Stretch goal unlocked!
We've hit £900 and so each physical pledge will come with 2 A5 mini prints. The first print will be the fantastic cover art by Emily Pearson. The second print is of the original hand inked illustration of the main character of Sprouting, beautifully illustrated by Sammy Ward.
Sprouting and Other Tales of the Curious
What is Sprouting?
Sprouting and Other Tales of the Curious is a full colour 40 page perfect bound comic and prose anthology written by Asa Wheatley. The anthology is made up of four stories each illustrated by a different amazing artist.
The stories are inspired by the works of Jeff Vandermeer, Scott Snyder, Ray Bradbury, H.P. Lovecraft and Joe Hill.
This anthology was born from my love of short stories and their ability to grip an audience with only a few pages, sometimes with only a few word.
Will you like Sprouting?
If you're a fan of at least one of the following then Sprouting and Other Tales of the Curious is something you'll likely love:
Folklore/Mythology: Rural British folklore, Norse mythology, Grimm's fairy tales
Horror/Speculative fiction: Like Annihilation, H.P. Lovecraft, Something Wicked This Way Comes, Wytches, Locke & Key.
Anthologies/Short Stories: Like Black Mirror, 200AD Future Shocks, Tales from the Crypt, The Twilight Zone.
"Bittersweet"... "sinisterly nostalgic"... "and the whole package is wrapped up in a beautiful cover by Emily Pearson"
-- Carl Doherty, Shelf Abuse
"Sprouting and Other Tales of the Curious is a great anthology and very enjoyable to read."
-- Dara Berkey, A Place to Hang your Cape
"Manages the foreshadowing & punchlines well"... "Art that is very much in sync with the writing, adding layer to the words & working together to deliver additional depth to the plot"
-- Iestyn Pettigrew, Zine Love
Sprouting - Sammy Ward
The titular story tells the tale of a young woman that begins to sprout branches and leaves from her body and how it changes her life forever. Illustrated by Sammy Ward (Scavengers).
A Witch's Penance - Michelle Marham
When a captured woman accused of witchcraft in the late 1800s manages to break free of her binds it's a race through the dark forest to escape the witch hunter and his children. Illustrated by Michelle Marham (Feline Trickster).
Hanging in the Darkness - Kat Willott
In an abandoned house along the English moors a local police officer investigates the mysterious disappearance of the family that once resided here. Illustrated by Kat Willott (Tails of Mystery, Dino-Might).
Finders Keepers - Emma Graveling
Two young girls play a seemingly harmless childhood game with an ancient coin and awaken something hidden for centuries. Illustrated by Emma Graveling (Art Department - Star Wars Episode IX).
Cover - Emily Pearson
Alongside these amazing interior artists the cover was illustrated by Emily Pearson (The Wilds, Snap Flash Hustle).
Asa Wheatley - Writer
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Risks and challenges
At the time of starting this kickstarter all of the art on each of the stories is complete and half of the lettering is done. I have successfully printed multiple comics previously so there shouldn't be any problems with printing or file set up.
The comics will be ready to print once the kickstarter has finished so it should be just a case of waiting for the printed copies to arrive and then shipping them out.
- (30 days)