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THE DEAD – An Indie Horror Comic by James Maddox

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The goal of this Kickstarter is to fund the production of a full-length graphic novel.

Pages from THE DEAD
Pages from THE DEAD


When Sam opens his eyes after dying, he expects to see heavenly clouds or hellfire. What he’s faced with instead is “The House” – a surreal and often-dangerous afterlife of interconnected rooms. As Sam travels deeper into this new world, he finds the strange creators of these rooms aren’t the only residents of The House. Here there be monsters, and if he isn’t careful, Sam’s stay will take a horrible turn.

Need more? How about some Buzzwords(!): Indie Horror, Action/Adventure in Dreams, Surreal Fantasy, Meta-Narrative, Intriguingly Creepy, Vertigo-esque, Haunting and Macabre, Cosmicly Solid (Okay, we’re just making stuff up now…)


Indie comics are labors of love that defy mainstream expectations for storytelling, style, content and art. They encourage readers to support the comics they like, not just the comics backed by large publishers. 

We hope to enforce the effort of indie comics by showing just how quality-driven and worthy of attention they can be—but for this to happen the right way, we’re going to need some help in funding it properly.

The finished product of THE DEAD will be a 170-page Graphic Novel that includes the full story of our characters and a good amount of bonus materials for our readers (from script-to-illustration examples to concept sketches of the characters and settings). The book will be in full color and will be created entirely by James (writing/lettering) and Jen (illustrations/color). 

Ultimately, THE DEAD would be a story that we’d like to visit in subsequent volumes, but the self-contained storyline of this particular run would be held in our first collection of six issues. The success of this campaign will show whether later stories will be an option, but for now, we’d like to focus on telling the original story that was in mind upon starting this whole process.

Of course, readers and contributors are our big heroes for this project, so allow us to give a HUGE thank you in advance. You all are the best! Thanks for allowing us to make this happen.


“An excellent indie horror book with a wholly original premise.” – Mike Carey (The Unwritten, Lucifer, & Suicide Risk)

“THE DEAD is an ambitious, sprawling mix of horror, fantasy, and heart. James Maddox has crafted an intriguing story, and Jen Hickman is definitely one to watch.” – Robert Venditti (The Surrogates, Green Lantern, & X-O Manowar)

“I love comics that present worlds that I could never have imagined. I could never have imagined the world of THE DEAD.” – Jason Sacks, Comics Bulletin

“I’ll just say that THE DEAD is pretty damn amazing.” – Dustin Cabeal, Comic Bastards – (DEAD is also listed in CB’s “Best Indie Comics of 2013“)

“Loved the art, and the story has a very HOUSE OF MYSTERY vibe to it. Looking forward to more.” – Decapitated Dan of Comic Related

“I don’t know that I completely understand what’s going on in this book, but I do like it. I’m in…” – Bill Dunleavy of Comic Attack!

“Maddox’s tale has many antecedents… but he manages to add enough embellishments to keep his story fresh and intriguing, creating a richly textured world with almost limitless storytelling possibilities.” – Tony Caballero, Fanboy Comics

Featured in ComiXology’s SXSW Top 100 Submit Starter Pack!

Cover for Issue #2
Cover for Issue #2


Find Individual Issues of THE DEAD on Comixology

Facebook: /thedeadcomic    Twitter: @TheDead_comic



James Maddox

After completing titles like the critically acclaimed The Horror Show and Nightmare Unknown, Maddox has continued his comic career with stories like THE DEAD (illustrated by Jen Hickman), CLOWN (illustrated by Brandon Lauhon),and the wildly anticipated BLUE NEMESIS (illustrated by Steve Scott). A versatile and prolific writer/creator, Maddox’s has only just begun to find and impress his audience.

He can be found online at www.jamesmaddox.net and @jamescmaddox.

Cover images from other great comics written by James Maddox!
Cover images from other great comics written by James Maddox!


Jen Hickman

Jen Hickman is a graduate of the Savannah College of Art and Design’s Sequential Art program. Her credits in the comic industry include the successfully crowdfunded publications THE PLAYLIST ANTHOLOGY and the digital sketchbook TIP JAR

She can be found online at www.umicorms.com and @umicorms.

Jen Hickman art rocks!
Jen Hickman art rocks!


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