Indie Comics Showcase #279: Space Cruizin’ & Saga of Sunsets

 

 

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!

 

A Saga of Sunsets

by A.C. Pritchard

Check out the campaign here!

 

Chris Braly: Welcome to Indie Comics Showcase, Andy! Hit me with your elevator pitch for A Saga of Sunsets!

Andy Pritchard: This 72+ page full-color epic follows the legend of a band of orcs led by Jarl Himinn Hoarfist within the unforgiving world of Arkae. Aboard a unique flying longship known as the Evening Star, they seek a peaceful place to lay their king to rest across the Endless Water–but legends are rarely born peacefully. With his two sons along for the journey and the crown on the line, Himinn has everything to gain but even more to lose in this high-flying Viking epic. Because I adapted it myself from the original source material, A Saga of Sunsets has a defined beginning and end with no cliffhangers!

 

A Saga of Sunsets by Luke Stone & A.C. Pritchard 1

 

CB: How did this graphic novel come into being?

AP: The idea started as a spinoff short story within my full-length novel’s world of Arkae as an in-world legend inspired by the real-life Kensington Runestones. It grew into one of the entries of my debut short story collection, “Mortal Descent” and from there was developed into a few pages of sequential art by Luke Stone from MD’s profits. From there, it was developed into a 15-page preview by Anvil Magazine for their third issue & now has its own campaign to finish the proven concept. Since its inception, ASoS has been on steady path to bring itself into existence via self-publishing & the art / story both speak to that.

 

 

CB: What kind of comic readers is this suited for and who is it aimed at?

AP: For fans of Vikings, fantasy, mythology, & history, ASoS is a parade of memorable characters cutting their way across a well-developed world. It’s even filled with symbolism for those who have the eyes to see it! The story can get incredibly brutal without crossing over into the “mature” category, thus parental guidance IS suggested for younger readers. It goes out to other fathers out there like me, who just want to leave a lasting legacy behind for their children.

 

 

CB: Tell us about your style and creative process, and how you developed them

AP: I describe things in almost biblical terms to really drive home the symbolism while trying to keep everything digestible to readers. Since I often imagine my scenes in my head like a movie when writing them, it shows in the final product. Luke knocks it out of the park translating my scripts haha.

 

 

CB: Talk about your creative team that contributed to this project

AP: Luke Stone (Inks), Edgar Tavitas (Colors), and myself (A.C. Pritchard) doing everything else from writing the thing to lettering. I plan to personally color a special collector’s “color-pop” edition where much of the symbolism will be highlighted. Luke is a champion for indie creators and quickly becoming a powerhouse in the comic scene with his website fundmycomic.com. Edgar is part of the Luke Stone Studios team and absolutely slays it with the vibrant colors and lighting. From story to script to graphic novel, Luke and Edgar handle everything I can’t, which is quite a bit when you let the art speak for itself!

 

 

CB: What’s your production workflow like? And if it’s not complete, how far along is the book?

AP: Everything starts off with Luke deciphering my script, and after some back and forth the final ink is sent over to Edgar, then I personally letter the colored pages. We can turn over several pages / week, and have 15 made so far. In fact, all 15 are available right now as proof of concept in Anvil Magazine issue # 3. I’m not a slow writer by any means, so with the added speed of Luke Stone Studios on the team, we become a force to be reckoned with.

 

 

CB: What have you been learning from self-publishing / crowdfunding and creating through this process?

AP: Lots and lots of video editing and design work haha. Something “they” don’t talk about is how vital all the DIY stuff can be to speed up the process. I never imagined being a self-published author & comic creator would mean also becoming some sort of digital artist. Its also slowly changing me into a salesman with the immense importance marketing has on indie projects. People can wax poetic about the artistic side of writing/going independent, but rarely discuss the business side–which is just as much a part of it.

 

 

CB: What are your plans beyond this book? Are there more stories to tell?

AP: A Saga of Sunsets in all its 72+ pages is 1 out of 3 short stories adapted from my debut anthology “Mortal Descent,” which is all set in the brutal fantasy world of Arkae. This book has a defined beginning and end with no cliffhangers! Arkae is essentially my story factory, so there will be endless characters & tales to come! If this succeeds, you can expect many more to come from Luke and I.

 

 

CB: Any special features in this book / (or if crowdfunding, special perks or tiers?)

AP: Aside from your more standard tiers with just the color or B/W versions, we opted for as much variety as possible. We’re offering a smaller B/W “Manga” version with an alternate cover (cover B), standard full-color paperback (cover A), full-color hardcover (cover A), & a special oversized “color-pop” limited collector’s edition! In addition, digital & deluxe digital versions (audiobook / comic bundle), as well as a plethora of other loot! (bookmarks, trading cards, coasters, posters, stickers, magnets, etc) We are even considering a vinyl audiobook & special canvas prints if it really takes off!

 

 

CB: Anything else you would like to share with our readers before we sign off?

AP: This project is living proof that even those with small budgets can carry an idea to fruition–all you need is a big heart. Never stop, keep writing, develop your ideas and shop them. This went from my mind to the page, to Anvil Magazine, and now hopefully to some young comic book fan’s hands. Much like the magic in my stories, I find the entire process of creation to be magical. Keep pushing.

Check out the campaign here!

 

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Space Cruizin’
by John Dexter

Check out the campaign here!

 

Chris Braly: Welcome to Indie Comics Showcase, John! What’s the elevator pitch for Space Cruizin’?

Jon Dexter: Space Cruizin’ is Star Wars meets Space Balls as a trio of outcasts search the galaxy for earthling artifacts to make a quick buck only to become humanity’s last hope against a powerful weapon.

 

 

CB: What inspired this comic, and who is it aimed at?

JD: Sci-fi is underrepresented in comics. And creating a comedy/adventure sci-fi comic is very unusual. I love telling original stories and feel it would make a terrific comic series! Space Cruizin’ is for readers who love sci-fi and comedy!

 

CB: What’s your approach to writing comics?

JD: Usually a mad rush of ideas being jotted down after months of note taking.

CB: Who’s the creative team?

JD: I hired Stone Tower Studios out of Argentina. They have been my art, graphics, and lettering team since Alpha Dogs in 2021. Coskun Kuzgun and Javier Coscarelli brought it all together.

 

 

CB: What’s your production workflow like? And if it’s not complete, how far along is the book?

JD: Space Cruizin’ issue 1’s artwork is finished! The comic is currently being lettered! But backers will not have to wait months for their comic! I plan on sending it to the printers soon after the campaign ends!

 

 

CB: What is the biggest lesson you’ve learned from self-publishing?

JD: Marketing is key to growing as a comic creator.

 

 

CB: What are your plans beyond this book? 

JD: This will be an ongoing series. I first created Space Cruizin’ as a teenager. I spent years developing a long and exciting comic series.

 

 

CB: Any special features in this book?

JD: Yes! We have three incredible covers along with stretch goals. There is also a tier where you get the comic signed and your name printed on the Thank You page!

 

CB: It looks good, Jon. Anything else you would like to share with our readers before we sign off?

JD: You can also purchase my comic series Alpha Dogs and Dime-Store Detective!

CB: Good call.

 

Check out the campaign 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 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.

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