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This is  comic anthology showcasing the art of 14 artists from the West Midlands, UK, with 14 original stories drawn and written by us.
This is comic anthology showcasing the art of 14 artists from the West Midlands, UK, with 14 original stories drawn and written by us.
137 backers pledged £3,238 to help bring this project to life.

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Welcome to our Kickstarter!

Off the Mark is an anthology of short stories, drawn and written by 14 aspiring comic and graphic novel artists.

Each tells a story rooted in or inspired by the creative process and the tools we use.

It's an amazing journey into the visually creative mind, explored through stories as varied as a love story, a pen with no owner, and a distopian future where ink is illegal.

Whether you are into superheroes or sci-fi, manga or indie, we’re sure there will be something you’ll love, something to challenge your preconceptions, and something that could make you try a whole new genre.

We've been brought together by Comic Creative Catalyst - a group founded by John McCrea (Captain America, Deadpool, Hulk, Judge Dredd), Laura Howell (Beano, Dandy, Viz, MAD). Guest tutors have included comic industry legends from all sorts of fields such as Mark Farmer, Dave Gibbons and Asia Alfasi. Along with John and Laura, they have mentored us on the ins and outs of story telling, structure, layout and all aspects of comic books, to help us to develop our own individual styles.

Find out more about the Comic Creative Catalyst here- http://www.comiccreativecatalyst.co.uk/

Art by Okse
Art by Okse

Hi, we are Create the Break, a group of 14 talented up and coming West Midlands-based artists who aspire to work in the world of comics and graphic novels.

Run by Comic Creative Catalyst - a group founded by John McCrea, Laura Howell and Clare Downes in 2017 - Create the Break has been meeting regularly since June for sessions with internationally renowned figures from the UK comic industry.

Guest tutors have included comic industry legends from all sorts of fields such as Mark Farmer, Dave Gibbons and Asia Alfasi. Along with John and Laura, they have mentored us on the ins and outs of storytelling, structure, layout and all aspects of comic books, to help us to develop our own individual styles.

We have decided to produce a group anthology to showcase our style and talent to the world.

The Anthology will include an original cover drawn by John McCrae as well as 14 original stories drawn and written by each of one us from Create the Break. Whether you are into superheroes or sci-fi, manga or indie, we’re sure there will be something you’ll love, something to challenge your preconceptions, and something that could make you try a whole new genre.

To find out more about each of the artists check out our website

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Off the Mark is an anthology of short stories, drawn and written by 14 aspiring comic and graphic novel artists.

Each tells a story rooted in or inspired by the creative process and the tools we use.

Art by Jack Davies, Rory Ambrose, Katherine Hemmings, Tom Roberts and Brad Merryman
Art by Jack Davies, Rory Ambrose, Katherine Hemmings, Tom Roberts and Brad Merryman

It's an amazing journey into the visually creative mind, explored through stories as varied as a love story, a pen with no owner, and a distopian future where ink is illegal.

Whether you are into superheroes or sci-fi, manga or indie, we’re sure there will be something you’ll love, something to challenge your preconceptions, and something that could make you try a whole new genre.

We've been brought together by Create the Break, a comic book artists' course run by Comic Creative Catalyst - a group founded by John McCrea, Laura Howell and Clare Downes in 2017 - Create the Break has been meeting regularly since June for session with internationally renown figures from the UK comic industry. Guest tutors have included comic industry legends from all sorts of fields such as Mark Farmer, Dave Gibbons and Asia Alfasi. Along with John and Laura, they have mentored us on the ins and outs of story telling, structure, layout and all aspects of comic books, to help us to develop our own individual styles.

Art by Steven Grey
Art by Steven Grey
Art by Michael Snodgrass
Art by Michael Snodgrass

 We have a number of different tiers to choose from to suit everyone! 

  • Our Donation tier is for anyone who just wants to show their appreciation to the project but don't need anything in return because they are super cool! Thanks for your help and support!
  • Our next tier is our Digital only reward! This is for anyone who simply just wants a digital copy of all our hard work! You don't need to wait for any postman and you still get all the fun of the art and stories we have worked so hard on!
  • Our third tier is for the digital copy and also a print copy of our book! Congratulations you own our book! Or will own our book... we hope you will own our book! We worked very hard of it! We will each sign it for you and you can also have a digital copy so you can read it wherever you go!
  • Our final main tier is our fan favorites tier! This is a seriously cool tier! You not only get everything from the third tier but you also get an a5 print from each of us, that's a digital copy and a physical copy of our book, signed and then 14 individual prints! How cool! And if that wasn't enough you also get entered into a competition to WIN a print from one of our industry professional teachers! 
  • Our other option for tiers is our individual artist tiers. These are specific for each artist. You still get a physical copy and digital copy of the book signed but you also get that artists specific rewards! Check out them for more information!

Grab one before this creepy character does from Bradleys comic for this anthology!

Art by Brad Merryman
Art by Brad Merryman

Postage is not included in the price of the book!

UK postage - £4

Anywhere else- £10

 Note: All images shown on this page are mockups of what the final book/print will look like - final artwork may differ slightly!

Risks and challenges

Risks are reduced at it is a fairly simple project which the majority of us have experience in and are using trusted and used printers so we know the quality will be high and correct.

We are also getting significant advice from John and Laura who have worked in the industry for many years.

Talking about delays we can foresee, such as if anyone misses a deadline finishing their comic pages, or problems with printers and delivery. Making it sound like we're more confident and in control of what's happening.

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    Just want to say Good Luck? Go gettem? Love your stuff! High five!? But don't really want the book? Then feel free to leave a donation using this tier!

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    Digital copy- This tier gets you a digital copy of the book we have all worked so hard on! You get to keep it forever digitally, Thanks!

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    Digital + Book

    Digital copy + book- This tier gets you both the digital copy and an actual copy of the book with all our signatures! It also means you get entered into our competition to win some signed art from John McCrea, Dave Gibbons (and the others). Thanks for your support!

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    Tom Roberts Tier

    Tom’s Tier- If you would like a copy of the book and an A3 Doctor Who or Starlord print, then this tier is worth donating to! Simply state which print you’d prefer when donating. Although every attempt will be made to provide you with your preferred print, stock limitations may result in either poster being provided. A huge thanks for your donation!

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    Okse Tier

    Not only will you get a copy of the book created by this wonderful group of people, this copy will be signed by moi (that’s French for “me”) and you will also receive a pdf of all the preliminary sketches I did to get to my final four pages. How cool is that? £20 well spent if you ask me ( that’s English for “moi”)

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    Richard Rudge

    With my tier you get a signed copy of the anthology, digital copies of WAYFARER #1 and #2

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    Paul Evans

    I'm offering something a little extra! In addition to a copy of the book signed by me and a signed print, you get a pack of 5 The Work Of Art rebel badges, as featured in the story.

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    Julienne Durber

    Do you want a signed copy of the book and two exclusive signed prints? This is the tier is for you! For your £20 backing you will get a copy of the book signed by me and two signed and numbered limited edition A4 prints of my comicbook art available exclusively to Kickstarter backers. Thank you!

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    Katherine Hemmings

    Katherines Tier here! Do you want a copy of the book and only plus 3 A5 signed prints? Good news this tier is for you! :D Choosing my personal tier you will get a copy of the book signed by me and 3 signed prints! Thank you!

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    Bradley

    The Bradley Tier - Choosing my tier you will get you a copy of the book with my scribble on it (signed), I'll do you two A4 prints and I'll throw a sticker in there all wrapped with my love. My love is priceless.

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    Paul Humphreys

    Hi, with my tier you will receive a signed copy of the anthology comic book, a digital copy of preliminary artwork for the 4 page story, an original sketch ( comic art from the story ) , and the chance to select a comic strip panel ( from the story ) to be water coloured ( original artwork ). All for £20.

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    Michael Snodgrass

    If you’re interested in my tier and want some extra work I’m offering a signed book plus 2 signed A4 prints of original artwork from my Hansel &Gretel series.

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    Jack Davies

    With my tier you can get a signed Giclée print, a digital copy of a print, a signed copy of the book and you will make me blush!

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    Steven Grey

    If you pick my tier you will receive a copy of the book signed by me, as well as a signed print of your favourite page from my story! additionally you'll receive a PDF explaining my entire art process from start to finish, as well as some bonus illustrations. Thanks for your support!

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    Simon Myers

    Simons Tier here! Do you want a copy of the book and only my digital print? This is for you then! Choosing my personal tier you will get a copy of the book signed by me, a signed print and the digital copy too! Thank you!

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    Rory Ambrose

    A signed copy of the anthology, a signed A4 print from my story and a PDF of sketches/character designs. Many thanks for the support!

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    Nic Vas

    If you would like to help us reach our goal, this is what I can offer: for £20 you will get original inked art on A4 paper from me.
    You can choose any comic characters that you want. Check out the drawings attached to see my work is of your interest. - https://tinyurl.com/ybuzcby8
    Thank you for supporting our project!

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    All Aboard

    Digital copy + book + a signed print from each artist- This tier is for those art lovers! You get not only the digital and physical copy of the book but a print from each of the artists relating to their story in the anthology!

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