Indie Comics Showcase #87: Ultimate Crusaders, Perfect 10, Peregrine

 

 

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!

 

THE ULTIMATE CRUSADERS

by Justice Wright

A young prodigy and his best friend inadvertently get involved in a universal conflict.

Please Visit The Campaign at IndieGogo

 

John: Justice, Welcome to and thank you for being a part of Indie Comics Showcase. I am happy to be discussing your Indie Comic THE ULTIMATE CRUSADERS with you today.

Justice: Thanks, John. I’m excited to be a part of it.

John: Tell us a bit about yourself.

Justice: Well, I’m a fairly young comic book creator, 22, and this is my very first book ever to be published, but I’ve been writing stories for years ever since I was in high school, creating these fantastical worlds and characters that I’ve been used to seeing in cartoons and comics at the time. So, when it comes to creating things, I tend to think outside of the box and come up with some of the most unimaginable things that might entertain people, while also giving them something to think about in return.

John: Without giving away any major spoilers, what can you tell us about The Ultimate Crusaders?

Justice: THE ULTIMATE CRUSADERS follows Orion Williams, a self-centered, obsessed genius and Claire Rosemary, a talented mechanic, but a self-conscious girl, who stumble upon a mysterious artifact that crash lands on Earth and soon become prime targets of a savage alien empire known as The Blackened, who seek to use the artifact to wreak havoc across the galaxy and expand their dying race. The duo is then forced to join a ragtag group of freedom fighters known as THE ULTIMATE CRUSADERS in order to prevent the mass extinction of all races in the universe.

 

John: Tell us how this project came to be, and maybe get into how the characters and story were conceptualized, Justice.

Justice: Originally, the idea was meant to be about this wacky adventure across the universe for kids, but as I kept writing, it suddenly expanded into this saga built around discovering a person’s inner self and setting aside their ego in order to do what’s right. Orion, for example, only thinks for himself and his own goals due to his intellect, and Claire only feels accepted when others accept her due to her disability and unique hobbies. So, the story is basically how and if these characters can accept their own faults and use their gifts to save the universe.

 

John: Great concept! Do you remember any of your first comics?

Justice: When I was young, I remember being a big fan of Calvin and Hobbs. There was something so entertaining about those books, even if I didn’t fully understand what they meant at the time. Some others were Scott Snyder’s Batman comics, which laid out the standard of storytelling for me, a bit of X-Men, and the AKIRA manga.

 

 

 

John: You a have unique style in your writing and art. Can you tell us a bit about you developed them?

Justice: I wanted something that felt like it came out of the 2000s, and my artist, Dominic Oziren Omoarukhe, did exactly that with the script that I gave him to a fantastic degree. Most of my stories are going to be centered around that era, so I think we share a great dynamic in writing and drawing together.

 

 

 

John: Nice. Can you tell us a bit about your creative process?

Justice: Whenever I have a creator’s block, I usually listen to music and think about random ideas that might work together. It could be some of the most ridiculous things you could imagine, but when I start thinking about something and how it could work in a story, then that’s when I get really creative and start writing for hours on end. That’s basically how this story came to be.

 

 

 

John: What are some of the things that have served as a source of inspiration when working on Ultimate Crusaders? 

Justice: Most of my inspiration came from early 2000’s cartoons, where you had all of these wild and imaginative shows like Samurai Jack, Kids Next Door, Ben 10, Courage the Cowardly Dog, and many others that varied in style and storytelling, with some of them having a lot of impact on me as a kid because of the life lessons it had shown. So, I want to mimic that era with this comic book and hopefully inspire others like those shows inspired me.

 

 

John: What have some of your influences been over the years and how have they affected your work?

Justice: I feel like the people who influenced me the most had to be Kneon and Geeky Sparkles over at Clownfish TV and their insights on what to and what not to do when it comes to making comics. If it weren’t for them, I probably would have given up working in the comic book industry as a whole, but after watching them, they inspired me to do my own thing and write whatever I wanted as an indie creator. Some others would probably be Ya Boi Zack and Just Some Guy and their knowledge of what makes a good and bad story.

 

 

John: Is there anything else you want to share with us before we sign off?

Justice: If things go well, I want this book to be the first of many in an ongoing series of books. I have a really big story to tell and I want it to last a very long time if people are there to support it. This is our first introduction to the CG community, so we hope to make this comic book as best as it can be for everyone who supports us on Indiegogo. We’ll also have some exclusives in our campaign as well, so check us out when you get a chance!

 

John: Awesome Justice! Thank you for being a part of indie comics showcase. We wish you the best of luck on this campaign and when you do any future projects we want you back here! 

Justice: Thanks, John and thank you for having me here. It’s been a pleasure.

 

Check out The Ultimate Crusaders IndieGogo Page!

    

PERFECT 10
by David Brink

A young woman has to fight for her life as she is hunted down by superpowered murderers.

Check out the Perfect 10 campaign page HERE

 

Chris Braly: Tell our readers your ‘elevator pitch’ for Perfect 10. Briefly tell our readers what it’s about and give us some background on it.


Dave BrinkPerfect 10 is a superhero sci-fi action comic about a young woman named Ten who is hunted down by superpowered murderers. She has no idea why they’re after her, something that will slowly reveal itself to her as she fights for her life.
The story has been on my mind for twenty-five years, and it’s simply amazing to have it finally produced.

 

 

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


DB: That it’s tough! Creating a comic is a grind in itself, but nothing compared to the crowdfunding work. Putting myself out there and marketing my book is a second job, whether I like it or not. I take every opportunity I can to promote the campaign. It’s definitely not something most people can do alone. I sure can’t, so when I get offered help I’m extremely grateful. I’ve had tremendous support from people I don’t even know, and I can’t tell you how much that means to me. It’s important to have people who want to see you succeed and who are rooting for you. I’ve learned you should never take anything for granted in the business of comics. No matter how good your book is, it won’t sell itself.

 

 

CB: Tell us about your previous work and how you’ve brought your experience to this project and it all came together.


DB: Together with a group of people from school I started this Genuine Comics label back in 1996. We we’re inspired by Image, and as young and naive as we were we thought we could do something similar here in the Netherlands. We were studying art, so we figured we might as well do so while producing comics. In the following years we made a few books and sold them at local comic conventions. But it never amounted to anything serious. We just didn’t have the financial resources, know-how and experience to grow into an actual business. The fact that we needed to focus on school and were aiming for the Dutch market in an already niche industry probably didn’t help either. Our little adventure basically ended in 2001.

 

 

I returned to making comics much later, after I got involved with animal rights activism in 2013. I began playing with the idea of an animal rights activist gaining superpowers, and what he would do with his abilities. This rekindled my passion for comic creation. I just had to make this story! By that time Kickstarter was a thing as well, making it easier than ever to try and get funding, and to aim at a global audience. The campaign for that book was succesful, and we’re now working on the fifth issue of this series, which is called Earthling. In the meantime we produced a few other titles, like Ajax Awakening and Dreamgirl: Sleeper Agent.

 

CB: Tell us a little more about the story. What will finds most like about it?


DB: The story is fast paced and defnitely a callback to the nineties comic book era. So anyone who enjoyed nineties comics will definitely appreciate Perfect 10. It’s not easy to talk about the story without spoiling anything, but let’s just say that underneath the pretty artwork and bombastic superhero action is a tale about loss, family and the choices that define us as human beings. These topics will be expanded upon as the series progresses.
I’ve grown quite fond of the two main characters, Ten and Virgil, and I hope readers will too.

 

 

CB: What advice would you share with other indie creators doing crowdfunding that you’ve learned?


DB: Prepare. Get other people involved if you can. Be realistic with your goals. No one owes you anything.

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


DB: Pow Rodrix is an industry veteran whose work I’ve followed for years. He worked on books like Wolverine, The Avengers, and The JLA. His art style has really developed into something I absolutely love, so one time I commissioned him to do a promotional poster for the Earthling comic. That was phenomenal, and I began playing around with the possibility of him working with me on a complete comic. So when I actually got that opportunity I jumped at the chance!

 

Pow himself suggested bringing in color wizard Daniel Rodrigues. I didn’t know Daniel at the time, so I had him make a test page for me. The result was absolutely astonishing. Daniel’s vibrant coloring style fit Pow’s linework perfectly. And he was one of the nicest guys I ever met, so I was happy to have him on board.

My go-to letterer has always been HdE. So far he provided the lettering for all our comics, and he always makes sure it looks its very best. The fact that his contributions to our books don’t get noticed very often is a testament to its quality. Good lettering blends into the pages. Bad lettering will always get attention, and the not the good kind!

 

 

CB: What else can you share about the project? And do you have any final words for our readers?


DB: The book is completely finished, so we’ll go to print in a few days. The comics will be shipped out to backers as soon as the campaign ends. Early backers will also receive a FREE Earthling artbook. Those are limited though, but I’ll make sure everyone gets something extra. I just hope people like the book and want to help us make the next issues.

 

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


DB: Much appreciated, Chris! And thank you too!

 

Check out the Perfect 10 campaign page HERE

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PEREGRINE: Wings of the Falcon
byXavier Harkonnen”
of Graded 0.5

Reconstructing the superhero genre with modern stories told in classic comic style.

Check out the Peregrine: Wings of the Falcon campaign page here!

 

Chris Braly: Thanks for the interview guys! Tell us what this comic is about and give us some background on it.

 

Xavier Harkonnen: After a catastrophic event that decimates the hero community, there is now a power vacuum in the world, and there are those who would seek to take advantage of it. One girl has the power to rise and be the beacon of hope the world needs, but only if she has the resolve to do so.

 

As for background, Me personally, and us as a group, we kind of miss super hero stories back when they were fun. When you could have exciting narratives that follow the heroes journey and show continual growth. The Deconstruction of the Super hero has been been done to death and the heroes we used to look up to are now only heroes in name only. They hold the title as a matter of profession rather than anything heroic they do. We want to bring back the super hero genre as it should be. Peregrine is meant to be the first step of what we hope is a new beginning for the genre.

 


CB: Can you let us in on who or what inspired you to tell this story and how long you’ve been working on this?

XH: In August we were doing one of our shows (Graded Point Five on yt), and Tom King’s Batman was fresh in our minds, and it sparked a conversation on the show about the continual deconstruction of the Superhero. After the show the almonds were still activated and after a lengthy discussion it kind of just fell into place. Like this story was just waiting for the right moment to be told. The same night I completed the massive initial word build and after that the rest is history.

 

 

CB: Tell us about your previous work and how you’ve brought your experience to this project and how you came together.

XH: I’ve been a part of several projects over the years that have gotten far but not quite to a state of being published or released, many of them my own. So Extensive World builds were something I was good at, and thanks to mistakes made during them I avoided falling into the trap of world building of being too busy writing the history of the world to tell the actual story you want to tell. Thanks to that, and a phenomenal editor(she made me write this), Peregrines world came together thoroughly but also quickly. And I’m proud that its going to be the first work I have published out there.

We were already kind of together as a team (Graded Point Five) while working on another comic we’re hoping to release as well. So the strong team foundation was already there.

 


CB: What are some similar comics that our readers may be familiar with that could find Peregrine appealing?

XH: Oh man, how much time ya got fella? If you’re a fan of the story telling of the Bronze Age of the main line Marvel and DC comics up to the early 90s, you’ll definitely find something you like in Peregrine.

 

CB: What advice would you share with other indie creators doing crowdfunding?

XH: Promote yourself like crazy before launching your campaign, especially on twitter and youtube. There are dozens of shows that will happily spotlight new people if you just ask them (like us). I would even recommend starting a mailing list. Be prepared to answer hard questions about your project and your story. Don’t start your campaign until you have a few pages to show so people get a good idea of what they’re potentially buying, and keep your campaign perks simple and easy to understand.

 


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

XH: The Graded Point Five team was already an outstanding collection of creatives and talents, each with their own strengths. Optimus is a born leader and knows how to get things done and motivate people. Piper was already an experienced editor, a published writer and creative. EvilBob has a steel trap memory and is a trivia guru, he is able to tell us when we’re treading ground we or others have previously covered. And I’ve been shooting stories around for us to do as a group for awhile because I am one of those people who is always working on something.

 

We met Scott McCullough while he was promoting his book Doorkickers on our show. Since he already had experience scripting a comic and running a campaign we thought he would be a great addition since this is our first book. He introduced us to our artist (Douglas Franchin) and our colorist (Farah Nurmaliza) who are both of exceptional talent and quality, they also work really well together.

CB: What else can you share about the project? And do you have any final words for our readers?

XH: The Reconstruction Universe (where Peregrine lives) is quite large and has many stories yet to tell. Peregrine is the first of what we hope to be many stories to come, but before that we want to put our best foot forward and try to set a high bar for quality art, quality storytelling, and quality characters so that people will be excited about whats down the road.

 

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

XH: I appreciate the opportunity. Check us out on YT at GradedPointFive for more updates as they happen and to keep up with us.

 

 

Check out the Peregrine: Wings of the Falcon campaign page here!

 

 

That’s it for this installment! See you next week, and in the meantime, support indie comics!!!

 


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John Lemus

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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