Indie Comics Showcase #77 (NSFW Gonzo Edition)

 

 

Welcome back to another installment of Indie Comics Showcase!The weekly blog where we try to spotlight and signal boost indie comics that are currently underway with crowdfunding campaigns, are crowdsourcing their funding in some way, or just completely self-publishing on their own. Every little bit of support counts, from a single dollar pledge to the twenty-five dollar bundle, and of course the higher tiers are usually fun too! In fact, some of these campaigns have got some great higher tiers which add even more value by offering stuff you cannot get anywhere else.

 

On Indie Comics Showcase interview the creators, show off some art, and tell you how you can check out the product for yourself. Once again, 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!

 

CASH GRAB: The Graphic Novel
by ‘Cecil’

 

When ComicsGate began to grow as an indie comics consumer movement, some naysayers claimed that creators were starting crowdfunding campaigns as a “cash grab” which cleverly used the initials ‘CG’. Along came Cecil – a Youtube personality whose huge appetites are only exceeded by his immense sense of entitlement to fill the need for a legitimate CASH GRAB! This comic tells some of his adventures that take place during his life of excess, but that kind of lifestyle has cost him everything— his wealth, his career and even his family! After being thrown out of his sister Judy’s home, he has hit rock bottom and wants to make amends for a lifetime of selfishness and decadence. When NYC’s resident superhero, The Winged Fox, goes missing, Cecil sees this as his opportunity to step up and fill the void. Will this be the road to redemption -- or is he just some old asshole? There may be room for debate.

CHECK OUT THE CAMPAIGN HERE!

 

Chris Braly: What is the ‘elevator pitch’ for Cash Grab? Briefly tell our readers what the story is about.

Cecil: Cash Grab is an action, comedy, adventure that will have plenty of T&A, drug use, alien women, destruction and general debauchery.

 

CB: I know you were originally co-creating this with other creators and that fell apart. Tell our readers how it came back together.

C:  As a first-time creator, I felt a lot more secure co-creating in a group than on my own. After the collaboration collapsed, I waited a year before writing a totally new story on my own. I really owe my fan base for pushing/demanding that I continue with this project.  As a solo creator I will now be keeping 100% of the profits so I also owe my original team a thank you for screwing me over. Thanks, jerks!

 

CB: You’ve been a favorite online personality ever since the ComicsGate movement began gaining traction and notoriety. Have you always been a satirist? Were you dressing up like Captain Chaos before your CG involvement?

C:  I’m really just an adult class clown. Ethan Van Sciver saw some of my YouTube videos and thought it would be fun to have me on as a guest. The audience first felt that my best course of action would be for me to kill myself… but eventually they warmed to me and the rest is history. The Comicgate livestreams give me a place to crack jokes and hang out with some wonderful creators and a dynamic audience. I enjoy every minute of it.

 

CB: Tell us about your Youtube channel. You do a lot of commentary on pop culture and entertainment media. What have you been enjoying of late?

C: My channel is mostly me rambling on about whatever has my interest that day. Goonies, C3PO, Chucky, Marvel movies or just stream of consciousness livestreams that can go on for hours. It’s basically a loosely structured channel designed to amuse myself and people just come along for the ride. It’s really stupid in an occasionally smart kind of way.

 

CB: Let’s talk about your creative team. Who is working on this project and how does the creative process on this project work exactly?

C:  Donal DeLay is my artist and he is an absolute pleasure to work with. He is a natural at layouts. I just tell him what is supposed to happen on each page and he brings it to life in a very visually appealing way. Slight changes to panels and character acting are done as dialogue is applied. My beautiful logo and cover colors are by Andrew Huerta. The vibrant interior colors are done by Ink Spots. My letterer is the always wonderful Eric Weathers. I have an incredible variant cover by Kelsey Shannon and I had some sensational animation for the campaign by Scotty Richard Studio. The writer is myself, a man that I find so charming that I give him an occasional hand job.

 

CB: That’s very generous of you. Can you tell us what stage the project is at currently? Who’s helping you navigate the crowdfunding process?

C:   I’m currently torturing myself with re-writes. I do not want to let down my backers with a weak story, so I am going over it one more time. I’m lucky to have friends that have been through the crowdfunding process before and that are willing to help me. Shout out to Ethan Van Sciver, Jon Malin and Ya Boi Zach/aka Richard C. Myer/ aka Diversity in Comics/ aka Comics Matter With Ya Boi Zach

 

CB: Speaking of Ya Boi Zach, we have an interview with Richard further down the page. I know most people seem to ben hesitant to satirize Comicsgate, but you haven’t. What’s the deal?

C:  I think the Comicsgate audience has grown to trust the Cecil character as one of their own and have been encouraging me to take Cecil to another level. They really wanted me to make this book. So if it turns out to be shit it’s completely their fault. But, I already forgive them.

 

 

CB: What a gentle man. Any final thoughts you’d like to share with our readers?

C: Yes. Buy this book so I can waste the proceeds on booze and loose women. There is a better chance than not that you’ll receive nothing from me. I’m probably kidding.

CB: True to form, Cecil! Good luck and we are rooting for you! Cecil… Cecil…?

 

CHECK OUT THE CAMPAIGN HERE!

Cash Grab Graphic Novel Launches Today On Indiegogo 1/21/2020

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VALKYRIE SAVIORS 3
by Ron Z.

Ron Z. is a a writer, editor and artist, that created Mount Olympus Comics to bring to life a multi mythology inspired universe where female super heroes and villains are not out-shined by their male counterparts. Valkyrie Saviors are the last line of defense against the Zodiac gods! He lives in Phoenix, Arizona and has been doing the crowdfunding comics game for years to great success!

CHECK OUT THE CAMPAIGN HERE!

 

Chris Braly: Welcome back to Indie Comics Showcase, Ron! Give our readers  ‘elevator pitch’ for Valkyrie Saviors 3? Briefly tell our readers what it’s about and give us some background on it. 
 
Ron Z: Absolutely! Valkyrie Saviors are the last line of defense against the Zodiac gods! So the Norse and Greek Gods fought centuries for supremacy, but in the end they decide to form a truce. That’s when the new gods, the Zodiac gods, attacked. In order to stop the Zodiac Gods, my protagonist Freja, with the help of some ancient dragons, created the Valkyrie Saviors. Now these gods must abide by one rule, they cannot attack a non-god unless attacked first. So the Zodiac gods had to create their own avatars. In this story, the war has finally come to earth and only the Valkyrie can save us! They’re sexy college students by day, and giant Valkyrie warriors by night!
 
 

CB: How long you’ve been working on this series? 

 
RZ:  I have been working on Valkyrie Saviors for about 6 years. Longer than Patriotika!   I’ve always been a fan of transformation type stories and anime such as Guyver, She-Hulk and Hulk, and Sailor Moon, and those series were big inspirations for my Valkyrie Saviors.  I’ve always wanted to bring anime/manga type stories to U.S. readers with stories set in a more traditionally western style.
 

CB: This isn’t your first crowdfunding campaign experience. Tell us where you got your start with indie comics and what you’ve produced.


RZ:  Wow. I did some professional work under a pen name where I met and worked with many artists.  Eventually, I began doing some commission work on my own with 3D programs, and those commissions led to people asking for commissioned comic pages in that style.  It was fun for a while, but I soon realized how much MORE fun it would be if I was making my own comics with the artists I knew.  I had many stories from when I was in elementary school, high school and college brewing in my head, and I was tired of seeing comics losing some of that zest that I loved from 80’s and 90’s comics.  That’s when I decided to try making comics on my own.  The kind that I loved and that I would want to read.  Action adventure with sexy, powerful, super-heroines and all out bad ass superheroes with no real world politics to take you out of the story. 
 
 
 
CB: What are your hopes for these comics?
RZ: I used to read comics to escape from the stress in my life and on the news, and now I hope that my comics do the same for others. I actually came up with the Valkyrie Saviors first, then another character Collateral Dee and the last one was Patriotika.  But after showing them to various publishers, it was unanimous that Patriotika should launch first.  Recently, I released another character comic called Samurai of Oz which outperformed Patriotika, and later this year I will have Samurai of Wonderland too! I’m overwhelmed at the response!
 
 
 
 

CB: These comics have a definite adult sensibility, with several variants offering risque image variations on the covers. Do those covers move more copies than the standard all-ages fare?


RZ: They do move more depending on the quality of the artwork. There’s just a higher demand if the art is visually appealing enough to the fans.  I believe it’s because that kind of content is far more difficult to find or obtain and even more difficult to sell and print.

 
 
 
 
CB: Let’s get into the production a bit. Tell us a bit about your creative team and what other creators have contributed to this volume?
 
RZ: Yes! I’m the writer and editor, and I have a fantastic art team.  Our line artist is Donny Hadiwidjaja, an indie artist with a great eye for action and beautiful faces. Sean Lee is the returning colorist from Valkyrie Saviors 2.  His colors bring Donny’s already great lines even further and really brings the action to life while keeping the Valkyries beauty intact.
 

CB: The art looks great. What else can you share about the project? Tell us some of the incentives and tiers you’re offering.


RZ:  Of course. We just finished the evolving tiers which was a fun experimental new tier thing I came up with for the campaign, but the stunning covers for those tiers are still available.  I also have a variety of cover art from incredible unpublished artists like TAN and Leirix to amazing Marvel/DC artists like Kael Ngu and Carla Cohen.  I wanted to try something different this time.  I went with mostly unpublished artists that do incredible work (such as some videogame artists who never did a comic before) to see if people would like their art as much as I do.  We’re also offering some of the cool acrylic keys that are replicas of the keys the Valkyries use to transform as an add on option and metal card sets! We’re just having some fun!
 

CB: Sounds like it! Tell us some of the things you’ve learned that make a crowdfund campaign successful.


RZ:  Putting time into the campaign -- not just before it goes live, but during AND after.  I see some campaigns pop up out of nowhere from some friends on Facebook that did absolutely no lead up.  They fail. Some don’t promote it while it is live. They struggle. Some rarely -- if ever -- post updates after it ends. You need to give your campaign as much time as possible before it starts, while it is live, and then afterwards if you want to grow your fan base and keep your backers happy.  
 
 

CB: That’s good advice, Ron. Thanks for chatting with us -- again! Any final words for our readers?


RZ:  Yes! Please check out Valkyrie Saviors 3 if you want to support comics that are anime inspired, full of action, humor, and sexy visuals that will help you escape from modern day stresses! You can jjoin our mailing list for all our in-between campaign events and releases at MountOlympusComics.com!
 

CHECK OUT THE CAMPAIGN HERE!

 

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THE EXPENDABLES GO TO HELL
by Chuck Dixon, Graham Nolan, Richard C. Meyer & More

 

The Expendables, as portrayed by Sylvester Stallone and a gang of well-known action stars, are a group of elite mercenaries who carry out all sorts of missions, ranging from assassination to rescue. Over the course of three films, The Expendables franchise has assembled the biggest and best action stars from across multiple generations for testosterone-fueled, explosion-packed violent romps of action and hyper-masculinity. It’s been six years since The Expendables 3 came out, but now Sylvester Stallone is bringing The Expendables back in an all-new form to tell a story that could only be told in comics. This time he’s sending them to hell. Our managing editor spoke to Richard C. Meyer (Jawbreakers, Iron Sights) about the project and how he came to be involved.

 

CHECK OUT THE CAMPAIGN PAGE HERE!

 

 

Chris Braly: Just heard the exciting news you were handling some of the writing chores on an Expendables graphic novel. Congrats! Tell me the gist of the story and where it originated.   
 
Richard Meyer: The odds finally catch up with The Expendables and most of them are killed in combat. They end up in Hell and are quickly recruited into (or lured away) from a battle that is older than humanity. How this project came to be is also an interesting story. Chuck Dixon and I tried to get the rights to the JOHN CARTER license, but were unable to pull it off. Chuck knew that I was a huge fan of THE EXPENDABLES and, by incredible coincidence, he and Sly had been discussing a twisted idea for a sequel to THE EXPENDABLES for a while. Eventually we made a deal and got down to work. 
 
 
 
 
CB: This is big. Besides Sylvester Stallone’s input on the story, you’re working with some big names in the comics industry. Can you tell us about that, who they are, who is doing what?
 
Richard: Chuck Dixon and Graham Nolan, the creators of Batman’s arch-enemy BANE, are both working on the main story. Butch Guice, who has worked for everyone from Marvel to CrossGen over his 40 year career, is drawing a sidequest that Chuck wrote. And we’ve also got Kelsey Shannon and Jason Johnson drawing sidequests that I wrote. And Billy Tucci, the creator of SHI, is doing a variant cover and so is Dave Dorman, who you might know from a little comic series called Star Wars!
 
 
 
 
 
CB: Sounds like an all-star team! Now you’ve had some groundbreaking comics crowdfunding success with your own properties, Jawbreakers and Iron Sights. How do you think those experiences will help with this campaign? 
 
RM: The whole crowd-funding process runs smoother after having done this six times over the past two years. A lot of that is due to boring things like simply better organization of your files.
 
 
 
 
CB: That probably applies to many things in life. How far along is the project and when do you estimate it will be in backers hands?
RM: The project is about 55% complete. The Book + Pin-Ups should be in our backers’ hands around May 2020.
 
 
 
 
CB: That’s fast! What can you tell us about the sidequest you’re working on, without spoiling anything?
 
RM: I’m actually working on two different sidequests in THE EXPENDABLES GO TO HELL. In the first one, Stallone’s character ‘Barney Ross’ meets up with Mickey Rourke’s character ‘Tool’ in Hell. The only problem is that Tool is still alive! So what is his soul doing in Hell? In the second sidequest, Jason Statham’s character ‘Lee Christmas’ meets up with an ex in Hell… and he is weirdly happy about it. A little TOO happy.
 
 
 
CB: Haha! This must be like a dream come true since your Jawbreakers IP is somewhat inspired by the Expendables? Is this real life? Is this really happening?
 
RM: It is! It’s an incredible twist of twist of fate to try to go for something you LIKE (John Carter) and then end up with something you LOVE (The Expendables). I’m so thrilled.
 
 
 
CB: So how much is the tier to get it autographed by Sly?
 
RM: Well, for now, the only guaranteed autograph of the Signed Tier will be mine. Ha!
 
 
 
CB: Okay. Final question. And this one IS a spoiler. Do The Expendables ever get out of hell?
 
 
RM: Do any of us?
 
 
CB: Touché, sir. Looking forward to this gonzo comic! Check out the Dave Dorman hardcover below!

 
 

AND CHECK OUT THE CAMPAIGN PAGE HERE!

 

THE EXPENDABLES GO TO HELL Graphic Novel Is Now Available On Indiegogo!

 

That’s it for this installment! Remember to support indie comics!!!

 


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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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