Launched just a few days ago, the Kickstarter campaign for Alan Moore's "Cinema Purgatorio" has already blown past the initial funding goal, earning over six times what the project initially required. Over 700 backers have pledged more than $56K, well past the initial $9K goal, to bring the black and white horror anthology from legendary writer Alan Moore and acclaimed artist Kevin O'Neill to life.
"Cinema Purgatorio" will be an ongoing monthly series published by Avatar Press comprised of short stories in the vein of classic horror comics published by EC Comics and Warren Publishing. Each issue will feature work from the "League of Extraordinary Gentlemen" team of Moore and O'Neill, as well as a number of other high profile creators. As revealed on the campaign's page, "Cinema Purgatorio" has long-term commitments from other creators, including:
- Kieron Gillen and Ignacio Calero on Modded - a dystopian future where enhanced monsters and daemons are pitted against each other, with a goal of catching them all!
- Garth Ennis and Raulo Caceres continue Code Pru - the two issue series leads directly into the ongoing tale of the night shift FDNY paramedic Pru as she learns about the beastly NY City underworld... and how to offer them medical assistance!
- Christos Gage and Gabriel Andrade bring a new kind of giant monster story to life with The Vast! A war that humanity is losing seems never ending. Until one woman discovers a monster that will fight to protect her!
- Max Brooks (World War Z) and Michael DiPascale bring Max's heavily-researched and period-authentic story of the Civil War to life in A More Perfect Union. But this time, the South has been invaded by Giant Insects! Written as only Max Brooks can, taking no detail for granted and treating everything realistically.
The reward levels for the project include digital copies of "Cinema Purgatorio" #1 for $6, as well as deluxe hardcover editions, exclusive editions, lobby cards, autographed copies and more. The turnaround from funding to fulfillment is quick, with the first orders expected to be shipped out by April 15.
The quick Kickstarter campaign, which has already exceeded its goal, will end on Tuesday, February 16.