Torsobear: All Stitched up is the second volume of a cartoon noir comic book about toy-on-toy crime in a fantastic city of playthings, created by Brett Uren with many fantastic contributing writers and artists. We're also partnering with UK Publisher Dead Universe Comics, who also carries my series 'The Vale', and Jon Scrivens' 'Little Terrors'.
This story is for anybody who loves cute toys and cartoons from the early 20th century to now. To handle them, you got to have stuffing of steel!
REFER 5 OF YOUR FRIENDS - IF THEY PLEDGE AT 'BOOK' OR ABOVE & MESSAGE US QUOTING YOUR NAME, YOUR BOOK IS FREE!*
INSIDE COVER SKETCHES IN ALL BOOKS. COMICS RETAILERS, SCROLL DOWN FOR BULK ORDER INFO (quote store name in a message to see if a contributor is near you for a signing!)
We also care about our creators, and want them to get the most they can out of this small project. Here's a video of me and Ruxby(s) explaining why we think that's important -
Ruxby the Bear Detective has been sent to The Corner to think about what he did.
With it's greatest cop boxed up in toy prison, the sweet city of Toyburg is overrun with playthings on the edge of madness – driven by a mysterious force, obsessed with the crimes of others.
Looking back on recent villainy, can Ruxby survive long enough in jail to figure out who framed him?
Can Hazbrow hold Toyburg Police together long enough to turn the tide? Return to Fluffy Noir in this Step beyond Imagination.
Torsobear: Yarns from Toyburg was released last summer to great reviews, and is now available via Comixology. - http://bit.ly/1I7BbKf Also available in print via our online Comicsy store - http://www.comicsy.co.uk/bretturen/store/products/torsobear-yarns-from-toyburg/
The creation of this new, bigger book will be funded from pledges here - 30+ creators, some new to comics and seasoned pros will use their great talents and true passion for the world of Toyburg.
Stories intended for inclusion are:
The Switch and Stitch – Brett Uren
One Small Step for Toy - Frank Martin/Samir Simao
Goodbye Kitty - Grainne McEntee/Lee Killeen
Uncanny Valley of the Dolls - Cy Dethan/Juan Romera/Nic Wilkinson Stones in Glass Playsets – Brett Uren/Giles Crawford
A Tale of Woe from De-Fluff Row – Eddy Norden
The Cult of the Collector - Glenn Møane/Sage M Coffey
Play of the Dead - Kieran Squires/Ben Ling/Charlie Hogg
… But when Geppetto talks to you - Janos Honkonen/Carlos Zamudio Broken Soldier - Jake Young/Dave Windett
Remade in the Rough House – Brett Uren/Giles Crawford
The Law Above – Pete Rogers/Mike Motz
Action Gal – Jon Scrivens/Phil Buckenham
Shooter Shattered – Jimmy Furlong/Andrew Hartmann
The Dark Stuff – Conor Mahoney/Emman Padilla
What Josie Said – Ronald Montgomery/Ashley Ribblett
Someone Else’s Rules – Brett Uren/Giles Crawford
All pledges at 'BOOK' and above will get a special extra reward of a sketch from the myself on the inside front cover of the book, in addition to any other rewards for their pledge level. You will also be entered into a daily draw to win art form myself or one of the team.
More amazing rewards will be on offer to pledges of all levels, including posters, toys and a character in the book will be created by you!!
My ongoing series The Vale and Torsobear Volume 1 can be obtained on some reward levels (mature readers only for The Vale), as can sketch cards, movie style posters by some of our artists, t-shirts and original artwork from them too!
For fans of fun and crime, this is something totally unique, bursting with energy and passion!
For the dedicated fan who wants a unique painting, or retailers looking to sell Torsobear in their store we have other offers (pick no reward and message with store details) -
PREVIEWS TO UNLOCK!
For helping us out, you can unlock further access to story previews from the book for all, to be delivered to you immediately when we hit funding milestones! Check our updates on this page for more details.
DOWNLOAD A FREE PDF SAMPLER HERE, INCLUDING THE FIRST 3 PAGES OF CHAPTER 1 'THE SWITCH AND STITCH' HERE!
ART PRIZES FOR BACKERS!
Giles Crawford's beautifully hand-drawn pages are up for grabs at milestones too, and all backers on a given day are automatically entered into a sketch contest.
REFER A FRIEND OR SHARE FOR EVEN MORE REWARDS!
If you're a backer and refer a friend to back us (they need to tell me in a message), then you get the below art print of Copycat or Ruxby (limited edition). Even non-backers get on the thanks page in our book if a new backer tells us where they saw your post.
Play 'Build-a-Bear' with us in the campaign updates and help to create a character that will feature in the book. From week two, pick a new body part every two days!
We only have 3 Ruxby Plushies left and no more will be made by this manufacturer. They are available to the first top tier pledges we receive at the CITIZEN & MAYOR level. Pledges after that will receive a hand-painted canvas.
Reviews for Torsobear Volume 1 -
‘It reads like Raymond Chandler meets Teddy Ruxpin with a generous dose of Robert Crumb and we’d love to see a full series.’ – Pipedream Comics
‘The art style and color choices made it feel like a more disturbing and adult Hanna Barbera piece, and the blend of issues such as racism, crises of faith, and horrific crimes with a world of toys resonated.’ – Fanboy Comics
‘There are few comics out there as innocently decadent as this one. In fact, I can’t think of the last time I read a story akin to Torsobear. It is more than just a well-executed piece of parody pulp – it’s a marvellously constructed yet endearingly simple tale of subversion, and demonstrates just how strong a story can be when combining the innocent with the deadly.’ - A Place To Hang Your Cape
With your help and support, perhaps we can add even more to the Torsobear experience. Here are some possibilities should we exceed the original goal:
*Terms & conditions - Your referring friends must message me after backing us, or attach text to their pledge with your name for the offer to count. After that I will contact you to confirm your free book, and you can reduce the amount of your pledge to £0.00, or I can refund the amount of your pledge to you after funding. Only one free print book available to you with this offer. A person cannot refer or be referred multiple times. Please allow the normal time for production and delivery of the book.
Risks and challenges
Myself and many of the team have a track record of contributing to and/or running successful Kickstarters. In fact, we've already completed and delivered one Torsobear book using this very model.
With such a diverse team and complex project we've already had to put in a lot of the work that can be done upfront. This is in order to make sure the whole thing is able to be completed for delivery up around a couple of months after funding has been received.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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