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 **FIRST STRETCH GOAL UNLOCKED!** 

**SECOND STRETCH GOAL UNLOCKED!**

**THIRD STRETCH GOAL UNLOCKED!**

**FOURTH STRETCH GOAL UNLOCKED!**

**200 BACKER ACHIEVEMENT GOAL UNLOCKED!**

**FIFTH STRETCH GOAL UNLOCKED!**

**SIXTH STRETCH GOAL REVEALED!**

**SEE BELOW FOR DETAILS!**

Welcome to the pre-order campaign for the first issue of Brawler - a 54 page, perfect bound, full-colour anthology of strange tales and amazing stories!  Brawler #1 features seven comic strips that feature unique characters and concepts from talented UK comic creators, including top comic artist Staz Johnson!

Brawler #1 - Cover artwork by Staz Johnson!
Brawler #1 - Cover artwork by Staz Johnson!


The inspiration for Brawler is the short-lived but fondly remembered Warrior black and white anthology published in the early 80's, and featured a roster of unique characters and concepts from some up and coming creators. You may be familiar with some of them: Warrior's creators included Alan Moore, Garry Leach, Alan Davis, David Lloyd, Steve Dillon, Steve Parkhouse, and Grant Morrison. Marvelman, The Bojeffries Saga, V For Vendetta, Axel Pressbutton, The Spiral Path and The Liberators were just some of the stories that made their debut in its pages.  Basically, those that remember Warrior miss it and wish it was still around!

But what if an anthology comic with Warrior's intent WAS available today? What would it look like? What type of stories would it tell? What creators would it showcase? The answer to these questions is Brawler, a new ongoing title that brings together some exciting new characters and some popular existing ones for the very first time!

Here's a taste of what you'll find in the first issue of Brawler:

28AR -  Twenty-eight year ago, Ragnarok happened. The few remaning humans are trying to survive an ice age while Viking Gods battle Frost Giants for control of Midgard.  By Richmond Clements and Nigel Dobbyn.

28AR - Artwork by Nigel Dobbyn
28AR - Artwork by Nigel Dobbyn

MAJOR RAKHANA - The steampunk space-ace that calls the shots, Major Rakhana is our Glorious Empire's  staunch defender against the wicked alien hordes in our outermost colonies. By Steve Tanner, Pete Woods & Bolt-01.

Major Rakhana - Artwork by Pete Woods
Major Rakhana - Artwork by Pete Woods

BANSHEE SPACE EXORCIST - Fanshaw is a banshee who’s moved into space and become an exorcist.  Undead in the space age, she makes a ‘living’ travelling between moon colonies and star stations, helping hapless humans rid themselves of the spectres and ghouls they've brought with them from earth.  By Katie Cunningham, Grace Toscano & Bolt-01.

Banshee Space Exorcist - Artwork by Grace Toscano
Banshee Space Exorcist - Artwork by Grace Toscano

AMNESIA AGENTS -  There is a physical place where your memories go. You forget a person, a place or even your keys, they end up in Echo. Sometimes, evil forces led by the Forget Foxes steal memories and hide them, and it's the job of the Amnesia Agents to get them back.  By Jason Cobley and James Gray.

Amnesia Agents - Artwork by James Gray
Amnesia Agents - Artwork by James Gray

FORTUNE -  In a destitute star system, a rare mineral find on a distant planet sends thousands of brigands and adventurers into the big black on an interstellar gold rush, all willing to do whatever it takes to find their fortune. Among those making the journey is 13 year old Amara Gladstone and her own band of buccaneering misfits. By Fraser Campbell, James Corcoran, James Gray & Nigel Dobbyn.

Fortune - Artwork by James Corcoran
Fortune - Artwork by James Corcoran

FRANKENSTEIN, TEXAS - What if the ending to Mary Shelley's famous Gothic novel was a lie? A fiction spun by the real Victor Frankenstein to cover his tracks, so he and his creation could instead flee across the Atlantic to a promising new world: America. Now, the monster fights to redeem himself as the new sheriff of the town of Frankenstein. By Dan Whitehead & David Hitchcock.

Frankenstein, Texas - Art by David Hitchcock
Frankenstein, Texas - Art by David Hitchcock

KEIKO PANDA -  Turn left and the world is different. Humans live and fight alongside and against Mammalians and Arboreans, intelligent animals and vegetables! Samurai Commander Keiko Panda of Nippon investigates strange events and crimes in the mountains and mists of the east. By Jason Cobley and Mitz.

Keiko Panda - Artwork by Mitz
Keiko Panda - Artwork by Mitz

 As you can see, Brawler #1 features a diverse range of ideas with truly eclectic characters from some top-drawer talent. There's no "lead" story in Brawler - we think each one could hold their own against the next - and that's one of Brawler's key strengths. There's no filler here, just cover to cover strange tales and amazing stories!

However, this isn't your traditional all-or-nothing plea for funding. 

You see, each of the stories in Brawler #1 is already completed, and will be going to print mid-way through this campaign for its official UK launches at Portsmouth Comic Con on 4th May 2019 and Oldham Comic Con on 11th May 2019. But we want to use this campaign to make Brawler available to everyone in the Kickstarter community the world over and provide an opportunity to receive some great exclusive extras by pre-ordering a copy of Brawler #1 through this launch campaign!

So, as well as a copy of Brawler #1 our Kickstarter backers will also be able to choose the following enhanced reward options:

Original artwork - As well as original art pages we are offering exclusive and limited sketches as part of this campaign, produced by five of our Brawler artists. There's only 25 sketches available, and it's a great opportunity to get an original piece of artwork that's a true one-off!

Variant cover - That's right, Brawler #1 will have a limited variant cover, and we are making a limited amount available to our Kickstarter backers. The variant has been produced to mark our book's debut at Portsmouth Comic Con, will be available to attendees of that show on 4th/5th May. The variant has a brilliant Portsmouth themed cover by James Gray depicting our characters in front of Portsmouth's landmark Spinnaker Tower. Only 200 of these variants will be produced, they'll never be reprinted and the only way to get one if you're not attending Portsmouth Comic Con is through this campaign:

Portsmouth Comic Con Variant Cover - Artwork by James Gray!
Portsmouth Comic Con Variant Cover - Artwork by James Gray!

Finally I just want to stress that this campaign comes with a fast fulfillment: Our campaign runs through April - if you pre-order Brawler #1 on this Kickstarter you'll be receiving the book in May!

Thanks for reading,  and we hope you'll consider supporting the first issue of Brawler!

Steve Tanner

Time Bomb Comics

Brawler #1 has passed its campaign target and is now chasing the following stretch goals:

£1500 UNLOCKED - 28AR ART PRINT BY NIGEL DOBBYN!

We reached £1500 so all backers whose reward package contains the PRINTED PLUS content will now receive this artwork by Nigel Dobbyn as a limited art print:

Artwork by Nigel Dobbyn
Artwork by Nigel Dobbyn

 £2000 UNLOCKED - AMNESIA AGENTS ART PRINT BY JAMES GRAY!

We reached £2000 before the end of the campaign so all backers whose reward package contains the PRINTED PLUS content will now receive this artwork by James Gray as a limited art print:

 £2500 UNLOCKED - MAJOR RAKHANA ART PRINT BY PETE WOODS! 

We reached £2500 before the end of the campaign so all backers whose reward package contains the PRINTED PLUS content will now receive this artwork by Pete Woods as a limited art print:

 £3000 UNLOCKED - FRANKENSTEIN  TEXAS ART PRINT BY DAVID HITCHCOCK!

We reached £3000 before the end of this campaign so all backers whose reward contains the PRINTED PLUS content will now also receive this artwork by David Hitchcock as a limited art print:

200 CAMPAIGN BACKERS UNLOCKED - 28AR ART REWARD BY NIGEL DOBBYN FOR ALL BACKERS!

We've reached 200 backers before the end of this campaign so ALL backers will also receive this artwork by Nigel Dobbyn either as as digital download for digital only backers or a limited art print with all printed rewards:


 £3500 UNLOCKED - KEIKO PANDA ART PRINT BY MITZ! 

We reached £3500 before the end of this campaign so all backers whose reward contains the PRINTED PLUS content will also now receive this artwork by Mitz as a limited art print:

£4000 LOCKED - FORTUNE ART PRINT BY JAMES CORCORAN! 

If we reach £4000 before the end of this campaign all backers whose reward contains the PRINTED PLUS content will also receive as a limited art print a Fortune themed illustration by James Corcoran! The concept sketch is below - but backers will receive the fully inked and coloured artwork as the print image:

Risks and challenges

This will be my ninth Kickstarter project - the previous eight were all successfully funded. As well as myself three other Brawler creators have delivered projects using Kickstarter, and we are using our collective experience of the platform on this campaign. Brawler #1 is finished, and will be launching at Portsmouth Comic Con on 4th May 2019 - this campaign is therefore a worldwide pre-order opportunity to receive the book shortly after its official publication.

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    This is an opportunity to OWN an original piece of Brawler artwork by James Corcoran from his Fortune story that appears in Brawler #1! Once the campaign has ended successful backers will be offered the range of pages available in this reward to select from, and the page will be sent to you seperately to the contents of the Printd Plus reward, which are also included in this pledge package!

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    Brawler - Surprise Sketch Collector

    This great reward includes all the content of the Collector pledge PLUS an original signed sketch by one of the Brawler artists! Sketches are being provided by Nigel Dobbyn, Pete Woods, James Grey, James Corcoran and Mitz Prime, and will be of one the Brawler #1 characters. Which artist will you get? What character will it be? That's the surprise - but we can guarantee it will be an awesome and unique piece of original art!

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    Original Brawler Page - James Grey

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