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Hitsville UK - Graphic Novel

A 240 page graphic novel collection of the cult comic. A musical-pop-art-soap-opera in comic book form.

Hitsville UK - Graphic Novel

A 240 page graphic novel collection of the cult comic. A musical-pop-art-soap-opera in comic book form.

£2,680
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96
backers
14days to go

All or nothing. This project will only be funded if it reaches its goal by Wed, October 2 2019 11:41 PM UTC +00:00.

About

A surreal love-letter to the weirder corners of pop music, Hitsville UK is a 240-page graphic novel following the misadventures of a motley assortment of bands as they try to make it big. It’s the best, though possibly the only, musical-pop-art-soap-opera in comic book form. 

The ensemble cast is a carnival of angel-voiced grotesques, monster-hunters, imaginary robots, hip-hop agitators, faded 80s starlets, 60s throwbacks, drug-addled producers and demonic accountants.

Full of sly digs and references to musical genres past and present, Hitsville UK appeals to music obsessives as well as comic fans. 

“A colourful cast of wildly imaginative, mind-bendingly bizarre and always utterly compelling characters. One of my absolute highlights, an essential piece of UK small press comics” – Andy Oliver, Broken Frontier

"A bloody great accumulation of inspired madness, musical insanity and general chaos... a pure, unadulterated hit of a comic" Richard Bruton, Forbidden Planet International

“Cox is a gifted satirist… Riordan’s art is superb throughout. It’s full of energy, with vibrant colour and extremely creative use of panels to enhance the storytelling. Matched with the writing, the subject matter and the witty, incisive political content, Hitsville UK is exactly the kind of comic we need right now” – Pete Redrup, The Quietus

“Like comics and music? Then get Hitsville UK” - Stuart Maconie, BBC 6 Music 

THE BOOK

The book will collect all seven issues as well as mini-strips, pin-ups and process material. It will feature a foreword by BBC 6 Music journalist (and drummer from Menswear) Matt Everitt.

The Kickstarter campaign will raise the remainder of the funds to print Hitsville UK as a quality softbound graphic novel on paper that makes the best of John’s eye-popping colours.

Rewards include an exclusive book plate, original artwork, prints by John and the wonderful Jules Scheele and the chance to have John and Dan turn you and your friends into a Hitsville-style band. 

Exclusive book plate
Jules Scheele print

Hitsville UK is created by Dan Cox and award-winning illustrator John Riordan.

Dan has written twisted anthology True Romance Comix, sci-fi nonsense Frequent Flyers, kids horror comedy The Graveyard Cats and toddler sing-a-long Wrong Songs. Many moons ago he produced content for Brighton’s music alternative Surf 107.2.

John’s other works include the visual history of cult music, Sound and Vision (Dog ‘n’ Bone Books), the award-winning graphic poem Capital City and 'William Blake, Taxi Driver' for Time Out London. He has worked with Heathcote Williams and for the BBC, Bloomsbury, The Guardian, Penguin Random House and Vice. John sang and played guitar and trumpet with the Little Philistines.

Risks and challenges

Not many! The story exists complete. We’re going to use the time between now and printing to finalise the design of the book and create some bonus material.

We know we can do good work to tight deadlines and are confident we will have the book ready to launch at Thought Bubble comic con on 9-10 November 2019.* We will begin posting out rewards the following week and get them to you in time for Christmas.

* If you're backing the book but will be at Thought Bubble we will refund your postage when you collect it.

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    The Book

    A signed copy of the 240 page pop-extravaganza that is Hitsville UK. PDF digital copy. And our undying gratitude.

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    Feeling Sketchy

    Everything above and your brand new copy of Hitsville enhanced by a sketch from John but defaced by Dan's pitiful daubings.

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    Exclusive Hitsville UK Print

    Everything above book, sketch, bookplate, PDF and a quality A4 print by John.

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    Exclusive Jules Scheele print

    The same as above but you get an exclusive print from the super-talented Jules Scheele (Queer: A Graphic History and Furious Women)

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    Send Me a Postcard (and badges) Darling

    Everything above plus set of 6 A6 Postcards and 6 32mm badges.

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    Original Comic Art

    Everything above and an original A3 penciled and inked page from Hitsville UK. (We will try to honour requests for your fave page but can't guarantee).

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    New Art Decade

    A new A4 sketch of a Hitsville character or real world pop star of your choice.

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    • New A4 sketch of Hitsville character or musician of your choice
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    You're in the Band!

    Okay, all that stuff, the book, the prints, the sketches etc. but also John and Dan will create a band featuring you and 3 of your friends. You will all get a quality physical print of you in action and either a biography or review or lyric sheet. PLEASE NOTE you will have to supply us with some reference photos and be available for a short interview so we can get your characters right.

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    The Man Whose Head Expanded

    For reasons best known to himself, John will construct a papier-mache Gwillum head out of pages of old Hitsville issues. From him, to you.

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    • A papier-mache Gwillum head
    • Signed and sketched in copy of Hitsville UK, plus 'thank you'
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