Indie Comics Showcase #101: Hybrids, Issues, & the Tribulation Taskforce

 

 

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!

 

Hybrids: The Sons of Gods-Trash Day
by Luke Stone

If it were a film, it’s the Book of Enoch meets “Taken” in a fast-paced adventure shrouded in mystery.

Check out the campaign here!

 

Chris Braly: Tell our readers your elevator pitch for Hybrids: The Sons of Gods-Trash Day Graphic Novel – Briefly tell our readers what’s up.

Luke Stone: We all want super powers. So, what if I told you there might be a chance that you are walking around with a bit of the DNA of the Greek Gods. Rather than having a dormant trait that might give you red hair or blue eyes, I’d awoken, these traits could give you god-like abilities. That is exactly what happens in H:SoG Trash Day. Out of nowhere, people develop fantastic powers but soon these individuals come up missing. We follow a small group of heroes who are trying to discover who is taking them, why they are taking them, and where they are being kept. What they find is far worse than anyone could imagine.

 

 

CB: How is this different from Hybrids: The Sons of Gods the Complete First Arc which you just wrapped up in June? Is this a different book?

LS: This is the trade paperback of that arc. It includes the complete first arc but also had the Saraphina #0 mini comic and an exclusive 5 page story that serves much like an end credits scene from some of our favorite movies. Additionally, there will be some extra content in the form of commentary and creator notes.

 

CB: How did this all come together?

LS: I’ve been working on this story for a long time building the world the action takes place in. It was about 5 years ago that I actually set out to make it a comic. When I was working with Tenacious Comics, we needed a “supers” type book and I had talked about this idea I had. The team encouraged me to make it a book and almost hastily I wrote and drew the book. I never thought it would take off the way that it has.

 

CB: Tell us a little more about the project. What kind of comic fans do you expect this comic will entertain the most?

LS: People who are fans of comics from the early to mid 1990s will really dig this. Also, anyone interested in things like conspiracy theories, Greek mythology, ancient aliens, and the Nephilim.

 

 

CB: Tell us a bit about your creative team or if there are any other creators that have contributed to this?

LS: This volume includes the work of some great creators. Chuck Pineau contributed as editor and had a huge role to play in the newer pieces of the story. Patrick Gama provides the colors for everything except Saraphina. I worked with Antonio Alvarez and Brian Dawson on layouts, and Nikki Sherman helped with lettering. If we got our first stretch goal we will add 12 more pages and have story contributions from Brian K. Morris, Eric Hawkins, Todd Oltmanns, Nicholas Mueller, Rog Mahan, and Jim O’ Riley.

 

 

CB: You’re also a pastor. Tell us how your aptitude and experience shepherding a church has informed this ongoing project.

LS: I do bring a special insight to some of the themes in this book. The biggest contribution isn’t in the theological or historical sense but in the humanity of the characters. Helping people walk through the different stages of life really gives me a unique perspective when building the characters and the interpersonal relationships that develop.

 

 

CB: What are you learning from crowdfunding and creating through this process?

LS: this is my first real attempt to find an audience on IGG. I have had some success with Hybrids and Voodoo Nations on KS but have found the platform on IGG better for long term use. I am learning that the things I have picked up about KS don’t always cross over. The one things that does is the fact that these sort of things are more like a marathon than a sprint. It requires a lot of attention and dedication to spreading the word.

 

 

CB: Thanks for chatting with us! Good luck and we are rooting for you!

LS: thanks so much for the opportunity to share my work with your audience!

 


Hybrids 30sec Commercial

ISSUES (Vol 1)
by Mike Marshall

 

An epic story where heroes are heroic again, where men are masculine and women are sexy! We want you to feel for our characters, to cheer for them on through their hardships and root for them in battle! Most of all, we want you to have FUN! So we designed this comic to be a parody of sorts. Think It’s Always Sunny and Venture Bros. meets Super Friends! No one is safe, might as well learn to laugh!

 

Check out the campaign page here!

 

Chris Braly: Tell our readers your elevator pitch for Issues Vol. 1Briefly tell our readers what’s up.

Mike Marshall: Absolutely! ISSUES is a powerful character study, wrapped in satire and dark humor. We follow a group of veteran superheroes as they learn to become a team, and the young special agent assigned to oversee them. Looking deeper it is a much larger story of family, loss and redemption, told over the course of three volumes. It is both a love note to comic fans, and our way of giving back to the heroes we have looked up to for decades. 

 

 

CB: Is this your first work as a comic creator? Tell me what led to this? MM: Yup, this is our debut! But don’t get me wrong, we didn’t just roll out of bed and decide to make comics. This whole project actually started seven years ago as a conversation between my artist and I. That conversation soon evolved into an idea to bring classic, larger-than-life, superhero archetypes back to the center stage. We wanted to showcase their abilities and their raw power, while also exploring what drives them as heroes. At the same time we wanted to bring back certain elements that we feel have been lacking in mainstream comics, namely a sense of hope and positivity, but also showing real stakes, consequences and growth. So after years of brainstorming, building our world and fine-tuning our story, we set out to finally bring ISSUES to life! 

 

CB: What is War Dance Comics? Does that have any special meaning for you?

MM: HA! Yeah, you’re gonna be disappointed in the story though. It’s more of an inside joke if anything. Snoots, my artist, loves ferrets. When ferrets play it’s called a “war dance”. I am Native American… which I guess that would apply to as well. Ha ha! Anyway we had a couple names in mind, but War Dance was the only one that really stuck, so we just rolled with it. I wish I could say there was some cooler, deeper meaning to it, but it’s really just the two of us being dorks. 

 

 

CB: Tell us a little more about the project. What kind of comic fans do you expect this comic will entertain the most?

MM: Well, the world we created is one where superheroes have existed since the 40’s. Patriot, the most powerful hero ever known, was responsible for putting an end to all war. A team of heroes from around the world was established to maintain order, with Patriot as their leader. But after years of worldwide peace, tragedy strikes and the team is killed. Patriot, being the sole survivor, is blamed for the event and is forced to retire in shame. The story picks up in the present day, when the American agency P.I.R.O. decided to form a new team, in hopes of bringing peace back to the world, that has now slipped into a cold war. As stated earlier, this whole story is told over three volumes.

 

Volume one focuses on Patriot, who has come out of retirement after decades of infamy, in hopes of proving his innocence and regaining the trust of the country he loves. Along with his new team we spotlight their liasan, Special Agent Anne Gallo, a rookie who took the job in hopes of uncovering the truth of her father’s murder. Man, we would be here all day if I actually dove into everything we have in store. We have put so much thought and heart into developing this story. But like I said before, this is also a love note to the fans, and we are VERY serious about that! In fact our commitment to the fans, and customer engagement, plays a huge part in bringing this world to life!

 

In our campaign we have so many ways for fans to engage, MOST of which involve being a character in the comic! Pretty much we thought about what the coolest thing would be for us as comic fans, and nothing beats actually being drawn in. So we decided to have the prices for the cameo tiers set really low, and increased the amount of speaking roles and recurring characters. Since we’re making this for the fans, why not have it full of fans? As for what KIND of fan, hopefully everyone! I mean, if you love comics, there should definitely be something in there for you! 

 

CB: Tell us a bit about your creative team or if there are any other creators that have contributed to this?

MM:  Ha ha! MOSTLY it’s just the two of us, which is probably our biggest challenge, to be honest. I am the owner, creator, writer and editor. Snoots is the artist, co-creator, colorist and letterer. We have two friends, Chris Meadows and Matt Vorderstrasse, who are on call as writing consultant and art consultant respectively. They are actually the fellow dorks who helped us brainstorm this in the first place, and Matt studied under Andy Kubert, so he really knows his shit. Aside from that, we have two friends helping us out on the social media side; Christina is covering our Instagram, and Jegs is in charge of our Twitter… because Twitter is cancer. As far as actual production though, it’s just the two of us. So this is very much a labor of love.

 

 

CB: What are you learning from crowdfunding and creating through this process?

MM: Man… crowdfunding is terrifying! Ha ha, I know you’re not supposed to ‘let them see you sweat’, but this is a different creature! I am not a salesman, I’m just a fan who has a great story to tell, and this is a whole new world for me. Plus I’m a perfectionist, so just setting up the campaign took me like THREE DAYS! I just always feel like I’m leaving something out, y’know? But probably the biggest thing I’ve learned is to just have faith. Believe in your project. Believe in yourself. Don’t try to be something you’re not, and don’t stress out about what everyone else is doing. Just keep pushing and people will notice. 

 

 
 
 


ISSUES IndieGoGo Trailer!

 
 

TRIBULATION TASKFORCE
by Bill Raupp

The Apostle John is alive and being held prisoner at the Vatican. Being alerted of this, Grok assembles the Tribulation Taskforce to rescue him. Will they succeed? and of so, what will the consequences be?  Find out in Tribulation TaskForce #1. It’s  24 pages of Superhero Fun!

 

Check out the campaign here!

 

 

Chris Braly: Tell our readers your elevator pitch for Tribulation Taskforce- Briefly tell our readers what’s up.

Bill Raupp: Okay! The end of days are upon us! The soon to come anti-christ is on a mission to bring forth the last days before the appointed time. Under a platform of world peace, he uses his position in the United Nations to assemble a team of Super powered warriors to help him achieve his true goal, the destruction of mankind. God calls a young man named Hector (aka Grok)  to find the Apostle John, who is alive and being held captive at the Vatican.  Together they will assemble the greatest Superhero force the world has ever seen.  They are   THE TRIBULATION TASKFORCE!

 

 

CB: Is this campaign for a complete arc, or is this part of an ongoing story? 

BR:  This is for the premiere issue of Tribulation Taskforce. There is also a catch up tier, so you can catch up on all of our previous Tribulation Taskforce releases!  

 

 

CB: What is Star Cross Comics?

BR: Star Cross Comics is our publisher and they publish comics that range from horror and thriller to sci-fi and fantasy, superhero, Christian, adventure, and crime. They’ve been publishing quality indie books for over 20 years and have been good to us.

 

 

CB: Nice! Tell us a little more about the project. What kind of comic fans do you expect this comic will entertain the most?

BR:  In the first issue of this series The Apostle John is alive and being held prisoner at the Vatican. Being alerted of this, Grok assembles the Tribulation Taskforce to rescue him. It’s 24 pages of Superhero Fun! Many people expect this to be a preachy religious comic, but it’s not. It’s more of a throw back to the great bronze era of comic books! This book is great for fans of books like the X-Men, JLA etc.

 

 

CB: Tell us a bit about your creative team or if there are any other creators that have contributed to this?

BR:   The book is written by me and the beautiful artwork is by Olan Orig with colors by Periya Pillai. They are both top notch indie artists!

 

CB: What are you learning from crowdfunding and creating through this process?

BR:  I am learning that it is hard work! LOL 

 

 

CB: Thanks for chatting with us! Good luck and we are rooting for you! 

BR:   Thank you! And thanks for all that you do for indie creators.

 


TRIBULATION TASKFORCE 1

 

 

Check out the campaign here!

That’s it for this installment! We’ll see you next Wednesday and until then… support indie comics!!!

 


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Chris Braly

I'm a collector, a speculator, and one opinionated, based geek. My friends call me Braly, but those who know me within the hobby generally refer to me as Bralinator. I can be heard monthly on the Comic Book Page Previews Spotlight podcast with several other comic book nerds. Follow me on Twitter @ChrisBraly

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