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I’m excited to announce the launch of the Kickstarter project for Tales from Lost Vegas — the new comic book to be released in this year’s Vegas Valley Comic Book Festival. I illustrated a small section of the book and I can tell you right now the talents helping out with this project will blow you away!

What’s even more exciting is that the proceeds will go to the Las Vegas Library district. It will help support and promote reading for all ages. Please take the time and contribute what you can and know that it’s for a good cause. Share it with your friends and let’s get this party started!

Three young friends form a bond as they face strange characters and unexpected perils in a lost city beneath the streets of Las Vegas.

Three young friends form a bond as they face strange characters and unexpected perils in a lost city beneath the streets of Las Vegas.


Tales from Lost Vegas is an original, 40-page, full-color comic book that tells the story of three middle school friends who discover a lost complex hidden beneath the streets of Las Vegas, where they encounter robotic ants, cybernetic mob enforcers and the floating head of Howard Hughes. It’s a fun, all-ages adventure-comedy packed with witty banter, bizarre characters and genuine drama.

Art by Ken Lamug
Art by Ken Lamug

Written by Ed Hawkins, who also developed the concept behind 2011’s Tales from Fremont Street, Tales from Lost Vegas will be the first full-color entry in this popular series of comics published by Pop! Goes the Icon featuring all-Las Vegas-based creators, designed to commemorate the annual Vegas Valley Comic Book FestTales from Lost Vegas will debut at this year’s festival, which will be held on Saturday, Nov. 2, 2013.

The Comic Book Fest, which is part of the city-spanning Vegas Valley Book Festival, celebrates the illustrated word with national and local creators, panel discussions, workshops, an Artist Alley, retail marketplace, children’s activities, films, music, and much more. In just five years, the festival grew from 800 attendees to more than 3,000 in 2012, and thanks to the support of efforts such as ours, it’s all made possible free of charge to the community.

As part of our ongoing effort to provide a platform for undiscovered and hidden talent from Southern Nevada, Tales from Lost Vegas will feature artwork by a handful of new and emerging talents based in Sin City, including Justin Ayers, Daniel Blodgett, Steve Benton, Kenneth Lamug and Jska Priebe.

Art by Steve Benton
Art by Steve Benton


We’re looking for your help to bring this project to life and maximize its reach into the world. We know how thin everyone’s dollar is stretched these days, and we think it’s important that you know where your money will go. The funds raised in this Kickstarter campaign will:

  • Pay for the initial print run of 1,000 copies of Tales from Lost Vegas
  • Pay for production of rewards
  • Pay for shipping and postage
  • Pay for Kickstarter fees and related charges

We’ve created a selection of fun incentives at all donation levels to entice your support of this project. No matter what your budget, whether you’re just a comic book fan or a small business owner, there’s a pledge level that’s right for you, with rewards ranging from a printed copy of Tales from Lost Vegas all the way up to having your business’s name right above the logo on the front cover. In between, there’s original art, custom commissions, limited-edition posters, and more.



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