Welcome back friends and readers to an all new Indie Comics Showcase. Let’s keep those new year’s resolutions and support some indie comics in 2019. Here are some excellent choices!
Dog Days – A Zootopian Crime Noir Story
(MAKE 100) By Travis Gibb
Dog Days – A Zootopian Crime Noir Story tells the story of a pair of canine detectives find themselves embroiled in a cults attempts to murder and skin citizens. Follow this pair as they unravel the secrets and mystery behind Mother and her twisted followers. Can they save the animals in time or will their skins be next? This book was written by Travis Gibb, with additional Writing By Niall Presnall. Art chores were handled by Riccardo Faccini and colors by Claudia Giuliani. The book’s lettering was handled by Brant Fowler, and the book was edited by Chuck Pineau.
Please check out the campaign page here. I spoke recently to Travis Gibb and that interview is below.
John: Travis, hey, welcome back to Indie Comics Showcase. Early last year we covered your book; Broke Down And Four Dead Bodies, which was great and should be getting a sequel later on this year, correct? Today however, we will be talking about your latest indie comics endeavor, Dog Days-A Zootopian Crime Noir Story. But Before we get into it I would like two ask two things.
Travis: Yes, Broke Down And Four Dead Bodies issue 2 is complete. We are working on the coloring now and should go live on KICKSTARTER in February or March
John: Did McGruff The Crime Dog have any sort of influence on this project?
Travis: Who doesn’t love McGruff? He takes a bite out of crime!!. I don’t wanna brag but elementary school me met THE REAL MCGRUFF!! (He may have just been a guy in a suit but he was real enough for me.) Anyways, I can’t say if they were inspired by McGruff or not. This is normally not my cup of tea writing anthropomorphic animals. However, once I started and really got to explore this world. I fell in love with finding what makes something animal and what makes them human.
John: haha! What can you tell us a bit about yourself, Travis?
Travis: I would love too. I was born and raised in Rochester NH. I am married to my wonderful wife Heather. I have two daughters and I’m expecting a son (Remy) in April!! I have been a long time comic fan. I have also been writing comics off and on for about 10 years.
John: Congrats on the family addition! Dog Days-A Zootopian Crime Noir Story follows a pair of canine detectives embroiled in a cults attempts to murder and skin citizens. What more can you tell us about the story?
Travis: That sums up the plot basics. However, the heart of Dog Days is how we respond to a world that takes something from us. Every character in Dog Days has lost something that they are desperately trying to get back. We follow each of their journeys and see the choices they make while trying to return what’s lots. We have some great characters as well. Wolfee has been so much fun to write. She is a tough Detective who has pushed against the wall and needs to fight back!! She is also my first lesbian character. So, was so cool to address some of the issues that the A lesbian cop would deal with but then add that she is married to a sheep. Lots of fun stuff to play with.
Barnabus is a young dog who got handed his job and everyone wants to point it out. He however just wants to be a good detective. The Butcher one of the main bad guys. Is ruthless and savage. Animals are meat. A serial killer was really fun to write.
John: Can you tell us a bit about your creative and writing process?
Travis: I do this so I know the arcs that I want for each character. A good storyteller never leaves the character were you started with them.
John: What are your hopes for Dog Days-A Zootopian Crime Noir Story and for 2019?
Travis: Ya, what I try to do is map out the story. I do a series break down and then a issue break down. So, for this book even though it was a original graphic novel. I broke the book down into 5 chapters and wrote it like I would a standard comic.
John: Is there anything you want to share with us before we sign off?
Travis: Well first goal is to get Dog Days funded. This is a original graphic novel. So it will be my first complete story. That’s a huge deal and I can’t wait till people read the end. There is a huge reveal that will open this universe right up!! If it goes well the publisher will take on a series by me. So, that will be great!! Broke Down and Four Dead Bodies should have two issue out this year. So, that should be on pace with everything else that I’m working on. Last but not least there is a few anthology pieces coming out. I have a four page Broke Down story in the advocator. (Also live on Kickstarter)
I have a 7 page story called Reapers in Nerd Nation #3. I also have a 6 page story in an anthology called Why Faith. I’m sure that I’ll add more but I will more than likely disappear midyear to be a dad to my newborn.
John: Travis, thank you once again for being on Indie Comics Showcase, it was great getting to know you a bit better, I want to wish you the best of luck on your campaign and a very happy and prosperous 2019.
Travis: Well first thank you for having me. I am blessed to be able to get the support from the indie community. Second, I want to encourage people to reach out if they need help. There are so many resources to make your dream come true. You just have to have drive.
The Good Knight: Nightmare Realm #1 By Crystal McGhee
A trail of blood, tragedy, and misfortune follow an immortal knight, hell-bent on saving his master.
The Good Knight: Nightmare Realm #1 (of 12) is a black and white, 48-page, magazine-sized, sword and sorcery comic for mature audiences and it is the first project from Mystical Comics, a new upstart publisher with a shared universe. The story was created and written by Crystal McGhee with art by Francisco Narde along with additional cover art by Pablo Romero. I spoke with Crystal recently for this article.
John: Crystal, Hi, thanks for being on Indie Comics Showcase. I hope you had an awesome holiday season. I’d like to discuss your indie comic, The Good Knight: Nightmare Realm #1, which is just grim and gorgeous, I love the look of it!
Crystal: Thank you John, it was great spending time with family over the holidays. And I’m very glad you like what you see.
John: Before we talk about book, tell our readers a little bit about yourself?
Crystal: As a young child I became fascinated with comics by looking at my Dad’s collection which consisted mostly of 80s and 90s Marvel comics. A few that were especially interesting to me was Spider-Man, GI Joe and Transformers. From there I became interested in film; first watching and then checking out commentary tracks and behind the scenes featurettes. As I got older, my curiosity and desire to create original content grew.
John: Fascinating. What can you tell me about the publishing company Mystical Comics?
Crystal: I envision Mystical Comics as an indie publisher not afraid to go beyond the current tropes, repetitive storylines, and status quo. The stories being told will be a part of a larger shared universe, in which some characters crossover to other series.
John: I wish you well. I read the premise of your comic features Sir Alexander, a medieval knight from the past, trapped in the form of a teddy bear by his previous master, then finds himself indebted to Eric, and tasked is with protecting his son. That’s a really unique and absorbing premise. Can you tell us a bit about how it came to be?
Crystal: My inspiration first came from watching the 1988 film, Akira, some years back, specifically, the scene where Tetsuo was in the hospital and notices a small teddy bear, stuffed rabbit and a toy car coming towards him. Later it was revealed that it was, in fact, kids possessing the form of all three objects which gave me an idea to expand on and explore that concept. As far as the setting, I’ve always been intrigued by the medieval time period and I thought it would be interesting to create something involving that time period.
John: The Good Knight: Nightmare Realm #1 has a very unique story to tell, and as I previously stated, plus it has a very grim and gorgeous look to it. Can you tell us a bit about how it came to look the way it does, as well as what inspired the look of it?
Crystal: Thanks! I really wanted something detailed and expressive in order to achieve a more cinematic feel and as far as inspiration, I was thinking of doing something similar to Alex Ross’s style, particularly his work on the mini-series, Kingdom Come by DC. It all started with an idea and then laying out the steps to create the finished product. For instance, I took the idea and expanded on it with unique characters. From there, I wanted to create an engaging story. And finally, turn it into a viable product, ensuring it exceeded my own personal standards.
John: It seems to have worked. What are your hopes for The Good Knight: Nightmare Realm and for 2019?
Crystal: My hope is that it’s well received; that readers enjoy the story and find it refreshing. I’m focused on wrapping up production for the 1st issue of the Good Knight in July. Other than that, I’ll be working on finishing some other projects I’ve been working on.
John: Is there anything you want to share with us before we sign off?
Crystal: Look for an upcoming one-shot from Mystical Comics called A Siren’s Song, which takes place after the events of the The Good Knight, featuring characters you’ll meet in the 1st issue. The artwork and lettering is already complete and awaiting release.
John: Crystal, thank you once again for being on Indie Comics Showcase! It was great getting to know you a bit better and I want to wish you the best of luck on your campaign and a very happy and prosperous 2019!
Crystal: Thank you for having me John. I appreciate the opportunity to share a little bit about The Good Knight and Mystical Comics with your readers.
Again, please visit the campaign site here.
The Advocator Presents: Indie Comics Franchise Shorts
Presented by Rob Andersin
The Advocator is like webisodes for indie comic book franchises, short stories giving you more of the characters you love. 6 short stories from 6 indie comics every issue. Please check out the campaign here. I spoke to Rob Andersin recently about the project.
John: Rob, buddy, welcome back to Indie Comics Showcase. Last time you were here we covered your indie comic, Fetishism Tales Volume 1, which unfortunately did not meet its funding goal, but will hopefully get a relaunch this year. Today I want to talk to you about The Advocator Presents: Indie Comics franchises shorts. Tell me a bit about the project and about yourself.
Rob: Fetishism Tales is getting reworked and will come back stronger than ever. As for the ADVOCATOR it is the EVOLUTION of ADVOCATING for creators and eachother. As for me, I AM THE INDIE DEVIL who creates stories about FETISH, MONSTERS & More and the More grows every day, Find out more about what I am up to at MrAnderSiN.com . I am also know as the INDIE ADVOCATE for all the work I have done with INDIEADVOCATES.com, The Global Digital Comic Con, for the INDIE COMICS community and their Creators.
John: What can you tell us about the project and why it is so important to you and to the Indie Comics Community at large?
Rob: The Advocator is a collection of Comicsodies and Original stories from Creators you know and are fans of. A Comicsodie is a short story from a pre-established franchise that furthers the story like Web Episodes do for TV. It is also a collaborative effort of creators and supporting each other and advocating for each other.
John: Rob, can you tell us a bit about your creative and writing process?
Rob: I have said this on other interviews I am honestly more haunted by ideas and have to give them life in the form of stories. I have often said that the creator who is in tune with their creations can actually have conversations with them in their mind.
John: Cool. What do you hope to achieve with The Advocator in 2019?
Rob: : To bring creators from all areas and all creative styles together and further the brand that is INDIE comics and make it more professional overall.
John: A worthy endeavor to be sure. Is there anything else you would like to share with us today before we sign off?
Rob: THE ADVOCATOR proves that creators can work together to create amazing things and that INDIE COMICS no longer stands for a lower quality comics!
John: It’s been great having you back on Indie Comics Showcase. I hope to see you soon and I want to wish you the best of luck on your campaign as well as a very happy and prosperous 2019.
Rob: I appreciate the spotlight and the timing for what you do for the indie community! It is truly appreciated.
That’s it for this installment! Please take the time to check out each of the campaigns above and drop them a few bucks! And in the meantime, support indie comics!!!
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