has worked his ass off trying to get his story to see the light of day. He has slaved over horror screenplays in LA for a decade, built up his network of contacts, and shown the book to everyone he has ever met. This has resulted in a few decent reviews from influential people (Damon Lindelof of Lost and Stephen Susco of The Grudge love it) but it hasn’t resulted in funding.

At the time of writing there are 22 days left to go and the project is more than halfway funded, so things are looking good. I encourage you to head to the Kickstarter page, check out the awesome art work and read what Dixon himself has to say about his project. He also writes a blog that has a fascinating inside story into the background of the book, and it is well worth checking out.