Hello, I'm Mike Schwartz, and for the past few years I've been busy creating, writing, and illustrating a comic strip called Oceanverse. It's an underwater adventure inspired by the old-time strips of the early 20th century. Now it is finally ready to be compiled into a collected edition.
"If pulp adventure comics had a name it would be Oceanverse. Great art and fantastic adventures-you can't say fairer than that."
-Barry Nugent, author of Fallen Heroes
"Adventure. Humor. Fun. That's what I love about Oceanverse. Mike puts his spin on the serial strips of the past with an engaging cartoony vibe. If I were a cheesy Hollywood producer I'd describe it as Flash Gordon meets Tintin meets 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea. I am not a cheesy Hollywood producer though, so all I'll say is you should read this book. Do it!"
-Mike Norton, creator of Battlepug
"Mike Schwartz's Oceanverse is a rollicking throwback to the pulpy origins of adventure comics. Strap yourselves in and set a course for fun!"
-Alex Robinson, creator of Box Office Poison
Gentleman adventurer Clayton Hemmings retires from his pulp hero lifestyle but can't shake the lure of expedition. He assembles a new crew with diverse experiences and backgrounds, boards his submarine the Red Herring, and sets out for a tour of the Oceanverse, the undersea world of wonder and danger.
The crew accomplishes missions of both the small and grand scale. They rescue a colony of bottom-dwelling beings; they fend off swordfish and sea monsters; they scuffle with various unsavory characters. But along the way, each crew member experiences moments of bewilderment and growth. Pilot BR Cooper encounters a ghost WWII pilot and helps him recover his plane from a greedy sea-demon. Scientist Meg befriends a curious tentacled creature who proves to be a valuable companion. Archaeologist Ben travels through time and comes out worse for the wear. Their collective journeys transform them into a modest but powerful team, just in time to save London from the Fish Lord, the most terrifying threat yet.
Oceanverse was originally released as a webcomic from September 2008 to June 2011. While publishing over the web was a cheap and easy way to get my work out into the world, I could only produce two strips a week and it became difficult for readers to invest themselves in stories that ran for 24, 48, and even 96 strips.
Then, with every 48 strips, I would release a 24-page comic book. But with that I could only publish two a year, and due to limitations of online digital printing, the comic was never formatted quite correctly.
But now, to read Oceanverse in the best possible way, it's my goal to collect and publish all 288 strips into a single volume.
The book will have a full-color matte softcover with spot gloss and french flaps. The artwork is originally black and white, but to convey the retro adventure strip feel of Oceanverse, the art will be printed on natural stock with a tinted ink (in the fashion of a Will Eisner book). To break up the story arcs, I will draw new, full-page title pages for each story. In total, with a sketch and/or pinup section, this book will be 160 pages.
Through Kickstarter, I'm shooting for a goal of $2,750 over 45 days. That will cover the printing cost of 500 copies. The books will be printed right here in the great state of Michigan.
The production of the book is very nearly complete, so if funded it won’t take long before the book is sent to the printer. I just need to finalize the cover and produce the eight new title pages...which could be yours if you choose to make a pledge.
I greatly appreciate each donation and I hope you will spread the word about this project. Thank you for supporting Oceanverse: The Collected Edition.
Funders outside the U.S., please consider adding $10 to your pledge for shipping. Thanks!
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