I love stories that approach well-worn narratives from a different angle. That’s the central idea behind Idle Thuggery; looking at the world of superheroes and arch-villains through the eyes of an up-and-coming henchmen, rather than your typical superhero origin story. It’s a chance to look at the gritty, grimy and often frustrating reality of life as a hired henchman for a super-villain.
In the universe of Idle Thuggery, Super-villains aren't always “evil” and heroes aren't always “good”. Just because you’re a superhero with bullet-proof skin, doesn’t mean that you won’t get cancer, or that the press won't rake you over the coals for racially insensitivity remarks. You might be an arch-villain, but you’re multinational conglomerate also provides medicine to refugees in war-torn countries and your bio-tech research has substantially reduced the prevalence of childhood disease in many parts of the world. Heroes can be bastards and villains can be prone to random acts of kindness.
Idle Thuggery is an attempt to pull back the curtain and take a look at what goes on behind the scenes of a typical arch-villain enterprise; to see the bags under the superhero’s eyes and walk a day in the life of those unsung (and frequently death-prone) members of villainy; the henchmen.
The comic will be full color, coming in at around 120-140 pages in total and made available in electronic and soft copy issues.
Our expected completion date is Jan 2018, but we'll also be sending out some exclusive content prior to the release date!
We're also looking at producing a series of animated web stories (like the video intro), depending on how much interest we get.
Morgan Quaid - Writer, thinker of deep thoughts, peeler of difficult onions
Rain Art Studios - Pencils, Inks, colors (this is where the magic happens)
Luke Gartner-Brereton - Textures, Lettering, soundtrack (because you need music to read?)
- The standard Lois/Clark romance
- Flat characters that are “good” or “evil”
- Death Rays, Doom's Day Devices, etc.
- Transformers or Smurfs
- A different perspective on the superhero/super-villain genre
- Characters with more grey to them than black and white
- Occasional scenes of violent kickassery
- Bad language (though not gratuitous)
- Awesome artwork, interesting dialogue, intriguing ideas
- A blend of genres and styles
The writing has some strong similarities to Frank Miller’s Batman (introspective first person narrative etc.) but the artwork varies between typical superhero style figures to more non-traditional methods. While it takes place within the traditional dichotomy between good and evil, hero and villain, Idle Thuggery also includes epic fantasy and sci-fi themes as well as a good dose of comedy and a touch of brutality.
That's right, we've commissioned a bespoke soundtrack for Idle Thuggery. Why? Because...because why the heck not! Get the most out of the reading experience by listening to the soundtrack while you read, or just turn on the tunes while you're cooking spaghetti bolognese or shaving your turnips.
Hop on over to Bandcamp to have a listen: Idle Thuggery Soundtrack
We need love...a place to sleep...something that smells nice.
Seriously though, we're two thirds of the way through the production of Volume 1, aiming to finish it off within the next three months. At the moment the author (Morgan...me!) is covering all the costs of the project (no biggie, the kids can eat off-brand Corn Flakes for the next few years), so we're looking to bring in some money to finish off the build and help out with promotion and maybe even start working on volume two.
The more money we can raise, the bigger and badder we can make volume 1 and the quicker we can start work on volume 2.
We have plans for Idle Thuggery...big plans, big, secret, super awesome plans. But it all depends on how much interest we get in the comic. Whether you're just an avid reader or you want to get involved in the creative process, feel free to drop us a line, share us on Facebook or Twitter; all support is welcome!
Risks and challenges
Primary risk is that thousands of potential readers are deprived of the opportunity to hold Idle Thuggery in their eager hands. Project will go ahead regardless of funding, but we need reads!Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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