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The world under the world today. Complete 1-5 in 144page volume! Single issue 5 and full digital back catalogue also available.
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THB Vol1 TPB LIMITED EDITION VARIANT book cover (only 20 of these will ever be made)
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Welcome to The Human Beings.

The Human Beings is a story about the world under the world today. Taking place across many continents it has a large cast of characters who ultimately collide and show what it means to be a human being. It has been described as sci-fi, noir, surreal, haunting, mind-bending, and consistently excellent. At its heart it is a comic book which aims to push illustration and storytelling. This collected edition contains the entire first arc of issues 1-5 plus bonus material and a forward by Void Trip's Ryan O'Sullivan. If you have been along for the ride already there are plenty of tiers solely for that final issue 5 to round out the arc and if you are brand new to the series but prefer digital there several huge back catalogue packages available.

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now if you pledge for a physical copy you get this "The Explorers" print absolutely FREE! (& wallpapers for digital backers!).

"The Explorers" FREE print
"The Explorers" FREE print

 

Below are some of the best people in the business - writers, artists, cover artists, critics, podcasters, and bloggers who all combine to make this medium so great. Let's start with two personal favourites - the wonderful Marc Laming & the inimitable Laurence Campbell -

"SJMcCune once told me a story while we sat in a convention hotel bar. This was a story so weird, but so real that it still creeps me out just thinking about it now, he claims it all really happened and that the events he described were all true - if that’s the case, the same could be true of the stories in this book. The Human Beings is comics equivalent of experimental Jazz. At times it’s familiar, at others dream-like and disconcerting, it’s challenging and yet beautiful. SJMcCune’s work on The Human Beings is idiosyncratic for sure but it’s also so well designed and his use of colour is impressive to say the least. More importantly McCune tells one heck of a story, the sort of thing you’ll still be thinking about long after you’ve finished reading this book." Marc Laming (X-Men Gold/ Daredevil/ Batwoman/ Planet Hulk/ Marvel/DC/ Valiant)

"My introduction to Stuart John McCune was pretty much a chance meeting, or destiny depending how you look at it, that's what Stuart manages to do so well in his work. He gets you thinking. After reading an issue of Monologue I knew this was something special, like discovering a new band, or your new favourite book. I was hooked. As a writer artist Stuart stands out for me, very much his own voice. He is a time traveler sending the reader into the future, into other time lines, and false memories. He manages to slow down time getting you to look at one image as a moment in time before speeding up again. He throws you into the future were ideas are discarded for you think about after. The stories have a flow to them like poetry, others like a visual soundtrack, or moments from a film. There's a sense of something more that leaves you wanting more." Laurence Campbell (B.P.R.D. Dark Horse)

“The Human Beings is a subconscious shudder, a sticky, wet-at-the-neck jolt awake, where you open your eyes only to find you’ve fallen deeper still. It is a shadow dimension where paranoia drapes reality like a diaphanous but suffocating cobweb, a world that hums with undertones of violence and inscrutable intrigue. It’s the fear you can’t articulate, the scream you can’t get out, the dream that haunts you hours after rising. You have never read anything like it. And it’s absolutely brilliant.” Fraser Campbell (Alex Automatic/Prism Comics)

"Mccune crafts an experience as immersive as you'd find in any isolation tank or fugue state." - Ryan K Lindsay (Eternal, Beautiful Canvas, Negative Space, Deer Editor)


"Intelligent, complex, storytelling that doesn't handhold the reader. The Human Beings is the real deal. You will understand it. You will love it. It will make you feel smarter than you are and it will make you realise just how smart Stuart McCune is. I wish more comics were like this. The world would be a better place." Ryan O'Sullivan (Void Trip/The Evil Within/ Turncoat/ Image/Titan)



"McCune has a unique eye for composition and color that combined with the off-kilter story of The Human Beings, points to an artist whose development should not be ignored" Sarah Horrocks (Goro/The Leopard/The Comics Journal/Image)

"Reaching into that space between the tangible and the chimerical, Stuart McCune produces something that is always evocative and often poignant. 'The Human Beings' is not to be missed." Ram V (Paradiso/ Image/ Titan)


 "Inventive artwork, dramatic story, great comic book" Ryan Brown (TMNT, Judge Dredd, Heavy Metal) 


"It is unlike the mainstream. It lives in the shadows. It is sharply insightful into the movements and emotions of the “Human” condition. I have had conversations with Stuart about this series and I harbor notions that it is in some way autobiographical. A notion that he denies with what I read to be a wry grin. From our friendship, I know a little portion of what drives him and where and what inspired him to create this comic. We see passages and movements that seem like escape and flight, both literally and figuratively. I can almost see Stuart shaping the panels in his mind as he boards a flight for a strange and beautiful land. Stuart pushes at the boundaries of art in experimentally exquisite colours and bold lines and characters. He shows a thought and a feeling and a sinister creeping eventuality like nobody else can manage when writing a comics page." Antony Esmond (downthetubes/awesome comics podcast) 


"These aren't comics that could have been made by anyone else. Tearing up influences from literature, art, music and science fiction, the remnants have been pulled together to create a totally singular comic. The Human Beings is a defiant work of art. There is absolutely nothing else like it." Gareth A Hopkins (The Intercorstal/Found Forest Floor/ Petrichor) 


"The Human Beings sits squarely in the very top tier of the medium. A true gem of a comic, thoughtful, original, and brilliantly bizarre. There is genuine art being created here. Long may it continue." Martin Hayes (Aces Weekly/Markosia)

Ornette A1 limited edition print signed, dated, and numbered - available in the top tier
Ornette A1 limited edition print signed, dated, and numbered - available in the top tier

 

A4 version available in rewards £30 and above
A4 version available in rewards £30 and above

"The Human Beings remains one of the most compelling indie comic books currently being published. Vignettes that skate comfortably between paranoid humor, and otherworldly horror, seem to be building towards a fantastic crescendo, told with beautifully designed ease by Stuart” Jamie Gambell (Department 0/The Hero Code)


Issue 5 variant cover
Issue 5 variant cover

"Volume one of The Human Beings is a perfect starting point for new readers to dive into the world McCune has created. It's a unique anthology series in terms of story and art that only gets better as the series progresses. Heck, the character "Uncle Bobby" is enough to keep me reading the series. And that's just one of the varied characters that occupy the pages of The Human Beings. So, get in on the chance to get a copy of the first volume of The Human Beings. I promise you haven't read a comic like it before." Stephen Ward (ICN)

"At a time when some of the most inventive and exciting comics are coming out of the self-publishing scene, Stuart McCune’s titles stand out. With The Human Beings he has taken another step forward with a sophisticated and complex story that has real depth and scope." Peter Duncan (Splank)

 

Risks and challenges

This is my tenth Kickstarter campaign. All previous campaigns funded and were dispatched exactly on the date listed. I have a small loyal following from offering quality products and delivering them promptly. You can check backers' responses to past campaigns @StuartMcCune. I plan to run this campaign in the same manner with reasonable delivery dates and attention to detail. All of the work will be complete before the campaign has run its course and I'll keep you posted with a few updates. Any questions at all please just get in touch. Thanks for reading.

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