Indie Comics Showcase #102: Megamoose, Killer of Kings & One Night in Prague

 

 

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!

 

JOHN THE ANIMATOR COMICS
by John Celestri

 

Fun comics for your inner child through the use of characters and stories that are for the “Seedlings,” kids who are between 4 to 12 years old. And within that age range I have two specific groupings: 4 to 7, and 8 to 12. I’m being very specific in my age grouping because as kids grow from 4 to 7 and develop into 8 to 12 year olds, what entertains them also develops and changes.

Check out the campaign here!

 

 

Chris Braly: Welcome back to Bleeding Fool, John! Tell our readers the latest.

John Celestri:   I’m launching my own John the Animator Comics, a company that re-introduces Innocent Fun and Whimsy into comics.

 

CB: Sounds ambitious, but this isn’t your first work as a comic creator, in fact you have a storied history as a hand-drawn animator. Tell our readers a bit about your history and how that led to this.

JC: I animated the iconic Boba Fett in the Star Wars Holiday Special, and many other cartoon shows of the 1970s and 1980s. These include Filmation’s He-Man, She-Ra; and Don Bluth’s Dragon’s Lair and Space Ace video games. I’ve also animated on the animated cult classic feature film Rock & Rule, and a series of Batman animated commercials. 

Now in retirement, I’ve turned my talents and experience to creating my own characters for a line of all-ages comics aimed at young kids….and reawakening an adult’s Inner Child. 

 

Boba Fett cartoon - (The Star Wars Holiday Special, 1978) - Blu-Ray 1080p

 

CB: You were the best part of the Star Wars Holiday Special for sure! We’ve talked with you about Snuffy & Zoey before. Tell us a bit more about these other books and what inspired them.

JC:  I’m creating for a much younger audience than what is today’s beginning readership for comic books, which is 13 to 15 years old. My characters and stories are for the “Seedlings,” kids who are between 4 to 12 years old. And within that age range I have two specific groupings: 4 to 7, and 8 to 12.

I’m being very specific in my age grouping because as kids grow from 4 to 7 and develop into 8 to 12 year olds, what entertains them also develops and changes. (I still remember what it was like being those ages and how I developed and exercised my own imagination “muscles”.)

 

Snuffy & Zoey Toy Box Adventures (4 to 7) focuses on two sibling bears who jump into their magic toy box and have adventures. My idea is to encourage young readers to explore their own imaginations and create their own entertainment and stories. But I’m not writing stories with any hidden social or political messages. In the first 24 page book, Snuffy and Zoey try to steal cupcakes from a dragon! In the second 32 page book, Snuffy and Zoey’s soccer ball bounces into the magic box and is lost inside! In trying to find it, Snuffy and Zoey are captured by a gang of Pirates made out of colorful balloons!

 

Nicky Nardson: Mega Moose Comics (8 to 12) is about a bullied nerd, who is magically given extraordinary powers. With a wave of a magic feather, Nicky can change into a Minotaur-type being with all the powers of the animal kingdom. The series is aimed at youngsters dealing with surviving elementary and middle school society. The first issue contains two standalone stories (12 and 16 pages).

 

 

CB: What was the inspiration for doing kids comic books rather than a wider audience?

JC:  It’s apparent to me that children have long been neglected as a group by the mainstream and independent comic publishers. I write my stories in a was that does not talk down to kids in a condescending manner. My goal is to reintroduce innocence and a feeling of whimsy to comics. I don’t mean a “sugary” innocence, but rather innocence in a way that kids are. Let them grow up naturally; comic stories don’t need to force feed kids darkness. 

If the comics community doesn’t energetically cultivate and grow 4 to 12 year old kids as their new audience, then they will be totally lost to video games and movies…and comics will die with the present group of adults.

 

 

CB: Are there any other creators that have contributed to this? Or anyone helping you produce the books or fulfill them? 

JC: I’m the sole creator (writer, artist, colorist, letterer) and am handling all the fulfillment by myself.
 

 

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

JC:  What I’ve learned is that ever crowdfunding campaign starts from scratch; and you can’t expect that those who have supported you in past campaigns will automatically support you in the new one. 

 

CB: Thanks for chatting with us! Good luck and we are rooting for you, John!
JC:  Thank you, Chris. I appreciate you interviewing me.

 

Fun Comics For Your Inner Child! on Indiegogo

Check out the campaign here!

 
 

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KILLER OF KINGS
by Gary Shelton

 

A young warrior in the pre-flood era of the humanity, continues his God-given mission to rid the Earth of the 5 immortal kings known as The Darque. Will he succeed in his mission?

Check out the campaign here!

 

Chris Braly: Tell our readers your elevator pitch for Killer of Kings – Briefly tell our readers what’s up.

Gary Shelton: So, a young man in the pre-flood era believes that he is called to rid the known world of 5 kings known as The Darque. 4 of the kings are the sons of a man named Viktor who is possessed by a fallen angel named Akai who is the 5th and most powerful king. Their power makes them immortal…or so they thought until one of the immortal kings is killed.

 

 

CB: Where did the idea for this project originate?

GS: I am a fan of the swords and sandals movies and wanted to somehow be involved in telling a good story involving some of those elements.

 

 

CB: What kind of comic fans do you expect this comic will entertain the most?

GS: Killer of Kings will embody some “usual” tropes that people can relate to as regular hero types, like the muscle guy, the underdog hero, a strong female you know the kind of things that appeal to broad audiences. These stereotypical characters, however, will not play to the expectations of their character models. Which I think will overall make it a fun read once the story takes off.

 

CB: Tell us a bit about your creative team / other creators that have contributed to this?

GS: I began doing everything myself, but good friend of mine though, Leandro Chico, always entertained the stories I’ve come up with over the years would come up with some amazing things for “paths” in the story down the line. I asked him if he wanted to become the writer for the book and he thought that it was a good idea also.

 

 

CB: What does your creative process and workflow look like? How do you take it from idea to finished book? What inspires you?

GS: Ha! In the past, I just let the story kind of organically happen from panel to panel with just a general idea of the end of the book. Now it’s a little more streamlined. I have had to let go and trust his control, while adding input here and there, while I focus on becoming a better artist/storyteller. I’ve been heavily inspired for this book by the time between Adam and Noah in scripture, artists like Joe Maduriera, Carlos Pacheco, Jeff Matsuda, Chris Bachalo, Todd Macfarlane and lots of others. I think I want to be as good as those guys.

 

 

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

GS: The process from hobby to possible business causes you to juggle a little bit. Fortunately Starcross comics, Joe Spicer and Bill Raupp are awesome support in that process and I get to do more creating.

 

CB: Anything else you’d like to add about your comics?

GS: I have more titles to come after Killer of Kings gets momentum, but this book will leave the reader wanting to know where it’s going, and how it will get there.

 

 

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

GS: Thanks Bleeding Fool for taking the time to review the book and I appreciate the support!

 

 

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ONE NIGHT IN PRAGUE
by Constantine Werner

 

 

One Night in Prague is a young-adult (YA), fantasy adventure graphic novel. It consist of five chapters, each 23 pages long. The first chapter has been completed and offered here as comic book Issue #1. 

Check out the campaign here

 

 

Chris Braly: Tell our readers your elevator pitch for One Night in Prague – Briefly tell our readers what’s up.

Constantin Werner: One Night in Prague is a young-adult action adventure comic about two star-crossed lovers fighting monsters and demons in one crazy night in the Czech capital.

 

 

CB: Is this your first work as a comic creator? Tell me what led to this?

CW: This is the first comic I will be able to complete but not my first attempt. A few years ago I developed a very ambitious scifi comic with the artist Bill Sienkiewicz and pitched this to major publishers. Unfortunately it was too expensive for them to finance from scratch and Bill’s schedule was too crazy to involve him in a crowdfunding campaign. Because of that experience I planned One Night in Prague as a Kickstarter campaign from the get go and with a more manageable budget.

 

 

CB: Have you always been a fan of comics? Which comics do you remember most fondly?

CW: I am German and grew up in Munich. All German kids read French comics: Tintin, Asterix, Lucky Luke. Me and my siblings read every single one of them. After highschool I went to art school in Paris to study graphic design and the French kids all read the Incal series by Alejandro Jodorowski and Moebius. I also have all of those. Later in life I of course switched to English language comics. My favorite one of all time is Elektra Assassin by Miller/Sienkiewicz which is the reason why I contacted Bill at the time. I simply love his art work. Another favorite of mine came out recently: Monstress by Liu/Takeda. This one has an influence on One Night in Prague a.o. because of the art nouveau inspired illustrations and because it is 100% fantasy, which is my genre.

 

 

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

CW: Young adults, especially young women. This is a love story with a kick ass female heroine. I just finished watching the Netflix series Cursed. This was made exactly for the same audience.

 

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

CW: This is a two people project: Tadd Galusha is doing all the illustrations from sketching to coloring to lettering. He is fantastic.

 

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

CW: That posting on social media especially Facebook is not very effective. I believe the algorithms prevent people from even seeing some posts on their feeds. Mailing lists and personal, direct communication like this interview is all that matters.

 

CB: Any final comments you’d like to share with our readers about the project?

CW: This is a time where traveling to Europe is hard – so join us on our journey and go to Prague with us!

 

CB: Thanks for chatting with us! Good luck and we are rooting for you!
CW: Thank you very much! It was a pleasure talking to you.

 

 

Check out the campaign here

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Chris Braly

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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