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Hello, my name is John Kratky and I’m running this Patreon because I need help in not only funding the art for the three comics I write, but also for funding the short comics that will appear alongside them in their print additions. Beyond the art, the funds I receive through Patreon will also go to web hosting, advertising, the production of new comics, better websites, the funding of print additions, pay raises for the artists, and merchandise.  

This campaign really isn't about lining my own pockets.  The goals I've set for artistic independence are pretty high.  In fact, even if this campaign reaches some of the bigger goals, money will still be coming out of my pockets.  The more money I have in the comic fund, the more I'll be able to accomplish.  Sure, ultimately I'm looking towards working on comics full-time, but that's down the line.  Lets talk about now.  

I’m just a writer. I have no art skills whatsoever. Sure, I can make a decent circle, maybe even a decent stick figure, and if I put a couple of years into the practice, maybe I could even make my own comic from the script to the sequential art. But to be honest, I have no interest in doing that. I fancy myself a writer. In fact, it’s all I care to do with my spare time, but if I want to make comics there is a whole lot of other stuff involved. I have to hire somebody to do the pencils, the inks, the colors, and the letters. Sometimes I have to pay somebody to clean up some of the work. Sometimes I spend money on artists that don’t work out. Everything else I take on entirely by myself, including tasks such as learning to make websites. Maybe it was a stupid decision to create three comics simultaneously as I would have to fund them all out of my own wallet. But I just can’t help myself. I love to create.

Over the last few years I’ve invested well over $10,000 and I only want things to get bigger.  If you enjoy any of the comics I produce, you can help me get there.  I'll probably still need to get that second job I'm currently looking for, but it will be a huge weight off my shoulders knowing that I'm getting help from people who enjoy my work.

Here are the comics that I create and that you will be supporting:

         

The main focus of the campaign at first will be The Black Wall.

This story is a near-future noir that centers on Hank Mitchum, a veteran of the wars in the Middle East and a drifter in an America that is slowly falling apart.  When he ends up back in his childhood home of Reno, NV,  an old friend and fellow veteran offers Hank a job in the surveillance industry that may be more than it seems, and he involves himself with a young woman whose disappearance he blames on himself.

Hard times & easy money in a world that watches your every move.

Art: Michelle Lodge
Lettering: Chilli & Eduardo Camacho

         

The next comic that will come into focus is Ham-Fisted Tales.

As of now there have been some problems getting the final pages of the current story The Goblet at the Black Oak finished, but they are being worked on, and should be online in no time. The inks for the second story, Upon the Judge's Order, have been completed and I am currently searching for a colorist, so there is plenty of material on the way.  But what is this comic?

I am a lifelong horror nut.  I never thought I'd be able to do my own concept of what horror is and be happy with it.  But here it is.  Gothic Horror equally inspired by the Universal monsters of the 30's & 40's, the Hammer films of the 60's, and horror comics from the 50's mashes together into my own world of terror.  This anthology comic is made up of long-form horror stories that exist in a faux old world Europe and are my take on all the classic traditions that you find in Gothic Horror.  Gross, scary, sexy, dramatic, wild, and always fun.

The Goblet at the Black Oak (current comic)
Pencils & Inks: Joel Cotejar
Colors: Janessa Douglas & Michael Shane
Lettering:  Chilli & Eduardo Camacho

Upon the Judge's Order (coming soon)
Pencils & Inks: Cristian Baez
Colors: ?
Lettering: Eduardo Camacho

         

Last but not least for our web content we have Tales of Hammerfist, which has been on hiatus long enough for people who read it to think it is never coming back.  But it is, hopefully by summer, I'm just trying to get a nice buffer of pages before I begin posting it again.  Once it is in full swing, it will be another big part of this Patreon campaign.  

The story concerns Berend Eberhardt, a blacksmith and adventurer who has newly established himself in the strange land of Teufeldorf.  He is immediately entangled in the lives of the locals and their problems as monsters run amuck and their elderly have all been snatched away. It seems old laws have been broken and truces tossed away.  With the help of local pub owner Adelind Fuchs, Berend must find the answers from Teufeldorf's past to ensure it has a future.

Pencils & Inks:  Tobias Gebhardt & Eric Michael Ella
Colors: Stephen Yan & Eric Michale Ella
Lettering: Tobias Gebhardt & Eduardo Camacho

         

While the printed versions of Ham-Fisted Tales & Tales of Hammerfist will have extra comics in them, The Black Wall has the unique pleasure of introducing a whole new comic called Getting Back To Normal.  A new part will appear with each chapter of the printed edition of The Black Wall, always ending at a cliffhanger.

This story centers around Raccoon, a homeless man who has lived the street life for decades.  He's rough around the edges and has a drug problem, but that doesn't stop him from doing the right thing when he stumbles upon a dead body.  Raccoon takes it upon himself to seek out the murderer in this introspective, psychedelic noir tale.  

Pencils & Inks: Luigi Criscuolo
Lettering:  Eduardo Camacho
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- Access to a new comic page for each comic a full week early.

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You will get a written review/recommendation by John of comics/movies/music he enjoys once per month.  These won't be short blurbs written without thought, but more like the work you would find at his blog "A Mugful".
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Sketches from Coffee Time Comics artists will appear here twice a month.  Some will be character & location ideas for current comics, others will be fresh ideas.  All will be interesting.
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- A thank you will be tweeted to you in a twitter-sized poem with the topic of your choice written by John.
- You will get access to the extra stories created for the print versions of each comic as they are available.  This means when the book/e-book is released, you will get that release's exclusive comic.
Pledge $20 or more per month
1 of 5 patrons
As a big thank you for such a generous donation, your likeness will appear within one of our comics as a character.  I can't always promise a speaking part, but you will be there.  This will happen as the opportunity arises.
Goals
$18 of $6,000 per month
I will quit my job and create comics for a living.  That's all folks.
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Hello, my name is John Kratky and I’m running this Patreon because I need help in not only funding the art for the three comics I write, but also for funding the short comics that will appear alongside them in their print additions. Beyond the art, the funds I receive through Patreon will also go to web hosting, advertising, the production of new comics, better websites, the funding of print additions, pay raises for the artists, and merchandise.  

This campaign really isn't about lining my own pockets.  The goals I've set for artistic independence are pretty high.  In fact, even if this campaign reaches some of the bigger goals, money will still be coming out of my pockets.  The more money I have in the comic fund, the more I'll be able to accomplish.  Sure, ultimately I'm looking towards working on comics full-time, but that's down the line.  Lets talk about now.  

I’m just a writer. I have no art skills whatsoever. Sure, I can make a decent circle, maybe even a decent stick figure, and if I put a couple of years into the practice, maybe I could even make my own comic from the script to the sequential art. But to be honest, I have no interest in doing that. I fancy myself a writer. In fact, it’s all I care to do with my spare time, but if I want to make comics there is a whole lot of other stuff involved. I have to hire somebody to do the pencils, the inks, the colors, and the letters. Sometimes I have to pay somebody to clean up some of the work. Sometimes I spend money on artists that don’t work out. Everything else I take on entirely by myself, including tasks such as learning to make websites. Maybe it was a stupid decision to create three comics simultaneously as I would have to fund them all out of my own wallet. But I just can’t help myself. I love to create.

Over the last few years I’ve invested well over $10,000 and I only want things to get bigger.  If you enjoy any of the comics I produce, you can help me get there.  I'll probably still need to get that second job I'm currently looking for, but it will be a huge weight off my shoulders knowing that I'm getting help from people who enjoy my work.

Here are the comics that I create and that you will be supporting:

         

The main focus of the campaign at first will be The Black Wall.

This story is a near-future noir that centers on Hank Mitchum, a veteran of the wars in the Middle East and a drifter in an America that is slowly falling apart.  When he ends up back in his childhood home of Reno, NV,  an old friend and fellow veteran offers Hank a job in the surveillance industry that may be more than it seems, and he involves himself with a young woman whose disappearance he blames on himself.

Hard times & easy money in a world that watches your every move.

Art: Michelle Lodge
Lettering: Chilli & Eduardo Camacho

         

The next comic that will come into focus is Ham-Fisted Tales.

As of now there have been some problems getting the final pages of the current story The Goblet at the Black Oak finished, but they are being worked on, and should be online in no time. The inks for the second story, Upon the Judge's Order, have been completed and I am currently searching for a colorist, so there is plenty of material on the way.  But what is this comic?

I am a lifelong horror nut.  I never thought I'd be able to do my own concept of what horror is and be happy with it.  But here it is.  Gothic Horror equally inspired by the Universal monsters of the 30's & 40's, the Hammer films of the 60's, and horror comics from the 50's mashes together into my own world of terror.  This anthology comic is made up of long-form horror stories that exist in a faux old world Europe and are my take on all the classic traditions that you find in Gothic Horror.  Gross, scary, sexy, dramatic, wild, and always fun.

The Goblet at the Black Oak (current comic)
Pencils & Inks: Joel Cotejar
Colors: Janessa Douglas & Michael Shane
Lettering:  Chilli & Eduardo Camacho

Upon the Judge's Order (coming soon)
Pencils & Inks: Cristian Baez
Colors: ?
Lettering: Eduardo Camacho

         

Last but not least for our web content we have Tales of Hammerfist, which has been on hiatus long enough for people who read it to think it is never coming back.  But it is, hopefully by summer, I'm just trying to get a nice buffer of pages before I begin posting it again.  Once it is in full swing, it will be another big part of this Patreon campaign.  

The story concerns Berend Eberhardt, a blacksmith and adventurer who has newly established himself in the strange land of Teufeldorf.  He is immediately entangled in the lives of the locals and their problems as monsters run amuck and their elderly have all been snatched away. It seems old laws have been broken and truces tossed away.  With the help of local pub owner Adelind Fuchs, Berend must find the answers from Teufeldorf's past to ensure it has a future.

Pencils & Inks:  Tobias Gebhardt & Eric Michael Ella
Colors: Stephen Yan & Eric Michale Ella
Lettering: Tobias Gebhardt & Eduardo Camacho

         

While the printed versions of Ham-Fisted Tales & Tales of Hammerfist will have extra comics in them, The Black Wall has the unique pleasure of introducing a whole new comic called Getting Back To Normal.  A new part will appear with each chapter of the printed edition of The Black Wall, always ending at a cliffhanger.

This story centers around Raccoon, a homeless man who has lived the street life for decades.  He's rough around the edges and has a drug problem, but that doesn't stop him from doing the right thing when he stumbles upon a dead body.  Raccoon takes it upon himself to seek out the murderer in this introspective, psychedelic noir tale.  

Pencils & Inks: Luigi Criscuolo
Lettering:  Eduardo Camacho

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Rewards
Pledge $1 or more per month
0 patrons
Access to the rough/penciled page for each comic a full week early.
Pledge $2 or more per month
1 patron
Access to the scripted page for each comic a full week early.
Pledge $3 or more per month
0 patrons
- Access to a new comic page for each comic a full week early.

Pledge $5 or more per month
0 patrons
You will get a written review/recommendation by John of comics/movies/music he enjoys once per month.  These won't be short blurbs written without thought, but more like the work you would find at his blog "A Mugful".
Pledge $6 or more per month
0 patrons
Sketches from Coffee Time Comics artists will appear here twice a month.  Some will be character & location ideas for current comics, others will be fresh ideas.  All will be interesting.
Pledge $7 or more per month
0 patrons
- A thank you will be tweeted to you in a twitter-sized poem with the topic of your choice written by John.
- You will get access to the extra stories created for the print versions of each comic as they are available.  This means when the book/e-book is released, you will get that release's exclusive comic.
Pledge $20 or more per month
1 of 5 patrons
As a big thank you for such a generous donation, your likeness will appear within one of our comics as a character.  I can't always promise a speaking part, but you will be there.  This will happen as the opportunity arises.