Cellar Door: A Scifi and Horror Graphic Novel Anthology

Created by Carmelo from Chimera's Comics

A 140-page collection of 14 stories cut from the same cloth as H.P. Lovecraft and "The Twilight Zone."

Latest Updates from Our Project:

Our Proof Copy Has Arrived!
19 days ago – Tue, Apr 30, 2019 at 08:00:21 PM

First of all, a happy tenth birthday to Kickstarter! Without this platform, creators like me have a chance to reach you directly. This means YOU decide what comics you want to read, and not some faceless corporation aggregating statistics and stereotypes.

Second, I'm happy to announce that I have received the physical proof copy of Cellar Door! I must say, it looks amazing!

Not a mockup!
Not a mockup!

I've finished reviewing it, and Christine is helping me look it over to make sure everything has printed as expected, and we plan to approve the proof tonight. After this, it will take about 3-4 weeks for us to get the books in.

We will be using the next month to prepare the other rewards, like the autographed bookplates and collector's box. I'll keep you posted on that as I go!

In the meantime, thank you all for your continued patience!

Keep moving forward,

Carmelo

We Hope To See You This Saturday, May 4, For Free Comic Book Day!

P.S. Today is the last day to win a complete set of 2019 Free Comic Book Day Comics! 

You can enter to win here.

An Important Update About Cellar Door
about 2 months ago – Tue, Mar 26, 2019 at 12:00:11 PM

It's time for a long overdue update about Cellar Door! I want to give you the news about our progress, tell you what's next, and give you a look at our Kickstarter Exclusive bookplate!

I'll have more updates coming more quickly as we get closer to release time, and I'll give you a thorough accounting of what took so long. But without further delay...

Where's Cellar Door?

Good news - Cellar Door is on its way now. There were some issues with our original proof, and we had to make some corrections, but now the printer has the updated files and a proof is on its way. I'll share a "proof review" video with you once I have it!

If there are no more undue delays, we're looking at a release date of mid to late May.

What's Next?

Because we're ready to lock in order quantities, I am closing our pre-order store Friday and we will be charging cards for add-ons then. 

To reiterate: you have already been charged for your pledge and will NOT be charged again. However, if you've added anything on to your pledge, those charges will come through on Friday.

A look at our bookplate, exclusive for the Deluxe Edition!
A look at our bookplate, exclusive for the Deluxe Edition!

If You Haven't Completed Your Survey

There's still time! You can recover your survey here: https://cellar-door.backerkit.com/

Thanks for your patience folks, and stay tuned for a look at the proof and the other rewards as they come in!

Keep moving forward,

Carmelo

Surveys Are Out, So Check Your Emails! PLUS, the Stretch Goal Cover!
4 months ago – Mon, Jan 07, 2019 at 08:06:52 AM

Happy New Year! It's time to fill out your Kickstarter surveys and I want to show you the new cover design!

Why You Must Complete Your Surveys

As we enter the first full week back to work, our fulfillment company BackerKit and I have completed our surveys and sent them your way! Please check your emails for your surveys.

You need to complete your surveys to:

  • Provide your shipping information
  • Tell us how you want your name to appear in the book
  • Select Add-Ons
  • Receive special discounts, coupons, and news about future projects.

Because many of you are being thanked in the book, and a few of you are having characters named after you, we must have the survey results before I can send the files to the printer to order the proof copy. The rest of the book is done and ready to go!

Need Help With The Survey?

If you need help with your survey, I put together this short instructional video for you!

I Didn't Get My Survey Link!

Survey links just went out this morning, so check your email - but if, and only if, you didn't receive one, you can recover the link here:

https://cellar-door.backerkit.com/

The Stretch Goal Cover!

As you might remember, for one of our stretch goals we promised to have my cousin and "Cellar Door" artist Francesca Chimera re-color the cover of Cellar Door in full water color. We felt this would better represent the art inside the book - and be a lot cooler. Behold!

Pencils and inks by Guy Casper. Color by Francesca Chimera.
Pencils and inks by Guy Casper. Color by Francesca Chimera.

I know I was an absentee publisher for the holidays, but I'm back and bringing a 2019 to Chimera's Comics you'll never forget!

Keep moving forward,

Carmelo

Milestone Unlocked! Plus, a Bonus If You Back Before Cyber Monday
5 months ago – Sun, Dec 09, 2018 at 10:36:49 AM

First of all, we had an AMAZING day yesterday, rocketing passed our next Milestone Bonus! I want to tell you about the next bonus and make you a special offer for Cyber Monday. Plus, I'd like to take a break from yapping about myself to tell you about a Kickstarter campaign I'm very excited about right now.

Your Free Bonus, and Your Next Bonus!

 Now, all backers will be receiving a digital copy of the ghost story "The Boy Who Came Closer" from the very talented and generous Simon Birks. Backers will be receiving their bonus in a backer-only update later today.

Now, when we hit 75% funded, all backers will receive a digital horror adventure comic called "Katrina Hates The Dead #1." This is a personal favorite, and in fact I own the complete hardcover graphic novel.

In “Katrina Hates The Dead”, the rapture has come. Now, demons and zombies wander the Earth…and then life goes on. Until a working class girl named Katrina has finally had enough. She’s a bad ass with a badder attitude and she’s ready to take on the undead armies swarming the Earth. Honestly, it’s a little like Evil Dead 2, and I think you’ll really enjoy it if you like to have fun with your horror.

This comic comes from the very generous Russell Nohelty, a friend and mentor who has taught me the importance of building an audience by treating everyone as friends, with kindness and respect. I hope to do him proud by getting to know you all better every day.

Free Scripts If You Back Before Cyber Monday 

The most valuable thing I have to offer you is a look inside my mind. As an author, it takes a lot of courage to share my inner thoughts with the world.

So if you pledge before the end of the night on Monday, November 26, I'll send you two scripts for my contributions to the Cellar Door anthology as a thank you.

Artist's rendition of me writing.
Artist's rendition of me writing.

If you love horror and love comics, then you'll love to see how the sausage is made. Being able to compare script to page gives you a unique insight into how a writer and artist work together to visualize a story.

Now, if you've already pledged, don't worry! I'll be sharing this bonus with every backer UNTIL the end of the day Monday.

Our backers have already gotten:

  • A free print if they backed in the first 3 days; 
  • A bonus digital horror comic if they were one of the first 126 backers; and
  • A SECOND bonus digital horror comic if they backed before we reached $7,934

If you haven't backed yet, I'm very sorry to say these bonuses are gone out of fairness to everyone who backed early - but there's still time to get my two free scripts AND “Katrina Hates The Dead #1.”

Always grateful,

Carmelo

Win Free Tickets to Avengers 4 tonight!
6 months ago – Wed, Dec 05, 2018 at 02:51:25 PM

Last week, between Facebook, YouTube, and Kickstarter over 400 people tuned in to our Livestream where I gave away a page of original art from "Cellar Door." 

This week, I have another awesome prize for you if you're from the Chicagoland area - free tickets to our private screening of Avengers 4!

Tune in live to win tickets to Avengers 4!
Tune in live to win tickets to Avengers 4!

Tune In Live Tonight To Win

Tune in tonight to my livestream to win tickets to Avengers 4! I'll be interviewing Cellar Door creator Nicholas Chimera, my brother, about his new young adult scifi superhero epic, "The Crusader." Tune in at www.chimerascomics.com/live at 7PM CST to win!

The Prize

Every year, Chimera's Comics rents out a movie theater for the biggest release of the year and takes over 100 of our best friends, fans, and customers to go see the movie opening weekend.

This is the MOST fun we have all year, and the MOST fun way to watch these movies: surrounded by fans who get the jokes, find the Easter Eggs, and geek out after the movie.

I'm giving away TWO free tickets to our private screening of Avengers 4 opening weekend. The movie is a bit far out so I don't have the exact showtime yet, but trust me - you don't want to miss this.

Hope to see you tonight,

Carmelo