Indie Comics Showcase #135: Renegade XL900, Neoteric & Hybrids: The Killing Field

 

 

Welcome back to another installment of Indie Comics Showcase, the weekly blog where we signal boost a few truly independent comics that are currently crowdfunding their projects, crowdsourcing their funding in some way, or just completely self-publishing on their own. Every little bit of support for these creators matters, from a single dollar pledge to the twenty-five dollar bundle, and of course the higher tiers are usually fun too! Even if you can’t back a campaign or buy a book, you can share or tweet about these projects to your friends and followers. 

 

On Indie Comics Showcase, we interview the creators, show off some art, and tell you how you can check out the product for yourself. Below we have some outstanding crowdfunding campaigns this week for you to learn about, enjoy, and hopefully support by backing one or more of them! Thanks for checking these out and for being the best part of Indie Comics Showcase. Let’s jump in!

 

Renegade XL900
by Steph Dumais

Check out the campaign here!

 

Chris Braly: Tell our readers your elevator pitch for Renegade XL900 – Briefly tell our readers the pitch.

Steph Dumais: This campaign is for issue one of a three-issue story arc, introducing the mysterious XL900 aka The Renegade as he makes his way through the lowest circles of a towering megalopolis to reach the next levels. This series is focused on action, where bloody battles take center stage. Inspired by Frank Miller’s Ronin, Yukito Kishiro’s Gunm, and the hive cities of Necromunda from Games Workshop, you will be plunged into a gritty world of junk cyborgs and rivet embedded gangsters. Shift Inception is the colour 32-page first issue’s subtitle, as it reveals the genesis of the revolution.

 

 

CB: What was the genesis for this project, where did the idea for this comic come from, and what led to you deciding to crowdfund it?

SD: I had been working on various anthologies and my long running series Zombie Commandos From Hell! for years now and wanted a change from pure horror and wanted to explore the cyberpunk genre. I asked a friend to help me with the script and decided to fund it through Kickstarter, as I had success with a crowdfunded anthology previously and a card game based on my comics.

CB: What kind of comic fans do you expect this comic will entertain the most?

SD: I expect that 2000AD and action focused apocalyptic manga fans might enjoy this brutal fight comic.

 

 

CB: Let’s get into the creative and production side a little. Tell us a bit about your creative team that have contributed to this project?

SD: I approached my friend Alex Gemme because he had screenwriting experience as he is part of an independent movie production collective. He’s also familiar with a lot of manga I never knew existed. I told him I wanted to make a comic in that genre except that visually it would be different since my style is obviously not of that tradition. I gave him an idea of the character and world I had in mind and he came up with a great story where The Renegade is worshipped as some kind of messiah by the downthrodden.

 

CB: Tell us about Bloody Gore Comix. How did it start and what’s its role here?

SD: I initially founded Bloody Gore Comix so I could keep publishing my Zombie Commandos From Hell series, after a disappointing experience with a publisher who ripped me off. I initially found a few like minded creators who wanted to join forces and BGC eventually grew into the diverse catalogue it is today, with creators from around the world. BGC’s mission is to reach out to fans of extreme graphic horror and trashy underground horror comics. While Renegade XL900 isn’t actual horror, it’s over the top violence and gore fits in nicely with the other titles.

 

 

CB: What have you been learning from crowdfunding and creating through this process?

SD: A lot! I made mistakes in my first campaign and took a different approach to things like shipping logistics. But I also made this campaign more conservative in terms of costs and complexity. It is obviously much easier to manage than an anthology with 20+ creators involved!

 

 

CB: Let’s get back to the book. What is your purpose for telling this story and what are your plans beyond this book? Are there more stories to tell?

SD: Beyond my desire to draw cyborgs beating each other up, I wanted to tell an epic hero story. I love the classic heroes journey but with a character who is struggling with his own diminished humanity. I have the whole story laid out where each chapter will see the Renegade fight through enemies to get to the next level. And in pure video game style, beat a boss at the end. Eventually he reaches the highest level for the final showdown and a shocking revelation. Each of these chapters will also see The Renegade physically change to adapt to his new environment. But for now we are focusing on the first chapter, which will be told as a three issue series. This Kickstarter is for the very first issue of this series. Our current stretch goal aims to include a companion booklet with the book where more information and art about the city itself are revealed.

 

 

CB: Thanks for chatting with us, Steph! Good luck and we are rooting for you!

SD: Thank you for your time and for sharing our project!

 

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Neoteric
by Zachary Bradley

 

 

Check out the campaign here!

 

Chris Braly: Welcome back to Indie Comics Showcase, Zachary! Tell our readers your elevator pitch for your latest project – Neoteric.

Zachary Bradley: Scientists claim to have disproven the existence of God throwing the world into violence and chaos. Xander, a former researcher has a WMD and plans to restart the human race, and the last shred of innocence is hidden away. There are no happy endings…

CB: What was the genesis for this project, where did the idea for this comic come from, and what led to you deciding to crowdfund it?

ZB: The story of Neoteric formed shortly after I became a father. My whole world perspective shifted after my daughter was born, I now saw the world and it’s potential evils that I would need to protect her from. That made me realize why faith and hope are so important, but also made me ask questions like. “What if you could convince people that God, faith, and morals don’t exist?” “How would the world react to such news?” So Neoteric was born, My audience is the independent comic scene, and I doubt any well known publications would pick it up simply based on the roots of God and faith.

 

 

CB: What kind of comic fans do you expect this comic will entertain the most?

ZB: Neoteric is for people who like to be challenged. It asks a lot of questions that do not have clear answers. I hope whoever decides to read Neoteric walks away with an open mind on many difficult problems, because most of the time the truth is hard to deal with.

CB: This is a different style and story than your previous comics. Can you tell us a bit about your creative team that have contributed to this project?

ZB: The setting is definitely different being Neoteric is set in a dystopian future and Golma was post apocalyptic. I guess I get the freedom to explore different settings when I draw and write my own books.

 

CB: What’s the workflow like? How do you like to work?

ZB: I use a combo of the Marvel method, and a note card story planning method I once saw Doug TenNapel use. I will doodle on note cards to visualize the story, then make notes and rearrange the cards to find the best flow. I will then write a script based on the notes I have taken.

 

CB: So what have you been learning from crowdfunding and creating through this process?

ZB: Crowdfunding is a fickle mistress. Using Indiegogo is great if you have an audience that follows and supports you on other platforms. Kickstarter is more stringent with content but has a larger natural base built in to gain a new audience.

 

CB: What is your purpose for telling this story and what are your plans beyond this book? Are there more stories to tell?

ZB: Neoteric is a one shot and has a very specific goal and plot.

 

 

CB: Thanks for chatting with us again! Good luck with Neoteric!

ZB: Thank you Chris and all my supporters for making this book possible!

 

 

Check out the campaign here!

 

 

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Hybrids: The Killing Field (Parts 1 & 2)
by Luke Stone

Check out the campaign here!

Chris Braly: Welcome back to Indie Comics Showcase, Luke. What’s your elevator pitch for Hyrbids: The Killing Field?

Luke Stone: Human trafficking and genetic experimentation was only the beginning. When these modern dependents of the Greek Gods square off against Azazel and the Evil Hybrid Engineering Corporation, they find out that the depths of their wicked operations are worse than first imagined. Who will get the final say when they meet on the killing field?

 

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CB: Where did the idea for this comic come from?

LS: I had a conversation once with a good friend about some of the oddities in scripture. One of those was Genesis chapter 6. In that chapter it talks about these angels having children with humans. It was interesting how some of these events had some familiarity with other stories throughout history and even some lesser known conspiracy theories. That conversation was one we circled back on several times and it was eventually mentioned that I should use my comic passions and turn this into a book. Now, 7 issues in and the second of 3 arc later, the story is coming along! As for crowdfunding, it just really is one of the best ways for an indie creator to get their stories out to the readers.

 

CB: What would you say are some comparable titles?

LS: If you like ancient alien, 90s inspired team comics, stories with heart, and an interesting and diverse cast of characters this book is for you. It is really reminiscent of the old X-Men, Guardians of the Galaxy and a touch of the Defenders.

 

 

CB: Let’s get into the creative and production side a little. Tell us a bit about your creative team that have contributed to this project?

LS: I have a great team! Pipe Steed serves as story editor for this project. I have a great artist that helps me with layouts and rough pencils named Brian Dawson. My colorist, Patrick Gama, has been with me from issue 1, and Nikki Powers has taken over on letters. They all have a great work ethic and put their all into this project.

 

 

CB: What’s the workflow like? How do you like to work?

LS: I am producing books rather quickly right now and that requires a streamlined work flow. I like to have the outlines for the story arcs done first, then I start to script things out. Once I get a script finished with Piper, I pass that on to Brian to get the layouts done, while I work on the next script. By the time he is done, I have finished the next script and he starts on that one while i knock out the pencils and inks. I get Patrick started on the pages as I am inking. As soon as he finishes, I had it over to Nikki. I am usually ahead of Patrick a bit so I have a week or two before the colors are done and ready for lettering. I usually jump back into writer mode and know out the next script. By that time, Brian is down with the last script layouts and the process continues. At some point I work in a campaign. We will be keeping that schedule until sometime in October.

 

 

CB: You’ve been working on Hybrids for a few years and successfully crowdfunded those books. What have you been learning from crowdfunding and creating through this process?

LS: The biggest thing I have learned is to always pitch to the new readers. I have folks that have been with the series for a while but there is always that first time reader who is just discovering the HYBRIDS UNIVERSE.

 

CB: What is your purpose for telling this story and what are your plans beyond this book? Are there more stories to tell? Is this going to be ongoing?

LS: I wanted to tell a story that connected with people on different levels. There is a hopefulness that is missing in comics today. I wanted to go back to that and give us an opportunity to cheer on the underdog and maybe see the best parts of the heroes in ourselves. We see so much of the opposite these days. The story also has a bit of allegory to it. There is a value that is being reinforced in most cases. I have 12 issues planned for now with a hope to do a few spin offs with other artists.

 

CB: Thanks for chatting with us again, Luke! Good luck with this exciting project!

LS: Thanks for the invite! This is a good time for indie comics and I am excited to be a part of the movement.

 

Check out the campaign here!

 

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Chris Braly

I'm a collector, a speculator, and one opinionated, based geek. My friends call me Braly, but those who know me within the hobby generally refer to me as Bralinator. I can be heard monthly on the Comic Book Page Previews Spotlight podcast with several other comic book nerds. Follow me on Twitter @ChrisBraly

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