Welcome to the club. Strange Kids Club, that is. A website, a magazine and a way of life; not just for geeks or nerds, but the truly strange, phenomenal and retro-loving freaks out there seeking a distraction from adulthood. While the Strange Kids Club website seeks to uncover the more obscure reference points of pop culture on a daily basis, the SK Comics Magazine brings our sense of off-color humor and love of comics to the forefront.
In fact, the magazine is genetically engineered to offend, entertain and excite your inner child with some of the most amazing independent illustrators and writers crazy enough to work with us. Past issues have included such famous featured artists as Brent Engstrom (Garbage Pail Kids, Wacky Packages), Emmy-nominated artist David Hartman (Jackie Chan Adventures, Transformers: Prime) and Jason Edmiston (Topps, Hasbro, Alamo Drafthouse).
In Issue #4 we've got one of the greatest toy designers and illustrators of the past 30 years, JAMES GROMAN! Most of you may recognize his work on the rude, crude MADBALLS rubber toy line from the mid-80s, but Groman has also worked on brands like Barnyard Commandos, My Pet Monster, Stretch Armstrong, G.I. Joe and more! We go in depth with the artist to discuss his career, some of his favorites projects and how he once ended up stuck in a dinosaur's anus.
This issue also features the first ever full length Strange Kid comic, written by comic scribe Benito Cereno, in addition to short comics by Zé Burnay (Witch Gauntlet), Cartoon Lagoon Studios and Chris Savino (Kick Buttowski, Bigfoot & Gray).
In a twisted parody of films like Hellraiser, Toy Story, The Thing and The Gate, Strange Kid and his pals - Lando, an anxious yet highly intelligent boy, and Orwell, a dim-witted and unpredictable purple chupacabra - inadvertently unleash a host of inter-dimensional demons that take over every toy in their clubhouse. Trapped and running out of time, the kids must find a way to survive... which in their case involves loads of crass, juvenile humor, monkey farts, profanity and flamethrowers.
This whole thing wouldn't even happen if not for the time, skill and general levels of radness put forth by these individuals. While there's too many to highlight here (we'll post a full list soon) these are a few of the key people that helped us get this crazy train going in the first place:
BENITO CERENO: Benito is a comic book writer best known as the co-creator of Tales From the Bully Pulpit and Hector Plasm. He's also had work published in the latest The Tick series and Robert Kirkman's Invincible.
GLEN BROGAN: Brogan is an illustrator and comic artist whose worked has been displayed across the globe. Some of his clients include Cartoon Network, Destructoid.com, Front Magazine and Gallery 1988.
AARON KLOPP: Klopp is an illustrator and designer with a passion for pulp monsters and poster design. He's also working to launch his very own Mega Monster Melee trading card series.
AARON ALEXOVICH: Alexovich is the creator, artist and writer of Serenity Rose. He's also written ELDRITCH! and has been a character designer on shows like Invader Zim, Tutenstein and Avatar: The Last Airbender.
CHAD “CHAD!MUS” WELCH: Welch is an illustrator, concept artist and cartoonist who focuses on creating epic art and epic stories inspired by Cinnamon Toast Crunch, Saturday Morning Cartoons and B-Movies.
MICHAEL ANDERSON: Anderson is an illustrator and character designer who's unhealthy obsession with the 1980s toys, cartoons, comics and weird art inspired him to create the Atomukk Pizzeria.
SEAN MCCAULEY: McCauley is a designer, illustrator and action figure aficianado who, in addition to writing for our site, also runs the Power Pak Blog which features retro video game news and reviews.
JUSTIN GAMMON: Gammon leads a mission of celebrating the unique, unconventional and downright bizarre of culture, specifically toys, which he chronicles on his website, Weirdo Toys.
DEAN RANKINE: Rankine is a comic writer and artist whose work has in appeared a number of comics and magazines including; Simpsons Comics, Futurama Comics and MAD Magazine (Australian edition).
MATTHEW SKIFF: Skiff is an illustrator and designer whose awesome portfolio includes a variety of clients such as 8-Bit Zombie, Fright Rags, Creep Street, FRONT Magazine and Electric Zombie.
CHRIS SAVINO: Savino is an animator, director and illustrator who's worked for studios like Spümcø, Hanna-Barbera, Cartoon Network and Disney on shows like Samurai Jack, Dexter's Labratory and Kick Buttowski.
ZE BURNAY: Burnay is an illustrator and comic book artist from Portugal who brings us the world of wild monsters & demons on a daily basis. He draws inspiration from old horror movies, comics and heavy metal.
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$7,500 Goal: Issue #1 Reprinted
If we're able to make it this far, we're doing something right. Our initial goal was to fund a single issue -- but now we can afford to reprint 1,000 copies of the long out-of-print Issue #1, featuring cover artwork by Brent Engstrom (Garbage Pail Kids, Wacky Packages).
$10,000 Goal: Issue #5 Funded
Why stop with just one new issue? If we can make it this far, we'll be able to start commissioning artwork and scripts for the next issue as well! This means more indie comics, more parodies of your most cherished childhood memories and - of course - more Strange Kid.
A magazine like this is primarily a passion project, only made possible thanks to a lot of hard work and good faith of everyone involved. We want to show the world there's an audience for this kind of stuff and we're asking for your help to make that happen!
Paying our contributors: We've got some freaking awesome talent who have come together for this magazine and deserve to be compensated for their efforts. Operational costs: While having great comics and articles is our goal, we still need to get this thing printed and shipped which is no small financial feat. Everything else: Just because we're trying to raise funds, doesn't mean it all goes to us. Kickstarter and Amazon both take their cuts (rightly so), then there's all of the rewards that need to be produced.
Created, launched and edited by designer/illustrator Rondal Scott, Strange Kids Club (SKC) started out in 2009 as a simple blog. Since then, the site has grown into a community of strange kids who share the same passion for exploring the forgotten and obscure corners of pop culture. Together, we've published 3 magazines (to date) in addition to running other small projects like Closet Monsters and Circle Jerks Stickers.
Risks and challenges
We are currently 75% complete with this issue and on schedule to launch in April. However, when coordinating with so many contributors, projects like this can sometimes run into delays and/or unexpected costs -- especially when it comes to rewards. Luckily, we've got the experience of 3 issues under our belt, one of which was successfully funded right here on Kickstarter - oh yeah!
Aside from funding our biggest challenge is communication, getting the word out to our fellow strange kids. We know there's an audience out there and we want to do everything we can to reach them whether they be co-workers, best friends or complete strangers. We'll do our best to keep you informed and updated, so stick with us, spread the word and gird your loins for insane levels of awesomeness!Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
Currently, Kickstarter has no provision for identifying which add-ons you'd like to include with your pledge. So, we've found a work around that allows you to get as many add-ons as you'd like in just two easy steps:
STEP ONE: Make a Pledge
This could just be $1 or it could be much more, totally depends on what you want as a reward.
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So let's say you pledge $10, but then you also want a t-shirt. Just increase your pledge by $25 (the cost of the shirt) and either send us a message or wait until we send out surveys at the end of the campaign to claim your add-on. We'll keep everything on file and send you all your rewards once they're ready.
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