The award-winning Alex Automatic returns in a brand new adventure!
Alex Automatic #3: Vérité is a new 28 page comic book coming this September 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.
The story so far...
Alex Anderson is a Government agent who has been subjected to experiments to enhance his abilities by a shadowy agency known only as PRISM. However the process has gone horribly wrong, leaving Alex often trapped inside the delusion that he is the indestructible cyborg super-spy hero of 1970’s TV show, ALEX AUTOMATIC. A TV show that exists entirely inside Alex’s own head. Check out the first 12 pages of #1 here!
Issue #1 sees a couple of well-meaning journalists break Alex out of secure stasis. However it soon becomes clear they have unleashed a dangerous man with a tenuous grip on reality. As they try to help Alex burn out the mechanism that controls him, they soon find they are being hunted by various agencies, determined to get their hands on Alex’s unique brain.
Following these events, issue #2 sees Alex lying low having achieved some success in controlling his delusions. However when he is ambushed on a routine provisions run, the ensuing panic triggers an outlandish jungle adventure delusion, where Alex Automatic must battle the evil scientist Bokeh, for a machine that can control the very fabric of reality.
In this issue...
Comatose following the events of #2, Alex is captured and examined by covert anti-Prism resistance group, The Academi. Meanwhile inside his own head, Alex experiences a delusionary “Kitchen Sink” 60s reality where he is the mild-mannered author of ALEX AUTOMATIC, Britain’s most popular comic strip. As The Academi strive to define what makes their new guest tick, "Kitchen Sink" Alex starts to realise he is being stalked by something that can’t possibly be real... a fictional character he killed off years before!
Missed out on the previous issues? Don’t despair! We have physical and digital catch up levels giving you all three comics for as little as £5.00!
Alex Automatic is inspired by the Gerry Anderson TV Century 21 shows like Thunderbirds and Joe 90 along with ITC shows like The Prisoner, Danger Man and Department S. We liked the idea of combining the innocent fun and cool production design of these shows with a modern story about alienation, disassociation and the overwhelming mania of modern reality. A story about a broken, dangerous man whose ability to handle the complexities of real life is so damaged, he escapes to a delusionary World of unambiguous good and evil, battling a rogue's gallery of outlandish super-spies, creatures and villains. But reality is always waiting in the wings...
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 response to Alex Automatic so far from readers and press alike has been amazing, so much so that Issue #1 was named Best UK Single Issue at Edinburgh Comic Con in 2017 and we even ending up getting a small feature in the Guardian.
Variant Cover by David Rubin!
We are delighted to have the incredible David Rubin on board with a variant cover for this issue. We're huge fans of his and discerning comic fans will know his beautiful work from Black Hammer, Ether, The Fiction, Sherlock Frankenstein and Rumble. Can't choose between the covers? No problem, we've added an option where you'll be able to buy both!
Fraser is the writer of comics Alex Automatic, Sleeping Dogs and The Edge Off. He has also written extensively for radio and the stage.
James is the artist on Alex Automatic. Originally from Scotland, James is currently based in London. James is an aficionado of European and British comics and continues to work on upcoming Glasgow-set crime comic, Stramash.
David B. Cooper
David is a prolific cartoonist and colourist from Glasgow, with professional credits that include Image Comics. David is the creator behind a range of small press works such as The Price, Bruce, Dead Silence and Face Down In The Mud.
Colin Bell letters comics for publishers such as Image, Dark Horse and Boom! Studios. However, Colin is best known for his work as writer on the acclaimed all-ages comic Dungeon Fun and recent smash-hit sequel, Pirate Fun.
Twitter: @FraserC69 @CabalComics
Alex Automatic Theme used in video by Allan Swan.
Our grateful thanks go to Ewan MacCormick for creating our video.
As well as comics of course there are a range of reward levels where you can get original sketch commissions from James, original pages from the comic (including the cover), badge sets, both covers and we've even brought back our "Target Acquired" level, where you can appear in the next issue of Alex Automatic!
Risks and challenges
Obviously, anyone who backed our previous issues of Alex Automatic will know we can be trusted to deliver on our campaign pledges.
James has completed the principle art and David is well into colouring with Colin poised to come in when needed. As most of you will know, this team have worked together on previous successful Kickstarter campaigns for Alex Automatic and this year’s The Edge Off with Iain Laurie. We will deliver, come what may!
We've given ourselves a target of being ready for The Thought Bubble Comics Festival in late September 2018, so we anticipate being able to start fulfilment early to mid-October. If you are backing a reward that involves James doing a commission, 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 December for those.
If you are considering backing the TARGET ACQUIRED level to appear in our next issue, just to be clear - this will be issue #4 we’re talking about, not the issue you are currently backing. You'll get your comic as normal of course but your appearance won't be until the 2019 issue. I’ve set the delivery on this level as October 2019, which is a likely delivery date rather than a firm one. Obviously we’ll be in touch well before then for pics and we’ll keep all backers on this level updated on progress.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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