Taking a break from comic art to direct you towards a Kickstarter I care about.
You may have read about the stunning pilot made by Jason Lee Weight and his team ( I reviewed it here ), you may have dropped in on the gang’s Reddit AMA and I’m sure you’ve all enjoyed the pilot/ first episode starring Kevin McNally, but still not enough of you are donating to the Kickstarter.
The great news is that Sam Sweetmilk has been picked up by Frederator to feature on their YouTube channel, the bad news is that means nothing if we can’t get the money for a second episode.
You’ll be glad you did.
Oh, I forgot to mention, you have 7 days left, get on it!!
Just look at these prints-most of which are available as pledge rewards,and tell me you are not a little bit intrigued by the project.You have enjoyed Jed’s Ukiyo-e art on the internet and now it is time to show your appreciation by supporting the Kickstarter,you don’t want to miss out,Edo Superstar,much like its hero Masura,will be Kick Ass!
I’m loving the background designs for novel new Kickstarter project Past Away,they have an almost Blade Runner-esque feel to them.
The project is an online interactive comic created by artist and designer Christopher Middleton:
While I refer to Past Away as a comic, that’s mostly because that’s the closest thing to liken it to. The art style and the format are actually more like an animated film. There are no panels or word boxes in Past Away. All of the dialogue scrolls across the bottom of the screen similar to subtitles. I’m a HUGE fan of animation and I wanted Past Away to have the feeling of an animated film or television show.
The comic/game will be available exclusively online:
There is no print alternative for Past Away. From concept to creation it was created to be experienced as a motion comic. Also, since all of the mediums capable of displaying a motion comic also have the potential for interactivity, I wanted to use that interactivity for more than just turning the page or moving to the next shot. I thought it would be cool to integrate choices into the story, so that you can become an active participant in the narrative. I wanted to make a truly interactive story.
This is bold move by the creator and one I hope pays off.If you want to find out more about Past Away I have written a piece for my website,or you could just go straight to the Kickstarter project page and pledge,there are some great rewards on offer,including my favourite at $250:a character pin-up by Minjue Helen Chen.
Art wise,I’m particularly digging the sepia and blue toned inks which make the comic look old timey.Definitely one to watch as western comics have got a bit serious of late,time to make them a little weird again:
"1857. Pariah, Missouri is a riverboat boom-town and a haven for the unscrupulous. The charismatic Hy Buchanan works undercover as a foppish cheat, and creates a rag-tag team to ferret out evil, both the corruption of man and the supernatural. His first challenge is the arrival of a duo of thespians, whose intentions are not to entertain.
Pariah Missouri is a western (set right before the Civil War) with a supernatural twist. Think of it as Deadwood meets Buffy the Vampire Slayer. It leans on mysticism and folk-magic and if you enjoy settings that are heavily researched with complex characters this is for you! “
One of the most popular Kickstarter projects of recent times has been optioned for serialization by Boom! Studios.Fairy Quest by Spectacular Spider-Man collaborators,Paul Jenkins & Humberto Ramos was originally Kickstarted back in May to the tune of $95,000.The story,laid out in a series of short graphic novels,concerns the fictional characters of Grimm’s Fairy Tales living in an oppressive society where they must replay their stories exactly day after day after day.Fed up with this monotonous lifestyle a band of Fairy Tales join together to break free into our world.
You can buy the books direct from the creators for $29.95 now.Or…if that seems like a lot of money to you(which,to be fair it is)you can wait until February when Boom! will serialize the title into a two-issue comic for just £3.99 an issue.You can’t say fairer than that,can you?
FAIRY QUEST #1
Paul Jenkins & Humberto Ramos
The world of Fablewood, where all of the stories that have ever been told live side-by-side, is a sinister place indeed! Under the watchful eye of the dreaded Mister Grimm and his Think Police, Red Riding Hood and her Wolf must risk everything to try and escape and find sanctuary in a mysterious place called the Real World…
Written by industry legend Paul Jenkins (SENTRY, DEATHMATCH) and drawn by comics superstar Humberto Ramos (AMAZING SPIDER-MAN), the smash Kickstarter success story, FAIRY QUEST, is now available in single issue format for the first time!
And obviously you can read the preview above!
The KickStarter everybody wanted is finally here & not many people are paying it the attention it needs!
Ever since Eric Powell & co put together an animated trailer of his Goon comic 2 years ago people have clamoured for more & suggested he go to KickStarter to get the movie funded.He did,nearly two weeks ago,but the target for the project is enormous & it’s just for a show-reel.He want’s $400,000 for a show-reel.
It’s one of the biggest amounts anyone has ever asked for on KickStarter & it would be a shame never to see more of this awesome-ness but it’s seems people can’t get over the amount not being for a finished movie.
Cool Kickstarter appeal for y’all.
“Listen, if you don’t like the idea of a violent neowestern / horror book with a strong female lead, I don’t think you’ll like The Killing Jar.”
-Say’s the blurb on the pledge page.
The Killing Jar is written by Justin Zimmerman & drawn by Russel Brown & can be read on Facebook if you aren’t sure whether to pledge or not.
If it you like what you see,the Kickstarter appeal is here.