Indie Comics Showcase #38

Hello friends and readers, welcome back to Indie Comics Showcase. The weekly blog where we try and bring you Indie Comics from across the web, as well as interviews with their creators. We have some truly outstanding crowd funding campaigns for you to learn about, enjoy, and hopefully support by making a pledge. If you would like to show your support, please remember that every little bit counts. From the single dollar pledges to the ten dollar, and higher.

Darkfall: Tales From The End of The World
by Chris Rabideau

The story of a decades long struggle between humanity and a mysterious Darkness.

Please Visit The Campaign Site Here.

John: Chris welcome and thank you for being a part of Indie Comics Showcase. Today we will be talking about your Indie Comic Darkfall: Tales From The End of The World, now being crowd funded via IndieGogo. But before we get started, can you tell us a bit about yourself, and your Indie Comic.

Chris: Thanks for giving me a spot on the Showcase. There’s not too much to say about myself – I’m just a working stiff with an idea I think people will enjoy. I’ve always wanted to write and have had several ideas over the course of my life, but I’ve never really put in the effort it takes to actually create something. A couple of years ago I got this new idea and something about it really made me want to pursue it. It’s the most effort I’ve put into anything and it’s gone through a number of changes since my original idea.

John: What was your main source of Inspiration when working on Darkfall: Tales From The End of The World?

Chris: I’ve always loved writers like HP Lovecraft and Robert E Howard. Their style of relatively short stories that stand by themselves but also worked towards revealing a larger world really appealed to me. James Brooks’ novel World War Z struck a chord with me as well. It was like he took that style but worked it into a single narrative. Darkfall borrows heavily from those styles, but is arranged to put a new spin on it.

John: What Stage is Darkfall: Tales From The End of The World in currently?

Chris: The writing is probably 70% complete. The first story is complete and posted as part of my Indiegogo campaign page, while the second story is done and just waiting for the funds so my artist can get to work on that. I am drafting out stories 3 and 4 and they will be done well before the art for 2 is done. So once funding is complete things should move along pretty well.

John: Can you tell us a bit about your creative process?

Chris: I basically just spend a lot of time thinking. I get bored at work a lot and things just start coming to me. When I’m doing almost anything at all, ideas kind of work themselves in the back of my mind. I sort through them and kind of write and edit in my head until I can get home and put it down for real. And even then I work that backspace key pretty hard. I also keep lots of notes since I need to make sure ideas and themes carry logically across stories. I consult my notes regularly and get rid of or change anything that doesn’t fit.

John: What have some of your influences been over the years and how have they affected your work?

Chris: Independent creators of all kinds have been huge influences on me. I was already working on Darkfall as a novel when ComicsGate got rolling and it got me thinking that using a visual format would really help me tell the story. Rewriting the story in a comic book script format has been a lot of work and quite the learning experience but also has been very fun.

John: What are your hopes for Darkfall: Tales From The End of The World and for the future?

Chris: My hopes are very simple and realistic at this point. I just want to get my book funded and completed and get my name out there. Going into 2020 I hope continue the story in Volume 2.

John: Is there anything else you want to share with us before we sign off?

Chris: Only that I know this project is very different from everything else that is being offered right now. If people take the time to read my campaign page they’ll find something they’ll really like.

John: Well Chris, thank  you once again for being a part of Indie Comics Showcase. We wish you the best of luck on this and all future campaigns.

Chris: Thank you for taking the time and giving me the opportunity to get my name and work out there.

Please Visit The Campaign Site Here.

 

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Movie Men! Crowded Theater
by Jeremy Lott & Doug Curtis

Monsters have escaped from the screen! Can Bellingham’s best ticket takers get them back?

Please Visit The Campaign Site Here.

John: Jeremy welcome to and thank you for being a part of Indie Comics Showcase. Today we will be talking about your Indie Comic Movie Men! Crowded Theater, now being crowd funded via IndieGogo. But before we get started, can you tell us a bit about yourself, and your Indie Comic.

Jeremy: I’m a former journalist, but please don’t hold that against me. My comic is about a bomb that goes off in a theater, leaves everything standing, knocks all of the monsters out of the screens, and gives the workers at that theater weapons to do battle with this reel menace.

John: What was your main source of Inspiration when working on Movie Men! Crowded Theater?

Jeremy: In my mind, the team most resembles a young Ghostbusters. People have detected Archie as well, and artist Doug Curtis confirmed that Archie was a significant artistic influence. Doug is a great guy, by the way. I love working with him.

John: What Stage is Movie Men! Crowded Theater in currently?

Jeremy: It’s done, though not printed yet. We’ll have to do a little manipulating to fulfill one tier or perk, where folks can be pictured as one of two cops near the end. And if some high roller really wants to throw down, we’ll add a 4-page back-up story with him (or her!) as a character. But the comic and the two great pin-ups that can come with it are in the bag. Once the campaign ends, we’ll get the money, print it, and ship it to you folks.

John: Can you tell us a bit about your creative process?

Jeremy: For Movie Men, I worked with Doug to get decent sketches of the Movie Men and the monsters. Then I took a vacation time from my day job, stayed home, and wrote it for two weeks.

John: What have some of your influences been over the years and how have they affected your work?

Jeremy: My three biggest comic book role models are probably Stan Lee, Neil Gaiman, and Peter Simeti. Stan Lee turned comic books on their heads, more than once. He turned heroes from icons into characters and he worked tirelessly to make sure those characters would eventually land on the screens. Neil Gaiman is the Frank Sinatra of comics: he’s stylish and he did it his way. Alterna Comics founder Peter Simeti I just cannot say enough good things about, so let’s leave it there. 

John: What are your hopes for Movie Men! Crowded Theater and for 2019?

Jeremy: I hope to get this funded. But more than that: I hope to get this into the hands of a lot of readers and have priced it accordingly. You can get digital for only $4 or have it delivered to your door, if you live in America, for only $10. If this one is a success, and early signs are good, then we’ll do a follow up where the Movie Men meet Dr. Frankenstein and his monster.

For 2019, I hope that we see success for a lot more small projects, from me and from other comic fans who decided to take the plunge and finally tell the story that they’ve had stewing forever. The bar is pretty low folks. Hop on over. 

John: Is there anything else you want to share with us before we sign off?

Jeremy: I love that you do these interviews. There are several comics I have and more that I have backed because of them.

John: Well Jeremy, thank you once again for being a part of Indie Comics Showcase. We wish you the best of luck on this and all future campaigns.

Jeremy: To Indiegogo, and beyond!

Please Visit The Campaign Site Here.

 

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EXILIUM
by Ben Slabak & Salo Farias

John: Ben welcome to and thank you for being a part of Indie Comics Showcase. Today we will be talking about your Indie Scifi Comic EXILIUM, now being crowdfunded via Kickstarter. But before we get started, can you tell us a bit about yourself and your Indie Comic.

Ben: Thanks for having me, John, much appreciated. I’m a writer/creator based in Sydney, Australia, and I have been writing comics since 2014. I have released several series since, largely influenced by my love of history and travel, all the while laying the foundations for my very own space opera (I’m a big fan of sci-fi, too) which would eventually become Exilium. I generally write the type of stories that I myself seek out, and I had been toying with the idea of the first “official” contact with an intelligent, extraterrestrial race. They would arrive to Earth on the run from a superior force that had obliterated their world, seeking refuge.

Such a revelation would inevitably cause upheaval on Earth. Unknowingly leading their oppressors to their new home, the alien refugees would have to work together with humans in an almost hopeless attempt at defending the planet. The story developed from there, and I’ve had an absolute blast working on this series with my team. It was in 2017 that I had submitted the project to Alterna and was thrilled to have had it accepted by Peter Simeti. The first issue of Exilium was initially released last year in August (great review on Bleeding Fool here), with subsequent issues on a bi-monthly release schedule. I’m immensely grateful to Peter for this opportunity and my experience with Alterna has been fantastic.

John: What was your main source of Inspiration when working on EXILIUM?

Ben: Growing up, some of my favorite TV series and movies were sci-fi classics such as Star Trek, Battlestar Galactica, and later, Stargate, Firefly, etc. Exilium was definitely influenced by some of these and I’m hoping that sci-fi fans will similarly enjoy the world I have created in Exilium, which I plan to explore further in future story arcs/seasons. I’m hoping to return with a new mini-series run in 2020.

John: The book is still coming out in single issues through Alterna. What stage is this EXILIUM collected edition in currently?

Ben: The book is 100% complete, and we’ve already had a proof printed. However, in case we reach stretch goal territory (here’s hoping!), I may look to add some bonus pages such as a gallery of single issue covers, which our artist Salomon Farias and colorist Marc Sintes did a fantastic job on, and potentially some behind the scenes materials such as character designs, etc. Regardless, the book will go to the printer shortly after the conclusion of the Kickstarter campaign, and we don’t expect delays in getting it out to our backers.

John: Can you tell us a bit about your creative process?

Ben: I can’t say that I have a definitively mapped out process when creating/writing new stories, but I certainly aim to have a goal/ending to work towards very early in the process. The middle parts tend to change and evolve organically, and I find the whole process to be one of discovery. There’s a quote from Tolkien about his writing process that I find quite apt when it comes to my own writing – “I met a lot of things on the way that astonished me”. While my endings and conclusions that I commit to early on don’t particularly change, the parts in the middle certainly do and I find that to be one of the most enjoyable and exciting parts of the writing process.

John: What have some of your influences been over the years and how have they affected your work?

Ben: I grew up in Europe, reading predominantly Croatian, Italian and Franco/Belgian comics and graphic novels. They’ve certainly played a role when I started writing my very first series, Trail, which is an action/adventure series in the vain of some of the graphic novels of the same genre, but also some iconic movies that I’m a huge fan of, such as the Indiana Jones series. So much so that I ended up studying Egyptology at the university and found myself on location in Egypt, taking part in the excavation of a number of ancient tombs just outside the Valley of the Kings in Luxor. My passion for history has significantly influenced my writing, having created several action/adventure series with a historical slant.

John: What are your hopes for EXILIUM and for 2019?

Ben: Right this moment, just making it to the end of the Kickstarter campaign and staying sane (haha). It’s my very first crowdfunding campaign so getting if off the ground was a bit nerve-wracking. As for the rest of the year, there are still two more issues of the Exilium six-issue series to be released by Alterna Comics. Issue #4 is due in comic shops later this month (April) and the last issue, a huge 56-page finale, in June. I also have a new series, Mr. Beaver, on which I am acting as editor and producer, that will be released later this year by Action Lab. It’s a five-issue, action/dark humor mini-series that’s been a lot of fun to work on. We’re nearing the completion of the production of the full run of the mini-series, and we’re very much looking forward to its first Diamond solicitation.

 

John: Is there anything else you want to share with us before we sign off?

Ben: I’ll be returning to the US again this year to exhibit at the New York Comic Con, having made my debut last year. I had an absolute ball there, and this year, along with the Exilium graphic novel and the six-issue mini-series on newsprint, I’ll have some of my other series on sale as well as a brand new graphic novel that I’m currently working on, an all-ages action/adventure story titled The Mapmaker. If any of the readers are planning on attending the event in October, make sure to come by my booth in the Small Press area and say hi!

 

John: Well Ben, thank you once again for being a part of Indie Comics Showcase. We wish you the best of luck on this and all future campaigns.

Ben: Thank you so much. I appreciate you taking the time to talk to me and highlight the Exilium Kickstarter campaign, as well as supporting independent comics, and in particular Alterna Comics.

Hope you found a book you can get behind, so get out there and support indie comics!!!

 

 


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John Lemus

John Lemus

I'm a 35 year-old Cuban who works in Hialeah, FL. I'm really into comic books and comic book culture and I have a particular fondness for independent comics. Which is why I started the Indie Comics Showcase. Follow me on Twitter @indie_comics!

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