Okay, playing cards on the desk, it is a little bit of PR from comedian e-book author Keith Champagne. Off the highest of his head, he got Peter Tomasi, off of Tremendous Sons, to interview him about his new Kickstartered comedian e-book sequence Dawn and requested if I would run it. Now it is not some hard-hitting Panorama expose, it is a bit of puffery. However how may I say no?
TOMASI: I noticed you posted a hyperlink to your Kickstarter for Dawn! On twitter yesterday. Let’s faux for a second like I did not learn the primary difficulty final month. Promote me: why ought to I fork over my hard-earned money to assist this undertaking?
CHAMPAGNE: As a result of we have been pals for nearly 30 years now?
PT: You simply misplaced me proper there, chucklehead.
KC: Not the primary time, will not be the final… Dawn! is the primary chapter of a deliberate five-issue sequence that the artist, Stefan Tosheff and I, are bringing to life by means of Kickstarter. It is a large story, an formidable undertaking and readers will get a way, by the tip of this primary difficulty, that it is headed to locations that mainstream superhero comics do not often journey.
PT: Yeah, however you simply stated actually nothing about what it is about.
KC: It is exhausting to explain it in an elevator pitch with out freely giving the route the story will likely be headed however in a nutshell, Dawn is the hero the world each needs and wishes. She’s all about gentle and hope and optimism. On the flip aspect, her arch enemy is a nut named Doc Matter, all darkness and rage and hatred. The 2 of them are very a lot opposites; they have been locked collectively in a technique or one other since each of them crash landed on this planet collectively after they had been children. After a few many years of backwards and forwards, the precise, actual, closing battle between the 2 has arrived and the story takes off within the months after; as Dawn realizes what she all the time thought was her best foe perhaps really wasn’t…and the true combat for her life is coming like a freight practice now. Very similar to we did with The Mighty, the story is ready up in a means that appears snug, virtually acquainted to the reader after which skinning that onion layer by layer to get to the guts of the characters and what’s actually happening beneath the floor.
PT: So it is an “absolute energy corrupts completely” type of story like Mighty?
KC: Under no circumstances. Besides now that you have put it like that, perhaps it kinda is, in a completely totally different context. There’s undoubtedly a worth to pay for energy.
PT: So with Kickstarters, there’s all the time one thing else together with the precise e-book. What sort of yard sale have you ever received arrange?
KC: Yard sale, huh?
PT: Enticements. Rewards. You realize what I imply.
KC: Some cool stuff, I believe. Together with the common cowl by Tosheff, we have got a few variant covers: one by Val Semeiks and John Dell, considered one of my private favourite artwork groups of all time. And one other by Ale Garza, who simply nails the character completely. We have put collectively a t-shirt, unique artwork rewards, even a black and white artist version of the e-book to actually exhibit the tonal work that Stefan put into the pages.
PT: Yeah, who is that this man? I’ve by no means heard of him earlier than however he is fairly good.
KC: Stefan is a Canadian expertise; we related creatively when he drew the SILVER STREAK sequence I wrote for Chapterhouse and I assume we appreciated working collectively as a result of we created this undertaking. He is a extremely pure storyteller; I write in full script and he actually manages to seize the spirit of what I am imagining. Again to the rewards, there’s additionally some enjoyable stuff that will likely be revealed through the marketing campaign. These items are exhausting, it is necessary to attempt to preserve the power up over the time the undertaking is stay. Oh, and once more with rewards, Bleeding Cool readers who again the undertaking simply have to depart a remark, simply the phrases “BLEEDING COOL” is sufficient, and we’ll have a raffle on the finish and improve the winner with a particular reward.
PT: Do you need to inform individuals the place to search out the marketing campaign?
KC: bit.ly/daybreakcomic is the hyperlink, thanks for mentioning it. And thanks for doing this with me, pal. Let’s flip the swap when SNIPE AND SLUG is out.
PT: Yeah, we’ll see. Name you later this week, good luck with the undertaking.
We return you to your extra common hard-hitting journalistic endeavours of what is with all of the Physician Octupses in all places proper now?