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Looking for something spooky to share with your kids? Camp Bitter Lake is the answer. The new kids comic from Jim Gibbons and Julie Oliveira deals with a heartfelt, mystery-solving summer camp in its first story, The Case of the Stolen Stuff. The creative team is currently running a Kickstarter campaign to fund the release of the digital comic.

Camp Bitter Lake is about four kids — Earvin, Larry, Hazel, and Hadiya — who bond over their fascination with unsolved mysteries and decide to investigate the weird goings-on in the wilderness around Area 51. What are those lights in the sky? What’s that rustling in the bushes? And who the heck is stealing everybody’s stuff?!

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“Julie and I have been creating this story packed full of our love of creepy campfire stories and nostalgia for childhood summers for over a year,” Gibbons says. “Pitching a comic when both creators have full-time jobs is tough. After spending so much time building and falling in love with these characters and this world, we just really want to get this comic out to a modest group of excited readers!”

“Jim and I had a chance encounter online and found we had so much in common it would be a shame not to collaborate on a comic together,” Oliveira explains. “It’s been such a fun and rewarding process from the early scribbles of character designs, to drafts of stories and character personalities, to the exciting place we are today with this Kickstarter. The story, themes and characters all come from a very close place in our hearts and we hope you’ll love them just as much!” 

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Rewards for the Kickstarter campaign include the digital comic itself, original digital avatars drawn by Oliveira, and comic book pitch consults by Gibbons. At the time of this writing the campaign has already met its funding goal and there are still more than three weeks left.

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James Ferguson
Lord of the Funny Books
James has a 2nd grade reading level and, as a result, only reads books with pictures. Horror is his 5th favorite genre right after romantic comedy and just before silent films. No one knows why he's here, but he won't leave.
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