We’re a bit behind on our Kickstarter coverage, but we were spurred into action when news about the stunning looking Cadavers 1: Doppelganger landed in our Inbox. You wouldn’t expect the words ‘stunning’ and ‘cadavers’ to be used in the same sentence, but Matt Hardy and Ed Bentley’s tale of a group of undead supernatural characters attempting to assimilate into the real world looks absolutely superb and when you dig deeper you discover a smart and intriguing concept for a book that feels like it could have tons of potential. This campaign is for the first of five issues, that are set to focus on each character per issue. Hardy’s story mixes a motley bunch of supernatural misfits with classic thriller tropes, while Bentley’s artwork has an incredibly slick finish to it that is reminiscent of classic Joe Madureira (which is always a favourite). Unlike many other pretenders who attempt to mimic that style, fortunately Cadavers has a really high level of polish to it that makes this whole series look like a real cut above your average indie fare and definitely one to watch!
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Joe Cape writer Sam Webster has reached for the stars and beyond in his new book Unfamiliar Skies. 19 year old Claris is part of a mission to the closest inhabitable planet that was started by her great great grandfather, and set to be finished by his descendants. But she has had enough and gone on the run, frustrated that her destiny was previously decided by her ancestors. It’s an ambitious tale for Webster but judging by the five page preview that he has posted on the Kickstarter pledge page, it’s one he is embracing fully. With a really smart old school 70s sci-fi feel, with shades of Logans Run and Silent Running, but presented in Webster’s stylish Anime inspired style it’s a series that has a lot of potential and we look forward to seeing it make it’s debut at this year’s Melksham Comic Con – just so long as it hits it’s funding goal, which you can help by pledging here. Watch the pledge video below.
If you prefer your horror books to be sinister and unsettling rather than splattery and sickening, then you need to check out Split Lip Horror Comics Anthology from US writer Sam Costello. To celebrate the 10 years his webcomic has been publishing ‘weird fiction’ tales to the world he is releasing a special hardcover collection with some of the best and most twisted stories from the past decade of devilishness. Featuring artwork from UK artists like Gary Crutchley (WesterNOIR), Nelson Evergreen, Lee O’Connor, Shane Oakley (Cthulhu Tales, Channel Evil), David Hitchcock (Whitechapel Freak) and Brian Mcgleenhn it’s a dark and twisted series of short stories that will fill up your nightmares and fester in the dark recesses of your brain. So if that sounds like your kind of book then you need to help support them on Kickstarter. You can watch their pledge video below and back them here!
It’s a great time for indie comics anthologies, and joining the like of Papercuts & Inkstains and 100% Biodegradable is Comichaus, a new monthly British comics anthology, prroduced by the team at Comichaus, the indie comics website. As a gateway for some of the UK’s best new indie titles it means they are in the ideal position to capitalise on the current boom in indie and small press publishing and have cherry picked some of the best names from the UK scene to create exclusive new tales. These include Vanguard’s Dan Butcher, Brethren Born’s Jon Laight, Merrick’s Tom Ward and many more alongside editors Pete Genepool and James McCulloch. Committees will also be boasting covers from some big names in the comic industry, with issue 1 featuring work by Glenn Fabry and issue 2 slated to feature a cover by John McCrea.
If you need any more convincing then check out their fantastic Kickstarter video below and you can back them here.
We’re recommending another creepy aquatic based horror story this week, as we introduce you to the world of Tom Smith and Katie Wittle’s Take Only Photographs, Leave Only Footprints. With a creepy hand drawn and inked style from artist Katie, with muted watercolour washes, the artwork seams to be soaked in ennui and melancholy and looks like the perfect showcase for Tom’s dark and unsettling story. If you’re interested in backing them you can find their Kickstarter here, and you can view their pledge video below…
The unstoppable Kickstarter machine, Mike (The Kill Screen) Garley is back with a new volume of the relentless killing machine known as the Samurai Slasher! Featuring art from the likes of Casper (Limbo) Wjingaard, Chris (Operation Boom) Imber and original Slasher artist Andy W Clift, it’s another superb looking collection of stories featuring the slasher and his unfortunate victims. It even boasts a section in 3D to fully embrace the 80s video nasty vibe that this series is soaked in. You’d better hurry if you want to back it though as it will only be running for 13 days, so back it here, or watch their pledge video below…
If last week’s Kickstarter of the Week, Ness should be oozing stagnant water, then this week’s offering should reek of sea salt and be covered in barnacles. Madius Comics’ latest offering, and their first Kickstarter, is a nautical action adventure with spectacular supernatural undertones and stars a salty old seadog called Griff Gristle. With superb Mignola inspired artwork from Rory Donald, and a fantastic script from Madius’ main men Rob Jones and Mike Sambrook, this looks set to be their most complete book yet and an essential read for any fans of the producers of Papercuts and Inkstains. You can watch their video below and pledge here.
From the Lovecraft addled brain of Chris Welsh the writer of Wart, and Irish artist Robert Carey, comes a new slimy and spooky horror book called Ness. An absolute no-brainer for Kickstarter of the Week, you could be forgiven for thinking it was a new release from Image rather than a crowd-funded book as the story is that creepy and the art is that damn good. Based on the half dozen preview pages we’ve seen, we can;t help but expect the package to ooze with stagnant water and a tentacle burst out when it arrives on our doorstep once this Kickstarter has been funded! Watch the dank and murky pledge video below and help support this superb soggy horror book here!
If you like your comics to give you nightmares then you need to back Hellbound Media’s new one-shot The Disease. Based on a classic short story and featuring stunning digitally painted artwork from Pawel Kardis, The Disease is set to be a stomach churning shocker of a book. You can find out more by watching their gruesome pledge video below and you can back them here.
Charles is a private eye, but not just any PI – he’s a robot, and so thanks to his machine logic he struggles to comprehend the emotional complexities of the crimes of passion he is required to solve. Plus, like any good PI he does this while drinking and smoking – not because he enjoys, just because that’s what PIs do! This is the awesome central premise of this week’s Kickstarter Of The Week – PI Charles from The Kill Screen’s Joshua Sherwell. The mix of classic crime noir with a sci-fi twist has really piqued our interest and should make this collection of 5 short stories an essential read.