I was six years old when I was first exposed to the wondrous world of American comic books. I was hooked immediately and knew in that instant that I would someday be a comic book writer. In the twenty-two years since that day, I have dreamt relentlessly of seeing my creations published in all of their four-color glory. With your help, I would like to make this dream a reality.
MATINEE ECLECTICA is the next step in my realization of that dream. This collection will feature a wide array of short comics that I have written, all expertly drawn by some of the most exciting independent artists in the comic book industry. The comic will be diverse and engaging, covering a wide variety of genres and styles.
Confirmed stories in this 40+ page collection include:
"GOING ROGUE" with artist Steve Ott and Lisa Lamb - An ancient alien race has created the first perfect human clone...who has her sights set on America. (Sci-Fi)
"IN HER SERVICE" with artist Steve Ott - A young girl has spent the last several years in service of a mysterious countess, completely unaware of the her mistress's horrible secret. (Horror)
"ASSUMPTION: THE COWARD" with artists Ben Anstrom, Peter Palmiotti, and Ben Carbanero - Town coward RJ Morris has had enough of the bully Ben Hansen, but when push comes to shove can he defend both his honor and his family? (Western)
"ASSUMPTION: HONEST NED STRIKES" with artist Ryan Lee - The ruthless Honest Ned and his band of marauders have been robbing small towns all across the west, but just who is Honest Ned and what secret is he keeping from his own crew? (Western)
"THE ROAR" with artist Nick Justus - No one believes in battered ex-boxer Rory "The Monster" MacAllan, but there is something that brings him back to the ring after years away. (Sports)
"OUT OF THIS WORLD" with artist Kelly Tindall - Lonley hearts often find love on the internet, but for one cyber-nerd, love isn't the only thing lurking in a chatroom. (Sci-Fi)
"SPARROW: FIRST FLIGHT"
with artist Dennis Budd
- The first day on the job is usually easy, but for Hannah "Sparrow" Harper, her first day as a superhero is anything but! (Superhero)
"BETTER TO BURN OUT" with artist Greg Hillsman - What lengths would you go to in order to jam with deceased rock and roll heroes? (Horror) "AUTOMATED" with artist Kyle Shold - Jeremy has just woken up from a coma after 27 years and is surprised by how automated civilization has become. (Sci-Fi) "WHEN ANIMALS ATTACK" with artist Guy Allen - For a young comic book creator, his great new ideas might have dire consequences. (Sci-Fi/Humor)
The comic will also include pin-ups from superstar artists Tracie Mauk (FIGHT! webcomic), Josh Howard (DEAD @17), Victor Santos (MICE TEMPLAR) and Moritat (ELEPHANTMEN, THE SPIRIT). The cover will be drawn by critically acclaimed artists Joe Eisma (MORNING GLORIES) and Misty Coats (SKULLKICKERS). Production assistance and logo design will be provided by artist Ryan Lee. The variant cover will be provided by artist Guy Allen.
With your contributions, I will be able to hire the remaining art teams, print the comic, and promote it at various conventions this summer. Any funds raised beyond our goal will go towards printing more copies of the anthology and promoting it at additional comic book conventions.
Every creator needs a foot in the door to make it in the comic book industry. For me and the contributing artists, Matinee Eclectica will be that opportunity.
This space will be updated as more information becomes available on this project!