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Driven mad by illegal Government experiments, a young agent believes he is the robot super-spy hero of 70s TV show, Alex Automatic.
Driven mad by illegal Government experiments, a young agent believes he is the robot super-spy hero of 70s TV show, Alex Automatic.
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Alex Automatic

Alex Automatic is a new DOUBLE-SIZED 48 page one-shot comic book coming this November from Cabal Comics. The purpose of this campaign is to raise funds to cover printing costs so we can bring the project to life. It is written by Fraser Campbell with art from James Corcoran, colour art by David B. Cooper and lettering/design by Colin Bell. 

Alex Automatic is about a Government agent called Alex Anderson. Subjected to an experimental programme, Alex has knowledge and even skills grafted into his brain for specific missions. He is the perfect agent, docile, efficient, re-writable. However, the process has left Alex so unstable that he has become trapped in a fractured delusion, believing that he is a robot super-spy hero from a 70s TV show called Alex Automatic. Extremely volatile and dangerous, he is held in stasis in a secure Government facility. However, two well-meaning journalists find out about him and break him out, thinking they're getting a great story and doing him a favour. They soon realise they have no idea what they've unleashed. 

 

The story came about after James and I had been talking about how much we loved the old Gerry Anderson TV Century 21 shows like Thunderbirds and Joe 90 and the ITC shows like The Prisoner, Danger Man and Department S. We soon came up with an idea that combined the innocent fun of these shows with the far more sinister story of a broken, dangerous man, living inside the delusion that he is a TV robot super-spy at odds with a mysterious organisation called PRYSM. If you enjoy stuff like The Prisoner, Steed & Mrs Peel and The Saint but also love comics like Miracleman, Casanova and The Invisibles, this should be right up your alley.

The Kickstarter has a target of £1,400 which will be used to cover printing costs. It features exclusively priced treats like an Alex Automatic print by the legendary Shaky Kane plus variant covers by Nick Pitarra (Manhattan Projects) Alisdair Wood (Horrere) and Iain Laurie (And Then Emily Was Gone). 

Shaky Kane print
Shaky Kane print

 

Iain Laurie variant
Iain Laurie variant

 

Alisdair Wood variant
Alisdair Wood variant

 

Final cover art by James, coloured by David, logo & design by Colin
Final cover art by James, coloured by David, logo & design by Colin

 

 

Page 7 original art reward
Page 7 original art reward

 

Page 19 original art reward
Page 19 original art reward

 

Badge set and header samples and James' prototype ID card design
Badge set and header samples and James' prototype ID card design

 

Creative Team 

Fraser Campbell 

Fraser is the writer of comics Sleeping Dogs, Black Cape and Mothwicke. He has also written extensively for radio and the stage. Death Sentence creator Monty Nero praised Sleeping Dogs on its release in November 2015 as “The best thing I read at Thought Bubble” and labelled the creative team “Talents to watch”. 

James Corcoran 

James debuts his vast talents in Alex Automatic, his first long-form comic work. His signature, quintessentially British illustration style is evocative not only of the stalwart classic UK comics of old, but of the many European comic masters he holds in high regard. 

David B. Cooper 

David is a cartoonist and colourist from Glasgow, with professional credits that include Image Comics. He recently got to stand next to the Batmobile and is unsurprisingly still a bit giddy. 

Colin Bell 

Colin Bell has worked extensively in comics as a letterer for Dark Horse, Boom! Studios and Image Comics. He is also the writer of award winning all-ages comic Dungeon Fun. 

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Web links: 

https://www.facebook.com/alexautomaticcomic/

http://cabalcomics.bigcartel.com/ 

Twitter: @FraserC69 

Music used in video is "You make me feel" by MK2

Our grateful thanks go to Ewan MacCormick for shooting and editing our video

Risks and challenges

The main aim of the Kickstarter is to raise funds to print the finished book. Art for the comic is over two-thirds done and David has been colouring the pages as we go. Colin is poised to do his part when the art is done, as is our printer, the gallant Rich Hardiman of Comic Printing UK. As I mentioned in the video, most of this team worked on the comic Sleeping Dogs last year which enjoyed good sales and nice notices, so although we are new to Kickstarter, we know what it takes to see an indie comic project to print and beyond. This comic will get made, barring hospitalisation or death!

We've given ourselves a firm target of being ready for The Thought Bubble Comics Festival in early November 2016, so we anticipate being able to start fulfilment later that month. If you are backing a reward that involves James doing a commission or Colin doing some lettering, this will take a bit longer to deliver depending on how popular the reward tiers are and as such, we've set delivery targets for January for those.

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    Digital Dossier

    A PDF full colour copy of the Alex Automatic comic. 48 pages. Double sized.

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    The Digital Dossier Double

    A PDF full colour copy of the 48 page double sized Alex Automatic comic PLUS a PDF copy of Cabal Comics' previous offering Sleeping Dogs.

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    Classified Files: Regular Cover

    A print copy of Alex Automatic, plus a digital PDF copy. Full colour. 48 pages. Double sized. UK shipping built in. Europe, add £1.00. US, Canada & Australia, add £2.00.

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    Classified Files: Iain Laurie Variant

    A print copy of Alex Automatic, plus a digital PDF copy. Full colour. 48 pages. Double sized. UK shipping built in. Europe, add £1.00. US, Canada & Australia, add £2.00.

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    Classified Files: Alisdair Wood Variant

    A print copy of Alex Automatic, plus a digital PDF copy. Full colour. 48 pages. Double sized. UK shipping built in. Europe, add £1.00. US, Canada & Australia, add £2.00.

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    Classified Files: Nick Pitarra Variant

    A print copy of Alex Automatic, plus a digital PDF copy. Full colour. 48 pages. Double sized. UK shipping built in. Europe, add £1.00. US, Canada & Australia, add £2.00.

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    Classified Files: Credentials Verified

    A print copy of Alex Automatic, plus a digital PDF copy. Full colour. 48 pages. Double sized. PLUS PRYSM ID CARD with room for your photo and signature. UK shipping built in. Europe, add £1.00. US, Canada & Australia, add £2.00.

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    Classified Files: Badge of Honour

    A print copy of Alex Automatic, plus a digital PDF copy. Full colour. 48 pages. Double sized. PLUS 4 PACK SET OF ALEX AUTOMATIC BUTTON BADGES. UK shipping built in. Europe, add £1.00. US, Canada & Australia, add £2.00.

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    Classified Files: Enhanced

    Print copy of Alex Automatic, plus a digital PDF copy. Full colour. 48 pages. Double sized. PLUS EXCLUSIVELY PRICED SHAKY KANE A4 PRINT. UK shipping built in. Europe, add £1.00. US, Canada & Australia, add £2.00.

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    Spycraft: A5 Commission Reward

    Print copy of Alex Automatic, plus a digital PDF copy, Full colour. 48 pages. Double sized. PLUS an A5 headshot by James of you as an Alex-style automaton hero! UK shipping built in. Europe, add £1.00. US, Canada & Australia, add £2.00.

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    Classified Files: PRYSM Print Set

    Print copy of Alex Automatic, plus a digital PDF copy. Full colour. 48 pages. Double sized. PLUS EXCLUSIVELY PRICED SET OF 4 x A4 PRINTS OF ALL THREE VARIANT COVERS AND THE SHAKY KANE PRINT. UK shipping built in. Europe, add £1.00. US, Canada & Australia, add £2.00.

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    Ultimate Spycraft: A4 Commission Reward

    Print copy of Alex Automatic, plus a digital PDF copy, Full colour. 48 pages. Double sized. PLUS an A4 comission by our artist James Corcoran. Strictly limited to 10. UK shipping built in. Europe, add £1.00. US, Canada & Australia, add £2.00.

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    Operation Codebreaker: Lettering Reward

    Print copy of Alex Automatic, plus a digital PDF copy, Full colour. 48 pages. Double sized. PLUS 5 pages of professional lettering by Image Comics, Boom! and Dark Horse veteran Colin Bell for YOUR next project. Strictly limited to 3. UK shipping built in. Europe, add £1.00. US, Canada & Australia, add £2.00.

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    Hard Data: Original Alex Automatic Page

    Print copy of Alex Automatic, plus a digital PDF copy, Full colour. 48 pages. Double sized. PLUS the original art for page 7 of Alex Automatic! Check the page for a look at what you're buying! One only! Basic UK shipping built in, contact to arrange recorded or special delivery. Europe, add £1.00. US, Canada & Australia, add £2.00.

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    Hard Data: Original Alex Automatic Page

    Print copy of Alex Automatic, plus a digital PDF copy, Full colour. 48 pages. Double sized. PLUS the original art for page 19 of Alex Automatic! Check the page for a look at what you're buying! One only! Basic UK shipping built in, contact to arrange recorded or special delivery. Europe, add £1.00. US, Canada & Australia, add £2.00.

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    Cover Blown: Original Cover Art Reward

    Print copy of Alex Automatic, plus a digital PDF copy, Full colour. 48 pages. Double sized. PLUS the original art for the cover of Alex Automatic by James Corcoran. One only! Basic UK shipping built in, contact to arrange recorded or special delivery. Europe, add £1.00. US, Canada & Australia, add £2.00.

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    Cover Blown: Iain Laurie Cover Art

    Print copy of Alex Automatic, plus a digital PDF copy, Full colour. 48 pages. Double sized. PLUS the original art for the variant cover of Alex Automatic by Iain Laurie. One only! Basic UK shipping built in, contact to arrange recorded or special delivery. Europe, add £1.00. US, Canada & Australia, add £2.00.

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    Cover Blown Extra: "Junkyard" Cover

    Print copy of Alex Automatic, plus a digital PDF copy, Full colour. 48 pages. Double sized. PLUS the original art for James' initial "Junkyard" Cover featured at the top of the page. One only! Basic UK shipping built in, contact to arrange recorded or special delivery. Europe, add £1.00. US, Canada & Australia, add £2.00.

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