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A 250pg bullet ride from the rotting brain of a future London into the psychic heart of America. Sequel to the Eisner-nominated SMOKE.
A 250pg bullet ride from the rotting brain of a future London into the psychic heart of America. Sequel to the Eisner-nominated SMOKE.
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Exciting News! Old & New Artist Friends

Hey everyone! Apologies for silence. I was on a crushingly exhausting 10-day roadtrip/film shoot with pretty much zero internet access. It was quite an adventure driving from NYC to Mexico City. I'm kind of in love with South Texas now... at least in winter. America is a gorgeous place, and so is Mexico.

If you like Frank Black (Pixies), a music video I did for him and Violet Clark (aka Grand Duchy) was just released, you can see it here:

Now for Ashes. The nice thing about getting away for a bit was, well, getting away from the internet. I did a lot of thinking on I-81 about how to proceed with the book, and decided to go back to my original plan of having different artists draw different sections of the book. Ashes breaks down really nicely into 20-50 page chunks (and a couple really small sections, 3 or 4 pages) based on location, time and secondary characters.  

I only started reaching out to artists yesterday, so a lot still needs to be done, but I'm delighted to tell you that Igor Kordey is coming back to do a 20-page flashback sequence that literally I know he will draw better than anyone else in the world (sorry, everyone else, but it's true). Colleen Doran has also said yes to a short sequence that's mainly stand-alone involving possibly my favourite secondary character in the book: a young American widow.

So, there you go. I still have a lot of sections to nail down and am waiting to hear back from a ton of people. This is super exciting for me because there are some wonderful artists out there (such as Colleen) that I'd just give my right arm to work with... but they can't commit to a 252 page book. They can commit to 24-40 pages, though, between other projects/books.

I hope to bring you more news of our developing artist lineup soon. I am aiming high, in terms of art. I think you'll be surprised and delighted. The one issue is that our timeline is likely to slip, though. As soon as I have artists for the entire book, I'll work out with them a NEW timeline and let you all know. But if it makes a massive difference to you that you won't receive the first issue in March, well, you won't receive the first issue in March.

Just to remind, the refund offer still stands -- anytime, for any reason, up to when we ship the first issue (at which point I'm afraid you're stuck with it). The offer still stands the other way, too. If you asked for a refund and now are like, hm, I actually want to be a part of this again, just message me on Kickstarter or email me on .


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      Cath on February 9, 2012

      Brilliant news - well done Alex!

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      Martin Costello on February 5, 2012

      Interesting. Fingers crossed we will see the Valentine collection too.

    3. Ayal Pinkus on February 5, 2012

      Great news! Love the idea of multiple artists also. To be honest, I never thought February 14th should have been a deadline... I just hope to see the book one day in its best possible form...

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      Santiago on February 5, 2012

      Multiple artists = Potential.

    5. Aeyt
      on February 4, 2012

      Great news. can't wait. and thanks for the link to the video. Love Frank Black.

    6. Ben Hawkes on February 4, 2012

      Boom! Great news!

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      Raymond Stanek on February 4, 2012

      Alex I'm so glad you were able to work this out. I really like the idea of having multiple artists doing a book, with one of you awesome stories!! I will say I cannot wait until this is out!!!

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      Dan Abel on February 4, 2012

      Sounds fun. I can understand other expectant readers frustrations, and its great that you are planning refunds, but the project is sounding rather tricksy but a whole lot more of an adventure now

    9. Guy LeCharles Gonzalez on February 4, 2012

      Glad to hear this, Alex! I'm in for the long haul.

    10. Gary Gray on February 4, 2012

      I see the if artists haven't been signed up by February 14th that the whole project would be dropped and everybodys money returned. Now we're getting serious backpedalling. Also the fact that a search for an artist has " only started reaching out to artists yesterday" only started on the 3rd February, giving you a miserly 11 days to get the artists signed up. Well as I've said already you have until then or I'll be asking for a refund. I was tempted to ask for it now, but unlike everything to do with this project I do what I say when I say it.

    11. Arnout on February 4, 2012

      Yes! Way to go Alex. Pia Guerra'd better be in there somewhere as well. Colleen Doran? Igor Kordey? I'm here till I get what I paid for, and that's a sequel to Smoke, by you, drawn by whoever you can get.
      I'm so glad you're able to get some perspective on this & hopefully see it through!

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      Jan G. Mangubat on February 4, 2012

      Thank God for this update! I just really want the story, I was never in it for the art. That being said, I don't want a good story only but with terrible artwork. Good thing Igor Kordey was willing to do some parts. And I'm sure Colleen Doran would rock it also (loved Orbiter!). So now that it's finally seeing the light of day again, I'm pretty much a happy camper. (I hope Pia Guerra does some parts too!)

    13. Alex de Campi 3-time creator on February 4, 2012

      Hi GM! Your refund was completed on Jan 21st and went straight back to the credit card the payment came from. Would you mind double checking that? Perhaps it appeared and you didn't realise...

    14. Stephanie Pereira
      on February 4, 2012

      Alex I think this is a brill plan, and can't wait to see this develop. I'm sorry you have had to travel such a crappy road to get here, but it seems like it could be for the creative best! (and happy loved driving my beautiful country, I do too!)

    15. Alex de Campi 3-time creator on February 4, 2012

      I thought I refunded you weeks ago -- the only name I could find in Amazon payments anywhere close to yours was "Jordan" and you provided no other details. Can you email me the transaction reference sent to you by Amazon Payments? Then I can make sure I get your exact transaction, because there is no GM Jordan listed in Amazon Payments :(

    16. GM Jordan on February 4, 2012

      I'm still waiting for a refund.