Fear. Violence. Mystery. Paranoia. War. Animals.
Frank has returned to his family's farm to find something wrong. Very wrong.
Frank At Home On The Farm tells the story of a man returning from war to find his family mysteriously missing from their farm. This sets in motion a series of events that claw and tear at Frank's mind, body, and soul...
Frank At Home On The Farm #1 is the giant-sized 32-page opening chapter of a beautifully illustrated four part miniseries. The isolationist horror of The Shining meets the body-horror of David Cronenberg's best work - all wrapped in a terrifying mystery that will keep you guessing till the very end.
If you love psychological horror, terrifying creatures, a creepy atmosphere - or just flat out crazy happenings that make you double check the page to be sure you are not experiencing a fever dream - then this book is for you.
Where is Frank's family?
Why does no one remember them?
Why does Frank feel like the animals are watching him?
Who do the strange voices outside at night belong to?
When Frank Cross returns home following his service in World War 1, he expects to be greeted by his elated parents and younger brother. Instead he finds their farm is empty except for the animals.
Tormented by nightmares of the front line, the mysterious voices that plague him and disturbed by the townsfolk's lack of knowledge or interest in his family's whereabouts. Frank becomes more and more isolated on the farm as he tries to uncover where his parents have vanished to... all under the watchful eye of the farm's animals.
Our protagonist, Frank, is already damaged from his experiences at war when we meet him. He has both physical and mental scars, as well as a tendency to drift off. As the story progresses we see more and more of the severe mental trauma, inner-turmoil and demons Frank has brought back from the trenches to the quiet English countryside.
As the horrors that exist both within the confines of the farm and the village surrounding it begin to close in on Frank, we start to see what he is truly capable of.
Set in an early 1920s England that's still recovering from the turmoil of the First World War - Frank At Home On The Farm revels in capturing the small historical details of the period. We also use the setting and the time period as a way to ramp up the confusion and the isolation. The war resulted in decimated families and people relocating around the country - leading to less connected communities and an increased possibility for awful events to be set in motion - before anyone could notice.
With incredible art by up and coming superstar Clark Bint - Frank At Home On The Farm becomes more tense by the page as the mysteries pile up and things go from strange, to bizarre, to terrifyingly crazed.
As part of the 'Buy the Farm' tier we are giving you the chance to purchase some of Clark's stunning original art pages from FRANK AT HOME ON THE FARM #1.
Below you can see the terrifying pages we have on offer! When selecting this tier please let us know which of the remaining pages you would like to receive.
Yay! We're funded! That means we need to provide you fine people with some tasty stretch goals.
For those new to Kickstarter, stretch goals are unlocked when we achieve specific funding levels.
Stretch goal #1 unlocked at £4,000 - status LOCKED
First up, if we make it to £4,000 everyone who backed us will receive a digital copy of this cute, lovable pig mask - designed by a long-time friend, long-term Mad Robot collaborator and very talented artist, Edward Bentley.
Stretch goal#2 unlocked at £4,500 - status LOCKED
Our second stretch goal, unlocked at £4,500, is for every physical backer to receive the below print of the alternate version of the Issue 1 cover drawn by our artist Clark Bint.
We have a few more treats up our sleeves if we pass £5000 and upwards, but we're going to keep them secret for now. If you want to hear about them, then keep spreading the word about FRANK to keep those pledges flooding in.
So, who are the disturbed team taking you on this horrifying journey?
Jordan Thomas - the writer of this terrifying tale, Jordan has fled to Spain to hide out in the caves of Granada to avoid censure once people see the sick things his mind creates. He has also worked regularly as an editor for Mad Robot Comics, as well as contributing several stories to the Cadavers: World Gone to Hell Anthology that was a roaring success on Kickstarter last year.
Clark Bint - the artist behind this fable, he takes what Jordan thinks up and makes it even more upsetting and crazy. Clark works so hard and delivers such detail with every page that he has not had time to shave since the project began. His regular trips out to photograph animals in Oxfordshire are also gaining him somewhat of a reputation. He previously delivered wonderful art for the Murder Most Mundane graphic novel.
Nicholas Stephen Paul - the man providing the lettering for this family adventure, Nic, also writes his own series Resurrection Men. He's bringing a whole new meaning to balloon animals.
Lastly, a Mad Robot Comics production would not be the same without its founder Matt Hardy.
Writer on Cadavers, Murder Most Mundane and Last Exit to Brighton - Matt is functioning as the editor on Frank At Home On The Farm. He will also be offering his advice on format, story, pacing and the best way to shear a Badger Face Welsh Mountain (that’s apparently a type of sheep - Matt is very keen on doing thorough research for any project he works on).
Matt saw the potential in Jordan's script and feels the mixture of mystery and unnerving psychological horror equates perfectly with the type of book and level of quality that Mad Robot Comics has become known for.
Risks and challenges
The comic is complete apart from the spaces left for backers to be drawn into the story.
As soon as we are funded - the comic will go immediately to the printers. Mad Robot Comics have a track record of delivering amazing looking books - so you know you'll be receiving the best.
The aim is to have the book in your hands by the end of May.
We can't thank the people who support us enough, and we are excited to get this story out to you.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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