It’s Alive! and Drew Ford are proud to launch the Kickstarter to publish Red Range: Pirates of Fireworld...the first new Red Range story in almost two decades! And the first NEW comic book series from It’s Alive!
Keith Lansdale, the writer who recently brought you X-Files and Creepy stories, will unleash his imagination on the historical and somewhat Steampunk world his father (Joe R. Lansdale) and the late Sam Glanzman created back in 1999, in the form of a graphic novel. That book has since been colored, and republished by It's Alive!, and now it's time for the story to continue!
The original Red Range graphic novel was set sometime after the Civil War, when groups like the KKK were gaining popularity in the American South. After having his family destroyed by the Klan, an African American man named Caleb Range donned a mask and sought his revenge, becoming The Red Mask! Along the way, he met a young boy named Turon, who’s family suffered a similar fate to his own. Together, the two struggled to survive, while being pursued by the KKK. Then, while trying to escape, they fell through a hole to some deeper layer of the Earth, finding relics from different time periods in Earth’s history, and a sky of fire! A few dinosaurs showed up, and things were really staring to get weird, when the story abruptly ended, with a promise of “Pirates of Fireworld coming soon!”.
That promise is about to come true! This new tale picks up right where the first one left off! Caleb Range (AKA The Red Mask), and his young companion Turon, find themselves under the surface of the Earth, in a world that seems to be lost in time. They are quickly confronted by a group of Steampunk-ish pirates in hot pursuit of a strange fellow who can only speak one name over and over again…Seetoc! You’ll have to pick up the comic to find out what happens next!
To cover the costs of paying Joe R. Lansdale, Sue Glanzman (Sam Glanzman's widow), Keith Lansdale, Jok, all the variant cover artists, a designer, an editor, some campaign ads on social media, and of course the printing and shipping this comic book, we are asking for $6.5K. With your help, we can make this book a reality, and continue the epic story of RED RANGE!
RED RANGE: THE PIRATES OF FIREWORLD is a NEW comic book written by Keith Lansdale and illustrated by Jok, with standard and variant covers (seen below) by an amazing international group of artists, including Jok (Argentina), Russell Mark Olson (UK), N. Steven Harris (USA), Ramón Pérez (Spain), Christopher Schenck (USA) Aleksandar Bozic (Serbia), Dalibor Talajic (Croatia)
Below please enjoy three finished interior pages from this comic book. Jok was kind enough to begin work on Keith's incredible script before the launch of this campaign, in an attempt to show potential backers what the book will look like.
(from ROUGHS to PENCILS to INKS to COLORS)
Keith Lansdale has adapted and written multiple scripts for film such as The Projectionist (currently in preproduction), The Promise, Best Sellers Guaranteed, and The Pale Door (also in preproduction). Christmas With The Dead was previously filmed in 2012 and has recently been readapted to be filmed again as well as adapted for a stage musical. He has a TV pilot Lost Echoes, based on a novel by Joe R. Lansdale, in consideration as a TV series. Keith has adapted multiple comics such as Hoot Goes There, a short X-Files series for IDW comics, Mud for Creepy, Prisoner Of Violence (an extension of the Prisoner 489 universe by Joe R. Lansdale), along with comic adaptations of Crawling Sky for Antarctica Comics, Vamprilla for Diamond comics, Dog, Cat, and Baby for Dark Horse and Avatar comics, as well as God of the Razor, the Dump, and The Fat Man for other comic companies. Most recently he has picked up the mantle of Joe R Lansdale’s Red Range, with Red Range: Pirates Of Fireworld. Keith also co-wrote the children's story The Companion when he was twelve with his younger sister which was picked up by Creepshow, and was co-author of In Waders From Mars at the age of four. He was also a co-editor for Son Of Retro Pulp Tales, published by Subterranean Press.
Jok was born in Argentina in the seventies and has been working as a writter and artist since 1993. His work´s been published in Italy, France, Spain, England, Canada, Brazil and Uruguay. Jok founded and is part of La Productora, a collective dedicated to do, self-publish, divulgate and teach comics in Argentina. As an artist for hire, Jok did a Horror/Sci Fi OGN "The Hill" and the spaghetti western series "Vengeance of the Vapor" (both written by Sal Cipriano) which were published through Markosia during 2007. Along with his team mates of La Productora, Jok did a series of horror western OGNs called "Strangeways" written by Matthew Maxwell and published by Highway 62. For the US market, Jok also did art for “Vampires and Cells”, an all ages science book part of the “Science and Monsters”. This collection was entirely done by La Productora´s artists for Capstone Press. Later on Jok worked for the Italian market with argentinian veteran writter Emilio Balcarce. Their series called Funeral (Sci Fi), Terminal (Steampunk), Knightmare (Sci Fi/Fantasy) and Valkiria (Heroic Fantasy) has been succesfully released. Funeral has also been published in Argentina and in Spain as well. His most recent work for hire is “Mixtape”, a teenage drama from Ardden Entertainment whose first issue got sold out (certified by Diamond) only a week after its release. Jok also devotes his time to various creator owned projects. One of La Productora´s book "Carne Argentina" (about the argentinian crissis at the end of 2001) was reprinted in Argentina and also published in Spain, France and Brazil. He did a serial-killer story (written by himself) called "Simon Luzmala and the portrait robot" for Pandemonium anthology (Argentina). And the serialized OGN “Camulus, Fugitive God” (written by Jok, P. García and F. Cascallares) for the very same publishing house. For the european market, he did "40 Coffins" (written by Rodolfo Santullo) published digitally by Vodafone in Spain and in Italy through Aurea Editoriale (and later on in Argentina as an award winning book put out by Pictus. This book has also been published in US by Space Goat Publishing with its first run sold out). Jok joined another of his comrades (Gervasio) in a story that has been serialized in prestigious “Fierro” anthology. “Freud´s covenant” combines mystery, humour and psychoanalysis. He´s also done art for “Pest Control” (written by Max Aguirre) a mash up of Ghostbusters and Tarantino. “Mr. Winter” (an all ages silent comic), "Reflex" (Sci Fi thriller) and “Merlin the young druid” (Fantasy) have also been finished and published (these books have been written by his good friend the award winning writer and journalist Rodolfo Santullo). More recently, some books featuring his art have been put out this year by Space Goat Publishing: “Big Game Hunters” , "Mixtape" (republished) and "Forty Coffins". He´s currently working work for hire for Titan Comics in a new miniseries based on Weta´s "Dr. Grordbort" franchise. Jok still works side by side with his comrades trying to have as much fan as possible sharing work, projects and dreams with his colleagues and friends.
Joe R. Lansdale is the author of forty-five novels and four hundred shorter works, including stories, essays, reviews, film and TV scripts, introductions and magazine articles. His work has been made into films, BUBBA HOTEP, COLD IN JULY, as well as the acclaimed TV show, HAP AND LEONARD. He has also had works adapted to MASTERS OF HORROR ON SHOWTIME, and wrote scripts for BATMAN THE ANIMATED SERIES, and SUPERMAN THE ANIMATED SERIES. He scripted a special Jonah Hex animated short, as well as the animated Batman film, SON OF BATMAN. He has also written scripts for John Irvin, John Wells, and Ridley Scott, as well as the Sundance TV show based on his work, HAP AND LEONARD. His works have been optioned for film multiple times, and many continue to be under option at the moment. He has received numerous recognitions for his work. Among them THE EDGAR, for his crime novel THE BOTTOMS, THE SPUR, for his historical western PARADISE SKY, as well as ten BRAM STOKERS for his horror works. He has also received THE GRANDMASTER AWARD and the LIFETIME ACHIEVEMENT AWARD from THE HORROR WRITERS ASSOCIATION. He has been recognized for his contributions to comics with the INKPOT LIFE ACHIEVEMENT AWARD, and has received the BRITISH FANTASY AWARD, and has had two NEW YORK TIMES NOTABLE BOOKS. He has been honored with the Italian GRINZANE CAVOUR PRIZE, the SUGAR PULP PRIZE FOR FICTION, and the RAYMOND CHANDLER LIFETIME ACHIEVEMENT AWARD. THE EDGE OF DARK WATER was listed by BOOKLIST as an EDITOR’S CHOICE, and THE AMERICAN LIBRARY ASSOCIATION Chose THE THICKET, for ADULT BOOKS FOR YOUNG ADULTS. LIBRARY JOURNAL voted THE THICKET, as one of the BEST HISTORICAL NOVELS OF THE YEAR. He has also received an AMERICAN MYSTERY AWARD, THE HORROR CRITICS AWARD, and the SHOT IN THE DARK INTERNATIONAL CRIME WRITER’S AWARD. He was recognized for his contributions to the legacy of Edgar Rice Burroughs with THE GOLDEN LION AWARD. He is a member of THE TEXAS INSTITUTE OF LITERATURE and has been inducted into the TEXAS LITERARY HALL OF FAME and is WRITER IN RESIDENCE at STEPHEN F. AUSTIN STATE UNIVERSITY. His work has also been nominated multiple times for THE WORLD FANTASY AWARD, and numerous Bram Stoker Awards, the MCCAVITY AWARD, as well as THE DASHIELL HAMMETT AWARD, and others. He has been inducted into the INTERNATIONAL MARTIAL ARTS HALL OF FAME, as well as the UNITED STATES. MARTIAL ARTS HALL OF FAME and is the founder of the Shen Chuan martial arts system. His books and stories have been translated into a number of languages. He lives in Nacogdoches, Texas with his wife, Karen, pit bull, and a cranky cat.
Sam Glanzman was an American comic book artist and writer, who began his career during the "Golden Age of Comic Books" in the 1940s. He continued to work in the industry until the 1990s, and spent the next decades working on web comics and smaller commissions. He is best known for his war comics for Charlton, Dell Publishing, DC Comics and Marvel. Glanzman's World War II stories stood out for their realism and originality, especially the feature 'The Lonely War of Willy Schultz' (1968-1970), and the stories dealing with his own experiences on the U.S.S. Stevens during World War II. He was the first to make autobiographical comic book stories. He also addressed issues of race and homosexuality in comics at a time when this was still a taboo. Apart from writing and penciling Glanzman also inked his own stories, because according to him his "pencils are almost like stick figures".
A native of Eastern Missouri, Russell Mark Olson settled in the U.K. some ten years ago where he lives with his wife, Emily and their innumerable books. Russell is the creator of the sci-fi noir series Gateway City, and draws Cult Empire’s Lady Hollywood.
Ramón Pérez was trained in arts during 2013, at the graphic arts school Escola Joso in Barcelona. He currently works and collaborates as an illustrator and comic book artist. His style mixes European, American and Japanese influences. His favorite authors are Bill Willingham (Fables) and Kishimoto (Naruto).
The 2 time Eisner Nominated, 4 time Glyph Award winning, and recently, a VLA (Virginia Library Association) Graphic Novel Diversity Award winning, Watson and Holmes , published by New Paradigm Studios, and co- creating, the 2 time Glyph Award winning book, for Best Female Character, Ajala: A Series of Adventures , along with Robert Garrett, N. Steven Harris has had a career spanning over 20 years in the comic book industry. His highlights include DC Comic’s Aztek: The Ultimate Man , a character which he co-created along with Grant Morrison and Mark Millar, for DC Comics. His credits also include Batman: Officer Down , (DC Comics), Generation X, X-Force, and Deadpool Annual ’98 (Marvel Entertainment). Within the last 5 years he has worked on titles such as Voltron , New Money and Solarman Mr. Harris’s most recent publication is DC/Wildstorms Michael Cray . He also has participated in gallery shows showcasing comic book art in New York, Philadelphia, Georgia, Chicago, California, and Japan.
Christopher Schenck was born in California and grew up in a small town north of San Francisco. As a child he loved comics and was determined to make a career as a comic artist. After school he landed some small jobs in the burgeoning black and white boom, which led to more work for DC Comics and Dark Horse. His first regular gig as penciller was on Tarzan monthly for Dark Horse comics. Never one to sit still, he kept looking for new opportunities and new clients. The video game industry was just beginning, and he started to get jobs on games and animated projects. Since that time Christopher has worked on Batman Beyond, The Lord of the Rings, Stretch Armstrong, G.I. Joe, Secret Saturdays, DC Super Hero Girls, Monster Match, James Bond, and Ultimate Spider-Man, among others. In addition to his freelance work in comics and animation, Christopher has taught at the Academy of Art for the last twenty years, developing a reputation as a top draughtsman and storyteller. He currently lives in the Bay Area with his wife and cats.
Aleksandar Bozic is a comic book artist and illustrator based in Serbia. For the last ten years he has worked mainly with American and UK writers. He has illustrated five graphic novels, short stories, web comics, and children's books. Titles illustrated by Aleksandar include: Slave, The Adventures of Cordelia Swift, Go to The Museum, Mega Chomp To The Rescue, Life Under Construction, XYZ. His latest work is a variant cover for RED RANGE: Pirates of Fireworld, and an eight page story entitled Daphne for the American anthology Sex and Violence.
Dalibor Talajic studied at the Music Academy in Zagreb. Before he turned to comic art completely, he had worked for ten years as the clarinet teacher at a music school. His work has been published in several Croatian magazines, such Blue Bird, First Choice, Loaded, Morning Paper, My Beer, Flit, and also the legendary Zagreb fanzine Endem. In 2005, his work was noticed in the United States and his comic 'The Drop', created with Fabian Nicieza, was published in Negative Burn. He also worked on the 'Atheist' series, for which he drew 'Inn Between' together with Mike Raich. Another comic by Talajic was 'Monsters Tale' with Gary Reed for the Summer Special of Negative Burn. He works almost exclusively for Marvel Comics on a variety of titles. He was the artist of the 'Deadpool' spin-offs 'Deadpool Team-up' and 'Deadpool kills the Marvel Universe', and has also drawn '5 Ronin', 'The Avengers', 'The Bible - the New Testament', 'Ghost Rider' and 'X-Men'. He co-created 'Hit Monkey' with Daniel Way for Marvel in 2010. In 2016 he teamed up with Rym Momtaz from ABC news to create MADAYA MOM, short comic in service of journalism which has been included in American high school curriculum in subject of war refugees. Recently he collaborated with Cullen Bunn to create first AFTERSHOCK'S original graphic novel, WITCH HAMMER.
Risks and challenges
I am going into this with the experience of having brought a couple dozen comic book collections to print, two of which having earned Eisner Award nominations. I have also run several successful Kickstarter campaigns. During that time, I have definitely run into issues I couldn't have seen going into the different campaigns. Luckily, I am acquainted with several really talented people, who can help out with any bumps in the road. No matter what I will do everything in my power to fulfill each and every reward.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter