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Dead Men Walking Boldly Through the Middle of Things!

Dead Men Walking Kickstarter ProjectsWe’re at the halfway point for the Dead Men Walking Kickstarter duo, and you’ve taken us all the way to tickled pink.*

The Stone and a Hard Place Kickstarter is currently over 600% funded with every stretch goal we’ve put up accomplished with a speed that’d make Stone’s fast draw jealous. If you’re still on that barbed wire fence trying to decide, get on down. Not only does that have to hurt, but backing the Stone and a Hard Place Kickstarter is your best deal and may be the only way to get some of the special backer rewards and stretch goals. Check ‘em out today!

The Cackler Graphic Novel Kickstarter funded, and we’re really close to the special Doomtown promotional card that unlocks at $25,000. And you don’t even have to wait to start reading The Cackler—Visionary is making Cackler previews available right now, with new ones posted fresh today. If you want to see the end, though, you best plan on becoming a backer!

* Sure, thematically, that ought to be “tickled blood red,” but that comes across too creepy for even me.
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Dead Men Walking Strong and Steady

Dead Men Walking Kickstarter Projects VideoThings just keep getting better for our Dead Men Walking Kickstarter duo.

The Stone and a Hard Place Kickstarter funded in hours and has blown through eight stretch goals already. You’re knockin’ ‘em down faster than a deadeye shootist at an unfixed carnival! The last one was at $33,000, and we’ve thrown in a poster map of the Weird West for Cochise County and Tombstone, Arizona.

The Cackler Graphic Novel Kickstarter has funded, and there’s a special Doomtown card that unlocks at just $25,000. That’s right, your graphic novel fix comes with a boost to tellin’ your own stories of the Weird West, head-to-head, across the table!

For those of you wondering how you’d be getting your electronic copies of rewards and stretch goals, wonder no more. We’ve got the full skinny on that just a little further down the page.

At the risk of repeating ourselves, thanks again to all of you for your continued support. Without it, we couldn’t be doing one Kickstarter, much less two Kickstarters for a setting you’ve enjoyed for nearly twenty years now. Now that, amigos, is an honor.

Dead Men Walking—Coming from All Sides!

Dead Men Walking KickstartersIf you’ve backed either of our Dead Men Walking Kickstarter projects, then you’ve got it comin’, amigo, and we’re gonna’ give it to you good.

Calm down. You’ll like this. All your electronic files—whether direct backer rewards or stretch goals for either Stone and a Hard Place or The Cackler Graphic Novel—will be available to you directly from the Pinnacle Entertainment Group Web Store, DriveThruRPG, and DriveThruComics. The West is as wide as it is Weird, partner, and we aim to give you what you want where you want it.

And our aim is pretty darned good…

Dead Men Walking Tall and Proud!

Dead Men Walking Kickstarter Projects VideoIt’s been a great week for the launch of our Dead Men Walking Kickstarter duo.

The Stone and a Hard Place Kickstarter funded in hours and has blown through the stretch goals faster than a dead man can fill you full o’ lead! Don’t fret none, though, because Shane’s up to his ol’ tricks and will be putting out a new stretch goal to pique your interest.

The Cackler Graphic Novel Kickstarter is so close to funded I’m tempted to say it is! We’re really excited to see the enthusiasm for one of Deadland’s longest-held stories, and can’t wait to see it brought to life by Visionary’s talented artists.

We’re not the only ones talking about it, either. For more on the Doomtown card from the Cackler Kickster, check out the Gomorra Gazette’s interview with Shane Hensley and Matt Cutter. The Kickstarters have also been mentioned by Gamerati, Flames Rising, and Roll for Crit!

Oh, and there are numbers, too. Kickspy put the Stone and a Hard Place Kickstarter at 19 in the Top 100 Tabletop Game Kickstarters and the Cackler Graphic Novel Kickstarter at number 3 in the Top 100 Graphic Novels Kickstarters, while Kicktraq puts the Cackler Kickstarter at number 9 in their Hot List!

It’s not just your imagination—these Kickstarters really are going very, very well! Thanks again to all of you for your continued support.

Dead Men Walking and Dead Man’s Hand Closer Than Ever!

The Cackler Graphic Novel Cover PreviewCan you feel it getting closer? The Dead Men Walking Kickstarter duo starts next week, January 27.

You can sign on for the tale of Death’s favored son, Stone, with the third Deadlands Plot Point Campaign Stone and a Hard Place. You can hitch your wagon to The Cackler graphic novel that will expose Deadlands‘ most infamous villains in a way that changes the world of Deadlands like nothing before it. If you’re mucho enough of an hombre, you can even take both Kickstarters on at once. In the end, though, keep in mind that both Stone and a Hard Place and The Cackler will be coming for you

For more details, be sure to check out our Dead Men Walking Kickstarter info page.

While we’re talking Deadlands and looking ahead, this is the final stretch for preordering your copy of Dead Man’s Hand. Remember, you can print the handy Dead Man’s Hand Preorder Form to get all the information you’ll need to give your local comic retailer. Then you can get the free stuff (including a digital copy of The Kid and a Deadlands Reloaded PDF of your choice) just for mentioning your preorder online—be sure to check the full details.

Be sure to read this week’s Dead Man’s Hand spotlight series with a focus on the dark tale of murder and mayhem from Ron Marz and Bart Sears, Death Was Silent. There’s even a bonus interview with Bart on the upcoming The Cackler graphic novel!

Two-Fisted Deadlands Kickstarter Action Coming Soon!

Dead Men Walking Kickstarter ProjectsStone. An implacable killing machine, the right hand of Death.

The Cackler. A man of mystery and evil, a puzzle two decades in the telling.

Try as we might, there is simply too much danger, too much story, too much excitement—just plain ol’ too much—to combine them. That’s why, on January 27, we’re going to do something a little odd—launch two Kickstarters at the same time! We’re calling it the Dead Men Walking special event, and it’s the beginning of the build-up to the 20th anniversary of Deadlands.

One project will bring you Stone and a Hard Place, the third Plot Point Campaign of the Reckoning of the Weird West of Deadlands. Can you outrun a bullet with your name on it when it’s being shot by the Grim Reaper’s favored son?

The other project will bring you The Cackler graphic novel, telling you a story from the very beginnings of Deadlands, a story you’ve waited nearly twenty years to hear, a story that will fundamentally change the world of Deadlands in a way no other story has.

We’ll tell you more soon, and the actual Kickstarters are only two weeks away. We’ll keep you posted with a Dead Men Walking Kickstarters page, where you’ll be able to find the latest and greatest on these two Kickstarters. Dead Men Walking will be on you before you know it. It’s how they roll…

And while you’re thinking Deadlands, don’t forget about preordering Dead Man’s Hand. Check out this week’s Dead Man’s Hand Round-Up page at Visionary Comics!

Dead Man’s Hand Preorders and Previews

Dead Man's Hand Preorder and PreviewWe’re into January now, and that’s prime preorder season for Dead Man’s Hand! The preorder window is short, so don’t find yourself alone and bitter in a frost-covered winter—get out and preorder today. You can call your local comic shop and ask them to get you a copy of Dead Man’s Hand from IDW (Diamond Code: Jan150543), or you can print this handy Dead Man’s Hand Preorder Form and drop it by your local comic seller in person.

You’ll already be a winner just for preordering this spectacular collection of Deadlands tales, but you can get even more. Post “I just got dealt the #DeadMansHand” on your social media, e-mail a link to your post to PreOrderPromo@visionarycomics.com, and get a PDF copy of The Kid and a Deadlands Reloaded PDF of your choice (with over 25 available) for free! Be sure to double-check the full details and list of Deadlands PDFs today. Retailers, don’t forget that if you get the most mentions in this contest, you’ll get a complete Visionary library for free!

If you’re hoping for a sneak peek into Dead Man’s Hand, we’re here for you. Visit Visionary’s Spotlight for an extended preview of The Devil’s Six Gun and an interview with David Gallaher and Steve Ellis (author and artist). Hopefully, that’ll keep you happy for a few days, or at least until they add more to the Spotlight next week or until the Dead Men Walking Kickstarter later this month…

Dead Men Walking—Stone and the Cackler Together!

Stone and a Hard Place PreviewWhy pick one Harrowed when you can have two? That’s just crazy talk, partner, and we know it!

The third Deadlands Plot Point Campaign is on its way, featuring everyone’s favorite hero-killer, Stone! But we’re going to bump up the “dead factor” and combine him with the long-awaited tale of the Weird West’s oldest and most mysterious Harrowed—teased since the beginning of Deadlands in 1996—the Cackler!

The dead duo will be coming your way in January in a very special combo Kickstarter. Stone will be the headliner in Stone and a Hard Place, the third Deadlands Plot Point Campaign that details the strange locales and odd characters of the American Southwest, provides enhanced rules for the setting, and brings you face-to-face with more abominations and tribulations than a rational man can survive! But even if you survive this encounter with Stone, can you handle the Cackler? He’ll be coming to you in a brand new graphic novel, written by Shane Hensley and illustrated by comics legend Bart Sears. The Cackler graphic novel will also include an exclusive adventure penned by our own Mighty Matt Cutter and a tale called Dead Men Talking about the day Stone and the Cackler met!

The details for the Stone-and-Cackler Kickstarter will be coming soon, but there’s a few bits we can share right now, with it being the season of giving and all. You won’t have to wait on Stone and a Hard Place—PDF materials will release immediately and the hardback orders will be placed as soon as we have the final Kickstarter numbers! The Cackler graphic novel will ship separately as soon as it’s finished, so you can get both as soon as possible. Oh, and there will be cool extras. Lots of cool extras.

Remember, the Dead Men Walking campaign kicks off our march toward the 20th Anniversary of Deadlands! We’ve got lots of surprises planned, and they all start with the Dead Men Walking Kickstarter. Backers will get more than the usual books and bonuses—we’ll also share some of our changes, updates, and future plans as well. It’s always better to know what’s coming out of the Weird West before it just sneaks up on you, amigo—don’t miss that chance!

This is definitely the Kickstarter to watch for all you Deadlands fans out there!

Sellner-Shane Interview Finale and Preorder-Prizes Reminder

The Cackler Graphic NovelIt’s that time of year to bring things to a close, to make sure you’ve finished what you’ve started. In that spirit, here is the second part of the Sellner-Shane interview that we started last week. Get some answers about the Cackler graphic novel and what’s coming next.

And while we’re making sure to finish things up, don’t forget to get your preorders in for Dead Man’s Hand. Get full preorder details and special prize information from last week’s article before you let time get away from you!

 

Interview With Deadlands’ Creator Shane Hensley: Part II

VIS: Welcome Back Gang! As we close out 2014, we wanted to make sure we wrapped this in depth interview between the two top guns of Pinnacle and Visionary! Last time, Visionary’s own CCO C. Edward Sellner, interviewed Deadlands creator Shane Hensley about the game and all the great developments coming at you this coming year. This time, we talk a little more with both about the next phase! Alright gents, last time we just mentioned the coming of THE CACKLER, the next Deadlands Kickstarter Graphic Novel. So, let’s pick up right where we left off. Why now? Why a graphic novel?

SH: We’ve been chasing a live action show as well as the animated show I talked about for almost 20 years at this point. We’re also coming up on the 20th anniversary of Deadlands, and we’ve got some really big plans for the roleplaying game. We also now have a partner in Visionary that really gets what we’re trying to do and has a long-term plan for our comics and fiction.

CES: Well, mostly thanks to such a great partner there! All of us at the studio absolutely love the property, we love the backstory, the richness of the world, and all the great villains. The first round of one-shots was really the highlight of the studio’s history as far as we’re concerned, a chance to really strut what we could do with the right brand.

SH: The first foray into our comics had some tremendous talent, one of which was Bart Sears. When Chuck Sellner of Visionary asked if I’d like to finally tell the story of the Cackler with Bart, there was no way I could say no.

VIS: What’s it been like working with Bart and Visionary?

SH: I’ve been reading comics for over 40 years…since I could read…so getting to write a real meaty book like this is a treat all on its own. Chuck Sellner (and Brand Manager Matt Cutter) have really helped me hone whatever skill I might have and I think people will love the end result of what is truly a team effort. That was before I saw Bart’s art—particularly the initial shot of the Cackler, and later his crew. It’s been the screen saver on my computer for over a month now! But it goes beyond just cool characters. Bart took the first few pages of the script we wrote and made a few changes—changes we all instantly agreed were even better. He truly is a natural and visual storyteller, and if fans like the book that eventually sits in their hands, it will be first because of the great editing and advice by Matt and Chuck, and by Bart’s eye for making those words flow into the visual medium.

VIS: And how about your end Chuck? What’s it like working with Shane and Bart on this book?

CES: Shane is one of the greatest guys I’ve ever known. He’s a top notch creator, and really gets the process. This is his world, his story, but his willingness to let the comic guys help craft the final product says a lot. And of course, Bart is one of my idols in comics. I’ve loved his art since forever, and as great as it was having him on Death Was Silent, working directly with him, and coloring his art is a new high mark in my own career.

VIS: Where does Deadlands go from here?

SH: There is so much on the horizon. In addition to the Dead Man’s Hand direct edition and the Cackler from Visionary, this year sees the release of the novels from Tor, written by New York Times Bestselling Authors Jonathan Maberry, Jeff Marriotte, and Seanan McGuire—we’re SUPER excited about that. We’re also gearing up for the 20th anniversary and a brand new surprise and direction for the game—some of which stems directly from the tale of the Cackler. There’s support for our Deadlands spinoffs Hell on Earth and Noir, and re-release of the original “Deadlands in Space,” Lost Colony. And there’s a whole new Deadlands setting coming in the next few years as well we think people will really go nuts for. And if we’re lucky, we’ll have another crack at that television show or feature we’ve been chasing so long.

Santa Shane Giveaways and Dead Man’s Hand Preorders

Dead Man's Hand Preview CoverSay, you’re a smart cookie. Look at you. You follow the Pinnacle news, you play good games, and you get what you want out of life. I can tell. You’re way too smart to miss out on Dead Man’s Hand. It’s the first original collection of the Deadlands comics series produced by Visionary comics and IDW, and it includes all the original comics (Devil’s Six Gun, Massacre at Redwing, Death Was Silent, and Black Water), two new stories (Vengeful by Deadlands creator Shane Hensley and What a Man’s Gotta Do  by Deadlands Big Bug Matt Cutter), and the first-anywhere sneak peek at Ghostwalkers, next year’s Tor novel from New York Times’ best-selling author Jonathan Maberry!

So, what you’ve got to do is go by your local retailer and preorder Dead Man’s Hand as soon as you can. It’s in the January Previews Catalog, just waitin’ for you to stake your claim. But hurry, because you gotta’ get in those orders in January—maybe even early January depending on your store!

And we’re going to make it real easy if you’ve never done this before. Download a Dead Man’s Hand Preorder Form, fill it out, and hand it directly to your retailer. If they need anything else, they’ll ask you and write it in the handy space we left for ‘em. Gotta’ keep the shopkeepers happy, you know. You can also preorder Dead Man’s Hand on-line with the order code JAN150543, too. And if you’re overseas and having trouble, you can always preorder Dead Man’s Hand from Forbidden Planet UK.

As a tip of ol’ Santa Shane’s hat to you, here’s more reason to reserve now. After you pre-order, post “I just got dealt the #DeadMansHand at (name of your retailer)” on your favorite social media site. Heck, include a pic if you like. Then email a link to your post to PreOrderPromo@visionarycomics.com. You’ll get a return email with links to a free PDF of Deadlands: The Kid! And that ain’t all—tell us which Deadlands Reloaded book you’d like, and you’ll get a free PDF of that too! Yep, two books free just for ordering one. It must be the holidays!

We’re not forgettin’ the retailers, either. Whichever store gets the most posts wins a complete Visionary Comics’ print library! That’s two copies of each of our trade collections, including both volumes of Headlocked, Frog Princess, both volumes of Visions, limited collector’s exclusive edition of Dead Man’s Hand, and our Kickstarter exclusive volume Deadlands: Raven. We’ll even throw in a copy of our next exclusive volume, The Cackler, when it releases! As a final bonus, you’ll get an autographed collector’s pack of the original one-shots, including signatures by most of the creators. That’s over $300 worth of collectible comics! So, keep the forms handy, tell folks about the promotions, and make sure all your horror-western fans know about Dead Man’s Hand! They’ll thank you for it!