With Our Kickstarter for Untitled in full swing, I thought I would do a little feature about it and let folks know what is up for grabs!
Go right to the kickstarter page in this link here – >> www.kickstarter.com/projects/1487137742/untitled-1 <<
Untitled by Mike Gillan is the story of a writer looking for his muse at the bottom of a bottle. The trouble is, he finds it – a cantankerous, drunken imp that has found itself in the real world, confused and eager to escape back to the imagination.
The chaos ensues when our writer, Ryan Sharpwood follows him there and ends up stuck in his own mind, a dark place in which the Muse reluctantly guides our writer through his past works in hopes of finding inspiration, and a way to get him back home before the drunken pair get into real trouble.
Untitled Front cover
Untitled page 1
The beauty about the way the story is written, is that each tale allows for a different artist with their own unique style to put their stamp on the graphic novel, whilst the story continues fluidly between. This is where I come in! My sections are the real world scenes, the parts in which we cut to the artist working on the story the writer is trying to create. Becoming more confused and frustrated with his journey, it builds to a climax in which the writer and artist clash.
There is so much symbolism in the tale:- the depression of being stuck for ideas, the grating self doubt at looking over your past works, the frustration when collaborating and the potential collisions in creative minds.
The artists we have on board are amazing too! So much passion, and we wanted to allow as much creative freedom in their rendering of the story as possible.
I love seeing the variety in the art styles on the same characters!
Nick Wright Muse
Gary Kelly Muse
Janine van Moosel Muse
The first story and artist we run into is Gary Kelly in the Knights and Dragons section.
Gary Kelly – Knights & Dragons Promo
I love his style, probably one of the closest to traditional comic book art and inking of all artists involved.
I met him through comic conventions and when we were looking for an artist, he just happened to be at the same event at the right time!
Initially we had a very different artist down for the section but he had to pull out due to his own work commitments. We almost gave this section to Dani Smith too, as she only has one page in the Sci-Fi section but again because she is so busy I think she was quite relieved when we brought Gary in on this one.
There is something wonderful about the way the artwork devolves into more obscure illustration styles as the Muse takes Ryan further into his stories and closer to his current project. This was entirely unintentional but somehow it just fell into place this way.
As the story follows into the Western section, Helmut Racho’s art changes subtly into another style of traditional comic book art.
Helmut Racho Western Promo
Whilst both artists ink beautifully, Gary’s work is crisp and strong lined, Helmut uses his ink like watercolours, a mix of strong lines and soft shading. His style is quite eye catching and really stood out to us, so we knew he was right for the project!
What’s more, when we told him that it was a western style section, but he could put his own stamp on it, he came back with this wonderful concept, bringing a post apocalyptic feel to the character!
It is this level of creativity and freedom we hoped would emerge from our artists, after all – why have a story about collaboration and creativity if you don’t allow that freedom?
It has served us well on the images we have seen so far!
The Third section is the longest, the Zombie apocalypse. Nick Wright Brings his unique ball point pen style.
He answered an advert we placed on the group connecting comic book writers and artists.
His inking works as a further devolution into wastelands, and a step away from what people expect from art in comics. It is delicious and Nightmarish even!
It didn’t fit with any of the sections we had in mind, but we loved his style so much we really wanted him on board, so we put him in for the Zombie section which had initially been pegged as my section.
I had previously done a short zombie comic The Rot with Mike and we had planned to keep the art style the same, after all The Rot actually follows on from the Zombie section in Untitled and we were aiming for uniformity.
But this worked out for the best, not only does his style flow beautifully in the story telling, but the 23 page section is a bit too much for me to take on with my current work load!
>> More about The Rot at the bottom of the article <<
With a jarring sidestep away from the styles set up so far, Dani Smith blows in for a single splash page in Full colour!
We don’t have her art as of yet to show, so follow the link HERE to see her page and artwork!
The sudden leap into full colour is the first sign that things are changing… something is coming. It leads wonderfully into the next and final section, where the artist has finally had enough nonsense and decides to take control of the situation.
Kathryn Briggs was the perfect choice for this part.
As an artist with a masters degree in fine art, her work in storytelling and graphic novels made her the perfect choice for the disgruntled artist section, where Ryan and the Muse find themselves in the artists own post apocalyptic world. This to me fuels and strengthens the visual representation of stagnation and the loss of ideas, the writers block. The artists mind versus the writers. In full collage and water colour she brings symbolism and much imagery into the section.
Here She helps bring the story to it’s climactic end… but you will need to read the darned thing to find out just what that is!
Finally we have our high school student David Sadler who we brought on board for his work experience, but also because he is a super talented kid. The whole idea behind this project is collaboration, creative freedom, passion and supporting artists and creators in making a project that not only inspires others, but pays them too. The indie scene is supportive and wonderful to anyone willing to put in the work and dedication, but often projects are unpaid or hard slog that can end in waning interest. So many projects fall by the wayside due to funding – and we want to combat that! It also brings artists from varying degrees of experience together, providing support and advice as well as inspiring one and other.
David Sadler Promo
Gary Kelly Concept
So, the best thing about our graphic novel, is all of the artists are being fully credited, paid by the page and being given license to try out things that they may not otherwise get the chance to. With Geeky Comics backing and publishing us, we are all geared up for getting our story out to you all around the UK, and hopefully soon around the US too!
There are promotional prints, original pages, commissions from some of the artists and more to come up for grabs! The comic will be in digital and print form and backing on our Kickstarter is affordable and sensible!
Story telling is our passion, and we hope we deliver it to you well.. so please, please do look over our kickstarter – www.kickstarter.com/projects/1487137742/untitled-1 and if you can’t back us – share us!
And on that note, as promised more about The Rot.
The Rot page 1
This is the style that the Zombie section would have been in had we not found Nick. The story is set during the same time as the section in Untitled, but it really supposed to be read before, even though it follows on from the point Ryan leave the main character.
On this note, we are releasing a page of it for web view for every £1000 we hit on the Kickstarter, but also sending out FREE digital copies to all that share our kickstarter page on social media!
That is right, just private message us via our Untitled Facebook page, or email me with a screenshot or link to your share, and your Email address for sending you the file 🙂
Once again, the link to our Kickstarter is :->> www.kickstarter.com/projects/1487137742/untitled-1 <<
Thanks for listening and all your continued support, we love you guys and we hope you enjoy what we deliver xxx