Indie Comics Showcase #188: Magnus, Trumps, & Scarlet Huntress



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!


by Frederick Littles

Check out the crowdfunding campaign here!


Chris Braly: Welcome to Indie Comics Showcase, Frederick, tell me about your comic Magnus!

Frederick Littles: Magnus is a full color comic book that’s been described as Black Panther meet Invincible in world were drama, action, and intergalactic coolness collide. It’s the story of a lost prince who must reclaim his birthright and save two worlds before losing everything he loves. Volume 1 (Issues 1 – 3) consists of roughly 70-80 pages. 



CB: What inspired you to publish this, and gave you the original idea?

FL: The idea came about as a result of our desire to create inclusionary worlds with compelling stories. Moreover, an issue that interests me greatly is that of those who feel marginalized and underrepresented in society. Africa’s history is rife with fascinating stories that have yet to be told, despite the lack of documentation (i.e., comics, movies, television). In 2018, Black Panther opened my eyes to the possibilities of telling such stories. My research into Yoruba mythology has led me to look for ways to bridge the cultural difference. I decided to self-publish after seeing the indie comic movement that came about with crowdfunding and specifically, Stranger Comics, Black Sands Entertainment, Godhood Comics, and Kingwood Comics among countless others are an example and an inspiration.



CB: What type of comics reader is this aimed at?

FL: It’s a PG-13 intergalactic super-hero comic. Because of the violence in the book, I’m hesitant to call it a “all ages” title. Parents should read the book first and decide whether it’s appropriate for their children, in my opinion.



CB: What can you tell me about your style and creative process?

FL: I start by writing out a basic plot and character arc. After that, I write until I am unable to write any longer. When I get an idea, I write it down in a rough form, jotting down notes as they come to mind. When I write, I become a monster akin to the one created by Dr. Victor Frankenstein. You never know what you’re going to get out of this creative space.



CB: Can you give a shout out to your creative team? What’s it like working with them?

FL: For me, working with Bruno Abdias, King Bolo, Devin Arscott, Rom Silva, Ferran Delgado, and Godhood Comics on this project has been an absolute joy.  When we let our imaginations run wild, we’ve come up with a slew of new ideas. In the past few months, I’ve worked with some of the most talented artists and writers I’ve ever encountered. It’s a blessing in disguise to be able to work with some of the best people in the business.



CB: That’s a big team. How far along is the book at this stage?

FL: The first issue is nearly complete. All but the last ten are being worked on by the artists and colorists. Our letterer will finish up Issue #1 after we send it to them. Issue #1 would have taken seven months to produce. Issue #2 and #3 are in the pre-production phase.



CB: Can you tell me what you’ve been learning from self-publishing and crowdfunding?

FL: It’s a lot of hard work, but the payoff is satisfying. Despite a few bruises and bumps in the road, we’re on the verge of funding, and I owe a debt of gratitude to each and every backer who has put their faith in me to deliver on that promise. Crowdfunding, in my opinion, is the most natural community experience because it allows you to help other indies while also benefiting yourself. It’s all about the people. Sending out positive vibes and receiving positive vibes is what it’s all about.  



CB: You mentioned issues #2 and #3, what can you tell us about your plans for this comics universe?

FL: We are building a Magnus universe one character at a time. We have multiple characters and crossovers we hope to introduce in the future. Wise Acre Comics will introduce the world to the following intellectual properties within the next few years: Akoma, Aegis Dawn, Crisis, Aura, The Meadows, and The First Kings.



CB: Looks great! I wish you success. Frederick. Is there anything else you would like to share with our readers before we sign off?

FL: My heartfelt thanks to all those involved in the production and promotion of this work. The best advice I can give future creators is to be humble and fearless about making mistakes. One of my favorite quotations from the goat, Michael Jordan, is here for your reading pleasure “I’ve missed more than 9000 shots in my career. I’ve lost almost 300 games. 26 times, I’ve been trusted to take the game winning shot and missed. I’ve failed over and over and over again in my life. And that is why I succeed.”


Check out Magnus #1 here!



by Roland Mann

Check out the Trumps campaign page here!


Chris Braly: Welcome back to another edition of Indie Comics Showcase, Roland! Tell me about TRUMPS, one of a bundle of comics you’re offering on your latest campaign!

Roland Mann: Yes, this issue is 22 pages of full color, and it’s issue #3, but issues #1 and #2 are also available.

In a sci-fi world called THE DECK, four kingdom fight to be the ultimate power: Diamonds, Clubs, Spades, and Hearts. Only one kingdom can ever be the kingdom of power. That kingdom is called TRUMPS. The Clubs have decided they should be Trumps and have set out to destroy the Diamonds to get it…but the Diamond army has something to say about it. But what of the Spades and Hearts? The Spades have taken control of Heart City and are running it like the mob…but a young Heart Jack would like to break free of their control, regardless of which suit is Trumps!



CB: Clever. Where did this idea come from?

RM: I play a lot of cards with my family, it’s pretty much the thing we do when we get together. It’s a great way to enjoy family, sitting around the table playing, talking, and laughing. While playing once, I got this wacky idea that the suits were actually kingdoms at war and we (the players) were controlling the outcome by our game… it just kinda grew from that and became the story it is. I wanted to do it with Silverline Comics because it’s right at home there.



CB: What sort of comic readers will get the most enjoyment from this?

RM: People who like action/drama/sci-fi/superheroes. One reader of issue #1 told me it reminded them of Game of Thrones without all the sex (it’s a PG-13 comic) and with cool sci-fi elements

CB: Tell me how you’ve developed your writing style and creative process, Roland.

RM: While I can write using either method, I’m a fan of the plot-first method of writing (sometimes called Marvel method). I like to give good descriptions to the artist, but then let them visualize it and bring it to life. In my experience, they are almost always better at bringing it to life visually than what I could do if I broke it down into panel by panel. When I was an editor at Malibu and Marvel, I worked with writers of both styles, and I grew to really favor the plot-first method.



CB: Who’s on the creative team for TRUMPS?

RM: Quinton Bedwell provided the line art for Trumps #3. Funny story, Quinton and I started a project together nearly a decade ago…it didn’t go anywhere. We reconnected a couple of years ago and I really love what he’s done this issue. Mickey Clausen is the colorist and he makes Quinton’s art just pop! These guys make ME look really good!



CB: Is the book complete and ready to go? How far along is the book? What’s your workflow like?

RM: All of the line art is done. About half the comic still needs to be lettered, and there are just a few pages left to color. One of the variant covers still needs ink and color…but all this should be done by the time the campaign closes. Everything is pretty streamlined what with all the work being digital. Mickey can have the page when Quinton finishes almost instantly…and then I can get it from Mickey the same way.



CB: You’ve been in the indie publishing game for a while with Silverline. What have you learned from your experiences?

RM: I’ve learned that making the comic is the easiest part of self-publishing. The most difficult thing is getting people to be aware that it even exists and is available. Man, but is that tough!



CB: Are there any more stories to tell in this comic’s universe?

RM: Honestly, this was a one-story project for me. However, the reception for the first issue is making me rethink it. And while I don’t have anything specifically in mind at the moment, there are germs of ideas bouncing around in the back of my brain. I should probably plan to play some more card games with my family, right? haha



CB: Haha! Great. Thanks for the chat. Anything else you want to share Roland?

RM: Yes! This is Silverline’s 19th crowdfunder. Anyone considering backing should do so with confidence, knowing that we’ve successfully funded and shipped 18 others ON TIME!

CB: Thanks Roland!

Check out the Trumps campaign page here!



by Sean Forney

Check out the campaign page here!


Chris Braly: Welcome to Indie Comics Showcase, Sean. What can you tell us about your latest campaign for Scarlet Huntress?

Sean Forney: The Scarlet Huntress is a modern day descendant of the fabled Red Riding Hood, hunting werewolves and seeking revenger for her mother’s murder. This is the fifth issue in the series and wraps up the first story arc in a 48 page full color comic book.



CB: Cool! What inspired this character and made you decide to self-publish?

SF: We created the Scarlet Huntress character and story back in 2003, first for a anthology comic. She was created based on a mix of our favorite characters, concepts, and fandoms. We self-published the first full comic in 2006 and have continued to self-publish her adventures. We chose to self-publish at first as a way to break into the industry and continued to do so based on a few factors. The main factor being time. Stephanie is a full time educator and Sean is a full time comic book artist and illustrator. We work on Scarlet Huntress books as we have time in between our other work.



CB: What age comic reader is this series aimed at?

SF: Scarlet Huntress is aimed at teens to adults who are fans of action, adventure, and horror comics.



CB: How did you develop your creative style?

SF: I’ve been working as a colorist, penciler, and cover artist in the comic book industry for 20 years for a variety of clients including Coffin Comics, Dynamite, Counterpoint Comics, Upperdeck, and Zenescope. Stephanie Forney, my co-creator, writer, letterer, and production is a full time educator, artist, and writer. She’s written Scarlet Huntress since the start in 2003. The rest of the production team is Jacob Bear, an inker on one of the covers and Matt Horak, our variant cover artist



CB: You’re no stranger to crowdfunding. What have you been learningthrough this process?

SF: This is our 5th Kickstarter and this time we are utilizing the things we have learned along the way. We are using the various printers we have used previously for the books and any stretch goals and extra fun stuff. We have learned some new ways to cross-promote the projects with some fellow creators by offering a print that backers can only get if they back our two campaigns.



CB: What are your plans beyond this campaign?

SF: We setting up the next story arc in this issue and working on developing the future stories in the Scarlet Huntress universe.

CB: The pages look great and I like the concept. Anything else you would like to share with our readers before we sign off?

SF: We hope you take a look at the project and support and share the campaign. We greatly appreciate all of the support everyone has shown our book so far.


Scarlet Huntress Launch Party!

Check out the campaign page here!




That’s it for this installment. If you’re a creator ramping up your own campaign or have a comic available for purchase online and you want to be featured in our weekly column, click here. And follow Indie Comics Showcase on Twitter at @Indie_Comics and reach out to them for more eyes on YOUR crowdfunding comic project. Until next time, support indie comics!





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 try to steer this tiny ship and can often be heard monthly on the Comic Book Page Previews Spotlight podcast with several low-level, other comic book nerds. Follow me on Twitter @ChrisBraly