Share this project

Done

Share this project

Done
Meet the Ragamuffins -  Protecting the Chronoverse to prevent the Epochalypse!
Meet the Ragamuffins - Protecting the Chronoverse to prevent the Epochalypse!
78 backers pledged £1,271 to help bring this project to life.

About

Ragamuffins Redux project video thumbnail
Replay with sound
Play with
sound

£1,271

78

***FULLY FUNDED! STRETCH GOALS & ADD-ON DETAILS BELOW!***

In 2007 I set up Time Bomb Comics, a small indie comics publisher that has since become one of the mainstays of the British comics community. Now, to celebrate ten years of Time Bomb Comics I'm releasing a very special graphic novel that looks to the future by acknowledging the past...

Time – an infinite chronal tapestry with endless interwoven strands that occasionally fray, work loose, or tear completely.

Rips in time.

When that happens the tear could spread, rippling outwards and causing devastating anomalies. 

Worse, it could bring about the Epochalypse.

So the Chronoverse has to be repaired – Fast.

And that can only be done by the Ragamuffins - Gorgeous George, Ruby Redd, Pussywillow and Lord Kevin - a group of bizarre Paradoxters tasked with the care and repair of universal time.

Ragamuffins Redux - A full colour 52 page graphic novel, written by Steve Tanner, artwork by Mike Bunt & Ben Lopez and lettering by Bolt-01.

The limited print artwork by Mike Bunt & Ben Lopez
The limited print artwork by Mike Bunt & Ben Lopez

 

But there's a bit more to Ragamuffins Redux than that. You see, Ragamuffins first appeared as a black and white one-shot in 2007, and was the first title released by Time Bomb Comics. Originally featuring artwork by Andy Dodd (who also helped design the look of the original characters)  it started me on a creative road that I'm still enjoying travelling on a decade later. 

Ragamuffins Redux Page 1 - Artwork by Mike Bunt & Ben Lopez
Ragamuffins Redux Page 1 - Artwork by Mike Bunt & Ben Lopez

 

Ragamuffins Redux Page 2 - artwork by Mike Bunt & Ben Lopez
Ragamuffins Redux Page 2 - artwork by Mike Bunt & Ben Lopez

 I still love the characters and the concept, but really that first outing was, in retrospect, a bit of a mess. It was a much longer tale crammed into 20 pages, compressed so much the story suffered, and overall it was hastily put together to meet a print deadline. Even worse it was ham-fistedly self lettered. Using the notorious font Comic Sans. Yes, really.

Over the years, and with the benefit of hindsight, I've always wished I could revisit the concept of the Ragamuffins and do it justice.  So now, to mark the 10 year anniversary of Time Bomb Comics, that's exactly what I've decided to do. The result is Ragamuffins Redux.

The bizarre Pussywillow will be featured on our limited t-shirt - see below!
The bizarre Pussywillow will be featured on our limited t-shirt - see below!

I've gone back and reworked the original storyline, expanding it to a length that finally gives it the space and pacing it deserves, and seizing the opportunity to add a few little plot wrinkles here and there. You can see from the page samples here that the new art team of Mike Bunt and Ben Lopez have provided some terrific full colour artwork for the book, and Bolt-01 is lettering to his usual high standard. 

As with my previous three Kickstarters, this is a pre-order rather than an all-or nothing campaign, designed to properly reward backers for supporting the book before it's officially launched on 14th October later this year at the Nottingham Comic Con (which will be 10 years to the day since I first pitched up with Time Bomb Comics on 14th October 2007 at the second Birmingham International Comic Show, fact fans!).  

Ragamuffins Redux Page 3 - artwork by Mike Bunt & Ben Lopez
Ragamuffins Redux Page 3 - artwork by Mike Bunt & Ben Lopez

 

Those of you who may be more familiar with my stories in the Flintlock series will find Ragamuffins Redux a very different beast - the story of the Paradoxters is a mind-bending tale of time travel with a bizarre team of anti-heroes. Think Sapphire and Steel but with the weirdness dial turned up to eleven. However even though it's far removed from the Flintlock timeline, I think you'll find the timelines of the Ragamuffins equally entertaining.

Ragamuffins Redux Page 4 - artwork by Mike Bunt & Ben Lopez
Ragamuffins Redux Page 4 - artwork by Mike Bunt & Ben Lopez

My goal is intentionally low for a book in this format - that's because I'm hoping that we can unlock some exclusive stretch goals for backers only before the campaign ends. By supporting this book on Kickstarter you'll be getting the printed edition at a lower price than anywhere else, guaranteed.  The digital edition will also not be offered anywhere else for at least three months after the campaign ends. Postage is always tricky, but for this campaign postage is FREE to UK backers at any reward tier, and is as low as I could make it for international backers.  

The first appearance of Pussywillow!  Mike Bunt's line art for this splash page could be yours with one of our backer rewards!
The first appearance of Pussywillow! Mike Bunt's line art for this splash page could be yours with one of our backer rewards!

There's a range of reward tiers that are available, and our pre-order campaign is structured so that if we do unlock the planned stretch goals then everyone will be getting something extra, regardless at which level they supported at.

Artwork by Mike Bunt & Ben Lopez - Mike Bunt's line art for this page is an exclusive backer reward!
Artwork by Mike Bunt & Ben Lopez - Mike Bunt's line art for this page is an exclusive backer reward!

Naturally there's some higher pledge rewards for those that want a little bit more, including prints, original art, and some very limited rewards that include an opportunity to grab one of the last remaining copies of the very first Ragamuffins one-shot. I uncovered these whilst searching for the original typewritten scripts, and as they are the first ever Time Bomb Comic that means a genuine piece of comics history could be yours!

Artwork by Mike Bunt & Ben Lopez - and the last of our Mike Bunt original line art artwork rewards!
Artwork by Mike Bunt & Ben Lopez - and the last of our Mike Bunt original line art artwork rewards!

Ragamuffins Redux really bookends my first ten years with Time Bomb, and acts as a celebration of the wonderful decade I've had creating comics. Of course, it also begins the next decade which is also something to celebrate I think!

I hope you'll consider supporting Ragamuffins Redux and celebrating with me.  

Thanks for reading.

Cheers!

Steve 

***STRETCH GOALS***

I'm delighted to be able to now share the stretch goals here now that the pre-order target for Ragamuffins Redux has been reached.  

£900 - UNLOCKED!  ART PRINT BY CAROLINE PARKINSON!

Artwork by Caroline Parkinson
Artwork by Caroline Parkinson

Should we reach £900 in pledges this brilliant psychedelic artwork by Caroline Parkinson will be included as an extra print for all backers at the £15 and above reward tiers!

£1000 - UNLOCKED! THE BOOK GETS BIGGER! 

This is a big one - should we achieve £1000 of funding then an extra section will be added to the book that will be included in all digital and print editions. The Secret History of the Ragamuffins will detail the creation of the book and the concept featuring development sketches, unseen artwork, original script extracts and more!

£1100 - LOCKED! YOU GET THE PRINTED BOOK FOR FREE!* 

Artwork Prints by David Broughton & Ryuuza
Artwork Prints by David Broughton & Ryuuza

 *Well, pretty much. Because our final stretch goal unlocks not one but two further art prints.  Featuring artwork by David Broughton and Ryuuza, both these prints will be automatically added into all the reward packages for the £15 and above tiers, and gives all backers of the £10 level the choice of any one of the three prints produced for the campaign to be included for free in their reward package. Post campaign these prints will retail at £5 each, Already the £10 pledge includes the £5 digital edition, so this reward gives it a further £5 value. For the £15 pledge tier, unlocking this final goal gives backers at that level and above an extra £15 value to their reward packages!

***ADD-ON OPTION***

 

 

 

 

Risks and challenges

This will be my fourth Kickstarter, and my previous three were all successfully delivered. With all artwork on Ragamuffins Redux close to completion, ready for the mid-October official launch at Nottingham Comic Con, no delays are expected. I'll also be looking to get all rewards sent out to backers during October so you can celebrate our ten years with us!

Learn about accountability on Kickstarter

Questions about this project? Check out the FAQ

Support

  1. Select this reward

    Pledge £5 or more About $6

    Digital Edition

    A digital edition of the Ragamuffins Redux graphic novel delivered straight to your email inbox of choice. (A mass market digital version of the book will not be made available to non-backers on other digital platforms until 2018.)

    Less
    Estimated delivery
    18 backers
    £
    Kickstarter is not a store.

    It's a way to bring creative projects to life.

    Learn more about accountability.
  2. Select this reward

    Pledge £10 or more About $13

    Physical Edition

    A printed copy of the Ragamuffins Redux graphic novel and a copy of the digital edition.

    FREE postage for UK backers!

    Less
    Estimated delivery
    Ships to Anywhere in the world
    31 backers
    £
    Kickstarter is not a store.

    It's a way to bring creative projects to life.

    Learn more about accountability.
  3. Select this reward

    Pledge £15 or more About $19

    Physical Plus Edition

    All the content of the £10 reward plus:

    Your print copy of Ragamuffins Redux will be signed by the creative team.

    You'll also get a limited Ragamuffins print signed and numbered by artists Mike Bunt & Ben Lopez that is exclusive to this campaign and is only available to backers at this reward level and higher.

    All unlocked stretch goals will also be automatically added to this tier if they're reached.

    FREE postage for UK backers!

    Less
    Estimated delivery
    Ships to Anywhere in the world
    15 backers
    £
    Kickstarter is not a store.

    It's a way to bring creative projects to life.

    Learn more about accountability.
  4. Select this reward

    Pledge £25 or more About $32

    Sketch Edition

    All the content of the £15 reward plus:

    Get some original art! You'll receive an inked sketch of the Ragamuffin of your choice by line artist Mike Bunt.

    FREE postage for UK backers!

    Less
    Estimated delivery
    Ships to Anywhere in the world
    4 backers
    £
    Kickstarter is not a store.

    It's a way to bring creative projects to life.

    Learn more about accountability.
  5. Select this reward

    Pledge £30 or more About $39

    Dapper Edition

    As well as the content of the £15 reward tier you will receive the Pussywillow Peeps t-shirt that's only being produced for this campaign.

    FREE postage for UK backers!

    Less
    Estimated delivery
    Ships to Anywhere in the world
    2 backers
    £
    Kickstarter is not a store.

    It's a way to bring creative projects to life.

    Learn more about accountability.
  6. Select this reward

    Pledge £35 or more About $45

    Heritage Edition

    As well as the content of the £25 reward this limited reward tier includes:

    A rare near mint copy of the very first Time Bomb Comic - the original Ragamuffins comic published in 2007! You can choose to have this comic signed by writer Steve Tanner if you wish.

    FREE postage for UK backers!

    Less
    Estimated delivery
    Ships to Anywhere in the world
    Limited 2 backers
    £
    Kickstarter is not a store.

    It's a way to bring creative projects to life.

    Learn more about accountability.
  7. Select this reward

    Pledge £50 or more About $64

    Dapper Heritage Combined

    This limited reward adds the Pussywillow Peeps t-shirt to the Heritage package to make a great limited combined reward.

    FREE postage for UK backers!

    Less
    Estimated delivery
    Ships to Anywhere in the world
    Limited 4 backers
    £
    Kickstarter is not a store.

    It's a way to bring creative projects to life.

    Learn more about accountability.
  8. Select this reward

    Pledge £60 or more About $77

    Pussywillow Splash Page

    Drawn by Mike Bunt, this reward is for the original line art splash page that depicts the first appearance of Pussywillow in Ragamuffins Redux.

    This reward also includes all content from the £30 reward tier.

    FREE postage for UK backers!

    Less
    Estimated delivery
    Ships to Anywhere in the world
    Limited 0 backers
    £
    Kickstarter is not a store.

    It's a way to bring creative projects to life.

    Learn more about accountability.
  9. Select this reward

    Pledge £60 or more About $77

    Chronal Wave Splash Page

    Drawn by Mike Bunt, this reward is for the original line art splash page that depicts the chronal wave attack in Ragamuffins Redux.

    This reward also includes all content from the £30 reward tier.

    FREE postage for UK backers!

    Less
    Estimated delivery
    Ships to Anywhere in the world
    Limited 0 backers
    £
    Kickstarter is not a store.

    It's a way to bring creative projects to life.

    Learn more about accountability.
  10. Select this reward

    Pledge £60 or more About $77

    Devastation Splash Page

    Drawn by Mike Bunt, this reward is for the original line art splash page of the devastated cityscape in Ragamuffins Redux.

    This reward also includes all content from the £30 reward tier.

    FREE postage for UK backers!

    Less
    Estimated delivery
    Ships to Anywhere in the world
    Limited 0 backers
    £
    Kickstarter is not a store.

    It's a way to bring creative projects to life.

    Learn more about accountability.
  11. Select this reward

    Pledge £70 or more About $90

    Heritage Plus Edition

    This limited reward is one for the curious or the collectors. As well as the £35 reward content you also get 5 more one-shots and graphic novels that Time Bomb has produced over the last ten years. These are now in very short supply so is a limited reward, and are all brand-new unread first prints.
    The 5 extra titles included in this reward package are:
    The Sisterhood (28 page one shot)
    The Last Ride of Henry Holden (56 page graphic novel)
    Longship (56 page graphic novel)
    Kronos City (138 page graphic novel)
    Paint It Black (64 page Special Edition Hardback)

    This is a weighty reward package, but postage is still FREE for UK backers!

    Less
    Estimated delivery
    Ships to Anywhere in the world
    Limited 0 backers
    £
    Kickstarter is not a store.

    It's a way to bring creative projects to life.

    Learn more about accountability.
  12. Reward no longer available

    Pledge £150 or more About $193

    Original Cover Artwork

    Own the original cover linework art by David Morris for Ragamuffins Redux!

    This special reward will also include David's preparatory sketches and a one-off oversized print of the finished artwork in full colour, signed by David.

    This also includes all content from the £30 reward.

    FREE postage for UK backers!

    Less
    Estimated delivery
    Ships to Anywhere in the world
    Reward no longer available 1 backer
    £
    Kickstarter is not a store.

    It's a way to bring creative projects to life.

    Learn more about accountability.

Funding period

- (30 days)