As well as running a fantastic convention, the folk over at Nottingham Comic Convention have put together a Kickstarter to fund an amazing looking indie anthology called Forest Tales volume 1. Featuring stories from some of the best indie talent around, including Marc Laming, Andy Bloor, Nich Angell, Vince Hunt, Gavin Mitchell and Emily Owen, it also has a stunning a cover by Random Trials‘ Dean Beattie.
After the success of his previous mission, taking down the despicable Dr O, simian secret agent Bubble O’Seven is back with another clandestine mission in Baboon Taker! If you loved the tongue in cheek antics of Matt Rooke and Grainne McEntee’s previous offering, then what are you waiting for?! But if you thought it was just a bit silly and a poor excuse for some bad ape puns… well, you’d be right… but you’d also be missing out on a really smartly put together comic that harkens back to the golden age of campy spy capers – and also happens to star the most dapper pipe-smoking ape around! And if that still isn’t enough then Matt and Grainne are also responsible for some of the very best Kickstarter videos around, and so without wasting another second we think should click below and watch it. And if you like what you see, then go to Kickstarter and help support Bubbles as he tries to make the world a safer place for mankind (and apekind) everywhere!
Digital comics trailblazer SUTU is at it again, creating a new collection of augmented reality paintings in an art book called Prosthetic Reality, which he is looking to get funded on Kickstarter. We’ve seen SUTU’s augmented reality work before in the amazing Modern Polaxis comic (which was a previous nominee for our Digital Comic Of The Year award) as well as his cutting edge story-telling in webcomics like These Memories Won’t Last, however this time he has brought along some other digital comics pioneers to help him, including Upgrade Soul’s Ezra Clayton Daniels and many more from all over the globe. Although it is a much more traditional book in the sense that it has individual pieces of artwork on a printed page, the addition of an augmented reality layer provided via a free to download introduce some truly staggering new dimensions to already amazing looking pieces of artwork. Words can’t really do it justice, so check out the Kickstarter video below and if you like what you see then pledge to the Kickstarter here.
We first saw the bizarre yet brilliant world of Brett Uren’s toy detective Torsobear in an obscure Norwegian anthology called Outre Press. But this month it returns to Kickstarter to help finance it’s 3rd full volume of toy based crime noir. It’s been an eventful journey for lead character Ruxby Bear since that first case, so we catch up with creator Brett Uren to get the lowdown.
Continuing our week of amazing indie Kickstarters, we talk to Fraser Campbell, creator of throwback super spy advenutre series Alex Automatic, about a government agent who is driven mad and thinks he is the star of his own TV show (that unfortunately only exists in his head). Inspired by 60s and 70s TV shows we find out if the world of Alex Automatic is just a figment of Fraser’s imagination.
It’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…
Dead Canary Comics are set to hit the indie big leagues with the release of their newest book Last Driver, which hits Kickstarter today. Featuring artwork from indie legend Shaky Kane it’s a psychedelic retro road movie with irradiated insects and giant purple dinosaurs, tangling with an ass-kicking BBQ loving hero in a red corvette. We catch up with writer Chris ‘C.S.’ Baker to find out more about Last Driver and working with a comic legend.
With the third and final issue coming to Kickstarter this week, Ryan K Lindsay’s surreal crime noir about a journalist, who also happens to be a deer, taking on a bunch of vampires is about to reach it’s mind-bending conclusion. And yes, you read that right – a journalist who happens to be a deer! If you need a little more convincing about this is brilliantly original take on the crime genre then read on, as we talk to writer Ryan K Lindsay about the inspiration for the utterly unique, Deer Editor: Hack.
Collecting 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.
As 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.