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In February, we’re going to be Kickstarting our latest comic book series ‘Robyn’.
Written by Simon Birks, with art by Ege Avci and letters by Lyndon White, Robyn is a gender flipped Robyn Hood action/adventure comic for ages 7 and up.
Robyn’s gender isn’t the only change we’re making! Little John does not fight with a staff, but with the crutches he uses due to disability. Scarlett is also gender flipped, Friar Tuck is slightly shadier, and Robyn and the future Sheriff of Nottingham are friends!
What’s the story about?
In issue 1, whilst Robyn is on a mission for Tuck she hears about a monster within the forest, and decides to investigate herself. What she finds is beyond anything she could ever have imagined!
We’re getting together some very unique rewards for our campaign, so keep an eye out on your email and your social media for more information!
I’d love to hear your thoughts on the story.
In the next few months, the first Hexes trade paperback will be launched on the Kickstarter platform. It’ll be made up of four Hexes stories. You already know about the first two stories, The Boy Who Came Closer and Waking Nightmare, but what about the next ones.
Well, we can officially announce the next two stories are:
Hexes: Midnight Oil
Words by Simon Birks, Art by Emiliano Correa, Letters by Lyndon White
Set in Argentina, Midnight Oil tells the story of Connie and her husband, who run a petrol station. After a tragic accident which Connie finds impossible to come to terms with, she receives two visitors, neither of whom are welcome.
Words by Simon Birks, Art by Rory Donald, Letters by Lyndon White
On a dark night, Lee, a young man with a secret, arrives at an old peoples home in mid-town America, looking for help. He receives some, in the form of Greta, a 101 year old woman, who has a very dark secret of her own.
Don’t worry about missing the start of the Kickstarter, we’ll make enough noise for everyone to hear! It will most likely be towards the end of March / beginning of April, sort of time.
Would love to know what you think.
Monsters are everywhere; in our heads, in our hearts, in our lives.
They are the driver for horror stories, and a good monster will be remembered forever.
But what makes a good one? To some, it’s the ugliness, the viciousness, the sheer number of razor sharp teeth which provide the thrills, but I believe a monster needs to be more than that.
In the Hexes comic book series, monsters play a large part, it’s a supernatural/horror title, after all, and to come up with a new monster every issue can be daunting. Fortunately, I learnt early on that the look of the monster is not the most important factor. After all, the ugly creatures can be heroes, the beautiful ones, the villains.
For example, in ‘The Boy Who Came Closer’, the monster appears to be the man who gives Brendan the mysterious pebble. He’s a massive, hulking figure, who intimidates a sick child. He appears to be nasty, but, in reality, he saves Brendan’s life. He has no personal agenda; he is the messenger.
Neither is it the apparition that haunts Brendan. The apparition is merely a warning; a fragment of Brendan who knows the truth and won’t let him forget.
In fact, in ‘The Boy Who Came Closer’, Brendan himself ends up playing the part of the monster. He is the one acting for his own selfish interests, and to me, that’s possibly the most important factor.
Monsters are scary because they act in their own interests. They can be nasty for no reason, but it makes them less interesting; being evil for evil’s sake gives little depth of character.
The key lies in questioning the creature’s incentives. If it hides under the bed, why? If it lurks in the wardrobe; why? What sounds does it make, and why would it make them? What does it live for? What is it afraid of?
It’s only when pondering, and answering, these vital questions that a story really begins to gain depth.
All antagonists need a reason for what they do, and monsters are no different. They are more than just the mechanism to scare people.
If you take the time and give them a purpose for everything they do, you will be rewarded.
It’s time to motivate those monsters!
Around 11.30pm on 6th December, Sinners III Kickstarter campaign ended, after raising a brilliant 112% of its £1200 goal.
Kickstarter campaigns are always interesting (for interesting, read stress inducing) affairs, with a lot of work going on in the background to raise more backers. Each and every backer is vitally important, and as we learned on our very first Kickstarter (for Sinners I, as it happens, back in the mists of Feb 2015) numbers of backers can go down as well as up!
Fortunately, Sinners III was fairly steady. We are lucky enough, now, to have a following on the Kickstarter platform, who regularly back our campaigns.
So, now the money is raised, what next?
Still left to do:
- Send out the surveys – we need to know a lot about our backers in order to get everything just right
- Letter Sinners III – Lyndon White will be working his magic on the lettering for us once again.
- Order the extras, including, A4 print, T-Shirt, Postcard, to name a few – you’re never sure how many you need until the campaign finishes
- Wait for the money to come through from Kickstarter – this normally takes a couple of weeks
- Get the comics printed!
- Send the comics out to the backers.
So, the work continues.
As with all our other campaigns, the comic will be available to buy from this website as soon as it arrives at Blue Fox Comics HQ, so don’t worry if you missed the campaign.
That’s all for now – we are hoping to do posts 2 or 3 times a week from now on. There’s always a lot going on here, so we’re excited to be able to show you new stuff as it comes in!
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For now, ’nuff said.
Title: Night at the Motel
Pages: 36 full colour
Sinners goes full on horror for the next issue, Night at the Motel. Following events in Issues 1 & 2, Hope needs to find a place to rest after her first traumatic day of being dead. Unfortunately, the motel she ends up at has secrets of its own.
RHStewart once again provides the fantastic art, and for the first time supplies the beautiful cover!
Great news! From the 28th to the 30th October, 2016, Blue Fox Comics will be in the Comic Village at MCM London Comic Con with their array of titles!
The con is being held in its usual location, at the Excel Exhibition centre, and promises to be incredibly busy! Tickets are going fast, and are bookable via their website: http://www.mcmcomiccon.com/london/
Fingers crossed, we will have Lyndon White’s newest book, Sparks and the Fallen Star, which has been incredibly well received by reviewers.
We *may* also have Simon Birks’ new novel ‘The Ballad of Broken Song Book One – Death and Resurrection’ – that’s if all the stars align!
So, if you’re going to be around come Halloween weekend, and your near the Excel Centre, please come and say hello, we’re always glad to see you!
“Hexes is one of those horror comics that gets under your skin and stays with you for the rest of the day. A mix of hauntingly beautiful artwork and dark, sinister story telling make for a creepy and disorientating read that feels very different to the majority of horror books in the market right now.”
“Hexes is a brand new horror anthology created by Simon Briks that is refreshing the comic book medium. We were offered a glimpse into the project brought to life by Kickstarter, our favorite engine for projects fueled by fans, with the first two volumes. Each one was vastly different, subtly chilling and wildly inventive. As a person that was first brought to the horror genre by art and literature (between 30 Days of Night and Interview with the Vampire it was a done deal from an early age) this was a throwback to why I loved horror in the first place. There are so many reasons this will find its place in so many online orders.”
Read the full review here.
“Hexes: Book 1 is an impressive release from writer Simon Birks (Sinners) and artist Ege Avci, telling the eerie tale of a dying young boy named Brendan whose life is saved after being gifted a magical stone by a mysterious stranger. In situations like this one history has taught us there is always a catch and in this case, it’s that the stone won’t work indefinitely, and sooner or later death will catch up to Brendan whether he’s ready for it or not.”
Read the full review here.