Metal Made Flesh 2: A cyberpunk sci-fi graphic novel
Welcome to Tuaoni. Last refuge of the human race. Here, under neon skies, 3 mercenaries must fight for survival.
Blood and Oil is a full graphic novel and the second in the Metal Made Flesh series.
What is Metal Made Flesh?
Metal Made Flesh is a cyberpunk space opera that has been likened to "Bladerunner meets Game of Thrones."
Humanity has been chased to the brink of extinction by an unrelenting foe called the “Veul” and has been forced to take refuge in Tuaoni, a sprawling city on the black market trading hub Equan Yas. Reduced to extreme poverty, and treated as the lowest of the low by the planet’s inhabitants, humans must do whatever it takes to survive.
(Spoilers for Metal Made Flesh:) The series centres on three humans, the cold, merciless cyborg Izobel Vice who loses more of her humanity with each passing upgrade; the psychopathic assassin Phaeon Nex, whose consciousness is trapped in the gradually failing body of a synthetic child and Kalibos, a spoilt human prince who loses everything when he is mutated into a hideous war machine. (/spoil)
Blood and oil has 5 stories in total, including 3 from creator Simeon Aston and Jeremy Biggs and 2 from artists and writers new to the universe.
A ten page action sequence and introduction to the world of Tuaoni by Simeon Aston. Story / Art - Simeon Aston
Blood and Oil
Follow the trail of blood from the Tuaonian dockyards through the human slums of downtown Eroha to the old refinery where you'll find the proving ground for crime boss Skata's burning ambition.
Rebellious teen Rudea discovers the true meaning of Blood and Oil as her loyalty to her comrades in the street gang known as "the Zee-K" is put to the test.
Writer: Jeremy Biggs
Artist: Phil Buckenham
Letterer: Jon Scrivens
The Final Piece of Me
Izobel Vice is shedding her body ounce by ounce, discarding obsolete flesh for armoured plastics and murder-metal. Betrayed - reduced to vestigial organic components and at the mercy of cutting-edge killers, those last, wet scraps of humanity and the voice of a dead friend may be all that can save her.
Writer: Cy Dethan
Artist: Kev Crossley
Letterer: Nic Wilkinson
Killing the Woman in Red
For years the greatest killer in Tuaoni was nothing more than a rumour. Now with a huge price on her head, assassins, killers, and lowlifes, all attempt to make a name for themselves, by completing a lucrative contract and killing the assassin known only as, the woman in red…
Writer: Mike Garley
Artist: Gary Erskine
The roguish purveyor Mudd has been caught dealing contraband on enemy turf. When his captors push him too far they discover that there is more to him than meets the eye.
Infection puts a huge spin on the first book Metal Made Flesh and hints at the wider story to follow...
Writer: Jeremy Biggs
Artist: Simeon Aston
Letterer: Jon Scrivens
Reviews for "Metal Made Flesh"
Here's a sample of what some reviewers said about MMF:
"One amazing sci-fi epic graphic novella... 5/5" -Adrian Mursec Superrobotmayhem.com
“cyberpunk GOLD... ART in its truest form... a privilege to own work like this.” -Gary Watson Comics Anonymous
“If Blade Runner and Judge Dredd are even remotely your thing, then you will not be disappointed.” -Richard Cosgrove Shadowlocked.com
“Gritty, adult sci-fi with few punches pulled.... cyberpunk with great hardware.” -Strictly Kev (DJ Food), Ninja Tunes
What we intend to do with your support
The momentum behind Metal Made Flesh has continued to grow and grow, with fans crying out for a follow up to the 2014 Illustrated Novella. We intend to produce a beautiful hardback graphic novel of Blood and Oil. 120 + pages, full colour throughout.
In addition to "Blood and Oil" You can also get copies of the first book in the series:
An original one off custom A3 painting of a character from Metal Made Flesh by Simeon Aston
2 completed inked pages from Metal Made Flesh on Bristol board courtesy of Gary Erskine
Original Production artwork from Kev Crossley
Digital artwork of you on Tuaoni
Sketches by Simeon Aston
Be in Metal Made Flesh as a human crowd character:
Who are the new artists and writers?
Simeon and Jeremy have been attending conventions as Metal Made Flesh since February 2013. Along the way we've met many insanely talented writers and artists that we've been itching to let loose in the universe we've created.
Gary Erskine (artist)
Gary is a seasoned professional in his own right having worked as a sequential artist since 1988 at Marvel UK, where he started on Knights of Pendragon.
As an artist he's worked on scripts for luminaries such as Warren Ellis, Grant Morrison, Mark Millar and Garth Ennis, in such stories as The Filth, The Authority, Dan Dare, Hellblazer, Justice Society of America, Jack Cross, Judge Dredd, Star Wars and many others.
If you've picked up a comic in the last 20 years, chances are you'll have seen his work.
Gary writes and publishes his own self penned work: Rollergrrrls which promises all the thrills and spills of roller derby.
In addition to comic art, he has also worked on character design and storyboard for film, television and games, and has worked on licensed characters for Dreamworks such as Shrek and Madagascar.
Really stoked to have Gary on board for this project, we know he'll do an incredible job on Tuaoni. You can see more examples of Gary's work on his tumblr here: http://garyerskine.tumblr.com/ and rollergrrrls here: http://rollergrrrls.tumblr.com/page/3
Kev Crossley (artist)
Kev Crossley's intricate artwork has blessed more projects than you're probably aware of. Starting as a concept artist for games companies and films, his work has been featured in Alien vs. Predator, Warhammer 40K, Tomb Raider, Star Wars and many more. As a comic artist he's worked for 2000AD on Judge Dredd and Nikolai Dante; Antony Jonston on his zombie series; as well as work for Markosia and his own creator owned projects.
Kev's work is highly detailed and lovingly rendered. When we discussed the project we discovered a mutual love for Moebius and H.R. Giger. We're really excited to see what he's going to come up with.
See more of his work here:
Phil Buckenham (artist)
South East UK based comic artist and illustrator. Regularly sketching at conventions. Created his first creator owned book (RTTD) in 2012. A further 3 issues followed with a 4th in development. Had a story featured in the zombie anthology Zombre and had his work featured in Brambletynes Far From Faith.
A relative newcomer to the comic world, we discovered Phil's work at MCM London a few years back. Phil's work on his own comic "Rented to the Dead" really stood out with some fast and loose free rendering that really suited the story. We've already seen what Phil is capable of in the MMF universe and have been blown away by the pages he's already submitted, two of which are shown above:
Cy Dethan (Writer)
Cy Dethan Cy Dethan is a British writer who began his comics career in 2006 on the Starship Troopers: Extinction Protocol strip for Mongoose Publishing.
In 2007, Cy was hand-picked to take over the reins of Markosia’s flagship ongoing series, Starship Troopers. He has subsequently written several creator-owned titles for Markosia, including Slaughterman’s Creed, The Indifference Engine and White Knuckle (which has just been picked up by a studio in Australia for a motion picture).
Cy’s first creator-owned book, Cancertown: An Inconvenient Tooth, was a major independent hit and a sequel, Cancertown: Blasphemous Tumours, was released in November 2012. Recently, he has joined the writing team of the Unseen Shadows transmedia project. Before turning to comics, Cy was an award-winning freelance copywriter and editor. Prior to that he was a professional magician and, quite frankly, he’d rather not talk about that…
Mike Garley (Writer)
Mike Garley is a writer of comics, games, screenplays and other such cool stuff. Mike wrote beActive Media’s EMMY nominated comic series; Collider, as well as Wallace and Gromit, Adventure Time, Eponymous, The Kill Screen, Samurai Slasher, and is also the editor of the Dead Roots comic anthology, along with Severance and Doctor Who writer James Moran.
Risks and challenges
This is the fifth Kickstarter we've run, and since we started we've learnt a lot, including having good control over our printing sources, learning how to make tweaks to improve quality, allowing time for any delays in printing, and having backups in case a printer is unable to fulfill on time.
We know the artists and writers well and are confident they can deliver on time and to an exceptionally high quality.
We'll be notifying you at all stages of the Kickstarter how progress is coming along, including an insight into the writing process and showing work in progress pics of the artwork.
We're confident we can deliver on time and to the high quality our backers demand!Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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