Indie Comics Showcase #161: Crazy 9, The Embrace, & Bardic Fury 3



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!


Oi! Bardic Fury 3
by Daniel de Sosa

Check out the campaign here!

Chris Braly: Tell our readers your elevator pitch for Oi! Bardic Fury. Briefly catch our readers up on your comic series.

Daniel de Sosa: Oi! Bardic Fury is a fantasy comic set in Ancient Ireland about a bard named Bryan who gets sent to a village that never heard music before, called Oi. Volume 3 is about a battle of the bands between Oi and rival village Banshee Vale.


CB: This isn’t your first adventure in crowdfunding. How did you first get into this and how did it lead to hitting three volumes?

DdS: I started crowdfunding Oi in 2015 with a campaign for Volume 1 and have been using crowdfunding ever since to help produce the series. I have kept up with making new Oi comics and now seven years and 400 pages later, I’m up to volume three.



CB: Where did the idea for Oi! Bardic Fury originate?

DdS: I wanted to make a badass fantasy comic where rockstar bards, ancient idols and hippy cult leader druids are the heroes. I love history and wanted to tell a story that shows people back then weren’t that different from people around today, we just had different tech.



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

DdS: If you like Asterix, Love and Rockets and Shonen manga, Bardic Fury is for you. It’s a fantasy comic with elements of comedy, horror romance and fun and entertaining characters.



CB: Have any creators contributed to this? Or is it a fully solo project?

DdS: I write, draw and letter Oi and also design the book files for prepress. It is a lot of work but saves money and gives me full quality control over the project.



CB: What else are you learning from crowdfunding and creating through this process?

DdS: Promotion and marketing is hard. More and more talented creators are entering the crowdfunding field every day, which makes competition tougher. It is good motivation to keep improving!


CB: Are the previous installments required to get the most out of this issue? Are those available on the campaign page?

DdS: It is best if you have read the previous installments to get the most out of Volume 3. All three books are available on the campaign page in the $50 tier. Volume 1 and 2 are both 216 pages each and Volume 3 is going to be 120 pages, so you get a lot of content for your money. You can also order both volume one and volume two of Oi! Tales of Bardic Fury on Amazon if you want to read them before volume 3 ships.



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

DdS: Thank you Bleeding Fool for supporting indie comics. Back Bardic Fury 3 today. STAY TUNED.


Check out the campaign here!



by Michael Oden

Check out the Patreon and Webtoons pages
or signup for the crowdfunding page here!


Chris Braly: You had some success with your indie comic Elysian Fields on Indiegogo, and The Embrace, but have since made the move to Patreon and Webtoons. Tell me what led to that decision?


Michael Oden: The reason overall is growth. Crowdfunding is great, and I am very happy with the support I have built on IGG via books like Elysian Fields and The Embrace, but I also feel like I have hit a plateau in terms of that audience. The biggest names in crowdfunding right now, are the way they are because they have built up their own platforms. The Patreon and the Webtoon are an attempt to do just that: build our market and monetize it. Free and, in some cases, exclusive, content on Webtoon and a Patreon to turn that webtoon audience into a supporter of our brand. It’s all very experimental at this point, but that is the goal. 



CB: Have you been pleased with the results of these new platforms?

MO: I mean it’s really too soon to say, we have just started. Our Webtoon has had the most success so far, and we have great feedback and a strong following on that platform. Patreon on the other hand is still relatively new and it’s very difficult to maintain and be effective, I am still learning the ins and outs of that platform. This is an industry of adapt and overcome though, so I am confident that given time these two tools will greatly aid in overall goals of growing our market.



CB: How does it work exactly? Can anyone join?

MO: Absolutely, that’s kind of the whole point. Webtoon is a completely free platform anyone can use, and Patreon is a support platform to become a patron of creative projects and the like. Webtoon it’s as simple as subscribing to the stories we have up there: Elysian Fields and Errand of the Sable Knight, and for Patreon, you just go to the Patreon page and pick a level at which you wish to pledge at. We offer a variety of support tiers that start as low as one dollar which gains you access to sneak peeks at future projects and early access to certain Webtoon Content. 



CB: Tell me about your work (describe Elysian Fields in 2-3 sentences, and then shift to describe any other works you’re working on)

MO: 9 Realms Publishing has really been about showcasing diversity in storytelling. I’d like to think we have stories for just about any audience of comics. Currently, we have 3 IPs with available content:

Elysian Fields, a fun comic that’s effectively Mortal Kombat with Heroes from Epic Mythology. In this story Achilles joins a team of other Greek Mythological characters in an underworld tournament against other mythic heroes from different cultures.

The Embrace, is a dark take on the superhero genre inspired heavily by works like The Crow and Haunt. This story focuses on a unique dynamic between a mourning father and the ghost of his son who turn into a spectral superhero to bring his son’s murderers to justice. 



Errand of the Sable Knight, is my Webtoon first series which serves as my love letter to Arthurian lore. The story serves as somewhat of an epilogue of “The Tale of the Questing Beast” and has Pellinore seeking redemption for his failings in that particular story. 

CB: Have you decided to abandon printing the books or moving into the retail world or is this part of your larger strategy?

MO: Abandoning printing books is honestly career suicide in this industry I feel. The demand for printed books will never go away, and with comics, limited runs are a massive market. All of our current efforts are a part of a growth strategy: we are growing a digital presence in Webtoon that can hopefully be transferred to monetary backing on Patreon; we are attempting to reach out to retailers to get books in stores and build a bridge between retailer and independent creators; we are offering ad space in our retail books to other creators to purchase so that, again, they get seen in stores. 



CB: Are you connecting with other creators who might be able to signal boost, or join your efforts?

MO: Absolutely, I am frequently on a lot of promotional streams which in a way brings my own audience to other platforms, but as I also mentioned, I am actively trying to incentivize collaboration in the industry by allowing other creators the ability to purchase ad space in books that are intended to be exclusively for retailers. I also began a campaign charting service through 9 Realms that offers affordable rates to aiding new creators at reasonable rates in the design and layout of their campaigns.


CB: Thanks for your time, Michael! Please let us know how Webtoons works out.


Check out the Patreon and Webtoons pages
or signup for the crowdfunding page here!



by Joe Spicer

Check out the campaign here!


Chris Braly: Welcome back to Indie Comics Showcase, Joe. Briefly tell our readers about Crazy 9!

Joe Spicer: Crazy 9 is a drug that can unlock a distinct superpower that resides inside everyone, encased in a bullet and administered via a shot to the head.



CB: What was the genesis for this project?

JS: About 15 years ago I came up with the concept while explaining to someone how I come up with story ideas. Ironically I ended up making a short story and publishing it in an anthology series. I always intended to make more and give them a proper book with all the “case files” that became the CRAZY 60 pg book.

CB: What kind of comic fans do you think would enjoy this the most?

JS: Fans of Vertigo books like 100 Bullets and Image Comics similar to Powers.


CB: What is your purpose for telling this story and what are your plans beyond this book?

JS: Many of these “case files” were based on news stories I read about that I felt ended tragically and if someone could gain superpowers to turn things around for the better how much better that would be. Crazy 9 the drug will come up again in our other Star Cross Comics titles due to our connected universe and will remain part of the criminal underworld. It’s already playing a part in our Biblical Proportions miniseries but I can’t say too much about that.

CB: Let’s get into the creative and production side a little. Tell me a bit about your team.

JS: So I drew the original short story way back, but in these stories, I had specific artists that I wanted for each chapter’s story. Jacob Elijah set the bar with the cover and his short story, Noah Whyler’s wild style was exactly what I wanted for CRAZY 9 and I also wanted Samax Amid to draw the inner-city kid’s story, Brian Dawson helped me tie up some vacant stories. I wanted a limited color pallet of violets, and purples so that took a while to make it wild-looking enough and also it brings the multiple artists into one overall look.


CB: This isn’t your first campaign. Can you tell me what you’ve been learning from crowdfunding and creating through this process?

JS: Star Cross Comics does almost a campaign or two a month, but this one has been a long time coming. It’s still very difficult getting the word out in terms of crowdfunding. I just want everyone to be able to check out this very unique book.



CB: Thanks for chatting with me again, Joe! Good luck with Crazy 9!

JS: Thank you and I promise people won’t be disappointed.


Check out the campaign here!







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Chris Braly

I'm one opinionated, based geek. I try to steer this tiny ship and can often be heard monthly on the Comic Book Page Previews Spotlight podcast with several fellow "comic book nerds." Follow me on Twitter @ChrisBraly. My preferred adjectives are brilliant/beautiful.