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!
Brutas The Badass: Book 2
by Donal DeLay
Check out the campaign page here!
Chris Braly: Welcome back to Bleeding Fool, Donal. Hit me with the elevator pitch for your latest indie comic, Brutas the Badass: Book 2!
Donal DeLay: The galaxy’s toughest killers are being hunted for sport by the galaxy’s elite, and Brutas will kill anybody who stands in his way!
CB: This is a follow up to your first installment from 2018. Go back and tell me where the idea for this character originated.
DD: I got the idea because my readers on Twitter told me to come up with my own Lobo character and we self published it to take matters into our own hands.
CB: Who is it aimed at?
DD: Anyone that loves comedy & action will enjoy this comic.
CB: Your style has changed somewhat from how it looked when I first found out about you. Tell me about your style and creative process, and how you developed them.
DD: My style is quirky cartoony with a serious twist that was developed over time from picking the things I loved about other’s art that I enjoyed.
CB: What other creators contributed to this project and how did you hook up?
DD: Nasser Rabadi is the writer, we got together one day when he DM’d me out of the blue asking if I was looking for a writer.
CB: What’s your production workflow like? And how far along is the book?
DD: Nasser sends me a Marvel style script that describes the pages and I work out the beats visually. Our book is completed & ready to print.
CB: What are you learning from self-publishing throughout this process?
DD: I’ve been learning a lot about self publishing & that it’s best to delegate tasks instead of trying to do it all on your own.
CB: Are there more stories to tell with Brutas?
DD: Tons more stories to tell! We have a few more Brutas books planned out that we’d love to do.
CB: Any special features on this campaign you’d like to mention?
DD: Yes! We finally have a belt buckle that resembles the main character’s iconic buckle!
CB: Awesome. Thanks for telling me about your latest campaign, Donal. Good luck!
DD: Thank you all for the support & for your time!
Check out the campaign page here!
Ed Gein: Demon Hunter
by Lucifer Storm
Check out the campaign page here!
Chris Braly: Welcome to Indie Comics Showcase! Tell me a little bit about Ed Gein: Demon Hunter!
Lucifer Storm: After a deranged demon escapes the bowels of Hell intending to destroy the universe, Ed Gein, the Butcher Of Plainfield, must return to his old stomping ground to stop them. However, to capture the deranged entity, Ed must overcome the demons of his past. ‘Ed Gein: Demon Hunter’ is an adventure horror story told across a four-issue mini-series illustrated in stunning black and white with gorgeous colour covers.
CB: How did you come up with this unique idea, and made you decide to self-publish it?
LS: I have friends who aren’t comic book readers, but they love Marvel Movies, and they’re interested in serial killers. So I wanted to make something that they would want to read. After some brainstorming, my gallows sense of humour kicked in, and the title ‘Ed Gein: Demon Hunter’ came to mind. And when it did, I couldn’t take my mind off of the idea, so I decided to roll with it.
CB: What kind of comic readers is this best suited for?
LS: I would classify the book as being an ‘Outlaw’ comic, or if you prefer, a horror comic. So I would say that this book is suited for a mature audience and is aimed at readers who enjoy such titles as Preacher, Dog Witch and Hellboy, to name a few. I think readers associated with the alternative or Goth community will get a kick out of it.
CB: Tell me about your style and creative process.
LS: It’s hard to define my style and creative process (who hasn’t said that before, huh?). But at a push, I would describe it as ‘balanced’. I tend to look at my work as the result of regularly scheduled play dates with my imagination… However, my imagination seems to take the form of one of the children from The Addam’s Family. There’s a sweet, sensitive side to it that’s framed by an appreciation for the beauty found in the darkness.
CB: What other creators contributed to this project?
LS: The book is illustrated by the incredible and extremely talented Kristian Rossi (Void Walker, Trespasser, Rad Rose). John Wakefield, an up-and-coming talent, is responsible for the editorial duties on this book, and I am responsible for creating the project, writing it and lettering the book. In my eyes, I couldn’t have wished for a better team.
CB: How far along is the book series?
LS: The fourth and final issue of the mini-series is three pages and a cover away from being completed. However, the first three issues are already in print, and you can either get them from my website or through the latest campaign. The workflow was simple. I drafted the scripts a couple of times over and then passed them to John, who gave suggestions or would come back saying, ‘This is great! Don’t change a thing’! Once that was done, the scripts went to Kristian along with a large surplus of reference photos. Kristian would then thumbnail the issue and send them to me for my approval. Once approved, Kristian would work in batches of five pages until the issue was complete, and I would letter along the way. Then once one issue was complete, I would go through the pages, put together the print files and send everything off to the printers. And while they dealt with the printing of the book, myself and Kristian would work on the next issue.
CB: You’re not new to self-publishing. What’s the biggest lesson you’ve learned from your experience?
LS: I’ve been self-publishing for most of my twelve-year career in comics, and one thing I have learned is that it’s a game of ‘Hurry up and wait’. No matter how excited you are about the new idea you have for a book, you have to keep it to yourself for a while and not say anything until you are halfway through the production of the book. And even then, you have to be prepared for what to do should life get in the way and throw you a curve ball that negatively affects your book’s production. As the saying goes: plan in silence so that you can strike like lightning.
CB: Are there any planned stories beyond this book?
LS: While readers have expressed that they would like to see me tackle another real-life serial killer, I can’t promise that I’ll do that. At the moment, Kristian and I are working together on ‘Lady Satan’. I have a large stable of characters whose stories I’m eager to tell. But that doesn’t mean that I won’t tell another serial killer story or another Ed Gein Story.
CB: Tell me about something unique about your crowdfunding campaign.
LS: Because I’m passionate about writing stories for comics and enjoy teaching others how to write for comics, we’ve included a script book edition of each of the issues. On top of that, we have a T-Shirt available as an add-on and the option to buy the Trade Paperback edition as well as the single issues. There are plenty of stretch goals that we would like to reach so that we can make sure that the backers receive a nice little treasure trove of goodies with their book.
CB: That’s neat. Anything else you would like to share with our readers before we sign off?
LS: If anyone is interested but unsure about the book, they can go to my website at luciferstorm.com and sign up for my mailing list. Once they do that, they will get a FREE PDF of the first issue of ‘Ed Gein: Demon Hunter’.
Check out the campaign page here!
by Joe Ellis
Check out the campaign here!
Chris Braly: Welcome to Indie Comics Showcase, Joe. Tell me the elevator pitch for Trifecta!
Joe Ellis: 3 heroes from different walks of life must put their differences aside and unite to keep The Mask of Metamorphosis out of the hands of a deadly warlord hell bent on revenge and destruction!
CB: Where did the idea for this comic come from, and made you decide to self-publish it?
JE: The idea for the comic was inspired by my love for the fantasy/adventure genre. Movies like Indiana Jones and The Mummy. As well as video games like Tomb Raider and Uncharted. The art was inspired by anime like Attack on Titan. I decided to publish the comic after a received a lot of positive feedback from friends, family, and fellow comic book readers. I think fans of fantasy/adventure movies, video games, and anime will love this comic.
CB: Tell me about your style and creative process, and how you developed them, Joe.
JE: I’m a visual person, so I write down all of my ideas on a whiteboard. From there I’ll start narrowing things down. Then I’ll create a timeline to make sure the story has a beginning, middle, and end. Once the timeline is complete, I’ll start typing the first draft. I’ll keep rewriting the story until it’s complete. Sometimes I’ll act out the action scenes using action figures to make sure that everything makes sense. Yes, I guess that makes me a grown man that plays with action figures. Don’t judge me lol!
CB: Haha! Talk about your creative team that contributed to this project.
JE: I created the characters and the story on my own. I hired a talented artist, Rocka Eliezer, who brought my vison to life.
CB: This is a completed book, and you’re working on the second issue now, correct?
CB: What have you been learning from crowdfunding, Joe?
JE: I’ve learned that promotion is just as important as having a good story. Promoting through social media and other avenues is crucial to your successes. You can have a great comic, but if no one knows about it then your story will never be read. In addition, I’ve learned that making comics ain’t cheap!!!
CB: No kidding! So what are the plans after issue two? Are there more stories to tell?
JE: I plan to publish all 6 issues of the origin story. If the series is successful, then I will continue to publish more issues.
CB: Anything else you would like to share with our readers before we sign off?
JE: I’m dedicated to creating entertaining stories with diverse characters and pulse pounding action.
CB: Thanks Joe. Well said.
Check out issue one here!
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