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Random Trials is kinda like a London-based episode of 'The X-Files', mixed with healthy doses of 'Attack the Block' and 'Snatch'.
Random Trials is kinda like a London-based episode of 'The X-Files', mixed with healthy doses of 'Attack the Block' and 'Snatch'.
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Hi everyone!

Random Trials has been picking up some very positive reviews (like this one, for example) and I've been forging ahead with the production of issue #3.  I have, in fact, illustrated the entire issue - and am now in the process of lettering!

COVER IMAGES FOR ISSUE 1, 2 & 3 (NYK)
COVER IMAGES FOR ISSUE 1, 2 & 3 (NYK)

WHAT'S THE COMIC ALL ABOUT?

If you haven't read Random Trials at this point, here's a basic synopsis of the plot:

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A big, shady, International pharmaceutical company has been testing experimental drugs on the general public.  Of course, the general public know nothing about these tests - and are unwittingly filling themselves with all kinds of exotic treatments and medicines.

Random Trials focuses on a collection of characters who have had 'bad reactions' to one of the experimental drugs - and follows their quest to bring down the pharmaceutical company whilst doing their best to avoid 'accidentally killing people'.

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If you like the sound of that, I can promise that the books also contain explosions, armed mercenaries (see below), fights, car chases, odd 'super-powers', very weird characters, bald heads and lots, lots more.

Issue #1, page 14
Issue #1, page 14

It's funny too! I guess it's a kind of Inbetweeners meets Shaun of the Dead type humour - but you can judge for yourself. So....I know I write it - and am clearly biased - but it IS a funny book. ;-)

Issue #1, page 24
Issue #1, page 24

THE ARTIST / WRITER

Dean is a freelance illustrator living and working in Maidstone, Kent.

His work has appeared in several comic books, including Mike Garley's Dead Roots Anthology, Zombiebomb! and Image Comics' No Place Like Home.

Random Trials is Dean's first solo comic book venture - and issues 1 and 2 have both received amazing feedback from fans and critics alike.

Outside of the comics realm, Dean does a bit of editorial illustration work - and his images can be found in publications such as FHM and Empire Magazine.

PIN-UP IMAGES IN ISSUE #3:

I've been knocking about on the UK comic convention scene for a few years now, and have been lucky enough to meet some awesome artists and make some great friends.  

I have, as a result of this, found myself in the wonderful position of being able to say that issue #3 of Random Trials will feature pin-ups by Marc Laming (Planet Hulk) and Christian Wildgoose (Porcelain, True Grit). In addition to images from those industry pros, there will be work from Ray Andre Haddock (an excellent character designer whose colouring skills make me melt) and Graham Clark (who's quirky style and sense of visual fun runs riot on the page).

At the time of writing this I've only seen ONE of the pin-ups - and am very, very excited to see what he other 3 come up with!

REWARDS:

Aside from the comic book itself, I'm also offering a variety of art rewards. These range from A5 colour marker sketches of single characters - through to A3 acrylic paintings that feature up to 4 characters.

You, of course, will select the characters that I draw for you.

If you would like to see more examples of my commissions / artwork featuring mainstream (Marvel/DC/Image etc) comic book characters - your best bet it to take a good look through my Instagram account or on my website.

Actually, you'll also see loads of updates regarding the progress of Random Trials on my Instagram, so it's definitely worth a look!

Please note that I am not interested in producing erotic or inappropriate imagery.

FUNDING:

The funding that I'm looking for will cover the cost of printing issue #3 - and the postage of all rewards.

ANY QUESTIONS?

If there's anything you want to ask - or that you think I've left out - then please don't be shy to get in touch. :-)

Risks and challenges

I've already written and illustrated the entire book - and am just beginning the process of lettering. That being the case, the risks and challenges associated with the production are minimal at this point.

I use a good, reliable print company - and have already obtained quotes and production dates.

I'm looking to get everything off to the printer in October - and will have the printed comics in my hands at the start of November.

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    ISSUE #3 of Random Trials (printed copy).

    I will sign all books that I send out and, for UK backers, P&P is included in the price.

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    ISSUES #2 AND #3 of Random Trials (printed copies).

    Bought issue #1 but missed issue #2? - Buy 2 and 3 together!

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    ALL 3 ISSUES of Random Trials (printed copies of #1, #2 an #3).

    Haven't read any Random Trials? Buy all 3 books!

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    ART REWARD NO.1

    Get yourself issue #3 of Random Trials, together with an A5 (148mm x 210mm) Colour Marker drawing of ANY character from comics, movies or video games. You choose - and simply tell me which character you want.

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    ART REWARD NO.2

    Get yourself issue #3 of Random Trials, together with an A4 (210mm x 297mm) Colour Marker drawing of ANY character from comics, movies or video games. You choose - and simply tell me which character you want.

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    ART REWARD NO.3

    Get yourself issue #3 of Random Trials, together with an A4 (210mm x 297mm) ACRYLIC PAINTING of ANY 1 character from comics, movies or video games. You choose - and simply tell me which character you want.

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    ART REWARD NO.4

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    Get yourself issue #3 of Random Trials, together with an A3 (297mm x 420mm) ACRYLIC PAINTING of up to 4 (FOUR) characters from comics, movies or video games. You choose the characters - and simply tell me which ones you want.

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