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A collection of comics and prose inspired by folklore, horror & weird stories.
86 backers pledged £991 to help bring this project to life.

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Sprouting Prints
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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

Sprouting and Other Tales of the Curious Cover by Emily Pearson
Sprouting and Other Tales of the Curious Cover by Emily Pearson

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.

Reviews

"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).

Sammy Ward
Sammy Ward

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).

Michelle Marham
Michelle Marham

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).

Kat Willott
Kat Willott

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).

Emma Graveling
Emma Graveling

Cover - Emily Pearson

Alongside these amazing interior artists the cover was illustrated by Emily Pearson (The Wilds, Snap Flash Hustle).

Emily Pearson
Emily Pearson

Asa Wheatley - Writer

Who am I? I hear you ask yourself. Well...

Asa Wheatley
Asa Wheatley

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.

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    Digital Curiosities

    A pdf version of Sprouting and Other Tales of the Curious.

    Includes:
    • A digital copy of the complete 40 page anthology.
    • Your name on the thank you page in the back of the book
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    Physical Curiosities

    A physical copy of Sprouting and Other Tales of the Curious in all of its perfect bound 40 page glory.

    Includes:
    • A physical copy of the complete 40 page anthology
    • A digital copy of the complete 40 page anthology.
    • Your name on the thank you page in the back of the book
    • Signed by writer Asa Wheatley
    • Signed by at least 1 of the artists in the anthology
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