Indie Comics Showcase #192: Terror in the Trenches, Mittens: Space Pilot & Do You See What I See


 

 

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!

 

 

DO YOU SEE WHAT I SEE
by Nick Brewster

Check out the campaign page here!

 

 

Chris Braly: Welcome to this week’s Indie Comics Showcase, Nick. Hit me with the elevator pitch for your latest crowdfunding project!

Nick Brewster: Young Australian woman Liz Walker is on a full scholarship to study medicine at an elite college in the USA. A dream come true… Or is it? With tensions rising on a campus beset by political protests, a masked psychopath slashes through the student body. Struggling to make sense of the chaos all around her, there’s one thing Liz knows for sure… she’s not going to play the victim in this nightmare. DO YOU SEE WHAT I SEE is a 176 page full color graphic novel. A searing, satirical blood soaked slasher exploring victim culture, authoritarianism and freedom of speech.

 

Do You See What I See - Graphic Novel Trailer

 

CB: Wow. What’s the genesis of this comic?

NB: I’ve always been a fan of the slasher genre, and was drawn to the idea of exploring its obvious connection with the victim archetype, in a culture and setting where embracing victimhood, real or perceived, is increasingly common. The graphic novel format and adding satire to the genre allowed for these ideas to be explored in a fast paced, entertaining and humorous way. I’ve chosen to self-publish through my own publishing company, Augmented Liberty, as technologies have progressed to the point where creators can build a direct line to their audience. It also allows for creators to have full creative freedom and control of their intellectual property in an environment where the creator’s intended vision is often corrupted by outside influence.

 

CB: Who is this comic aimed at?

NB: Do You See What I See is intended for mature audiences, given the satirical slasher genre. On one level it can be enjoyed as pure entertainment for those into blood, gore and mystery. On another it will appeal to those who appreciate dark humour, satire and subversion of the mainstream narrative.

CB: Do you have a background in comics or storytelling?

NB: My background is in film, screenwriting and script editing. I write all my stories in screenplay format, rewriting and rewriting before adapting into graphic novel format. I provide the artist a suggestion of panels and details per page and let them work their magic on page layout that best tells the story.

 

CB: Who is your creative team on this?

NB: The artist on the book is Jeesoo Kim. She’s Korean and is now based in Australia. I stumbled across some of her art, sent the script and it resonated with her. She did a wonderful job on such a massive book. The colorist is another Aussie, Matt James and the book is lettered by Eric Weathers. Both of whom are extremely professional, reliable and most importantly, great at what they do.

 

CB: What’s your production workflow like? Is the book ready to go?

NB: This is the first graphic novel Augmented Liberty has produced and we fully completed all aspects of the book before launching a crowdfunding campaign which is being used to raise some awareness. It’s ready to go to print.

 

CB: What lessons have you been learning from self-publishing and crowdfunding?

NB: It’s very early days but I think the need for a creator to build a rapport with their potential audience is incredibly important and this will most likely entail them doing lots of things outside of their comfort zone. The nature of crowdfunding means a review network for independent comics is lacking in the current ecosystem which leads to challenges in establishing early readers and word of mouth on projects.

 

CB: What do you have planned beyond this book?

NB: Do You See What I See is the first book of a trilogy. We are also looking at doing a couple of other concepts as ongoing series in issue format in order to have regular and frequent releases on our schedule.

 

CB: Good luck with this campaign, Nick. Anything else you would like to share with our readers before we sign off?

NB: There is a limited edition wrap around hardcover which will be signed and numbered on this campaign. Also, since the book is already completed, backers may choose to read the digital edition immediately which unlocks free shipping on a physical copy. You can also check out a full 17 page prologue on the campaign page to get a (relatively blood free) sampling of the book.

Check out the campaign page here!

 

 

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MITTENS: SPACE PILOT
by Greg Moquin & J.R. Harris

Check out the campaign page here!

 

Chris Braly: Welcome to Indie Comics Showcase, Greg. What’s your elevator pitch for Mittens: Space Pilot!

Greg Moquin: Follow master thief and space pilot Mittens as he looks to do one last burglar job for Oscar Pawton. Little does Mittens know he is going on an adventure of a lifetime while uncovering massive secrets bigger than he ever imagined. It does have color, but a blue shading to give it sort of a noir effect. It was 24 pages, but it’s now 28 pages due to hitting an earlier stretch goal.

 

CB: What inspired this story and made you decide to self-publish it?

GM: I wrote this comic series because a long time ago my girlfriend had a childhood cat named Mittens. She said a ton of cats showed up at her house the day after Mittens died. She said, “It was like he was part of some kind of cat mafia”. So, me being the writer I am, I took that and added some sci-fi elements to it. I created Oscar Pawton, the cat mob boss on Planet Yarn, after creating Mittens into a space pilot/ burglar.

CB: What kind of comic readers is aimed at?

GM: Anyone that enjoys space westerns like The Mandalorian or if you enjoy Guardians of the Galaxy. Also, if you like Starfox 64 there’s some influence from that as well.

CB: Tell me about your style and creative process.

GM: Well, I’ve been writing comics since 2014. I started SeerNova Comics in 2017 with my business partner Dillon. I usually write superhero comics, but I really wanted to try out a different genre so I started writing Mittens and didn’t stop until I wrote the 3 issue plot arc in a week!

CB: You must have been inspired! Talk about your creative team that contributed to this.

GM: J.R. Harris is the artist and letterer along with adding the blue color. Alex Silverii assisted J.R. on the coloring and they worked on other comics before this. Jason Webb was the editor which I’ve been working with for the last 2 years on our horror anthology Chronicles of Horror.

CB: So is the book ready to go to print?

GM: The book is completely finished! Well, actually due to the stretch goal we hit J.R. has to make the 3 page after credit scene. However after he’s done with that we can print it and ship!

CB: Nice. So what have you been learning from self-publishing and crowdfunding through all this?

GM: Always learning! Marketing I seem to keep improving upon as we grow as a company. I love writing and creating comics and don’t plan on stopping anytime soon. I also use Comix Wellspring as our go to printer for our Kickstarters.

CB: So you have two more issues in this arc, but are there more stories to tell?

GM: Yes! There’s 2 more issues in this first plot arc and I already have solo series of other characters fleshed out. There’s a lot of these on the way.

 

Mittens Animated Kickstarter Trailer

 

CB: Sounds good. Before we conclude, would you like to mention any special features in this book?

GM: Well if we hit our last stretch goal of 5K we are unlocking a very limited reward tier that’s a sketch cover along with other goodies. We’ve never done a sketch cover on any other campaign of ours before! We also have a very popular reward tier called Oscar’s Flash Drive 2.0. There was a reward for that and we limited it to 10, but all 10 were taken pretty quick so we unlocked a new tier with 10 more and we have only a few left! The reward has the comic and few other things but the cool thing is the flash drive with tons of behind the scenes goodies and more.

If you want to learn more about SeerNova Comics we have an indie comic platform where you can read over 80+ comics for FREE digitally just go to seernovacomics.com and sign up for Nova Nation!

Check out the campaign page here!

 

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TERROR IN THE TRENCHES v1
by Von Klaus

Check out the campaign page here!

 

 

Chris Braly: Thanks for joining me on this week’s Indie Comics Showcase. Introduce me to Terror in the Trenches!

Von Klaus: It’s a 78 page dark avenger action epic, the first in a brutal trilogy. Black Terror and his fear inducing terror gas made him the boogeyman of the trenches in WW2. 30 years later he’s gone from black-clad hero to humble New York City pharmacist, Dr. Robert Benton. When vengeful super-nazis known as The Black Reich bomb his hood into oblivion he must don the dark mantle once again, and fight for his life in the trenches that were his streets against his darkest sins come back to haunt him. EVIL WILL KNOW TERROR AGAIN…

 

 

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

VK: I wanted to do a golden age hero justice and tell the ultimate dark avenger story.

 

 

CB: What tasks do you handle in the creative process?

VK: I design the characters and write the scripts. Then I hire an artist to help me make the book. I developed this from making comics myself since I was 8.

 

 

CB: Who is you’re artist and other members of your production team? And is the book finished?

VK: The artist is Monika Maccagni, with colors from Tiago Barsa and Eric Weathers handling the letters. I write and design everything. We are 100% done with art and plan to go to print soon. We will be funding for book 2 and 3 to finish the trilogy! Book 2 funding will start soon.

 

 

CB: So congrats on another successful campaign. What have you been learning from self-publishing / crowdfunding and creating through this process?

VK: That good things take time. Nothing out there comes close to this book.

CB: It looks and sounds great. Best of luck, Von Klaus.

 

Order your copy here!

 

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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!

 

 

 


 


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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 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

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