Black and Blue is an 80 page, full colour, standalone, sci-fi graphic novel. You don't need to read anything else to get the story!
Check out sample pages below!
Earth has been attacked!
99.99% of our population has been taken by a balloon-like alien race. We don't know what they've done with our people, but it can't be good.
Luckily, our remaining scientists have discovered the creatures weakness - salt water. Our only choice was to flood the planet, giving them no room to gain a foothold.
Now we live in an underwater society, doing our best to forget the ever looming threat floating above the surface.
The Cobalt are in trouble!
A famine wiped all food on their home planet, leaving them to travel the galaxy in search of anything edible. Luckily, they've discovered a planet of stupid, primitive animals, wobbling about on two legs, and not even able to communicate telepathically. Clearly not sentient, and they taste delicious! Unfortunately, some kind of natural disaster covered the planet in a poisonous liquid. Now it's up to the Farming Caste to fish out the last of the dwindling supply of food.
Is it For Me?
You'll like Black and Blue if you're into:
- Strong female leads (Lazarus by Greg Rucka and Michael Lark, Marvel's Jessica Jones)
- Stories from a misunderstood monster's point of view (Kaijumax by Zander Cannon, DC's Swamp Thing and Marvel's Hulk)
- Post apocalyptic scenario stories (Wool by Hugh Howey, Frostbite by Joshua Williamson and Jason Shawn Alexander, Y the Last Man by Brian K Vaughan and Pia Guerra)
- Underwater sci-fi/fantasy stories (The Wake by Scott Snyder and Sean Murphy, Sphere by Michael Crichton)
- Good, interesting stories with layers and details that keep you thinking afterwards.
What is it?
The book is actually two stories in one: two points of view of the invasion starting at either end, and meeting in the middle! This is a format that can really only be used in comics, and I'm so excited to be bringing you something unique and boundary pushing. I truly believe that sequential art is one of the best storytelling mediums out there. There's so much potential to play with in terms of formatting and storytelling that we are only just scratching the surface. Let's see what we can make! Black and Blue examines themes of veganism, communication, conscription, and the morality and similarity of both sides of war. I wanted to explore a story in a morally grey area; where both sides of a conflict have valid points of view. I also wanted to show characters who were forced into aspects of their lives that they weren't completely OK with, and see how they handle it, because this is something that most of us have to deal with to some degree.
Mattaya Black has spent most of her life underwater - she barely remembers the surface world, or the parents she was taken from as an infant. Now she'd prefer to just go with the flow, and see the best in her situation. But against her will, she's been conscripted into the Aquamarines, an elite fighting force, dedicated to ending the alien threat once and for all. Where will the tides take her now?
Lazuli grew up believing, as all Cobalt do, that food is grown under the outer shell of their planet by the Farming Caste. But when he comes of age, his father introduces him to the truth; their food are animals, and it's their duty to snatch them off the poisonous planet below.
Will he go along with his new role? Or starve like so many Cobalt before?
The artists we have on this project are incredibly talented, and the work they've produced so far is beautiful. We'll be using the money to pay them to finish the rest of the book, and to work on upcoming Black and Blue material, including a tabletop game that's already in development!
We'd love your support to get this book finished and into your hands!
Pages 1-3 from Black and Blue (Cobalt Side) by Nathan Seabolt and Fahriza Kamaputra.
Pages 1-3 of Black and Blue (Human Side) by Beth Varni
Who Are We?
Ben Quinlan – Writer Ben started making comics as a way to get out the crazy ideas in his head. This progressed into a love of visual storytelling (and storytelling in general) that has proved very therapeutic for him and he hopes for others too. Dealing with topics as diverse as time travel to suicide, he hopes to shine a light on taboo subjects and entertain with thought provoking ideas.
Nathan Seabolt – Artist Nathan is originally from North Carolina, nestled in the warm underbelly of the United States. Several years ago, he moved all the way across the world to Sydney, Australia. Since then he’s been drawing upside down, technically speaking. Nathan is a mixed media Artist/Illustrator with a strong taste for classic horror, monsters of all kinds and whimsy.
Beth Varni – Artist A freelance illustrator of 7 years, Beth has worked in indie video games, book covers, comics, and mural painting. A graduate with a BFA in illustration from VCU Arts in Richmond, Va; Beth is a big lover of video games and comics with a focus on sequential images. She has worked on many indie comics- The Last Hunt, Home, The Shepard, and more!
Fahriza Kamaputra - Colourist Fahriza Kamaputra worked as colorist on a local comic book "Vienetta and the Stupid Aliens" which led to his work on the web comic "Rokki," Boston Metaphysical Society with the studio STELLAR LABS, and now work as a freelance colorist for DC comics and other publishers.
Please help us to make this book a reality, and share this adventure with you!
Risks and challenges
The book is completely scripted, and we have ten pages inked and coloured. We're just waiting on you guys to help us with the rest!
The team are super talented, dedicated, and amazingly quick, so once the funds are cleared they'll be able to jump right in and finish those pages.
As this is my first kickstarter, I thought I'd get a fulfillment company in to help with shipping, as being in Australia, these things can get expensive and tricky. Kraken Print are our printers and distributors, who have lots of experience in Kickstarter campaigns.
Because of this, I don't see there being many problems getting the book out there once it is complete, but I'm very much into open communication, so I'll let you know everything as it happens.
If you've got any questions, I'm happy to chat, firstname.lastname@example.orgLearn about accountability on Kickstarter
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