Indie Comics Showcase #193: The Ace, Chiasm, and The Last Wand



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!


by John Joseph Schell III

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Chris Braly: Welcome to this week’s Indie Comics Showcase, John. Tell me your elevator pitch for The Last Wand!

John Joseph Schell III: A young Keon finds himself drowning in depression, as he blames himself for the death of his younger sister. Despite this tragic event, he lives a fairly normal life until a beautiful elf named Azreal arrives on earth, and gives Keon The Last Wand. She reveals to Keon that he is the king of an ancient elven world, and the one who enslaved Abbadon, the most powerful Dark Lord to ever live. The book is 38 pages of colored sequential art.



CB: Where did the idea for this comic come from, and made you decide to self-publish it?

JJS3:  The idea came to me after watching the Harry Potter series. I wanted to see more use of magic and wands but in a more powerful way. From just that thought, a world was created, characters were born, and a story evolved. I then decided to self publish because I believe there is a valuable lesson to be learned from following through with your project from start to finish.



CB: What kind of comic readers is this suited for and who is it aimed at?

JJS3:  The Last Wand targets readers who enjoy fantasy, drama and mystery. This comic is largely inspired by the personal experiences of myself and of others around me. This comic is intended for young adult and adult audiences due to some more mature thematic material like blood and gore.



CB: Tell me a bit about your unique creating style and process.

JJS3:  I am very detail oriented and look to avoid loop holes in the plots of my stories. I also love vivid descriptions and building character narratives. I enjoy using my imagination to think outside the box to present something original to my audience.



CB: How about a quick shout out to your compatriots on this project? How did you guys hook up?

JJS3:  I found my full team through my artist, Ruben Mocho. I found Ruben on a Facebook page called COMIC BOOK ARYIST SEEKING COMMISSION. Our team consists of me as the writer. Ruben Mocho is the artist while Nene Teixeira is the colorist, and Dave Lentz is the letterer. I specifically chose Ruben as the artist, because he made me promise that the book would not sit on a shelf, but instead would be published one day. That spirit of encouragement and teamwork is what helped me to choose Ruben.



CB: So what’s your production workflow like? Is this book already complete?

JJS3: My goal has always been to have a finished product, before I approached the comic book scene. I did this to not only prove to my readers that I value their support, but to also show my level of commitment to this series.


CB: Tell me something you’ve been learning from self-publishing and crowdfunding?

JJS3: I’ve learned that you will always be your biggest advocate. You must put yourself out there and get into the indie scene. Marketing and networking are vital keys to success.



CB: Any plans beyond this book?

JJS3: Of course! My Google Docs are full of stories! I have multiple one shots and a few series that are fully fleshed out and ready to go!


CB: It looks great. What else can you tell me about your Kickstarter campaign and anything else before we sign off?

JJS3: I focused on my book first and foremost, because I want to prove to the reader that I can get a book into their hands, before going all out on the extras. We do have 3 stretch goals set up to incentivize my backers to share out the project. $3k will unlock a western style Manga called “Heathen” that I wrote a year ago, but never released. $5k will unlock wristbands with “The Last Wand” engraved. $7k will unlock a 11×17 poster!

I want to tell people to remember to chase your dreams and never give up. I heard a quote just recently that hit me pretty hard. It goes as follows: “Many die at 21… but aren’t buried until they’re 70.” Stay true to whoever you are and what you love and you will find a way.


The Last Wand - Kickstarter Trailer


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by Edwin Acevedo

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Chris Braly: Welcome back to Indie Comics Showcase, Edwin. Tell us the pitch for The Ace!

Edwin Acevedo: The Ace comic series is the continuing story of a young man David Diaz. Who discovers the remains of a shooting star that grants him the ability to transform into an armored being. Which is the most sought after object in the entire universe. The Ace is like a classic comic book series. Suitable for most comic readers ages 10 and up.


THE ACE Volume 2 trailer


CB: Give me the genesis for this story and tell me why you decide to self-publish?

EA: The Ace is very much inspired by early 90’s Marvel comics such as Darkhawk & Death Head’s II. I decided to publish it after seeing the new wave of independent comic creators who were successfully putting out their own comics over the past couple years through sites like Indiegogo.



CB: Let’s get into the production process a bit. Tell me how you like to work and give a quick shout-out to the team that helped contribute to the project.

EA: I usually write out the full script with dialog before sending it to my artist. But I make sure to tell them they have the power to tweak anything on the page that doesn’t work or they can make better. As long as the major beats are hit I want them to have the ability to be creative and it usually makes the final project better.

The main story artist is Ibai Canales whose worked on project like Iron Sights. The epilogue artist is Sweens the creator of Oddity. And the other artist is Allen Alonzo (Howl Comics) who draws the Akula origin story and colors the main story. The cover is drawn by Pat Maxton (Doodle Bags) with colors by Teo Gonzalez with letters by ES Kay. 




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

EA: I’ve learned the importance of having as much of the book done before launching a campaign as possible. I’ve also learned how to work with artists and create connections with other creators.



CB: Is this volume complete and do you already have plans beyond this book? 

EA: The book is fully drawn, colored and lettered. Right now I’m in the process of ordering the proof copies for the book. Aside from The Ace comic series which will come out once a year through Indiegogo, I plan on launching a 12-page black & white ashcan for a new character called Bloodbone on October 5th. I’ll be taking pre orders through PayPal and it will only be available for a very limited time.



CB: Nice. Anything else you would like to share with our readers before we sign off?

EA: The Ace is a comic book for comic book fans. It’s everything we loved about comics growing up. Classic super heroics with modern art and writing please give it a look and back it if it’s up you alley, thanks!.


Check out the campaign page here!




by Doug Knight

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Chris Braly: Welcome to Indie Comics Showcase, Doug! Tell me about Chiasm!

Doug Knight: CHIASM is a sci-fi retelling of my life as a childhood cancer survivor. Except we swap out chemo for alien molecules!



CB: Tell me a little bit more about how you came up with the idea for this story.

DK: As a legally blind artist my life has been a series of incredible events. I believe my amazing stories will be enjoyed by other folks with exceptional needs living extraordinary lives. I chose to publish on my own because I feel that the best way to make it in any business is to have an understanding of the ins and outs of self representation in an art-first industry.



CB: That’s fascinating, Doug. Tell me who this comic is aimed at?

DK: This is an action title that deals with body horror in comedic ways. It’s roots in sci fi will be more evident in future issues. I believe this book is good for anyone 12 and up.



CB: Tell me how you managed to produce this.

DK: I create the MAJORITY but not all of my work in PROCREATE on my iPad. However, when i get the time and the space like to go crazy with some markers and or paints. My self taught style has been developed through my over twenty five years of passionate creation and my decade plus of regimented creation in the tattoo industry! I emphasize bold and dynamic visual layouts with flares of manga graffiti



CB: Are you working on this yourself, or do you have some others help?

DK: My books are a solo venture. From concept to final edit. I have nobody to blame but myself! My iPad tells me that a full page takes me between 4 to 6 hours. 8 for big splash pages 10 for covers. 



CB: What have you learned from self-publishing through this process?

DK: Great planning leads to perfect execution. Expect nothing and be grateful for everything. Don’t do it to get rich. Do it to establish a footing in a big bad industry and show people you’re creations are worth investing in. Don’t just market your IP. Focus on marketing yourself also.



CB: Are there more stories to tell in this universe?

DK: Yes! CHIASM has 9 more completed stories with a minimum of 15 – 20 more issues in my brain (conservatively). I also have all ages projects in the works, a three-part graphic novel, and several other top secret projects!


CB: That’s great. Anything else you would like to share with our readers before we sign off?

DK: There are very FEW things in this life that can stop you from achieving your dreams. Keep you head down, your chin up and love every minute of the grind to the top!


Check out the campaign page here!



That’s it for this installment. If you’re a creator ramping up your own campaign or have a comic available for purchase online and you want to be featured in our weekly column, click here. And follow Indie Comics Showcase on Twitter at @Indie_Comics and reach out to them for more eyes on YOUR crowdfunding comic project. Until next time, support indie comics!





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Chris Braly

I'm one opinionated, based geek. I try to steer this tiny ship and can often be heard monthly on the Comic Book Page Previews Spotlight podcast with several fellow "comic book nerds." Follow me on Twitter @ChrisBraly. My preferred adjectives are brilliant/beautiful.