Welcome to Cross-Country ComX and we have a short one today. Due to some technical issues, only the Aussie ComX team had a chance to show their stuff. Even then, the show must go on, so with that, this is CCCX issue 9: All-Australian Edition.
In this issue, we have Shane and Leigh, together with the ComX Crew, including Rob Lisle and Dave Dye. We also have a good friend of the show onboard, Morgan Quaid, here with us to show off the Kickstarter video he made for the project.
Without further ado, let’s take a look.
I can see that you have another Kickstarter running around. Can you tell us about that?
“It’s indiegogo this time,” notes Morgan. “I’d like to spread it around.” Leigh notes how much he enjoyed the art of his campaign for Idle Thuggery.
The first chunk of the livestream shows off much of the work done for the Kickstarter project, with Shane presenting the beautiful intro clip done by Morgan Quaid. Shane then shows off the work of the entire team, starting with those who are not around at the moment.
“This is Foes by Peter Wilson,” narrates Rob Lisle. “You’ve got Dementus and Zero here – a demon and an alien. They both want to take over the world but the problem is they both hate each other and can’t get over their hate for each other.
“They can’t see the forest from the trees and spend their time fighting each other when they should be concentrating on the job.”
Next up was Vivian Jones: Occult Detective by Isaac George, who we interviewed at the Wednesday AusComX Show just this past week. Vivian Jones is a detective within a world where everyone is a giraffe demihuman. There, he goes on solving a case that involves a potential coven of witches.
The next one was Final Dragon by Ed Kearsley, a Double Dragon alternate universe where the main character takes revenge on his brother’s killer after being imprisoned for so long. It is full karate action at its finest.
After that, Impulse by Dave Dye was up for discussion, with Dave himself showing it off.
“Shane asked the name of this character and I said ‘It doesn’t matter’, let’s call him ‘The Kid’,” said Dave. “He’s a young fellow who’s been trailing the streets for about half his life – in and out of jobs and in and out of good and bad luck […] and it’s a story about how things in your life could lead to other things and spiral out of control.”
Next was the story Killer Bea by Tony Menzie, which follows Beatrice Bigelman, an old lady full of all sorts of tragedy in her life. The story looks into the tragic story of revenge and murder, and why a supposed quiet old lady came to be a prolific killer.
The next was about Bin Kitty: Bloodhail, a side story to the Bin Kitty main story by Duncan Pranevicius. It involves Bin Kitty dealing with some terrorists planning to kill 40,000 people. By stroke of bad luck, Bin Kitty gets tangled into the debacle and she needs to remove people in her way.
We then move on to Marathon, a post-apocalyptic story by Leigh Chalker of Battle For Bustle fame, which will run for twelve issues.
“It’s about a small town in the outskirts one marathon-length away from the main settlement,” describes Leigh. “A group of men called Runners that are the communications people and delivery people of an energy source that keep the settlement working and going. For the last few years, Runners are going missing and the energy source and information is not going through.
“Ambrose Chapel is the last runner and Jason is his adoptive brother to some extent and he thinks about things different compared to other runners before him. He thinks outside the box and decides to depart on his mission, followed unbeknownst to him by Jason, navigating a terrain of 42.5 km to get the items from the coastal settlement.”
Last but not the least, we have Frederick Cheloni: Turtle Detective by Rob “Spedsy” Lisle.
“In the pages of Devil’s Toilet, that’s a story about a toilet who escapes from hell, unwittingly bringing with him a portal that allows the Devil to escape from hell and brings an army of demons with him,” narrates Rob.
“They get most of the demons who escaped but a bunch of them are able to hide themselves by wearing the skin of humans. They’re near undetectable, so what do you do with something undetectable that needs detecting?”
The angel in-charge of finding these escaped demons get a turtle detective from 1888 named Frederick Cheloni who works at Scotland Yard, systematically removing demons hiding inside human husks, quelling a would-be apocalypse. He is tasked again to save the world and do what he does best.
Why Support ComX Studio’s Kickstarter Campaign
The ComX Studio Presents anthology is due in August and will be out during that time. Presents: NOIR, on the other hand, will be out September. Those who back the Kickstarter can get the NOIR version in August, exclusive to backers.
“This is not just the launch of a comic book; this is the launch of a publisher,” says Rob. “This comic being a success leads to more books being put out.” Rob also notes that creators understand the need for more publishers.
Leigh also details that the project opens so many doors for creators like himself who needs to get their story out. Any support will help a long way towards building Australian indie comics.
“This initiative will help up and comers,” adds Dave.
It’s all about putting stories out,” says Shane. “It’s all about building the community.”
The guys also talked about the networking aspect of the studio, allowing different creators to work together and share anything with each other. In the industry, this is a crucial factor, as having more friends always means a bigger support network and resources.
“There’s this guilt that aren’t gonna want this because it’s not DC, it’s not Marvel, it’s not Image etc,” says Morgan. “And some comments that came in my last campaign are really encouraging, because they’re saying because they said, out of the blue, that ‘no offense to the big guys but it’s the same old stuff.’”
Morgan notes that there’s a big market out there and people are hungry for new stories.
More creators will join ComX Presents in the future
As the conversation goes by, one big name that comes out is Dave De Vries, known as the creator of the legendary Southern Squadron team. Dave and Shane are talking about a potential eight-page story for ComX Presents, which is big for the publication.
Another up and coming creator for ComX is Julian Velasco, who is a veteran of webcomics but never published a full comic book ever. More new creators are coming in the next issues.
Backers would be getting a full 24-page issue, which offers great value for money. At $12, readers can get 4 different stories in total.
As everyone converses, the creators started sharing art, including wrap-around covers for the comic books. Leigh shares an art that he’s working on at the moment, including some small tips with and there.
Rob also shares a trailer for Frederick Cheloni, tying it up with his website, psychojanitor.com.
“I’ve had that character [Frederick Cheloni] for years,” reveals Rob. “He started as a drawing challenge. I drew six stick figures and I was going to make them a superhero team. There’s a robot, a professor, the Cable-type big military leader guy – basically a ripoff of X-Force.
“There’s also a super stealthy spy lady and a muscley character like the Hulk or the Thing. […] The professor was this old-timey turtle with a top hat and I showed my wife […] and said ‘I really like that turtle guy.’”
ComX current has around 100 creators working together as a community, including writers, artists, or even cover artists only.
If you want to back the ComX Presents and ComX Presents: NOIR campaign, you can visit presents.comx.studio. Every dollar will help build the indie comics community to greater heights.