The “Thicker Than Blood” comics were a three-issue series, written by Simon Reed, penciled and inked by Mike Ploog and painted by Simon Bisley. The artwork was created in 2007 and 2008. The partnering of Mike and Simon made for a truly unique collaboration, and these comics were an ideal subject matter for them.
I (Mike Friedlander) first heard about “Thicker Than Blood” back in 2007 during a conversation I had with Mike Ploog. Mike was talking about it very excitedly. I remember that I couldn’t help but think that this would be a comic series that Mike could really sink his teeth into. I mean, it has all of the classic Ploog elements: a gothic tale with Frankenstein-like themes, a Jekyll-and-Hyde-type of character and, of course, a werewolf! It just seemed perfect for him.
Mike sent me sample pages as he worked along on the story, and I thought that not only was he bringing his “A game” to the project, his comic work had continued to improve over the years. (And, I have been a fan of Mike since his earliest comic work.) He told me that Simon Bisley would be painting his pages for the final production and, being a fan of Simon’s work, Mike was super excited about that. Me, too! I’ve always greatly admired Simon’s dynamic use of color and compositions that always pop. So, I couldn’t wait to see what he would do with Mike’s pencils and inks.
When I finally had the chance to view all of Mike’s inked pages and Simon’s painted pages, frankly, I was completely blown away. "Thicker Than Blood" really is Mike and Simon working at the top of their games. The pages are beautiful. Really stunning. And, viewing the original artwork at actual size made me to want to see it published at that full size, for everyone to enjoy.
This will be an original-art-sized edition unlike any before it. Not only will the book reproduce the art at the original size it was created; it will also represent the work of TWO artists, not just one. And, further, it will cover the mediums of both black-and-white line and full-color paint, presented side by side. As a lover of art, I thought that fans of Mike and fans of Simon would genuinely appreciate viewing their art in this format.
As you will see, both artists brought something very special to "Thicker Than Blood." Studying each page will give you a view of two artists injecting a lot of energy into each other’s work. Mike’s composition and drawing is spot on, and Simon’s work compliments and expands on Mike’s masterful page layouts. You can see just how much thought and time Simon put into each and every panel. For the long-time Ploog fans out there, I will add this: Not since the days of Frank Chiaramonte, laying down wonderful inks to Mike Ploog’s pencils, have I seen another artist’s work compliment Mike’s drawings as well as does Simon Bisley’s. It’s really good stuff!
This will be a large hardcover book that measures 12” x 17”. We will take full advantage of this format by reproducing Mike’s graphic pen and ink pages on the left-hand page and Simon’s richly painted artwork on the right-hand page. So, each and every cover and interior page can be compared and enjoyed in both mediums; one right next to the other!
Together, Mike and Simon created 136 interior pages and 12 covers. Each piece of the original art was painstakingly scanned, capturing every fine detail. So, what you will see when you look through this book will be as close to looking at the originals as possible. And, in actuality, this book contains six complete comics; three by Mike and three by Simon. Whether you are a fan of Mike Ploog or of Simon Bisley, OR OF BOTH, we think you will really enjoy the “Thicker Than Blood: Collected Artwork Edition.”
We are grateful to have reached our first stretch goal of $25,000! THANKS, EVERYONE!
Now, EVERY REWARD LEVEL will also receive an 8.5" x 11", 64-page softcover sketchbook containing a ton of Mike's character designs, pencil page roughs and cover layouts. These drawings will give fans a real behind-the-scenes view of how Mike formulated the look of “Thicker Than Blood.” It will be a treat for us to be able to bring his beautiful, detailed pencil work to life in this book.
THANK YOU VERY MUCH FOR YOUR SUPPORT!
We are THRILLED to have reached our second stretch goal of $35,000! THANKS SO MUCH!
Now, EVERY REWARD LEVEL will receive an EVEN MORE COMPREHENSIVE SKETCHBOOK as we will balloon the book up in size from 64 pages to 72 PAGES! The extra 8 pages will literally allow us to reproduce EVERY single character sketch, page layout, and pencil drawing that there is! So the sketchbook will now be as complete as it possibly can be.
We are BEYOND THRILLED to have reached our third stretch goal of $40,000! THANKS, EVERYONE! We so appreciate your support!
Now, EVERY REWARD LEVEL will receive a really cool wax pack of "Thicker Than Blood" trading cards! Each pack will contain 8 cards, and there are only 8 cards in this set, so if you have one pack then you got a complete set! This will probably be one of, if not THE, rarest pack of trading cards ever produced.
THANKS VERY MUCH!
Within the United States:
Shipments will be sent via USPS Media Mail.
For shipments outside of the United States:
The high cost of shipping worldwide is beyond our control, but we’re working hard to make sure every reward will be shipped as quickly and inexpensively as possible. We will not make a profit from the shipping charges, yet by the same token, we also cannot afford to lose money.
Shipments outside of the United States will be sent from the United Kingdom to help reduce costs. Once the Kickstarter campaign ends, we will issue a backer survey to collect each backer's mailing address. Using this information, we will obtain the most accurate shipping price we can, based on the actual cost to ship your reward(s) to you, and we will only charge that precise amount.
Risks and challenges
All of the artwork has already been created, professionally scanned and is ready for printing, so there is zero risk that this book will not be produced. Once the pledges are collected, the book will immediately go to press with a planned shipping of the finished books this December. We are extremely passionate about this project, and we won't let the fans down!Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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