Sagas of the Northmen is a comic book anthology about the bold lives and heroic deeds of the men and women of The Viking Age. In the tradition of the medieval Icelandic Sagas, our book features tales about (seemingly) ordinary men and women finding themselves in extraordinary circumstances. The subject matter explored in this inaugural volume is expansive and includes stand-alone tales about the infamous raid on Lindisfarne, Leif Erikson, the Icelandic justice system, the Viking funeral ritual, the Varangian Guard, the Viking warrior ethos and Freydis Eiriksdottir's expedition to North America.
The seven stand-alone stories featured in this volume are expertly told and beautifully rendered by a talented and creative team of comic book professionals, and the three art pin-ups accompanying this volume are frame worthy.
Nice cover, but what's between the pages? What does my hard earned coin buy? Let's take a look!
SATAN'S HORDES. (Written by Mark Wheaton, Artwork by Jok, Letters by Kel Nuttall) The Northmen raid on Lindisfarne in 793 A.D. is considered by many modern historians as the beginning of “The Viking Age.” To the inhabitants of Lindisfarne, however, the raid was considered to be God’s Wrath.
NO KING BUT THE LAW. (Written by Sean Fahey, Artwork by Borch, Letters by Kel Nuttall) In medieval Iceland, the administration of justice was a collective responsibility, one that was performed not by kings or judges, but by entire communities. Branded an outlaw and banished by his village for murder, Erik Magnusson must survive in the wild on his own for three years before being allowed to rejoin his people. The victim’s brother, however, has his own punishment in mind.
BECAUSE IT IS THERE. (Written by Sean Fahey, Artwork by Marcelo Basile, Letters by Kel Nuttall) Thirsty for knowledge. Hungry for adventure. Curious as to what lay beyond their immediate reach. The Vikings braved vast stretches of the unknown to discover unexplored lands and challenge prevailing conceptions of the known world...in many ways, becoming the astronauts of their time.
THE DIMMING SPIRIT. (Written by Tom Pinchuk, Artwork by Ezequiel Rosingana, Letters by Kel Nuttall) Central to the Viking warrior ethos was a deeply held belief that those who died courageously in battle, sword in hand, would feast and fight eternally with their fallen brothers in Valhalla, the “Hall of the Slain.” In The Dimming Spirit, writer Tom Pinchuk offers a provocative post-modern commentary on the Viking warrior ethos in the guise of a clever tale about loss and retribution.
ASCENSION. (Written by Derek Fridolfs and Kenneth Jones, Artwork by Michael Kennedy, Letters by Kel Nuttall) A great Chieftain has died, leaving a community in disarray as they search for a worthy successor. Are leaders born or are they made? While exploring elements of Norse mythology and the Viking funeral ritual, “Ascension” is at its heart a moving tale about a father, a son, and a shared destiny.
HEART OF IRON. (Written by Susan Wallis, Artwork by Todor Hristov, Letters by Kel Nuttall) Though little is known about Freydis Eriksdottir, she remains one of the most polarizing figures of the Viking Age. Was she an opportunistic explorer in search of riches or truly intent on settling the New World? A cold blooded murderer or a protector of her people? One thing escapes debate though: above all else, she was a survivor.
THE EMPEROR'S WINESKINS. (Written by Sean Fahey, Artwork by Marcelo Basile, Letters by Kel Nuttall) Comprised primarily of Nordic and Rus Vikings, the Varangian Guard proudly served as the personal bodyguards of the Byzantine emperors for over four centuries. Widely renowned as an elite fighting force, the earliest members of the Varangian Guard were also notorious drunkards. Nevertheless, those that questioned their abilities or loyalty to the throne did so at their own peril.
Who are the creators behind this mighty anthology? Let's take a look!
Sean Fahey -- Founder of Black Jack Press, home of the critically acclaimed weird west anthology Tall Tales from the Badlands. Sean’s writing has also been featured in Digital Webbing Presents, 215 Ink’s Ignition, Magic Bullet, Gray Haven Comics, DC Comics, the Harvey-nominated District Comics from Fulcrum Press, and the Eisner-nominated World War I anthology To End All Wars, from Soaring Penguin Press. www.facebook.com/BlackJackPress
Mark Wheaton -- Mark Wheaton is best known for his work as a screenwriter and producer on films like Friday the 13th, The Messengers, and the forthcoming Voice from the Stone. Wheaton also writes comic books (including creating Dark Horse's The Cleaners), video games, and is the author of several self-published horror novellas and short stories including Sunday Billy Sunday, Flood Plains, and the Bones series about a feckless German shepherd who gets caught up in Apocalyptic events. His first crime novel, Fields of Wrath, will be released in January, 2016 from Amazon Publishing’s Mystery & Thriller imprint, Thomas & Mercer. http://www.goodreads.com/author/show/358849.Mark_Wheaton
Derek Fridolfs -- Derek Fridolfs is the Eisner nominated co-writer of Batman: Li’l Gotham. His many writing credits include Arkham City: End Game, Adventures Of Superman, Detective Comics, Justice League Beyond, and Zatanna for DC Comics, Adventure Time for Boom! Studios, and Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles for IDW. http://dfridolfs.blogspot.com/
Tom Pinchuk -- Tom's diverse body of work includes the comic books Hybrid Bastards from Archaia, Max Steel from Viz Media, Roboy from Lion Forge and Unimaginable from Arcana. Tom is also the producer and host of Anime Vice, an online anime/manga magazine channel, and is also working on several animated series with Man of Action Studios. http://www.tompinchuk.com/
Kenneth Elliott Jones -- Kenneth's credits include Batman: Legends Of The Dark Knight from DC Comics, the science fiction anthology Fearless Future, and the weird west anthology Tall Tales from the Badlands from Black Jack Press.
Susan Wallis -- Susan's writing has been featured in Gray Haven Comics' Sci-Fi Horror anthology, the comic book newspaper Magic Bullet, and the Eisner-nominated World War I anthology To End All Wars, from Soaring Penguin Press.
THE STORY ARTISTS
Jok -- Jok is the founder of "La Productora," a collective dedicated to creating, self-publishing, and teaching comics in Argentina. As an artist for hire, he illustrated the horror/sci-fi graphic novel The Hill and the spaghetti western series Vengeance of the Vapor from Markosia, the Strangeways series of horror-western graphic novels from Highway 62, and Science and Monsters from Capstone Press. Recent works include Mixtape from Ardden Entertainment and Big Game Hunters from Space Goat Publishing. Jok's creator-owned fantasy series Dungeons and Burglars is currently featured in David Lloyd´s online comic magazine Aces Weekly. https://www.facebook.com/jok.laproductora
Borch -- Borja Peña, aka "Borch," is a freelance illustrator and comic artist based in Spain. His credits include The Gathering from Gray Haven Comics, Tall Tales from the Badlands from Black Jack Press, and the Eisner-nominated To End All Wars from Soaring Penguin Press. http://borch.daportfolio.com/
Marcelo Basile -- Marcelo began his career as an assistant to Jorge Zaffino working on The Punisher, Conan, 'Nam and Hellraiser. Marcelo's professional work in comics includes Columba (Argentina), Eura Editrice (Italy), Dead Pop (Argentina) and Trident Comic (Argentina), where he created the award-winning series Milikio. Marcelo's work on Wicker earned him a Geekie Awards. He is currently working on Pop Star Assassin and Red Son. http://basilecomic.blogspot.com/
Ezequiel Rosingana -- Ezequiel's credits include Aurea Editoriale, Vincent Price Presents from Blue Water Productions, Tall Tales from the Badlands from Black Jack Press, and the Eisner-nominated To End All Wars from Soaring Penguin Press. http://e-rosingana.com/
Michael Kennedy -- A pop culture and art junkie, Michael's credits include Neon Noir and Spiritus. http://mk-ia.foliodrop.com/pages/about
Todor Hristov -- Todor's work includes Soul Trader from Solas Comics, Guardian of Junkyard City, The Forever Maps, and the Eisner-nominated To End All Wars from Soaring Penguin Press. http://todorhristovartist.tumblr.com/
THE PIN-UP ARTISTS
Matt Smith -- Matt is the creator of the critically acclaimed Barbarian Lord. http://matt-illustrations.tumblr.com/
Mario Guevara -- Mario has worked for just about every major comic book publisher in the U.S., to include Marvel (Ultimate Fantastic Four), DC (Victorian Undead), Dark Horse (Solomon Kane), Dynamite Entertainment (The Lone Ranger, Blackbeard), and IDW (Nevsky). http://mguevara.deviantart.com/
Mauro Reifschneider -- An eclectic illustrator, Mauro's credits include the animated tale Puente, the film noir inspired Norfolk, the historical fiction tale Deadball, and the crime saga Straight, No Chaser. Mauro's work has also appeared in Gray Haven Comics The Gathering, and the weird west anthology Tall Tales from the Badlands, from Black Jack Press. http://carbono14.deviantart.com/
Kel Nuttall -- Every comic book publisher needs a "Kel." Luckily, for Black Jack Press, our "Kel" just happens to be named "Kel," Kel Nuttall. To just call Kel our "letterer" would be a great disservice to his role on this book. He's been a co-editor, a post production specialist, a marketing adviser and friend. There were several points during the production of this book that Kel talked me off the ledge. If you need a letterer, or production specialist, give my friend Kel a shout. http://www.morpheusforge.com/index.html
Why Kickstarter? Why a crowdfunding campaign if the book is already complete? Let's find out!
I'm looking to fund a large scale print run of this book. To date, Black Jack Press has used only print-on-demand services, which leave a very slim profit margin for independent creators with the goal of providing affordable comic books, without sacrificing quality. For example, Tall Tales from the Badlands #1, the first issue of our critically acclaimed "weird west" anthology costs $2.87 to print using a print-on-demand service; we sell it for $3.00. This offers us an opportunity to provide an affordable entry point to our flagship anthology series, but it doesn't put much coin in our pockets to fund future projects. Sagas of the Northmen, and more specifically this Kickstarter campaign, is the first step toward turning our hobby into a small business, while still maintaining the creative freedom that comes with being an independent publisher.
Thank you for reading this far, and I hope you become a part of this campaign.
- Sean Fahey
Risks and challenges
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