Kickstarter Alert – Reanimator Incorporated

Andy Perry
Lyndon White

“Bloody-minded scientist Herbert West struggles to reanimate the dead, while his partner, Cain struggles with the morality of their morbid task. Under mounting pressure, West’s determination to perfect his atomic reanimation unit leaves his ethics, subjects and family in limbo. As the boundaries of science are pushed to breaking point, ructions within the infernos of hell expose a much greater, theological threat. Based on H.P. Lovecraft’s ‘Herbert West – Reanimator’, Reanimator Incorporated: Chapter One is a complete reimagining of the original story. Taking inspiration from Lovecraft’s original text, and from Gordon’s 80’s movie adaptation, this 56-page graphic novel modernizes West’s machinations, whilst weaving literary mythology (Lovecraftian and beyond) into the tale. Think Reanimator meets From Beyond, with a splash of Dante’s Inferno, a dab of King’s Pet Sematary, and then some.”
– Andy Perry (Writer)

Taking the classic and well known tale from Lovecraft and applying well known tropes (science vs religion/supernatural) Andy Perry and Lyndon White have created a fascinating re-imagination of a tale that continues to provide an outlet for people to learn about their own humanity … and what it means. What we’re dealing with here is, effectively, the grand children of the namesakes that people are familiar with. Set in the immediate future the serum of old has been replaced by an AI operated super computer. West’s reanimation is now a complete break down and reconstruction at the atomic level. The deformities or issues (like what killed the body) are corrected. The driving belief is that if the body can be repaired then it can be revived. Cain (West’s partner) though, thinks that there is perhaps more to life than just the body.

Several questions are asked and there’s plenty left open to explore for the rest of the planned chapters. Perry and White have created a wholly new take on the classic Lovecraft tale. It is well written and looks gorgeous. The creative team is just as serious about bringing a competent, well produced book to readers as they are a captivating tale. They’ve brought on Hassan Otsmane-Elhaou as an editor (as well as Chris Holmes, Fred McNamara, and Jack Jennings). Reanimator Incorporated is just as structurally sound as any published book you’ll find on the shelves. All involved have ensured that this is a new tale that faithfully borrows from a classic. You won’t find a simple remake or attempt at modernizing in these pages. What you will find is a scientific, philosophic, and theological exploration using Lovecraft’s characters and concepts. It is clear that Perry and White want to push the boundaries of what we can imagine (just as Lovecraft initially did) while rooting our exploration in comprehension. At least to start, that is.

The project is slated to begin it’s Kickstarter Campaign MAY 20th <— click for pre-launch page/set up notification of launch
The DCN will be on board for the 72 page opening chapter.

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Duplicant

Karla Nappi – Marianna Strychowska – Joshua Reed – Carlos Mangual – Leila del Duca – Owen Gieni

Everyone loves a good story set in the heart of future dystopia. Drawing inspiration from such classic and cult favorites Blade Runner and Minority Report DUPLICANT brings a truly unique vein to the genre. It isn’t just the dystopian take at play in this brilliant project, but the “doomsday plague” that has been insanely popular over the last decade. While it’s been a long standing formula for successful sci-fi and horror projects for decades it has been the resurgence in popularity that has driven some of the best and most creative approaches to it. DUPLICANT found a way to bring both scopes into a singular story and has created something truly original. This 56 page collection of the first two chapters is wrapping up funding in the next 24hrs! It is already blowing through stretch goals (4 extra digital books, bookmark, postcards so far with a sticker set still attainable).

First off, I apologize to the creators of the project. I’m beyond late in getting this out to you folks.

So what exactly is going on with DUPLICANT? The short version is that Earth is hit with an organ failure epidemic. We fail to find a cure for it and find ourselves up that proverbial brown creek with no means of making way. As is one of the best aspects of this project, the book finds a way to bring in another real life hot point (cloning) and use it seamlessly. One of the scientists at the cooperation that failed to find a cure for the epidemic has actually perfected a means of duplicating organs. That’s a big hooray right? Well, as with the real world there’s the rest of the story. Big Tech takes issues with things and through their amalgated front they make it illegal to receive human organ transplants. Taking the one good thing (the ability to duplicate organs) and twisting it into the worst thing, people are now faced with the horror of having their lives at the mercy of Big Tech/Corp/Pharma etc. It is truly such a horrifically real take on realities we live with in the modern world. The realization we see on a day to day basis of corporations, conglomerates, and government is addressed and utilized very well as the overbearing bad guy in the story. I mean what else but ‘the bad guy’ would you call the entity that makes it illegal to save your life through means not controlled by them but then also auctions you off by way of your debt if you can’t afford their means? We are given two avenues through which the horrors of this new world unfold.

Pamela and Matt are the central characters and represent two distinctly different takes on the seizure of control and warping of what is now reality for people. Pamela represents what most people would find as their life in this dystopian future. Her lungs fail and she needs a transplant. The docs look at her account and see that she’s not able to cover things. Off to auction she goes where she gets bought. Now she’s at the mercy of and nothing more than a disposable tool for whomever bought and covered her debt. THAT is a very big reality check for folks. As fictional as the setting is, the themes are just as real. Then there’s Matt. His discovery/innovation should have been a greater good application for humanity. Instead, he’s faced with seeing everything he’s done used as a tool of ultimate evil. His part of the story really adds the depth in layers that DUPLICANT has in spades. On top of the dystopian future brought on by a humanity threatening plague of organ failure, society has now been infiltrated by even more institutional control than before. Your very life is controlled not just by the one that signs the paychecks and those that hold your bills. That has turned into a literal ownership of life. Choosing to use two very common tropes as dissection points for the story has allowed the creative team to dive deep and bring out both horrors we live in today and those sitting on the horizon of society.

The book itself serves the story well and the creative team has integrated it into the storytelling itself. The lines and colors are wonderful and the usage of both the art and structure elements only adds to the overall product. There are a few instances where words blend into the background or page structure slightly confuses the flow of things. However, creatively both the story and structure of the book stand on their own. For readers sensitive to traumatic events there is an instance of rape (the before and after, none of the act is shown). It isn’t a throwaway moment however. It is hard to make a comic that simultaneously uses real world application, theory, and on the cusp possibility effectively without either leaning too hard on one or just using one and running off with it. DUPLICANT is put together extremely well in all aspects. It carefully layers and utilizes the multiple lanes it navigates to create a wholly unique vision within existing genres.

HURRY AND GET IN ON THE PROJECT: https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/2007016434/duplicant-1-and-2-dystopian-future-biopunk-sci-fi-comic?ref=user_menu

Zion #1

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Zion #1 – Story and Art by Fasil Kassa

Zion #1 begins with a look at Desta’s life and the struggles he’s experiencing. He’s the son of Ethiopian immigrants who have extremely high expectations for his success. Having cracked under this pressure he dropped out of the engineering program he was in, strained his relationship with his parents in the process, and lost his sense of direction in life. Being a cashier at a grocery store is keeping him afloat financially but it’s not helping him figure out where he wants to go or what he wants to do. He’s adrift in a confusing and hostile world, even before he learns of the ancient conflict his bloodline ties him to.

This story makes full use of the urban fantasy genre, seamlessly combining magical elements with Desta’s everyday life. The narrative switches between the present day and the past to explain the true significance of the lion-shaped “good luck charm” Desta got from his father. The charm has been in their family for generations, but until Desta, no one was able to use it for it’s true purpose; as a key that allows them to unlock the history of the Zion Gem.

With its simple art style and minimalistic backgrounds, the characters really stand out and become the focus of the story which is a plus because it’s very character driven.

Desta is able to use the Zion Gem because he’s descended from With this discovery, Desta’s life is about to get more complicated than he ever expected because the Zion Gem doesn’t just unlock his own history, it also unlocks the ancient conflict between his ancestor, King Iyassu V, and the villainous Dark Hyena. And the Dark Hyena wants nothing more than to own the Zion Gem. With King Iyassu asking for his help to defeat an ancient evil and his parents expecting him to get his life in order, Desta is torn between what is expected of him as a hero and what is expected of him as his parents child.

Zion #1 is a superhero origin story unlike any other on the market and you don’t want to miss it!




Zion #1 is available at:

Kassastudios.bigcartel.com:  https://kassastudios.bigcartel.com/product/zion-1-1st-edition-print-copy

Indyplanet.com: https://indyplanet.com/zion-1

Amazon.com: https://www.amazon.com/Zion-1-Fasil-Kassa-ebook/dp/B077JS8C6F/ref=sr_1_1?keywords=Zion+%231+comic&qid=1580852892&sr=8-1

comiXology.com: https://www.comixology.com/Zion-1/digital-comic/601309?ref=c2VhcmNoL2luZGV4L2Rlc2t0b3Avc2xpZGVyTGlzdC90b3BSZXN1bHRzU2xpZGVy

Silver Fox #1 Review

Silver Fox #1
Written by Darren Dare
Art by Carlos Trigo
Colors by Hannah Templer
Letters by Taylor Esposito 

Disclaimer: Silver Fox contains sexual content, and some violence; so it’s not for readers under 18.

Silver Fox issue 1 follows James and Leo from their first meet-cute on the boardwalk, to the realization that Leo is a monster hunter that targets supernatural creatures like James- but every relationship has its issues. But some issues are harder to overcome than others. As Leo grows closer to James he struggles with his assignment and realizes that he’s falling in love with James. This realization puts him in direct conflict with the rest of his “family” who have been sent to make sure he completes the mission. Leo has to decide if his budding relationship is worth leaving behind everything he knows, while James has to grapple with his feelings surrounding Leo now that he knows the truth; their relationship is based on a lie. 

In addition to its unique plot- it’s kind of a contemporary romance meets supernatural mystery- Silver Fox has a beautiful, bold art style that relies on strong lines and intense colors. And all of the characters have their own unique and distinct looks. This really adds visual interest and personality to the story. 

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The story wonderfully combines the mundane moments of daily life with sweet moments, and intense action. The same level of care and detail is put into each scene and this really visually solidifies how important all of these aspects are to the story. Silver Fox is just as much a story of supernatural thrills and elite monster hunters, as it is a story of new love and found family. One page consists of a compilation of Leo’s memories with James as he chooses between the only “family” he’s ever known, or the possibility of creating a new family with James. The art on this page is so well done and very emotional; there’s a panel where you can see exactly when James makes his choice, and how even if it’s the right choice, it’s still a very hard one to make.

Even though James chose to save him, Leo (understandably), feels hurt and betrayed. Despite James developing legitimate feelings for him, it doesn’t change the fact that the trust in their relationship has been fractured. And a healthy relationship can’t exist without trust. However, because James did start to genuinely fall for Leo, hopefully with time (and lots of hard work by both parties), Leo will be able to rebuild the trust he had and their relationship will recover.

 

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The official Silver Fox website describes the book as “An action-packed, supernatural tale about assassins and monsters and a queer relationship just trying to survive the end of the honeymoon period.” How can you not want to jump right into the story after reading that? Plus, you can support the independent creators behind the comic. 

Silver Fox #1 is available on gumroad for a “Pay What You Will” system making it accessible for all budgets; and if you’re a fan of queer stories, mysteries, action, the supernatural, (or all of the above!), you won’t regret purchasing this book. 

Link to purchase the comic: https://gumroad.com/l/silverfox

GOD PUNCHER

Lane Lloyd is a creator you need to be getting hip too, full stop. Early on in my comic book twitterdom I was fortunate to have come across Lane as God Puncher was getting ready to debut. Now, with three issues out, this fantastical explosion of imagination is a book that deserves your diving head first into. This self-published comic is as raw as they come in the best possible way. Lane’s unbridled joy for the medium shines through in the work he produces. Self described as “if Dr. Seuss dropped acid before drawing,” the train of thought is pretty spot on for describing Lane’s art. It is unconventional, cartoony, mesmerizing, off-kilter, and an absolute breath of fresh air to take in. Chances are you’ve not come across anything that’s very close to what you’ll see in the pages of God Puncher. A truly unique approach to comics and storytelling sit within the ballad of Tim Finnly.

One of the best parts of this story is the simplicity through which a very broad and complex world is filtered. Lane has taken a very basic and primal thought (who we are in life and what our placement in it is) and thrust it directly into the confrontation that man, as a species, begs for. The very title, GOD PUNCHER, elicits this confrontation and the action we’d likely take were we to meet our creator(s). Despite being prideful and having an indescribable urge to understand our belief systems are predicated on that which we can’t and weren’t meant to understand. In God Puncher we get a point blank exploration of the gifts (in this case Tim Finnly’s ability to fight) that the Gods have bestowed to mortals. Within that gift we see the hubris of both man and God. Finnly has become a legend and grown to have a God-like status himself. One of the Gods seeks to erase the false claims and put ‘man’ right back where he belongs. As both entities suffer the consequences of their actions the story of Tim Finnly truly sets off on a wild and fantastical journey.

The confrontation of Man VS God is but the start of this tale. Focused and with new purpose Finnly charts a course for redemption. The chase, showdown, and comeuppance of both Finnly and the God is an entire saga in of itself. The fact that it is just the opening salvo to the God Puncher story speaks volumes to the ground work Lane has put down and the ambition with which he is creating this story. Issue two gives us a rather grand introduction and we get a glimpse at just how big of an area Tim (and we) are playing in. There are other deities and powerful beings that would have their wills imparted. The tale is grand but Lane is more than up to the task of telling it. The rampant imagination explodes from every page. While slapstick in approach there is a sharp edge to things that keeps the humor in check. Truly unique in its presentation, you cannot help but be drawn to Lane’s art. With this series we actually get to see just how much and how quickly that Lane has grown and improved in just four issues (a zero issue and #1-3) of work. Seeing how he’s played with color usage and the advantages that his zany style provides is an added treat to the books themselves. You can still jump into God Puncher with ease. The story moves quick and the pages flow. You’ll find yourelf going back and forth to fully take in the art. In going back you’ll find an added layer to the book. I did when I re-read after getting issue three. The big scale world and big time issue that Lane tackles with God Puncher is perfectly juxtaposed by his art. One of the many (and most successful) ways people deal with overbearing situations is humor. Seeing the God figures with a slapstick edge to their look helps endear Tim and his endeavor to the readers. It allows for the connections to be made and the heartstrings to be tied.

Go support Lane and grab yourself the God Puncher series at: https://gumroad.com/lanedoescomics

After you’ve caught up be sure to nab issue #4 NCBD NOV 27!