So what is Madhouse?
Each issue of Madhouse contains an over-the-top, B-movie romp through a world of weird-science experiments - all gone badly wrong. Including: -
Self-aware Hostile Diseases: -
Mind-eating Robot-Spiders: -
Body-sharing mystical entities: -
Discarded experiments shanty-town: -
Each issue considerably raising the stakes: -
So who’s the half-naked guy in all the pictures then?
That’s our main character Andy - he’s grappling with all the crazy stuff we throw at him - whilst at the same time trying to solve the question of his true identity: -
• Is he really the Warden of Ravenbrook Asylum - working undercover as a patient - able to leave his cell at night and destroy inhumane experiments?
• Or is he a kidnapped Lab rat - forcefully bonded to a dark mystical creature - changing his body and warping his mind?
• Or is he a Superhero - 'The Surgeon' - using his energy powers to free the other Asylum patients from the madness forced on them?
• Or is he just an unstable mental patient, randomly murdering all who cross his path?
The only thing Andy is certain of - is that he isn’t really insane…
…but everything else is!
Why should I read Madhouse?
Each issue we present a new backdrop - from experimental hospital wards to car chases, post-apocalyptic futures, even a spaceship - each scenario completely different from the last.
This means Madhouse works as a showcase for Edward Bentley's bold and aggressive art - as he designs new worlds and characters for each issue - as well as offering the reader a distinctive and unique story each time - an insight into the dark corners, and perhaps fears, in the mind of the writer Matt Hardy.
Into these insane scenarios we throw the bewildered Andy and his eccentric supporting cast.
We also weave the backstory of the Madhouse itself into Andy’s adventures - throwing hints of what has really happened to Andy and what forces are manipulating things behind the scenes.
And at the end maybe (just maybe) we will get a Superhero origin story.
(although it's just as likely we'll leave Andy a gibbering wreck).
We've published 3 issues of Madhouse so far.
So our Goal is: -
Madhouse issue 4 is written and pencilled, ready for inking, colouring and lettering. Rather than release it as a single issue we felt this was a good point in the story to collect all 4 issues as a 120-page full colour trade paperback - debuting issue 4 and putting the entire arc in one place for the first time.
So why Kickstarter?
We've had a great reaction to Madhouse in single issue format, tabling at cons and getting the books into the small press sections of local comic shops.
But we want to think bigger.
The positive response to Madhouse issue 1-3 means we want to significantly increase our print run, broaden our audience and get more people to read our work.
So in order to finance a full print run for a Madhouse Graphic Novel - we are going to need your help.
What you get if you support us.
We have put together a bunch of juicy incentive packages that offer not only the Madhouse collection but also copies of our previous works -
So what can you do to help? (and yeah what goodies can we give you?)
(All digital copies will be emailed as the campaign ends and in PDF - but any special file needs we will do our best to accommodate).
Countdown rewards: -
If we reach the 50% mark within 14 days all donors of £35 and above will receive signed copies of The Gulls and signed copies of Last Exit to Brighton Graphic Novel.
Stretch Goals: -
If we are lucky enough to exceed our goal will we use the additional funds to include extra pages and content in the Madhouse GN - we already have a bunch of extra stuff to throw in - this will allow us to include even more.
And also get us to more conventions - where if you have been kind enough to donate we would be delighted to meet and let you buy us drinks… er buy you drinks.
Lastly - who are we then?
Mad Robot Comics is a collaboration of writer Matt Hardy and artist Edward Bentley.
Having worked together for over 10 years - we have a track record of producing and bringing our own comics to print. Matt is a lifelong comics fan and a student of Andy Schmidt’s NYC Comic Experience course. Edward brings his background as a student of animation and design - delivering a cinematic, widescreen style perspective to our art and storytelling.
Our website: - Madrobotcomics.com.
Madhouse is a labour of love for us. We have honestly poured our souls into this work. The nasty, rotten, scary part of our souls to be certain. But still a large part of our time and lives have been invested in Andy and his adventures - so we hope you'll help support us - and help bring the first part of Andy's journey to a close.
Andy says 'Thank you' for your support.
Or he would do if he had any concept of who he is - or what on Earth is going on!
Risks and challenges
Madhouse 4 is written and pencilled, ready for inking, colouring and lettering. Once this is completed we only need to edit the whole collection together and it's ready to go to print.
So the only thing standing in the way of delivering on this project is the funds to print and promote the softcover GN.
So should our Kickstarter successfully fund we anticipate no delays in delivering. As outlined above - we have prior experience in managing the process of print and distribution of product.
OK - that's everything we suppose.
Thank you again.
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