Indie Comics Showcase #116: Island 19, Stoker & Wells, Disintegration Street


 

 

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!

 

STOKER & WELLS
Order of the Golden Dawn
by Steven Peros

 

Check out the campaign page here!

 

Chris Braly: Tell our readers your elevator pitch for Stoker & Wells: Order of the Golden Dawn. Briefly tell our readers what’s up.

Steven Peros: My ready-to-ship 94-page graphic novel imagines a late 20’s H.G. Wells meeting a late 40’s Bram Stoker and the two men going on a 48-hour adventure in time that leads to the in creative inspiration for both man’s first great work: “The Time Machine” and “Dracula”.

 

STOKER & WELLS GRAPHIC NOVEL VIDEO PROMO

CB: What was the genesis for this project, where did the idea to have H.G. Wells and Bram Stoker have an adventure come from?

SP: The GF originated as a screenplay. The first in a trilogy. As a screenwriter, I had never written a “big” movie. Given my resume of writing and selling period stories to film and Tv, I wanted to do something akin to the Robert Downey Jr. Sherlock Holmes movies or Pirates of the Caribbean. I started thinking of a pairing of Victorian writers and started doing my research. Once I saw how different Stoker and Wells were, that’s when I knew there’d be conflict, which is the stuff of both drama and comedy.

 

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

SP: The book came out in October 2019 and the response has been raves across the board – Comics Beat, Dark Media, First Comics News, Comics Heating Up, to name a few – all praised Barry Orkin’s extraordinary art and the excitement and imagination of the story itself. If you like smart and thrilling historical what-ifs about vampires, time machines, Victorian England, or the year 5897 — this book is for you!

 

 

CB: Let’s get into the creative and production side a little. I noticed a very nice Billy Tucci variant is also available. Can you tell us a bit about your creative team and how this project team came together?

SP: I’ve know Billy Tucci, and my artist Barry Orkin, since 7th grade. I’ve written professionally for Film, TV, and the Stage, but when I set out to turn my screenplay into a graphic novel, I realized I needed the help of people who do this for a living. Billy brought Gemstone’s J.C. Vaughn into my life, who became both my editor and crash course comic-writing instructor. We raised all the funds on Kickstarter and have now opened an IGG store with all deep discounts found nowhere else. Billy’s Limited Edition variant cover is going fast. Only 20 copies left as of this interview.

 

 

CB: What led to you deciding to crowdfund this book?

SP: Back in 2017, I had seen so many others finding success, so it seemed the best choice. When the book was done in Fall 2019, we fulfilled to our backers, but also put it up on Amazon and ComiXology. However, we’re selling it for 20% cheaper on Indiegogo with all copies SIGNED. Other IGG exclusives are S&W mugs and a set of 5 bookmarks.

 

 

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

SP: I’ve learned many things: you can reach the fans directly, you can cut out the middleman. I’ve also learned how truly generous friends and strangers can be, not only with their contributions, but sharing the page, encouraging others to check it out.

 

CB: Are there more Stoker & Wells stories you want to tell?

SP: Absolutely! Two more books will complete this initial trilogy of graphic novels: STOKER & WELLS: THE ASHES OF REVENGE and STOKER & WELLS: THE PLANS AGAINST US.

 

STOKER & WELLS - ConTV promo spot

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

SP: Thanks so much for the great interview, Chris. I hope your readers will explore and check out our printed and ready-to-ship book. No waiting! The Digital PDF is only $10 and the book $16 (20% cheaper than on Amazon). Learn more on our Facebook page!

 

Grab your copy at the campaign page here!

 

 

 

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Island 19:
A tale of the Bermuda Triangle
by Drew Krevi

 

Check out the campaign page here!

 

Chris Braly: Tell our readers your elevator pitch for Island 19: A Tale of the Bermuda Triangle. Briefly tell our readers what’s up.

 

Drew Krevi: Hey Thanks for your interest Chris!  ‘Island 19: A tale of the Bermuda Triangle’ is the story that follows true life vanishing of Flight 19, lost in 1945 over the Bermuda Triangle. Captain Pete “Crash” Kettle goes missing with his squadron on a routine training mission that ends up with the Captain marooned on an uncharted island with people and mystical items from throughout history, as well as Nazis bent on attacking a war weary United States just after WW2.

We see the old Captain undergo a miraculous physical transformation that makes him younger and better than he ever was! Find out if the Captain and his new friends stop the Nazis with their dark plans, escape the island, in what may be the true origin of a familiar hero!

 

CB: What was the genesis for this project, and how long has it been an idea you had?

DK: As an old video game animator/designer, I was asked to come up with a pitch for a video game concept that my old software studio could develop…this was about 25 years ago!! The original idea was simply about a WW2 fighter pilot that went down on an island in the south Pacific, (my pitch went no where BTW!) and he would face off against Japanese soldiers and hidden boobie-traps over a much more “regular or garden variety” island than the ‘Island 19’ that I came up with later. The idea grew and grew as I got more into Bermuda Triangle lore, and of course the lost Flight 19 that served as the most famous of the disappearances. I love the mystery of the Triangle, and thought it would make a great story to tell as a great “what if” telling based on true events. Also, the obvious Peter Pan references goes back to one of my own favorite fantasy stories of all time. So, I mashed them up!!

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

DK: The story really aims at anyone interested in big, long reaching action adventures…sagas really. It’s a deep story that really creates a universe that will reach far beyond the island itself. This graphic novel, however is a complete story with a definite beginning, middle and an ending…so no one will be disappointed at how it ends, but they’ll certainly want more! I hope! Also, the themes are deep and reach into real history, enough so anyone who is interested in real history will feel satisfied at the nuggets and Easter eggs they’ll find. There is even some ancient history that would make any Raiders of the Lost Ark happy.

 

 

CB: Let’s get into the creative and production side a little. You’ve got an impressive pedigree. Can you tell us a bit about some of your previous work and introduce us to your creative team on this project?

DK: As a video game industry artist veteran (12 years), and a product development artist for Disney product and other licensed properties, as well as a children’s book illustrator, my work allowed my to stay immersed in popular culture and story telling. Moving into graphic novels/comics was natural for me, as I’ve always been a comics fan, and have also always wanted to work in that industry…doing my own independent story was a great way to break in, it seemed as the recent explosion of creator owned comics appears to be at all time high! I love what I was seeing from the indie-comics scene, and couldn’t wait to jump in.

 

DK: As for my team, so far it’s just me, writing and illustrating…I will however, hire an editor before I ship. Always good to have another set of eyes look at one’s work!!

CB: Congrats on hitting your initial campaign goal. Is this your first crowdfunding effort? What led to you deciding to crowdfund this book?

DK: Thanks! And thanks to all my backers!! I feel so grateful to have so many people believe in me and become interested in a story that I am passionate about! This of course is very humbling, and is an even greater motivator to deliver a product that is beautiful to own and read.

 

DK: And as this is my first crowdfunding project, I am anxious to show the readers/backers that I can deliver what I have promised. As far as choosing the crowdfund option, really, I was inspired by the great work I have seen and read from creators out there now. Also, as one who is disappointed with current mainstream comics, I think creator owned is only going to get bigger and bigger unless mainstream publishers wake up. I’m not happy about mainstream comics fading as they have been, because I really miss them. I hope they return to their former glory by abandoning agenda driven themes and start telling great fun stories again. What’s wrong with fun in comics!?!

 

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

DK: Haha! I’ve learned how much work it is! But I wouldn’t do it any other way, I am having so much fun writing and drawing and painting and all that comes with the creative process…I never realized how much I loved doing every part of the book. Throughout my whole career, I’ve always focused on art, weather I was doing animation, or product development, but being able to focus on story and and creating characters that I hope people will love as much as I do, is incredibly satisfying as a creator. It’s like sharing a part of my family with readers…my made-up family…but family none the less. And the great thing about crowdfunding, is through the promotion process, the creator gets to meet the backers and other creators, all hoping for the best for each other and lifting each other up. What a community!

 

CB: Are there more stories with Captain Pete “Crash” Keddel and Louise “La La” LaRue you want to tell? Or will this be a one-shot?

DK: Yes! Of course there are more stories for our heroes, and big stories as well! Meaning, I would like to continue using the graphic novel format to tell the stories…instead of a comic title with a monthly 22-32 page story. I love the long format. The sweeping epic-ness of the graphic novel, is my favorite form of fiction these days!

 

 

CB: Can you tell us what you’re working on next?

DK: Next I’m working on a story that takes place in the Island 19 universe, but does not take place on the island necessarily. Another sweeping story that involves a man with great power that has been walking the earth for thousands of years. Is he friend to foe to mankind? Good or bad? Lots of fun, again based on true events!

 


Island19 Drew Krevi

 

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

DK: Thanks to you too again Chris, it’s been my pleasure to chat here, and I look forward to delivering a terrific story that’s fun, engaging and a kick in the pants to read!

 

Grab your copy on the campaign page here!

 

 

 

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DisintegrationStreet
by Brendan Swan

Check out the campaign here!

 

Chris Braly: Tell our readers about DisintegrationStreet. Gives us the pitch, Brendan.

Brendan Swan: In an isolated town called DisintegrationStreet, it is rumored that the dead live amongst living.  Starting the story with protagonist Charlotte’s arrival, she quickly finds herself thrusted into this town’s many mysteries. Children being spirited away, a dead body fused into a wall, a man whose every girlfriend commits suicide, and a cult of male virgins.  Being somehow connected to the power that brings the dead back to life, a reluctant Charlotte finds herself forced to face the danger and horrors of DisintegrationStreet.
 
 

CB: Wow. Tell us where the idea for this comic came from.

BS: This was a story I first was tossing around ideas for over a decade ago, including the three main characters, Charlotte, Ghan, and Lilian. The story was inspired by the 1995 David Bowie album “Outside,” a bizarre album about the mystery of a young girl named Grace’s murder, filled with voiced dialogues by the characters (all voiced by Bowie) between the songs.  Originally also including a murdered Grace, I scrapped that for my own mystery, but tried to keep that same bizarre feeling to the characters and the setting.  
 

CB: Who will this kind of comic entertain the most? Who is it aimed for?

 
BS:  DisintegrationStreet is a mystery-horror-slice of life comedy.  It’s similar to my previous work, “Strangelove: I Want to be Chrome” (which is available in DisintegrationStreet’s campaign) in that it will appeal to fans of horror, but this time there’s also more humor and a stronger focus on solving the mysteries.
 
 

CB: What inspired you to take the crowdfunding route for this book?

 
BS: I was intrigued by the comicsgate creators right from the beginning, with creators ranging from both seasoned veterans and fresh faces.  “If you don’t like the state of comics, then create your own!”  And create their own these creators did.  Very inspiring stuff.  I had to jump in.  
 

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


BS: How much connection you get with the readers.  Sending messages, answering questions, packing and shipping the book straight to ’em.  It really makes this feel more impactful, even still, being my second time doing this.
 


 
CB: Are there more Disintegration Street stories you want to tell?

BS: Currently, the campaign is for volume 1, but it’s planned to be a 3 volume story.  However, I’ll add that these volumes are made with the crowdfunding process in mind.  By that, I mean that each volume, while having the overarching story, focuses on three main events/adversaries.  This way, readers are not left dangling from a cliffhanger for a year waiting for the next volume.

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


BS: Thank you, and a big thanks for the interview.

Check out the campaign here!

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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 try to steer this tiny ship and can often be heard monthly on the Comic Book Page Previews Spotlight podcast with several low-level, other comic book nerds. Follow me on Twitter @ChrisBraly

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