Victorian Bareknuckle League. Act 1. Part 1. (Canceled)
Pride and Prejudice meets Kill Bill. Read the first issue of a four issue story arc. Maria Sanapo cover unveiled today!
When Millicent Figg witnesses the murder of her lover at a bareknuckle bout, she sets out on a path of revenge that takes her deep into the seedy underbelly of Victorian bareknuckle fighting. Aided by the world’s greatest detective and fighting through a cast of weird and wonderful characters, she attempts to find those responsible before she becomes as violent and ruthless as the people she is fighting against.
NEW COVER ARTIST!
Our cover for Victorian Bareknuckle League has been drawn by superstar artist Maria Sanapo. Maria has just finished working on the DC Bombshells comic and has previously worked for Zenescope. Get the variants quickly, they wont last long!
Black and white variant
Jake Bilbao character design cover issue #1 (Also postcard one of the three postcard set)
Three postcard set -
Millicent Figg by Pika.
Whitey Aller by Viktor Toth
Millicent Figg. The Red Doll. Peace loving, gentle young lady turned into a well-honed fighting machine. Slowly becoming consumed by revenge.
Detective Van Der Brouck. Britain’s most famous sleuth. Concert harpist. Prize winning jockey. Tough exterior with a soft centre.
Ignatius M'butu. Former Afro American slave who has worked his way to glory. Loved by the people as current bare-knuckle champion. He will do anything to stay there.
Whitey Aller. Former champion who now prefers gin and whores to fighting. Hero of the people. They are still waiting patiently for his comeback.
Harvester. Mysterious assassin.
Victorian Bareknuckle League is the first comic book by me, Carl Jackson. I am a Music teacher from the UK currently residing in Budapest, Hungary. In some form or other I have had these characters around for years, doodled in notebooks or floating in my head. It was only recently I pulled them together with a plot and a reason to exist.
The art work is done by Philippines based artist Jake Bilbao. Jake has worked for some of the top names, drawing a Wolverine comic for Marvel and working on the Pathfinder title for Dynamite. Other notable titles include Bloodrayne and Anita Blake.
The colouring is done by Romanian artist Pika. Pika is primarily an illustrator but I asked her to work on the book after catching a glimpse of her outstanding colouring skills. The book is hand coloured in watercolour and gouache giving it a depth and warmth I think is very often lacking in digital colouring.
One Friday I came home after a week like any other in the same old job. I was walking to my wrestling class and got a phone call from my wife who was in tears. A really close friend of ours had died in a motorcycle accident. He was younger than me, had gone out to work one Friday morning and crashed his bike. Now this is not some teary teary X-factor style crap to make you feel sorry for me. I wouldn’t dishonour my mate with that type of rubbish. But it did make me stop and say “What am I actually doing with my life?”. Now I am a pretty lucky guy, live in a great city, got an ace, understanding wife whom I love dearly. But what if I went tomorrow? What would I actually have done that would actually be noteworthy? What had I created that I was proud of?
So I started to think about this 10,000 hours’ theory. The one some bloke has made millions from by just saying if you do something for 10,000 hours you will be an expert at it. So what had I actually done 10,000 hours of in my life?
I started reading comics when I was about three years old and my old man would read me the little comic books that you got with He-Man figures. By about five I had progressed onto Marvel comics. Back in the day, you could hardly get any Marvel stuff in the UK. I would get these Marvel UK American reprints and if I saved my money every month we would go on a trip to Hartlepool (a pretty boring town in north east England) because they had a real comic book shop that sold old comics and US imports. So then I would sit with some fish and chips (Hartlepool has unreal fish and chips. Sorry for bad mouthing you Hartlepool I take it back) and work my way through all the stuff I had bought. Add to this mix an obsession with Street Fighter (still unbeaten on the Mega Drive with Vega and Chun Li. Even when playing extremely drunk), an encyclopedic knowledge of mid card WWE attitude era wrestlers (still a travesty Steve Blackman never held the Intercontinental title) and you probably have a rough idea of what to expect in this book.
The standard cover for the comic is outstanding. We have a real top notch artist on board who has just completed a DC bombshell cover, and previously worked for Zenescope and Dynamite.
Shall I tell you who it is? Not yet. I need something to keep you guys interested during the campaign. I will announce it the second week in June and you will not be disappointed.
I am a firm believer that an alternate cover should be rare. Very rare. If not, what is the point? Why pay extra for something that is pretty much just as mass produced as the standard book? As such my variant covers are printed in very low quantity. I will not be printing 100 variant covers. I will be printing numbers of 20 and 10. They will not be reprinted again. You have my word.
So we have two variant covers. The first will be the character drawing of Detective Van Der Brouck that you can see above. Each issue will be printed with a character variant cover so that you can collect the set. The second variant cover will be the standard cover in black and white inks and only ten will be printed.
This is the cost of paying Jake and Pika. Yes, they are professional at this and do need to feed and clothe themselves and their families. The payment for the cover artist is coming out of my own pocket. I have not included this or money paid for preview pages and such like in the total as it is more important that I get issue one out than recoup what I have put in so far. Also, it may be pretty scary if I total up what I have put in so I am avoiding it. I am also not making anything from the writing and lettering but I do hope you sign up to the mailing list and get on board so that at some point in the future I may also be able to do this on a full time basis. Should any profit arise (from the contingency not being spent, please see below) the money will go straight into issue two so that the turnaround time for the next comic is reduced.
Printed in the UK. 24 pages. Gloss inside and out. 270x170mm size (That’s US standard comic size).
This is actually where most of your money will go. All comics will be in a tough, card backed envelope and will be boarded and bagged. Any comic that comes to you damaged will be replaced.
10% goes to Kickstarter for the use of their revolutionary site.
5% contingency. This is for anything that goes wrong, any changes in exchange rates or extra fees for the transferal of money (we are working in a lot of different currencies). Any money left over from this will go straight into making issue two.
Risks and challenges
First of all, apologies for the long turnaround time. I hope it will not put you off investing in the comic. I have reasons for this.
I had planned to do the campaign in July and August. Jake has a big project on that will be finished by the end of August and it all seemed to fit in nicely. However, after researching other project success rates I realised that projects done in July and August have a much higher chance of failure. Obviously not something I wanted. So I was now left with two choices. Start it in September when success rates pick up again but risk the project losing momentum, or do it in June when I have a much higher chance of success, get the book started end of August/September and break my back getting it out to you before Christmas.
It’s back breaking time.
I have done my research and most Kickstarter projects seem to mess up on the postage. As such, I have really worked hard on making sure I have everything correct, from pricing to correct packaging. This is expensive and really knocked up the price of my project. However, I would rather have my project fail than cut corners on postage and send out damaged products. The take the money and run attitude is what is wrong with the world and it will not happen here.
Luckily, I have around 14 issues written. If this project is successful I will go straight into issue two reducing the turnaround time drastically.
End of Aug/Sep/Mid October. Do comic. Draw, colour, letter.
Mid October. Print. 2 weeks printing time. One week delivery.
November. Bag. Board. Put in envelopes. Post.
December. Seasons greetings from the Bareknuckle League.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
- (34 days)