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About

Ever get the feeling you’re missing out?

Ours is a country where the Prime Minister, Deputy Prime Minister and Chancellor of the Exchequer all went to schools which charge more per year than the average household earns.

Where the majority of Members of Parliament and local councillors are male, white and over 50.

When nurses staged a protest about cuts to NHS budgets, bankers waved banknotes through their office windows at the demonstration, laughing as they did so.

Ours is a country where the five richest families are worth more than the poorest 12 million people.

And where as many of us spend £1 texting our X Factor vote to Simon Cowell as we do voting in local elections.

Does all this sound right to you?

So? Why not join a protest or something? Why this book?

We could join a protest. Or we could do what we do at Disconnected Press: we could make a comic.

CROSS is a collection of short comic stories from some of the UK's finest creators. A shot across the bows of the establishment. A call to people across the land to think about who governs us and the decisions they make on our behalf. And a rallying call to get out the vote.

There was a timely interview with Rory Bremner recently, talking about the death of satire. He said:

We should rediscover our tradition of satire. Of speaking truth unto power. Or, at least, blowing raspberries unto it. It’s a question of political will.

Can we do it in time for the next election? Yes, we can.”

That's what we are trying to create with CROSS.

64 pages of satire, born from a group of people who wish Spitting Image was still around to keep us all aware of who's in charge and why we should hold them to account.

64 pages, poking a stick at the elite and the establishment.

64 pages, we hope, of speaking truth unto power, no matter where that power is held.

Who's involved?

We're delighted to be working with some of the UK's top comics creators on this project, including:

Rob Williams - currently writing Dr Who for Titan Comics, Rob's a longstanding 2000AD script-droid, who has also written for Marvel (Ghost Rider, Amazing Spider-Man, Wolverine) and DC (Adventures of the Dark Knight, Adventures of Superman).

Mary Talbot - author of the Costa Award-winning Dotter of her Father's Eyes and her second graphic novel Sally Heathcote, Suffragette, and a founder-patron of the Lakes International Comic Art Festival.

Ben Willsher - a regular lead artist for Judge Dredd (2000AD), Ben was a key part of the team involved with the epic Day of Chaos storyline in 2013. He's also drawn for Doctor Who and Torchwood.

PJ Holden - artist behind Fearless (Image Comics) and a stalwart of the 2000AD stable, PJ's recent work includes the fantastic NumberCruncher for Titan Comics and Department of Monsterology (Renegade Arts).

Howard Hardiman - not forgetting our indie credentials, we're delighted to be working with Howard, whose comic The Lengths placed him at the forefront of the UK indie scene. His prints and paintings show the breadth and depth of his talent.

Emma Beeby - the first woman ever to write Judge Dredd for 2000AD, as well as an award-winning game writer and creator of Doctor Who audioplays. Her graphic novel Robbie Burns: Witch Hunter will be published in November 2014.

Keep an eye on our website and Twitter feed over the coming weeks as we reveal more creators and preview exclusive artwork from the book.

Why a Kickstarter?

CROSS is our most ambitious project to date – more creators, more stories, more pages and, therefore, more upfront production costs.

We have created rewards which we hope you'll appreciate, from a simple Thank You to signed books and sketches from some of our amazing team.

We believe wholeheartedly that this book will make a difference. We also believe it'll make you laugh.

Why should you back this project?

If you were ambivalent to the shenanigans seemingly taking place on a daily basis in Parliament (or nightly on the news), we'd like to think we could convince you that changing things might help you as an individual.

If you already care what happens but feel powerless, then perhaps we can convince you that you really do have the power to do something about it.

And if you just don't care, then we guarantee these stories will change your mind.

Risks and challenges

CROSS brings together more than twenty comic creators with different styles, viewpoints and deadlines. Our experience producing three volumes of Disconnected - anthologies exploring the weird and wonderful things that happen in small towns - shows that we are used to bringing great teams together to produce great comics.

We know there's an audience out there for our work - we've built a lovely and loyal customer base over the past two and a half years. We want to create a wider audience too. So we have plans for reaching out beyond conventions and comic shops to engage new readers and to stimulate more people to get involved with the issues and challenges that we collectively face today.

Our aim with this book was balance. We want to welcome people, not alienate them - a tough challenge when you're satirising public figures. You might not agree with everything that our creators say, but if we can provoke debate, we're doing something right.

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    A one hour writing consultation - face to face or on Skype - with Disconnected Press editor and award-winning short story writer Lizzie Boyle (lizzieboylesays.wordpress.com), and your very own copy of CROSS with a Thank You in the credits.

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    Pledge £60 to get expert editorial advice on your comic script from 2000AD and TMNT writer David Baillie (www.davidbaillie.net). Get the inside track from one of today's FutureShock stars.

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    Original comic artwork!!

    A pledge of £70 will secure you a signed, original A3 page of artwork from CROSS. You'll also receive a copy of the book, so you can see your page in its final printed form. And you'll get a Thank You in the credits!

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    Commission an A3 piece of artwork, from artist Conor Boyle. Whatever you want: from comics, movies, TV, music or your own imagination....

    Conor created his third graphic novel - On Dangerous Ground, the official graphic novel of the Battle of Bannockburn - for the Scottish National Trust. You can see examples of his commissions and posters at http://pencilmonkeymagic.blogspot.co.uk.

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