Jeff Lemire, Matt Kindt and David Rubin have all collaborated together in one form or another in the past, but now the three creators have united to create their own world in Cosmic Detective, which went live on Kickstarter earlier today.
The story centers on a detective tasked with discovering who killed a god.
“Cosmic Detective is a crime story that channels Jack Kirby, David Lynch and Raymond Chandler,” Kindt said. “It’s a story grounded in noir that ultimately becomes absolutely cosmic-bonkers insane.”
Here’s how they describe the project: In COSMIC DETECTIVE, a God is found dead. Foul play is suspected. But who investigates the murder of a god? Not just anyone, that’s for damn sure. Enter our Detective. He’s got a wife, a kid, and a seemingly normal day job as a private eye. But for years, he’s been working for a secret underground cabal of shadowy figures, an organization committed to an uneasy alliance with cosmic forces beyond our imagining.
“Matt and I have had a chance to collaborate in the past, but never to create our own world and our own mythology,” said Lemire, who is co-writing the story with Kindt. “We wanted to make something weird and mysterious, a world filled with big ideas that we knew David’s insane visual imagination would thrive in.”
They were looking for $35,000 when they launched, but they blew past that total pretty quickly. Currently the project has brought in more than $50,000 in pledges.
“We may live in different countries—with Matt in the USA, Jeff in Canada, and myself in Spain—but we have all met in person, and, more importantly, we all love to draw, to create, and tell stories,” said Rubín. “The three of us have worked together before and we know each other well, both our strong points and our weaknesses. With Cosmic Detective, we’re doing all the things we love to do, and at the same time, forging a new path in our careers.”
The book will be presented in an oversized, deluxe format hardcover (8 ¾ x 11/58”). $10 will get you a digital copy, while $40 gets you the hardcover. For $8 more, though, you can also get a pack of playing cards featuring Rubín’s artwork.
Head over to Kickstarter for more information.