October 29, 2013

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Halloween Horror: Nenetl of the Forgotten Spirits Kickstarter

If you love horror,you've come to the right place! It's another entry in Panel Patter's Halloween Horror 2013! You can find all my entries by following this Halloween Horror tag.

We're nearing the end of the Halloween season, so it's appropriate that today I'm focusing on another horror-themed Kickstarter project that's nearing the end of its funding drive.

Nenetl of the Forgotten Spirits looks absolutely adorable, as you can see from the picture at left. This campaign is to fund the second issue, so it's a bit of a story in progress, but smartly, the writer (and campaign runner) Vera Greentea is offering the first issue in the backer rewards.

Nenetl (Nena to her friends) is the protagonist of this story that Greentea describes accordingly:
Nenetl of the Forgotten Spirits is a spirited horror story about a ghost searching for her family during the festival of the Day of the Dead, while dodging ambitious exorcist apprentices. Vera Greentea (Recipes for the Dead, To Stop Dreaming of Goddesses) and talented artist Laura Müller (Mega Man Tribute, Subway to Sally Storybook) collaborate to create an autumn-friendly tale of skulls and hope.
Part Two brings in three devilish girls as they conspire to unlock the Forgotten Realm and invite a spirit into their world. Violetta, who dreams of becoming an exorcist apprentice like her older brother, wants to prove what she can do to her two gothic pals as they all get ready to celebrate Mexico’s eerie but gorgeous holiday, the Day of the Dead (Día de Muertos).
Described at something fans of Coraline might light, the visual samples I've seen look incredibly pretty and remind me a bit of Jill Thompson's work on Beasts of Burden. The premise feels really solid as well, from the description and discussion within the Kickstarter.

While I don't know enough about this particular story to tell you it's awesome, if Greentea's "Recipes for the Dead" is a guide, then Nenetl of the Forgotten Spirits will be extremely good. A part of the reward package, I had the pleasure of reading Recipes before writing up this entry. It's fast moving, with a shojo look and feel, with a main character who wants to do the right thing but finds it leads to consequences. Greentea's dialogue is flowing and natural, and the plot sets up future stories well.

That makes me feel very comfortable profiling and highlighting this one, as it finishes off its campaign and looks to stretch goals. Best of all, for only $5, you can get the digital editions of Recipes as well as the first two parts of Nenetl of the Forgotten Spirits. This couldn't be more different from In the Dark, but they're both great ways to support creators working in all forms of the horror genre, and I encourage you to support this KS, too, if what you see looks as good to you as it did to me!