Nefarious: Graphic Novel Volume 1

Created by Josh Hano

Nefarious: Bad Guy's Gonna Win collects the first four issues of the Nefarious comic into graphic novel. Nefarious is the story about a villain-for-hire who specializes in helping other bad guy's win for a change.

Latest Updates from Our Project:

Mass Production, PDF's Released + Crow Glow
about 2 months ago – Tue, Dec 04, 2018 at 03:50:43 PM

We're off to the Races

First, I wanted to let everyone know the Nefarious Volume 1 books are officially in mass production! My printer sent me a proof the other day and after careful scrutiny and a few minor adjustments  I gave them the green light to start printing! So we're still on track for that February release.

If you have moved, or need to update your address for any reason, NOW IS THE TIME TO DO SO. If you don't remember how to do that, all you need to do is click this link.

That new book smell
That new book smell


You might have also noticed an email notification so you can download Lineage of Tyranny and Prism the final two chapters in volume 1. Be sure to give those a read!

Glow-in-the-Dark Pins

Lastly, I wanted to let everyone know about a cool little promo thing we're doing on the patreon to celebrate the completion/printing of volume 1. All existing and new patrons who sign up before Dec. 18th get a freebie Glow-in-the-Dark pin!

Dat Crow Glow
Dat Crow Glow

 So if you finish Volume 1, want to read the beginning of Volume 2, AND want a neat glowy pin here is the place to do it!

2 months ago – Mon, Nov 12, 2018 at 12:19:01 PM


It's happening!
It's happening!

It's official! Nefarious volume 1 has gone gold. What that means is everything to do with creation of volume 1 is complete. All 150 story pages, 30 bonus pages are done. They've been proofread, touched up, fixes have been put in. No further changes are to be made.

What does that mean now? It's time for production! Some days ago I put out quote request to several printers, and I am currently in the negotiation phase to figure out which one I want to go with. Once that is complete, most printers have a two-month turn around from when documents are submitted, to when books are sent out.

Accounting for whatever hiccups may arise, I'm predicting the books will be sent to me February 2019 at which point I will begin distributing them. 

What's Next for Nefarious?

Volume 2 is already under way! Due to the success of the patreon, I was able to seamlessly continue working once volume 1 wrapped. What I will likely do is make much more progress into volume 2 before even thinking about doing another kickstarter. That way I'll be able to sharply reduce the time between the KS and the delivery of physical books. So count on that launching a year from now.

Enamel Pins


By popular demand, we just got a batch of  premium hard enamel pins! Currently, it's only available as an exclusive patreon reward. So if you want to start reading volume 2 early, get private discord access, commission voting and get another piece of physical merch, this is the the place to do it.

That being said, it will eventually be available to the public once things settle for me. I'm mostly trying to keep things simple while I juggle so many task all at once.

More updates will come as we hit the next few milestones!


Progress Update & Musical Numbers
6 months ago – Tue, Jul 24, 2018 at 04:13:47 PM

Progress Visualized

Howdy gang,

I wanted to keep you appraised about where I'm at. Things have been kind of quiet as I've been steadily chugging along working on the final two chapters of Volume 1. But We're getting very close to being done. Both of the final chapters are halfway complete and the original goal of the Kickstarter of four issues has been complete for quite some time.

 Good at Being Bad

But I don't just have a progress bar to show for my efforts. In my spare time I've been busy. I've been using my weekends to work on Nefarious music videos. Many of you may have already seen these on my  youtube channel, but if you haven't be sure to check them out below.

 If one isn't enough, enjoy this second one! I took a song I really liked and created a Nefarious storyboard/animatic to go along with it.

 And be sure to subscribe! because there is another animatic in the works.

All Six Covers! Possible Spoilers Below

All six covers have also been complete. Though each chapter is it's own stand alone story, there is a seasonal arc one could piece together by putting together these images. So if you want to be completely surprised, look away.


Webcomic 1-year Anniversary Launch!
12 months ago – Mon, Jan 22, 2018 at 02:09:23 PM

Happy Anniversary! 

Art courtesy of Hebitonetsu. DA:  Tumblr:

It's been a while since I did a major update, so I want to get everyone up to speed on where we're at and where we're going! Today is Nefarious's 1-year anniversary! 1 year ago Nefarious launched on steam, and a purple clad lunatic kidnapped our hearts. But now that we've tossed the confetti and popped the champagne let's get down to business.

More Content less Fluff!

Progress wise I'm currently at 75 pages complete of the graphic novel. Originally I planned on doing four chapters, each at 25 pages long + 50 pages of bonus content to make a 150 page book. But due to the success of the patreon I've decided I'd much rather do six chapters to make 150 story content pages + 20 pages of bonus content for a 170ish page book. 

That will cause a delay in the printing of the books, but it's basically a huge free upgrade/bigger book for you guys with less fluff.


The next major business is the webcomic is officially launched! Select stories will be posted to the public, at a rate of one page per week. Other stories will remain patreon/book exclusives. (Death by Paperwork, Mala Kart: Painbow Road.ect)


But you can now start sharing the gift of Nefarious with a friend by sharing this link with as many of your friends as possible! We decided to launch with the first 16 pages of "Trouble in Paradise" the official issue 1 of Nefarious. Updates will occur every Monday to add the next page.


As Kickstarter backers you guys are gonna be way ahead of the curve! Wanted to touch on this before we wrapped up. I'll be sending out chapter PDF's soon for backers in the next few updates.

 Coming soon!

-Josh H.

Nefarious Patreon
over 1 year ago – Mon, Jun 26, 2017 at 10:35:46 PM

The Patreon

Wanted to drop a line and remind everyone that the deadline to pick up the Kickstarter + Patreon bundle reward is nearing. It will close off on July 1st 12am. That will be your final chance to pick up the limited edition metallic finish trading card of Crow pictured below!



Also a new post just went up today. Enjoy this preview snippet and click through for the full page for an epic early-book reveal on the state of things. 


If that wasn't enough of a reward, I wanted to create an incentive for those who support the patreon by creating a supplement to the main Nefarious storyline. It is now home to the patreon-exclusive Nefarious comic "Death by Paperwork" featuring Becky as she navigates the politics, betrayals and dangers of managing Crow's evil empire while he's out having fun and blowing stuff up.  I didn't intend on showing up empty handed either. Here is the first page!




So you get an exclusive comic, a trading card and early access to every single main-story page as soon as it's completed. (not to mention access to the writers room on discord, where I pitch ideas, and post alternate joke-panels)

It's a great option for anyone who wishes to go above and beyond the call of duty and be handsomely rewarded for their support. On top of all that, we just hit the patreon stretch goal- all backers who pledge at the 10$ level will get a bonus steam key for the game! to either use yourself, or give to a friend. 

You make click this link- or any above image- to go to the patreon. 

Digital Rewards Status

Quick update on early digital rewards such as the Nefarious (game) steam key. Kickstarter takes two weeks from the end of a campaign to transfer funds. Once that is complete I'll be able to unlock backerkit which I can then use to quickly and easily dispense all keys- and those who have the soundtrack may have noticed they can already download the files. This means I'll be able to send out survey's on around the 28th.

-Josh H.