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Press Release

"Ithaqa," a mystery turned Lovecraftian horror story is fully funded on Kickstarter within 24 hours of launch.

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Hoboken, NJ (March 26, 2019) - Michael Watson brings Ithaqa, a 1920's horror comic, to Kickstarter and premieres a digital version on, a crypto-currency backed blogging platform.

Ithaqa is a comedy-turned-Lovecraftian horror story, that will appeal to readers who enjoyed HBO’s True Detective, but thought it would be copacetic if it had been set during the roaring 20’s.

  • Mookie Smitts is a filmmaker and conman, who stumbles upon the horrible Eldritch Truth of the cosmos, as a moving picture he's struggling to produce in the 1920’s, accidentally threatens to destroy the Spacetime Continuum.

  • Hazel is an ostracized artist, whose fascination with the booming spiritualist movement gets her involved with a recent string of suspicious deaths. She believes that ghosts are real, and thinks that Mookie can help her find some.

  • Margaret Murphy is a former suffragette. Now that she's won the vote, she finds her day to day life as a telephone operator to be unfulfilling. Margaret wants to solve mysteries like the hard boiled detectives in the pulp novels she reads. She trusts Mookie as far as she can throw him, which isn't very far.

  • Ruth Addler is a cynical nurse who's down on her luck. Her no good husband split town, and left her saddled with a lot of gambling debts. Now she needs some cash quick, and an ad in the paper looking for spiritualist investigators seems like just the ticket...

  • Harvey Bolton is a WW1 soldier gone AWOL. A horrific eldritch experience from his past drives him to abandon the army and seek answers. His quest for the truth is complicated by his former lover, Charles Smith, who has risen to the rank of Lieutenant within the Ithaca Police Department.

These five investigators find their paths intersecting in the city of Ithaca, NY, as a local real estate tycoon seeks to quell the rumors that his recently acquired lands are haunted.

"The Steem cryptocurrency community has been supporting my comic online for two years now, but it's time to launch Ithaqa to a wider audience " says Watson. "I've been waiting to bring the comic to Kickstarter, because I wanted to make sure I was bringing their community a product that was as finished and polished as possible, and I finally feel that that time has come. Ithaqa, Issue 1, is ready for a physical print run."

If successfully funded on Kickstarter, Ithaqa, Issue 1, will be 36 pages long and kick off an 8 issue story arc. The comic is illustrated by Theresa Chiechi, a graduate of The School of Visual Arts, NYC.

It is lettered by Lucas Gattoni (Salvation, Kinetic, and Message Sent)

In order to give potential backers a taste of what they’re backing, Watson has uploaded most of the comic to steemit.

“If I was in a comic shop, I wouldn't buy a book without picking it up and flipping through the pages,” says Watson.  “I needed to give potential backers a way to preview the story and decide if Ithaqa is for them.”

For more information about Ithaqa, you can check out the Kickstarter campaign at

To read the comic, go to

For press images, go to

Notes to Editors

About Michael Watson

Michael Watson is a writer and video editor who has worked for the Vsauce Network, History Channel, and DUST. He loves reading Sci-fi and playing Call of Cthulhu, so it's no surprise that his subconscious demanded he write Ithaqa!

About Theresa Chiechi

Theresa is an illustrator and cartoonist based in Manhattan graduated from the School of Visual Arts with a BFA in Cartooning.

With a fascination with history, Theresa loves finding inspiration in fairy tales stories, historical events, and looking to her Italian heritage when creating stories and illustrations. She often finds herself listening to way too many true crime podcasts.

About Lucas Gattoni

Lucas Gattoni is a seasoned graphic designer and typesetter, bringing over fifteen years of professionalism to comic book lettering. He's worked with many indie publishers and is lettering two yet-to-be-announced series for Action Lab Comics. He lives in Argentina with his husband and their four goldfish (wait, make that three now).


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