Welcome back to another installment of Indie Comics Showcase! Before we get into this week’s edition, I want to thank everyone for the encouragement for my own take on Indie Comics Showcase last week and previous editions. John Lemus is currently hard at work at his day job and may not be returning until after the yuletide settles, so you’re going to have to ride with me on this adventure! I think it’s a another great issue.
Let’s dive in!
___________SAMURAI & DINOSAURS___________
First up is Samurai and Dinosaurs! An imaginative combo of two cool things that I never imagined would go together! It tells the story of some kind of time rift that has taken place in premodern Japan, and the only ones who can fix the damage this phenomenon has created are a small group of highly-specialized samurai. I recently had a chance to interview the writer, Michael Murphy, and I was eager to find out what this crazy tale is all about!
Mike: Hey, I’m Mike Murphy- a freelance writer/artist based in Portland, Or. My wife and I have been hustling freelancers for the better part of ten years now. Most of my income is from outside comics, but that hasn’t stopped me and a handful of artists from making the submission rounds over the years (usually to no avail). So, we’ve decided to refocus our efforts, stop pitching to uninterested publishers, and sell our wares directly to the readers/customers themselves.
For our next crowdfunding campaign, I spoke with Kimberly Moseberry, a freelance comic book artist located in Chicago, IL. Her crowdfunded comic ‘Enigma‘ has been a passion project for this long time comic book fan.
Kimberly: I’m a freelance artist living in Chicago who enjoys reading indie comics as well as supporting them. I specialize in sci-fi and fantasy art. Oh, and I’ve been attending comic cons since I was in high school. I’ve always been a fan of noir, sci-fi, action, and post-apocalyptic stories. Working on my own comic in those genres has been one of the most gratifying experiences of my life.
Chris: Cool! Tell us about the campaign for Enigma!
Chris: And here’s that link to check it out and support Enigma #2 on Indiegogo now! indiegogo.com/projects/enigma-issue-two#
And you can check out more of Kimberly’s work at her Deviant Art page: deviantart.com/ebony-chan
___________LITTLE GIRL LETHAL___________
For our final spotlight this week, we’re looking at Little Girl Lethal, which we briefly mentioned way back in September in ICS #12. Little Girl Lethal tells the story of the Wickedest City across endless realities & existences, of a tale in a place called Lost Peaks, where there lives a singular girl, beautiful and fierce, broken and searching, and seething with wrath and a vast lust for vengeance. For in her childhood, she was delivered into carnal bondage to be the plaything of the monsters lurking within humanity, but a Dark Ronin, an elite assassin, came & rescued her, raising her to maturation to be an incomparable killer, whose retribution will shake the foundations of her world! This is the story of Sugar Lightspeed! Created and written by Slick Jimmy with art by Whiskypaint (check out his gallery here).
I spoke with Slick Jimmy about the project, and the campaign which ends in just a few days.
Chris: Tell our readers about yourself and a little more about Little Girl Lethal, Slick!
Jimmy: I’m college educated, well traveled, well read, and completely full of myself. I come from from a family of educators, and grew up gallivanting around and getting into trouble in the Mountain West of the USA, particularly the Utah’s Wasatch Front & Grand Staircase. Yes, I’m Mormon, or better said, a Jack Mormon.
Little Girl Lethal started out as a collection of stories set in a alternate universe megalopolis called Lost Peaks. Most of these vignettes center around a character known as Sugar Lightspeed, who is an archetypal sexy schoolgirl trope. However, although I use the hooks of supa’-sexiness & ultra-violence to lure in readers, the Sugar Saga contains a far deeper narrative than the casual observer might expect. Sugar is an overpowered character, but she is also extremely damaged and flawed as well. She’s not a cardboard cutout of a cartoon. She commits terrible acts, but hopefully you’ll find her sympathetic, come to empathize with actions in catharsis, if not condoning, the havoc she wreaks.
The first episode introduces her and tells her basic origin, shows off some of mayhem she’s capable of committing, and delves into her psyche a bit. All of this will hopefully entice the reader to invest in further episodes.
Chris: I like this concept and the artwork looks fabulous. What can you tell me about your creative team?
Jimmy: It’s really all about the fabulous art of my partner, Whiskypaint, who brings all of this into vivid, sequential magnificence. Whiskypaint is as yet, an undiscovered artistic treasure, straight outta’ Vladivostok, Russia! Really an artist extraordinaire, man of mystery, Russian master of cheesecake sexy! And also part of the creativity is Zaalen “Zed” Tallis and Australian composer and all-round awesome comics enthusiast and musician.
This team will rock you like a seismic 10.0, baby! I’ve lived a few years now, studied storytelling, written as a avocation for decades, read and watched, traveled around the world, had my share of experiences…all of this, it informs my stories and the Lost Peaks universe. The question begs, what inspired me to write this saga? Pulp fiction, sci-fi, westerns, spy novels, noir, manga, and any number of other influences through out my life amalgamated into this world.
Chris: What are the details of you campaign? I see all kinds of perks and support levels on there.
Jimmy: Our campaign on IndieGoGo is still running to near the end of the month – ending just before New Years. You can get to versions of Episode 1, “Modest” or “Immodest.” The Modest Version is still highly risqué, but leaves a tiny bit to the imagination. The “Immodest” Version however is the Whole Damn Monty, bub (NSFW)! I’m sure folks’ imaginations can run wild all the way to amok on that as well. (Wink-Wink. Nudge-Nudge. Say No More, Eh?)
With perks you can get sexy & savage Little Girl Lethal posters & t-shirts as well. And composer Zaalen Tallis, who I mentioned earlier, has done a soundtrack for the Lost Peaks Universe & the Sugar Saga, making a limited press on vinyl, with exclusive art on the cover sleeve by Whiskypaint! That can be obtained for only $38 from Qrates.com, or you can also get it as a perk on our Indiegogo along with both versions of the book.
We’re still rolling to December 29th (I think?) We’ll go in-demand after it ends. Come get some Sugar, bebes’! I’d like to thank all those who have backed our project & given us support! To see so many embrace my vision is gratifying & truly humbling. We are striving to craft and deliver the highest quality book we can, both in story & art. This has been a learning experience, but quite enjoyable (for the most part.) If you like sexy fun, if you want a wild ride, if you love the grit hard and heavy, I’m your /chuckleberry/, dig?
Yeah, I know you do.
Chris: Tell me about some of your influences.
Jimmy: Pulp writers, such as Edgar Rice Burroughs, Robert E. Howard, H. Rider Haggard, H.P Lovecraft, many artists but especially Frank Frazetta, Robert McGinnis, and Luis Royo, all noir films in general, Ian Fleming, old west writers such as Louis L’Amour & Zane Grey, and hard-boiled detective fiction from the likes of Dashiell Hammett, Mickey Spillane, Raymond Chandler, Ross MacDonald, James Elroy, Elmore Leonard, Michael Connelly, Lawrence Block, also true Crime & crime fiction of all types, pulpy masculine business like The Destroyer Series of novels & the Mack Bolan novels, manga & anime like Battleship Yamato (aka Starblazers,) Akira, Dirty Pair, Honey Cutey, Gunslinger Girl, (I mean, come on, sexy schoolgirls are an industry unto themselves in Japan,) Cyberpunk writers, but especially, Philip K. Dick & Neal Stephenson, modern cinema, Blade Runner, The Matrix, Quentin Tarantino’s crime oeuvre, and recently, John Wick.
Truthfully, there are thousands of works, books, movies, television, art that have put their indelible stamp on my mind & literary aspirations.
Chris: I have to ask you about your creative process. Where do you begin?
Jimmy: I just sit down at the keyboard &and bang out some bullshit, try to make as crazy and fun, but be as “literary” as I can. I do carry a small notebook to jot down ideas that occur to me during the day, then I put them down in the ‘puter at night. Sexy and over-the-top craziness are hallmarks of what I like to write. It might pretty niche, but you’ll never be bored with my work. Promise.
Chris: I think that’s all any comic reader is looking for sometimes. Thanks Slick Jimmy and good luck with the book! We look forward to your next project.
You’ve still got time to check out Little Girl Lethal on Indiegogo here: indiegogo.com/projects/little-girl-lethal#/
And that’s it for this installment! Please take a few minutes to check out each of these crowdfunding campaigns. With the miserable state of the major publishers, it’s more important than ever to support indie comics!!!
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