kickstarter_of_the_weekIt’s a ridiculously busy week for new indie comics Kickstarter’s this week, which has made the choice for our Kickstarter of the Week extra tough. However, we’ve decided to nominate the wonderful Jon Lock’s new volume of Afterlife Inc. aka Man Made God for the prestigious title. The adventures of Jack Fortune and his super duper tie, continue as he looks after the private enterprise that is the after life, along with his motley cast of misfit sidekicks. Jon’s work has a truly epic scale to it, and the world building he packs into every issue is unbelievable, not to mention the trademark Jon Lock humour which helps make each volume of Afterlife Inc darn readable as well.
If you want to back the Afterlife Inc Kickstarter then click here, but first why not watch the pledge video below…

kickstarter_of_the_weekCollecting together Robin Hoezlemann’s stunning period webcomic into a 200 page collection, Curia Regis: Volume 1 is one of those books that reminds you just how amazing and diverse the world of indie comics can be. Packed full of duels and battles and political machinations, but rendered in a beautiful way that evokes everything from Anime, to French Bande Designees to modern comics like Porcelain, Curia Regis is a sensational read and one which we highly recommend you check out. And for long time fans, this new collected edition will see the first chapter redrawn and coloured for the first time.
You can back Curia Regis on Kickstarter here and can watch the pledge video below.

kickstarter_of_the_weekAs well as being one of our favourite names for a comic, Kate Ashwin’s glorious webcomic Widdershins has been one of our very favourite discoveries this year. Which means it is a no brainer that her new Kickstarter for volume 6 of her Victorian magic and mystery adventure would end up as our Kickstarter of the Week. In Find The Lady we get to enjoy adventures from two generations of the Barber clan, as Harriet needs to use the knowledge of her father Henry to help save the town from a suave stranger. It’s packed with Kate’s usual mix of charming humour and stunning artwork and looks set to continue the wonderful legacy she has created in previous volumes – if you want to know what all the fuss is about, then you can read our review of the first 5 volumes here.

kickstarter_of_the_weekWe’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!

kickstarter_of_the_weekJoe 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. 

kickstarter_of_the_weekIf 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!

kickstarter_of_the_weekIt’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.

kickstarter_of_the_weekWe’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…

kickstarter_of_the_weekThe 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…

kickstarter_of_the_weekIf 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.