Indie Comics Showcase #124: EverMatter, Bonds, & Wahid: Dawn of Evil

 

 

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!

 

EVERMATTER: Conscript
by Jerry Brown

 

 

Check out the campaign for EverMatter here!

 

Chris Braly: Tell our readers your elevator pitch for Evermatter: Conscript – briefly tell our readers the pitch.

Jerry Brown: Sure! 

Thousands of years ago, Celtic gods wared against each other. They split into two groups, the Tuatha dé Danann and the Fomorians. The Tuatha dé Danann turned the battle in their favor by entrusting various beings from various worlds with EverMatter. EverMatter allowed these beings to fight along with the Tuatha dé Danann, defeating the Fomorians in a great battle between the warrior god Lugh and the self-appointed Fomorian King Balor.

Since that time, the Tuatha dé Danann has ruled the galaxy in peace.

But there are rumors amongst the outer rim that the Fomorians have returned.

EverMatter: Conscript is set in present time and is the story of Kira who has lost everything, Bind Corum, a man in need of redemption. Gary a quick-witted alien, and a young girl who is more than any of them could have imagined.

 

 

CB: What was the genesis for this project, where did the idea for this comic come from, and what led to you deciding to crowdfund it?

 

JB: So at one time, I started exploring my ancestry, and I came across this pantheon of Celtic gods. Unlike the Roman, Greek, or Nordic gods most people are familiar with, this was like a whole new treasure box of stories I had never heard. I began to ask myself, What if these gods were still out there ruling over the universe? What if Earth had never been invited to be part of the intergalactic community? What if we were invited in the past but we screwed up in some way? These questions were the beginning of EverMatter.

I decided to crowdfund because the scope of this story is fairly large. There are so many parts to a comic; art, lettering, pre-press, logo design, and then there is the cost of printing the final product. If it were one book I could possibly fund it myself but because it is a series I’m hoping to take any money raised above and beyond my goal and put it toward the second book. My other option would have been to pitch the book to a publisher but that could be a lot of time wasted with little reward. EverMatter is very special to me and I wanted to maintain control of the property, plus I feel like the industry is headed in a direct-to-consumer direction and I want to be a part of that.

 

 

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

 

JB: I guess the most striking thing about EverMatter is the art style. If you’re a fan of that animated kinda look and feel you’ll love EverMatter. It’s got a very Genndy Tartakovsky, Clone Wars, Samurai Jack, style.

As for the story, I tried to tuck EverMatter into a specific genre but, I’ve found it doesn’t fit neatly into one box. I like to describe it as a space fantasy adventure. If you’re a fan of Guardians of the Galaxy, then I think you will get something out of EverMatter.

 

 

CB: Let’s get into the creative and production side a little. Tell us a bit about your creative team that have contributed to this project?

 

JB: I’m the creator and writer. The amazing guy behind the art bringing all my crazy ideas to life is Carlos Trigo. Carlos has been working on the indie scene since 2011. He did a great book by Action Lab comics called Crimpson Society. He also did Hero Hourly and Mixmancer to name a few. Eric Weathers is the logo designer and the letterer. Eric has done lettering for multiple titles but is probably better known for his book Battle Brick Road.

 

CB: How do you like to work?

 

JB: For me it all starts with an idea or a question, then I begin to flesh out the idea in my mind. If it seems like something I want to invest my time in, I begin to flesh out the world and come up with these interesting characters that live there. Once I have a good premise for a story, I begin to pound out a script. I always find myself writing more than is needed and always write full scripts, complete with notes to the artist about style and character design. I take that script, I put it away. I let it sit for a while, and when I come back to it, It’s like looking at it with a fresh pair of eyes. I can usually improve the script in some way at this point. After this, I could call it finished, but there are always revisions and changes throughout the process.

 

 

CB: What have you been learning from crowdfunding?

 

JB: I’ve learned that people want to see great projects succeed. They’ll invest their hard-earned money to help another person make their dreams come true. I’ve learned that it’s not necessarily a, if you build it, they will come situation. You really need to have a community of friends and fans ready to back your project on the first day. It doesn’t matter how good your art or storytelling is, if you can’t get exposure for your project you will not hit your goal. Crowdfunding is all about being personable and relatable to your backers they need to know you are creating something special for them. They need to know that they are important to you. They are your customers and they are the lifeblood of your project.

 

 

CB: What is the goal here, and what are your plans beyond this book? 

 

JB: EverMatter is a redemption story, it’s a revenge story, it’s a story about sacrifice, it’s the story of a heroes journey, it’s a story about the lust for power and how it corrupts. Maybe there are some lessons learned along the way but EverMatters only purpose is to entertain. There are a few things I have on the back burner that are busting to get out, but at the moment I am completely focused on making EverMatter the best it can be. As long as there are questions there will be stories, and I have a bunch of questions.

 

EVERMATTER Book One: Conscript

 

CB: Thanks for chatting with us, Jerry! Good luck ~

JB: Thank you so much for giving me the opportunity to talk about my book, and thanks for the support you give to the indie comic community.

 

Check out the campaign for EverMatter here!

 

_________

BONDS: The Drive
by NyRiam

 

Check out the campaign page for BONDS: The Drive here!

 

Chris Braly: Tell our readers your elevator pitch for Bonds: The Drive. Briefly tell our readers the pitch.

 

NyRiam: Bonds is a first part of 10+ books series about a werewolf girl who lost her parents in a werewolf/human war and decided to become the next Alpha of the pack to protect those she holds dear. As she goes, she faces many obstacles and learns how to overcome them with help of people who decided to support her on her way. She finds new friends, allies, enemies, even love interest – forging new BONDS. Does she have what it takes to become the next Alpha? But what does it mean to be the Alpha? Let´s find out in the first part of this amazing and completely unique werewolf story.

 

CB: What was the genesis for this project, where did the idea for this comic come from, and what led to you deciding to crowdfund it?

 

NyRiam: This story has been in my mind for a very long time. And after reading few interesting werewolf stories suddenly everything clicked and fell into place. Before I even started to write it I played with developing the characters and the backgrounds, the world, studying the werewolf facts, drawing different ideas that came to my mind.

And as I was writing it felt like watching a movie. Everything came so naturally. Originally, I started to post it as a webcomic because I wanted to share this comic with people and spread the love I felt while I was writing and drawing it. So much energy!!! And then I came into CG and realized that I CAN get it printed easily with support of people who would actually want to read it! And that was amazing considering I am from country where comics is not that popular. I got so excited that I could see Bonds being printed and spread all around the world.

 

CB: We featured Bonds: Prologue last year from an interview you did with John Lemus. Does this new campaign give backers a chance to grab a copy of the prologue and what did that campaign teach you?

 

NyRiam: Actually, Prologue is a part of this book. Originally the whole book was divided into chapters of around 17-20 pages each. Prologue is one of them along with 3 other chapters, making together 72 sweet pages of black and white manga comic.

 

 

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

 

NyRiam: Honestly, I hope all of them. Like I said. This book has all you want and all you need. It has wolves, fights, beautiful women, action, adventure, coming of age, drama, romance even a shard of horror/gore…. practically all of those. Since it´s a very long and complex story it covers it all. The only thing people need, is to be patient since this is only the first book of 10+. This is just the beginning. Once you get the whole collection, you´ll see what I was talking about.

 

CB: Let’s get into the creative and production side a little. Is anyone else contributing to this project?

NyRiam: When it comes to the production side, I worked on the comic alone – writing, sketching, inking, toning, lettering. Honestly when I started I didn´t even know that there are teams that work on that 😊 But when it comes to the campaign itself I wouldn´t be able to do it without RedGaze, who helped me to get Bonds to IGG. My country isn´t supported, so I asked him and he agreed. And of course, there are so many awesome people spreading the word that I am so thankful to. I would even say that the whole CG community was just really so helpful.

 

CB: What’s the workflow like? How do you like to work?

NyRiam: I have a day job. So, when I am done, I just come home and work. Turn on some music or podcast and just draw. I need to draw something every day. Whether it´s a sketch or some inking. Anything. And when it comes to work itself, I like to be consistent and I need to have a system to follow, because I would get all over the place and that is really bad for morale.

 

 

CB: Thanks NyRiam, we are rooting for you!

NyRiam: Thank you so very much for having me on and thank you for all the support I could get 😊

 

BONDS: The Drive Trailer

Check out the campaign page for BONDS: The Drive here!

 

_________

Wahid: Dawn of Evil #2
by Hisham Kaine

Check out Wahid: Dawn of Evil’s campaign page here!

 

Chris Braly: Tell our readers about Wahid: Dawn of Evil #2 , Hisham!

Hisham Kaine: What if I told you that I have written a story about the first being to exist in all of creation and explored what IT would look, think and act like? 230 cm (7,5 feet) tall, Blonde, blue-eyed, body and mind that supersedes every living being. We will follow his journey and witness a time when religion became a part of our reality.

 

 

CB: What was the genesis for this project, where did the idea for this comic come from, and what led to you deciding to crowdfund it?

 

HK: This story is influenced heavily by history, religion, politics and various forms of pop culture. When I wrote about Wahid as a character, I had to find the perfect villain and a new angle. At the same time, I wrote on a sketch about a self-hating homosexual having an aggressive homophobic outrage at a gay bar. Suddenly the idea came to mind…Then I had to read the Torah, Bible, Quran to create a character sheet for the one and only.

We do not have any company behind us, and I am not sure I would want it either. I want us to be fully independent and secure from those big bucks fuck up your project money. Kickstarter and Indiegogo are great platforms to achieve that freedom… so crowdfunding it is!

 

 

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

 

HK: The sales of #1 tell a story, buyers from between 18 and 64 years of age did purchase our comic book. Those who share my interests will enjoy what we are creating in the world of WAHID. There are references to many movies and comic books from different genres. A great reference in this issue is the movie “2001: A Space Odyssey” and King James Bible from 1611.

 

CB: We covered your crowdfund for issue #1 some time ago. Will new readers be able to jump right in? Do you offer both issues on your campaign page?

 

HK: Yes, they will. We offer both issues on our Kickstarter campaign. #1 WAHID: Weapon of Mass Destruction and #2 WAHID: Dawn of Evil. One can pledge for a combo pack if one chooses to.

CB: Let’s get into the creative and production side a little. Tell us a bit about your creative team that have contributed to this project?

 

HK: The creative team consists of Fredrik (fedde) Mattsson is the amazing artist that makes my vision come true by directing and making sure that our illustrations are clear enough and makes sense. M.A. is our co-artist and a very close friend of mine. He contributes our Variant Covers and additional artwork. He was also made the first concept art of WAHID and therefore made it possible to pitch this idea to Fredrik Mattsson.

 

 

 

 

Alga has made all of our sick ass trailers. He is extremely intelligent and knowledgeable in geopolitics and religion. We share the same taste in movies and that is very helpful when making a trailer like ours. My co-writer Vincent Hellstrom, a great guy to write with who is not afraid to tell me when something is cringy or doesn’t make sense. Our promotor/is Hasoni Parker. He knows so many people in our hometown and is a great fan of our work and boosts morale in our team. Mattias Ingemar also helps with promotions. When I told him about my idea of WAHID, he became intrigued and helped us sell our comics on social media or in-person for no credit at all. Now he is a part of Infidel Comics.

 

The trailer music is by JSM (Jönköping Sound Machine). He reminds me of a Buddhist monk that wants nothing in life except peace by himself. And our web developer is GSON, a friend since high school and now a great colleague who works on www.infidelcomics.com and is a fun and loving person that I trust very much.

 

WAHID: Dawn of Evil TRAILER

CB: Let’s talk about your workflow. What do you like to listen to or watch while you’re creating? Set the table for us.

 

HK: I listen to film or game soundtracks to set the mood, I highly recommend music from György Ligeti, that guy is a genius. I work almost every day to get something done related to Infidel Comics. It is a lot of work, considering what a crazy year 2020 have been. We manage and adapt to the circumstances by working with digital tools.

 

 

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

 

HK: I learned that it takes great effort to make a comic book. To get exposure is an important part. No matter how hard you put together a campaign, exposure is essential. Giving updates on social media or customer service. Many steps and very fun to see the commitment people do when they love something. A big shoutout to those who helped us share and fund our campaign. A big shoutout to everyone in Infidel Comics, Love you all!

 

 

Check out Wahid: Dawn of Evil’s campaign page here!

 

 

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

 

 


Follow Indie Comics Showcase on Twitter at @Indie_Comics and reach out to them if you want us to consider featuring YOUR crowdfunding comic project or email us at contact@bleedingfool.com!

 

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

JUST KEEPING THE LIGHTS ON