Indie Comics Showcase #114: Reignbow the Brute, Kill Reaver & Starlight Cats


 

 

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!

 

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REIGNBOW THE BRUTE
by Ethan Van Sciver

 

Meet REIGNBOW. He’s a Brute. The last real man in Fairyland. Reignbow’s worst day ever happens when after a series of Honeysuckle shots, he quarrels with one of the UNBEARABLES, a clan of miserable emotionally manipulative grizzlies, and they steal something precious to him. REIGNBOW THE BRUTE is a parody/satire that will take a lot of your memories of the 80’s, and blend them with high testosterone and fun!

 

Check out the campaign here!

Chris Braly: Tell our readers your elevator pitch for Reignbow Brute… Briefly tell our readers what’s up.

Ethan Van Sciver: Reignbow the Brute is the last REAL man in Fairyland. He’s a hard drinkin’, hard fightin’, unicorn suplexin’ fairy barbarian in a world of emotionally manipulative grizzlies, seductive thots with baked goods, Commie elves, and thumbsucking apes. When his magic sword Grassblade is stolen from him, it may turn out that the quest to teach his fragile son Shiro Pokkit to be a man is the only way to get his sword back, and restore the power of the rainbow.

 

REIGNBOW THE BRUTE pitch advertisement!

 

CB: You’re best known for your work on superhero comics at DC and your own creation Cyberfrog, what prompted this clever satire comic?
EVS: I dunno. I see a lot of radical feminists ruining male driven fantasy properties, and I guess I thought it’d be funny to insert chauvinism into everything they loved as kids. See how they like it. It’s all in good fun.

 

 

 

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

EVS: It is joyously politically incorrect! I promise that it’ll make you laugh no matter who you are. But I think the underlying message is the importance of fatherhood in a boy’s life. Boys need role models.

 

 

 

CB: Tell us about your other creators that are contributing to this project, what are they bringing to the comic?

EVS: Kyle Ritter is bringing his color palette to the proceedings, as usual. I’m very happy to have him as a visual creative partner. He’s fantastic. And I’ll also be producing an anthology storybook called COOL STORY, BRO: Toxic Fairytales for Masculine Men, which will be filled with the creme de la creme of ComicsGate creators, taking classic fairytales and giving them balls.

 

CB: You’ve previously set records with your previous campaigns for Cyberfrog. What is the most important lesson have you learned from crowdfunding and creating through this process?

EVS: The most important lesson is to recognize your audience and listen to them very carefully. Respect them. Give them more of what they want, and less of what they don’t. That’s how to make money in comics.

 

 

CB: Do you see more Reignbow the Brute projects down the road after this?

EVS: No, I don’t. I see this as a one time hit. But again, I listen to my audience.

 

CB: Which tier is the most popular right now on your Indiegogo campaign?
EVS: Definitely the Executive Briefcase Tier, which is a cheesy character lunchbox like the ones we had as kids. If we get to $300,000, I’m adding a Thermos!

 

 

CB: Thanks for chatting with us again Ethan! Good luck and we are rooting for you!
EVS: I’m always here! Thanks, Bleeding Fool!

 

Check out the campaign here!

 

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STARLIGHT CATS: MERLION RISING
by Shane Davis

 

Go on big space adventures with 4 cats and a little Singaporean girl as they battle evil rat aliens!

Check out the campaign here!

 

Chris Braly: Tell our readers your elevator pitch for Starlight Cats: Merlion Rising, Shane.

Shane Davis: Starlight Cats is an intergalactic action-adventure 48 pages graphic novel that chronicles the exploits of a little girl named Rebecca and the street cat Barnaby. The vicious rat-like aliens known as the Verkins are bent on conquering Earth, and only Rebecca and an elite team of cosmic-powered cats known as the Starlight Cats stand between them and universal infestation.

 

Starlight Cats #1: Merlion Rising Comic Book Trailer

 

CB: You worked for DC Comics quite a bit. Tell us about some of the titles and characters you worked on there and how that led to Starlight Cats.

SD: I’ve worked on the following titles at DC Comics: Superman: Earth One, Superman/Batman, Batman, Metal Men, Green Lantern, JLA and Mystery in Space just to name a few.
Through working professionally in the US comic industry, I learnt how to compose stories. I had the opportunity to write at DC as well. I learnt a lot about what goes into the production of a comic book, from script to print. You end up learning a lot about world-building and how to capture an audience’s attention as well in the process of working on legacy characters.

 

 

CB: So where did the idea for this comic come from? Are you just a very serious cat lover?

SD: I’ve been working in comics for close to 20 years, and I’m the co-creator of DC Comic’s Dex-Starr, a cat Red Lantern. Dex-Starr is based on my own pet cat Dexter, currently 18 years of age. Yanzi and I are both huge animal lovers and especially of cats. Both of us grew up with cats. I had already drawn Dexter into a comic book, and it was only natural to want to draw Yanzi’s pet cat into a comic book as well. I became especially interested in doing such a book after seeing the street cats of Singapore. We’ve been planning Starlight Cats for about 3 years, and finally decided to take the plunge and tell the story.

 

 

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

SD: Starlight Cats is an all-ages action-adventure comic book. Our target audience is anyone looking for great storytelling and awesome visuals. This book does not have hardcore gore or violence, which makes it suitable for younger readers, but there will be themes that adult readers will be familiar with, such as betrayal, espionage and thriving in adversity. If you enjoyed Star Wars or any of the recent superhero movies, you will definitely love Starlight Cats.

 

 

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

SD: My wife Yanzi is co-writing and inking me on this project. We have on board with us Malaysian colorist Candice Han who has been providing amazing colors for the project. Letters will be done by letterer extraordinaire Eric Weathers, whom I’m sure most people know through other CG projects.

 

CB: What are your long term plans for this comic? Can readers expect further adventures?

SD: I definitely want to add at least 2 more books to the series. Not going to spill the beans, but I think readers will be surprised by the plot twists that have been planned. I will be expanding on the world of the Catz aliens and their mythology, whether it is in the main book or in the supplemental stories that I will include in ashcans available during the campaigns. I have a cliffhanger ending in store for issue 1, and plan to go right into the second book after. I have other projects planned aside from Starlight Cats as well, and look forward to sharing them with the comic community in the future.

 

CB: What are you learning from crowdfunding and creating through this process? You appear to have quite a bit of cool schwag you’re offering.

SD: I have been pleasantly surprised and overwhelmed by the support of the indie comic community, and Starlight Cats has exceeded all my expectations thus far in terms of the fan reactions and enthusiasm for the project. I am especially grateful for fans and fellow creators who have helped in promoting Starlight Cats, and I can’t wait to bring this book to life. Venturing into the world of crowdfunding with a support network like Comicsgate which is a customer-drive movement for quality storytelling with an emphasis on customers-first has provided me with the opportunity to interact more with my fans that I’ve really enjoyed.

As for the “cool schwag”, most of these were developed because of suggestions by fans and viewers on my livestreams. Yanzi and I previewed our campaign 24 hours before the launch on a livestream to get feedback on the offerings, and throughout the campaign, we’ve been listening to the fans on what they want on the campaign to do our best to bring it to them.

 

 

CB: Is 9 Lives Comics a vanity press publishing company strictly for Starlight Cats, or can we expect other characters and comics under that banner?

SD: 9 Lives Comics is the name of my imprint, so you can definitely expect to see more of my projects coming under this banner in the future.

 

 

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

SD: Thank you for the opportunity to chat with you guys. Keep up the great work at Bleeding Fool!

 

 

Check out the campaign here!

 

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KILL REAVER
by Randy Siplon

 

 

Do you have the fortitude to enter the realm of the KILL REAVER!

Check out the crowdfunding campaign here!

Chris Braly: Tell our readers your elevator pitch for Kill Reaver… Briefly tell our readers what’s up.

Randy Siplon: The short version is that Kill Reaver is The Madalorian meets Game of Thrones. Kill Reaver is a story of revenge, redemption, and resurrection. The Kill Reavers were an elite group of mercenaries working for a corrupt king. The evil king turned on them and had all of them brutally executed except for one sole survivor who managed to escape. Now the last remaining Kill Reaver is on a mission of bloody vengeance and will stop at nothing to destroy the kingdom he once fought to protect!

 

KILL REAVER Indiegogo Trailer

 

CB: You have an art background in the trading card industry. Is this your first work as a comic book creator? Tell me how that led to this?

RS: Yes, I have been an illustrator in the trading card industry for the past 12 years drawing sketch cards for properties like Star Wars, Lord of the Rings, and Star Trek. I published my own comic a long time ago when I was only 16 years old, and have done some smaller stuff here and there in the independents. Kill Reaver is my first comic related project in quite sometime and it just came out of my love and passion for comics. I have worked in illustration, animation, and as a tattoo artist, but I always come back to comics because I love them so much.

 

 

CB: Where did the idea for this comic come from?

RS: The idea for Kill Reaver was born out of my love for fantasy art, comics, and video games. It’s always been a favorite genre of mine and for my first big comic series I thought it would be pretty epic to create a fantasy world all my own to tell my story in. Nothing is grounded in reality, so I can cut loose and do some crazy stuff!

 

 

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

RS: Kill Reaver will have something for everyone, but fans of old school heroic fiction with a focus on amazing artwork will be in for quite a treat. I am putting my all into the artwork for this book and it’s going to be my greatest artistic achievement to date.

 

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

RS: I am writing and drawing Kill Reaver #1 by myself, but depending on how much funding we raise I will be hiring on a colorist and letterer. The cover for #1 was colored by Matt Yackey and he is a great colorist so I would love to hire him on to do interiors. The budget entirely depends on the amount of backers, so if we don’t raise enough funding I will have to do everything myself.

 

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

RS: I have learned that it is good to be prepared ahead of time before you dive into crowdfunding right away. One thing I wish is that I had more time to have some of the interior art colored in advance. Little things like that can make a difference. I’ve also learned that promotion is the most important thing ever. You can have the best comic book in the world, but if no one is seeing it you won’t do well. On the flip side if you are a popular YouTuber and put out a subpar product it still might make a ton of money because part of the formula for success is building a platform and getting to know people prior to launching your campaign.

 

 

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

RS: Thank you so much, and I appreciate this chance to spread the word about Kill Reaver! Give it a chance, folks. I promise you won’t be disappointed with the quality of this book.

 

 

 

@randysiplon

 

 

 

That’s it for this installment! Support indie comics!!!

 


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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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