Slashermania - A Retro Eighties Horror OGN
1983 - Ten masked maniacs gather in a summer camp for a bizarre contest of murder and mayhem, with prizes awarded for the best kills!
WHAT IS SLASHERMANIA?
1983. Troubled teens from New York and Los Angeles are taken to a summer camp facility to be trained as counsellors and mix safely with other people their own age. Little do they know they are being watched by an audience hungry for sex & violence. They are the designated victims for a bizarre contest of murder and mayhem – WELCOME TO SLASHERMANIA!
Masked maniacs from across the USA, Canada, Italy & the UK compete in various categories: Best Male Solo Death! Best Female Solo Death! Coitus Interruptus! Sin Punishment! Most Creative Kill! Biggest Multiple Death! The coveted Slasher of the Year award!
"And the Slashie goes to..."
Slashermania is an original graphic novel, an epic tribute to the best (and worst) slasher movies of the eighties. Written by Russell Hillman, with art by Ron Joseph, Jake Isenberg and Harry Saxon, and letters by Sergio Calvet.
THE STORY BEHIND THE STORY
For someone in their (very) late thirties, I came reasonably late to full-on slasher fandom. I’d estimate it at some time in 1989, around the time A Nightmare on Elm Street 4: The Dream Master was released on video in the UK (which would put me around 13). Unfortunately, my Freddy evangelist friend could only get the first 3 out from Video World, so we had to stick with those. As the years went on, I dabbled in the Elm Street and Friday the 13th movies, but it was probably Scream that got me on the road to full-blown slasher-fiend. Scream led back to Halloween, which led over to the rest of the Friday the 13th series, and then outward from there.
There have been slasher-based comic books before – all the big franchises have had their own comics at various points, some of them actually quite good. There’s also Tim Seeley’s brilliant Hack/Slash, a title I once got to work with very briefly as editor on the crossover with Halloween Man. Still, I felt there should be more, so I went out and created some.
Slashermania is my over-the-top, pedal-to-the-metal, balls-to-the-wall, bus-to-the-shops (is that a saying? Must investigate) slasher extravaganza. You want a high body-count? Fifty campers. You want psychopaths? Here’s ten.
26 page preview book, including prologue, character profiles and more, downloadable for free from https://drive.google.com/file/d/0ByYclcFaZvilbVpYb2g3MU8xRGM/view?usp=sharing
WHO’S RESPONSIBLE FOR THIS?
SCRIPT - RUSSELL HILLMAN
I’ve surrounded myself in comics for as long as I could read, interrupted only by dodgy movies, retro music and that hideous “real life” thing that keeps getting in the way of my fun. In 2003, I decided to create my own comics and – with the artistic assistance of Sergio Calvet – I created flat-share sit-comic It’s The Beer Talking. I think it only ever had one review, but that was fairly positive.
I then fell into the world of editing, working with Drew Edwards on his long running webcomic Halloween Man (Now available on ComiXology through Monsterverse Comics). I got to exercise a different set of creative muscles, and learned more about the mechanics of creating comics than I would have done working alone.
I still wanted to write my own comics, and eventually came up with the female-led sports drama Fast and Frightening – A Comic About Roller Derby. I had a lot of fun with that, but I could still hear the siren song of shiny blades and dripping blood calling to me. With that in mind, I created a full-length anthology OGN inspired by the Amicus portmanteau movies, Dead Men Tell Tales. Don’t go looking for that one yet, it’s still not done. Then came Slashermania, and now you’re all caught up.
In addition to the titles mentioned above, I’ve also self-published some horror stories through my Freaktown Comics imprint – The Dark of the Forest (Coming very soon to ComiXology) and Deadly Burlesque. Short stories I've scripted appear in the 2013 and 2014 editions of Hallowscream, and I’ve had a couple of others recently accepted in places I can’t yet mention. If enough people enjoy Slashermania, I’ve got more horror projects written and ready to roll.
PENCILS - RON JOSEPH
To say Ichose to be a comic book artist would be a lie. There was never any choice involved. It was more like something I was simply destined to do. A child of the 70s, I was exposed to an endless procession of outlandish oddities and beautiful creatures; from KISS to Star Wars to the sheer brilliance of all things Jim Henson.
And, of course, comic books.
It’s hard to remember a moment that wasn’t spent with my face planted in a comic book. Month after month, I was treated to tales of larger-than-life heroes risking life and limb in a seemingly never-ending struggle against the forces of evil. They were fantastic. They were incredible. They were amazing. And they were but the first.
It wasn’t long before I became an unsuspecting target for these invading hordes; veritable armies of gods and monsters, aliens and cyborgs, all hell-bent on enriching my life and lighting the spark that fueled the fires of an imagination that now blazes uncontrolled.And it’s awesome.
Among my personal Pantheon of Great Creators are the likes of John Byrne, Alan Davis, Frank Frazetta, Al Williamson, John Buscema, Frank Bellamy, and Bill Watterson.
I’ve been working in and out of the comic book industry for small independent publishers since the early 90s. I am currently doing pencils for several comic book, sci-fi, and horror related projects.
INKS - JAKE ISENBERG
I've worked on Transformers and G.I. Joe for Fun Publications, The Archivist for Sequential Muse, Brimstone and the Borderhounds for Hound comics, Midwalker for Fierce Comics and various sexy pinups for Slick Force Girl.
I always wanted to be an artist, ever since I drew three-headed dragons in third grade. Superheroes and technology were subjects that always fascinated and influenced me, from giant robots to spooky detectives.
Being self-taught, I came into inking as a side-effect of pencilling and found that it suited me better. I moved from fanart to inking, finding there was a big demand for a good inker in the realms of comic creating.
I work primarily with brushes and some quills finding that the feeling of brush or pen on paper is music to the ears. I’ve been called ‘old school by my peers, a title I hold with pride. Traditional inking is something of a lost skill, I feel, and something to be preserved in a world of digital art.
Being an avid fan of horror films growing up the chance to work on something as gory and amazing as Slashermania is a dream come true. I grew up with Freddy and Jason and Hellraiser so to be able to add my inks to this book has been a gory pleasure! From Russell’s brilliant writing, Ron's lifelike pencils, and Harold’s moody colors I think that this will the book you NEED to read if you are a card-carrying slasher fan
COLOURS - HARRY SAXON
I was born in Greece and started working there as a comic artist and illustrator in 1999. Soon, I moved into the colouring business because I have no patience and I’d rather colour flames than actually draw them. When I was younger I dreamed about becoming an animator, especially after I first saw Batman: The Animated Series and Bruce Timm’s work in Batman Adventures. However, I never did become an animator (but who knows, right?).
I’ve collaborated with pretty much every comics publisher in Greece and worked for a major newspaper. But none of them exist anymore and it doesn’t matter because I live in the UK now. I’ve done more work in the recent 2 years, than in 13 in Greece. I really enjoy colouring and I am always available. I also work as an illustrator and occasionally make posters for theatres and events.
Work I’m proud about lately includes the very fresh and very acclaimed Freak-Out Squares, Torsobear, Halloween Man, and, of course, Slashermania. I find this an extraordinary project to be involved in and the team’s one of the best teams I’ve ever worked with. Have I mentioned that I like colouring flames? Add blood to that. Good.
LETTERS - SERGIO CALVET
Sergio is a serial cartoonist. He simply can't stop making comics.
His drawing grounds are some place in the Barcelona area, and from there he has contributed to a vast array of projects and genres. His art can be experienced in books like Freaktown Comics’ own The Dark of the Forest (horror), Halloween Man (supernatural adventures), Magic of Myths (fantasy), Samurai and Dinosaur (time travel extravaganza) or Nothing Ever Lasts (superhero). He also writes and draws his own series SkyJack and the Forty Thieves (superheroes... sort of).
If you met him in the wild, be aware - he could draw you.
WHAT ARE YOU GOING TO DO WITH ALL THAT MONEY?
I’m going to get it all in £5 notes, throw it all on my bed and roll about on it for an hour.
Then I’m going to give a chunk of it to the art team, and they’re going to get the other 2/3 of the book completed. Then I’m going to give a bigger chunk of it to a printing firm for a print run of 2000 copies., and a final chunk to the Post Office. You’ll all have books, and we’ll all be happy.
162mm x 240mm
Flat Cover with spine - 4/4 – 300gsm Silk
Gloss Laminate outer
160pp Content – 4/4 – 130gsm Silk
WHY SHOULD I HELP YOU?
Because we asked nicely. Because you want to support independent creators. Because it costs a lot of money to put together something like this. Because you want to read the book. Because you’re lovely.
Risks and challenges
One of us might get mauled by a bear. My money’s on Sergio, bears are always sending him threats by singing telegram. Once you’ve had a barbershop quartet show up at your workplace three times in one month, singing about how a grizzly wants to rip your shins apart, you start to get the message.
The book may not be finished on time. I think I’ve accounted for potential delays, but life has a habit of getting in the way of that sort of thing.
We might not get full funding. Comics are a niche product, with a limited appeal. Self-published slasher horror OGNs by people you haven’t heard of? Niche within niche within niche. If that happens, we’ll lick our wounds and go looking for money elsewhere. I don’t think there’s much of a market for short chubby white guys in the local red light district, but if needs must, I’ll put on those heels and give it a try.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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